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What’s next for the uprising?

ROXY BOURDILLON LOOKS TO FEMINISTS OF THE PAST TO LEARN HOW TO CREATE LASTING CHANGE IN THE PRESENT

#METOO

PHOTOS WIKIMEDIA COMMONS, WHY WE MARCH BOOK

I’m at a spoken word night in an underground bar in east London and women are taking to the stage to tell their #MeToo stories. It’s brutal. They’ve been persecuted, assaulted, gang-raped. I’m trying not to cry. We are all trying not to cry. Few of us are succeeding. I ask those who’ve been up if they’re glad they did and every one of them says “yes”. “It was cathartic.” “It made me feel lighter.” I share my own experiences, of being sexually harassed for years by a male boss who knew I was gay, of being grabbed and groped and called a “whore” and a “slut”, of running home clutching my heels in my hands to escape a man who wouldn’t accept the word “no”. I don’t feel lighter. I feel a crushing despair. I am overwhelmed by the weight of our combined agony. We are the walking wounded. We bleed onstage and on social media in the desperate hope that society will give a shit. Why must we, as women, repeatedly bear our souls and offer up our scars? Haven’t we been through enough trauma? Yes, there is power in voicing our pain, but that night I’m left wondering what else it will take for society to fundamentally change.

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Activist, model and “gender capitalist” Rain Dove is our cover star this month, the first time an openly non-binary person has appeared on DIVA’s cover since our launch in 1994. In another exciting first, we’re making history by synchronising the launch of this groundbreaking issue with iconic men’s title Gay Times, who also have Rain on their cover. Rain Dove, a former firefighter from the US, has appeared in numerous spreads for magazines like Vogue, Elle and Cosmopolitan, as well as ad campaigns for brands such as Calvin Klein. Famous for modelling both womenswear and menswear, Rain is part of a movement simultaneously reinventing modelling while challenging traditional ideas of binary gender. In an exclusive interview with DIVA’s Roxy Bourdillon, Rain talks about the importance of pronouns, the impact working in the fashion industry has had on their self-esteem, and how they are capitalising on society’s perception of gender. Also in this issue… Scottish Labour politician Kezia Dugdale talks to DIVA editor Carrie Lyell about life after the jungle Roxy Bourdillon gets up close and personal with “flirty AF” YouTuber Ari Fitz Little acts of defiance: Comedian Suzi Ruffell tells us why she’s taking on the trolls Creating change: Filmmaker Fawzia Mirza on activism through art The future is fierce: Queer migrant poet Sonia Guiñansaca is breaking down borders Travel like you give a sh!t: Fat Gay Vegan shares his tips for moving through the world with kindness What’s next for the uprising? Plus: style, dating and so much more!