More than half of LGBTQI young people have faced discrimination while homeless, according to a shocking new report

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“The statistics around harassment and discrimination are unacceptable in a country that we often consider to be progressive” BY HARRIET ARGENT More than half of homeless LGBTQI young people faced discrimination and harassment from services designed to help them, according to a report by akt.  In their latest survey of 161 LGBTQI young people in [….]

Anne Lister is 230 this weekend and we’re celebrating in style

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Gentleman Jack is 230 and looking fine! 🥳 BY DIVA STAFF Thousands of Anne Lister fans will come together online this weekend to celebrate the famous diarists’ birthday.  Saturday 3 April 2021 would have been the scholar, traveller, businesswoman and landowner’s 230th birthday. It’s also a landmark year for her Halifax home, Shibden Hall, which [….]

Sadiq Khan: I will fly the lesbian flag above City Hall for Lesbian Visibility Week

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In an interview with DIVA publisher Linda Riley, the Mayor of London pledges his support for LVW and calls on DIVA readers to re-elect him in May BY CARRIE LYELL Mayor of London Sadiq Khan has pledged his support for Lesbian Visibility Week and says he will fly the lesbian flag above City Hall this [….]

Queer Qreate: A new online festival celebrating LGBQTI creators

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“It’s kind of like a really fun colourful QVC” BY NADIA DAVIES A new online festival dedicated to promoting and celebrating LGBTQI+ brands, businesses, artists, and creators launches next week.  Running from 2 – 5 April, Queer Qreate is a live interactive experience celebrating LGBTQI+ creators and small businesses. Over 35 brands, creators and artists are [….]

Scotland’s leading LGBTQI organisations launch equality manifesto ahead of election in May

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“Scotland used to be a leader in LGBTI equality – it is not anymore” BY NADIA DAVIES A group of Scotland’s national LGBTI equality organisations have a manifesto for equality, ahead of the Scottish Parliament elections in May.  Stonewall Scotland, Equality Network, LGBT Youth Scotland and Scottish Trans Alliance, alongside partners LGBT Health and Wellbeing, [….]

A statement from Pride in London on significant changes to its structure and leadership

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FROM: The Pride in London Press Team We in the LGBT+ community know very well that as we travel the long road to equality, equity and a fair society, there come pivotal moments. Sometimes these moments can be caused by a new generation bringing fresh perspectives and thinking, seeing inadequacies in what has come before [….]

Stonewall statement on institutional racism within Pride in London

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BY STONEWALL Nancy Kelley, Chief Executive, Stonewall (she/her) said, ‘Pride is essential to both surviving and thriving as LGBTQ+ people in a world where structures and institutions are stacked against us. Whether a protest or a celebration, we all deserve to be safe, respected and supported when taking part in Pride as a volunteer or [….]