Outnorthwest issue 110
Welcome to your Bingham Cup special issue of outnorthwest, featuring an interview with Alice Hoagland - mother of Mark Bingham who the Gay Rugby World Cup is named after, interviews with teams from home and abroad plus all our usual fantastic regular features including a 100th birthday celebration of Alan Turing! Available across the North West of England and beyond from Wednesday 23rd May.
FOR OVeR 16's ONly! NEWS � COMMENT � HEALTH � SPORT � LISTINGS your Magazine for life Published by Empowering People Ending Homophobia, OUTNORTHWEST issue 110 JuN-Jul 2012 FRee! www.lgf.org.uk Registered Charity No.1070904 MARK BINGHAM ALICE HOAGLAND ON HER SON'S PROUD LEGACY WE TALK TO U.S. AND U.K. BINGHAM CUP PLAYERS REMEMBERING THE BINGHAM CUP � MANCHESTER 2012 PLUS! CELEBRATING ALAN TURING'S CENTENARY OUTNORTHWEST ediTOR's leTTeR JuNe-July 2012 MARK BINGHAM A Modern Gay Hero Welcome to this special Bingham Cup edition of ONW. For those of you who don't know, The Bingham Cup is the gay rugby world cup, and it's coming to Manchester in June. Over 1000 players, friends and supporters will descend into Manchester for this international event taking place at Broughton Park. There are teams flying in from all over the world, and it's sure to be a spectacular weekend. In this edition of ONW, we talk to some of the guys who'll be taking part both from Manchester and the United States. Whether you're a sports fanatic or not, the story of Mark Bingham (who The Bingham Cup is named in honour of) is one that we all need to be aware of. Mark died in the tragic events of 9/11. He was one of the passengers who stormed the cockpit of Flight 93, and averted an even greater disaster. We're extremely honoured to have spoken with Mark's mother Alice Hoagland for this edition. It's one of the most powerful, and heart-warming interviews we've ever published and I urge you all to read the remarkable story of Mark and Alice, starting on page 28. This issue of ONW also features our Reader Survey for 2012. We're keen to know what you think of ONW, and how you'd like to see it develop. There's a �100 shopping voucher (of your choice) up for grabs, so please take a few minutes to fill out the form and send it back to us. It's even a FREEPOST address. You can also fill out the survey online at www.lgf.org.uk/onwsurvey. Also included with this edition of ONW is a leaflet from the health and social care regulator, the Care Quality Commission (CQC). CQC wants to empower more people to know what standards of care they have a right to expect which is something we're happy to put our support behind. Check out the article on page 12. We'll be back at the beginning of August with our Manchester Pride special issue. Yes, it's THAT close... 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: firstname.lastname@example.org EDITORIAL TEAM EDITOR & LAYOUT Grahame Robertson LAYOUT Mark Eastwood NEWS EDITOR Andrew Gilliver FEATURES EDITOR Sarah McNally (welcome aboard!) MEN'S HEALTH EDITOR Peter Boyle WEB EDITOR Marc Robinson LISTINGS EDITOR Mark Eastwood DISTRIBUTION Shaun Lloyd CONTRIBUTORS Lucy Rolfe; Samantha Days; Jake Arturio Braden; Gaydio; Peter Boyle; Frankie Stevens; Adam Winter; Martin Cooper; Rachel Kirkman; Patrick Etennes; Chris Fisher; Carly Lyes. SPECIAL THANKS Alice Hoagland; Paul Wheeler; The Bingham Cup; The Village Spartans; John Lee; Matt Whitelely; Richard Harrop; Alex Aguilar; Alan Edwards; Manchester Pride; Ben Squance; Andrea Murray . "Whenever and wherever you receive care you have a right to be protected from the risk of abuse and neglect, respected and involved in decisions - and for care to meet your individual needs. We want more people to know about the standards they should expect from their care - and to tell us about their experiences, good and bad." Cynthia Bower Chief Executive of the Care Quality Commission See the insert in this issue, and turn to page 12 for more ADVERTISING For information on advertising in outnorthwest, contact us on 0845 3 30 3 0 30. Or e-mail email@example.com IF YOU DO ONE THING THIS WEEK END HOMOPHOBIA AT YOUR OLD SCHOOL! Were you bullied and teased at school because you were lesbian, gay or bisexual? Imagine you could go back to your old school and make it safer for those young people who are suffering the same today. You can. For a small donation of only �20, the LGF's Enough Is Enough campaign will send a `Safer Schools Pack' to your old school on your behalf. You can even send a personal message with the pack. To find out more, visit www.lgf.org.uk/enough today. bia opho Hom gainst ION a gh ACT k/enou INSIDE OUT REGULARS 06 ENOUGH IS ENOUGH! Vote for the next Enough Is Enough video ad! 08 NEWS & OPINION We celebrate the centenary of Alan Turing, list all the Pride events in the North West, your Flying The Flag pics, and the latest from Manchester Pride! 16 VILLAGE PEOPLE The LGF Village Angels are here to help! 18 UP YOUR WAY What's going on in your region. 38 LISTINGS Every LGB&T service in the north west. f.org.u www.lg ALICE HOAGLAND 28 FEATURES 26 THE BINGHAM CUP 1200 burly rugby players, and their friends and supporters are about to hit Manchester! 28 ALICE HOAGLAND We talk to the Alice Hoagland, the mother of 9/11 hero, and inspiration for The Bingham Cup, Mark Bingham.. THE BINGHAM CUP 26 AND MORE! 20 HEAD TO HEAD The positive and negative opinion page. 21 READERS SURVEY 2012 Tell us what you think of ONW, and win �100. What could be easier? 24 OUTSPOKEN! This issue: Andrea Murray. 32 THE INVISIBLE AGE A brand new service for LGB people over 60 is about to open its doors. 34 SAY CHEESE! How important are sexy images in sexual health campaigns? 36 FANCY A QUICKIE? A brand new safer sex web show. ANDREA MURRAY 24 06 DID YOUR FAVE VIDEO WIN? Homophobia ACTION against www.lgf.org.uk/enough MANCHESTER PRIDE 11 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 Chief Executive of The LGF Paul Martin OBE, with Juno (Director of `Apple Pie') and Rachel (Director of `Scars') You've been voting in your hundreds, and now we can reveal your winner! To commemorate the third year of Enough Is Enough, first year media students from The Manchester College have produced short video adverts to promote the campaign and supporters have been voting for their favourite. The ads received over 10,000 views on The LGF's YouTube channel during a public vote to choose the two that will be used to showcase the campaign over the next year. The winning adverts are: APPLE PIE A pastiche on the social stereotypes of the 1950s, Apple Pie shows a family where the children are told by mum and dad that they must eat all their greens to avoid turning into a homosexual. Juno who directed and features in the video commented on the making of the video: "When I first got the project I was very excited. I was aware of homophobia as I have friends who have been victims. I wanted to target parents rather than young people. I was very pleased with the work we had done." SCARS Using a simple time-lapse film technique this short ad is a visual representation of verbal abuse which demonstrates how words can hurt. We see a close up of a young man's face gradually becoming covered with homophobic remarks as homophobic insults are thrown at him in a barrage of abuse. The words may stop but the scars remain visible until they cover his entire body. One comment on PinkNews. co.uk said the Scars advert was `simple, clear and powerful, and is a winner for me'. Other comments about all the adverts included the following "They're well made, portray a strong, solid message and hit the nail on the head without having possibility to be made fun of.' The Manchester College have delivered some fantastic work and if it wasn't for the public vote we would not have been able to select just two adverts to promote the Enough is Enough! campaign over the coming year. Don't forget to look out for us during the Pride season this year. We'd like to thank EVERYONE who has joined the movement to take action. WINNER IS... AND THE You can still sign up to the campaign at www.lgf.org.uk/enough or www.facebook.com/LGFEIE 06 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk 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 BRAND NEW COLUMN! THE STORY SO FAR As the Enough is Enough campaign enters its third year on May 17th 2012 we wanted to share some fantastic statistics with you. � � 1.5 million people have been reached by the campaign so far 20,000 Enough is Enough ambassadors are taking action against homophobia SAYS Whether you love or loathe her it'll be nigh on impossible to escape the Queen's Diamond Jubilee celebrations and the mass of Union Jack themed stationary and bunting that will adorn tables, paper plates, windows and anything (or anyone) you can hang it on. In some respects Pride festivals are very much like Jubilee celebrations; the sense of pride in the occasion, the large group of people coming together for a common cause, the never ending queues for the toilets and the fact they're both full of queens! However an often over looked feature of Manchester Pride is the fringe festival that takes place during the week leading up to the `Big Weekend'. The fringe festival provides an excellent remedy for those who are looking for an alternative way to get involved with Manchester Pride and learn a bit more about its origins. This year the fringe festival will be taking place from 17th to 23rd August and will host a series of comedy, art, music, historic and political events. The LGF will be hosting their very own event called `Women's Pride' celebrating the significant contribution women have made within the history of the Pride Movement, with a chance to discuss the future role of LB women within the LGB&T Rights Movement, led by a panel of influential women. As part of this The LGF would like to know your suggestions and nominations for women who you think have played a significant role within LGB&T history; if you would like to get involved please send your nominations to my email address listed below, it would be great to hear from you. `Women's Pride' will take place at The LGF's Community Resource Centre on Tuesday 21st August, 6pm-9pm. A very fine example of a woman making a positive contribution to the cause is Caroline Wilson, who started `The Well Connected Lesbian' project late last year. For those of you who haven't heard of the project, it is well worth getting involved in. Through the project Caroline aims to challenge the lack of visibility of lesbian women within mainstream society and the negative connotations the word `lesbian' holds for some people. The website is full is interesting articles, anecdotes and interviews with some very inspiring women from around the UK, all of which fully deserve a nomination for being influential LB women. So, if you're interested you can have a look at the great work the project is doing by logging onto thewellconnectedlesbian.com. Finally I wanted to end my column with Alan Turing, as 23rd June marks the centenary of his birth, with events taking place around the world celebrating his incredible work and his lasting influence on science and technology. I hope it is a given a united sense of sadness is felt when remembering how Turing was treated towards the end of his life, and Lord McNally's decision to reject a motion earlier this year to pardon Turing of his `gross-indecency' conviction is hugely