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Welcome to this month’s 3SIXTY. This is my first edition as Senior Editor of the magazine, the UK’s leading free LGBT title, and I’m sure you’ll love what we have inside for you. We’re chatting to two of the world’s brightest gay filmmakers who’ve made some of the best gay-related movies of recent times; we catch up with drag diva, Gabbi; one of NYC’s hottest artists, Sylvia Tousun, opens the door to her glamorous life; and Katy Brand gets probed by Stephanie Starlet. As San Francisco Pride is celebrating its 40th anniversary, we discover what else ‘the world’s gay capital’ has to offer. Closer to home, we take a look at Blackpool - one of the most underrated towns in the Britain for the gay traveller. The season’s best new looks from France and a practical workout from a buff personal trainer will keep us looking our best, whilst advice from our two international personal development gurus will keep us on the right track on the inside. We’ve also got more invaluable LGBT legal advice; April’s celebrity psychic readings; a report on how Mercedes are upping their game; and we get the inside scoop on another reader’s home. Naturally, we’ll keep you a step ahead in the local scene pages…and this month we welcome our newest recruit, Miss Barbara Bush, who’ll bring us the goings on from the capital. And we have the latest on Queer As Talent, the nation’s biggest LGBT talent competition, as it prepares to launch into its second season. I’m sure you’ve heard by now about Constance McMillen, the American schoolgirl who was banned from prom for being a lesbian. We take at how, and why, this shy girl from Mississippi has taken on the might of the American Constitution to become our next major civil rights leader. It really is all change here at 3Sixty Towers. Don’t miss our new-look website, www.3sixtymagazine.com. Not only will you be able to see this month’s edition anywhere in the world, there are also exclusive online competitions, your local scene guide and the national Pride Diary. Plus there’s our continually updated news service to keep you informed of the biggest stories affecting the LGBT community. Enjoy!
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REFRESHING READ It’s really great to see such a variety of subjects covered in 3SIXTY – subjects that many other gay mags never touch, things like cars, sport and legal issues. It’s a refreshing change. Keep up the good work, guys. Richie Lucas, London BOOTCAMP Thanks for including the behind-the-scenes photos of Queer As Talent’s boot camp. Those guys worked so hard and it was lovely reading and seeing their preparations for the moment in the spot light. When is the next Queer As Talent starting? Beth McKinney, Brighton WHAT’S LOVE GOT TO DO WITH IT? Kit Wynkoop’s column about love really resonated with me. It is something we’re all looking for in one way or another and sometimes (especially perhaps in the gay world) we should all remember that is starts with ourselves first. We can’t give or receive love if we don’t love ourselves. Maria Giordano, London LEGAL CLARITY Thanks for the new legal section. Thank god there’s some clear, no nonsense advice for a change. Normally it’s either too full of jargon or really patronising, but last month’s column was informative and targeted at the LGBT market. Callum Ledbetter, Liverpool STRICTLY BEAUTIFUL How jealous am I of Stephanie Starlet??! I love Strictly’s Matthew Cutler – the best and most gorgeous of all the male professionals on the show - so I read, and re-read her interview with him. More of Matthew please! Steve F, Bristol
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GAY COUPLES WANTED FOR NEW TV SHOW
Channel 4 is looking for same sex couples to take part in a brand new wedding series, Wedding House. The programme is going to take the hassle out of getting hitched by opening a one-stop wedding shop for couples looking to get married. Unlike the average wedding, which now costs around £20k, couples at Wedding House will have all the stress and worry of the big day removed from their shoulders as a stylist, planner and team of experts use their creativity, resourcefulness and amazing skills to make their dreams come true. The finished series will air on Channel 4 later this year. Anyone interested in applying should e-mail email@example.com or call 0207 290 0661.
G-A-Y TO ABOLISH DOOR CHARGES
“As G-A-Y & Heaven gets closer to our target of £30,000 and as a ‘thank you’ to everyone for their support in my attempt to run the London Marathon, for one week (Sunday 25 April – Saturday 1 May), I will abolish all the door charges at G-A-Y Late & Heaven (inclusive of Popcorn, G-A-Y Porn Idol, G-A-Y Camp Attack & G-A-Y Saturday starring Sophie Ellis Bextor),”says Jeremy Joseph. No Flyers or no wrist bands will be needed, as there are no door charges, including Saturday 1 May, a bank holiday weekend, one of the busiest weekends of the year.
QUEER AS TALENT IS BACK
The ground-breaking, national talent competition, Queer As Talent, is hitting cities across the country for another explosive season. And 2010 promises to be even bigger. With huge media interest, major record labels vying for front-row seats and a new-look audition process taking place in venues around the UK, the search for the next gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender superstar is about to reach feverish new levels. Auditions start on 12 May in London before heading to other cities around England, Wales and Ireland. The Grand Finale, where the winner will perform in front of celebrity judges and a huge crowd to win £ 10,000, plus major recording opportunities, will take place in the capital in August. For more info or to register check out:www.queerastalent.com or call 0208 855 8006. 3SIXTY BITES
WORLD LANDMARK LEGAL RULING ALLOWS GAYS TO MARRY Same-sex partners have been married in Mexico for the first time. Five gay couples were officially married by the head of Mexico City’s registry department in the City Hall to cheers from family and friends. Mexico becomes the first country in South America to legalise gay marriages. It’s still only in the liberal capital that gay people are allowed to marry though; outside the city’s confines it is still outlawed. Clergymen and even the President have denounced the change in the law and said it’s a “threat to family life and values.”
NEWSPAPER SUBSCRIPTIONS FALL AFTER GAY KISS PHOTO The Washington Post newspaper says more than two dozen people cancelled their subscriptions over a photo of two men kissing that ran on the front page. The photo was taken last month, the first day same-sex couples could apply for marriage licenses in Washington. The paper’s ombudsman, Andrew Alexander, reports that 27 subscribers cancelled their subscriptions, specifically citing the photo. He wrote that while complaints usually subside quickly, in this case, complaints lasted about a week .
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Michael Black and John Morgan, who were turned away from a B & B in Berkshire for being gay, say they have been touched by the support they’ve received, following their complaint to the police. Speaking to the BBC, Black said: “It’s been touching that we’ve had offers from complete strangers, who don’t know us. It shows they feel strongly that what’s happened to us is wrong, and that’s terrific. What we want to achieve is for the owners of B&Bs to be aware that they are not above the law, and that there’s a law that bans discrimination.”
NEW CHILEAN PRESIDENT OFFERS NEW HOPE TO GAY COUPLES Billionaire airline magnate, Sebastian Pinera, has recently taken office as Chile’s new president. The conservative politician now faces the hard task of rebuilding the country after it was hit by a devastating earthquake. During his election campaign, Pinera said he would consider giving the same legal rights to same-sex couples should he become the country’s leader. However, he ruled out legalising marriage between homosexuals for the foreseeable future. ching for D TV IS Sear BROCKIEWOO ve, for it’s lo y ga r fo ing people look ng Show new TV Dati Home “ Take Me ama” M t e e M to y Lesbian, 18 and either Ga be over the age of Contestants must exual. fidence please Transgender or Bis nnaire held in con form and questio odtv.biz For an application mma@brockiewo ma eet tom me takemeho send a request to
MALAWI COUPLE STILL BEHIND BARS, AWAITING TRIAL
A gay couple in Malawi who are in prison for “gross indecency” –i.e being homosexual – have been told they will have to wait several more weeks for a full trial to take place. Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza, have already spent more than three months behind bars since their arrest in December for holding an engagement party. If convicted the couple could spend up to 14 years in prison. The trial is being viewed as an important test case for gay rights in the African country.
NEWS DUTCH SOLDIERS WANT TO SUE FORMER NATO COMMANDE A group of former Dutch soldiers, calling themselves the Pink Army, is to sue an American military general and former NATO commander who blames the Srebrenica massacre on homosexual soldiers from the Dutch army. John Sheeham said poor morale caused by having gay soldiers in the team contributed to the massacre which took place in 1995. Peter Schouten from the Pink Army said “Sheehan’s comment dishonours and cheapens the sacrifice that brave gay men and women have made in military service to the Netherlands. They are willing to make the ultimate sacrifice every day and this should not be smeared with such a lie.”
ANTI HOMOPHOBIA LAW IS GIVEN THE GREEN LIGHT Encouraging any form of homophobia or gay hatred is now a criminal act in England and Wales. A new law, which came into effect last month, now gives stirring up homophobia the same level of criminality as inciting religious or racial hatred. However, the laws against evoking racial slurs have only ever been used 20 times in three decades so critics have said it’s a ‘useless law.’ Several religious leaders have condemned the legislation. On the other hand, Stonewall’s Ben Summerskill said it will “go some way towards addressing hatred at a time when attacks are on the increase.”
FUNDAMENTALIST CHURCH GOERS VS FAMILY OF MILITARY WAR DEAD
The U.S Supreme Court is to decide whether constitutional free-speech rights protect anti-gay protestors from prosecution. The funeral for Marine Lance Corporal Matthew Snyder drew picketing by members of the fundamentalist Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas. Pastor Fred Phelps and other church members have protested at several funerals of U.S. military members killed in Iraq or Afghanistan, claiming God is punishing America for its tolerance of gays and lesbians. The high court has agreed to consider whether the protesters’ message and picketing was protected by the First Amendment of the Constitution.
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GAY COUPLE REFUSED MEMBERSHIP AT YMCA
A gay couple were refused the family rate of membership at the YMCA, being told: “The rate is only for a husband and wife who are legally married according to state law or those who file joint tax returns.” Mark Maxwell and his partner, Timothy Young, were turned down when they applied to join the YMCA of Northwest North Carolina, the only metropolitan YMCA in the state that doesn’t allow same-sex couples to get family memberships. The couple, who are preparing to adopt their third child, say they feel “disappointed by the YMCA” and that they hope the review, which is currently underway, will change the policy.
GAY MARRIAGE TO BE ANNULLED
A judge has ordered the marriage between two men in Buenos Aires to be cancelled. The marriage, only the second ever same-sex civil partnership in Argentina, has been annulled as it is considered to be a “violation of the Civil Code.” Judge Felix Igarzabal demands the couple, Damian Bernath, 39, and Jorge Salazar Capon, 43, must return the marriage certificate and the Family Book, something they are refusing to do until the matter is resolved in another court.
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Queeras HOME WELCOME TO OUR BIG WIG OF A HOME It was to my great pleasure, that I got invited to the High Barnet home of Dotty and Kevina, better known as The Big Wigs. The girls are fast-becoming some of the most of their lives. They told me that photographed celebrity hostesses on their mother and father (Beehive and Bob) had had hair salons the circuit. and that’s how their interest Originally, their As I walked up the pretty front garden developed. path, Tina, the girls’ maid, was at the mother wanted them to go into front door, already to greet me. She showbiz, but she quickly realised was a little scary to say the least, but that her daughters had no talent friendly enough, in a macabre sort of and needed to rely just on their good looks and glamour. The way. room is a minimalist affair with I was taken upstairs to Dotty’s just an over-sized fish tank by the bedroom, where the girls were having fireplace. But then with such big breakfast in a beautiful four poster hair, I guess you can’t have too bed, which they had picked up at a car many furnishings. boot and which had once belonged to Marie Antoinette. Dotty said she The next port of call was the also had a few of her jewels from the “hair-room” which was full-tosame sale. I thought it best not to bursting with those famous wigs. laugh, as she seemed convinced that I couldn’t get in the room for it was true. She offered me a cup of hair; literally every single space tea from her best china - also antique was taken up by a wig.The girls I was told. This had belonged to then dragged me down to the Queen Victoria (also purchased at a very pretty garden, where once boot sale). After Tina finished serving again Tina appeared – this time breakfast in bed I was led down to with homemade breads and ham sandwiches. Chatting in the the kitchen. sunshine, I commented how nice This was a lovely little kitchen with the lawn was. Kevina said she a pretty old-fashioned sink - just the was obsessed with keeping it cut sort of thing I would like in my house- to perfection. But when I looked and everything hidden behind doors, closer it was actually astro-turf. which saves seeing all the kitchen utensils and crockery. The farmhouse The last thing the girls wanted to table was a nice setting for Dotty to show me was their hot tub. And offer me some of her home made they invited me to join them in blueberry muffins, even though I it. Once in, they proceeded to noticed Kevina discreetly discarding show me their remarkably good impressions of Esther Williams, the supermarket packets. the 1940s swimming movie star. In the lounge, where a collection of wigs were on display on the window As I was leaving, the girls came ledge, I asked the girls, who are to the door to see me off. I had sisters (Dotty being the youngest by found the afternoon a hair-raising seconds), why hair such a big part experience and I was lacquered. By Wickedangel
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Cost Of Love : Special Screening The Cost of Love has been selected for two film festivals: The East End London Film Festival and The End Of The Pier International Film Festival. However, you can get to see it as at a special screening at Greenwich Picture House on Monday 26 April. The film tells the story of a gay sex addict who never faces up to the impact he has on other peoples lives. This fun and cathartic movie features the late Michael Joyce, and is a fitting tribute and legacy to one of South East London’s greatest lost treasures. Greenwich picture house 180 Greenwich High Road London, SE10 8NN
Victoria & Albert: Art & Love Ignore the twee title, it’s not as Mills & Boon as it sounds. This landmark exhibition is a trawl through the Royal Collection revealing the hidden tastes of Queen Victoria and her consort, Prince Albert. Victoria is exposed as having a liking for all things kitsch, whereas Albert seems to be more informed. The exhibition highlights the couple’s mutual love for each other - perhaps something rare in modern royal romances? Collecting art was a non-stop passion for the pair who bought, and commissioned, it as a way of expressing their love. Queen’s Gallery, Buckingham Palace, London, SW1
Jimmy Carr One of the UK’s biggest comedians is still touring the country to sell-out crowds. He’s also back on Channel 4 with his new series, A Comedy Roast. In this latest live tour, expect his usual hilarious blend of smooth cynicism, bum sex jokes and quite a large helping of un-PC stories. One liner by one liner, Carr will make you feel ashamed of the things you find yourself laughing at. Anyone easily offended should never think of going to one of his shows. April’s tour takes in Woking, Doncaster, Grimsby, Belfast, Derry and Dublin. See www.jimmycarr.com for details
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Leona Lewis It’s not that often that the UK produces a world-class superstar like Leona Lewis. And all of us X factor viewers had a hand in creating her globe-straddling success. Now, in her British tour, we’ll see for ourselves just what a rare talent she is. Performing her biggest hits like Bleeding Love, A Moment Like This, Happy, Run as well as her latest tracks, this show will be packed full of vocal gymnastics that made us fall in love with her from day one. Sheffield Arena, 28 May Liverpool Echo Arena, 31 May Nottingham Trent FM Arena, 2 June London The O2, 18 June
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Whitney may have had her share of problems, but the fact remains that she can still out-sing almost anyone. Yes, her voice has changed – it’s certainly got huskier – but she can still turn out an amazing show. Highlighting some of the best tracks from her amazing back catalogue, as well as performing tracks from her latest album, you’d be a fool not see go and see Ms Houston if you can. Manchester MEN Arena 9th April Glasgow SECC 11th April Birmingham LG Arena 13th April London 02 Arena 25-28th April
Simply one of the most influential and energetic acts of the last decade, you just know they’ll put on a show you will never forget. Don’t miss your chance to see them work you into a feel-good frenzy with songs like Let’s Get It Started, Where Is the Love, Boom Boom Pow and I Gotta Feelin’.
