Cornwall Film Festival presents LGBT Films

The Cornwall Film Festival will be screening 2 LGBT films on 8 and 10 Nov atCornwall Film Festival 2013 the Lighthouse Cinema in Newquay.

Blue is the Warmest Colour
Fri 8 Nov | 20:00 | Lighthouse Cinema, Newquay
Dir: Abdellatif Kechiche | France 2013 | 18 | 179min | In French with Eng subtitles

Winner of one of the most prestigious film prizes in the world, the Palme d’Or at the Cannes Film Festival, Blue is the Warmest Colour is a passionate love story between 2 girls with incredible performances from the 2 leads, Adèle Exarchopoulos (Adèle) and Léa Seydoux (Emma).

“From this simple, not especially unique love story, Kechiche has fashioned an intimate epic in every sense of the term.” – ***** Guy Lodge, TIME OUT

More info: www.cornwallfilmfestival.com/blue-warmest-colour

Tickets: www.jack-roe.co.uk/TaposWebSales/Main/wtwnew/book?perfcode=12316

Any Day Now
Sun | 10 Nov | 15:25 | Lighthouse Cinema, Newquay
Dir: Travis Fine | US 2012 | 15 | 98min

Set in 1979 and inspired by a true story touching on legal and social issues that are more relevant than ever, Any Day Now weaves a tale of love, acceptance, and creating one’s own family.

When Marco, a teenager with Down’s syndrome who’s been abandoned by his mother, is taken in by committed couple Rudy and the closeted Paul, he finds in them the family he’s never had. However, when their unconventional living arrangement is discovered by the authorities, Rudy and Paul must fight a biased legal system to adopt the child they have come to love as their own. Strong acting and the chemistry between Cumming and Dillahunt raise the film above conventional courtroom drama fare.

“A well-realised time-capsule of a repressive era, and a stirring document of a brave fight against prejudice.” – Ashley Clarke, SIGHT & SOUND

More info: www.cornwallfilmfestival.com/any-day-now

Book tickets: www.jack-roe.co.uk/TaposWebSales/Main/wtwnew/book?perfcode=12351

More info about the Cornwall Film Festival: www.cornwallfilmfestival.com.

Award Winning Duo to Perform in Calstock

Multi award-winning pianist Belinda O’Hooley, formerly of Rachel UnthankO'Hooley and Tidow Duo & The Winterset and now part of the Nic Jones Trio, is also a regular accompanist to Jackie Oates. Her duo with singer Heidi Tidow is one of the most acclaimed and unique acts on the contemporary folk scene.

See them at Calstock Arts on Saturday 5 October 2013.

The duo were hailed as the best act of the prestigious Cambridge Folk Festival 2012 by The Guardian, as well as being finalists in the prestigious BBC Radio 2 Folk Awards 2013.

Championed by folk icon Nic Jones and BBC6 Music’s Cerys Matthews, expect an irresistible blend of thought-provoking songs, intricate harmonies and striking piano-led arrangements, prior to an eagerly anticipated third album due for release in Spring 2014.

£11 in advance, £12 on the door. Doors and bar 7.00pm, start time 8.00pm

Tickets available via www.calstockarts.org or on 01726 879500.

The Old Chapel is just two minutes walk from Calstock Station. Calstock Arts, The Old Chapel, Calstock, Cornwall PL18 9QX

See their website here: O’Hooley and Tidow.

“Belinda and Heidi’s eerie vocal harmonies weave magic” fRoots

“Blessed with sensitivity, coupled with a great sense of humour, Belinda and Heidi write creatively, expressing new ideas both lyrically and musically in a beautiful way.” Nic Jones

Big New LGBT Survey Launched

LGBT Voices in ActionThe Intercom Trust has launched The Big South West Community Survey of lesbian gay bisexual and trans people in the South West.

They have invited the widest possible range of LGB and Trans people to give their thoughts about the world we live in nowadays, including health services, community safety, social care, and much much more. The survey is community-run, and completely confidential.

The survey results will tell us:

• What are LGBT people’s experiences of their local services?
• Are prejudice and exclusion things of the past?

And these survey results will make a difference. Where change turns out to be needed, Intercom will work with the communities to make change happen.

Dr Michael Halls of the Intercom Trust said, “We’re aiming to make this the largest and most representative survey ever of LGB and Trans people in the South West. If we can reach 1,000 responses, that would be great! And why not? It’s secure, it’s confidential, it’s all about real people’s real lives — and there are prizes!”

How do I sign up?

The survey is available online at www.lgbt.voicesinaction.com.

People who prefer to complete the survey in another format, or who need assistance, can call Intercom on 01392 201015 or e-mail lgbt.voices at intercomtrust.org.uk.

Peter Tatchell to attend first Totnes Pride

Peter Tatchell will be the guest of honour at the first ever Totnes PridePeter Tatchell Freedom Justice Peace Equality event, which will bring south Devon’s Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual and Transgender community (LGBT) together with their friends and families for a full day and night of celebration in the town.

Devon-based LGBT organisation Proud2Be is laying on a whole host of events in the town on Saturday 14 September in what will be the UK’s largest rural Pride event. The day kicks off at 11.30am at Totnes Civic Hall, where visitors can take part in a panel debate, workshops and talks from some leading LGBT figures from across the country, including Mr Tatchell and Elly Barnes, who topped the Independent newspaper’s Pink List, the rundown of the 250 most influential people in the LGBT community.

Then the fun really kicks off at the spectacular Totnes Pride After Party from 8pm at the South Devon Arts Centre. A huge night of entertainment, dance and music features the UK’s top Burlesque group Kinky & Quirky, live music from Sound of the Sirens and Rebecca Maze, and top DJs.

