COMMUNITY: Staying in, but not staying silent

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LGBTQI+ activists and creatives come together for Queer Protest At Home BY PRISHITA MAHESHWARI-APLIN. ILLUSTRATION FREDDE LANKA “We demand honour, identity and liberation,” said Stuart Feather, an original member of the Gay Liberation Front, as he read out the GLF Demands written by John Chesterman in the 70s. His words, just as relevant now as [….]

CALL ME MAYBE: Free telefriending for over 50s

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Opening Doors London working to make sure older LGBTQI+ people stay connected while staying home 🌈☎️ BY KELLY-ANNE TAYLOR. PHOTO BRUNO CANTUÁRIA Opening Doors London, the London-based organisation helping LGBTQI+ over 50s to live happy, sociable and independent lives, is now offering a wonderful Telefriending service to help people stay connected during lockdown.  In the [….]

DIVA Does (Digital) Talent: Have you got what it takes?

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Show off your savviest, social distancing-friendly skills in a bid to take the DIVA Community Crown… BY DIVA COMMUNITY That’s right. DIVA’s new, Facebook-based, online social space – the DIVA Community – are hosting their very own DIVA Does Talent as part of the wider Lesbian Visibility Week event, running from 20-26 April 2020. What are the [….]

THE BISEXUAL BIBLE: Enter the “control freakies”

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“What I didn’t realise was a total lack of external stimulation would give me far too much time to… think” BY GEORGIA BUTLER.IMAGE BY SAMANTHA GARROTE It has been three weeks since I saw a human face, in person, to whom I am not related. It has been two weeks since I wrote an article [….]

VIEWS: 5 ways to stay busy while staying home

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“Self care shouldn’t be overlooked while self isolating” BY BEX SHORUNKE. IMAGE KELLY LACY COVID-19 has deprived a selfless NHS of sleep and the people their freedom. The UK hasn’t ever (in recent years) looked so dystopian – empty streets, barricaded shops and tumbleweed gliding through Soho. Womxn worldwide are being confined to the four [….]

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 [….]