“Please know that you are loved, accepted and you do belong.”

BY NIC CROSARA, IMAGE VIA INSTAGRAM

Throughout her career, musician Hayley Kiyoko has normalised queerness and advocated for our community. Her visibility and authenticity has allowed many LGBTQI youth to feel seen. However with the “Don’t Say Gay” bill and many states introducing legislation that criminalises gender-affirming care for trans youth, LGBTQI rights, especially those of young people, are under huge threat.

On Friday, Hayley took to Instagram to address the rise in attacks on LGBTQI youth. Captioning the post “I love my LGBTQIA+ family with all of my heart 🌈 needed to get this off of my chest.” In the slides she shared how the latest events have weighed on her. 

“If school districts normalized our existence and LGBTQIA+ history, lives could be saved. But instead so-called leaders choose to do everything in their power to hurt innocent kids trying to find their way, a place to belong…”

“Please know that you are loved, accepted and you do belong. There’s a whole world of us waiting to support you. You are fighting back just by being you and that scares them. So love stronger and I’ll love you back. I’m with you. We’re all here with you.”

Syd reveals upcoming album Broken Hearts Club 

Since her debut solo album, Fin, which was released in 2017, fans have been eagerly anticipating what the multifaceted artist will do next. Last week Syd released a taste of her upcoming album Broken Hearts Club, with the release of CYBAH (Could You Break A Heart). Listeners got lost in Syd’s ethereal vocals and the music video is just *chefs kiss*. With artists such as Kehlani, Smino, Lucky Daye and many more collaborating on the project, we cannot wait to hear the full album which is set for release 8 April 2022.

Is “dressing like a lesbian” really a thing? 
Last week, New York Post published an article titled “‘Dressing like a lesbian’ is sexy, ‘powerful’ new trend, fashion expert says”. But is it really helpful to refer back to these stereotypes? Read our thoughts here.

Let’s talk about BFI Flare 

There are so many amazing LGBTQI films at this year’s festival. It’s already off to an exceptional start. DIVA editorial assistant Eleanor Noyce attended the opening night and caught up with Alli Haapasalo, the director of Girl Picture. You can now also read more from Marion Desseigne Ravel on Besties and Angel I-Han Teng on Fragrance Of The First Flower.

Heartstopper is coming to Netflix VERY soon! 

Happy tears are coming. The phenomenal graphic novel series by Alice Oseman has been adapted into a series. Fans will be reunited with their favourite LGBTQI characters on the screen on April 22. Have you watched the official trailer yet? Find out more here.  

Look who’s back! It’s Gentleman Jack 

Our April issue with the stunning Suranne Jones and Sophie Rundle as our cover stars is available for pre-order now! Don’t miss out, it’s jam-packed with LGBTQI goodness.

@niccrosara

DIVA magazine celebrates 28 years in print in 2022. If you like what we do, then get behind LGBTQI media and keep us going for another generation. Your support is invaluable. 

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