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Empowe/AR Festival

Empower is an afro-futurist and queer-feminist festival featuring some of the most important music, audiovisual and visual art being made by queers and people of colour today.

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Oum Kulthoum’s Sexuality

Book Review By Stella Andrada Kasdovasili In ​Οum Kulthoum’s Sexuality, ​Musa Al-Shadeedi offers an interesting reflection on the sexuality of one of the most prominent singers of the Arab world, an artist whose songs...

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an old tradition

with illustrations by Lena Dirscherl our last kiss fumbling and strange in a spanish airport bathroom she headed home to a new career me onto anarcho-queer berlin we don’t know each other anymore on...

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POEM I DON’T WANT TO WRITE

by aabbchot aabbaadd aabbswallow // illustration by Jespa Jacob Smith /// I’m trapped in my silence, – I don’t tell anyone about my alarm, – I know why I am in this situation, – thoughts constantly recur, remind me. I’ve developed and actioned plans,…

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Sweet Movie

Film Review // by Stella Andrada Kasdovasili // On January 25th, 2019, Dusan Makavejev, one of the most prominent figures in Yugoslavian film history – and one of my favourite directors —died at the age of 86. The news of his death had somewhat of a reflective effect on me and I couldn’t help but think of his diverse work.

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No Date, No Signature

Film Review // by Stella Andrada Kasdovasili // No date, No signature (Bedoune Tarikh, Bedoune Emza) by Iranian director Vahid Jalilvand is an intense moralist drama, tackling social, political, economic and gender issues in a beautifully depicted neorealist way.

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Climate Crisis – Call

How can all of us act together against climate change? How do you experience climate change where you live? What are you or what is your community doing to prevent this climate crisis and further destruction? //

Call for submissions in two categories: OBSERVATION & ACTION //

Deadline: May 26th, 2019

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Queermoves

Next Date: June 23rd, 2019 //
At: ReSource – Wissmannstr. 20, 12049 Berlin, Germany //

What is queermoves? Why queer-y yoga and what will it look like? …

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Call: Shifting Traditions

Submission deadline: June 30th, 2019

We accept fictional and biographical work. Submissions can be written, drawn, photo essays, made into a film, song, or installation. Please get in touch if you have a certain idea, but are not sure if it fits the topic or if the form will work.

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WHEN OUR MOVEMENT BECAME THEIR CAUSE

TEXT BY: Nikola Italo // Argentina

In Argentina we are living through a very particular but incredibly significant course of events. The parliament (Congress, to be specific) has decided to start the project of a new law: the decriminalization of abortion.
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Faces of Pride – Zine

Happy (critical) Pride 2018 everyone! Download and view Pride zine here!

Interviews with pride organizers from all around the world. Ever wondered what’s still political about Pride? This is!
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Faces of Pride: Natalino Ornai Guterres || Timor-Leste Pride

“To me personally, it was amazing to see changes take place over the past year. Last year, my brother who was previously not accepting of my sexual orientation, came to march with me. This year, my mother, who was also not accepting of my sexual orientation last year, came to Pride this year. “
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Call Me A Boy – My journey into music and manhood

TEXT BY: Faris Saad // Malaysia || ILLUSTRATION BY: Tom Moore // Germany

“My bandmates assured me that no one in the straight cis-male crowd would care, and if they did, fuck them, selamba je. Even if I lost everything else, I would still have my core group of friends who accepted me as my handsome self.”
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Louder

TEXT BY: Catriona // UK || ILLUSTRATION BY: Julia Lama // Spain

“I identify with being bisexual, as opposed to pansexual, as I see being bi as being sexually and romantically attracted both to people of a different gender to you and to people of the same gender.”
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Stop Talking, Start Doing:

My experience with the eBay Startup Cup 2018
TEXT & PHOTOS: Lazar Mikov // Germany / Macedonia

“If someone told me that our team would generate revenue on the first day of our business I would have laughed in disbelief. Yet that’s exactly what happened at…”
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Faces of Pride: Slavco Dimitrov | Skopje Pride Weekend

“Heteronormativity has always been also co-constituted with a class system of capitalist exploitation, racial divisions and exclusions on the grounds of ethnicity, hence fighting sexual and gender inequality must attend to all these other inequalities and systems as well.”
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Faces of Pride: Ilisapeci Raileqe | Fiji Pride

“To all the LGBTIQ communities, please let us support each other and be proud of who we are. I believe we go through many forms of discrimination, stigma, violence and many of us have experienced mental, physical, and psychosocial issues as a result of the aggressive actions around us, and so with the little we have and the spaces we are exposed to – like the Pride March – Let’s utilize it fully to raise a collective call and awareness to bring about change, acceptance, love, respect and we must persevere on.”
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Faces of Pride: Lasia Casil || Guam Pride

“It was a challenge because Pride had never been celebrated out in the open before here on the island. There were parties in the nightclubs, but I felt it was important to make it inclusive for all ages and the entire community to participate.”
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Faces of Pride: Jessica Lima || Ljubljana Pride

“It’s time we work together, and that we work through/despite our differences. It’s important to stay true to our political goals, but we need to be able to compromise and be able to come together as a community and do the work that needs to be done: educate, raise awareness, organise & mobilise, etc. Our egos cannot stay in the way of our work.”
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Faces of Pride: Rosanna Flamer-Caldera || Colombo Pride

“It is important to mainstream our issues, visialise the LGBTIQ community and give people in Sri Lanka a taste of Queer culture. It goes very far to encourage LGBTIQ persons to come out and feel proud of themselves and also to show Sri Lanka there is a vibrant LGBTI community here.”
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Faces of Pride: Stévia Arthur || Barbados Pride

“Together we are powerful, working together, we can improve our quality of life. Stand strong together, speak out against oppression, no matter the oppressor. Visibility is liberty and knowing we have the strength of an entire community behind us, makes it less scary to be visible.”
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Faces of Pride: Tin & Linus || Hong Kong Pride

“The growth of HK Pride as an event, and to see how the crowd changes is pretty remarkable. At 2008 we had 1.000 participants and now in about 10 years time by 2017 we had 10.000 participants. Last year’s survey even showed there are about 18% straight people that came to support their queer friends and family, which is really a nice thing to see.”

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