Dear readers: Help us to help you

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Editor-in-chief Carrie Lyell pens an impassioned plea to support DIVA and keep our community thriving through the Covid-19 crisis BY CARRIE LYELL Do you remember the first copy of DIVA you bought? I do. (Almost) 20 years on, I can still see the shiny red cover, clear as day, glistening on that shelf in WH [….]

VIEWS: On dating during a pandemic

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Let’s talk about (phone) sex, baby… BY GEORGIA BUTLER This is… new, isn’t it? A pandemic? I can’t be the only one who feels as though we have been swept into the middle ages, walking around with black buboes under our arms and in places they never should have been. Seriously, buboes in the groin? [….]

IN OTHER NEWS: 10 days of connection, self-acceptance and empowerment at SheFest

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“SheFest facilitates a space for all of us to investigate our own intersectional identities, while connecting with others like us” BY JOANNA KAMAL. ABOVE: MUNROE BERGDORF AT SHEFEST 2020 It’s International Women’s Day and I am surrounded by women and non-binary people in a large lecture hall waiting for Munroe Bergdorf to appear. She’s late [….]

10 words that mean something completely different when you’re a lesbian

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Pass me the chapstick BY TINA LEDGER, IMAGE VIA ISTOCK We basically have our own secret language… 1. Gold star What it actually means: A gold coloured star. What it means to lesbians: A woman/lesbian who has never had sex with a man.  via GIPHY 2. Lipstick What it actually means: Make-up in a variety [….]

You Oughta Know Alanis Morissette gigged in London this month

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REVIEW: “The opening track, Your House, created an electric atmosphere – impressive for an intimate, acoustic gig” BY BEV PATERSON. IMAGES INSTAGRAM/ALANIS MORISSETTE It was a hard pill to swallow, but it’s been 25 years this June since the release of Alanis Morissette’s first international, extremely relatable album, Jagged Little Pill. The album had us all – of [….]

VIEWS: Why Bisexual Health Month is (so very) important to me

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APRIL KELLEY: “As a teenager, I presumed bisexuality was only ever a segue into lesbianism” WORDS BY APRIL KELLEY. PHOTOS RYAN DANIELL Every March for the last seven years, the wonderful, Stateside Bisexual Resource Center have been presenting #BiHealthMonth – the campaign I didn’t realise I needed in my life and, in light of the research, [….]

OPINION: “We are stronger together”

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A view from the ground with trans people and their allies at London’s most recent trans solidarity demonstration Words submitted by London Bi Pandas, #LwiththeT, #GwiththeT, #BwiththeT, Muslim LGBT Network, The Gay Liberation Front, Queer AF Brighton, Transmissions, Educate & Celebrate and more… On 9 March 2020, a trans solidarity demonstration was held in opposition [….]