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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...
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...
ABBA said their last goodbyes with “Voyage”
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ABBA said their last goodbyes with “Voyage”

The Swedish iconic band ABBA, Eurovision 1974 winners with "Waterloo", released a last studio album called "Voyage", after almost 40 years had passed. Voyage features the sort of tunes one would expected from ABBA: catchy dance pop tracks, mixing with a few emotional romantic ballads. However, as they got older, also did their register, as you can feel that this work shows a more mature version of the band. "Don't Shut Me Down", "Just a Notion" and "I Still Have Faith in You" are some of singles you can listen from probably the greatest and most surprising comeback of all-time in pop industry. Their album already broke records and went straight to UK TOP 10! You can feel and join their revival journey through the Voyage digital concert series which will run 6 nights a week from Ma...
Film recommendation: Ammonite
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Film recommendation: Ammonite

Ammonite, the second feature from Francis Lee (God’s Own Country) is now available on Amazon Prime and is a gentle yet harsh, deep and earthy yet sensual film which merits more than one viewing. In 1840s Dorset, self-taught fossil-hunter Mary Anning (Kate Winslet) is now in her 40s, ignored by the (male) scientific world, reduced to selling her finds to tourists to support herself and her ailing mother (Gemma Jones). Pompous Londoner Roderick Murchison entrusts his wife Charlotte (Saoirse Ronan) to Anning’s tutelage, to distract Charlotte from her depression after what we surmise to be the loss of a baby. Initially Anning is resentful of this soft Londoner, trying to befriend her across a social chasm and despite their very different personalities. But when Charlotte falls ill and Ma...
Latest Music Releases – “MAMMAMIA” by Måneskin and much more!
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Latest Music Releases – “MAMMAMIA” by Måneskin and much more!

Lately, a set of new fresh songs by Eurovision artists dropped. Now, without further ado, check out below the most recent new releases. Måneskin - "MAMMAMIA" The winners of Eurovision 2021 are back with a massive heat filled up with sensuality and sexual tension. Damiano's smoky voice portrays all the confidence of a real "Italiano". The lyrics go about crossing boundaries, being yourself and "feeling sexy and freee..." Amir - "Rétine" Amir brings back the French classic ballad sounds. Stripped-back from the beginning, it builds up to something modern, avant-garde and even electronic-inspired in the second half of the song. The song was written by Amir himself together with producers Nazim Khaled and Stav Beger. Little Big – "Welcome To The Internet" ...
Film recommendation: Sweetheart (15)
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Film recommendation: Sweetheart (15)

Sweetheart is a refreshing, very British, take on the coming-of-age story as AJ navigates troubled family dynamics, first love and the difficulties of defining herself during an uncomfortable family holiday. For socially awkward, environmentally conscious teenager AJ (Nell Barlow), planning a gap year trip to knit jumpers for elephants is much more appealing than spending a week with her family at a British seaside holiday park. Yet, she finds herself in a caravan on the Dorset coast with her mum Tina (Jo Hartley, This Is England, Eddie the Eagle, After Life), little sister Dayna, pregnant older sister Lucy and Lucy’s boyfriend Steve (Samuel Anderson, Danny from Doctor Who). AJ, who is at that point of trying to figure out exactly who she is, expects this to be ‘a week of hell’ – her mu...
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...
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