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They’ve won a whole load of awards (including three MOBOs) and now they’re ready to showcase their latest material which they’ve spent six months writing and producing. Gary Barlow, Wiley, Mr Hudson and Chipmunk are amongst the collaborators on their new tracks. They’re also promising fans that all their previous hits will be on the setlist. Hammersmith Apollo, London 17th April
James Originally formed in the Eighties, James went on to enjoy commercial success in the Nineties, most notably with their anthem Sit Down. Following the departure of their lead singer Tim Booth in 2001 the band pretty much laid dormant till re-forming in 2007. With mini albums The Night Before and The Morning After out soon, the Manchester band are on the road to air their latest material live. Friday 16th April - Royal Albert
MAY Pride 2010:
Blackpool Pride 15th-16th May Birmingham Pride 29th May
JUNE Pride 2010:
Pride Games 5th-13th June Pink Party Bristol 5th June York Pride 6th-13th June Torquay Pride 11th-13th June Oxford Pride 12th June Swansea Pride 26th June Worchester Pride 26th June
AUGUST Pride 2010:
Leeds Pride 1st August Brighton Pride 7th August Liverpool Pride 7th August Swindon Pride 14th August Bristol 16th-21st August Cambridge Pink Festival 21st August Doncaster 21st August Manchester 28th August Cornwall 28th August Gay Games viii- Cologne 31st August
JULY Pride 2010:
London Pride 4th July Bournemouth Pride 9th - 11th July Derby 10th July Euro Pride 17th July Reading Pride 18th July Belfast Pride 24th-31st July Thanet Pride 24th July Norwich Pride 25th July Hudderfield Pink Picnic 25th July Nottingham Pride 31st July
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BLACKPOOL PRIDE 2010â€™s Pride season kicks off in Blackpool. Since the townâ€™s first Pride back in 2006, the event has grown steadily in popularity. Now about to celebrate its fifth year, Europeâ€™s most popular seaside destination is promising to unveil its biggest and brightest Pride to date. Expect an array of major headline cabaret and chart acts (to be confirmed) on the Main Stage plus a spectacular carnival parade, which leaves St Chadâ€™s Headland and ends up at Cocker Square. A host of legendary gay venues all over town will be holding special events and Pride parties.
Blackpool Pride 15 May Blackpool Armed Forces Week 19-27 June Blackpool Air Show 8 August UDO World Street Dance Championships 27-29 August Ride the Lights 31 August
For more details about Blackpool, see our travel feature on page 18.
Blackpool Illuminations Switch On Weekend 3-5 September Blackpool Illuminations 3 September-7 November World Fireworks Championships 10, 11 & 12 September
Essential info Dates: Saturday 15 - Sunday 16 May 2010 Getting there: Blackpool North Station is right next to the gay village Website: www.prideblackpool.com
Blackpool Christmas Lights Switch On 13 November February Half-Term Festival 11-27 February 2011 featuring Showzam! 18-27 February 2011
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Birmingham Pride, the UKâ€™s biggest free 2 day, gay and lesbian event, attracts more than 70,000 revellers a year. This yearâ€™s theme is Equality Through The Decades. The main action takes place in and around Hurst Street - the cityâ€™s gay village. The carnival procession, one of the most colourful in the country, leaves Victoria Park at 2 p.m and this year has its highest profile route to date. The headline acts for the Main Stage are yet to be confirmed, although you can count on some major charts acts, X Factor contestants and some of clublandâ€™s mightiest divas. Elsewhere thereâ€™s the Cabaret & Comedy Marquee, funfair rides, dance arenas, the Village Green with a chill out and family area, plus about 15 of the areaâ€™s top gay bars and clubs. Essential info Dates: Saturday 29 â€“ Sunday 30 May 2010 Getting there: Birmingham New Street Station is about a 5 minute walk Website: www.birminghampride.com
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Blackpool DOES BLACKPOOL AND ITS EDWARDIAN BALLROOMS, CABARET BARS AND FAIRYLIGHTS DESERVE TO BE ‘BRITAIN’S NORTHERN GAY CAPITAL’ OR ITS TACKY REPUTATION? GEORGE PRIOR, REPORTS. Blackpool, in Lancashire, is the biggest and most popular seaside resort in Europe. And if it weren’t in the U.K, you can’t help but think it would receive the respect it richly deserves. Yet Blackpool, home of the Tower, the Golden Mile, the Pleasure Beach, the trams, the Winter Gardens, the trio of piers, and 5 miles of kaleidoscopic illuminations, still receives a certain amount of snobbery. Thankfully this is beginning to change and the slogans “the undisputed entertainment capital of Britain” and “the Northern Gay capital” are now getting through. For more than 200 years Blackpool’s main goal has to be to provide as much fun as possible to its visitors. All kinds of fun, for all kinds of visitors. A walk along the Prom (currently being revamped with an investment of £179 million) and you’ll see for yourself that this is a goal it has achieved. Amidst 3SIXTY TRAVEL
the sticks of rock, “kiss me quick” hats, inflatable dolphins and video arcades are some surprising gems. The Winter Gardens, a complex that houses Europe’s second largest opera house and the Empress Ballroom, cannot fail to impress with their intricate interiors and external designs that would easily rival the Baroque buildings of Paris or Bavaria. And if all that is a bit quaint for you, you’ll find Blackpool’s answer for the adrenalin-junkie right there on the Promenade : The Pleasure Beach theme park (www.blackpoolpleasurebeach.com). Owned by Blackpool’s famous Thompson family, it is the country’s most popular tourist attraction with over 6.5 million visitors a year. The ride everyone talks about, the Pepsi Max Big One, one of the world’s highest and fastest roller coasters, will have you quivering with antici-
pation and shrieking with delight. Nestled between these modern-day monsters are rides that date back to the turn of the last century. Yeah, I know how you feel…but they are all in perfectly safe condition! For a glance back into the grand old resort’s glorious past then a trip to the ballroom under the iconic tower is a must. It is also perhaps the gayest place in the country with it being the epi-centre of the U.K’s ballroom scene and, of course Angela Rippon’s Come Dancing. The imposing hand-painted murals on the ceiling, the extravagant cornicing and ostentatious balconies are the natural setting for poised, sequin-clad couples waltzing across the dance floor to the sounds of the Wurlitzer organ. You’ll want to stay there all day. But the Tower (www.theblackpooltower.co.uk) will be calling you away from the sprung dance floor
“the town’s nightlife is a buzzing melting pot for homos ”
19 storey building (www.pepesonline. co.uk); and then, of course, there’s Funny Girls (www.funnygirlsshowbar. co.uk). This world-famous drag and cabaret venue, housed in an art deco building 100 yards from the sea, is unquestionably a “must-do” offering a thoroughly unforgettable Las Vegas-with-a-twist experience. As you walk through the doors you, and thousands of up-for-it party people, will be shaking your thing along to DJ Zoe and a host of “leading ladies.” It is also, apparently, a favourite for politicians at Party Conferences. As a popular, hedonistic holiday destination for the last couple of centuries, as you’d expect, there are a wide variety of hotels, guest houses and B & B’s (it, of course, is where the infamous gay icon of a glamourous, battleaxe landlady originated). Taking care of the Pink Pound, there are several gay-orientated places to stay.
and up the 518 foot to its summit. Inspired by a trip to Paris’ Eiffel Tower in 1889, Mayor John Bickerstaffe’s creation offers breath-taking panoramic views of the town, the beach and, on clear days, across to the peaks of the Lake District and twinkling lights of Manchester. As one of the best examples of a British seaside resort, Blackpool wouldn’t be complete without that venerable institution: the pier. In fact, it boasts three along the Golden Mile, built between 1863 and 1893, all have different characters highlighting their part in the town’s story.
And who could forget the dazzling 5 miles of colourful, vibrant street illuminations which are switched on each Autumn? Locals say you should watch the sun set from the North Pier and then spin around to see the glittering light spectacular in all its glory. It’s not just the lights that are electrifying; the town’s nightlife is a buzzing melting pot for homos. The Flamingo is the area’s super-club. Spread out over several floors, the multi-million pound new premises is a clubbers’ paradise (www.flamingoonline.co.uk). Pepe’s is the town’s oldest gay pub, located in the basement of a three-
“it should really be famed for its incredible sense of fun...”
Chaps Hotel (www.chapshotel.co.uk) is the largest men-only hotel and is perfectly equipped, and located, for gay holidays and weekends away. It has recently been renovated and now boasts The Monroe Suite, a double en-suite with all the latest amenities. Another stalwart is Guyz Hotel, (www.guyzhotel.com) which has been serving Blackpool’s gay visitors for nearly a quarter of a century, making it one of the most popular and enduring gay-run businesses in the area. Blackpool is one of the world’s most popular tourist attractions, way above the Grand Canyon or the Eiffel Tower, and no longer deserves its tacky reputation. It may have the tower, the theme park, the clubs, you name it, but what it should really be famed for its incredible sense of fun, not taking itself too seriously and its genuine hospitality. And it’s all just up the M6. www.blackpool.com www.visitblackpool.com
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an Francisco is without doubt America’s most liberal city and possibly the most beautiful too, covering just 48 hilly square miles at the tip of a peninsula, at almost the half-way mark along California’s coastline.
AMERICA’S GAYEST CITY
Unsurprisingly, this forward-thinking city has a well-documented gay history. Gay culture is mainstream here, with complete integration in the city’s financial, political and social life. The heart of San Fran’s gay community is, of course, the legendary Castro area – arguably the most famous gay village on Earth. Once home to immigrant homesteaders, the Castro is now home to a vibrant community, bustling with boutiques and bars.
It’s got its fair share of world-class monuments but that’s not what San Francisco is all about. This city is of eccentrics, artists, thinkers and poets. It’s a city of protests, festivals and free love. It’s proud to be the opposite of In the 60s and 70s, activism took L.A; proud to be the slightly bizarre but hold of the queer population here loveable relative. and it forged a large political force which ended up changing the face As you arrive in San Francisco it seems of American politics forever. The asstrangely familiar. This may be besassination of Harvey Milk, the first cause it’s been the backdrop of films openly gay San Francisco Supervilike Dirty Harry, Bullitt, Mrs Doubtfire sor, in 1978 was a critical point in and Milk; sung about by Scott MackenCastro’s history. Milk’s death and the zie (Wear a Flower in your Hair); and impact of AIDS brought it together written about by the likes of gay superand made everyone militant. author Armistead Maupin (Tales of the City). Nowadays, the Castro’s rainbow 3SIXTY TRAVEL
identity is in itself a tourist attraction. For a complete cultural background, take in one of the organised tours around the ‘Stro, which are advertised all over the area. Tour or no tour, make sure you get a ticket to see a movie at the lavish art deco Castro Theater (429 Castro St.) Naturally, the Castro has the obligatory Starbucks (known as ‘Daddy Starbucks’ for the butch crowd that goes there) but the locals are more likely to head to The Castro Cheesery(427 Castro St.) for their caffeine boost or Spike’s Coffee & Teas(4117 19th St.), with its flirteous baristas. Diners like Orphan Andy’s(3991 17th St) and Welcome Home(464 Castro St.) are landmark eateries, having occupied the same premises for decades and probably offering the same ‘down home’ dishes that Harvey Milk would have eaten. If you want to escape the comfort food of the diners, head to the reasonably priced Côte Sud(4238 18th St.) which has all the quaintness of a home on the French
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for its plentiful hotels, department stores, boutiques and theatres. The Powell & Hyde cable car is the steepest, reaching a scary 21-degree gradient between Lombard and Chestnut streets. The oldest route, the California line, climbs Nob Hill clunking past the city’s poshest hotels and the mansions of the 19th century industrialists. The views across the city are worth the trip up. The area of Haight-Ashbury, two miles west of downtown San Francisco, is one of the most photographed. The eight blocks of Victorian buildings became the epi-centre of flower power cool in the 60s and retains a myriad of chilled-out cafés and second hand bookstores. And lots of beggars.
Riviera, with enough cool to suit its cosmopolitan location; or Sumi(4243 18th St.,) the 20 year old fusion restaurant that got a contemporary face lift a few years back. There are also a huge array of incredible Sushi, Thai, Mexican and Italian restaurants in the Castro. Who you are and who you like to look at, will decide where you go out in this part of town which is teaming with gay nightlife of every description. Surprisingly, there are no bars aimed at women in the Castro, so lesbians will find more female company at Harvey’s (500 Castro St.) than at Daddy’s (440 Castro St) which attracts a butch leatherclad crowd, or Detour (2348 Market St.) a loud, dark, cruisey industrial-style venue. The Pendulum (4146 18th St.) caters to gay African-American men; guys over 40 might head straight to the iconic Twin Peaks (410 Castro St.) With its gay heritage and its passion for a parade, the city’s Pride (www.
The waterfront district of Fisherman’s Wharf is a revamped old port and caters to the mass tourist market – much to the embarrassment of the locals who prefer things to be more ‘indie.’ What once was a lively fishing port is now an expensive collection of clichéd restaurants and bars. Howsfpride.org) is one of the most spec- ever, an hour’s boat cruise around the tacular in the world. And this year, is bay is excuse enough to go. Tours extra special as it celebrates its 40th leave from Piers 39 and 41. And you anniversary. The “Forty and Fabulous” should head west to the park to get themed event, taking place over the one of the best views of the Golden weekend 26-27 June, will feature more Gate Bridge. than 200 parade floats, 19 stages and venues and more than 300 exhibitors. Apart from that grand ol’ bridge, San San Francisco’s annual celebration cul- Francisco’s other major draw is Alcatminates with a festive parade from the raz. Over the last 150 years, this omiEmbarcadero to the Civic Center on the nous island (named after its pelican Sunday. This city-wide party is one of population), which is often shrouded the best-attended LGBT events in the in fog, has been a military prison and world – so book accommodation well in an imposing maximum-security jail. Ferries to the island and the tours advance. vary a lot in price so shop around and Most of San Francisco’s hotels are book at least a week in advance, esaround Union Square, the Wharf, the pecially for the nighttime visits. Financial District, Nob Hill and Downtown/Market Street. Thankfully, the city Famed for its earthquakes and its civil is small enough that you’re really able activism that shook the world; for its to stay anywhere and get to where you cool fog and hot nightlife; as well as its flower power ethos and for being need to be. the home of Google, San Francisco is In Union Square, the cable cars hover rightfully America’s, if not the world’s, above the crowds who head to the area gay capital. 3SIXTY TRAVEL
22 Maxwell Smith Our Cover Model Winner Congrtaulations goes to Max for winning last months “Vote for Your Fitness Cover Model”. Maxwell Smith’s began training as a genuine affair of the heart. “I started working out seriously about five years ago when I left school. I’d been into sport at school but I never really focused that much on my body. I’m very competitive so I love training and pushing myself, and training other people was always my ambition.” Max works full time as a personal Trainer at Fitness First (Brighton) and can be contacted on email@example.com
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In this month’s Personal Voices, we find out what makes two of the most-respected gay filmmakers tick. Britain’s Carl Medland and New Zealand’s Christopher Banks share what’s behind their inspiration and what they want to achieve from their latest films.
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Meet Carl Medland,
a gay London-based film director whose film The Cost of Love is currently on the international film festival circuit Since I was a child I have been passionate about films and plays and would often make my friends and family members get involved with my growing hobby. I’d hire cameras and start directing them in short films. But it wasn’t until I moved up to London (I grew up in Devon) that I was really able to fulfil this passion properly in a professional way. After getting my uni degree I set up my own theatre company and then moved across into film. About 50 percent of my time is spent creating corporate films but I really want to get more involved with feature films. I’ve done about 20 short films and won some awards - last year I got a Best Music Video award. Even though it’s great to be recognised in this way, I make films for the love of it, and to tell a story, not solely to win prizes. The Cost of Love is my first feature film. Everyone kept telling me I should make a full-length film, and with it being my first one, I thought it would be good to have the local community’s support, so I made a film located in, and based around, Greenwich. The people of the area have been fantastic, which has been very touching.
It’s an accurate portrayal
of gay life,
so there are parts full of drama & parts full of comedy The film’s story takes place in Greenwich where you delve into the characters’ past lives over four days. The main character is played by the very talented Christopher Kelham. You’ll also love Michael Joyce, whose alter ego, Estee Applauder, was one of the most recognisable and best-loved people on the scene. Tragically, Michael died in a car crash just months after we finished filming. He was a true professional and a great friend. Everyone involved in The Cost of Love was devastated by the news. It was heartbreaking. It was really important for me to make a film that properly captures what’s happening in Britain’s gay community today. There are quite a few American films, but not many from our own shores and I thought it’s vital we show what’s actually happening right here, especially with the increase in homophobic attacks recently. As it’s an accurate portrayal of gay life, needless to say, there are parts full of drama and also parts full of comedy!
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I partly financed the film myself, which many have described as ‘brave.’ I don’t really think it was brave as I really believed in the project from day one. Also, we had a great crew, actors who were pulling out all the stops, and we used good cameras and lighting. All of this gave me additional confidence that it was going to work.
