Pride Comes Before a Fall?

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Linda Riley, DIVA publisher, gives the real reasons for DIVA’s withdrawal from Charlie Shakespeare’s Virtual Pride BY LINDA RILEY In the last week, and in my capacity as the publisher of DIVA magazine, I have been unfairly represented in the Daily Mail, The Sun, The Express and Breitbart regarding DIVA pulling support for Virtual Pride. [….]

SCREEN: Time to say goodbye to Vida

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The stars of Vida chat to DIVA about their time on the wonderfully diverse show INTERVIEW BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE, WORDS BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS After three seasons of heartwarming queer characters and beautifully tender moments we’re very sad to say that Vida, the show that has set the bar extremely high for diversity and representation on [….]

NEWS: New Shadow Women & Equalities Shadow Minister Marsha de Cordova vows to fight for LGBTQI equality

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Labour’s new Shadow Secretary of State for Women and Equalities spoke exclusively to DIVA to address her plans for LGBTQI equality BY DIVA STAFF When Keir Starmer was announced as the new Labour Leader earlier this year, LGBTQI Labour supporters wondered whether the cabinet members chosen would be inclusive of the LGBTQI community.  Members of [….]

Sh! What’s that sound?

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DIVA’s creative director Jacquie Lawrence listens in to Sh! Whispers, a new series of erotic audio stories BY JACQUIE LAWRENCE Rumour has it that Sh! Women’s Erotic Emporium – one of Team DIVA’s favourite shops – has started a whispering campaign to encourage women (and their friends) to buy their toys online since Covid-19 has forced [….]

MUSIC: Nice to meet you, NIMMO

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Danielle Mustarde chats to the London-based duo to find out how they’re staying creative in the times of corona BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE, IMAGE ROXY LEE NIMMO are Sarah Nimmo and Reva Gauntlett, a London-based duo who have been making music together since they were 14. We caught up with them to find out what inspires their [….]

Headshot Image description: Alice Sheppard is a light skinned multi-racial woman with brown, yellow and copper streaks in her curly hair short har. She smiles warmly and leans forward, resting her cheek on her hand. She is wearing a black long-sleeved top and a short gold necklace. Photo by Beverlie Lord.

DIVA meets Alice Sheppard, the disabled dancer challenging the industry

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“Theatres are ready for disabled audiences, but they aren’t ready for disabled artists” BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE BY BEVERLIE LORD Alice Sheppard had no idea that life would lead her towards her love of dancing. She only took her first class after being dared to do so, but loved it so much that she resigned [….]

Dear readers: Help us to help you

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Editor-in-chief Carrie Lyell pens an impassioned plea to support DIVA and keep our community thriving through the Covid-19 crisis BY CARRIE LYELL Do you remember the first copy of DIVA you bought? I do. (Almost) 20 years on, I can still see the shiny red cover, clear as day, glistening on that shelf in WH [….]