I founded the UK’s first bi survivors network – I couldn’t have done it without trans people

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“The trauma of survivors like myself has been weaponised against trans women to deny them access to women’s shelters and other vital services” BY LOIS SHEARING I remember realising that I had been raped and sexually assaulted.  I was sitting in my childhood bedroom watching Trixie and Katya’s YouTube show Uuughhh on my laptop. It [….]

The Top 50 Ultimate Pride Anthems, as voted for by you

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It’s official: Born This Way by Lady Gaga is the favourite tune of queer fans across the UK BY POLLY ANGELOVA The UK’s LGBTQI+ community has named Lady Gaga’s timeless hit Born This Way as the ultimate Pride anthem in a new poll conducted in celebration of Pride Month. Earlier this year, OnePoll surveyed 500 [….]

Ahead Of The Curve: A remarkable tribute to a remarkable woman

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Linda Riley meets Franco Stevens, founder and publisher of Curve  BY LINDA RILEY Rarely am I blown away in an interview but talking to Franco Stevens, founder of Curve magazine, I found myself sometimes speechless thinking about the uncanny parallels of our lives as publishers of lesbian magazines. I’m interviewing Franco about her new film [….]

DIVA exclusive: L Morgan Lee, star of The Danish Girl musical, on bringing trans stories to the stage

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“We never get to see a trans woman play a trans woman, so there’s this something new” BY DIVA STAFF Trans actor L Morgan Lee has spoken about her history-making casting in the new theatre adaptation of The Danish Girl about the life of painter Lili Elbe, one of the first people in the world [….]

It’s Pride Month and the LGBTQI community want you to know something

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“Rainbows are for life and not just June” BY DIVA STAFF June 1 marks the start of Pride Month, four weeks of celebration, protest and learning to commemorate the Stonewall Riots, a series of demonstrations led by trans women of colour in New York in June 1969 and which are often considered to be the [….]

Dodie: “I love my bi-ness, but I think I need to love it by myself for a while”

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The singer-songwriter on bisexuality, mental health and finally feeling valid as an artist INTERVIEW BY CARRIE LYELL, IMAGE BY PARRI THOMAS Dodie Clark has a brand new album out and it’s totally brilliant. To celebrate the release of Build A Problem, DIVA editor-in-chief Carrie Lyell had a heart-to-heart with the phenomenally talented singer-songwriter. You can [….]

Running queer and the transformative power of connection

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Can running help to connect us to our queer identities? BY CARRIE LYELL In March this year, I ran my first half marathon. That might not seem like much of achievement to you ultra marathon runners out there, but for me, it was huge.  There were no spectators lining the streets, cheering me on. No [….]