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Olly Alexander jokes about the fact that he proudly brought “a lesson in anal hygiene” to the worldwide public. 
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Olly Alexander jokes about the fact that he proudly brought “a lesson in anal hygiene” to the worldwide public. 

The British singer from Years&Years debuted as main character of the AIDS Drama “It’s A Sin” playing Ritchie Tozer, and filming some almost explicit scenes of gay sex. We might all remember the scene when Ritchie is told that he needs “a good wash” by Ash (Nathaniel Curtis in real life) his lover in the series, just before some rimming.  Talking and reflecting about the relatability of this scene, Olly told GQ “If I can bring anything to the British public, it’s a lesson in anal hygiene. I can tell you I’ll never forget being practically butt-naked with my arse in the air in front of colleagues.” During the interview, Olly praised intimacy co-ordinator - Ita O’Brien - for being his “lifesaver” as to overcome his fear to film revealing sex scenes, she suggested him to bring more ...
Film recommendation: So My Grandma’s a Lesbian
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Film recommendation: So My Grandma’s a Lesbian

If you are looking for a bit of fun escapism at the moment, settle in for this ridiculous but sweet and entertaining Spanish romp. Eva is a lawyer, engaged to Stuart, heir to a wealthy and powerful right-wing Scottish family (you might have to ignore some of the Scottish accents or the likelihood of any Scots being pro-Trump!). When her grandmother Sofía informs Eva that she wants to marry Celia, Eva panics that this will derail her own marriage and races back to her home village on Lanzarote in the Canary Islands. She wants to persuade the elderly couple just to continue living together, ostensibly as friends, rather than to mess up everyone’s lives. Eva’s mother Natasha, who has been a part-time presence in Eva’s life, and her brother also turn up, as well as an old flame of Eva’s ...
Years & Years release the official song for “It’s A Sin”
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Years & Years release the official song for “It’s A Sin”

It’s a Sin is a new show launching on Channel 4 in the UK where Olly Alexander - the singer of the band - is one of the main characters of the show. Olly plays the role of the main character - Ritchie - an aspiring actor who decided to move to London to get a better life, but falls into a spiral of hedonism that will lead him and his friends to experience unexpected and very difficult situations. It’s a Sin - which is written by Russel T. Davies - famous for being the creator of Queer As Folk, explores and follows the lives of a group of gay men in the 80’s, in a London hardly hit by the HIV/AIDS crisis and the deaths of thousands of people linked to the LGBT+ community all around the world. https://youtu.be/1CSkP4ktc-o This song is a slowered cover of Pet Shop Boys’s hit “It’s a...
Film recommendation: Proxima
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Film recommendation: Proxima

A fascinating film that explores work, motherhood, space, love and time - but in a quiet way, driven by Eva Green's powerful central performance. Alice Winocour’s superb film follows Anna (Eva Green), a French astronaut who achieves her life’s ambition when she is selected to join a space mission. She must undergo rigorous training to prepare for a year in space. She is one of only a few women to have made this leap and we see the sexism that she faces, even within her own crew, let alone from the baying press. But she must also reconcile to the fact that she will not see her young daughter for a year, and how hard that will be for both of them. Stella will stay with her father, from whom Anna is separated although they remain on good terms. The film ends as the mission launches into...
Film recommendation: Babyteeth
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Film recommendation: Babyteeth

This debut feature from Shannon Murphy (Killing Eve) is a fresh, thrilling and moving coming-of-age story which takes the audience on an emotional journey with four flawed, entirely human characters. Talented young actor Eliza Scanlen (Beth in Little Women and Amma in Sharp Objects) plays Milla, a terminally ill teenager who falls for Moses (Toby Wallace), a drug-dealing ne’er-do-well. Their meet-cute is, really, anything but, although the romance blossoms in her troubled teen mind, and she invites him to stay at their house. Her concerned parents, Anna and Henry, (superbly played by Essie Davis and Ben Mendelsohn) worry about the relationship with the young man who is eight years older and regularly takes drugs from their house. But we also soon see that Anna and Henry have their own p...
Eurovision 2021 has got the first official song of the contest
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Eurovision 2021 has got the first official song of the contest

