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“We must be, like, now – whatever now is”

CULT POET EILEEN MYLES TALKS TO DIVA ABOUT GENDER, JILL SOLOWAY AND MAINSTREAM SUCCESS
PHOTO LIBBY LEWIS

The last year has seen Eileen Myles take up her rightful place as an international cultural icon. The dyke poet has always been a cult star and now she is receiving mainstream recognition. She’s inspired not one but two fabulous lesbian characters in film and TV (fans of Lily Tomlin’s Grandma and Jill Soloway’s hit series Transparent will have no difficulties seeing the connection), her novel Chelsea Girls is being published in the UK for the first time, and her collected works, I Must Be Living Twice, is out to huge critical acclaim. She came to London hot on the heels of winning the Lambda Pioneer Award 2016 which honours those who have contributed to the LGBT community in groundbreaking ways through literature.

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Our August issue cover star is former Bake Off contestant Ruby Tandoh. Also in this issue: Brexit: how could leaving the EU affect lesbian and bi women? After Orlando: why the world needs to change Iconic lesbian poet speaks to DIVA about being an outsider Wentworth is back – we speak to your favourite inmates Edinburgh Festival: we select this year's best LGBT shows Eleanor Margolis asks what makes lesbian music sound so, um, lesbian? Berlin: lesbian historian Cyd Sturgess steps through sapphic time in the German culture capital Chitra Ramaswamy on her compelling new book about pregnancy Forget “gaydar” have you got “bi-fi”? Do social attitudes surveys about LGBT people tell us all we need to know? Plus all the very best in life, scene, books, film, music and TV.
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