ART: Painter Sarah Jane Moon celebrates queer identities

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Sarah Jane Moon on her portrait of Dr Ronx, queer visibility, and the contemporary portrait genre BY FELICITAS SOPHIE VAN LAAK. LEAD IMAGE ROISIN MCVEIGH The portrait genre is changing and New Zealand-born, London-based painter Sarah Jane Moon is at the forefront of that movement. Here, DIVA catches up with SJM after she was selected [….]

EXCLUSIVE: Cate Ferris drops new single Gyroscope

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Eclectic, bold and inventive, Ferris is one to watch BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Brighton-based Cate Ferris is a singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and all-round music legend who has been captivating audiences over the past four years.  Immersing herself in the eclectic Brighton music scene, Cate has stepped out of her comfort zone and experimented fearlessly in order to [….]

EVENTS: Fringe! Queer Film Fest X DIVA present Deep Waters

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“A mesmerising and poetic essay film on the theory, beauty and praxis of the female orgasm” BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE Since 2011, Fringe! Queer Film & Arts Fest – an entirely volunteer-run organisation rooted in London’s queer creative scene – has come around every November to showcase an eclectic mix of films, arts and events celebrating [….]

VIEWS: Why I’m speaking at the LGBTQI rally in London this weekend

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“We cannot let Brexit turn back time on our rights, and we have just hours until a decision is made (or not) on our futures” BY ROSIE MCKENNA. IMAGE ROSEMARY KETCHUM VIA PEXELS Much has been said, in particular in recent months since the landscape has become clearer, about how Brexit will impact the most [….]

VIEWS: Goodbye Zoe Tate

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“Actor Leah Bracknell’s Zoe Tate will live on as a lez/bi legend and as the first lesbian character in a British soap” BY JACQUIE LAWRENCE, CREATIVE DIRECTOR AT DIVA MEDIA GROUP. IMAGE EMMERDALE WIKI. For most queer female viewers, The Brookside Kiss is the seminal lez/bi soap moment, but for me, it was the coming [….]

Saachi’s “Dark” is a bringer of light

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This autumn’s self-love anthem from London-born, Mumbai-raised singer-songwriter Saachi Sen BY FELICITAS SOPHIE VAN LAAK Today, indie-pop singer-songwriter Saachi Sen releases her new song, Dark. The leading single for her debut solo EP beautifully translates the notion that – “In a society that profits from your self-doubt, liking yourself is a rebellious act” – into [….]