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First song for Eurovision 2022 released: “Intention”, by Intelligent Music Project for Bulgaria
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First song for Eurovision 2022 released: “Intention”, by Intelligent Music Project for Bulgaria

We have now our very first song for Eurovision 2022! After some speculation, Intelligent Music Project has been confirmed as representatives for Bulgaria with their entry "Intention". The Bulgarian rock supergroup is consisted by the Chilean lead singer Ronnie Romero, as well as drummer Stoyan Yankoulov, who previously represented twice Bulgaria along with Elitsa Todorova, in 2007 with the song "Water" landing on Top 5 and then again in 2013, with "Samo Shampioni", missing qualification. The remaining 4 other members are Bisser Ivanov, Ivo Stefanov, Dimiter Sirakov and X Factor winner Slavin Slavchev. "Intention" is a classic rock song with 80s vibes, with its own guitar riff moment. According to what the group had shared with Darik Radio: "The song raises the question of each of us’ p...
PHILADELPHIA – the film about AIDS and Gay Love that shook the world.
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PHILADELPHIA – the film about AIDS and Gay Love that shook the world.

Maybe too few young LGBT+ friends know, remember or have even ever watched this movie, but Philadelphia was and still is one of the first movies that opened the eyes of the world on the stigma of AIDS, Homosexuality and the gay community. On this World Aids Day I am willing to take you back in time, to when in 1993 (Europe saw it in 1994) Philadelphia (the movie) was released in the cinemas across the USA, touching the hearts of so many people, and talking about a very harsh, too often unspoken, issue: HIV stigma and homosexuality.  It is a movie that is hard to face, especially in some scenes, and because of the language used in it: but it is part of the real world that LGBT+ and HIV+ people had to face in those years. A movie that I remember having watched several times and different...
World AIDS Day – 5 golden rules to prevent HIV infections
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World AIDS Day – 5 golden rules to prevent HIV infections

Sex is one of the most satisfying activities for the greatest number of human beings. But sex does not only involve your body... it must also involve your head, as if it does not, then we run serious risks. Having a fulfilling sexual life is fundamental for many people of different ages, and we do agree that sex is also a fantastic way to explore our bodies and become one only body with the other person(s) and to share with them a spiral of feelings and emotions that no words can express. So we thought about 5 golden rules to respect and follow to enjoy sex as much as possible and reduce the risk of contracting HIV, but before you start reading them, there is something you always have to remember. Sex is something you make using both your head and your body, so please, always feel your...
Melodifestivalen 2022 line-up completed!
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Melodifestivalen 2022 line-up completed!

The Swedish broadcaster SVT had revealed the full line-up of 28 acts participating in the Sweden's national final for Eurovision: Melodifestivalen. After a forced break caused by the pandemic, the usual tour across Sweden will happen again and six shows will be spread across five Swedish cities. Oscar Zia, who competed both in 2014 and 2016, is in charge of hosting the shows and further details on other possible hosts are still to be announced. These are the dates and stops of the Melodifestivalen 2022: 05 February: Malmö – Malmö Arena (Semi-Final 1) 12 February: Göteborg – Scandinavium (Semi-Final 2) 19 February: Linköping – Saab Arena (Semi-Final 3) 26 February: Lidköping – Sparbanken Arena (Semi- Final 4) 05 March: Örnsköldsvik – Hägglunds Arena (Andra Chansen) ...
Australia Decides 2022: Sheldon Riley, G-Nat!on & Andrew Lambrou added to the lineup
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Australia Decides 2022: Sheldon Riley, G-Nat!on & Andrew Lambrou added to the lineup

Sheldon Riley, an Australian Icon and proud member of the LGBTQ+ community, is finally living his Eurovision dream, as he was announced as one of the acts in "Eurovision - Australia Decides 2022". Sheldon Riley formerly participated in The Voice AU 2018 and The Voice All-Stars 2019. The Australian-Filipino singer got his international fandom after making to Top3 on America's Got Talent. From his very unique artistry and style, we can already believe something big and impressive is coming out from his entry. Some time ago, SBS, Australia's national broadcaster, had announced the return of their live national final "Eurovision - Australia Decides 2022" and revealed that PAULINI, Isaiah Firebrace (2017's Australian act) and Jaguar Jonze as the first big names performing next year in G...
Road To Eurovision 2022 – The Roop release their new song “OhMyGodable”
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Road To Eurovision 2022 – The Roop release their new song “OhMyGodable”

