No 8 Northumberland Avenue, London
Friday 28 April 2023
Hosted by the fabulous Sophie Ward!
One of the most hotly anticipated events in the "women loving women" WLW calendar, the annual DIVA Awards, founded in 2017, are a no-holds-barred celebration of the achievements of LGBTQIA women and non-binary people – and their allies – across business, the media and politics.
LGBTQIA women and non-binary people are becoming increasingly visible, with politicians, media stars, authors and business leaders all demonstrating that determination and talent can overcome prejudice. These amazing people serve as role models to the generations who follow them, and everyone at DIVA is delighted that clued-up corporates recognise the value and importance of the DIVA demographic.
All in all, the event served as a vital source of community during a period of intense isolation for so many LGBTQIA people. Our 2023 celebration will be even bigger, and we sincerely hope that you’ll join us in recognising all of the incredible talent this community holds.
Founded in 2017 by Publisher Linda Riley, the DIVA Awards form an important chapter in DIVA’s history. Linda has been a constant trailblazer for LGBTQIA visibility, having founded the European Diversity Awards, British Diversity Awards, Lesbian Visibility Week and the Rainbow Honours, and notably receiving the accolade for Trans Ally at Trans In The City 2021.
When DIVA Magazine was founded in 1994, LGBTQIA equality legislation simply didn’t exist. Section 28 was still in place, and LGBTQIA publications often failed to speak for queer women and non-binary people. We’re proud to say that DIVA was founded by this demographic, for this demographic.
Twenty-eight years later, we’ve celebrated our 300th issue. We've an amazing editor-in-chief, a brilliant team, and a revived spirit. DIVA has been through some tough times but we’ve come out the other side, and what was once a grassroots magazine has become a global entity, comprised of the DIVA Awards, podDIVA, and the DIVA Power List, as published in The Guardian. Queer people across the UK and Europe have found a home in our pages.
The DIVA Awards celebrate every step in DIVA’s journey, honouring its special history whilst looking to the future of queer visibility, celebrating the changemakers that make the world a better place for people like us.