outnorthwest issue 107
The World AIDS Day special issue 107 of outnorthwest is available across the North West of England and beyond from Monday 21st November.
FOR OVeR 16's ONly! NEWS � COMMENT � HEALTH � SPORT � LISTINGS your Magazine for life Published by Empowering People Ending Homophobia, OUTNORTHWEST issue 107 deC-JAN 2012 FRee! www.lgf.org.uk EN LISTW! NO Registered Charity No.1070904 ELLY BARNES NUMBER ONE IN THE INDEPENDENT ON SUNDAY'S PINK LIST 2011 eXClusiVe iNTeRVieW! T iT! dON'T sWeA Plus! sTATus! KNOW yOuR JONAThAN hARVey ON OUTNORTHWEST ediTOR's leTTeR deC-JAN 2012 1st December is World AIDS Day, and this year Manchester is asking everyone to know their HIV status. There's really no excuse these days for not taking care of yourself, and it's easier than ever to get tested and find out your HIV status. Every Thursday between 4pm and 6pm, The Lesbian & Gay Foundation offers a free, confidential same day HIV testing service. You don't even need to make an appointment. And on World AIDS Day, the clinic will be open from 12 noon until 6pm at the LGF's Community Resource Centre on Richmond Street (we're just above Queer). So why not make a commitment to yourself and your health and come along and get tested? In this issue of outnorthwest, we've got details of events happening across the North West to mark World AIDS Day, and how you can get involved. On page 34, Patrick Ettenes writes for us again about how he dealt with his positive diagnosis. It's a fantastic article, and I'd recommend you all read it. Elsewhere in this issue we also talk to Jonathan Harvey, writer of Beautiful Thing, which has just made a triumphant return to the stage at The Royal Exchange in Manchester. It's on until 3rd December, and I can't recommend it highly enough. Don't miss our chat with Elly Barnes too, who was recently voted number one in The Independent's Pink List. She's an amazing woman, and we really wish we had teachers like here when we were at school! Have a fantastic, and safe Christmas and New Year, and don't forget, if you're struggling over the festive period, or just need someone to talk to, The Lesbian & Gay Foundation is there for you. We'll be available all through the holidays, so call us on 0845 3 30 30 30. There's tonnes of useful advice on our website too, so make sure you bookmark www.lgf.org.uk See you at the end of January. 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 Cover Images: Paul Jones (Exposure) Jonathan Harvey by Joel Fildes 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; Lucy Rolfe; Martin Cooper; Samantha Days; Patrick Ettenes; George House Trust; Gaydio; Annie Emery; Andrew Gilliver; Peter Boyle; Paul Fairweather; Colin Armstead; Adam Winter; Marc Robinson; Sara Ashworth; Kevin Maxwell; Martin Cooper; David Thompson. SPECIAL THANKS Jonathan Harvey; John Goodfellow; The Royal Exchange; Gaydio; Roger Crouch; Elly Barnes; Ian Bradley Marshall; Ben A Squance; Ian Reed (ianreedphotography.com). IF YOU WATCH ONE FILM THIS YEAR, MAKE IT THIS ONE LGF ONLINE SCAN FOR MORE INFORMATION Released on DVD on 5th December, WE WERE HERE is the first film to take a deep and reflective look back at the arrival and impact of a definitive chapter in San Fransisco's queer ADVERTISING history. It explores how the inhabitants were affected by, and For information on advertising in outnorthwest, how they responded to, a calamitous contact us on 0845 3 30 30 30. epidemic. It's a deeply affecting film, and Or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org one that serves as a sharp reminder of the devastating impact HIV and AIDS has had on the LGBT community. PLEASE TO DIAL THIS watch this film. Scan the QR code to NUMBER NOW take a look at the trailer. SCAN For Hazell x IF YOU DO ONE THING THIS WEEK SUPPORT WORLD AIDS DAY Every 1st December, we mark World AIDS Day. It's an opportunity to reflect on the impact HIV and AIDS has had on us a community, to remember the ones we've lost, and those still with us who are living with or are affected by HIV and AIDS. It's a hugely important day, so if you see collectors on the street this December, give generously and wear your red ribbon with pride. Never forget. 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 World AIDS Day events around the region, and all the latest developments. 16 VILLAGE PEOPLE We're painting the Village red! 18 UP YOUR WAY What's going on in your region. 38 LISTINGS Every LGB&T service in the north west. FEATURES 26 JONATHAN HARVEY As Beautiful Thing returns to the stage, we talk to the writer, Jonathan Harvey. 22 OUTSPOKEN! Elly Barnes is the kind of teacher we wish we'd had at school! 23 WOMEN OF THE YEAR We look back on a year of influential women and women's events. ELLY BARNES 22 DEALING WITH HIV 34 WELLBEING 20 GEORGE HOUSE TRUST The latest developments from GHT. 31 SURVIVING CHRISTMAS A three page guide to getting through the festive period in one piece! 28 MODEL BEHAVIOUR What happens when you model for a sexual health campaign? 24 DO IT! Get involved with our year-long LGBT skills academy! 34 GAY MEN'S HEALTH Dealing with a positive diagnosis. 36 SPORT & FITNESS All the latest news and events from the big gay world fo sport! JONATHAN HARVEY 26 23 HAVE YOU BOUGHT A SCHOOLS Homophobia PACK? ACTION against 06 THE WOMEN OF 2011 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 SCAN FOR MORE INFORMATION You've taken thousands of positive actions against homophobia this year, and now you can make a difference in 2012! A huge thanks to everyone who has taken positive action against homophobia this year as part of Enough is Enough! To all those who marched with us at Prides, those who signed new people up to the campaign, to Roger Crouch who shared his story with us, all those who took the I Exist survey and signed the AllOut Stop PayPal Supporting Hate Petition, those who voted for us in the NatWest CommunityForce initiative or donated to a Safer Schools Pack, and those who shared the words that hurt them as part of Anti-Bullying Week. And to those who are still to get involved � you can help us make such a difference in 2012! We're trying to get as many of our Safer Schools Packs into UK schools as possible. Donate �20 to an Enough is Enough! Safer Schools Pack for Christmas and we'll get them into schools to help them celebrate LGBT History Month (Feb 1st), and challenge homophobic bullying, support lesbian, gay and bisexual young people and promote understanding across communities throughout the year. It's absolutely vital that we get packs into schools to help this generation and the next aim high and achieve. 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 buy a schools pack! ACTION STATIONS! 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 "It's absolutely vital that we get packs into schools to help this generation and the next aim high and achieve!" OPINION PAUL FAIRWEATHER ...on making a connection I went to see the film Weekend recently which tells the story of two gay men who meet in a club and spend the weekend discussing love, life and the meaning of relationships. It has proved to be a surprising hit and generated a huge amount of discussion amongst the friends that I saw it with. To see such a realistic portrayal of the gay scene and the dilemmas still facing us in searching for intimacy was a refreshing change from the way that the gay scene and gay relationships are often portrayed. For whilst it is undoubtedly much easier to be out in 2011 than it was in the past it the film shows very clearly the difference between being happy with being gay in the privacy of your own home and being gay and engaging with the world and wider society. The ease of communicating with friends and lovers through texting and Facebook can put pressure on the way our relationships develop. We are all much more available to be contacted and socialise yet that I wonder sometimes that there is no space for two people just to talk without interruption and develop more meaningful friendships and relationships. I know that some friends of mine have stopped using social networks sites completely because they felt that there had far too many friends that they didn't really know and far too much information about total strangers. One friend has returned to placing ads in magazines and told me that the excitement of writing letters to people and receiving a letter back in return was a great experience for him. How do we manage our most intimate relationships when they can now be observed by all and sundry? How do we begin to develop an intimate relationship out of a relationship often begun by sex and then potentially developed into something even more intimate? Often this is fuelled through the prism of drugs and alcohol and compounded by the insecurities that we all feel about ourselves. For lesbians and gay people this is still often influenced by the homophobia that is still all around us. Maybe much more subtle than it used to be but still a lingering presence that says that somehow we are less likely to succeed in maintaining our relationships. The suicides of some young LGBT people still highlights the damage that homophobia can do and recent cases of cyber bullying have shown how a throwaway comment in a classroom can become a campaign of harassment supported by hundreds of people. This can create a pressure to conform that is so damaging for young people still coming to terms with their sexuality. Has the fact that we can now can have civil partnerships created a pressure to be in more permanent relationships when for some of us this is not what we actually want or need? Or does it help us to cement our relationships and give them more stability in the way that marriage has for centuries seen to be the goal for most heterosexual people? Or maybe this is no longer the case? Ask your friends and see what they think for it is only when as a community we feel more able and confident about talking about these most intimate of issues that we can begin to find out what the answers to the questions that films like the Weekend pose for us. Paul Fairweather www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 07 GAY? We were horrified to read that teachers in Essex had been telling pupils to act "less gay" to avoid homophobic bullying. People have argued that the teachers were trying to protect their pupils, but wouldn't those teachers be better off encouraging the bullies to change their behaviour. It highlights that many schools and teachers need more support in talking about and approaching lesbian, gay and bisexual issues, and supporting all young people. Why should these young people be told to change their behaviour, simply for being themselves! It's simple � they shouldn't! LESS ACT Take action! Visit: www.lgf.org.uk/schoolspack AGENDA WORLD AIDS DAY 2011 IN DEPTH NEWS, COMMENT AND ANALYSIS DEC-JAN 2012 THE REGION AROUND BLACKPOOL Blackpool will commemorate World Aids Day with two special events. Starting at 3pm with a special Northern Rail train arriving at Blackpool North from Leeds dressed in the red ribbon icon. At 6.30pm there will be an event at the Winter Gardens with an exhibition of pictures of people from all over the world who are living with HIV. Music will be provided by a local school choir. "KNOW YOUR STATUS" HIV is on the increase in Manchester, the north west and across the UK but with improved testing and better treatments Manchester is drawing attention to what more can be done to highlight the virus and also support those affected by it. As of December 2010 there were: 3,980 people in Greater Manchester living with HIV. 8,330 total HIV diagnosis in the northwest of England. 