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The future is fierce

QUEER MIGRANT POET SONIA GUIÑANSACA TALKS FRANKLY ABOUT BREAKING DOWN BORDERS AND BEING A BADASS

THE FUTURE IS FIERCE

If you follow Sonia Guiñansaca on Instagram, you’ll know that her feed is one of vibrant colours, empowering art, wise-beyond-her-years words and an energy that demands attention. And if you don’t, you probably should. Here, the 28-year-old author of Nostalgia And Borders tells her story so far.

NOSTALGIA

“My first memories of writing are of when I was really small in a little pocket journal – the type your parents can get into because the little padlock doesn’t work. Being a young, brown migrant child, writing was my mechanism of honing in on who I was becoming, making sense of the world around me, of my immigration status and of growing up in New York.

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Activist, model and “gender capitalist” Rain Dove is our cover star this month, the first time an openly non-binary person has appeared on DIVA’s cover since our launch in 1994. In another exciting first, we’re making history by synchronising the launch of this groundbreaking issue with iconic men’s title Gay Times, who also have Rain on their cover. Rain Dove, a former firefighter from the US, has appeared in numerous spreads for magazines like Vogue, Elle and Cosmopolitan, as well as ad campaigns for brands such as Calvin Klein. Famous for modelling both womenswear and menswear, Rain is part of a movement simultaneously reinventing modelling while challenging traditional ideas of binary gender. In an exclusive interview with DIVA’s Roxy Bourdillon, Rain talks about the importance of pronouns, the impact working in the fashion industry has had on their self-esteem, and how they are capitalising on society’s perception of gender. Also in this issue… Scottish Labour politician Kezia Dugdale talks to DIVA editor Carrie Lyell about life after the jungle Roxy Bourdillon gets up close and personal with “flirty AF” YouTuber Ari Fitz Little acts of defiance: Comedian Suzi Ruffell tells us why she’s taking on the trolls Creating change: Filmmaker Fawzia Mirza on activism through art The future is fierce: Queer migrant poet Sonia Guiñansaca is breaking down borders Travel like you give a sh!t: Fat Gay Vegan shares his tips for moving through the world with kindness What’s next for the uprising? Plus: style, dating and so much more!