No lesbians are killed in new drama!!

Hi!!

Sick to death (literally) of TV’s dead lesbian syndrome (DLS)? We know we are. So we’re proud and excited to announce that we are 100% behind the upcoming web series Different For Girls, which promises, not quite tongue-in-cheek, that “no lesbian will be killed or harmed during it’s making.”

Different for girlsThe crowdfunded project is the work of BAFTA award-winning producer Jacquie Lawrence, who means to offer a much-needed corrective to DLS. “The numbers are horrific. Seriously,” she says.

“What started off as a mild irritation has become an epidemic. The reaction to Kate’s death in Last Tango In Halifax was amusing for the press, but the fallout over Lexa’s death in The 100 has managed to put the ‘syndrome’ in perspective: disposing of lesbian characters so regularly has an acute effect on young lesbians and their self-esteem.”

Different For Girls is an adaptation of Lawrence’s fiction novel of the same name – first published as an e-book in 2014, and then as a paperback in 2015. The drama series will feature a group of lesbian and bisexual women based in Chiswick – the ‘real lesbian housewives of West London’, if you will – women “whose lives and loves revolve around children, marriage, betrayal and divorce. That’s not to say that there isn’t room for drink, drugs, sex and dancing; there is. Just not in front of their wives and children”.

Author Jacquie Lawrence:
Jacquie Lawrence

DIFFERENT FOR GIRLS is a web drama series featuring a group of lesbian and bisexual women whose lives and loves revolve around children, marriage, betrayal and divorce. That is not to say that there isn’t room for drink, drugs, sex and dancing. There is. Just not in front of their wives and children. Set in Chiswick, these women are the real lesbian housewives of West London!

Heather PeaceWe have cast from the most talented lesbian, gay, bi and trans actresses and actors out there. There are many lesbians who have not been able to play on-screen lesbians. Usually lesbians have been played by straight women and whilst there have been some brilliant performances, we want to redress this imbalance and we want to cast and crew a more diverse range of talented people from the LBGQT and BAME communities.

Rachel ShelleyThe cast is slated to feature the likes of Rachel Shelley (The L Word), Sophie Ward (Land Girls, Doctors), Heather Peace (Lip Service), Janet Ellis (Doctor Who), Amy Lamé (RuPaul’s Drag Race, Loose Women) and Nimmy March (Wallander, Thin Ice) among others, should it reach its crowdfunded target of £50,000.

And you, dear reader, can help make this happen – while earning some exciting perks in the process. Incentives for donors – who can gift anything from £5 to £1000 – include everything from signed photos and t-shirts to a walk-on part (ooh!) and an invitation to the wrap party.

“It’s easy to be glib about DLS but in reality the constant ‘disposal’ of lesbian characters has an acute impact on younger viewers who are struggling with their sexuality,” Jacquie says. “There have been 12 lesbians killed off in 2016 so far. That may seem like a small number but given that in 2015, there were only 35 lesbian characters on primetime television in the US and the UK you can understand the fallout.

“The Trevor Project, which saves the lives of literally thousands of LBGQT teens every year, said that the deaths of popular characters like Lexa in The 100 and Dr. Denise Cloyd in The Walking Dead put their work back years. We are desperate to see lesbian and bi characters that manage to live their dramatic and complicated lives, on screen, without fear of death by car, helicopter crash, house fire or stray bullet.”

Lawrence is also invested in bringing a truly queer cast and crew on board – another corrective given TV and film’s woeful on-going record of employing straight (and cis) actors to play queer (and trans) roles.

Sophie Ward“So many great lesbian parts on television and in films have been played by straight women and it must be really frustrating for lesbian and bi actresses to see this. Even in lesbian specific series like The L Word and Lip Service with ensemble casts, only one or two actresses were lesbian or bi whilst the rest were straight.

“DFG turns this on it’s head. The caveat for casting non-lesbian or non-bisexual actors is that they have played gay with pride, like Rachel Shelley, who played Helena Peabody in The L Word with such panache and has written/spoken about it ever since, rather than erasing it from her CV like some actresses.”

Why the decision to crow-funded this project? Jacquie explains: “As the web has opened up opportunities for queer dramas to thrive, so it has for writers, producers and directors to collate financial support for projects that are outside the mainstream. There’s an amazing community of people who support queer projects because they want to see themselves and their life-styles represented.

“We wanted to make the web series this summer and so a crowd funding campaign seemed the most immediate and inclusive. People can invest financially at the level they are comfortable with, receive a perk and feel like they are part something special. We couldn’t do it without people’s support.”

