Call Me By Your Name dropped from Beijing Film Festival

A Chinese film festival has pulled Call Me By Your Name from its lineup. The award-winning film follows the love story between Elio (Timothée Chalet) and Oliver (Armie Hammer), an American academic who comes to stay at his family’s home in Italy during the summer of 1983.

But despite receiving almost universal critical acclaim, Sony Pictures Entertainment have announced that the film has been withdrawn from the Beijing Film Festival, which runs from 16 to 23 April.

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While both Sony Pictures Entertainment and the festival organiser declined to provide a reason, a person ‘with knowledge of the matter’ said the screening proposal was not approved by regulators, according to Reuters .

“This movie is in deviation from the policy environment in China,” said Wu Jian, a Beijing-based film analyst, adding that the decision was “quite embarrassing” for the country. While homosexuality isn’t illegal in China, it’s still a taboo subject, and LGBTQ people face challenges their heterosexual and cis peers do not.

“There is no clear policy on this issue, so we are always confused,” said Xin Ying, executive director of the Beijing LGBT Centre.Back in 2016, the government-approved China Alliance of […]

Bristol Pride announces its first wave of acts for 2018 festival

Bristol Pride in 2017 (Photo: Bristol Pride) Organizers of Bristol Pride in the UK have announced the first wave of artists and events for this year’s festival.

Bristol Pride has consistently grown in size and stature year on year. The 2018 event will see the festival expanding to a full two weeks of events across the city, in the west of England, to celebrate Pride.

This year’s event is scheduled to run from 2-15 July. The main Pride Day festival will take place on Saturday 14 July on the Bristol Harbourside, with the festival taking place across the Amphitheatre, Waterfront Square, and We The Curious’ Millennium Square. Republica (Photo: Bristol Pride) Acts confirmed to appear include Britpop veterans Republica, fronted by singer Saffron (of Ready to Go and Drop Dead Gorgeous fame), N-Trance front singer Kelly Llorenna (Set Me Free), former X Factor contestant Lloyd Daniels, Laurent John and electro-pop duo Avec Sans. There will also be Pink and Madonna tribute acts.

In addition to the main stage, there will be a dedicated cabaret stage and Dance Performance stage. The Dance Stage at the 2017 Bristol Pride festival (Photo: Neil James Brain) Two weeks of events

Pride Day will start with […]

Beijing film festival pulls Call Me By Your Name over its gay themes

Call Me By Your Name trailer | Photo: SonyPicturesClassics YouTube A Beijing international film festival has pulled Call Me By Your Name by its gay themes.

The Oscar-winning gay romance was scheduled to be shown in its program.

The film’s banning comes as China has been criticized for its censorship of homosexuality in TV and film.

Sony Pictures Entertainment told Reuters the film had been withdrawn from the Beijing International Film Festival set for April.

While no official reason was given, critics believe it is because of the gay themes of the film.

Call Me By Your Name follows a 17-year-old boy and an older student falling in love in Italy.It was pulled after the screening proposal submitted was not ‘approved by regulators’.The film was originally intended to be screened on 16 March.‘This movie is in deviation from the policy environment in China,’ said Wu Jian, a Beijing-based film analyst.He said it was ‘quite embarrassing for China’ that it had been pulled. Beijing film festival censored LGBTI content China has a long history of censoring some, but not all, LGBTI content.A LGBTI conference in the western city of Chengdu was called off in July last year after the venue canceled the booking.And in […]

London is to get a new gay club as number of LGBT venues is halved in a decade

Hungerford House on Victoria Embankment (Picture: Google) A new gay club is to open up in London in a bid to reverse the steady decline of the city’s LGBT nightlife.

The new club will open at Hungerford House, next to Embankment tube station, will hold 750 people and is set to open this spring.

Baby Bull, owner of Circa in Soho, have signed the deal which has been welcomed by many.

Alan Winter, owner and founder of Circa, said in a statement: ‘After working on the London gay scene for over a decade the witnessing its slow decline I am very proud and excited that Circa is here to say that the London LGBTQ+ scene is far from over.

‘We look forward to giving our community a sparkling new space that’s safe, stylish and most importantly fun.’

Circa Soho’s Instagram post suggests the 7000-square-foot club’s name will be Circa The Club.London’s ‘Night Czar’ Amy Lame said: ‘The Mayor and I are clear that LGBT+ venues are fundamental part of London’s vibrant nightlife and culture. It’s official, Circa is evolving and you’re invited! 👏🏼 We’re both ecstatic and proud to announce the news of #CircaTheClub, a new LGBTQ venue situated in Victoria Embankment. Playing host […]

Abortion, LGBT groups join forces to quash Trump’s pro-life UN agenda

March 26, 2018 ( C-Fam ) – The world’s top abortion and LGBT activist groups have joined forces to stop the Trump administration from implementing its international pro-life agenda at the UN women’s conference in New York. It remains to be seen whether the U.S. ambassador to the UN, Nikki Haley, will buckle under the intimidation at this conference, and in the future.

OutRight International and the Global Justice Center targeted Bethany Kozma, a member of the U.S. delegation, who in her private life prior to her appointment to the U.S. Agency for International Development expressed positions on transgenderism which are now identical to the position of the Trump administration.

OutRight has circulated a petition calling for Kozma’s removal, saying she referred to the U.S. as "a pro-life nation." They claim this is inconsistent with U.S. domestic law which allows for abortion on demand. Others have told the Friday Fax that the delegate said instead that the Trump administration is a "pro-life administration" which is true. The administration has taken a pro-life stance in its international relations, as evidenced by the reinstated and expanded Mexico City Policy which bars U.S. funding to foreign pro-abortion advocacy groups.

