outnorthwest issue 106
The brand new issue 106 of outnorthwest is available across the North West of England and beyond from Wednesday 28th September.
FOR OVeR 16's ONly! NEWS � COMMENT � HEALTH � SPORT � LISTINGS your Magazine for life Published by Empowering People Ending Homophobia, OUTNORTHWEST issue 106 OCT-NOV 2011 FRee! www.lgf.org.uk EN LISTW! NO Registered Charity No.1070904 iNside This issue LGBT ARTS FESTIVAL IS BACK! WORLD CLASS LIVERPOOL'S JOHN AMAECHI "I came out when I knew I could make a difference." eXClusiVe iNTeRVieW! PLUS! COMiNG OuT: The dO's ANd dON'Ts! OUTNORTHWEST ediTOR's leTTeR OCT-NOV 2011 I'M COMING OUT This issue of outnorthwest concerns itself with coming out. It's something we all have to do at some point in our lives - even if it's only to ourselves. We've all got things we'd probably like to keep to ourselves, the kind of things that nobody else really needs to know about (Me? I've seen every episode of Blake's Seven about a dozen times. But that's not for here.) And that's fine. But sometimes for the sake of our wellbeing and our sanity, we all have to `come out' about our sexuality. It doesn't have to be a grand announcement, and it may only be coming to terms with our sexuality for ourselves. But the process of coming out is an ongoing one. I've lost count of the amount of time I've had to declare my sexuality... To family, to friends, to work colleagues (thankfully not such a big issue where I work!), in interview situations, booking hotel rooms... the list is endless. The process of coming out is a hugely personal one, and everyone has their own story and their own experiences. In this issue of outnorthwest, we've spoken to a number of people about how and why they chose to come out. We've also got an invaluable guide to the do's and don't of coming out (never at the Christmas dinner table!). We're still keen to hear your coming out stories, and we're particularly keen to hear from women, so please drop us an e-mail and we'll follow it up in our next issue. Elsewhere, we're very proud to be a media sponsor once again for Liverpool's fantastic LGBT arts festival, Homotopia. The line-up this year is outstanding, so please do make sure you sample what is a truly world-class event! Empowering People Ending Homophobia, www.lgf.org.uk Registered Charity No.1070904 outnorthwest is published every two months by The Lesbian & Gay Foundation, Number 5, Richmond Street, MANCHESTER. M1 3HF. General Enquiries: 0845 3 30 30 30 E-mail: email@example.com EDITORIAL TEAM EDITOR & LAYOUT Grahame Robertson LAYOUT Mark Eastwood NEWS EDITOR Joanne Dunning MEN'S HEALTH EDITOR Peter Boyle WEB EDITOR Marc Robinson LISTINGS EDITOR Mark Eastwood DISTRIBUTION Kate Hardy CONTRIBUTORS Joanne Dunning; Darren Knight; Martin Cooper; Sarah Quinn; Patrick Ettenes; Terence Liboma; George House Trust; Gaydio; Annie Emery; Andrew Gilliver; Peter Boyle; Paul Fairweather; Colin Armstead; Adam Winter;Marc Robinson; Sara Ashworth. SPECIAL THANKS Gaydio; Gary Everett; Homotopia; Andrew Neale; Adrian Trett; James Asser; Matthew Sephton; Stephen Littlewood; Manbears; Simon and Tom; John Amaechi; Jen Brister; Zoe Lyons; Suzi Ruffell; Jacob Sibley; the guys at Pants! WHAT THE HELL IS A QR CODE? LGF ONLINE SCAN FOR MORE INFORMATION You've probably seen these weird boxes in daily newspapers, posters, packaging and the like, but what ADVERTISING exactly are they? Put simply, they're shortcuts to websites, For information on advertising in outnorthwest, phone numbers, text messages... you name it. If you've got contact us on 0845 3 30 30 30. one of them fancy iPhones we've found Red Laser is the best Or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org app to scan QR codes. It's free in the App Store. If you've got an Android handset, download Barcode Scanner from the Marketplace. Other handsets are also capable of scanning QR codes. You'll find these codes dotted around ONW, and TO DIAL THIS they'll give you loads more info and background related to NUMBER NOW the articles in this issue. Give it a go! We're so on message! SCAN IF YOU DO ONE THING THIS WEEK FILL OUT OUR `I EXIST!' SURVEY! It only takes 15 minutes to complete (and you win an iPad2, holiday and shopping vouchers), but the answers you give will be used to sustain and improve services for LGB people. It is vitally important that as LGB people we stand up for our needs and experiences, and have them acknowledged by decision makers. To find out more, and complete the survey, visit www.lgf.org.uk/iexist today. INSIDE OUT REGULARS 06 ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! How you can help stop the spread of homophobia in our schools with one simple act! 08 NEWS & OPINION Who won your Homo Hero Awards? Find out here! Plus all the latest LGBT developments. 16 VILLAGE PEOPLE Halloween, iPhone apps and new venues! 18 UP YOUR WAY What's going on in your region. 38 LISTINGS Every LGB&T service in the north west. FEATURES JOHN AMAECHI 24 30 HOMOTOPIA RETURNS! Liverpoo's world-class LGBT arts festival returns and we've got the highlights! 24 JOHN AMAECHI John talks exclusively to outnorthwest about why he decided to come out. 32 OUTSPOKEN! FUNNY GIRLS In a brand new feature we talk to three female comedians about their lives. HOMO HERO AWARD WINNERS! 08 WELLBEING 20 GEORGE HOUSE TRUST The latest developments from GHT. 23 COME OUT! COME OUT! We speak to two guys about their coming out stories. Including coming out as bisexual. 26 DO'S & DON'TS! Our indispensible guide to Coming Out! 28 DO IT! Get involved with our year-long LGBT skills academy! 34 GAY MEN'S HEALTH The importance of testing. 44 SPORT & FITNESS All the latest news and events from Pride Sports. FUNNY GIRLS! 32 HAVE YOU BOUGHT A SCHOOLS HOMOTOPIA! Homophobia PACK? ACTION against 06 30 www.lgf.org.uk/enough DISCLAIMER Publication of the name or photo of any person in this magazine should not be taken as any indication of the sexual orientation or HIV status of that person. All views expressed in outnorthwest are not necessarily those of the Editor or The Lesbian & Gay Foundation. outnorthwest recognises all copyrights. Where possible, we have acknowledged the copyright holder. Contact us if we have failed to credit your copyright and we will happily correct any oversight. Homophobia ACTION against TAKING ACTION HOW YOU ARE TAKING ACTION AGAINST HOMOPHOBIA www.lgf.org.uk/enough We're really excited that the Enough is Enough! campaign's Safer School Packs have been chosen as a NatWest Community Force project...now all we need is for you to vote for us! BULLYING! we want this to change! You can help make that change by voting for our Safer Schools Packs. You can find out more and vote for us by visiting: http://communityforce.natwest. com/project/3277 Voting is open now and closes on Sunday 23rd October. So what are you waiting for? Log on and make your vote count! The NatWest CommunityForce initiative provides financial assistance to local projects and charities, but also empowers communities to get involved with causes close to their hearts. As well as voting for a VOTE LGF AND HELP PREVENT SCHOOL SCAN FOR MORE INFORMATION project you can choose to raise awareness of it and sign up to be a volunteer. All young people � regardless of sexual orientation � have the right to learn and achieve in a safe and welcoming environment. With just the press of a few buttons you could help us win enough votes � to provide 300 Safer Schools Packs. The packs help schools challenge homophobic bullying and support young, lesbian, gay and bisexual people. Two thirds of young lesbian, gay and bisexual people report being bullied and We need as many votes as possible and will be publicising the vote throughout October, so look out for web, twitter and facebook updates. If you'd also like to send a Safer Schools Pack to a school of your choice, you can donate to the campaign at www.lgf.org.uk/schoolspack www.lgf.org.uk/enough Have you checked out our hard-hitting Enough Is Enough campaign video? It stars Corrie's Antony Cotton, and megastar Sir Ian McKellen... SCAN TO WATCH THE VIDEO NOW Scan here NOW to vote for LGF! LIKE US! Search for `Enough Is Enough! Action Against Homophobia' on Facebook. TWEET US! Follow us and get involved in the conversation on Twitter, @lgfoundation "All young people regardless - have the right to learn and achieve in a safe and welcoming environment." OPINION PAUL FAIRWEATHER ...on ageing gracefully Stonewall has produced an important piece of research about the needs of older lesbians and gay men. Providing us with more detailed information about their needs and thoughts. For example the report says that 40% of gay and bisexual men over 55 are single compared with15% of heterosexual men. It is also clear from the report that some older gay people are worried about what will happen to them as they age. Although this is clearly true of many people given the ageism of the society in which we are all living. To me what the report doesn't seem to cover is the role that friends often play in our lives which can be as important as the roles that our families can play. And is there an underlying assumption that being single is automatically worse and will result in isolation? I can think of some older couples who are isolated and unhappy and clinging to each other out of habit and desperation rather than love and devotion. I know some single older lesbians and gay men who are busy and contented with new interests and friends enjoying their lives to the full. I was speaking to a friend of mine in his mid 70s recently who was recounting a series of wild sexual adventures with great glee whilst complaining about the lack of stamina of mainly younger guys who were pursuing him. We gain in confidence and experience as we age and this includes managing sex and relationships. There is no accounting for taste is often used as a negative phrase but merely reflects the huge variety of attraction out there in the world. What is clearly the case is that fewer gay people, especially men, have children and the role they often play in supporting their parents will not be there for many of us. So start collecting some younger friends now if you don't already have them and make sure they know supporting you as you age will be one of the rewarding experiences of their lives .It is always difficult to get the balance right between identifying unmet needs and ensuring that we can access all the services we are entitled do and presenting a picture of the world based on the experiences of by definition a limited number of people. What strikes me, as I get older, is how different our expectations and experiences of the world are. How some people seem to need so little to be content and others strive after new experiences on a daily basis. Perhaps our sexuality is a smaller part of the picture than we sometimes think. As you become more relaxed about who you are and as society changes maybe attaching our concerns and worries to our sexuality isn't the most appropriate or helpful thing to do. It can become a kind of shorthand to explain a far more complex picture and stop us thinking about the very specific things in our lives that we need for us because of who we are � not because of who we sleep with. What is important is to do all we can to ensure that the support systems designed to look after us as we get older whether social housing or medical care recognise and respect our sexuality and relationships. For we will be the first generation who have been out and open and used to demanding our rights. Paul Fairweather www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 07 ACTION! Lee Wicks from Friends and Supporters of Furness LGBT Community got in touch with Enough is Enough! to highlight why our Safer Schools Packs and other anti-homophobia projects are so important in supporting lesbian, gay and bisexual youth. Lee feels that young LGB people in Cumbria and other rural areas are "isolated" and are vulnerable to homophobia. "We've had two cases this year where young gay people or those perceived to be have taken their own lives. One, a teenage girl, had been consistently intimidated; she and her friends had been shot at with a BB gun in Barrow town centre, they were afraid to put a light on in their own flat." A 20 year old man then took his own life. These suicides happened within 10 weeks of each other. Lee feels that education and getting into schools is the key to challenging homophobia. Vote to make schools safer http://communityforce.natwest.com/ project/3277 TAKING AGENDA IN DEPTH NEWS, COMMENT AND ANALYSIS OCT-NOV 2011 HOMO HEROES Sir Ian McKellen scoops top award and Waterloo Road actress � Heather Peace - makes guest appearance. "THESE AWARDS ARE ABOUT CELEBRATING PEOPLE IN OUR EVERY DAY LIVES WHO HAVE MADE A SIGNIFICANT CONTRIBUTION TO SUPPORTING EITHER YOU OR PEOPLE YOU CARE ABOUT" Councillor Mary Murphy accepts a Lifetime Achievement Award from Paul Fairweather (left) and LGF Chair David McGovern (right) PAUL MARTIN OBE CHIEF EXECUTIVE THE LESBIAN & GAY FOUNDATION A number of community leaders were honoured at the Lesbian & Gay Foundation's inaugural Homo Hero Awards Ceremony at Manchester's Mint Hotel � for their work for and on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and communities. The ceremony was hosted by Paul Martin OBE, Chief Executive of the Lesbian and Gay Foundation, and eight awards were given out in total. Star of screen and stage Sir Ian McKellen was awarded lesbian, gay or bisexual Role Model of the Year. While Waterloo Road and Lip Service star Heather Peace was on hand Photos: Sarah Quinn to collect Manchester Pride Festival Director Jackie Crozier's Community Champion of the Year Award. Homo Hero Volunteer of the Year went to Daniel Burford of OutdoorLads, despite stiff competition from Jim Vann (Chair of George House Trust) and bi-campaigner Natalya Dell. The Co-operative Respect Network was named Business of the Year, Greater Manchester Police won Public Sector Partner of the Year and collected their award from Tony Lloyd MP, and Taurus were crowned LGBT Venue of the Year. LGBT homeless youth charity Albert Kennedy Trust won Community Group or organisation of the Year. Manchester City Councillor Mary Murphy was also awarded the lifetime achievement award. The Lesbian & Gay Foundation's Chief Executive, Paul Martin OBE said, "Congratulations to tonight's winners and nominees. The awards are really important because they are nominated and voted for by the people, and they recognise the valuable contribution to society made by or on behalf of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people." He continued, "They are about celebrating people in our everyday lives who have made a significant contribution to supporting either you or people you care about." Scan here NOW to find out more about your Homo Hero winners and nominees. SCAN FOR MORE INFORMATION 08 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk AGENDA OCT-NOV 2011 CONTACT US: outnorthwest, The Lesbian & Gay Foundation, Number 5, Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF EMAIL: email@example.com TWITTER: @lgfoundation CALL: 0845 3 30 30 30 IN PICTURES COMMUNITY GROUP/ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR Albert Kennedy Trust LGF HOMO HERO AWARDS 2011 THE NOMINEES YOU ARE ALL OUR HOMO HEROES! LESBIAN, GAY OR BISExUAL ROLE MODEL OF THE YEAR Nominees: Marcus Morgan, Sam Whalley, and Sir Ian McKellen Winner: Sir Ian McKellen � COMMUNITY GROUP OR ORGANISATION OF THE YEAR Nominees: Bi Community News, OutdoorLads, and Albert Kennedy Trust Winner: Albert Kennedy Trust � VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR Nominees: Jim Vann, Daniel Burford, and Natasha Dell Winner: Daniel Burford � PUBLIC SECTOR PARTNER OF THE YEAR Nominees: Greater Manchester Police, NHS North West, and NHS Manchester Winner: Greater Manchester Police � LGB&T VENUE OF THE YEAR AWARD Nominees: Taurus, The Molly House, Eagle Winner: Taurus � BUSINESS OF THE YEAR Nominees: The Co-operative � Respect Network, Serenity Security Solutions, and Barclays Bank Spectrum Network Winner: The Co-operative Respect Network � COMMUNITY CHAMPION OF THE YEAR Nominees: Daniel Burford (OutdoorLads), Jen Yockney (Biphoria), and Jackie Crozier (Manchester Pride) Winner: Jackie Crozier � LIFETIME ACHIEVEMENT AWARD Councillor Mary Murphy www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 09 VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR Daniel Burford - Outdoor Lads PUBLIC SECTOR PARTNER OF THE YEAR Greater Manchester Police LGB&T VENUE OF THE YEAR Taurus BUSINESS OF THE YEAR The Co-operative Respect Network COMMUNITY CHAMPION OF THE YEAR Jackie Crozier (Heather Peace accepted award) LGB ROLE MODEL OF THE YEAR Sir Ian McKellen AGENDA OCT-NOV 2011 YOUTH SERVICES Cuts to funding are having a devastating effect on many groups. Youth groups have been particularly badly affected. Campaigners in Preston have decided to raise awareness of the importance of youth groups... by getting on their bikes, straight to the seat of government! Youth services have been one of the areas most badly affected by cuts, many lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans youth groups have seen their funding totally cut or greatly reduced. Andrew Neale, and a group of campaigners from Preston decided to raise awareness of the important role LGBT youth groups play in young LGBT people's lives, by riding from Preston to 10 Downing Street. We caught up with him to find out more... How are young people being affected by the cuts? It's something that is happening on a national level, but in Lancashire we are being told that the number of groups are going to be reduced. At the moment there are four staffed groups. What is being proposed is one member of staff for the whole of Lancashire. That means that young people in Chorley or Lancaster might have to travel to Preston to access a group � and many of these young people just don't have the resources to do that. People don't realise how valuable LGBT youth groups are, and we wanted to raise awareness of the lifeline they offer. I was made homeless when I was 17 and they helped me massively. The statistics around LGBT youth suicide are frightening � these groups offer support and really help. FUTURE! How did the idea for the bike ride come about? We wanted to engage with other LGBT youth groups around the country. We wanted to let them know what we were doing in Preston. We've admitted that