The dedicated team have raised a mighty one-third of the required funds to bring Different For Girls to life, but need another £50,000 to reach their target. Head over to their Indiegogo page and give what you can to this promising, potentially game-changing series.

Want to know more or contribute? Click here

Thanks to Divamag.co.uk and other sources.

Loretta Lynch over anti-LGBTI law

Finally!!!

Thanks to GayStar newws.

The US Department of Justice is suing North Carolina and its governor, Pat McCrory, for enacting the anti-LGBTI House Bill 2.
lorettalynch1The state had been given a deadline of Monday (9 May) to abandon implementation of the controversial law which removes local legal protections for LGBTI people and prohibits transgender people from using public facilities that correspond to their gender identity.

Instead of backing away from the law, McCrory filed a suit against the US government earlier in the day accusing it of bypassing Congress and attempting to rewrite laws.

US Attorney General Loretta Lynch called HB2 ‘state-sponsored discrimination’ and had a message for transgender people in the Tar Heel state.

‘We see you. We stand with you … And please know that history is on your side,’ she said at a press conference announcing the legal action.

The federal lawsuit claims the law is in violation of Title VII of the US Civil Rights Act, Title IX, and the Violence Against Women Act and seeks a statewide bar on it being enforced.

‘We retain the option of curtailing federal funding to the North Carolina Department of Public Safety and the University of North Carolina as this case proceeds,’ Lynch also said.

North Carolina and anti-LGBTI lawThen she added: ‘This action is about a great deal more than bathrooms. This is about the dignity and the respect that we accord our fellow citizens and the laws that we as a people and as a country have enacted to protect them. Indeed, to protect all of us.’

The American Civil Liberties Union, ACLU of North Carolina, and Lambda Legal – who are challenging House Bill 2 in federal court on behalf of six LGBT North Carolinians and members of the ACLU of North Carolina – applaud the Justice Department for filing suit.

‘This law is a targeted and unprecedented attack on the LGBT community, particularly against transgender people,’ they said in a joint statement

Absolutely Fabulous komt naar Nederland

For the Dutch.

Zo geweldig nieuws! De Absolutely Fabulous movie kunnen we binnenkort bekijken in Nederland!
Ben grote fan van de twee drinkende en snuivende dames: Patsy en Edwina. 🙂
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Voor degene die er nog nooit van hebben gehoord:
Absolutely Fabulous is een Britse sitcom die vijf seizoenen lang liep op de BBC. In Nederland werd de reeks uitgezonden door de VPRO en in 2015 herhaald door de tv-zender ONS. in Vlaanderen op de zender Canvas. Jennifer Saunders en Joanna Lumley zijn de twee vrouwen waar het allemaal om gaat.

In de trailer is te zien welk incident Patsy en Edina doet besluiten het land te verlaten. Nou ja, incident, het is behoorlijk heftig wat er is gebeurd. Ze vertrekken naar de Franse Rivièra, waar Patsy een opmerkelijke transformatie ondergaat.
Hieronder een trailer zodat je kunt zien waar het over gaat deze keer. :).

Er spelen een hoop andere bekende mensen in mee. Meer dan zestig (!) sterren hebben een cameo in de film en dan zijn er ook nog eens gastrollen van andere sterren! Zoals Dame Edna en Joan Collins, Graham Norton en Kate Moss: Ze zijn allemaal te zien in Absolutely Fabulous, The Movie. En de lijst is dus nog véél langer.

Houd je bioscoop in de gaten wanneer deze film daar gaat draaien.

Jodie Foster on “Women In Hollywood”

Thanks to buzzfeed.com

“I think [film studios] still see women as a risk, and I’m not really sure why,” she said at the Tribeca Film Festival.

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Gender inequality in Hollywood — along with racial discrimination — has become one of the most stirring issues in the entertainment industry over the last few months.
However, at a Tribeca Film Festival event in which film and theater director Julie Taymor interviewed Jodie Foster on Wednesday evening, Foster said she’s “sick of the women thing” when it comes to conversations about directing. Though Taymor seemed to agree with Foster’s sentiment, she added, “We don’t want to ignore it either.”

“It’s real,” Foster assented. “It’s been a very long time that there are very few female filmmakers. It’s not just today, it’s not just this week. I mean, that’s always been true. Things changed a lot in Europe, for example — lots of female directors; in television, quite a few female directors.”