114,726 people in the UK living with HIV. (Data: Health Protection Agency: September 2011). Manchester's World AIDS Day Partnership wants you to be involved in events surrounding World AIDS Day on 1st December. This year the message is focusing on encouraging everyone to `Know Your HIV status' and promoting HIV testing. Whether you test positive or negative knowing your status means you can stay healthy Knowing your status means you can take control of your health. Knowing your status means you can have effective treatment if you need it. RAISING AWARENESS Lookout for volunteers from the Manchester World Aids Day Partnership selling red ribbons on 1st,2nd and 3rd December throughout Manchester city centre to support local people affected by the virus. SAME DAY HIV TESTING -The Lesbian & Gay Foundation will be carrying out same day HIV testing on Thursday 1st December between 1-6pm. To find out more go to: www.lgf.org. uk/testing CANDLELIT VIGIL - The Official Manchester World Aids Day Vigil will take place at 7pm in Sackville Gardens on Thursday 1st December. We look forward to seeing you there. THE BEACON OF HOPE The Beacon of Hope has been central to Manchester's HIV remembrance for the last decade and we would like to encourage people to leave their thoughts and tributes to those affected by HIV near the Beacon. A big THANK YOU to all the individuals and venues who are supporting this years World Aids Day efforts by holding an event, fundraiser or just making sure they help promote the message of encouraging everyone to know their HIV status. See page 16 for more info. MANCHESTER SAYS LIVERPOOL In Liverpool Sahir House are carrying out fundraising ahead of World Aids Day and encouraging local businesses to create special window displays .There will be an evening event at Mountford Hall (The Academy) at 7.30pm with speakers including The Lord Mayor of Liverpool and the reading of the remembrance list. For more information call:0151 237 3989. CUMBRIA Are you living with HIV in Cumbria? or caring for someone who is? If so, you may be interested in a new initiative being promoted by Cumbria Equality Resource Centre. If you would like to attend a new support group for anyone affected by HIV please contact Liam Ryan on 01768 895242, or Val MacConnell on 07825 207046. For more events go to: www.worldaidsday.org/events/ Look out for latest updates and how you can get involved on facebook: `Manchester World AIDS Day'. 08 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk AGENDA DEC-JAN 2012 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 COMPETITION LGBT HISTORY MONTH 2012 COMP! Tackle homophobia and transphobia in sport. Design a logo and win prizes! Earlier this year the Government, together with major sporting bodies, launched a Charter calling for anyone with an interest in sport to unite in a common cause to tackle homophobia and transphobia in sport. Now a competition is being launched to design a logo that sports clubs can use to show their commitment to kicking homophobia and transphobia out of sport. A design is needed that inspires change and helps spread the message that hate of any kind in sport is not acceptable. Rugby legend Ben Cohen will shortlist the top entries � then it will be over to you to crown the final winner through a public vote. The winning entry will be used as the official campaign logo by sports clubs up and down the country. PRIzES INCLUDE A mascot package for under 11's at an England Football International at Wembley; 2 tickets to the Championship playoff finals at Wembley; 2 Tickets to the AEGON tennis Championship at Queens; 4 Tickets to the Rugby League Challenge Cup Final; A signed Ben Cohen shirt; A tour of Wembley Stadium. (travel or overnight stay is not included in any of the prizes) TO ENTER Draw your logo on paper, paint it or design it on a computer and send it to arrive no later than 18th January by email to: sportscharter@ geo.gsi.gov.uk or by post to Nancy Tenenbaum at Home Office, 2 Marsham Street, London SW1P 4DF. Sign the Charter for Action: www.facebook.com/ lgbtsportcharter www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 09 HOMO HEROES LGF recently celebrated its first ever Homo Hero awards voted by you to recognise those people who you feel have made a significant impact on the lives of LGB&T people. Nationally there are now quite a few awards and lists of this kind and there are two people that we feel deserve special recognition for making 2011 just that little bit easier for many young people. all the young people whose lives have been ended by bullying. We are parents who loved our son. We stood by him in life and we stand by him in death.' OUR 2011 ELLY BARNES Music teacher Elly Barnes was voted in first place by Independent on Sunday readers who nominated to recognise 101 heroes and heroines for their annual Pink list. Elly says homophobic bullying has more or less been eradicated in her school in Stoke Newington in the last five years, after running LGBT History Month at the school every February, and empowering pupils to report bullying. Elly says: "By exploring the definitions of LGBT and looking at famous LGBT people in history, we've managed to change opinions and we have had a number of pupils come out during their time at school here. We have also changed the language used in the school. I used to hear the word gay being used all the time, as a derogatory term. Now we hardly hear that." ROGER CROUCH The Stonewall Awards recently celebrated those who have made a positive impact on the lives of lesbian, gay and bisexual people in Britain in the last 12 months. Hero of the Year award went to Roger Crouch who has campaigned to raise awareness of homophobic bullying in schools, after his son Dominic, 15, took his own life in 2010 after rumours circulated at school that he was gay. Roger said: `I see this as an award for Dom. I want to say by choosing us for this award you've also chosen to take a stand alongside Read our chat with Elly on page 22. AGENDA RELATIONSHIPS Over 40,000 Civil Partnerships have taken place in the UK since December 2005 and currently there are plans to change the law to allow those religious premises (that wish to do so) in England and Wales to host same-sex civil partnerships. The UK government also plan to hold a formal consultation into samesex civil marriage in 2012. It is hoped that places of worship in England and Wales will be able to host same-sex civil partnerships by 2012. The shift will cover religious premises of all beliefs and means those places of worship that wish to do so can perform civil partnerships; this legislation does not put places of worship under any legal obligation to perform civil partnerships if they do not wish to do so. All information correct at time of going to press. The Unitarian Church and the Quakers as well as Liberal and Reform Judaism have said that they would hold ceremonies for gay couples but the Catholic Church and Church of England have said they would not. Following on from the consultation to allow civil partnerships on religious premises the government have also recently announced that a formal consultation into same-sex civil marriage will be launched in March 2012. The news that the government are to launch a consultation to consider how to make civil marriage available to same-sex couples is to be welcomed but the consultation does not currently plan to cover same sex religious marriage or heterosexual civil partnerships. MARRIAGE ARE WE GETTING THERE? If this issue is important to you remember to have your say for equality and LGBT rights when the consultation comes round in March. We've seen this year that those opposed to LGBT equality are more than happy to get involved in these consultations, it's absolutely vital that when we get the opportunity to have our say, about the issues that affect our lives, our rights and our futures - we must seize it! It is testament to how far lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans rights have come when proposals for same-sex marriage are being discussed in government on a national level. However, we must not be complacent and see same-sex marriage as a foregone conclusion � we must fight to ensure that this gets through both Houses of Parliament, and then we'll start to see the move towards true equality. GAY NEW GUIDE TO CIVIL PARTNERSHIPS To celebrate the sixth anniversary of Civil Partnerships and the upcoming changes in the law The Lesbian & Gay Foundation are producing an updated mini guide to the basic information on Civil Partnerships. This will include the differences between civil partnerships and gay marriage, who can register, what documents and certificates are needed ,religious ceremonies, giving notice and pre- nuptual agreements, dissolution and wills, benefits, credits and bereavement, taxes and pensions and Civil Partnerships at home and abroad If you would like a copy of this free resource please e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. uk or go to www.lgf.org.uk/CivilPartnerships for more information and latest updates. 10 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk DEC-JAN 2012 HMD 2012 MANCHESTER'S LGB&T COMMUNITY FOR HOLOCAUST MEMORIAL DAY 2012 SPEAK OUT! On January 27th 2012 the annual commemoration of Holocaust Memorial Day takes place which provides us with an opportunity to pay tribute to all those who suffered persecution at the hands of the Nazi's and for us to remember those people from the LGB&T community who were also victims of Nazi prejudice. Holocaust Memorial Day gives us an opportunity to link the past with the present and highlight how hate and discrimination affects all communities all over the world in the 21st century. The theme for 2012 asks us to think about the rights, responsibility and duty we all have to speak up when we see or hear something which we believe to be wrong. It challenges us to learn about what happens when we don't speak out and what can happen when we do use our voice. Under the Nazi regime of hatred (1933 � 1945), the voices of so many were taken away. Whilst these atrocities have taken place, many have stood idly by and did not speak out against persecution and discrimination. Today, we have an opportunity to Speak Up, Speak Out in many different ways. As well as telling others our opinion, we can start social media campaigns; record our views on film and audio and upload these to websites and blogs. We can write to those in power, expressing our opinion and we can organise or join demonstrations and protests to support what we believe in. For example, many people use the word `gay' as a derogatory term of offence � we can all choose to challenge those who do this within our hearing. We can also urge those who have been attacked or abused on our streets because of their sexual orientation to report what has happened to them. To find out more about Holocaust Memorial Day and the 2012 theme go to: www.hmd.org.uk or www.speakupnow.org.uk SPEAK UP Building on the work of The Albert Kennedy Trust supporting lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans homeless young people and The Lesbian & Gay Foundation around ending homophobia and empowering people, both organisations are taking inspiration from the past this January. Challenging the language of hatred this coming January by encouraging Manchester's LGB&T community to get involved in this year's Holocaust Memorial Day activity `Speak Up Speak Out`. We would like to encourage people to share what issues they want to speak out about, sharing on the lessons learned from the Holocaust, to highlight what still needs to be done to challenge prejudice and discrimination in LGBT peoples lives today. LGB&T MANCHESTER SPEAK UP! An event will be held on the evening of Thursday 26th January 2012 (Venue tbc) to remember and reflect on the lessons learned from the Holocaust and to discuss