The Black History Month Issue: Spotlight on Illinois

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What does the #amazingforall state have on offer for those looking to explore Illinois’ QTIPOC community and Black History? IMAGE BRONZEVILLE/BOXVILLE MARKET Illinois has a reputation for being one of the most LGBTQI-friendly states in the US and, recently, it’s been making queer, Black history as well. Here, we took a closer look at what [….]

Five lez/bi legends from LGBTQI-friendly Illinois

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In case you needed any more reason to visit the #amazingforall state 🇺🇸 BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE/ILLINOIS. PHOTO: NETFLIX There’s lots to think about when planning a trip away. What time of the year should you go, how long for, and just how many famous queer folk come from there… (Just me?) We’ve been working with [….]

TRAVEL: Welcome to Galena

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DIVA meets badass businesswomen Carolyn Linton-Canfield to find out what “Gaylena”, Illinois, has to offer lez/bi visitors Carolyn and Angela Linton-Canfield have been a couple for 22 years and, along with their (now 25-year-old) twins, lived in Chicago, Illinois and Oakland, California before settling in Illinois’ Midwest in 2008.  Soon after the move, the pair [….]

Reader story: “My homophobic family made my life a nightmare, but now I couldn’t be happier”

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Instagram influencer Fozia shares her difficult journey to find ultimate happiness I have always known I was gay, but my strict Muslim upbringing made it extremely difficult for me to accept myself. My family never could. I met Sammy at work. She was in an arranged marriage with a man from Pakistan, but over time, [….]

Looking for a gal pals’ getaway? Try Galena, Illinois

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Think Amy Poehler’s Wine Country (but with your best queer gal pals) BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE/ILLINOIS. PHOTO: EXPLORING GALENA, ILLINOIS Have you seen Amy Poehler’s most recent Netflix-shaped offering, Wine Country? If not, it’s a delight. In the film, in honor of Rebecca’s (Rachel Dratch) 50th birthday, Abby (Amy Poehler) plans a scenic getaway with their [….]

DIVA at World Pride in New York

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Creative director Jacquie Lawrence and publisher Linda Riley share their memories of a trip to The Big Apple for the mother of all Prides 🍎🌈 BY JACQUIE LAWRENCE World Pride in New York was indicative of the city in which it was held: big, bold, brash and beautiful. Diverse and inclusive, it was a perfect [….]

Thinking of heading to Amsterdam for Pride this August?

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Watch the world famous Parade float by in style from the Pulitzer Pride Pink Deck ✨ BY DIVA STAFF During the Canal Parade of Amsterdam Pride, Pulitzer Amsterdam will have their large Pink Deck set up right on the canal. A 30-meter pontoon will be built on the Prinsengracht Canal in front of the très [….]