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Raffaella Carrà: why was she so loved by the LGBT+ people?
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Raffaella Carrà: why was she so loved by the LGBT+ people?

Raffaella Carrà the Italian and International Gay Icon who never understood why she was so loved by the LGBT+ people. In one of her interviews she once admitted that she really did not understand why she became such a powerful and loved Gay Icon. Raffaella, died yesterday at the age of 78, since the very first appearance on tv, with a natural simplicity, was able to wreck tabus, to sing of sexual freedom, female empowerment, independence and, of gay loves, with a big smile on her face. https://www.instagram.com/p/CQ8_q5SBTM-/ Raffaella Carrà, back in 1978, on Rai1 - the equivalent of BBC1 in Italy - sang "Luca". This was a song about her love for this beautiful and stunning guy, who all of a sudden, she lost contacts with. One day - as she tells us in the song - she saw him from ...
Raffaella Carrà dies at the age of 78 – one fo the first international Italian Gay Icon   Her final goodbye
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Raffaella Carrà dies at the age of 78 – one fo the first international Italian Gay Icon  Her final goodbye

Raffaella Carrà - the international LGBT+ community has just lost one of her most loved queens. Aged 78, the most iconic International Italian Showgirl and LGBTQI supporter, left this world today 5th July 2021 4.20 pm. Her friend and ex-partner, Sergio Iapino, announced her death that arrived after a long illness that attacked her “small but always strong body” (as Iapino said). The news arrived unexpected and shocked the international showbiz panorama, leaving too many colleagues, artists and normal people in tears. A woman out of the ordinary yet endowed with unsettling simplicity, she had no children but as she always said, she had thousands of them, like the 150 thousand she helped to adopted thanks to “Amore”, an international adoption programme she sustained along her life.  http...
Eurovision 2021 – Who is Ahmad Joudeh
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Eurovision 2021 – Who is Ahmad Joudeh

We’ve seen him and appreciated his performance (and not only) in yesterday’s second Semifinal of Eurovision 2021, so we want to invite you all to get to know Ahmad a bit closer. Ahmad is Syrian and is now an international ballet star, but his past and childhood gave him many obstacles to overcome, and he did, boy if he did!  He was born in 1990 in Yarmouk in Damascus, where he grew up and lived for the first years of his life. From 2007 until 2016 he studied dance and taught ballet to support himself in the city of Damascus. He also taught dance to orphaned and disabled children free of charge. His mother still lives in Syria, while his father lives in Germany. Ahmad not only struggled to survive as a dancer during the Syrian war: he also fought a tough, private war to realise his dream...
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...
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...
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...
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...
Travel Advice: How Will Travel Be Affected After Brexit?
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Travel Advice: How Will Travel Be Affected After Brexit?

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