LGBTQ

Male-centric and whitewashed: major photography brands Fuji, Canon and Kodak scramble to diversify following criticism

Camera companies pledge to promote more women, LGBTQ and photographers of colour in response to online pro-diversity campaigns

Polandnews

Poland’s right-wing government dismisses director of leading contemporary art museum in latest blow to cultural scene

Over 1,000 leading Polish arts figures have signed a letter in defence of the Zacheta National Gallery of Art in Warsaw's head Hanna Wróblewska

'It has given legitimacy to transphobia': Students angered by Royal Academy's apology to artist Jess de Wahls

Royal Academy Schools, the London museum's art college, have taken to Instagram to express their dismay

‘One thing is clear to us now, we should have handled this better’—Royal Academy apologises to artist Jess de Wahls over transphobia row

The London museum says that pulling her work from their shop because of her views "betrayed our most important core value—the protection of free speech"

Royal Academy gift shop will not stock work of artist accused of transphobia

London museum posted an Instagram story explaining reasons for withdrawing items by Jess de Wahls

Original 1978 rainbow flag designed by Gilbert Baker acquired by San Francisco’s GLBT Historical Society

The banner, thought lost for more than 40 years, was recently authenticated by a vexillographer who had worked with the artist

LGBTQnews

Happy Pride! Queer art hub planned for Greenwich Peninsula in London

Multi-venue cultural centre responds to the staggering loss of LGBTQ+ spaces across the UK

Leilah Babirye's blowtorched trash sculptures of queer Ugandan royalty come to London

Forced to flee Uganda after being outed as a lesbian in the press, Babirye's show at Stephen Friedman Gallery addresses the legacy of British colonialism

Booksreview

A masterclass in activism: What artists today can learn from ACT UP’s response to the Aids crisis

A new book by Sarah Schulman describes how the radically democratic and fast acting group grabbed the public’s attention and held politicians and institutions accountable

Patrick O’Connell, Visual Aids founder, has died, aged 67

The activist helped develop perhaps the most well known symbol of HIV and Aids awareness: the red ribbon

Russianews

Russian artist Yulia Tsvetkova, who faces prison for posting feminist drawings, starts hunger strike

The 27-year-old activist is demanding that her criminal trial be held in public

Alice Neel, two artists, and an avocado: double portrait one of the highlights of major New York show

The survey at the Metropolitan Museum of Art will shed light on Neel’s recurring subjects, from family members and lovers to the bohemians and activists she collaborated with

LGBTQnews

Polish region loses €1.65m European heritage grant after declaring itself 'LGBT-free zone'

Norway Grants pulled the award after Podkarpackie councillors voted for a resolution to "resist the promotion of LGBT ideology"

Startup consultant and collector George Wells gives Morehouse College a million-dollar art collection

The historically Black men’s college in Atlanta, Georgia will receive works by Mickalene Thomas, Rashid Johnson, Amy Sherald, McArthur Binion, and Ivy Haldeman

US politicsinterview

‘The arts were an integral part of my self-discovery’: an interview with Sarah McBride, state senator and Delaware Art Museum trustee

The newly elected US legislator and transgender activist credits her early education in the performing arts for opening her world view

LGBTQnews

Shanghai Pride announces suspension of operations shortly after opening exhibition

Move comes amidst increased official scrutiny of civil society in China

Polandnews

Culture figures unite against mounting anti-LGBTQ sentiment in Poland

Open letter—signed by prominent writers Olga Tokarczuk and Margaret Atwood—demands the release of imprisoned activist Malgorzata "Margot" Szutowicz

Boner Lisa? Dating app Grindr launches art section

New "Circle" feature invites users to share their art and photography on the LGBTQ site

LGBTQinterview

Art can help the public engage in personal advocacy: Alphonso David, president of the Human Rights Campaign

The nation's largest LGBTQ civil rights organisation recently unveiled an incisive installation by Hank Willis Thomas on its Washington, DC headquarters

Pace Gallery shuts down homophobic slurs on Instagram over Peter Hujar photographs

In Pride Month post, gallery speaks out against "individuals who wish to degrade marginalised communities"

Russianews

Forty protestors detained for defending Russian activist facing prison for posting art with LGBTQ message

Russia's arts community rallying behind Yulia Tsvetkova whose trial starts in July

'I have a 1% chance of being acquitted': Russian activist faces six years in prison for posting vagina drawings online

Police say the body-positive images, accompanied by captions like ‘Real women have body fat and it’s normal,’ violate pornography laws

Gonzalo Casals, director of the Leslie-Lohman Museum, is named commissioner of New York City Department of Cultural Affairs

Official succeeds Tom Finkelpearl, who resigned amid scrutiny of city’s commissioning of public monuments