PERSONAL VOICES Meet Christopher Banks, a gay
writer and director whose film, Teddy – A Story of Two Men and a Bear, is receiving international acclaim I was chatting with my producer and we thought we would like to make a series of short films that focused solely one emotion per film. I was suffering from depression and so regret seemed to come about naturally as the first emotion we should tackle. Teddy highlights the regret of having lost someone and the hope you can get back by trying to make amends…and of course, the despair because going back in time to fix problems is often very painful. The film’s about a guy called Tony, from London, who receives an invitation from his ex, Neil who left him to live in New Zealand several years ago, to join him over there for a holiday. Tony has never really been able to get over their relationship, or let go of the teddy bear they used to share, and so he flies to New Zealand to see Neil. The problem is, Neil has a new partner, Phil, and Teddy is part of their new home. Out of all the characters in the film, I probably most closely identify with Tony. He’s quite neurotic and he comes across as awkward a lot of the time. I felt like that a lot when I was growing up, although I do have more confidence nowadays, I think those anxiety issues that Tony has are never too far away from me. As a writer, it’s very rewarding seeing the work you created on a page, come to life with full characters and story, on film. I view the whole film-making process as an extension of the writing process. When it is all filmed, edited and put together it’s hard to imagine it was once all different bits and pieces that you’d created and tied-in together. Even after so many years working in the industry, as an independent filmmaker it is still quite hard to find financial backing, so I have financed Teddy myself and have also put my own money into the next project I’m working on too. I guess it shows I’m dedicated to what I’m working on. I hope one day it will become easier for us independent guys to get funding. We’ve taken the film to several film festivals including Toronto and San Francisco and I’ve been very pleased with how audiences have responded to Teddy. It’s always interesting to watch the reaction, and it has been positive across the board. Some people have said they were really moved by the story and this made me feel it was all worthwhile.
It’s very rewarding seeing the work you created on a page, come to life on film
PLAYLIST GOLDFRAPP | HEAD FIRST With each album having very much a flavour of their own, those shape changers Goldfrapp have yet to convert their critical success to commercial. Very much a band in search of an identity, Goldfrapp follow up on their breezy last album, Seventh Tree, with this more poppy affair. First single Rocket gives you a very good taster of what’s to follow. It’s an Eighties throwback and a huge grower. Perhaps this will be the one for breaking Goldfrapp to that elusive wider audience.
DAVID BYRNE & Fatboy Slim | HERE LIES LOVE Former Talking Heads front man David Byrne teams up with dance maestro Fatboy Slim for this double CD. A concept album chronicling the relationship between former First Lady of the Philippines, Imelda Marcos, and one particular life-long servant the album boasts guest vocals from the likes of Cyndi Lauper, Tori Amos and Florence Welch (of Florence and the Machine fame). Includes a DVD of music videos for songs featured on the album as well as a hundred page book.
RUFUS WAINWRIGHT | ALL DAYS ARE NIGHTS: SONGS FOR LULUU ‘Canadian-American Rufus Wainwright has built up a loyal fan base over his career, all of which will need no persuading to add this his sixth studio album to their music collections. Containing nine new songs, as well as versions of three of William Shakespeare’s sonnets, it is unlikely to convert those not already familiar to his music.
KATE NASH | MY BEST FRIEND IS YOU The follow-up to her platinum selling Made of Bricks album sees the London-born singer, under the production of a certain Bernard Butler, aiming to make sure that debut success was no one off. With first single Do Wah Doo whetting our appetites, Nash has thirteen other tracks lurking on this release. If you wonder where the title track is at upon listening, apparently it’s hidden, so don’t switch it off too soon.
SCREENBURN DVD | Queer AsTalent : Season One Finale After all the blood, sweat and tears, the QAT judges finally whittled all those talented kids down to 11, and put on a spectacular show, and here is the proof as captured by TV Polari. Hosted by Penny TV regular, Gabbi, and Graeme Austin, on this DVD you get access to behind the scene interviews, as well as all the dramas on stage. The show takes in every type of performance possibe from dance, to show tunes to pop and opera. One contestant manages to divide the judges, and one manages to get a standing ovation. Considering this was the QAT team’s first venture, it’s fantastic to see tall the the contestants hard work pay off, and only bodes well for season two starting in May.
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CINEMA | ALICE IN WONDERLAND 3D OK, now every review I have read has quoted this, but Wonderland truly is a fantasy-scape that seems written for Tim Burton. Once again, teaming with his now de-riguer actor of choice Johnny Depp, and returning to his original helm with Disney. This is not a retelling of Alice’s adventures, but a sequel to both the original Lewis Carrol “Alice” novels, and sees the heroine this time being proposed to by an English buffoon, only to fall into Wonderland, before finding her womanhood/slaying the Jaberwocky (a shamefully underused voice over from Christopher Lee). Giving Alice her goals give’s the movie a trajectory in which one can invest in a character arch normally absent from wonderland adaptions. Newcomer Mia Wasikowska is a blessing, but the older English character actors and voiced CG characters do manage to upstage her, with Johnny Depp’s schizophrenic Mad Hatter managing to steal the show altogether. Whilst it is pleasant to look at (yes, the 3D is visually stunning), it still feels like you have had a Big Mac. Very tasty, but somewhat not very filling.
CINEMA | SHUTTER ISLAND When a detective is called to Shutter Island to investigate the disappearance of an inmate at the resident loony bin, everyone seems to be hiding the truth from him as to her whereabouts. Clues and characters are there to keep you guessing, along with plot points involving Nazi torture, ghosts, a fortress building with dozens of psycho’s. Martin Scorsese’s fourth film with Leonardo DiCaprio, sees the director fully in his stride – developing his technique and riffing on past auteur motifs such as Hitchcock, Ford, and Kuber, to deliver a film that both unsettles and leaves the audience in suspense. Ben Kingsley gives a very naturalistic understated performance – that manages to unsettle and sooth, leaving you never sure as to whether he is a good doctor or bad. Whilst the much-hyped twist can almost be guessed, Scorsese still manages to pull the rug out from under your feet, and leave you wanting to go back and watch this film again.
DVD | NEWCASTLE With its stunning location, beautiful cinematography and hot boys, Newcastle is a colourful movie that will awaken all of your senses. Jesse is the town’s latest up and coming surfing star, who’s a big a hit with the girls, and Victor, his older brother, demands he compete and win at Newcastle’s annual surfing competition. Their younger, and perhaps more sensitive brother, Fergus, has a major crush on one of Jesse’s cool surfer mates. When the brothers and their friends go on a camping trip, unexpected problems force the young men to tackle life-changing and life-affirming decisions. The visually impressive backdrop of this Aussie surfers’ paradise; the fastpaced yet touching coming-of-age drama; and the summery soundtrack make for a film that will leave you longing for a holiday. Running time : 107 minutes Cert : 18 3SIXTY SCREEN BURN
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The long-awaited future of gay television is here. Brockiewood TV, which will be screened on the TV Polari network, is a brand new TV station aimed squarely at the LGBT audience. The content of the shows will be a dynamic mix of contemporary gay, and gay-friendly, lifestyles shows. Within the last two years, there’s been a huge upsurge in gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender-related media throughout the world, as the community grows in size and influence. The LGBT market is one of the most lucrative for advertisers as it has the one of the highest disposable income brackets. In the US alone, it’s estimated gay and lesbians have a buying power of more than 300 billion pounds per year. Up until the launch of Brockiewood, this increasingly important audience has not been adequately represented. Brockiewood is committed to provide a range of original, informative and entertaining programmes, with the highest possible editorial and production values, that connect with the LGBT viewer. Where as shows like Will & Grace and Queer Eye for the Straight Guy – which were also groundbreaking- were primarily made for straight audiences, Brockiewood’s shows will forge links with the LGBT population like never before. Programme controllers have already lined-up some of the best talent to host and produce shows. The scheduled programmes include Live in London, a lively magazine chat show featuring celebrity guests, travel, sport, interiors and legal matters; a cookery show with celebrated Aussie chef Tony; the Queer As Talent Shows – all the action from the UK’s biggest national talent competition for the LGBT community; a contemporary dating programme, Take Me Home To Mamma; an energetic music show; a psychic and medium forum; and a UKbased travel series. Not only all that, but Brockiewood will include the very best American dramas, including Brothers & Sisters.
This is not Evolution. Brockiewood is Revolution.
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HIV & News A Crazy Situation Robert Fieldhouse
In the past year, two major surveys of people living with HIV - one in the US and the other in the UK- have shown the same thing; people with HIV are not getting the mental health services they desperately need. The American Psychological Association teamed up with NAPWA (US National Association of People with AIDS), online resource aidsmeds. com and POZ magazine to poll just over 2,000 people with HIV in the USA. At around the same, Sigma Research www.sigmaresearch.org.uk, the UK’s leading research group on HIV, published findings from its 20072008 survey What do you Need? It captured the views and experiences of 1,777 people with HIV in England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland. In the US, the hope is that the results of the survey will seed educational programmes for people with HIV and healthcare providers, and will be used to convince the US congress that mental health services should be funded as part of HIV prevention and treatment services. There is absolute inequity across the UK to accessing HIV-related psychiatric and psychological support, lobbying to establish some minimum standard of care to ensure that the growing (and ageing) positive population in the UK have access to adequate mental health support is at an early stage.
The US picture In the US, only 4 percent of survey respondents said they had NOT experienced psychological symptoms such as depression or anxiety since being diagnosed HIV positive. Whilst three quarters of people experiencing mental health problems had told their HIV doc, only 2 out of 3 had been referred to a mental health specialist. A startling 89 percent of US respondents said they had experienced some degree of depression since their HIV diagnosis. Seventy-eight percent reported having felt anxious, afraid or consistently worried about the future, and 65 percent reported problems with thinking and memory. Sixty-seven percent said they’d had trouble coping with their HIV diagnosis. Thirty two percent said they’d felt unsafe in their homes or relationships. Six percent of people felt too embarrassed to tell their health care provider, and another 6 percent feared being judged. Of the 1,500 people who were bold enough to raise the issue with their health care provider, nearly 28 percent were not referred to a mental health specialist. Unfortunately, of those who saw a professional for their problems, 30 percent said they were not satisfied with the care they received. Of those who weren’t satisfied, many said their mental health care provider had no experience dealing with HIV or did not understand their situation. The UK picture Of the 1,777 HIV positive respondents in the What do you Need survey, seven out of ten reported
having problems in the past year with anxiety and depression, self-esteem and self-confidence, sex and sleeping. Counselling or psychology services had been used by just 44% of the respondents to the UK survey with anxiety or depression who had received any help. A little over one third reported using the HIV clinic to deal with these issues. Friends were the main source of support for 40 percent of respondents. By contrast, only one third of respondents who reported mental health problems had spoken to their GP about it. The survey showed that over half the people who had experienced problems with self confidence, anxiety and depression had not received any help at all. What’s more, three-quarters of those having problems with sex, or alcohol and drugs received no help. Sex Thirty-eight percent of UK r espondents with a current regular partner were unhappy about their relationship, with 40% having experienced problems in the last year. Alcohol and or drugs Twenty seven percent of all respondents had experienced problems with alcohol and/or drugs in the past year. Nineteen percent of all respondents reported problems with alcohol and/ or other drugs in the past 12 months and had not received any help to address these problems. For 40 percent drug and alcohol problems had worsened in the past
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HIV & News year. Overall three quarters of people with alcohol and or drug problems had not received any help. Depression and anxiety Seventy two percent of all respondents reported problems with anxiety or depression in the past year. Two thirds had received help with these problems but one third had not. Overall 23 percent of respondents had experienced problems with anxiety and depression and had not had any help to address them. People had ideas about the kinds of support they needed to combat anxiety and depression. These included access to free counselling and psychotherapy, Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, life coaching, couples counselling, debt management counselling and community psychiatric nurses. Many respondents wanted healthcare professionals to be more sensitive to complaints about the side effects of certain drugs. Some requested easier access to antidepressants and complementary therapies such as hypnotherapy and meditation. Moving forward Taken together, these surveys clearly show high levels of need for a range of mental health support services among people with HIV. As people living with HIV we should, as much as possible to be in control of our own healthcare. We should not solely rely on our doctors raising the issue of our mental well -being as many will not do it. Seek advice from your local support group about getting the most from your clinic appointments. Jonathan, a BASELINE reader told us, “I’ve been living with depression on and off for years but have never said anything to my consultant because the 10 minutes I get just
twice a year just isn’t long enough for me to discuss my personal problems.” Veronica Oakeshott, Policy Advisor to the UK All Party Parliamentary Group on AIDS, told Baseline, ““The APPG is aware of the importance of good mental health for people living with HIV. We are collaborating with organisations such as NAT who are studying what can be done to i mprove access to quality services. We stand ready to press for sensible solutions, backed by the personal experience of people living with HIV.” Roy Brazington, a specialist HIV and mental health nurse at the Maudsley Hospital in London told BASELINE; “currently we are seeing clients with a number of different problems that include depression, anxiety, adjustment problems, substance misuse issues and an increasing number with severe and enduring mental health problems. We also see a significant number of people who are socially excluded primarily due to their immigration status and who present low in mood.” Flick Thorley, an HIV and mental health specialist nurse at the Chelsea and Westminster Hospital is not surprised by the low proportion of people in the UK reporting having seeked help from their GP; “People living with HIV who experience mental health problems will frequently not feel safe to talk to their GP or the GP won’t have time. People with HIV do not meet the criteria for input from community mental health teams as they do not conform to the ‘Severe and Enduring’ spectrum of mental illness such as Schizophrenia and Bipolar Affective Disorders.” So what makes HIV specific mental health services so vital? Thorley tells us “As part of Liaison Psychiatry they are not bound by postcoded healthcare as most of psychiatry is.”
Brazington tells us, “the nursing staff within the team at the Maudsley is in a unique position in that we can be very flexible in where we see clients such as their treatment centre, at their GP practice, or in their home. This flexible approach to care ensures that we are better able to meet the clients needs.” So why is it so important that people living with HIV get specialist advice? Thorley explains “Health professionals providing psychological and psychiatric care for people experiencing HIV-related mental health difficulties need a good understanding of HIV disease and disease progression including a thorough knowledge of opportunistic infections and CNS (central nervous system) side effects,” Thorley adds “They also need to understand the potential complex drug interactions between HAART and psychotropic medicine and keep up-to-date with the frequent changes in HIV treatment.” Thorley believes there should be a minimum standard of care for positive people with mental health problems and there should be easily accessible, approachable, educated and understanding mental health services available for everybody. “HIV clinic nurses are good people to approach as a starting point if anyone has concerns about their mental health.” The last word to Brazington, “HIV treatment may have improved the lives of people living with HIV in a number of ways however mental health problems remain as people are living longer and meeting different challenges in their lives. Unfortunately, the stigma of the illness has not gone away.” This article first appeared in Baseline Magazine. Baseline covers HIV, sexual health and hepatitis and is available free from UK HIV clinics and over 50 community groups. “3SIXTY thanks the orginal author and publishers for allowing us to share these important findings from the international research.” If you are living with HIV and would like to receive a free e-copy e-mail editor4baseline@hotmail. co.uk
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SYLVIA TOSUN Lord of the Flying… I have been preparing for our record label event for the Winter Music Conference in Miami to painstaking detail lately. In fact, trying to manage such a thing from NYC when the party is in Miami has been a daunting experience, so I decided to book a quick flight last weekend just to suss things out. Well, I almost didn’t make it down there alive! We were on the runway taking off, already starting to catch the air when, all of a sudden, we slammed back down onto the runway! The plane’s nose ring fell off! In a mad panic, the passengers became like the kids in “Lord of The Flies”, jumping from their seats while yelling at the Captain and crew members… I’m not one to panic in these type of situations, so I was alarmingly calm, so much so, that the lady next to me put her baby in my lap while she scrambled to the front of the plane to join the chaos! I just sat in my seat with an unknown newborn while the mechanics proceeded to put tape around a hole in the ceiling to make sure we were good to go again. A couple of hours
later, I was on my way to sunny Florida… no big deal! I’ve been in worse situations! Why the general public goes, so often, out of their minds, I will never know… hand me the conch!
