TRAVEL: Welcome to Galena

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DIVA meets badass businesswomen Carolyn Linton-Canfield to find out what “Gaylena”, Illinois, has to offer lez/bi visitors Carolyn and Angela Linton-Canfield have been a couple for 22 years and, along with their (now 25-year-old) twins, lived in Chicago, Illinois and Oakland, California before settling in Illinois’ Midwest in 2008.  Soon after the move, the pair [….]

Reader story: “My homophobic family made my life a nightmare, but now I couldn’t be happier”

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Instagram influencer Fozia shares her difficult journey to find ultimate happiness I have always known I was gay, but my strict Muslim upbringing made it extremely difficult for me to accept myself. My family never could. I met Sammy at work. She was in an arranged marriage with a man from Pakistan, but over time, [….]

Looking for a gal pals’ getaway? Try Galena, Illinois

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Think Amy Poehler’s Wine Country (but with your best queer gal pals) BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE/ILLINOIS. PHOTO: EXPLORING GALENA, ILLINOIS Have you seen Amy Poehler’s most recent Netflix-shaped offering, Wine Country? If not, it’s a delight. In the film, in honor of Rebecca’s (Rachel Dratch) 50th birthday, Abby (Amy Poehler) plans a scenic getaway with their [….]

Thinking of heading to Amsterdam for Pride this August?

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Watch the world famous Parade float by in style from the Pulitzer Pride Pink Deck ✨ BY DIVA STAFF During the Canal Parade of Amsterdam Pride, Pulitzer Amsterdam will have their large Pink Deck set up right on the canal. A 30-meter pontoon will be built on the Prinsengracht Canal in front of the très [….]

Galena Country tops list as Illinois’ quaintest LGBTQI getaway

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If you’re looking for a little R&R away from the city, Galena Country is open… IMAGE GREAT AMERICAN POPCORN COMPANY. CREDIT DICE SALES. Just a three hour drive from Chicago, this captivating location is lush with rolling hills, rich in history and loaded with incredible outdoor adventure, shopping and dining – and it’s LGBTQI-friendly to [….]

Travel review: Celebrity Edge Cruises

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DIVA publisher Linda Riley gives her cruise with Celebrity Edge ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️ It’s no secret that cruising has been experiencing something of a renaissance in recent years. What was once considered as the preserve of the older generation is now becoming increasingly popular among people of all ages and looking for something different from their holidays.  [….]