It is the national Albanian selection that give Eurovision 2021 the first official song. Anxhela Peristeri has won the 59th edition of Festivali I Këngës, and together with her song ‘Karma’ will represent Albania at the Eurovision Song Contest 2021 in Rotterdam. The final was aired on 23rd December 2020 on RHTS and among the 18 participants, Anxhela really showed what talent and music together can do on a stage. Anxhela is not new to this festival, in fact her first participation in Festivali i Këngës is dated back to 2001. Her career is rich in awards and musical achievements: so far she has been singing in concerts, festival like  Kënga Magjike, Çmimet Kult, Netët e Klipit and YFSF and she has also showed how good a songwriter she can be. In 2004 she released an album titled Anxhe...
Film recommendations: Queering your festive viewing
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Film recommendations: Queering your festive viewing

For so long, the Christmas cheesy film has been very straight, very white, usually revolving around 2.2 children. But finally things are changing and here are some ideas for some festive queer in your seasonal viewing. At last, same-sex stories are hitting the mainstream and this is something we need to celebrate. The Prom is an over-the-top song-and-dance cheese-a-thon (yup, cracking out the multi-hyphenates for this one!). A troupe of self-obsessed Broadway has-beens are looking for a new project to give them a social media boost – and decide to help teenager Emma. The school prom in her small town in Indiana has been cancelled by the PTA because they don’t want her to take her girlfriend – prom must be mixed sex couples, or it isn’t happening at all. It’s a musical extravaganza, fron...
The #FreakyTripToRotterdam continues with Senhit wishing “Merry Christmas” in a very special way.
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The #FreakyTripToRotterdam continues with Senhit wishing “Merry Christmas” in a very special way.

Never before has a Eurovision singer gone so far, perhaps also because never before have we experienced such an unusual year in the history of this festival. Senhit, Italian singer running under San Marino's flag, which we interviewed here, is working the extra mile to take us all with her on a #FreakyTripToRotterdam. She has already sung different remakes of famous Eurovision songs, and all of them have been restyled, renewed and reinterpreted in unique ways, bringing messages of positivity, hope and love to all listeners. This new remake is a song that won Eurovision in 2017, sung by Salvador Sobral from Portugal, a song that already brings a powerful message of love and strength, where the loving one in the couple is aware that maybe the other person is not ready to love, is ...
World AIDS Day – reflections in the movies
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World AIDS Day – reflections in the movies

Film can be pure entertainment, but it can also be a way for us to learn about our history, examine complicated issues, sit with our emotions and work for the future. Today, on World Aids Day, here are three recommendations of films to watch as we commemorate those who have died and work to support those who are living with HIV, uniting to fight the disease globally. We Were Here is a powerful documentary charting the effects of the disease in San Francisco’s gay community. The film is built around testimony from five men and women who experienced those years firsthand: Guy Clark, a flowerseller in the Castro; nurse Eileen Glutzer; Paul Boneberg, who founded Mobilization Against Aids; Ed Wolf, a counsellor; and HIV-positive artist Daniel Goldstein. In the late 1970s San Francisco was a ...
Film recommendation: Cocoon
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Film recommendation: Cocoon

Cocoon is a gorgeous coming-of-age tale, a celebration of the long hot summer of 2018 and a sweet story of a teenage girl discovering her feelings for another young woman. 14-year-old Berliner Nora is waking up to the world – she still nurtures her caterpillars but is watching the world around her and learning about it and about who she wants to be. Her older sister Jule is affectionate but dismissive, caught up in a world of BFFs, parties and boys, plus the terminal embarrassment of having a younger sister hanging around. The pair of them have to deal with a young mother who is out partying more than she is there for the two teenagers; though she clearly loves them, she is wrestling with demons of her own. Then Nora meets Romy, the cool new girl at school, and her life changes. She ...
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