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Film recommendation: Disclosure
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Film recommendation: Disclosure

A timely, important, and hugely engaging documentary, in which trans creatives chart and analyse the representation of trans lives on our screens. When this documentary was announced in February as the centrepiece of the 2020 BFI Flare Film Festival (London’s LGBTQ+ fest), it felt timely. When that festival was cancelled due to Covid-19 and the film was only briefly on BFI Player, it felt like a loss. But now it appears on Netflix and is, sadly, even more timely – after JK Rowling saw fit to air her views about the trans community on her huge platform, both the US and UK governments sought to roll back trans rights, the Black Lives Matter protests have taken centre stage and we have witnessed the abuse received by model Munroe Bergdorf from a member of the UK House of Lords. But as w...
Netflix stands up for LGBT+ characters 
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Netflix stands up for LGBT+ characters 

International streaming giant Netflix has defended the decision to host characters representing the LGBT+ community throughout its slate, in opposition of a derogatory tweet. The tweet featured a meme with characters from Spongebob Squarepants, suggesting that the use of queer characters in television programmes was unnecessary, stating: “Every damn new series”.  The succinct reply from the communications team at Netflix was simply, “Sorry you have yet to realize that every gay person is very necessary”. https://twitter.com/netflix/status/1258156383792279552 The response has so far provoked more than 660,000 likes, over 107,000 retweets and more than 9,500 responses - both positive and negative. There was an overarching message of support from the majority of those replying with ...
Netflix announces a new show based on Antoni Porowski’s sexually-fluid life.
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Netflix announces a new show based on Antoni Porowski’s sexually-fluid life.

Antoni Porowski always spoke freely about dating men and women. We all remember Queer Eye and one of his most enigmatic characters, Antoni Porowski who always refused to identify him-self as purely gay. According to Hollywood Reporter, Porowski developed the story with Black-ish creative Kenya Barris, Andrew Rhymer and Jeff Chan.  Antoni has always spoken candidly about the fact that since he started dating men too, he found himself comparing his body to those of the men he dated. He said he always found himself comparing his own body to the men he dates, from the size of their biceps to the length of their legs…and so on. To GQ magazine he told: “I feel like if I do refer to myself as gay, which would make it easier for people to understand sometimes, I feel like it dishonou...
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