Friday, 29 December 2006

A Gay Yuletide

The last time I mentioned Christmas and the Chorus, we had just started our series of performances at Selfridges. The Christmas season is now well and truely over (only for a short appearance on Sunday on LBC).

Selfridges, as usual, was fun: Unlike any other gig, you get to interact with the audience (albeit in a limited way simply by smiling and waving at them as the slide past on the escalators). This year we did not get a heckler but I did spot a few faces going quickly from a smile to a frown as their owners finally read our name. Most people are however please to hear and see us. We even caused a couple of lesbians to kiss, which was rather sweet.

Celebrity spotting count: one half (no idea which) of Ant and Dec.


Extract of Make the Yuletide Gay 2006, Christmas Medley (6:13)

Wednesday 20th was the busiest day for the us, I think. After our last four short gigs at the store, those taking part had to rush to the Barbican to the tech rehearsal (some pictures available at the Chorus' Flickr pool) of our sold out Christmas concert at the Barbican, hosted by Sandi Toksvig.

The theme of the concert was "party" and as such was rather on the light-hearted side of things. From where I was standing (on the back row, towards the middle of the 170 strong Chorus), it looked and sounded like our best performance since I joined. The audience seemed to agree. Singing in London (mostly to friends and families) usually means that you don't have to win your audience; they are already rooting for you by the time you get on stage. This is great. The audience on that night however, was perhaps the most demonstrative and noisy I have seen while in the Chorus. They loved us!

A positive outcome of this concert is that we got a very decent (even enthusiastic from what I have heard) piece of PR on London Tonight with about four minutes of rehearsal footage, live interview and singing! There will also be a picture of some of "the boys" with Sandi in the Pink Paper later this week. I'll try and post more soon...


Extract of Make the Yuletide Gay 2006, Coming Out on Christmas (3:25)

The next day was rest, although I ended up in Brighton, helping RS a fellow chorine carrying and building (so butch!) a futton sofa bed he had received for the lovely flat he just bought there. We also had a stroll on the sea front and food in a Lebanese restaurant. When I left for the station, RS was in a gay pub taking part in a Christmas pub quiz with people he had never met before and wondering whether Monopoly or Scrabble had been invented first.

Spotted in a shop window: a series of posters screaming "Happy Birthday Santa!"

On Friday, the Chorus was back at the mill. A bunch of us was sent out to BBC Radio1 to take part in their Christmas Party, singing 5/6 musical interludes from our repertoire throughout the day. In the evening, about 30 of us serenaded 150 punters at XXL. We were then free to collapse.

And of course, you already know about my Christmas.


Extract of Make the Yuletide Gay 2006, special arrangment of Silent Night (5:44)

The full DVD of the show is available for sale here until the end of January.

And if you are wondering, Monopoly came first, apparently.


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Tuesday, 26 December 2006

Merry Christmas

A Deserted Trafalgar Square - 26 December 2006, 1.20am

I went to a friend's in Camden yesterday for Christmas lunch. We stuffed our faces with a very nice traditional meal (I can almost see why sprouts are considered a delicacy in this country now), sweets and a little alcohol. We watched some TV (including the Queen) and a couple of films.

Since there is no public transport on Christmas day in London and rather than walk for an hour as I did last year, I had borrowed an old (as in antique) bike from Slightly. It was very enjoyable to cycle in an almost deserted London. On the way back I took the scenic route through Soho, Trafalagar Square and Whitehall. All more or less completely deserted as shown in the picture above.

Merry Christmas, y'all!



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Tuesday, 19 December 2006

Sights and Sounds of London

As advertised in a previous post, The London Gay Men's Chorus' Christmas season is now in full swing.

We had our first too short gigs in a bar in Islington on Sunday in support of the Terrence Higgins Trust. That went ok, if you don't take into account the noisy environment, the lack of a director and the boosing between the two sets.

Yesterday, we started the three day schlep at Selfridges in Oxford Street. This is the third year running that we are doing it (and I am taking part) and it is always good fun. The first set was as usual crap. It's more like a technical rehearsal than a proper performance. We need to get used to the location and figure out how we sound. Good job the Monday morning at 12 are not that busy.

After four sets and a whole afternoon of almost uninterupted singing, I would have loved to go home and... die. Not so, however. We all trudged our way to lovely Camden for a dress rehearsal of wednesday's big concert at the Barbican. Another three hours of singing... With choreography for certain numbers.

