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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...
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...
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 ...
DRAG RACE UK Star, Veronica Green, releases her debut single “STARS”
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DRAG RACE UK Star, Veronica Green, releases her debut single “STARS”

A talented and gifted artist - we fell in love with during Season 2 of RuPaul’s Drag Rage UK -  that finally releases her first single. STAR is the title of Veronica’s debut song, and no, it is not what you would expect from a typical drag queen: she’s serving you ballad realness, with a song rich of pumping beats, comedy and emotional lyrics strongly influenced by her love for musical theatre. She said: “it is the perfect introduction to my musical world. I think a lot of people will relate to this song, coming from small towns and villages and finding their place and acceptance in a big city. […] It's a big musical theatre-style pop song that provides the perfect introduction to my musical world." 'Stars' is written and produced by Ian Masterson (alongside Hayley Sanderson) who has ...
BFI Flare film recommendation: AIDS Diva
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BFI Flare film recommendation: AIDS Diva

Today is the last day of BFI Flare and there are so many great films to watch – I can pretty well recommend any of them. So dive in and enjoy a final day of fabulous queer film – features and shorts, dramas and documentaries. The film I want to talk about – AIDS Diva: The Legend of Connie Norman – is not the biggest or the best, but one which really spoke to me, probably because the threads of fighting a devastating virus and a lack of government care, trans oppression and police violence are still, tragically, as true today in the UK as they were in 1980s and 1990s Los Angeles. Connie Norman was an activist and member of ACT Up in Los Angeles, a trans woman who was HIV positive, a former drag queen and drug addict. She was angry at her oppression and the government’s dilatory approa...
BFI Flare film recommendation – Boy Meets Boy
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BFI Flare film recommendation – Boy Meets Boy

Boy Meets Boy is a tender debut film following Harry and Johannes as they spend a day together in Berlin. It is akin to Weekend set in Berlin, or a gay Before Sunset, and that is no criticism, seeing as those are two of my favourite films. Brit medic Harry is on a weekend break in Berlin and meets local dancer Johannes in a nightclub where they share a kiss – and then decide to spend the day together before Harry’s evening flight. The film rolls with them through their day where they talk about sex and relationships, go out for brunch, meet some Mormons, report a theft at the police station and discuss what happiness is. The actors’ chemistry is palpable and their dialogue funny, interesting and naturalistic – it sounds truthful, whether it was improvised or scripted. We root for the...
BFI Flare Film recommendation – My First Summer
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BFI Flare Film recommendation – My First Summer

This delicate, ethereal debut feature from Australia follows two teenage girls who meet after Claudia’s mother dies. Grace is bolder, more confident, and brings energy into Claudia’s life, expanding her horizons. Grace, an isolated young woman, finds deep friendship. Both of them are otherworldly and naïve, and their companionship brings them great joy as it develops into love. Like last year’s German film Cocoon, this film is gorgeously steeped in nature – the pair lie in the grass, use plums to dye their sheets, and revel in a country summer. Nature, particularly water, has its dangers but these girls are finding their way in the world, making the most of it and beginning to hit against what society wants of them. With a gorgeous, ethereal vibe, this is a film to bask in and enjoy ...
BFI Flare film recommendation – Mama Gloria
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BFI Flare film recommendation – Mama Gloria

BFI Flare, the UK’s biggest LGBTQ+ film festival runs from Wednesday 17 to Saturday 28 March. You can watch all of the festival film programme in the UK using BFI Player, the BFI’s video-on-demand service. You need to buy a ticket to watch a feature film on BFI Player – just as you would for a physical screening. Feature films will be available to watch at any time 17 to 28 March. You have 4 hours to finish watching the film after you have started. Short films are free to watch in the UK and can be watched without a BFI Player account and you can watch free events on BFI YouTube and BFI Flare Facebook anywhere in the world. So, from today, I’ll post a daily recommendation of a feature film worthy of your time and money. I’ll try to post about the shorts as well (it’s a scramble to fit i...
Road To Eurovision: Italy, Portugal and San Marino’s Entries.
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Road To Eurovision: Italy, Portugal and San Marino’s Entries.

What a week for Eurovision Lovers like us! Three entries, three new songs, and 2 almost unexpected entries to the competition in Rotterdam. The very first big surprise was given to us by Sanremo 2021 - the Festival of Italian Song - that crowned Måneskin as the winners of this edition with their song "Zitti e Buoni". Since a few years now, this Italian selection also decides who will represent the country - that almost won ESC in 2019 with Soldi by Mahmoud - on the stage of Eurovision contest. Måneskin come almost as unexpected winners because of their music background which is rock, explicit and real and goes far from the classical pop, melodic song that Sanremo got all Italians used to.  This group will surely rock the stage in Rotterdam putting the audience to choose which rock t...
Måneskin win Sanremo 2021 and fly to Eurovision 2021 to rock that stage
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Måneskin win Sanremo 2021 and fly to Eurovision 2021 to rock that stage

Historical win for the long-lasting Festival of the Italian Song - Sanremo 2021 - that sees a rock band winning the competition against all odds. It was already over 2 am in Italy and the Festival of Sanremo 2021 crowned their winner. Måneskin triumphed on that stage and demonstrated (again) to the whole world - actually shocking Italy - that talent shows do work and are able to discover amazing talents. Månesking is an Italian rock band consisting of lead vocalist Damiano David, bassist Victoria De Angelis, guitarist Thomas Raggi, and drummer Ethan Torchio. The band rose to fame after ending up second in the 12th Italian version of XFactor (2017). "Zitti e Buoni" (tr. shut up and calm) is a rock song that will shake the stage of Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam, were Månes...
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