OutRight’s other complaint is the fact […]

LGBT Stories Podcast: Lorri L. Jean, Soldier of the Movement

When I received the email informing me that Lorri was confirmed to be on "LGBT Stories" I was beyond myself. Here I was, this one man show, creating these stories for the world to hear, wishing someone like Lorri would not only take the time to listen to the show, but be interested in telling their story on the show! Lorri would go on to tell the story of her rise to the top of the glass ceiling and bursting right through it – becoming the CEO of the Los Angeles LGBT Center.

Her story begins in college where she was quite active in politics and moves throughout the many twist and turns she encounters over the following years. At this point in the run of episodes we had, this type of story hadn’t happened. The stories we shared up to this point were all fairly heartbreaking, despite ending lightly. This was the first episode where we heard a voice of true activism. Those of us who know Lorri, or whom have had the pleasure of hearing her deliver a speech to a crowd of people, know that her voice spreads far any wide.

It is a beautiful thing seeing a […]

Former lesbian gang leader watched ‘friends die before eyes’ in all-girl gang

(Pexels) A former gang member has spoken about watching her friends die before her eyes when she was a teenage leader of a violent all-girl crime gang.

Naomi Whittaker, who is now a youth worker helping young people with addiction problems, was first sentenced for grievous bodily harm at the age of fourteen.

Struggling with telling her mum about her sexuality, and with a father who left the house when she was two when suffering from a long-term drug addiction, Whittaker turned to the gang life when she was bullied at school, she told BBC Woman’s Hour.

“I would really know how to humiliate or wind people up,” she said . “My reputation for fighting was well-known. I loved conflict for a long time.”

By the time she was 14, Whittaker had been arrested for actual bodily harm (ABH) and grievous bodily harm (GBH).

“I was savage,” she said.“I’ve seen friends murdered, people injured. Mass brawls. Stabbings. Shoot-outs happening in front of me. “You have people who follow you – you have a crew. You go to any lengths – robbery, kicking in people’s front doors.” As a young gay woman, Whittaker struggled to speak to her mum about her sexuality, as she was […]

Mike Pence’s home town to host its first ever Pride festival

(Getty) The hometown of anti-gay Vice President Mike Pence will host its first ever Pride festival in an effort to distance themselves from the former governor.

Erin Bailey, a high school student, has organised the Columbus Pride Festival in an effort to prove that Mike Pence does not represent all of his hometown.

“I feel it is important for members of the LGBTQ community to know that Columbus is a welcoming and diverse community,” Bailey said to Huff Post .

“Even though Mike Pence is openly anti-gay, that doesn’t mean that all of us in his hometown are.”

The controversial vice president has one of the worst records on LGBT rights of any US leader in history.

Earlier this year Pence took to Twitter to call this record ‘fake news’ , after being criticised by self-titled icon Adam Rippon. (ALEX HALADA/AFP/Getty Images) The event is planned for April 14 and will be the first of its kind to be hosted Columbus, a small city with under 50,000 people.Organiser Erin Bailey, a student of Columbus Signature Academy-New Tech, also said that as well as welcoming LGBT people to Columbus, the event could help distance the liberal-leaning town from the ultra-conservative Veep.The 18-year-old said: “We are […]

Poundland stirs controversy with ‘naughty’ Easter ad campaign

Poundland Poundland’s Easter ad campaign is attracting controversy over its sexual imagery.

The discount chain launched an ad campaign on social media this week for Easter, featuring a bunny and chicks.

They include some cheeky imagery – with one picture featuring the bunny ‘branding’ a chick on the rear end.

Poundland said: “I’ve got a way to make you hot and cross, Bunny.” Another featured a bunny spying on chicks, adding: “Spring in his step, Bunny goes birdwatching.” The posts have attracted a lot of comments – both positive and negative. Some questioned whether the posts were appropriate, while others mocked the “snowflakes” that would be “triggered” by the ads.

Cynics suggested the campaign was a cheap way for the brand to get media exposure.

Poundland appeared to confirm this when it posted a follow-up message today.It featured chick and bunny reading a newspaper with the headline ‘Poundland does it again’, with the caption “I’m afraid side-chick, some of the papers say it’s Bad Hare Day.” The brand previously launched a similar campaign at Christmas. That campaign attracted anger for featuring an elf ‘teabagging’ a doll wearing a ‘Girl Power’ t-shirt. It was eventually banned by the Advertising Standards Authority, which ruled against Poundland’s […]

Theresa May aide Stephen Parkinson urged to resign after ‘outing’ gay whistleblower

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May and Stephen Parkinson (Photo by Leon Neal/Getty Images) A senior aide to Theresa May is facing calls to resign after revealing the sexuality of a whistleblower – who says his family in Pakistan have been put in danger.

Prime Minister Theresa May’s special adviser Stephen Parkinson came under fire over the weekend after he put out a statement via Downing Street revealing the sexuality of former Brexit campaigner Shahmir Sanni, who had come forward to expose alleged irregularities in the Vote Leave campaign.

Mr Sanni, who volunteered for the supposedly-independent BeLeave group, named Mr Parkinson as one of the Vote Leave officials who secretly guided their campaign in violation of electoral rules.

In his official statement released via Downing Street’s press office, Mr Parkinson hit back by revealing that he had been in a relationship with Mr Sanni at the time, claiming he had only provided advice to him as his boyfriend.

Mr Sanni says the public revelation has forced him to come out to his family in Pakistan, where homosexuality is illegal and strongly taboo – and has left his relatives living in fear of their safety. Shahmir Sanni and Stephen Parkinson (Linkedin and YouTube) Mr Parkinson […]