REVIEW: The Coast Is Queer 🏳️‍🌈

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Brighton’s LGBTQI literary festival had a glorious first year in the seaside city BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGES BY ROSIE POWELL The first year of The Coast Is Queer confirmed just how popular and successful queer literature is and always will be. Members of the LGBTQI community from all age groups turned up to show their support [….]

Marika Hackman releases sensual music video

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The new video for hand solo is a self-pleasure spectacle BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE VIA INSTAGRAM Marika Hackman has just dropped her new music video for hand solo, and oh wow, it’s pretty sexy. This liberated queer lady has really treated us with this tune all about female masturbation.  Featuring the brilliant line: “under patriarchal [….]

BOOKS: DIVA meets lesfic author Claire Highton-Stevenson

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“Lifting each other, promoting one another, that’s where the true authenticity appears as queer authors” 📚 BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS. IMAGE CLAIRE HIGHTON-STEVENSON. Claire Highton-Stevenson is a contemporary romance writer – and one with a penchant for lesfic, at that. When she’s not writing she can be found lurking on social media, watching football and spending time [….]

The hidden lesbian love story in Pride And Prejudice

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Playwright Isobel McArthur on her adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice and the lesbian love story in this beloved novel BY CARRIE LYELL AND FELICITAS SOPHIE VAN LAAK When Isobel McArthur first graduated from drama school, the choice of roles she could audition for was limited. Consequently, she began to write her own relatable, [….]

Can you believe? DIVA’s up for a Lovie!

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DIVA has been nominated for a Lovie Award – now, fancy giving us a vote? BY FELICITAS SOPHIE VAN LAAK The Lovie Awards, which “recognise the unique and resonant nature of the European Internet community – from Europe’s top web and creative networks and content publishers, to cultural and political organisations and individual creators,” has [….]

Jessica Kellgren-Fozard stars in new YouTube series exploring life’s Big Questions

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“The School Of… is a superficially playful, but in essence deeply serious attempt to mobilise mass engagement” BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE. IMAGE YOUTUBE/THE SCHOOL OF… Amateur philosopher? Then this new series by YouTube Originals and The School Of Life will be right up your street. Launching on the 8 October 2019, The School Of… is a [….]

Toys will be toys: Barbie brand releases first gender-neutral dolls

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“Knowing we’ve created something that makes [children] feel recognised, that’s a beautiful thing” BY FELICITAS SOPHIE VAN LAAK Barbie-brand Mattel has launched the first range of gender-neutral dolls under the name, Creatable World. On their website, the company states, “In our world, dolls are as limitless as the kids who play with them. Introducing Creatable [….]