The Lithuanian band who we all loved with their “Discoteque” song, just released a new song and music video that we are all going sing! The Room - Lithuanian Elctro-Pop Music Band - released their new single “OhMyGodable”, just today, but surprises us the most is not their great taste for good music and a new song that is easy to listen to that you start singing along just after the first 30 seconds … it the title they gave to the video on YouTube: THE ROOP - Ohmygodable (Official Music Video) (Eurovision 2022) Is this meaning they will representing Lithuania at Eurovision 2022 in Turin? Or is this just one of the songs who will compete to selected and get the chance to represent Lithuania in the contest? We will have to wait as no official communications have been released, yet...
RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Season 3 – we’ve got a winner, baby.
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RuPaul’s Drag Race UK Season 3 – we’ve got a winner, baby.

Millions of eyes glued to their tv screens yesterday to watch the Grand Finale of RuPaul’s DragRace UK Season 3, but was the winner really deserving to be crowned? (spoilers contained in this post) We’ve already had the chance to express our opinion about RuPual’s DragRace UK season 3 in this post, and no…. It was not an article praising and complimenting this season, but what surprised us, was that readers and fans across the globe agreed with us. Yesterday we all waited for the Grand Finale, and we have to admit that it was a great episode, with a lovely Christmas(y) song and choreo, and the presence (again) of the Queens of Series 3.  *SPOILER ALERT* Krystal Versace (20 year-old from Kent) was crowned Queen of the Queens of Season 3 and has followed in the footsteps of previous wi...
Santa’s Gay Love is what we all need for Christmas
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Santa’s Gay Love is what we all need for Christmas

Santa Claus pictured in a gay-love relationship in this heartwarming Norwegian tv spot, and marks 50 years since the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Norway (1972). The Norwegians Postal Services this year decided that yes, they wanted to promote their (apparently very reliable and on time) services, but they also wanted to touch the heart of millions of people… and not only in Norway. The clip depicts the developing and always stronger relationship between Santa Claus and another man, who he visits each Christmas over a number of years. https://youtu.be/tyQ6qD-u-J8 The clip is impressive, not only because it pictures Santa Claus in love with a man, but because it also touches themes which are very delicate and too many times left unspoken, such as loneliness and that feelin...
Switzerland announces dates for the first same-sex weddings in the country
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Switzerland announces dates for the first same-sex weddings in the country

After the life-changing referendum in the country, Switzerland announced that same-sex weddings will take place from 1st July 2022. You will surely remember the great victory of that 64.1% of voters that wanted equal rights for the Swiss population, and now, the government finally announced that the first same-sex weddings in the country will start to be celebrated from 1st July 2022. We do have to remember though, that since 2007, the country has allowed civil partnerships for same-sex couples. This big change in the constitution of the country, will also mean that same-sex couples will be allowed adopt children together, that was only restricted to straigh-married-couples in Switzerland before this law.  The Swiss Government also announced that starting on 1st January 2022, Sw...
UK: the NHS announces a game-changing HIV treatment injected just six times a year for all patients.
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UK: the NHS announces a game-changing HIV treatment injected just six times a year for all patients.

A new long-lasting injectable treatment is approved for use in the United Kingdom, and this could really improve the lives of those living with HIV. Could this be called a “liberation” from the daily tablet(s) treatment HIV patients are used to so far? Just today, in the UK, the NHS has been given the go-ahead to roll out injections taken every two months to manage the virus: results for this research were announced back in December 2020 here.   The new treatment approved by England and Wales’ National Institute for Health and Care Excellence (NICE) and the Scottish Medicines Consortium today, is a combination of two jabs taken every two months: this could actually help to ease the emotional burden of having to take daily tablets (1 to 4 generally) and something like 13,000 people w...
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