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different for girls



When DIVA first heard about Different For Girls we were still smarting from the untimely deaths of Corrie’s Maddie, Emmerdale’s Ruby (Alicya Eyo) and Last Tango’s Kate (Nina Sosanya). By March last year, US TV show The 100 claimed the life of commander Lexa, raising the headcount to 173 lesbian and bi characters killed off in British and American TV shows since lesbian characters first appeared on TV in the 1970s. That’s a parlous hit rate given that lesbian and bi characters were as rare as ostrich burgers at a lesbian pot-luck until fairly recently.

DIVA readers were broken. Stop burying our gays, you said. Enough is enough. Then along came Different For Girls (DFG), and executive director Jacquie Lawrence promised the show would not sacrifice lesbian and bi lives for kicks or ratings.

Lawrence first developed the show as a script around 16 years ago when she was a commissioning editor at Channel 4, shortly after the ground-breaking British series Queer As Folk appeared on our small screens. Channel 4 asked for a lesbian version, so the script went into development. But the show was put on hold when a certain US programme called The L Word hit our screens. In the belief that “the British public could only cope with one lesbian project at a time,” C4 canned she show, says Lawrence, but she retained the rights, and a few years later started writing the story as a novel.

In March, the highly-anticipated web series will finally drop in five glamorous episodes. What’s special about DFG is not just the great script and cast, who include fan favourites from the fabled L Word, Rachel Shelley and Guinevere Turner, newcomers Sarah Soetaert and Victoria Bloom, and the bloody brilliant Nimmy March (Wallander, Death In Paradise); the cast and crew are drawn almost exclusively from the LGBTQ communities.

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We are so excited to have the stars of hot new web series Different For Girls on our cover this month! Open up the issue to find out more and read exclusive interviews with the stellar cast, which includes Rachel Shelley, Nimmy March and Guinevere Turner. Also in this issue… Who is your feminism for? The Veronicas on Mardi Gras, body glitter and Ruby Rose Jen Richards tells Carrie Lyell what it’s like to be trans in Hollywood What Would Danvers Do? Feminist life hacks from your TV faves How jail changed me: 60 Days In Jail star Tami Lynn speaks to Claire Harvey BFI Flare 2017: Sophie Ward selects her highlights from the LGBT film festival Sofie Hagen: The Guilty Feminist Why we love: Janelle Monáe Are you a miss-ogynist? PLUS: Travel, fashion, family and much, much more!