HearHer first: Saara Aalto drops new single ahead of HearHer Festival

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DIVA EXCLUSIVE: The Finnish pop star hits the alto with new track, Starry Skies BY ALICIA PRYZSIENIAK Singer-songwriter and LGBTQI advocate Saara Aalto is back with brand new ballad, Starry Skies, a track ready-made for getting us all through the soon-to-come winter nights… Starry Skies is built upon a story of first love – Saara’s [….]

DIVA X Gay’s The Word: In Kate Charlesworth’s Shoes

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EVENT: In Conversation with Kate Charlesworth, author and illustrator of Sensible Footwear: A Girl’s Guide On October 24 2019, DIVA magazine teams up with London’s legendary LGBTQI bookshop Gay’s The Word to present an evening with author and cartoonist, Kate Charlesworth. Recently long-listed for the Portico Prize, Kate’s graphic memoir Sensible Footwear: A Girl’s Guide [….]

The hidden lesbian love story in Pride And Prejudice

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Playwright Isobel McArthur on her adaptation of Jane Austen’s Pride And Prejudice and the lesbian love story in this beloved novel BY CARRIE LYELL AND FELICITAS SOPHIE VAN LAAK When Isobel McArthur first graduated from drama school, the choice of roles she could audition for was limited. Consequently, she began to write her own relatable, [….]

FRINGE REVIEW: Dalloway

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“An ordinary day underpinned by hidden woes, troubles and desires” BY EMILY SHEWELL, IMAGES ELTON TOWNEND JONES Elton Townend Jones’ stage adaptation of Virginia Woolf’s classic novel Mrs Dalloway perfectly encapsulates life in the interwar period: the parties, the dreams and the surfacing anxieties in the aftermath of the Great War.  It’s June 1923. The [….]

The lesbians from next door: Celebrating community and friendship in Falsettos

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Emily Garside looks ahead to the London premiere of this important musical and asks why lesbians have been left out of Aids narratives in popular culture BY EMILY GARSIDE William Finn premiered his one-act musical Trousers off-Broadway in 1979. Two years later, collaborating with James Lapine, Finn created two additional one-acts, March of the Falsettos [….]

The 1975’s Matty Healy defies anti-LGBT laws after kissing male fan at Dubai gig

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“I love you and I wouldn’t have done anything differently” IMAGE INSTAGRAM @THE1975 Lead singer of pop rock band The 1975, Matty Healy – aka DIVA Ally Of The Year – has defied Dubai’s strict laws after kissing a male fan during a performance there. Homosexuality is currently illegal and punishable by imprisonment in the country. [….]

REVIEW: The Bareback Kings at Camden Fringe

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The drag king comedy group serves up a royally entertaining night that’s as smart as it is funny, says Kat Halstead BY KAT HALSTEAD The UK drag scene is thriving and diversifying, and to prove it, the Bareback Kings are slowly manspreading their way to the top with their first ever hour-long show. Cue the [….]