As part of the GNDOs attempt to revamp the organisation, President Seamus Byrne has announced the new Committee, including vice president, Adrian Lopez and Secretary Belize Cortes. The reshuffle also includes Noemi Chipolina on the Working Committee along with Wendy Garro, Shawn Gonzales and Alfred Rumbo. IT Support will include Elijah Cruz and Alan Pereira.
Commenting on the initiative, Seamus Byrne noted, ‘my aim is to take the GNDO to another level and help our dancing fraternity raise its dance standards. One way to do it will be providing opportunities at competitions in other dance genres other than Show Dance, in Jazz, Modern and Street Dance. And we will also provide educational development programmes through dance workshops, summer schools and the possibility of bringing professional companies.
In a hard-hitting but polite Open Letter, Chairman of Equality Rights Group, Felix Alvarez, has called for the post-holder of Mayor of Gibraltar and his or her Office to adopt ‘a new and better attitude towards the LGB community.’
Within the letter Mr. Alvarez recalls the current Mayor, Tony Lima’s, work in honouring ‘diverse sectors and individuals in the community of Gibraltar’, and welcomes his celebration of diversity in distinct areas of our society. He goes on to point out that throughout the past 13 years, and the tenure of a total of 7 Mayors in that period, ‘we have seen no manifestation or sign of similar respect, acknowledgment or inclusion from either yourself presently or from your worthy predecessors in the past’ towards the gay and lesbian community.