this is happening and that realistically we are not going to reverse the cuts. Instead, we need charities, businesses and community groups to come together and help support young LGBT people. We are looking to local businesses and community groups to help us offer youth groups places to meet. We want groups to be meeting in Chorley, Lancaster, Preston and Blackpool at least once a month supported by the paid member of staff. Then the groups could meet more supported by volunteers. The University of Central Lancashire and Lancashire LGBT Centre have already been helping us out. We cycled from Preston, through Manchester, Stoke, Birmingham, Coventry, Northampton, Barnet and London � not bad considering none of us had bikes to begin with. What sort of response did you get from town to town? We had a great response and lots of support from people offering us accommodation. People were really behind us � they seemed to like the fact that we weren't complaining, but looking forward. There was a real sense of pride. In Barnet, one of our suppo rters said to the lady in the Launderette, "you must give them free laundry � they're meeting the Prime Minister tomorrow." Did you get to meet the PM? We were really disappointed that David Cameron wasn't there; because a photo opportunity with him would have brought national attention to the issue of youth cuts. However, we did get to go in Downing Street and hand in our letter, which highlighted the importance of LGBT youth groups, our discontent with the cuts, and urged government support for joint initiatives to support LGBT youth. RIDING FOR THE 10 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk OCT-NOV 2011 Photo: Sarah Quinn PRIDE MARCHES ON! The Pride season continues with two fabulous Pride events in the North West. get involved. A big bus will be promoting the event through the city on the day and will be on hand to pick some people up to take them up to the event. There is also an after show party at Outrageous Cabaret Bar for those that want to keep the party going. For more info: www.cumbriapride.org CUMBRIA PRIDE Cumbria is getting ready for its first big pride event on the 1st October 2011 at the Swallow Hill Top Hotel, Carlisle. There are a lot of organisations supporting the event, including Unison, Two Castles Housing Association, Cumbria Fire service, Cumbria Connexions, Variety Town, PiNC, Outreach Cumbria, Basque, The Shoe Boutique, Outrageous Cabaret Bar and Pride Colours. There will be information stands, music from local and international artists , stalls, activities and fairground rides so all the family can and is open to the public and the students of the university, with live entertainment from 1pm-5pm. Live entertainment will include performances from local musicians and bands and speeches from Michael Cashman, MEP and Alan Bailey: Open Place Officer of NUS LBGT. Organisers highlight that to enter the CH1 bar, ID is required as the bar operates a challenge 25 policy. The official pride after party will take place in the Liverpool Arms from 6pm till 11pm followed up by Bar 6T9 from 11pm till late. For more information contact: firstname.lastname@example.org CHESTER PRIDE The city of Chester is having its first annual pride event on October 1st 2011. Chester Pride will be held in Chester University's Student's Union Bar, CH1, from 12pm till 6pm. It is FREE to attend the event WORDS CAN HURT Anti-Bullying Week 2011 will be held from 14-18 November. With the slogan `Stop and think � words can hurt' this year's campaign is focused on tackling verbal bullying. This year's theme came about after young people raised concerns about the negative use of language in schools and the wider community � expressions like `you're so gay'. Over Anti-bullying Week, and the week after - Manchester's Exceeding Expectations Anti-Homophobic bullying initiative will be in Manchester schools, challenging the issue of homophobic bullying through education. The Exceeding Expectations play OUTLOUD was inspired by the real life experiences of young lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people and explores the damage the `gay' word and other homophobic language can do. www.exceedingexpectations.org.uk www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 11 AGENDA With the party conference season well underway, we want more lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people to get involved in politics and the political party's do too! On Sunday October 2nd (2-4pm) the Lesbian & Gay Foundation are hosting our very own Queer Question Time, and we want you to ask the panel about the issues that affect you! What's next for LGB&T equality? How is the age of austerity affecting our communities? What more can we do to stop HIV in our communites? Is enough being done to combat homophobic, biphobic and transphobic hate crime in our cities and bullying in our schools? The event will be chaired by Paul Martin OBE, Chief Executive of the Lesbian & Gay Foundation and the panel will consist of LGB&T leads of the three main political parties Adrian Trett (Liberal Democrat), James Asser (Labour), Matthew Sephton (Conservative) with special guest Claire Mooney � respected singer, songwriter and radio presenter. Ahead of Queer Question Time we caught up with the three LGBT party leads about what marks their party's apart, and what they're hoping for from the event. What do you think makes your party stand out as far as progress on LGB&T rights? Adrian (LibDem): Our Party has almost promoted LGBT right from before decriminalisation of homosexuality, therefore it has consistently over decades stood up for LGBT rights, and always has been the leading Party at the forefront of overcoming barriers in terms of LGBT discrimination. QUEER QUESTION TIME It's Conference Season! LGF hosts `Queer Question Time' and we ask the three main parties what their LGB&T political priorities are... James (Labour)): For Labour it has to be our record in government. Huge progress was made between 1997 and 2010; an equal age of consent, adoption rights, civil partnerships, serving in the military, laws to prevent homophobic hatred, fertility rights, scrapping Section 28, the equality act, the first lesbian MP, the first gay cabinet minister and equality in provision of goods and services. There was and is more to do but as a record of achievement it is more than any other Government has ever done or attempted to do. Matthew (Conservative): The Conservative Party has proved over its history that it is very capable of change and adaptation to a changing world. Already, the following policies have been set in motion: Quashing historic convictions for sexual activity that was once illegal but now isn't; beginning a consultation on marriage equality and the future of Civil Partnerships; using British influence abroad in countries where LGBT equality doesn't exist; changing the law to allow religious Civil Partnerships and, in the Education White Paper, tackling homophobic bullying in schools. The Conservatives also now have more openlygay MPs in Parliament than ALL the other Parties put together. What are the top issues you are currently campaigning for on behalf of the LGB& T community? A: The top issues we are currently campaigning on is Equal Marriage for everyone to have the right to celebrate their relationship in the way they wish too (religious or otherwise) and to ensure that same-sex partnerships are recognised internationally. To reverse the blood ban on Gay & Bisexual Men and their partner(s) who cannot give blood owing to the stigma of their sexuality, not on scientific evidence. Ensuring that our country does not send back LGBT asylum seekers to countries where torture and persecution occurs, and promoting LGBT rights internationally lauding UK's tolerance as an example for less tolerant to follows and aspire too. 12 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk OCT-NOV 2011 JAMES MAT THEW ADRIAN J: We have been working on a number of campaigns. We've been campaigning on marriage equality and managed to secure the support of Ed Miliband. There have been campaigns and work on the blood ban too. We've been responding to and campaigning on the cases going to the European Court that the Equalities and Human Rights Commission have consulted on. International issues are something that are of big concern to our members and we're working with a number of groups to look at ways we can campaigning on LGBT rights internationally, that includes linking up with LGBT groups from Labour parties abroad. M: LGBTory has been campaigning against the blanket ban on gay and bisexual men giving blood for some time and we are pleased at the recent government announcement that this is to end. We said all along that any change in blood donation laws must take into account the best medical evidence available and we are satisfied that this has been done. We are also campaigning for full marriage equality, and are particularly concerned that Trans issues do not get forgotten and are lobbying to ensure this does not happen. What do you hope the audience will get from attending the Queer Question Time event on 2nd October? A: I hope the audience take away from the event, a crystal clear message that the Liberal Democrats are very clearly supporting and fighting for LGBT rights in every sphere of society, and that politically as a nation all Parties agree that ensuring that homophobia, biphobia and transphobia are eradicated from our society is crucial and demands cross-Party working and not political grandstanding. J: I hope they will get to see how the different parties and political groups view LGBT rights and their different ways of approaching the issues. I also hope we get to look at wider policy and see how that links into the LGBT community, often one or two flagship issues dominate the agenda, it would be if the audience got a chance to discuss wider issues. I also hope it'll be fun and that people will come away feeling like they can get involved in politics, whatever their viewpoint and that politics is something which everyone has a part in. M: I hope that people will enjoy finding out more about the issues of the day and in gaining clarification on some things they are not sure of. Having all three main political Parties represented will show that it, even within the LGBT community it is possible for people to sometimes agree and sometimes disagree. That is part of the rich tapestry of life, after all. If you've got a question for the panel, or want to come along to this FREE event, contact darren.knight@lgf. org.uk or call 0845 3 303030 SCAN FOR MORE INFORMATION SCAN TO DIAL THIS NUMBER NOW www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 13 AGENDA OCT-NOV 2011 WOOF! FAITH THE BEARS ARE COMING! Photo: Kevin Allsopp November see's the bears (and cubs, and otters, and admirers...) return to Manchester for the annual Pre-HiBEARnation event. Organised by Manbears, the guys behind the hugely successful Great British Bear Bash, Pre-HIB is a slightly smaller event, but no less popular and no less friendly. The event runs from Friday 4 to Sunday 6 November 2011. You can now register online, and the cost of full weekend registration is a bargain-tastic �15. With club nights, sauna events, a pool party, and even a singles night, it looks like it'll be another not-to-be-missed bear event! To find out more visit www.manbears.co.uk THE BRIDGE New initiative launches for LGB&T people of faith. The Lesbian & Gay Foundation have developed a growing relationship with The Bishop of Manchester's Advisory Group on Sexuality over the past few years which has enabled the development of several events aimed at to connect with Manchester's LGB&T community since 2008. Among the many issues that have been discussed in that time by The Bishop of Manchester, The Rt Revd Nigel McCulloch is making available a regular channel of communication to anyone within the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community who seeks support and advice from a trusted member of the Manchester Diocese of The Church of England. The Lesbian & Gay Foundation are now in a position to offer this service with the cooperation of The Bishop, his Advisory Group on Sexuality and a full time local parish priest who has built up trust within the community and is available to meet with anyone who seeks support in a safe and confidential space at The LGF's Community Resource Centre in Manchester's LGB&T village. To celebrate this new initiative we spoke to Richard who will be available to talk in confidence to anyone who seeks support in this way. He told us, "I spent many years struggling to come to terms with my own sexuality and what seemed a contradiction. I knew I was gay but I had a deep conviction that I was being called by God to serve as a priest. My perception, like so many other people, was that the church was homophobic and so how could God possibly be calling me. There are many faith based organisations which seek to help but I am not aware of any other Church of England diocese that is offering what might be described as a "spiritual bridge" in such a pro-active way." Richard also told us why he thought LGF was a good place to offer this service. He told us, "The LGF is a discreet, safe place which is easily accessible. and it is known and well respected by the LGB&T community. So I feel it is right I should come to meet somebody on neutral territory." The service is available by appointment. E-mail: email@example.com or call 0845 3 30 30 30. CROSSING NEW BEAR CLUB NIGHT LAUNCHES Launching during the same weekend as Pre-HiBEARnation (but not officially a part of the weekend) is a brand new Bear Club night from the guys behind the hugely popular `The Big Scrum' night. Organisers promise that Bear Club "..is gonna be for hairy-beary-hunky-chunky-musclecubby-chubby-chaser kinda guys, at Manchester's original Bear venue Legends Club!" The launch night takes place on Saturday 5th November from 11pm. For more information visit the Facebook page at: www.facebook.com/bearclubuk 14 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk YOUNG PEOPLE FOR SOME PEOPLE, INTRODUCING THEMSELVES AS A LESBIAN, GAY OR BISEXUAL COMES AS EASILY AS SAYING THEIR NAME, BUT WE SHOULDN'T ASSUME THAT THIS IS THE CASE FOR EVERYONE. Photo: Paul Jones (Exposure) could potentially be spending a lot of time with can feel pretty stressful. FRESHERS: COMING OUT NEW YOU? This time of year is a time of new starts for many people. Whether you're starting college, university or embarking on the world of work, if you're under 25, then you're unlikely to escape the changes that Autumn brings. Put that together with International Coming Out Day being celebrated on 11th October, and the nerves of coming out may be starting to rumble. Being young and lesbian, gay, bisexual or questioning can bring about its own challenges and benefits. If you're going away to university, there's likely to be an LGBT group where you can meet new people, or if you're going to college then you may be starting with people you've known for years. In any situation you find yourself in � if you're starting a new job, course or even staying where you are; the chances of you being faced with a `coming out' opportunity are quite high � but it doesn't have to be the terrifying, disastrous situation you may be imagining. Going through a big change and meeting new people can be one of the most terrifying, yet exciting experiences; particularly for young lesbian, gay and bisexual people, who not only have to contend with fighting those common nerves, but also have the worry about how people will react to their sexuality. As you might realise if you've already come out to your family and friends, this isn't something that you do just the once; it's a process you tend to go through every time you meet a new friend, go to the doctors or start a new job, so coming out to people you NEW START... For some people, introducing themselves as a lesbian, gay or bisexual comes as easily as saying their name, but we shouldn't assume that this is the case for everyone. If you've had a negative experience in the past or haven't felt ready to come out until now, opening up to a group of new friends can bring with it all kinds of fears; will they accept me? Will they treat me differently? Being in a situation away from your regular group of friends can also mean that your usual support networks aren't there, which believe it or not � does have its benefits... Meeting new people can be a chance for a fresh start; finding new interests, sharing different things and finding people who love you for just being you and not having your regular crown around can give you the push you need to start a conversation. There may be situations where people don't react positively when you come out about being LGB � as hurtful as this may be, try not to take it to heart and remind yourself, would you really want to spend time around that person anyway?! Spend time around those who you feel comfortable with, it's better to have fewer friends who you trust than loads of friends who you can't be open with. If you're thinking of coming out, but don't know where to start, check out our pull-out guide in this issue of OutNorthwest. Don't forget that LGF are celebrating International Coming Out Day with Come In, Come Out on 11th and 12th October. If you need to talk, we'll be offering 24 hour support, online, over the phone of face to face � see our News Stories or call us on 0845 3 30 30 30 for more information on how we can help. www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 15 If you'd like to talk about coming out, contact The Lesbian & Gay Foundation on 0845 3 30 30 30 (10am-10pm), e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. You can also visit our website for more information at www.lgf.orguk VILLAGE PEOPLE LOCAL BUSINESSES, CHARITIES AND THE COMMUNITY WORKING TOGETHER! Photo: Paul Jones (Exposure) Meet MARTIN COOPER, outnorthwest's newest contributer. If you're a regular visitor to the Village, you'll bump into him sooner or later. Here's what he'll be up to this month... "Ah, the Village. The nerve-centre of the north-west LGB&T scene. A bustling metropolis of beauty where anyone is welcomed and watered. A place where people from all backgrounds and societies are smashed together and encouraged to grind to Lady Gaga. I must admit, in the ten years I've been away I've missed this little piece of gay heaven. I've been away and