New study explores social impact of COVID-19 on the LGBTQI+ community

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“When mental health and social isolation already disproportionately affects our community, it’s vital that we listen to those who are most vulnerable” BY SOPHIE PERRY A new snapshot study completed by LGBTQI+ community research Queer Voices Heard delves into the social impact of the coronavirus pandemic on LGBTQI+ people.  The study, which was undertaken between [….]

HEALTH: Want to perfect your social distancing skills? Here’s how…

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NHS England’s National Advisor For LGBT Health shares their advice for staying well while staying home BY LIZZIE STREETER/DR MICHAEL BRADY. PHOTO ANNA SHVETS It’s really important that everyone follows the government’s guidance on the social distancing measures we should all now be taking to reduce social interaction. These measures have been put in place in order to reduce [….]

VOX TOX: Fancy spending your evening with Sandi Toksvig?

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The GBBO and QI host launches new YouTube channel BY JACQUIE LAWRENCE. IMAGE THE DIVA AWARDS As we adjust to the challenging times we’re currently living through, “National Trevor” Sandi Toksvig is set to keep us entertained with the launch of her brand new YouTube channel. Aptly named “Vox Tox”, it’s a fiercely funny mix [….]

HOME VIEWING: BFI Flare’s Five Films For Freedom

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The London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival’s Five Films For Freedom series is available to stream now (and for free) BY SOPHIE PERRY. PHOTO BY LISA FOTIOS The world’s largest LGBTIQ+ digital campaign, Five Films For Freedom, is online, ready to stream right now – until 29 March 2020. This year’s campaign marks six years of broadcasting new [….]

COME TOGETHER: DIVA create online community to bring lez/bi women together during COVID-19

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“Our digital doors are wide open” BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE “Hey, DIVA family. Welcome to our new digital hangout, a safe space to meet, chat and collaborate,” begins the new Facebook-based, DIVA Community, launched as a way of bringing the lez/bi community closer together amid everything that’s happening in the world right now. “In these uncertain [….]

GOOD VIBES ONLY: Sex toy sales are soaring

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You saucy self-isolators are keeping the sex toy industry ALIVE BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE VIA SHUTTERSTOCK The loo roll supply is very low in local supermarkets everywhere right now, but it seems sex toys are even higher in demand!  Sex toy sales are on the rise amidst the COVID-19 pandemic and statistics from Womanizer have [….]

MUSIC: Charli XCX schedules self-isolation streaming sessions

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The packed programme will feature special guests including Christine And The Queens, Clairo and Rita Ora BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGES VIA INSTAGRAM The queen of pop and DIVA’s favourite LGBTQI ally, Charli XCX, has announced a programme of daily online events with the aim of providing support to those currently self-isolating due to the COVID-19 [….]