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I remember the first issue of DIVA I ever bought, I was so excited to be a part of what was then then LGBT community (Now it is LGBTQIGNA) I loved looking through all of the things about where to go and what I should be doing, even though I was in Oxford and almost all of the "lez/bi things to do this week" were based in London. But still, I was happy to feel included. But after a while I very quickly realised this magazine in no way represented me or any other lesbian I knew.
The magazines were full of stereotypes and so rarely featured any feminine lesbians (we get excluded enough from the community) and the so called stories were always all about fictional characters that were being played by straight people!
I was learning nothing from this magazine and felt that it in no way added value too my life so I stopped buying it.
And after having flicked through a friends copy recently to see if things had changed, I found, no they hadn't. Things were still the same and the whole "she is our icon" thing was being forced down my throat more than ever, particularly with the release of Orange is the New Black. You are made to feel excluded if you do not like the same things as everyone else does and if you do not behave the same way, you are made to feel even more excluded.
It's a glossy magazine full of ads and the usual junk, but for £3.99 I would expect more than the mindless drivel that comes out of DIVA, where is the hard hitting journalism? The real stories that people want to hear? I want to hear what is going on in the world, not the L word.
I first started buying Diva about 12 years ago and, in the early days, found it unmissable. I subscribed to it and would read each issue from cover to cover. I think its great strength remains the fact that it is a mainstream UK-based magazine focused on lesbian and bisexual women and, when you're first coming out or just discovering your own sexuality, that is a great find. It certainly made me feel I was part of a wider community, and catered for in mainstream newsagents.
Over time, I have drifted away from Diva somewhat. It can have a frustrating focus on 'celebrity' lesbians, sometimes to the point that the main interview is with someone who plays a lesbian in a film or programme but is straight in real life. I have often felt let down by the interviews, which don't seem to probe beyond the usual, 'what's it like being straight and playing someone gay?'.
Diva can also focus a lot on the lesbian scene which, over time, I've grown less interested in; it features many photos of women in nightclubs and so on.
Occasionally, an issue will still capture my attention, usually when they have some specific focus for the issue, such as feminism or body image. It's good to see the magazine get political once in a while, as the lesbian and gay scene often lacks this.
I'd say Diva is still great for connecting newly-out lesbians and for features such as its listings and classified ads but, as a good read, it can be rather limited.
I subscribed to this magazine for about three years and have just cancelled my subscription.
At first it was quite an interesting read with various stories, issues, information etc but now I find it rather stale and uninteresting. In months gone by I was quite excited when it arrived and read it from cover to cover but now they just stack up on the shelf mostly unread as I find the stories uninteresting and repetitive.
There is much focus on the gay 'scene' and mostly feature obviously gay women. There is little in the way of hot women to look at and rarely focuses on feminine women and those who live outside of the big smoke.
There are inteviews with famous lesbians - I use 'famous' in the losest sense as I have not heard of many of these people before. It's a shame that they don't spend much time on non-gay people and their views or involvement in the gay world.
It is really good that you can pick up the magazine in tesco and whsmiith so is easily accessible but it isn't very capitaviting and they have the same monthly features which do get quite dull once done for the twentieth time in the row.
Another annoying feature is that every issue is 'the something issue' focusing on some theme e.g. the fat issue, the escape issue etc. In fact I find the magazie quite restrictive as it pigeon-holes and stereotypes lesbians in some weird way that I don't fit into or agree with.
I've bought Diva for about a year now, there are very few lesbian magazines out there and this one can be found widely which is great! It's quite expensive for what it is which is disappointing. I don't buy it every month as some issues contain few articles i'd read. The columnists are very good and it keeps you up to date with many events nationwide. It contains travel and technology information as well as stories about different people and interviews with different LGBT and straight celebs. Definitely worth investigating if you're lesbian or a bisexual woman as it's nice to know you're not alone. I think it's very interesting, some of the articles are a little unusual and you do wonder where the inspiration came from but overall it's worth checking out and definitely makes you feel more part of the LGBT community. I'm sure you'll find something you like in each issue so have a look!
I am a bisexual woman and I live in a place that doesnt really allow you to experience 'the scene'. I went to Nottingham one day and saw this magazine on the shelf, i picked it up and bought it. This was a big event in my life as this was the first time I had been able to do that since I realised I was Bi. I got on the train, concealing it of course and got home. I rushed to my sofa and tore it out of the bag.... All I can really say is, I dont know what I was expecting but this wasnt it! I was hoping for lists of Lesbian and bi websites, the gay clubs and the places to go to meet other Lesbians......... and if I'm honest.. hot pictures of girls! But instead i found a regular magazine, just with more Lesbian issues than most. If thats what your looking for then great... If not, well what choice do you have?
