Diva (UK) - - Contents - Car­rie Lyell car­[email protected]­va­mag.co.uk @Seej

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.

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