That was the "sound" part of the day. It is a perk of the gigs at Selfridges to be able to enjoy a few interesting sights (if you get my drift).

As I was getting home around eleven in the cold and windy night, I suddenly noticed on the other pavement a woman flailing her arms and shouting. It being dark, I wasn't quite sure at first, but I soon realised that appart from a handbag she was stark vulva(?) naked. Of east asian origin, short with thin, normal looking legs but a fat upper body. Her flesh spilling over her tiny hips. Not exactly a pretty sight!

As often after singing (and I had done a lot of that yesterday), I was so wound up that also I was quite tired I did not manage to go to sleep until very late.

I am about to go get my bus to another round at Selfridges to purge my eyes and mental photo album of last night's sight and produce more (hopefully nice) sounds.



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Friday, 15 December 2006

Adam and Ian Tie the Knot

Adam Macy (Andrew Wincott) and Ian Craig (Stephen Kennedy) getting hitched.

As I mentioned before, yesterday was a landmark in broadcasting history with the airing of the Civil Partnership of the characters of Adam and Ian in the BBC Radio4 soap The Archers.

I had a meeting so I could not listen to the episode as it was broadcast but I have just listened to it. On the whole a rather underwhelming affair. Not as moving as when Ian proposed to Adam.

What really got my goat, however, was the last scene of the episode. The piece was about the "wedding", as everyone is calling it and how the fathers of both grooms finally decide to attend the ceremony. What was billed as Adam and Ian's big day by the network, a recognition and celebration of gay lives in its own little way, was, at the eleventh hour, highjacked. The producers and writers of the show decided that it would be good to bring things back to "normal" I suppose by having two other characters (a straight couple) become engaged publicly during the after ceremony party.

While I can see that they would probably want to justify this by saying it emphasises the fact that Civil Partnerships are now part of life and on an equal footing with "real" marriages, I think they could have handled this a little better. They could for example have waited for the next episode and have those two characters talk about the ceremony, say how much it had move them before their reminising spurs them to do the same. But no, the producers needed to reassure middle England and undermine what Adam and Ian were doing...

Or is it my turn to be paranoid?

It looks like I am not the only one to have a go at the Archers, for quite different reasons though:
Stephen Green, National Director of the proudly homophobic group, [Christian Voice,] described the storyline as “nauseating.“

He said: “"Personally, seeing a picture of actors Andrew Wincott and Stephen Kennedy dressed up in wedding suits holding their glasses of fizz made me feel quite queasy. It brought home the enormity of the nauseating pretence and perversion of a real wedding which every 'civil partnership' is.

"My hope is that the remaining faithful listeners of 'The Archers', those who have endured the plaintive politically-correct story-lines of the last few years will at last wake up and find something less grating to listen to.”





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Sexual Orientation Regulations - A Letter to Ruth Kelly

If you feel you want to do something in support of the proposed new legislation but are not sure how to, here is the copy of an email from journalist and gay activist Simon Fanshawe including the template of a letter to Ruth Kelly (the minister in charge of the regulations).

Feel free to use it and to let your contacts know. The Christians fundies are being very active against the new regulastions and we need to do just as well.

Previous posts on the subject:
* Anti-Gay Christians Strike Again
* Anti-Gay Christians Strike Again - part 2
* Sexual Orientation Regulations - The Saga Continues

See also

Thanks

------ Forwarded Message
From: Simon Fanshawe
Date: Thu, 14 Dec 2006 09:42:53 +0000
To: ""

Dear All

Apologies for a round robin but I am sure that you will want to make your views known on this. It will affect the lives of many of your friends.
The Government has proposed, as part of their commitment to equal treatment for all citizens,legislation to outlaw discrimination against lesbian and gay people in the "provision of good and services". It is designed to tackle the kind of discrimination that lesbians and gays experience on a daily basis. We have made so much progress on equality but while discrimination is no longer and all day event it is often an every day event. The Government recognises that it is an important statement about our society that we treat people equally and fairly.

The Christian Congress for Traditional Values (along with a number of Catholic and Anglican bishops and clergy) has written to Ruth Kelly the Minister responsible for the legislation. She is receiving a large number of letters from them and not enough from people like yourself who believe that fairness and equality is the sign of a decent society. She is committed to carrying through the provisions but she needs our support.

