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Connecting cultures through music

DJ RITU EXPLORES THE CONTRIBUTION OF BLACK, ASIAN AND MINORITY ETHNIC MUSIC TO THE LGBT COMMUNITY, FROM THE 1980S TO PRESENT DAY
PHOTO ELAINEA EMMOTT

“We brought together LGBT people from every background with a revolutionary global playlist “

LGBT contribution to music, fashion and the arts in general is well known, and we can all reel off lists of innovative queer icons that set new trends. This is especially true of club culture, partly because so much of the LGBT experience has been formed in nightclubs. Music is an integral soundtrack to our lives – of coming out, making friends, finding lovers, socialising and politicising, in bars, basements and lofts – whereas for straight people much of everyday life is a source for connecting with kindred spirits.

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Welcome to this historic issue of DIVA, centring and celebrating game-changing queer women of colour. Guest edited by UK Black Pride director and co-founder Phyll Opoku-Gyimah, who hand-picked our fantastic cover stars, every columnist this month is a woman of colour, and we've made space throughout the magazine for women of colour to tell their own stories in their own words. We hope you enjoy it. Also in this issue… Gabrielle makes our Dreams come true Black Lightning's Nafessa Williams tells DIVA how it feels to be TV's first black lesbian superhero Vida: The new Latinx series we love Zayn Phallic: The drag king with a heart (and hard on) of gold What does it mean to be Muslim and bisexual? Guest editor Phyll Opoku-Gyimah on why Black History Month is decorative Plus news, reviews and much, much more!