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Family ties

JAY BERNARD PONDERS THE MEANING OF FAMILY IN THE UNLIKELY SETTING OF A MISSISSIPPI STRIP CLUB

The other day I received a call from my aunt. She lives in Jamaica and she’d heard through the grapevine that I was queer. Her phone call was the first I’d ever had from a relative with the explicit intention of letting me know that she knew. I didn’t expect it, I didn’t desire it, I didn’t know what to do with it. She wanted to know why I had cut myself o‘. Why I had changed my name. Why I looked so di‘erent on my website. And because it was the crack of dawn (or, 10 in the morning for everyone else), and because I was standing in the bathroom with a hangover, and because I gave up on being close to my family about a decade ago, I said thanks for calling and have never phoned her back.

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Singer-songwriter and Same Love vocalist Mary Lambert talks self-love, body positivity and mental health with DIVA this month. We also snagged an exclusive photo-shoot with her and you lucky digital readers can watch the behind the scenes film we made of it. Elsewhere in the issue is ANOTHER behind the scenes video of a very different photo-shoot. This one was a first for DIVA: dogs in designer-wear. It's our favourite fashion shoot to date and the photos and video must be seen to be believed! Also inside: Bisexuals on TV Changing attitudes to body hair Photo coverage of Pride in London and Black Pride DIVA editor Jane Czyzelska asks: What's really going on when the mainstream media deride minorities? O'Hooley & Tidow Trans 101 Hollywood stuntwoman Tiger Rudge Eco Ibiza What is Raw Fest? Charlotte Cooper South african photographer Zanele Muholi The brains behind Lily's Kitchen Lisa Gornick What happens to a lesbian friendship, when one transitions to live as a man? The Raising The Skirt art project Ladies of Llangollen Avignon Jay Bernard And the best in books, film, music, wellbeing, travel and TV
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