EU blocks funding for cities declaring themselves LGBT-free zones – CNN

(CNN)The European Union has denied funding to six Polish towns that declared themselves to be "LGBT-Free Zones." In announcing the decision on Thursday, the European Commission said it was affirming that the union stands for equality for all people.   "EU values and fundamental rights must be respected by Member States and state authorities," European Commissioner for Equality, Helena …

Deaf people in Suffolk struggle with new face mask rules | East Anglian Daily Times

Deaf adults and children in Suffolk have been confronted in shops, judged and misunderstood by many as the new face mask laws cut off their ability to communicate with wearers. Deaf adults and children in Suffolk have been confronted in shops, judged and misunderstood by many as the new face mask laws cut off their …

Actor/Model Nyle DiMarco is Giving Us the Deaf TV Show of Our Dreams | Femestella

While Hollywood is facing a new reckoning concerning how it handles representation, some actors are taking advantage of the tumult to create opportunities for themselves. That can be said about the male model and actor Nyle DiMarco, who has a comedy series based about his life as a deaf man in development. The show, which …

Deaf actors ‘feel like outsiders’ because of industry’s BSL barriers – Disability News Service

Deaf actors who use British Sign Language (BSL) have described how they feel like “outsiders” because of the barriers they face within the industry. A trio of Deaf actors spoke out at the online launch of new guidance for the industry yesterday (Wednesday) by the performers’ and creative practitioners’ union Equity. The Guide to Good Practice …

Medical marijuana headed to Mississippi ballots in November

By Chet Landry | July 29, 2020  JACKSON COUNTY, Miss. (WLOX) - Among other big decisions coming up in November, medical marijuana will also be on the ballot in Mississippi. Initiative 65 proposes to amend the Mississippi constitution to allow qualified patients with medical conditions, certified by licensed physicians, to use medical marijuana. Edward Langton is on the board …

TV viewers are getting really sick of those ‘pandemic specials’

Only one of the much-hyped "specials" scored a 2020 Emmy nomination. Five months into the coronavirus pandemic, and Television Academy voters already seem to be over the plethora of remotely produced content created during, and in response to, the new social-distancing health and safety guidelines. Only one such program, Food Network’s “Amy Schumer Learns to …