REVIEW: Crack-Up Comedy Cabaret

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“An extravaganza of laughter held at London queer sanctuary, The Glory” BY AMELIA ROBSON Crack-Up Comedy Cabaret is just what we needed to kick off #PrideMonth – and the middle of Gemini season (God help us all). To sweeten the deal, the night was held in aid of Core Arts, a mental health charity. What’s [….]

Did you know it’s IDAHOBIT? And bi the way…

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Bisexual erasure and biphobia are most definitely still things that exist BY DANIELLE MUSTARDE Here’s the thing, people. As a bisexual woman in a same-sex relationship, my bisexuality is more often than not lost in the binary static. At every LGBTQI event I attend, (bearing in mind, I probably attend more than your average queer-o) [….]

Saski Singer: “Lesbian visibility makes me feel united”

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Pride host and LGBTQI+ educator Saski writes about the importance of role models and #LesbianDayOfVisibility BY SASKI SINGER I wonder when I became visible as a lesbian to the outside world. Was it whilst hosting at a Pride, delivering LGBTQI+ training in schools, singing on stage, becoming a mum or even cutting my hair really [….]

Gay in the 90s: Section 28, “filthy queers” and lesbian chic

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As DIVA celebrates its 25th birthday, Georgina Turner reflects on how much – and how little – has changed since the magazine was first published in 1994 Words Georgina Turner For the queer community in Britain, the 1990s was a decade inflected by Section 28 – pearl-clutching horror at the notion that school children might [….]

OPINION: Here’s why Ariana Grande is the perfect headliner for Manchester Pride

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“Straight female pop singers have long held an important place in LGBTQI culture” BY ELEANOR NOYCE. IMAGE INSTAGRAM. Britney, Madonna, and Whitney are instantly recognisable names in their own right – and each of these iconic women holds a special place in the hearts of queer folk all over the world. Ariana Grande is the latest [….]

“Critics don’t look like me”

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Eris Young writes about their experience with DIVA’s Emerging Voices programme, a rare opportunity for queer arts reviewers BY ERIS YOUNG When I sit down with DIVA books editor Kaite Welsh for my mentoring session, she greets me warmly, compliments my fringe (sloppily hand-cut). We do know each other – it was Kaite who emailed [….]