“Before I came out, I used to read the pages of DIVA in secret”
BY ELEANOR NOYCE, IMAGES BY ELEANOR NOYCE
My name is Eleanor, and I’m DIVA’s new editorial assistant.
I’m originally from Hertfordshire, and I moved to the East End this September to pursue my London dream. When I’m not penning articles for DIVA, I also freelance as a journalist and copywriter, and I’ve written for the likes of The Independent, Metro, i-D, Refinery29, and Stylist.
My journey with DIVA began three years ago in August 2018, as I joined for my very first internship. I covered everything from Bird La Bird’s Queer History Show in Mile End to Yana Alana’s cabaret in Soho, and I had so much fun that I decided to come back for round two in April 2019. After graduating this summer with a degree in Politics from the University of Leeds, including a brief stint of studying abroad in Bergen, Norway, I’ve returned to Team DIVA for more fun.
I’m so obsessed with queer issues that I wrote my undergraduate dissertation on the Politics of British Drag, interviewing diverse performers up and down the country about their opinions on everything from gender performance to the future of drag. Though I recognise that RuPaul’s Drag Race, in particular, hasn’t been the most inclusive of queer women and non-binary people, I want to change the narrative. With Drag Race UK having platformed non-binary performers in the form of Bimini Bon Boulash, Ginny Lemon and Divina De Campo, and the upcoming series AFAB queen Victoria Scone, I have faith that the tide is changing. Drag is for queer women and non-binary people too, and that’s a message I’ll continue to preach at DIVA.
Being bisexual, I also want to increase bisexual visibility at DIVA. I understand the unique experiences that bisexual women, in particular, face. I’ve often felt as though I’m “not gay enough” for my, albeit unfortunate, attraction to men, and have struggled to find my home in the LGBTQI+ community. I want to dismantle some of the problematic narratives surrounding bisexuality, including the “bi now, gay later” trope and the hypersexualisation of bi women.
I’m also deeply passionate about disability issues, so increasing disability representation is another goal of mine. Diagnosed with type one diabetes in August 2015, my condition is very much invisible. I want to restructure narratives surrounding disability to demonstrate that it’s not always physical, but that doesn’t mean it’s any less debilitating, and campaigning for greater accessibility within queer spaces is an important element of that.
Before I came out, I used to read the pages of DIVA in secret. This is a real pinch-me moment, and I can’t wait to get started. Thank you for having me!
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