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DIVA Dec-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.
a ray of hope in a difficult year

I’m writing this as Vice President-Elect Kamala Harris makes her victory speech in Wilmington, Delaware. The first woman to hold the office, and the first person of colour. She might be the first, but as she says, she won’t be the last. My eyes are puffy from crying so much. It’s been a devastating year, for so many people, in so many ways. We’re worn out, worn down, and struggling to comprehend the loss of freedom, friends, lovers, livelihoods. I spent much of my time on furlough cycling mile after painful mile, hoping the burning in my thighs might distract from the anxiety that threatened to overwhelm my head. Would DIVA be able to survive this storm? I’m beyond thankful that we’re back, and today, hearing Kamala’s words, I’m experiencing something…

2 min.
a letter from our publisher

The last few months have been tough and it’s hard to find the words to express how happy I am to be able to write to you once again via the pages of DIVA magazine. For the first time since 1994, and for reasons you will understand all too well, we’ve been missing from newsstands for much of this year, and all of us at Team DIVA are delighted to finally be back where we belong. You’ve all been amazingly patient and supportive – not just to us but to each other. Many of you will be aware of the DIVA Facebook Community we set up at the start of the pandemic and I’ve witnessed first hand how you’ve all stepped up to provide support and love to your fellow DIVA…

3 min.
your shout

Opinions expressed by correspondents and contributors do not necessarily reflect the views of the editors of DIVA y magazine or its publishers. JOIN THE BUZZ facebook.com/divamagazine letters@divamag.co.uk @DIVAmagazine Subscribe to DIVA Hey, hot stuff! Want a monthly date with your favourite magazine? Then turn to page 13 and #SubscribeWithPride… You said it… Heidi, via email I just had to write and tell you how thrilled I am that DIVA will be back on the shelves and, more excitingly for me, back soon on my doorstep! Thank you for the message you wrote to all of us in this amazing community. I found it pure inspiration. Thank you all for being my lifeline. With sincere best wishes. Diana, in the DIVA Community Never, ever regretted my subscription. I have had more than the value just on this forum, I have read DIVA…

1 min.
this month in numbers

50 The number of times women say they masturbate a year on average reported in a recent study by sex toy brand Womanizer 86 Percentage of LGBTQI people in rural Scotland who have experienced poor mental health according to social policy charity Equality Network 10.1m Viewers who tuned into Strictly Come Dancing’s opening episode, this year featuring a samesex pairing for the first time. #TeamNicolaAndKatya 117 Number of LGBTQI+ representatives elected in the recent US election from a record 574 candidates…

2 min.

WE CAN’T WAIT FOR Hear Us Out Queer elders will be celebrated this November in a joyful, poignant and heartfelt performance coming to an internet near you. Written and directed by Dinos Aristidou, and created with filmmakers My Genderation, Hear Us Out sees stories from older LGBTQI+ people told by 14 diverse performers including “disabled dyke” Janet Jones (pictured) and DIVA contributor Katie Margaret Hall. Reflections on important moments in our history, from Section 28 to same-sex marriage, the personal and the political, were collected by volunteers from New Writing South. Performers then listen to these intimately told stories through headphones and deliver them “live” to camera, exactly as they’re heard, embracing pauses, sighs, laughter, stutters and stumbles, bringing to life the personalities of the storytellers in what’s sure to be a moving…

3 min.
lockdown has made lesbians of us all

“Imagine a world run by lesbians. A lot of drama, for sure. But a hell of a lot more social justice…” Here’s a special lockdown challenge: pick a straight female friend on Instagram and look at her feed, starting from late March this year. My guess is that you’ll come across at least a couple of the following images: freshly baked bread, a solitary stroll in nature, gardening (if she’s lucky enough to have an outside space), handicrafts somewhere on the embroidery/knitting spectrum, pets galore. Now, if you didn’t know this woman, and you were looking at these pictures of her daily life entirely out of context – would you think she was straight? Or, would you infer a fair bit of queer coding in all that rustic, practical cosiness? Or, more…