When asked why she thinks that’s been the case, Foster continued: “I think the more financial risk … the less risky studios can be. … I think they still see women as a risk, and I’m not really sure why.”

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Foster, who began her acting career in the ’60s and made her feature directorial debut in the early ’90s, said she’s noticed “differences between men and women directors.” “Sometimes it’s hard for people to understand how to treat me as a leader,” Foster said of her time in the director’s chair. “They are sometimes waiting for me to punch them in the face, which I’m not going to do. Or sometimes they are waiting for me to say, ‘Oh, your idea’s so smart. Let’s just do it your way.’ … Sometimes it’s confusing for people. … Do they treat [women] the way they treat men? And maybe you don’t because women have different leadership styles.”

“I wasn’t sure about that, but I see that it’s true now,” she added.
Foster noted she’s “worked with a lot of men directors,” but only one fellow female director in her acting career: Mary Lambert, who directed her in the 1987 film Siesta.
>But Foster did say she has a “favorite female director”: The Silence of the Lambs’ Jonathan Demme. “He was the one guy who really understood,” she explained. “He was able to say, ‘OK, this is about a woman who is our hero.’ The film was informed by that. It’s why the film is not filled with gratuitous violence. It’s why, yes, it was horrifying and difficult to watch in some ways, but … he’s the brave heart of that woman’s voice.”

Read the whole story here

Ellen on homophobic Mississippi law

I posted this before but now this stupid law is getting more and more attention in the media.
We all know Ellen so I think it is a good idea to let her speak on what she thinks about this homofobic Mississippi law.

Ellen DeGeneres destroyed Mississippi’s homophobic religious freedom law in a new video.
‘I’m not a political person, I’m really not. But this is not politics, this is human rights,’ she said.
Mixing humor with seriousness, DeGeneres used her opening monologue, video of which was released Wednesday, to pick apart Mississippi state legislation that will not punish individuals, businesses or organizations that refuse to provide services, fire or refuse to employ LGBT people on the basis of religious belief.
Ellen DeGeneres

‘It is the definition of discrimination…It is also something the Supreme Court ruled on when they made marriage a right for everyone. Everyone.
The Supreme Court said something that Diana Ross and The Supremes said a long time ago – “stop, in the name of love”. Now Mississippi is saying, “I don’t second that emotion”.’

‘Don’t lose hope,’ she said. “‘ was fired for being gay and I know what it feels like. I lost everything. But look at me now.
‘I think we need to remember that we are more similar than we are different, and we all want the same things – love, acceptance, kindness… and I want one of those new Teslas!’

sources: lgbtfeed.com and www.hollywoodreporter.com

The new trailer with Jennifer Beals

Hi all!

Manhattan Night

Here the new trailer with Jennifer Beals.

Jennifer is in it! She plays the part of Lisa Wren.

I think all Jennifer’s fans are very happy to see here in a good movie like this! At least I am. 🙂

Manhattan Nocture

Two other leading actors in Manhattan Night (Nocture): Adrian Brody and Yvonne Strahovski.

It is a movie made from the book (2004) Manhattan Nocturne by Colin Harris

Plot Summary:
Manhattan tabloid reported Porter Wren has an appetite for the city’s dirtiest scandals. On the beat, he sells, murder, tragedy, and anything that passed for the truth. At home, he’s happily married with two kids. Then one clandestine night, he risks everything he has on the seduction of a stranger…

Her name is Caroline Crowley, widowed by the unsolved murder of her late husband–a man with a nasty little hobby. Caroline has the vidoes to prove it. A ruthless billionaire who indulged in her husband’s sordid games wants the evidence buried–along with anyone who has it.

But the enigmatic Caroline wants more than Porter’s help. She knows he can’t refuse. He’s already crossed the line–and on the run in an escalating nightmare of blackmail, deception, and sexual obsession. For Porter, the only way out is murder–if the truth doesn’t kill him first.

Zijn ouders niet mogen trouwen

Wat een treurig verhaal! Deze mannen zijn al 21 jaar samen en nog mogen ze niet trouwen. Het wordt tijd dat Noord-Ierland zijn wetten aanpast en in deze eeuw terecht komt! Het grootste gedeelte van Europa heeft wettelijk geen problemen met een huwelijk tussen twee mensen van hetzelfde geslacht.

In short for the English speaking: This boy cannot understand why his parents are not allowed to marry!!

Een jongen van 15 uit Noord-Ierland heeft een video opgenomen waarin hij zich afvraagt waarom zijn ouders niet mogen trouwen.

