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Lesbian stars grace 200th cover of DIVA

Lesbian stars grace 200th cover of DIVA

A host of Britain’s brightest and best lesbian stars grace the 200th front cover of DIVA, the UK’s gay girls’ monthly glossy mag, today (31 January).

A special fold-out cover for the celebratory edition of the magazine features some of London’s best known lesbian names.

It includes BBC news reader Jane Hill, authors Sarah Waters and Stella Duffy, X Factor singing contest sensation Lucy Spraggan, Paralympian seated volleyball star Claire Harvey, artist Maggi Hambling and TV chef Allegra McEvedy.

The magazine launched in March 1994 aiming to ‘showcase everything that was fun, glamorous, sexy and edgy about lesbian culture’.

A press release from the team charts the changes since then: ‘We’ve seen a growing number of lesbians rise to public prominence, gay female characters on popular mainstream TV shows and yet still many are afraid to come out, many experience daily harassment – on the streets of London.

‘As the laws have changed in our favor, so lesbian identity has changed, with fewer considering the term ‘lesbian’ to be a defining aspect of their identity.’

DIVA editor Jane Czyzselska said: ‘DIVA has been at the forefront of lesbian culture since launching in 1994 and 19 years on it’s still the best-selling go-to publication for gay and bi women.

‘Editing our 200th issue has been a real privilege.’

DIVA is hosting a cocktail party for 100 of today’s most happening lesbians and bisexuals at Soho House, in the heart of London’s gay district tonight.

The 200th issue of the magazine is on sale now.