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Cameroon: Prison for trans women is extended


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Mildred Loic, aka Shakiro, image obtained March 24, 2021 – Shakiro237/Facebook/via REUTERS

(Reuters) – Two transgender women facing charges of “attempted homosexuality”, in a high profile case in Cameroon, will spend more than two months behind bars without trial, after a judge postponed their hearing again on Monday.

Shakiro, a local media celebrity and cosmetician, with 100,000 followers on Facebook, was arrested, along with Patricia, on February 8, for wearing women’s clothes while eating in a restaurant. Continue Reading »

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Netflix: Shadow and Bone – Irish Actor Danielle Galligan

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Based on Leigh Bardugo’s worldwide bestselling Grishaverse novels, Shadow and Bone finds us in a war-torn world where lowly soldier and orphan Alina Starkov has just unleashed an extraordinary power that could be the key to setting her country free.

With the monstrous threat of the Shadow Fold looming, Alina is torn from everything she knows to train as part of an elite army of magical soldiers known as Grisha. But as she struggles to hone her power, she finds that allies and enemies can be one and the same and that nothing in this lavish world is what it seems. There are dangerous forces at play, including a crew of charismatic criminals, and it will take more than magic to survive. Continue Reading »

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IDGTF 2021: Bursaries for LGBTQ+ writers

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The International Dublin Gay Theatre Festival comes of age in 2021. They want to celebrate their 18th birthday, but as they have no stages available during the pandemic, the much anticipated festival cannot go on. However, they are determined to continue to support artists and LGBTQ+ theatre at this challenging time. Thanks to the Arts Council and generous donors, who continue to reach out to them, they are excited to renew the very successful 2020 Bursary opportunities, to mark their coming-of-age year. They are delighted to announce a new opportunity for you to get writing (and acting) again! 

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Film Review & Trailer: Godzilla vs Kong

Directed by: Adam Wingard Starring: Alexander Skarsgård, Millie Bobby Brown, Rebecca Hall, Brian Tyree Henry, Shun Oguri, Eiza González, Julian Dennison, Kyle Chandler, Demián Bichir

Available to purchase for viewing on premium digital services from March 31st

So the first of the year’s blockbusters has arrived, and instead of settling down to watch it on an IMAX screen with a large popcorn and soft drink, you will have to access it in your living room, possibly wearing your pyjamas and drinking yet more tea, following yet another Zoom meeting. CoronoaVirus is the gift that keeps on giving! (If you’re reading this from one of the few places where cinemas are open at the moment I hope you appreciate how lucky you are!) In fact, this was originally slated for a November 2020 release date, but our aforementioned virus friend meant it was bumped until now. Continue Reading »

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2021 Golden Fleece Award Winners Announced

Winners of the annual Golden Fleece Award have been announced in a brand new sleek virtual video presentation, profiling the winning artists and their work. A record 229 eligible applications were received for the Award this year, with 175 Visual Art entries and 54 Craft + Applied Art submissions. The quality of this year’s applications was outstanding, and they are a real tribute to the professionalism of the creative sector.

Each of the six winning artists will receive Ten Thousand Euro, as the Golden Fleece Trust raised a special €60,000 fund this year – the largest in its history – in response to the challenges faced by the creative sector, in the wake of COVID-19. The individual Awards were presented in two categories: Visual Art and Craft + Applied Art. Continue Reading »

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Global same-sex marriage 20 years after Dutch first

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[20 years ago yesterday] one lesbian couple and three gay couples tied the knot in Amsterdam’s city hall,  making history, as the Netherlands became the first country to allow same-sex marriage, a step since followed by nearly 30 other nations.

During the two decades since the law took effect, thousands of gay and lesbian couples have wed in the Netherlands – representing 1.7% of all marriages, according to the national statistics bureau. Continue Reading »

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Dutch couples mark 20th anniversary of first same-sex marriages

(Reuters) – Twenty years ago, Dutch couple Gert Kasteel and Dolf Pasker made history when they tied the knot in the world’s first legally-recognised same-sex wedding in the Netherlands.

They were among four gay couples – three male and one female – to be married shortly after midnight by the mayor of Amsterdam on April 1, 2001.

[Today] Thursday, they celebrated their 20th anniversaries in small groups, or at home, due to COVID-19 social distancing rules that prevented large gatherings. Continue Reading »

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Music Video: I’m Gay – Micky Shiloah

Indie artist and multi-hyphenate, Micky Shiloah, releases the feel-good single and music video for ‘I’m Gay’ – a pop anthem about celebrating who you are, wherever you are on that journey.    

Micky Shiloah’s new track takes music lovers on a pop journey, as he bursts out of his comfort zone to inspire others. His latest project, ‘I’m Gay’, is more than just an entertainment anthem. He craftily chronicles his experiences in the catchy track that explores the balancing act of finding one’s identity in both straight and queer spaces.  Continue Reading »

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England rugby proposes trans women height/weight limits

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The body that runs English rugby union outlined plans on Wednesday to limit the height and weight of transgender players in the women’s game, amid a global furore over fair play in competitive sport.

Trans women who are taller than 170cm, weigh more than 90kg, or both, may have to undergo an assessment to decide if they pose a safety risk to other women players, or have a ‘material performance advantage’, according to the draft policy. Continue Reading »

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US: Celebrities defend trans rights

Hundreds of celebrities joined advocacy groups in an open letter on Wednesday in support of transgender rights, criticising a raft of US states that want to bar young, trans Americans from playing school sports or getting medical help.

The signatories – from feminist Gloria Steinem and Vogue editor-in-chief Anna Wintour, to actor Regina King and singer Selena Gomez – called for an end to the “long history of assaults” against trans women and girls. Continue Reading »