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Truth in Fiction

DIRECTOR CHERYL DUNYE TALKS TO DIVA FILM EDITOR LUCY PETERS ABOUT BRINGING QUEER WOMEN OF COLOUR TO THE BIG SCREEN

Twenty years after it was made, Cheryl Dunye’s first feature film, The Watermelon Woman, still feels astonishingly radical. Following a young black lesbian as she tries to trace the life story of a mysterious 1930s actress, it asks haunting questions about what history means to queer women of colour.

Dunye followed it up with Stranger Inside, a drama about family bonds and lesbian relationships inside a women’s prison, The Owls, about a group of “older, wiser lesbians” who become entangled in a murder, and Mommy Is Coming, a sex comedy set in the Berlin underworld.

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This month’s cover features some of the movers and shakers on the first ever DIVA Power List as voted for you. Also in this issue… Black History Month: Inspirational women who deserve to be remembered Vicky Beeching on keeping the faith after coming out as lesbian BBC newsreader Jane Hill is feeling blue post-Rio Phyll Opoku-Gyimah speaks to lesbian and bi asylum seekers Heather Peace takes on gendered toy manufacturers Kesiena Boom: Why Theresa May is bad news for lez/bi women Is sex education in schools fit for purpose? Roxy Bourdillon finds out How to deal with homophobic micro-aggressions in the workplace Interviews with Sarah Walk, Cheryl Dunye, Rebekah Staton and Roxane Gay. PLUS: travel, family and much, much more!
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