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 [….]

Ladybones: A one woman show about Obsessive Compulsive Disorder

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“I wrote this play because I wanted to show OCD on stage in a truthful way” BY SORCHA MCCAFFREY  When I was a little kid I used to wake up my mum to check she hadn’t died in the night. My head was full of intense worries and patterns and numbers and routines.  Fifteen years [….]

A love letter to my true soulmates

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Roxy Bourdillon celebrates the power of female friendships this Galentine’s Day Strangers have always stared at me. I get it. I like brightly coloured retro clothes and I’m in possession of a pair of comedically massive norks. As a teenager, I would regularly cry myself to sleep over the sniggers, feeling violated, ashamed and just [….]

Intersex representation on TV: Did Call The Midwife get it right?

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DIVA columnist Valentino Vecchietti responds to episode five of the BBC drama BY VALENTINO VECCHIETTI A ripple of panic went through the intersex community when we heard that there was going to be an intersex character featured in tonight’s (10 February 2019) episode of Call The Midwife.   Internationally, intersex people messaged back and forth [….]