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Poland: Government heads further to right in new lineup

Pro-LGBT demonstrators hold banner reading “We are humans”, in Warsaw, Poland August 16, 2020. Image: REUTERS/Kacper Pempel/File Photo

(Reuters) – Poland’s ruling nationalists appeared to have taken a turn further to the right on Wednesday, with the appointment of an ultra-conservative education chief in a new cabinet lineup, raising the prospect of new friction with the European Union.

Following weeks of internal rows over jobs and policies, such as women’s and LGBT rights, which threatened to break up the three-party Law and Justice (PiS) coalition, PiS chief, Jaroslaw Kaczynski, 71, also joined the government as deputy premier. Continue Reading »

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‘Message of Love’ for trans people from 200+ UK authors

Author Jeanette Winterson, 2006 – Image: REUTERS/Toby Melville

More than 200 British authors have signed a ‘message of love’ for transgender people, days after 58 other writers condemned threats against JK Rowling, over her views on trans rights.

The latest open letter – signed by novelist, Jeanette Winterson, famed for ‘Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit’, and young adult writer, Malorie Blackman – was published online on Wednesday by The Second Shelf, a feminist London bookshop. Continue Reading »

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OPINION: ‘Berlin Patient’ Timothy Ray Brown was an HIV hero

The Berlin Patient, Timothy Ray Brown – Image: theguardian.com

The ‘Berlin Patient’ Timothy Ray Brown, the first person known to have been cured of HIV, has died at the age of 54, from a recurrence of the cancer that prompted his historic treatment.

In 1995, Brown, an American, was diagnosed with HIV. Ten years later, he was found to separately have acute myeloid leukaemia (AML). Continue Reading »

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Video: Dark Tropics – Moroccan Sun

Here is the latest wonderful single, Moroccan Sun, from a talented Irish duo we featured back in March, when the pandemic was only beginning, and we all thought it would be over soon!
Dark Tropics, a pop-noir duo, is made up of singer/songwriter Rio, and producer/songwriter Gerard, from Belfast, and this track is in sharp contrast to the previous single, Badlands. It is a light and upbeat affair which will have you singing along with it in no time flat. Just what the doctor ordered to uplift you on a dreary day, we hope you enjoy Moroccan Sun!


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Dark Tropics will be playing Ireland Music Week which is on 6-9 October 2020.

Moroccan Sun is out now. Available to stream on all platforms…

Spotify: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5Q6MmuHDeKmELYF8HV7VzI…
Apple Music: https://open.spotify.com/artist/5Q6MmuHDeKmELYF8HV7VzI…

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US: Gay, lesbian, and bisexual at higher risk for migraines – study

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Lesbian, gay and bisexual people are much more likely than straight people to get migraines, US research showed on Monday, indicating sexual orientation may be a risk factor for the painful and disabling headaches.

Nearly one third of lesbian, gay, and bisexual (LGB) participants experienced migraines, 58% more than did heterosexual participants, in a survey by the University of California – San Francisco (UCSF) published in the Journal of the American Medical Association Neurology. Continue Reading »

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Brazil: Drag queens to grace Vogue magazine cover

Gloria Groove – Image: concerty.com

A pair of drag queens will grace the October cover of Vogue in Brazil, the magazine said on Monday, marking a landmark for the iconic fashion publication in a nation where openly gay and trans people face violence and discrimination.

Grammy-nominated singer, Pabllo Vittar, and rapper, Gloria Groove, will each appear on separate covers of Vogue Brasil’s issue entitled ‘Eleganza Extravaganza’, which hits newsstands on October 9. Continue Reading »

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Poland: Ambassadors call for tolerance for LGBT+

Fifty ambassadors to Poland have written an open letter calling on Warsaw to help forge “an environment of non-discrimination, tolerance and mutual acceptance” as international concerns grow over the treatment of LGBT+ people in the country.

The US, British, and Indian ambassadors were among the signatories, who paid tribute to Polish LGBT+ organisations seeking to “end discrimination, in particular on the basis of sexual orientation or gender identity”. Continue Reading »

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Japan Airlines adopts gender-neutral greetings

Japan Airlines flight attendants March 16, 2020 – Image: REUTERS/Benoit Tessier

Japan Airlines said on Monday it would swap ‘ladies and gentlemen’ for gender-neutral greetings, following other global airlines in adopting more inclusive language for passengers.

Announcements at airports, and on flights operated by the Japanese carrier, will use the new forms of address from October 1, the airline said. ‘Attention all passengers’ and ‘Good morning everyone’ will be among the terms adopted, local media reported. Continue Reading »

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‘Crock Of Gold: …..Shane MacGowan’ wins special jury prize at SSFF

Following the world premiere of the film at the San Sebastián International Film Festival last week, the Shane McGowan documentary, CROCK OF GOLD: A FEW ROUNDS WITH SHANE MACGOWAN, has picked up the Special Jury Prize at the prestigious A-list festival in Spain. 

Helmed by the multi-award-winning and critically acclaimed film, documentary, and music video director, Julien Temple (Glastonbury, The Filth and the Fury, London: The Modern Babylon) and produced by Johnny Depp, the film is a cinematic exploration of the legendary poet, punk, and Pogue, Shane MacGowan. Continue Reading »

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LGBT film ‘Supernova’ trailer launched

STUDIOCANAL are pleased to launch the new trailer and poster for Harry Macqueen’s SUPERNOVA, a modern love story, starring Stanley Tucci and Colin Firth, which opens in Irish cinemas on 27 November.

It is deep Autumn and Sam and Tusker, partners of twenty years, are on holiday.

They are travelling across England in their old campervan, visiting friends, family, and places from their past. Since Tusker was diagnosed with young-onset dementia two years ago, their lives have had to change – jobs have been given up, and plans put on hold. Their time together is now the most important thing they have. Continue Reading »