Above All… While in Miami, I got to mix down my new, upcoming song, Above All, with four-time Grammy Awardwinning mixing engineer, Tom Lord-Alge (who also happens to be the host of my Miami event coming up). To have such a master working his magic on my song is such a blessing, especially since he’s done so for so many amazing artists such as Coldplay,
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port our dear friend and video DJ, Ron Slomowitz. U2,Pink, and Genesis to name a few. I’m so excited about this one; fingers crossed, we’ll be ready to share this with the world by summer time.
Making a splash... A bunch of us went out to one of my favorite watering holes, Splash Bar, recently. We were there to sup-
It was downstairs in the dark, mysterious club with all kinds of naughty excitement to regale us with - such as muscle and scantily clad boys dancing on the bar et al; Lady Bunny, NYC’s most popular drag queen was also there in all her glory and acting as mistress of ceremonies for the evening. We saw all kinds of music videos while sipping our aqua vitae - new and old - we were showered with fun at Splash…
If the shoe fits.. The party preparation is not the only daunting task in my life. The “what to wear” saga is the most stressful, indeed, of all the ‘to do’ lists. Phillipe Blond and I stopped by to see our dear friend, Peter Nicholas, at the flagship Christian Louboutin shoe boutique on Horatio Street downtown NYC and had a look see of what had just arrived. We were greeted by a lovely glass of champagne and surrounded by beautiful people who were bustling around
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photo by Zomnia this petite and elegant corner store of studded, sparkled, skinned stilettos which were portrayed as delectable delights on tiny pedestals… Phillipe and Peter collectively insisted I adorn my feet to extraordinary measures and voila! A choice was made as to what to wear to the party; we downed the last sip and off we went! Check out the brand new video for Noferini & Marini ft Sylvia Tosun, Push n Pull here: www.SeaToSun. com Until next month… 3SIXTY OUT AND ABOUT IN NYC
This month, TV show host, DJ, International Woman of Mystery and Stunning Council Drag Hag talks Simon Cowell, foam parties, bingo and Queer As Talent with Tony V.
How long have you been working with TV Polari? I have been with TV Polari from the start, like a sparkling new light in the entertainment world. In one big poof, Gabbi materialised and the rest is history!
When did Gabbi come to life? You there! Please believe me, Gabbi did not “come to life,” she arose like a phoenix from the debris of my ruined life and is now a pulsating, throbbing presenter.
Has she done any overseas work? Gabbi’s travelled and appeared in Europe, the USA and OZ now… so she gets about, the dirty bitch!
What inspired you to become Gabbi? After losing my business I had to pick myself up and create a new, fun person to take my life forward.
If you could interview one celebrity who would it be? Oh it’s got to be Lady Gaga as I’m so sure she’s my twin.
What was the first gig you did and how did it go? It was in Charles Street in Brighton as drag DJ Gabbi and she became an overnight success! I knew she was on to a winner when the twinks where molesting her (if only). What has been Gabbi’s most fun gig? For the DJ side of Gabbi, the foam and themed parties at universities are always fun and Bona Bingo at Legends; and for TV host Gabbi, holiday programmes across the globe. Oh yeah… and chuffing on Hampstead Heath. What are some of the mainstream TV shows you have worked on? Well sadly this year, I had to turn down being the new judge on X-Factor as Simon’s new fiancée would be so jealous of the incredible chemistry between us! But I had 2 great years of causing chaos with the crowds and auditionees on X-Factor and Britain’s Got Talent. I have also been on live shows like Big Brother’s Big Mouth and the lunch time show, Loose Women. Now I hope to set off to be Katie Price’s new stunt double in her new series, What Katie Did Next. Who do you prefer: Gabbi the DJ or Gabbi the TV Host? The TV host as it enables Gabbi to interact with her fans and fannies across the nation. Does she get involved with any Pride events around the country? Yes, Bournemouth Pride, where Gabbi arrived in spectacular fashion in her helicopter to the delight of the awaiting crowds. Also Gabbi, as expected, played a blinder at Brighton Pride even though the day became wet and moist. So no change there then.
“ Lady Gaga...
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she’s my twin.”
You worked on the Grand Final of Queer As Talent. How much fun was that? It was endless fun and frolics both on stage and behind the scenes. And the talent was amazing. So QAT Season Two is coming up. Will you be involved with that? Absolutely. It’s a ‘must’ as I’ve got to find out all about the sweat, the tears, the gossip…and the sex, of course…Or is that a different show? Well, it’s all good to me. Do you do any of your own TV and film producing? In the past I’ve been editing, directing, producing, chuffing… you name it and I’ve probably done it for one of the crazy shows over the years. Of course, this doesn’t include the work on my adult collection - which is on the KY label. So does Gabbi have anyone special in her life? No, I’m so upset, there’s no-one that wants her! So if you are gorgeous, slim, smooth, hot, supple and have a great arse, then come find her now! What would Gabbi like to do next? Probably more TV work, perhaps music programmes on E4 or MTV, or host a game show like Celebrity Squares. I like to have fun with the stars.
3SIXTY UP CLOSE & PERSONAL
ercedes criticism appeared to engineering quality.
has come in for in recent years for what be a serious slide in integrity and build
A RETURN TO FORM
The interior is the largest in the class and can seat 5 adults in comfort. The dash is far from inspirational but is a model of clarity. Equipment levels are reasonable but ÂŁ34,430 is the base price and once you start adding options the price can easily climb to ÂŁ40,000 plus. The previous generation E Class was an attractive car but I am not at all convinced about the styling with this latest incarnation. There are too many angles and creases and it just looks fussy and over done. Park it next to a Jaguar XF and it already looks dated. That would be fine if it was a taxi on the streets of Stuttgart, but less acceptable as an executive saloon.
The previous generation E Class was re-engineered half way through its life with many components replaced in an attempt to cure reliability issues. The new E Class was designed from the outset to restore Mercedes reputation as a maker of superbly engineered motor vehicles. The car would appear to be extremely well built with the use of good quality materials. To be fair to Mercedes, they have produced a fine car that does what a Mercedes should. It will transport To drive the car feels typically Mercedes, which means you and your passengers very comfortably over long a superb ride with secure handling and excellent refine- distances. When you drive the car it feels like a qualment especially at cruising speeds. It features a 3 litre ity product and you can imagine it will keep going for V6 diesel engine which is smooth and punchy. Economy years and be capable of very high mileages. That will could be better as you are unlikely to return much more be enough for many people to sign on the dotted line, than 35mpg in real world driving. The seven speed au- so in that sense it is a return to form for Mercedes. tomatic gearbox however compliments the engine well. Our motoring correspondent has donated his fee to the charity, Broken Rainbow, this month. Please visit www.broken-rainbow.org.uk 3SIXTY motors
ALFA ROMEO MiTo Y
ou may be surprised to learn Alfa Romeo’s future is far from certain. Despite a raft of new models in the last few years which have been well built and very stylish, we are still not buying the cars in sufficient quantities to make the business profitable and sustainable in the medium term to long term. Alfa is part of the giant FIAT Group and is now under notice that its volumes and profitability must improve quickly after years of under-performance or it has no future. To anybody who loves cars the idea of a world without Alfa would be a travesty. The Italian margue epitomises passion, style and performance. Alfa’s latest entry to the market is the MiTo. Alfa has not had a small car on the market since the Alfasud derived 33 which died 16 years ago. The name is derived from the cities of Milano and Torino (Mi To) and the
car has been on sale since the latter part of 2008. It is based on the FIAT Grande Punto platform but there are no visual similarities apart from the size, and the rear suspension is all Alfa’s work. It embodies Alfa’s latest styling direction, taking cues from the stunning 8C Competizione supercar such as the drooping grill and circular rear lights. It definitely looks the part and is certainly more special than your run of the mill small hatch. The market for premium small cars was started by the new Mini and all manufacturers now want a piece of the action, given its success. The key to this success is to produce a designer product with a price to match. So there was much anticipation at the MiTos launch as everybody was expecting something special just as the Alfasud was back in the 1970s. To a large extent the car delivered with its good looks, and it handled
and performed pretty well. It did appear however that Alfa’s development engineers had run out of time as the ride quality was at best poor, and the steering was vague. The car was simply not up to Mini standards to drive. The car certainly employed plenty of electronic trickery to try and make it fun to drive. The centre piece is a system called “DNA” which basically gives you three settings for the major controls including the steering and throttle. That is only the start and I will refrain from boring you with the detail. Suffice to say some manufacturers rely on these multiple electronic settings to camouflage basic inadequacies in the design. In this case the driving experience was not quite what it should have been. Stung by criticism Alfa has worked hard and now updated the car. Top of the list is a new range of “Multi-air”
“An Alfa Romeo is
engines. There is genuine advancement in engine technology here. Basically it amounts to electro-hydraulic operation of the inlet valves allowing a much broader spread of torque and better performance, economy and emissions. It really does work and these are superb engines. Alfa has taken the chance to revise the chassis and this has largely addressed the previous criticism levelled at the car. The interior remains the same and is a little cramped in the rear but is stylish and feels well screwed together.
Prices start from £11,945 for the 1.4 Junior and rise to £17,895 for the 170Ps Multi-air Cloverleaf. There is a large range of trim options available and some nice alloy wheel designs to choose from. The thing is with every Alfa Romeo, you already know you want one when you see it, however it drives. Saying you drive an Alfa Romeo is saying you understand that a car doesn’t have to be a rational purchase. An Alfa Romeo is emotion on wheels. You drive a Mini and people think you view cars as an appliance that transports you around. It’s a pas-
sive purchase. It’s the default choice. The problem for Alfa is that its potential customers are nervous about spending £15,000 on an Italian car that might be worth very little after a couple of years and might not be as reliable as it ought to be. But fear not. Things have improved dramatically at Alfa and it’s a fair bet that if you let your heart rule your head you might just have made the rational choice as well. Whatever the outcome, you will never be thinking to yourself “I could have bought the Alfa instead.” You will fall for this car completely. Let the love affair begin.
Imogen Redcroft This month, our counsellor, Imogen Redcroft, tackles the difficult issue of teenage homophobic bullying for a reader from Bristol. Dear Imogen This year I’m going to take my GCSEs and I’m trying to work really hard to get good grades. The thing is, earlier this year I came out as being gay to some people in my year and response hasn’t exactly been positive. There’s been no physical violence or anything, just lots of name calling and getting ignored – I’m not sure which is worse. I thought I would be able to cope with it but it’s really getting me down and it’s beginning to affect my school work as I can’t concentrate. The teachers said they would help but don’t seem able to do anything as it’s not physical and I have little proof of the verbal insults and general hostility. Have you got any advice of how I can get through these next couple of months at school? Darren, Bristol Dear Darren It’s great that you are focused on getting good grades in your GCSEs as it will help you get a good career and also on to higher education. Coming out is a very positive thing and shows you have confidence in your own sexual identity. However, despite all the laws on equality, there are many people who feel threatened by, and are very prejudiced towards gay people. Most 3SIXTY SOCIAL ISSUES
likely they also would bully someone who is overweight, shy, or different to themselves. Bullies have serious personal issues. You might be able to find a teacher you can trust and who will support you. Most schools have an anti-bullying policy and you are clearly being bullied; name-calling is a clear form of harassment and the school should support you. You need to find a teacher you can communicate with; talk to the deputy principal or school counsellor if you feel you can trust them. You are personally strong in that you came out when you wanted to. Do your parents support you in this, or do they even know? Have you talked to them about it?
“Coming out ... shows you have confidence in your own sexual identity.” In getting through the next few months, remember that these bullies get their kicks from trying to upset you, and they are clever enough not to be seen by any teacher when they are bullying you. So this is where you use that same strength you found when you decided to come out. You can decide they are weak and not of any importance and simply ignore them. The less effect they see on you might make them bully you less. You can also decide to report their behavior every time they bully you and make the school record the bullying. This will put pressure on the school Heads to do something about it. During all of this you will need to try to relax. This can sound hard but remember that you get stronger each time the bullying has little effect on you. Any friends you have you may need to rely on them a bit for support.
Above all, remember they have personal problems with gay people, it is their problem not yours. Throughout life one has to deal at times with nasty people, it is normal unfortunately. You may need to talk to someone outside of the school, your family or friends, and there is free confidential help available at the Counselling Support Network on www.counselling-directory.org.uk and you may find this useful. Good luck with your GCSEs! Disclaimer; information and advice given in this 3SIXTTY column is for educational purposes only and is not a substitute for medical or mental health advice or treatment for specific medical or psychological conditions. You should seek prompt medical or mental health care for any specific health or mental health issues, and consult your doctor. Use of this column is at your own risk and neither 3SIXTY or Imogen Redcroft can be held responsible for the uses to which this advice orinformation is put to. If you have any problems or issues that you would like Imogen to address, please email : firstname.lastname@example.org
SOCIAL ISSUES Kit Wynkoop The possibilities in our lives evolve to the degree that our beliefs evolve.There was a time when space travel was considered to be fantasy. The world was once believed to be flat. The Earth was acknowledged as the centre of our galaxy. At any point in time, the world finds itself adhering to the beliefs espoused by its authority figures. Evolution comes when someone pops their head up out of the herd and finds that life is different than what is popularly believed.
around us. In short, they are supporting what nature-based belief systems have been saying for centuries: that our thoughts, feelings and beliefs manifest things into our physical lives. Now everyone’s talking about it. We’ve seen or read The Secret or What the Bleep Do We Know? All the world’s avatars have told us it’s within our power and ability to do. Popular spiritual and scientific gurus now say it is how everything works. So why can’t we stick with the Law of Attraction/Conscious Creation/Power of Positive Thinking? It’s because we haven’t treated it like a new behavior.
Just like we’ve learned to travel through space; discovered the world is a sphere; and proven the Sun is the center of our galaxy; evolved scientists are, today, popping their heads up out of the herd and finding the possibilities in life are far greater than popular authority figures in traditional science, religion, politics, business and the media would lead us to believe.
Wanting to effectively incorporate Conscious Creation into our lives is similar to wanting to be a professional weight lifter. We can’t just lift a few big weights for a week or two and expect to have a beautiful, cut body that’s going to win trophies or gain lots of attention.
“Yes, yes, yes but what does this mean for me?”
First, we need to build value into the new behavior (working out) then we need to make it a habit. We need to map out all the muscles that need to be trained then create routines for each of them so they are constantly challenged. We need to adjust our
Where we were once told we had no affect on the world around us, quantum physicists are now proving that our consciousness directly affects the world
diets so we reduce fat and increase protein intake. We need to be sure to get the right amount of cardio-vascular exercise. We need to choreograph and perfect our moves and poses. And we need to get enough sleep! What is the value of incorporating Conscious Creation into our lives? For me, I was tired of all the destructive patterns that kept coming up in my life: the bitchy boss, the controlling boyfriend, the shortage of money, the unpleasant interactions with strangers. I wanted change badly. Sometimes we become addicted to the circumstances in our lives no matter how much we want change. Like they say, a drug addict may have to be toothless in the gutter before they wake up to how much they want to live differently. I couldn’t take what was happening in my life any more so I committed myself to practicing Conscious Creation until I either proved it worked or it didn’t. If you can’t tell, I proved it worked in my life. Once we’re committed to the journey of incorporating Conscious Creation into our lives, we need to get ourselves in shape for the journey and stick to the routine until it becomes a habit. This is all about making your life better in whatever ways you choose. So practice at least as much as your Mother made you hammer on the piano when you were a kid. And make it fun! When you begin to see results (in as little time as a week), you’ll be fired up to spend every minute creating the life you really want. Kit Wynkoop is a Life Coach, based in Hawaii
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STEPHANIE STARLET MEETS This month Stephanie interrogates award winning comedienne and actress, Katy Brand. How excited or nervous are you about going on the road? A big dollop of both, but I think it’s good to be nervous – it shows you care. Do you have any big, diva demands? Please say you do... I have attempted diva demands in the past and been told where to stick it. I do insist on a bag of mini-cheddars neatly arranged on a silver tray, though. What can we expect from the tour? There will be familiar characters from the show, but with all new material, there will be new characters like Supernanny and Nigella Lawson and some of my favourite songs from all three series. Lots of naughty, noisy fun and music. Your characters in the TV shows are fantatsic. Which ones do you have the most fun with? I love doing Kate Winslet – she’s like a member of the family now, I’ve
been doing her so long. And I like Cheryl the Olympic Athlete – she’s so sweetly optimistic. Is there any one you wouldn’t do? And have you met any of the stars you take off? I don’t do people who are really in trouble, like Kerry Katona. I have met Kate Moss and Sadie Frost and they were very cool, and I had a little runin with Lily Allen once, but I thnink we both left with our dignity intact. Now YOU are a celebrity, how has your life changed? I’m not really a celebrity! But I do get recognized in the street from time-to-time, and I try to resist requests to shout ‘I’m normal’… Who is your Best Celeb Friend? I don’t really have any, but I loved hanging out with Emma Thompson on the set of Nanny McPhee – she’s an incredible person. Why do you think the gays love you, Katy? Ha ha – do the gays love me? How lovely – maybe it’s because I give as good as I get, and I do love a dance in a sparkly frock. Do people expect you to be a performing monkey and tell loads of
jokes at parties? Not so much – I tend to socialize with people I’ve known for years, who have plenty to say themselves after a few glasses of wine. Who is your favourite gay icon? I love Barbra Streisand – I want a wrist band that says ‘What would Barbra do?’ Also The Divine David was an early inspiration. You studied theology at Oxford, probably a fact a lot of people don’t realise about you. You must be pretty brainy - would you say you are a spiritual or religious person? Do you believe in life after death? I would say I am spiritual – I do think that humans are more connected and intuitive than we tend to realize. I believe in a continuation of energy, rather than life after death. Time is not necessarily as linear as we in the western world would like to believe. What made you want to study theology? I was a Christian as a teenager – perhaps a way of rebelling against liberal parents! I wanted to know more, and once I did, I stopped being a full-on Christian.