Here is a letter you might like to send (adapted if you wish)


Thanks

Simon

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To:
The Rt Hon Ruth Kelly MP - Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government and Minister for Women

E-mail addresses:
Contactus@communities.gsi.gov.uk or kellyr@parliament.uk



Dear Ruth Kelly

I am writing to you to express my support for the government's proposed Sexual Orientation Regulations.

It is quite right for the Government to seek to outlaw discrimination in our society. No one should live their life in fear of being denied equal treatment on the basis of who they are, whether they be black, white, a member of a religion, old or young or gay or lesbian.

I know that there has been some unreasonable attacks on this principle, especially from the Churches some of whom have taken out advertisements defending their right to maintain their prejudice. They may disapprove of what they call "gay lifestyles" (whatever that may be) and they have every freedom to express their view. But they do not have a right to act on it. There are indeed conflicting freedoms in society. We will have to live with those. But there is an underlying right for people to be protected from being discriminated against. I would not support a catholic being denied a job on the basis of their religious faith and similarly I would not support a gay man or lesbian being denied a job on the basis of their sexuality. This is not to privilege lesbians and gays nor members of religions. it is to offer them the decency of equal treatment. In our society you are free to think prejudiced thoughts, say prejudiced things, but successive Labour Governments have outlawed acting on that prejudice.

Some religious organisations have argued that "homosexuals wanting to promote their rights in priority in to the rights of Christians". In fact it is the reverse. This minority of Christians is seeking to assert the privilege of continuing to act on their prejudice. They should not be allowed to do so in a fair society.

I urge you to maintain your commitment to the Sexual Orientation Discrimination provisions and am delighted that you have said publicly a number of times that you would.

Yours Sincerely






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Tuesday, 12 December 2006

Xmas with the London Gay Men's Chorus

Another bout of shameless (self) promotion. As of Sunday, I will be on a roll to Christmas, performing all over London with the Chorus. Here is the bill of fare for you enjoyment. Busy!

Sunday 17 December
Carols @ The Green, Islington, London - 4:30pm and 6:00pm
In support of the Terrence Higgins Trust.

18, 19 and 20 December
Carols @ Selfridges - Oxford Street, London
Monday: 12:00, 1:45, 3:30 and 5:15
Tuesday: 12:00, 1:45, 3:30 and 5:15
Wednesday: 10:30, 11:45, 1:00 and 2:15

Wednesday 20 December
SOLD OUT
Make the Yuletide Gay 2006, Barbican Hall, London - 7.30pm
Great music, both traditional and modern - plus a generous sprinkling of laughter and glitter.
This year the emphasis is on jazz and swing and the party is bigger than ever. We welcome as our celebrity host, the brilliant Sandi Toksvig.
Start your Christmas in spectacular fashion. Reserve your seats now before they all go!
Book online or by phone on 020 7638 8891

Friday 22 December
Fun, Laughs, Good Time, Club XXL, London - doors open at 10pm - £5 on door.
Because the Barbican show sold out so fast that many people will not get a chance to see us, because we like it to so much that we just can't stop singing, we are back for one night only and for a shortened but just as mad and festive version of our Christmas show. There'll be a DJ playing 60's/70's beats before and after the show so you even get a chance to shake a leg with us afterwards...
www.lgmc.org.uk


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Sunday, 10 December 2006

Not So Gay Friendly Tories

Tony Cameron, since his accession to the forefront, has been busy weaving a clearner, friendlier and more liberal image to his party. This has included support for the Civil Partnership Act and a call for more involvment of gay people in political life (see previous post on this).

For a while people seemed to be taken by this although there are signs that this might not be quite the case any more. It is certain however that the new official stance of the party has angered some of its more orthodox members. In reaction to both these facts, it seems the party is about to make yet another u-turn with a call to a return to "Victorian Values. That would be hypocrisy, then. The victorian being renowned for keeping up appearances while they went about their secret lives.

The Guardian article referred to by the previous link also alludes to a recent declaration by Ian Duncan Smith (the previous incarnation of Tony Cameron) in today's Sunday Telegraph regarding Gay couples:

Duncan Smith's report will say family breakdown costs £20bn a year, adding: 'At the heart of stable families and communities lies marriage. For too long this issue has been disparaged and ignored.' Underlining his traditional views, he told the Sunday Telegraph that gay couples were 'irrelevant' to family policy because only 0.5 per cent of Britons were gay. The true figure is six per cent.

