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Film Review: Thunder Force

Screen shot 2021-04-09 at 23.07.48Directed by: Ben Falcone Starring: Melissa McCarthy, Octavia Spencer, Jason Bateman, Bobby Cannavale, Pom Klementieff, Kevin Dunn, Melissa Leo

Available on Netflix from April 9th

Despite all the recent movements, there is still a dearth of strong female roles in films, especially strong female roles for women over 40, who aren’t size 6 former models. This isn’t my opinion. A quick Google search, or a browse through academic papers, will confirm this. It’s a fact. So I, and many others, were thrilled to see a movie in development with not one, but two, women in lead roles, both of whom don’t fit the stereotypes. The fact that it’s a superhero film was a bonus. Continue Reading »

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Poland: Judge’s tweet on trans child stirs outrage

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(Reuters) – A senior Polish judge put a transgender child in danger by tweeting about her, and a complaint will likely be filed with prosecutors, an opposition politician said on Thursday regarding the incident ,which has outraged liberal Poles.

Gender and LGBT rights have become central flash-points in a wider culture war unfolding in Poland, between religious conservatives and liberals, with the former branding the fight for gay rights a dangerous ideology that seeks to subvert traditional values, and the latter calling for more tolerance. Continue Reading »

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The Everyman: Lisa Hannigan ‘Behind the Curtain’ Online


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LISA HANNIGAN ‘Behind the Curtain’

Live Video Stream from The Everyman’s Stage

Online event – 8pm, Friday 7th May 2021

Tickets €25 (single viewer) – €30 (multiple viewer)

The Everyman and Islander are thrilled to launch the second in the series of their live streamed monthly Friday night sessions, ‘Behind the Curtain’, welcoming audiences behind the curtains of Cork city’s heartlands of music. Continue Reading »

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Japan urged to outlaw LGBT+ discrimination before Olympics

Same-sex marriage supporters show a banner in Sapporo, Hokkaido, northern Japan March 17, 2021 – Image: Kyodo/via REUTERS

As sports fans count down to the start of the Tokyo Olympics in July, the eyes of LGBT+ activists are firmly focused on Japan’s parliament, with the goal of using the global spotlight to end discrimination against gay, bisexual, and transgender people.

More than 100,000 people have signed a petition calling on the government to pass an LGBT+ equality law, before the Games open on July 23, to honour its key themes of celebrating ‘unity in diversity’ and ‘passing on legacy for the future’. Continue Reading »

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‘Moffie’ director Hermanus on racism and homophobia

Director of ‘Moffie’ Oliver Hermanus – Image: Courtesy of Daniel Rutland Manners/IFC FILMS/Handout via REUTERS

(Reuters) – South African director Oliver Hermanus says he wants to outrage audiences with his BAFTA-nominated film ‘Moffie’, to help them understand the nature of racism [and homophobia].

Set in 1981 South Africa, Moffie, a derogatory slang term for being gay, depicts the brutal military service young white men had to complete during apartheid. Continue Reading »

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Dustin Lance Black urges UK to ban LGBT+ conversion therapy

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Dustin Lance Black in London, England, September 14, 2018 – Image: Thomson Reuters Foundation/Nicky Milne

Oscar-winning screenwriter and film maker, Dustin Lance Black, on Wednesday accused Britain of “ignoring the lives of queer people”, by failing to fulfill a three-year promise to ban LGBT+ conversion therapy.

The United Nations has called for the practice, which aims to alter a person’s sexual orientation or gender identity, to be outlawed globally. Continue Reading »

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Arkansas: Legislators override transban veto

 

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Map of Arkansas – Image: geology.com

(Reuters) – Arkansas on Tuesday became the first US state to ban certain types of treatment for transgender youth, overriding a veto by Governor Asa Hutchinson, and inviting lawsuits from civil rights groups that have vowed to stop it.

The law threatens any healthcare professional, who provides puberty blockers, cross-sex hormones, or gender-affirming surgery to minors, with losing their medical licence, and opens them up to lawsuits from patients who later regret their procedures. Continue Reading »

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Netflix: Bridgerton S2 – Irish Actor Calam Lynch

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Calam Lynch

Based on Julia Quinn’s best-selling series of novels, BRIDGERTON, is set in the sexy, lavish and competitive world of Regency London high society.  From the glittering ballrooms of Mayfair to the aristocratic palaces of Park Lane and beyond, the series unveils a seductive, sumptuous world replete with intricate rules and dramatic power struggles, where no one is truly ever on steady ground.  At the heart of the show is the powerful Bridgerton family.  Comprised of eight close-knit siblings, this funny, witty, daring and clever group must navigate the upper ten thousand’s marriage mart in search of romance, adventure and love.  

Calam Lynch (Benediction) will play Theo Sharpe. Theo is a hardworking printer’s assistant. But he’s not just a working class man, he’s also an intellectual who fights for the rights for all.
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Arkansas governor vetoes trans ban bill

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(Reuters) – Arkansas Governor Asa Hutchinson on Monday vetoed a bill that would have made the state the first in the country to prevent doctors from providing certain types of care to transgender youth.

But his veto could be overridden by a simple majority vote in the Arkansas Senate and House, which passed the bill with sizeable majorities. Continue Reading »

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Winter Pride 2021 welcomes you back!

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It´s time to look forward again! Winter Pride Maspalomas welcomes you back, from 5 – 14 November 2021, in Gran Canaria!

Visit the brand new website with events programme, artists, hotel reservation system, and order your tickets for the first confirmed premium events, including the BBQ Pool Party, T-Dance, Wet & White and Gay Boat Excursion.

Here are already some confirmed artists, including Johnny Logan, winner of the 1980 and 1987 Eurovision! More artist announcements can be found on the website.
 
Limited availability!
 
Reserve your tickets online to guarantee your place at one of the amazing Winter Pride Premium events.
 
And stay tuned on social media for upcoming headliners!
 
Note: Winter Pride are optimistic that Winter Pride will go ahead as planned, but if any of the ticketed events are unable to take place this year, due to COVID-19 restrictions, your tickets will be refunded.