what still needs to be done to challenge hatred and persecution in the UK today particularly from an LGB&T perspective. To get involved or for more information e-mail: email@example.com or Darren@akt.org.uk www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 11 AGENDA DEC-JAN 2012 LIVERPOOL WRITING LIVERPOOL IS STREETS AHEAD! Liverpool has become the first city in Britain to have street signs displaying the rainbow arch, the first of which was unveiled on Stanley Street on November 11th. The signs, which appear along Stanley Street, Cumberland Street, Temple Lane, Eberle Street and Temple Street, have been introduced following the decision by the city's council to officially recognise the Stanley Street Quarter as a gay area. Adam Simpson from Liverpool LGB&T Network said the move is the first step towards making the neighbourhood a prime destination. The first sign was unveiled by the Deputy Lord Mayor of Liverpool and Councillor Sharon Sullivan in a ceremony attended by a number of residents and owners of local businesses. Also attending was Marie Causer mother of gay teenager Michael Causer � who was killed in 2009 .Marie, who attended with her granddaughter Daisy, said: "Michael delivered Daisy weeks before he was murdered. Hopefully when she grows up everyone will be accepted for who they are, not judged on what they are." IT WAS GAY!" Liverpool based author Ian Bradley Marshall has just published his second anthology Meanderings, we catch up with him about his life, inspirations and about being a gay writer. Have you always been a writer? My first Anthology Idle Thoughts was eight years in the making, and in 2009 I thought let's put everything together. I sent it to Spiderwize, a publishers in Scotland who liked it and it started from there. I write in the conversational style. The reader comes away from the page and thinks "I'm in this". I start with the first line and let the pen roll. It's almost like being detached � something else controlling the pen. Tell us about Meanderings? There is some new writing and some has come from the past. There are some sexual pieces, and others that are entirely asexual to demonstrate to the general public we can talk about other things. My writing is inspired by so many people, Matthew Shepard and Michael Causer included, and those taking action to challenge homophobia like The Justin Campaign and The Lesbian & Gay Foundation. One piece, Comeuppance (The Justin Trilogy) is dedicated to the work of those two organisations. It's about the protagonist in the FA's anti-homophobia ad � a man full of hate and homophobia. It imagines this man's son coming out to him as gay � it's the flipside of the coin and what happens if this man does come around. It reminds me of my gay friend in Russia � his mum and his sister are supportive, but he daren't tell his father or his employer. He's experienced what I experienced in this country over 30 years ago. It goes to show how far we've come, overseas there is still so far to go. What's your hope for your future work? I'm not going to shut up. I'm going to write openly and be supportive of our community and get involved in the issues that concern us. I want to push boundaries � that's my hallmark. We've kept it in so long � well we won't have it any more. Meanderings is available online now for more information visit: www. ianbradleymarshall.com/ and order through Amazon.co.uk or through Waterstones. "YOU DIDN'T TELL US 12 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk DEC-JAN 2012 OTHER NEWS ART THERAPY GROUP AT LGF Starting in January 2012 will be the first ever art therapy group at the LGF. The group will be facilitated by Christopher Whitehead, a qualified Art psychotherapist registered with the Health Professions Council and the British Association of Art Therapists.The group is aimed at the LGBT community (minimum age 18) and will allow individuals to explore issues in a creat ive way. There is no need to be a skilled artist. It is not an art class or an activity group. The group begins on Wednesday 25th January 2012 and runs weekly for 12 weeks. Each session will last 90 minutes from 6.30pm to 8.00pm. The cost will be �20 per person per week. Please contact Chris before 4th January, at lgbtarttherapygroup@ hotmail.com to express an interest or to ask any questions. Excellence in lesbian, gay & bisexual healthcare No doubt you will have seen and more importantly benefitted from NHS North West's and The LGF's GP's Surgeries project, where we got thousands of affirmative posters and leaflets into GP surgeries to highlight services for lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) people; helping to make healthcare settings more welcoming to LGB patients. Looking forward to 2012, NHS North West and The LGF are building on the success of the GPproject with the Pride in Practice Charter Mark. The Charter Mark will encourage GPs across the UK to make sure that their lesbian, gay and bisexual patients are treated fairly, and that their services are inclusive of LGB people and their needs. The surgeries that sign up to the charter will be expected to create a welcoming environment � including using inclusive language and imagery, monitor sexual orientation, consult with LGB patients, get involved with health promotion and outreach, and train staff on specific LGB issues. The Charter Mark will encourage GP's to aim for excellence in LGB service delivery, and once a surgery demonstrates that it is an accessible and supportive service they will be awarded a bronze, silver or gold certificate of recognition. Shahnaz Ali is associate director for Equality, Inclusion and Human Rights at NHS North West, and commissioned LGF to carry out this project. She says: `Despite the huge changes going on in the NHS, GPs will remain the first point of contact for the vast majority of people who need health care � that's why a project like this is so important. Lesbian, gay and bisexual people have a right to feel safe and welcome in the NHS and have equality of access to services. There are some shining examples of good practice in surgeries already - which this project will help to build on' To find out more about Pride in Practice email firstname.lastname@example.org in Practice Pride PIONEERS AND PROGRESS Around five years ago Mike Newman saw a letter in the Pink Paper, regretting the lack of awareness of the work of campaigners working for 'gay' liberation, pointing out that they were ageing, and would not be with us much longer, and deserved recognition. This prompted Mike to produce a short history of freedom for gay men in Britain since the 1950's that will be published by The Lesbian & Gay Foundation in February. "As I had not long come out myself, this prompted me to act, and to contact those I could, and to record what I found out." says Mike. "I can verify that few gay men I have met are aware of the struggle, and the courage of those who took part in it. My notes are a small attempt to record what I found, and encourage others to take things further, before it all becomes a fading memory. I am particularly grateful to the late Leo Abse, Alan Horsfall, Peter Tatchell, who we met, and to the late Antony Grey, whose poor health prevented a meeting, but not exchanges of emails, witty and outspoken, but with care and sympathy too." A special event is being organised for LGBT History Month to share these unique interviews and you can read more about this in our next issue. To find out more please e-mail: email@example.com 11 www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 13 AGENDA DEC-JAN 2012 "I have learnt over the past two years that we are forced into a corner, we somehow find the strength to fight." Even though I was unwell, I could not allow anybody to hold me to ransom or think they had some sort of hold over in any way, shape or form and with the help of the LGF I `outed' myself on my terms, taking away any power others thought they had. None of us are perfect, but I had been a loyal and dedicated public servant since 2001. I've learned over the past two-years or so that, when we are forced into a corner we somehow find the strength to fight. I never once thought that in October 2011, I would be involved in a six-week court battle because of discrimination in the workplace and the fact my private data was leaked by my employer to a national newspaper. As the Public Inquiry into Phone Hacking gets underway, I hope that in the future others will not suffer as I and others have with the intrusion into private lives for the sake of sensationalism. I wrote in the ONW 100th issue that, sometimes we need to stand up for ourselves regardless of the consequences. I have done what I needed to do, and have no regrets whatsoever. I genuinely believe in fairness and equality for all. My fate under employment law, is now in the hands of others - guilty or not - but regardless I know the truth, and what happened to me. I am currently writing my first memoir `Broken' about how discrimination caused my breakdown, my two-year fight for justice and battle with depression, to help raise awareness and remove stigma. I'm empowering myself. I'm hoping some good and learning, comes from my experience for others. You can find out more about me at www.kevinmaxwell. co.uk and follow my `View from the Bottom' blog. Kevin Maxwell is a Filmmaker, Writer and Performer FORCED OUT It was a year ago in the 100th issue of ONW, that Kevin Maxwell `outed' himself publicly with both his sexual orientation and mental health condition. "This was by no means a choice for me as I, like others, had a right to a private life, but was forced to take action to preserve my integrity and reputation because of others." says Kevin. In July 2010, I found out that The Sun newspaper had obtained my personal and sensitive information, and was going to publish this in an attempt to discredit me. This was because I had taken the not-easy decision to challenge my employer for behaviour in my job as a police detective I believed to be homophobic and racist. The News International title which was the weekday sister newspaper of the now defunct News of the World, sided with my employer without the full facts of my discriminatory treatment being known. I've commented previously, that it wasn't so much the lies that were going to be printed about me but the fact that it wasn't for The Sun to reveal my sexuality publicly to its millions of readers, or indeed make public the fact I was suffering with reactive depression as a result of my experiences of homophobia and racism. This wasn't a fair fight, but I knew being LGB (Liverpudlian, Gay & Black) that The Sun was never going to support someone like me and those communities I represent. The fact that it was still going to print the lies despite my pleas of further detriment and my partner Alex and I having to take further decisive action to prevent publication, speaks for itself. 