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Somewhere Over the Reignbow: LGBT Rights Protected in Queen’s Speech

With all the recent sombre news, coupled with the feeling that communities in cities are experiencing particular oppression, it is indeed heartening to hear the following words in the Queen’s speech: “My government will make further progress to tackle the gender pay gap and discrimination against people on the basis of their race, faith, gender, disability, or sexual orientation.”

In times of national trouble, equality issues often take a back seat, but this seems set to change. It’s astonishing to think that during the Queen’s reign of nearly seven decades, homosexuality has been decriminalised and gay and lesbian couples can now legally marry. A trend that has been recently reflected in Ivor Mountbatten (the Queen’s cousin) coming out as openly gay and the Queen’s grandson Prince William scoring another first by appearing on the front cover of a gay magazine.

Stonewall, the LGBT rights group, though pleased that LGBT rights have been given the royal seal of approval, are naturally concerned that the discrimination faced by trans people will also be addressed by the government and are said to be seeking clarification on the matter.

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Christmas competition: Win a Pair of London City Cufflinks

Yes indeed, to celebrate the festive season and the iconic buildings of London, SEEN and City Cufflinks are collaborating to give one lucky reader a pair of the beautiful, hand-made London City Cufflinks featuring St Paul’s Cathedral, City Hall and many more. They’re a wonderful way to accessorise a smart business suit and a witty way to demonstrate your appreciation of the London skyline.

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Oscar Jerome Headlines at the Montague Arms London in January 2018

SEEN has been enjoying the music of South London artist Oscar Jerome, who has confirmed release details for the ‘Subdued EP’ – due out January 26, 2018 – alongside a video for the title track & lead single. This new four-track collection will follow Oscar’s 2016 self-titled debut EP, which drew praise from the likes …

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Focus Ldn at the Menier: Winter Exhibition

Tom Cox is fast becoming one of the hottest young curators on the London art scene. Often to be found sketching along the South Bank and in Brixton, the city has long been a major source of inspiration for him. Together with talented artists also living and working in London, Tom now mounts a Winter …

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The Georg Jensen Christmas Tree at the Royal Exchange

If you find yourself at the historic Royal Exchange, do be sure to pop in and have a look at the Georg Jensen Christmas Tree. It was unveiled recently by former Spice Girl and National Treasure, Emma Bunton. If you’ve never been, the Royal Exchange a luxury shopping destination in the heart of the city.

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Ajax at the Space: Ripples Spreading Outwards

It is astonishing to think that Sophocles’ famous play Ajax has as much relevance today as it did when it was first written and performed 2000 years ago. The terrible effects of war on mental health echo down the centuries in Esmond Productions’ gender-bending version, with women playing all the roles. Post-traumatic stress disorder wreaks …