OPINION: “We are stronger together”

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A view from the ground with trans people and their allies at London’s most recent trans solidarity demonstration Words submitted by London Bi Pandas, #LwiththeT, #GwiththeT, #BwiththeT, Muslim LGBT Network, The Gay Liberation Front, Queer AF Brighton, Transmissions, Educate & Celebrate and more… On 9 March 2020, a trans solidarity demonstration was held in opposition [….]

OPINION: The best (and worst) of LGBTQI representation on screen today

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From Netflix’s Atypical via Black Lightning, to F.R.I.E.N.D.S and Sex In The City BY GEORGIA BUTLER. IMAGE ATYPICAL/YOUTUBE What do we want? Diverse and accurate LGBTQI+ representation in the media. When do we want it? About 25 years ago, maybe..? Things have come a long way since the first issue of DIVA was published way [….]

OPINION: Why Dawn Butler is the right person to help lead the Labour Party

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“Diversity is our strength” BY LINDA RILEY Today, as deputy leadership bids for the Labour party are announced, one name, for me – and for LGBTQI equality – stands out. Dawn Butler, Labour MP for Brent Central, and someone I’m lucky enough to be able to call a friend.  One of six children, born and raised [….]

VIEWS: How can I be visibly bisexual?

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“Online my sexuality is there for all to see – this doesn’t translate to life offline” BY RACHEL CHARLTON-DAILEY Rachel – 30, bisexual, spoonie, Doctor Who nerd. This is how easy it is for me to come out online. By including that one word in my Twitter profile everyone instantly knows my sexuality. I am [….]

OPINION: How I learned to own my bisexuality

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“It’s hard to see yourself as real when the rest of the world tells you you’re not” WORDS BY JESSICA BONNIE, IMAGE BY SAMANTHA GARROTE FOR PEXELS It took me 27 years to realise my “radical self-acceptance” was hinged on performing my bisexuality for the approval of other people. “YOLO” was my identity in my [….]

Real life: Growing up gay in an all-girls school

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School was not a safe space to be gay, remembers Molly Smith BY MOLLY SMITH Being gay in an all-girls school was the kind of challenge that I wish I could have avoided. Soon after I started at secondary the excitement of being at a new school began to evaporate and the crippling realisation that [….]