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Making space for mental health

QUEER, TRANS AND INTERSEX PEOPLE OF COLOUR ARE CREATING SPACES TO IMPROVE THE MENTAL HEALTH AND WELLBEING OF THEIR PEERS

MENTAL HEALTH

WORDS DANIELLE MUSTARDE, PHOTOS AILSA FINERON, COLIN MOODY

In 2012, research from LGBT charity Stonewall (stonewall.org.uk) found that three quarters (74%) of lesbians had felt anxious or nervous in the previous year. This increased to 78% for bisexual women, and 81% for Black and Minority Ethnic (BME) lesbians and bisexual women. With nearly every statement in the report, the percentages increase for queer, trans and intersex people of colour (QTIPOC).

“When Wish work with QTIPOC, it’s even more important to adopt a holistic approach to mental health care”, explains Jennifer Richards, communications officer at Women At Wish (womenatwish.org.uk), a national, user-led charity working with women with mental health needs. “Lazy stereotypes can stop QTIPOC from accessing the services they need, as instead they’re boxed into a service that doesn’t offer the support that’s required.”

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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!