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Film Review: The World To Come (gay-themed)

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Review By Frances Winston

Directed by: Mona Fastvold – Starring: Katherine Waterston, Vanessa Kirby, Christopher Abbott, Casey Affleck

In cinemas now!

Set in 1856, this period-drama sees Abigail (Waterston) and Dyer (Affleck) living an isolated life in the country. Ekeing out an existence working as farmers, they are devastated when their daughter dies. Growing ever more distant, the couple barely communicate. When a new couple moves in beside them (this is the countryside so beside is a rather loose concept) Abigail finds herself drawn to the wife, Tallie (Kirby) and the two soon begin an affair. But marital and gender politics of the time are not on their side. Continue Reading »

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Hungary: Thousands join Budapest Pride to protest anti-LGBT law

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(Reuters) – Thousands of Hungarians joined the annual Budapest Pride march on Saturday, to support LGBTQ people, and protest against a law that limits teaching about homosexuality and transgender issues in schools.

Hungary’s nationalist Prime Minister, Viktor Orban, in power since 2010, has introduced social policies that he says aim to safeguard traditional Christian values from Western liberalism, stoking tensions with the European Union. Continue Reading »

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Film Review: Blood Red Sky

blood red sky stillReview By Frances Winston

Directed by: Peter Thorwarth – Starring: Chidi Ajufo, Peri Baumeister, Graham McTavish, Roland Møller, Dominic Purcell, Alexander Scheer

Available on Netflix now!

Air travel is currently stressful enough, so it must be so much harder when you are also struggling with illness like the protagonist here. Apparently suffering from cancer, she is travelling to the US with her young son. But then their plane is hijacked, and she is shot, and it becomes apparent that she doesn’t have cancer, but is in fact a vampire. Continue Reading »

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NCBI: Deadline for Gerard Byrne Bursary August 6th

ncbi bursaryNow in its fifth year, NCBI (National Council for the Blind of Ireland) is encouraging any current or incoming 3rd level student, who is blind or vision impaired, to apply for the Gerard Byrne Bursary, to help with the financial costs of college life.ed

The NCBI Gerard Byrne Bursary honours the contribution of Gerard Byrne, who was a lifelong advocate for education.  The bursary consists of two annual grants for undergraduate students who are blind or vision impaired, studying on a full-time basis, at a recognised educational institution in the Republic of Ireland. The value of each scholarship is set at €1,500 per year, and continues for the duration of the undergraduate programme chosen by the Bursary winners. Continue Reading »

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LGBT+ athletes get sponsorship deals as acceptance grows

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Coming out as gay used to be the kiss of death for sponsorship deals in sport. But as a record number of openly LGBT+ athletes prepare to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, marketing analysts say the opposite is now true: Authenticity sells.

This week, Canadian ice hockey player, Luke Prokop, followed in the footsteps of American football star Carl Nassib, in becoming the first openly gay athletes still active in their respective sports – and potential sponsors are circling, experts said. Continue Reading »

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High testosterone female athletes barred from Olympics

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When the world’s fastest women race for gold over 800m in Tokyo, all three medallists from the 2016 Olympics will be absent – barred as intersex athletes, who refuse to alter their natural hormones to meet the rules of sport.

The ban is one of many controversies dogging a sporting spectacle that opens on Friday – a year late – amid a global pandemic, a slew of scandals, and deep disquiet over potential risk to life of staging a mega event between 206 nations. Continue Reading »

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Umlilo’s new LGBTQ film shows reality in South Africa

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South Africa’s queer avant-garde artist, Umlilo’s new documentary, is produced by Black Sheep Films, directed by Swiss journalist, Cristina Karrer, and produced by ALV.

The film, titled ‘Mask’, looks at Umlilo’s avant-garde career thus far, as they straddle making thought-provoking music and art, against a volatile political backdrop of LGBTQ+ rights in SA, the rise in hate-crimes, and the development of a gender-neutral ID document. Continue Reading »

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Olympics: LGBTQ athletes put focus on Japan

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(Reuters) – More than 160 openly LGBTQ athletes are due to participate in the Tokyo 2020 Olympics, making this year’s Games the most inclusive ever.

That has put a focus on host nation Japan, which activists say is out of step with much of the rest of the world, having not seen the same sweeping social change that made same-sex marriage and greater inclusion a reality in many countries. Continue Reading »

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Hungary: PM to call referendum on anti-LGBT education law

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(Reuters) – Hungary announced plans on Wednesday to call a referendum on child protection issues, to combat pressure from the European Union, over legislation which the bloc says discriminates against LGBT people.

Stepping up a battle of cultures with the European Commission, Prime Minister Viktor Orban accused the EU executive of abusing its powers, in challenging recent amendments to Hungary’s education and child protection laws. Continue Reading »

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‘Who We Love’ to premiere at 33rd Galway Film Fleadh

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Who We Love, the feature film adaptation of the IFTA-nominated, multi-award winning short film, LILY, will have its world premiere at the 33rd Galway Film Fleadh on the 24th of July at 6pm.

The screening will be a dual affair, with a live event at Fr. Burke Park in the heart of the city’s cultural quarter, followed by an online screening at 8pm on the same date.

A film about coming of age and coming out, Who We Love tells the story of Lily and Simon, best friends, who navigate the troubled waters of school life, and explore Dublin’s vibrant and sometimes dark LGBTQ+ scene, under the sharp eye of reluctant mentor, Oonagh. Continue Reading »