Sandi Toksvig: “I’m still a lesbian”

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National treasure Sandi Toksvig reflects on the reaction of the tabloid press to her coming out BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS In 1994, Sandi Toksvig became the first lesbian in the UK to come out while in the public eye, after hearing rumours that she was about to be outed by a tabloid. Now a national treasure, [….]

NEWS: Facebook “bans” Lesbian Visibility Week advert

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“[This] highlights why Lesbian Visibility Week is needed. None of our other Human Rights adverts have been blocked”   BY KELLY-ANNE TAYLOR Facebook has allegedly banned an advert celebrating the first Lesbian Visibility Week. The ad, promoting the newsletter of the Peter Tatchell Foundation, an independent Human Rights charity, had been guest edited by Linda [….]

10 words that mean something completely different when you’re a lesbian

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Pass me the chapstick BY TINA LEDGER, IMAGE VIA ISTOCK We basically have our own secret language… 1. Gold star What it actually means: A gold coloured star. What it means to lesbians: A woman/lesbian who has never had sex with a man.  via GIPHY 2. Lipstick What it actually means: Make-up in a variety [….]

Our survey says: DIVA launches new research into the lives of women loving women 🗣

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“Make sure our voices are heard, set the agenda, and change the conversation in a positive, meaningful way” BY DIVA STAFF The biggest ever piece of research into the lives of women loving women (WLW) launches today, addressing the specific needs of LGBTQI women like never before.  TAKE THE SURVEY for a chance to win [….]

Books: Exploring lesbian love in With Some Wild Woman

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DIVA looks ahead to the launch of author Jill Gardiner’s new collection of poetry  Great news, book lovers! Jill Gardiner will be launching her new book With Some Wild Woman – Poems 1989-2019, with a reading on 28 November at Gay’s The Word.  With Some Wild Woman is a poetic journey through one woman’s life [….]

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, [….]

Susie McCabe: “Comedy is changing”

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The Scottish comedian talks to DIVA about sexism in stand up and the importance of being vocal as a working class lesbian BY HEATHER PRICE When I speak with award-winning stand up comedian Susie McCabe, she was is ever so slightly hungover, having picked up two major gongs at the Scottish Comedy Awards 2019 the [….]