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THE LARGEST STUDY INTO LGBT SOCIAL HOUSING HAS JUST BEEN RELEASED. MICKEY CARROLL EXPLORES THE STORIES BEHIND THE FINDINGS

SOCIAL HOUSING

“Whenever I walked down the road, they would open the windows and scream at me. Graffiti was appearing on my garden wall. If there was a skip in the road, the kids would take stuff out and throw it at my windows. They’d throw eggs, they’d throw excrement. They’d expose themselves to me when I left the house.”

Josie feared for her life, after facing a transphobic campaign of abuse by some new neighbours. The house that she’d rented for 15 years was suddenly unsafe and she didn’t know what to do about it.

“I reported everything, especially the criminal stuff. After I started reporting it, the council got involved. They asked me why I wasn’t bidding on council houses, so I could move away. I told them I had no idea how to.” Once Newham council, London, heard what was happening to Josie, they moved quickly. She was put at the top of the priority list and got the first house she bid on.

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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!