MUSIC: Nice to meet you, NIMMO

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Danielle Mustarde chats to the London-based duo to find out how they’re staying creative in the times of corona BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE, IMAGE ROXY LEE NIMMO are Sarah Nimmo and Reva Gauntlett, a London-based duo who have been making music together since they were 14. We caught up with them to find out what inspires their [….]

GAMING: Could it be? A queer Easter egg in Animal Crossing?

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Only days after Animal Crossing: New Horizon’s release on Nintendo Switch, players have found an LGBTQI+ reference… BY SOPHIE PERRY. IMAGE NINTENDO UK/TWITTER Eagle-eyed players of Nintendo’s newly released Animal Crossing: New Horizons, may have spotted a subtle reference to a queer relationship in the game. The life-simulation game, which features a community of adorable [….]

Jackie Hagan: Becoming me

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Award-winning theatre-maker Jackie Hagan reflects on a life in and out and back in the closet BY JACKIE HAGAN When I was seven, my first crush was on Linda Lusardi… Rambo and Boy George. Huh, take that Kinsey. I was innocently in love with the world.  Fast forward to high school. It’s the 90s, Section [….]

Review: King Of Clubs

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DIVA heads down to the Royal Vauxhall Tavern for drag king extravaganza King Of Clubs: King Of Hearts WORDS KATIE HALL, IMAGES MARITA UPENIECE Frankie Sinatra’s drag king night Kings of Clubs has become a well-established must-attend cabaret night on the scene. Borne from inspiration at the emergence of drag king talent, Frankie has created [….]

BOOKS: Tell Me I’m Forgiven

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A fan of Gentlemen Jack? Then you’re going to love the story of forgotten stars, Gwen Farrar and Norah Blaney… BY ALISON CHILD. IMAGE COURTESY OF TELL ME I’M FORGIVEN. Introducing a “new” story to delight fans of historical lesbian dramas like Gentleman Jack and Tipping The Velvet: Tell Me I’m Forgiven: The Story Of [….]

ART: Painter Sarah Jane Moon celebrates queer identities

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Sarah Jane Moon on her portrait of Dr Ronx, queer visibility, and the contemporary portrait genre BY FELICITAS SOPHIE VAN LAAK. LEAD IMAGE ROISIN MCVEIGH The portrait genre is changing and New Zealand-born, London-based painter Sarah Jane Moon is at the forefront of that movement. Here, DIVA catches up with SJM after she was selected [….]