VIEWS: Conversations around gender identity: are things changing for the better?

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“We all have a responsibility to understand our own privilege and biases” BY ANT JACKSON How we talk about gender has really changed this year. For example, the UK Census truly reflected gender identity for the first time beyond the previous male and female only tick boxes, which formerly excluded trans and non-binary people.   It proved [….]

DIVA exclusive: L Morgan Lee, star of The Danish Girl musical, on bringing trans stories to the stage

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“We never get to see a trans woman play a trans woman, so there’s this something new” BY DIVA STAFF Trans actor L Morgan Lee has spoken about her history-making casting in the new theatre adaptation of The Danish Girl about the life of painter Lili Elbe, one of the first people in the world [….]

L With The T: Then and now

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Christine Burns delves into the DIVA archive and finds trans inclusion is not just a current trend BY CHRISTINE BURNS The question of whether lesbians support or despise trans people has become a hot issue of late. It’s a topic that was forced to the front of the LGBTQI news agenda in July 2018, when [….]

DIVA DOES FLARE: Valentina

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Director Cássio Pereira dos Santos tells DIVA about this uplifting trans story set in Brazil BY NADIA DAVIES Described as a timely and transcendent drama, Valentina is an impressive debut feature from Cássio Pereira dos Santos about a trans teenager trying to navigate social stigma and bureaucratic barriers.  Describe your film in three words.  Uplifting [….]

NEWS: TransActual UK responds to recent Lords debate about a trans-inclusive maternity bill

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“Why are some unelected sections of parliament now demanding that otherwise progressive legislation exclude minority groups?” BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE VIA ISTOCK A debate surrounding the use of trans-inclusive language in the UK’s Maternity Bill took place in the House of Lords yesterday, sparking a great deal of concern for the wider trans community.  Unelected [….]

DIVA meets Katie Neeves, the trans ambassador here to support, educate and empower us all

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“I am a woman on a mission! But not just any woman and not just any mission.”  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS, IMAGE BY JAYNE WALSH Well known and well-trusted within the transgender community, Katie Neeves is a trans ambassador providing trans awareness training and mentoring through her company and website Cool2BTrans.  She’s on a mission to [….]