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GRANDMA

Based on my Netflix options, I might be forgiven for thinking the definition of a strong female character involved a leather jacket and a gun. Luckily, Paul Weitz decided the big screen needed a 75-year-old lesbian feminist with a sensible take on women’s reproductive rights in a central role. When Sage (Julia Garner) asks her grandma Elle (Lily Tomlin) to help her find $600 for an abortion, she gets a lesson in female solidarity, male selfishness, America’s bizarre healthcare system and its confusing relationship with money. Elle’s faulty relationship with her girlfriend (Judy Greer) is underexplored, but this smart, funny film offers a much-needed riposte to Juno.

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Kristen Stewart tells DIVA what has been going on for her since Twilight, why she's avoiding blockbusters and what life is like for her in the tabloid spotlight. Christmas has come around quickly! Some of us love it, some not so much, so with that in mind for our gift guide, we’ve scoured the land for queer businesses, artists and crafters so you can buy your loved ones gifts and support community businesses while you shop. Because some of us like our Christmas a little different – with the honourable exception of Susan Calman – we asked counsellor Alena Dierickx to help us with a few suggestions on how to take a more innovative approach to the festivities. We’ve a bumper crop of arts-related features this month. From queer Muslim artist Raisa Kabir’s exploration of what it feels like to be both included and excluded by your own communities to author Andrea Stuart’s beautiful and thoughtful coming out story (in extract) . Author/performer Yang-May Ooi reflects on what it means to be a lesbian Asian woman living in the West. Many of us know what it’s like to be affected by homophobic abuse and Louise Carolin’s powerful feature on this issue reflects how, despite significant legal changes, hate incidents persist. Perhaps our experiences of feeling cast out explains why LGBT people are heading to Lesvos to help refugees fleeing persecution, as Mel Steel discovers. Plus all the very best in life, scene, books, film, music and TV.
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