disappointing. But rather than waste time harbouring resentment we should all celebrate Turing, and in May the Museum of Science and Industry will be inviting members of the public to plant sunflowers in Turing's honour. We should all count ourselves very fortunate we don't have to endure the ordeal Turing went through, but we shouldn't be complacent. In Turing's own words, we should all remember this: `We can only see a short distance ahead, but we can see plenty there that needs to be done'. Frankie Stevens firstname.lastname@example.org www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 07 FRANKIE The Enough is Enough! campaign was launched on IDAHO 2010 and aims to encourage people to take action to tackle homophobia. Supported by celebrities including Sir Ian McKellen and Anthony Cotton the campaign has enjoyed nationwide exposure and is the most successful campaign the Lesbian & Gay Foundation has run in terms of national significance and engagement. We would like to thank you for being part of it. 500+ Safer Schools Packs have been delivered to help tackle homophobia across all parts of the UK As part of the campaign in the last year thanks to your support Safer Schools Packs have been given out to schools across the UK aiming to tackle homophobia in schools. www.lgf.org.uk/schoolspack The campaign continues over the coming year and we look forward to seeing you over the Summer Pride season. We'd like to thank EVERYONE who has joined the movement to take action. Special thanks to The Paterson Family and the friends and family of Dominic, Roger and Paola Crouch without whom this campaign would not have reached those that it did in the last two years. www.lgf.org.uk/enough AGENDA ALAN TURING FILM PREMIERES IN MANCHESTER A new film depicting the life of Alan Turing will have premier next month at Manchester's Cornerhouse cinema as part of the Abandon Normal Devices festival. The Creator explores the legendary life of the visionary scientist and blends fact with fantastical speculation in the re-telling of the day when Turing ended his life. The film touches upon the myth of Snow White and Turing's doomed encounter with his lover Arnold Murray which took place only yards from the current Cornerhouse site on Oxford Road in Manchester. IN DEPTH NEWS, COMMENT AND ANALYSIS JUNE-JULY 2012 ALAN TURING CENTENARY Filmmakers Al & Al say "His story is really better than any Hollywood movie, and, because of homophobia, it was forbidden to be made for the longest time. We have really been drawn to his story for a long time and were waiting for the perfect moment to do something. So when Cornerhouse and Abandon Normal Devices Festival commissioned The Creator and told us the premiere would be on Turing's 100th birthday, we knew that moment had arrived." The experimental film is a far cry from the dry, sanitised interpretations of a man once shunned but now revered as a master of modern mathematics. It also portrays Turing's experimentation with Jungian psychoanalysis and the nature of human physicality versus artificial consciousness. The screening of the film will be followed by a Q&A with the artists hosted by Visual Art Programme Manager and producer, Bren O'Callaghan. The Creator will have its UK premiere at the preview weekend of Abandon Normal Devices Festival on 23 June at Cornerhouse in Manchester ALAN TURING CELEBRATING THE 100th BIRTHDAY OF A REAL HOMO HERO June the 23rd marks the 100th birthday of the founder of computer science, mathematician, philosopher, code breaker, and a gay man before his time Alan Turing. A life-size memorial statue of him stands in Sackville Park in Manchester to mark the significance his life had upon British history. During his colourful yet short-lived life, London born Alan attended the University of Cambridge, where he developed the proof which states that automatic computation cannot solve all mathematical problems. This concept, also known as the Turing Machine, is considered the basis for the modern theory of computation. An endless list of further achievements such as the breaking of the German Enigma Code has retrospectively earned Alan the recognition for his contribution to humankind that he so rightly deserves. On the 7th June 1954 Alan Turing took his own life. Many believe this act to be a result of serious homophobia towards his sexuality and lifestyle choices. Such serious behaviour saw him very publically suffer a form of male castration. In 1952, Turing was arrested and tried for homosexuality, then a criminal offence. To avoid prison, he accepted injections of oestrogen for a year, which were intended to neutralise his libido. In that era, homosexuals were considered a security risk as they were open to blackmail. Turing's security clearance was withdrawn, meaning he could no longer work for GCHQ, the post-war successor to Bletchley Park. On 10 September 2009, following an Internet campaign, British Prime Minister Gordon Brown made an official public apology on behalf of the British government for the way in which Turing was treated after the war. He said: "It is no exaggeration to say that, without his outstanding contribution, the history of the Second World 08 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk AGENDA JUNE-JULY 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 Text: Rachel Kirkman Interview: Grahame Robertson been doing there. And he said he took him home and fed him and they spent the night together. So it became not a burglary case to the police. And that was the way it went, that's how he got caught. He pleaded guilty in court and he said, `well I'm only doing what's natural. It shouldn't be a crime to do what you want with someone who wants to do the same thing in privacy.' He was offered a choice. Either prison or hormone treatment. Alan continues, "Now the hormone treatment wasn't the worst one around but it did cut off all sorts of wanting any sex of any sort. And in the case of Alan he started to grow breasts, which was terrible for his self-esteem. Not only that, our friends over the Atlantic were still paranoid. They insisted that Turing ought to have his credentials taken away, and they would not accept him as a member of any British delegation to anything that was secret or the works they were doing towards the reds and that sort of thing. "So that was one chunk of his life gone. That he could no longer do. And then he fortunately discovered that Scandinavia was a good place to go. Quite close. He used to go on holidays there and it was very open minded. So, he went there for some time." Things didn't go well for Alan though, and his trips abroad were soon curtailed. Alan tells ONW, "We assume Alan took his own life, it has never actually been proven whether it was an accident or whether he did it. I'm certain in my own mind that he meant what he did. But he was planning a trip to go to Scandinavia in that Summer and the word got to him that wherever he tried to go he'd be stopped. They took his passport from him. It was such a big loss of freedom. I know how I'd have felt if I'd have been in the same boat. " Alan Edwards frequently visits the statue of Alan Turing in Sackville Gardens and even has occasional conversations with the statue. He says, "Everyone said that statue in Sackville Gardens doesn't do him justice. Or isn't accurate. It makes him look so small. But it does look like him in later life, not long before he died." www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 09 Featuring an interview with Alan Edwards. War could have been very different. He truly was one of those individuals we can point to whose unique contribution helped to turn the tide of war. The debt of gratitude he is owed makes it all the more horrifying, therefore, that he was treated so inhumanely." Turing is widely considered to be the father of computer science and artificial intelligence and this year's Manchester Pride Parade theme `Queer'd Science' is based upon Alan Turing and his life achievements. ONW recently spoke to 81 year old exNaval servicemen Alan Edwards. Edwards knew Alan Turning and here, he recalls his first meeting with the genius. "I met him on a Friday evening in February1950 for the first time at the `happy hunting ground' on Oxford Road. By the bridge. It's the most photographed bridge in Manchester, and had the most notorious cottage underneath it. I was sat there and this smartly dressed person, was there. I thought his face looked familiar. I thought, `There's that marathon runner Turing'. Now I had no idea what he did as a day job. All I knew was he was an runner, and I'd seen him in Athletics Weekly regularly." Both Edwards' and Turings' paths crossed frequently after that initial meeting. Alan tells us, "I'd occasionally see him, but he didn't drink. Well I say he didn't drink, he didn't go into places like the Union bar. He was more likely to be found having a cup of coffee." Edwards also shares his memories of the final years of Alan Turing's life. He tells us, "Alan, got clobbered because he reported a burglary. He'd met this guy Arnold in the happy hunting ground. He was a 19 year old lad. A friend of mine said he had a feeling Arnold had something to do with it. He may have told a friend of his that he was going to this `posh fellas house'. Alan reported it to the police and the police found the culprit. They asked what Arnold had AGENDA There are so many fabulous Pride events happening around the region over the Summer. To make sure you can get to all of the ones that you want to here are the details we have at the moment. Make sure you check listings information for latest updates! BLACKPOOL Blackpool Pride's main event will be held on the North Pier on Saturday the 9th of June from 12 noon. Acts confirmed for the Event include Blue and Toyah. Wristband prices range from �10 to Limited Gold Wristbands at �35. For more info visit: www.prideblackpool.com NORTH WEST! IT'S OFFICIALLY PRIDE SEASON! AND NO MATTER WHERE YOU ARE IN THE NORTH WEST, THERE'S AN EVENT NEAR YOU. SALFORD The annual Peel Park Pink Picnic! 29th July 2012 12pm � 6pm in association with Out IN Salford and Salix Homes in the grounds of the University of Salford. This family event is open to all with live entertainment, music, sports and games. For further details visit: www.outinsalford.org.uk Headlining the event will be singer Kelly Lorena. PRIDE IN THE HUDDERSFIELD Huddersfield Pink Picnic will be held on Sunday 22nd July at Greenhead Park. The event will be hosted by the infamous `Markymark'. For further info you can follow them on Twitter at @ ThePinkPicnic or visit www.huddersfieldpinkpicnic.com CUMBRIA This year's pride will be held on Saturday the 29th of September at the Swallow Hilltop Hotel Carlisle. Acts yet to be announced. WARRINGTON Warrington Pride will take place on the 29th of September. For more info visit http:// www.warringtonpride.co.uk/ OLDHAM Oldham Pride 2012: The OWLympics, Saturday 28th July. There will be an OWLympic torch parade from Oldham Town Centre (assemble 11.45am) to Gallery Oldham. The main event will take place from 12.30pm till 4pm with Oldham Pride favourites, ABBAfusion and Cavali Jay. For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org LIVERPOOL Liverpool Pride is a FREE event which takes place on Saturday 4 August 2012 at Pier Head, Liverpool, in Merseyside. This year's theme will be `All aboard, Nautical, Nautical but Nice'! For more info visit www.liverpoolpride.co.uk/ CHESTER Chester Pride will be held at Chester University Student's Union CH1 on October 1st from 12pm to 6pm, open to all. For further details email email@example.com or find Chester Pride on Facebook. PRESTON Dates have been confirmed as the 29th of September for this year's Preston Pride. 