Home Office report reflects worrying rise in transphobic and homophobic hate crime

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Hate crimes reported in England and Wales have risen by 9% since the beginning of the pandemic BY ELEANOR NOYCE, IMAGE BY PIXABAY A Home Office report has revealed the sinister reality of hate crime in the UK, reflecting a rise in reported hate crimes by 9% since the beginning of the pandemic. The report [….]

DIVA meets trans autistic actor and model Mabz Beet

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With some surplus drama, How To Drop A Piano is an unexpected weekend of revelations, desperations and reparations BY SAMANTHA GRIERSON, IMAGE BY SAMANTHA GRIERSON I first met Mabz Beet three months ago on Facebook, having dropped me a line after listening to my trilogy of LGBTQI+ audio plays about later life Autism and ADHD [….]

DIVA supports The Iris Prize 2021 in Cardiff, with wins from Rebel Dykes and Senan Kara

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The queer film festival championed LGBTQI women and non-binary people BY ELEANOR NOYCE, IMAGES BY THE IRIS PRIZE Taking place last weekend in Cardiff, the Iris Prize 2021 was a true celebration of LGBTQI film. The winners were announced on Saturday night at a special awards ceremony, with attendance from directors David Färdmar and Peeter [….]

Queer author A.J. West has released his debut novel, The Spirit Engineer

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Buckle up, DIVAs! Things are about to get spooky 👻 BY ELA ERTAN, IMAGES BY ELA ERTAN A.J. West is a queer novelist and award-winning former BBC journalist, voice artist and radio broadcaster from Buckinghamshire. As well as writing for national newspapers and magazines, West has also appeared on national television shows, including BBC Breakfast, [….]