OPINION: London has a serious supply problem

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Isabella Lewis asks, in a city of nine million, where are all the lesbian, bi, trans and QTIPOC bars? WORDS BY ISABELLA LEWIS, IMAGES BY LICK EVENTS AND ALEX JANASZEWSKI Navigating the world as queer womxn, we and our trans and QTIPOC (queer/trans/intersex people of colour) siblings shrink ourselves. We hope that, if we voluntarily [….]

Gay in the 90s: Section 28, “filthy queers” and lesbian chic

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As DIVA celebrates its 25th birthday, Georgina Turner reflects on how much – and how little – has changed since the magazine was first published in 1994 Words Georgina Turner For the queer community in Britain, the 1990s was a decade inflected by Section 28 – pearl-clutching horror at the notion that school children might [….]

One from the vaults: Growing up under Section 28

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Thirty years since the introduction of Section 28, Danielle Mustarde looks back at her school days under the amendment 🍎 BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 was a controversial amendment to the UK’s Local Government Act 1986, enacted on 24 May 1988 and repealed on 21 June 2000 in Scotland, and on [….]

OPINION: Stop sexualising queer women!

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Charlotte Summers is fed up with unwelcome leers and unsolicited dick pics BY CHARLOTTE SUMMERS Lesbians and bi women often face a sea of questions about their sexuality, relationships and even sex life. Sadly, I’m no different and regularly have to deal with questions, looks and comments that belittle and sexualise my relationship. Whether it’s [….]

Opening up hospice care

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CEO of Martlets Hospice Imelda Glackin on how we can create LGBTQI-friendly palliative care BY IMELDA GLACKIN Martlets Hospice is a hospice in the heart of Brighton and Hove on the south coast of England. When it comes to embracing and celebrating the LGBTQI community, our city is perhaps the most flamboyantly open in the [….]

OPINION: Here’s why Ariana Grande is the perfect headliner for Manchester Pride

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“Straight female pop singers have long held an important place in LGBTQI culture” BY ELEANOR NOYCE. IMAGE INSTAGRAM. Britney, Madonna, and Whitney are instantly recognisable names in their own right – and each of these iconic women holds a special place in the hearts of queer folk all over the world. Ariana Grande is the latest [….]

“Critics don’t look like me”

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Eris Young writes about their experience with DIVA’s Emerging Voices programme, a rare opportunity for queer arts reviewers BY ERIS YOUNG When I sit down with DIVA books editor Kaite Welsh for my mentoring session, she greets me warmly, compliments my fringe (sloppily hand-cut). We do know each other – it was Kaite who emailed [….]