A new civil liberties bill passed by the British Parliament becomes effective December 21, 2005, and wedding plans are already in full swing for several notable British stars. George Michael has announced plans to wed his long time partner of ten years, Kenny Goss, in a private ceremony sometime in the early part of next year.
Anyone familiar with the club scene in the 80's spent many a night grinding and sweating on the dance floor as George Michael sang his hot hit "I Want Your Sex". His bad boy looks and sexual allure has caused many a wet fantasy for both gay men and straight women during the course of his career.
George also released a new album "Patience" early last year, which reached the top 5 in most countries, with well over 2 million copies sold world wide. Which was followed by a statement from Michael that he is not planning to release any more albums commercially following Patience. Instead he plans to release songs online and give the fans the option of donating money for charity.
George isn't out of the 2005 spotlight though with a Special London Gala screening on December 5th of Southan Morris' documentary film"George Michael: A Different Story". Following critical acclaim at both the Berlin and Tribeca Film Festivals in 2005, Southan Morris' documentary film George Michael: A Different Story will have a Special Gala screening, attended by George Michael, on December 5th at the Curzon Mayfair Cinema prior to a series of special theatrical engagements through Gorilla Entertainment across the UK, details of which will be announced in due course. Initial bookings include December 7th and 12th at the Prince Charles Cinema in Leicester Square. George Michael: A Different Story will also have theatrical releases in Japan, Australia, Germany, France, Holland, Belgium, Sweden and Poland between now and early 2006.
The Civil Partnerships Bill passed by Parliament last year gives same-sex couples the right to form legally binding partnerships and entitles them to some of the same tax and pension rights married couples have.
The wedding announcement followed fast on the heels of an article in Attitude magazine that pop star legend Elton John intends to make it all legal with his long term lover and partner, David Furnish, on December 21st, the first day that civil unions between gays would be legally possible.
Both singers have stated that the financial security they can now give their partners was a key factor in the decision to "tie the knot". The bill provides gay partners the same tax breaks that were previously only available to straight married couples.