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Eurovision bars Russian entry

The host nation for the Eurovision Song Contest, Ukraine, has barred the Russian contestant from attending the competition finals later this spring. Julia Samoylova, was chosen to represent Russia with the song Flame is Burning, sang in Crimea in 2015 – a year after Russia siezed the territory from Ukraine. She is one of more than 100 artists blacklisted for […]

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National AIDS Trust highlights slashed services

A series of Freedom of Information requests have exposed a widespread trend of cutting or completely decommissioning HIV support services across England and Wales. In England there was an average cut of 28% in expenditure for HIV support services between 2015/16 and 2016/17. The regional variation in cuts is enormous, with some areas entirely losing support for people living with […]

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Google in a Muddle

It’s been a bad week for Google – who own YouTube. They went through the weekend with a storm of protest about YouTube blocking videos with LGBT content. Things didn’t have to be raunchy or explicit to get caught in the “restricted mode” block. Makeup lessons or a couple reciting their wedding vows were among examples shared across twitter as […]

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Mass Effect: Gaming with sexuality

The latest addition to the Mass Effect computer game series launches today – Mass Effect Andromeda – and it’s got bi, gay and straight characters. It’s a run-around-shooting and click-to-interact game of a style familiar to anyone who has played World of Warcraft, but with a sci-fi rather than swords-and-monsters universe. At the start of the game you pick to […]

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Lammy Shortlist Unveiled

Lambda Literary, the USA’s oldest and largest LGBT+ literary arts organisation, has announced the finalists for the 29th Annual Lambda Literary Awards – or the “Lammys,” as they are often known. The books were chosen from nearly 900 titles released last year, reflecting a hugely vibrant queer press today. The winners will be announced at a gala ceremony on the evening […]

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White Wedding?

The arrival of same-sex marriage for England and Wales opened up marriage to people who had never married before. According to the Office for National Statistics, in 2014, of all individuals marrying a same sex partner 85% were forming their first legally recognised partnership compared with 76% for mixed-sex couples. So of the 5,000 same-sex marriages that year some 4,000 […]

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Fun trailer teases for Atomic Blonde

Charlize Theron stars in Atomic Blonde this summer, a “breakneck action-thriller” that about an MI6 assassin. And she’s bisexual, if the gratuitous trailer didn’t drop you the hint. The top agent of Her Majesty’s Secret Intelligence Service, and definitely not a character created out of frustration at double-oh-seven always being a bloke, Agent Lorraine Broughton (played by Theron) has been […]

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