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15th - 26th February 2022:'Callings', a poignant new political play that follows the lives of five people who sought sanctuary and community through Cara-Friend's phoneline and befriending service set up in the 1970’s to support a hidden LGBTQI+ community. Charged with the music of the day, and set amidst a storm of anti-gay headlines, Callings delves deep into the struggle for survival which queer people faced on a daily basis and how even simple acts of connection can change the course of a life. Callings explores how these bright and resilient individuals found themselves and each other during oppressive times. In an era when the government attempted to quash their right to love, this group’s sheer existence was an act of resistance and joy. From rallying against the Save Ulster from Sodomy campaign to celebrating the right to exist won through the Dudgeon vs UK trial, Callings looks at the historical challenges faced by LGBTQI+ communities, and celebrates just how far we’ve come. In association with Outcomers and the Kabosh Theatre Company, written by Dominic Montague and directed by Paula McFetridge.Funded by the Arts Council of Northern Ireland, Belfast City Council and the Garfield Weston Foundation. Booking Information:15th – 17th February Lyric Theatre Belfast 18th February Cultúrlann Uí Chanáin, Derry~Londonderry19th February The Market Place Theatre, Armagh22nd February The Ardhowen, Enniskillen23rd February Strule Arts Centre, Omagh25th February An Táin Arts Centre, Dundalk26th February The Riverside, ColeraineBook now at kabosh.net/production/callings/ ... See MoreSee Less
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The annual LGBTQI+ Holocaust Memorial & Act of Remembrance can be viewed online today via vimeo.com/event/1732565 starting at 12.30pm The guest speaker will be Professor William Spurlin from Brunel University, author of 'Lost Intimacies: Rethinking Homosexuality under National Socialism' ... See MoreSee Less
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This month's LGBT History Club, Historical fiction and the queer past, a study of the novels by Emma Donohue explored by Kirsty Cormac. ... See MoreSee Less
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As part of LGBTQI+ Holocaust Memorial & Act of Remembrance 2022 you are invited to a lecture delivered by Professor William J. Spurlin on the experiences of gay men and lesbian women under National Socialism. To attend the event in person email adam@cara-friend.org.uk to register, or the event can be watched live via www.vimeo.com/event/1732547 ... See MoreSee Less
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This morning (05/01/2022) the European Court of Human Rights, in Strasbourg, ruled in Gareth Lee -v- United Kingdom, the so-called ‘gay cake’ case. This case dates to 2014. It was originally prompted by Ashers Bakery’s refusal to fulfil an order placed by Mr Lee to have a message in support of same-sex marriage printed on a cake. The message featured Sesame Street characters ‘Bert and Ernie’ and the wording “Support Gay Marriage”. It was intended for a private event. Today the ECHR ruled that the case was inadmissible because Mr Lee did not explicitly raise human rights arguments before the domestic courts. Their release can be found here. In response Mr Lee said: “I had very much hoped for a different outcome. Everyone has freedom of expression and it must equally apply to lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. The message on the cake was mine and I paid a company that printed messages on cakes to print my message. My message supported the campaign for same sex marriage that was ultimately successful and I am delighted with that. I am most frustrated that the core issues did not get fairly analysed and adjudicated upon because of a technicality. None of us should be expected to have to figure out the beliefs of a company's owners before going into their shop or paying for their services. I am grateful to my legal team and to everyone who, over many years, has given me help and support. I believe we all want to live in an open, fair and tolerant society. This case has put a spotlight on the challenges faced by LGBT+ in Northern Ireland. I will continue to support all law that protects and gives rights to all people equally. Mr Lee’s case was brought to the ECHR by Ciaran Moynagh of Phoenix Law. Today he said: We are disappointed with the Courts ruling this morning. Mr Lee brought the appropriate and only application available to him and dealt with all arguments that arose in the course of appeals. We are clear that Mr Lee’s convention rights were engaged and put forward during the litigation. Given the position the European Court has taken this morning, we will now consider whether a fresh domestic case is progressed. The substantive issues raised by my client in his application to the ECHR remain unaddressed and this is a missed opportunity. Today’s decision means that the law here in NI remains in a state of uncertainty as to how persons rights can be protected. Owners of limited companies have long taken advantage of being able to separate themselves financially from their business. We continue to believe they should also keep their political and religious views separate. When a general service is offered, it must be offered without favour or prejudice. ... See MoreSee Less
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