OPINION: I love music festivals, but where are all the queer artists?

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“Girl in Red’s set made it clear how important that representation is, and there’s no reason why we can’t have more of it” BY CAITLIN CHATTERTON Want to know if somebody likes women? Just ask them if they listen to Girl in Red. Or, you could have rocked up to Reading’s Festival Republic tent on [….]

A minor but inconsequential victory: Director of TransActual and Chair of Trans Media Watch reflects on the Maya Forstater case

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“Despite the press hype, there is nothing especially new or interesting in this verdict” BY jane fae I don’t know which is worse. The seeming unending procession of legal cases, brought by a peculiar alliance of self-identified “gender critical feminists” and their Christian evangelical buddies, and designed to make life for trans people difficult. Or [….]

“I was forced to run away from home”: A harrowing story of lesbian life in Italy

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Chiara Rolla, 27, was threatened by her own mother  BY JANE FAE As the world marks IDAHOBIT 2021, a heartbreaking and horrific story slips into my Twitter mentions from Italy. It deserves to be heard in full, if only for the bravery of the young woman speaking out. Though I have not the slightest doubt [….]

OPINION: Step aside, queens: It’s time for drag kings to shine

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Emma Flint tells DIVA why drag kings have earned their place on Drag Race BY EMMA FLINT, IMAGE BY STEPHEN ALLWRIGHT The stroke of midnight on New Years Eve didn’t just mark the end of a tough year – it marked the start of a new season of RuPaul’s Drag Race. Okay, so technically the [….]

OPINION: Is Happiest Season’s Harper a villain or a victim?

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Angry reactions to Clea DuVall’s festive flick are missing the point, argues Michele Theil BY MICHELE THEIL, IMAGES VIA SONY PICTURES The release of Happiest Season this month received a mixed reception from the queer community. While many have described the film as a quintessential lesbian rom-com, providing “queer festive cheer,” others have criticised the film for a number of [….]

OPINION: Addressing racism in the LGBTQI community

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“The intersection of this Pride Month with the Black Lives Matter movement must serve as a catalyst for long-term change within the LGBTQI community” BY PRISHITA MAHESHWARI-APLIN In all 50 states in the United States, and 18 countries across six continents, thousands have taken to the streets over the past week in what has been [….]