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!! OMG, PYOTR495: New horror film set amidst anti-LGBT violence in Russia to touch down at OUTFEST & FANTASIA !!


After premiering internationally this June at Frameline LGBT International Film Festival and taking home RBC‘s Best Emerging Artist Award at Toronto’s Inside Out LGBT Film Festival, PYOTR495, a horror film set amidst anti-LGBT violence and legislation in Putin’s Russia, will head to Outfest and Fantasia festivals this summer.

The supernatural short set in present-day Moscow follows 16 year-old Pyotr one evening as he is baited by a dangerous group of Ultranationalist vigilantes. BUT Pyotr has a secret of his own… The film stars Alex Ozerov (The Americans, Orphan Black, Bitten) as Pyotr, and is scored by Berlin Techno producer Konrad Black.

PYOTR495 is giving its score away for free via Soundcloud, and you can preview it in full below, along with the film’s trailer.

PYOTR495 plays OUTFEST, tomorrow – Saturday July 9th at Harmony Gold as part of SCARED STIFF, and FANTASIA FEST in Montreal on July 18th at Concordia Hall Theatre before The Wailing. For more info visit the film’s official Facebook Page.

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!! OMG, WATCH: A new VICE Documentary highlights how SAILOR MOON helped shape 90’s queer kids !!


I was always somewhere between a Venus and a Mercury type gaylene, myself… Did SAILOR MOON play a part as a queer influence for you? Check out the short doc after the jump – cuz that shit autoplays!

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!! OMG, the world premiere: ‘Last of His Kind’ by Light Fires !!

The latest single from Light Fires‘ album Face (available on iTunes, but cheaper on Bandcamp) is maybe our favorite of the bunch. “Last of His Kind” is an emotional dance pop anthem written for the late artist and queer community builder Will Munro. The video, directed by David Kraft, was shot at Lee’s Palace in Toronto, the site of Will’s legendary Vazaleen parties, and features dancing by Emily Law and members of the ILL NANA/DiverseCity Dance Company.

Regina, the face of Light Fires, is kicking off the tour of her one-woman show “Do I Have to Do Everything My F*cking Self?” at the National Arts Centre in Ottawa this Saturday, May 2. Details and full tour information are on Facebook here.

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!! OMG, not cute: Video of Beijingers’ attitudes towards LGBT community is way harsh !!

While Beijing isn’t the mecca for LGBT tolerance, this video of its citizens being stopped on the street and asked about what their thoughts are on gay people seems pretty NASTY! You can view the video below.
Do you think these comments represent the general feeling of most Beijingers about LGBTQ people?

[via the shanghaiist]

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!! OMG, a contest: WIN one of two limited edition T-shirts from artist Dean Sameshima !!

We’re giving away TWO uber-sexy t-shirts from artist Dean Sameshima!
A bit about Dean from the Deano, himself:

I am an artist based in Berlin, Germany.
This a shop inspired by my Tumblr page: http://cruiseorbecruised.tumblr.com/ which is a visual diary of my inspirations in visual art, queer histories, gay underground subcultures of the past as well as my heroes in literature, performance, music, film, etc…

I am a huge fan of T-shirts, I wear them ALL THE TIME, even in the winter. They communicate our personal interests, politics, desires, loves and obsessions. When I see someone wearing a shirt from a band I love, I automatically feel a sense of connection with that person. It’s a cool feeling.

I’m inspired by vintage concert shirts (especially bootlegs) as well as Vivienne Westwood and Malcolm McLaren‘s Seditionaries shirts from the 70’s and their use of images appropriated from various subcultures. My shirts are like the concert/tour T-shirts for the various films, artists and authors I admire. I will be producing more and more editions and hope you all will enjoy them on the walls of your bedrooms, toilets, hallways, closets…where ever you want to add a bit of subtle (and
not-so-subtle) QUEERNESS!

THE CONTEST: Which movie is the image printed on the shirt (above) from, and why was it awesome?
THE RULES: Please email your contest answer/entry along with your full name, North American shipping address, and telephone number, and SIZE (Small, Medium, or Large) to [email protected]. All personal information is collected in accordance with our privacy policy.
Our favourite 2 responses submitted will win one of two t-shirts! (We also highly recommend checking out Dean’s Tumblr, AND if you just can’t wait to win a contest, then you can purchase a variety of them today over at Dean’s Etsy store.)

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