14 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk YOUNG PEOPLE CONFIDENCE BUILDING IN CONTROL Sex, relationships and confidence all go hand in hand. This may seem like a confusing idea to begin with, but when you really think about it, how you feel about yourself in relation to your self esteem and people you go out with is all linked. Starting a relationship takes confidence and the same goes for having sex and meeting people who you feel attracted to. Being more confident will help you to make better decisions based on what you want and make you less likely to give in to peer pressure. Confidence is an important tool to have and in this guide, we're giving you a few simple pointers on how to get it and use it when it comes to relationships and sex. WHAT IS CONFIDENCE? Confidence is all about being comfortable with yourself and who you are. Accepting and loving your own strengths, talents and even your weaknesses can help you to believe in yourself and face life's challenges head on. When someone is confident, they will have a good understanding of their personal beliefs and values and feel OK about not always following the crowd. Being confident isn't about doing things before you're ready; people who feel truly confident and comfortable with themselves won't rush into doing things if they don't feel ready � and that's why confidence is so important when it comes to sex and relationships. HOW DO I BECOME MORE CONFIDENT? Confidence isn't something any of us are born with. We have to build our confidence bit by bit and this can be done in lots of different ways. Understanding what you're comfortable with when it comes to meeting other people can help you to develop self confidence. This is because it will help you to say no if someone is being pushy, or think about ways to approach someone you're attracted to. Here are some pointers to think about to help you to think about building your confidence: ACCEPT COMPLEMENTS � they've said YOU ARE something nice for a reason, so resist the urge to dismiss it and instead, say thank you. TRY NOT TO PUT YOURSELF DOWN IN FRONT OF OTHER PEOPLE � all the time you're telling yourself and other people negative things about who you are, and the more you say them, the more you and other people will believe them. DON'T BE AFRAID TO STAND UP FOR WHAT YOU BELIEVE IN � everyone is different and that may mean you don't feel ready to do things your friends are. Being able to assert yourself to others can give you a real confidence boost. SPEND TIME AROUND PEOPLE WHO MAKE YOU FEEL GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF TAKING CARE OF YOURSELF is one of the most important signs of confidence, whether this is with your appearance, health or safety. Taking risks, especially risks involving sex can have big consequences � and showing that you have respect for yourself can help others to do the same. Remember that this is just a guide to help you get started; confidence is something that you build over a lifetime, so don't be hard on yourself if it takes a while to notice any changes. If you feel like you need to talk to someone about confidence, sex or relationships then just give us a call on 0845 3 30 30 30. Alternatively, you can pop-in and see us for a chat in confidence any time between 10am and 8pm Monday to Friday at Number 5 on Richmond Street in Manchester City Centre. www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 15 VILLAGE PEOPLE LOCAL BUSINESSES, CHARITIES AND THE COMMUNITY WORKING TOGETHER! VILL GE RED! G-A-Y Vanilla Icon The Lodge LET'S PAINT THE There is good reason for this! As you now already know, due to the safer sex messages in this fine publication, December 1st 2011 celebrates World AIDS Day. This is an opportunity to raise loads of lovely wonga to help people who's lives are affected by HIV and AIDS, but also a chance to get people thinking about it, talking about it and doing something about it! To show their support for World AIDS Day, all the venues in the visit have done their bit to PAINT THE TOWN RED! And here's the proof. Contact Martin Cooper on 0845 3 30 30 30, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org Thompson's Arms Taurus Essential Eden RIchmond Tea Rooms The New Union Genghis Kahns Crunch View LGF Cruz 101 The Molly House AXM Villagio Baa Bar Coyotes Company Bar Legends Napoleons Tonic 16 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk Photos by Ben A Squance Hello Village Dwellers! This month, as you perambulate around the craggy cobblestones of Manchester's Gay Village, you may notice an overwhelming redness to the atmos. SPEC Manto PIC IAL! Queer Olive Clone Zone Nossa Casa SCAN FOR MORE INFORMATION SCAN THE QR CODE to download the Gaydio iPhone app! Outpost Village OffLicense Via DIO NEEDS GAY OMEN! W Through listening to Gaydio, you'll know that the boys are fairly well represented. In an effort to address the gender balance a little, they're asking for applications from female members of the LGB&T community to join the station's daytime lineup. You'd be joining a bunch of great presenters on the station to host the 1pm - 3pm weekday show. Station Director and current afternoon presenter Toby Whitehouse says of the search "We've got a great line up of presenters, but it can be a bit `boysey' during the day. So I'm looking for a feisty female who's keen to grab the microphone from me!" Ideal candidates will have presentation experience and would present the show live from Gaydio's studios in Manchester. However, it may be possible to work remotely or to pre-record. Toby added "All of our team give their time voluntarily, but this is a great opportunity for somebody who might be looking to break into radio or has time and enthusiasm that they're looking to put to use". The station is home to a number of high profile presenters including Hollyoaks' stars Kieron Richardson & Bronagh Waugh, X Factor finalist Rowetta, and Nicksy, who presents the station's award winning drivetime show. If you'd like to express an interest in getting involved, go to www. gaydio.co.uk/wewantyou and fill in the form. In the meantime, you can listen to the station on 88.4fm across Manchester or online at www.gaydio.co.uk. Retro Bar The Eagle Rem Churchills New York New York Tribeca Alter Ego The station has recently launched a new Android app alongside its existing iPhone app. www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 17 UP YOUR WAY FOCUS ON: BLACKPOOL New LGBT bereavement group in Blackpool Getting through the pain of bereavement can be like trying to walk through boggy ground where progress is slow and you keep sinking. Finding some stepping stones along the way can make a difficult journey a little bit easier. The first year following the loss of someone close can be overwhelming. Sometimes offloading feelings in a safe environment is easier than coping alone and can reduce the feelings that you are `going mad' or `not coping'. Stepping Stones listeners are committed to offering non judgemental, non religious, confidential support in a group environment. They work in conjunction with Trinity Hospice Bereavement services. Professional Bereavement Counsellors support the listeners Stepping Stones groups have been set up throughout Blackpool, Wyre and Fylde. Stepping Stones LGBT Group is to offer support primarily, but not exclusively, to the LGB&T Community. It is for people who would be more comfortable seeking support in an LGB&T environment. On first and third Tuesday each month 7.15pm � 8.30pm. Start date Tues Nov 1st. At `Renaissance' 102 Dickson Road, Blackpool FY1 2BU Contacts: Matt 07753 265506 and Nina 0798 9393232 BOLTON UNI WAD EVENT FOCUS ON: BOLTON The University of Bolton is hosting a special HIV awareness event to mark International World AIDS Day. The Mayor of Bolton, Cllr Noel Spencer MBE will be attending and the event will be opened by the University's Pro-Vice Chancellor, Professor Rob Campbell. The International World AIDS Day event is for everyone in Bolton and will involve presentations from guest-speakers, including sexual-health professionals. All event partners will be attending and have stands so the public can ask questions about the issue. Guest speakers will be discussing different aspects of HIV and AIDS, from sexual health to public perception and awareness. The event will take place on 1 December 2011 at the University of Bolton's Social Learning zone from 4 pm to 5.30pm. FOCUS ON: BURY BURY LGBT Bury LGBT Networking group are planning to have a social evening at Automatic Bar one Wednesday towards the end of February 2012. If you are interested in joining the group or would just like to come along please e-mail email@example.com and we'll get you on our e-mailing list. We are also on Facebook where you can find out what's going on with the group. 18 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk YOUR PAGES IN YOUR WORDS! FOCUS ON... LGBT CHRISTMAS PARTY LGB& Christmas party, Barrow-in-Furness The two LGB&T groups & transgender group in Barrow-in-Furness are organising an LGB&T Christmas party for all LGB&T people and their supporters to join together and socialise in a safe environment. It's a first for Barrow to do something LGB&T on this sacle for Christmas! The venue is Skint nightclub formerly Scorpios at 16th Dec - it is exclusively LGB&T from 7 until midnight but continues until 5 am for the party animals. Affordable accommodation is available in the Majestic Hotel (rooms from � 30 up to �55) for guests attending the event from away. BARROW-IN-FURNESS FOCUS ON: TRANS SPRINGBOARD! Inner Enigma & LAGIP provide subsidised workshops for LGB and Trans people Inner Enigma, the Manchester based charity for transsexual and intersexed individuals, has joined forces with LAGIP, the National Probation Service LGB&T staff association, to provide `Springboard' and `Navigator `life development workshops for women and men for their members. The self development workshops will be held at the YHA, Potato Warf, Manchester over 4 Saturdays in January � April 2012. The programmes typically cost about �600 per person but Inner Enigma and LAGIP are subsidising the events so that the actual cost to members is �120. Inner Enigma is further offering to reimburse the �120 for unwaged members subject to completion of the programme. There is further information about the workshops on both Inner Enigma's and LAGIP's websites: www. innerenigma.org and www.lagip.org.uk. For further information about the Springboard and Navigator programmes http://www.springboardconsultancy.com/ OUT TO LUNCH 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 meetings for 2012, our tenth anniversary year will be: January 8th, March 11th, May 13th, July 8th, September 9th. November 11th. Please call Paula to book a place or for more details: call 0781 308 3242, email firstname.lastname@example.org or visit website www. lesbiandiners.co.uk GOOD FOOD GOOD COMPANY LGBT YOUTH NORTH WEST In December we have a fun packed programme for young people as well as some more serious topics; so we have a festive party, a festive meal and a session that looks at different faiths and a session on winter wellness. In January we will welcome young people back with a free New Year Party and workshops on emotional wellness after the festive season. In January we will be marking Holocaust Memorial Day and preparing for LGBT History month. For more info email email@example.com YOUTH GIRL TALK A new discussion group for lesbian, gay and bisexual women begins 12th January 2012 with a discussion on coming out and the second Thursday of each month thereafter. Meets at: 6.00pm to 7.30pm, The Lesbian & Gay Foundation, Number 5, Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF. Just turn up on the day! For more information email firstname.lastname@example.org Other topics include Dating, the workplace and older LGB people. FOCUS ON: MANCHESTER AND FINALLY... Calling LGB&T Crown Green Bowlers! Looking for other LGBT crown green bowlers in the Manchester area? Contact email@example.com www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 19 Those of you who were at the Pride vigil in Sackville Gardens this year will have heard a moving and passionate speech by Les Pratt from Mission Malawi. Comparing the concept our gay `village' in Manchester with villages he had visited in Malawi, Les was eloquent about why he believed that we must make sure that we look outside of, and beyond, our own village and our own communities to reach out and offer support to those people in villages around the world whose lives are vastly different from ours. Doing this he said, made us