10 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk WANTS YOU! MANCHESTER PRIDE IS HITTING THE ROAD TO ASK THE COMMUNITY THEIR OPINIONS. AND MARGARITA PRACATAN IS BACK! "Visitors are invited to join us at these events to find out more about the charity and our work and is an ideal opportunity to offer feedback and recommendations as the organisation moves forward." The first session has taken place in Bury, with a further session announced in Trafford, with more to follow. You can visit the Manchester Pride Roadshow on the 24th May, 4.00pm, Sale Waterside Arts Centre, Sale Town Centre To find out more about further planned events visit manchesterpride. com/roadshow Tickets are on sale for the Big Weekend and can be purchased from manchesterpride.com or by calling 0871 230 3450. As reported in our last edition, ticket prices have been MANCHESTER PRIDE As we look ahead to this year's Manchester Pride, we find out a little more about what the organisers have in store. This year, the charity will be running a series of community engagement events, as part of their roadshow. They will be visiting various boroughs of Greater Manchester, including Trafford and Bury. John Stewart, Chief Executive for Manchester Pride, tells us a little more. "As the organisation has seen some major changes in the past 12 months, we are keen to engage further with the community and find out how we can further reach audiences across Greater Manchester, how we can move forward and develop our work outside of the festival period" frozen for this year, starting at �12.50 for day tickets and �15.00 for a full weekend ticket. The early bird weekend tickets are available until 08 July 2012 and has been extended to coincide with WorldPride in London. Organisers are promising another fantastic landmark event, with lots of things planned. Pride Fringe (17-23 August) is set to expand this year and one of the headline events has been announced: Stranger in the Night, with Cuban chanteuse Margarita Pracatan. Details are to be announced shortly. The full Pride Fringe programme will be launched at a special event on 21 June 2012. Find out more about Manchester Pride www.manchesterpride.com, or follow the organisation on Twitter @manchesterpride www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 11 AGENDA JUNE-JULY 2012 OTHER NEWS HOMO HEROES 2012 The National Diversity Awards will be held at the Midland Hotel, Manchester on 21st September 2012. There are several award categories including positive role model, community organisation and entrepreneurial of excellence awards which will be split into five categories including race, age, disability, gender and LGBT. Other awards include Diverse Company Award and Lifetime Achievers Award. Take a look at the full list of categories and nominate: www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk NATIONAL DIVERSITY AWARDS Civil Marriage Consultation The Lesbian & Gay Foundation, Lancashire LGBT Centre and Government Equalities Office are holding a consultation event on the Equal Civil Marriage Consultation at The Urban Exchange, Mount Street, Preston PR1 8BQ at 7pmon Tuesday 29th May. Refreshments will be provided. For more information contact Adam Winter on firstname.lastname@example.org. uk or call 08453 30 30 30. To book: www.equalcivilmarriage.eventbrite. com. To take part in the government's consultation visit: www.homeoffice.gov.uk/ equal-civil-marriage CIVIL MARRIAGE CONSULATION HOMO HEROES The Lesbian and Gay Foundation's Homo Hero Awards 2012 will be soon be open for nominations. The Awards are designed to showcase the contributions made by individuals, groups and organisations for, and on behalf of the lesbian, gay and bisexual community. There are a total of seven categories in which you can put forward your nominations for any person, group or organisation that you believe have made a difference to the lives of lesbian, gay and bisexual people. The nomination period will be from 15 June 2012 -31 July 2012. The top three nominees for each award category will be put forward for a public vote and the winners will then be announced at a special ceremony on Thursday 20 September 2012. www.lgf.org.uk MAKE YOUR OPINION COUNT! HEALTH AND SOCIAL CARE REGULATOR WANTS TO HEAR FROM LGB&T PEOPLE Whenever and wherever you receive care it should meet the government standards of quality and safety required by law, whoever you are. As the health and social care regulator it is the Care Quality Commission's job to register and inspect services to check they are meeting those standards. The CQC wants people, including readers of ONW, to know what they should be able to expect from health and social care - and to report any concerns about poor care to the regulator direct. CQC makes annual unannounced inspections of hospitals, care homes and agencies that provide care in the home - but can also inspect at any time in response to concerns. Included with this edition of ONW is a short leaflet with more information about the government standards and a freepost feedback form which you can complete if you want to share your concerns, or details of a good experience of care, with CQC. For further information please visit www.cqc.org.uk A Liverpool couple have become the first in the UK to take advantage of legislation to allow religious buildings to host civil partnership ceremonies which became law in December 2011 following public consultation. Kieran Bohan, 41, and Warren Hartley, 36, from Princes Park registered their civil partnership at Ullet Road Unitarian Church on Sunday 6th May. The first church to become licensed to conduct civil partnerships was Cross Street Unitarian Chapel, Manchester in March, which has a couple booked in the Autumn. UK'S FIRST `RELIGIOUS' CIVIL PARTNERS 12 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk FIGHTING THE BULLIES MANCHESTER & SALFORD YOUNG PEOPLE FIGHT HOMOPHOBIC BULLYING IN SCHOOLS For over 5 years Manchester's award winning Exceeding Expectations initiative has been ending homophobia through education by attending schools across the city. The project offers staff training, teacher's resources, lesson plans, anti-bullying policy development support, information resources, young people's peer support groups, school evaluation reports and much more. To mark IDAHO on 17th May, the project was on the road as part of the partnership which involves Manchester City Council, Manchester Healthy Schools, Hope Theatre Company, Manchester Community Health, the Lesbian & Gay Foundation and Salford thanks to funding from Salford City Council. As part of the Exceeding Expectations programme, the play `OUTLOUD', a specially commissioned piece of verbatim theatre produced by Hope Theatre Company voices the words of local young people on homophobia and Adam Zane, founder of Hope Theatre Company says: "The response has been fantastic. We have had gay, lesbian and bisexual students helping us in the workshops, talking about their experiences of coming out. It can be incredibly empowering for them - to be able to talk honestly about homophobia and their experiences in school." To find out more please go to: www.exceedingexpectations.org.uk CHALLENGE YOURSELF WHY NOT SIGN UP TO AN LGF CHARITY CHALLENGE? "As I approached mile 19, a random stranger began running alongside me and said; "Just remember that the thousands of people behind you can all read the message on the back of your running vest (referring to `I'm running against homophobia'). My son came out 2 months ago and I'm so proud of him. And I'm proud of you." Martin Cooper On the 22nd April, a team of four LGF Charity Challengers ran against homophobia in the world-famous London Marathon. Including Gift Aid, over �8,000 was raised; a muchneeded contribution to the continuation of vital LGF services. Martin Cooper completed the run in an impressive time of 4hr 37min 07seconds. By the time you read this, Martin will have also taken part in the Manchester BUPA 10k (20th May) just like John Finn who told ONW; "I'm running the BUPA Manchester 10k as it was a great goal to help me stay fit. My position on the LGF board of trustees has made me realise how the charity really needs the support of the public and how big a difference the money can make - especially in these times of financial hardship." Later this year, more of our Charity Challengers will be saying No! to homophobia by completing the Yorkshire 3 Peaks, and a zip slide across Salford Quays. To be part of LGF's ever-growing team e-mail: email@example.com LESBIAN, GAY & BISExUAL GP PATIENT ExPERIENCE SURVEY The LGF have launched the LGB GP Patient Experience Survey to find out about lesbian, gay and bisexual (LGB) patients experiences of their GPS. It only takes 5 minutes to complete, but the answers you give will be used to sustain and improve GP services for LGB people across the country. It is vitally important that as LGB people we stand up for our needs and experiences, and have them acknowledged by all healthcare professionals, including GPs. To complete the survey please visit: www.lgf.org.uk/gpexperiences LGB&T FIRE & POLICE SUPPORT SURGERIES Greater Manchester Fire & Rescue Service are running a brand new surgery to complement the existing GMP surgery which will run every Thursday at the LGF's Community Resource Centre (Number 5 Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF) between 6-8pm. There is no need to book an appointment, you can just drop in and talk to one of the colleagues from the fire or police service about any issue you think they can help with. For further information call 0845 3 303030 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org 11 www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 13 AGENDA NHS Tees, Middlesbrough via Twitter @NHSTees FLYING THE FLAG 20 2 1 HUNDREDS OF YOU SENT YOUR RAINBOW FLAG PICS TO US DURING IDAHO ON 17TH MAY. FOR MORE VISIT www.lgf.org.uk/flag Rainbow Trike Tours, North Wales via Twitter @RainbowTrikes Baam e-Tehran, Tehran, Iran Sabre, Ashton-under-Lyne Market Street, Manchester Wirral Council, Wallasey Town Hall, Wirral 14 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk YOUNG PEOPLE THE ART OF FEELING GOOD ABOUT YOURSELF DO YOU LIKE WHAT YOU SEE WHEN YOU LOOK IN THE MIRROR? CARLY LYES LOOKS AT WAYS WE CAN FEEL BETTER ABOUT OUR BODIES. BODY PRIDE the way they feel about their body. It is an issue which affects all genders and all ages but for young people whose bodies have recently gone through rapid changes and are generally more self conscious and place more importance on how they look the problem is often much greater. Feeling bad about our bodies is often very little to do with our bodies themselves � it's all about how we relate to them. Low self image and low confidence come about through being made to think we're worthless and inadequate, from experiences of bullying, discrimination, past relationships, and others telling us we're not good enough, and this can make us look at our bodies more critically. If the way you think about your body tends to be on the negative side, there