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DIVA WAS MY SOLACE

My name is Joy-Marie Joseph. I’m 37, an artist and a black British lesbian from London. I first came across DIVA whilst working in WHSmith. I was 20 years old, and in the closet. I was living a miserable, suicidal, depressed life, married to a man to please my family and society. DIVA became a lifeline for me and helped me through some seriously dark times, the articles deliciously varied, informative and many times inspiring. I found solace in DIVA, discovered a world of women just like myself, with similar struggles. DIVA introduced me to my favorite movie (Stud Life). And DIVA gave me my favourite album to go to sleep to (Tales Of Us by Goldfrapp). And best of all, DIVA gave me the courage to leave my marriage and live my true self. I met my current girlfriend on DIVA Date! And we just celebrated our first Valentine’s. Love u DIVA!

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Channel 4’s Anna Richardson (Revenge Porn, Super Shoppers) talks exclusively to DIVA about her recent work, labels, biphobia and her relationship with Sue Perkins, in our in-depth interview. Also in this issue: - Susan Calman’s last column (for now) - Foodie and campaigner Jack Monroe on becoming a vegan parent - DIVA discovers Canada’s remote lesbian hot-spot - Why did Gayle Newland get 8 years for disguising her gender from her girlfriend? - Wedding style special: what to wear and how to plan yours - Disabled lesbian and bi women challenge stereotypes - Music showcase: ones to watch from the urban underground scene - Book extract: Shamim Sharif’s Cold War romance, Despite The Falling Snow - Trans rights campaigner Juno Roche on life as a bi trans woman with HIV Plus all the very best in life, scene, books, film, music and TV.
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