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DIVA

May-21
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DIVA is Europe’s best-selling and most authoritative lifestyle magazine for lesbian and bisexual women. Our aim is simple – to bring you the latest trends and talent at the cutting edge of popular lesbian and bisexual culture. Each month you will find in-depth interviews, engaging features and photo shoots with some of the most influential and admired women from our community. On top of this we cram in page-after-page of news, opinion, entertainment and the arts, humour, travel and much more besides. The digital edition packs an extra special punch - look out for exclusive photo galleries and behind-the-scenes videos that you won’t find anywhere else. Whether you prefer to read DIVA on a smartphone, tablet or laptop you’ll never have to leave home without it. For best results, download when connected to a wifi hotspot. With so much going on, it’s no surprise that DIVA magazine is THE trusted source of information for lesbian and bisexual women the world over.

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Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Twin Media Group
Frequency:
Interrupted
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
a time to celebrate

Don’t you just love this month’s special collectible covers? Thankfully I don’t have to pick a favourite – I can have one of each. Which is a relief, as I love them all the same. Like our incredible cover stars – Bethany Black, Liz Carr, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah and Sandi Toksvig – they are vibrant, vivid and colourful, and I’m sending a big thank you to artist Kate Holderness and to DIVA’s fantastic designer Fernando Safont for helping me realise my vision and celebrate our fantastic four in all their glory. I’m so lucky to have the job that I do. You’d think that after seven-and-a-half years at DIVA, I’d be bored of talking about lesbians all the time. But that couldn’t be further from the truth, and if anything, putting…

3 min.
a letter from our publisher

It is that time of the year again! Lesbian Visibility Week, the initiative I created two years ago, is almost upon us. Team DIVA and I couldn’t be more delighted about the event. While we were always proud supporters of Lesbian Visibility Day, there is so much to celebrate in our wonderful rainbow community of women who love women. I hope you’ll agree that replacing a single day with a full week is something we should all be doing year in, year out. For me, some of the stand-out events include “Inclusion in Sport” with Dawn Airey, Anita Asante, Amazin LeThi, Sam Adams and Chris Paouros, and the Ovo “Being Your Authentic Self” discussion, where Horse McDonald will be telling DIVA’s Char Bailey about her journey from the point where her…

3 min.
you said it…

Opinions expressed by correspondents and contributors do not necessarily reflect the views of the editors of DIVA magazine or its publishers. I just discovered Gentleman Jack last month — SO late to this amazing party, but hey ho, there it is. Before finding Rachael Biggs’ insightful article during one of my GJ Google-fests, I too spent many hours pondering why this show just wouldn’t let me go. You all put words to my freewheeling emotions, and gave context to a love story so beautifully and respectfully retold by Sally, Suranne and Sophie. I keep thinking what a difference it would have made to my younger self to watch Gentleman Jack, or to read Anne Lister’s diaries. I might have been braver, and made better choices, much earlier in my life. I…

2 min.
trending

Notable Quotables She Said Badass bitches “I have so many super badass, bad bitch, trans women friends that I’m just like, ‘I bet people think this shit is a walk in the fucking park because of how you get up and get out the house every day and be this badass bitch.’ But I know it’s fucking hard.” Kehlani discussing privilege as someone “cisgender-presenting, straight-presenting” after coming out as a lesbian this month Figuring it out “Ok, here it goes… I’m not 100% on this (still figuring myself out) but I *think* I’m queer! I’ve definitely felt uncomfortable branding myself as straight, or anything else for that matter, but queer seems to be the most fitting label for who I am.” Singer Becky Hill tweeting about her evolving sexuality Sharing the love “We are looking for people to…

2 min.
visible 100

When DIVA magazine launched in 1994, listing 100 LGBTQI women and non-binary people who were open about their sexuality and/or gender identity would have been impossible. Now, the difficulty comes with narrowing it down to just 100. Back then, the world was a different place if you were L or G – the B barely got a look in then and there was little visibility of trans people outside of punchlines and plot-twists. Elsewhere, Section 28, passed six years previously, had wiped out a lot of the progress made, and we were angry. While some lesbians were having a great time, locking lips on Channel 4 soap Brookside, the real-life ones, like Sandi Toksvig, were living their lives quietly, believing that to broadcast their sexuality would mean waving goodbye to their careers.…

2 min.
visible 100 | influencer

Enam Asiama. Body confidence advocate and model Enam Asiama’s idea of beauty is influenced by London’s drag scene and her Ghanaian mum’s style. She describes herself as a “fat queer femme” and has modelled for global brands such as Missguided. Char Bailey. An online influencer and mental health advocate, Char Bailey uses her platform to provide audiences with workshops on mindfulness, life coaching and sports performance empowerment, alongside working with UK Black Pride on education and inclusion. Stevie Boebi. YouTube’s leading sexpert, Stevie Boebi has been passing on her expertise to thousands of viewers online since 2010. In her hugely popular videos, she discusses relationships, sex and disability, all through her unique comedic and informative lens. Tanya Compas. An award-winning youth worker, Tanya Compas is passionate about reaching BAME and LGBTQI young people.…