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FGG sponsors first-ever NFL ‘Inclusion Party’ on eve of Super Bowl LII in Minneapolis

Returning to Minneapolis for the first time since the FGG Board held its mid-year meeting there in 2017, FGG Co-President Sean Fitzgerald and former Co-President Kurt Dahl attended the inaugural Super Bowl Inclusion Party, hosted by National Football Alumnus and Gay Games Ambassador Esera Tuaolo.

Held on 31 January, over 500 diverse community members gathered, and raised thousands of dollars for anti-bullying non-profits and homeless youth shelters.

Nonprofits which benefited included Esera Tuaolo’s non-profit HateIsWrong.org, PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center, and Avenues For Homeless Youth. Presenters included football legends, television singers, Mayors and advocacy groups leaders. Continue Reading »

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Film Review & Trailer: Black Panther

Frances Winston feels that Black Panther is one of the best Marvel movies to date, and you can believe the hype

Directed by: Ryan Coogler – Starring: Chadwick Boseman, Michael B. Jordan, Lupita Nyong’o, Danai Gurira, Martin Freeman, Daniel Kaluuya, Letitia Wright, Winston Duke, Angela Bassett, Forest Whitaker, Andy Serkis

Fans of the Marvel franchises have already met the Black Panther in 2016’s Captain America: Civil War. It’s not necessary to have seen that to enjoy this, but since Black Panther picks up more or less right afterwards, it could be a useful exercise to bring you up to speed as to where we stand in the Marvelverse timeline. Continue Reading »

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LGBT History Festival Launched in Belfast

Belfast City Hall saw the launch of a first for the city, yesterday, an LGBT History Festival. ‘Outing the Past, Belfast’ was launched by the Lord Mayor, Cllr. Nuala McAllister, at an event from 6pm yesterday, Friday, February 16th. The Lord Mayor was helped in launching the festival by Senator David Norris, from the Irish Senate, and fellow Belfast city councillor, Jeff Dudgeon. Both Norris and Dudgeon were involved in taking their respective jurisdictions to the European Courts in order to bring about the decriminalisation of male homosexuality in 1992 and 1982 respectively.   Continue Reading »

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US: Legislation to Protect LGBTQ Youth from ‘Conversion Therapy’ in WA

Yesterday (16th) the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), America’s largest LGBTQ civil rights organization, hailed a vote by Washington state’s House Committee on Health Care & Wellness advancing SB 5722 — legislation protecting LGBTQ youth from the dangerous and debunked practice of so-called ‘conversion therapy.’ HRC urged the Washington House of Representatives to pass the measure, which has already been approved by the state Senate. Continue Reading »

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Hana Brooks releases new single ‘Used To Be’ as free download OUT NOW!

Hana Brooks has just announced the release of her new single, called Used To Be, as a free download!

https://hanabrooks.bandcamp.com/track/used-to-be

Hana burst onto the indie-pop scene during November 2017, and now returns with her new track Used To Be, where a heartbreaking vocal is layered on a groove of urban bass and beats, tropical synths, and ambient guitars.

Hana is also working on two new songs with Daniel Green, co-producer and mix engineer on Coldplay’s most recent album, A Head Full of Dreams. Continue Reading »

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Malaysia: Newspaper Criticised for Piece on Identifying LGBT

An article by a Malaysian newspaper on how to identify LGBT people has sparked outrage on social media, as the country grapples with the growing influence of religious hardliners.

The offending article published last week by top-selling Malay-language daily, Sinar Harian, included a bullet point list giving tips on how to identify gays or lesbians.

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Irish horror film ‘The Cured’ to open in Irish cinemas 20th April

The smart and scary horror film, The Cured, starring Oscar-nominated Ellen Page (Juno, Inception) along with Irish acting talent Sam Keeley (Anthropoid, What Richard Did) and Tom Vaughan-Lawlor (The Infiltrator, Love/Hate) will open in Irish cinemas on Friday 20th April.

The film, which is Irish writer/director, David Freyne’s feature debut, is set in the aftermath Continue Reading »