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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...
Why we love Senhit – San Marino’s FREAKY queen
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Why we love Senhit – San Marino’s FREAKY queen

From her first appearance on Dusseldorf's stage in 2011 to her great return to the contest in 2020 (and then again in 2021), she's conquered our hearts with her warm smiles, her powerful voice and, let's be honest, her always different, unique and never boring outfits. We are obviously talking of the undisputed queen of San Marino (yes Valentina, 'Maybe' you have tried too many times and dropped the crown!), 'Her Freakiness' , Senhit. After an unfair non-qualification in 2011 with the beautiful pop-ballad 'Stand By' (for which, by the way, I am still crying out for revenge), she accepted to come back and 'battle', again, for one of the smallest countries in the world, that has an history whne it comes to competing in this Contest: San Marino. Let's be clear: a returning artist f...
Anti-LGBT+ factions in Israel threaten gender equality in the country.
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Anti-LGBT+ factions in Israel threaten gender equality in the country.

Noam, part of the Religious Zionism slate, lists string of conditions - which we could easily call racist - for joining Bibi’s government, including halting state-run projects on Shabbat, upholding Jewish nation-state law and downgrading gender equality and LGBT+ rights. Israel recently faced new elections but unfortunately the political panorama did not change that much as Netanyahu still remains in charge as PM and his dirty games of power appear to have no end. Lately, the coalition with the religious-extremist and Zionist party Noam brought to light some very dangerous requests that this party made to Netanyahu in order to adhere to his political majority and plans of power of the country. The party NOAM demanded that “a government edict that requires government bodies to act in acc...
Michelle Visage and STEPS release “Heartbreak in this City”.
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Michelle Visage and STEPS release “Heartbreak in this City”.

A new pop-track for those - like me - that love a taste of 90’s POP Music. STEPS announced the release of their “What the Future holds Pr.2” foreseen later this year, and they surprise us with a new single featuring on of RuPaul’s Drag Race Star Judges, Michelle Visage. Michelle, that is now. 52 year-old international pop-star, that once was part of a girlo pop-band called “Seduction”, decides to join the famous British group STEPS (Ian 'H' Watkins, Faye Tozer, Claire Richards, Lisa Scott-Lee and Lee Latchford-Evans) for a new song that  is accompanied by a futuristic video, where our special “love-force” continues fighting to protect real love! The group recorded the video in a peculiar and very technological way, as Scott-Lee - living in Dubai - had to shot her scenes separately due t...
Bolivia’s first Same-Sex Union – history is being made!
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Bolivia’s first Same-Sex Union – history is being made!

After a two-year legal battle Guido and David could finally get their status recognised by the law. Could this first gay civil partnership lead to more LGBT+ rights in Bolivia? Guido Montano, one of the first two gay men to ever get into a same-sex union in the country, told WPR Linda Farthing: “The biggest change is a mental one. It may seem a vague idea in day-to-day life […] but I just immediately sensed that we have more rights.” When l in January both of them contracted COVID-19, without a legal recognition of their status, they were forced to look at the worst-case scenario where all they had built together so far was going to get lost, bu now, as Guido says, “with David really ill, the fact that we can now leave our pensions to each other and that we would have had no proble...
Road To Eurovision 2021 – possibility to allow live audience during the event
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Road To Eurovision 2021 – possibility to allow live audience during the event

Covid 19 Pandemic has forced EBU to re-arrange all normal plans for Eurovision, and till today the presence of live audience during the event was not guaranteed. After a long debate, EBU has responded to the announcement that, if circumstances allow, audiences will be permitted to attend the Eurovision Song Contest in May. Martin Österdahl, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest, stated: “We welcome this decision by the Dutch government and the possibility that we can invite fans to join us as we bring the Eurovision Song Contest back in May. We will consider the options now available and announce more details in the coming weeks on how we can safely admit audiences to the Ahoy venue in Rotterdam should the situation allow. The health and safety of all those attending ...
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