Way a DIVAn?t kna like! I?ve been buying this magazine for 3 years now. (well my girlfriend has). I first came across it when I was left in her flat alone for the first time. Now I shouldn?t really admit to this, but I was snooping ?as you do?, I was in the middle of my snoop when I came across this magazine. Imagine my delight, when on the front cover I saw the most beautiful looking woman my eyes had ever come across. That was it, my hunt for any juicy items in my girlfriends flat had stopped, and there was I engrossed in a magazine. Now this is my magazine of choice, each month I pop into WH Smiths and buy it. 2.25 into the till, and with a funny look from the woman behind the counter I skip-no run out of the shop with a grin on my face. Why so excited?..I hear you say. Well my friends, Diva is a magazine edited by lesbians for lesbians. AND? Its marvelous, let me tell you more. The magazine has a very bright glossy cover, usually with the face of a attractive woman or two on the front. Inside there are numerous topics, covering everything from films, music and books, to personal ads, holiday cottages for lesbians and interviews. Diva covers topics that I have never seen in mainstream media, all of the information is useful to me and relevant. It a has positive outlook on lesbian life, there is no porn, some great photo features, and plenty of information on discrimination and lesbian parenting. Any Downsides? Well, my only grievance with Diva is that I find it tends to be geared towards ?butch? (can I say that?) lesbians. Sometimes I feel that Diva is saying if your not ?butch? then your not a lesbian. A lot of the reviews are written about ?butch? stereotypes and so are the interviews. I just feel that gay people are already stereotyped enough without us having to fall into the category of being ?butch? or ?fem??. The Boring Bit. Diva is the only one of it
s kind, it first appeared on shelves in 1994, and is the sister magazine of ?gay times?. Diva is now a mainstream magazine so now it also entices straight readers. It has a huge readership of over 1 million every month. My Selling Point. Diva is a glossy magazine that keeps you up to date with what?s happening in lesbian life. Diva can be read by young and old, it is not scene influenced and is very intellectual. It is resourceful and is great for those woman who like an good read, but like pictures too. Diva can be bought from most gay venues and your local WH Smiths. It costs 2.25 in the U.K, $ 4.99 in Canada and $6.99 in the USA.A years subscription in the UK costs 24 quid. Out on the second of every month I recommend buying it at least once. Cheers for reading Lianne x
I bought this when I was still 'closeted' hoping to 'discover' and share in the news and interests of my 'own kind'. It has all of the usual magazine topics: letters, news, gossip and interviews. But of course, all targeted at the British lesbian. It tends to be a bit of a lottery with this magazine. One month you'll get a few articles that are really interesting reading. The next there will be nothing. I've never hit the 'jack pot' yet with a fully enjoyable magazine. The front, colourful glossy cover tends to be a bit of a trick to make you buy it. I picked it up and expected to see a fully, colourful and enlightning peice of literature. Rivaling the straight women magazines. Yet 95% of the magazine is in black and white with pages of text and tiny pictures. Another problem I feel ruins the magazine is that it aims towards the 'butch' lesbian more. It's kind of got the attitude that if you're not butch than you're not a real lesbian. Most of the photos are of butch lesbains. Most of the interviews are of butch lesbians. So if butch isn't your thing then you'll be wasting your time. The only positive thing I can mention is the media review section. It has a good three or four pages of what's on the box or good to read for that bookworm lesbian. I would say try at least one issue and see how you like it. It's more on what you want from a magazine. It may not be your cup of tea though. But don't be fooled by it's colourful cover. It's all dark and gloomy on the inside.
I have only just recently 'come out' as a bisexual women. In looking for magazines to gain information and general interest factor, I have found very little. The first edition of Diva that I read was ok. But I wsn't overly impressed. I felt it was the only acceptable magazine for me to read but I was disppointed. I find it very heavy to read. I like a magazine to be full of interesting articles, stories and tips etc on the subjects featured. I did not find this as such in this magazine. It is not a magazine for Bisexual women and its viewpoint is directed at Lesbians. Which is ok but it would better if it featured articles directed at those in the middle of the sexuality range-Bisexuals. This, I think is forgotten about. I have not recently bought or read another Diva. I have no wish in the future to buy it.
Diva is quite literally one of a kind, it's the only nationwide UK lesbian magazine. It's the 'sister publication' of GayTimes and is aimed at lesbians (and bisexual women) in The United Kingdom and also in Europe. It has a diverse range of articles from gardening tips to TV features, from clubbing guides to fashion features. Although Diva is fairly good many of its readers feel disgruntled that it appears to be aiming at too wide an audience. At a rough estimate 15% of UK women are lesbians, that's 4.5 million potential readers and Diva trys to appeal to every single one of them. The problem with that is that the magazine comes across as a bit 'patchy' and trying too hard to appeal to everyone. Diva could be vastly improved if they tried to aim at a narrower audience, say 18-35 year olds and released a different publication for older women. The magazine seems a little too caught up in the London scene too which is a shame because lesbians living in London are probably those least in need of finding out where to go and socialise, women and girls living further afield find it much more difficult to locate like minded people and places. But, as it's all we have I'll stick with it (grudgingly) for now in the hope that one day they'll print an article that makes me sit up and take notice! It's a good way of getting introduced to certain parts of the 'lifestyle' but once readers meet other women then they tend to stop buying Diva as it's superfluous to their needs.