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DIVA Jan-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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United Kingdom
Twin Media Group
12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
reflections on a year of ups and downs

Pandemic aside, what will you remember 2020 for? For me, it’ll be partially amputating my little toe; the fact that I did it falling out of a headstand quite literally encapsulating the highs and lows of the last 12 months. I’ve got a lot of love for the NHS who, even during a global health crisis, provided me with first-class care, from the surgeons who sewed the toe back on to the nurses who kept me drugged up and laughing through the pain. Thanks to them, my little piggy will go to market again. It was also the year we lost my wife’s Granny, Mary, who died in September at the age of 96. An incredible, funny woman who had a cheeky glint in her eye to the end, she welcomed me…

2 min.
a letter from our publisher

I’m guessing that, like me, you won’t be waving too fond a farewell to 2020, one of the most depressing and difficult 12 months many of us have ever endured. It’s hard to find positives in a year where Covid-19 has claimed more than 1.5 million lives worldwide, and let’s not forget that behind that terrible figure lie millions more people whose bereavement means that life will never be the same again. At the same time, many more continue to suffer financially. What’s more, the impact on mental health and wellbeing on so many in our community has not gone unnoticed; it is for this reason I’m delighted to announce that in 2021 we’re partnering with Stonewall on the biggest ever survey of the wellbeing of LGBTQI women. Once the results…

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. Subscribe to DIVA Hey hot stuff! Want a monthly date with your favourite magazine? Then turn to page 35 and #SubscribeWithPride… @herong Omg I LOVE Clea DuVall. AND I LOVE @DIVAmagazine!!! Amie M, via Facebook LOVE Clea!! @stonecoldpiper Loved @cleaduvall since The Faculty Can’t wait for this issue of @DIVAmagazine Mandy O, via Facebook Can’t wait for my issue to pop through my door I’ve so missed my DIVA mag each month Keep up the good work and stay safe x JOIN THE BUZ Z facebook.com/divamagazine letters@divamag.co.uk @DIVAmagazine @debschebbs Go Team DIVA, you bluddy legaaaaands! Sandra B, via Facebook Mine arrived today! I shall be reading it tonight. @Mermaids_Gender We draw strength from @DIVAmagazine. Thank you to this amazing heritage publication for empowering all queer women, cis and trans. #LWithTheT @funkiepiano What a…

5 min.
diva loves… dear queerantine

“Coming out feels like a confession and that’s not how I feel it should be. It should be a beautiful celebration. Writing about the first time we had feelings for other women was a really therapeutic process. It’s different when you’re writing the story for yourself on your own terms; it is wonderful. We wanted to create a space where other people could do the same thing, and write letters to each other. “For me, writing has always been such a grounding force. Anytime I’m having confusing or chaotic feelings, I journal. Reflection through writing is one of the most healing and stabilising things a person can do, and the great thing is that anyone can do it. All you need is something to write with. The benefits are hard to…

4 min.
what would anne lister do?

The entire world has been knocked sideways. We are in the middle of a pandemic, which was sudden and unexpected and scary. Yes, it has been scary. I haven’t heard many people use that word yet, but when we describe this to our grandchildren in years to come, I am fairly certain that word will be used. But, right now, it seems an inappropriate one to use. Why? It’s too loaded. If we admit we are scared, then we have already lost. We don’t have time to be scared. We have to work from home, we have to home-school, and we have to work on the frontline. We can’t possibly be scared. We must be brave, we must fight this, we can do this, we can win. Hang on, let’s…

3 min.
being the good girl

“Why are we rewarded in childhood for the very qualities that won’t protect us as adults?” VALENTINO VECCHIETTI is a writer, academic, intersex human rights campaigner and a lesbian. They founded Intersex Equality Rights UK. @ValentinoInter The winter holidays can be a challenging time, and for some of us it’s a time when we might feel particularly unsafe. The issue of domestic abuse has been brought into sharp focus during the pandemic. It’s something I address in my latest online, short comic, Being The Good Girl (tinyurl.com/beingthegoodgirl), which was published this year in the Kadak anthology, Bystander. It is about coercive, abusive relationships, and how patriarchy and structural sexism from birth to adulthood do not equip many of us to “say no” or to easily extract ourselves from these situations. I collaborated with South Asian…