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Folau starts crowdfunding campaign to fight sacking

Rugby Union – England v Australia – Twickenham Stadium, London, November 24, 2018 – Australia’s Israel Folau runs in to score their first try – Image: REUTERS/Toby Melville/File Photo

(Reuters) – Sacked Australia fullback, Israel Folau, has launched a crowd-funding campaign, seeking A$3 million (£1.6 million) to help fund his legal action against Rugby Australia and the New South Wales Waratahs, as he fights his termination in court.

Folau, who was sacked last month for an offensive social media post, had already raised A$240,000 from more than 2,500 people within 12 hours of his campaign going live on crowd-funding website Gofundme.com early on Friday.

The fundamentalist Christian was found guilty of a “high-level breach” of Rugby Australia’s code of conduct after he posted on social media that hell awaits “drunks, homosexuals, adulterers” and other groups. Continue Reading »

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Thousands march in Romanian capital’s pride parade

Supporters and activists of the LGBT at Bucharest Pride 2019, June 22 2019 – Image: Inquam Photos/Octav Ganea via REUTERS

(Reuters) – Thousands of people joined a LGBT pride march in Bucharest on Saturday, nearly a year after Romania held a failed referendum to ban same sex marriage.

Socially conservative Romania, which decriminalised homosexuality in 2001, decades after its neighbours, bars marriage and civil partnerships for same sex couples.

On Saturday, roughly 10,000 people braved rain showers and marched the length of Bucharest’s iconic Calea Victoriei, dancing and waving rainbow flags. Organisers said the march was larger than last year’s pride parade. Continue Reading »

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US: Psychoanalysts apologise for past labelling of homosexuality as illness

(Reuters) – The American Psychoanalytic Association (APsaA) apologised on Friday for previously treating homosexuality as a mental illness, saying its past errors contributed to discrimination and trauma for LGBTQ people.

It may be the first US medical or mental health organisation to issue such an apology. Although psychiatrists declassified homosexuality as a disorder in 1973, and psychoanalysts came around nearly 20 years later, the APsaA says it is unaware of any related professional group that had apologised. Continue Reading »

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Mexico: With gay couple as stars, telenovela set to make history

Members of the LGBT community carry a rainbow flag during a march in support of gay marriage, sexual and gender diversity in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, June 10 2018 – Image: REUTERS/Jose Luis Gonzalez

A Mexican soap opera that debuts on Sunday is set to make television history as the country’s first telenovela to feature a gay couple as the leading characters.

“Juntos, El Corazon Nunca se Equivoca” (Together, the Heart is Never Wrong) from Mexican network Televisa centers on two teenagers who move to Mexico City to attend a university.

The couple – Aristoteles (Emilio Osorio) and Cuahutemoc or ‘Temo’ (Joaquin Bondoni) – first appeared on the Mexican soap “Mi Marido Tiene Mas Familia” (My Husband Has More Family), which ran from 2017 until February this year. Continue Reading »

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Georgia’s first LGBT+ pride march called off – hundreds injured

Protesters hold police shields during a rally against a Russian lawmaker’s visit near the parliament building in Tbilisi, Georgia June 21, 2019 – Image: REUTERS/Irakli Gedenidze

Organisers of Georgia’s first LGBT+ pride march called off the event at the eleventh hour on Friday, after a wave of political unrest in Tbilisi that left hundreds of people injured.

LGBT+ Georgians had been planning to go ahead with a rally in the capital despite threats from extreme right-wing groups and fierce opposition from the influential Orthodox Church.

They postponed the march after police used tear gas and fired rubber bullets to stop crowds angered by the visit of a Russian lawmaker from storming the parliament building. Continue Reading »

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Seminal Gay Sitcom ‘Old Dogs & New Tricks’ Now on Prime Video

Award-winning digital gay sitcom, Old Dogs & New Tricks, has joined the ever-growing library of independent LGBTQ productions on the premiere streaming service, Prime Video.

All four seasons are now available to stream and purchase in the US and UK on Prime Video’s TV platform, and at www.amazon.com/v/odnttheseries 

Leon Acord (who created and wrote the series), Curt Bonnem, Jeffrey Patrick Olson, and David Pevsner star, as four middle-aged gay best buds, stumbling through romantic melodramas and professional blunders in youth-obsessed West Hollywood. Continue Reading »

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Film Review & Trailer: Toy Story 4

Frances Winston reviews Toy Story 4, and finds it a surprisingly fresh addition to the Toy Story franchise

Directed by: Josh Cooley – Starring the voices of: Tom Hanks, Tim Allen, Annie Potts, Tony Hale, Keegan-Michael Key, Jordan Peele, Madeleine McGraw, Christina Hendricks, Keanu Reeves, Ally Maki, Jay Hernandez, Lori Alan, Joan Cusack

It’s hard to believe that it is nearly a quarter of a century since we met the characters of Woody and Buzz Lightyear, in the first Toy Story movie. Although it is quite common now, at the time it was the first animated feature created by CGI. Aside from the technological breakthroughs it heralded, the movie really captured the zeitgeist, appealing to both young and old alike, who loved the idea that toys came to life when their child – in this case a boy named Andy – wasn’t looking. Continue Reading »