OPINION: The best (and worst) of LGBTQI representation on screen today

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From Netflix’s Atypical via Black Lightning, to F.R.I.E.N.D.S and Sex In The City BY GEORGIA BUTLER. IMAGE ATYPICAL/YOUTUBE What do we want? Diverse and accurate LGBTQI+ representation in the media. When do we want it? About 25 years ago, maybe..? Things have come a long way since the first issue of DIVA was published way [….]

REVIEW: Butterfly at VAULT Festival

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The latest queer extravaganza from Bedlam Chorus is as hilarious as it is heart-warming  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Bedlam Chorus is a theatre company which tells un(der)told stories in spectacular ways, and their latest show butterfly is no exception. They have found the stories that the world hasn’t heard before – but can’t live without – [….]

IMOGENÉ: The improvised pop concert comes to VAULT Festival

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“The audience will be dazzled by light-shows, multiple costume changes, dry ice and excessive amounts of glitter” BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE BY LEE PULLEN “IMOGENÉ is more than just a concept – she’s a sensation; an over-the-top diva on the brink of pop immortality. But first – due to time constraints related to the physical [….]

Choosing a sperm donor: Basic or extended profile?

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“Remember that the choice is yours, and you should choose what feels right for you!” BY CRYOS INTERNATIONAL Increasingly more people are choosing to buy donor sperm from a sperm bank, and during the search for the right donor, the inevitable question of what kind of donor profile you would prefer will come up. But [….]

NEWS: Indonesia proposes draft bill identifying homosexuality as “deviant”

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The proposed “family resilience” bill suggests LGBTQI+ people pose a “threat to their families” and need to be “rehabilitated” BY GEORGIA BUTLER. IMAGE NICK AGUS ARYA. It can be very easy to get swept up in the progress being made globally. It might even be fair to say that if you assigned a numerical value [….]

These are the LGBTQI films you can’t miss at Glasgow Film Festival

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Glasgow Film Festival is back for its 16th annual celebration of cinema – and it’s pretty damn queer BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS The full programme for the Glasgow Film Festival 2020 boasts nine world premieres during its 12 day run, from 26 February-8 March 2020.  Star guests such as Caitlin Moran, Emily Beecham and Celia Imrie [….]

Lisa Nandy: “We need to make sure people are diverse and in prominent positions at every level in the Labour Party”

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DIVA publisher Linda Riley interviews Lisa Nandy  BY LINDA RILEY Lisa Nandy, one of three candidates still in the race for the Labour leadership, faced disruptive hecklers at the first ever LGBT+ Labour hustings in Manchester last week. One person in the audience accused the candidates of not knowing “what the definition of woman is” [….]