BFI Flare: Groundbreaking documentary Gateways Grind centres lesbian visibility and queer herstory

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“The Gates was often a haven for women who were in the closet for the rest of the week” BY KEAH LILY On Friday 25 March I had the pleasure of visiting BFI Flare for the world premiere of the feature-length-documentary Gateways Grind. The BFI was bustling with people chattering with excitement. As we sat [….]

Are you ready for Etheridge Island?

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The festival has announced its lineup and we are so excited BY NIC CROSARA Throughout her career the trailblazing LGBTQI musician Melissa Etheridge has bridged our vibrant community together through song. Now she’ll be joined by an exciting line-up of artists for the Etheridge Island Festival. And here at DIVA, we are proud to announce [….]

Artists Bee Illustrates and Eliza Hatch present group show for Women’s History Month

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The Hysterical exhibition will remind us of the power in using art as a tool for advocacy BY NIC CROSARA, IMAGE BY CHARLIE HYAMS Social media drains me. I’ve succumbed to far too much “doom-scrolling” in the comments sections, especially during the pandemic. But Bee Illustrate’s Instagram profile serves up some much needing big queer [….]

The Cocoa Butter Club is seeking out new melanated LGBTQI talent

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Ready for an event that spotlights and celebrates fresh new performers? BY NIC CROSARA, IMAGE BY THE COCOA BUTTER CLUB The Cocoa Butter Club was founded in 2016, sparked by the amount of cultural appropriation, lack of diversity and other limitations of the cabaret scene. This award winning collective has been on a mission to [….]

Everything you need to know about DIVA Book Club

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Love LGBTQI books? Want to find a community of bookworms? Well, look no further BY DIVA STAFF, IMAGE BY VINCENZO MALAGOLI VIA PEXELS Is there any better feeling than getting lost between the pages of a great book and then coming together to discuss it? Well, 2022 is here and the DIVA Book Club is [….]

Save the date: The Cocoa Butter Club Christmas Cabaret is coming to town

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Ready for a melanated serving of queer cheer? BY NIC CROSARA, IMAGE BY THE COCOA BUTTER CLUB  Looking for a fun and bold way to get into the seasonal spirit? Well then you don’t want to miss this show-stopping Christmas Cabaret on 18 December at Shoreditch Town Hall, brought to you by The Cocoa Butter [….]

Birmingham Pride announces its 2022 headliners

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What a way to celebrate its 25th year! 🎉 BY DIVA STAFF, IMAGE VIA INSTAGRAM We may be heading into 2022, but it seems 25 is the magic number this year. Birmingham Pride had its most successful festival earlier this year and as it prepares to celebrate its 25th year by having the biggest pride [….]