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DIVA Nov-19

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.

Country:
United Kingdom
Language:
English
Publisher:
Twin Media Group
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12 Issues

In this issue

2 min.
what a difference a day makes

It’s Sunday night at HearHer in Dorset, and musician Toya Delazy has closed the festival in spectacular style, leaving 500 jaws on the floor with a spellbinding set. Everyone is on the dancefloor, there’s an Electric Slide happening, and I’m laughing so hard I think I might have broken something. As the music stops, we come together in a sweaty embrace, and it feels as if the room is vibrating with joy. What a contrast from a few days before, when – yards from the DIVA office – a colleague and I were called “dirty lesbian whores” by a man in a white van, egged on by two friends beside him. It’s not the first time I’ve been subjected to verbal abuse. I’ve had every disgusting name you can think…

1 min.
diva

Editor-in-chief Carrie Lyell “The difference between a Cornish Pasty and a Forfar Bridie. Crucial info” Managing editor Roxy Bourdillon “Anne Lister diary sexy bits” Senior staff writer Danielle Mustarde “How to drive an automatic car, as I was sitting behind the wheel of said car” Staff writer Sophie Griffiths “How tall is King Princess. Lol” Sub-editor Kat Halstead “Dogs that look like bears. It’s a Google hole I’d be happy to stay in forever” Music editor Heather Peace Screen editor Kat Halstead Books editor Erica Gillingham Designer Fernando Safont Big thanks to: Chloe Melick, Rob Haycocks, Demi Oepkes, Liz Howe, Angela Clare, Emma Joanne, Felicitas Sophie van Laak, Alicia Pryzsieniak, Emma and Carly Advertising manager Raj Valentino 020 3735 7871 raj@divamag.co.uk Events social manager Kat Stephens kat@divamag.co.uk Published by DIVA MEDIA GROUP LIMITED Publisher Linda Riley linda@divamag.co.uk Managing Director Felicity Milton fizz@divamag.co.uk Creative Director Jacquie Lawrence jacquie@divamag.co.uk Chair Antonia Hardy antonia@divamag.co.uk…

2 min.
your shout

LETTERS GET KNITTED OUT FOR ARMISTICE DAY It occurred to me that no one remembers the thousands of gay women and men who were persecuted, tortured and killed in WW1 and WW2. As this is still happening in many parts of the world, I decided to sell knitted poppies in aid of LGBTQI charity, Rainbow Railroad. Each poppy is £4 inc p&p. Email pinkpoppies56@yahoo.com for more info. HELEN TWITTER @DIVAmagazine @debnamix @maisie_rs @DIVAmagazine thank you for always inspiring me, you are an incredible human being and I’m truly grateful for all the representation, I hope you know how much you are loved and appreciated. @fallowfairy Happy, Happy #InternationalLesbianDay to you all at #DIVAHQ I am celebrating wearing my official @DIVAmagazine Merch tee all day and night!! I just want to thank you all @DIVAmagazine for being there @Joolia_B Been a while…

2 min.
voices

Person of the Month Marja-Lewis Ryan Here at DIVA HQ, we’re counting down the sapphic seconds until The L Word: Generation Q bursts on to screens on 8 December. Following in Ilene Chaiken’s power-lesbian footsteps as showrunner is playwright and screenwriter Marja-Lewis Ryan, known for the 2010 film The Four-Faced Liar. The pressure is on to helm a revival that keeps the programme’s die-hard fans happy and addresses criticisms levelled at the original series. Luckily, it looks like Marja, who’s just as much of an L Word superfan as you are, is up to the task. She told EW, “My pitch was take what the show was and make it a lot more inclusive”. Judging by the sizzling trailer, The L Word 2.0 is wonderfully diverse, and, you’ll be glad to hear,…

1 min.
pick ’n’ mix

1 PRIDE IN JEWELLERY Rings specially designed for your love wooltonandhewitt.co.uk From £1,000 2 SLOUCHY TEE #WifeyForLifey etsy.com/uk/shop/14thFloorApparel £20.31 3 BRIDE SQUARED The perfect card for gal pals getting hitched etsy.com/uk/shop/OWhatAFeeling £3 4 PLANNER STICKERS Get ready to slay your wedmin etsy.com/uk/shop/HighlandBellePlans £3.38 5 WEDDING INVITES How could you not RSVP to these cuties? peachwolfe.com £2.49 each 6 CLITTER Pussy-powered confetti for the newlyweds lesbianhenparty.com £3.99 7 RAINBOW BUNTING Make your big day even gayer getitrapt.com £22…

1 min.
lgbtqi icons

Long before The Great British Bake Off and QI, broadcaster Sandi Toksvig was the first UK celeb to publicly come out as a lesbian back in 1994. She and wife Debbie, a psychotherapist, entered into a civil partnership in 2007, renewing their vows the day same-sex marriage was legalised in England and Wales in 2014, and converting it to marriage later that year. Sandi’s a true icon and the couple are definitely giving us #RelationshipGoals. For prints and commissions – including personalised wedding invites – visit madebynova.com…