Want to win a ticket to Etheridge Island?

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Now is your chance! BY TEAM DIVA, IMAGE BY ETHERIDGE ISLAND Melissa Etheridge mega fans: brace yourselves. As part of our media partnership with Etheridge Island, Melissa’s week-long festival taking place in Mexico in from 30 August-5 September, we’re giving away a junior suite ocean view king room. That’s right, you heard us: king room. [….]

The fifth annual Pride In Education conference is set to return on 25 June 2022, with an exclusive 10% discount for DIVA readers

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Sponsored by myGwork, Lumiere London, Pearson UK, Zoom and Natixis, this year’s conference will combat prejudice and champion LGBTIQA+ inclusion BY ELEANOR NOYCE, IMAGE VIA PRIDE IN EDUCATION CONFERENCE Passionate about LGBTIQA+ inclusion in education? The Pride In Education conference will be returning on Saturday 25 June 2022 for its fifth run, marking the organisation’s [….]

Jake Daniels is paving the way for queer athletes and fans like me who just want to belong

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LGBTQI representation in sports is needed now more than ever, and the Blackpool FC forward has turned into an idol for many BY NIKITA ACHANTA, IMAGE VIA BLACKPOOL FC Jake Daniels publicly came out on 16 May, becoming the only openly gay active male footballer in the United Kingdom, because he wanted to finally “be himself”. A [….]

New survey led by LGBTQI organisations to champion representation in media

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Got 15 minutes spare? Why not make your voice heard? BY DIVA STAFF Visibility is critical in times of heightened legislative and societal action against our community. By contributing 15 minutes of your time, you can help influence a more diverse representation of LGBTQI people in mass media. We know from previous research that representation [….]

Heartstopper’s Yasmin Finney to join the cast of Doctor Who

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“To be seen as a trans actress by the legend himself Russell, has not only made my year, it’s made my life” BY NIC CROSARA, IMAGE BY NETFLIX Since Heartstopper came to our screens in April, Yasmin Finney quickly became a fan favourite for her portrayal of Elle Argent. Last night (16 May), Whovians and [….]

7 Days Of Queer: UK drops once more in ILGA Europe’s ranking for LGBTQI rights

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There is a lot of work to do around the globe in the fight for equality BY NIC CROSARA, IMAGE BY KAROLINA GRABOWSKA VIA PEXELS Once again, the UK has dropped down in ILGA Europe’s ranking of countries based on their record of LGBTQI rights. In the latest Rainbow Map, which was published on 12 [….]

Primadonna festival 2022 features La Roux, Juno Dawson, Abi Morgan and many more

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This year’s programme is jam-packed full of inspiring creatives BY NIC CROSARA In 2019, the first Primadonna festival was held and featured the likes of Bernardine Evaristo, Elif Shafak and Luke Jennings. Since then the festival has gone on to grow and spotlight a wide range of creatives from the margins. Earlier this year, Primadonna [….]