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Alan Turing’s persecution & on-going UK homophobia

Alan Turing’s persecution & on-going UK homophobia Peter Tatchell writes:   Homophobia is still with us 60 years after the death of Alan Turing. To combat it, education against all prejudice should be a mandatory subject in every school. Movies rarely make me cry but I cried when I watched The Imitation Game. Released today, it stars Benedict Cumberbatch ... [Read more]

The Circle (Der Kreis)

The Circle (Der Kreis) Winner of the Teddy and Audience Awards at the 2014 Berlin Film Festival, and the Swiss entry for the Best Foreign Language Film at the 87th Academy Awards, THE CIRCLE captures an extraordinary romance set against the backdrop of Switzerland’s thriving post World War 11 underground gay movement ... [Read more]

Video – Ballet Boys

Video – Ballet Boys Kenneth Elvebakk’s inspiring documentary introduces us to three very different young friends who are all passionate about ballet. As they near the end of high school, they must decide whether they have the skill and commitment to make a career in dance. Their hearts are laid bare as we follow the ... [Read more]

Video: The Gays – The family that gays together, stays together

Video: The Gays – The family that gays together, stays together Rod Gay and Bob Gay-Paris are the streetwise gay mentors you never had. Come revel in the raunchy wisdom they pass along to their two gay sons. Wouldn’t it be great if your parents taught you how to hold your own in a fag-eat-fag world? Rod Gay and Bob Gay-Paris are the streetwise gay mentors you ... [Read more]

Wonderkid

Wonderkid Recently, there has been a great deal of publicity about gays in sport and the general opinion was that the public’s perception of this subject was becoming a little more positive. One of the few sports that haven’t got a leading out gay figure is football, and in some ways, it is getting harder ... [Read more]

Gaywise FESTival

Gaywise FESTival On the 10th November the UK’s premier festival for LGBTQI culture returns to venues across London for its seventh year running with a world-class programme of film, dance, art and performance, this year responding to the festival theme of Myths and Mythology. GFEST - Gaywise FESTival® was founded ... [Read more]

BFI London Film Festival.

BFI London Film Festival. The 58th LFF will run between Wednesday 8th October – Sunday 19th October and this year will have a particularly strong focus in the programme on films with LGBT relevance. This focus covers everything from historical biopics detailing the repressive ‘gross indecency’ laws and the events leading ... [Read more]

Bollywood Music Video for Gay Rights Exceeds One Million Views

Bollywood Music Video for Gay Rights Exceeds One Million Views A Bollywood-inspired United Nations music video with a message of gay acceptance has rapidly become one of the most watched UN videos of all time. “The Welcome”, released on 30 April 2014 as part of the UN’s ongoing Free & Equal campaign, has been watched by more than a million people on the ... [Read more]

It’s in the Cannes    by  Jonathan Dahl.

It’s in the Cannes by Jonathan Dahl. Being an actor isn't as glamorous as the end result may appear. We have to cope with all the stresses that come with performing in front of an audience or the camera. “What kind of stresses?” I hear some of you say. “After all you’re not working 10 hours down the pit or facing the Taliban ... [Read more]

GMFA: It’s time for Young Gay Men to ‘Think Again’ about HIV

GMFA: It’s time for Young Gay Men to ‘Think Again’ about HIV In response to the increasing number of HIV infections amongst gay men in their teens and twenties, GMFA has launched a new campaign focused on raising awareness of HIV. The campaign invites young gay men to start thinking again about their sexual health and reconsider some of the things they think they ... [Read more]

Interview – Seek and Find

Interview – Seek and Find  Eric Henry’s debut film, Seek, centres on Evan, a young, gay newspaper writer who attempts to shake off a lost love by taking on an assignment profiling Hunter, an alluring gay club promoter.   Around the guys are a host of other twenty-something urbanites, all longing for the same thing – approval ... [Read more]

