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Byline: with Andy Green The People's Queen

THE National Gay Wedding Show comes to Liverpool this Sunday. The venue is the BT Convention Centre next to thS e ECHO Arena and more than 200 exhibitors will be attending from 10am - 5pm.

There'll be live entertainment, catwalk shows, free rainbow coloured ice cream cones, a Champagne lounge and a Wedding Wonderland.

Dressing rooms will be available so you can try out your look and experts will be on hand to guide you through the whole wedding experience. All visitors will receive a free goodie bag and there will be plenty of other tips and treats on offer. Standard and VIP tickets are available from Ticketmaster starting at PS13.50 or you can check out www.nationalgayweddingshow.com for more information.

THE Masquerade will be closed this coming Monday and Tuesday for its annual refurbishment which coincides with the bar's anniversary and owner Phil's birthday. Exact details of when the Cumberland Street venue will reopen on Wednesday will be posted on Facebook but in the meantime I need to find a temporary office!

? I MENTIONED Craig Cavanagh's new EP Green Eyed Soul last week which was supposed to be coming out last Wednesday but due to a technical hitch it will now be available on i-Tunes from Sunday. And, as I said last week, it's very good.

?A CHALLENGE to a ban of an advert claiming that gay people can be "cured" has been launched in the High Court. Transport for London pulled the advertisement by Christian group Core Issues Trust because they thought it would cause widespread offence.

The adverts were a response to Stonewall's "Some people are gay - get over it!" campaign which has also been seen on buses in Liverpool. Core Issues' ad was to have read: "Not gay, Ex gay. Post gay and proud. Get over it!". The group promotes therapy by what they call professional psychotherapists to help people overcome feelings of same-sex attraction and it's a frightening throwback to the 60s and 70s when very damaging aversion therapy was used to try and turn people straight. People were scarred for life by this appalling practice and we shouldn't allow it to be promoted. I'm all for freedom of speech but when an organisation tries to make people feel guilty and wrong just because of their sexuality then something needs to be done to prevent them from spreading their dangerous message.
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Title Annotation:Features
Publication:Liverpool Echo (Liverpool, England)
Date:Mar 1, 2013
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