DRAG KINGS: Pecsmas is here, queer and making your yuletide very, very gay…

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“Pitch perfect performances meet searing social and political commentary in this most festive of drag treats” BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE. IMAGES HARRY ELLETSON What a gift it was to spend the evening with the wonderful, London-based Pecs Drag Kings for their latest serving of queer cheer – the Christmas-flavoured, Pecsmas. Taking inspiration from Mean Girls to [….]

OPINION: Does Facebook have a problem with lesbians?

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Even as we head into 2020, lesbians must still battle in order to have their voices heard BY LINDA RILEY Working on the launch of DIVA’s 2020 strategy, which includes increasing our role within Lesbian Visibility Day, I was horrified to see that my attempt at using “@LesbianVisibility” as a username on Facebook was refused.  [….]

Why Liam Payne’s Both Ways fetishises bisexual women

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“Both Ways limits our understanding of sexuality to a sanitised and heterosexual reference-point” BY MEG MURPHY, BI PRIDE UK (@BISEXUAL_MEG). IMAGE YOUTUBE. On 6 December 2019, Liam Payne’s latest album was released and along with it his track, Both Ways. It is a song which explores a bisexual woman’s sexuality through the privilege-tinted glasses of [….]

REVIEW: Lucy Spraggan “raises the roof” at Union Chapel

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“However many times she takes to the stage, every show is different” BY KATIE MARGARET HALL. IMAGE INSTAGRAM (LUCY BACKSTAGE ON TOUR) There’s no doubt that Lucy Spraggan is a prolific and dedicated tourer. She’s electrifying venues around the UK, Europe and the US twice a year and rocking as many summer festivals as possible. [….]

Trans In The City: Let’s educate, demonstrate and celebrate trans lives

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“The misrepresentation must end. The media bullying, the stereotyping, the deaths must end. And they will” BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS. IMAGE TRANS IN THE CITY. On Trans Day Of Remembrance 2019, DIVA went along to Trans In The City, a very special event in London with the aim of reminding us why it’s so important to [….]

Empowering the individual

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“Enlightenment, discovery, empowerment and progress” at the Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation’s annual conference BY SASKI SINGER, IMAGE @SASKISINGER WITH BEN COHEN MBE “Enlightenment, discovery, empowerment, progress.” These are just a few words that would describe this years Ben Cohen StandUp Foundation’s annual conference: Empowering The Individual. Followed by their prestigious awards ceremony, StandUp celebrated the [….]

BOOKS: “Wibbly-wobbly, gender-blendery stuff”

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Meg-John Barker navigates gender through space and time in new graphic novel BY FELICITAS SOPHIE VAN LAAK. ILLUSTRATIONS JULES SCHEELE. Meg-John Barker’s second graphic novel Gender: A Graphic Guide is out now. Here, the author tells DIVA how they relate to the book on a personal level and muses about the future of gender in all [….]