Duncan Smith was quick to try and correct the negative impression his decelaration had made:
Mr Duncan Smith later said a factual response had been "distorted into an alleged slur on gay couples". [... he] said his interview with the Sunday Telegraph had been taken out of context.

Here is however the relevant extract of the text of the original Sunday Telegraph article:
He concludes by reiterating: "Two parents looking after a child has got to be what you want."

At this point, it does not seem unreasonable, given recent declarations by Mr Cameron on equal treatment for gay couples, to verify that by "two parents" he means a man and a woman.

Mr Duncan Smith says: "Well, I don't think the gay stuff is anything to do with this because it's all sort of…no… it's irrelevant.

"We're looking at figures about the bringing up of children. When it comes to gay couples they don't even register on the Richter scale of how to bring up kids.

"It's not an issue. We are looking at the issue of who brings up kids and it's men and women that are the issue here."

But Mr Cameron has said that homosexual couples will get as much support from a future Tory government as heterosexual ones.

Mr Duncan Smith says: "How many gay couples have kids? Come on. It's a tiny number. We're talking about the whole universe of the UK bringing up kids while a gay couple with a child is a very small number of people."

Gay adoption, however, has been legal for a while. "Yes I know, but we're not talking about that because the numbers are beyond measurement at this stage.

"If you think that something like half of a per cent of Britain are gay, you are dealing with tiny numbers here. That's not what the report is about. We haven't touched on it, we don't have a view on it, we don't even have a comment to make on it. Just stay on the other issues."

It seems the discussion, for now at least, is closed.
I'll leave you to make up your own mind... I have made up mine: at the very least, they don't care, but it may be more sinister than that.

Update - 11 December 2006
Further information found in the comments section of this post about the irrelevance of gay parents. Admittedly these are US figures but they will give an indication of what is happening in this country.
There were an estimated 300,000 to 500,000 gay and lesbian biological parents in 1976. In 1990, an estimated 6 to 14 million children have a gay or lesbian parent. Between 8 and 10 million children are being raised in a gay and lesbian household. (Source)

(Make sure to read the comments below)


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Friday, 8 December 2006

House Keeping

I seem to have managed to upgrade this blog to the new version of Blogger with too many glitches. This actually went fairly smoothly.

From now, you will notice at the bottom of each post things called "Labels". They work as categories by which to sort the posts on this blog for your enhanced viewing pleasure. All labels relevant to this blog are listed on the side bar.

Those labels are quite self-explanatory but I would to particularly attract your attention towards the "Crème" label, which is a (non-exhaustive) selection of what I think are my better posts. "F-arty" highlights my attempts at artistic expression and "Stuff" gathers orphan posts and other unclassifiables...

I have also taken the opportunity to get rid of some of the stuff that was clogging up the side bar... I hope you like.

Some people seem to be finding the process a little more stressful. Looks like I am going to have to do a tutorial on the phone! What a great Friday evening this is going to be.


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Sexual Orientation Regulations - The Saga Continues

The Advertising Standards Authority (ASA) has launched an investigation into an advert from Christian groups in The Times newspaper last month which described new gay equality laws as an attack on “conscience. An ASA spokesperson said that there have been 38 complaints. The investigation will take around 6 weeks.

I, myself, submitted a complaint to the ASA about the advert, mostly based on the content of this post. I received a letter telling that they would keep me inform of further development. Watch this space.

In the meantime, Ruth Kelly (a staunch Catholic and the Cabinet minister responsible for equality (sic!)) is reported to be at odds with Peter Hain, the Northern Ireland Secretary, for his early introduction of the new law in Northern Ireland without any exceptions. Ms Kelly is now reported as wanting to introduce restrictions on religous ground.

And Christians fundies still get the wrong end of the stick. The Lawyers’ Christian Fellowship have commissioned an independent opinion poll which they now claim shows that the new Sexual Orientation Regulations are "out of step with public opinion".
More than seven out of 10 in a poll of 1000 adults across Britain agreed with the statement, ‘Any law requiring people to promote homosexual practice should be applied selectively so as to ensure that people with strong religious beliefs are not forced to act against their conscience.’
A statement which has, of course, nothing whatsoever to do with the new law.



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Wednesday, 6 December 2006

Synchronicity


Today, St Nicholas' Day, I found myself completely by chance on the relevant street, somewhere in deepest New Cross, "Sarf" London.




