Home Office report reflects worrying rise in transphobic and homophobic hate crime

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Hate crimes reported in England and Wales have risen by 9% since the beginning of the pandemic BY ELEANOR NOYCE, IMAGE BY PIXABAY A Home Office report has revealed the sinister reality of hate crime in the UK, reflecting a rise in reported hate crimes by 9% since the beginning of the pandemic. The report [….]

Black Queer History: How can the education system do better?

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In conversation with K Bailey Obazee and Sharifa James on the importance of Black queer joy and community BY NIC CROSARA, IMAGE BY KATERINA HOLMES When it comes to the classroom, and the wider world in general, both Black and queer history have suffered a great deal of erasure. Growing up, classes that addressed Black [….]

We Will Be Heard: New survey aimed at LGBQTI+ Black people and people of colour launched by UK Black Pride

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“Our communities are rarely meaningfully reached or accounted for in surveys about the LGBTQI+ experience” BY DIVA STAFF A new survey designed to highlight the needs and wants of LGBTQI Black people and people of colour and to “fill the gaps of understanding” has been launched today (Friday 7 May) by UK Black Pride.  Europe’s [….]

BOOKS: Five queer Black authors to read this Black History Month

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Some of our favourite Black writers who are transforming queer literature BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE VIA INSTAGRAM We’re sure you’ve been ploughing through your lockdown reading list as the days are getting rainier and the nights are getting longer. There’s no better time than now to pick up a book by a Black queer author [….]

MUSIC: We’ve got your Black History Month playlist covered

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DIVA’s Black History Month playlist is packed with our favourite Black lez/bi and non-binary folk  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS If you’re looking for a way to celebrate Black History Month we’ve got just the thing for you. Whether you’re working from home, need some bops to bake along to in the kitchen or something sweet and [….]

NEWS: Lady Phyll, Munroe Bergdorf and Bernardine Evaristo named in 100 Great Black Britons list

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Key Black LGBTQI individuals celebrated in the 100 Great Black Britons as Black History Month begins BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS In order to mark the first day of Black History Month 2020, the 100 Great Black Britons list has been announced today, featuring some huge LGBTQI names.  The list is the brainchild of Windrush campaigner Patrick [….]

Black queer women and non-binary people we’re celebrating this Black History Month

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Here’s 25 of our favourite Black LGBTQI icons changing the game in 2020 ✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Happy Black History Month! Every October it’s an important time to not only look back at Black History, but also to look forward and celebrate the here and now. To shine a light on the individuals who have made [….]