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LIVING HISTORY

MARGUERITE MCLAUGHLIN, FORMER CEO OF THE METRO CENTRE, GREENWICH AND FERVENT LGBT AND FEMINIST ACTIVIST, WALKS US THROUGH THE HISTORY BOOKS AND EXPLAINS WHY OLDER GENERATIONS ARE OUR STRONGEST LINK TO THE FUTURE
Marguerite kayaking with Spank, the cat

The proverb “May you live in interesting times” has, to me, long felt like a blessing, but as I age it appears more like a mixture of a blessing and a curse. It seems a feature of old age to look back and reflect on one’s life, and lately I find I’ve been intentionally looking back in order to continue looking forward. I find I have a dawning awareness that I have indeed lived through an iconic time that now attracts much in the way of examination, depiction and imitation.

This feels particularly the case regarding 1960s America and 1970s Britain. I’ve come to the conclusion that, at 65 years old, I am a piece of living history. And as I watch the mirror of my own advancing years reflected in the ageing faces of my loved ones (if they look old… so must I!), I realise that the experience of older age was something that the generations before me tried to convey, but I didn’t pay any attention. Things like the way time seems to speed up; and that you still feel emotionally the same inside, but that energy and stamina wane, even if you’re lucky enough to be in good health.

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Looking bloody adorable on the cover this month is the incredible Ellen Page, who talks to DIVA about her new film Flatliners, being gay in Hollywood, and how coming out has changed her life for the better. Also in this issue… Win a wedding worth £15,000! Below Her Mouth: We speak to the stars of the hit lesbian film Suits you! Bridal fashion for the gentlewoman Nicole Faraday: Bad Girls helped me accept my sexuality Happily ever after? One cynic’s search for long-lasting love Living History: Marguerite McLaughlin on why older generations are our strongest link to our future Rainbow Honeymoons Fantastic books and where to find them Plus travel, culture and much much more!
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