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Cornelia Jackobs performs at QX Gaygala 2022
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Cornelia Jackobs performs at QX Gaygala 2022

The Swedish representative at Eurovision Song Contest 2022 was a special guest at the QX Gaygala 2022, a LGBTQ awards ceremony held in Stockholm. This event was established by Swedish magazine QX in 1999 and it's an annual gala to hand out prizes for LGBT achievements. Cornelia sang "Hold Me Closer" one last time before departing to Turin and she was watched by members of the Swedish Royal Family, among other Melodifestivalen participants. You can watch her performance right below:  
BFI Flare opens tonight with GIRL PICTURE
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BFI Flare opens tonight with GIRL PICTURE

BFI Flare, London’s LGBTQ+ film festival, opens tonight with the gorgeous Finnish coming-of-age tale GIRL PICTURE. It focuses on three young women in their late teens, finding their way around life, love, anger and joy. Mimmi and Rönkkö are best friends, looking for intimacy, sex and fun. When Emma, a top-level ice skater, enters the juice bar where they work, life changes for all of them. This is a joyous film including a heartfelt relationship between two of the young women, frank discussions of female desire (and trying to lead the young men they encounter to understand it), but also healthy doses of consent and an important, and all to rare, exploration of asexuality. Head to BFI Southbank tonight for this lovely opening film (with the more beguiling Finnish title Tytöt tytöt tyt...
Out and About! exhibition at Barbican, London
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Out and About! exhibition at Barbican, London

If you are in London over the next 10 days, head to Barbican for the free exhibition Out and About! Archiving LGBTQ+ history at Bishopsgate Institute. This selection of objects shares 40 moments in London’s LGBTQ+ history to celebrate Barbican’s 40th birthday. Bishopsgate Institute collects and archives a wide range of artefacts to chart the lived experience of Londoners. This installation includes items of pride, protest, performance and art and is a moving testament to how much has been achieved, how much still remains to be done and the importance of sharing experiences and concerns across a community. With zines that you can sit and read, protest badges, banners and placards, and posters and photos, as well as some outfits and costumes, the exhibit is beautifully presented. Seein...
Film recommendation: Great Freedom
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Film recommendation: Great Freedom

Franz Rogowski is magnificent in this moving drama which spans 25 years of German post-war queer history. He plays Hans, a gay man who refuses to compromise his life, despite the horrors of Paragraph 175 of the German Criminal Code, which made homosexual acts between men a crime. The story slowly builds, moving between 1945, 1954 and 1969 (when the law was eased, although it was not repealed until 1994). The film opens with scenes of men cottaging in toilets, before we see Hans returned to a prison which he clearly knows well, weary but resigned to his fate, and soon in an obviously familiar solitary confinement cell. As the story moves between the decades, we see various of Hans’s lovers, both in and out of jail, but we also see his relationship with his first cell mate. Viktor (Georg ...
The Rasmus will represent Finland in Eurovision 2022
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The Rasmus will represent Finland in Eurovision 2022

Finland has decided: The Rasmus will fly the Finnish's flag in Turin with Jezebel! Fortunately, UMK'22 still happened, considering the Finnish national broadcaster, YLE had announced that they'd withdraw from Eurovision 2022 if Russia was allowed to participate in the contest. In a very strong and competitive show, The Rasmus with the song "Jezebel" was the unaminous winner from both the televote (75%) and the international jury panel (25%). The song, composed by the band's lead singer Lauri Ylönen together with Desmond. Desmond has previously worked on many hits to bands, such as Kiss, Bon Jovi and Aerosmith You can watch to their performance right below:
Sheldon Riley is Australia’s representative for Eurovision 2022
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Sheldon Riley is Australia’s representative for Eurovision 2022

