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NEW LGBT TRAVEL COMPANY LAUNCHES ONE OF THE UK’S biggest gay travel companies is joining forces with one80news’s sister publication, 3SIXTY, to launch a new LGBT holiday service. The brand new joint venture, Mantrav3SIXTY, combines the forces of respected gay holiday firm Mantrav International and the UK’s only quality free gay national magazine, 3SIXTY. The move comes after months of discussions between the two companies, both of which are growing at an incredible rate despite the worldwide economic downturn. The Mantrav3SIXTY union will offer the marketplace both companies’ expertise in service and gay-related business experience and herald a new era for quality, cost-effective gay travel options and holiday packages.

3SIXTY and one80news readers will not only be able to book flights to destinations ranging from a romantic weekend break in Paris to a party fortnight at Sydney Mardi Gras, but also great value accommodation all over the world. Furthermore, the new company will be offering fantastic packages to more well-established gay favourites such as Mykonos and Gran Canaria. “Things are really going from strength to strength,” says Malcolm Hardy, director of Mantrav International. “Business has skyrocketed in the past year and continues to surprise us each month as more and more gay people are booking holidays. I have followed the newly founded success of Graeme Austin and Tony V and can see how they are switched on to success and service.”

Mantrav3SIXTY will initially operate out of the existing 3SIXTY office, situated in the centre of Brighton’s gay village at 4 Steine Street, before expanding over the next year. The original office premises are being transformed into a new shop front travel agency and office complex, due to officially launch on Tuesday 15 September. It will be open from 10am to 6pm Monday through to Friday from then on. Mantrav International has also announced it will be opening a New York City office in September as business booms in the UK. Marble Media Publishing, which owns 3SIXTY and one80news, has already opened a new office in London as part of a national expansion scheduled to roll out over the next twelve months.

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The excitement is building as we count down the days till Queer As Talent’s first auditions. We thought it was time to let you in on some of our little secrets... THE FIRST THREE JUDGES The Lovely Claudia Patrice An iconic diva who has worked the UK for many years, Claudia promises to be the nice judge, she says she will make sure we all have a laugh, and offer only the best of constructive criticism. Then there is Ms Jason, who we all know and love. She has a wonderful eye for talent, and will be gracing the stage during the shows with some surprise performances You all have met the man behind the show, Tony V. His role (apart from keeping the girls and the acts in line) will be the ‘hard but fair’ judge, whose straighttalking Aussie nature is bound to add some excitement to the mix. His delightful partner and your Lovely Host for the event Graeme Austin, is looking forward to working the stage and making all the artists feel comfortable before they go on. He promises to will keep all three judges in their places with his sassy and charming wit. What else can we tell you? Well, we are ready to announce two of the audition venues!

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fe\/'e\nj Action plans roll in to save Pride GAY BUSINESSES IN BRIGHTON are rallying round to raise money for Brighton Pride after the shock announcement that next year’s event could be ticketed unless more money is found. A number of leading gay clubs and bars are busy preparing specially created events to raise cash to support Brighton Pride. The move comes after Pride organisers went public with concerns over their budgets, stating they have identified a financial deficit amounting to ÂŁ50,000 following this year’s event. Yvonne Barker, Chair of Pride in Brighton & Hove said that despite raising more in sponsorship support than in previous years, a combination of the general economic downturn, increased costs to put on the event, rising office utility costs and lower donations on the day due to the appalling weather, has resulted in the need to launch a major fund raising drive. “While many enjoy Pride as a free event, it costs us more than ÂŁ300,000 to stage,â€? she said. “We are a charity and rely on the generosity of local businesses and individuals, who raise much needed funds. However, the truth is that there are many more businesses in the city – both straight and LGBT run - that benefit enormously from the Pride festivities and yet contribute nothing towards the running costs. We will be approaching those businesses for donations, as well as going back to our traditional supporters for help.â€? The shortfall puts a question mark over whether it will be possible to mount a free event on the same scale in 2010, unless substantial funds are generated. “The message is clear,â€? Barker continues. “If we are unable to raise sufficient funds to cover the expected shortfall, we will need to seriously scale back next year’s Pride festivities and reduce the support we are able to give to local LGBT community groups.â€? She concluded with an appeal to businesses both local and national to support their need to raise money, with a deadline of Christmas 2009. One of Brighton Pride’s biggest support-

