Remember me… it’s time to swot up on your lez/bi herstory

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To celebrate our 25th birthday, we’re paying homage to the magnificent queer women who paved the rainbow path before us PHOTO BY LINDA BLACKER Step back in time to London’s legendary Gateways nightclub where butches and femmes reigned supreme. Meet the politically – not to mention sexually – charged Rebel Dykes of the 70s and [….]

Gay in the 90s: Section 28, “filthy queers” and lesbian chic

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As DIVA celebrates its 25th birthday, Georgina Turner reflects on how much – and how little – has changed since the magazine was first published in 1994 Words Georgina Turner For the queer community in Britain, the 1990s was a decade inflected by Section 28 – pearl-clutching horror at the notion that school children might [….]

One from the vaults: Growing up under Section 28

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Thirty years since the introduction of Section 28, Danielle Mustarde looks back at her school days under the amendment 🍎 BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 was a controversial amendment to the UK’s Local Government Act 1986, enacted on 24 May 1988 and repealed on 21 June 2000 in Scotland, and on [….]

OPINION: Stop sexualising queer women!

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Charlotte Summers is fed up with unwelcome leers and unsolicited dick pics BY CHARLOTTE SUMMERS Lesbians and bi women often face a sea of questions about their sexuality, relationships and even sex life. Sadly, I’m no different and regularly have to deal with questions, looks and comments that belittle and sexualise my relationship. Whether it’s [….]

Manchester’s LGBT Foundation speaks up for inclusive education

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CEO Paul Martin OBE writes public letter to schools in Greater Manchester urging them to show their support BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE National charity the LGBT Foundation has spoken out in support of LGBTQI-inclusive education for all school children after reports that primary schools in the city have been contacted by parents, “unhappy over the lessons [….]

Could you help the world’s first Vagina Museum become a reality?

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“With a Vagina Museum, all people can learn that there is nothing shameful or offensive about vaginas and vulvas” BY ANEZKA TUREK. PHOTOS NICOLE RIXON. In November, Camden Market is set to open its doors to a brand-new phenomenon – The Vagina Museum – the first and only charity in the UK with “vagina” in [….]

Fancy attending the Opening Night Gala of BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival?

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WIN! A pair of ticket’s to see Vita & Virginia at BFI Flare’s opening night DIVA have teamed up with BFI Flare: London LGBTQ+ Film Festival to offer the chance to win tickets to the UK premiere of Chanya Button’s Vita & Virginia at BFI Southbank tomorrow! The screening, at 18:15, is the Opening Night [….]