are many ways to change that and improve your relationship with yourself. We can't all afford expensive spas but pampering yourself by "I hate being so scrawny, I wish I was one of those perfect muscular guys." "If I was slimmer life would be so much better." "Every time I look in the mirror I see my huge bum/frizzy hair/ bad skin looking back and think, I look terrible." Sound familiar? So many of us are constantly putting ourselves down, judging ourselves, comparing ourselves to others and making ourselves feel bad just because of how we look. We convince ourselves our lives would be better, we'd be more popular or we'd find that true love if only we could change those "physical flaws" that hold us back. Why do we do it? Negative body image is an issue that affects many young people, with 1 in 3 young gay men admitting to having problems with relaxing in a hot bath, treating yourself to a nice body lotion, giving yourself a home pedicure, or getting together with friends to give each other a massage are ways to treat your body on a daily basis. Eating well keeps your body feeling in top shape and exercise can make you more comfortable with your body and show you how amazing it is. Dancing is a great way to have fun and improve your body confidence � salsa, street dance, belly dancing, or just letting loose on the dancefloor, everyone of all ages can find a way to shake it! Team sports like football, rugby are loads of fun and activities such as walking, running, swimming, cycling and martial arts can make you amazed at what that body of yours can achieve as well as helping you meet new people Check out the listings at the back of ONW for details of groups and teams in your area . www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 15 VILLAGE PEOPLE LOCAL BUSINESSES, CHARITIES AND THE COMMUNITY WORKING TOGETHER! ANGel deliGhT Have you bumped into an Angel on Canal Street yet? MARTIN COOPER updated ONW with the latest from the Village Angels, and the launch of a Village safety guide. The more eagle eye amongst you will have noticed, as you leap from bar to bar in Manchester's Gay Village like an urban Tarzan, that there are a couple of groups of very handsome, pink tabard clad people patrolling the streets. You may also be wondering who they are and what exactly they are doing! Well, allow me to explain! These are the Village Angels and they are there to offer you information, advice and, if it calls for it, an impromptu dance routine � although I wouldn't guarantee the latter. If you don't frequent the village very often and aren't sure of what's where, you can ask them for a handy little map which shows you where the bars and services are. Or if you just want to know where the nearest taxi rank, cash machine or bus stop is, they will be happy to help with that too. The Village Angels also offer loads of handy hints and tips as to how you can stay safe while you're out and about in the village. It's important to remember that even though the village is a really friendly, welcoming and open place for you and your friends to have a blast, it's still a community environment and crime can still happen. It's really important to stay aware of your surroundings and follow your instincts. It's the little things that can make the difference... make sure you know how you're getting home after your night out, make sure you have the right bus or taxi fares (don't spend it on sambuca!) and if you're going out with your mates, stay out with your mates and go home with your mates! That's what mates are for. So, if you see the Village Angels while you're out, make sure you say hi! We'll usually be saying hello to everyone who wanders past anyway. We're not being weird - Just friendly!! So flash us a smile... you can guarantee we'll be smiling right back at you! See you very soon! To find out more, contact Martin Cooper at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation. Call 0845 3 30 30 30, or e-mail martin.cooper@lgf. org.uk 16 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk KeePiNG sAFe iN The VillAGe SCAN FOR MORE INFORMATION S F IN RETRO POP! The power of music to put you in a time and a place you remember is incredible. I just have to hear the first shrill cry of Andy Bell in the introduction to `Sometimes' and I know where I am. Steerforth Street, Earlsfield. A Friday night, just after 9.25 in early 1987. Snow is falling. Rockcliffe's Babies is on BBC1 and I'm feeling sorry for myself. Just turned eighteen and being screwed around by the guy I'm seeing. Then a ring at the doorbell. And there he is. (The guy, not Andy Bell.). Little Caesar's Pizza in one hand and a bottle of red in the other. A stupid grin and a sorry. And a top night ahead. Portishead's Dummy will always take me back to watching This Life. Not just because of Andrew Lincoln in the shower. But because the show connected with twenty-something lives and at the time, listless trip-hop was our soundtrack. Even now, when the world is getting to me, I just need to put Eels `Novocaine for the Soul' on loud (or Madonna's Jump if I'm feeling more lavender about it) and things seem OK. Those songs connect me to times when I got out of something bad and into something good. Sometimes I wonder why I hear a particular song (on the radio, iPod or in S T SCAN THE QR CODE to download the Gaydio iPhone app! Gaydio's JOHN RYAN on the power of the old school. my head) and expect a particular other song to follow it. The answer is in an old bin bag at the back of my airing cupboard. Cassettes. Hundreds of them. With mix tapes diligently copied off my old `Music Centre' and listened to until the tape wowed and stretched on a dodgy old walkman! Where you couldn't just change the order on a whim - they didn't have shuffle buttons, and fast forwarding wasted your batteries. We all have those connections. Radio theory says that your decade `sweet spot' is puberty + ten years. So, being 44 this September, that makes my decade from age 12 to 22 - or bang on The Eighties! Exams, coming out, first boyfriend (and everything that entails ...), first trip abroad, teenage angst, first job, bedsit (Soft Cell!), all conducted to a soundtrack from ABC to XTC. Those are the kind of memories I try to bring alive - not just for me, but for you too - every Sunday night from 6pm on The Loop. And if you're not as ancient as me (and we all know 43 is 103 in gay years!) then The 90s Rewind with Gunny does much the same after me at 8pm - but ten years later. Enjoy the moment. N S TO V The LGF has just published a Village Safety Guide. Last month saw The Lesbian & Gay Foundation publish `Village Angels: Your Guide To Keeping Safe on Canal Street.' This pocket-sized, rollout leaflet is a straightto-the-point, no-nonsense guide to making sure your night out on Canal Street goes safely and smoothly. Packed with hints and tips, it'll fit nicely into your pocket, purse, or wallet. Keep it handy! If you're out and about in the Village at the weekend, make sure you track down a Village Angel, and they'll give you a copy! To find our more, visit www.lgf.org.uk/ angels. If you'd like a copy of this guide, please call 0845 3 30 30 30, or e-mail email@example.com Illustration: Rob Burgess www.gaydio.co.uk www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 17 UP YOUR WAY FOCUS ON: LIVERPOOL ALL ABOARD FOR LIVERPOOL PRIDE! FOCUS ON: BLACKPOOL All aboard for Liverpool Pride 2012 - Nautical but Nice! Liverpool Pride will celebrate the city's world famous Waterfront and seafaring heritage in a fun packed day of free entertainment for all the family on Saturday, August 4th 2012. The festival will also see Liverpool Pride return to Stanley St Quarter after partnering up with the team behind Gay Quarter and Eberle Street Prides 2011. Liverpool Pride is all about the people who take part and this is our call to action for 2012! We'd love you to come and volunteer, either in the office or on the day itself. Check out how at www.liverpoolpride.co.uk/ get-involved Perhaps you are a little bit time starved? Why not help Liverpool Pride with a donation, cash or in kind to help us get ship-shape? Contact us to find out more on www. liverpoolpride.co.uk/contactliverpool-pride or ring us on 0151 709 5069. We want to keep entrance on the day free, as our Festival is still a campaign against homo- and transphobia � it's essential everyone can attend regardless of income for us to get our message out there. Friends of Dorothy Blackpool and Wyre Lesbian, gay, Bi &Trans, Questioning group. Friends of Dorothy are a new inclusive weekly run social support group based in Blackpool to meet the needs of LGBTQ people who may be isolated because of disability, or other health issues. It's a peer support group that is away from the gay scene and pubs and bars. Everyone is welcome and the venue is disabled friendly in a central location near to major bus routes and the train station. DOROTHY The group is mixed with the aim of being as inclusive as possible for all members of the LGB&T community. We aim to raise money and funds to go on social events assisting people to get out and about and to raise confidence for people in the community. We have a dog walking group and we are in the process of setting up a walking group for people of all abilities with the support of the wellness service in Blackpool. The group is for people 18+. For more information visit: www.blackpoolfriendsofdorothy.co.uk FRIENDS OF FOCUS ON: OLDHAM PRIDE 2012 THE OWLYMPICS This year's Oldham Pride promises to be an activity packed, fun-filled OWLympic event, taking place on Saturday 28th July. There will be an OWLympic torch parade from Oldham Town Centre (assemble 11.45am) to Gallery Oldham. Here the main event, hosted by the fantastic Rosie Lugosi and the equally fantastic Jonathan Mayor (tbc) will take place from 12.30pm till 4pm. As well as fabulous acts and entertainment, including Oldham Pride favourites, ABBAfusion and Cavali Jay, there will be fun activities for all the family and a wide range of LGBT and other advice and information stalls too. For further information email firstname.lastname@example.org 18 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk YOUR PAGES IN YOUR WORDS! FOCUS ON: HOME OFFICE SPECTRUM SPECTRUM (Home Office LGBT Network) held their Spring Conference at Abbey Community Centre, London on 18th April. There were over 100 attendees, and speakers included Alastair Bridges (sexual orientation champion for Identity and Passport Service), Dr Patrick Williams (Director of World Pride) and Phyll Opoku-Gyimah (Director of Black Pride), Lance Corporal James Wharton (British Army) and Rev Sarah Jones (first trans Church of England cleric). For more information on SPECTRUM visit www. homeoffice.gov.uk/about-us/working-forus1/spectrum/ FOCUS ON: WOMEN IN SONG GIRLS ALOUD Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus FREE Women's Singing Workshop Saturday 9th June 3 � 6pm, Cross Street Chapel, Manchester Always enjoyed singing along to the radio and fancied seeing what you really could do? Come along to the Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus FREE Women's Singing Workshop to have a go at signing! We are currently looking to increase our female membership and so for this work shop we welcome any self-identified women wishing to sing in any of the traditional voice parts. As a chorus, we sing in four parts a cappella and welcome anyone who identifies as lesbian, gay, bisexual or trans. For more information, directions and to book, please go to www. mlgc.org.uk, find us on facebook or email email@example.com OUT IN SALFORD Come along to the annual Peel Park Pink Picnic! 