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Month: August 2020

Film recommendation: Matthias & Maxime
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Film recommendation: Matthias & Maxime

Xavier Dolan’s new film follows a group of 30-something friends, their bonds and their arguments, as confusion surfaces after an unexpected kiss. The latest film from Canadian wunderkind Xavier Dolan is more mature and less flashy than much of his earlier work but still made with flair and style – and plenty of talking. After his less successful foray into English-speaking cinema with The Death & Life of John F Donovan, he is back in his native French-speaking Canada. The eponymous Matthias and Maxime, now in their late 20s, have been friends since childhood and move in a tight circle of friends, used to partying and enjoying life. Maxime (played by Dolan himself) has been caring for his ex-addict mother but is making a break for freedom, heading off to Australia. Matthias (Gabri...
Why we should never give up on finding love
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Why we should never give up on finding love

If all else fails in life, love is always to be found somewhere. Love is the reason why we should never give up.   Love is no longer the storyline of a 1950’s film scenario. You’re not going to turn up to a party and there sits your soulmate playing the piano and exchanging glances. Love is confined to online dating platforms unless you consider a one night stand pick-up at a lesbian bar sufficient. Actually, a quickie at a lesbian bar is ample for most lesbians. Correct me if I’m wrong but love no longer seems to be the main goal for most people and thus begins the life journey on finding a partner who is socially acceptable based on their career, status and financial standing in contrast to finding someone who can bestow upon you daily butterflies. The three main questions whe...
Mental Health needs TLC: PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ
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Mental Health needs TLC: PLEASE TAKE THE TIME TO READ

My whole world came falling down in silence and there was no one there to help cushion the fall.   We walk the streets of London on our way to work every morning. We either wait at the bus stop or we queue to enter the tube. As we stand there, we stand amongst our fellow Londoners. Some dressed in suits ready for work in the city and others in their uniforms. We stand in silence as we await our destination, holding the railings or sitting down,our eyes firmly on the ground. Do you stop to think what might go on in the lives of those that surround you on your daily morning routine ? I sit there and I look at every single person and I try to imagine what their lives might be like. By the expression people carry, nine times out of ten you can tell if they are in muddy waters. I sit...
Film recommendation: The Levelling
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Film recommendation: The Levelling

A haunting British drama about grief and familial bonds set on a farm in England’s Somerset Levels. Hope Dickson Leach’s haunting debut follows trainee veterinarian Clover Catto (Ellie Kendrick, Game of Thrones) as she returns to the farm on the Somerset levels where she grew up, summoned for the funeral of her brother Harry. Her gruff father, Aubrey (David Troughton), blithely carries on with business as usual, in denial about the decrepit state of the farm due to the floods, lack of money and the loss of Harry. And in this dark world, neither of them seems able to share their feelings or address their sense of guilt. The film unfolds with layers of ambiguity and secrets, haunting images and music rooted in this rural life, and the strong feeling of absence – of Harry as well as Clo...
Sex is no longer a taboo topic but the orgasm is no longer its end goal
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Sex is no longer a taboo topic but the orgasm is no longer its end goal

The orgasm will soon become a thing of the past and sexual gratification will be seeked openly through other means to an end.   We are all educated on ‘traditional’ sex and we have all experienced its glory but what was once a formal traditionalist performance has become a crazed, drug fuelled, alcohol induced, wild swinging, bondage, disciplined, mistress, painful, lust and empowering stage show. Whatever happened to two people sharing a passionate, sexual and precious moment discovering one another’s pleasures ? We are spoilt with a number of rabbits, dildos, strap-ons and miscellaneous sex toys so I guess that orgasms have become a thing of the past. I was once friends with a German lesbian who became trapped by the lesbian stigma of not wanting children, basing her attraction p...
Film recommendation: Disobedience
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Film recommendation: Disobedience

Rachel Weisz and Rachel McAdams give superb performances in this powerful love story set in London’s Orthodox Jewish community. In this rich and impressive drama, adapted from Naomi Alderman’s 2006 novel of the same name, bohemian photographer Ronit (Rachel Weisz) returns home to north London when her rabbi father dies. She is now an outsider from the Orthodox Jewish community, having left London years earlier for New York and there is uncertainty about her return. But her old friends Esti and Dovid (Rachel McAdams and Alessandro Nivola), who have stayed in their community and are now married, welcome her. As Ronit and Esti’s passionate feelings from their youth start to resurface, so do the suspicions of their conservative community. This is a tender love story, beautifully played, ...
Gay Mormon tells the whole world he is happily married to a straight woman.” Sure, Jan!”
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Gay Mormon tells the whole world he is happily married to a straight woman.” Sure, Jan!”

He felt the urge to let the world know that despite him being gay, he is in a happy marriage with a straight woman. Our today’s “fun fact” is proudly “sponsored” by the New York Post, that has published this young man’s confession. The 25-year-old said: named Skyler “That sexual attraction came from, I mean, trial-and-error and a lot of practice. We have our struggles of course, like every marriage, but me being gay hasn’t been … the biggest issue in our marriage. It’s been communication, normal marriage things.” A “mixed orientation marriage”? Apparently Skyler got asked many times what he meant, and he managed to get a lot of attention over twitter with this tweet: https://twitter.com/_skyler_austin_/status/1264975666778275841 Of course, such a message gets a lot of attention on soc...
The Big Bang Theory star, Jim Parson, opens up about his coming-out, and offers us some interesting reflections.
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The Big Bang Theory star, Jim Parson, opens up about his coming-out, and offers us some interesting reflections.

Jim Parsons said that the decision to come out as gay, back in 2016, was “great thing” for him. Jim had a very interesting and almost introspective conversation about his coming out experience on David Tennant’s podcast. Jim, that played the role of Sheldon Cooper in the famous TV Series, reflected on his experience of coming-out, as a famous person, but “through the back door”. Speaking to Jim, Tennant said: “It’s interesting when you have the success that you have had and you also happen to be gay, you become de facto an activist. […] The very fact that you admit that in a world where still not everyone who’s in that position is willing to talk about it…” Jim quickly understood the direction of the question and replied: “That’s right. And that was my last hurdle with coming out. The ...
Bosnian Imam thanks Allah for Coronavirus pandemic that cancelled Pride Parade in Sarajevo.
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Bosnian Imam thanks Allah for Coronavirus pandemic that cancelled Pride Parade in Sarajevo.

Extremism, in every single aspect of life, is way too dangerous and only brings hate. We have been notified with a hateful post on facebook that we report here below: https://www.facebook.com/muhamed.velic.549/posts/10223731831269624 The author is Muhaned Velic, famous Bosnian Imam that threw several shades of hate on the LGBT+ community of the country and praised his God for bringing Coronavirus and subsequently the cancellation of various social events, among which the Pride Parade in Sarajevo. He wrote: "The media inform us that the homosexual parade in Sarajevo has been postponed due to the coronavirus. ... In every misfortune and tragedy - there is also a grain of happiness, goodness and beauty. Thank Allah for everything. ... May dear Allah grant that the crown and the...
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