“The 9”. News Curated Weekly. Iranian Prince awarded and gay movement becomes “extremist”

Your guide to the queer media circus.

As usual… 5.5 minutes to read. Your guide to the queer media circus. A weekly digest of the most important queer news in your backyard!  Exclusively for paid subscribers every Monday, “The 9” is curated weekly by Taylor Abbot + the GenZ editorial team.

This week, the Iranian crowned prince awarded, and then:


WePresent, the art platform of WeTransfer, and acclaimed British actor and art enthusiast Russell Tovey have announced the launch of the ‘We Move In Circles‘ exhibition. Commemorating artists lost to AIDS, the exhibit showcases the documentary ‘Life is Excellent,’ a tribute to artist David Robilliard, available for global streaming on WePresent. Running from November 23 to 25 in Shoreditch, London, the exhibition features T-shirts from the HIV/AIDS era and a library of queer literature. Curated with PAST Magazine, the T-shirt display, ‘Say It With Your Chest,’ explores activism through iconic designs. Tovey, WePresent’s Guest Curator, aims to raise awareness about AIDS’ impact on queer artists and their enduring contributions to culture. In conjunction with the exhibition, WePresent’s Editor-in-chief, Holly Fraser, highlighted the platform’s commitment to empowering creators. WeTransfer’s dedication to supporting the arts is evident in allocating 30% of advertising inventory to creatives and donating 1% of revenue to emerging artists through The Supporting Act Foundation. “We Move In Circles” is a poignant reminder of the lasting impact of AIDS on the artistic community and a celebration of queer art history. The exhibition, located at 133 Bethnal Green Road, London, E2 7DG, is open from 10 am to 7 pm. The WePresent documentary ‘Life is Excellent’ can be streamed globally on the platform.


Russia’s Supreme Court declared the international gay rights movement an “extremist organization” on Thursday, escalating the crackdown on gay and transgender rights since the onset of the Ukraine war. Responding to a Ministry of Justice lawsuit, the court claimed the L.G.B.T.Q. movement exhibited “various signs and manifestations of an extremist orientation.” This ruling heightens the risk of criminal prosecution for simple acts, like displaying the rainbow flag, endangering gay communities within Russia. Experts suggest potential jail sentences of six to 10 years for activists, lawyers, or public figures associated with gay rights. Critics argue it reflects President Putin’s campaign to defend “Russian traditional values,” branding gay communities as a potential threat.


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