NEWS: Statue commemorates two of history’s greatest forgotten LGBTQI trailblazers

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The landmark statue of Anne Bonny and Mary Read was made by British artist Amanda Cotton BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE BY DEBBIE BRAGG Trailblazing pirates Anne Bonny and Mary Read have taken their rightful place in history with a statue that honours their boundary pushing, gender defying lives. Sadly, we know little about Anne (born [….]

We’ve missed you…

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A word from DIVA editor-in-chief, Carrie Lyell BY CARRIE LYELL Hello! It’s me. I was wondering if after all these years you’d like to meet… Jokes aside, you’re a sight for sore eyes, you are. The last seven months have been incredibly challenging for many of us, and the DIVA team is no exception. Back [….]

EVENTS: Join Big Tent Ideas tonight for a virtual queer debate

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DIVA Publisher, Linda Riley, will chair the first Queer Debate tonight at 7pm BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Join Big Tent Ideas for the first of a series of events focused on the most pressing queer issues of the day, bringing together a wide range of voices from LGBTQI communities and organisations to explore personal experiences. You [….]

NEWS: Italian lesbian rights organisation called out for its transphobic views

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Jane Fae explores the tragic transphobia faced by Ciro Migliore in the Italian press and LGBTQI community BY JANE FAE Transphobia comes in many guises. Today it may take the form of violence against any identity that fails to fit cishet norms. Tomorrow, it will be newspapers misreporting, misgendering. Perhaps hardest to swallow is the bigotry [….]

NEWS: Olympian Nicola Adams to star as one half of Strictly’s first same-sex couple

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A ground-breaking step for LGBTQI representation on our screens for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing BY DIVA STAFF The former boxer and Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams will appear in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, alongside other stars such as Clara Amfo, Ranvir Singh, and Max George. In a series first, Nicola Adams will compete [….]

NEWS: Petition launched to stop the prosecution of film-maker Agnieszka Holland

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Agnieszka Holland is facing legal action for speaking out against far-right policies in Poland BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS As one of the most high-profile defenders of human rights in Poland today, Agnieszka Holland is being targeted by international law-firm Ordo Iuris.  Agnieszka Holland is an Oscar-nominated free-thinking and forward-looking film-maker who has protested against the persecution [….]

Mantis partner with Brand Advance to combat keyword prejudice affecting LGBTQI and BAME publications

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A big step forward for equality in publishing as words such as “queer” and “lesbian” won’t immediately be deemed unsuitable  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS As of last week, Brand Advance Media Network announced that it would be using Mantis, powered by IBM Watson, to determine safe advertising opportunities for brands targeting minority groups.  The new and [….]