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A Lasting Love

CUTTING OFF YOUR EXES COULD DAMAGE YOUR HEALTH AND YOUR FUTURE RELATION-SHIPS, SAYS ROSIE WILBY

Last April I attended my ex-partner Donna’s wedding. Whilst sipping our drinks in the sunshine, a straight friend of hers leaned in to me conspiratorially and said, “It’s really great that you’re here, Rosie”. I was just about to reply, “Great that you’re here too!”, when I realised that she wasn’t simply greeting me. She meant something else. To her, it was a pleasant surprise to see former lovers genuinely wishing one another well rather than waging a bitter war.

Yet, to me, it’s always been the thought of not keeping an ex close that I can’t fathom. Why would we want to erase our past loves, as Jim Carrey and Kate Winslet’s characters attempt to do in the film Eternal Sunshine Of The Spotless Mind? Surely to do so would be to erase our selves.

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In the new issue Skin from Skunk Anansie talks to us about being a successful black gay rocker. She's had the courage to play with gender, to strut, preen and mean it right from the beginning and she's made it work for her. Just wait until you see the stunning photo-shoot that acompanies the interview. Oh, and please welcome our new columnist Jack Monroe who, from this issue, will be writing exclusively for DIVA about their parenting experiences. February is, of course, LGBT history month and our time-sleuths have brought the past to light in features that examine the importance of historical fiction for lady-lovers. Also in this issue: Kate Bornstein – who knows a thing or two about breaking gender rules. Author Chinelo Okparanta. Singer Aneesa Chaudhry. Club promoter and DJ Claud Cunningham. Oscar-nominated Emma Donoghue, author of Room, now on general release as a film. With a nod to Valentine’s Day, we asked you to tell us why you love your partner. Rosie Wilby explains why she still treasures her exes. The hidden presence of bi women in LGBT history. Ursula Martinez. Izzy Rabey AKA Madame Dollar explores issues of identity. Jess T Dugan's explores a gentle kind of masculinity in her photography. Travel to Bournemouth or Niki de Saint Phalle's art garden in Tuscany and check out our top tips for a memorable holiday Plus all the very best in life, scene, books, film, music and TV.
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