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HOW DO YOU PROVE YOUR SEXUALITY? DIVA MEETS SIX WOMEN WHO HAVE BEEN FORCED TO DO JUST THAT

WORDS DANIELLE MUSTARDE, PHOTOGRAPHY ELAINEA EMMOTT, MAKEUP @CEECEE-MUA ON A VOLUNTARY BASIS

Imagine for a moment you’re in a courtroom. It’s not the first time you’ve been here. All eyes are on you. “Are you a lesbian?” the judge asks, in a language that is not your mother tongue. “Yes,” you respond. “Prove it.”

Rainbow Sisters is a London-based support group for lesbians and bisexual asylum seekers who have gone through – or are facing – such an experience. Part of the charity Women For Refugee Women, having recently met six of its current members, I can tell you, its existence is crucial.

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Actor Maisie Richardson-Sellers looks stunning on the cover of this month’s DIVA magazine. In this issue – a celebration of queer women of colour – the Legends of Tomorrow star talks about growing up mixed race and embracing her sexuality, and tells us why she’s sick of “straight, cis, white people” telling LGBTQI stories. Also in this issue… How to be 100% that bitch: Life lessons from the legendary Lizzo The stars of POSE on trans representation and ball culture YouTube star Elle Mills on growing up in front of the camera Could you prove your sexuality? Seven asylum seekers share their stories Queer and Muslim: Exploring the relationship between sexuality and faith PLUS Homotopia, Iris Prize and much, much more!

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