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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
Ankara’s ban on LGBT events is worse than you think

Ankara’s ban on LGBT events is worse than you think

Society
If the usual path towards social equality is the one that gradually grants more rights to minority groups, some countries (or, like in this case, provinces) still find it difficult to accept. So they do exactly the opposite. In an unsurprising move that follows months of limitations to freedom of expression in the country, Ankara, the Turkish capital, banned all LGBT events from its public spaces, starting from November 18. The governor declared that the decision was made as these events are a “threat to security”, news agencies report. Reactions have been quick as the ruling sparked outrage across the world. https://twitter.com/HRC/status/932350988991725575 Unlike in many other Muslim-majority countries, homosexuality is not illegal in Turkey. However, discrimination and h

Trans Londoners come out against benefits disruptions

Activism, Generation Rent, LGBTI+, News, Politics, UK
We all know how annoying changing your details for your bank, passport, or GP can be. Turns out when you're trans and you change your legal gender, the government delays your benefits. Many people are aware of the hurdles transgender people have to jump socially and medically. A poll by YouGov in 2015 even stated that 20% of Londoners would not support their child if they came out as trans. However, most are unaware of the administrative difficulties trans people can face. Changing the name and gender marker on their passport, bank account and NHS records can be time consuming and expensive. Transgender people have been in the spotlight for a while, especially since high profile celebrities such as comedian and London Mayoral candidate, Eddie Izzard came out. Tristan Jones,...
Chinese LGBT: “We really need a good movie to express ourselves”

Chinese LGBT: “We really need a good movie to express ourselves”

Entertainment, Film & TV
Words: Yujia Yang | Subbing: Bella Dawe Alex Zhang, who studies in London now, is one of Chinese LGBTQ group members. He said: "If we could film a distinguished movie to tell  our society we are who we are from nature, we love, we hate, and we are normal...Chinese LGBT group really need get attention."  He shared more his opinions about Chinese LGBT movies in our interview: In 2015, same-sex marriage became legal in all states of the United States. In 2017, Moonlight won the Academy Award for Best Picture, it can almost be said to is milestone of mankind’s progress. This undoubtedly symbolised the successful result of the persistent efforts of LGBT activist groups. However, in China, the story is different. Although, according to China Daily, Chinese LGBT population has increas
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