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Thank You For The Rainbows

Gilbert Baker, creator of the rainbow flag as an LGBT symbol, died yesterday. He was 65. The flag as invented in 1978 had 8 colours: this was reduced to six when the cost of the fabric in the pink stripe became too expensive, and then indigo was lost as a balancing change so that when the flag was hung from […]

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Leicester Pride in Limbo

Leicester’s annual LGBT Pride festival might be cancelled this year, according to reports in the local paper, the Leicester Mercury. The event can attract up to 10,000 people with a couple of thousand taking part in the parade. However the mix of donors and sponsors changes each year and the team are some £10,000 behind on their fundraising target already. […]

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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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