NEWS: Pope Francis backs civil unions for same-sex couples

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“Homosexuals have a right to be a part of the family”  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Speaking in a new documentary about his life entitled Francesco, Pope Francis has officially called for same-sex couples to be “legally covered.” The ground-breaking statement was first heard in Rome where the documentary premiered on Wednesday.  It marks a dramatic shift [….]

We’ve missed you…

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A word from DIVA editor-in-chief, Carrie Lyell BY CARRIE LYELL Hello! It’s me. I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet… Jokes aside, you’re a sight for sore eyes, you are. The last seven months have been incredibly challenging for many of us, and the DIVA team is no exception. Back [….]

BOOKS: Kate Davies and Amrou Al-Kadhi announced as winners of the 10th Polari Prizes

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The UK’s only award for books exploring the LGBTQI experience announces it’s 2020 winners  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Amrou Al-Kadhi and Kate Davieshave tonight been announced as the winners of the 2020 Polari Prizes, the UK’s only award celebrating literature that explores the LGBTQI experience.  Amrou becomes the 10th winner of the Polari First Book Prize, established in [….]

SCREEN: Your exclusive chance to catch They Them Us

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They Them Us is screening digitally at the LA Femme International Film Festival, followed by a Q&A BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS All you queer film fans out there, there’s a chance to see a screening of the fabulous They Them Us on Friday evening, 16 October – virtually of course, as part of the LA Femme [….]

NEWS: Pride In London opens applications for LGBTQI groups to receive much-needed funding

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Applications for Pride In London’s Unity Fund are now open to all grassroots LGBTQI organisations  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS After a difficult year for many LGBTQI organisations that have been disproportionately affected by the Coronavirus pandemic, there may just be a light at the end of the tunnel.  Following its launch in June this year, applications [….]

SCREEN: Mentors revealed for 2020 BFI Flare x BAFTA Crew support programme for emerging talent

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Seven emerging LGBTQI British filmmakers to receive mentoring from industry professionals such as Luca Gaudagnino and Kate Herron  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS The British Academy Of Film And Television Arts (BAFTA) and BFI have today announced the six industry mentors who will provide a year-long mentorship to the BFI Flare x BAFTA Crew 2020 mentees. Now [….]

NEWS: Educate & Celebrate teams with Are You Proud? filmmakers to provide LGBTQI education resources for Schools for Black History Month

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The collaboration will produce vital intersectional resources for LGBTQI inclusion in schools and colleges BY EDUCATE & CELEBRATE  Educate & Celebrate, one of the leading LGBTQI education charities in the UK has partnered up with the team behind the critically acclaimed documentary Are You Proud? to produce vital intersectional resources for LGBTQI inclusion in schools and colleges.  [….]