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DIVA ed­i­tor 2004-2017

It’s hard to think of a more de­serv­ing first en­try into our Hall of Fame than Jane Czy­sel­ska, DIVA’S long­est-stand­ing ed­i­tor and the wo­man who has made the mag­a­zine what it is today. Writ­ing for DIVA since its early years, she be­came ed­i­tor in 2004, and un­der her prin­ci­pled lead­er­ship, the mag­a­zine has grown to be­come the lead­ing voice for les­bian, bi­sex­ual, queer and trans women across the UK and Europe. In her 13-year ten­ure, Jane worked day and night to raise the pro­file, sta­tus and self-worth of les­bians and bi women, and put the is­sues af­fect­ing our lives firmly in the public eye. She be­came a jour­nal­ist, she says, be­cause she didn’t see her voice re­flected in news­pa­pers and mag­a­zines and it was her de­sire to bring marginalised voices to the fore that has made her one of the most re­spected names in our com­mu­nity and in jour­nal­ism. Jane has made a last­ing dif­fer­ence to lez/bi cul­ture and the wider LGBT com­mu­nity, and her tire­less work has earned her a much-de­served place on the In­de­pen­dent’s Rain­bow List, the World Pride Power List, and more.

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