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Speak its name

SOPHIE WARD INTRODUCES A NEW BOOK OF PORTRAITS CELEBRATING LGBT PEOPLE, OUR ALLIES AND OUR ICONS

How does it feel to be part of monumental change in your lifetime? To be part of history not because you were swept up in events, a force majeure, or a bit part in someone else’s war, but because you effected change through your own agency and determination? All of you reading this article will have been part of that movement. All of you are part of that history. You stood against the tide of public opinion and calmed the waters for your own and coming generations with new laws that you fought for and civil rights that you claimed. You did it through the grandest of gestures and toughest of fights and you did it with the smallest and most personal of your choices. You did it with love.

The last 50 years, and the past few in particular, have seen momentous change in British law and attitudes towards LGBT people. We still have so far to go (when lesbian couples waltz around on Strictly Come Dancing and you don’t have to think about how safe you are in public before you touch your girlfriend’s shoulder) but we have many new freedoms, and chief among those is the legal recognition of our right to exist, form families, marry, divorce and be at the hospital bedside of our loved ones.

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This month’s cover features some of the movers and shakers on the first ever DIVA Power List as voted for you. Also in this issue… Black History Month: Inspirational women who deserve to be remembered Vicky Beeching on keeping the faith after coming out as lesbian BBC newsreader Jane Hill is feeling blue post-Rio Phyll Opoku-Gyimah speaks to lesbian and bi asylum seekers Heather Peace takes on gendered toy manufacturers Kesiena Boom: Why Theresa May is bad news for lez/bi women Is sex education in schools fit for purpose? Roxy Bourdillon finds out How to deal with homophobic micro-aggressions in the workplace Interviews with Sarah Walk, Cheryl Dunye, Rebekah Staton and Roxane Gay. PLUS: travel, family and much, much more!
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