Even though our site is called Femfilmfans, don't be fooled into thinking we are only interested in the rights of women. Our more loyal Femfilmfam knows this by now, but it is worth repeating that we want to promote, support and protect not only the rights and interests of women, but especially those of women of color and the LGBTQ+ community. In doing so, we call attention to and raise the visibility of such marginalized groups in the entertainment industry by providing a safe space to discuss, display and celebrate the amazing work they create.
This is why we would like to share a link to a helpful and detailed guide to online safety for the LGBTQ+ community, brought to our attention by Carla Doniva. The online safety guide was published by the site vpnMentor, which is dedicated to internet safety and web privacy. Here are a few facts about the online experiences of LGBTQ+ people according to a survey conducted by vpnMentor:
The purpose of the guide is to provide practical strategies for coping with adversity, bigotry, and abuse on the web. Readers will learn how to change their privacy settings on social media, how to navigate the workplace while queer, where to find blogs, forums and support organizations for LGBTQ+ youth, about safe dating apps, and so much more.
Whether you are part of the LGBTQ+ community or are an ally, we think you will find the guide useful.
Click --> vpnmentor.com/blog/lgbtq-guide-online-safety/ <-- to be taken to the guide! And feel free to share it, as we did with you today.
"Powerful stories can change the world."
Calling all filmmakers! We wanted to share this exciting grant opportunity from the Berlin Feminist Film Week (BFFW), who has teamed up with filmmaker Sharmeen Obaid Chinoy and the global campaign organization Purpose.
Submit your film by Friday, December 7, 2018 at midnight (23:59 CET - Central European Time; the timezone in Germany) and have the chance to receive a €10,000 grant!
From the BFFW website:
"Obaid Chinoy’s academy award winning documentary, A Girl in the River: The Price of Forgiveness, ignited public outrage and political pressure in Pakistan, feeding a movement that eventually led to the banning of honor killings in the country. What started as a tale of one woman’s courage, resilience and strength in the face of terrible violence, became a symbol and rallying cry for those across the country and internationally campaigning to put such violence firmly in Pakistan’s past. This is the power of one story.
We are looking for global stories that touch on the themes of inequality, climate change, global health and/or gender inequality and that highlight women (or female identifying), like Sharmeen and Saba, who are fighting for change.
The winning filmmaker will be supported to develop and build a public engagement campaign to accompany their film, creating ways for the film’s viewers to take action on the issues depicted in the story and help create meaningful change in the world."
For more info, please go to: berlinfeministfilmweek.com/2018/10/powerful-stories-can-change-the-world/
Or you can go directly to the grant application: purposecampaigns.typeform.com/to/VBx5kb