Gay film wins awards

The new film “God’s own country” won best film, best actor and best debut screenplay at the British indie film awards for Francis Lee who directed the film.

“I am so incredibly proud of those two boys,” said Lee speaking about the film’s principal actors Alec Secareanu and Josh O’Connor. “Not only are they phenomenal actors, they are also now incredibly close friends and I think they just turned in the most incredible transformative performances and I think that’s really rare and beautiful to see.”

The film has come out all over the world and has reached audiences all over the world and the reaction has been phenomenal. In the U.K. alone it is incredible to see people seeing the film 5,6,7 times. It is very overwhelming,” said Lee.

http://www.euronews.com/2017/12/11/gay-love-film-wins-big-at-british-indie-film-awards

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Henry Badenhorst RIP

Gay Activist is sad to learn of the passing of Henry Badenhorst, the co-founder of Gaydar, one of the world’s first gay online dating sites, aged 51. Mr Badenhorst died in his native South Africa on Saturday. He is believed to have killed himself.

https://www.theguardian.com/lifeandstyle/2017/nov/13/founder-henry-badenhorst-online-dating-site-gaydar-dies-aged-51

Gay gets its licence – at a cost

G-A-Y won an extension to its opening hours by offering to close another venue early.

The venue’s application to open until 4am was heard by Westminster City Council’s licensing sub-committee yesterday.

The committee granted the request on the condition that the company closes its Old Compton Street venue an hour early.

http://www.cityam.com/273762/sohos-g-y-nightclub-awaits-crucial-late-night-licence

Keep drinking and keep us in business, please

A hearing is currently taking place regarding the late-night licence of G-A-Y, the Soho night club, which wants to stay open until 4am.

G-A-Y is arguing that the revenue taken from a late licence would offset the “ridiculous” rent hike of £400,000.

More than half of London’s gay venues have closed in the last ten years according to UCL’s LGBTQ+ Cultural Infrastructure in London report. More gay venues have closed than any other category of venue.

While not wanting to see another venue close, we have to face the facts: alcohol is a major cause of poverty, poor health and negative life outcomes in the gay community.

http://www.cityam.com/273762/sohos-g-y-nightclub-awaits-crucial-late-night-licence

India’s sham shame

The Times of India looks into why so many gay Indian men are going into sham marriages.

Marriages of convenience are clandestine part of South Asian gay culture — a homosexual man and woman decide to tie the knot to stave off questions from nosy families or find protection from the law in countries like India where homosexuality is a criminal offence. In India, the Delhi high court decriminalised homosexuality (Section 377) in 2009, but the Supreme Court overturned the ruling four years later.

In 2015, a lesbian couple from China launched a smartphone app iHomo to facilitate marriages of convenience or ‘cooperative marriages’ between gay men and lesbians. But in more conservative India, the LGBT community looks for MoCs on private Facebook groups, chat rooms and Craigslist.

There is still a huge stigma attached to being gay in India. Many Indian parents prefer not to admit that their child is gay, and hope he or she ‘will grow out of it’ once married.

In a marriage of convenience, terms are agreed beforehand, so both sides know what they are getting into – but problems often emerge later.

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/why-gay-men-are-seeking-a-marriage-of-convenience/articleshow/60811116.cms

Gay nomads turn up in Australia

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Sofie Wainwright/ABC | 17157

ABC have been to meet some of Australia’s gay nomads, fed up with city life who prefer to live in caravan parks and tour.

Laine Isaac is new to the group and said he felt at ease spending time with like-minded people during his travels.

“You don’t have to be closeted [with gay nomads] … you can be outspoken and discuss things,” Mr Isaac said.

“It’s very difficult when you’re sitting down at a camp with straight people to all of a sudden say, ‘Hey, I’m not quite what you think I am’.”

Lynne Hocking said the group debunked the stereotype that all LGBTI people were urban and city dwellers.

They felt more accepted in their nomadic community than they did in Australian cities.

http://www.abc.net.au/news/2017-09-15/gay-nomads-fly-rainbow-flag-in-outback-caravan-parks/8944470

Goodbye Pierre

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The French fashion tycoon Pierre Bergé – the business brains behind the Yves Saint Laurent empire – has died aged 86.

The longtime partner of the late designer Yves Saint Laurent died in his sleep early Friday at his country home at Saint-Remy-de-Provence in southern France.

The passionate bibliophile and art collector was a tireless campaigner for gay rights and donated a large part of his fortune to AIDS research.

Gay Activist sends condolences to family, friends and colleagues.