29th July 2012 12-6pm. In association with Out IN Salford and Salix Homes, join us for a fun, friendly safe afternoon in the heart of Peel Park in the grounds of the University of Salford. This is a family event open to all; LGBT or straight friends. For further details please visit the Out IN Salford website: www.outinsalford.org.uk FOCUS ON: SALFORD OutREACH CUMBRIA OutREACH Cumbria an old name but a new organisation. We are still keen to recruit new volunteers, especially anyone with funding experience, health work, admin or IT. One key objective for 2012 is to start a new telephone helpline. To achieve this aim we need to a number of volunteers to take calls. If you are interested, contact Richard on: 07896 250662 or email: firstname.lastname@example.org FOCUS ON: CUMBRIA FOCUS ON: COMMUNITY COMMUNITY FESTIVAL On Saturday 16 June 2012 from 12.30- 6pm, lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans groups and organisations are coming together for the LGB&T Community Festival. Taking place at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation's Community Resource Centre in Manchester, the day promises to bring groups together and to showcase collectively the support, information, advice, guidance and resources that are available to LGB&T people across the North West and beyond. The day is intended to be informal and friendly and let people find out more information about what's going on across the North West in a safe and positive environment. For more information, search for "LGBT Community Network Festival" To be kept informed of this event and future events please email your contact details to: email@example.com. This event is being supported by The Lesbian & Gay Foundation. GOOD SPIRITS The Rev Rob Crompton is no ordinary gay minister! He's the new interfaith police Chaplain for the Lancashire Constabulary, and it will be his role to provide pastoral and spiritual care to members of Lancashire Constabulary, their families and friends in conjunction with other staff welfare services. He will also help develop multi-faith networks within the Constabulary. For more info contact Ian.Ashton@lancashire. pnn.police.uk www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 19 FOCUS ON: POLICE HEAD TO HEAD IN THE FIRST OF A NEW FEATURE WE ASK TWO MEN, ONE HIV POSITIVE AND ONE HIV NEGATIVE, TO GIVE THEIR THOUGHTS ON SExUAL HEALTH. THIS TIME... "HOW DO WE STOP GAY & BI MEN BECOMING HIV POSITIVE?" THE HIV POSITIVE PERSPECTIVE PATRICK ETENNES + THE HIV NEGATIVE PERSPECTIVE CHRIS FISHER - "Judging by the amount of HIV in our communities, I believe the best option is to go back to the basics. Education, promotion and reality tactics. Education of younger people needs to be addressed once more. Sex is such a ridiculously suppressed topic that no one wants to talk about it, parents don't discuss the matter, leaving kids to fend for themselves and follow the practice of their friends. We forget that a lot of gay & bisexual men may have considered themselves `straight' at some point, and may have thought all they have to do is use a condom to prevent their female partner getting pregnant. Promotion of safer sex is also contradicted by the abundant use of SEX in the gay community! In order to sell any gay event, sex is used, now I enjoy a beautiful body in front of me, but at the same time, fewer efforts are put into using beautiful bodies to promote something that affects every one of us! I think it's time that both younger and older communities are brought back to the era where reality tactics are used to show what could happen if we fail to acknowledge our personal responsibility re: getting tested. I keep saying that bare backing in our community is on the rise but with bare backing comes the risk of ... INFECTION! If you're ok with being infected then at least get tested. Don't take a risk then pretend it never happened.Denial doesn't work when things start to go wrong with your body." "Ever heard of bug chasing? Google it now! Sounds fictional right? Well this kind of thing is still going on. This kind of activity sums up the attitude some (not all) young gay men have about HIV. That HIV is a disease of the past, no longer the death sentence it one was. We can't stop the spread of HIV completely, after all accidents happen and there are always a few who will act recklessly regardless of the amount of condoms thrown at them. But in the mainstream, with health conscious gay men, where are we going wrong? The excuse of not having access to condoms is utter rubbish; it's difficult to move in the village without tripping over a `safer sex pack'. Maybe the distribution of the condoms is too limited? Some nonscene guys might not have this privilege. Possibly, but condoms are distributed everywhere - no excuses! Maybe if people were more open about their status it would bring the condition a little closer to home for young gay men, many of which may have never met a HIV positive man - or so they think. It's difficult to pin down why we struggle to fight the epidemic. In my opinion, HIV awareness advertising is done wrong. Too much time is spent solely on persuading people to get tested. We need to discuss it more personally, about the effects of living with HIV. For me, an attractive model and an instruction to get tested just doesn't invoke a deep emotion." THE BIG DEBATE: HOW DO WE STOP GAY AND BI MEN BECOMING HIV+? 22nd August 2012. 7:00pm � 9:00pm. Free Event. The Lesbian & Gay Foundation, Number 5, Richmond Street, M1 3HF. The LGF, Gaydio and Manchester Public Health Development Service invite you to a public debate with an expert panel. If you have an opinion you would like to share then come to The Big Debate. If you would like to attend or submit a question to the panel e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org and reserve a place, stating if you have any access requirements. 20 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk READER SURVEY 2012 OUTNORTHWEST �100! OF SHOPPING VOUCHERS WIN! YOU COULD WIN�100 OF SHOPPING VOUCHERS (OF YOUR CHOICE!) SIMPLY BY TELLING US WHAT YOU THINK OF OUTNORTHWEST. JUST FILL OUT THE FORM, AND SEND IT BACK TO OUR FREEPOST ADDRESS (DETAILS OVERLEAF). YOU CAN ALSO COMPLETE THE FORM ONLINE AT www.lgf.org.uk/onwsurvey BlackorBlackBritish African Chinese AnyotherBlackorBlack BritishBackground Other(please specify) ABOUT YOU (This information will remain anonymous) 1. What is the first part of your postcode, or the town you live in? (eg M3 or Salford) 2. Are you? 9. What is your employment status? Male Student(Full Time) Student(Part Time) Employed(Part Time) Unemployed (not eligible for (benefits) Female 3. Is your gender identity the same as the gender you were assigned at birth? Yes No Employed(Full Time) Unemployed(eligible for benefits) 4. Which of the following options best describes how you think of yourself? Lesbian Gay Bisexual Retired YOUR READING HABITS 10. Where did you pick up this copy of ONW? Heterosexual/Straight 5. What is your age? 6. What is your religion or belief, even if you are not currently practising? Buddhist Noreligion Humanist Muslim Hindu Christian (inc all denominations) 11. Where do you normally pick up your copy of ONW? LGB&TvenuesintheVillage? LGB&Tvenuesinothertowns (please specify town and venue) Ireaditonline Other (please specify) 12. Where do you normally read your copy of ONW? Sikh Other(please specify) Jewish 7. Do you consider yourself to be a disabled person? (This may also include long-term medical conditions) Yes No IntheLGB&TvenueIpickeditup (and I normally leave it there) IntheLGB&TvenueIpickeditup (and I normally take it home) IreaditwhenIgethome. IalreadysaidIreaditonline 8. What is your ethnic group? WhiteBritish WhiteIrish MixedWhite&Black Caribbean MixedWhite&Asian Other (please specify) 13. How many other people read your copy of ONW? 14. How long have you been reading ONW? 0-1years 5-6years Morethan10years 1-2years 7-8years 3-4years 9-10years OtherWhiteBackground MixedWhite&Black African OtherMixedBackground AsianorAsianBritish Pakistani AsianorAsianBritishIndian AsianorAsianBritish Bangladeshi BlackorBlackBritish Caribbean 15. What other LGB magazine do you read? AnyotherAsianorAsian BritishBackground ISSUE 104 ISSUE 105 ISSUE 106 ISSUE 107 ISSUE 108 ISSUE 109 DESIGN & LOOK 16. Of the last 6 issues of ONW (above) which ones have you read? Issue104 Issue107 Noneofthem Issue105 Issue108 Issue106 Issue109 23. On a scale of 1 to 5 (1 being VERY reliable, 5 being NOT VERY reliable), how reliable do you find the following types of information in ONW? (Circle or cross the relevant score) News SexualHealth Wellbeing/Health Listings 1 1 1 1 2 2 2 2 3 3 3 3 4 4 4 4 5 5 5 5 17. Which of the above covers appeals to you MOST, and why? 24. Do you feel better informed after reading ONW? (Please tell us why) Yes 18. Which of the above covers appeals to you LEAST, and why? No 25. Has information in ONW ever influenced your behaviour? (For example, have you made an appointment for a sexual heath test? A cervical 19. Do you like the layout of ONW? (Please tell us why) Yes No screening test? Attended an LGF event? We're asking you this because we'd like to know the impact ONW may have.) Yes No CONTENT 20. Please rate the following 11 regular features in ONW in order of preference from 1 to 11 (1 for favourite, 11 for least favourite) EnoughIsEnough! News Gaydio FrankieSays VillagePeople THE FUTURE 26. What topics/features/people would you like to see ONW cover in future issues? 