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Dystopian futures, 60s music legends and hunting terrorists: The TriForce Film Festival 2018 opens today

Dystopian futures, 60s music legends and hunting terrorists: The TriForce Film Festival 2018 opens today

Entertainment, Film & TV, LGBTI+, Religion
TriForce Creative Network encourages diversity and inclusion in filmmaking and are running workshops helping filmmakers with funding, shooting and making connections within the industry. The festival kicks off today at 11.00am and will last over 12 hours, with a range of workshops and seminars led by industry professionals to help emerging filmmakers develop their skills. Throughout the day there will be screenings of the 16 shortlisted films, with an evening gala at the end of the event to announce the winners. The festival celebrates films that have been created by a diverse group of people, with many of them starring people from minority groups. Among the many topics being explored at the festival are the struggles LGBT people of colour face with their religious beliefs, s...
The plague of the 21st Century: Looking back at the fight against AIDS

The plague of the 21st Century: Looking back at the fight against AIDS

Activism, Featured, Health, Investigations, LGBTI+, Specials
It's been 30 years since the first World's AIDS Day. Since then, there have been medical advancements and education available about AIDS and HIV that have changed its perception. Before, HIV was to receive a death sentence.The medical world was mystified by a mysterious illness killing mostly gay men. Rock Hudson, Freddie Mercury, and rapper Eazy-E (who was straight) are just a few of the famous people that lost their battle to the deadly virus. In honour of World AIDS Day, we will compare the progression of AIDS between now and back in the 1980s. Medical Advancement Today, there are an abundance of treatments available to manage and prevent the virus. The treatment used are antiretrovirals (ARV) on a daily basis. These had been researched since 1983 but were introduced in
Changes must happen at all levels – Minorities’ representation in the entertainment industry

Changes must happen at all levels – Minorities’ representation in the entertainment industry

Entertainment, LGBTI+
On September 26thGLAAD released the latest “Where We are on TV” report, which tracks LGBT representation in the entertainment industry. This year’s findings were particularly outstanding. According to GLAAD, 8.8% of the upcoming characters for season 2018-2019 are going to be LGBT, with an increase of the 2.4% and Netflix was the streaming platform with the highest number of LGBT appearances. Also, this year, across broadcast, cable and streaming platforms, there are “26 regular and recurring transgender characters.” This seems to be a good sign that the industry is shifting to a more inclusive representation system. An interesting opinion on the topic of representation – of any kind – in the entertainment media was given by Osman Baig, during the Q&A after his new play Fake News
“Sometimes you get attacked also as a gay person” -Caester

“Sometimes you get attacked also as a gay person” -Caester

Activism, LGBTI+, Radio
Words: Fatima Nasir | Subbing: Bella Dawe An increasing number of individuals from the LGBT community have been applying for asylum in the United Kingdom in recent years. Two thirds of the claims submitted in 2017 were rejected with only 26.08% being successful but these statistics don't stop people in desperate need for protection against the homophobic laws and societies of their home countries making applications. The U.K. is a hotspot for the escapees due to its diversity and acceptance of people from all walks of life. There are still 80 countries worldwide where persecution by the law is possible due to one's gender identity and sexual preference or orientation. Anal sex, whether between two male partners or male and female partner is illegal in Trinidad and Tobago. The bigo...
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