WELCOMES DISCRETE QUEENS
Elizabeth let it be known that gay employees’ partners were welcome at
her Windsor Castle Royal Household Christmas party this year as long as
they didn’t kiss, dance together, or otherwise display the nature of their
As usual, invites
went to staff members “and guest,” but this year, for the first time, senior
employees spread the word that the guest could be a same-sex lover.
In other royal
news, gay icon and AIDS diva Elizabeth Taylor was among those knighted
on Dec. 31. And the London Gay Men’s Chorus performed on New Year’s Eve
before the queen, the prime minister and the archbishop of Canterbury at
the Millennium Dome. A great time was had by all.
‘NO HOMO PROMO’ RULE REVIEWED
government has proposed repealing a rule barring governmental authorities
from promoting homosexuality in any way.
The Local Government
Act of 1988 says that, “a local authority shall not: a) promote homosexuality
or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality; b) promote
the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality
as a pretended family relationship.” Exceptions can be made for the treatment
or prevention of disease. The law has had a definite chilling effect and
has on some occasions been cited as a reason to refuse funding projects
to help gay pupils.
the law, many schools currently feel unable to offer appropriate support
to gay pupils. New guidelines should be provided to schools on personal,
social and health issues, and it should be made clear how this can be provided
in the context of a balanced approach to sex education, declared Labour
leader Glenda Jackson. More on this issue at planetout.com
GAYS COMING OUT
With a mixture
of denial and acceptance, Chinese society is recognizing that homosexuality
exists, hundreds of years after Western missionaries noted the prevalence
of love between Chinese men, The [New Orleans] Times-Picayune reports.
From a burgeoning
gay-bar scene in Beijing to semi-open wedding ceremonies in Shanghai and
a renewed nationwide AIDS hot line, China’s small gay population has begun
to come out of the closet after years of arrests and social stigmatization.
Chinese researchers recently announced for the first time their estimate
of the number of gay people in China: 40 million to 50 million out of a
population of 1.2 billion.
of homosexual life in China is part of a broad trend in Chinese society
toward more personal freedom that has grown during 20 years of economic
reforms. “In our cities, things are freer and freer,” said Fang Gang, author
of a best-selling book on gay life in China. “And the average Chinese is
pretty accepting of these changes. People realize that we lived in a straitjacket
for a long time. Now that straitjacket is coming off.”
- from the
PORN FILM FESTIVAL UNDER FIRE
Critics of a controversial film about a former porn star are threatening
legal action to stop it from being shown in a former convent in Victoria.
The Life & Times of John C. Holmes is pornographic and the former convent
is not an appropriate venue. Lawyer Ronald McIsaac says if all else fails,
he’ll try to have a judge rule the film obscene. Director Cass Paley says
all the fuss is “silly and absurd”. He estimates his film has been screened
about a hundred times around North America, usually to rave reviews… Hot
Spots! Theater Critics gave it nineteen inches.
assembly of the Council of Europe has decided to amend the European Convention
on Human Rights. On Thursday the deputies demanded that the equality of
men and women should be explicitly mentioned in an article. Moreover discrimination
on the ground of sexual orientation should be explicitly outlawed In this
proposed protocol the statement was only that nobody should be discriminated
on the ground of the gender without emphasizing the equality of men and
women. Is Jerry Falwell listening?
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