Six sapphic romance novels you should add to your summer reading list right now

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Whether you’re (finally) going on holiday or just relaxing in your back garden, these reads are perfect for a sunny afternoon BY POLLY ANGELOVA As the famous Grease song goes, summer lovin’ does happen so fast, especially if you’re the main character in a romance novel. What’s more exciting, however, is that the past couple [….]

Aisling O’Connor wants to Explore You and we think you should let her

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This queer anthem is going straight on our summer playlist IMAGES BY ADAM MARTIN @adamathart Is it hot in here or is it just Aisling O’Connor’s sizzling new single? 🔥 Explore You, released today, is an “unapologetic celebration” of queer sexuality and has all the hallmarks of a summer anthem. It’s certainly going straight on our [….]

Jazz And Dice: A new lesbian radio drama full of heart

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“It’s based on my first experience of falling in love and delves into the complexities of coming to terms with your sexuality while being hopelessly in love” ILLUSTRATION BY ISOBEL PLATT Jazz And Dice is a warm and witty new BBC Radio 4 drama about family, love and secretly dating your best friend. We’ve all [….]

The best lesbian must-reads according to UK’s oldest LGBTQI bookshop

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DIVA gets lost in the lesbian literature section of Gay’s The Word BY MARTINE HESS On 66 Marchmont Street, London, tucked in between an internet cafe and an art gallery, rests a piece of queer history. This is home to Gay’s The Word, the UK’s first and oldest LGBTQI bookshop. Established in 1979, it has [….]

Artist behind VadgeBadges blasts social media’s sexist double standards

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“The conversation is just as important as the art itself” BY MARTINE HESS VadgeBadges are beautiful, bold, vibrant, and unique, much like the actual vulva. But according to leading platforms, they have no place on social media, with some allegedly barring the creator from advertising her work.  Mirror earrings in vivid colours, ruffled pillows and [….]

“I was forced to run away from home”: A harrowing story of lesbian life in Italy

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Chiara Rolla, 27, was threatened by her own mother  BY JANE FAE As the world marks IDAHOBIT 2021, a heartbreaking and horrific story slips into my Twitter mentions from Italy. It deserves to be heard in full, if only for the bravery of the young woman speaking out. Though I have not the slightest doubt [….]

What is the Lesbian Masterdoc everyone is talking about and why does it matter? 

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DIVA takes a deep dive into this viral sensation BY MARTINE HESS Praised by young women questioning their attraction to men, the Am I a Lesbian Masterdoc is a helpful tool dedicated to dismantling compulsory heterosexuality. This is far from the basic “Am I gay?” quiz.  Chances are that, sometime over the past year, you [….]