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DIVA Mar-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.
keep on keeping on

Social media can be kind of cruel in lockdown, can’t it? Especially those memory functions. This morning, Timehop flashed up on my screen to remind me that this time last year, I was packing my bags for Malta. Those bags are gathering dust (and spiders) under the bed now, and it remains to be seen when we’ll be able to pull them out and head off into the sunshine again. The pandemic brings daily pity parties to my door, but when they arrive I try to remind myself that life is not on pause. Our worlds might be smaller and quieter than they were in a pre-Covid time, but we are still experiencing life. We are still learning, loving and growing into better versions of ourselves. There is still joy. Art to…

4 min.
a letter from our publisher

Welcome to the latest issue of DIVA. For those of us in the UK, the vaccine roll-out is gathering pace and the government is preparing to issue its roadmap to lifting some lockdown measures, so I sincerely hope that this is the last publisher’s letter I will have to write under the current UK restrictions. The pandemic has exacted a huge price, not just in terms of the tragic deaths from the virus and the countless number of people who have been bereaved, but also with regard to its impact on loneliness, livelihoods and mental wellbeing. It’s been tough for all of us, but one thing above all others has kept me going over the past year: the kindness and generosity of spirit of DIVA readers. Whether in our ever-expanding DIVA…

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. @ChloeCounsellor The first single I bought was Search For The Hero on tape! So I’m very excited to see @MPeopleHeatherS on the front cover of @DIVAmagazine. After a bit of a wait, my subscriber copy finally arrived today #supportqueermedia @MsLadyPhyll Super pleased to be guest editor for DIVA magazine #LGBTHM21. I can’t wait for readers to read and digest the amazing articles from inspirational Black/Brown/POC #LGBTQI+ Womxn. It’s important that our voices are centred. #BlackQueerWomxn #BrownQueerWomxn @RachelDWriter Which dumb dyke forgot wrapping paper and had to fashion some out of the packaging and an old @DIVAmagazine! What’s more valentine appropriate than disco ball titties and Anne Lister! @andyluvv @ValentinoInter I want to congratulate you for your recent…

1 min.
happy birthday, open barbers!

Three cheers for Open Barbers, a London-based hairdressing service for all lengths, genders and sexualities, which is celebrating its 10th birthday this March. From pop-up beginnings to queer barberdom, Open Barbers has grown from an ad-hoc, every-fewmonths offering into a permanent, full-time space, providing affordable – and amazing – haircuts on a sliding scale. But, as well as taking care of our tresses, Greygory Vass, Felix Lane and the rest of the Open Barbers team have created an invaluable space for the community. “People come to socialise with one another, people come to do their uni work or their work work, or just to spend time there,” Felix says. “People might come on particular occasions of significance, like Pride or Trans Day Of Remembrance. We don’t necessarily make a massive fanfare…

1 min.
this month in numbers

11 Percentage of UK women who say they love their bodies according to menstrual care company Yoppie 6,500,000 It’s A Sin on All 4, the service’s biggest ever instant box set 42,300 Monthly average searches for Ellen DeGeneres who came second in a list of most searched for celeb homes complied by homedit.com 40 Percentage of LGB+ people who have experienced a workbased conflflict in the past year – rising to 55% for trans workers, according to a new CIPD report into LGBTQI people’s experience of work 2,000 Women turned away from refuges in London every year due to a lack of funding, highlighted by the Women’s Equality Party…

1 min.
remembering maureen colquhoun, 1928-2021

Tributes have been pouring in this month for Maureen Colquhoun, the first out lesbian MP, who died on 2 February 2021 at the age of 92. Described as a “political radical”, the Labour MP for Northampton North from 1974-1979 was ahead of her time in many ways, campaigning on behalf of sex workers, fighting for pension equality and arguing for the abolition of women’s prisons – butting heads with political rivals and those in her own party as she did so. “Proud and fearless” after being outed by the Daily Mail, Maureen had her career derailed because of misogyny and homophobia, and was deselected thanks to her “obsession with trivialities such as women’s rights”. But she fought on and paved the way for many LGBTQI politicians today, including Kezia Dugdale, former Scottish…