DIVA meets trans autistic actor and model Mabz Beet

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With some surplus drama, How To Drop A Piano is an unexpected weekend of revelations, desperations and reparations BY SAMANTHA GRIERSON, IMAGE BY SAMANTHA GRIERSON I first met Mabz Beet three months ago on Facebook, having dropped me a line after listening to my trilogy of LGBTQI+ audio plays about later life Autism and ADHD [….]

Queer Britain launches inaugural art award

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In partnership with Madame F wine, new award champions Queer creativity BY DIVA STAFF, IMAGE BY JASON LEUNG Queer Britain is a charity working to complete the nation’s family tree by establishing the UK’s first bricks and mortar LGBTQI museum, a place where stories, ideas and people are celebrated. They have just announced the launch [….]

Inclusive #VanLife: Celebrating LGBTQI+ Nomads

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Some of our favourite adventurers living the #QueerVanLife 🚐 BY JUST KAMPERS Van Life has taken the world by storm and, specifically, the millennial women of social media. However, this rarely includes LGBTQI+ women and non-binary people.  The Van Life hashtag on TikTok and Instagram is dominated by cis women in perfectly presented boho vans, [….]

It’s Pride Month and the LGBTQI community want you to know something

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“Rainbows are for life and not just June” BY DIVA STAFF June 1 marks the start of Pride Month, four weeks of celebration, protest and learning to commemorate the Stonewall Riots, a series of demonstrations led by trans women of colour in New York in June 1969 and which are often considered to be the [….]

Demi Lovato: “I identify as non-binary”

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The pop star opens up about gender identity and using they/them pronouns BY DIVA STAFF, IMAGE VIA INSTAGRAM Today singing superstar Demi Lovato took to social media to share the news that they identify as non-binary and use they/them pronouns. Demi wrote: “Today is a day I’m so happy to share more of my life [….]

LGBTI rights in Europe have come to a “deeply worrying” stand-still, reveals the 2021 Rainbow Index

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Martine Hess speaks to activists to find out what life is like at opposite ends of the index BY MARTINE HESS On International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, Biphobia, and Intersexphobia (IDAHOBIT), a leading LGBTI rights organisation reports “widespread and almost complete stagnation on human rights of LGBTI people”. ILGA-Europe has, for the past 12 years, [….]

Get ready for the UK’s first major LGBTQI event since lockdown

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Featuring X Factor’s Marcus Collins and Amelia Lily, Drag Race queen Cheryl Hole and 90s legends S Club, the celeb-studded show will raise vital funds for Liverpool Pride Foundation BY MARTINE HESS X Factor star Marcus Collins is set to perform at the UK’s first major LGBTQI event since lockdown, in support of charity work [….]