Tanya Byrne, author of the lesbian YA romance of the summer, on how she ended up writing books

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“The next time someone asks me how I ended up writing books, this is what I’m going to tell them: I write the books I wish 17-year-old me had found after that episode of Brookside” WORDS TANYA BYRNE, IMAGE MAYA ZIYU People often ask me how I ended up writing books. The truth is, I [….]

Young LGBTQI+ people of colour share their stories of love and rage

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“Our stories are valuable, our visibility is key”  BY ELLA DEREGOWSKA Young LGBTQI+ people of colour have shared their stories of love and rage in an insightful new video, recorded to mark this year’s UK Black Pride. In the video, Pippa, Amy and Issac, ambassadors for the charity Just Like Us, open up about the [….]

Tiny wins for non-binary people in 2021

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Celebrate International Non-Binary Day with some good news, for once BY ELLA DEREGOWSKA The news can sometimes be less than uplifting for an LGBTQIA+ person, and while there have been difficult challenges and setbacks in 2021, this year has also delivered much-needed wins for all, including non-binary people. All over the world, 2021 has seen [….]

I’ve never been to Pride – does that make me less gay?

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Attending your first Pride is an important rite of passage which Covid has postponed for Ella Deregowska BY ELLA DEREGOWSKA The pandemic has taken away a lot of what we love most. For me, the postponement of Pride parades and closure of gay bars and clubs definitely hit the hardest. And what’s worst is that [….]

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 [….]

Welcome to the Queer Emporium, a magical must-see collective of LGBTQI-owned businesses in Cardiff

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Whether you’re a local, or you’re planning a visit to the Welsh capital over the summer, make sure to stop by this shopping utopia BY POLLY ANGELOVA My first visit to the Queer Emporium started off with the intention to quickly pop in, ask owner Yan White if he’d be happy to answer some questions, [….]