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Saint Nicolas' Day

Statue of St Nicolas

Today, 6th December, according the catholic calendar anyway, marks Saint Nicolas' Day (this is also apparently the celebration of Diana's birth, no, not THAT Diana, you poof!). St Nicolas is actually quite an important saint. He is the origin of Santa Claus, the patron saint of children, sailors, fishermen, the falsely accused, pawnbrokers, thieves and many cities too. Traditionally, he is represented with three children in a barrel (his legend says that he resurected them after they had been slaughtered and put there to cure by a butcher).

As such this is my Name Day since I am called after him (and my paternal great-grandfather, I think) "Victory of the Peoples" (Νικόλαος, Nikelaos, Nicolas). In all catholic countries, this is the occasion for some sort of celebration. France's version is quite tame and is limited to sending a greeting card simply wishing "bonne fête" to the person concerned.

The picture in this post (which I shot) represents the remains of a statue of Saint Nicolas in a lovely little church in my parents' village.


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Tuesday, 5 December 2006

Happy Anniversary, Civil Partnership

Adam Macy (Andrew Wincott) and Ian Craig (Stephen Kennedy) getting hitched.

Minister for Equality, Meg Munn calls it one of the most significant pieces of legislation introduced by the Blair government. The Civil Partnership Act was one yesterday, although the first ceremonies only took place on 19th (Nothern Ireland), 20th (Scotland) and 21st (England) December 2005.

Since then just over 15,000 partnerships have taken place, a figure that overtakes the government's expectations by several years. There were 14,084 partnerships in England, 537 in Wales, 942 in Scotland and 109 in Northern Ireland.

Read the full report from the Office for National Statistics here.

The interesting thing about this, apart from the obvious demand for and success of the law, is that society hasn't collapsed, as all good religious wingnuts would want people to believe.

However, as I mentioned before, while we have more or less won the legal, there is still a lot of work to be done to make people and society realise that we are not that different from them and therefore should receive fair and equal treatment.

A survey for the BBC World Service looking at the views of young people aged 15-17 in key cities (in total 3,050 people were interviewed around the world in ten key cities including London, New York, Rio, Delhi, Moscow, Cairo, Baghdad,, Lagos, Nairobi and Jakarta) shows that 47% of them are against homosexuals being given the same rights as heterosexuals while 37% backed equal rights. In London, only 36% of 313 young people asked backed same sex rights, 39% were against it (see).

On a lighter note and as I was saying a month ago, the Archers will be holding theirs and probably also "Soapland"'s first Civil Partnership on Thursday 14 December (7.00pm (repeated the next day at 2.00pm), BBC Radio4).

"Soap’s longest running gay romance, involving Adam Macy (Andrew Wincott) and Ian Craig (Stephen Kennedy) - pictured -, began in April 2004 with a kiss in a polytunnel that left listeners in no doubt about how the farmer and chef felt about one another. Of course, ragged nerves and family politics are customary at any wedding – and the union of Adam and Ian is no exception."



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Sunday, 3 December 2006

Surreal Santas

picture from http://www.mylondonphotos.com/lbs/santa2005

Christmas is upon us (more or less). If like me, you see in this a reason to be depressed rather than overjoyed, you may want to check those upcoming events to take yourself away from the grim consumerist reality and to more surreal plains:

* Santa Claus Pub Crawl - organised by London Business School Students Association. No date yet.

* Santa Lash 2006 - Starts at Temple Walkabout, on 16 December at 6pm.

If you are feeling more energetic and health conscious, however, I would recommend the first London Santa Run. It will take place in Battersea Park, Wandsworth on Saturday 9 December from 9:30am.


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Friday, 1 December 2006

Tony Blair Speaks Up for World AIDS Day

In a special broadcast on MTV to mark World AIDS Day, Tony Blair said he thought it would be better "if all the churches and religious organisations were facing up to reality. [...] If we have a sort of blanket ban coming from religious hierarchy saying it's wrong to use contraception], then you discourage people from doing it in circumstances where they need to protect their own lives,"

Tony Blair was completely right to tell religious leaders to become more responsible regarding the use of condoms. Not only is the Catholic Chruch against the use of condom, it actually claims that condoms do not work. This was mentioned in the Guardian by Polly Toynbee at the time of John Paul II's death: "Refusing support to all who offer condoms, spreading the lie that the Aids virus passes easily through microscopic holes in condoms - this irresponsibility is beyond all comprehension."

