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Month: September 2020

Film recommendation: Monsoon
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Film recommendation: Monsoon

Starring Henry Golding, this moving film is story of cultural displacement, unexpected romance and the search for a lost home. Kit (Henry Golding, Crazy Rich Asians) returns to Ho Chi Minh City for the first time since he was six years old, when his family fled the country in the aftermath of the Vietnam-American war. He wants to scatter his parents’ ashes in their home country, but also hopes to rediscover his own roots and understand his identity. However, instead of a homecoming, he finds himself in an unfamiliar country – so much has changed in this vibrant, busy country, and he can no longer speak the language. He travels to Saigon and spends time with various people who are also trying to understand their place in the country. His cousin Lee reminds them of their shared youthfu...
Film recommendation: Rocks
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Film recommendation: Rocks

A life-affirming celebration of female friendship and the power of youthful energy set in the lesser-known parts of London. When her mum unexpectedly leaves their home in London’s Hackney, sixteen-year-old Shola, aka ‘Rocks’, (Bukky Bakray) has to take on responsibility for her younger brother. She tries to keep below the radar of the authorities who might take him away while also wanting to live her teenage life to the full in the company of her group of girlfriends. The film is a genuine collaboration between its director, Sarah Gavron (Brick Lane, Suffragette), writing duo Theresa Ikoko and Claire Wilson, and its young cast who workshopped the storyline and dialogue through a long and detailed process. The result is a film which is a profound joy – not shying away from all that is...
Film recommendation: The Heiresses (Las herederas)
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Film recommendation: The Heiresses (Las herederas)

This award-winning drama is a richly resonant character study and a commentary on Paraguayan class structure, beautifully portrayed by its impressive cast. The Heiresses is a love story set in Paraguay among the complacent wealthy gentry of the nation’s capital, Asunción. Chela (Ana Brun) and Chiquita (Margarita Irun) have lived together all their adult lives – during which they’ve never had to do a day’s work – in a beautifully appointed house that belonged to Chela’s family. As the story begins, disaster has struck. Chiquita is in trouble with the bank and  she must go to jail while her debts remains unpaid and the couple suffer the humiliation of selling most of their possessions. Chiquita, robustly confident, immediately settles into prison life but shy Chela is struggling with l...
Homemade Pride Parade
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Homemade Pride Parade

A display of how a Homemade Pride parade during Covid 19 brings together, not only the LGBTQ+ community, but Everyone! After writing a recent post about how essential it is to educate children and young people on the importance of LGBTQ issues and history; I decided to follow that up with a Pride Parade celebration during Lockdown of Covid 19. But how you ask? Since life in lockdown has affected us all, whether it be home schooling, missing friends and family or even missing our favourite restaurants the importance of trying to maintain some form of normality has never been more significant! This being said all of London’s Pride events were cancelled. Many of the events being transformed into part of a virtual online pride. Including online live drag shows, talent acts, Q&A sessi...
Sanctimonious lesbians and their hypocrisy towards transexuel women
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Sanctimonious lesbians and their hypocrisy towards transexuel women

So I say to you lesbians, you are no different to any fascist group - pull your fingers out of your arses and educate yourselves on who your allies truly are.   Women in the 21st Century are still sexually abused, discriminated against and indecently sexually idolised. So what gives lesbians the right to discriminate against transexual women ? I am ashamed to admit it but there was a time where I did not accept men transitioning into women. I used to find it repulsive and thought it to be a weapon to abuse females. It wasn’t until I saw a transexual woman sleeping rough that it dawned on me. I had walked by June twice that day and my heart sank as I could see beneath the dirty fingernails, the unwashed face, the greasy knotted hair and a worn out grey blanket covering her body, ...
Have I found love or is it lesbian infatuation ?
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Have I found love or is it lesbian infatuation ?

Bound and imprisoned by infatuation when we could work a little harder to find true love.   Do we know the difference between love and infatuation or is our misunderstanding of both meanings the cause to our short term relationship syndrome ? I have recently met a woman who has captured my very being but am I being too hasty in divulging that I am in love after one month ? Is the ‘love’ that I feel true or is it simply infatuation ? I am certain that it is possible to love immediately when a strong bond has naturally developed but could that connection be the answer to my question or am I running away from my subconsciousness.    Lesbian relationships always commence with a big bang and finish with an even greater dramatical ending that no one could have foreseen yet ...
RAVEN WILD. A fairytale that teaches trans children how worthy they are.
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RAVEN WILD. A fairytale that teaches trans children how worthy they are.

Raven Wild is promising to teach all children about transgender people’s visibility and their acceptance through a really captivating and inclusive storytelling. Raven Wild is the third book in an LGBT+ inclusive trilogy set “in a world where equality exists and no one is discriminated against for who they are”. This new book is the last of a trilogy that and follows Promised Land and Maiden Voyage, which are two gay and lesbian fairytales for children aged five to 10. Both books use a very delicate language that helps parents and teachers explain how normal it is to accept one-self and how the world should be accepting diversities too. Co-author Chaz Harris during an interview said: “At a time when certain children’s book authors like She Who Shall Not Be Named [clearly talking about...
Film recommendation: Sócrates
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Film recommendation: Sócrates

This moving film tells the story of a gay black teenager in Brazil, facing homelessness and discrimination for his sexuality after his mother’s sudden death. Alexandre Moratto’s film opens with 15-year-old Sócrates trying to waken his mother, but she is dead. They had been living on the margins of society in São Paulo, and now the teenager must try to make ends meet without being returned to his father or placed in a foster home. He tries to look after himself, turning up to do his mother’s cleaning job and claiming she is ill. But when the truth emerges, he has to leave – he is underage and nobody can employ him. He finds work in a junkyard but gets into a fight with co-worker Maicon who accuses him of trying too hard. But this inauspicious start leads to a developing relationship. ...
Senhit’s #Freakytriptorotterdam continues!
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Senhit’s #Freakytriptorotterdam continues!

San Marino’s famous artist and Eurovision alumni is taking us on a musical adventure to Rotterdam 2021. Senhit (formerly known as Senit) made her San Eurovision debut for San Marino back in 2011. She was selected to compete once again in Eurovision 2020.  Since it’s cancellation due to the global pandemic, we’re happy to say that Senhit will return in 2021! “I will represent San Marino at the 2021 Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam. So I have decided to go on a freaky tribute journey to celebrate the Eurovision history and its fans…” https://youtu.be/c6ZNo_hVA6E To ease the wait until next Year, Senhit is releasing covers of Eurovision classics rendered in her original and unique musical and visual style. So far the #freakytriptorotterdam consists of 3 amazing covers - “Ch...
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