I had a little
Lily Allen once! You were great on Sports Relief doing Beyoncé’s Single Ladies, do you pick up routines like that easily? How long did that take you to rehearse ? I danced as a teenager, but that routine was tough. It took a week of 6 hour days and lot of practice to get it right. But I’m glad I did! Are you a single lady? I am not, no – I am a very happy unsingle lady.
You start your tour in Brighton, do you visit Brighton often and where do you actually live? I live in Liverpool and London. I have been to Brighton many times, and I love it. It’s like a perfect boutique city – small and stylish. I heard you were a reluctant performer and worked in production at first. What made you change your mind and were you always so confident ? I performed a lot as a teenager and at university, but was always told to try something else too, so that’s what I did for a while. But I missed writing and performing too much, so I took it up again.
ways? What hidden talents don’t we know about? I love art and used to paint a lot before I got busy. I would love to take it up again some day, perhaps even go to art college if I could afford it. I find it very relaxing. What’s the most romantic thing you’ve done for someone? And them to you? I try to surprise my boyfriend with little presents all the time – I got him some lovely Tiffany cufflinks a few weeks ago. He is very romantic every day – he brings me cups of tea in bed, buys a random bottle of champagne from time to time and cooks my favourite meals when I’m super-busy. I’m very lucky.
What’s your worst comedy memory? My second ever gig was a disaster. The first one had gone so well, I made the classic mistake of copying what I did the first time, rather than responding to the audience in front of me. It’s a good but hard lesson to learn.
Can I have a guest spot on your show? Ha ha – if there’s a spare 10 minutes, you’re in. But only if we can share costumes…
Are you creative in many different
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You’re in the new Nanny McPhee film and were in Casualty. Do you long for a serious career in acting ? I don’t long for it, but I’m not ruling it out! Never say never… What is your biggest ambition now you’re a star? I would love to get into feature films, writing and performing, and I have loads of ideas for sit-coms too. It would be nice to write something longer than a sketch, with a proper story. What makes you happy? I like being in the sunshine with my family, watching our dog run around happily. What makes you angry? I don’t like it when people with a small amount of power use it to make other people’ lives difficult – airports can be a challenge for that reason! Are you a very political person?I have opinions and am reasonably well informed and I always vote, but I’m not a marcher. Who are your favourite comedians of all time ? Wow – what a question! I think Julia Davis is pretty amazing, and I love Stewart Lee, Garry Shandling and Chris Rock too. 3SIXTY STEPHANIE STARLET MEETS
ow a lesbian teen in a prom battle has become an unlikely 21st century civil rights champion. By George Prior
It is 41 years since the Stonewall
riots took place in New York City. They became the defining event that marked the start of the gay movement in America - the first time homosexuals had fought back against a system that persecuted sexual minorities. Thanks to such people who vehemently refused to be repressed, most of us today take our equal rights for granted. Stonewall may have been over four decades ago, but still there is work to be done it seems in the supposed ‘Land of the Free.’
The new, and unlikely, pioneer in gay rights is a shy 18 year old, Constance McMillen. I’m sure you’ve already heard about her, but here’s the deal: She is a senior at Itawamba County High School in Fulton, a town in the northeastern corner of Mississippi, which measures a total of 8.9 square miles and which is home to around 4,000 people. She’s filed a law suit against her school after it cancelled the prom rather than let her attend with her girlfriend.
better things to do than get involved with a school prom? Ostracizing a lesbian school girl, it seems ranks higher on the municipal agenda than, say, improving social housing or job creation. Since Constance’s legal case went public, the story has now snowballed and she has become headline news across America.
As well as achieving massive exposure on news channels and chat shows worldwide, more than 300,000 people have already joined the Facebook group “Let Constance take her girlfriend to the prom,” and an anonymous donor has agreed to fund a prom to the tune of $ 50,000. Any money remaining will be used as a scholarship for Constance. Once again, as they did at the time of the Stonewall riots, the LGBT community has rallied itself and shown a united front to demand a change. She may not yet realise it but Constance is joining the ranks of other civil rights leaders from history, like Harvey Milk or Rosa Parks, who fought for their constitutional right to equality. For those who say she has “ruined prom” – get back to history class…this is history in the making!
he may not yet realise it but Constance is joining the ranks of other civil rights leaders from history, like Harvey Milk
“The prom is one of the biggest events in your life, but it should be for everyone. Not allowing gay people to bring a partner is discrimination. Some people have said that I’ve ruined their senior year and I am really, really sorry for that, but I’m fighting for a prom for everyone,” she said. Paul Walker, the Mayor of Fulton, says “I think the community, as a whole, is in support of the school cancelling the prom. We must stand firm.” Surely the mayor of a town that has 17 percent of the population below the poverty line would have
At first she looks and sounds like any other 18 year old Southern Belle. But when she gets into her stride, she has the conviction and self-confidence of someone twice her age. And that is what is truly remarkable. You remember being a teenager, right? All that uncertainty about exams, sexuality, college, parents, coming out, drugs, friends, popularity…It was scary enough dealing with it all for yourself, but Constance has decided to handle all that stuff as well as publically fighting for what she believes in on behalf of teenagers everywhere. “I want to let kids know that it’s OK to be who you are and that they have nothing to be ashamed of,” she says. Thankfully though, not everyone is as bigoted as the authorities in Fulton.
Constance’s story is one of courage, generosity of spirit and determination. It has taken this unassuming schoolgirl from a small Mississippi town to remind those of us living cosy, urban lives, that homophobia is still rife in some parts of society. Four decades on from Stonewall, we owe it to ourselves and kids everywhere not to forget how far we’ve come and how much more still needs to be done to achieve full equality for everyone. As Howard Zinn said, “No act of social progress has come through the halls of congress, but through activism of the people.” Constance McMillen, we salute you! And as with any good fairytale, the heroine WILL go to the ball.
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LEGAL ADVICE I have been refused a job because I am in a civil partnership; my employer has denied me a pay rise because I am bisexual; I am being harassed because my boss thinks I am a lesbian. These are just some examples of discrimination that the Employment Equality (Sexual Orientation) Regulations 2003 prohibit. Importantly, the law not only makes it unlawful to discriminate on grounds of a person’s actual sexuality but also their perceived sexuality. The law now also protects civil partners for example; it would be discriminatory to grant the spouses of married employees benefits but not the civil partners of employees. If you are treated less favourably, put at a disadvantage, victimised or harassed by discriminatory behaviour or policies you must submit a written grievance to your employer; go through the grievance procedure or wait 28 days before submitting your claim. You have 3 months from the last act of discrimination to issue a claim. If your claim is successful compensation can comprise loss of earnings and an award for injury to feelings. Awards are unlimited and can potentially be very high.
We want to have a baby using a surrogate. How does the law assist us to become the recognised parents? Parental Orders are designed specifically for when a surrogacy birth has taken place. It is similar to an Adoption Order in that it reassigns parenthood, but the difference is that once a Parental Order is made, a new birth certificate is issued. It replaces the child's original birth certificate and names the intended parents instead of the birth parents. This secures their position by granting them with full recognition as the child's parents providing them with all the associated rights and responsibilities. There are strict conditions to be met in order to obtain a Parental Order which should be considered carefully with your solicitor before applying and indeed prior to considering the surrogacy. From 6 April 2010 an important change is happening where the law is extending the right to apply for a Parental Order to same sex and unmarried couples.
Is it true we can hold our Civil Partnership in a church this year? Under current UK law, religious institutions are prohibited from performing civil partnership ceremonies. However, this could well change following amendments recently made by the House of Lords to the Equality Bill, due to come into force spring 2010. The move, supported by some Church of England bishops, will remove one of the remaining distinctions between civil partnerships and marriage. Churches will not be forced to register civil partnerships and go against their beliefs, but it does, however, mark a significant step forward for the gay community. It also permits religious language to be used within civil ceremonies. This Bill has not yet passed through all the stages of parliament yet, but A City Law Firm LLP will be sure to update you once the Bill is passed about your rights and how the Act affects you.
Any application has to be made within 6 months of the child's birth and the intended parents will be named on the child’s birth certificate. The non-biological parent/s will be, we understand, noted as ‘parent’.
Karen Holden Senior Partner & LGBT Advisor T: 0207 426 0382 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Free telephone consultation available for all readers just quote 3Sixty
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If it’s your birthday this month Be prepared for getting some blasts from the past and to put a lot of stresses to bed – it’s a good emotional spring clean. Good work opportunities develop and you begin to get a bit more appreciated at work as well as on the friends front too. Bedroom antics should be hotting up for you and also I encourage you to try some new things in that department. Look at your health too. If what you’re doing exercise-wise makes you feel good then great; if you think it might be killing you, stop it.
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Beyonce This is one strong lady with presence. She’s very intelligent and hard working and certainly not afraid to show this, which is great, but may be tricky in the relationship department. I do feel a clash is fast approaching between her and husband, JayZ. They’re both very independent people and don’t like to be held back, and as they’re both in the same competitive industry, the pressure and insecurities are adding up. News of little footsteps is in her reading, and I feel children would come in abundance if that’s what she wants. There does seem to be a female sniffing around her man and she isn’t too impressed about this. Hits will continue to roll out for this pop diva, but a high accolade for her acting skills will soon materialise.
This Aussie babe is doing fantastically well. She goes from strength to strength in her career and personal life is better than it has ever has been. She almost seems to have blossomed into the spirit she really is, and is enjoying every minute, and having a baby will certainly complete this jigsaw for her.
Of course he’s hot as ever, and always will be, but I do think we’re seeing a more mature Robbie. He’s a little nervous about settling down and having more of a family life; he embraces the initial thought but as he continues to think about it, it gets a bit scary. Is it what he really wants?
Apart from taking time out of the limelight for a little while to be a mum as planned, we will be seeing her face on a lot of billboards and magazines as the campaigns and advertising work continues. A fierce sense of charity also surrounds Danni and she’s not one to sit back if she’s really passionate about a project. She must keep a close eye on home though as her reading does show some health issues in her parents’ part of the reading. I do feel she will need to be extra strong for them.
I also see her emotions rocked by the loss of a personality that she’s used to having around.
The other little negative shows rumours about her partner cheating, which will send the blood pressure through the roof, but it will settle down quickly.
Beyonce’s aura is gold, which shows power, love, strength, inner knowledge and success.
Danni’s aura is a very nurturing green, which shows motherhood, growth, good direction and natural luck.
Her crystal is a Tiger’s Eye, which keeps prying eyes at bay, and offers wisdom and creativity which will aid her panther-like moves.
Her crystal is a Blue Lace Agate, which helps her keep a cool, calm head on everything. good direction and natural luck.
I see him always looking for that little high to help his confidence with certain things, and I see him signing a big deal for a range of men’s clothing and accessories. I’d like to see Robbie on the silver screen too as he has an ability to put on a character and a great sense of comic timing. Also he should welcome the opportunity to get involved in men’s health issues as it’ll be personally rewarding for him. I see some issues surrounding his dad. I see him working a lot ‘behind the scenes’ on several different projects, which will be become very successful. He’ll find the time to indulge in his own personal interests too, one of which I know is the paranormal. So Rob, if you’re reading this, hit me up anytime and I’ll show you the dark side! Robbie’s aura is a piercing blue, showing a lot of inner healing, spiritual belief, creativity and excitement. His Crystal is a Garnet, showing indulgences, deep pleasures and also psychic impressions. 3SIXTY PSYCHIC CORNER
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Hello my darlings
I had a wander down to the depths of Vauxhall, where I caught up with Minty at Barcode. It’s a lovely venue where you can go on your own or with friends for a night with DJs Steve Pitron and Paul Heron playing some bona music. Onyx is a great Friday night out at Area with some great DJ’s and sexy dancers - my favourite room is the pop room with Jason Prince, James St James and the gorgeous little Tuomo Fox. Then of course there is the fabulous RVT where there is always some of London’s best entertainers. Every Thursday you can catch Scott Capurro’s Position Live Comedy show with some very impressive guests, including Vivienne Westwood, Jane Turner and Jimmy Carr to name a few. The Eagle continues to be a great place to drink - with Danny making sure everyone has a great time.
The Eagle: Danny & Wrestlers
HIDDEN | Tinworth Street, SE11 5EQ BARCODE VAUXHALL | Arch 69, SE11 5AW. Tel: (020) 7582 4180 AREA | Albert Embankment, Arch 67-68, SE1 7TP CAFE ITALIA | 348 kennington Lane, SE11 5HY CHARIOTS VAUXHALL | Albert Embankment, Arch 63-64. Tel: (020) 7247 5333 EAGLE | 349 Kennington Lane, SE11 5QY Tel: (020) 7793 0903 HOIST (THE) | South Lambeth Road, Arch 47B – 47C, SW8 1RH. Tel (020) 7735 9972 FIRE | South Lambeth Road, SW8 1RT FREAK | South Lambeth Road, SW8 PARIS GYM | Godding Street SW8 ROYAL VAUXHALL TAVERN | 372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY. Tel: (020) 7820 1222 SUPERCLUB COLOSSEUM | 1 Nine Elms Lane, SW8. Tel (020) 7627 1283 UNION | Albert Embankment, Arch 65
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Welcome to my new scene umn for the London region. been all over the scene to out what’s happening over next month for your delight.
Horsemeat: Heidi Contagious & friends Onyx
Barcode: Paul Heron Barcode: Romain Lopez & Minty
This really is a great early morning Romain Lopez recently launched party night - with some top DJ’s inhis new club night BOOSTER at cluding Steven Geller, with some top the Union. PA’s lined up for the coming weeks.
Onyx: PJ & friend
In the West End there are loads of things going on. I popped down to see the fantastic Miss Kimberly perform her ‘A Tranny Is Born’ show at Barcode Soho. The show is based on her life story and is filled with great songs and fabulous writing. I then nipped into see those lovely people at The Friendly Society who have their new late licence for all the up and coming bank holidays. Every Friday catch the camp and fabulous DJ’s PK Max. Then there’s Sunday nights at Ku Club with your fabulous host, Lady Lloyd for her Hit Factory, On Wednesday the 21 April join Miss Dusty O, Glendora Mucklefanny, Vanilla Lush and all the girls at Trannyshack, where they will be celebrating Her Majesty, the Queen’s, birthday. Every Thursday you can enjoy the fun and frolics with Ritzy Crackers at La Ritzy (Escape Soho). I also ended up one Monday in Heaven’s Popcorn, where I was taken to the V.I.P Beach Party on the stage and mingled with the likes of Big Gay Al, Bag A Chips, Juicy Couture and lots of hot Muscle Marys and a fantabulous time.
