Vicky Beeching: It's been a brilliant year
DIVA is sad to say farewell to much-loved columnist Vicky Beeching
All of us at DIVA have loved being part of Vicky Beeching's journey. She was the first prominently religious figure to make it onto the magazine's cover (our March 2015 edition). In our Top 100 LGBT influencers list she came it at No. 4, and this time last year we were delighted to sign her up as a monthly columnist.
Vicky's columns have proved to be some of our most popular content, and we've received powerful letters and comments from readers, sharing how her words have impacted their lives for the better.
But all good things must come to an end, or so they say! So it is with much sadness and a bucket-load of love that we say farewell to her as a monthly contributor.
Vicky has a lot on her plate - including a book with Harper Collins that's in the final stages of editing, and a Ph.D. thesis to write for Durham University.
Although we were disappointed when she told us she wouldn't be able to sign up for a second year of column writing, we completely understand that we can't keep her all to ourselves! But the good news is that, from time to time, Vicky will pop up in the magazine with one-off articles. So this isn't the last you'll see of her in our pages.
If you've missed any of her columns over the past year, we've made a selection of them available online here (no DIVA subscription needed). She's covered some fascinating themes, including feminism, politics, religion, and mental health.
Vicky told us: "Being a DIVA columnist has been such a fantastic experience. A big thank you to the entire staff team for such a great year. And thanks to all the readers too - I've loved connecting with you on social media, and in person at events. Wish me luck as I dive into the final edits of my book this summer, and then get stuck into my Ph.D. thesis this autumn! And I'll very much look forward to doing one-off pieces for DIVA from time to time."
Linda Riley, DIVA publisher, said: "I'm so proud that DIVA has served as the platform for Vicky's columns over the past year. They've been exceptionally popular and we are really going to miss her contributions. Vicky's writing has explored the important relationship between LGBT identity and religion - a subject often glossed over by the press. The fact she was recently honoured by the Archbishop of Canterbury with an award for her contribution to the Church is a testament to her incredible impact. All of us at the magazine wish her much love for the future - she'll always be considered part of the DIVA family".
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