travelled, seen the world (well, bits of Devon and Cornwall) and triumphantly returned to our little safe haven and I must admit, I'm glad to be back. And not just as a rowdy rebel but in a working-capacity for a fantastic charity that does an awful lot of fabulous work for our gorgeous little community. Yes, I am proud to declare that I have been appointed the new Community Engagement Coordinator for the Lesbian and Gay Foundation! `What does that mean' I hear you silently cry! Basically I get to play out in all the venues in the village, meet you lovely folk and play in wardrobes and stuff. So, the chances are, if you frequent the Village you'll see me. If you don't know what I look like, I've a look of a young Uncle Fester with a dash of Una Stubbs thrown in for good measure. Come and say hi. We've got loads of stuff going on over the next couple of months including a Haunted Hotel Hallowe'en Party at The New Union Hotel, Canal Street on 29th October. It's a quid to get in and its fancy dress, including our brilliant `Witch Factor' where HALLOWEEN! the best witch costume, as judged by The Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, will win something gruesomely gorgeous! Before that though, 11th October sees World Coming Out Day, so in the lead up to this we will be hanging about on the street outside Queer with a wardrobe and a camera, so you can show your support by Coming Out Of Our Closet on 7th October from 2pm � 9pm. As well as visits to all the venues before the end of the month, I may well don my kilt to celebrate St Andrews Day on 30th November! So if our paths cross in the meantime, come and say hi... and buy me a drink! Contact Martin on 0845 3 30 30 30, or e-mail email@example.com COMING OUT, KILTS AND 16 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk THERE'S AN APP FOR THAT! You can now carry Canal Street in your pocket! The makers of the website www.canal-st.co.uk have now launched an official iPhone app (with an Android version on the way!) The Canal-st.co.uk App is designed to keep you up to date with all the events, promotions and happenings. It will feed you information on everything from special promotions to theatre ticket deals! The app also features maps to show you where events are, carries the latest news stories from the Village and makes entering their fabulous competitions a one click action! You can download the app from the iTunes store now. It's completely free too! CANAL STREET SCAN FOR MORE INFORMATION NEW VOICES Hollyoaks stars Kieron Richardson and Bronagh Waugh are the latest highprofile names to join the line-up of the country's only FM gay radio station, Gaydio. The duo, who play Cheryl Brady and Ste Hay in the popular Channel 4 soap, front a new weekly show Sundays 4pm � 6pm with a mix of lifestyle and entertainment gossip. Commenting on the show, Bronagh said `it's great that Kieron and I get to be ourselves on Gaydio, talking about everyday things and some not so everyday stuff! Off screen we are great friends and it's wonderful to know our fans have embraced the new show � we're loving being able to talk directly to the listeners' Kieron, who revealed he was gay on ITV's This Morning programme in 2010, having been inspired to do so by X Factor winner Joe McElderry, is a Mancunian and proud of it. He added `We're broadcasting from the amazing City of Manchester, where Gaydio has grown an equally amazing audience. But through the website and iPhone app we get listeners from all over the world � I can't wait to get to know them all.' Gaydio Programme Director Toby Whitehouse says about the show `Kieron and Bronagh bring an amazing energy to Sundays at Gaydio. They're great role models and a fantastic addition to our lineup which already includes Manchester music icon Rowetta, radio legend Nicksy and dance music goliath David Dunne. We're really pleased to welcome them into our great team' S F SCAN THE QR CODE to download the Gaydio iPhone app! IN S T N S TO V SAY HELLO TO THE NEW NEIGHBOURS! Three fabulous new venues have recently launched in the Village. Check them out! Icon is a fabulous new bar on Richmond Street (just opposite Company Bar), The Lodge is a stylish new bar from the makers of The Eagle, and Richmond Tea Room is a gorgeous new venue serving beautiful tea, cakes and sandwiches. We're LOVING the Alice In Wonderland feel guys! Show your support by paying a visit! And don't forget all your other Village favourites too! You can hear Keiron and Bronagh 4pm � 6pm Sundays. Listen on 88.4FM in Greater Manchester, online through the UK Radioplayer and via the website www.gaydio. co.uk or using the free iPhone app. Tweet them @keebroshow www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 17 UP YOUR WAY FOCUS ON: YOUNG MEN LGBT Youth North West young men's residential weekend Fri 30th Sept to Sun 2nd Oct, the weekend is themed around health, fitness and wellbeing. In Delamere Forest, the weekend is packed with activities including wild water swimming, mountain biking through the Forest, Night walk and much more. The weekend is accredited so you come away with a qualification.T he weekend is free; all we ask for is a �10 returnable deposit. Contact lgbtyouthnorthwest@ yahoo.co.uk for info and forms FOCUS ON: GAY FARMERS The Gay Farmers Helpline The Gay Farmers Helpline has been running now for about eighteen months and the take up has been tremendous. It was expected that there would be a large number of negative calls but interestingly the vast majority of the calls were very supportive of what was being done with only seven negative responses. The callers included some who were looking for help and others volunteering to help. Many of the callers wanted a social network and so we have started a secret Facebook group and this is proving a good means of support with some conversations being online and others direct with members. Where do we go from here? Who knows? A need is obviously being met and we continue to look for ways of developing the work either as an independent body or in association with others. If you have any suggestions please call Keith on 07837 931894 . MARAUDERS! FOCUS ON: SPORT Mersey Marauders Football Club (MMFC) have grown from strength to strength in 2011. In March, MMFC won the biggest ever Yorkshire Tournament besting 33 teams from across the UK in a 5-a-side competition. In August, MMFC won the Leicester 6-a-side tournament that saw 23 teams take part. This Autumn, MMFC will be teaming up with Hope LGBT with a joint team, playing facilities and fund raisers pencilled in. Plans for participation in the 11-a-side league and cup competitions of the GFSN are well underway with MMFC playing regular 11-a-side football in the run up to next year's fixtures. New sponsors are currently being sought to enable the team to enter European football and be Liverpool's only team in Europe this season, contact the club if you want to help take this forward. A new website, www.merseymaraudersfc. co.uk is attracting critical acclaim. If you want to take part in the exploits of MMFC, come along for practice any Friday night from 8 to 9pm. Practice currently takes place at Everton Lifestyles, Great Homer Street, but check the website for latest details. MERSEY 18 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk YOUR PAGES IN YOUR WORDS! FOCUS ON... Photo: Sarah Quinn EQUALITY PARTNERSHIP BRADFORD FOCUS ON: MANCHESTER PRIDE On Saturday 26th November 11 � 3pm at the Midland Hotel, the Equity Partnership is hosting a Christmas Fayre with stalls, music and cakes! The money raised will go directly towards Pride 2012; for more information on the event or how to book a stall contact Rachel on 01274 727759/79 or email rachel@ equitypartnership.org.uk Christmas Fayre PRIDE 2012! Manchester Pride 2011 went off with a bang over the August Bank Holiday weekend, as we came together to celebrate LGBT culture and life for an absolutely fabulous 21st birthday. We would like to thank all of those who support us and make us the organisation we are today. Patrons, friends, trustees, volunteers, the board, festival goers, sponsors, media partners and more - without your help we would be unable to raise such large amounts of funding each year to help LGBT organisations and HIV groups. So, thank you. Believe it or not, we are now back in the office at Manchester Pride HQ and are busy beavering away for 2012... (It really does come around that quickly) For those extremely early birds, the dates to put in your diaries are: Pride Fringe: Friday 17 - Thursday 23 August, and Big Weekend: Friday 24 - Monday 27 August. Until then, please check our website (www.manchesterpride.com) for updates. We look forward to seeing you all in 2012! MANCHESTER DEAF TRIANGLE GROUP Manchester Deaf Triangle Club was set up in 1985 as a support and social group for D/ deaf LGB& people. We organise regular social events and have also visited D/deaf LGB%T clubs in other parts of Europe such as Germany and Holland. Membership costs �5 per year. If you would like more information, would like to join or volunteer, please contact us at: Manchester Deaf Triangle Club, Manchester Deaf Centre, Crawford House, Booth Street East, Manchester, M13 9GH or visit www.manchesterdeaftriangleclub.co.uk or www.facebook. com/manchesterdeaf.triangleclub email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 0161 2733415 fax 0161 273 6698 LGBT DEAF PEOPLE FOCUS ON: MANCHESTER PARENTS GROUP 25 YEARS OF SUPPORT We are proud to be celebrating 25 years of supporting parents and families of LGB&T people. We hold monthly parents support group meetings on the first Saturday of each month at Taurus in Canal Street, Manchester from 2pm to 4 pm. Our meetings are very friendly and completely confidential, so if your parents are having difficulty accepting your sexuality, or would just like to meet other parents of gay sons and daughters for a friendly chat, suggest they come along to one of our meetings. October 1st November 5th are the last meeting dates of the year. December 3rd meeting will be our Christmas lunch and 25th birthday celebration at Taurus. For more info visit www.manpg.co.uk or call 0845 652 2674. OUT TO LUNCH LESBIAN DINERS CLUB Around 40 women meet from all over the country to relax, chat and enjoy an informal Sunday lunch. The next meeting will be 13th November. Please call Paula to book a place or for more details: 0781 308 3242 paulad650@aol. com or visit website www. lesbiandiners. co.uk www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 19 WOMEN A recent Canadian campaign asked gay men the question `if you were rejected every time you disclosed, would you?' The aim of the campaign was to raise awareness of some of the issues faced by men living with HIV when thinking about disclosing status to potential sexual partners. The campaign was not intended as a way to `tell' people what to do but to stimulate discussion amongst the community. The results of the campaign seem to show � amongst other things - that there was a reduction in the number of men reporting that they rely on men disclosing HIV status as a way of avoiding infection themselves. HIV status disclosure raises a lot of issues � both for gay men who are living with HIV and for men who aren't. The starting point for the discussion needs to be the fact that there is no obligation on someone living with HIV to disclose the fact to anyone � apart from in very specific employment situations where there is a risk of transmission. Despite the fact that many people seem to believe it to be the case, there is no obligation on a gay men living with HIV to disclose that fact before sex. Disclosing HIV status and the reasons why some men choose not to disclose is a discussion that needs to be had not just between men living with HIV but across the wider gay community. As such, the disclosure discussion is one for all of us to be involved in. As the Canadian campaign hinted, one of the reasons HIV positive men may choose not to disclose is the fear of rejection. Too often � but by no means in every case � HIV positive gay men are rejected by other gay men simply because disclosure has happened. Gay men led the way in terms of campaigning for HIV support provision in the early days of the epidemic in order to ensure that the men living with the virus had the care and support they so desperately needed at that time. It shames us all that gay men living with HIV today are still experiencing rejection because of the choice to disclose HIV status. DISCLOSE OR NOT? It's right, however, to acknowledge the fact that for some HIV positive gay men, experiences of disclosure are good, empowering and affirming. A simple `thanks for telling me now, where were we.....?' goes a long way to maintaining someone's dignity and feeling of self worth. If you're living with HIV, how do you negotiate what can often be a minefield, when thinking about who you should, could or ought to disclose to? Think about who you want to tell and why. Is it going to benefit you or are you doing it because you feel that you ought to? Think about where you're thinking of doing it. Is where you're thinking of disclosing safe and discreet and are you in the right frame of mind? Think about the reaction you might receive from who you're about to tell. Are you prepared for the range of reactions that might follow? Think about the reasons that might stop you from disclosing. Is this something you might want to discuss further with someone before you go ahead? You HIV is your business � but choosing to disclose can be empowering and significant. Unfortunately, a world where HIV stigma is still alive and kicking is not an ideal world in which to disclose your HIV status - but you have a right to be treated with dignity and respect once you choose to be open about it. Our fabulous, diverse community is capable of great things when we support and respect each other � gay men living with HIV deserve no more and no less. If you are living with HIV and would like to talk to someone about disclosure � or about any other issue � we're here to help. Call 0161 274 4499 to make an appointment with one of our Service Advisers or visit our website wwww.ght.org.uk where you can also request an appointment. To find out more about the services offered by George House Trust, contact our services team at email@example.com or call us on 0161 274 4499. www.ght.org.uk SCAN HERE TO VISIT THE GHT SITE 20 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk COMING OUT SPECIAL It's something we all do, whether it's to ourselves, our families, our friends or our work colleagues. And it's never something we do only once. Coming out is personal to every single LGB person. Over the next four pages we talk to people about their coming out stories.; and offer our indispensible Guide To Coming Out! SIMON'S STORY COMING OUT AS BISEXUAL `Aren't you gay though Simon?' is the one line that never seems to go away. When I first knew and was open about my bisexuality I was surprised to find that not many people understood what being bisexual actually was, and some still don't know. For this reason I found it difficult at first, I suppose the opinion is that bisexuals don't have it so bad, that at least they have support and don't really get homophobia. Let me make this clear that this is not the case at all. I've found that I'm often treated as an outsider for the simple reason people don't understand. In my personal opinion I think it's as hard and I dare say it can be more difficult coming out as bisexual than gay. If you look at it this way that as a bisexual I get prejudice from both sides ; but to get comments from people who have suffered prejudice, bullying and abuse just for being who they are is the real shocking fact, surely we're in similar boats? As far as relationships go I've had relationships with both sexes. The most successful of which was with another bisexual. I count the success more to understanding and trust than the person's sexuality. If I like someone I like them for who they are not what's between their legs. I look for the same qualities in both sexes which at times can become difficult as both men and women are different. For me I know deep down who I am and it's a part of me. I wouldn't say I'm proud of it neither would I say I'm ashamed, it just is. I can only account for the male side of bisexuality but I've heard it's pretty much the same for female bisexuals. As I embark on another new relationship I find that she is bisexual as well. Something that is hardly surprising. Bisexuals generally understand and trust each other which can't in my opinion (at the moment) be said for other kinds of relationships bisexual people have. TOMY'S STOR "Since I turned 19 I've been noticing more and more difference between myself and other 19 year old guys. I had probably known since I was around 13/14 that there was something different about me. I could never really tell what it was until a couple of years ago. Coming out has been the best thing i've done in my life. I knew something had to happen and the decision was to either accept or forget about it, I had been quite good about forgetting about it whilst I was growing up, to me it wasn't right, normal or what I wanted. But realising what I was in the last year and not being able to tell anyone about it made me extremely depressed. It reached a point where I realised I couldn't do this anymore. The first person I told was my mum. I am currently going through the `coming out' phase and each time I tell someone it gets a lot easier, the hardest part is telling the first few. I had to tell people because I was never going to be happy lying about myself to everyone, the fact I was lying made me in particular depressed about it all. Now all my friends know, and parts of my family, and I'm happy about it because I can be me. I am off to University this September and I am not even slightly worried about telling the people I am going to be living with because if they don't like it then I am not going to lose a friend that I never had." www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 23 INTERVIEW JOHN AMAECHI John Amaechi OBE is a psychologist, New York Times best-selling author and former NBA basketball player. From Stockport, he's also a patron of Manchester Pride. Here, John talks to outnorthwest about his very public `coming out'. It's been almost five years since you made the decision to publicly `come out'. What prompted you to make this decision? I saw the impact