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Month: April 2021

Little Mix introduces a new “boy band” in Confetti music video.
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Little Mix introduces a new “boy band” in Confetti music video.

Little Mix is happy to introduce a new boy band: the trio Pez, J-Dog and Lenny participating in their latest music video, Confetti. Little Mix just came out of a very difficult time for the band after Jasy Nelson decided to leave for personal reasons, and they are now back with a new and amazing video for their latest single Confetti. Confetti is the fourth single to be released from Little Mix’s album of the same name, and the band’s first release without vocals from Jesy. The video sees the girls hitting up a nightclub and being confronted by Pez, J-Dog and Lenny, their male alter-egos, with a scene at urinals that will make history of drag-kings. Pez (Perry): "I heard you shake it once, it’s fine. You shake it more than once, you’re playing with it.”  The song features the ...
Film recommendation: Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same
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Film recommendation: Codependent Lesbian Space Alien Seeks Same

Clearly we want Lesbian Visibility Week to shine a light on every sort of lesbian – so tonight I treated myself to this highly entertaining film about extraterrestrial lesbians. It’s a gorgeous parody of the 1950s black-and-white sci-fi B-movies, but also a confidently lesbian story about love and lust and the different relationships we seek- and a gentle poke of humour at how ridiculous humans are. Three female space aliens are sent to earth to have their hearts broken, as their huge emotions are thought to be depleting their planet’s ozone layer. Two of them form a dangerous attraction to each other, while the third falls for Lisa Haas’s downbeat store clerk. All of them are being watched by a classic odd-couple pair of FBI agents who must ensure the alien presence doesn’t alarm th...
Film recommendation: Spider Lilies
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Film recommendation: Spider Lilies

Celebrate the start of Lesbian Visibility Week with Taiwanese film Spider Lilies, an award-winning, delicate examination of desire, loss and hurt, available to watch via Queer East until 2 May. Jade is an 18-year-old web cam model who reconnects with her childhood crush, Takeko, a tattoo artist who is a few years older than her. Both young women are hiding their pain: Jade lives with her grandmother after her mother ran off; Takeko looks after her disabled brother whose memory was lost when their father died in an earthquake. The film takes us on a gentle journey through the young women as they explore their complicated feelings for each other, and whether a childhood crush can translate to adult love, while also examining pain – of being inked, of loss, of familial guilt. It all has...
Eurovision 2021 – Interview with Destiny Chukunyere
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Eurovision 2021 – Interview with Destiny Chukunyere

We had a lovely chat with Destiny Chukunyere, Malta's representative at Eurovision Song Contest 2021. She opened her world to us, told us things about her no one knew before and explained us why she is so determined for this Eurovision Song Contest 2021. Other fans sent in their video questions for Destiny which she appreciated very much. Watch the full interview. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CtG6Rlrv0Ds  
ROAD TO EUROVISION 2021 – AUSTRALIA WILL COMPETE USING “LIVE-ON-STAGE” PERFORMANCE.
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ROAD TO EUROVISION 2021 – AUSTRALIA WILL COMPETE USING “LIVE-ON-STAGE” PERFORMANCE.

During these difficult times due to Covid-19 and related restrictions (and dangers), Australian delegation has just announced that they will be performing from Home during this Eurovision Song Contest 2021. The Australian public broadcaster SBS announced - early today - that unfortunately their representative - Mantaigne - and the rest of the delegation will be unable to travel to Rotterdam due to the restrictions and dangers connected to Covid-19. Montaigne will therefore use the Live-On-tape performance already sent to EBU to participate in Eurovision Song Contest 2021. Josh Martin, the SBS Commissioning Editor and Australian Head of delegation said: “Australia has embraced the Eurovision spirit for more than 35 years on SBS, and our affection and excitement for the contest has con...
Film recommendation: Sequin in a Blue Room
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Film recommendation: Sequin in a Blue Room

Australian teenager Sequin (the excellent Conor Leach) enjoys hookups with older men, blocking them immediately after sex and moving on to the next thrill. But during a visit to an anonymous sex party, he finds a guy he wants to see again. Meanwhile he is pursued by a married man (Ed Wightman), keen to see him again, and Sequin tries to manipulate this man’s need to locate the details of the anonymous stranger. This is part a sexy, erotic thriller, and part a coming-of-age story as Sequin navigates his way through sex, desire, the thrill of being desired – as well as school, a shy schoolmate clearly interested in him and his relationship with his dad. Joyously, there is no discomfort in Sequin’s sexuality – either at school or at home – and nor is their any shame in his enjoyment of hoo...
Road to Eurovision with Titina’s Talks – Have your say!
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Road to Eurovision with Titina’s Talks – Have your say!

Our first episode of Titina's Talks - The Talk Show For Eurovision Lovers - will air live this Thursday 15th April 2021 at 9.30 pm UK time and we will have Toy & Goy as our special guests discussing this year's entries. You will decide which entries you want to see their reactions about and want to know their point of view. Have Your Say!
Russia’s documentary film festival forced by anti-LGBT activists to cancel film
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Russia’s documentary film festival forced by anti-LGBT activists to cancel film

Artdocfest, Russia’s largest documentary film festival, has been targeted by anti-LGBT activists. They had programmed Silent Voice, a documentary about a young Chechen MMA (Mixed Martial Arts) fighter who had to escape from Chechnya for Brussels when his brother discovered he was gay and threatened to kill him. The film was due to be screened on 5 and 6 April in Moscow. The organisers of the festival told the Novaya Gazeta newspaper that a man who identified himself only as ‘Suliman’ threatened them with ‘serious consequences’ if they did not pull the film from the festival’s line up. According to Screen International, he also told them that the film ‘violates the rights of Chechens’ as there are ‘no gays’ in Chechnya. Screen International report that the festival’s director, Ekho Mo...
KUALA LUMPUR: Government is thinking to tougher laws against the LGBT+ community.
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KUALA LUMPUR: Government is thinking to tougher laws against the LGBT+ community.

Un unthinkable and unacceptable reinforcement of discriminating laws agains the rainbow community of Kuala Lumpur is about to be voted by the government soon. Putrajaya’s Government is decided to go ahead with a new set of laws that foresees heavier and punishments for all people found guilty of practicing LGBT+ related acts (eg. Having sex with someone of the same gender, or being in a same-sex relationship, etc), by increasing the sentencing limits to the Syariah Courts - which is part of the criminal jurisdiction - according to the Act 1965-355. Religious affairs minister - Zulkifli Mohamad Al-Bakri - earlier this year said that “LGBT+ culture is not just against Islamic law, but even human nature”, and this is the reason why Putrajaya will push the agenda for the Act 355. Al-Bakri al...
Eurovision 2021: Eyes open on the odds!
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Eurovision 2021: Eyes open on the odds!

Ok, ok. I know what you are thinking: 'Never listen to the odds, everything can change until May'. True. But we all love to check the odds now and then, especially for a music competition like Eurovision that we all love and follow religiously (and sometimes too dramatically!). This is why I have decided today to analyze with you the odds 'bottom five', or at least what bettors consider as the worst entries in this year's Eurovision. Unjust? Unfair? A huge mistake we'll all regret the day of the finale? Let's start the drama... Estonia: Uku Suviste - The Lucky One (35th place) A pop ballad brought to us by the Estonian singer Uku Suviste. A 'cry of pain' caused by the end of a love story through which the artist explains how even the most beautiful and intense relationships can c...
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