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The third Lesbian Visibility Week starts today – yay! – so let’s tip our hats to some of the amazing LGBTQ+ women who have done so much not only for our own rainbow community, but for society has a whole. 

Since its launch in 2020, when DIVA publisher Linda Riley decided that Lesbian Visibility Day, which had been running since 2018, was insufficient to celebrate the achievements of women who love women, the highlights of Lesbian Visibility Week have been both the publication of the DIVA Power List and the lavish shindig that are the annual DIVA Awards.

DIVA publisher Linda Riley at the 2019 DIVA Awards.

This year’s Power List, published in both DIVA magazine and The Guardian, features a host of famous names including Radio 1 DJ Adele Roberts, mega-popular YouTube stars Rose and Rosie and friend of OutNewsGlobal Heather Peace. Other top names include singers Emeli Sandé MBE and athlete and author Amazin LeThi.

Check out all 100 names here.

British sport is well represented, with footballers Beth Mead, Demi Stokes and Leanne Sanderson all making the list, with Celia Quansah and Meg Jones flying the flag for the oval-ball game. 

England’s Beth Mead celebrates scoring a hat-trick against Northern Ireland.

The charity list is especially impressive and includes Stonewall CEO Nancy Kelley, Galop CEO Leni Morris and Switchboard co-chair Tash Walker.

For many, the DIVA Awards represent the highlight of the week. The world’s largest formal, sit-down event for LGBTQ+ women, this year’s star-studded ceremony returns to London’s Waldorf Hilton and is hosted by the honey-voiced actor and author Sophie Ward. Our friends at DIVA tell us that the 2022 awards attracted a record number of nominations, with actors Emma Corrin, Erin Doherty and Golda Rosheuval all making the shortlist in the Actor of the Year category.

Comedian Rosie Jones and Naked Attraction’s Anna Richardson are both up for the Media Personality of the Year gong, with Jodie Comer, Suranne Jones and supermodel Naomi Campbell all vying for the Celebrity Ally of the Year crown.

More info?

Visit Lesbian Visibility Week here.

Check out the DIVA Awards here.

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