The longread: How Gentleman Jack changed my life forever

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Self-proclaimed “Lister Sister” Rachael Biggs on validation, courage and lessons in love BY RACHAEL BIGGS, IMAGES FROM GENTLEMAN JACK, BBC It has been one month now since the last episode of Gentleman Jack was shown on the BBC. Since the finale on 7 July 2019, I have been through the most magnificent (and scary) journey. Even [….]

Sophie Rundle on the huge impact Gentleman Jack’s lesbian relationship had on viewers

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The queer romance stole all our hearts, but how did Suranne Jones’ co-star react to the huge response? BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Gentleman Jack has had a huge impact on the lez/bi community over the past few months. The response to the show was overwhelming, with six million viewers tuning in and series two was quickly [….]

Journalist Lyra McKee remembered at the DIVA Awards 2019

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Sandi Toksvig, Killing Eve and Ruth Hunt honoured at an emotional ceremony in London BY DIVA STAFF Journalist Lyra McKee was honoured at the DIVA Awards 2019, where her partner delivered an emotional speech encouraging us all to #BeMoreLyra.  Announcing a bursary in Lyra’s name to help LGBTQI women get into the media, Sara Canning [….]

Here’s what Suranne Jones really thinks about straight actors playing LGBTQI+ characters

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The Gentleman Jack star speaks exclusively to DIVA Box Office about her role as Anne Lister WORDS: ROXY BOURDILLON, PHOTOS: BBC/LOOKOUT POINT/MATT SQUIRE There’s a lot of discussion right now about straight actors playing LGBTQI+ characters. The matter of representation is undoubtedly an important one, especially for us as queer people, who have often been [….]

Suranne Jones is DIVA’s dreamy new cover star 😍

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Also in this issue: The DIVA Power List, Sofie Hagen and Heather Peace Suranne Jones is serving 1800s dapper realness on the cover this month, and we can’t get enough! DIVA editor Carrie Lyell was lucky enough to meet the star of epic new BBC drama Gentleman Jack on set at Shibden Hall, and in [….]

Introducing DIVA Box Office: Europe’s first lesbian digital TV channel 🍿✨

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Team DIVA celebrates Lesbian Day of Visibility with a very special announcement… BY DIVA STAFF Team DIVA is thrilled to announce a brand new channel dedicated to queer female content, launching today with a chat show fronted by the one and only Heather Peace. DIVA Box Office, dropping on Lesbian Day of Visibility (Friday 26 [….]

DIVA meets the cast and crew of Gentleman Jack

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Carrie Lyell heads to Shibden Hall to learn about Anne Lister and chat to the team behind the brand new BBC drama IMAGE CREDIT: LOOKOUT POINT, PHOTOGRAPHER: JAY BROOKS I’m on my way from Edinburgh to Halifax, staring out of the window at the rolling green hills of West Yorkshire. Though we’re still a good [….]