Further bill amendments to calm clergy

gaymarriageAs reported in the new issue of Out In The City (April 2010), the Equality Bill which has was passed through the House Of Lords last month included an amendment – tabled by Lord Alli – which allows civil partnerships to be held on religious premises. However, the amendment has caused some confusion and concern amongst religious groups – some of whom have falsely interpreted it as meaning that they will be forced to conduct civil partnerships against their wishes.

LGBT artists wanted

gfestTwo upcoming gay arts events – GFest and ACT ART – are now seeking submissions from artists working in all types of media. The annual GFest – Gaywise Festival will be returning to London in November 2010, and organizers are looking for submissions in three major categories; short films, performances and visual art. GFest, which is supported by the Mayor Of London’s office and Arts Council England, is widely recognised as London's lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) and queer cross-art festival for all.

Malawi protest for Commonwealth HQ

malawiprotestGay rights protestors held a demonstration outside the Commonwealth’s London headquarters on Monday 22 March in protest against the prosecution and imprisonment of the Malawian same-sex couple, Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, on charges of homosexuality. The protestors were outraged at the Commonwealth's failure to condemn the couple’s arrest and detention in Malawi’s Chichiri prison.

Boy George hints at Culture Club re-union

boygeorgeBoy George has hinted that Culture Club may reform once again. In a radio interview with the BBC 5 Live’s Victoria Derbyshire, the 48-year-old singer said that he might get together with his former bandmates in 2011 to mark the 30th anniversary of the band’s reformation. “I think we could do a one-off gig or maybe a small tour,” he told BBC 5 live. “It's our 30th anniversary next year so we may do something.”

Gay couple turned away from B&B

bedandbreakfastThames Valley police are investigating claims by a gay couple that they were turned away from a local B&B purely because the establishment’s owner did not like the fact that they were gay and intended to share a bed. Since the introduction of the Equality Act in 2006, it has been illegal to discrminate against people on the grounds of sexual orientation – and this includes providers of goods and services.

Review: Pre-election hustings

voteWith the next election widely acknowledged as being too close to call, our major political parties are determined to court every potential vote from all sorts of interest groups. Last night it was the turn of the LGB community to be schmoozed at an LGB political hustings event organised by Village Drinks in association with Stonewall and the Diversity Careers Show.

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