79 CXR 79 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0NE Tel: (020) 7734 0769 ADMIRAL DUNCAN 54 Old Compton Street Tel: (020) 7437 5300 BARCODE 3-4 Archer Street W1D 7AP Tel: (020) 7734 3342 BOX 32-34 Monmouth St WC2H 9HA Tel: (020) 7240 5828 BALANS SOHO 612 old Quebec Street, W1H 7AF .Tel (020) 7629 6159 CITY OF QUEBEC 51-53 Old Compton Street .Tel: (020) 7479 7961 CLONE ZONE SOHO 51-53 Old Compton Street .Tel: (020) 7479 7961 COMPTONS OF SOHO 64 Old Compton Street W1D 4UQ. Tel: (020) 7287 1619 DUKE OF WELLINGTON BAR 77 Wardour Street.Tel:(020) 7439 1274 DV8 SOHO 50 Old Compton Street, W1D 4UB.Tel:(020) 7494 7498 EDGE (THE) 11 Soho Square W1D 3QE Tel: (020) 7439 1313 ENCLAVE (THE) 25-27 Brewer Street W1F 0RR Tel: (020) 7434 2911 ESCAPE SOHO 10 Brewer Street, Soho, London W1. Tel: Stevie on 07833 327 002 FIRST OUT 52 St Giles High Street WC2H 8LH Tel: (020) 7240 8042 G-A-Y BAR 30 Old Compton Street W1D 4UR Tel: (020) 7494 2756 HEAVEN CLUB Heaven Club, 9 The arches, Villers St, WC2N 6NG. Tel:(020) 7930 2020 HALFWAY II HEAVEN 7 Ducanon Street, Charing Cross, WC2N 4JF. Tel:020 7484 0736 KING’S ARMS (THE) 23 Poland Street W1F 8QL Tel: (020) 7734 5907 GREEN CARNATION 45 Ripert Street W1F 4DD Tel: (020) 8123 4267 LJ COFFEE 3 Winnett Street, Soho, W1D 6JY Tel: (020) 7434 1174 KU BAR 30 Lisle Street WC2H 7BA Tel: (020) 7437 4303 KU BAR 2 25 Frith Street, W1D 5LB KUDOS 10 Adelaide Street, Charing Cross, WC2 N4HZ 020 7379 4573 MADAME JOJO’S- 10 Brewer St Soho, W1F 0SE- 020 7734 3040 MOLLY MOGGS- 2 old Compton Street, W1F 0SE- 020 7734 3040 PROFILE/LO- PROFILE- 84-86 Wardour St, W1F 0TQ- 0207 7734 1053 PROWLER SOHO - 4-5 Brewer Street, W1F 0RF - 020 7734 4031 RIO BEACH 1 EARLAHM STREET WC2 H9LL, TEL: 020 7497 5259 RUPERT STREET Rupert Street Tel: (020) 7292 7141 SAUNABAR (THE) 29 Endell St WC2H 9BA Tel: (020) 7836 2236 SAUNABAR (THE) 29 Endell St WC2H 9BA Tel: (020) 7836 2236 SOHO GYMS 12 Maplin Street, WC2B 5NF Tel: (020) 7242 1290 SHADOW LOUNGE (THE) 5 Brewer Street W1F 0RF .Tel: (020) 72877988 STAR AT NIGHT (THE) 22 Great Chapel Street W1 8FR . Tel: (020) 7494 2488 SWEATBOX SOHO 1-2 Ramillies Street W1F 7LN .Tel: (020) 3214 6014 TRASH PALACE 11 Wardour Street W1D 6PG Tel: (020) 7734 0522 VILLAGE 81 Wardour Street W1D 6QD Tel: (020) 7434 2124 VAULTS (THE) 139b-143 Whitfield Street W1T 5EM Tel: (020) 7388 5500 YARD (THE) 57 Rupert Street Tel: (020) 7437 2652
photos by Wickedangel
The big Wigs: Rivoli
EAST & SOUTH
BIRD IN HAND | 291 Sydenham Road, Croydon, CR0, Tel: 020 8683 3104 CHARIOTS STREATHAM | 292 (rear of) Streatham High Rd, London SW16 6HG, Tel: 020 8696 0929 CHARIOTS WATERLOO | 101 Lower Marsh, London. SE1 7AB, Tel: 020 7401 8484 CHARIOTS LIMEHOUSE | 574 Commercial road, Limehouse, E14; Tel 020 7791 2808 CORONET THEATRE (the) | 26-28 New Kent Road, LONDON SE1 6TJ, Tel: 020 7701 1500 GEORGE AND DRAGON | 2 Blackheath Hill, Greenwich, SE10, Tel: 020 8691 3764 KAZBAR | 50 Clapham High Street, London SW4, Tel: 0871 223 1154 OLD SHIP | 17 Barnes Street, Limehouse, E14 7NW 020 7790 4082 PLEASUREDROME | Arch 124 Cornwall Rd, Waterloo, SE1 8XE RIVOLI BALLROOM | 350 Brockley Rd, SE4 2BY, 020 8692 5130 ROSE AND CROWN | 1 Crooms Hill, Greenwich, SE10 8ER, Tel: 020 8293 1898 SOHO GYMS | 11-15 Brad Street, SE1 8TG Tel; 0845 270 9270 SOHO GYMS | 95-97 Clapham High Steet,, SW4 7TB Tel; 020 7720 0321 STEAMWORKS | 309 New Cross Rd,, SE14 6AS Tel; 020 8694 0606 THE STAG | 15 Bressendan Place, SW1, 020 7828 7287 XXL | 51/53 Southwark Street, SE1 1RU’ TEL; 020 7403 4001 WHITE SWAN | 556 Commercial Road, Limehouse, E14 7JD Tel: 020 7780 9870
I popped over to the Kazbar in Clapham where I was greeted at the door by the fierce Glendora who whizzed me to the bar! They have a big theme party once a month…and this month they’ll be doing 80’s retro funk. This will be extremely camp! And I am sure to be attending. I also popped in to see Miss Vicky Lee down at The Way Out Club which is in Charlie’s Bar every Saturday - a lovely little bar for trannies and their admirers. It was their 17th anniversary, and Vicky told me there’s going to be a charity night on 15 May. I also found myself having a couple in The Rose and Crown, one of my favourites in the area.
The Rose & Crown
Rose Garden & friends : the Stag
Wickedangel & Jean: Rivoli
photos by Wickedangel
This month, in North London I’ve been to The Black Cap, and met the gorgeous Charlie who was behind the bar, I’m lovIng the fantastic music and the cheap drinks. The King William, in Hampstead, is a fantastic and friendly bar and is ideally located to pop into now that spring is here and you’re the kind of guy who just loves to have a, hmm hmm, ‘picnic’ on the heath. Also Kingston’s Escape Club has its new Drag Factor competition starting on 23 April, hosted by the wonderful Shirley Double.
NORTH & WEST Fay Presto
Catch me every Tuesday hosting and performing at London’s most Glamoura’s early week club. Salon (The Shadow Lounge) and DJ’ing every Friday at Two8Six alongside DJ BC together we form The Hit Man & Her. Or check out my website:www.missbarbarabush.com
BLACK CAP | 171 Camden High Street, London NW1, Tel: 020 7485 0538 CENTRAL STATION | 37 Wharfedale Road, London N1, Tel: 020 7278 3294 ESCAPE KINGSTON | 184 London Road,KT2 6QW; TEL; 020 8408 4900 GLASS BAR (THE) | 90 Euston Road, Regent’s Park, London NW1 2BN, Tel: 020 7387 6184 KING EDWARD VI | 25 Bromfield Street, London N1 OPZ, Tel: 020 7704 0745 KING WILLIAM IV | 77 Hampstead High Street, London NW3 1RE, Tel: 020 7435 5747 THE GREEN | 74 Upper Street, Angel N1, Tel: 020 7226 8895 KOKO | 1A Camden High Street, London NW17JE, 0870 4325527 THE OAK BAR | 79 Green Lanes, London N16 9BU, Tel: 020 7354 2791 OSCARS GAY CINEMA | 42 Northdown Street, Kingscross, N1 020 7837 0188 PLAY PIT | 76 Caledonian Road, N1 Tel: 07770 631 385 REGULATION LTD | 17A St. Alban’s Place, Islington N1 0NX Tel: 020 7226 665 SCALA CLUB | 275-277 Pentonville Road, London N1, Tel: 020 7833 2022
Peace and Love Miss Bush xx
Photos by Lee Towsey
Kevi : Vavoom
The Amsterdam Bar | 11-12 Marine Parade. Tel: 01273 688 825 The Aquarium | 6 Steine Street. Tel; 01273 605 525 The Barley Mow | 92 St George’s Rd Tel;01273 682 259 Brighton Rocks | 6 Rock Place. Tel;01273 601 139 The Brighton Tavern | 100 Gloucester Road, North Laine. Tel; 01273 680 365 The Bulldog | 31 St James’s Street. Tel; 01273 696 996 Charles Street Bar | 8 Marine Parade. Tel; 01273 624 091 Concorde 2 | Madeira Drive|. Tel; 01273 673 311 Dr Brighton’s | 16 King’s Road. Tel; 01273 208 113 The Hub | 129 St James’s Street . The Grosvenor | 16 Western Street. Tel; 01273 770 712 The H-Bar | 16 Church Road. Tel; 01273 725 890 The Marine Tavern | 13 Broad Street. Tel;01273 681 284 The Marlborough | 4 Princes St. Tel;01273 570 028 Here Restaurant/Bar | 81 St James’s St. Tel;01273 693 216 The Kings Arms | 56 George Street | BN2 1RJ The Queen’s Arms | 7 George St. Tel;01273 696 873 Queensbury Arms | Queensbury Mews. Tel;01273 328 159 R-Bar | 7 Marine Parade. Tel;01273 608 133 The Regency Tavern | 32-34 Russell Square. Tel;01273 325 652 The Star Inn | 7/9 Manchester Street. Tel;01273 601 450
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BOURNEMOUTH The Bakers Arms | 77 Commercial Road | 01202 555506 2930 The Triangle | 30 The Triangle | 0845 474 3019 | The Branksome | Commercial Road | 01202 552544 Circus@The Opera House | 570 Christchurch Road,Boscombe | 01202 399922 Over The Rainbow | Gay Mens Health Project | 01202 257478 Rubyz Cabaret Restaurant | West Hill Road Saunabar | 4 Avenue Lane The Xchange | 4 The Triangle | 01202 294321 The Patisserie Angélique | 79 Pool Road| Westbourne | BH4 9BB Bar Beyond | 103 Commercial Road | BH2 5RT White Tiger | 27 The Triangle | Bournemouth | BH2 5SE | 0845 496 6305 Funchal by Night | 158 Commercial Road | Bournemouth. | BH2 5LU | 01202 318900 Bar Ventana/Cumberland Hotel
SOUTHHAMPTON The Edge | Compton Walk | 07090 423 688 The Endeavour | 7 Simnel Street H2O | 89 St Mary’s Road | 023 8038 6880 Isobar | 100c St Mary’s Street | 023 8022 2028 The London | 2 Terminus Terrace | 023 8071 0652 The Pink Broadway | 79/80 East Street | 023 8023 8804 The Bevois town | 6 Middle St | 02380 637001
EASTBOURNE The Hart | 89 Cavendish Place | 01323 643 151
PORTSMOUTH Hampshire Boulevard | 1 Hampshire Terrace | Southsea | 023 9229 7509 The Old Vic | St Paul’s Road | 023 9229 7013 Martha’s | 227 Commercial Road | 023 9287 7918
AYLESBURY The Saracens | 5 Rickfords Hill | 01296 421528 | www.the-saracens.co.uk
LUTON The Caifornia Inn | 82 Chapel Street, Lu1 5DD | 01582 488098 Flame Club | 58 Wellington St | 0800 938 442 The Green House Sauna | 23 Crawley Road, LU1 1HX 01582 487701 Knk Bar | 23 Dunstable Place |01582 615172
Pink Punters | 2 Watling Street, Bletchley | 01908 377444 | www.pinkpunters.com
NORTHAMPTON The Boston Clipper | College Street | 01604 604404 | www.thebostonclipper.co.uk Route 69 | 1 Gas Street | 01604 239318 | www.route69.co.uk
OXFORD Brewery Gayte | 5 St. Thomas Street | 01865 250020 | www.brewerygayte.com Castle Tavern | 24 Paradise Street | 01865 793759 | www.castletavernoxford.com Jolly Farmers | 20 Paradise Street | 01865 793759 | www.jollyfarmersoxford.com Coven on Fridays | Oxpens Road OX1 1RX | 01865 242770
SWINDON The Pink Rooms | 3+4 Victoria Road | SN1 3AJ | www.thepinkrooms.co.uk The MailCoach | 59 Fleet Street | 01793 538246 | www.mailcoachswindon.co.uk
The Granby | 120 London Road | 0118 935 2537 | www.thegranby.co.uk Wynford Arms | 110 Kings Road | 0118 958 9814 | www.wynfordarms.com
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FROGMORE STREET Griffin | 41 Colston Street | BS1 5 The Park | 37 Triangle West | 0117 940 6101 The Pineapple | 37 St George’s Road|0117 954 4794 Queenshilling | 9 Frogmore Street |0117 930 0844 Nice ‘N’ Naughty | 45 Colston Street | 0117 929 7666
Bristol Bear Bar | 2-3 West Street | 0117 955 1967 Flamingos | 23-25 West Street, Old Market | 0117 955 9269 The Village Sauna | 19-21 West Street | 0117 903 0622 The Lounge | 53 Old Market Street | 0117 922 1224 Old Castle Green | 46 Gloucester Lane | 0117 330 9140 The Old Market Tavern | 29-30 Old Market | 0117 922 6123 Retreat | 16 West Street | Old Market 8 The Palace | 1 West Street | Old Market |9 The Stag and Hounds | 74 Old Market Street 0117 929 1407 The Package | 47 Old Market Street | 01179414320|
PLYMOUTH Zeros | 24 Lockyer Street | 01752 662 346 The Clarence | 31 Clarence Place | Stonehouse 01752 603 827
Hotel Cimon | 82 Abbey Road | 01803 294454
TRURO Bar Qdos | 13 New Bridge Street | 01872 222 888 Eclipse | St. Marys Street | 01872 241 706
Swansea Champers | 210 High Street | 01792 655622 Hush Café Bar & Club | 233 High Street 01792 473033 Loft Lounge | 46 The Kingsway SA1 5AG Kings Arms Tavern | 26 High Street| 01792 642216 Talk Of The Town | 21 High Street| 01792 456910
TORQUAY Ibiza | 3-4 Victoria Parade | 01803 214 334 Rocky’s | Rock Road | 01803 292279 The Meadfoot Inn | 7 Meadfoot Lane | 01803 297112
NEWPORT Thru TheArch | 33 Stow Hill | 01633841110 Greenhouse Sauna |24 Church St | 01633 212906
Photos by Tony Parry
The Golden Cross | 283 Hayes Bridge Rd | 029 2034 3129 Kings Cross | 25 Caroline Street | 029 2064 9890 Pulse | 3 Churchill Way | 029 2064 7380 Exit | 48 Charles Street | 029 2064 0102 Club X | 35-37 Charles Street | 029 2040 0876 Minsky’s Showbar | 53 Cathedral Walk, St David’s Centre 029 2023 3128 Bar Icon | 60 Charles Street | 029 2066 6505 4Play | 10 Churchill Way | CF10 2DW Wow Bar | 4 Churchill Way | Cardiff | CF10 2DW Yupi Bar | 22 Carolina Street | Cardiff | Locker Room | 50 Charles Street | Cardiff | 029 2022 0388
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Bath venues The Bath Tap | 19-20 St James Parade | 01225 404 344 Mandalyns | 13 Fountain Buildings | Lansdown Road | 01225 425 403
Exeter venues Boxes on Tuesdays | Commercial Road | The Quay | 07979 753571 Escape @ The Green Room | Fore Street The Vaults | 8 Gandy Street | Vivo | 122a Fore Street
Plymouth venues Zeros | 24 Lockyer Street | 01752 662 346 Hawkins Meeting Place | Buckwell Street | 01752 223341 The Clarence | 31 Clarence Place | Stonehouse The Swallow | 59-61 Breton Side | 01752 251760
Torquay venues Ibiza | 3-4 Victoria Parade | 01803 214 334 Candyfloss (formerly Rocky’s) | Rock Road | 01803 292279 The Meadfoot Inn | 7 Meadfoot Lane | 01803 297112 REMIX @ Bohemia | 39-41 Torwood St | TQ1 1DZ | 01803 292079 Envy | The Old Town Hall, Abbey Road Key West Bar | Meadfoot Sea Road | TQ1 2LQ | 01803 200063 Steamer Quay | Rock Road | TQ2 5SP | 01803 201 401 Tom’s Cruise Bar | Key West Basement | Meadfoot Sea Road
Trurovenues Hotel Cimon | 82 Abbey Road | 01803 294454 Bar Qdos | 13 New Bridge Street | 01872 222 888
GOSSIP with miss whiplash
Girls, if you’re getting fed-up with not finding the love of your life in a bar or online, how about you search her out at Lesbian Speed Dating event on 13 April at Pilgrim in the centre of the city? You’ll get to chat with dozens of girls in a fun, safe atmosphere and you can take your friends along to have a drink in the bar while you get proactive with Cupid. Also, don’t miss the new-look Thursday nights at G-Bar on Eberle Street for an upfront mix of indie, electronica, old-skool and rave anthems. And it’s just £2 entrance! Sean’s Sunday Session @ The Poste House on Sunday 18th April is one for your diary. The Cumberland Street venue will be the backdrop for another Sunday night slice of clubland. I’d recommend that you take Monday off from work…
01 Bar Du Fay | 25 Stanley Street | 0151 236 1623 02 Bluesday | Victoria Street | 0151 236 2200 03 Vardar Vardar @ Anderson’s Bar | Exchange St East 04 Cafe Tabac | 126 Bold Street | 0151 709 3735 05 Tutti Fruitti | Fruit Exchange Building, Victoria St 07 Dolphin Sauna | 129 Mount Road 06 Curzon Club | Temple Lane | 0151 236 5160 08 Pink | 4-6 Victoria Street | 0151 255 0502 09 Garlands | 8-10 Eberle Street | 0151 709 9586 10 G Bar | Eberle Street | 0151 258 1230 11 Jupiters | Hackins Hey off Dale Street | 0151 227 5265 13 The Lisbon | 35 Victoria Street | 0151 231 6831 14 The Masquerade | 10 Cumberland Street | 0151 236 7786 16 Navy Bar | 27-29 Stanley Street | 0151 231 1456 17 Passion | 31/33 Dale St | 0151 236 6591 18 Poste House | 23 Cumberland Street 19 Club So | 64 Duke Street | 0151 258 1230 20 Superstar Boudoir | 27-29 Stanley Street | 0151 231 1456 21 Stray | 9 Victoria Street
Spring is here – or so they tell us. It’s still cold out there but you can feel the scene in Liverpool starting to hot up a little.
