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DIVA Apr-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
Language:
English
Publisher:
Twin Media Group
Frequency:
Interrupted
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12 Issues

in this issue

2 min.
visibility in lockdown

How do you stay visible when you’re stuck indoors? That’s a question on my mind as we approach this year’s Lesbian Visibility Week. I talked about this with our cover star, the iconic Horse McDonald (page 10). What a fitting cover star she is. From battling the bullies of Lanark to the hallowed halls of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery, Horse personifies the fight to be visible. I am honoured to tell her story in this month’s issue. There’s a sad irony that, during our conversation, we muttered the L word behind curled hands and in hushed tones. For as far as we’ve come, shame is a difficult beast to tame. And in many ways, the pandemic has made matters so much worse, pushing many of us back into the closet. My heart…

2 min.
a letter from our publisher

The countdown is officially on for Lesbian Visibility Week 2021 and here at DIVA we couldn’t be more excited. Personally, I can’t wait to see the Visible Lesbian 100, published in the Guardian on 26 April, and I’m also really looking forward to the Stonewall comedy night which promises some much-needed laughter after a difficult year. And of course, we have the DIVA Awards, hosted by the wonderful Adele Roberts and Kate Holderness, with a set from the voice of M People and DIVA cover star Heather Small. If that’s not enough to put a smile on your face, just wait for DIVA Pride, bringing a burst of colour straight to your living room. It’s going to be amazing! With plenty more to be announced, make sure to keep an eye…

2 min.
you said it…

Opinions expressed by contributors do not necessarily reflect the of DIVA magazine or its publishers. @nickydexter3 The best birthday present!! A year’s subscription to the best magazine thank you beautiful @jaydethh @LaCrecerelle I’m forever grateful for @DIVAmagazine and @LindaRiley8’s trans inclusiveness. @amyloubirkett When the new @DIVAmagazine matches your new bedding. Roll on the weekend so I can snuggle down with a coffee and have a good read. #BillieHoliday @TheTabbyLamb Shout out to @DIVAmagazine for featuring my favourite place in all of London @OpenBarbers. JOIN THE BUZZ facebook.com/divamagazine letters@divamag.co.uk @DIVAmagazine @imshauniek Yay my subscription to @DIVAmagazine came through, lovingly gifted for my 30th birthday by my cousin, thank you @josiekiernan_ my little gay heart is very happy @jenthornton01 Lovely interview with Lauren Winfield-Hill in @DIVAmagazine – so great to see cricket getting the profile it deserves there. @Sashy_Beau Shout out to @DIVAmagazine for the hookup to @BlackHoneyToys I’m not a huge…

4 min.
trending

60 seconds with… Peggy Seeger NADIA DAVIES CHATS TO THE 85-YEAR-OLD ABOUT AN EXTRAORDINARY LIFE IN MUSIC Described as one of the most uncompromising and inspiring female artists of any genre, Peggy Seeger has been making music for six decades. We caught up with the folk legend ahead of the release of First Farewell, likely to be her final original solo album, and find out she doesn’t plan to go quietly… This is your 24th solo album, and the 68th year of your career. How does it feel to still be writing and recording songs now? Well, I get tired very easily now! When I was 60, I never thought I would still be doing this when I was 70 or 80, that seemed so old! But I feel as though I’ve brought who…

13 min.
national treasure

A living legend. An icon. A national treasure. These epithets are applied with such frequency these days that they can become meaningless. But for Horse McDonald, they couldn’t be more apt. I remember when I was first offered a job at DIVA, in 2013, my mum asking if I’d get to meet the Scottish singer-songwriter. The first time I did, I sent her a selfie of the two of us, exuding big butch energy. “OH MY GOD!” came the reply a few seconds later. I don’t think anyone I’ve ever met has impressed her so much. I tell Horse this over coffee at Kilimanjaro on Edinburgh’s Nicolson Street. It’s a warm morning in late September, and a rare opportunity for a face-to-face catch up, as it turns out, coming weeks before…

2 min.
imogen gibbon

“The power of portraiture is the fact the artist has painted the sitter from life, so, in effect, looking at the portrait, you’re one person removed from that sitter. That was a massive part of this acquisition. “I came across Roxana’s work on social media to begin with. I was intrigued by the way that her canvases pop. They absolutely pop. They pop out when you’re looking at them, and they certainly did that when I saw them in the flesh. It’s so unlike anyone else’s work, Roxana’s work. She’s got such a unique take, both in her style, in the colours she uses and in the threads of stories that she wraps up into her narrative. I couldn’t believe it when she told me she was painting Horse McDonald –…