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Funny Bones


Zoe met her wife Sindy 19 years ago on the Isle of Lesvos. That’s not a joke, that’s her actual life. “Whenever people ask, we go, ‘…Greece’. They go, ‘Where in Greece?’ We go, ‘In… in Le… in Lesvos, it was Lesvos.’”

I laugh so hard I nearly spit out my frothy coffee. Zoe has funny bones, which come in handy when you’re a professional comedian. When we meet in Soho I quickly discover her delightful ability to find the funny in every little thing, slipping into silly voices and pulling animated faces to punctuate her anecdotes. She’s generous with her own laugh too, as she chuckles at the absurdity of meeting her wife on Sappho’s island and the extraordinary volume of the bloke at the next table’s sneeze – “Bless you,” she mutters. “That was quite the ear-splitter.” But let’s get back to her Lesvos love story…

“I had lost a tequila challenge. My friends tried to get me into a van and I slid straight across the seat and fell out the other side. Sindy picked me off a carpark floor and threw me back in the van. It was love at first sight. That’s it! That tequila sodden mess with no prospects. Let’s go for that.”

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We’re thrilled to have the star of everyone’s favourite prison dramedy on the cover of this month’s DIVA. In a brilliant interview written by editor Carrie Lyell, Taylor Schilling opens up about sexuality, sisterhood and why Orange Is The New Black still has audiences hooked five seasons in. Also in this issue… - Mae Martin goes on a long overdue Tinder date with deputy ed Roxy Bourdillon - Ani DiFranco on why patriarchy is the elephant in the room - Zoe Lyons: “I met my wife on Lesvos” - Jane Hill shares her love letter to Canada - Queer travel bloggers tell us their top tips for a great gaycation - Long distance relationships: the good, the bad and the Megabus - Why we fight: How boxing is changing women’s lives Plus eco-friendly travel, female craft brewsters and more!