Get ready to see a lot of Rain Dove on the newsstands in March.
Two of the world’s leading LGBTQ+ magazines, DIVA and Gay Times, are joining forces to make history, as they will both simultaneously feature activist, model and “gender capitalist” Rain Dove on the front of their March 2018 issues.
Rain Dove, who does not identify as male or female, has appeared in numerous magazines like Vogue, Elle and Cosmopolitan, as well as starring in ad campaigns for brands such as Calvin Klein. Famous for modelling both womenswear and menswear, Rain is part of a movement challenging traditional ideas of binary gender.
The decision to feature Rain Dove on both magazine covers at the same time is a first for the world-leading publications, and makes for a very powerful statement of support for gender non-conforming people who are often invisible in LGBTQ+ life.
In a statement, Linda Riley, publisher of DIVA, said:
I am delighted that DIVA and Gay Times are standing together and acknowledging that those whose gender identity does not fit with the binary are as valid and valued as anyone else in the LGBTQ community.
The LGBTQ community is a wonderful kaleidoscope of humanity, and featuring Rain on our cover sends a hugely positive message to everyone who might feel they don’t belong. Both DIVA and our friends at Gay Times are proud to celebrate diversity.
Rain Dove was a former firefighter, and when asked which pronouns they prefer says “use what you want”. While others who do not experience themselves as male or female may identify as non-binary, gender-fluid, genderqueer or a gender, Rain rejects these labels entirely, instead referring to themselves as a “gender capitalist” – a person who “recognises society’s perception of gender and capitalizes on it”.
The two covers can be seen below.
DIVA’s March 2018 issue is available to download from today, and hits newsstands on Friday 23 February. Gay Time’s March 2018 issue is also available for pre-order from today, and then available across newsstands and digital platforms from Wednesday 28 February.