You will probably remember that queer punk duo PWR BTTM made headlines earlier this year amid several claims of abuse allegedly carried out by their front person, Ben Hopkins.
Why Disney’s “exclusively gay moment” may not be all that great.
Spotlight on Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants.
The charity Pink Saltire recently released three short films to raise the general understanding of gender identity issues, as well as encouraging the fight against homophobic, transphobic and biphobic bullying. We briefly reviewed the shorts, and encourages its readers to take the time to watch and share them.
In association with Radical Film Network Festival 2016
The SQIFF ‘Queers at the Movies’ discussion night held at the CCA opened up many conversations about queer film-making, queer film exhibition and being a queer audience member. The discussion was open to all, and the audience included SQIFF organisers, filmmakers and people from off the street. This offered multiple perspectives and ideas on many different issues.
For the past nine months, qmunicate has been following the efforts of campaigners from ‘ Time for Inclusive Education’ (TIE), as they’ve lobbied the Scottish government to make LGBTQ+ inclusive education compulsory in schools in order to combat bullying. In January, the Scottish Parliament rejected the petition put forward by the campaigners. Far from being discouraged however, TIE have now launched a national crowdfunder appeal to raise money to send teachers on training courses that will allow them to tackle homophobia within their schools. Jessica Shenton met with Jordan Daly, co-founder of TIE, to discuss mental health in the LGBTQ+ community, why the government needs to do more, and what it’s like to be a young activist.
The Oscars are the epitome of classic tinseltown glamour, having initially begun in 1929 at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel to an audience of around 250 people. There’s no doubt then that these awards have always radiated prestige, but with big budget film-making comes exclusivity. For the second year in a row, Academy nominations have been thoroughly whitewashed. Actors such as Idris Elba (Beasts of No Nation) and Michael B. Jordan (Creed) have been snubbed, and so have Mya Taylor and Kitana Kiki Rodriquez – two transgender actresses who starred in Tangerine. Although Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara are nominated for their performance in Carol, the film itself has been ignored from the Best Director and Picture list.