Pride month is here, and it’s filled with cheer


When Our Flag Means Death hit US TV Screens in March, it instantly became a fan favourite, especially amongst LGBTQI viewers. We queers finally had a swashbuckling pirate show to root for. The iconic Vico Ortiz (The Sex Lives Of College Girls) instantly became a fan favourite for their portrayal of Jim, a non-binary pirate. And there’s apparently an emotional queer will-they-won’t-they relationship between two main characters in the show. I’m trying not to spoil myself too much as the show is not yet available for UK viewers. Once the first season came to an almighty end with one heck of a cliffhanger, people flocked to social media with posts containing #RenewOurFlagMeansDeath

The showrunners waited until the first day of Pride month to make the renewal announcement we’d all been waiting for. Whilst fans in the UK are yet to be introduced to these characters, we can only hope we’ll get news of a UK release date for the first season soon. The show premiered on HBO Max, and if it’s like most shows on that platform, we expect the show to land on SKY for broadcast TV viewers. There’s no news on when we’ll get to enjoy it here, or when the second season will premiere, but stay tuned! 

The Bank of London Rainbow Honours crowned Yasmin Benoit, UK Black Pride and Mermaids

Team DIVA were delighted to commemorate the start of Pride month by attending this year’s Rainbow Honours. Co-hosted by Julian Clary and Victoria Scone, and with attendance from Stephen Fry, Paul O’Grady, Philip Schofield, Anna Richardson, Gok Wan, Jack Monroe, River Medway, the cast of Heartstopper and many, many more, what a glorious way to celebrate our community. 

Hayley Kiyoko and Cat Burns filled audiences with Pride this bank holiday weekend

On Saturday 4 June, Cat Burns and Ariōn supported Hayley Kiyoko and Calum Scott at Proud & Loud. Marking the 50th Anniversary of the first Pride in London, the event raised funds for Pride In London’s Unity Fund.

Are you ready for your next favourite sapphic read? 

Last week, Nina LaCour’s debut into adult fiction, Yerba Buena, was released into the world. She spoke to DIVA about the novel, self-exploration and the importance of diversity in publishing. 

Looking for some audio that is bursting with Pride?

In last week’s episode of podDIVA, co-hosts Rachel Shelley and Victoria Broom dived into the pages of our June issue. Listeners also got to hear behind the scenes action from this year’s QFX fan convention and Rachel looked back on The L Word conventions. Don’t miss out! 


DIVA magazine celebrates 28 years in print in 2022. If you like what we do, then get behind LGBTQI media and keep us going for another generation. Your support is invaluable. 

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