27. How would you like to receive ONW in the future? Outspoken(Interview) Women'sFeatures Men'sSexualHealth GeneralHealth/Wellbeing Listings Yes 21. Please tell us why you enjoy your first choice. No Sport 28. Would you recommend ONW to a friend? (Please tell us why) E-Reader(eg Kindle) Online Print MobileApp Tablet(eg iPad) 22. Please tell is why you don't enjoy your last choice 29. To be included in the prize draw for �100 shopping vouchers, tell us your name/preferred contact address/e-mail/number below. RETURN TO: ONW SURVEY, THE LESBIAN & GAY FOUNDATION, FREEPOST RSKS-KCZG-BAZB, NUMBER 5, RICHMOND STREET, MANCHESTER M1 3HF OUTSPOKEN ANDREA MURRAY ONW gets to the heart of the matter (and finds our what's in her fridge!) with Andrea Murray, Director of Policy at the Equality and Human Rights Commission. Which three items would you take to a desert island? Music, champagne and a big pile of books What do you do to relax? See above! Plus walking in the hills in the sunshine Which person, living or dead, do you most admire, and why? A feminist academic and activist on violence against women called Professor Liz Kelly � she combines a passionate commitment to the issues with a razor-sharp brain What do you owe your parents? A love of classical music and the West Highlands, and a morbid Scottish sense of humour, which sometimes gets me into trouble What is the most important lesson life has taught you? That the difficult things don't go away if you ignore or avoid them (and they get easier with practice) What keeps you awake at night? Running through my intray in my head � and the cats throwing up fur balls If you could be any character in fiction, who would you be? Maybe Dorothea from Middlemarch. Bookish, well-intentioned and sometimes wrong-headed. What's in your fridge? Champagne, soy milk and veggie sausages Who are your three ideal dinner guests, living or dead? People I'm curious about � so how about Michael Portillo, Dame Janet Baker and Lucy Mangan from the Guardian. Who knows how long the party would last though... What would your superpower be? Teleportation � the older I get, the more I hate airports What is your favourite word? Too many to choose from � how about sumptuous, languorous, decadent... What do you think is the greatest challenge facing women today? Getting stuck with all the childcare, and violence and abuse What's the best thing about being a woman? Being allowed to talk about your feelings Last book you read? A Place of Greater Safety by Hilary Mantel � you can ask me anything now about who slept with whom during the French Revolution Last film you watched? Last really good one was Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy � for those of us who grew up in the 70s, it was a reminder just how grey and beige everything was Last album you bought or downloaded? Wild Beasts What's your favourite TV show? Usually, University Challenge! At the moment, I'm addicted to Borgen, the Bridge, and Scott and Bailey, and am just recovering from the last episode of Homeland. Tell us a joke. My favourite line from Sandy Toksvig on the News Quiz when they were discussing welfare cuts for cancer sufferers: "That's just what this country has been crying out for, a government with the courage to say that the terminally ill should pull their weight!" ANDREA MURRAY Andrea Murray is Director of Policy at the Equality and Human Rights Commission. The EHRC has a statutory remit to promote and monitor human rights; and to protect, enforce and promote equality across the nine "protected" grounds, including sexual orientation. She has a longstanding commitment to promoting equality having previously worked at the Equal Opportunities Commission and for British Council in Nigeria and other countries worldwide. In her spare time she's a singer of classical music, enjoys hill walking and obscure BBC4 documentaries. 24 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk LB WOMEN SKINNY IDEAL for catwalk dressing rooms and boarding school dormitories. But the tyranny of the skinny ideal is incredibly pervasive, and although disordered eating and poor body image may disproportionately affect some social groups more than others, with heterosexual teenage girls faring particularly badly, none of us are immune. Western culture has always conflated ability to control food intake with moral strength. Dr. Kerry O'Brien's recent research confirms that our character and competence is often judged by our body shape. To challenge this is to challenge received wisdom that has bene handed down through the ages; the history of dieting is the history of self-control spiraling into self-flagellation. The burden of hundreds of years of a false ideal weigh very heavily on all of our shoulders and none of us, male or female, gay or straight, can easily cast it off." THE SAMANTHA WHYTE discovers that gay Women are just as vulnerable to the tyranny of the Skinny Ideal "I am typing this on a keyboard littered with Ryvita crumbs, stopping periodically to chug from an enormous bottle of mineral water. You may have guessed that, for the fifth or sixth time this year, I have resolved to lose some weight. There are good points and bad points to the process; on the one hand I can do more situps than I could in January, on the other the dietary restrictions mean that I sometimes find myself dreamily composing romantic odes to refined carbohydrates. Some consider this a surprising preoccupation for a gay woman. I am not subject to the oppressiveness of the male gaze like my straight counterparts. Nor have I ever felt compelled to engage in the kind of competitive starvation that I have seen tear through gay male friendship groups with a ferocity I'd hitherto assumed was reserved CERVICAL SCREENING AWARENESS WEEK 2012 10th-16th June Did you know that all women between the ages of 25 and 64 who have a cervix � including lesbian and bisexual woman � need to go for regular cervical screening? The test checks for abnormal cells and can help prevent cervical cancer. Don't take the risk! Call your GP now and make an appointment. Have you picked up the LGF's guide to cervical screening for lesbian and bisexual women? `Are You Ready For Your Screen Test?' tells you everything from when you should be invited for your test, to what to expect, to using your rights and how to make it the best possible experience. More information can be found at www.lgf.org.uk/ screening 25 www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 23 Samantha Whyte INFO If you'd like to talk about any aspect of your wellbeing, call the LGF on 0845 3 30 30 30, or e-mail email@example.com. For more information please visit www.lgf.org.uk or or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org BINGHAM THE BINGHAM BINGHAM THE THE CUP 20112 P 20 2 UP 2012 C CU Over 1,000 rugby players from across the world will be heading to Manchester from 1st � 3rd June to take part in The Bingham Cup, the 2012 gay rugby world cup. The competition will see clubs heading to Manchester's Broughton Park from cities as diverse as Sydney, Stockholm, Amsterdam and New York. TheBinghamCupbeganin2002andisnamed aftergayrugbyplayerMarkBinghamwhodied onUnitedAirlinesFlight93onSeptember11.You canreadmoreaboutMarkandhisheroisminthis specialfour-pagefeature.ONWisalsotremendously honouredtohavespokentoMark'smumAlice Hoagland.Alicewillbeheadingtothetournament inJune,andwe'resuretheplayers,andtheLGB communityinManchesterwillgiveheraverywarm welcome. BenCohen,MBE,EnglandrugbyWorldCup championandchairmanoftheBenCohenStandUp Foundation,said:"I'mpassionatethatanyone, regardlessoftheirbackground,shouldbeableto playrugby.Eventssuchasthistournamentshow howrugbyhasbecomemoreinclusiveanditalso helpsbreakdownbarriersandbringmorepeople intothesport." Thetournamentwillfeaturetopqualityrefereesled byNigelOwensandincludeanopeningceremony atManchester'stownhallandaclosingevent featuringManchester2012ambassadorandformer BritishandIrishLionscaptainGarethThomas. Itshouldbeaspectacularweekend,andspectator ticketsarestillavailable.Buyingaspectatorticket allowsyoutocomedownandseethegamesand costonly�6.00perdayforadults(under16'sare free).ThesecanbeboughtonthedayatBroughton Park.Athree-daysupporterpassisavailablefor�15. WekickoffourBinghamCupspecialtalkingto someoftheguyswhowillbetakingpartinthe tournament,someforthefirsttime. Interviews: Rachel Kirkman Matt has been playing for The Village Spartans for 12 years, and has taken par t in every Bingham Cup. What would you say to those considering getting involved in rugby as an inclusive sport? Rugbyisanawesomegame,andan d theSpartansinanamazingclub.Yo u won'tknowwhatyou'remissingout onuntilyougiveitago.Theclub hasplayersof20yearsandmore experienceaswellasguyswho've neverplayedbefore,soourtraining accommodatesallabilitylevels, sometimetrainingtogetherand sometimesthenewerguyssplitoff and workontheirbasicskills. How do you feel about Manchester hosting the Bingham Cup this year ? I'veplayedineveryBinghamCups o far.Manchester2012willbethesixt h, andI'moverthemmoonthatwewere abletobringittoManchester(and to beatSydneyinbiddingtohostit)!The cityisknowntheworldoverforits sportingexcellence,butMancheste r hasloadsmoretooffer,soIcan'twa it forallmyrugbyfriendsfromacross theglobetocomeandseewhyIlo ve Manchestersomuch.We'vealsobeen abletoorganisebrilliantvenuesfor the tournament,fromtheplayingvenu e atBroughtonParkRugbyClubtoth e OpeningCeremonyattheTownHa ll; totheGaydarAfterpartyatTheFac tory, soIcan'twaitforittostart.I'msureth e qualityofrugbywillbetopdrawerto o. What has been your highlight taki ng part in the Bingham Cup so far? TheSemiFinalinLondonin2004.We playedLondonontheirownpatch and itwasareally,reallyclosegame-one ofthehardestI'veplayed.Wewon6-3 andIscoredadropgoalthathelped us towinit. How will the Spartans be welcomi ng visitors to Manchester for the Cup ?! TheVillagewillbebuzzingallweek leadinguptothestartofplayon1 June.TheVBA,MarketingMancheste r andCouncilhavebeengreatinhelpin g toorganisetheeventandwillbe puttingupbannersaroundthecityto provideabigManchesterwelcomet o alltheplayersandsupporterstoo. MATT Y WHITELENS ARTA VILL AGE SP www.pitchero.com/ clubs/villagespartans For more information about about The Bingham Cup and to buy spectator tickets, visit www.binghamcup.com 26 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk THE BINGHAM CUP 2012 CHARLOTTE ROYALS RICHARD HARROP TANS VILL AGE SPAR Richard plays for Manchester's Village Spartans, and this will be his first ever Bingham Cup. Do you feel proud that your local city was chosen to host The Bingham Cup? AsaMancunianbornandbred,Iamhugely proudthatManchesterhasbeenchosentohost TheBinghamCup2012.Fromaclubperspective, it'stestamenttothehardworkanddedication shownbyclubmembersbothpastandpresent thatourcitywaschosen.Andasagayman,it ishugelyexcitingthatthethirdlargestrugby tournamentisbeingheldinManchester showingtherestofthecountry,andtheworld, howdiverseandacceptingthecityandtheUKis. This is your first Bingham Cup. What are you most looking forward to? IthinkI'mreallylookingforwardtonotonly representingmyteambutalsomycity.Butthe chancetoplayrugby,asportIlove,againstso manyinternationalteamsisbothdauntingand exciting.Playinginthetournamentinmyhome cityissomethingIwillnevergettodoagainin myplayingcareer. ALEX AGUILAR Alex Aguilar has been playing rugby for four years, and currently plays for The Charlotte Royals in North Carolina. Alex will be coming to Manchester for the first time to play in The Bingham Cup. Is this the first gay rugby tournament you've taken part in? Atthiscaliber?Yes!I'veplayedina coupleothergayrugbytournaments; DCRenegades'SpringFling2009and St.LouisCrusaders'SpringFever2012; butneverhaveIplayedatagayrugby tournamentatthismagnitude.30gayinclusiverugbyteamsfromaroundthe world...wowzers!There'ssaidtobe about1,000rugbyplayersattending thetournament.I'mtrulyhonoredtobe sharingthepitchwithsomanytalent ruggers. What do you think of the overall concept of the Bingham Cup? Ithinkitisbrilliant.NotonlydoIgetto competeagainstmybrothersworldwide,Igettohonorthemanwhosaved manylivesintheUSAandstarteda legacyforgayathletes.ThankyouMark Bingham! What made you decide to take part in this year's Bingham Cup? Ourteamdidheavyrecruiting, fundraising,andtrainingsowe'dhave theopportunitythisyearsincewe missedourchancetocompetetwo yearsagoinMinneapolis.Luckily,with thesupportofoursponsors,auxiliary members,andfanswewillhave theopportunitytocompeteatthe BinghamCupforthefirsttimeinour club'seightyearhistory. Do you know what to expect come June the 1st? Honestly,Idon't.Iguesstheonlything Icanexpectisformyteammates andItoplaythebestwecanandto representCharlotte,NC,USAatthe Cup.Ididreceiveadvicefromamate who'scompetedbefore.Hesaid,"Alex havefun!"Andthat'sdefinitelywhatI'm goingtodo! What are you looking forward to most? Someofusareactuallycomingearlier totakeinthesights.I'msurethatour hosts,theManchesterVillageSpartans, willhaveplentyforustodointhis beautifulcity.WhatI'mprobably lookingforwardtomostisdiggingmy bootsinEnglishsoilwherethesport wasborn. Do you have any other off-pitch activities