9 Weekly Snapshots: King and President’s sons’ and Vietnam more progressive than the USA

As usual… Weekly spotlight with our editorial staff.  In week 9’s curated news, Wham! the new documentary, President and King’s son, and then:

Hanoi, Gay Pride 2023.

VIETNAM. RIGHTS. MORE PROGRESSIVE.

We didn’t see this coming. We should have thought. A new report shows that when it comes to LGBT+ rights, Vietnam can even be considered more progressive than the United States. Even cohabitation among same-sex couples is now permitted, in addition to wedding ceremonies. The communist party said, “Gay is OK”. There are so many problems in the USA we do not have space to list them here.

NETFLIX. FILM. WHAM! DOCU.

“Wham!” the documentary focuses on the gender and mental health problems of George Michael as told by himself. Also, on Netflix is one of the most beautiful animation series, “Nimona”, with its effortless queerness. You can read more in Miruna Tiberiu’s review.

AMAZON. FILM. RED, WHITE AND ROYAL BLUE.

Prime Video has finally released the trailer for the movie Red, White and Royal Blue. The movie is a story involving Henry, Prince of the United Kingdom, and Alex Claremont-Diaz, the son of the US president. Cool imagination. The film arrives on Prime Video on August 11.

HUNGARY. MUSIC. SZEGET FEST.

Legendary queer parties, Teletubbies and activism: the “love revolution” that fuels Sziget, looks at the queer history of Sziget Festival, an annual music festival in Hungary, where there has been a specifically queer music tent since 2001, despite the political backlash. You can read the detailed article.

 CZECH. POLITICS. MARRIAGE.

We thought we will never see this. The Czech parliament’s lower house gave initial approval to a bill to allow same-sex marriages, though it could still face opposition.

ICELAND. SCIENCE. GEN Z DECISIONS.

Recent research has found that adult and teen brains work differently. Adults think with the prefrontal cortex, the brain’s rational part. Teens process information with the amygdala. This is the emotional part. The rational part of a teen’s brain isn’t fully developed and won’t be until age 25. In the case of LGBT+ people, the development may be longer due to more emotional stress. One more argument to move faster with creating a better environment in all countries and end discrimination, bullying and parental pressure. Something more about Gen Z in our —- written by Ciprian Ciobanu.

 HBO. FILM. NAN GOLDIN DOCU.

Nan Goldin’s “The Ballad of Sexual Dependency” is both documentary and glorification: a record of 1980s queer life which elevates its subjects to the stuff of mythology. The photography series became one of the most famous artworks of the last century. Now the documentary about Nan Goldin “All the Beauty and the Bloodshed ” can be seen on HBO.

WIMBLEDON. DE QUEVEDO PLAYING A MATCH WITH CARAVAGGIO.

As Wimbledon enters its final stages, it’s a good time to read a novel about an imagined tennis match in 1599 between the poet Francisco de Quevedo and the painter Caravaggio. The book, Louisa Thomas writes, “is too much—too meta, too decadent, too scattered, too clever—but mostly, it’s too short.” We talk about Sudden Death by Álvaro Enrigue, translated by Natasha Wimmer (Riverhead Books)

HUNGARY. BOOK CHAIN FIND FOR LGBT+ BOOKS.

Lira Konyv, the second-largest bookstore chain in Hungary, has received a fine of 12 million forints (32.000€) for selling copies of the British graphic novel Heartstopper, famously adapted into a Netflix series that champions queer love. The chain was fined under Hungary’s “child protection” law, which forbids the display of homosexual content to minors in media, including literature.

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