ers, the long-running Brighton-based club night Wild Fruit, immediately announced it will theme it’s end-of-August night as a Brighton Pride fundraiser. “The Wild Fruit crew is keenly aware of the current financial situation at Pride and so are urging customers to dig deep to help with this year’s Pride funds,â€? said a Wild Fruit spokesperson. “People will be enthusiastically bucket collecting at the event and Wild Fruit asks all guests that you donate as much or as little as you can afford. All spare change is welcome and every penny counts for this worthy cause that supports the country’s best free festival.â€? The event is at Tru nightclub on West Street, Brighton, on Sunday 30 August. Another of Brighton’s well-established venues, The Queen’s Arms, in the Brighton’s gay village Kemp Town area, is also hosting a weekend of fundraising starting on Friday 9 October, setting itself a minimum target of ÂŁ1,500 for Pride. Other are thought to be announcing initiatives in the near future. Pride organisers say they will also be launching an appeal for donations to its members and the more than 3,000 subscribers to the Pride official Facebook site, who all enjoyed themselves on the parade, in the park and at the numerous events in the run up to and after the main park event. They also say that over the coming weeks Pride will be announcing a series of fundraising initiatives and will be reaching out to individual, business and community group supporters for donations and to tap into their own ideas to help raise money. But it is clear much more needs to be done to ensure Pride in Brighton and Hove remains one of the UK’s largest and best free events. Those wishing to donate can do so immediately online at If your business can help raise money, get in touch with the Brighton Pride office via their website,

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NEW LGBT TRAVEL COMPANY LAUNCHES ONE OF THE UK’S biggest gay travel companies is joining forces with one80news’s sister publication, 3SIXTY, to launch a new LGBT holiday service. The brand new joint venture, Mantrav3SIXTY, combines the forces of respected gay holiday firm Mantrav International and the UK’s only quality free gay national magazine, 3SIXTY. The move comes after months of discussions between the two companies, both of which are growing at an incredible rate despite the worldwide economic downturn. The Mantrav3SIXTY union will offer the marketplace both companies’ expertise in service and gay-related business experience and herald a new era for quality, cost-effective gay travel options and holiday packages.

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fe\/'Y`k\j National Front to Posthumous protest Reading praise for ‘gay genius’ Pride THE NATIONAL FRONT HAS decided to protest this years’ Reading Pride Festival. Despite police attempts to place the National Front - the whites-only anti-gay party - protestors outside the Train Station, protestors will position themselves in market Place with Banners to meet the Reading Pride Parade as it makes its way through the town to the festival site at kings Meadow Park. The National Front insisted on being placed along the parade route and this has now been agreed with Thames Valley police. Organisers of Reading Pride are concerned that NF protests will not allow the parade to continue peacefully en route. NF Press officer Tom Linden says, “The National Front find the publicising and promotion of homosexuality abhorrent as we do the actual practice itself and we demand an end to the sick promotion of homosexuality. When in power we intend to make homosexuality ‘illegal’ once again. We intend through anti-gay demonstrations up and down the country to show that the ordinary decent people of this country do not accept these open displays of homosexuality and the promotion of this unnatural practice.” Reading Pride takes place on Saturday 5 September.

ALMOST 5,000 PEOPLE HAVE signed a petition urging the government to officially apologise for the way gay math genius Alan Turing was treated. Alan Turing, recognised as one of the most important computing men in history, ended his own life after being jailed for ‘criminal’ homosexual behaviour after World War II. He was just 41. During his short life he famously helped crack the German Enigma Code, effectively reducing the length of World War II by two years and saving countless lives. “The British Government should apologise to Alan Turing for his treatment and recognise that his work created much of the world we live in and saved us from Nazi Germany,” says the petition. “An apology would recognise the tragic consequences of prejudice that ended this man’s life and career.”

