Heather Peace on Brexit

I found a very interesting from Heather Peace on the whole Brexit thing. Good read.
What do you think?

Thanks to divamag.co.uk

DIVA: You played at this year’s Pride in London. How did it go?

HEATHER: It was absolutely amazing. Trafalgar Square was packed. It was just what everybody needed after Friday. [The day before Pride, the UK voted to leave the EU.] People wanted to feel like they were together.

DIVA:You were pretty vocal about voting Remain on Twitter. How are you feeling about Brexit?

Heather Peace1I’m totally heartbroken, especially having a daughter. We took for granted the fact that when we were younger if we wanted to go and get a bar job in Spain and experience what it was like to live in another country, we could just go. I’ve never in my lifetime felt so uncertain of my country. In a weird way we’ve always been quite apathetic. You’d never be able to have a revolution in this country. But now there’s people ferocious on either side. It’s not a nice feeling and there’s a very small minority that suddenly think it’s OK to be vocally racist. I’m finding that really frightening. It’s giving me a very heavy heart that there might be a platform for those people to come together. But we can’t tarnish people who voted Leave with the same brush. I’ve got family members who voted Leave and they’d really thought about it. They’d read everything and had very strong viewpoints that weren’t based on immigration. I respect their opinions. There needs to not be, from the Remain campaign, out and out viciousness towards the older generation who percentage-wise voted more towards Leave.

DIVA:Do you have any ideas about how we move forward?

There has to be a sense of unity. We have to just try and be kind to each other. Politically, I don’t know what they’re doing. All this stuff’s coming out now saying they don’t have a plan. It depends what newspaper you read. I’m The Guardian, not The Daily Mail. It’s not even the economical side that worries me the most. It’s that racism could come acceptable again. I’m speaking as someone who is a third generation Lithuanian. It makes absolutely no sense to me.

DIVA:On a happier note, you’ve got a performance at Newcastle Pride lined up.

I’m really excited because we haven’t gigged in Newcastle for a few years. It’s always a really raucous crowd, really good fun. They’ll be well up for it. London Pride is so nerve-wracking – you hardly get over the nerves before you’re offstage. It’s nice having a longer set where you can settle into it and let it grow.

DIVA:You’re definitely a Pride favourite. What does Pride mean to you?

Heather Peace
I remember being a 19-year-old who’d just come out, going to my first London Pride and the whistles were going off outside Westminster. It was before Clause 28 had been repealed. Back then we were fighting for certain things within our own country. Now it’s more of us showing a united front for the world when stuff isn’t OK outside the UK. There’s still a lot of work to be done here in terms of discrimination and bullying but the law is on our side now. I see Pride as a celebration of who we are. We can be visible and celebrate together that it’s alright to love who you love. I’m glad we’ve got a global community. It feels good in troubled times.

DIVA:You’re right that it’s a big comfort. Do you have a favourite track to perform?

Probably No Mercy, which is from The Thin Line. I’m really enjoying the dancier stuff and No Mercy’s good fun. It’s filthy and upbeat. Nothing wrong with that.

DIVA:Haha, agreed. Can you tell us a bit about your latest EP, Come Home?

The EP’s a love story from meeting someone to a terrible breakup in 20 minutes. The lyrics of Lightbulb are really sad and I thought we’ve just got to play against the lyrics and stick in a disco bass. There are so many great disco tracks that are so gutting but just stick a disco bass behind it and it plays in juxtaposition to the theme of the song. Otherwise it’s just too depressing.

DIVA:Thanks for keeping us uplifted. How’s family life treating you now you’re a mum?

It’s amazing. It was quite a funny weekend really. I played at London Pride, which we reckon was about 20,000 people. Then I got a train for my own gig at Eastbourne bandstand that night. The next day I was in the Night Garden Live, which is a TV programme for babies so it was all Iggle Piggle and Makka Pakka [characters from In The Night Garden]. My Saturday and Sunday couldn’t have been any more different – all in a theatrical setting but two ends of the spectrum. And Annie’s fantastic. She’s really quite boisterous, climbs all the time, and she’s very vocal. She’s funny, very funny. She only started walking about three weeks ago and she’s practically running now.

DIVA:Have you faced any challenges being same-sex parents?

We’re in Brighton and if I came across any weirdness it’d be a shock. It’s its own city, this place. I’ve literally experienced nothing that’s been negative at all. We had a guy around here building us a little cupboard in my music room. Ellie had called him and when I walked in as the partner, there’s not even a raised eyebrow. He’s a carpenter, big fella. We really have come a long way. But I know some people aren’t as lucky as myself, living where I live.

DIVA:Was that a conscious decision to live somewhere so gay-friendly?

Heather PeaceIt was and it wasn’t. I was living in London and it came to a point that me and my partner at the time wanted to buy somewhere and it was the classic thing of not being able to afford in London. We’d spent a bit of time down here. It’s a nice place to be when I’m not working. I love being by the sea. I’m a very outdoors kind of person. If I go for a run, I just go straight down to the beach. It’s great.

DIVA:Lastly, you’re involved with Jacquie Lawrence’s Different For Girls project, which we’re all really excited about. [The web drama series is currently on hold due to funding but thankfully it still looks like it will go ahead.] Can you spill the beans on the character you’ll be playing?

