DIVA meets one of Singapore’s top queer chefs

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Alysia Chan is cooking up something special for women and non-binary people working in the food and drinks biz BY YAIZA CANOPOLI. IMAGES THE BLACK SWAN Founded by Alysia Chan and based in Singapore, The Anna Alliance, started when a former female colleague of Alysia’s realised how easy it was working together while the pair [….]

LEZ/BI TRAVEL: This is how you do Christmas in Illinois

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Want to get away this festive season? LGBTQI-friendly Illinois will have you feeling merrier than a well-soaked Christmas pud… BY ILLINOIS OFFICE OF TOURISM. IMAGES ENJOY ILLINOIS/NICK ULIVIEIRI Instead of watching the same movies and listening to the same music – if you’re looking to go big this Christmas – then get in the holiday spirit [….]

EVENTS: Welcome to the House Of Pride

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Did someone say UK Premiere of The L Word: Generation Q? (They did, and it was the lovely lot behind soon-to-be queer space, HoP) BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE Have you heard about the new kids on the block? House Of Pride, a brand new organisation, “dedicated to supporting the queer female/nb community and building a ‘home’ [….]

OPINION: Does Facebook have a problem with lesbians?

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Even as we head into 2020, lesbians must still battle in order to have their voices heard BY LINDA RILEY Working on the launch of DIVA’s 2020 strategy, which includes increasing our role within Lesbian Visibility Day, I was horrified to see that my attempt at using “@LesbianVisibility” as a username on Facebook was refused.  [….]

Why Liam Payne’s Both Ways fetishises bisexual women

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“Both Ways limits our understanding of sexuality to a sanitised and heterosexual reference-point” BY MEG MURPHY, BI PRIDE UK (@BISEXUAL_MEG). IMAGE YOUTUBE. On 6 December 2019, Liam Payne’s latest album was released and along with it his track, Both Ways. It is a song which explores a bisexual woman’s sexuality through the privilege-tinted glasses of [….]

SNP launch “most extensive LGBTQI equality manifesto of any major party”

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Nicola Sturgeon: “The SNP will defend LGBTI equality and human rights against any attempt to roll back progress” BY DIVA STAFF. IMAGE PRIDE/SNP WEBSITE. Scotland’s First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said a vote for the SNP on 12 December 2019 is a vote to, “Champion LGBTI equality, escape Brexit, and put Scotland’s future in Scotland’s [….]

NEW MUSIC: Inviting older trans women centre stage

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“The Star Of Bethnal Green combines the magic of Christmas with the powerful and hopeful story of an older trans woman” BY DIVA STAFF. IMAGE FROM THE STAR OF BETHNAL GREEN. Following the release of their winter-themed EP, Only Son Of The Falling Snow, British folk-rock band, Bear’s Den, have today unveiled a powerful video [….]