Soho hit by yet another fire

Some People are Gay, Get over it THE GAY EQUALITY ORGANISATION Stonewall’s now classic ‘Some people are gay, get over it’ advertising campaign is relaunching this month. The memorable slogan, which was devised by school pupils, will be put up on 500 display panels and in 20 major railway stations will across England, Scotland and Wales. The campaign is timed to coincide with the start of the new school year. “It [will] encourage the idea that it is everyone’s responsibility to tackle homophobic bullying – both within the school gates, and in the wider world,” said Stonewall chief executive Ben Summerskill.

LONDON’S GAY AREA OF Soho has been hit by yet another fire. A third blaze broke out in the centre of Soho at the end of August, making it three fires within two months. The latest building to be hit was in the busy Wardour Street, just off the main gay thoroughfare of Old Compton Street. The fire is thought to have originated in an alleyway close to the Village Bar. It is not known how the fire started. In July, 3SIXTY’s sister publication, one80news, reported that a fire that ripped through a historic building on Dean Street in Soho was costing local gay businesses thousands of pounds in lost revenue. The fire, which almost completely destroyed a film company’s offices in the road, was also just yards from Old Compton Street. Large areas of Soho were shut down following the blaze, costing bars and restaurants significant amounts in lost profits. No-one was injured. Another small fire broke out in Newport place at the end of last month, but there was little damage.


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Greenwich Drag Race 2009 Over the past four years, the Metro Centre has collaborated with Rose & Crown and George & Dragon for their largest fundraiser, where Drag Royalty from all over London race to support the clinic. The Metro centre is a gay, lesbian and bisexual community centre in South London providing vital services for sexual and mental health. At this event the Metro Centre provides vital information for all LGBT people in the area about services including STI testing clinics – Pitstop & Penelope’s Pitstop, counselling, mentoring, youth groups and socials. Highlights for an enthusiastic crowd included some very glamorous sports attire - with showgirls, nuns, Bollywood babes and naughty-nurses galloping over one another for the finish line. Local police were helpful

and obliging enough to get in some rather compromising photos. The race was a grand success, and even our MD kicked up his heels for the good cause! This year £2500 has been raised thus far, with additional donations expected to come through soon. The Metro Centre wishes to thank Nathan and Michael for their efforts from Rose & Crown, George and Dragon, Pink Travel, Prawler, QX, Nevada Deli, Theatre (Prizes), Greenwich Picture House, Yacht (dinner), Kings Arms and 3SIXTY magazine. One80news wishes to thank Hugo Morris, Beachcomber, Las Iguanas and Mantrav international for their generous sponsorship. Calling on all kings and queens to glam up or button down, start training for next year!

Record number of finishes at London Pride run A RECORD NUMBER OF runners completed the London Pride Run 2009 on Saturday 15 August, with 704 runners crossing the line – up from 577 finishers in 2008. London Frontrunners, Britain’s largest lesbian and gay running club organised the annual 10-kilometre race around the stunning Victoria Park. Untypical sunny skies drew an excellent turnout, with hundreds of runners braving the heat, supported by family, friends and spectators. The star of the day, Brian Paddick, former Metropolitan Police Deputy Assistant Commissioner and 2008 Liberal Democrat candidate for Mayor of London, set the runners off at 11am. He then ran the race and presented prizes at the end. Paddick said: “It was great to support and run a race where everyone, whatever their ability, has the chance to get out and run together! “ First place went to Ben Moreau of Aldershot, Farnham & District Athletic Club, with an astounding time of 31 minutes 45 seconds. The

first woman to finish was Jennie Roberts from Colchester Harriers, who completed the run in 37 minutes 09 seconds. The Male Team prize went to the runners from Victoria Park Harriers, and the Female Team prize went to London Frontrunners. Proceeds for this year’s run will support London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard (LLGS), which provides much-needed support and information to the LGBT community. This year, LLGS celebrates its 35th year of service. © www.

