SCREEN: Jake and Hannah Graf’s journey to parenthood premieres tonight on Channel 4

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Our Baby: A Modern Miracle is a fascinating documentary exploring a transgender couple’s journey to becoming parents  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Starting a family can be a difficult process for many people, but especially so when both parents are transgender.  Jake and Hannah Graf, the most high-profile transgender couple in the UK, welcomed their first child, [….]

NEWS: Sophie Ward long listed for 2020 Booker Prize

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Love And Other Thought Experiments is one of this year’s “Booker Dozen” selected from 162 novels  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE BY HEATHCLIFF O’MALLEY Today, the Booker Prize for Fiction 2020 longlist has been announced, and here at DIVA, we couldn’t be more proud of our friend Sophie Ward for making the Booker Dozen.  The 2020 [….]

OPINION: The media I loved never loved me back

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Writer and activist Lois Shearing shares the personal story behind hashtag campaign, #DoBetterBiUs BY LOIS SHEARING As a child, I was sent home with a note telling my parents that The Beano was not appropriate for class reading hour and could I please be sent with something more substantial tomorrow. Such was my love for [….]

How to do Pride all year round

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Kate Barker muses on how companies might make meaningful, lasting change BY KATE BARKER It’s that time of year for businesses again. Rainbow flags have been tightly furled and packed away in a crate marked “Pride”. IT have swapped out the rainbow version of the company logo on the website and everyone agrees it looks [….]

MUSIC: Taylor Swift drops a seriously sapphic song on new album

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A particular track on Folklore has got our gaydars on high alert BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE VIA INSTAGRAM Happy Taylor Swift day everyone! After having absolutely no time to prepare ourselves emotionally, Tay only went and dropped her latest album, Folklore, this morning. There’s no denying Taylor may have single-handedly saved 2020.  Folklore has received [….]

NEWS: Petition launched to stop the prosecution of film-maker Agnieszka Holland

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Agnieszka Holland is facing legal action for speaking out against far-right policies in Poland BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS As one of the most high-profile defenders of human rights in Poland today, Agnieszka Holland is being targeted by international law-firm Ordo Iuris.  Agnieszka Holland is an Oscar-nominated free-thinking and forward-looking film-maker who has protested against the persecution [….]

FROM THE VAULTS: Say hello to Rosie Jones

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Rosie Jones on comedy, coming out and being unapologetically herself BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE Just before this issue went to print, Rosie Jones performed to a “cosy” audience of 9,000 at Wembley Stadium. Not bad, considering the 28-year-old comedian was still contemplating how to put together her first full-length set this time last year.  Yorkshire-born Jones [….]