Mayor of London writes to every headteacher in London in support of inclusive education

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“Young people should be able to learn about healthy relationships of all kinds, and that includes LGBTQ+ relationships” BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE. PHOTO: SADIQ KHAN IN 2019 The Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, is writing to every headteacher in London to give his full support to LGBTQI-inclusive relationships education in the capital’s schools. Reiterating his backing [….]

The Arches: East London’s newest queer friendly day-to-night venue

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If you’re looking for a place to work hard and play hard, then look no further… BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS The Arches is a brand new bar based in Bethnal Green, London. It’s tucked away under six Victorian railway arches which means there’s loads of space to accommodate the electric atmosphere and crazy cool interior.  The [….]

A Pride message from the Mayor of London to the lesbian and bisexual community

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“This Pride, I want to pay tribute to the lesbian and bi Londoners who, for too much of history have been demonized, fetishized or erased” BY MAYOR OF LONDON. IMAGE SADIQ KHAN, #BIPRIDE During Pride month, when up to a million Londoners flood the streets and shop windows are filled with rainbow flags, it’s easy [….]

Linda Riley: “The battle for equality is far from won”

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DIVA’s publisher explains why it’s vital to keep fighting for the LGBTQI community WORDS BY LINDA RILEY, DIVA PUBLISHER, IMAGE FROM FACEBOOK/MELANIA GEYMONAT Tonight (7 June 2019) DIVA magazine, the long-established title for lesbians and bisexual women which I publish, is hosting the annual DIVA Awards, where the achievements of gay and bi women from [….]

BOOKS: This Queer Angel launch at Gay’s The Word

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Author Elaine Chambers launches her debut book at London’s legendary LGBTQI bookshop BY BEATRIZ VASQUES Queer Angel, published by the crowdfunding platform Unbound, narrates Elaine Chamber’s battle with the British Armed Forces – because of her sexuality. Chambers, who was a nurse in the British armed forces in the 80s, was sacked from her position for [….]

Kate Tempest’s new single is fire emoji, fire emoji, fire emoji

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“It’s sultry with bold lyrics and it’s been on repeat since it dropped” BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS. IMAGE JENNY MCCAMBRIDGE/FLICKR Kate Tempest is the gift that keeps on giving. Just last week she announced that her fourth album, The Book Of Traps And Lessons, is coming in June and immediately released the first single – Firesmoke. [….]

Travel review: The Courthouse Hotel

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DIVA enjoys a night at this criminally cool hotel in Shoreditch WORDS CARRIE LYELL, IMAGES JAREK KLOCINSKI I’m a bit broken, emotionally and physically, when I arrive at the opulent Courthouse Hotel, a five-star beauty situated slap-bang in the middle of Shoreditch. It’s been a really tiring week, so a smooth check-in process and someone [….]