A proud word from DIVA’S editor, Carrie Lyell
It’s the Monday after Pride weekend in London, and I’m broken. The bags under my eyes look like bin liners, I’ve got aches on my aches, and I’m pretty sure there’s glitter behind my eyeballs. But while physically I’m a hot mess, I’m so happy I could burst. In the almost four years I’ve been at DIVA, we haven’t been officially represented at Pride In London. I’ve still had fun – marching with various friends and organisations, including the lovely folks from Stonewall two years ago – but each time I couldn’t help thinking how great it would be to have a presence, and to properly celebrate the contribution lesbians and bi women have made to the Pride movement. This year, we did just that, and drinking in the spectacular view from the front of our bus, I felt really emotional. It was so great to see the love there is for the magazine, and to be loud and visible as lesbians and bi women in a community which has so often overlooked, ignored and disregarded us felt like a political act. I was also lucky enough to catch some of the brilliant acts who took to the Radio DIVA stage in Leicester Square, and you could really feel the love emanating from the crowd who, like me, had longed for this – a Pride to be proud of. It was moving, too, to be at UK Black Pride on Sunday and to see our logo on the stage. For so long, we’ve talked about diversity and intersectionality and putting women of colour at the heart of DIVA, but now we are – quite literally – putting our money where our mouth is and supporting this incredibly important event. So even if the glitter in my eye gives me an infection, it’ll have been worth it. You will have been worth it. Thank you to everyone who came out, who whooped and cheered and waved, and who continue to support DIVA. We couldn’t do any of this without you. Missed Pride In London? Check out the pictures on p48.