QUIRE Belfast LGBT Singers 10th Birthday Concert


QUIRE 10: Something Inside So StrongQUIRE10 - Something Inside So Strong
This Saturday 6th June, 7.45pm
Theatre at The Mill, Newtownabbey
Tickets £13.50/£11.50 concession from www.theatreatthemill.com or call the Box Office on 028 9034 0202 (Mon-Sat 10am-5pm)
Are you ready to party?! This Saturday, you’re cordially invited to join us, QUIRE Belfast LGBT Singers, to celebrate our 10 year anniversary as Northern Ireland’s only LGBT choir.
With the wonderful Gemma Hutton in charge of the mic, there’ll be plenty of fun and laughter!

Sit back and enjoy a selection of our 10 year repertoire of hits including ‘Like A Prayer’ by Madonna, ‘Let It Go’ made popular by the hit movie Frozen, and the classic by Labi Siffre ‘Something Inside So Strong’.
We’re also delighted to welcome our friends Gloria, Dublin’s Lesbian & Gay Choir, to join us on stage.
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Best wishes,
QUIRE Belfast

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An Afternoon with James Dawson

An Afternoon with James Dawson
22 June 2015, 1pm-4pm
Canada Room, Lanyon Building

jamesSpend an afternoon with James Dawson, voted Queen of Teen 2014 by The Book People.  James is a prolific and award winning fiction author who tackles puberty, sex and relationships in a frank and funny fashion.  The afternoon’s programme also includes lunch and presentations by Professor Alan Thurston of the Centre for Effective Education and  Dr Dirk Schubotz, School of Sociology, Social Policy and Social Work.

If you wish to attend please RSVP by Friday 12 June to kathryn.anderson@booktrust.org.uk


James Dawson Website

Three gay activists jailed after Moscow rally

Gay and LGBT rights activist Nikolai Alexeyev (R) holds a flare as he rides a quad-bike during an unauthorized gay rights activists rally in central Moscow on May 30, 2015. Moscow city authorities turned down demands for a gay rights rally. AFP PHOTO/DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV (Photo credit should read DMITRY SEREBRYAKOV/AFP/Getty Images)

Gay and LGBT rights activist Nikolai Alexeyev (R) holds a flare as he rides a quad-bike during an unauthorized gay rights activists rally in central Moscow on May 30, 2015. Moscow city authorities turned down demands for a gay rights rally. (Dmitry Serebryakov/AFP/Getty Images)

The organiser of an unauthorised gay pride rally in Moscow was jailed for 10 days on Monday along with two other activists for disobeying police.

The event’s main organiser, Nikolai Alexeyev, was jailed after being detained by police at Saturday’s brief protest outside the Moscow mayor’s office.

“The court hearing was a farce!” he wrote on Twitter.

Two other activists, Yevgeny Gerasimov and Vadim Gruzdev were also sentenced to 10 days in police cells, reported OVD-Info website, which monitors detentions  of activists.

On Saturday Alexeyev rode past  the mayor’s office on the main Tverskaya Street on a quad bike decked with a rainbow flag and waving an orange smoke flare. The mayor’s office had refused permission for a rally and a court rejected activists’ appeal.

Police detained around a dozen people at the rally after some 30 nationalist counter-demonstrators in camouflage clothing and football fans hurled eggs at the activists and attacked them.

Gays in Russia face regular harassment and requests to hold pride parades have been consistently rejected by authorities in the capital.

In  2013, President Vladimir Putin approved legislation banning the dissemination of “gay propaganda” among minors.

The law has been widely condemned in the West as stoking intolerance.

Human Rights Watch last December sounded the alarm over a rising number of homophobic attacks in Russia, saying that the ban on “gay propaganda” effectively legalised discrimination.

Police officers detain gay rights activists as they gathered near the State Duma, Russia's lower parliament chamber, in Moscow, Russia, on June 11, 2013.  AP PHOTO/IVAN SEKRETAREV

Police officers detain gay rights activists as they gathered near the State Duma, Russia’s lower parliament chamber, in Moscow, Russia, on June 11, 2013. AP PHOTO/IVAN SEKRETAREV

Russia decriminalised homosexuality in 1993, and only stopped classifying it as a mental illness in 1999.

Westminster MPs call for action on same-sex marriage

The rally outside Queen's University

The rally outside Queen’s University

MPs table cross-party motion calling for action on same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland

MPs from a number of parties in Westminster have signed an early-day motion calling on the government to take action to support same-sex marriage in Northern Ireland.

Same-sex couples are allowed to marry in England, Wales and Scotland and the Republic of Ireland this week passed the measure by a landslide public vote, but it continues to be blocked in Northern Ireland by the DUP.

The Democratic Unionist Party has blocked same-sex marriage a number of times by filing a ‘petition of concern’ in the Stormont assembly.

