Travelling as a trans woman: Coffee In Madrid

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Samantha Marks remembers an awkward encounter with a pop star in Starbucks BY SAMANTHA MARKS Some years ago I went to Madrid to train as an English teacher. The training course was to last two months. Shortly before it commenced I checked into a hotel in the city centre on a temporary basis, before finding [….]

TRAVEL: DIVA takes a trip to queer friendly Copenhagen

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A sneak peak into the celebrations lined up for Copenhagen 2021 BY POLLY SHUTE Here at DIVA we have been missing Pride season, and like many, are big fans of the Nordics. We were delighted, as an official media partner, to be flown out to Copenhagen for an exclusive update on their plans for WorldPride [….]

TRAVEL: An (all too) brief history of lez/bi travel

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While we can’t travel at the moment, let’s look back on the stories of lesbian and bi wanderers BY CARRIE LYELL, IMAGE VIA ADOBE STOCK PHOTOS It’s Sunday evening and, like a good lesbian, I’m watching Gentleman Jack. Anne Lister has packed her thermometer and she’s off on a jolly. “Do women… do that?” asks [….]

TRAVEL: The Pride of Taipei

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Experiencing the LGBTQI delights of Taiwan’s colourful capital BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE VIA SHUTTERSTOCK In May 2019, Taiwan became the first country in Asia to legalise same-sex marriage and within the first month, over 1,000 same-sex couples acted upon their newly delivered marriage rights. This alone confirmed that Taipei Pride 2019 was set to be [….]

TRAVEL THROWBACK: On the streets of Philadelphia

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Joanna Whitehead falls hard for this spirited city BY JOANNA WHITEHEAD, IMAGE VIA ISTOCK Overlook Philadelphia at your peril. The capital of Pennsylvania is a city with grit and heart, packed with history, art and gays galore. Known as The City of Brotherly Love (and Sisterly Affection), the early settler William Penn named the metropolis [….]

TRAVEL: A weekend of surf, cycle and soul in LGBTQI-friendly Portugal

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Lisbon’s oceanfront cousin Cascais is the “coastess with the mostess”, says Danielle Mustarde WORDS & PHOTOGRAPHS BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE. LEAD IMAGE VISIT CASCAIS Which city comes to mind first when you think of Portugal? Lisbon? Porto, perhaps? Unless you know the region well, it’s likely these two diverse and welcoming cities are the first to [….]

TRAVEL: Constance Craving

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Danielle Mustarde pedals her way to inner peace along the shores of Europe’s postcard-perfect Lake Constance WORDS AND IMAGES BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE Here’s the thing. I love living in London, but I’m a northerner at heart and, every once in a while, the horn-blaring, underground-rumbling, fume-filled capital can get a little… much. I mean, was it really [….]