On Any Questions tonight, there was a question about this and we heard Matthew Parris make light of the issue, saying that Blair had no religious authority to tell the Catholic Church what to teach. While he have some sort of a point, I also thinking that the Church's ACTIVE opposition to the use of condoms is simply criminal. Considering the desastrous situation in certain, mostly Christian, developing countries, the very least the Church could do is to shut up and certainly not to tell people they should be chaste, knowing very well that this is unlikely.

This happens at a time where their are speculations as to whether the Chruch may finally relax their attitude.

Not a minute too early!


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Anti-Gay Christians Strike Again - part 2

Legible version of the advert. Found on the Christian Institute's website.

Read part one here.

Now that I have been able to see the advert, the full extend of the signatories' delusion becomes apparent. Not only is this law not about sex (as I mention in part one) but it will not force people to do things (like teaching school children about Civil Partnerships, which they probably should do anyway as part of telling about the country's institutions) but solely prevent them from being as maliciously intolerant as they reveal themselves to be in this episode. They clearly seem ready to turn away gay orphans simply for who they are, forgetting, as they so often do their own doctrine of hating the sin while loving the sinner: They very clearly hate the "sinners". Thus proving the need for such regulations.

The advert is full of lies and shows how hysterical those people are about this subject. As I said, the law will not force school to teach certain things, neither will it force those poor Christian B&B owners to shelter transexual couples (Transexual couple are quite rare in the first place) simply because the new regulations apply to sexual orientation only and not to trans people who get separate protection from the Gender Recognition Act 2004, I believe. Transexual are in their minds obviously even more scary then gay people.

The fourth point in the advert clearly refers to those Scottish firemen who, earlier this year, refused to attend a Gay Pride event and distribute safety information. This had nothing to do with them "promoting the [so called] homosexual way of life". This was about them doing the job of prevention, they are payed to do with all tax paying parts of the community. Again, the advert is misrepresenting the truth.

With this advert, the homophobic groups within the Christian faith are once again showing how intolerant and irrational they can be. They indeed show themselves ready to cut their noses to spite their faces by saying that they will "will shut down the youth clubs and welfare projects rather than obey these laws." (Pastor Ade Amooba of Christian Voice in Brixton, South London. One of Stephen Green's little friends, so no surprise there.)

In the meantime, The Bishop of Rochester, the Right Reverend Michael Nazir-Ali, said "It will be the poor and disadvantaged who will be the losers." My question is why should they other they because you have decided to make them the losers to win your little moral victory?. He is supporting in this the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Birmingham Vincent Nichols who had warned earlier this week that Catholic schools, adoption agencies, welfare programmes, halls and shelters would all be threatened by the pressure to accept "moral standards at present being touted by the Government". (source)

Another way in which you can get involved, further to those suggested on my previous post on this:

Support the goods and services laws - lobby your MP

As Ben [Summerskill, CEO] says [in his message in the same document], these so-called Christians are being very vocal about their concerns about the new laws, and very inaccurate too. So it's really important that lesbian and gay people's voices are heard to say why these laws are so important - to stop the daily discrimination faced in hotels, restaurants and bars, but, more important, to ensure that the public services we pay for are fair.

These laws will mean schools can no longer ignore homophobic bullying, gay patients can no longer receive second class healthcare and local authorities will have to deal with homophobic harassment on their housing estates.

So please send a quick email to your local MP asking them to support the goods and services laws when they come before parliament in the new year. It will only take a couple of minutes but will help MPs realise that this will make a real difference to people's lives.

Go to www.writetothem.com put in your postcode and you will be able to send an email to your local MP. Hearing from our supporters always helps us when it comes to lobbying MPs.
Stonewall eBulletin - 01 December.



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Smoking ban set for July

Smoking will be banned in all workplaces and enclosed public spaces in England from July 1 next year, Health Secretary Patricia Hewitt announced on Friday.

The ban includes all offices, factories, shops, pubs, restaurants, public transport and work vehicles used by more than one person.

Indoor smoking rooms, common in many workplaces, will also have to close and smokers will have to go outside.

Smoking in public will also be banned in Wales and Northern Ireland from next April.

source

Some of my previous on the subject:
* Smoookin!
* Pink Smoke
* Stubbi
* At last!


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