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fe\/'feature LADIES OF LETTERS, 1930-1940 IN THE PERIOD IMMEDIATELY between the Depression years and the outbreak of World War II, Paris ‘was a woman’ — home to a large group of mainly American ex-pat, intertwined modernist literary lesbians, including Gertrude Stein, Djuna Barnes, Janet Flanner and HD. These US ‘women of the left bank’ (mostly beneficiaries of private incomes) produced most of the major works of lesbian literature during this era. Meanwhile, Natalie Barney’s Sapphic salon provided a sexual and emotional core — and quite a few ‘cors!’ – and Sylvia Beach and Adrienne Monnier established the legendary Shakespeare & Co company bookshop, which nurtured Englishspeaking authors, including Ezra Pound, and risked more than losing their shirt by publishing James Joyce’s Ulysses. The few Brits dans Paris included Bryer, poet Renee Vivien, who only lived long enough to enjoy a torrid but doomed relationship with Natalie Barney and produce a few slim volumes of quality verse; and Dolly Wilde, niece of uber-wit Oscar, who only lived long enough to thoroughly enjoy herself, but produce absolutely nothing. However, outside of this cluster of Francophile Americans, a few Euro-lesbian writers were contributing to the collective oeuvre that was paving the way for late 20th century dyke culture. In 1934, Christa Winsloe’s novel, The Child Manuela, broke new ground — not least being a novel preceded by both film and stage versions, rather than the other way round. Mädchen in Uniform (1931) was based on Winsloe’s original play Gestern Und Heute (Yesterday and Today) and directed by Leontine Sagan. Winsloe also wrote the screenplay and was an on-the-set advisor. The story of the forbidden love between schoolgirl Manuela and her teacher Fraulein von Bernburg was set in the strict Empress Augusta boarding school, where Winsloe was actually educated. She said, ‘The experience is one which I had to write from my heart’. The play appeared in 1930 under the title Ritter Nérestan (Knight Nérestan) and then in Berlin as Krankheit der Liebe (Sickness of Love). It was enormously successful and, buoyed by this and the generous allowance from her brief marriage to Hungarian landowner Baron Ludwig Hatvany, Winsloe moved to Berlin, where she enjoyed the gay culture that thrived under the Weimar Republic. For several years, her partner was the American journalist Dorothy Thompson, who was expelled from Germany in August 1934 after writing antiNazi articles. Winsloe and Thompson divided their time between Italy and America, but Winsloe found it difficult to become accepted as a screenwriter in the US. She returned to Europe in 1935 where, before long, her books and articles were included on the Nazi index of ‘undesired literature’ and she herself was declared ‘politically unreliable’ — even though Hitler’s spin-doctor, Josef Goebbels, had described the movie version of Mädchen in Uniform as ‘magnificently directed, exceptionally natural and exciting film art’.

