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DIVA DICTUM

WHAT A DIFFERENCE A DAY MAKES

EDITOR’S LETTER

Its Sunday night at HearHer in Dorset, and musician Toya Delazy has closed the festival in spectacular style, leaving 500 jaws on the floor with a spellbinding set. Everyone is on the dancefloor, theres an Electric Slide happening, and Im laughing so hard I think I might have broken something. As the music stops, we come together in a sweaty embrace, and it feels as if the room is vibrating with joy. What a contrast from a few days before, when – yards from the DIVA office – a colleague and I were calleddirty lesbian whoresby a man in a white van, egged on by two friends beside him. Its not the first time Ive been subjected to verbal abuse. Ive had every disgusting name you can think of spat in my direction by men in cars, men in vans, men next door, clearly shaken by my existence. Sorry about me. But never before have I reported it. I guess thats what low self-esteem and internalised homophobia will do to a person.

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Queer pop icons Tegan and Sara spill their hearts in this month’s DIVA, telling our very own Roxy Bourdillon all about delving into their past. In an exclusive interview ahead of their UK tour, the twins talk about coming out and coming into themselves over the course of their 20 year career. You don’t want to miss this one. Also in this issue… Emmerdale’s Michelle Hardwick shares the secrets of her big day Dear Diary: In bed with Gentleman Jack The One With The Lesbian Wedding: What 90s sitcom Friends got right Love wins: A brief history of marriage equality Emma and Carly, one year on: We catch up with our wedding competition to find out how their first year of married life has been Plus reader weddings, women’s football and much, much more!