WorldPride 2021 will bring together politicians, officials and activists from around the world

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Various key LGBTQI figures have confirmed their participation in the Refugees, Borders and Immigration Summit taking place next year in Malmö during WorldPride BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE BY CHARLOTTE STRMWALL  With more than 70 countries around the world still criminalising same-sex relationships, many LGBTQI people are affected by human rights abuse and persecution in their [….]

TRAVEL: Unbeaten tracks in Japan, part two

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In the second part of her travel diary, Danielle Mustarde follows in the footsteps of pioneering traveller Isabella Bird PHOTOS BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE AND PIXABAY Late afternoon, Thursday 6 February  Westin Sendai  Hakodate Asaichi Morning Market was today’s first port-of-call – a revered local market alive with the spoils of the sea. Stalls of giant, [….]

NEWS: DIVA launches partnership with WorldPride and EuroGames for their 2021 celebrations

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A celebration of equality and diversity in Copenhagen and Malmö from 12-22 August, 2021 BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Happy International Lesbian Day! What a great day it is to be announcing our partnership with WorldPride and EuroGames, taking place in Copenhagen for 2021. It’s billed as an eclectic arts and culture programme, the biggest ever LGBTQI [….]

TRAVEL: DIVA takes a trip to queer friendly Copenhagen

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A sneak peak into the celebrations lined up for Copenhagen 2021 BY POLLY SHUTE Here at DIVA we have been missing Pride season, and like many, are big fans of the Nordics. We were delighted, as an official media partner, to be flown out to Copenhagen for an exclusive update on their plans for WorldPride [….]

TRAVEL: To Russia with love

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Ellie Mackin shares her tips and tricks for travelling safely as a queer trans woman  BY ELLIE MACKIN The big, unsmiling customs official flicks through my passport with a well-licked finger. I hold my breath as I step through the X-ray machine, praying it won’t betray me. With a nod he hands me back my [….]

TRAVEL: An (all too) brief history of lez/bi travel

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While we can’t travel at the moment, let’s look back on the stories of lesbian and bi wanderers BY CARRIE LYELL, IMAGE VIA ADOBE STOCK PHOTOS It’s Sunday evening and, like a good lesbian, I’m watching Gentleman Jack. Anne Lister has packed her thermometer and she’s off on a jolly. “Do women… do that?” asks [….]

TRAVEL: The Pride of Taipei

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Experiencing the LGBTQI delights of Taiwan’s colourful capital BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE VIA SHUTTERSTOCK In May 2019, Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage and within the first month, over 1,000 same-sex couples acted upon their newly delivered marriage rights. This alone confirmed that Taipei Pride 2019 was set to be [….]