In October 1939, Winsloe moved to the south of France where she met her new partner, Swiss-born writer Simone Gentet. They remained there until June 1944, aiding the French Resistance and gave sanctuary in their house to fleeing refugees until, in a tragic incident that still remains mired in mystery, they were shot dead in the Cluny forest by four Frenchmen, who justified this barbaric act by claiming the two women were Nazi spies — a preposterous and unfounded allegation. Their killers went on trial in 1948 but were found not guilty of murder. Mädchen in Uniform was re-issued as The Child Manuela in 1994 by Virago as part of its Lesbian Landmarks series. The era’s other most significant reality-inspired lesbian fiction from the pen of a Euro-bred author was Violet Trefusis’s Broderie Anglaise, a roman à clef written in French and first published in Paris in 1935. It was not translated or published in English until 1986, when Methuen produced it as a paperback, translated by Barbara Bray. The central character, Alexa, an unmarried English novelist, was actually based on Virginia Woolf; Violet is represented as ‘Anne’ while Vita is — as with Orlando — portrayed as a man: John Shorne, Anne’s first great love. John Shorne’s mother is a spot-on portrait of Vita’s mother, Lady Sackville. Victoria Glendinning, Vita’s biographer, believes that neither Vita nor Virginia ever knew of the book’s existence. She described Broderie Anglaise as ‘Violet’s unexploded bomb’ — when it was published in 1935, all the main characters were still alive. Though no great piece of literature, as Glendinning said, ‘it joins on the shelf those other books that celebrate, satirize, justify, construct and deconstruct the extraordinary personalities of Vita Sackville-West and of the two women who were most important to her’.

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How are you feeling about Queer As Talent? I’m very excited about the whole thing.

Do you watch talent shows like X Factor? I love shows like X Factor. I get so caught up with the stories of people’s lives – sometimes it’s so upsetting. A dustman who can’t feed his kids, I love all that. That’s what I’m excited about with Queer As Talent – real people with real stories. Especially if the dustman is 6ft, blue eyes and muscular.

What makes a good entertainer? Most important is confidence. You have to believe in yourself and that you can do it. For every person who loves you there are many more that don’t, generally. A lot of it is also respecting the audience. You’re there to provide a service. You’re giving a bit of yourself to them. That’s what it’s all about whether you’re a juggler, a tightrope walker or a singer or whatever.

I’m qualified to be a QAT judge because… I have been given a gift in life to be able to take something small and make it big; and I am using this gift to develop Queer As Talent, and bring it to the LGBT community in the UK and use what powers we have to find the UK’s most talented performers as well as give opportunities to those that don’t win to develop them to become something they want to be. What are you going to bring to the judging panel? My eye for people with a passion, my soulfulness and constructive criticism. What is ‘talent’? Something that comes from within your heart. I want to see people who have a passion to share. Who do you regard as the most talented person in show business today? There are too many but let’s take Barbara Streisand, she is a diva, an actress, she has starred in and been the Director and Producer of movies all at one time. That’s talent. What are you looking for in an act? Someone that captures the attention of the audience and judges the minute they walk on the stage. What’s going to make you buzz out an act? Someone who is there for a bet not for a serious opportunity. What are you most excited about at QAT? Watching the applicants develop from the auditions through to the finals.

What qualifies you to be a judge? Having struggled for the last ten years to get my act together, and to get landlords to trust me and to book me means I have experience and may be able to advise people. It’s also one thing to establish yourself, but another to maintain your status and act. What is talent? Talent is something that comes from your soul. You’ve got to entertain yourself. Anyone can get up and do something, but talent is having the ability to make people believe in what you’re doing. You’ve got to believe in it yourself. The talent isn’t in what you do, it’s how you do it. And you have to make people like you. There are lots of acts out there on the scene who are more talented than me, but they’re such miserable people that people don’t want to see them!

What would you not like to see on stage? What a long list! Just kidding. I want to see anyone and everyone. The madder they are, the better. Who might you buzz out? Ugly people! Although some of them can apparently sing and dance. Some of them are on the drag circuit! I can’t wait to buzz someone out - what an exciting thing to do! If someone was a nice singer but a bit ugly, I might suggest they go into radio.

What’s going to make you buzz out an act? Arrogance. No one likes arrogance. Of course this is different to confidence. Is talent something you’re born with? I think there are two types of talent, actually. Some people are born entertainers – they naturally have the ‘x factor’. They walk into a room and they have it going on. However, some people have the confidence and believe in themselves, they work really hard for their craft, then they can still be successful. What would be your ideal act? I’m so across the board that this is a hard question. I like singers, I like bands… I love Beyonce, and I love The Feeling or Maroon 5. There’s such a buzz about seeing people perform live. What message would you like to give to would-be contestants? Anyone who thinks they have something to give, and you believe in yourself, go for it and enter. You might not be the best singer in the world, or have the best act, but something about the package and the attitude might click, and it will be there.



