Home Office report reflects worrying rise in transphobic and homophobic hate crime

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Hate crimes reported in England and Wales have risen by 9% since the beginning of the pandemic BY ELEANOR NOYCE, IMAGE BY PIXABAY A Home Office report has revealed the sinister reality of hate crime in the UK, reflecting a rise in reported hate crimes by 9% since the beginning of the pandemic. The report [….]

DIVA meets trans autistic actor and model Mabz Beet

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With some surplus drama, How To Drop A Piano is an unexpected weekend of revelations, desperations and reparations BY SAMANTHA GRIERSON, IMAGE BY SAMANTHA GRIERSON I first met Mabz Beet three months ago on Facebook, having dropped me a line after listening to my trilogy of LGBTQI+ audio plays about later life Autism and ADHD [….]

DIVA supports The Iris Prize 2021 in Cardiff, with wins from Rebel Dykes and Senan Kara

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The queer film festival championed LGBTQI women and non-binary people BY ELEANOR NOYCE, IMAGES BY THE IRIS PRIZE Taking place last weekend in Cardiff, the Iris Prize 2021 was a true celebration of LGBTQI film. The winners were announced on Saturday night at a special awards ceremony, with attendance from directors David Färdmar and Peeter [….]

Everything you need to know about the return of podDIVA

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podDIVA is back and better than ever! BY DIVA STAFF Hey DIVAs, are you looking for a new podcast to fulfil your audible needs? Well, we’ve got excellent news for you! On 3 November, podDIVA will be available on your favourite streaming platforms. The episodes will give you the opportunity to take a peek behind [….]

Queer Britain launches inaugural art award

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In partnership with Madame F wine, new award champions Queer creativity BY DIVA STAFF, IMAGE BY JASON LEUNG Queer Britain is a charity working to complete the nation’s family tree by establishing the UK’s first bricks and mortar LGBTQI museum, a place where stories, ideas and people are celebrated. They have just announced the launch [….]

The Gender Inclusion Network is combatting the rise of transphobia in the British media

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Thousands of academics are refusing to be silenced when it comes to trans rights BY NIC CROSARA, IMAGE BY THE GENDER SPECTRUM COLLECTION – ZACKARY DRUCKER In a recent UK survey, 93% of participants reported that transphobia within the media had an impact on their experience of transphobia from strangers in the street. 85% said [….]

UK Black Pride co-founder Lady Phyll has debuted on Just Like Us’ new podcast

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In this week’s episode, Lady Phyll discusses the importance of inclusive education 💫 BY ELEANOR NOYCE, IMAGES COURTESY OF PHYLL OPOKU-GYIMAH Exciting news, DIVAs! Co-Founder of UK Black Pride and Executive Director of Kaleidoscope Trust Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, also known as DIVA fave Lady Phyll, has collaborated with LGBTQI charity Just Like Us on an exciting [….]