Photo’s courtesy of Missing. Feel free to submit your scene photos to email@example.com, ensuring you say what bar they are from.
Angel’s Bar | 125-131 Hurst Street | 0121 622 1966 Chic | 28 Horse Fair | 0121 666 6806 Glamourous Showbar | Albany House, 27-35 Hurst Street | 0870 949 4526 DV8 Club | 16 Lower Essex Street | 0121 666 6366 Equator Bar | 123 Hurst Street | 0121 622 5077 The Fox | 17 Lower Essex Street | 0121 622 3213 The Loft Lounge | 143 Bromsgrove Street | 0121 622 2444 Nightingale Club | Essex House, Kent Street | 0121 622 1718 Subway City Club | 27 Water Street, Old Snow Hill | 0121 233 0310 Village Inn | 152 Hurst Street | 0121 622 474209
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GOSSIP with miss whiplash The slick venue, Alter Ego, with its staggering £250k make-over, continues to a ‘destination’ club for the party people of Manchester. We’ve heard that the party on Friday 1st May (which will take you through til Saturday at 6am) is going to be legendary. Get there early as people will be queuing for this one.
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If you’re out and about on Thursdays you could do a whole lot worse than getting yourself along to AXM, where the gorgeous DJ Dan Lisa will be playing out your favourite tunes. He’s one of the hottest DJs, and of course I’m not only talk about his DJ-ing! The city’s biggest fetish club night, Alert, is back on Friday 23rd April at Legends for those who like their clubbing with a bit of sleaze. DJ John Aggy will be at the decks but don’t forget your ‘appropriate’ gear as there’s a strict door policy. If this is your bag, you’ll always have a good night out at Alert.
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LET’S EAT WITH TONY V
I first established myself in small bistro-style pub before moving on to many beautiful restaurants where people came together to ‘Eat, Sip and Celebrate.’ I love the movie Field of Dreams and my favourite line from the film, “Build it and they will come,” plus my passion for all things Hollywood and movie stars, led me to create a theme to my menu.
Now it’s time to let you in on the fine secrets of my success and share my recipes. So let’s eat. Each recipe comes with a name of a Hollywood idol or diva that the meal has been named after, plus whether to serve it as an entrée or main. If you’re confused just have another glass of red and keep cooking… This is my tribute to the stars.
Main: suggestion Caesar Salad is always a favorite and for the most, chefs tend to use Cos lettuce, I prefer a mixed salad of all types of greens. Your guests will find it less boring. Ingredients Most supermarkets sell mixed greens by the kilo or in a pre mixed bag. One or two kilo bag will feed a few as either a light entrée or main. Croutons Hard-Boiled eggs Shaved Parmesan Cheese Anchovies some for the dressing crushed and whole for the salad Caesar dressing make or buy 2 slices bacon Chicken tenders or a chicken breast cut up Caesar Dressing Mayonnaise Main: suggestion This is simple to put together and is an impressive entrée to serve to your sea shanty friends. Ingredients 12 x Whole cooked and unpeeled prawns per serve 1 x Avocado per person Mixed greens salad Penne Italian dressing (try Paul Newman’s) Cocktail sauce (Buy it or make it) This simple to put together is an impressive entrée to serve to your sea shanty friends. Cocktail Sauce Or buy a bottle for a bout a pound. Prepare the meal and serve in 15 minutes Preparation Cut the avocado in half, and don’t hold the thing in your hand or you may cut the thing for sure, (your hand that is.) Place it on your breadboard and cut it at the full length not the surround, now to take that big seed out, carefully with your knife hit seed, it will dig in and just pull out.
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Lemon Crushed anchovies Cream cheese Cracked pepper Dash horseradish Or buy a bottle about 1.80
Preparation Slice and dice bacon and cook off in frying pan, with no oil, after cooking drain off fat from bacon with a paper napkin and allow to cool down. In a large bowl place your mixed greens, mix through some croutons and the dried bacon, place anchovies whole around the top, that way if your guests don’t eat them they can pick around them. Slice the boiled eggs and place around the outside of the lettuce and then grab a large handful of shaved Parmesan and place in the centre. Let your guests serve themselves the dressing.Pan fry the chicken pieces and serve hot over the top of the salad. Now with a spoon work around the edge of the avocado skin and remove the flesh, it should come out in one piece, do this with both halves. Then slice each half into strips and place back into the shell, fanned out. You did keep the shells. Now sit the avocado on a bed of lettuce and then it, add three prawns unpeeled onto each shell. Boil a pot of water, add a dash salt and olive oil, when bubbling add the penne, cook for approximately 12 minutes, strain, rinse in cold water and chill. Then place the pasta in a bowl and pour over the Italian dressing and sit the remaining six prawns in position
GOOD FOOD & WiNE
Foods to incorporate into your diet now Over the last couple of years we’ve heard that term “superfood” bandied around all over the place. These are the foods that ‘multi-task’ – they help you fight disease, control your weight and live longer. One of the best examples is the Açai Berry from Brazil. They’re packed with antioxidants, amino acids, essential fatty oils. That’s all well and good, but they’re not exactly nestled between the bananas and the Granny Smiths in your average supermarket, are they? 3SIXTY is at hand with 10 superfoods to put into your diet today – and you’ll be able to get hold of them from all major supermarkets. Handy. Meet your 10 New Best Friends: 1. Yoghurt Being made from milk, yogurt is a great source of calcium, phosphorus, and protein. Unlike milk, it also contains probiotics, the good bacteria you need to process and benefit from all the other things you eat. 2. Blueberries Blueberries have sky-high levels of antioxidants to fight inflammation. They also contain antidiabetic properties and the latest research suggests they might protect the heart muscle from damage. 3. Dark Chocolate Let’s be clear, we’re not talking Milky Bars and Crunchies here. It’s the dark stuff that has the antioxidants and the flavonoids. Combined, these two substances can improve circulation and memory, and hydrate your skin. 4. Ginger; Black Pepper That ‘kick’ given by ginger and black pepper is down to gingerols and piperine, compounds that boost metabolism. They’re also said to be aphrodisiacs.
5. Canned Salmon Salmon has more omega-3 fatty acids than almost any other seafood, as well as some of the lowest mercury levels. Canned salmon is as nutritionally good as fresh, and it’s a whole lot cheaper. 6. Avocados Smooth and creamy avocados contain the best kind of fat and they also help your body block the absorption of cholesterol. They’re high in lutein, which aids eyesight, and in potassium and folate, which may reduce the risk of a stroke. And we love guacamole. 7. Beetroot Their colouring may be the inspiration for Mrs Osbourne’s hair, but don’t hold that against them. They’re also a good source of folate, which protects against birth defects, colon cancer and osteoporosis. 8. Walnuts Out of all nuts, walnuts contain the most amounts of omega-3 fatty acids, which lower cholesterol and reduce artery inflammation. Walnuts are also a great source of antioxidants, vitamin E and magnesium. 9. Cabbage The humble cabbage contains an arsenal of weapons against disease, including sulforaphane, which has been proven to lower the chance of colon and lung cancers. 10. Onions Alliums, the group that includes leeks, onions and garlic, can help lower your blood pressure and cholesterol levels as well as reducing the growth of prostate cancer cells. They also have antibiotic properties—so they can kill off germs as well as vampires. 3SIXTY GOOD FOOD & WINE
FOOD Agua Dulce This is far more than your average Spanish restaurant or tapas house. The owner, Carlos, previously ran La Rueda - one of South London’s most renowned Spanish restaurants – so he brings with him a wealth of culinary and hospitality experience to Brighton’s Agua Dulce restaurant. Between us we managed to try a bit of almost everything from the extensive and truly authentic menu. The traditional, southern Spanish cuisine, including Andalusian pigs’ trotters, certainly doesn’t patronise English taste buds. The strong patatas ali-oli, the mojopicón, and the calamari are highlights which shouldn’t be overlooked. And I’ve never tasted better mussels. Fact.
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I continued with the seafood theme with the Dorada a la Almeriense, which consists of sea bream pan fried in olive oil, bay leaves, paprika and white wine. My dining guest chose Pollo a la crema de almendras, baked chicken in a creamy almond sauce, which was described as “incredible.” For dessert we opted for the beautiful (and very alcoholic) Tiramisu and the baked apple and cinnamon, which were both hand-made to an excellent standard.
The superior quality of the food and the wine list, combined with the attentive service of the friendly team, will keep you going back to this restaurant time and again. You’ll love both the authentic flavours and the prices at Agua Dulce. Aguadulce is located 10-11 Kings Road, Brighton. Go to your local bookshop and quote:ISBN 978-1-4343-7284-0 or order online at www.bookbutler.co.uk searching from the ISBN number, and compare prices of over 35 online bookstores around the world.
FOOD Ole Ole Ole Ole It’s situated in a basement on the New Steine just off of St James Street Brighton. The staff were very friendly and immediately started bringing out tapas for me to try before I had even ordered any , they were eager for me to try different dishes I took an actress friend Charmaine Davies .Charmain ate more than me as I don’t eat meat only fish, Saying that she wasn’t complaining and enjoyed all of the dishes .The food was well presented and tasty and I am told there chef once worked with Gordon Ramsay ! The manager told me I would have to wait a while to try the vegetable paella so I did. I couldn’t work out why it was more expensive than the seafood version the vegetable one being £11.30 on the menu and the seafood one £9.95. It was tasty I also tasted the salmon with caviar (£8.30) .Tapas are just £2.75 or £5.35 for a portion and A la carte various prices between £6.30 and £11.30 (the veg paella) I could clearly see they had developed loyal customers and friends of the venue that hang out there The calamari was served cooked in white wine with onions unlike the traditional way, The menu is not too vast and very simple yet stylish. There are, 2 deserts on the menu (cold) a cinnamon rice pudding and a creme brulee which were both very good
All tapas were to a high standard and the specials very good particularly the deep fried brie. All a trendy twist on tradition, !_ The venue excells on atmosphere ! In the corner they have placed a stage area where flamenco dance captivates the patrons along with spanish singers It’s a all hands on deck affair as the singer Alberto is also a waiter as I’m sure are others . The showmanship and atmosphere and madness are all what makes this a destination to be at. There were customers coming in just to drink at the bar all were welcome to sit if there were empty tables The staff were all young and stylish,the owner himself having dreadlocks down his back and had such a laid back demeanor you’d never guess he was the joint governor .An ex model named Maria ensured we were looked after .So to sum up it was tasty friendly and full of atmosphere
NAME: Lee Donaldson AGE;22 STATS: Height 6â€™, Chest 42, Waist 32, Weight 80kg
LEE DONALDSON PERSONAL TRAINER Lee began training seriously 2 years ago in order to compete in bodybuilding competitions. My aim this year is to compete in the BNBF competition in June of this year.
What should the top priorities of a personal trainer be? To design the best workout for their specific needs. How do you motivate your clients? Just remind them of their goals and the progression that there making. By showing them their own progress. I often take photos and compare them through the training process. Have you ever had a difficult client? Not really, you just work to the client’s standard. What are your best skills? I’m a great motivator and I love all types of sport, I’m a team player and a good leader. My main sports are football, rugby, basketball, and competitive bodybuilding I’m very competitive so I love training and pushing myself. Do clients ever chat you up? Sometimes, but I’m very professional. How important is nutrition? Nutrition can make or break your training program. Your training session should always be 50% your diet, 50% hard work in the gym. It is essential that you get a good balanced diet. If you want a good body shape, then it can only be achieved by a combination of a good diet and exercise. What do you eat? When I’m competition training I eat five portions of meat a day. For breakfast I have eggs and/or chicken, for lunch fish with sweet potatos, brown rice or brown pasta. I never eat sweets or chocolate. Who’s you favourite recording artists? I like dance music while I’m training.
Who would you most like to meet and why? Arnold Schwarzenegger. I really admire what he has done with his career from starting off as a bodybuilder to the acting and now being the governor of California. What would you like to be doing in five years from now? To become a professional bodybuilder, I would also like to move to the USA and open my own personal training business there – and maybe train for the Olympics. What is your major weakness? I’m a bit of a hot-head and lose me temper too easily. What are your hobbies ? Football, rugby, basketball, and competitive bodybuilding. So what have you arranged for our readers this month? This is a simple 4 week program which you can do at home or in the gym. Exercises A & B should be 3 X 10 reps and exercise C 2 X15 reps, so just enjoy and always keep a neutral spin. If you are short on time, performing big movements using big muscle groups together can be a really effective way to burn lots of calories. Working your upper and lower body together also requires lots of oxygen so expect your heart-rate to be high throughout this workout!
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3 X 10 REPS
LEE DONALDSON PERSONAL WORKOUT Dumbbell Incline Bench press
Lie back on an incline bench with the dumbbells resting on your lower thighs. Kick the weights up to your shoulders. Position the dumbbells to the sides of your chest with your upper arms under each dumbbell. Push the dumbbells up with your elbows to the sides until your arms are extended. Lower the weights to the sides of your upper chest until a slight stretch is felt in your chest or shoulders. Repeat. .
Lie on the ball with your back straight and parallel to the floor. Support the dumbbells above your chest with your arms fixed in a slightly bent position. Internally rotate your shoulders so your elbows are to the sides. Lower the dumbbells to your sides until your chest muscles are stretched - keeping your elbows fixed in the slightly bent position. Bring the dumbbells together in a hugging motion until they are nearly touching. Repeat.
Lie on the ball with your back straight and parallel to the floor. Flex your hips slightly. Grasp one dumbbell from behind or from the side with both hands under inner plate of the dumbbell. Position over your chest and keep your elbows bent slightly throughout exercise. Lower the dumbbell over and beyond your head until your upper arms are parallel to your torso. Return and repeat
Begin in a seated position on the edge of the bench with your hands grasping the bench behind you for balance. With you legs out straight, contract your abdominal muscles and core then lift your legs up to a 45-degree angle almost meeting your head.
