TeTe Bang talks Drag SOS, the patriarchy and the problem with “AFAB”

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“Gender is very complicated. I’m still trying to figure it out” 🌈 BY ELEANOR NOYCE, IMAGE VIA TETE BANG ON INSTAGRAM Drag performer TeTe Bang is the queen of camp. Taking inspiration from everything from old musicians to movies to art, TeTe is rewiring the parallels of British drag. Appearing on Channel 4’s Drag SOS [….]

UK Hun? 6 drag performers you need to follow on Instagram right now

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Drag up your life, DIVAs! 🌈 BY ELEANOR NOYCE, IMAGE VIA APPLE DERRIERES ON INSTAGRAM Calling all Drag Race superfans! Since September’s premiere of season three of Drag Race UK, drag discourse has been at an all-time high. We love our Victoria Scones, Scarlett Harletts and Vanity Milans, but it’s important to celebrate drag performers [….]

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, [….]

Five coming out stories for National Coming Out Day

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“The most important thing is to have a strong support network as you come out” BY ELA ERTAN, IMAGE BY DANIEL JAMES In celebration of National Coming Out Day, I recently asked five LGBTQI University students about their coming-out stories. Here is what they shared: “People kept thinking it’s just a phase” E.M, 20, She/Her [….]