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July 11, 2014

Actress says of former Bikini Kill singer: 'I love a riot grrrl'

Keira Knightley had a quick answer when she was asked recently who she has a girl crush on.

'I just watched The Punk Singer, the documentary about Kathleen Hanna from Bikini Kill, so I actually have to go with her. She might be my top girl crush of all time, really. I love a riot grrrl.'

April 28, 2014

The biggest European veggie event arrives in Bristol, UK next month and promises a three-day festival of disco, punk and reggae for vegan food lovers

Europe’s biggest and most glamorous food and music festival is coming to Bristol, UK next month.

Promising a mix of music legends and delicious vegan food, VegFest 2014 will be in Bristol from 23-25 May.

Over the three day extravaganza, visitors will not only be treated to over 140 stalls crammed with 100% vegan food but will also enjoy three different genres of live music at the Amphitheatre in central Bristol.

The festival will embark on a musical transformation from disco to punk and finally to reggae over the foodie weekend.

April 7, 2014

Blondie lead singer has had longest relationships with men - wants to fall in love again

At 68, Debbie Harry has revealed her bisexuality.

The singer who came to fame as lead singer of band Blondie acknowledged past relationships with women in a new interview, according to the Mail Online.

Harry was asked if rumors of her having affairs with other women were true and she replied: ‘Yeah.’

She then added: ‘Let’s say women are more sensual.’

February 10, 2014

Debbie Harry has revealed that Blondie were approached to perform at the Sochi Winter Olympics but turned down the offer over Russia’s human rights record

Blondie singer Debbie Harry has revealed that her band was approached to play during the Sochi Winter Olympics but turned down the offer over Russia’s human rights record.

Harry took to Twitter to post a photo of the offer by the Red Rocks Festival which is being held in Sochi as part of the Cultural Olympiad which surrounds the games.

On it she had written, ‘Pass – human rights.’

Blondie had been asked to travel to the games to perform in front of a crowd of 25,000 people during a 45 minute set on 13 February with a 9pm start.

December 18, 2013

A far-reaching amnesty means the members of Pussy Riot, as well as the Greenpeace activists, could be freed

Russia is set to release two members of the pro-gay, anti-Putin, punk group Pussy Riot as early as tomorrow (19 December).

The parliament has passed a wide-ranging amnesty law unanimously, allowing first-time offenders, minors and women with small children to be freed from prison.

Nadezhda Tolokonnikova and Maria Alyokhnia staged a punk performance in Moscow’s main cathedral early last year.

During the performance, they included a reference to the country’s persecuted LGBT community with the line ‘Gay pride sent to Siberia in chains’.

April 5, 2013

Police in north west England will now treat attacks on punks, goths and emos as they do assaults on gay, disabled or ethnic minority people – something our own communities can learn from

Greater Manchester Police in north-west England have made a groundbreaking decision on hate crime that could cultivate greater respect for diversity as a whole.

From now, crimes motivated by hate against people from various music subcultures – emos, goths and punks – will be recorded as such.

If other police forces follow their lead it could benefit not just goths and punks but also the trans community.

May 8, 2012

CM Punk apologizes for suggesting anti-gay follower kill himself

North Carolina voters are at the polls today deciding the fate of Amendment One, legislation that will ban the state from recognizing civil unions, strip away domestic partner benefits and could eliminate legal protections for all unmarried couples.

Passions have been heated on both sides of the issue in recent days and led to a war of words on Twitter between pro wrestler CM Punk and a homophobic supporter of the measure.