planned? WellIknowmyfirstplanwillbetofind thispublicationatalocalnewsstand andpackmybagfulltotakebacktomy mother! www.charlotteroyals.org Photo: Steve Joyce www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 27 THE BINGHAM CUP "I cry every time I see an interview with Alice, because I empathize with her loss, but also I'm part of Mark's legacy. I remember reading about him playing rugby and seeing all the gay rugby clubs that just started popping up like crazy all over the US in the last 10 years; the Grizzlies are 6 years old, and they are part of that explosion in the gay rugby community that has happened largely because of Mark Bingham. I have gotten so much out of rugby; it has literally changed my life. It's a tremendous legacy to leave; not just his heroism on 9/11, but everythingm, and also the way Alice has carried on since. It's a testament to their shared strength, their motherson bond, and character." JOHN LEE NASHVILLE GRIZZLIES HERO of FLIGHT 93 THE MARK BINGHAM STORY OUTNORTHWEST talks to ALICE HOAGLAND, mother of Mark Bingham about her son's proud legacy, and The Bingham Cup coming to Manchester. John Lee, who is playing with the Nashville Grizzlies at The Bingham Cup in Manchester this year, is talking about the inspirational Alice Hoagland, mother of avid rugby player and 9/11 hero Mark Bingham. Mark was also a gay man but as Alice says he never defined himself by his sexuality. "Mark`cameout'at21andifI'mhonestI didn'ttakeitwell.Itwashard.Iwasn'tready forit.Ittookmetimetoacceptit.Looking backIwassadthatIwasnotfullyreceptive. NowItellpeopleproudlymysonwasagay man.Hetookhissexualityinhisstride,he didn'tbillboarditbuthedidn'thideit.He wasopen.Hedidn'tletitdefinehim.Itwas partofhispersonalitynotallofit" .Shetalks happilyabouthowMarksurroundedhimself withfriends;"Hewasfulloflifeandacatalyst forfun.Hewasalwaysanxiousthatothers werehavingagoodtimeandhelivedforhis friends.Hewaswonderfulandloving.He usedtolightuptheroom."Sheremembers hewasshygrowingupbut"grewfromthis skinnykidintoarobustandcommanding6'2 guy" .Partofthatchangewasduetohiswell documentedloveofrugby. "Markdiscoveredrugbyat15.Iremember himcominghomefromschooloneday, bruised,batteredandmuddywiththishuge grinonhisface.Hesaid`I'vediscoveredanew sport!'HecaptainedhisHighSchoolteam.I usedtoattendallhispractisesandgames.He usedtosay`Mom-rugbyismylife'" . Markcontinuedtoplayrugbyandhishigh schoolexperiencespavedthewayforhimto jointherugbyunionteamattheUniversity ofCalifornia,Berkleywherehehelpedthem winastringofnationalchampionships.After graduatingMarkwasamemberofgayrugby teamtheSanFranciscoFogandhelpedto formNewYork'sGothamKnights. Itwashisloveofrugbyandhisimpressive physiquethathelpedhimwhenitcameto thefatefuldayof11thSeptember2001� 9/11,whereMark,thenaged31,wasaboard TheUnitedAirlinesFlight93. Alicerecallshowshetookacallfromhim minutesafterthehijackershadtakenthe plane,"Hesaid`Mom,it'sMarkBingham'.He musthavebeenscaredtousehissurname. Hesaid`We'vebeenhijacked.Theyaresaying theyhaveabomb.IjustwantedtosayIlove youifIdon'tseeyouagain'" . 28 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk Interview: Sarah McNally THE BINGHAM CUP "Mark was full of life and a catalyst for fun. He was always anxious that others were having a good time and he lived for his friends. He was wonderful and loving. He used to light up the room" Earlierthatmorningterroristshadhijacked fourpassengerjets.Twowereflownintothe WorldTradeCentretowersinNewYorkand oneintothePentagoninVirginia.Thefourth plane,UnitedAirlinesFlight93,washeaded foratargetinWashingtonD.C.Nearly3,000 diedintheattacks.Alicelaterlistenedtothe `blackbox'tapesandlearnthowMarkanda smallgroupoffellowpassengersincluding oldhighschoolfriendToddBeamer,Judo championJeremyGlickandquarterback ThomasBurnetthaddecidedtotakethe plane.Theystormedthecockpitandinthe ensuingchaositcrashed,killingallthe44 peopleonboardincludingthe4terrorists. AlicetellsONW,"Icanimaginethisgroup ofbigsportyguysdeciding`rightlet's taketheplane'.Theymusthavelookedso intimidating.Onthetapesyoucanhearthem fighting,ittookalotofeffort.I'mproudthat theydiedontheirfeet.Competitivesports andathleticabilityreallymadeadifference forAmericaon9/11." "Markandhisfriendsmadeadifference. BecauseofthemWashingtondidnotperish inflamesthatday.Theysavedcountless lives.Togethertheyhavebecomesymbols ofgoodness,unityandtogetherness.9/11 taughtuswe'realloneinspiritdespitecolour, race,sexuality,ageandbeliefs.Whatmatters mostisweareboundbycommonhumanity." Now62,AliceisaretiredUnitedflight attendantandisaproponentofaviation safety.Shenolongerfliesandhasbeenvery vocalaboutairlinesecurity.After9/11Mark becameahero.NotonlyanAmericanhero, asymbolofhope,butagayhero,aniconof sorts,who`smashedthegaystereotype'and inspiredgaycommunitiesworldwide.Alice putsitsimply"hewasalwaysaherotous" . SincehisdeathMarkhasbeenhonouredin manyways.Thebi-annualgettogetherofgay rugbyclubswasnamedafterhimin2002, becoming`TheBinghamCup'. Thisyear'stournamentwillsee1,000players compete.AliceisproudofMark'slegacy; "I'msoproudthatthesegreatguys,these energetic,powerfulandidealisticrugby playersarecarryingonMark'stradition. That'sthewonderfulthingaboutrugby.The playersgoateachothersofierceandareso competitiveandfightsohardonthefield, butafterthegameeverybodygoestogeta pint."AttheJunetournament,tobeheldin Manchester,thefeature-lengthdocumentary film`WithYou'willbescreened,depicting MarkandAlice'sstoryoflove,lossand heroism.AftertheshowingAliceandex-Sale SharksrugbystarBenCohenwilltalkabout howtocombathomophobiainsport. Alicehasattendedeverysingletournament. Shesays"I'msotouchedthattheywantme tocome.It'salotoffun!"Shewillbecoming toManchesterinJuneandsays"I'mreally excitedasEnglandisthehomeofrugby.I've beentoLondonwhenthecupwashosted therein2004,butI'vealwayswantedtocome toaNortherncity."Shegoesontosaythe supportofManchester'sVillageSpartans, theNorthWest'sinclusiverugbyteam,has beengreat"Imetthembackin2010when theycametoMinnesota.Theyhavebeenso welcomingandhaveofferedtoshowme around" . ThepublicresponsetoMarkandAlice's storyhasbeenhuge."Ihadnoideawhatthe reactionwouldbe.Markhadsomanyfriends andinspiredsomanypeople.Thesupport fromeveryonehasbeenamazing,especially theLGBTcommunity.Sometimesthere'sthe occasionalhatemailbutwhat'simportantis whatIstandforandthepeoplewhoIstand withstandfor" . HowwouldtheonceshyMarkfeelabout beingahero?Alicelaughs"oneofhisfriends wasaskedthisandsaidMark'sreaction wouldbe`theyaretalkingaboutme?!'He wouldbecrowing!Helikedtheattention.He himselfruedthefacttherewerenotenough gayheroestolookupto" . AlicetellsONWherhopesforthefuture; "Iwantthedaytocomewherepeopleare acceptedforwhotheyareandsexuality isnotanissue.It'swellpastthetime wherethegaycommunitycanlovewho theylove,marrywhotheywantandbe whotheywanttobewithoutfearof persecution" . "IhopeMarkwouldbeproudofwhatI wasdoing" . www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 29 WELLBEING WELLBEING IN JUNE 2012, The Lesbian & Gay Foundation will be launching its first ever therapy group aimed at LGBT people who are aged 60 and over. The group is as a response to the significant lack of people over the age of 60 who access (or more to the point, don't access) our mental health and wellbeing services. So what makes people of this age appear to be almost invisible? LUCY ROLFE reports. 32 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk CUT IT OUT AND STICK IT ON YOUR FRIDGE! A pioneering study in 2011 by Stonewall, confirmed our fears; many older people feel unable to be open about their sexual orientation which means they don't secure the support they need. Withmanyofthe1millionLGBpeopleover 55inBritain,lackingconfidenceinthepublic services,fearingthatthey'reunabletomeet theirneeds,there'sagrowingpopulationof peoplewhoarebecomingmoreandmore vulnerable. Itprobablycomesasnosurprisethatolder LGBpeoplelivealone,aresingleandareless likelytohavesupportaroundthemfrom familymembersandchildren,leavingmany inconstantisolation. Naively,wemightassumethatsettingupa servicewhichaimstoreducethisisolationis thesolution,butit'smuchmorecomplicated thanthat�ifolderLGBpeopledon'thave faithinthepeopleorserviceswhoare supposedtobesupportingthem,whywould weexpectthemtochangetheirmindsnow? FormanyLGBpeople,comingouttoaGPor healthprofessionalisnotanoption,despite beingnearlytwiceaslikelytorelyonhealth andsocialcareservicesinlaterlife.Thismay bebecause3in5don'tfeelconfidentthat theseserviceswillmeettheirneeds,which maymeanthattheonlyoptionleftistocope alone,whichcouldleadtofurtherisolation andhealthproblemsworsening. AttheLesbian&GayFoundation,weare workingalongsideserviceprovidersand GPstoimprovethisbleakoutlookforLGB people,bymaking sure that these essential services are meeting the needs of everyone who needs them. Together with our range of mental health and wellbeing services, we hope that bit by bit, we can start to turn around this bleak outlook faced by many older people who really do deserve so much more. The group will provide a safe and supportive place where members can explore different areas of their lives, how they relate to others and hopefully build confidence and self esteem. We have already had a great response to this new service, which has led us to consider that maybe age-specific initiatives help to remove some of the barriers experienced by older people. If you're aged 60+ and would like to attend a group like this in the future, then please let us know. The LGFs current Befriending Service will also be taking much more of a focus on meeting the needs of older people and will start to include advocacy, practical support and eventually home visits. We aim to be able to support people longer-term and will be able to reach people from across Greater Manchester, focussing on areas where many people live in isolation. If you think you could benefit from this scheme, then please call our Helpline and tell us how we can help. Through our Pride in Practice initiative, we are working closely with GPs to help them to better meet the needs of their patients who are LGB. We're providing information, guidance and asking GP surgeries to display positive messages in their waiting areas and receptions, to encourage people to be more open with their GP about their sexual orientation, which will hopefully lead to better health care for thousands of people. If you're unsure about which service will best meet your needs, or if you have concerns about support; we're here if you need us through our helpline, 7 days a week 10am � 10pm on 0845 3 30 30 30. We can help to guide you through the options, whether it's for you, or someone you're supporting. older people in your community is one of the most rewarding things you've ever done. Let us know what we can do � if you have an idea, some feedback on LGFs services, or have seen something that works well to support older LGB people in your area, then get in touch. We may not always be able to set up every idea, but if your needs aren't being met, then it's important that we know about it so we can try our best to turn this around. Lucy Rolfe Wellbeing Co-ordinator Call: 0845 3 30 30 30 Email: email@example.com Contact The Lesbian & Gay Foundation on 0845 3 30 30 30. Pop in and see us or write to us at Number 5, Richmond Street, Manchester M1 3HF. You can e-mail us at firstname.lastname@example.org, and you can visit us online at www.lgf.org.uk Read the Stonewall `Lesbian, Gay & Bisexual People in Later Life' (2011) report at