Say it with me now: “If you can’t love yourself, how the hell you gonna love someone else?”
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We love to see people living their truth. Trinity The Tuck first competed on RuPaul’s Drag Race season nine before jointly winning All Stars 4. During this year’s Trans Day Of Visibility, the drag queen opened up about her gender identity. The caption read: “It’s not always easy but love yourself! Life’s a journey! ❤️🏳️⚧️”
Within the coming out post she shared that: “Years ago after starting drag I seriously questioned how I identified with my gender. That’s why I altered my body starting at the age of 21 to look more feminine and also started hormone therapy for a short period.”
“I still don’t know where my journey will take me but I am trans-NB. I wanted to share my feelings in hopes that others who felt like me would know they aren’t alone. Sending out love! I hope it finds you.”
Trinity’s post received much love from both fans and fellow Drag Race stars. Hooray for living your truth, Trinity!
The 2022 Oscars
Not only was herstory made by Ariana DeBose, but for queer audiences watching around the globe, the night was a powerful display that there is a place for us. Read our LGBTQI round-up here.
Emeli Sandé has come out and found “the one”
The singer has always attracted a queer fanbase and advocated for LGBTQI rights. But last week, Emeli came out and opened up about her relationship and how she met her partner. We are overjoyed to see her so happy.
Let’s talk about upcoming release dates
Last week cemented that April is going to be a blessed month for LGBTQI screen buffs. Whilst Netflix announced the release date (April 22) of Heartstopper a few weeks ago, we now officially have a confirmed release date for Gentleman Jack AND the Doctor Who Easter special. One thing is for sure, I’ll be cancelling all my plans and watching lot’s of TV this month.
And whilst we’re talking about our onscreen obsessions…
Last week fans were overjoyed to see Elliot Page post a still from the upcoming Umbrella Academy series captioned: “Meet Viktor Hargreeves ☂️”. We are so ready to see the show’s first trans character! And pssttt… Elliot’s upcoming memoir Pageboy is set to release next year!
Boris Johnson excluded trans people from the “conversion therapy” ban
This year’s Trans Day Of Visibility, highlighted how our community needs far more visibility, we need liberation. On 31 March, a Downing Street document was leaked which stated that the government would abandon its pledge to ban so-called “conversion therapy”.
Following collective outrage from the LGBTQI community and our allies, Boris Johnson backtracked. He will now move forward with “the ban”. However trans people have been removed from the equation.
All Out launched a fundraiser to help LGBTQI Ukrainians
As the war in Ukraine continues, it has been reported that some trans people are being stopped at the border when trying to flee as the gender markers on their passports or documents do not match their actual genders. Many LGBTQI people fear “Russian Kill Lists”. When a crisis hits, people from marginalised groups are often most at risk and it is what we are seeing now in Ukraine. Find out how you can support the fundraiser here.
“Don’t Give Up on Ukraine,” urges KyivPride’s Director Lenny Emson￼
In an interview with myGwork’s Pepi Sappal, Lenny Emson, Executive Director of KyivPride, has urged the international community not to give up on Ukraine as the war with Russia drags on.
Check out our Beyond Borders segment on this week’s podDIVA
In this month’s DIVA Debrief, your hosts look through our April pages and on a more sobering note hear from Anna in Poland who is risking her own safety to help refugees fleeing the war in Ukraine.
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