An exclusive chat with your DIVA Pride co-host, Saski
BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS
There is just one day to go until the DIVA Pride celebrations begin! Clear your diary if you don’t want to miss some incredible performances from your favourite LGBTQI women. Expect performances from Heather Peace, Toya Delazy, Emily Burns, Horse McDonald and plenty more.
Check out our interview with Saski below to find out what you can expect from DIVA Pride!
DIVA: What’s your favourite Pride memory?
SASKI: Being 21 at Brighton Pride, dancing in the dance tent with my friends and just feeling really happy and content in myself.
Best pride event you’ve been to?
My favourite Pride was Pride In London 2019. It was not only marking 50 years since the Stonewall Riots (which is being part of history in itself), but it was an opportunity for me to host on the three stages throughout the day. Starting with the podium as a commentator opening for the Pride march, then on to hosting on the Trafalgar Square Stage, and finally hosting and closing for the DIVA Women’s Stage. I have to say as an out and proud east London cockney lesbian, that was definitely a highlight in my career. To be standing on stage as a positive influencer in central London, telling my queer siblings to be proud everyday of who they are, will be a day I will never forget.
Favourite rainbow item of clothing (bonus points for a picture)?
You’ll have to wait for DIVA Pride on Saturday for me to reveal that! 😉
What are you missing most about physically being at Pride events this year?
The hugs and saying “Happy Pride” to everyone I see! Pride has such a magical atmosphere, even strangers hug and chat. We all become best friends on the day (even if it is just for the day) but it’s that real sense of belonging and unity that I miss.
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The rumours are true…the party has arrived… Myself and the gorgeous one that is @char_bailey_ will be hosting at DIVA Pride @divamagazine this Saturday 11th July 🏳️🌈 Yes… @diversityriley and #TeamDIVA have done it again 🙌🏽 Celebrating talent from our LBTQ+ womxn’s community and raising funds for @kaleidoscope_t whilst highlighting the amazing work from @ladyphyll and the team there! 💥 With headline acts including @toyadelazy @saaraaalto @samanthafoxofficial @heatherpeaceofficial People this is where it’s at, so come join the party! Together we’re making positive change through music, respect and inclusion for all. ✊🏿👊🏼🙌🏽👏🏾🤝🏳️🌈❤️ Find out more @divamag.co.uk See you there! 💋 #DIVAPride #pride2020🏳️🌈 #alwaysbeyourself #lgbtqia #safespaces #inclusion #intersectionality #equality #diversity #queermusic #funtimes
What can we expect from DIVA Pride?
Initial answer is to PARTY and watch great banter with myself and Char Bailey, AKA The Bailey, it’s going to be fab!
But I’m excited to be part of DIVA Pride because it’s brining that sense of community to the viewers. Whilst Prides have sadly been cancelled this year, we know you can’t keep a good queer down, plus throw in a bit of glitter and a few Pina Colada’s, it doesn’t matter where you are in the world. That’s what I have loved about the virtual Pride events like DIVA Pride. They allow a further reach to those who might not be in a position to attend a physical pride. Whether that be for geographical, accessibility or safety reasons.
DIVA Pride is raising funds for Kaleidoscope Trust. Whilst this is a global pandemic, this year our LGBTQI and BAME communities have been particularly impacted by COVID-19. Plus the sad reminder that racism still very much exists within society and our LGBTQI community. DIVA Pride isn’t just about showcasing the amazing talent that we have within our LGBTQI Womxn’s community, it is also using its platform to raise awareness and unite with everyone involved. Whether as a sponsor, performer, Team DIVA, even down to the viewers, it’s creating visibility and highlight the importance of unity and strength as a community.
Follow this link to catch all of the fun at DIVA Pride 2020 from 4pm Saturday 11 July! 🌈