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Diva (UK) - - Trends - with Car­rie Lyell

Can the me­dia in­vest in real change?

As the glit­ter set­tles and the sun sets on what’s been a glo­ri­ously gay sum­mer, I’m feel­ing bit­ter­sweet. It’s been great to see so much pos­i­tive cov­er­age of Pride events across the world, and I’ve en­joyed the BBC and Chan­nel 4’s spe­cially com­mis­sioned sea­sons mark­ing 50 years since the 1967 Sex­ual Of­fences Act. Back when I was a gay­bie, such a cel­e­bra­tion of LGBT life would have been un­think­able, and it blows my mind how much things have changed just in the last 15 years. But there’s a voice inside me that I can’t si­lence which says it’s all just lip ser­vice and that re­ally, not that much has changed at all. Call me cyn­i­cal, but splash­ing a rain­bow across your front page one day ev­ery sum­mer is easy. It’s much harder to ac­tu­ally do some­thing: to in­vest in c change and stand up for marginalised queers who don’t fit an easy-on-thes­traight-eyes nar­ra­tive ev­ery day – not just when gay is trend­ing. I I’m not sure chang­ing the colour of y your mast­head ac­tu­ally does any­thing to help a les­bian who’s been the vic­tim of so-called “cor­rec­tive” rape, or a bi­sex­ual refugee who’s been de­nied asy­lum, and I find it in­sult­ing that me­dia out­lets jump on the band­wagon when Pride rolls into town, while con­tin­u­ing to ig­nore us ev­ery other day of the year. So while I’m all for fly­ing the rain­bow flag, and cel­e­brat­ing the progress we’ve made, I’d re­ally like us to move be­yond the hol­low plat­i­tudes and get to work. Be­cause there’s still a hel­luva lot that needs to be done and I’m tired of wait­ing around. @Seej

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