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 [….]

THEATRE: The Amber Trap

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Telling stories that reflect the queer, female, experience on stage BY LUCY KNIGHT “In a male-dominated culture, there’s this kind of fetishisation of lesbian stories which really bothers me.”  Playwright Tabitha Mortiboy was inspired to write her third full-length play, The Amber Trap, partially due to the lack of representation she sees of female same-sex [….]

Rent in style at New Garden Quarter 

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Find your home in the beating heart of East London’s fast-growing Stratford New Garden Quarter is a modern development arranged around a beautifully landscaped garden square.  A truly modern take on the classical London square, this unique development couldn’t be better placed. Located a stone’s throw (a seven minute walk*) from Stratford Station, Queen Elizabeth [….]

Spanners With Manners

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Got a car? Due that MOT? Let us introduce you to London’s first all-female garage… BY SPANNERS WITH MANNERS. PHOTO MIKE COLES. Whether you’re looking for a simple service or intricate bodywork the team at Spanners With Manners have the answer to all your car-shaped needs. Set up in East Finchley, north London, Spanners With [….]