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Tributes have been paid to the punk rock icon Pete Shelley

Tributes have been paid to the punk rock icon Pete Shelley

Arts, Entertainment, Music
Tributes to the punk rock icon Pete Shelley have been paid by fellow band members and artists such as Peter Hook, of Joy Division and New Order, Green Day, Duran Duran, Mike Mills, Edgar Wright and more, as well as by the Buzzcocks fans. https://twitter.com/Buzzcocks/status/1070790420026744832 https://twitter.com/edgarwright/status/1070835324258004992 The lead singer and guitarist of English punk rock band Buzzcocks, Peter Cambell McNeish, known as Pete Shelley, died on Thursday from a suspected heart attack, at age 63. The artist died in Tallinn, Estonia, where he lived since 2012. https://twitter.com/peterhook/status/1070805294240808960 https://twitter.com/regularmusicuk/status/1071003105444200449 https://twitter.com/prodnose/status/1070839721314697216 Buzzcocks are ...
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,...
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