Gay British secret agent Jayson Bend to open Iris Festival

Gay British secret agent Jayson Bend to open Iris Festival Organisers of the Iris Prize, Cardiff’s International gay and lesbian short film prize supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation have announced plans to celebrate everything British as part of the 2014 festival. During a busy launch reception at the BFI in London, Festival Chair, Andrew Pierce ... [Read more]

Film – Next Goal Wins

Film – Next Goal Wins No super-star players, no money, the worst defeat in international football and the world’s first professional transgender player. What’s not to like about American Samoa’s bid for this year’s World Cup. NEXT GOAL WINS is an inspirational story about the power of hope in the face of seemingly ... [Read more]

Boxing Short

Boxing Short This is how all boxing weigh in’s should be… tender, emotional, sexy and loving. So, just in time to battle discrimination at the Winter Olympics in Sochi, the Perez Bros present their new short film entitled, The Weigh In (2014). Inspired by their film production work in the US with Showtime ... [Read more]

Querelle – DVD reissue

Querelle – DVD reissue Adapted from Jean Genet's infamous, ground-breaking novel, Querelle of Brest, the final film of celebrated director Rainer Werner Fassbinder's career is a striking, surreal and utterly unique tale of sex and murder that has gone on to become a cult classic. Querelle (Brad Davis) is a sailor on ... [Read more]

SEEK… AND YOU MIGHT FIND

SEEK… AND YOU MIGHT FIND A new film from Canada, Seek,  is about a mistake many of us make everyday when we allow our hopeful view of the future to cloud our vision of the real beauty in front of us right now. The film centers on Evan, a shy, budding young writer who attempts to shake off the torment of lost love while ... [Read more]

VIRAL ANTI-GAY LAWS VIDEO GOES GLOBAL

VIRAL ANTI-GAY LAWS VIDEO GOES GLOBAL #LoveAlwaysWins, a two minute video was launched by All Out this week. The video explores what the 2014 Olympic Games could be like for gay and lesbian Olympians during the 2014 Winter Games in Sochi, Russia under Russia’s anti-gay “propaganda” laws. More than 250,000 people have viewed the ... [Read more]

Rugby stars claim many gay players live a lie

Rugby stars claim many gay players live a lie Gareth Thomas and James Haskell discuss homosexuality in sport and the Hollywood movie of the Welsh legend’s life story The first openly gay international rugby player, Gareth Thomas, joins current England international James Haskell in claiming many professionals in the sport hide their homosexuality ... [Read more]

Merlin in a box

Merlin in a box In a land of myth and a time of magic… the destiny of a great kingdom rests on the shoulders of a young man. His name… Merlin. Swords, Sorcery and swashbuckling adventure rule in the hit BBC series, Merlin. The Complete Collection brings together all five series on DVD, as we follow the young ... [Read more]

Derek Jarman: Pandemonium

Derek Jarman: Pandemonium Thursday 23 January - Sunday 9 March 2014 Inigo Rooms, Somerset House East Wing, Strand WC2R 2LS Derek Jarman: Pandemonium is an exhibition presented by King’s Cultural Institute to mark the 20th anniversary of Jarman’s death from an HIV-related illness in February 1994. A student of humanities ... [Read more]

Benedict Cumberbatch’s Little Favour

Benedict Cumberbatch’s Little Favour Recently, on Graham Norton’s BBC chat show, guest Benedict Cumberbatch had to confess that at that particular moment he had no idea how many projects he was appearing in would be released or when. As the man ‘in demand’ he has several stage and movie commitments plus TV programmes already in ... [Read more]

Iris – Cardiff’s LGBT Film Festival

Iris – Cardiff’s LGBT Film Festival Organisers of the 2013 Iris Prize Festival, which opens on Wednesday 9th  October, have confirmed that filmmakers from India, USA, Netherlands, Ireland, Australia, Norway and Germany are among the guests who will be attending the 5 day LGBT film festival in Cardiff. They open with a preview screening ... [Read more]

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