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the venues The first two venues to sign up to host heats of Queer As Talent are The Queenshilling in Bristol and The Edge in Southampton. “Our staff our eagerly awaiting auditions and are handing out Queer As Talent cards to anyone they know has a talent,” says The Edge. “Full details of Queer As Talent will be listed on our Facebook site ‘official group for the Edge Southampton’. We’re looking for people with sheer talent and charisma to take part.


“Queer As Talent is an exciting contest that the Queenshilling couldn’t resist being part of, especially as there is such a wide range of undiscovered talent on the Bristol gay scene at the moment,” said The Queenshilling. “We are looking forward to watching all of the acts. However, we are curious to see what diverse talents Queer As Talent may unearth in Bristol, I expect there may be a few! Any act with talent gets our vote, whether this is a polished act or an act with potential. The important thing is taking part as you never know your limits until you test them. I believe Bristol is in with a good chance of claiming that top spot... watch this space! “Every Wednesday night at the Queenshilling from September is officially the ‘Queer As Talent Rehearsal’. Anybody is welcome to take to the stage on a weekly basis, and practice their act whatever it be. This is the perfect opportunity to get used to performing in front of a crowd whilst having a few drinks with your friends. Rachel Jones, our Karaoke Queen, will be on standby should you need any music, advice or feedback. Entry is only £1 and the door takings go into a raffle later on in the night as prize money.”


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IN DECEMBER OF 2005 on a cold brisk morn- of couples holding their Civil partnership at that ing we saw history made, the Introduction of Civil time were the over 50s. As the years go on it Partnerships became a reality and thousands of was always going to reduce but not because of gay couples had their chance to express their love the lack of interest but simply because no one and commitment to their family and friends for the could gage a real idea until all the figures were announced for 2007 and 2008. very first time and under the eyes of the law. If we are to believe the figures published by the Some four years later we still see many Civil Partnerships created and couples enjoy not government that around 6 per cent of the UK’s only a fantastic day but gain their long awaited population are gay equating to around 3.2 million legal rights. We have moved so far in our fight for people and the most popular age range of Civil equality that it is something we should not take Partnerships stands between 35 – 49 we see a niche market unfold and one that has a net worth lightly or be considered a joke. While some may say it’s still not full equal rights of around 10 million pounds a year. until “marriage” is on the table for the community The under 35s are now increasing, in fact we have proved that with around 34,000 couples up by 4 per cent against 2007, which shows signing the Civil Partnership that this was about a steady but positive move forward for a our commitment to each other and obtaining our younger market and a increase in women legal rights. since 2008, combine this with further protecSince the launch of the latest stats earlier this tion for women and children under the new month the figures show that Civil Partnerships legislation only reinforces the power behind are down compared to 2007. Some say the rea- our rights and with this in mind we see Civil sons are far too many to list but continue to try Partnerships grow steadily for many years to and reinforce to our community it’s because Civil come, not a drop in figures, not a lack of interPartnerships are second class or it’s not equal est but a better understanding behind a new marriage or simply because of a lack of popular- wedding market that has yet to develop. ity, but when you Some betake a closer look lieve that When you take a closer look at the into the figures it’s “marfigures and this brand new market and this brand riage or you will see the full story unfold new market you n o t h i n g ,” will see the full but around – and see that in fact the figures story unfold and 34,000 are not dropping but the Civil Partnerin fact figures are people beship market is levelling itself out. not dropping but a lieve it’s Civil Partnership about gainmarket levelling itself out. ing their legal rights something rig omething that is an onPrior to the Act coming into play, the govern- going battle The more ttle but bu one we e are winning. w ment estimated that more than 22,000 Civil steps we take and achievements gained and Partnerships would happen in the first 10 years we’re one step closer to seeing the final battle (around 2,500 a year) in fact we saw over 18,000 won: “equal marriage and Civil Partnerships in the first year alone and the highest number open to all”. How can anyone deny the community the rights for legal rights and protec© Matt Pereira Photography tion under the law, no matter what you call this the UK has moved forward in such a fantastic rate over the last 10 years that we should be proud of our achievements and what the future brings not only for Civil Partnerships but for our rights as a whole. Over the last six months Pink Weddings has been hosting a rolling survey to find out when couples are now looking to plan their special day and surprising results show that 2009 34% 2010 51% 2011 12% 2012 03% (Based on survey dated 25 Aug 2009) So what does the future hold for Civil Partnerships, with more and more couples planning their day the most exciting part is to see a new generation that are growing up knowing that some Gino Meriano day they will be able to have their moment, legal Founder Pink Weddings Ltd rights in place and a day to remember.

