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Are we family?

WE MUST MAKE THE UK A SAFER HAVEN FOR OUR LGBTI SISTERS WHO ARE FLEEING THE VIOLENCE OF HOMOPHOBIA, SAYS PHYLL OPOKUGYIMAH
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Where do I start? There’s so much going on in the world: from a very fiery presidential race in the US where the Republican candidate, Donald Trump, spouts hatred towards Muslims, Mexicans and women, and does not have a care for the state of race relations in America. I’m not saying Hillary is perfect, but… Then we have France, where attempts to police women’s morality with a racist and sexist burkini ban (thankfully now revoked but reminding us yet again of the sexism and Islamophobia faced by French Muslim women). Here in the UK we are seeing Prime Minister Theresa May leading the Brexit negotiations and warning of “difficult times” ahead. No matter which way you voted or how one wishes to dress this up, the Leave campaign was built on scaremongering around immigration and scapegoating migrants. Not to mention, the possible scrapping of the Human Rights Act to usher in a watered down so-called Bill of Rights.

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This month’s cover features some of the movers and shakers on the first ever DIVA Power List as voted for you. Also in this issue… Black History Month: Inspirational women who deserve to be remembered Vicky Beeching on keeping the faith after coming out as lesbian BBC newsreader Jane Hill is feeling blue post-Rio Phyll Opoku-Gyimah speaks to lesbian and bi asylum seekers Heather Peace takes on gendered toy manufacturers Kesiena Boom: Why Theresa May is bad news for lez/bi women Is sex education in schools fit for purpose? Roxy Bourdillon finds out How to deal with homophobic micro-aggressions in the workplace Interviews with Sarah Walk, Cheryl Dunye, Rebekah Staton and Roxane Gay. PLUS: travel, family and much, much more!
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