DIVA Community: Have you joined us yet?

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Suranne Jones, Sandi Toksvig, Adele Roberts and Suzi Ruffell – the celebs sharing their support with DIVA’s online community BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE. IMAGE BY RETHA FERGUSON Launched as a way of bringing the lez/bi community closer together with everything that’s happening in the world right now, the Facebook-based, digital hangout DIVA Community has grown to [….]

Mermaids DigiFest to become UK’s biggest, live-streaming LGBTQI+ festival

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Clear 4 April 2020 in your diaries and support trans children and families at DigiFest! BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Amidst the current COVID-19 pandemic, charities are seeing a sudden hit and are facing considerable challenges. Many have seen a reduction in individual donations and have been forced to cancel any events planned in order to keep [….]

GAMING: Could it be? A queer Easter egg in Animal Crossing?

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Only days after Animal Crossing: New Horizon’s release on Nintendo Switch, players have found an LGBTQI+ reference… BY SOPHIE PERRY. IMAGE NINTENDO UK/TWITTER Eagle-eyed players of Nintendo’s newly released Animal Crossing: New Horizons, may have spotted a subtle reference to a queer relationship in the game. The life-simulation game, which features a community of adorable [….]

New study explores social impact of COVID-19 on the LGBTQI+ community

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“When mental health and social isolation already disproportionately affects our community, it’s vital that we listen to those who are most vulnerable” BY SOPHIE PERRY A new snapshot study completed by LGBTQI+ community research Queer Voices Heard delves into the social impact of the coronavirus pandemic on LGBTQI+ people.  The study, which was undertaken between [….]

SPORT: Tokyo 2020 may be postponed, but that won’t stop Team GB’s Laurie Williams

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“Wheelchair basketball opened my eyes to what I could do” BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE. IMAGES LAURIE WILLIAMS Just days before the organisers of Tokyo 2020 and the International Olympic Committee (IOC) announced the expected postponement of this year’s Olympic and Paralympic games, we spoke to wheelchair basketball player and Paralympian Laurie Williams, 28, as she waited [….]

HEALTH: Want to perfect your social distancing skills? Here’s how…

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NHS England’s National Advisor For LGBT Health shares their advice for staying well while staying home BY LIZZIE STREETER/DR MICHAEL BRADY. PHOTO ANNA SHVETS It’s really important that everyone follows the government’s guidance on the social distancing measures we should all now be taking to reduce social interaction. These measures have been put in place in order to reduce [….]

10 ways to be a great intersex ally

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Some easy ways to elevate the I in LGBTQI BY CARRIE LYELL, IMAGE VIA INSTAGRAM We asked intersex activists Valentino Vecchietti and Holly Greenberry for their tips on how to be a great ally for the intersex community. Here’s what they told us.  1. Support and engage with intersex organisations like IntersexUK by offering your [….]