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Eurovision 2021 – First Semifinal results and reactions.
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Eurovision 2021 – First Semifinal results and reactions.

The first Semifinal of Eurovision Song Contest 2021 has just ended and we have the first 10 finalists that will join the Big 5 and The Netherlands in the Grand Final of Saturday 22nd May 2021.  So many feelings, so many emotions: we spent the whole night watching the event live from the Press Room in Rotterdam Ahoy Arena, and hey, did we have goosebumps the whole night! Two years since the last real Eurovision Song Contest (Tel Aviv 2019) and we finally had the chance to enjoy such a fantastic music show that the whole world enjoyed.  Who are the finalists? Do we agree with them all? No! Absolutely not!  Norway for example: a very weak staging; a very weak voice and we hope the back singers are paid good enough to save Tix’s voice every time he sings live on that stage; majori...
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...
Eurovision 2021 – Israeli’s selection has started
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Eurovision 2021 – Israeli’s selection has started

No worries at all: Eden Alene has already been re-confirmed for the upcoming Eurovision Song Contest in Rotterdam. So what is Israel selecting? The song Eden will be performing! This year the entire process will be held online. The professional committee set up by KAN has listened to over 200 songs which were sent in anonymously and has shortlisted the 10 songs from which the one that will be performed in Rotterdam will be chosen. The selection process is easy and transparent: everyone - visiting KAN's dedicated website - will be able to vote for their favourite one. By the end of the selection the 2 songs which will have received the most votes together with a third one decided by the committee, will be contending - as it happened in 2020, but this year will be an online selection ...
Israel tries to ban conversion therapies for LGBT+ People
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Israel tries to ban conversion therapies for LGBT+ People

Israel becomes the first country in the Middle East to ban a sick and primitive practice. Only 30 years ago - in 1990 - W.H.O removed homosexuality from the list of mental illnesses, and immediately afterwards also the American Psychological Association and other similar and very influential scientific institutions in the world, warned of the deleterious mental consequences that people can have when "doctors" want to forcefully change someone's sexual orientation. Lobotomy was formerly used (in those cases which were considered 'difficult'), today, those countries that still allow such therapies, the use of hard mental practices, such as "pray the gay away"  - which are worse than a lobotomy - make "patients" fall into confusing states of mind that too often result in suicides. Israel, ...
Is it safe to travel to “anti-gay” countries?
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Is it safe to travel to “anti-gay” countries?

Maybe the real question is: are "anti-gay" countries really dangerous for LGBT+ people, or maybe the influx of tourists can help change things in these countries? We know that summer holidays 2019 are just a memory now, but mind travels (at least mine is already thinking about where to go to for the next summer) and so here is a little travel reflection of the Editor in Chief ... maybe useful, maybe not ... but certainly interesting. Time Flies Only 60 years ago, a time that may seem long but believe me it is not, Spain was a rather repressive place. Under the grip of General Franco and the Catholic Church, las Costas (Costa Brava) was then a non-fun and not at all safe area. For example, when the first flights brought tourists in search of fun from the UK and Northern Europe in gene...
Eurovision Song Contest Revival – a friendly chat with Imri Ziv – VIDEO
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Eurovision Song Contest Revival – a friendly chat with Imri Ziv – VIDEO

It is sad not to have Eurovision Song Contest this year due to Coronavirus pandemic, but we are Eurovision Fans in any case and we will celebrate this week as a if the contest was still happening. Rotterdam was getting ready and all of us willing to attend the event had already bought their flights and hotels... but then... a bastard virus got into the way and obliged the entire Eurovision machine to stop, to give up and cancel the event. So to celebrate this event we had a live streaming with Imri Ziv on Raffa's IG  and you can watch the full interview here below. https://www.facebook.com/thegaylymirror/videos/233883891165758/   Who is Imri Ziv? Imri Ziv, also known as IMRI, is a 28-year-old Israeli singer and voice actor. After winning HaKokhav HaBa, he represented Israe...
Israel has chosen the song for Eurovision 2020: Feker Libi.
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Israel has chosen the song for Eurovision 2020: Feker Libi.

Among the 4 songs written for Eden Alene, Feker Libi triumphed over them all. Last night KAN broadcasted a music and colourful show where the four songs that had been written for Eden Alene and her participation to Eurovision 2020, competed and received jury’s votes.  The winning song was Feker Libi (Raffa's favorite). Feker Libi was written and composed for Eden by Doron Medalie and Idan Raichel. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gWMeV3xXuDQ Eden is of Ethiopian descent and the song that won the selection is written in 4 different languages: Amharic, Arabic, English and Hebrew. Feker Libi is Amharic and means “the one I love”. After the show Eden commented: “I didn't have my favorite song. It is a song that represents our entire nation, it made me emotional but also had a lot of fun! ...
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