NEWS: Bristol Pride goes digital for 2020

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The online line-up for this year’s celebration is packed with two weeks full of LGBTQI talent  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE BY DAN REGAN The annual Bristol Pride festival will move online this year due to the impact of COVID-19, but will still present a series of Pride favourites and much-loved events.  The festival, which has [….]

FROM THE VAULTS: Beyond the binary

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A very brief introduction to gender non-conforming cultures around the world BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE “The workings of gender are key to our identities, intimate relationships, everyday experiences, and social and cultural positioning,” begins Sally Hines, associate professor at The University Of Leeds and author of recently published book Is Gender Fluid? “Understandings, and thus practices, [….]

How to support Black-owned businesses

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Follow these simple steps to show solidarity in your every day life BY FINIMPACT There are various ways that you can help black-owned businesses to survive COVID-19 and to show your support for the current Black Lives Matter movement. A primary way to help is to divert your spending towards Black-owned businesses. But this is [….]

GIRL IN RED: “In my latest lyrics I’m exposing myself even more”

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Sophie Griffiths meets the teen musician painting the world red BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGES BY JULIE PIKE Marie Ringheim is the Norwegian indie-pop singer-songwriter better known as girl in red. With anthemic tracks about queer romance and mental health, along with a confidence to rival musicians years ahead of her, she is taking the music [….]

FROM THE VAULTS: Queers in brassieres

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Roxy Bourdillon takes a deep dive into the world of lez/bi lingerie BY ROXY BOURDILLON, IMAGE VIA ISTOCK Ever since my jiggly juggernauts burst into being, the only constant source of support in my life has been my trusty and ever so busty, boulder-holder. I’ve developed a profound love of lingerie. It has transformative powers [….]

PODCAST: Lemon Lounge is a brand-new podcast all about queer theatre

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Lemon House Theatre goes digital with this exciting new project BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS There’s so much to miss during lockdown, but one of the main things we’ve been missing here at DIVA HQ (AKA our respective homes) is the sweet feeling of queer theatre.  There’s nothing quite like the buzz in the air when a [….]

FROM THE VAULTS: My Dad Wrote A Porno

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We ask, is Belinda Blumenthal a feminist icon? BY CARRIE LYELL Here at DIVA HQ, we’re big fans of My Dad Wrote A Porno, a smash-hit comedy podcast which has grabbed more than 100 million of us by the cervix. The premise is simple: three friends – Jamie Morton, James Cooper and Alice Levine – [….]