DIVA 250 AWARDS

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You voted in your droves – we re­veal the win­ners

Most peo­ple cel­e­brate their birth­day with a cake, can­dles and per­haps din­ner with friends. But we’re not most peo­ple. So when we were con­tem­plat­ing how to mark our land­mark 250th is­sue, we launched the DIVA Awards, a cel­e­bra­tion of the in­di­vid­u­als mak­ing a dif­fer­ence in all walks of life, from sport, pol­i­tics, mu­sic and more. Women who speak up, who are unashamedly them­selves, who make life that lit­tle bit eas­ier with blood, sweat and tears or just by be­ing them­selves. Women who have graced our pages for the last 23 years, and help make DIVA – and les­bian and bi life – what it is today.

We asked you to nom­i­nate the women who have had a pos­i­tive im­pact on your life, and you didn’t dis­ap­point, vot­ing in your tens of thou­sands for your rad role mod­els. The short­list, re­leased in Jan­uary, fea­tured 72 of the most in­spi­ra­tional folks from our com­mu­nity, whose list of achieve­ments and ac­co­lades could stretch around the planet. Twice.

We couldn’t have pos­si­bly whit­tled it down alone, so you did the hard work for us. With­out fur­ther ado, here are your win­ners. Con­grat­u­la­tions, ev­ery­one!

YOU’VE BEEN VOT­ING IN YOUR THOU­SANDS FOR THE WIN­NERS OF THE INAUGURAL DIVA AWARDS. HERE THEY ARE

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