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DIVA Jan-20

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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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United Kingdom
Twin Media Group
12 Issues

in this issue

1 min.
we’re bringing sexy back

Whenever I ask DIVA readers what they think about the mag, the thing I hear time and time again is how much you miss The Sex Issue. So we’re bringing sexy back in 2020 with what might be the sauciest one ever. You. Are Welcome. From reader fantasies, secret sex diaries and eco-friendly frolicking to the sex tech promising to make you brilliant in bed, we’ve crammed in as much content as we can to excite, to entrance and – above all – to educate. Because there is nowhere else we can talk frankly as queer womxn about our likes and dislikes. Too often, we’ve self-censored and sanitised ourselves, internalising the message that we’re shameful. Now, we’re making space once again to really own our pleasure and our desires. That’s a…

2 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. @ElisabethMJ01 Wow! What a great @DIVAmagazine to end the year. My fave articles were on Carol and Merry Sexmas by Roxy B & @wordsbydanielle’s rail trip. I also loved the feature on The L Word Gen Q & interview with Jennifer Beals & the Queering The Family Portrait feature was v moving. @samlyn86 Well chuffed to have our pic in the latest copy of DIVA! My partner didn’t even know so was speechless to see it:) Thank you @DIVAmagazine and also @wordsbydanielle #family #divamagazine @dianalouisej Back in the days of lesbian yore, there was the yearly Dyke Panto at the Drill Hall, a fest of lesbian humour, fun and frolics, a Winter Mother to give out…

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WHY WE LOVE Lilja Sigurdardóttir DIVA BOOKS EDITOR ERICA GILLINGHAM CHATS TO ICELANDIC CRIME WRITER LILJA SIGURDARDÓTTIR ABOUT MAKING LESBIAN LITERARY HISTORY When Lilja Sigurdardóttir began writing the first novel in her lesbian Nordic Noir trilogy, she didn’t realise she was also creating Icelandic literary history. “I was just writing the book I wanted to read,” says Lilja. “[The book is] what I myself craved as a lesbian: an entertaining story that had relevance to me.” The three novels in the trilogy – Snare, Trap, and Cage – are crime thrillers that engage with the fallout from Iceland’s financial crash, a time when, according to Lilja, “a lot of people started doing things that they would never have done a few months earlier”. At the heart of her books, however, are the loves and relationships of…

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A STRONG RESOLUTION As we enter 2020, I’ve been thinking about what the next 12 months might bring for the LGBQTI community. I’m no fortune teller, but it’s going to be one wild ride. As we go to press, we’re waiting anxiously to find out the government who will take us into the new year and, whichever colour, one thing is for sure: it’ll be a whole new world. Depending on your politics, it might all feel a bit apocalyptic, but there are some queer-shaped reasons to be cheerful. After all, 2020 will see the long-awaited arrival of marriage equality in Northern Ireland and, in September, new regulations for inclusive sex and relationships come into force in England, meaning – 17 years on from the repeal of Section 28 – primary school…

3 min.
let’s talk about sex (education)

I’ve never understood why, during sex ed at my secondary school, we were shown a video of a real-life, ejaculating penis It was mostly the boys who screamed (they probably thought they’d come across as “gay” if they didn’t). The clip seemed to come out of nowhere, with little context or explanation. It only served to make sex – the very thing the lesson was supposed to elucidate – seem all the more frightening and abstract; more like something out of a disused plastics factory turned art gallery in Berlin than something normal and fun in an Ikea bed. Let alone something that could be enjoyed by two people of the same gender. We – the girls at least – were sent away with goody bags full of tampons to figure…

3 min.
the lasting impact of trauma on sexuality

As a person who has experienced trauma, it means a lot to me to have a platform to write about sex. But writing about this is really hard. For me, trying to develop some kind of relationship with my body, so that I can find ways to experience pleasure, is complicated and difficult. These are things that I live with each day, and I still don’t know the answers. But I am trying. And I haven’t given up. I hope that my column this month reaches out to, and gives hope to, those who have experienced trauma. Whether our experiences are rooted in intersex non-consensual medical interventions, or through non-consensual abuse of other kinds. At its core, trauma is created when we don’t have the option to give or withhold consent. And when…