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Identity Wars

HOW IMPORTANT IS A LABEL? CHARLOTTE DINGLE ATTEMPTS TO UNRAVEL THE DISPUTE DIVIDING THE BI/PAN COMMUNITIES
ILLUSTRATION FERNANDO SAOFNT

Over the past few years, a particularly heated debate has raged about the definition of bisexuality and its distinction – or otherwise – from pansexuality (as well as polysexuality, omni-sexuality and other associated terms). As more and more people adopt pan and pan-related labels, bisexuals are increasingly exposed to accusations that “bisexual” implies a “binary” in the form of attraction to just two genders (cis-males and cis-females), rather than being defined as an attraction to one’s own gender and other genders. DIVA spoke to members of both communities to try and get to the root of this polarising issue…

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Channel 4’s Anna Richardson (Revenge Porn, Super Shoppers) talks exclusively to DIVA about her recent work, labels, biphobia and her relationship with Sue Perkins, in our in-depth interview. Also in this issue: - Susan Calman’s last column (for now) - Foodie and campaigner Jack Monroe on becoming a vegan parent - DIVA discovers Canada’s remote lesbian hot-spot - Why did Gayle Newland get 8 years for disguising her gender from her girlfriend? - Wedding style special: what to wear and how to plan yours - Disabled lesbian and bi women challenge stereotypes - Music showcase: ones to watch from the urban underground scene - Book extract: Shamim Sharif’s Cold War romance, Despite The Falling Snow - Trans rights campaigner Juno Roche on life as a bi trans woman with HIV Plus all the very best in life, scene, books, film, music and TV.
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