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fe\/'head2head ...are gay unions proving to be a novelty after all?

Ian Ross, Labour IT WAS A LABOUR Government that bought in the four years of civil partnerships being introduced. For the critics out there it should be pointed out Civil Partnership Act 2004 on 5 December 2005, enabling same-sex couples to obtain legal recogni- that there are few differences between marriage tion of their relationship. Civil partnerships meant for and civil partnerships. Firstly, marriage can be the first time ever that gays and lesbians now had registered at either a civil or a religious ceremony, every right, privilege and responsibility that married whereas civil partnerships can only be registered straight couples had enjoyed for hundreds of years. with a secular ceremony or no ceremony at all. A civil partnership means that civil partners have Secondly, adultery is a legally valid reason to dissolve a marriage, equal treatment to but not a civil partmarried couples in Between 1996 and 2006 there nership. a wide range of legal were 39,521 fewer straight matters, including I strongly believe inheritance tax, emthat civil partnerweddings. Contrast this to the ployment benefits, ships are a sucfigures for civil partnerships occupational pencess story with and it is revealed that we gays sion benefits and over 33,000 gay access to fatal acciand lesbian people are more likely to get hitched! dent compensation, legally recognising amongst many other legal matters. theirr relationship. Indeed many gay and lesbian which is supported However, figures from the Office for National people ople prefer civil partnerships, partn Statistics reveal that same-sex couples formed by Stonewall. Civil Partnerships directly addressed 7,169 civil partnerships in the UK in 2008, a fall many of the injustices same-sex couples faced in of 18 per cent compared with 2007, equating to their daily lives, because of a lack of legal recogni1559 fewer civil partnerships. Despite there being tion. When it comes to equality I passionately bea slight drop in the number of couples forming a lieve that civil partnerships are one of the success civil partnership, I completely reject the idea that stories under this Labour Government, putting right one of the many injustices that gay and lesbians civil partnerships are a ‘novelty’. Let’s start by looking at the statistics. The Govern- experienced under the homophobic Conservative ment initially expected between 11,000 and 22,000 Governments of the 1980s and 1990s. So the burning question – would I enter into a civil people to be in a civil partnership by 2010. However this figure has already been exceeded. The total partnership? Absolutely! I have been with my other number of civil partnerships formed in the UK since half, Matthew, for almost two years. I would personthe Civil Partnership Act came into force is 33,954. ally consider a civil partnership as part of a commitThe fall in rate was not unexpected since many cou- ment to one another, let alone the legal security it ples had waited for a long time to gain the opportuni- offers, as part of a long-term relationship. Calling ty to register their relationship, and did so at the first such partnerships a ‘novelty’ is simply an insult to all opportunity. As a point of comparison, the number the gay-rights activists that fought for them. I think of marriages in 2006 was 236,980 - the lowest since it is about time we celebrate the fact we now have records began. Between 1996 and 2006 there were civil partnerships rather than putting then down as 39,521 fewer straight weddings. Contrast this to the a ‘novelty’, which sounds like something you would figures for civil partnerships and it is revealed that buy in the balloon shop. we gays are more likely to get hitched! The trouble makers out there say civil partnerships are a sham as there was a slight decline in civil partnerships compared to the previous year. I would like to think that making such a big life-changing step, like having a partnership, is far more important than having targets to meet for how many of us get hitched. Since being selected as a parliamentary candidate in November last year, I learnt quickly that if you want immediate publicity you have to say something controversial. Instead of promoting the many benefits of a civil partnership, it is a great pity some have felt it necessary to attack them. These people are simply publicists and attention seekers, and simply don’t deserve the time of day. We need to remember that civil partnerships have been around for almost four years. It was natural that many couples waiting all their lives Ian Ross entered a partnership immediately for legal recogis Labour’s openly-gay Parliamentary nition. Now the rush has eased it can be expected Candidate for Worthing West. that the numbers will decline in contrast to the first