Entry to the daytime events at Totnes Civic Hall is just £1 for adults, 50p for 11-18 year olds, and is free to those under 11s. Tickets to the Totnes Pride After Party are £12.50 and available from the South Devon Arts Box Office on 0844 888 0435 or online at www.southdevonarts.co.uk.

Mr Tatchell said Proud2Be’s founder Mat and Jon Price had created something really special. “I am proud to support Proud2Be Totnes Pride 2013,” said Mr Tatchell. “I’ll be there and I hope you will join me for a fabulous celebration. LGBT community makes an important, positive contribution to Totnes and Devon. Proud2Be Totnes Pride is the recognition that LGBT people are part of south Devon. We’re here, we’re queer and we love Totnes.”

“There have long been LGBT Pride events in big cities like London and Bristol, but it is really important that Pride celebrations also happen in smaller towns and cities too. LGBT people are often invisible in more rural parts of the country. Their input into local communities is frequently overlooked.”

“It is important to keep campaigning for LGBT acceptance and human rights in Devon and all across the UK. The battle for marriage equality is almost won but not quite. We are still campaigning for equal love rights. Our efforts are part of a worldwide movement for LGBT equality. We are part of an unstoppable global trend.”

Totnes-based Proud2Be was launched two years when gay identical twin brothers, Mat and Jon Price sat in front of their web cam and recorded a short video. In the video they explained how they are both proud to be gay.

“In truth we had ben ashamed to be gay before that moment,” said Mat. “After years of messages from our school, church, the media and certain members of our family, that being gay was wrong, we had internalised those messages and started to believe them. When a friend asked us if we were proud to be gay we both said no. But that was the catalyst for our change in attitude and three years later the Proud2Be Project was born.

“Our mission is to encourage and support all lesbian, gay, bisexual & trans (LGBT) people to be proud of who they are.”

Since its launch, Proud2Be has grown hugely and now holds monthly get togethers and other events across Totnes. The organisation has also received the backing of some famous names among the LGBT community including Stephen Fry, and the twins also host there own radio show on local community station Soundart.

“Totnes Pride is going to be a wonderful day for Totnes and south Devon,” said Jon. “It will be a day when the LGBT community, as well as our friends and families, can celebrate and show everyone they’re proud of who they are. We’re delighted to have the support of so many people and organisations and just can’t wait for the day itself to come.

“We’ll have some great talks, debates and events for all ages during the day at the Civic Hall, and then we’ll really let our hair down with a huge party at the South Devon Arts Centre. It’s going to be spectacular.”

Do you love dinner parties?

The hugely successful TV show ‘Come Dine WithCome Dine With Me Me’ takes place over four days with four strangers, from all walks of life, taking turns to host the perfect dinner party for each other as you may know. At the end of the week the most impressive host wins a £1,000 cash prize.

The production company are visiting Cornwall and looking for people in TRURO, FALMOUTH & THE SURROUNDING AREAS to take part in the show and have contacted Gay Cornwall to see if anyone from the LGBT community is interested in taking part!

SHOOT DATES ARE:  1st –5th July 2013

If you or anyone you know is keen on applying for the show please call 0207 157 4599 or you can email lucy.davies at itv.com.

Totnes Pride to launch in 2013

Proud2Be Project is set to launch it’s first rural pride event in Totnes, DevonTotnes Pride for all local lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their friends, family members and supporters.

The event will be held at The Civic Hall in Totnes on Saturday 14th September 2013 at 12.00pm and will include a live panel debate, live music, food and drinks, workshops & stalls for local community organisations and the Devon & Cornwall Police.

Sgt. Ryan Doyle from the Devon Diverse Communities Team said, “Devon and Cornwall Police are proud to support Totnes Pride as part of our commitment to the LGB&T communities in the area. We would also like to congratulate Mat and Jon Price and the Totnes Pride team for organising the day and hope that this can be established as a successful annual event”

Founded and directed by identical twin brothers Mat and Jon Price, Proud2Be has already been put forward for a Princes Trust award and a National Diversity award.

The whole thing started as the gay brothers sat in front of their web cam and told the world they are proud to be gay.

Since then a number of high profile figures have come forward and recorded similar messages, including Peter Tatchell, Deputy Speaker Nigel Evans MP, Michael Cashman MEP and of course the wonderful Stephen Fry.

Through the project, Mat and Jon will not only host the yearly pride event and run the video campaign but also facilitate social groups and workshops.

With a strong and positive vision driving the project founders said, “As gay children growing up in a small rural village we both know how isolating it can feel to be LGBT identified and have little access to those of the same community.

We felt it was time to bring Pride into rural areas where LGBT people are at most risk of feeling isolated and invisible. We are really looking forward to showcasing and celebrating our wonderfully diverse community at Totnes Pride later this year”.

The Proud2Be Project invites everyone to attend. Whether LGB or T or their friend, family member or supporter.

To find out more about Totnes Pride or other Proud2Be services head to http://proud2beproject.org/ or email info at proud2beproject.org.

Exeter Pride 2013

Exeter Pride is one of the earliest UK pride events in the year, so you get yourExeter Pride 2013 diary out now – the all important date is Saturday 23rd March 2013.

Why not start your Exeter Pride off with a Pow!

The Women on Wednesdays (Wow) Pre Pride Bop is back on Friday 22nd March at City Gate Hotel from 8pm, an all women’s event. It’s £5 on the door. Warm yourself up for Exeter Pride with some pre pride fun! See www.wowexeter.org for more details.

Exeter Pride’s website is here: www.exeterpride.co.uk