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DIVA Feb-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

1 min.
a world in our image

“Four hundred years as an endangered species has taught most of us that if we intend to live, we had better become fast learners.” Audre Lorde One of the truths of this moment, if not its most profound irony, is that even in a global reckoning about the sanctity of Black life, white people are still centre stage. This orientation towards learning and doing better so often obscures those who have been learning and been doing – long before bloodied bodies piled up on screens amid moments of forced isolation. For Black womxn and womxn of colour, learning more and doing better are survival strategies. Too often, we are called upon to recant or perform stories of our pain for a white audience. What more needs to be said of our pain…

3 min.
a letter from our publisher

This February we celebrate LGBT History Month, a time when we commemorate and honour those brave people who blazed a trail for all of us in the LGBTQI community today. But although we now enjoy equality before the law and within our institutions, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia are still a poison within our society and suicide rates among LGBTQI people remain higher than in the general population – while those belonging to ethnic and religious minorities experience prejudice, too often from within our own rainbow community. That is why I am especially thrilled to be able to welcome back Phyll Opoku-Gyimah – also known as Lady Phyll – as guest editor of this month’s DIVA, celebrating “A World In Our Image”. Phyll has been a huge supporter of DIVA during my…

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. JOIN THE BUZZ facebook.com/divamagazine letters@divamag.co.uk @DIVAmagazine Rachel H, via email It’s great to have the magazine back. I’ve been buying it for years! But there’s never enough sport. How about listing the women’s sport coming up on TV? Plus where we can go and actually spectate at games, matches etc. Tickets are usually cheaper than for men’s sport. Women’s football, rugby, cricket and golf have all taken off massively and are reaching new levels of popularity. Pandemic aside, it’s now much easier to go and watch women’s sport. I can now see Western Storm and England Women play cricket at the Somerset grounds. Or, the newly formed Exeter Chiefs Women playing rugby at their Exeter…

1 min.
diva loves moonlight experiences

Moonlight Experiences unlocks the world of queer culture and nightlife to connect LGBTQI travellers and locals. Every year, thousands of queer womxn across the globe join to explore and experience authentic insights into queer history, art and diverse nightlife that are often missed. Operating in London, Paris, Lisbon and Barcelona, Moonlight Experiences offers unique activities and events online and in person, including a recent sold out virtual performance from DIVA’s favourite drag king, Wesley Dykes. Each night is led by activists who help immerse guests into the community queer scene safely. Founder Aisha Shaibu (pictured, left) helps to amplify marginalised POC artists and believes in preserving safe spaces by harnessing the economic power of LGBTQI tourism to do so. @moonlightexperiences “Activists help immerse guests into the community and queer scene safely” This…

1 min.
coast is queer

If you’re looking for a safe way to mark LGBT History Month, then don’t miss The Coast Is Queer, Brighton’s LGBTQI literature festival, which is taking place online this year. This month’s guest editor Lady Phyll joins a star-studded line-up of speakers for the festival, which brings together writers, performers, academics, activists and readers for a weekend of in-conversation events, workshops, films and discussions celebrating queer lives and writing. She’ll be in conversation with writer Valerie Mason-John, author of I Am Still Not Your Negro. Other DIVA favourites confirmed include Golnoosh Nour (pictured), Juno Dawson, Campbell X and the legendary Val McDermid. See you there! Coast Is Queer takes place 5-7 February 2021 at coastisqueer.com…

3 min.
where do i belong?

“Making sense of my identity as a person of colour in the UK has always felt complicated” VALENTINO VECCHIETTI is a writer, academic, intersex human rights campaigner and a lesbian. They founded Intersex Equality Rights UK. @ValentinoInter Growing up in the 1970s was a very fearful time for me. The political narrative towards immigrant families like ours was: “Send them back.” A racist group called the National Front had become popular amongst the school children in my middle school. Kids who had been friends with me told me they couldn’t be my friend anymore because they had joined the NF. I grew up fearful for my dad’s life because he was a person of colour. It seems so long ago now, but when I see what’s happened in America and the UK, even…