JUNO ROCHE: Trans is for everyone

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“We can do this thing called gender differently, if we want to” BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE. PHOTO JUNO ROCHE Juno Roche is not a trans woman. Juno Roche is trans. In fact, according to Juno’s latest book Trans Power: Own Your Gender, we all are.  “When my first book, Queer Sex, came out, I got a [….]

DIVA meets LGBTQI literature royalty, Jackie Kay MBE

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“If you feel misunderstood by family or society, writing is a very good weapon to have up your sleeve” BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE BY MARY MCCARTNEY It’s fair to say that Jackie Kay MBE is as close to royalty as they come within the LGBTQI literature world. She has served as Scots Makar, the National [….]

Seven queer novels you probably should be reading

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Need some bookspiration? BY BRODIE CRELLIN, IMAGE VIA SHUTTERSTOCK Just like the selection of lez/bi films on Netflix, lesbian fiction can be a bit disappointing… Hugely underrepresented, queer female characters have the tendency to end up either dead or completely straightened out. Which means we end up returning to old classics to find some genuinely good [….]

One Of Them: “Living legend” Lord Michael Cashman talks to DIVA

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Actor, activist and politician Michael Cashman has released a memoir and it’s wonderful BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE VIA TWITTER Lord Michael Cashman has one of the most inspiring stories, and it’s a tale that warrants being told for years to come. One of Them: From Albert Square To Parliament Square is the new memoir, written by [….]

Six LGBTQI books you should probably have on your bookshelf

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Looking for some international lez/bi literature to fill your brainbox with? BY ERIN MANIATOPOULOU. IMAGE NICOLE BERRO. Searching high and low for your next LGBTQI-shaped read? Search no further, book-loving friends. These “hidden gems” of international, queer literature are guaranteed to open up new, lez/bi horizons to you. 🇨🇳 Notes Of A Crocodile by Qiu [….]

Riot Girls: Shelley Silas breathes new life into the 1928 trial of Radclyffe Hall

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“We need to be constantly reminded and remind others not to be complacent. We’re living in troubling times” BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE. IMAGE BBC RADIO 4. Looking for something lovely to fill your ears with this weekend? You’ve come to the right place. London-based playwright Shelley Silas has, with the help of a handful of similarly talented women, [….]

BOOKS: Tell Me I’m Forgiven

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A fan of Gentlemen Jack? Then you’re going to love the story of forgotten stars, Gwen Farrar and Norah Blaney… BY ALISON CHILD. IMAGE COURTESY OF TELL ME I’M FORGIVEN. Introducing a “new” story to delight fans of historical lesbian dramas like Gentleman Jack and Tipping The Velvet: Tell Me I’m Forgiven: The Story Of [….]