that visible role models made - specifically by watching the effect of Sir Ian McKellen at Manchester Pride a few years ago. The loss of personal privacy and other such petty matters that seemed so important to me just melted away in comparison to the impact I saw he had on people. I realise I am not of his stature or fame, but I am a minority within a minority and - let's face it - not the average face of the LGBT community, and I knew there are young people (and older people) out there who have been waiting to see someone from sport, someone not akin to any stereotype... someone who's story they could relate to and I knew it was important to come out publicly then. How has your life changed since then? In some ways not much, all my family and friends and most of my teammates already knew I was gay - I was out like most people - to the people who matter to them, but in other ways I have become a target for the ire of bigots and also a mouthpiece for the LGBT community, the LGBT sporting community, the Black and minority LGBT community, at least in the eyes of the media - so sometimes it feels like I have my hands full and a lot to live up to... What support did close friends and family offer you? They all knew years before, so for them their main concern was my happiness and safety. As it should be (but I know for many it is not) my friends and family love me for me, and there has literally never been a fuss or an issue, just genuine, loving support. As a high profile, out gay man, you must have many people contacting you with their personal stories, or for support. How do you deal with those approaches? I pride myself on making sure I am as contactable as possible. Through Twitter (@ JohnAmaechi) and by my personal website and Facebook page. I think it is vital when people take the time to reach out that I reply. I really enjoy the fact that people seem to think I am a reasonably wise contact for their ideas, thoughts, worries and stories. If anyone reading this is thinking about `coming out', what advice would you give them before doing so? If you are in a reasonable, open-minded situation where you know that you don't have to fear abuse of any kind or being thrown out of your house then I recommend people find at least one person they trust and who cares for them and talk to them about how you feel and who you are. I believe that one authentic relationship like that can not only facilitate coming out to more people, but help you be a happier, less isolated person. I should also add that while coming out is the best thing in so many ways for people, there are some LGBT young people especially those in religious or some ethnic minority households who really do put your futures - and sometimes their lives - at risk by comin g out to caregivers. If that is the case, and I can't emphasise this enough: there is no shame in NOT coming out to them to keep you and your future safe. But even in those situations, I encourage you to reach out to someone you can share your life with and feel less isolated... it may be a sibling or a good friend, a team or classmate, but try to find someone you think you can trust with who you are.... How important do you think it is for young LGB people to have publicfigure role models? It's essential, but they need to be the right kind, not just random gay and lesbian people who don't recognise and honour the responsibility of their position as icons. Young LGBT people need role models who thrive on that position, like Sir Ian, and who live a life that shows at every turn that happiness and fulfilment are a possible future for every LGBT person no matter their race, religion, social class or education... hopefully I am fulfilling that is a small, niche way. You are now a person who is inspiring other people to come out. Do you feel a certain sense of responsibility? I have actually taken some fire from the `gay community' because I make it clear that I think coming out is the best situation for LGBT people BUT I always say that physical, emotional and psychological welfare now is primary. I am not willing to tell everyone to just come out NOW and watch the fallout as the streets swell with more LGBT homeless children kicked out of closed-minded homes, as people become pariahs in religious communities and neighbourhoods at an age when then don't have the means or the rights to move away. Safety first independence first, if necessary - then come out... whether today, in a year or in five years time, those of us who care in the LGBT community be there with open arms and without judgement, until it is safe for each individual to come out. And while we wait, those of us who care will work to make it a little bit easier for each coming out to happen. www.johnamaechi.com 24 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk JOHN AMAECHI "SAFETY FIRST... THEN COME OUT. THOSE OF US IN THE LGBT COMMUNITY WILL BE THERE WITH OPEN ARMS AND WITHOUT JUDGEMENT, UNTIL IT IS SAFE FOR EACH INDIVIDUAL TO COME OUT." SCAN FOR MORE INFORMATION www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 25 DO'S & DON"TS! Coming out is something the LGF support thousands of people with each year and we understand how nerve-wracking the process can be, so here are a few helpful hints! COMINGOUT! DO! INTERNATIONAL SCAN FOR MORE INFORMATION CO and one you really trust, Start by telling some lps to have supportive. It he who you know will be process. ort you through the someone to supp � start a water first � perhaps Test the ty with someone sexuali conversation about uge their reaction. nking of telling to ga you're thi � gh if you need us throu support. We're here Get us, send us face to face. Call our helpline, email or below). in and see us (details an email or come � of time when you set aside plenty Make sure le may have lots of d, peop you won't be disturbe space to ask them. ns so give them the questio � sitive of reactions, both po Prepare for a variety n react times people ca and negative. Some d � give e shocked or surprise differently if they'r Just because news sink in. them time to let the necessarily gatively now, doesn't they react ne me around. mean they'll never co � still the same person people that you are Remind ud of own and loved, be pro they have always kn who you are! � long process � t coming out is a life Remember tha you feel the desire ns where there may be situatio sexual orientation, be open about your or need to l feel more confident you'l the more you do it, the each time. M 11th October is International Coming Out Day and to celebrate, LGF are going to be supporting people around the clock for 24 hours in our Come In, Come Out event. Whether you're thinking about coming out, questioning or out and proud you, you can contact us using the info below! IN G OU AY TD COME IN, COME OUT! Call our 24 hour helpline on 11th and 12th October on 0845 3 30 30 30. Get support online at www.lgf.org.uk Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org Come in and see us at Number 5 Richmond Street, Manchester, M1 3HF between 10am and 10pm Tell someone as they'r e rushing out to work, over Christmas dinner or when you've had a few too many. It's better to sit down somewhere quiet and have a proper co nversation with the m. � Take negative reacti ons to heart. Ok, so this is easier said than done , but sometimes it ta kes people a bit of time for the news to sink in and remember there are loads of people out there who will love you for who you are. � Go it alone, there's loads of help out the re and every situation can be supported. Call us on 08453 30 30 30 Mo n-Fri 10am-10pm an d tell us how we can help. � Rush into it � it's be tter to feel confident in yourself and prepared before you tell peop le rather than do it on the spur of the mome nt. � Feel you have to come out if someone asks or `outs' you. Rememb er, it's you who is in control, if you're not ready, the n don't feel pushed into it. � Replace all of your old friends for new ones � coming out is a excit ing time and the chan ces are, you'll meet loads of new people, but don't forget about the friends wh o have stood by you. DO NOT! 26 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk CUT-OUT-AND-KEEP! DO�IT CALENDAR FOR MEN (AND THEIR FRIENDS) OCTOBER Saturday 8th: Heritage & Film NOVEMBER Saturday 5th: Healthy Cooking DECEMBER Saturday 3rd: DJ Skills JANUARY Saturday 7th: Tweeting & Blogging FEBRUARY Saturday 4th: Photography MARCH Saturday 3rd: Photoshop Skills DO IT ALL YEAR ROUND! Learn real skills and meet new friends. Thanks to funding from the Skills Funding Agency, The Lesbian & Gay Foundation have teamed up with Gaydio and The Manchester College to deliver FREE Skills Workshops to the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans community. Workshops include heritage and film, radio presentation, radio production, photography, social media, craft, creative writing, cooking, and DIY. There will be 24 sessions in all, twelve delivered by LGF of which six are aimed at women though men are welcome, and six are aimed at men though women are welcome, and twelve delivered by Gaydio. Workshops run on Saturday afternoons from Sept 2011 to March 2012. This is a great opportunity to access adult learning in a safe and friendly environment in order to learn new skills, improve your CV, try free taster sessions, meet like minded people and have fun! There will also be lots of information and handy hints about accessing further learning if you like what you try! Even better, we can also cover childcare costs, reasonable travel costs, and facilitate any access needs (signing, etc.). FOR WOMEN (AND THEIR FRIENDS) OCTOBER Saturday 15th: Well Well Well NOVEMBER Saturday 19th: Crafternoon DECEMBER Saturday 17th: Creative Writing JANUARY Saturday 21st: Healthy Cooking FEBRUARY Saturday 21st: DIY Skills FOR ALL (AND THEIR FRIENDS!) OCTOBER Saturday 22nd: Radio Presentation Saturday 29th: Radio Presentation NOVEMBER Saturday 12th: Radio Presentation Saturday 26th: Radio Production DECEMBER Saturday 3rd: Radio Production Saturday 10th: Radio Production JANUARY Saturday 14th: Radio Presentation Saturday 28th: Radio Presentation FEBRUARY Saturday 11th: Radio Presentation Saturday 25th: Radio Production MARCH Saturday 17th: Radio Production Saturday 31st: Radio Production For more information about what's on when, and coming along to the events visit www. lgf.org.uk/doit, email skills@lgf. org.uk or call 0845 3 30 3030 VOLUNTEER FOR DO�IT! There are also some fantastic volunteering opportunities with this project. Three roles have been created - Marketing Support, Office Support and Workshop Delivery Support. For more information on these volunteering roles, and to get involved in this exciting project drop Claire Taylor a line email@example.com or call her on 08453 303030 . SCAN TO DIAL THIS NUMBER NOW 28 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk returns! Liverpool's world-class LGBT arts festival Homotopia - returns for it's 8th event in November, and this year brings audiences five new commissions and four world premieres amongst over 30 events across Liverpool throughout November. This year's theme is `Cruising For Art' showcasing an array of the queer, the extravagant, the bold, the unexpected and the daring. A celebration of 21st century LGBT life with an eclectic programme of theatre, dance, film, cabaret & discussion. outnorthwest is extremely proud to once again be a media partner for Homotopia. Across these two pages, we're highlighting some of the world premieres and new commissions - but we just don't have to space to tell you everything that's going on. For a full run-down on this year's event (and believe us, there really IS something to suit every taste), head along to the official website at: PREMIERE WORLD SAVAGE STYLE! EXHIBITION Fri 4 Nov - Sun 19 February The Walker Art Gallery & The Museum of Liverpool Two venues at National Museums Liverpool host a selection of fabulous frocks from the wardrobe of Lily Savage, the acidtongued alter ego of comedian and television presenter, Paul O'Grady. The display comprises 7 dresses and outfits worn by Lily in her many different guises, including one worn as host of television game show Blankety Blank. Also featured are some of her incredible pantomime costumes as well as Lily's more `informal' daywear looks. Two costumes will be displayed at the new Museum of Liverpool, with the other five at the Walker Art Gallery. Lily's Birkenhead-born creator, Paul O'Grady, `retired' the famous `blonde bombsite' to a French convent in 2004. She made a brief re-appearance in panto in Southampton in 2010 and now she's back in this display, bigger and brassier than ever! PREMIERE WORLD CRUISING CLUBBING FUCKING Weds 2 & Thurs 3 Nov 8pm Unity Theatre Cruising Clubbing Fucking is a dancetheatre performance exploring how gay men have met and seduced each other, from the 60's to the present day. Blending bodies with beats and contemporary dance styles with gesture, the three dancers move their way through this world of late night lust, combining seduction, sex and moments of human tenderness. DANCE/THEATRE www.homotopia.net 30 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk FILM EXHIBITION BERLINYOGYAKARTA Tues 1- 14 Nov Contemporary Urban Centre Presented by Project Triangle, Homotopia's youth project, and developed by KPH (Campaign against Homophobia) Warsaw, the exhibition shows the persecution of non-heterosexual people by the Nazis during their occupation of Europe. Berlin is shown as a place of freedom for homosexual people but ironically also the birthplace of the Nazi dictatorship and its attempts to eliminate LGBT people. PREMIERE UK From Hitler's Terror To Human Rights Today LA ZOMBIE Fri 30 Sept, 10pm Wolstenholme Project 11-13 Wolstenholme Square Chew Disco, Adandon Normal Devices and Homotopia present a special late screening of Bruce La Bruce's queer classic LA ZOMBIE. Director Bruce LaBruce: "We live in a zombie world. There are zombie buildings, zombie banks, zombie economies, zombie nations. Zombies are the ultimate consumers and the ultimate conformists, and we live in the ultimate consumerist, conformist world. Even the gay movement has become totally conventional and conformist - gay zombies. " FILM A TASTE OF HONEY 50th Anniversary Screening Sun 6 Nov, 6pm Picturehouse at FACT Tony Richardson's 1961 film was a critical and commercial success. Subjects like sex, abortion and homosexuality were tackled through the emotions of Jo, played impressively by Liverpudlian Rita Tushingham Rita Tushingham will be attending the gala screening and afterwards appearing at a specially arranged Q&A with Professor Roger Shannon Department Of Film & Media Edge Hill University TALK AN AUDIENCE WITH APRIL ASHLEY Weds 23 Nov, 7.30pm Adrian Boult Hall, Birmingham Miss April Ashley will be in Birmingham for a special SHOUT appearance presenting recollections of her life in conversation with Mark Simpson. April is one of the most important and well known figures in the UK transgender community. Born in Liverpool in 1935 as George Jamieson, she lived in Liverpool for all of her childhood. In 1960 she was one of the first people to undergo gender reassignment surgery in Morocco. April developed a successful career as a model even appearing in Vogue. www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 31 DISCUSSION/DEBATE AN AUDIENCE WITH DAVID HOYLE Thurs 10 Nov, 6pm Unity Theatre Avant guardian, artist and performer David Hoyle is unmasked in a special festival first. Author Rupert Smith is face to face with Hoyle exploring his life, his art and living with mental illness. Presented in partnership Liverpool Mental Health Awareness. Event will also be live streamed via www.homotopia.tv FUNNY GIRLS OUTSPOKEN! Three of the UK's funniest comedians Jen Brister (36), Zoe Lyons (39) and Suzi Ruffell (25) have come together to tour their new show - Stand Out! Here they tell outnorthwest a few jokes, the best thing about being a woman and much more. Which three items would you take to a desert island? JEN: My tweezers because even alone I won't want a uni brow, a crate of matches (for obvious reasons) and the book "How to survive on a desert island' by Ray Mears. ZOE: A massive note pad, pencil and barrel of rum SUZI: My phone, some headphones and a helicopter. Which person, living or dead, do you most admire, and why? J: Boudicca � she seemed to have pretty strong opinions about the invading Romans and I love a woman in a breast plate. Z: I am constantly marvelling at the energy of Hilary Clinton. People always bang on about comedy being a male dominated world and I think how do you think Hilary Clinton and Angela Merkel feel? What do you owe your parents? What is the most important lesson life has taught you? J: I owe my parents everything. In particular my Mum, who is the moral compass in my family. I can lie to people, I can lie to myself, but I can't lie to my Mum. She'll push the truth in my face whether I like it or not. The most important lesson is to be true to yourself, don't compromise who you are, what you want to be or do with your life because it makes other people uncomfortable, or they don't get it. They don't have to, only you do. Z: I have my mother to thank for my sense of humour and sense of adventure and my dad for my love of the outdoors and good food. I think together they have helped make me take a balanced view. The most important thing I have learnt is try not to sweat the small stuff, and most of it is small stuff. S: An awful lot of money. Pretty much everything. They are very supportive, I am very lucky. I live by Dad's advice: `Suz, do what you want with your life, be happy, laugh lots and always lead a horse from the left'. What keeps you awake at night? J: My girlfriend snoring and the thought of writing a brand new hour of comedy before February, but mainly the snoring. Z: My cat chasing imaginary mice at 4.00 am S: The neighbours shagging. If you could be any character, who would you be? J: I would be Asterix from Photo: Chris James of Shoebox Media SUZI JEN 32 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk Asterix and Obelix. I like his moustache, when I bleach mine there is an uncanny resemblance. Z: Orlando from the Virginia Wolf novel. Orlando lived for centuries first as a man then a woman. S: I'd like to be Harry Potter. Who are your three ideal dinner guests, living or dead? J: I'd like to have Adele round for tea, I think she'd be a laugh, might be nice to