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Seated wall roll
Stand with your back to a wall, feet shoulder-width apart and place the ball between the wall and your lower back. Keeping your back straight, bend your knees letting the ball roll along your back until you are in a â€œsittingâ€? position with your legs at a 45degree angle. Return to starting position.
Begin standing with the dumbbells held to your sides. Bend your knees forward while allowing your hips to bend back behind you keeping your back straight and knees pointed in the same direction as your feet. Descend until your thighs are just past parallel to floor forming a 45-degree angle. Extend your knees and hips until your legs are straight. Return and repeat.
Begin standing holding the dumbbells at your sides. Lunge forward with your left leg - landing on your heel then forefoot. Lower yourself by flexing your left knee and hip until your right knee is almost in contact with the floor. Return to original standing position by forcibly extending your left hip and knee. Repeat with the right leg and alternate lunges with the opposite leg.
Fit Ball V-Sit
Lie flat on your back with the ball between your feet. Contract your abdominal muscles and core then lift your legs up to a 45-degree angle. At the same time raise your back up off the floor while reaching straight forward with your arms to grab the ball. Lie back stretching your arms out fully and slowly repeat back the other way for 10 reps.
Round 2 - Village Spartans Vs Bristol Bisons The Spartans lined up in the boggy pitch which was decidedly worse than in their opening match. Pitch condition aside, the Spartans kicked off and Captain and fly half Matt Whitely punted the ball into the far corner, immediately placing Bristol under pressure.
Winners Village Spartans
Hadrian’s Cup Annual 10’s Tournament It’s a double celebration for Manchester’s Village Spartans this year following their success in the Hadrian’s Cup annual 10’s as they clock up their 10th year. The event, held in Newcastle, was a round robin tournament of full contact rugby 7’s with teams competing from London,Manchester, Bristol, Edinburgh and Newcastle. It provided the teams the opportunity to play against other gay-friendly clubs in preparation for the Bingham Cup on 18th June. The international event will be held in Minneapolis with 25 teams from Scotland, England, Australia, Canada, France and USA. Round 1 - Village Spartans V’s Kings Cross Steelers The first match of the day kicked off with the Steelers playing their old rivals the Manchester Spartans RFC, pitting potentially the two strongest clubs against each other. This tense and gripping match played through horrendous conditions as rain lashed the pitch and tried to dampen the spirits of the teams. The game started in a frenzy and the Spartans defence, coupled with the conditions, prevented the Steelers from breaking the line. Although the Spartans were able to find holes in the Steelers defence, the boggy ground made an impact and the Spartans missed a few opportunities. This, however, did not stop the tenacity of the Spartans and the forwards were able to set the platform, doing the hard running as they worked the ball up the field. The Spartans continued to work hard and their opportunity eventually came when they were within the Steelers 22. From the back of a breakdown, scrum half Matt Whiteley ran a switch line, drew two men and flicked the ball behind him into the waiting arms of fly half Brad Allen who ran a lovely line and was able to score without anyone laying a finger on him to put the Spartans up by five points. This proved to be the match winner as the Spartans were able to contain the Steelers until the final whistle. After some courageous efforts from Steelers players Phil Hurt, Edward Muldowney and Darren Cooper, to push through the Manchester defence, the opposition proved too much. The powerful back line of the midlands team out-ran the London players and ended up winning theopening game by 5 - 0. *Village Spartans - 5 Kingscross Steelers - 0* Kings Cross Steelers Vs Newcastle Ravens (hosts) In the second and final match for the capital’s team, the Kings Cross Steelers faced the city’s host team, the Newcastle Ravens. This match proved to be as equally gripping as the first, with both sides taking advantage of each others weaknesses. The Steelers defending players were too strong for the Ravens and they held them off to the end of the game. Moments before the final whistle, Steelers fullback Ian Bowden managed to break through the Newcastle backline and touched a try on the scoreline. *Kings Cross Steelers 5 Newcastle Ravens 0*
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Lock Neil Mason was able to turn the ball over with the efforts of fellow forwards Dean Bee, Alex Smith, Steve Farmiloe and James Hand. Scrum half Matt Whiteley picked the ball from the back of the break down, crabbed across the field breaking through one tackle and evading the remaining defenders to score under the posts in the opening minute of the game. Whitely bombed the ball into the far corner again and the forwards muscled up preventing the Bisons from getting over the advantage line. The Bisons eventually coughed up the ball, giving possession to the Spartans. From the scrum, Matt attacked the line and passed the ball to fly half Brad Allen who was able to fend off his opposite man to score by the posts giving the Spartans a 10 point advantage. The next passage of the game was a bit of a tug-o-war as each side tried to get the better of the playing conditions. The Spartans were able to master the conditions quicker and after sending prop Steve Farmiloe into the awaiting arms of the defensive line, were able to make a few yards and recycle the ball. The ball flew out to Brad Allen who attacked the line from 10 yards. He was able to offload to the waiting arms of centre Wayne Eastman who crossed the line confirming their place in the second consecutive Final of the Hadrians Cup. The game effectively wrapped up, the Spartans effort continued as Matt did a short kick on the blind side from the restart which Allen was able to dive on and the Spartans scrambled to retain possession. Full Back Dan Adams set up their final try when Whitely ran wide and was able to gift Brad Allen with his second try of the match, outpacing the Bisons tired defence to close out the game. *Village Spartans - 20 Bristol Bisons 0* Shortly after the game conditions worsened and the final match was cancelled, resulting in the Spartans retaining the cup, with the Ravens in second and the Steelers placed third. The London side congratulated the winners and partied hard with the other teams long into the night. Kings Cross Steelers RFC - www.kxsrfc.com mid-table in the Spitfire Essex II league. Kings Cross Steelers was formed in 1995 and is the first gay rugby team to play under the Union code. Manchester Village Spartans R.U.F.C. - www.villagespartans.co.uk 2nd in their league, Division 5 East league. The team celebrating their 10th anniversary. Newcastle Ravens RFC - www.newcastleravens.co.uk friendly fixtures locally and nationally every 3 weeks
Bristol Bisons RFC - www.bisonsrfc.co.uk
Village Spartans V’s Kings Cross Steelers (Pictures Big Blue Balloon)
3SIXTY FROM CARDIF London Falcons GFC maintained their place at the head of the table with their 7th straight win after a tough and virtually unplayable boggy conditions against Cardiff Dragons in Wales. Chances were few and far between as the ball spent most of the game in danger of disappearing in the mud, with the flanks being the only areas where any sort of decent football could be played. To both sides’ credit they got on with the game and made the best of the conditions, Falcons taking the lead midway through the first half when captain Ian Kehoe headed in Dan Walton’s cross. Walton then saw his penalty saved by the home keeper, meaning that the lead remained at 1-0 at halftime. Leon Briars scored his second in two games for the Falcons to give them a two goal cushion with 25 minutes left on the clock, before Falcons spurned another penalty opportunity, Tony Kerr this time being denied by the Cardiff keeper. Falcons pressed for more but ultimately had to settle for the 2-0 victory against a battling and clearly improving Cardiff side
FROM YORKSHIRE The GFSN Yorkshire 5-A Side Tournament 32 Five a side teams gathered in Leeds over the weekend of 13th and 14th March to attend the annual Yorkshire Tournament hosted by Yorkshire Terriers FC. The weekend was launched with a Party at Mission 2 and The Viaduct (Tournament Sponsors) where the draw took place. Teams representing 17 different gay football clubs were divided into 4 groups. As well as regular attendees the tournament saw debuts from a number of new teams from Aberdeen, Exeter, Trowbridge and a welcome return to a reformed Bristol team. Unusually, for the last few years, the weather stayed fine and clear of blizzards, snow and rain. The top 2 teams in each group progressed to the quarter-finals. After 5 hours of football a hard fought final was played out between Merseyside and Nottingham with Nottingham running out victorious with a 1-0 victory to take the newly named Viaduct Cup. The Terriers would like to thank all participants and hosts for another successful tournament and are already looking forward to an even bigger tournament and party in 2011. The Yorkshire Terriers train every Sunday at South Leeds Stadium at 2pm and are always looking for new players of any ability to join them. The website is currently being revamped and is due to relaunch after Easter. www.terriersfc.org
League Table London Falcons GFC GFC Bournemouth Hotscots FC Yorkshire Terriers London Titans Newcastle Panthers Nottingham Ballbois Leicester Wildecats Birmingham Blaze Brighton Bandits Cardiff Dragons Leftfooters FC
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GD 26 16 16 -2 8 12 0 -10 -7 -12 -21 -26
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FROM BRIGHTON Brighton V Bournemouth. The local rivalry produced a nail biting game in the GFSN semi-final between Brighton and Bournemouth. The first half had Bournemouth in control but struggling to convert theirpossession into any clear cut chances against a strong Brighton defence -which benefited from the presence of new player Dan and ex-Trojan Stevie T. A corner for Bournemouth allowed Barlow to plant the ball at the near post. Goalie Mark Hyman just got a hand to it but a low spot kick from Aran Purwal slipped the ball into the bottom corner to take the lead. Brighton then got back in the game, showing themselves to be more dangerous than anticipated with a burst of attacks that kept the Bournemouth defence on guard. The game was then end-to-end with the ball finding the woodwork at both ends rounding off the first half with just the one goal. The second half started to a different tune. A push by Brighton saw mid-fielder Matt Harwood land the ball at the feet of new boy James Adeli for the equaliser. Spurred on, the home team continued to push but the chances were hard to come by. The game turned irrevocably when Danny Williams claimed a penalty when caught by Michael Duff during an uncontrolled burst across the edge of the box. Williams’ penalty was just out of reach for Hyman and the ball landed in the far corner of the net reclaiming Bournemouth’s lead. Brighton, although behind, continued to have the better of the game; notably some fine saves from manager Mark Hyman. There was a weekend of celebration ahead for Bournemouth, their 2-0 win takes them on to do it all again sometime soon as they reach the final.
Jez Bullen Manager & Danny William Striker GFC Bournemouth
Michael Duff Brighton Bandits
Brighton Bandits winners of the BLAGSS ten-pin bowling
BLAGSS Bowling Extravaganza raising money for Brighton Pride On Tuesday 9th March BLAGSS hosted the 2010 Ten Pin Bowling extravaganza on Brighton Marina. The event was held to raise money for this years Brighton Pride March. Over 180 players took part in the 25 teams representing sports groups from the LGBT community. This year’s winners were Brighton Bandits football team and the runners-up were BLAGSS tennis closely followed in third place by The Rainbow Chorus winning the wooden spoon. The individual highest scores went to Angela from BLAGSS golf team (271) and Elliott from Brighton Bandits football (396).
Peter Harvey Performance Foods
Performance Foods Reflex Day On the 13th March Performance Foods in Brighton held a one day event for people to put questions to the experts at Reflex and get free supplement program and nutrition advice. Over the past few months the boys at Performance Foods have been talking to local football and rugby clubs and putting together tailored supplement programs for the individual players. In this way it helps to keep the cost down for the players and the club. Peter from Performance Foods said “we just pop down before one their training sessions and let the guys sample our pre-training supplements (Tri Matrix), hydration supplements (The Edge) and recovery shakes. It’s really interesting to see the difference in their performance”. www.performancefoodsbrighton.co.uk
Sol Gilbert MMA Fighter
ZT FITNESS AND FIGHTSKOOL ZT Fitness based in Brighton and Hove was started 4 years ago by Sol Gilbert. The idea behind the gym was to create a friendly and relaxed atmosphere for both the fighters and the public. MMA Fighter Sol Gilbert has boxed for 16 years and studied Brazilian Jujitsu (BJJ). After 3 months BJJ training he entered the Combat Sport Open trials, in which he remains unbeaten and is currently the light heavyweight champion. As Sol showed me around he said that they concentrate not only on the gym but also on diet and nutrition as its a really big part of training that many people ignore. The gym is really well equipped and each person starts with a personal trainer that will do their best to help you achieve your desired results. The fight school offers a tremendous insight into the discipline of the various fighting art forms. Offering a range of classes from mixed martial arts to boxing, Muay Thai to karate; ZT is unique in the sense that it allows you to combine your general fitness with something extra so you can teach your body something new and challenging. www.ztfitness.com THE NEW YORK STYLE 24/7 GYM COMES TO BRIGHTON “The Gym Brighton” will be opening in the Terraces this June, next to the Sea Life Center. The Gym will provide members with state-of-theart equipment, changing facilities, showers, and lockers. CEO of The Gym Group, John Treharne, said “We are a fast expanding, low-cost gym with the new 24/7 idea coming from the USA. We will offer a no frills “Easy Jet” style gym experience. Just good equipent without all the classes, juice bars, and saunas. Members will pay a flat fee of £9.99 per month but with no membership contract. Members will be issued with a pin number that will allow them access to the club 24/7.The gym will be staffed for 12 hours each day and monitored 24 hours from our central control point. All communication is done on line - that’s everything from membership to job applications”. John Treharne is no stranger to the gym business. He started the Dragons health clubs which were floated on the stock exchange in 1997. He is also in the Guinness Book of Records as the 1981-1984 Racket Ball champion and was also the chairman of Squash England. The Gym Group have already opened clubs in Guildford, Hounslow, Leicester, Liverpool, Manchester and Vauxhall and have a further 10 planned to open across the UK this year. www.thegymgroup.com
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3SIXTYrecruitment Support and Outreach Worker (Teenagers) Maternity Cover**12 months An exciting opportunity has arisen at the Young Carers Project in Brighton and Hove. We are looking for the right person to complement our small team delivering our support and outreach to Teenage Young Carers in Brighton and Hove. This post is to commence ASAP (subject to references and an enhanced CRB check) and is to cover maternity leave for approximately 12 months. The role is based with the Young Carers Project at the Carers Centre but will also be undertaken in the community, in Young Carers homes and in local schools. Job Title: Support and Outreach Worker (Teenagers) Team: Young Carers Project Hours of Work: 18.5 hours per week, some evening and weekend working may be required Salary: SCP 26-31 ÂŁ22,221-26,276 pro rata Probationary period: 6 Months Responsible To: Young Carers Project Manager Please go to the Jobs page at the Carers Centre website at www.thecarerscentre.org/about-us/jobs-carers-centre for an application, job description and person specification. The application closing date is 4pm on the 16^th of April 2010.
A new sensational television station is joining the TV Polari network and have the following positions vacant: TV PRESENTERS: Ever thought you could host your own TV programme? We are looking for switched on presenters to be a part of our already scheduled shows, as well as presenters with innovative ideas for their own programmes.
SALES EXECUTIVES: Brockiewood TV are looking for a dynamic marketing team to sell ad space on our channel. You must speak fluent English and have a passion for media. This office is based in London
SALES EXECUTIVES: If you fit either criteria please send your CV, with a covering letter about yourself along with a photo to recruitment @brockiewoodtv.com. Applications close April 22nd 2010.
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WIN A VIP TABLE FOR 8 PEOPLE AT THE LADY BOYS OF BANGKOK’S NEW SHOW Following the outstanding success of last year, The Lady Boys of Bangkok are returning to Brighton Festival Fringe (30 April – 31 May), with their new 2010 cabaret production ‘Fantasy & Feathers.’ 3SIXTY is giving you the chance to win a Premium Table for 8 people, which means the best seats in the house for you and your friends. From your VIP table, you’ll enjoy the glittering array of over 300 outfits, the show-stopping choreography and hits from Lady Gaga to West End musicals. Answer this question and you and your mates could be there: Bangkok is in which country? Thailand Vietnam China TO ENTER Log onto: www. 3sixtymagazine.com or post your answer with your name and telephone number to : Competition, 1005 Maritime House, Greens End, London, SE18 6HB. CONDITIONS One Premium table of 8 for any performance date and time on a Sunday– Thursday performance only and subject to availability. The usual competition conditions apply - the tickets cannot be exchanged for cash; once booked the tickets are non-transferable and cannot be used in connection with any other promotion or offer; the tickets are subject to availability; winners must contact the given telephone number in order to claim their prizes. Entries close 30th April 2010
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