better people and examples for other people to follow. As World Aids Day comes around again, organisations such as George House Trust will be working hard to raise awareness, fight prejudice, educate people about HIV and raise much needed funds. But why bother? What's the point of World Aids Day? HIV is a global issue. To lose sight of this is to lose the very first battle in the fight against the epidemic. A global epidemic merits � and needs � a global response. UNAIDS now estimates that there are around 35 million people around the world living with HIV. In the developing world, fewer than half of the people who need ant retroviral treatment are receiving it. This is a shocking and utterly unacceptable fact. We cannot talk about tackling the HIV epidemic in this country unless we look at the situation globally. Universal access to anti retroviral medication is vital if there is to be any hope at all of slowing down the epidemic and reducing infection rates. George House Trust believes that anyone living with HIV, no matter where in the world they happen to be, has a right to life saving medication. World Aids Day is our opportunity to reflect on what we can do to make this closer to becoming a reality. It is our opportunity to think outside of the confines of our own village and look to the needs of villages across the world where people living with HIV are dying for lack of treatment. As we have the global HIV epidemic in our sights, it is of course, appropriate and important that we spend time thinking about the epidemic here in the UK. WORLD AIDS DAY 2011 Gay men continue to be disproportionately affected by HIV in this country and infection rates are not slowing down. Years of campaigning and educating since the epidemic first hit our community have not seen a subsequent fall in the numbers of people testing positive for HIV. What we do know is that HIV is far more likely to be passed on from one person to another when the person living with HIV hasn't yet been diagnosed. George House Trust is absolutely in support of Manchester World Aid's Day Partnership's `know your HIV status' campaign to encourage all sexually active gay men to test regularly for HIV. Think about it - testing regularly makes sense. Knowing your HIV status means that you can plan properly for your future. Knowing your HIV status means that you can properly manage your health. Knowing your HIV status means that you can take medication if and when you need it. It's difficult to think of any reasons at all why gay men shouldn't test regularly. It just makes sense to do it. This World AIDS Day, think about how you can contribute to raising awareness, educating people about HIV or raising funds for HIV organisations. Volunteer with your local HIV organisation. Join the campaign for global access to HIV treatment. Hold a fundraising event at your place of work or college. And while you're thinking about doing something good for World Aids Day, which might just make a difference to someone in a village somewhere in the world, why don't you get in touch with your local sexual health clinic and make an appointment to have a HIV test? You know it makes sense. If you are living with HIV and need some advice, support or information, call George House Trust on 0161 274 4499 to make an appointment with a Services Adviser. Alternatively visit our website at www.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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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 OUTSPOKEN ELLY BARNES Music teacher ELLY BARNES first came on our horizon last year when she was applauded for eradicating homophobic bullying at her school through celebrating LGBT History Month. Elly has just been named the UK's most influential LGBT person in The Independent's Pink List for her anti-bullying work. We caught up with Elly about Bad Girls, Capitalism, Clifford the Listerine Dragon and much more... Which 3 items would you take to a desert island? Piano, iPhone, Clarins beauty flash balm. What do you do to relax? Sip a very dry and very minerally Alsace Riesling Which person, living or dead, do you most admire, and why? Hard to pin the answer down to one person but generally all women who have fought for the women's movement such as Rosa Luxemburg, Emmeline Pankhurst and Eleanor Marx. What is the most important lesson life has taught you? Independence of spirit. Don't rely on anyone. What would be your chosen fancy dress costume? Maybe Clifford the Listerine Dragon. What keeps you awake at night? Everything! If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be? `Victor Victoria'. What would we find in your fridge if we had a look? New Zealand Riesling, Quorn hot dog sausages and a bottle of tequila rose. Who are your three ideal dinner guests, living or dead? Martina Navratilova, Leonard Bernstein, Leonard Cohen. What would your superpower be? The power to infiltrate minds... 22 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk Cat or dog? All animals are quite fabulous but the guinea pig and the meerkat rule What is your favourite word? Plethora What do you think is the greatest challenge facing women today? Capitalism! Oppression generally � Exacerbated by the current economic crisis. What's the best thing about being a woman? "Sometimes it's hard...dum da dum da dum" Last book you read? Spirit level � why equality is better for everyone by Kate Pickett and Richard Wilkinson Last film you watched? I am the worst film watcher ever, can't sit still and easily distracted if bored. I finally got around to watching `Gone With The Wind' all the way through this week � took a whole day mind. Last album you bought or downloaded? Patrick Wolf � Lupercalia What's your favourite TV show? The old and new series of `V' and also was a huge fan of `Prisoner Cell Block H' and `Bad Girls'. Tell us a joke. Q. What's the difference between a Weasel and a Stoat? A. A weasel is weasily recognised but a stoat is stoatally different. You can follow the theme by adding `Why can't Koala's get jobs?' A.Cos they are Unkoalafied. For more information about Elly's `Educate and Celebrate' LGBT training course for teachers e-mail email@example.com CALENDAR GIRLS! AWARD WINNING! INSPIRING! "I'D LIKE TO THANK..." The Lesbian & Gay Foundation's "Are You Ready for Screen Test?" campaign was awarded the top accolade at the Jo's Cervical Cancer Trust 2011 Cervical Screening Awards. The "Are You Ready For Your Screen Test?" campaign was a targeted project aimed at dispelling the myths around lesbian and bisexual women and cervical screening, and raising awareness that lesbian and bisexual women do need regular cervical screening tests. 51% of women surveyed during the project said they had changed their screening behaviour following seeing the campaign. WOMEN OF THE YEAR 2011 JESSIE J Pop sensation Jessie J, who exploded onto the music scene in 2011, is openly bisexual and stated in an interview on the "In Demand" radio show in March "I've never denied it. Whoopie doo guys, yes, I've dated girls and I've dated boys � get over it''. MARY PORTAS Mary Portas opens store at House of Fraser! Described, along with her civil partner Melanie Rickey as `fashion's power couple', Portas is a towering force to be reckoned with and said of her venture into the fashion world: "Over 50% of women in this country are over 40, so why hasn't anyone gone, `I'm going to dress and style you, and create the shop for you.' That's what I'm doing. There's only one rule in my shop: it's not for girls, it's for women. Portas is blazing a trail not only for lesbian women, but for older women too. About time! SUGAR & SPICE 5 As part of the celebrations of International Women's Day, The Lesbian & Gay Foundation hosted their fifth annual conference for lesbian and bisexual women; Sugar and Spice. The free event is a fantastic opportunity for lesbian and bisexual women to meet up, and get involved in a fantastic range of workshops, discussions and taster sessions. Over 80 women attended and feedback included: "It's amazing and I wish I'd known about it before!"; "Go and try it, everyone is so friendly."; `It's a great day with plenty to do and a good safe space." Sugar and Spice will be running its 6th conference on 10th March 2012. Check out the next issue on outnorthwest and www.lgf.org.uk to get the latest info. RUTH DAVIDSON Ruth Davidson MSP was elected as leader of the Scottish Conservative Party in November. Her election makes her the first openly lesbian or gay leader of a major British political party. ELLY BARNES When Music Teacher Elly Barnes topped this year's Independent Pink List it highlighted the impact that real people and community leaders have on changing people's hearts and minds, she topped the poll ahead of TV stars and politicians. 100 8th March 2011 marked the centenary of International Women's Day. One hundred years since the first event held in 1911, and International Women's Day is still going strong, a reflection on the fact that the genders are still not as equal as we would like to think. www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 23 CUT-OUT-AND-KEEP! DO�IT CALENDAR FOR MEN (AND THEIR FRIENDS) DECEMBER Saturday 3rd: DJ Skills JANUARY Saturday 7th: Tweeting & Blogging FEBRUARY Saturday 4th: Photography MARCH Saturday 3rd: Photoshop Skills WORDS AND MUSIC Learn real skills and meet new friends. The LGBT Skills Academy, DO�IT, continues with two fantastic free taster sessions in the next few weeks... Manchester on Saturday December 17th (25pm). The workshop is free. To confirm your attendance or for more info please contact firstname.lastname@example.org FOR WOMEN (AND THEIR FRIENDS) DECEMBER Saturday 17th: Creative Writing JANUARY Thursday 26th: Healthy Cooking FEBRUARY Saturday 18th: DIY Skills FOR ALL (AND THEIR FRIENDS!) DECEMBER Saturday 3rd: Radio Production Saturday 10th: Radio Journalism JANUARY Saturday 14th: Radio Presentation Saturday 28th: Radio Production FEBRUARY Saturday 11th: Radio Journalism Saturday 25th: Radio Presentation MARCH Saturday 17th: Radio Production Saturday 31st: Radio Journalism MURDER SHE WROTE Creative Writing Workshop Saturday December 17th (2-5pm) With screenwriters from Manchester College and a special Q&A with Coronation Street writer Debbie Oates. Whether it's drama, romance or humour that floats your boat, come along to this free workshop and learn the basics of writing a screenplay. Then put your questions to Debbie Oates � who boasts over 100 episodes of Corrie on her CV, as well as work on Primeval, Robin Hood and Fat Friends. The workshop takes place at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation's Community Resource Centre, Number 5, Richmond St, DISCO BALLS DJ Mixing Skills Saturday December 3rd (2-5pm) Fancy yourself as the next David Guetta? Come along and learn from the professionals and get that dancefloor jumping! The workshop takes place at The Manchester College on Saturday December 3rd (2-5pm). This workshop is free. To confirm your attendance or for more info please contact email@example.com as soon as possible! 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 SNAPSHOT! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or call her on 08453 303030 . If you missed last month's healthy cookery course, you missed out on a real treat. We were taught by a professional chef and created a three course gourmet meal! Don't miss the next cookery course on 21st January! SCAN TO DIAL THIS NUMBER NOW 24 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk INTERVIEW READ (AND LISTEN!) TO OUR FULL INTERVIEW WITH JONATHAN AT www.lgf.org.uk HARVEY BEAUTIFUL THING, Jonathan Harvey's coming-of-age play about two young gay lads on a Council Estate in London, is currently enjoying a triumphant return to the stage at The Royal Exchange in Manchester. We caught up with Jonathan and asked if the themes in Beautiful Thing still resonate 18 years later... How does it feel returning to something that has had such a huge impact, not only on your career, but on the lives of so many gay men over the last 18 years? It's just been really nice. I'd sort of put a stop to productions of it in the last few years, because lots of theatres wanted to do it, and there wasn't much quality control from my end. But when it was The Royal Exchange, and Sarah Frankcom directing, I changed my mind quite quickly. I've always wanted to put a play on here. It's weird, it's like stepping into an old diary. It's just got a life of it's own. Have you seen this new production as an excuse to change any elements of the story? No. I wouldn't know what I'd change really. There have been some productions where they've changed some of the references to make it like it's set now, which never really sits easy with me because I was 24 when I wrote this, and I'm 43 now, and I think it stands OK now as a museum piece for what life was like in 1993. We've adapted to the space as this production is in the round, but that doesn't really change anything dramatically. Do you think the challenges for young people coming out today have remained the same as in 1993? Yeah, I think so. Obviously the world's moved on and there's much more visibility these days. But, I think the fear of what your Mum might say when you tell her your gay is ever present. This play has had a very big impact, especially on younger people. What kind of reactions have you had over the years from audiences? I've had really lovely letters from people who have said how much they've enjoyed it, and how much it helped them come out, or was a trigger for them coming out. Or that once they'd come out, that they'd shown their mum or dad a copy of the film. Talking to younger people, they say they remember seeing it on the telly in their bedroom when they were supposed to be asleep, and were watching with the sound down. I get nice messages on Facebook too from people who are still discovering it. Do you think that's one of the reasons for it's success � the fact the the story of normal young gay people from normal background had never really been told before? I don't think they've been told with a happy ending before. I think the reason it made an impact at the time was because there weren't many happy gay plays. And understandably so. There'd been a lot of reaction to the AIDS pandemic and stuff like that, and so it had probably been the first gay play in a while where the main character hadn't died. But, it sort of transcended that a bit really. I think a lot of straight people like it too. We've all had a coming of age experience of some sort. How much of your own background informed Beautiful Thing? I think writers write best from a sense of outrage and anger, and although it's not an angry play, what I was angry about at the time was the inequal age of consent that there was in this country. There was a lot in the House of Lords and House of Commons at the time about changing the law, and whenever they talked about it, they always talked about sodomy or buggery, which didn't really fit in with my world view. I think they all related the gay experience to what they got up to in boarding school with the lights out, and I didn't think life was like that. So, I wanted to tell a story that challenged that, and I knew that people from working class backgrounds should have tolerance and acceptance. So yes, it was slightly autobiographical, but mostly it was just a way of telling a story. Music is very important in Beautiful Thing. Specifically the music of Mama Casa and The Mamas & The Papas. Why did you want to make this such a strong element of the story? Well fortunately, I'd bought a cassette tape from Greenwich Market at the time just before I'd wrote it and I was really into listening to her music. I listened to it more and more as I was writing the script, and I thought the music really tied in. Her message is very uplifting and of being yourself, standing out from the crowd and celebrating your life. It just tied in quite well really. Have you ever considered returning to those characters and what they might be doing now? No. Because it's about first love, and I don't think first love ever lasts. Or if it does, it's very rare. So I think it would be quite sad to go back and have the splitting up version! I think Jamie would go to university, and Ste would get his job at the sports centre and I think they're paths would drift apart. I think Jamie would go to University to get away from his mother! As we wind the interview up, the sound of `Make Your Own Kind Of Music' pipes up from the rehearsal area. Jonathan pauses for a moment then smiles. "It follows me around. I'm glad I didn't choose the fucking Nolan Sisters." JONATHAN BEAUTIFUL THING runs until 3rd December at The Royal Exchange in Manchester. To book your tickets, visit www.theroyalexchange.co.uk 26 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk Photo: Joel Fildes "Obviously the world's moved on and there's much more visibility these days, but I think the fear of what your Mum might say when you tell her you're gay, is ever present." I CAN DREAM CAN'T I? To celebrate the return of Beautiful Thing to theatre, The Royal Exchange has also planned a series of comedy, drama and music events. Look out for `I CAN DREAM CAN'T I?' an exciting new project running over two nights and celebrating gay and lesbian writers. A different programme on each night will present newly commissioned pieces by Antony Cotton, Stella Duffy, Jackie Kay and Tom Wells alongside the work of young writers from Greater Manchester whose work is being performed for the first time. To find out more, visit www.theroyalexchange.co.uk SCAN FOR MORE INFORMATION www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 27 GAY MEN'S HEALTH MODEL BEHAVIOUR Last issue, ONW published a sexual health article illustrated with a picture of a volunteer model David Thompson. Here, David (pictured) tells us about the negative impact it had on him, and why it wouldn't stop him modelling again... Why do you think it's important for local gay and bisexual men to support the sexual health messages of charities like The Lesbian & Gay Foundation? I think we all know how tight-knit the LGBT communities can be, it's impossible to go to a gay scene and not recognise a few people regardless of what city you are in. For me it presents itself as a community, and I feel that being part of a community necessitates sacrifice and support for one another. It's clear that over the years the transitions that the LGBT community have undergone have been amazing, and the way we are stepping into the light and wanting to be recognised, wanting to be heard and wanting to be seen is empowering and will create a better future for us all. However there is still so much more that can be done, and it's down to us to make the changes. It's local gay and bisexual men that benefit from places such as Canal Street, the safety that that presents to people is amazing. Which is why it's important to give back to the community that helps protect you; and that could be modeling for a charity to promote safer sex or even volunteering to help at local events that raise awareness and offer support. Why did you choose to volunteer as a model? At the start of the year I agreed to do some underwear modeling for an organisation running a campaign designed at targeting everyday guys that wear fashion branded underwear. I really liked the ethos of what this organisation was trying to promote and the idea behind everyday guys modeling underwear instead of "Greek Adonis" style stock images. Unfortunately a decision was made by that organisation to allow the photos to be used without properly communicating with the people involved. 28 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk Photo courtesy of ianreedphotography.com What kind of impact has the modeling you've done had? When I found out my image had been used for articles/promotions that didn't run in line with what I had initially been told, I was mortified. Especially with the context of the last article. I honestly felt like I had been betrayed and used. The following days led to several conversations and meetings to try and establish how to fix the problems that had been created. I felt under enormous pressure to try and come up with a solution that didn't result in a charitable organisation having to recall 15,000 copies of a magazine that fundamentally created an awful lot of awareness for many issues that need addressing. However those emotions were mixed with a fear that people would look at my photograph being used next to quite a graphic article around STI's and would not have the mentality to understand that it doesn't necessarily reflect who I am or anything that I may have gone through. I made the decision to allow the magazine to be released, and in my mind did the right thing. However in doing so I hurt someone very close to me, and caused them upset and pain and I would like to say to that person I'm sorry for not considering your feelings in this matter. However the issues raised in the article needed to be addressed, and they needed to be hard hitting and I felt that if my images could help draw attention to something as important as that then I had to look beyond my own feelings and consider the bigger picture. What advice would you give to anyone reading this who is thinking of volunteering as a model for sexual health work? Seriously consider the implications it could have on you and the people around you. Many people believe modeling to be a lavish PETER BOYLE SEX TALK "I would encourage people to volunteer and help wherever possible... just make sure you're 100% confident in knowing what your image will be used for..." lifestyle created by people that love being looked at and love being popular. But that's not the truth. When someone takes your photo, you allow that person a certain aspect of control over how they use it and the kind of person that they could portray you to be through articles and promotional work. It takes a pretty strong character to be able to present that vulnerability and sacrifice their own time to help others. I would encourage people to volunteer and help wherever possible because more than ever people need to be made aware of some pretty serious risks, awareness still needs to be promoted, not only around safe sex but also around equality, choices and lifestyles. Just make sure you are 100% confident in knowing what your image will be used for and you discuss it with the people around you. Would you model again? I actually would. When the last article was released about Shigella I prepared myself for some serious grief, however on the whole the majority of people that approached me about it were supportive, with the odd person being an absolute fool. However regardless of peoples attitudes towards me, I know that my image helped draw attention to a very important message trying to be told by the LGF and the NHS. I would say that in future I'd be a little more cautious over where my image was being used but I would still like to be part of a team that are trying to create a better support network for the whole LGBT community. I just hope now that people understand a little more that behind a photograph is an actual person, and they should always be considered and consulted. PICTURE THIS... Here at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation we have a lot of printed resources, including this magazine, and the many different sexual health booklets, as well as a huge amount of information