UK government outlines plans to ban conversion therapy

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A commitment to ban the practice in England and Wales has been set out in the Queen’s Speech BY CARRIE LYELL Conversion therapy is to be banned in England and Wales and a new support fund created to help those affected by the abhorrent practice, it was announced today.  Conversion therapy is the controversial practice [….]

Book review: A Boob’s Life

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“As a trans woman, this book gripped me like no other I can remember” BY SOPHIE ROBBINS What do you call your breasts? At one point, US novelist and screenwriter Leslie Lehr’s magisterial “boob biog” lists 146 nicknames for the human mammary gland. You smirk or blink at terms like kahunas and sweater meat, but [….]

DIVA COMMUNITY: In conversation with Renee Vaughan Sutherland

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Join the DIVA Community to tune in to this exclusive chat with Renee Vaughan Sutherland BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS DIVA has launched a series of DIVA Community exclusive and live Zoom chats with some of our lovely friends and supporters during lockdown called #TheRileyInterviews.  This Wednesday (23 September) at 8pm, artist, filmmaker, creative director and founder of Greater Than 11%, [….]

NEWS: Stonewall announces Sheldon Mills as new chair of trustees

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Jan Gooding steps down after six year term and remains on the board as a trustee BY KELLY-ANNE TAYLOR. IMAGE STONEWALL This morning, Stonewall, Britain’s leading charity for LGBT+ equality, announced the appointment of its new Chair of Trustees, Sheldon Mills.  “I’m hugely excited and proud to be appointed Chair,” said Sheldon. “Right now, we’re [….]

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 [….]

6 ways to spend Valentine’s Day (when you don’t do Valentine’s Day)

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Be your own Galentine 💕 BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE  Ah, Valentine’s Day. I’ve already seen three lots of people rushing around, a bunch of roses pressed protectively against their chests, each with a look of mild worry in their eyes – did they only just remember? Have they got more than one Valentine to squeeze into [….]

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, [….]