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DISABLED LESBIANS AND BI WOMEN ARE CHALLENGING SOCIETY’S STEREOTYPES
Actress Ali Stroker recently became the first wheelchair user to perform on Broadway

Women with disabilities may make up a disproportionately high percentage of the LBT population, but their visibility is limited by a number of factors that have long hampered the community. From a lack of inclusive spaces to common misconceptions, disabled lesbians and bi women have rarely taken centre stage. Things are now starting to change, especially with the recent breakthrough of Ali Stroker – the first actress in a wheelchair to perform on Broadway. But being a minority within a minority can still bring up a complex set of issues around identity and where you fit into both communities.

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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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