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Qatar bans sex change film ‘The Danish Girl’

Qatar has banned "The Danish Girl" movie -- about an artist who undergoes one of the world's first sex changes and which stars Oscar-winner Eddie Redmayne -- from cinemas, officials announced on Monday.

Qatar bans sex change film 'The Danish Girl'
Eddie Redmayne plays Danish artist Einar Wegener in the film. Photo: Focus Features
The move follows protests online about the “depravity” of the film, which had begun screening at some cinemas in Doha this month.
 
“We would like to inform you that we have contacted the concerned administration and the screening of the Danish film is now banned from cinemas,” the culture ministry wrote on Twitter.
 
“We thank you for your unwavering vigilance.”
 
The film, which is loosely based on the lives of Danish painters Lile Elbe and Gerda Wegener in the 1920s, had first been screened in Qatar last Thursday.
 
 
One member of staff at a Doha cinema, who did not wish to be named, said authorities had told them to remove the film on Monday. It was immediately pulled.
 
Redmayne, who won an Oscar last year for his portrayal of Stephen Hawking in “The Theory of Everything”, plays pioneering transgender woman Elbe in the movie.
 
Its screening though had provoked an angry reaction among some cinemagoers.
 
The Doha News website reported that some had taken to social media to complain that the movie was being screened in Qatar, and one viewer complained about the film's “moral depravity” after seeing the trailer.

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EQUALITY

Lego celebrates diversity with rainbow-coloured figurines

Danish toy brick maker Lego unveiled a new set of rainbow-coloured figurines on Thursday to celebrate the diversity of its fans and the LGBTQI+ community.

Lego celebrates diversity with rainbow-coloured figurines
Lego's new 'Everyone is Awesome' set. Photo: Handout/Reuters/Ritzau Scanpix

The “Everyone is Awesome” set features 11 monochrome mini figures, each with its own individual hairstyle and rainbow colour.

“I wanted to create a model that symbolises inclusivity and celebrates everyone, no matter how they identify or who they love,” set designer Matthew Ashton said in a statement.

He said the fact that he belongs to the LGBTQI+ community had encouraged him to create the new Lego bricks.

“I knew I needed to step up to the plate and make a real statement about love and inclusivity, and generally spread some Lego love to everybody who needs it,” Ashton said.

“Kids are so much more accepting of each other and everybody else’s differences and I think that’s one of the things we can all learn from kids, is just go out there, have fun, be open to everybody and the world would be a much more happier, inclusive and living place,” he added.

The new 346-piece set will go on sale June 1st to coincide with Pride Month, which is dedicated to celebrating the LGBTQI+ communities around the world. 

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