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Last Updated: Tuesday, 5 April, 2005, 08:31 GMT 09:31 UK
First gay conference for resort
Peter Tatchell
Mr Tatchell will talk to delegates about the future
Issues affecting the lesbian and gay community are to be discussed in Scarborough at the rfirst conference of its kind in the resort.

The Scarborough and Ryedale Gay Community Network is staging a one-day seminar to address issues for older members of the community.

Human rights activist Peter Tatchell will also speak at Tuesday's event.

The Campaign for Homosexual Equality was refused permission to hold a conference in the resort in the 1970s.

'Pockets of discrimination'

Event organiser Alan Colling said the fact that this conference had been given the go-ahead was a good sign.

"There is wider acceptance that we are part of the community compared to what there used to be," he said.

"There are still a few pockets of discrimination but this is getting less."

He added that the needs of lesbian, gay and bisexual people change as they get older including the need for old people homes, care and benefits.

Mr Colling said the conference, at the Spa Conference Centre, was open to everyone.

"There are some people who are coming who are not gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender.

"Some people have children who are and want to find out more about issues that affect them including future prospects and religion."

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