These are the lesbian, bi and queer authors on the 2021 Polari Prize shortlists

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Meet the women in the running for the the Polari Prize and the Polari First Book Prize BY DIVA STAFF Diana Souhami, Caroline Bird, Rosie Garland, Golnoosh Nour and Andreena Leeanne are among the names in the running for the 2021 Polari Prizes, the UK’s only literary awards for LGBTQIA+ literature. This year’s shortlists, announced [….]

VIEWS: We need trans protest after a year without Pride

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Laura Kate Dale explains why it’s time to stand up for trans rights The last time I went to a UK Pride event was Trans Pride Brighton in the summer of 2019. Things were not looking great for the trans community, but there was a sense of solidarity, hope and optimism that filled the streets [….]

Tanya Byrne, author of the lesbian YA romance of the summer, on how she ended up writing books

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“The next time someone asks me how I ended up writing books, this is what I’m going to tell them: I write the books I wish 17-year-old me had found after that episode of Brookside” WORDS TANYA BYRNE, IMAGE MAYA ZIYU People often ask me how I ended up writing books. The truth is, I [….]

Why DIVA will be supporting Reclaim Pride this weekend

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DIVA publisher Linda Riley on why she’s supporting Peter Tatchell in his mission to take Pride back to its roots BY LINDA RILEY Three years ago, at Pride In London, DIVA hired a double-decker bus to take part in the parade. We adorned the bus with a banner, filled it with our happy, rainbow-clad staff [….]

Young LGBTQI+ people of colour share their stories of love and rage

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“Our stories are valuable, our visibility is key”  BY ELLA DEREGOWSKA Young LGBTQI+ people of colour have shared their stories of love and rage in an insightful new video, recorded to mark this year’s UK Black Pride. In the video, Pippa, Amy and Issac, ambassadors for the charity Just Like Us, open up about the [….]

The Rainbow Spotlight offers “fabulously gay theatre” made especially for you

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Queer joy, LGBTQI experiences and diverse representation – what’s not to love? BY ELLA DEREGOWSKA The Rainbow Spotlight is a theatre collective which aims “to show that queer experiences are human experiences”. It does create exclusively LGBTQI+ work, by queer and trans artists, but it’s for everyone. The collective stresses the significant, but often overlooked [….]

Here are some of the lez/bi athletes we’ll be cheering on/crushing on at the Tokyo Olympics

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Meet the women who’ll be making Tokyo a little more 🌈 this summer… BY ELLA DEREGOWSKA Seeing role models play your sport can make all the difference for young athletes or fans. With the much-awaited Tokyo Olympics right around the corner, and more LGBTQIA+ competitors than ever (a whopping 142, according to OutSports) it’s time [….]