have Jesus Christ over as I have a few questions I'd like to run past him and lastly Caitlin Moran cause because the woman is clever AND funny. Z: Stewie Griffin, he will need a high chair, Kate Bush and Banksy. S: Charlie Chaplin, Dolly Parton and that guy that does the voice over on `Come Dine With Me'. What would your superpower be? J: I'd like to be able to fly anywhere, with luggage that weighs over 15 kg. YES RYAN AIR I CAN FLY SO I CAN TAKE WHATEVER LUGGAGE I LIKE!!! Z: Ok, this is very cliched but I would love to be able to fly, not just fly... fly at speed. Think of the possibilities. No more driving to gigs, cheap hols. I would have a super insulated suit for the low temperatures at high altitude. S: Flying. What do you think is the greatest challenge facing women today? J: In the UK or in Saudi "Here in the UK, the greatest challenge facing women is inertia; the illusion that women have it all and there is no more work to be done." Arabia and Iran? Because I think there might be a slight discrepancy in terms of our priorities. Here in the UK the biggest challenge is inertia, the illusion that women have it all and there is no more work to be done. I work in an incredibly sexist industry where it's still ok for a promotor to tell me to my face that he won't book me because he doesn't think women are funny. Z: It is as basic as the right to an education in some countries. In so many places women still are not allowed to live a full and equal life. S: I hear it's hard to juggle (family and work commitments, not the circus skill). The best thing about being a woman? J: Everything � apart from equal pay, child care in the work place and having a human being pushed out of an area in your body that starts out the size of a 10 pence piece. Z: I think women are more relaxed about "competing" with each other. I think men are under more pressure to be Alpha and compete on more levels. S: Clothes Tell us a joke. J: Hear the one about the dyslexic who walked into a bra. Z: My pal had a boob job from the profits of a car boot sale. That's what I call tit for tat. S: I can't think of one....that's not a good sign, I know. ZOE You can catch Jen, Zoe & Suzi in Stand Out at Manchester Sound Control on November 22nd. www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 33 FIND OUT WHERE YOU CAN GET TESTED BY VISITING www.lgf.org.uk/testing PATRICK POINTS OUT PATRICK ETTENES TELLS US HOW HIS HIV+ DIAGNOSIS HAS MADE HIM DETERMINED TO ENCOURAGE MORE MEN TO GET TESTED. "A few months ago I shared a story on my life with HIV, and now I've been asked to write my thoughts on why people should get tested. Where does one start? Well perhaps one can understand why getting tested isn't so exciting. Being in a room filled with people in a clinic designed, for SEXUAL HEALTH can be daunting. You sit down next to some guy and the question that first pops into your head is, what on earth are you in here for? When I was younger my mates and I would go with each other to the clinic for moral support, some of the looks you would get from other gay men got to me so one day I blurted out " We all suck cock in here! And take it! And that's why, we're all here. For the same reason, so, stop staring! " But then suddenly like a slap, reality hits home, and you're faced with the truth. How do you think you would react to a positive test ? There are some things that you can only understand when they happen to you. And here I am, someone like yourself, not a health professional but speaking from experience. So, why don't we get tested as regularly as we should? I understand that going to the clinic is one thing, but what scares the life out of us, is what happens next. How would we cope with any bad news? The anxiety is so overwhelming that many gay men don't collect their results. Many of us don't even go for our tests at all. When I was diagnosed, I didn't know what support I'd have, who to tell, who to talk to, but now, 7 years later, I've realized that it wasn't as hard to seek help, if only I knew now what I didn't back then. I have a better relationship with my doctors than my own GP because they spend more time with me, I'm constantly looked out for and I can talk to them about everything. As for family and friends, I'm lucky, I told all of them to remember me for who I am . And that helps. Currently in the UK, one in four gay men with HIV remain undiagnosed. That my friend, is the reason why I'm trying to encourage you to get tested . I can't tell you, how many people I know who have left it for too long only to be so ill that they take months to get back any kind of normal life. When I ask them, why they left it so long, they all say , "I don't know. I was scared, and thought it wouldn't happen to me." And it's turned out worse now than if they found out earlier. All those years of denial, guilt, depression, but you have to move on, grow up, accept and change your path, at the end of the day, it changes you, but it's up to you, to decide if your test result is going to have a positive, or a negative effect on you, either way, remember that there are many of us here for you.I would like to hear your thoughts, and hear what YOU have to say. Please do get in touch." outnorthwest will pass on all your correspondence to Patrick. 34 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk Photo: Paul Jones (Exposure) FROM AFRICA WITH LOVE TERRENCE LIBOMA IS "33, SINGLE, FABULOUS AND AMBITIOUS" (HIS OWN WORDS!) BORN AND RAISED IN ZIMBABWE, HE IS NOW BASED IN LEEDS. Terry works for Yorkshire MESMAC as a Community Development Worker, supporting African men who have sex with men (MSM) around sexual health and HIV prevention. We asked Terry a few questions about his work and what he thinks needs to be done to better support gay and bisexual men from black and minority ethnic (BME) communities. GAY MEN'S HEALTH TRAINING ALTOGETHER STRONGER dicks" is a good example, there is no malice in the statement, but stereotypical intrigue has an effect on the ability of minority group members to fully feel part of a community. BME men may feel uncomfortable within the gay community for many reasons, such as: � One night stand culture which could mean continual coming out to lots of different people for those looking for longer term relationships. Lack of events to cater for BME men's preferred music types. � Lack of education about UK gay culture. Most BME men come from countries that prohibit LGBT activities and to suddenly be free and be left to figure it all out on your own can be overwhelming. � Being unable to speak English impacts on confidence to meet and socialize with other guys too." Terry is working to develop a Toolkit to help Sexual Health Organisations, BME, LGBT and HIV Support agencies meet the needs of African MSM around HIV Prevention care and support and access to Sexual Health services. As well as working in Leeds and London, he is planning to hold three workshops in Manchester to support the development of the toolkit. COMING OUT "Coming out to my friends and family made it easier to live my life for me. Because my loved ones are supportive of my life, I am able to be myself and not hide my very essence by pretending to be someone I am not. Coming out is not easy, but if it's done in the right way, the rewards are endless. However, lack of protection against LGB&T discrimination in most African countries, where many black men grow up, instils fears associated with coming out or being outed even if they migrate. Homophobia in many African countries is a form of social justice or citizens arrest, and the fact that most of these crimes go unpunished dissuades anyone from coming out." Manchester Workshops at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation SEX & HIV "The challenge here is around convincing people brought up not to talk about sex or sexuality, to access services that put them in a situation to talk about this culturally or religiously taboo issue, without feeling vulnerable or going against norms. People tend to slip through the net when they are unsupported. Stigma and discrimination are real challenges that hinder dialogue to enable BME communities to support their LGBT populations. ddressing LGBT awareness and education within BME communities nationally, would facilitate greater acceptance of LGBT rights and pave the way for the setting up support structures." 19th October BME / HIV Organisations 26th October LGBT Organisations 27th October HIV Healthcare professionals and Counsellors All workshops will run from 12 noon till 2:30pm and will include food and refreshments. E-mail Terry for more info: firstname.lastname@example.org www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 35 MYTHS & BARRIERS "Most LGBT communities are very welcoming of other ethnic groups but some myths and beliefs tend to feed into the objectification of minorities within a minority and can become racism. A comment like " black men have big GAY MEN'S HEALTH HEALTH ALERT! SHIT HAPPENS When contemplating a bit of safer bum fun, it isn't just about condoms and lube (important as they are!). We've heard of a few cases recently of guys who are developing gut infections from being up close and personal with another gentlemen's toilet parts. ANDREW GILLIVER looks at the facts behind Shigella a gut infection that is on the rise in gay men PLUS how to be safe when poo is in play! Now we know there are all kinds of ways to get your kicks,but what's important is knowing how to get them without getting sick! To make sure you get the best possible sex with the minimum risk to your health (and anyone else's) there are a few things you need to be ever-vigilant about. itching around and inside your arse, or even see the worms in your poo. Threadworms are caused when the invisible worm eggs get on your fingers and then into your mouth. With threadworms you don't need to see a doctor. The worms are treated by taking tablets or powders which are all available in chemists without a prescription, and at a low cost. WHAT TO DO ABOUT THE POO? Some of the easiest bugs to catch can be among the nastiest, but thankfully they can be the easiest to guard against. Hands and under fingernails should be thoroughly washed after poo-play with soap and warm water. You should also wash your hands after handling used condoms or after sex involving arse play. You can prevent gut infections by: avoiding contact with tiny amounts of poo during sex; using non- latex gloves for fisting and fingering; or a condom cut into a square for rimming if you don't have a dam to hand. THE TABOO OF POO! You can catch gut infections from sex as easily as you can from dodgy food. Men who are into scat or rimming will be more likely to develop gut infections, but don't often go to their doctor for treatment. Taboos around cleanliness come into play here. Poo can carry bacterial gut infections including E-coli, dysentry (caused by shigella) and salmonellosis (caused by salmonella). Gut infections can be passed on by tiny amounts of poo on your fingers and in your mouth. This can happen during: rimming, fucking, fingering, fisting, scat, or handling used dildos or condoms. Symptoms of gut infections can include: diarrhoea, stomach cramps, nausea, vomiting, farting, fever, blood in the diarrhoea, and weight loss. AND THIS IS IMPORTANT BECAUSE... Some gut infections might not cause symptoms for the carrier, but can cause severe illness when another person picks them up, especially if they have a weakened immune system. Poo on broken skin allows any germ a direct way into the bloodstream. Poo in the mouth carries the main health risk. Tiny amounts can stay on the hands or under nails after scat play. Poo might sometimes also have blood in it, as the arse might be bleeding. If it comes into contact with cut skin, there could also be a risk that HIV or hepatitis B or C is passed on. Another good reason to make sure you had you Hep B jabs. Some untreated gut infections can last many months, eventually causing serious damage to organs like the liver. Gut infections can also cause serious problems if HIV has weakened your immune system. Sometimes the infections can be very difficult to get rid of. Images supplied by Pants - www.pantsHQ.com GET TESTED! If you think you've got a gut infection from sex don't just ignore it, go and see your doctor. Rememberyou'll need to say you've been in contact with faeces so that your doctor knows which tests to carry out. Any partners should also be checked and/or treated to stop you being re-infected. Antibiotics have to be used for some infections. Anti-diarrhoea treatments may make some gut infections worse. Hepatitis A vaccination is strongly recommended for men into scat. Blood on poo should also be checked out by a doctor as it can be a symptom of a serious condition. WHEN WORMS TURN Some gut infections are caused by parasites, such as threadworm, amoebiasis and giardiasis. With threadworms, you might feel 36 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk FIND OUT WHERE YOU CAN GET TESTED BY VISITING www.lgf.org.uk/testing PETER BOYLE SEX TALK HIV: Back on the agenda? Recently HIV has been in the news. Strange that it should be such a strange thing to see, when HIV should really always be in the news. Lord Fowler, who ran the much cited 1980s "Don't Die of Ignorance" campaign, was on record as saying that the UK's HIV efforts were "woefully inadequate". Factsheets on Bacillery Dysentry (Shigella), Hand Washing guides from the Health Protection Agency and much more: http://bit.ly/qChhHn Facts about sexual health, recreational drug use, info about sex acts and rough sex for men who have sex with men: www.hardcell.org.uk Prevention is the key; the old saying that "prevention is better than cure" is definitely applicable in this case, particularly as there is no cure. Treatment is available, and is arguably better than ever, with people who are HIV positive living relatively normal lives. But here's the thing, if you can prevent something then you should try to. LGF gay men's safer sex packs are available in every bar in the gay village, and across Greater Manchester in a number of different outlets. Wearing a condom and using water based lube should be commonplace with all new partners; it really is one of the best ways to look after your health. Other infections can be passed on more easily than HIV, so regular sexual health check ups are also encouraged. To see HIV in the mainstream news can only be a good thing, the more it is back on the agenda the more people will hear the message. HIV prevention is key, and encouraging the use of condoms and lube amongst gay and bisexual men has never been more important. The other thing that is just as important is for gay and bisexual men to know their HIV status. Together we can halt the spread of HIV, and it really is everyone's responsibility.. email@example.com www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 37 SCAN FOR MORE INFORMATION For those of us that work in HIV prevention, this news is sometimes difficult to hear, especially when so much of our time is invested in thinking of new ways to get the message across that HIV is best avoided. It is also difficult to try and make this point without fear of adding to the huge amount of stigma that HIV positive people face everyday. Lord Fowler said in his interview that HIV is not "remotely consequence free", this is probably an understatement. It isn't just the virus itself, the blood tests, the medication, when to start medication, the side effects, or the worry, it is also the stigma. In many ways, the stigma is more damaging than the virus when there DIAL THIS TO is access NUMBER NOW to treatment. SCAN Photo: Paul Jones (Exposure) GET IN! VillAGe dOJO! JACOB SIBLEY WANTS MORE LESBIAN, GAY, BISExUAL AND TRANS PEOPLE TO TRY MARTIAL ARTS. SO HE'S STARTED A NEW JU JITSU CLUB IN MANCHESTER'S GAY VILLAGE! What motivated you to start Ju Jitsu Village Manchester Dojo? I was at the Gay Games and saw a lot of Ju Jitsu clubs there and just thought why haven't we got one to compete? I run a group in Chorlton � which mainly straight males come too, and thought why not do something for the LGBT community. Can anyone attend? It's open to anyone. Whatever your body shape � there are advantages and disadvantages. It will be a mixed training session; it's good for people to be in an environment with lots of different people. People have said that they love the idea, but are worried about going into martial arts clubs for fear they'll be too aggressive. The Village Dojo will be taking place downstairs at Taurus and everyone will be at the same level. Is it like self defence? Ju Jitsu as an art form focuses on training not fitness. There is a lot of technique, but self defence is a part of it and it's all about awareness. What will people need? To start off with just a tracksuit and a pair of light trainers. If people get more into it, they could buy a gi (the garment Jacob is wearing in the picture). "DON'T WORRY ABOUT FITNESS, AGE OR WHO YOU ARE GOING TO MEET. WE'RE FRIENDLY, NOT LIKE THE BADDIES IN THE KARATE KID!" Are there weapons? There are sticks and swords used in Ju Jitsu. And we will be covering sword fighting in later sessions. What would you say to encourage people to get involved? Don't worry about fitness, age or who you are going to meet. Everyone will be a beginner, and if anyone does have some martial arts experience they can help others out. We're friendly, not like the baddies in Karate Kid! And you'll be respected for who you are. You'll be learning a different skill and gaining new experiences. Also, there is a sense of belonging in a club � just look at all the established gay sports groups; there is a real sense of togetherness and that's a really big part of it for me. What about the future? I'd love to see a Manchester Ju Jitsu team at the Gay Games. The Manchester Village Dojo takes place every Tuesday downstairs at Taurus (7pm), Canal Street, Manchester. Sessions cost �4.00 for more information visit: www.facebook.com/villagejujitsu SCAN FOR MORE INFORMATION 38 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk Two pages of sport and fitness every issue supported with enthusiasm by HOMOPHOBIA IN SPORT FOOTBALLER SUPPORT GOVT SPORTS CHARTER Efe Sodje, the Bury and Nigerian defender has become the first professional football player to sign up to the Government's charter for action against homophobia and transphobia in sport. The footballer joined Senior Executive of