Queer herstory: What weird and wonderful things will you preserve for future generations?

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Roni Guetta, Project Manager of Queer Heritage South, on identity, memory and herstory BY RONI GUETTA On 8 April 2021, following two years of hard work, our team launched the Queer Heritage South Digital Museum. It’s a new, community generated, digital archive of all things related to queer life in Brighton, Hove and beyond. “If I am not for myself, [….]

Why we love Mademoiselle Mapuin: The bisexual, sword-fighting singer of the 17th century

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Just Like Us ambassador Sophie Cundall shares her bisexual icon with DIVA for International Women’s Day BY SOPHIE CUNDALL Picture the scene: a costume ball, think Bridgerton but a century or two prior, transported across the channel to France. Dresses swish in time with throbbing violins, playing the music du jour. A couple appear, centre [….]

Connecting The Letters: A new campaign from House Of Pride

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To mark the start of their new letter writing campaign for LGBT History Month, co-founders Lu and Alex pen a missive to DIVA readers BY HOUSE OF PRIDE Dear Diary DIVA Let me ask you something.  When was the last time you wrote a letter?  I don’t mean one of those Business back-and-forths, I’m talking about a [….]

Here’s who we’re celebrating this LGBT History Month!

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Take a look at DIVA’s LGBTQI heroes for #LGBTHM21 BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Happy LGBT History Month! Time to break out the rainbow bunting for a dazzling start to the queer calendar as we celebrate LGBTQI lives and culture in order to challenge prejudice and build equality. Every February here in the UK is a time [….]

NEWS: Statue commemorates two of history’s greatest forgotten LGBTQI trailblazers

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The landmark statue of Anne Bonny and Mary Read was made by British artist Amanda Cotton BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE BY DEBBIE BRAGG Trailblazing pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read have taken their rightful place in history with a statue that honours their boundary pushing, gender defying lives. Sadly, we know little about Anne (born [….]

EVENTS: Queer The Pier will showcase excerpts from Anne Lister’s visit to Brighton

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Queer The Pier at Brighton Museum & Art Gallery will run until February 2022 BY LISA HINKINS Emphasising the L in LGBTQI, one of the first stories in Queer The Pier to engage with is the historical lesbian of the moment: Anne Lister. Imagine the excitement when we discovered that Lister and her lover Mariana Lawton [….]

NEWS: US Supreme Court ruling backs protection for LGBTQI workers

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In a landmark ruling, LGBTQI individuals in the US can no longer be fired based on their sexual orientation or gender identity  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS A major win for the LGBTQI community and a landmark in history, the US Supreme Court has ruled that a federal law, which prohibits discrimination based on sex, should be [….]