Rare Andy Warhol drag queen portraits go on show in Tate Modern exhibition

Near-forgotten series of striking portraits are part of a 100-strong show of works opening at the London museum this week

Filmsnews

An art-fuelled, 18th-century lesbian love affair: French film Portrait of a Lady on Fire released in UK

Emblematic tale of a doomed relationship between a woman and her portraitist, lauded by international critics, goes on show this week

Hidden LGBTQ histories of London's royal palaces to come out in new guided tours

Immersive performances will begin this month at Tower of London, with more planned at Hampton Court Palace and Kensington Palace

Artists criticise Palais de Tokyo partnership with Qatari museum over LGBTQ rights

Mathaf's guest show at Paris contemporary art centre marks Qatar-France 2020 Year of Culture

'No chance for art institutions': fears for freedom of speech as populist party set to win Polish elections

Expected victory for ruling Law and Justice party raises concerns that minority voices will be silenced as museums increasingly come under state control

LGBTQnews

Designs for the National Pulse Memorial & Museum are unveiled amid debate

While early reactions have been mostly positive, a group of activists and victims’ families would rather see a support centre on the site

LGBTQnews

Shanghai shows of queer art hampered by venue issues and government censorship

LGBTQ exhibitions and works that are explicitly out and proud are magnets for official ire in mainland China

Three exhibitions to see in New York this weekend

Celebrate Pride Month with commemorations of Stonewall's 50th anniversary

Aids, crack and Ronald Reagan: Keith Haring show heads to Liverpool

Tate Liverpool hosts the first major UK survey of the provocative Pop artist

Bold, ironic and camp: Met show explores exuberant expression in fashion

Costume Institute's new exhibition Camp: Notes on Fashion examines camp from the 17th century onwards

Victoria Stapley-Brown. with additional reporting by Helen Stoilas

Out of time? London’s recent queer past comes under the spotlight at the Whitechapel Gallery

A new exhibition examines how the community has been affected by rapid development and gentrification in the UK capital

Authorities cancel activist youth festival in Russia's Far East

Officials raised concerns that the festival was promoting an LGBT agenda

LGBTQnews

Largest exhibition of LGBTQ art in Asia to open in November

The collaboration between Sunpride Foundation and Bangkok Art and Culture Centre explores issues of inclusion in ‘Asia’s Gay Capital’

Dealers take a stand against transphobia at Miami's fairs

Exhibitors at Art Basel in Miami Beach and beyond respond to comments by President Trump with a wide range of queer art

Artist accuses Florida officials of censoring his photographs of queer life

Organisers at Bal Harbour show asked Pacifico Silano to remove his images with partial nudity and descriptions referring to pornography

New Museum hosts artists' proposed monuments to Stonewall uprising

In a range of models for Christopher Park, creators celebrate activists who they feel have been overlooked

Brazilnews

Censored queer art show reopens to record-breaking crowds in Rio

The exhibition was revived thanks to one of the country’s biggest crowdfunding campaigns, which raised more than $250,000

US whistleblower and activist Chelsea Manning to make first UK appearance at ICA London

The polarising ex-army leaker will discuss artificial intelligence, LGBTQ rights and the links between digital technology and democracy

US Planned Parenthood campaign includes artists Shirin Neshat and Carrie Mae Weems 

The Unstoppable initiative includes an online exhibition of works by ten female artists and writers

David Wojnarowicz’s furiously prolific but short-lived career explored in major show

As US culture wars reignite, the Whitney Museum stages a timely exhibition of New York’s finest firebrand

Just call me Gluck—the artist at the vanguard of gender fluidity

Brighton exhibition includes love letters and artist's final painting, a memento mori

Paris to open an LGBT archive centre in 2020

Move spurred by recent success of 120 Beats per Minute film about Aids activism

Podcastfeature

Podcast episode three: how the Getty is shaping southern California’s art scene

The story behind Pacific Standard Time in Los Angeles; Ming Wong on the historic queer art show in Taipei. Plus: an exclusive audio work by Zardulu the Mythmaker

Hosted by Ben Luke, Jori Finkel and Lisa Movius. , produced by Julia Michalska and David Clack
LGBTQnews

First-ever museum show celebrating queer Asian art opens in Taiwan

Exhibition marks country's May ruling setting stage to legalise gay marriage

Muholi defies stigma and stereotypes at the Stedelijk

Around 80 pictures spanning over a decade are on display in Amsterdam

LGBTQarchive

Emin slams Russia over gay rights

Moscow’s Ekaterina Cultural Foundation is set to host a retrospective of the Young British Artists

Married same-sex couples to get art tax breaks

Museums could benefit, as well as spouses who inherit works

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