Equality - Simone Pound and founder of Just a Ball Game? Lindsay England at the PFA's Head Quarters in Manchester where Efe signed the Charter. Efe highlighted "how tough things will be for the next professional player in football from the UK to `come out' as they continue their playing career'', and how much `'intrusion and unnecessary attention there will be from the press and media'', and thinks `'the player will have to be very brave and strong''. He believes that from a professional game perspective `'the player would be accepted within a dressing room environment, and that team mates he hopes would be supportive.'' http://sodjesportsfoundation.com/ GAY RUGBY TEAM TOP OF THE TABLE As outnorthwest goes to print - The Village Spartans - the North West's only gay and inclusive rugby team - are currently top of their league after 3 consecutive victories. They are first in the University of Salford Division 5 East on points difference after wins against Tyldesley 3 (14 � 36), Littleborough 3 (24 � 14) and Aldwinians 5 (76 � 10). "This is a great start to a very important season for the Spartans as we gear up to host the Bingham Cup in June 2012" said Matthew Whitely, 1st team captain. The 2012 Bingham Cup (commonly referred to as the "Gay Rugby World Cup") will take place in Manchester, UK, between 1st and 3rd June 2012. "We've had a massive influx of new players and interest shown in the club since we announced that we beat Sydney in the bid to host the Bingham Cup. It's great that we're putting gay sport and rugby in general on the map for the whole world to see and we're looking forward to developing a 2nd team from the new recruits that we've attracted so far." Said Dean Bee, 1st team vice captain. The Village Spartans train on Monday and Wednesday evenings 7-9pm and play on Saturdays. They're always looking for new players. For more info visit: www.villagespartans.co.uk TELL US YOUR SPORTING NEWS! Are you part of an LGB&T sporting group in the north west? Let us know what you're up to and we'll let our readers know! Just e-mail your news to: firstname.lastname@example.org www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 39 Image: www.citylife.co.uk greater manchester Manchester � Portland Street Princess Street Chorlton Street Sackville Street Free SaFer Sex PackS AvAiLABLE ATMOST vENuES 88 Listing Indicator Portland Street Train Station Metrolink Stop Metroshuttle Stop 11 Major Street Major Street Hart Street Northern Quarter 50 Minshull Street Bloom Street ri Ta tre ff S � Parking Cash Machine (Free City Centre Bus) Hart Street 27 Abingdon Street 1 Chorlton Street Bus/Coach Station 37 et 2 17 Bloom Street 42 44 41 16 39 47 3 19 13 9 36 35 49 5 48 r we Bre e Str et 45 Hi lto aL an e tre nS Richmond Street 8 40 38 29 Sackville Street Richmond Street 33 in Ch et 24 22 15 12 Canal Street 4 26 31 10 32 7 Canal Street 20 30 23 Ba ck in Ch aL an e PUBS, CLUBS & BarS 1 Alter ego 105-107PrincessSt,01612369266,home toPoptasticeveryTuesdayandSaturday night,clubalterego.co.uk 2 3 AXM BAA-BAr 27SackvilleStreet,01612477997,glitter ballsandaflashydancefloor,baabar.co.uk BAr fifty7 FourwaysHouse,57HiltonStreet, 01612365757 5 6 Bull's HeAdGay Friendly 84LondonRd,01612361724. 7 CHurCHills 37ChorltonSt,01612365529,karokeTues andThurs,churchillsmanchester.com 8 CoMpAny BAr Only 28RichmondSt,01612379329, companybarmanchester.co.uk Coyotes 14ChorltonStreet,01612364007, pleasanttwofloorbar,coyotesbar.co.uk 9 10 CrunCH 10CanalStreet,01612360446,crunchbar.co.uk Cruz 101 101PrincessSt, 01619500101,oneofManchester'smost popularnightclubs,cruz101.com 11 eden 3BrazilStreet,01612379852, foodserveddaily,edenbar.co.uk 12 50 essentiAl 8MinshullSt,01618351300,nightclub overthreefloors. venues key Allinformationprovidedbyvenues.Pleasecheckbeforearrival Princess Street Chorlton Street Brazil Street Sackville Gardens 28 Whitworth Street tou Ay tre nS et London Road 46 25 14 Piccadilly Train Station 34 43 21 18 � 38 Whitworth Street � 6 Pleaseemailanyneworupdated listingto: email@example.com CluB fizzCharltonClub, womenonly2ndFridayofthemonth, 9pm-1am�5,see facebook CluB Hd Arch66,WhitworthStWest, gay/mixedbar/clubFriu&Satnights, hdclubbing.com CluB lAsHFetish atLegends,2ndFridayof themonthclublash.com eAger BeAver atMantoBarLounge,Friday's federAtionMainly Men atTheRitz,every bankholidayclubfederation.com HoMoeleCtriCatLegends,1stFriday everyothermonthhomoelectric.com MAn BeArs present HAiry!Bear atLegends,2ndSaturdayofthemonth manbears.co.uk MisH MAsH CABAret CircleClub, every2ndFridayofthemonth,8pm�8, mishmash1.com Morning glory atQueer,afterhourseverySaturday open MiC nigHtWomen Only LGBT Centre,49-51SidneySt,01612737128, Womenonly&alcoholfree,lastWedofthe month,7-10pm,�1admission. firstname.lastname@example.org orgAniCatSpirit,afterhourseverySat. poptAstiCPop/Indie atAlterEgo, 07974248247poptastic.co.uk pretty in pink 80'sclubnight reCreAtionclubrecreation.co.uk OutdoorSeating DisabledAccess 13 eAgle 15BloomStreet,01612286669,opendaily from5pmtilllate.eaglemanchester.com 14 legends 4-6WhitworthStreet,01612365400, legendsmanchester.com 15 MAnto 46CanalStreet,01612362667, baroverthreefloors,mantobar.com 24 tHe new union 111PrincessSt,01612281492 newunionhotel.com 25 tHe outpost 4-6WhitworthSt,01612365400 legendsmanchester.com 100BloomSt, 40 tHe pArlour RichmondSt,theparlourmanchester.com 26 tHe reMBrAndt 33SackvilleSt,01612361311,traditional pub,rembrantmanchester.com 27 tHoMpsons ArMs 23SackvilleStreet,01612375919. Mint loungeGay Friendly 46-50OldhamSt,01612281495,trendybar, mintlounge.com nApoleons 35BloomSt,01612368800,welcomesall LGB&Tcustomers,napoleons.co.uk 16 17 new york new york 94BloomSt,01612366556,busyfunpub, popularwithlesbiansandgaysofallages. 18 overdrAugHt Student 121PrincessStreet,01612370811 4 toniC 34CanalStreet,01612365757,intimate andmodernbarservingdrinksandfood. triBeCA Gay Friendly 50SackvilleStreet,01612368300,New Yorkstylelounge,tribeca-bar.co.uk 28 29 vAnillA 39-41RichmondStreet,01616578890, vanillagirls.co.uk 30 velvet 2CanalSt, 01612369003,foodserveddaily, velvetmanchester.com 31 viA 28-30CanalSt,01612366523, viamanchester.com 32 view 40CanalSt,01612369033 pAddy's goose 29BloomSt,01612361246,traditionalpub. 19 20 Queer 4CanalStreet,01612281368, queer-manchester.com 21 retro BAr 78SackvilleStreet,0161 2744892,retrobarmanchester.com 22 spirit CanalStreet,01612379725,livelyand modernthree-floorbar,spiritbar.uk.com 23 tAurus 1CanalSt, 01612364593,taurus-bar.co.uk CLUB NightS AlertFetish atLegends,4thFridayofthe monthclub-alert.com BolloXPop/IndieatLegends,3rdFridayof themonthbolloxclub.com DanceFloor ServesFood CashPoint tHe BAy Horse35-37ThomasSt, 01616611041,atraditionalgayfriendly pub,thebayhorsepub.co.uk Mixed MainlyMen MainlyWomen MainlyTrans Bar UPDATING! Listings are currently being expanded and updated! CoMMUNity & heaLth 33 AlBert kennedy trustNumber5, RichmondStreet,01612283308,providing supportedlodgings,mentoring, be-friendingandinformationandadviceto youngLGBTpeople,email@example.com 41 funky Crop sHop37BloomStreet, 01612371032,villagehairshop. 49 gAyter HAirdressing57 HiltonStreet,01612361128,hairsalon, gayterhairdressing.com BArnArdos MAnCHester leAving CAre serviCes36MontonStreet, 01612266722,barnardos.org.uk BlACk HeAltH AgenCy464ChesterRd, 01612269145,AiDSHelpline:08000967500, blackhealthagency.org.uk Body positive39RussellRoad,Whalley Range,01618822200,bpnw.org.uk CoMMunity AlCoHol teAM 01612306382,manchestercat.org CoMMunity Arts nortH west 46-50OldhamSt,01612342975can.uk.com Crisis point24AlbertRoad,Levenshulme, 01612259500,mentalhealthsupport&short termcrisisaccomodation,turning-point.co.uk george House trust77ArdwickGreen North,01612744499,ght.org.uk gregory's plACe69ArdwickGreen North,01612732901,supportfor childrenandyoungpeoplewithHiv firstname.lastname@example.org lifeline101-103OldhamSt, 01618392054,lifeline.org.uk lifesHAre01619534069,malesex workersadvice,lifeshare.co.uk MAnCHester drug serviCeTheBridge, 104FairfieldStreet,01612734040 MAnCHester sMoking CessAtion 01612055998 pAnkHurst Centre60-62NelsonStreet, Chorlton-on-Medlock,01612735673, pankhurstcentre.org.uk st. MAry's CentreNewSt.Mary's Hospital,HathersageRoad, 01612766515,sexualassaultreferral centre,stmaryscentre.org tHe lesBiAn CoMMunity projeCt 49-51SidneyStreet,01612737128, manchesterlep.org.uk tHe MAnCHester foyer61BoothStWest, Hulme,01612761000,supportedaccomodation foryoungpeople16-25's,svha.co.uk tHe villAge Citizen AdviCe BureAu 25aHankinsonWay,SalfordPrecinct, 01618342005,employmentservicesfor LGB&Tpeoplethevillage.org.uk Let's Do Lunch supported by: eClypse lifeline73ArdwickGreen North,Ardwick,01612736686,young personsdrug&alcoholsupportservice,MonFri9-5,Thurs9-7,email@example.com kAtH loCke Centre 123MossLaneEast,Hulme,01614550211, traditional&complimentarymedicine. self Help serviCesZionCommunity ResourceCentreStretfordRd,01612263871, mentalhealthservices,selfhelpservices.org.uk tHe City Centre projeCt 52OldhamStreet,01612283308and3309, projectworkswithyoungpeople16-25yrs who'sprimarydisadvantageishomelessness. tHe lesBiAn & gAy foundAtion (lgf)Number5,RichmondStreet, 08453303030,forallyourLGB informationandservices,lgf.org.uk 33 Helen sMitH funerAls 07870541668,funeralsthatareindividual fittingandtrue,helensmithfunerals.co.uk 42 niCe `n' nAugHty 39BloomStreet,01612280020 43 olive deli 36-38WhitworthSt,01612362360 Meet at 2pm, 2nd Sunday of every other month in Manchester's Gay Village. Next Meetings: 11th September and 13th November Enjoy a lazy Sunday afternoon, chill & chat over good food and a bottle of wine. For info or to reserve a place: Tel: 0781 308 3242 email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.lesbiandiners.co.uk Art ClAss08453303030,artsbased activitygroupmeetseveryFriday7-9pm. BipHoriA07941811124, bisexualsupport18+,biphoria.org.uk BlACk nortH west08453303030, forlesbian,gayandbisexualpeopleof colour,meetattheLGFonthefirstFridayof themonthfrom7.30pm. CArousel08453303030,socialgroup forlesbianandbisexualwomenmeets1st, 3rdand5thTuesday7.30-9pm. edwArd CArpenter CoMMunity of gAy Menfortnightlymeetingsforgay mensupport,trustandfriendship-also longerbreaksaway,gaycommunity.org.uk friends of sACkville gArdens 08453303030,Meetsmonthlytoplan improvements,maintenanceandnewplanting inSackvilleGardens,email@example.com gAydio 1stFloor,PortlandTower,Portland Street,firstname.lastname@example.org gAy in tHe ukRefugeeAction,23-37 EdgeStreet,07824473479,LGBTsocial groupforrefugees&asyluseekers,1stTue ofthemonth6pm,email@example.com gAy MArried Mens group Asupportgroupmeets1stand3rdTuesday 7.30-9pmattheLGF,08453303030 gAy nAturist swiM allages,firstname.lastname@example.org iCeBreAkersgay&bimen's supportgroupmeets8pmevery WednesdayattheLGF,08453303030, icebreakersmanchester.org.uk iMAAn@TheLGF,08453303030, forLGBTQiAsianmen1stThursofthe month7.30-9.30pm,imaan.org.uk inner enigMA08458381264, transandintersexsupportandadvice, email@example.com kesHetAdvocacy,educationandsupport serviceforjewishLGB&Ts,07528700926, firstname.lastname@example.org lesBiAn And gAy youtH MAnCHester (lgyM) LGBTCentre,49-51SidneySt,0790 0680725,youngLGBTpeople,14-25,Tues 7.30-10pm,Sat3email@example.com lesBiAn AsyluM group LGBTCentre, 49-51SidneySt,01612737128,forLB womenwhohavegainedorareattempting togainasylumstatus. firstname.lastname@example.org lesBiAn disCussion groupLGBT Centre,49-51SidneySt,01612737128,for LBwomen,meets3rdWedofthemonth, 7-8.30pm,todebateissues&shareviews email@example.com pAnts3rdFloor,AflecksPalace, 07816276925,men'sdesignerunderwear store,pants.uk.com pink Counselling Roger: 07506924801,gaymaleTherapeutic CounsellorworkinginDidsbury&Altrincham. proBAlAnCe personAl trAining 01618334777,gayfriendlypersonal traininggymintheCityCentre, pro-balance.co.uk pure tAnning And villAge off liCense37-39BloomSt,01612361788 44 eaterieS BrAsserieGay Friendly AlbertSquare,01618347633 CroMAPizza and Pasta1ClaranceSt, 01612379799,croma.biz CroMAPizza and Pasta30Longfield Centre,Prestwich,01617987666,croma.biz 35 drip CoffeeFourwaysHouse, 57HiltonStreet,01612355100, relaxedandfriendlycoffeebar. QueensCleAn.Co.ukGayowned cleaningservice.07533292451/0161298 0335,firstname.lastname@example.org 45 roB17ChinaLane,01612366222, forallyourleather,rubberandtwistedgear, rob.com rooM to relAX @FitnessFirst,7-11 LowerMosleySt,07815672235,Weoffera widerangeofholistictreatments. spA sAtori 01618192465,112HighSt, holistichealth&beautyspa,spasatori.co.uk upperCuts BArBers TheArndaleMarket,07784156693 eigHtH dAy Vegan 111OxfordRoad,01612731850 36 gengHis kHAns16ChorltonStreet, 01612281631,genghiskhans.co.uk 37 jACksons Jackson'sWarehouse,20 TariffStreet,01612282677, axm-arcobaleno.com hoteLS & B&B'S City inn MAnCHester OnePiccadillyPlace,AuburnStreet, 01612421000,cityinn.com ClydeMount guest House 866HydeRd,DebdalePark,01612311515, email@example.com clydemount.co.uk 46 internAtionAl Hotel Gay 34LondonRd,54bedrooms,01612361010 30 velvet Hotel 2CanalStreet, 01612369003,velvetmanchester.com lAvA CAf� BArCastleQuay, 01618332444,lavacafebar.co.uk liveBAitGay Friendly22LloydStreet, 01618174110,santeonline.co.uk sApporo teppAnyAki 91-93LiverpoolRoad,01618319888 38 sHAng HiGay Friendly 61WhitworthSt,01612287868 CLiNiCS jArMAn CliniCWithingtonHospital, 01612174939 nortH MAnCHester guM DelaunaysRd,Crumpsall,01617202681 nortH MAnCHester HospitAl SamedayHivtestclinic,01617202845 rusHolMe HeAltH Centre WalmerStreet,01612256699 outreACH CliniC @ tHe lgf and4 otherlocations,Mondays,noappointment needed,08453303030,lgf.org.uk rApid Hiv testing @ tHe lgfThurs 4-6pm,noappointmentneeded,resultsin 20mins,08453303030,lgf.org.uk tHe HAtHersAge Centre 280upperBrookSt,01612765200/5212 tHAt CAf�1031StockportRoad, 01614324672,thatcafe.co.uk SaUNaS 47 H2o zone36-38SackvilleStreet, 01612363876,sevendaysaunaforgay andbimen,h2ozonesauna.com ShoPS & ServiCeS 34 BAnnAtynes HeAltH CluB Gay Friendly 36-38WhitworthSt,01612366864 BeCky joHnson Counselling 07841837029,Experiencedindividualand couplescounsellor.M2andSK9locations. integrative-psychotherapy.eu CentrAl MAnCHester osteopAtHy & sports tHerApy FriendsMeetingHouse,6MountSt, 0786705385,helprelieveyouraches bylookingatthebiggerpicture, centralmanchesterosteopathy.com 39 Clone zone36-38SackvilleStreet, 01612361398,clonezone.co.uk inferno496aWilbrahamRoad, Chorlton,01618606666,sevendaysauna forgayandbimen,infernosauna.com 48 tHe BAseMent CoMpleX18Tariff Street,01612368131,sevendaysaunafor gayandbimen,basementcomplex.co.uk ageNCieS 42nd st20SwanStreet, 01618320170,adviceforyoungLGBs, fortysecondstreet.org.uk AddACtion31RobertSt.01612140770, Prisonresettlementforpeoplewithdrug problems,addaction.org AlCoHol And drug serviCes 29aArdwickGreenNorth,01612728844 alcoholanddrugservices.org.uk BArnArdo's HeAltH tHrougH ACtionTheProgressCentre,Charlton Place,ArdwickGreen,01612732901 groUPS 35+ lesBiAn & Bi woMen LGBTCentre, 49-51SidneySt,01612737128,for35+ womentosocialiseandmakrefreindsaway fromthescene,meetseveryWed1-4pm, firstname.lastname@example.org 40+ gAy Mens group08453303030, supportandsocialgroupmeetsevery Thursday7.30-9pm. dr pHil tyson 01612561890, Men'sPsychotherapistandrelationship counselling.menstherapy.co.uk essenCe Counselling email@example.com www.essencecounselling.org Pleasenotealllistingsinformation isprovidedbythirdparties.TheLGF canacceptnoresponsibilityforthe qualityoftheservices/groupslisted greater manchester & lancashire groUPS CoNtiNUeD lesBiAn MentAl HeAltH support groupLGBTCentre,49-51SidneySt, 01612737128,for18+LBwomenandM2F transwomen,meetseveryotherfriday. firstname.lastname@example.org lesBiAn reAding group (& lending liBrAry) LGBTCentre,49-51SidneySt, 01612737128,forLBwomen,meets3rd Wedofthemonth,todiscussorchoose booksfromthelibrary6-7pm, email@example.com let's do lunCH07813083242, lesbiandinerseveryothermonth, firstname.lastname@example.org lik:t07813981338,runbyandforyoung lesbianandbisexualwomen,1stMondayof themonth,email@example.com lilAC - lesBiAn CAnCer support LGBTCentre,49-51SidneySt,0161273 7128,3rdMonofthemonth,7-8.30pm,for LBwomenwhohaveexperiencedanyform firstname.lastname@example.org lilac.cfsites.org MAnCHester CHristiAn group 07743476191 MAnCHester ConCord trAnsgender soCiAl group everyWed7pmupstairsbar,NewYorkNew York,BloomSt(changingroom5-11pm). email@example.com MAnCHester gAy skinHeAds oi-skinhead.com MAnCHester lesBiAn & gAy CHorus 07944056047,mlgc.org.uk MAnCHester lesBiAn CoMMunity projeCt drop inLGBTCentre,49-51 SidneySt,01612737128,forLBwomen, meets2nd&4thThurofthemonth,7-9pm, firstname.lastname@example.org MAnCHester pArents group 01565733891 MAnCHester ruBBerMen socialgroupforgaymenintorubber/latex fetish,manchesterrubber.co.uk MAngo Men's dining CluB 07866909677,1stThursdayofthemonth, email@example.com MetropolitAn CoMMunity CHurCH unitedReformedChurch,WilbrahamRd, 01618816050,LGB&Tledchristianchurch mccmanchester.co.uk MMu lgBtmmu_lgbt@hotmail.co.uk MorfManchesterLesbian&GayCentre, 45-51SydneySt,07948243289,soial& supportfortransguys4thMondayofthe month,firstname.lastname@example.org morf.org.uk older woMen's drop in 01612053851,LondonScottishHouse, MountSt.1stTuesofthemonth2-4pm, socialgroupaimedatwomen50+, email@example.com out in tHe City01612053851,24 MountSt,Wed1-4.oitc.wordpress.com out to tHe tHeAtre01457877161,gay men'ssocialgroup,firstname.lastname@example.org outwrite07931915620, LGBTwritinggroup,outwrite.org.uk proud 2 B pArents01612260162 or07506515932,MossSideSurestart Children'sCentre,30SelworthyRd,for LGB&Tparentsandtheirchildrenevery4th Saturday,email@example.com Queer skinHeAd BrotHerHood firstname.lastname@example.org Queer youtH MAnCHester 07092031086,email@example.com rAinBow fAMiliesc/oLCP,0161273 7128,peersupport&monthlysocialfor current&prospectivelesbianparentsand theirchildren,rainbowfamilies.co.uk rigHt2uniteZionCentre,Hulme, 01612260170,LGBgroupmeetseveryTues. sAlford youtH serviCe lgBt youtH group atTheBase,01617780702, firstname.lastname@example.org sM dykes49-51SidneyStreet,07952237526, email@example.com sofA (support or fun ACtivities) LGBTCentre,49-51SidneySt,0161273 7128,forLBTorquestioningwomen,Wed 7-9,peersupportandfunactivites firstname.lastname@example.org spHere07854901330,contributetoaSouth AsianLBTtheatreproject,email@example.com stepping stones08453303030, Asupportgroupforlesbianandbisexual womenmeets2nd&4thTuesday7.30-9pm. triAngle CluBgroupfordeafLGBs, firstname.lastname@example.org trAnsforuMNinian'sChurch, WilbrahamRd,Chorlton,07500741955, TransGenderdiscussion&mutualsupport group,meets4thSatofthemonth4.30pm, email@example.com trAns lesBiAn