Sheldon Riley won 'Eurovision - Australia Decides 2022' and will represent Australia at the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 with the song "Not The Same". Australia's national final - Australia Decides 2022 - took place today's morning (or tonight in Australia) at the Convention and Exhibition Centre in Gold Coast. 11 acts competed in order to represent the country in Turin for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022. Sheldon Riley, despite not gaining the favoritism of both the jury and televote, was crowned winner with a total of 100 points (50 points jury vote + 50 points televote). Voyager with "Dreamer" finished second with only 3 points less, followed by Jaguar Jonze with finished the top3. You can watch below the live performance of "Not The Same", by Sheldon Riley. What do you...
Russia is banned from Eurovision Song Contest 2022
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Russia is banned from Eurovision Song Contest 2022

The executive board of European Broadcaster Union has finally decided on excluding Russia from Eurovision 2022, following an increasing pressure by several European broadcasters. Earlier, EBU has stated that Russia was still welcomed to take part in the contest, after Ukraine's broadcaster UA:PBC having sent a letter to the president asking Russia to be suspended from the event. Denmark, Sweden, Norway, The Netherlands, Iceland and Lithuania had also requested EBU to rethink about the decision. Ultimately, Finland and Estonia threatened not sending a representative to Turin, if Russia takes part. Citi Zeni, Latvia's representatives, also urged EBU to kick out Russia from the contest. Eurovision has always stood as as a safe place where unity, dialogue and diversity are common valu...
Film recommendation: Rūrangi
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Film recommendation: Rūrangi

Caz Davis (Elz Carrad) returns to his New Zealand home town to reconcile with his past, his father and his friends. Since leaving the dairy community of Rūrangi ten years earlier, he has come out as transgender and is an activist in the city. But he hasn’t been in touch with his family or friends since leaving, so they don’t recognise him, and his father also needs to forgive Caz for missing his mother’s funeral. Caz also catches up with his best friend Anahera (Awahina Rose Ashby), who is reconnecting with her Māori heritage, and former boyfriend Jem (Arlo Green), who now finds himself reassessing his sexuality as he learns the truth about Caz. Adapted from a New Zealand web series, this moving and informative story is the epitome of why we need broader representation in the cinema....
Road to Eurovision 2022: Brooke wins “Eurosong 2022” with “That’s Rich”
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Road to Eurovision 2022: Brooke wins “Eurosong 2022” with “That’s Rich”

We're feeling rich, honey! Ireland has chosen Brooke Scullion for Eurovision Song Contest 2022! The Irish broadcaster RTÉ held their national final "Eurosong 2022" on the broadcast of The Late Late Show, and after a combination of studio jury panel, international jury and televoting, Brooke was decided as the winner and the representative of the country at Eurovision 2022 with the song "That's Rich". Six artists were competing for the chance to represent Ireland on Turin's stage via a national final, organized for the first time since 2015. Check below the scoreboard of the Irish selection: Brooke - That's Jury - 28 points (4+12+12) Miles Graham - "Yeah, We're Gonna Get Out of It" - 24 points (10+16+8) Janet Grogan - "Ashes Of Yesterday" - 24 points (12+8+4) Patric...
Road to Eurovision 2022: Andrea represents North Macedonia with “Circles”
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Road to Eurovision 2022: Andrea represents North Macedonia with “Circles”

North Macedonia has decided on their representative. Andrea will be bringing the song "Circles" to Turin in May. Six songs were competing in Za Evrosong 2022, MRT's national final, in order to represent the Balkan country at the Eurovision 2022. The voting consisted on 50% international expert jury and 50% online voting and the highest number of points landed on the song "Circles", by Andrea, written by Aleksandar Masevski and Andrea Koevska. Although there was a tie on Top 2, the jury voting prevailed which secure Andrea's victory. The entries in contention were as follows: Kaly – Love and Light Yon Idy – Dreams LARA – Flower of Sorrow Viktor Apostolovski – Superman Andrea – Circles Ris Flower – Flying To Berlin What do you think of North Macedonia's entry f...
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