…cake is must-see, game-changing theatre centring queer, Black femmes

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“You gonna get this VISIBLE Blackness – DARKSKINNED BLACKNESS in all its beautiful glory” ARTICLE BY ELLA DEREGOWSKA, IMAGES BY SEYE ISIKALU “How do queer, Black femmes achieve legitimacy when their soil is hostile? What happens to their roots? Who deserves solace on a sinking island where performativity is currency?” In an exciting addition to [….]

Bloody Elle – A Gig Musical is a pioneering and potty-mouthed lesbian love story you don’t want to miss

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DIVA music editor Laura Howard heads to Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre for a one-woman show about sapphic self discovery WORDS LAURA HOWARD, IMAGES PIPPA RANKIN Manchester’s Royal Exchange Theatre proudly re-opened its doors on 23 June with a pioneering, potty-mouthed lesbian love story and gig musical, Bloody Elle. Writer, musician and actor Lauryn Redding has [….]

VIEWS: Being queer on Broadway

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“Nothing could stand in my way. Nothing except: boom – I’m a lesbian” BY DEBRA BARSHA The only label that I feel I was born with is MUSICIAN. I knew exactly what I wanted to do from the time I was five years old. It was a blessing and a curse. The blessing: I had [….]

Queer Wavelengths episode #1: Bi-centric podcasts

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Coming straight to the ears of queers across the globe, these are some of our favourite podcasts putting bi folks in the spotlight BY POLLY ANGELOVA Podcasts are the new radio. And that’s not just a catchy turn of phrase (although we do like those). In 2020 Bill Rosenblatt wrote for Forbes that though at earlier stages [….]

WOMEN ON TOP: “I always thought I was wearing two hats. In reality, I was, in fact, wearing many, many different hats”

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Charley Woodward from VMware spoke to Alim Kheraj from myGwork about her transitioning journey and the difference that a supportive organisation can make. BY DIVA STAFF Charley Woodward used to think of herself as wearing two hats: the person she was and the person she presented to the world. “I used many different strategies to hide from the world who I [….]

Mae Martin: “I hope in the future there will be a less gendered world”

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The stars of Feel Good talk representation and authenticity INTERVIEW BY ROXY BOURDILLON, IMAGE BY NETFLIX In the brand new issue of DIVA we have a heart-to-heart (OK, a Zoom-to-Zoom) with stars of Netflix comedy Feel Good, Mae Martin and Charlotte Ritchie. Here’s a taster of what they had to say. Mae on being non-binary [….]

Kiana Madeira: “I have never seen a horror film that had a queer love story”

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The star of Netflix’s Fear Street on LGBTQI representation in genre INTERVIEW BY ROXY BOURDILLON, IMAGE BY ANDREW ECCLES In the July issue of DIVA, Fear Street’s Kiana Madeira opens up about playing the queer lead in Netflix’s scarily brilliant Fear Street trilogy. Here’s a sneak preview. Kiana on… Representation in Fear Street “They’re groundbreaking [….]