on our website. In order to bring these resources alive, we are always looking for people to become the face of the gay community, and pose for the pictures we need to ensure that people actually pick up the information and look at it! The best way that we think to do this is to use real people, from the local gay community. We don't hire models, or use stock images, as this can be very detached from the very people that we are trying to reach. Sometimes we do come under criticism with people saying that the models used don't speak to them as individuals. It is true that sometimes people may not feel represented, or may not fancy the particular model that we have used, but (as I'm sure you can appreciate) it is nigh on impossible to appeal to all of the people all of the time, and even harder to make sure that absolutely everybody feels that they have been represented one way or another (but we do try!). All of the models that volunteer for us to be the face of the condoms, or appear in one of our many printed materials, do so on their own time, and a huge amount of them report that they are happy that they have done this, as it is an opportunity to give something back to the community, as well as benefit from a little taste of fame! If you feel that you have got what it takes to have your face known amongst the gay community here in Greater Manchester, and maybe even the North West, then the LGF holds regular photo sessions to ensure that our collection of photos are as relevant, and up to date as possible. If you are interested then get in touch, we'd love to hear from you. email@example.com Peter Boyle is the Sexual Health Co-ordinator at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation SEXUAL HEALTH UPDATE POSITIVE ABOUT PREVENTION For some time now it has been internationally acknowledged that effective HIV prevention work should not just be targeted at people who might be at risk of HIV, but should also include those already infected with the virus. HIV and AIDS charity Avert highlight the need for people already living with HIV to be given information and support to protect their own health and to ensure that they don't transmit HIV to others. With this in mind the Sexual Health and Harm Reduction Team within Public Health Development Service (PHDS) is developing health promotion work around positive prevention. Initially this work will focus upon the needs of HIV positive gay men as well as men who have sex with men. It is hoped that this project will be developed to eventually include work with other HIV positive communities. To ensure the work being developed is meaningful and relevant, Pete Smith from PHDS would like to hear from positive men about what positive prevention work they would like to see. `'We believe work around positive prevention is so important and we want to get it right,'' said Pete. `'I would be really grateful if any positive gay men could let me know the information that they believe we should be giving to positive men and the how best way to get it out there.'' Everyone at ONW and the LGF would like to thank David for allowing us to use his image again, and for his support of The Lesbian & Gay Foundation. If you are a positive gay man and you have any thoughts around this area, then please contact Pete Smith on Peter. firstname.lastname@example.org . All feedback will be treated in complete confidence. www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 29 LOOK OUT FOR! WORLD AIDS DAY SAME DAY HIV TESTING 1st DECEMBER 12-6pm WELLBEING SURVIVING CHRISTMAS The Lesbian & Gay Foundation presents everything you need to know about looking after your self over the festive season and beyond. Christmas and the New Year can be a busy and turbulent time, so it's really important that you try to look after yourself. Improving your overall sense of wellbeing doesn't just come down to eating healthily and doing a bit of exercise, it's much more than that � but where do you even start? LGF have put together this handy and easy to follow guide to help you to take some simple steps to help you look after number one. MENTAL HEALTH Everyone has mental health and it needs to be taken care of. Too much stress, partying and even isolation can have a big impact on how you feel about yourself. Around 1 in 4 of us will experience a mental health problem at any one time, and this is thought to be even higher for lesbian, gay and bisexual people. Giving your mental health a bit of TLC can help you to feel more emotionally resilient, and it really is as easy as 1,2,3... 1. Make time to relax and do something you enjoy � even our brains need a bit of `down time' 2. Know where to turn to if you are worried about your mental health � visit your GP, call LGF, talk to a friend. There's no shame in admitting you're having a hard time. 3. Taking regular exercise and eating at least 5 fruit and vegetables a day will give your brain the fuel it needs to work at its best. PHYSICAL HEALTH December and January are not kind to our body; over indulgence followed by drastic dieting and hammering the gym, the cold weather and dark nights can make you feel like sluggish and tired. Taking everything in moderation will help you to feel on top form: 1. A little bit of what you fancy never did anyone any harm � enjoy the festive food but make sure you're getting a balanced diet. 2. Aim to do at least 30 minutes of moderate exercise most days of the week � setting yourself realistic goals will help to keep you motivated. 3. Don't starve yourself in January � crash dieting doesn't work long-term and it's not good for your health. A healthy, balanced diet and regular exercise will help you to lose weight gradually and keep it off � we recommend you speak to your GP for some advice on where to start. MORE TOP TIPS OVERLEAF! www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 31 SURVIVING CHRISTMAS LGF SERVICES WE'RE HERE IF YOU NEED US! www.lgf.org.uk Registered Charity No.10 Empowering People Ending Homophobia, 70904 HELPLINE Call us for information and support on 0845 3 303030 between 10am a and 10pm daily. You can also report obic hate crime as we are a homoph third party reporting centre. ALCOHOL Many people enjoy a drink because it helps them to feel more relaxed, less shy and more confident. Some people use it to block out upsetting thoughts or feelings, or sometimes just so that they feel like they can `fit in'. This can be especially so at Christmas where there is that pressure to fit in and join in. In small doses, you will become relaxed and more confident and sociable. In high doses, you will become drunk and uninhibited. Tips for safe usage: � � � � � � � Plan alternatives to replace the good things about your drinking. Reduce how much you drink before you go out. Choose lower strength (abv %) drinks or pour smaller measures at home. Choose Best Bar None Venues for safer nights out. Avoid caffeinated mixers and pace your drinks. Spend time with friends and family who will support you. Try to alternate alcoholic drinks with soft drinks. E-MAIL SUPPORT Email us for information and support on email@example.com, we aim to rs. respond to your email within 72 hou POP-IN Our service provides short information and support sessions with no appointment necessary during on opening hours. We can support you range of issues and if we cant a wide help then we will always refer you on to someone who can. Contact us for further information. be tested over the festive season, with all the pressure and expectations to spend lots of time together and lots of money( you may not have) to spend on presents. Here are a couple of hints and tips on how to enjoy your time over the festivities! If you are single you might feel out of place over the holidays as the pressure and the messages are all about couples, you can spend time with your family if that is what you want to do or your friends. Or you can invite people to your house and if you don't want to do any of that then why not volunteer with one of the homelessness charities and serve Christmas Dinner. If you have a partner and want to spend time with both your partner and family then time spent planning how this will work is time well spent. Sit down with your partner and work it out over a coffee as soon as you can and definitely before your family starts asking you, don't worry if one family is maybe not as supportive as the other, its your holiday and you can go where you want! If you know money is going to be difficult this Christmas then don't break yourself buying presents, why not make them or give your own time doing a task for that person like cooking? And don't forget yourself, if you know you are going to feel pressured then make sure have some space for yourself, go for a walk, go out with your friends, etc COUNSELLING Individual counselling for the times you may need to work through life's difficult issues in a safe and confidential space. Contact us for further information. RELATIONSHIP COUNSELLING This service may be useful to help resolve issues that arise within relationships. Contact us for further information. RELATIONSHIPS Relationships, whether they are with your partner, friends or family can be sometimes 32 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk LGF SERVICES WE'RE HERE IF YOU NEED US! The befriending scheme offers up to ten sessions with an LGF volunteer, providing an opportunity to get out into the community and meet new people whilst being supported by you r befriender. Financial help will be give n towards travel expenses and the cost of the activities will be covered. Contact us for further information. Here at the LGF we have a number of support and social groups that run during the week, everything from coming out to an art group for both men and women. Contact us for further information. Our legal surgery in partnership with O'Neill Patient, provides free gay friendly advice on legal matters. The surgery is every 2nd and 4th Tuesday , 6-8pm. No appointment needed just drop in Our weekly advice surgery with a friendly police officer to talk to about issues such as hate crime, violence and homophobia. The surgery is ever y Thursday, 6-8pm. No appointment needed just drop in. BEFRIENDING "Making a few small changes to your day to day lifestyle can make a big difference to how good you feel about yourself, not just over the festive period, but all year round." YOUR SAFETY Take a look at our tips for personal safety, these are not just for the party season but for all year round: � � Always always think about your safety when you go out! Leave venues with friends, if not possible, let them know where you are going and when you will be back Walk away from trouble if you can, if not report it Don't be tempted to take shortcuts down unlit streets etc Have your keys in your hand when you reach your home or your car Keep money for bus fares or taxis Carry a personal alarm and know how to use Make sure your phone is registered with your network operator and you have a copy of your IMEI number at home. If alone set your phone to vibrate so it doesn't attract attention � Don't take all your bank and credit cards out with you on a night out. Its temptation waiting to happen, drawing all that money out may seem like a good idea at the time, however when you check that balance next day maybe not! SUPPORT GROUPS LEGAL SURGERY POLICE SURGERY LOOKING FORWARD Making a few small changes to your day to day lifestyle can make a big difference to how good you feel about yourself, not just over the festive period, but all year round. This guide gives you just a few simple tips to help you get started � but it doesn't stop there... In the next issue of outnorthwest we'll be letting you know how we can help through the services we offer. If you