Unfortunately she’s the complete love cheat. I don’t know how I feel about that. The thing about playing any role – and I’ve played some right psychos – is you’ve got to get into the nitty gritty of finding something you can relate to. If you hate them from the beginning, you’re lost. Hopefully I’ll make something about her loveable. Her actions are not. She tries to have her cake and eat it, to have her family and a bit on the side. She’s a very selfish character so I’ve got to try and pull out some redeeming features.

You can see her performance at Newcastle Pride on Saturday 16 July

No lesbians are killed in new drama!!


Sick to death (literally) of TV’s dead lesbian syndrome (DLS)? We know we are. So we’re proud and excited to announce that we are 100% behind the upcoming web series Different For Girls, which promises, not quite tongue-in-cheek, that “no lesbian will be killed or harmed during it’s making.”

Different for girlsThe crowdfunded project is the work of BAFTA award-winning producer Jacquie Lawrence, who means to offer a much-needed corrective to DLS. “The numbers are horrific. Seriously,” she says.

“What started off as a mild irritation has become an epidemic. The reaction to Kate’s death in Last Tango In Halifax was amusing for the press, but the fallout over Lexa’s death in The 100 has managed to put the ‘syndrome’ in perspective: disposing of lesbian characters so regularly has an acute effect on young lesbians and their self-esteem.”

Different For Girls is an adaptation of Lawrence’s fiction novel of the same name – first published as an e-book in 2014, and then as a paperback in 2015. The drama series will feature a group of lesbian and bisexual women based in Chiswick – the ‘real lesbian housewives of West London’, if you will – women “whose lives and loves revolve around children, marriage, betrayal and divorce. That’s not to say that there isn’t room for drink, drugs, sex and dancing; there is. Just not in front of their wives and children”.

Author Jacquie Lawrence:
Jacquie Lawrence

DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS is a web drama series featuring a group of lesbian and bisexual women whose lives and loves revolve around children, marriage, betrayal and divorce. That is not to say that there isn’t room for drink, drugs, sex and dancing. There is. Just not in front of their wives and children. Set in Chiswick, these women are the real lesbian housewives of West London!

Heather PeaceWe have cast from the most talented lesbian, gay, bi and trans actresses and actors out there. There are many lesbians who have not been able to play on-screen lesbians. Usually lesbians have been played by straight women and whilst there have been some brilliant performances, we want to redress this imbalance and we want to cast and crew a more diverse range of talented people from the LBGQT and BAME communities.

Rachel ShelleyThe cast is slated to feature the likes of Rachel Shelley (The L Word), Sophie Ward (Land Girls, Doctors), Heather Peace (Lip Service), Janet Ellis (Doctor Who), Amy Lamé (RuPaul’s Drag Race, Loose Women) and Nimmy March (Wallander, Thin Ice) among others, should it reach its crowdfunded target of £50,000.

And you, dear reader, can help make this happen – while earning some exciting perks in the process. Incentives for donors – who can gift anything from £5 to £1000 – include everything from signed photos and t-shirts to a walk-on part (ooh!) and an invitation to the wrap party.

“It’s easy to be glib about DLS but in reality the constant ‘disposal’ of lesbian characters has an acute impact on younger viewers who are struggling with their sexuality,” Jacquie says. “There have been 12 lesbians killed off in 2016 so far. That may seem like a small number but given that in 2015, there were only 35 lesbian characters on primetime television in the US and the UK you can understand the fallout.

“The Trevor Project, which saves the lives of literally thousands of LBGQT teens every year, said that the deaths of popular characters like Lexa in The 100 and Dr. Denise Cloyd in The Walking Dead put their work back years. We are desperate to see lesbian and bi characters that manage to live their dramatic and complicated lives, on screen, without fear of death by car, helicopter crash, house fire or stray bullet.”

Lawrence is also invested in bringing a truly queer cast and crew on board – another corrective given TV and film’s woeful on-going record of employing straight (and cis) actors to play queer (and trans) roles.

Sophie Ward“So many great lesbian parts on television and in films have been played by straight women and it must be really frustrating for lesbian and bi actresses to see this. Even in lesbian specific series like The L Word and Lip Service with ensemble casts, only one or two actresses were lesbian or bi whilst the rest were straight.

“DFG turns this on it’s head. The caveat for casting non-lesbian or non-bisexual actors is that they have played gay with pride, like Rachel Shelley, who played Helena Peabody in The L Word with such panache and has written/spoken about it ever since, rather than erasing it from her CV like some actresses.”

Why the decision to crow-funded this project? Jacquie explains: “As the web has opened up opportunities for queer dramas to thrive, so it has for writers, producers and directors to collate financial support for projects that are outside the mainstream. There’s an amazing community of people who support queer projects because they want to see themselves and their life-styles represented.

“We wanted to make the web series this summer and so a crowd funding campaign seemed the most immediate and inclusive. People can invest financially at the level they are comfortable with, receive a perk and feel like they are part something special. We couldn’t do it without people’s support.”

The dedicated team have raised a mighty one-third of the required funds to bring Different For Girls to life, but need another £50,000 to reach their target. Head over to their Indiegogo page and give what you can to this promising, potentially game-changing series.

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