group LGBTCentre, 49-51SidneySt,01612737128,socialand supportforLBtranswomen. firstname.lastname@example.org vAdA lgBt CoMMunity tHeAtre groupdramaworkshops&performances, allwelcome,email@example.com woMen's doMestiC violenCeRefuge: 01618618428,Helpline:01616367525, supportandadvicetowomenandchildren experiencingdomesticviolence. firstname.lastname@example.org uMsu lgBt soCietystudentgroup,for socialevents,campagins,drop-insand email@example.com MAnCHester stingers wfC Womensfootballclubforallabilities, firstname.lastname@example.org MAnCHester viXens lAdies fC 07921838733,LBTfootballclubs,emphasis onfun,manchestervixens.co.uk MAnCHester wAlking woMen email@example.com MArlinLevenshulmeSwimmingPool, BarlowRd,transswimminggroup, firstname.lastname@example.org netBAll07939477026,womenonly groupwithweeklycoaching,trainingevery Monday,8-10pm. nortHern ACes tennis group 07929917361,tennisplayinasocialyet competitiveenvironment,professional coaching,northernacestennis.com nortHern fligHt BAdMinton CluB Forexperiencedplayers,northernflight.org.uk nortHern juMp07783297965, volleyballgroup,northernjump.co.uk nortHern wAve swiMMing CluB 01618721990,swimmingforall, northernwave.org orCA divers125ManchesterRoad, Chorlton,01617183118,orcadivers.com open AtHletiCsTrainsonWeds,5Kevery 1stSun.07709000436,openathletics.org outdoor lAdsgayandbi-sexuallads intooutdooractivities,outdoorlads.com outdoor lAds CliMBing CluB outdoorlads.com out on sundAy07775671691, walkinggroup,outonsunday.co.uk slAM dunkin' divAs 07949604610,basketballgroupforlesbian/ bi/transwomen,tueeve, email@example.com touCH rugBy CallonPaul07775022797 firstname.lastname@example.org villAge MAnCHester fCgaymen's footballclubforeverylevel,vmfc.co.uk villAge spArtAns rugByTraining sessionsonWednesdayeveningfrom7pm, villagespartans.co.uk weekenders lesbianandgaywalking groupbasedintheNorthofEngland, geocities.com/weekenders_uk wHeelies fCManchesterLeisureSportsCentre, mixedwomen'sfootballeverySun11am-1pm. BUry ageNCieS & CLiNiCS ConneXions 13-15BroadSt, 01612537165,safeenvironmentforyoung LGBTQpeopletomeet. lgB&t poliCe liAison offiCers NorthBuryemail@example.com SouthBuryfirstname.lastname@example.org tHe BArlow suite CliniCFairfield Hospital,RochdaleOldRd,01617782755 young person's Advisory serviCe (ypAs)ParsonsLane,01617612136, sexualhealthservicesforunder20's. groUPS Bury Anti-HoMopHoBiC Bullying group01612535884 Bury lgBt networking group residentsandserviceproviders improvingtheLGBRTprofileinourtown, email@example.com Bury CounCil lgBt eMployee group 01612536625,firstname.lastname@example.org lgBt reAding groupMeetsat:Automatic Lounge,MarketStreet,01612536625,last Mondayofthemonth6.30-8.00, email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org pog (proud of gAyness)01612537733, Connexions,13-15BroadSt,Bury,safe environmentforyoungLGBTQpeopleto meet,connexions-bury.org.uk tiMeless funerAl serviCes 265-267 DumersLane,Radcliffe,01619590108 ServiCeS ChorLtoN eaterieS tHe nip & tipple 197upperChorlton Road,01618607330 CroMAPizza and Pasta 498-500WilbrahamRoad,01618811117, croma.biz tHe leAd stAtion 99BeechRoad,01618815559 pAdGift Shop 105ManchesterRoad,0161 8810088,pad-chorlton.co.uk inferno496aWilbrahamRoad, 01618606666,infernosauna.com CluB fizzCharltonClub, womenonly2ndFridayofthemonth,9pm1am�5,see facebook PUBS, CLUBS & BarS SPortS groUPS ABsolutely dAnCingTrinityHigh SchooleveryWeds8pm-10pmlatinand ballroomlessonsfortheLGB&Tcommunity. email@example.com BelugA diversScubaDivingclubforthe LGBTcommunity,belugadiving.co.uk gAy City strollers 08453303030, citycentrewalkinggroup,firstname.lastname@example.org gAy gordons MAnCHesterScottish CountryandCeilidhDancingandclasses gay-gordons-manchester.co.uk gAy outdoor group transpennine walkinggroup,07855197607goc.org.uk gHAp BAdMinton text07946191482, ghapbadminton.org.uk MAnCHester BAdMinton CluB 07939477026,Badmintonclubfortheless experiencedplayer. MAnCHester front runners 07813336445,LGFBox106,Number5, RichmondStreet,M13HF,runningclub cateringforallabilities,meetseveryThursin thecitycentre,manchesterfrontrunners.org MAnCHester jessies Lesbian&bisexual women'swalkinggroup,meetstwicemonthly email@example.com MAnCHester prAirie dogs 07960 351882,linedancesessions,everyTues 7.30-9beginners,9-10.30intermediate, manchesterprairiedogs.co.uk MAnCHester sHArksMilesPlatting Pool,varleyStreet,waterpoloclub manchestersharks.co.uk ShoPS SaUNaS CLUB NightS BoLtoN PUBS, CLUBS & BarS CLUB NightS tHe stAr 11BowSt,01204361113 oLDhaM originAl touCH of ClAss woMens disCoTramwaysHotel,307BlackburnRd, 07709185235,Amonthlydiscoforlesbian andbisexualwomen, touchofclasswomensdisco.co.uk twisty tuesdAysJ2&TheAtticSquare tHe Brewery tAvern 42GeorgeStreet,01612870751 tHe ABBey innMixed77WestStreet. PUBS, CLUBS & BarS CLiNiCS tHe pHoeniX seXuAl HeAltH Centre RoyalOldhamHospital,RochdaleRd, 01616278753 ageNCieS & CLiNiCS Bolton Centre for seXuAl HeAltH MinervaRoad,Farnworth,01204390771 Hiv workerEmmaMassey01204390772 MentAl HeAltH independent support (MHist)30ChorleyNewRoad, 01204527200,mhist.co.uk tHe pArAllel 9AChurchgate,01204 462444 firstname.lastname@example.org pennine sAunA 96RochdaleRd,Shaw,01706842000 pink triAngle tHeAtreStCuthberts House,TannersFold,07932928134 pinktriangletheatre.co.uk SaUNaS groUPS roChDaLe CLiNiCS seXuAl HeAltH Crisis intervention teAM01706261954,1-to-1supportfor youngpeople. seXuAl HeAltH proMotion unit 01706517613 loud & proud lgBt youtH 07824541211or07918913937,Meets Wednesdays5.30-8.For13-19yrolds, email@example.com groUPS UPDATING! Listings are currently being expanded and updated! tHe Bridge seXuAl HeAltH CliniC StoneHillBlock,Rochdaleinfirmary, 01706517686 proud youtH Around roCHdAle 07531061777, LGBTyoungpeoplefromRochdale, HeywoodandMiddleton14-25 lgbtyouthnorthwest.org.uk people like us (plus)LGBTSocial supportgroup,2ndWedofthemonthatThe ArdenArms,7.30pm,stockportplus.org plus eXerCise group (peg) 07880746079,arrangesmonthlywalksin theStockportarea plus reAding group07880746079 tHe BAse lgBt youtH group DiverseCity,01614757700,01614269696, firstname.lastname@example.org lAnCAsHire County CounCil BlACkBurn witH dArwen Hiv pArtnersHip03003650070,healthandsocial careserviceporivdersforthoselivingwithHiv acrossLancashireandBlackburnwithDarwen. lifeline projeCt68-70DarwenSt, 01254677493,supportingyoungpeople uptotheageof25,withsubstanceand alcoholmisuseissues,email@example.com seXuAl HeAltH CliniCBlackburnRoyal infirmary,BoltonRoad,01254687304 sHout01254300126,youngsexualhealth firstname.lastname@example.org BlACkBurn lgB youtH group BrookAdvisoryCentre,54-56DarwenSt, BB22BL.07809847541, email@example.com out youtH lgBt group eAst lAnCsThe Hub,Accrington&RossendaleCollege,07895 794850,14-19yrolds,6-8pm1st&3rdTues. LeyLaND pout!08007831524,youthgroupand helpline,everyWed.firstname.lastname@example.org yps.lancashire.gov.uk/pout-lesbian-gaybisexual-trans-youth-group groUPS groUPS MoreCaMBe hoteL tHe BritAnniA inn01706644019,4LomaxSt osCAr's BAr 25victoriaSt,07543900678, gayfriendly/mixed,email@example.com seXuAl HeAltH CliniCQueenvictoria Centre,ThorntonRd,01524405704 PUBS, CLUBS & BarS CLiNiCS SaLforD SPortS groUPS ageNCieS & CLiNiCS Brook Advisory 55RegentStreet,Eccles,01617079550 eCCles gAtewAy ChurchStreet,01612125717,thurs 6-8.30pm,dropin. HigHer BrougHton HeAltH Centre BevendonSquare,01612124500, Wed6-8.30,Fri9.30-11.30dropin. irlAM MediCAl CentreMacDonaldRd, 01612124500,Wed.6-8.30pmdropin. goodMAn seXuAl HeAltH CliniC OaklandsHospital,01612125717,APPT ONLY:Mon9-11.30am,1-4.30pm,6-9.30pm, Tue9-11.30am,Wed1-4.30pm,Thurs 9-11.30am&1-4.30pm,Fri9-11.30am.DROP iN:Tue2-4.30pm&6-8.30pm. stArting out projeCtNeil07766 55026401616071620,SalfordCity Council'syoungLGBTtenancysupport firstname.lastname@example.org swinton CliniC139PartingtonLane, 01612125100,Mon2-4.30pm,Tue 6-8.30pm,Fri2-4.30pmdropin. wAlkden gAtewAy2SmithStreet, 01612125717,Mon6-8.30pm,Tue 2-4.30pmdropin. sAlford lgBt network meetingregularlyinSalfordtosocialiseand looksatwaysofimprovingLGB&Tlifeinthe city,email@example.com sAlford lgBt youtH groupThe BeaconCentre,1LondonStreet,0161778 0700,safespaceforyoungLGBTpeople- loadsofdifferentactivities. firstname.lastname@example.org stoCkport lesBiAn & gAy dAnCe group LatinandBallroomdancegroup, Thursdays7email@example.com groUPS orMSKirK CLUB NightS CLiNiCS tHe lollipop loungeDisraelis1,26 ChurchSt,everyTuesdaythelollipop.co.uk seXuAl HeAltH CliniCOrmskirkGeneral Hospital,WiganRoad,01695571043 taMeSiDe PUBS, CLUBS & BarS Queen inn 37OldhamRd, Ashton-under-Lyne,gayfriendly. tHe lAdysMitH Gay Owned LeesRoad, Ashton-under-Lyne,01613430220 CLiNiCS seXuAl HeAltH CliniC AshtonPrimaryCareCentre,193OldStreet, Ashton-under-Lyne,01613427100 BUrNLey groUPS PUBS, CLUBS & BarS BACkstAge BAr 135StJamesSt,01282414895 edgeHill university lgBt soCiety searchonfacebook groUPS glossop lgBt groupglossoplgbt.co.uk gABrielsGraffitiClub,BethesdaRoad, Burnley,everySaturdayfrom10pm-3am. guys As dolls sHowBAr133-135StJamesSt. Bsure08456020894,Chlamydiascreeningfor under25's,firstname.lastname@example.org seXuAl HeAltH CliniC St.Peter'sCentretel01282644300 seXuAl HeAltH serviCes for tHe under 25'scondomcollective.com PreStoN PUBS, CLUBS & BarS outloud LisaMatthews:01613366615, Tamesideyouthservice11-19youthgroup. proud tAMeside - lgBt network 01613394985,tinyurl.com/proudtameside Blowing wild CluBGrimshawStreet, openThurs,Fri,Sat,07752512232 oBlivion12-14GrimshawSt,01772252876 tHe HAngout HammondsRow(opposite BusStation),07751711335,Saturdays21.302.30(studentnights),preston-hangout.co.uk seXuAl HeAltH CliniCRoyalPreston Hospital,SharoeGreenLane,01772522814 CLiNiCS trafforD CLiNiCS tHe trAfford Centre for seXuAl HeAltHTraffordHospital,MoorsideRd, 01617462621 relAte346ChesterRoad,01618720303 CLiNiCS eaterieS groUPS ageNCieS red triAngle CAf� StJamesSt,01282832319 ageNCieS groUPS Citizens AdviCe,0844644019 Hiv support group01619124611, email@example.com no Attitude01619122453,LGByouthgroup. groUPS e.A.g.l.e. - eQuAlity for All gAys & lesBiAns everywHere07972507679, meetsTues12-2pmatBurnelyTownHall, informalLGBTdropin,e.a.g.l.e_support@ hotmail.com QuAker l&g fellowsHip 16NewfieldDrive,Nelson,01282605724 rossendAle lgBt youtH group 07817541242,LGBTyouthfrom Rossendale,AccringtonandBurnley, firstname.lastname@example.org drugline lAnCAsHire 2unionCourt,01772825684, email@example.com lAnCAsHire County CounCil BlACkBurn witH dArwen Hiv pArtnersHip03003650070,healthandsocial careserviceporivdersforthoselivingwithHiv acrossLancashireandBlackburnwithDarwen. preston Hiv support teAM Helpline:01772468170,POBox515, Preston,PR18XP,firstname.lastname@example.org WigaN CLiNiCS seXuAl HeAltH CliniCRoyalAlbert infirmary,WiganLane,01942822277 groUPS StoCKPort CLiNiCS PUBS, CLUBS & BarS groUPS Arden ArMs23Millgate,01614802185 guM depArtMent SteppingHillHospital,01614195370 stoCkport CounCil Hiv soCiAl CAre teAM01614743636,Hivsocialcare serviceforpeoplewithHivandtheircarers. email@example.com just us wigAn - lgBt drop in Centre 11NewmarketStreet,07564903489, Providinginformation,facilitiesandaplace tomeetforindividualsandgroups.Open 12.10-2pmMon-Tue,MostFrifrom7pm. firstname.lastname@example.org, justus01.community.officelive.com oipen Minds group 07989101459, groupfor18-25yroldLGBTQ, openminds-lgbt.co.uk ChorLey BreAkout LGBTcommunityradio group,c.oChorleyFM,email@example.com breakoutshow.co.uk pout!08007831524,youthgroupand helpline,everyWed.firstname.lastname@example.org yps.lancashire.gov.uk/pout-lesbian-gaybisexual-trans-youth-group groUPS CentrAl lAnCAsHire Hiv AdviCe 01772825684,Helpline:01772253840, DruglineLancashireLtd,2unionCourt. freinds of dorotHy AgeConcern, ArkwrightHouse,01772552862, befreindingandsupportservices email@example.com lAnCAsHire County CounCil lgBt network firstname.lastname@example.org lesBiAn ConneCtion lesbiansocialgroupmeetingmonthly email@example.com pozitive lAnCAsHire07599545540,info &adviceonHivtopeoplelivingintheLanc.& GtrManc.area,pozitivelancashire.co.uk uClAn lgBt soCietyEveryThursat firstname.lastname@example.org(female) email@example.com uClAn lgBt eMployee network firstname.lastname@example.org viBe c/oYoungPeoplesService,07814493750, LGBTyouthgroupmeetsThursevenings. yps.lancashire.gov.uk/get-vibe ageNCieS LaNCaSter dAnCing divAFormoreinformation, email@example.com gregson CAf�/BAr GregsonCommunityandArtsCentre, 33Moorgate,01524849959,gregson.co.uk sylvesters (forMAlly tHe vine And Hops) 84KingStreet,mixedcabaretbar tHe duke of lAnCAster 75ChurchStreet,01524842843, firstname.lastname@example.org pyro(ProudYouthAreOut)07717301821, 13-25years,email@example.com royAl lAnCAster infirMAry Ashton CommunityCareCentre,01524387402 Age ConCern56WellingtonSt,01614801211 WytheNShaWe ageNCieS new stArt trust AldermanDownwardHouse, 01614980615,drugadviceandsupport CLUB NightS CentrAl youtH AdviCe And info 01614269696,1StPetersSquare, counsellingandsexualhealthservicesfor youngpeopleupto25. stoCkport Centre for HeAltH proMotionRegentHouse,HeatonLane, 01614265091 B. j. MCkennA & Co 182AHeatonMoorRoad,HeatonMoor, 01614325757,firstname.lastname@example.org o'neill pAtient soliCitors ChesterHouse,2ChesterRd,HazelGrove, 01614838555,oneillpatient.co.uk PUBS, CLUBS & BarS Lancashire BLaCKBUrN PUBS, CLUBS & BarS BAr iBizA43DarwenSt,01254695379 C'est lA vie11-15MarketSt,01254691877 stAgedoor23MincingLane,01254674761 Bsure08456020894,Chlamydiascreening forunder25's,email@example.com b-sure.org.uk SoLiCitorS groUPS CLiNiCS SKeLMerSDaLe groUPS west lAnCs lgBt CoMMunity soCiAl group 08450046994(12-5)24hrtext: 07514819063,uSAhelpline:+16464390177, includessupportfortheRomaniancommunity, westlancashirelgbtcommunity.co.uk ageNCieS & CLiNiCS groUPS out in stoCkportSteppingHill,0161 4834784outinstockport.wordpress.com blackpool & cumbria 13 21 27 63 8 31 48 20 18 47 Pleasant Street 23 Blackpool hoteLS 1 AnCHorAge 18WithnellRoad,01253341771 2 AsH leA Hotel76LordStreet, 01253628161,ashleahotel.com 3 Astor Hotel 83-85LordStreet,01253290669 4 5 30 Promemade North Pier Dickson Road 14 53 Mount Street 4 49 3 56 38 2 5 16 32 33 17 Yates Street 59 6 Lord Street High Street 08453303030 www.lgf.org.uk Reg. Charity No. 1070904 General Street 30 McHAll's Hotel 5-7LordStreet,01253625661 31 MereCliff Hotel 24HolmfieldRoad,01253356858 32 Mount pleAsAnt75DicksonRoad, 01253620362,mountpleasanthotel.com 33 34 AtHol3MountSt01253624918 Belvedere77DicksonRoad, 01253624733,firstname.lastname@example.org belvederehotel.biz 6 BlenHeiM Hotel75LordStreet, 01253623204,blenheimhotel.org.uk 61 BrAdBury Hotel25/27BanksSt, 01253624972,email@example.com bradburyhotel.co.uk 7 9 25 10 39 Promemade General Street Dickson Raod 50 new Bond72LordSt,01253628123 Cocker Street 60 24 Lord Street 26 High Street new Hertford 18LordStreet,01253621831 35 nortH CentrAl HoildAy flAts 29LordStreet,01253621831 36 nortHern ligHts Hotel 26SpringfieldRoad,01253317016 37 nortHern stAr 9LordStreet,01253628073 63 nortH grAnge Hotel 238QueensPromenade,01253351409, firstname.lastname@example.org northgrangehotel.com 38 39 28 45 40 61 Brene Hotel37LordSt,01253621854 51 17 58 52 15 Banks Street 55 23 43 57 8 Brooklyn 7WiltonParade,01253627003 61 Brownes Hotel 15vanceRd, 01253753089 browneshotel.co.uk 9 29 42 34 19 7 35 44 22 62 37 30 41 High Street CAMelot80HornbyRd,01253620518 CHAps9CockerSt,01253620541 10 33 15 14 54 36 12 31 11 CHristine's1LordStreet,01235 312260,email@example.com pArk House81LordSt,01253314571 CuMfortH Hotel24SpringfieldRd, 01253626133,cumforth-hotel-blackpool.co.uk 12 13 14 16 17 pHoeniX12CockerStreet, 01253299130,phoenixblackpool.com 40 41 22 derBy Hotel,2DerbyRd,01253623708 diXon84DicksonRd,01253752379 four seAsons74LordSt,01253622583 pier view16BanksSt,01253624555 2 1 Dickson Raod pride lodge12HighStreet, 01253314752,pridelodge.com 42 ruBens Hotel 39LordStreet,01253622920 43 sAndylAnds 47BanksSt,01253294670 44 seACroft suites 27LordStreet,01253628304 46 sunnyside 16CharlesStreet,01253622983 47 susseX Hotel 14-16PleasantStreet,01253627824 gS tre et Chur ch St K in 1 88 Hotel Indicator Promemade Promemade Abingdon Stre 28 27 7 11 3 10 11 Queen Street gABrielle'sWomen Only 77LordStreet,01253295565 grAMpiAn House 4PleasantStreet,01253291648, firstname.lastname@example.org 18 62 grAnBy lodge15-17LordSt,01253 627842,granbylodge.com 19 26 16 Abingdon Street Coronation St. 19 21 et 4 8 6 32 34 20 12 Topping Street guyz 16LordStreet,01253622488 Talbot Road 5 Cookson Street HeAtHerdAle lodge 2PleasantStreet,1253626268 20 HoMeCliffe Hotel5-6Wilton Parade,01253625147homecliffehotel.com 21 Hotel BACCHus326QueensPromenade, 01253350387,hotelbacchus.co.uk tHe Berkeley6QueensPromenade, 01253351244selfcatering.tv 48 tHe gynwAy Hotel205DicksonRd, 01253314747,gynwayblackpool.com 49 tHe wilCot Hotel 80LordStreet,01253621101 50 tHornCliffe 63DicksonRoad,01253622508 51 trAdesMen Only 51LordStreet,01253626401 52 vAlentine Hotel35DicksonRoad, 01253622775,valentinehotelblackpool.co.uk 53 videllA Hotel78-82DicksonRoad, 01253621201,videllahotel.com 54 villAge Hotel 14SpringfieldRoad,01253290840 55 wArwiCk HolidAy flAts 39BankStreet,01253623787 George St. 24 46 Charles St. Milbourne St. Caunce St. Hotel nevAdA23LordStreet, 01253290700,gaybeds.co.uk 22 13 reet 18 legends Hotel 45LordStreet,01253620300 23 24 25 26 lenBrook69LordSt,01253626737 liBerty's Hotel01253291155 Chur ch St lonsdAle Hotel 25CockerStreet,01253621628 27 28 29 Loepold Gr. reet lyndAle Court Hotel01253354033 lynMAr74HighSt,01253290046 MArdi grAs41LordSt,01253751087 S. King St. 61 25 9 88 Venue Indicator Train Station Tram Stop Parking � Cash Machine Blackpool Tower Pedestrianised MAnHAttAn27CockerSt,01253 290070,manhattanblackpool.co.uk Pleasenotealllistingsinformation isprovidedbythirdparties.TheLGF canacceptnoresponsibilityforthe qualityoftheservices/groupslisted wAves Hotel12WilshawRd,01253 593312,email@example.com 56 westfield House78LordStreet, 01253621992,westfieldhouse.co.uk UPDATING! Listings are currently being expanded and updated! 57 willowfield guestHouse 51BanksStreet,01253623406, willowfield-guesthouse.co.uk sMile spA At Helio fitness NewtonDrive,01253393909 tHe gArden plACeGay Owned CropperRoad,01253699987 lgBtQ dArts teAM WendyPhizacklea, 01229836426,07742353520, firstname.lastname@example.org pro ACtive young gAys And lesBiAns (pAygAl) WendyPhizacklea,01229836426, 07742353520,email@example.com soutH lAkes girls 07952278760 (evenings),variousnightsforalltranspeople orthosequerying.trans.lakes.nights@ googlemail.com soutH lAkes lgBt foruM Wendy Phizacklea,01229836426,07742353520, 48-50SuffolkStreet,13-24LGBTQyouth meetsweekly,firstname.lastname@example.org windsor House47-49Dickson Road,01253206206,windsorhouse.info 58 59 60 woodleigH 11YatesSt,01253624997 groUPS 25/55 iCeBreAkers07875355390,gay andbimen22-25.MeetslastTuesofthe month,7-9pm. 55+ older Men's lunCHeon CluB 07875355390,meetsThurs12.30pmfor lightlunchandchat. Hiv/Hep C support group07875355 390,callfordetails. lAnCAsHire lAd's group (trAns f to M)07875355390,meets7-9pm2ndTuesof themonthforchatandsupport. 