LISTEN: Check out Crocodile – an exciting new audio play voiced by Heather Peace

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A brutally honest look at identity, neurodiversity, loss and love BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS If you’re missing theatre as much as we are, we’ve got just the thing for you. Just because our favourite venues are closed doesn’t mean we have to abandon our love for play completely.   Crocodile is a brand new audio play that [….]

The Coast Is Queer: Brighton’s LGBTQI literary festival is back 🌈

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Brighton & Hove’s LGBTQI literature festival goes online for 2021 BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE OF JUNO DAWSON BY JACK LATHAM The Coast Is Queer, Brighton & Hove’s festival celebrating LGBTQI literature returns in digital form from 5-7 February 2021. Now in its second year, the programme of events brings together writers, performers, academics, activists and [….]

WATCH: Don’t miss Draw With Me, a documentary about the life of Jennifer Lopez’s trans nibling

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“It’s about accepting change and challenges with love, and that knowing when we do, everything is possible” BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Jennifer Lopez has shown her support of the trans community once again by celebrating her trans nibling and their brand new documentary Draw With Me. Nibling is a gender-neutral term that can be used to [….]

CULTURE: Meet the queer tattoo artist creating a safe space for the LGBTQI community

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DIVA chats to Jjmotto, a tattoo artist based in York, all about their work and their love for the arts  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE VIA @JJMOTTOTATTOO We’re always on the lookout for new artists to celebrate, and with lockdown 3.0 having a knock on affect on the arts it’s time to shine a light on [….]

Marylyn Tan: “Writing is pretty much the only line I have to community”

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The Singaporean published poet talks all things poetry, religion and the queer scene of her city BY YAIZA CANOPOLI Singaporean poet and artist Marylyn Tan made the news in August last year with a historic win. Not only is she the first woman to win the Singapore Literature Prize for English poetry, but her collection [….]

“I was outed by a local paper”: Musician Anita Gabrielle tells her story

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Anita Gabrielle tells DIVA how she has spent her life fighting against obstacles put in her path as an artist BY ANITA GABRIELLE, IMAGE BY JEAN FITCH I started writing songs when I was 14, in 1968. My brother, Michael, had bought me the first record of a young unknown singer-songwriter called Joni Mitchell and [….]