Irish gay choir may sue festival

by Rex Wockner

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"Gloria: Ireland's Lesbian & Gay Choir" is considering filing a Circuit Court lawsuit because the "lesbian & gay" part of its name was not included on posters advertising the 2004 Cork International Choral Festival.

According to The Sunday Tribune, a complaint the choir filed over the matter with the nation's Equality Tribunal was recently rejected because it had been filed by the group rather than an individual.

The choir's former musical director told the paper that the choir had insisted the festival use the group's full name in advertising and on posters but, upon arrival in Cork, choir members discovered that the festival had not done so.

"We sing and want to do it openly as gays and lesbians," said Bernadette Manning.

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