“I showed up to Hollywood already out so they really couldn’t out me”

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Actor and director Jillian Armenante tells DIVA about living her truth BY JANE FAE, IMAGE BY KARL GADJUSEKJ Lesbian Visibility Week is an opportunity to celebrate lesbians. Not just the young, the hip – or the skinny! – but also the women who’ve just been there. Working. Supporting. Making room for a younger generation without [….]

The campaign calling for an end to fertility inequality for LGBTQI couples

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Whitney and Megan Bacon-Evans started the movement after facing discrimination when trying for a baby BY HARRIET ARGENT YouTube power couple Whitney and Megan Bacon-Evans started a campaign in November last year to fight for fertility equality for LGBTQI families in the UK. The campaign, which now has over 5,500 signatures, is urging the government [….]

EVENT: Is belonging the secret to advancing diversity?

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Find out at London Business School’s fascinating upcoming session BY DIVA STAFF “Is belonging the secret to advancing diversity?” That thought-provoking question is the focus of an upcoming virtual event hosted by London Business School. The session will be led by the brilliant Dr Aneeta Rattan, Associate Professor of Organisational Behaviour at London Business School, [….]

Sue Sanders: “Pandemic or no pandemic, the work to make LGBT+ people visible is still crucial”

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This Lesbian Visibility Week the chair of Schools OUT UK and co-founder of LGBT+ History Month emphasises the importance of “educating out prejudice” BY SUE SANDERS, IMAGE BY SHARON MCCUTCHEON FOR PEXELS It was with great surprise and pride that I received the Rainbow Honours Lifetime Achievement Award in 2019. Having worked with Schools OUT [….]

WOMEN ON TOP: I struggled for so long to accept who I really was

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Amy Smith from Fitch Group spoke to Zoe Schulz from myGwork about learning to accept herself, coming out at work, and what organizations can do to support their LGBTQ+ employees. Amy describes her teens and 20s as if she was living a double life. Growing up in the 1990s, there were no LGBTQ+ people around her so she turned secretly, [….]

Why are you Like This: The brilliant new TV show where nothing is off-limits

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“What makes this so refreshing is to watch is its diversity and the way it explores a range of different identities onscreen” BY HARRIET ARGENT If you like painfully self-aware and self-deprecating comedy about political correctness, woke culture and allyship, look no further.  Netflix’s new show Why Are You Like This, created by Mark Samual [….]

Here’s how people are marking Lesbian Visibility Day

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From flying the flag above City Hall to rainbow dungarees… BY HARRIET ARGENT Lesbian Visibility Day gives us a chance to recognise and celebrate lesbian identity and culture, while showing solidarity with bisexual and queer women and non-binary people across the world.  This day urges us to acknowledge the stereotypes, judgement, and lack of representation [….]