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 [….]

MONEY MATTERS: How statutory sick pay works amid COVID-19

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Employment lawyers answer your questions about statutory sick pay and coronavirus BY GILSON GRAY/GRAHAM MILLAR I have over 20 years’ experience as an employment lawyer, but this is by far the most challenging time I have witnessed for any businesses in the UK – and indeed the rest of the world. The most important advice [….]

GOOD VIBES ONLY: Sex toy sales are soaring

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You saucy self-isolators are keeping the sex toy industry ALIVE BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE VIA SHUTTERSTOCK The loo roll supply is very low in local supermarkets everywhere right now, but it seems sex toys are even higher in demand!  Sex toy sales are on the rise amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and statistics from Womanizer have [….]

MUSIC: Charli XCX schedules self-isolation streaming sessions

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The packed programme will feature special guests including Christine And The Queens, Clairo and Rita Ora BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGES VIA INSTAGRAM The queen of pop and DIVA’s favourite LGBTQI ally, Charli XCX, has announced a programme of daily online events with the aim of providing support to those currently self-isolating due to the COVID-19 [….]

LEZ BE SAFE: Staying well while staying in

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A note on looking after yourself and others while practising social distancing BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE. IMAGES ANDREA PIACQUADIO It’s all a little surreal out there, isn’t it? With everything that’s going on in the world right now, it can be difficult to distance ourselves from the constant – somewhat necessary – chatter of the multiple talking [….]

NEWS: G-A-Y owner Jeremy Joseph announces closure amid spread of COVID-19

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LGBTQI+ venues are closing across London and the rest of the country – without the support they need BY SOPHIE PERRY G-A-Y club owner Jeremy Joseph announced that the club chain, which has branches in London and Manchester, would be closing due to the ongoing situation surrounding the coronavirus.  Joseph tweeted: “@BorisJohnson Is Not A [….]

NEWS: Prides across the UK continue to be postponed or cancelled

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“According to the European Pride Organisers Association, at least 23 Pride events have been cancelled or postponed” BY GRACE PRITCHARD The spread of COVID-19 has sent shock waves internationally, and with world famous events – including the BFI Flare LGBTIQ+ Film Festival, Glastonbury and Eurovision – and smaller, community gatherings being cancelled every day, the summer [….]