Pride month might be over, but the celebrations are still going strong! Especially in Northamptonshire where they’re preparing for the third annual Queer Spirit Summer Festival.
Taking place in Northamptonshires countryside, with a variety of camping spaces, the queer spirit festival is a celebration of the love, passion, and creative spirit of the LGBTQ+ community. Featuring ceremonies, workshops, dance parties and more.
The festival takes place over fives days from 14th – 18th of August and has been met with many positive reviews from people referring to it as a “Transformative” experience and feeling ” Connected, Accepted, Belonging ” with some going so far as to say it changes their lives.
Weather you’re looking to expand your soul, or connect with others in the community there is something for everyone at the Queer Spirit Festival. There are even events for younger attendees making it open to families.
To find out more you can check out the Spirit Festival website here.
From the 1st of January 2019 German citizens are able to identify as Intersex on legal documents providing you have medical certification. This is a step forward for the intersex community following the option to be “diverse” was provided after a ruling from the Federal Court Of Justice in 2013.
The movement also made progress following a case bought forward by an intersex activist. It was deemed unconstitutional for a person to be forced to identify as either male of female in 2017 and parliament was given until 2018 to change the law.
Intersex people are born with both male and female biological traits, or they may develop later in life. There is no one cause for intersex development, it may happens due to a change in chromosomes or a variation in hormone levels, It may also occur during genital formation.
It is estimated that 0.5 – 1.7% of the worlds population is born with intersex features.
On the eve of the new year we were treated to a very special announcement. Pop icon Ricky martin, along side husband Jwan, took to Instagram announcing the arrival of their baby girl Lucia Martin Josef.
The caption read: “we are beyond happy to announce that we have become parents to a beautiful and healthy baby girl, Lucia Martin-Josef. It has been a special time for us and we can’t wait to see where this stellar baby will take us. Both her beautiful brothers and me and Jwan have fallen in love with Lucia <3”. Aaawe! We can’t wait to see either.
Ricky also has two twin boys, so Lucia is in good company along with her two loving fathers, who have been together since 2016, and announced last yer that they had married in secret.
The cast of Eastenders has had its fair share of LGBT characters, but this year Walford is set to up it’s inclusion game with the introduction of a gay bar for it’s LGBT characters.
we could also see the list of LGBT characters growing this too year, as senior executive director Kate Oats has said “I’m really interested in bringing some more LGBTQ characters in.” she also went on to explain “We’re looking at opening a gay bar on the square which will be a super cool precinct where gay and straight characters can all just hang out.”
While the move would be surely be welcomed by the cast, it also it would be a way of portraying an authentic reflection of a modern and multicultural London as it is today.