Join the fight for LGBTQI+ asylum claimants

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Ahead of World Refugee Day on 20 June, DIVA meets two women who’ve had to navigate a “rigged” asylum system  BY PHILIP BALDWIN LGBTQI+ asylum claimants face unprecedented challenges in the UK, with the current government stepping up rhetoric criticising asylum claimants and migrants.  In this piece for DIVA, I look at two case studies [….]

A minor but inconsequential victory: Director of TransActual and Chair of Trans Media Watch reflects on the Maya Forstater case

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“Despite the press hype, there is nothing especially new or interesting in this verdict” BY jane fae I don’t know which is worse. The seeming unending procession of legal cases, brought by a peculiar alliance of self-identified “gender critical feminists” and their Christian evangelical buddies, and designed to make life for trans people difficult. Or [….]

Do you know who is making your Pride merch this month and if they’re being paid a decent wage?

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“Brands shouldn’t be allowed to keep getting away with claiming to support the LGBTQ+ community while producing collections which rely on exploitation for production” BY NADIA DAVIES June is Pride Month, which means a month of celebration, visibility, and activism for many LGBTQIA+ people. It’s also a time for high street brands to bombard us [….]

OPINION: The global LGBTQI community need our help

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Human rights abuses are “rampant” and we need to act quickly and decisively, say campaigners BY SAURAV DUTT AND MANDY SANGHERA The LGBTQIA community in the world has never been in a more precarious position than at the current time. So much work has to be done, for if you are lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, [….]

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 [….]

“I was forced to run away from home”: A harrowing story of lesbian life in Italy

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Chiara Rolla, 27, was threatened by her own mother  BY JANE FAE As the world marks IDAHOBIT 2021, a heartbreaking and horrific story slips into my Twitter mentions from Italy. It deserves to be heard in full, if only for the bravery of the young woman speaking out. Though I have not the slightest doubt [….]

“I can’t talk about how much I miss my family”

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Wendy Young shares a love letter to her home, South Africa BY WENDY YOUNG I have a pinguecula.It is mine and I’m keeping it.It isn’t doing any harm and it isn’t too terribly ugly.  Pin-GWEK-yoo-lahA pinguecula? you might ask. Is it some sort of strange pet I’ve never heard of? We’ll come back to what [….]