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And it’s goodbye from her

AFTER FIVE YEARS, SARAH WESTWOOD IS OFF IN SEARCH OF A LIFE LESS RUBBISH
PHOTO LUCY POPE

It’ll have been five years next month since I first held my breath and clicked “send” on an email to DIVA’s editor Jane. I was pitching her a column idea called The Rubbish Lesbian, not really expecting her to be interested, but to my great amazement, like a hotter female version of the man from Del Monte, she said, “Yes”. The rest, as we say on the lesbian columnist circuit, is herstory.

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Kristen Stewart tells DIVA what has been going on for her since Twilight, why she's avoiding blockbusters and what life is like for her in the tabloid spotlight. Christmas has come around quickly! Some of us love it, some not so much, so with that in mind for our gift guide, we’ve scoured the land for queer businesses, artists and crafters so you can buy your loved ones gifts and support community businesses while you shop. Because some of us like our Christmas a little different – with the honourable exception of Susan Calman – we asked counsellor Alena Dierickx to help us with a few suggestions on how to take a more innovative approach to the festivities. We’ve a bumper crop of arts-related features this month. From queer Muslim artist Raisa Kabir’s exploration of what it feels like to be both included and excluded by your own communities to author Andrea Stuart’s beautiful and thoughtful coming out story (in extract) . Author/performer Yang-May Ooi reflects on what it means to be a lesbian Asian woman living in the West. Many of us know what it’s like to be affected by homophobic abuse and Louise Carolin’s powerful feature on this issue reflects how, despite significant legal changes, hate incidents persist. Perhaps our experiences of feeling cast out explains why LGBT people are heading to Lesvos to help refugees fleeing persecution, as Mel Steel discovers. Plus all the very best in life, scene, books, film, music and TV.
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