Russia steps up the crackdown on their LGBTQ+ community : could it happen next in the West?

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  Ten years ago Russia’s Kremlin introduced legislation restricting LGBTQ+ rights, known as the “gay propaganda” law, which banned any public endorsement of “nontraditional sexual relations” among minors. Then in 2020, Putin pushed through constitutional reforms to extend his rule by two more terms and also included a provision to outlaw same-sex marriage.   Two years … Continue reading

A Worm in the Heart : Paul Rice’s debut film about the plight of LGBTQ in Russia today

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  One of our main driving forces in QUEERGURU reviewing so many new indie movies is the sheer hope that once in a blue moon, you come across a new fresh, and extraordinary voice. One that has such a passion and drive that makes all the hours/days/months in those screening rooms all worthwhile.  Paul Rice … Continue reading

Russian Chefs are saying ‘Bollocks’ to Putin

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  Russian Restaurant Owners and their staff, like the crew from Funky Food 11 restaurant in the photo above, are so pissed with the Authorities about being stripped of their livelihoods during the continuing Lockdown they are literally stripping naked. Hundreds of bar, restaurant and cafe employees have taken to posting pictures  photographs of themselves … Continue reading

Paul Rice’s powerful film shows the reality of life today in Russia for the LGBTQ Community

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Paul Rice a queer Irish creative director forsook his comfortable life in SF to take a journey on the Trans-Siberian Railway across Russia to see for himself what life is really like for the LGBTQ Community He even talked his Welsh bf Liam Jackson Montgomery into joining him.

The result is his very first feature film, a powerful documentary A Worm in the Heart that is about to have its World Premiere next week at Santa Barbara International Film Festival and so QUEERGURU caught up him for an exclusive interview in advance of the Event.


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