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OPINION: Other Girls Like Me – A Greenham Common Memoir

Stephanie Davies in 1985. Image: Ming de Nasty.

By Stephanie Davies

Stephanie Davies is a writer living in New York, who worked for many years in communications for Médecins Sans Frontières (MSF) and co-edited an LGBT+ magazine in Brighton, UK. Her memoir Other Girls Like Me is out now.

At Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp, I was free to be a tomboy, to love other women, and to commit to activism

When I was 23, I lived for a year at Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp. It was a collection of tents, firepits, and makeshift outdoor kitchens, situated at the many entrances to the massive US military base in Newbury that housed cruise missiles, poised to strike the Soviet Union at any moment. Continue Reading »

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US: Corey Helford Gallery – Mayuka Yamamoto and Erika Sanada

COREY HELFORD GALLERY

October 3 – November 7, 2020
Downtown Los Angeles’ Corey Helford Gallery has announced a two-artist exhibition, featuring new works from Japanese contemporary painter, Mayuka Yamamoto, titled Animal Crossing, and from San Francisco-based sculptor, Erika Sanada, titled Dream State, to open Saturday, October 3, in Gallery 3.
Yamamoto is widely recognised as one of Japan’s leading second-generation contemporary artists, whose works depict children sporting animal features and enigmatic expressions. The artist’s oil paintings often appear reticent and introspective. The emotions of the child characters in Yamamoto’s works, or “animal boys” as she often calls them, are meant to be a mystery to the viewer. They exude an aura of otherworldly calm and demeanor, that belies their true emotional and psychological states, juxtaposed against subtle settings painted in soft, muted colour tones.

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US: LGBT+ TikTok users fear losing ‘safe space’ with Trump ban

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US LGBT+ TikTok users said on Friday they feared losing a popular community platform, and valued “safe space”, after the Trump administration announced it would stop Americans from downloading the Chinese-owned video-sharing app.

The order, which takes effect today, only bans new downloads of the app, but TikTok said another restriction, due to kick in on November 12, would amount to an effective ban affecting existing users. Continue Reading »

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Triskel Cork: ‘Numb’ – Solo Exhibition by Stephen Doyle

Numb – Solo Exhibition by Stephen Doyle

Curated by Miguel Amado

Venue: Triskel Arts Centre, Cork

Date: 18th September – 15th November

Time: 12noon

Stephen Doyle is a Cork-based artist exploring issues of queer identity through the relationship between figuration and the politics of representation. Continue Reading »

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Film Review & Trailer: Bill & Ted Face the Music

Review by Frances Winston

Directed by: Dean Parisot Starring: Keanu Reeves, Alex Winter, Kristen Schaal, Samara Weaving, Brigette Lundy-Paine, Anthony Carrigan, Erinn Hayes, Jayma Mays, Holland Taylor, Kid Cudi, William Sadler, Jillian Bell

In Cinemas September 16th!

Nearly thirty years after their last big screen outing, the most bodacious duo in cinematic history are back. Keanu Reeves and Alex Winter reprise their roles as the wannabe rock stars, who believe that their music can change the world. Or, in the case of this movie, save reality and the very fabric of time and space. Continue Reading »

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BeLonG To/Focus Ireland report: ‘A Qualitative Study of LGBTQI+ Youth Homelessness in Ireland.’

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“It was horrible, it was terrible, I felt like nothing.” 

This is the response from one LGBTI+ young person, when asked about what it felt like to experience homelessness.

In partnership with Focus Ireland, BeLonG To have now launched a report: ‘A Qualitative Study of LGBTQI+ Youth Homelessness in Ireland.’ Continue Reading »

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US: Nearly 1 million same-sex couple households in 2019 – Census Bureau

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(Reuters) – The number of same-sex married and unmarried couple households in the United States reached nearly 1 million in 2019, according to a US Census Bureau survey that broke out the statistic for the first time.

Married couples made up most (58%) of the 980,000 same-sex couple households, while 42% were identified as unmarried partner households, according to the Census Bureau’s American Community Survey, released on Thursday. Continue Reading »

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Hong Kong: Court refuses to recognise overseas same-sex marriages

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A Hong Kong court refused on Friday to recognise same-sex marriages conducted abroad, dealing a blow to the city’s LGBT+ community, in a case brought by a gay local councillor who got married in New York.

Same-sex unions are illegal in the semi-autonomous Chinese city, but gay couples have won small recognitions in some spousal benefits, such as visas and housing, in recent years, as a result of a series of legal challenges. Continue Reading »

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EP demands EU action over Poland LGBT+ rights breaches

The European Parliament on Thursday condemned Poland for rolling back LGBT+ rights, and demanded that the European Union take action against the country’s nationalist government, including potentially denying it funding from the bloc.

The Parliament voted by a large majority to adopt a resolution on human rights in the country, where municipalities have set up so-called ‘LGBT-free’ zones. Continue Reading »

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Australia: Murray backs calls to remove Margaret Court’s name from arena

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(Reuters) – Andy Murray thinks the Australian Open should consider removing Margaret Court’s name from the arena at Melbourne Park, as he says the multiple Grand Slam champion’s values are at odds with what tennis stands for.

The 78-year-old Court, who holds the all-time record of 24 major singles titles, has been heavily criticised for voicing her religious-based opposition to same-sex marriage and transgender athletes. Continue Reading »