20 truffles steAk HouseGay Friendly 51-53ToppingStreet,01253294804 worCester House 22CockerStreet,01253620007 PUBS, BarS & CLUBS 1 Buzz5DicksonRoad,01253649153, Queen viC's BAr 23DicksonRd,07946528153 2 funny girlsGay Friendly 5DicksonRd, 01253649154,funnygirlsonline.co.uk CarLiSLe CLiNiCS CuMBerlAnd infirMAry01228814814 kAosMixed38-42QueenSt,01253 318798,kaosbar.co.uk 3 luCy's At tABooMixed69-71Talbot Road,01253622573,lucysattobago.co.uk 8 5 MArdi grAsMixed 114TalbotRoad,01253296262 west CoAst roCk CAfeGay Friendly 5-7AbingdonStreet,01253751283 21 lgBt foruM0787355390,councilled informalcommunitymeetingsatTownHall every2ndTues6.30pm. lgBt pACt (poliCe & CoMMunity togetHer)07875355390,policeand communitymeetings1stThursofthemonth. liBerty CHurCHNorthShore Methodist,DicksonRd,07955597771, libertychurchblackpool.org.uk ok2Be01253754841,supportservicefor youngpeopleupto19yearsofage, email@example.com relAXAtion group 01253311431atSHivER sugAr lounge 07875355390,gay&biwomen'sgroup meet7-9pm1stTuesofthemonth tHe renAissAnCe trAnsgender support groupmeetingstwice monthly,gynwayblackpool.com/ renaissance_transgender_forum.htm trAnsinClusion group (M2f) 7-9pm3rdTuesofthemonthforan informalchat,07875355390 ageNCieS ConneXions 28LowtherStreet,01228596272 outreACH CuMBriA lgBt projeCt 07896250662, firstname.lastname@example.org pride in nortH CuMBriA 07901 765453, Youngpeople14-25meettwice weekly,prideinnorthcumbria.webs.com outrAgeous 77-79EnglishStreet, 01228593745,outrageouscarlisle.com new roAd innGay Friendly244 TalbotRoad,01253422691 7 roXy'sGay Friendly23QueenStreet, 01253622573,roxysonline.co.uk Anton's CAfe-BAr Gay Owned 9ParkRd,LythamStAnnesFY81QX 01253724721 groUPS SaUNaS 22 ACQuA sAunA CluB 25-26SpringfieldRoad,01253294610, acquasaunas.com 23 HoneyCoMBe sAunA 97-107EgertonRoad,01253752211 honeycombe.net 24 wet wet wet sAunA 1-3CharlesStreet,01253751199, wetwetwetsauna.co.uk PUBS, CLUBS & BarS tHe AlABAMA sHowBoAtMixed 1CockerSq,01253291155,thealabama.co.uk 9 tHe duke of york DicksonRoad, 01253625218,traditionalpubandlive entertainment. tHe flAMingo nigHtCluBMixed 44QueenSt,01253649151,flamingoonline.co.uk 10 SaUNaS sweAt sAunA CluB AtlasHouse,NelsonSt. KeNDaL seXuAl HeAltH CliniCWestmoorland GeneralHospital,BurtonRd,01539716706 CLiNiCS tHe flying HAndBAgMixed 44QueenStreet,01253649155, flyinghandbagonline.co.uk 11 CLiNiCS & ageNCieS Body positive BlACkpool 23SouthKingStreet,01253292803, email@example.com 25 ageNCieS ConneXions 124Highgate,01539730045 eaterieS Aj's BistroGay Friendly 65ToppingStreet,01253626111 12 14 53 groUPS Buddies CHippy28DicksonStreet City leArning Centre Bathhurst St,01253478309,clcbusiness.com 26 ConneCt01253751047, connectyoungpeople.co.uk 27 ConneXions2-8MarketStreet, 01253754840,connexions-direct.com CAsCAdes restAurAntGay Owned 82DicksonRoad,0125362120, cascadesrestaurant.co.uk 15 CAf� lAtt� 30-32DicksonSt,01253752077 Cumbria ageNCieS CuMBriA poliCe HAte CriMe reporting line08453300247cumbria.police.uk CuMBriA lesBiAns network 01539741285,1stSaturdayofthemonth, firstname.lastname@example.org soutH lAkes lesBiAns forlesbian&biwomenmeetingmonthly inKendalforsocialsetc&walkinggroups, email@example.com don Antonio 91RedbankRd,01253352440 fuel sAndwiCH BAr 33Adingdon Street,01253749813fuelblackpool.com MAndArin CAntonese restAurAnt Gay Friendly27CliftonStreet,01253622687 16 Hiv nursing teAM 150/158 WhitegateHealthCentre,01253657171 nHs wAlk-in Centre WhitegateHealthCentre,150WhitegateDr, 01253953953 riCHMond fellowsHip07876 568260or01253780952,MetalHealth supporttoaidrecovery. seXuAl HeAltH CliniC 150/158 WhitegateHealthCentre,01253657171 30 sHiver(SexualHealthHivEducation &ResponsesDruglineLancashireLtd) TheCornerHouse,102DicksonRoad, 01253311431 aMBLeSiDe WhitehaveN groUPS lgBt youtH group 07727297948, 13-25lgbtyouthmeetseveryTues CHApel HouseKirkstoneRoad, 01539433143,chapelhouse-ambleside.co.uk CHestnut villAKeswickRoad,Grassmere 01539435218,gayrunB&B,chestnutvilla.com hoteLS & B&B'S WiNDerMere hoteLS & B&B'S tHornCliffeLesbian OwnedPrince'sRd, 01539444338,firstname.lastname@example.org, thorncliffe-guesthouse.co.uk BarroW iN fUrNeSS seXuAl HeAltH CliniC FurnessGeneral Hospital,DaltonLane,01229404464 ConneXions 237-241DaltonRoad,01229824052 nite BitesGay Friendly 50aDicksonRoad,01253627976 17 18 sliCes sAndwiCH HouseGay Owned 10KingStreet,01253751441 19 tHe Buttery 1Cheapside, 01253296667 CLiNiCS ageNCieS groUPS CLiNiCS WorKiNgtoN seXuAl HeAltH CliniC WorkingtonCommunityHospital, ParkLane.01900705050 SoLiCitorS 31 Atkinson, CAve & stuArt 45SpringfieldRoad,01253293151 CuMBriA lesBiAns network (Cln) 01524858206,email@example.com freinds & supporters of furness lgBt CoMMunityc/oMulticulturalCentre, 07833447604,firstname.lastname@example.org PUBS, CLUBS & BarS steAM pACket inn 51StanleySt,0190062186 Pleaseemailanyneworupdated listingto: email@example.com ShoPS 32 dArAn HAirdressingGay Owned 10EdwardSt,01253441000darans.co.uk evolution HAir studioGay Owned 255DicksonRoad 33 pAul's5GeneralSt,01253290928 unisexhairdresser. 34 perfeCt fit AlterAtions 42ToppingStreet,01253290156 Reg. Charity No. 1070904 08453303030 www.lgf.org.uk merseyside, cheshire, yorkshire, staffordshire, isle of man & north west Liverpool Queer Quarter Exchange Street East 08453303030 www.lgf.org.uk Reg. Charity No. 1070904 Around FACT Tithebarn Street Tempest Hey Tithebarn Street Cunliffe St. Hockenhall All. Hackins Hey Moorfields Vernon Street Seel Street Concert Street Duke Street 7 � � 6 Dale Street 5 8 Wood Street Fleet Street Eberle Street Bold Street Dale Street Cumberland Street Suffolk Street Slater Street 17 11 Stanley Street North John Street Princes Street Temple Lane Temple Street Sweeting Street 88 Listing Indicator FACT Davies Street 16 Back Culquitt Stre et Parr Street 1 20 Culquitt Street Wood Street 18 Roscoe Place Sir Thomas Street 21 15 10 9 Culquitt Street � Train Station Parking Cash Machine Pedestrianised 3 Back Berry Stre et Bold Street 12 Victoria Street 4 13 19 Berry Street Duke Street Seel Street 2 14 Victoria Street Roscoe Lane London Road Piccadilly Train Station PUBS, CLUBS & BarS 1 3345Mixed33-45ParrSt, 01517086345,3345parrst.com eaterieS 1 CAfe tABACGay Owned Mathew Street gAy youtH `r' out (gyro)36BoltonSt, 01512030824,LGBTyouth13-25,gyro.org.uk Hope pride DerwentHouse,TaggartAve, Childwall,0151291365, firstname.lastname@example.org liverpool guild lgBt soCiety 160MountPleasant,01517944165, email@example.com lgos.org/lgbt liverpool lgBt CoMMunity network LCvS,151DaleSt,01512275177. liverpool soutH gAy dining CluB 2ndSatofmonth,firstname.lastname@example.org liverpool students union lgBt soCiety01512314947 liverpool woMen's Book group MeetslastTuesofthemonth, liverpoolbookgroup.com Merseyside l&g CoMMunity foruM 07970680483,newsfromnowhere.org.uk open tABleStBridesChurch,Catharine St,07780568754,monthlyeucharistfor LGBTChristians&supporters,3rdSunofthe month,email@example.com our story liverpool01517094988, LGBTHistorycommunityproject. firstname.lastname@example.org ourstoryliverpool.co.uk pArents & CArers group08709908996 Queer notions01512279977, providesinformationandsupportatthe ArmisteadProjectqueernotions@hotmail.com Quest lgBt CAtHoliCs 07983021589,2ndSaturdayofmonth, email@example.com spirit level01512271893, Transgendersupportgroup. storM lgBt CHristiAnsLevel2,96Bold Street,01515473562,meets1stSunofthe firstname.lastname@example.org young gAy sefton01513305841 SPortS groUPS gAy kiCk BoXingArmisteadCentre, WednesdayEvenings7-8pm, email@example.com gAy outdoor group 07855197607,firstname.lastname@example.org goc.org.uk Mersey MArAuderspartoftheGay FootballSupportersNetworkpractice weekly,mmfootball.co.uk 126BoldStreet,01517093735 espresso plus CoffeeBar & Bistro 173RoseLane,MossleyHill,01517246161 osQA'sOldhamSquare, 01517096611,osqa-restaurant.co.uk pusCHkAGay Owned16RodneySt, 01517088698puschka.co.uk 16 tHe MonroGastropub92-94DukeSt, 01517079933,themonro.com BABy d TempleStreet CAfe tABACGay Owned 126BoldStreet,01517093735 2 3 Curzon CluB MixedTempleLane, 01512365160,curzonliverpool.co.uk 5 gArlAndsMixed8-10EberleStreet, 01517099586,garlandsonline.co.uk g BArMixedEberleStreet, 01512581230,g-bar.com 6 12 HeAven victoriaStreet, 01512364832 7 jupiters10HackinsHey, offDaleStreet,01512275265 8 9 WeBSiteS gAyliverpool.CoMWebsiteofGay Liverpool,gayliverpool.com liverpool gAy QuArter liverpoolgayquarter.com hoteLS tHe feAtHers119-125MountPleasantSt, 01517099655,feathers.uk.com trAvel inn MetrovernonSt,08702383325 eLLeSMere Port teA witH teelA (tv/Cd soCiAl)0151 356855,7pm3rdMondayofthemonthat Transpose,trans-pose.com utopiA (ellesMere port)WhitbyRd, EllesmerePort,01513485628,LGByouthmeets everyTues6.30-9,email@example.com ModoGay Friendly ConcertSquare ageNCieS & CLiNiCS Aids Helpline01517099000 sAHir House 2ndFloor,151DaleSt,01512373989, providingfree&confidentialservicesto people&familieslivingwithoraffectedHiv onMerseyside,firstname.lastname@example.org seXuAl HeAltH CliniCRoyal LiverpoolHospital,PrescotSt,01517062620 tHe ArMisteAd projeCt1StanleySt, 08709908996,armisteadcentre.co.uk 17 groUPS nAvy BAr 27-29StanleyStreet, 01512311456 10 11 13 poste House 23CumberlandStreet seCrets 25StanleyStreet superstAr Boudoir 22-24StanleySt,01512366633 tHe lisBonMixed 35victoriaStreet,01512316831 14 15 tHe MAsQuerAdeMixed 10CumberlandSt,01512367786, masqueradebar.com SoUthPort AXM soutHport CoronationWalk, axmgroup.co.uk/southport tHe Crown 20CoronationWalk velvet Gay Friendly CoronationWalk PUBS, CLUBS & BarS ShoPS 18 news froM nowHereBookshop 96BoldStreet,01517087270, newsfromnowhere.co.uk 19 20 CLUB NightS Broken BisCuits MonthlyatJupitersBar federAtion liverpool Monthlygaynight,clubfederation.com girls go downMonthlylesbiannight, myspace.com/girlsgodown gen-e-sisvinylvasementBar,LarkLane, Women'snightlastSundayofthemonth. Motor CityPuzzleBar,monthlyaltnight 1stFriofthemonth(Startsoct1st). CLiNiCS seXuAl HeAltH CliniCSouthport&Formby DistrictGeneralHospital,01704513303 niCe 'n' nAugHty 85SeelStreet niCe 'n' nAugHty 16ColquittStreet St heLeNS seXuAl HeAltH CliniCStHelensHospital, MarshallCrossRd,01744646473,free& confidentialsexualservice,rapidHivtesting- resultsin30mins.sthk.nhs.uk CLiNiCS SaUNaS 18 splAsH sAunA5FazakerleySt,0151 2361001,splashsauna.com PUBS, CLUBS & BarS fleX iiTolverSt,01744758439 groUPS Being out witH leArning diffiCulties (Bold)c/oArmistead Centre,08709908996,meetseveryother Monday. Pleaseemailanyneworupdated listingto: email@example.com Pleasenotealllistingsinformation isprovidedbythirdparties.TheLGF canacceptnoresponsibilityforthe qualityoftheservices/groupslisted CLUB Night workBridgeStreet,everyWednesday. pink flAMingoThevenue,11-19 WestfieldSt.Seefacebookfordetails. UPDATING! Listings are currently being expanded and updated! Pleasenotealllistingsinformation isprovidedbythirdparties.TheLGF canacceptnoresponsibilityforthe qualityoftheservices/groupslisted dinin' divAs womensdininggroup firstname.lastname@example.org enCoMpAss07790904718,07833114752, 01745337144,LGBTsocial&infogroupfor Chester&N.Wales,encompass.btik.com Mersey & dee woMenSocialgroup, email@example.com sole sistersPenny:07917533104or Sandra:07921222101,womenswalkinggroup. uniQue tg support groupN.Wales &WestCheshiremeets3rdTuesofthe Month,8pm,firstname.lastname@example.org uniquetg.org.uk utopiA (CHester)01244602812,LGB youthgroupmeetseveryWeds7.30-9pm, email@example.com Pleaseemailanyneworupdated listingto: firstname.lastname@example.org hUDDerSfieLD the WirraL PUBS, CLUBS & BarS inferno14GarthSt,Hanley, heatsauna.com/stoke-on-trent gAylife nortH stAffordsHire 03001230970 lgBt network01782266998,charity providingsupport,adviceforallLGBT& socialgroups,gaystoke.com pAntHersLGBTBadminton/Squash 01782266998,meetingweeklyinStoke soutH stAffs Mes Men projeCt 01543411413,POBox3919,Lichfield, MarriedMen'sgroup,Tv/TSgroupand socialgroups. SaUNaS tHe greyHound ManchesterRoad,01484420742 tHe new union 3unionBankYard, NewStreet,01484535435 HuggSocialgroupforgay&bimen, 18+,everyTuesdayfrom8pm.hugg.org.uk PUBS, CLUBS & BarS dv8 @ tHe piCture House46Conway Street,Birkenhead,01516478883,Wed8pm tilllate,email@example.com tAllulAH's lAte loungeRowsonSt/ victoriaRd,NewBrighton,07747561587, Wednightstilllate,firstname.lastname@example.org CLiNiC & ageNCieS groUPS groUPS heBDeN BriDge inn on tHe BridgeGay Owned & Run 1-5MarketSt,01422844229, email@example.com nelsons wine BArCrownSt,01422844782 PUBS, CLUBS & BarS CLiNiCS seXuAl HeAltH CliniC ArroweParkRoad,01516047339 SaUNaS dolpHin sAunA129MountRoad,New Brighton,01516301516,dolphinsauna.co.uk terrenCe Higgins trust 5BridgeStreet, Birkenhead,01516669890,Sexualhealth info&LGBTaffirmativecounselling, firstname.lastname@example.org freedoMTransYouthFoundation, email@example.com freedom.btik.com gAy wirrAl01516669890,Terrence HigginsTrust,5BridgeSt,forallWirral's LGBTCommunity,contactfordetails, firstname.lastname@example.org teA tiMe speCiAl01516669890,Terrence HigginsTrust,5BridgeSt,Fri4.30-6.30pm, safespaceforLGBT,email@example.com trAnswirrAl90-92ChesterSt,07833385126, forTS/intersex,transwirral.btik.com wirrAl divAs01516669890,weekly lesbianandbisexualwomen'sgroup. wirrAl trAnsisters07833385126,support/ socialgroupforTv/CD/TS,1stTuesofthemonth, firstname.lastname@example.org MaCCLeSfieLD CLiNiCS SCarBoroUgh ageNCieS seXuAl HeAltH CliniC MacclesfieldDistrict spACe01543419002,LGBTYouthGroup GeneralHospital,victoriaRoad,01625264116 (16-21),email@example.com outrite groups01270653156,support andsocialgroups,outrite.org groUPS BACCHus7aRamshillRoad,lesbianand gayclub,diversecrowd, bacchus-scarborough.co.uk olgA 07929465044,OlderLesbian,Gay, BixexualandTransAssociation, firstname.lastname@example.org PUBS, CLUBS & BarS stAffordsHire BuddiesPOBox474, StokeonTrent,01782201251 groUPS groUPS NorthWiCh groUPS utopiA01606350750,LGByouthgroup meetseveryWeds6.45-9.15pm, email@example.com yorkshire LeeDS � 88 Listing Indicator SaUNaS nortHwiCH sAunAWinningtonLane, 01606784881,sauna-sauna.info Parking Cash Machine Pedestrianised � Gascoigne St. devoniAn HotelGay Friendly 4SherwoodTerrace,Douglas, 01624674676,thedevonian.co.uk 10 5 1 iSLe of MaN hoteLS PUBS, CLUBS & BarS Briggate rUNCorN CLiNiC seXuAl HeAltHHaltonGeneralHospital, 01928753217 Blayd's Yard Heaton's Court (front) 11 3 9 guys & dolls sHowBArGay Friendly PeverillSq,Douglas, Heaton's Court (back) Blayd's Mews eaterieS groUPS 8 6 Briggate North WeSt 8 tHe CAnAlside BAr & restAurAnt 01928580669,45-47CanalStreet. Swinegate The Calls HAlton lgBt groupmeetsat:Halton voluntaryAction,PublicHallSt,meetstwicea work it outWirralBrook,14WhetstoneLn, monthonaWednesdaynightbetween7pm Birkenhead,01516700177,groupfor14-18 and9pm,haltonlgbt.co.uk yearolds,firstname.lastname@example.org email@example.com 1 7 just4lesBiAns.CoMafriendshipsitefor singlesandcouplesallovertheworld. just4lesbians.com j4ldAting.CoMalesbiandatingsite. j4ldating.com gAy nortH west CAMping & CArAvAnning CluBFreeclubfor LGBTpeoplewhoenjoycampingand caravanning,gnccc.co.uk 12/5/09 12:21:30 WeBSiteS Parr St. BAr fiBre LowerBriggate,08701200888 1 2 PUBS, CLUBS & BarS groUPS Cheshire CreWe seXuAl HeAltH CliniCLeightonHospital, MiddlewichRd,01270612255 PUBS, CLUBS & BarS CLiNiC WarriNgtoN Leeds.indd 1 BlAyde's BAr 3-7Blayde'sYard,01132445590 3 Mission 8-13Heaton'sCourt,08701220114 wHite HArtSankeyStreet,01925241994 CLiNiCS seXuAl HeAltH CliniC LovelyLane, 01925662476 old red lion MeadowLane,01132426779 4 5 Queen's Court/loft 166LowerBriggate,01132459449 ageNCieS gAy outdoor group - ABility group Outdooractivitiesforpeoplewithalltypes ofabilities/disabilitiesandtheirfriendsand family,firstname.lastname@example.org lgBt youtH nortHwest POBOX153,Manchester.M601LP,0753 1061777,Support&fun projectsforLGBT Youngpeople14-25;support&trainingfor practitionersworkingwithyoungpeople, email@example.com Queer youtH network firstname.lastname@example.org,queeryouth.net trAns resourCe eMpowerMent Centre (treC)07513880647, Transactivitiesandinfo,meets2ndSatat theLGF,email@example.com transcentre.org.uk trAns youtH support (nortH west) 07530352079,SupportingTransyoung people&thosequestionningtheirgender identity,agedunder25,throughemail, phone&upcomingTransYouthEvents, firstname.lastname@example.org ageNCieS Bp CHesHire & nortH wAles POBox321,01270653150 outrite01270653156,socialand supportgroups,counselling,condomsand lubebypost,outrite.org 1806 group11PalmyraSquareSouth, 01925241994,initiativeforsexualhealth. gAy HeAltHy AlliAnCe projeCt POBox539,01925631101 religion174LowerBriggate, 01132469898,religionleeds.co.uk 6 7 tHe new penny 57-59CallLane,01132438055 8 tHe Bridge 1-5BridgeEnd,01132444734 9 viAduCt 11LowerBriggate,01132454863 groUPS groUPS CHester uni wArrington CAMpus lgBt soCietysearch facebook Men's group01270653156,outrite.org CheSter PUBS, CLUBS & BarS BAr 6t901244313608 liverpool ArMsNorthgateStreet, 01244314807 seXuAl HeAltH CliniCChesterHospital, LiverpoolRoad,01244363091 lgBt HeAltH proMotion 01244650534or07747631021,West Cheshire-help&supportincludingLGBT healthissues. CHester lgBt Book group 07818021947,2ndMondayofthemonth at7.30pmattheBear&Billetpub,Lower BridgeStreet,email@example.com gAy & lesBiAn youtH support serviCes (glyss) 07747473829,every Wed/Thurs6.30-9.30pmandalternateSat. firstname.lastname@example.org/glyss fluid (FreedontoLoveuriDentity) 07747473829 10 niCe `n' nAugHty 164Briggate, 01132426967,email@example.com ShoPS CLiNiCS StafforDShire PUBS, CLUBS & BarS fierCe3GoodsonSt,Hanley. tHe pink loungePiccadilly,Hanley, pinkloungebarandclub.com tHe fACtory67BryanSt,Stoke, thefactorystoke.co.uk tHe polAri lounge52Piccadilly, Hanley,01782212200,gaystoke.com SaUNaS 11 BAseMent sAunA 7Heaton'sCourt,01132427730, basementcomplex.co.uk ageNCieS tHe steAM CoMpleX sAunA EyresAv,01132798885,steamcomplex.com tHe Centre for seXuAl HeAltH SunnybankWing,GreatGeorgeStreet, appointments:01133926724/01133926725, healthadvisors:01133926057 yorksHire MesMACmesmac.co.uk ShoPS & ServiCeS CLiNiC & ageNCieS groUPS d.C.H.A. serviCes DeanCooper:07534509108,Helpforand trainingaroundtheneedsofdisabled people,dchaservices.co.uk Pleaseemailanyneworupdated listingto: firstname.lastname@example.org