NEWS: Italian lesbian rights organisation called out for its transphobic views

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Jane Fae explores the tragic transphobia faced by Ciro Migliore in the Italian press and LGBTQI community BY JANE FAE Transphobia comes in many guises. Today it may take the form of violence against any identity that fails to fit cishet norms. Tomorrow, it will be newspapers misreporting, misgendering. Perhaps hardest to swallow is the bigotry [….]

NEWS: Olympian Nicola Adams to star as one half of Strictly’s first same-sex couple

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A ground-breaking step for LGBTQI representation on our screens for this year’s Strictly Come Dancing BY DIVA STAFF The former boxer and Olympic gold medallist Nicola Adams will appear in this year’s Strictly Come Dancing, alongside other stars such as Clara Amfo, Ranvir Singh, and Max George. In a series first, Nicola Adams will compete [….]

NEWS: Petition launched to stop the prosecution of film-maker Agnieszka Holland

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Agnieszka Holland is facing legal action for speaking out against far-right policies in Poland BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS As one of the most high-profile defenders of human rights in Poland today, Agnieszka Holland is being targeted by international law-firm Ordo Iuris.  Agnieszka Holland is an Oscar-nominated free-thinking and forward-looking film-maker who has protested against the persecution [….]

Mantis partner with Brand Advance to combat keyword prejudice affecting LGBTQI and BAME publications

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A big step forward for equality in publishing as words such as “queer” and “lesbian” won’t immediately be deemed unsuitable  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS As of last week, Brand Advance Media Network announced that it would be using Mantis, powered by IBM Watson, to determine safe advertising opportunities for brands targeting minority groups.  The new and [….]

CELEB: Supergirl and Grey’s Anatomy star Chyler Leigh opens up about her sexuality

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The TV star thanked the queer community for their “outpouring of love and support” since her coming out  BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS You might know Chyler Leigh best for her roles playing Lexie in Grey’s Anatomy or currently as Alex in the CW series, Supergirl.  The actor recently came out in a heart-warming blog post that [….]

NEWS: Iris Prize 2020 will be held online for free

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Iris Prize is one of many events in the LGBTQI calendar turning digital this year BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Today the organisers of Iris Prize LGBT+ Film Festival have announced that the 14th edition of the Cardiff based film festival will be held online this October. But it’s not necessarily a bad thing – it means [….]

CELEB: Halsey opens up about her white-passing privilege

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“Nobody is gonna kill me based on my skin colour” BY SOPHIE GRIFFITHS Over the past week, Halsey has been one of many celebrities who have been out on the streets, protesting and demanding justice for the police brutality against Black people in the USA.  In amongst medicating protestors and fighting for justice, Halsey took [….]