Parents not allowed to marryDarragh Tibbs uit het Noord-Ierse County Down wil weten waarom hij en zijn broer niet de zekerheid wordt gegund van het huwelijk van hun ouders. Hij had eerder al een brief geschreven aan lokale politici, die de wet voor het huwelijk tussen M/M en V/V tegenhouden.

In Wales, Engeland en Schotland is het huwelijk wel opengesteld, maar de Noord-Ierse Democratic Unionist Party houdt een en ander tegen. Dit terwijl de Northern Irish Assembly vorig jaar heeft voor gestemd.

De ouders van Tibbs zin al 21 jaar samen. Volgens hem is het niet meer dan normaal dat ze met elkaar zouden moeten kunnen trouwen. Hij vraagt zich af waarom er mensen zijn die dit tegenhouden.

Bekijk hier zijn emotionele oproep:

Bron: pink news en Winq

Votes in Mississippi for Anti-LGBT Religious freedom Bill

Mississippi Senate Votes For Sweeping Anti-LGBT Religious Freedom Bill

Hi people,
Again news for the LGBT community in the South of America.

Thanks to buzzfeed.com
The Mississippi Senate voted 31-17 on Wednesday to pass what critics say is the most sweeping anti-LGBT legislation in the U.S.
House Bill 1523 would protect people, religious organizations, and certain businesses that refuse services specifically to LGBT people.
The bill also would protect those opposed to recognizing the gender identity of transgender people.
Immediately after the vote, a Democrat proposed a motion to reconsider the measure — thereby requiring another vote later in the week that is widely considered a procedural formality.
Although the bill already passed the House in February, the version approved by the Senate differed slightly, and the House must concur.

The Republican-dominated Mississippi Senate voted 31-17 on Wednesday night for a religious freedom bill that critics believe is the the most sweeping anti-LGBT legislation in the United States, allowing denial of products and services in a wide range of venues.
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Immediately after the vote, a Democrat proposed a motion to reconsider — thereby requiring another vote later this week, which many consider a procedural formality, but could buy critics time to build opposition.

The bill already passed the House 80-39 in February. However, the Senate’s version was amended slightly, and the House must concur before the legislation can go to the governor.

Republicans, who hold a majority in both chambers, have argued the bill fixes problems created for people of faith by the Supreme Court’s 2015 marriage equality ruling.

“It gives protection to those in the state who cannot in a good conscience provide services for a same-sex marriage,” Sen. Jennifer Branning said in an address to her colleagues.

For full story: Click here

North Carolina’s Anti-LGBT Law Backlash

To be honest I was waiting for this. I just couldn’t believe that the LGBT community would be quiet about this!
Also I am happy that businesses and some others like the NBA are speaking against this stupid law. It is discrimination, pure and simple!

Thanks to buzzfeed.com
Corporations and activists channeled growing fury this week at North Carolina lawmakers who rushed though legislation on Wednesday to repeal LGBT protections and bar transgender people from certain restrooms.
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Protesters were arrested outside the governor’s mansion, while tech companies — including Facebook, Apple, and Google — argued that the new law is designed to allow LGBT discrimination.

The NBA suggested that the “discriminatory law” could compromise plans to host the 2017 All-Star Game in Charlotte.

Republican state leaders enacted the law in order to repeal an ordinance in Charlotte that would protect LGBT people from discrimination in housing and public accommodations. At least nine other jurisdictions in the state had similar laws on the books.

Gov. Pat McCrory and Christian conservatives claimed the public accommodations portion of the Charlotte ordinance posed a safety threat by allowing transgender women — whom they called “men” — to prey on women and girls, especially in bathrooms.

But in the 17 states and 225 cities with laws banning LGBT discrimination, there are no known instances of the rules being used to defend or facilitate predatory behavior in bathrooms or locker rooms.

On Thursday, protests swelled in front of the governor’s mansion, where five people were arrested for blocking traffic, WRAL reported. They were booked on charges of impeding the flow of traffic and resisting, delaying, or obstructing officers.

In response, McCrory defended the new law and blamed others for “spin.”

“Standing with North Carolina parents who are worried about the privacy and safety of their children will always be a top priority for the governor, no matter the spin by the media, pundits or politically correct crowd,” McCrory said in a statement.
Corporations, however, condemned the bill. Among them was Facebook, which posted a statement from its data center in North Carolina.

For the complete coverage click here.