The definitive guide to a week of events, laughter and learning, powered by DIVA, Stonewall and Facebook

BY HARRIET ARGENT

Monday 26 April marks the start of our annual Lesbian Visibility Week, the only national campaign and event targeted at LGBTQI women.

DIVA is the leading magazine for women who love women in Europe, so it’s only natural we would want to celebrate lesbians and shows solidarity to all LGBTQI women and non-binary people in our community.

There has been a Lesbian Visibility Day since 2008, but 24 hours is just not enough for us.

So we created a whole week that recognises, champions, but most importantly, supports lesbian, bisexual, transgender and queer women across the UK and beyond to be themselves at work, home and socially.

What’s on and when?

From 26-30 April 2021, we will be bringing you a whole host of events, panels and talks from leading LGBTQI speakers. Planning on joining us? Here are a few highlights you definitely don’t want to miss. To make it easy we’ve designed a PDF programme where you can click on links to take you to the events you want to watch. Click on the button below to download to our interactive programme.

New issue of DIVA
When: Monday 26 April

To kick off the week, the brand-new issue of DIVA goes on sale. This month we are spoiling you with the choice of not one, but four stunning and limited edition covers illustrated by Kate Holderness. The different covers will feature the LGBTQI women and non-binary people changing the game for women-loving women. Did we mention it will be limited-edition?

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First panel
When: Monday 26 April

The first panel of the week will be hosted by Labour MP and LGBTQI ally Dawn Butler, who will be joined the UK’s most inspirational LGBTQI women leaders – DIVA’s Linda Riley, Nancy Kelley, CEO of Stonewall, and UK Black Pride co-founder Phyll Opoku-Gyimah – as they discuss the importance of visibility in the past, present and future.

DIVA Insight Survey results
When: Monday 26 April

Each year we conduct a survey to find out how we can improve the lives of LGBTQI women. In 2020, we found that 79% thought LGBTQI men had more visibility in public life than LGBTQI women and that 1 in 3 had faced verbal or physical abuse as a result of their sexuality. This year, in light of the pandemic, we put a particular focus on mental health, family life and wellbeing, and the results of this will be released on Monday.

Visible 100
When: Monday 26 April

We have put together a list of 100 LGBTQI women and non-binary people in the public eye who have made great contributions to our community and have played a part in shaping our culture through their work. As well as appearing in DIVA, we’re also publishing a Visible 100 supplement in The Guardian, so keep your eyes peeled for that.

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Being LGBTQI+ in Nigeria
When: Tuesday 27 April

Hosted by Tolu Osinubi, this panel will focus on events such as the Same Sex Marriage Prohibition, the EndSARS movement and the pushback from queer Nigerians in their fight for change to the post-colonial laws and legacies in the country. Featuring some personal stories from LGBTQI Nigerians, this important conversation is not to be missed.

Being your authentic self with Horse McDonald
When: Wednesday 28 April

Legendary Scottish singer-songwriter Horse McDonald will join Char Bailey to discuss the homophobia and misogyny within the music industry during her career. Horse will also be discussing how it feels to have her picture, which you might recognise from the cover of this month’s DIVA, hanging in the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

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DIVA Awards
When: Thursday 29 April

Presented by Adele Roberts and Kate Holderness, this is one of the most anticipated events in our calendar. The annual DIVA Awards are a celebration of all those who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to equality and will highlight the achievements of LGBTQI women and non-binary people and their allies across business, media, politics and sport. Click here to see who is on the shortlist for this year.

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LGBTQI Charities talk
When: Friday 30 April

This year has been especially difficult for the charity sector, and the pandemic has put many non-for-profit organisations under immense pressure with little to no funding. This talk will include some of the UK’s leading LGBTQI charities with a frank but important conversation on how they have coped over the last 12 months and how as a community, we can better support LGBTQI women and non-binary people.

DIVA Pride
When: Saturday 1 May

As a celebration for the end of Lesbian Visibility Week, we have by far the most fun and star-studded event, DIVA Pride! You’re going to want to clear your diary for this one because we have performances from some iconic women including as Heather Peace, Horse McDonald and Heather Small.

Where can I find out more?

Head to the Lesbian Visibility Week website for a full list events happening over the week and how to join in!

@HarrietRArgent

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