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Film Review: Pride

The film ‘Pride’ is set against the backdrop of the miners’ strike during the Thatcher era in the 1980’s. It is a light- hearted comedy that manages to give an uplifting sense of solidarity between the miners on strike and the LGBT community. The film opens with the ‘Solidarity Forever’ anthem and this message is echoed throughout the film. Despite the easy-going humour it doesn’t take away from the serious issues surrounding the miners’ struggle nor the attacks facing LGBT people at the time. It was directed by Matthew Warchus and written by Stephen Beresford. The film …

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Invisible People: LGBT Lithuanians To ‘Come Out’ En Masse In Defiance of Anti-Gay Laws

On December 12th 2013, Kristina Kunsteinaite (pictured above) will become the first LGBT Lithuanian woman to ‘come out’ via You Tube.  With her Invisible People project, she reminds LGBT Lithuanians that it is not they who are perverse, but the social stigma against them – a stigma which demands a life lived in conflict, exile or the shadows.  This remarkable story demands our attention, and our support. The Plight of LGBT Lithuanians Lithuania sits North of Poland, south of its Baltic cousins Estonia and Latvia, and has a population of 3.3m people.  Since declaring independence from the USSR in 1990, …

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Reproductive rights report – postponed by Dark Ages MEPs

Arriving outside the European Parliament in Strasbourg on a mild autumn Monday afternoon, Members of Parliament (MEPs), were confronted with a group of protestors of a particular kind. Reactionary “Pro- Life” and “Anti LGBT Rights” activists had gathered to protest against a report on “Sexual and Reproductive Health Rights”, scheduled to be voted on Tuesday which, according to these “anti-choice” campaigners, “reads like a horror novel crowned with 12 EU stars.” Paul Murphy MEP reports from Strasbourg: The real horror novel unfolded in the chamber unfortunately as the European Conservatives and Reformists proposed a procedural …

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Can society be rid of anti-gay prejudice?

After decades and more of courageous and determined campaigning by sections of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community, same-sex civil partnership and marriage are being won in one Western European country after another. It lends legitimacy to the natural optimism that acceptance of gay sexuality is on an exponential upward curve. Perhaps something undreamed of by nineteenth and twentieth century apologists, who argued heads bowed for society’s tolerance of the ‘affliction’ of homosexuality, could actually come to pass, that people could have the freedom to choose their intimate relationships and family arrangements free …

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