feel like you need to talk to someone before then, feel free to give us a call on 0845 3 30 30 30, remember that we're here if you need us. � � � � � � � For further information about any of our services or how to access them, please contact us on 0845 3 303030 or visit www.lgf.org.uk/ Our-services/ E-MAIL US firstname.lastname@example.org CALL US 0845 3 303030 POP IN Empowering People Ending Homophobia, WRITE TO US LGF, Number 5, Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 33 www.lgf.org.uk Number 5, Richmond Street, Manchester Registered Charity No.1070904 GAY MEN'S HEALTH PATRICK POINTS OUT FIND OUT WHERE YOU CAN GET TESTED BY VISITING www.lgf.org.uk/testing DEAL WITH IT "Well here I am again. This is turning into Sex And The City for the HIV positive! Since my stories are about myself and my status, I can spill my guts about my past, in the hope that someone will learn something. To touch on a topic that might affect those with HIV or simply those who question it, how the hell do we accept it? Live with it and move on? The truth is, you just do, but don't think there will ever be a time that you never wish you didn't have HIV. When I was diagnosed, my father once looked at me and said, you're never going to find anyone to love you, now that you're positive. Hurtful statement, but I forgive him, as he was just as scared as me; it was exactly what I was thinking. Who in their right mind would want to touch me, knowing I was positive? Taking the advice of friends, I went off men. If I continued to live in London, I knew I would go completely off the rails. I've seen far too many guys either become reclusive, and shut PATRICK ETTENES on dealing with a positive diagnosis. themselves away from society, or go head long into a path where sex and drugs rule daily life. Self-destructive behaviour is common amongst gay men. Believe me I was no angel. I wanted to forget that I was positive; I wanted people to love me for who I was but believing that I had accepted my HIV status was my first mistake. I started to drink. Every Friday night I would go out and have fun but soon getting home was a blur. I drank and moved onto drugs. I was no stranger to drugs but I never did them alone, drugs are part of our weird and wonderful culture. Right or wrong, I knew why I was doing substances, but I didn't know why I would do a gram of coke on my own. I watched friends form drug addictions, had alcoholic boyfriends, coke addiction ex's and best friends. I saw people who were HIV positive lose self-respect, and age before my eyes. Now, I'm vain I'm not ashamed to say it, but so vain that I promised myself that I didn't want to be the sort of guy that you could look at, and tell he was positive. I wanted to grow old, and look good for it. After everything I saw with what drugs could do, I didn't want to go down that path. My obsession with proving to everyone that I was actually "Fine" was my mistake. I did too much, 14 grams of coke on one weekend. After counting the bags, and what I turned 34 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk LET'S GET CLINICAL! into, something snapped in me. I realised I was becoming the person I said I'd never become. Accepting my HIV status was hard. In the gay society where clubs, sex and drugs are the norm, we can lose ourselves in a world that isn't healthy. The first guy I slept with after I was diagnosed turned into a good friend.He works with people who are HIV positive and as I talked to him, I asked so many questions, but talking made me feel better. I didn't have anyone to discuss my feelings, how scared I was, all I did was try to be the person I was before, instead of accepting the person I have become. You will NEVER be the same person, but you will find the reason, to go on, if you ACCEPT that you have changed. Do what you want, when you want, but don't do it because you feel the need to forget. Substances, will only pave over your issues, for a short time. Once they wear off, that paved road will crack before your eyes and the past will resurface with a vengeance! Acceptance, isn't an illusion, it only is if you don't know what you have to accept. Don't cover up your problems, face them, discuss them, cry about them, scream if you must. Trust me, dealing with this virus isn't going to be covered up by alcohol and drugs or craving sex. You're still going to have the same problems and frustration's as you had before. There are people out there who do understand, even if you don't think so. Open up, and I promise you, you'll be better for it." NEW GUIDE FROM THE LGF To coincide with World Aids Day on 1st December, The Lesbian & Gay Foundation is releasing a new pocket guide which aims to dispel all of the myths surrounding going to a sexual health clinic. It is well known that gay and bisexual men are more at risk of being exposed to sexually transmitted infections and HIV, and although more men are going for tests, there is still a sizeable number of people who would rather not know, and just hope that things are ok. Going for a sexual health check-up has never been easier and sexual health clinics are no longer places to be embarrassed about. You don't need to ha ve symptoms to go for a test, and it should be built in to be a part of your regular health care. In fact, by having check ups before you have symptoms, you dramatically reduce the risk of running into complications later on. Gay and bisexual men should be getting an HIV test at least once every 12 months, or more often if you think that you may have put yourself at risk of exposure to infections. How often you test is really up to you, but if you are having sex with different people, even just oral sex, you are putting yourself at higher risk of contracting chlamydia, gonorrhoea or syphilis. Regular check ups help to ensure that if you have picked up something, it can be dealt with quickly. Most common STIs can be cured with antibiotics, and in the case of HIV (for which there is no cure) treatments are available, and you will be putting yourself in a much better place in terms of your long term health. The LGF runs sexual health clinics in partnership with Manchester Public Health Development Service and the Manchester Centre for Sexual Health. Please go to www.lgf.org. uk/testing or call 0845 3 30 30 30 for more information. Look out for the new guide from our usual distribution points. www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 35 Patrick xx Main photo: Paul Jones (Exposure) GET IN! MARAThON M IWAN ROBERTS 30, HR BUSINESS PARTNER AT VIRGIN How many Marathons have you run? After years of just sticking to 10ks and half marathons, this will be my first one What's your motivation for running the London Marathon for LGF? I want to run for a charity that has supported me personally over the last couple of years, but also given the recent funding challenges to raise some money to help ensure that the LGF can continue to support the gay and lesbian community. What do you think will be your biggest challenge? I have done half-marathons over the last few years and the thought of finishing one of them and then running it back feels a bit scary! Also, I work away from home a few days a week so avoiding hotel food and drink and swapping it for training in the gym might be a challenge whilst I am away. What are you most looking forward to about the Marathon? Apart from raising money, the sense of achievement to completing the run is something I am really looking forward too. How's the training going? How can people sponsor you? I have set up my page at www.justgiving.com/IwanRoberts1 iWAN dAN this year I ran the Edinburgh marathon. What's your motivation for running the London Marathon for LGF? I think the LGF is providing some great and vital services that deserve a lot of recognition and support. For me a key aspect is their work to end homophobia and to support LGB people, in particular young people still at school. There's still a lot of homophobia around in schools which makes it difficult for young LGB kids to come out and feel comfortable in their own skin, and I remember how I struggled at school and what weight had been lifted off me when I came out at university. What do you think will be your biggest challenge? I have been a bit out of shape in the last few months and am only just getting JAN back into running now. It's always a bit of a struggle to start getting the miles back in, but luckily I have enough time still to get back into shape. What are you most looking forward to about the Marathon? The buzz of running through London's streets being cheered on by spectators will be great. It was the atmosphere at the London marathon a few years ago when I went to cheer for a friend, that got me to run my first marathon. How can people sponsor you? I will set up a website to make it easy for people to sponsor me and link the website to my facebook page. I will also host some sponsorship drinks in London in late January where people can make a donation. JAN GREUTER 31, SOLICITOR IN LONDON How many Marathons have you run? I have done three marathons. I ran London in 2008, New York in 2009 and earlier 36 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 ARVels NExT APRIL TEAM LGF TAKE ON THE LONDON MARATHON FOR THE VERY FIRST TIME. WE CATCH UP WITH THREE OF THE RUNNERS AS THEY PREPARE FOR THE 26.2 MILE COURSE AND THE CHALLENGE OF A LIFETIME. DAN KAYLEY 32, BUILDING SURVEYOR How many Marathons have you run? None, this will be my 1st! The most I have ever run is 10k (6.2 miles) as I have entered the Bupa Great Manchester Run for the past 3 years. What's your motivation for running the London Marathon for LGF? It really was a no brainer for me. Charities like the LGF really need to stay strong and continue the great work that they do, and it's only going to happen if we keep supporting them and raising as much money for them as possible. What do you think will be your biggest challenge? I think the biggest challenge will probably be being strict with myself and training properly throughout the winter. My job takes me all over the country and I stay away from home Monday to Friday. This means I can't really sign up for gym membership. I never know what location my job will take me from one week to the next so I'm just going to have to plan a route to run when I'm there and brave the elements. What are you most looking forward to about the Marathon? I think the general buzz that an event of this magnit ude brings will just be incredible. I have run 10k events and have felt the buzz there, but those events are of a much smaller scale. The Marathon is just something else with huge amounts of runners and lots of money being raised for many worthy causes. Just being a part of it will be incredible! How can people sponsor you? By donating online at www.justgiving.com/dankayley, or you can text: DANK50 followed by an amount, ie �10 to 70070 A huge THANK YOU to Iwan, Jan, and Dan for supporting the LGF in such a fantastic way. Good luck guys! YOU CAN RUN TOO! Team LGF still have places in the Adidas Half Marathon (13.1 miles) at Silverstone motor racing circuit on Sunday March 11th 2012, and the BUPA London 10,000 k on Sunday 27th May 2012, starting and finishing in St James's Park, you'll follow the 2012 Olympic loop through the heart of the Capital City. For more info email email@example.com FOOTBALL CLUBS SIGN SPORTS CHARTER Bradford City FC have become the third Professional Football League club in signing up to the Government's Sports Charter to challenge homophobia and transphobia in sport. Bradford join Wycombe Wanderers and Charlton Athletic in saying "Love sport, hate homophobia and transphobia." 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! 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