www.stonewall.org.uk SO WHAT CAN YOU DO? If you've had a positive experience of a health or social care service, whether it's visiting your GP, accessing a health service or coming to the LGF, let us know! We're really keen to know where people are doing some positive work so we can make sure that other people can benefit from it, all you need to do is get in touch with our Wellbeing co-ordinator (details below) and tell us about your experience. We're always looking for new volunteers who want to get involved in our Befriending Service, particularly if you live in Greater Manchester. We provide training, ongoing support and expenses and in return you may just find that giving something back to the SO WHAT ELSE ARE WE DOING? In June 2012, we will be launching our first ever 60+ therapy group which has been designed to provide support and social contact for older LGB&T people. We will be covering a different topic each week; from childhood, to gender and sexual orientation, to death and relationships. SCAN FOR MORE INFORMATION Any questions? Scan here to call the LGF right now. www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 33 GAY MEN'S HEALTH TALKING PICTURES Peter Boyle wonders if images of `sexy' men make us more engaged in gay and bisexual men's sexual health campaigns. Does a picture paint a thousand words, or in our case, does a photo of a `hot' guy send out the right message about our sexual health campaigns? This is one of the questions we have been asking men recently, to make sure that our messages are getting through in the best and clearest way possible. There was a time when all gay/bi men's sexual health information was accompanied by a sexy guy because that's all that gay men are into right... sex? I think that times have moved on, and today we have to be aware that what one person thinks of as `sexy' might be a turn off for another. No longer can we just stick up a picture of a hot body, and hope that as a result, HIV and sexually transmitted infection rates will immediately start to come down. There is also a concern that using the old `sex sells' idea might actually be sending out the wrong message, and actually sexing up HIV or STIs in ways that we don't intend to. 34 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk Photos: Paul Jones, Exposure PETER BOYLE SEx TALK "Times have moved on, and today we have to be aware that what one person thinks of as `sexy' might be a turn off for another." Also, we know from research that gay and bisexual men are more likely to suffer from body image issues, and things like anorexia and body dysmorphia are more common amongst our target group. We would therefore be adding to the gay body myths by adorning all of our campaigns with the next Mr Gay UK in an attempt to get other health messages across. This isn't to say that images in gay men's work don't have their place, often they can be used to liven up an article, or help to bring something to life. The LGF doesn't use professional models, and all of the guys in our publications are real men from our community. It isn't always easy to portray the rich diverseness of the gay and bisexual men out there, but we do know that our community is as diverse and varied as it gets. We always strive to make sure that we are doing the right thing; in a way that helps you to get the information that you want, in the way that you want it. If you would like to join in on the debate about imagery in our gay and bisexual men's work then drop us an email at email@example.com we'd love to hear from you. ARE WE `COCKING AND ARSING'? *@#*! Does frank sexual terminology make sexual health information more appropriate for gay and bi men or is it better to concentrate on the quality of the information? I don't want to start this month by talking sh*t, telling a cock and bull story, or not knowing my arse from my elbow... but, we have been talking to guys about the kind of language we use in sexual health campaigns, and materials. Do you prefer to be spoken to in a matter of fact sort of way, or do you think that the language should be more `clinical', a bit like the stuff that you can pick up in health centres or doctor's surgeries? It is not unusual for gay magazines, including health information magazines like this one, to talk of fucking, fisting and cumming. Put this alongside an NHS leaflet and the language would be more about having sex, mutual masturbation and ejaculation. It isn't hard to spot the difference. Which of these two styles work best for you? Are you more likely to be turned off by health promotion that is speaking in a very matter of fact sort of way? Maybe it isn't about choosing one or the other, but mixing the two styles together so that the information isn't being presented in an entirely clinical kind of way, but also so it doesn't end up being too inappropriate, or just plain off putting. We recognise that times do change, and that there is a whole world of information available to guys now that wouldn't have been so readily available in the past. The internet means that you can pretty much find anything you need in a matter of seconds, but you should also be careful when looking up information online, as some of it can be misleading, or even worse wrong! Also, looking up symptoms for STIs or HIV online can cause people to become very anxious and worried, usually for no good reason. The Lesbian & Gay Foundation are here to answer any and all questions you have around HIV, including concerns if you have, or think you have, put yourself at risk of an STI or HIV. If you have any questions or would like to let us know what you think about the use of language in health promotion, you can get in touch by emailing Sexualhealth@ lgf.org.uk we'd love to hear your opinion, as it is important that the material we are producing is done in the best possible way for you, our readers. Would you like to model for future LGF sexual health campaigns? Call Peter Boyle on 0845 3 30 30 30, or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. We needs guys of all shapes and sizes, so don't be shy! Peter Boyle is the Sexual Health Co-ordinator at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation www.lgf.org.uk OuTNORThWesT 35 GAY MEN'S HEALTH QUICKIE? LOOKING FOR ADVICE ON GREAT SAFER SEx, AND HOW TO GET IT? JOIN THE LGF ON YOU TUBE AS IT LAUNCHES A BRAND NEW WEB SERIES.. you get the best performance from your condoms and water-based lube. Take a look at the first episode. But be warned, this video contains exploding condoms! LGF Quickies will be available every two Fridays, so make sure that you check back for the latest episode every fortnight. We'll also be filming episode of LGF Quickies across the North West, so let us know if you want us to come to your town to film the next one! Also, Why not let us know what you'd like Peter to cover in future episodes? Do you have an itching, burning question about sex that you've always wanted to ask? Ever wondered what PEP is? How often should FANCY A Well from now, and every two weeks, you can! We want you to have fantastic safer sex. And all we ask is for two minutes of your time... `LGF Quickies' are short videos presented by Peter Boyle, Sexual Health Coordinator at The Lesbian & Gay Foundation. The aim is to give you important sexual health messages in a quick and entertaining way, and (hopefully!) for you to share them with your friends. In the first episode of LGF Quickies, Peter examines some of the reasons condoms might break, and what to do to ensure you go for a sexual health test? How do you tell your sexual partner that he's not doing what you want him to? Let Peter know what you'd like to see him cover. Drop him an e-mail at email@example.com SPREAD THE LOVE... BE A SAFER SEx AMBASSADOR! You can play your part in spreading the safer sex message too. We're looking for social media users like you to become Safer Sex Ambassadors. All we ask is that you share LGF Quickies on Facebook and Twitter with your friends! Perhaps you read LGB blogs online? Who do you think is influential online? Why not send them the link to the video and ask them to spread the safer sex message? 36 OuTNORThWesT Support the work of the LGF. Donate online today at www.lgf.org.uk FIND OUT WHERE YOU CAN GET TESTED BY VISITING www.lgf.org.uk/testing GAY MEN'S HEALTH JAKE ARTURIO BRADEN FATAL ATTRACTION Recently I have experienced some challenges in my life to test my own sense of well being and self esteem! And how I have taken on board messages about what it means to be an attractive gay man! (i.e. have muscles, beard and rampant sexual appetite!) Scan here for more info on LGF's testing services (including dates and times) I saw some changes in my body that alerted me to how much energy I had put into being a certain way in order to attract someone or gain approval from my gay male peers! This was of course "ego" based; now the ego isn't always our best friend! As its needs are based on not being good enough, approval and things outside itself to feel good! This can also be called self talk, it tends to be one TO DIAL THIS that makes comparisons about being not NUMBER NOW enough, too much, or not good enough. it can be challenging to resist the urge to comply. There is nothing wrong with physical improvement. The question is who are you doing this for, and why? What outcomes are you after? However, real approval for yourself really ought to come from yourself, taking into account your physical, mental, intellectual and spiritual wellbeing. So how can this be done? Awareness is the first step. When you are motivated to do something, look at where that's coming from, what voice is speaking? The one that says you aren't good enough or the one that encourages you to improve for you and no one else? You'll know because you are likely to feel something, quite likely the energy around the "ego" based one will be heavy. It's good to love yourself for all of you rather than the "attributes" that we have been socialised to believe are the important ones! It's also good to follow your heart its voice can be more subtle though and can take time to listen to it. A good tip here is to go into a quiet space (physically and emotionally) place your hand on heart and breath. This is also good for relaxing you and shutting that dam EGO up as well! SCAN FOR MORE INFORMATION SCAN The link you need is: www.youtube.com/ watch?v=WT2Sss_9tMo And remember, if you subscribe to the LGF's YouTube channel, you'll be informed as soon as a new LGF Quickie is available to view! You can subscribe here: www.youtube.com/ user/lgfonline?feature=mhee If you've got any questions about sexual health, call The Lesbian & Gay Foundation on 0845 3 30 30 30. Do you know your HIV status? Find out how you can get tested by visiting www.lgf.org.uk/testing I almost went into a space of self judgement, berating and belittling myself (ego based self judgements) about how I wasn't attractive enough! I have a good idea where these messages had come from! However it's not always good to focus too much on that. It's how I allowed to be influenced by this. There are all kind of "rules" out there about how as LGB people we need to be, in order to be accepted. Some of them come from our own communities. SCAN FOR MORE INFORMATION NUMBER NOW Messages can be very subtle sometimes and can be bright and deafening at other times! 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