New study explores social impact of COVID-19 on the LGBTQI+ community

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“When mental health and social isolation already disproportionately affects our community, it’s vital that we listen to those who are most vulnerable” BY SOPHIE PERRY A new snapshot study completed by LGBTQI+ community research Queer Voices Heard delves into the social impact of the coronavirus pandemic on LGBTQI+ people.  The study, which was undertaken between [….]

HEALTH: Want to perfect your social distancing skills? Here’s how…

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NHS England’s National Advisor For LGBT Health shares their advice for staying well while staying home BY LIZZIE STREETER/DR MICHAEL BRADY. PHOTO ANNA SHVETS It’s really important that everyone follows the government’s guidance on the social distancing measures we should all now be taking to reduce social interaction. These measures have been put in place in order to reduce [….]

GOOD NEWS: NYC couple gets married in the middle of the street amid lockdown

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“Amidst the uncertainty and despair, marrying the love of my life in the most NYC moment was perfect” BY SOPHIE PERRY. NYC SKYLINE BY ROBERTO VIVANCOS Coronavirus might be grounding flights, closing down capital cities and turning (some) people into toilet roll-hoarding, doomsday preppers – but it won’t stop true love. Even in the middle [….]

VIEWS: On dating during a pandemic

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Let’s talk about (phone) sex, baby… BY GEORGIA BUTLER This is… new, isn’t it? A pandemic? I can’t be the only one who feels as though we have been swept into the middle ages, walking around with black buboes under our arms and in places they never should have been. Seriously, buboes in the groin? [….]

Pride In London postponed “with a heavy heart”

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“Allyship is needed more than ever, so we ask everyone to continue to be kind, loving and generous” BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE. IMAGE ALLIE SMITH As thousands of events across the UK continue to be postponed or cancelled amid the evolving coronavirus health pandemic, it felt it was only a matter of time before one of the [….]

COME TOGETHER: DIVA create online community to bring lez/bi women together during COVID-19

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“Our digital doors are wide open” BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE “Hey, DIVA family. Welcome to our new digital hangout, a safe space to meet, chat and collaborate,” begins the new Facebook-based, DIVA Community, launched as a way of bringing the lez/bi community closer together amid everything that’s happening in the world right now. “In these uncertain [….]

SCREEN: Gentleman Jack series two production postponed

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Suranne Jones shares message of support with DIVA readers practising social distancing: “I’m just sending you love” BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE British drama studio Lookout Point TV has today, 20 March 2020, announced that the second series of the much beloved series Gentleman Jack will be delayed as the coronavirus/COVID-19 pandemic continues to evolve. Sharing the [….]