Today, a cross-party group of MPs have filed an EDM congratulating Ireland for its move – and calling for Northern Ireland to follow suit.

The bill’s sponsors include Conservative MP Sir Peter Bottomley, Labour’s Emily Thornberry, Paul Farrelly and Conor McGinn, , and Northern Irish SDLP’s Alasdair McDonnell.

Signatories include the Scottish National Party’s Mhairi Black – who at 20 is the youngest LGB MP to ever sit in Parliament.

The motion states: “That this House congratulates the Republic of Ireland on becoming the first country in the world to endorse the call for marriage equality in a popular vote.

“[This house] believes that Ireland has fulfilled the aspirations of equality campaigners by winning majority support in virtually every parliamentary constituency and concluding the referendum process with a decisive 62 per cent result.

“[This house] notes the remarks of Taoiseach Enda Kenny that those who voted in the privacy of the ballot box made a very public statement in the spirit of generosity, compassion, inclusion, love and equal marriage; recognises the support given by LGBT Irish in Britain, many of whom got the boat or flew back to participate on the day

“[This house] further believes that the Irish vote can serve as a beacon of hope for those still facing oppression; and urges the Government to support LGBT equality around the world, most immediately in Northern Ireland, the only part of the UK and the island of Ireland where same-sex couples will still be barred from availing of their civil liberties.”

Islington South and Finsbury MP Emily Thornberry said: “I’m delighted to have tabled one of the first Early Day Motions of the new Parliament, celebrating this historic victory for equality.

“It’s a sign of remarkable progress that, just 14 years after the Netherlands became the first country in the world to legalize marriage for same sex couples in 2001, Ireland has now increased to 22 the number of countries where full marriage equality is the law of the land.

“But while we celebrate this result, it’s important also to remember that equality cannot be taken for granted across the world, or even within the UK.

“Northern Ireland is now the only part of the British Isles where LGBT couples lack the legal protections and the social recognition that marriage affords, so as advocates of LGBT equality we should all now redouble our efforts to make marriage a right, not a privilege that depends on where you live.”

Out From The History Books – Celebrating Our Past

The Second National Festival of LGBT History – February 2016

Following the success of the First National Festival of LGBT History in Manchester earlier this year, plans are under-way to make the next festival in February 2016 even bigger and even better.  And this time it will be truly nationwide.

As well as the academic conference being held again in Manchester, an additional four ‘hubs’ are being developed to celebrate the contribution of British LGB and T people throughout history. These will be in Shrewsbury,York, London and Bristol. Each hub will be liaising with a member of the Schools OUT UK steering committee to enable their popular event to remain in keeping with the ethos of LGBT History Month. The theme for History Month 2016 will be Religion, Belief and Philosophy.

Schools OUT’s Academic Director Jeff Evans is inviting individuals and groups to put forward their ideas for popular events showcasing the histories of LGBT groups, events and individuals in their local area. The formal announcement of the full programmes of events will be this autumn.

This year’s festival included talks and exhibitions relating to queer histories in the north of England and Manchester, including: “We were born in the 1980’s: History of the Joyce Layland Centre (Manchester)”, “Anne Lister: A Life”, “Press for Change & Trans History”, and “21 years and more: BiPhoria and Bisexuality in Manchester”.

The first National Festival of LGBT History this year attracted speakers of calibre: Stuart Milk, LGBT activist and nephew of assassinated pioneer Harvey Milk, veteran campaigner Peter Tatchell, Linda Bellos and history Professor Charles Upchurch, who flew in from Florida especially for the event.  The highlight of the weekend was the three-part immersive theatre production A Very Victorian Scandal, which dramatised the events of Britain’s own Stonewall event, which happened in Hulme in 1880.

The closing date for festival submissions is 30th June 2015.

We are also delighted to announce the call for papers for the ‘What is & How to Do LGBT History: Methods, Subjects and Approaches’ academic conference and we are expecting submissions as last year from round the world.

For more information contact Jeff Evans:  academics@schools-out.org.uk
To submit presentations, the online form is here:http://lgbthistorymonth.org.uk/call-for-presentations/

LGBT History Month 2016 Badge

Here it is at last – The Official LGBT History Month 2016 Badge!

Gareth Marshall (left), 1st year Design student at The University of Bedfordshire in Luton, wins our £250 prize for this simple yet dynamic piece.

All the students found the Religion, Belief and Philosophy brief quite a challenge, made even harder by our decision not to favour by inclusion, any specific religious iconography.

Gareth was inspired, he says, by the idea of ‘the leap of faith’ common in many religious beliefs, which he also felt was analogous with the idea of Coming Out.

The badges will be on sale at our stall in Trafalgar Square on 27th June.