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LABOUR OF LOVE

SCOTTISH LABOUR MSP KEZIA DUGDALE TALKS TO CARRIE LYELL ABOUT LIFE AFTER THE JUNGLE

| FEATURES | KEZIA DUGDALE |

“I want to encourage the next generation to step up”

It’s a chilly evening at the end of November, and my wife and I are about to do something we’ve never done before – watch I’m A Celebrity, Get Me Out Of Here. We’ve heard rumours that Kezia Dugdale, former leader of the Scottish Labour Party, is going into the jungle, and as two proud political geeks we simply can’t miss this. As we excitedly scrolled through the numerous #TeamKez tweets online, the 36-year-old MSP for the Lothians was in lockdown somewhere Down Under, with no clue what was happening back home. “The minute you land in Australia, you’re allowed one phone call to a loved one to say you’ve arrived ok,” she tells me. “You have to do it on loudspeaker in front of a whole production crew, so you can’t really find out anything about what’s happened in the time you’ve been in the air.”

Being cut off from the world must be hard enough for any contestant, but more so for Dugdale, whose flight left Scotland just as a political storm was brewing around her decision to take part in the ITV show. “I guess what was unique about my situation was that it had broken that I was going before I left,” says Dugdale. “It was properly kicking off just as I was getting on the plane, but I had no idea where it had ended up, so I went into the jungle not knowing if I was still a member of the Labour Party or whether I had a job to come out to.”

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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!
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