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fe\/'London Scene London venue listings Soho venue listings 01 ADMIRAL DUNCAN 54 Old Compton Street Tel: (020) 7437 5300 02 DUKE OF WELLINGTON BAR 77 Wardour Street Tel: (020) 7439 1274 03 HEAVEN CLUB 77 Wardour Street Tel: (020) 7439 1274 04 THE EDGE 11 Soho Square W1D 3QE Tel: (020) 7439 1313 05 FIRST OUT 52 St Giles High Street WC2H 8LH Tel: (020) 7240 8042 06 THE STAR AT NIGHT 22 Great Chapel Street W1 8FR Tel: (020) 7494 2488 07 SWEATBOX SOHO 1-2 Ramillies Street W1F 7LN Tel: (020) 3214 6014 08 KING’S ARMS 23 Poland Street W1F 8QL Tel: (020) 7734 5907 09 THE SAUNABAR 29 Endell St WC2H 9BA Tel: (020) 7836 2236 10 BOX 32-34 Monmouth St WC2H 9HA Tel: (020) 7240 5828 11 G-A-Y BAR 30 Old Compton Street W1D 4UR Tel: (020) 7494 2756 12 BALANS SOHO 60 Old Compton Street W1D 4UG Tel (020) 7376 0115 13 79 CXR 79 Charing Cross Road WC2H 0NE Tel: (020) 7734 0769 14 COMPTONS OF SOHO 51-53 Old Compton Street Tel: (020) 7479 7961 15 LJ COFFEE 3 Winnett Street, Soho, W1D 6JY Tel: (020) 7434 1174 16 VILLAGE 81 Wardour Street W1D 6QD Tel: (020) 7434 2124 17 THE SHADOW LOUNGE 5 Brewer Street W1F 0RF Tel: (020) 72877988 18 THE ENCLAVE 25-27 Brewer Street W1F 0RR Tel: (020) 7434 2911 19 KU BAR 30 Lisle Street WC2H 7BA Tel: (020) 7437 4303 24 KU BAR 2 25 Frith Street, W1D 5LB 20 TRASH PALACE 11 Wardour Street W1D 6PG Tel: (020) 7734 0522 21 BARCODE 3-4 Archer Street W1D 7AP Tel: (020) 7734 3342 22 RUPERT STREET Rupert Street Tel: (020) 7292 7141 23 THE YARD 57 Rupert Street Tel: (020) 7437 2652 24 PENDULUM 56 - 57 Frith Street, W1D 3JG Tel: (020) 7734 8300

Vauxhall venue listings 01 HARD ON @ HIDDEN 100 Tinworth Street, SE11 5EQ 02 BARCODE VAUXHALL Arch 69, SE11 5AW. Tel: (020) 7582 4180 03 BEYOND @ AREA Albert Embankment, Arch 67-68, SE1 7TP 04 CHARIOTS VAUXHALL Albert Embankment, Arch 63-64. Tel: (020) 7247 5333 05 ROYAL VAUXHALL TAVERN 372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY. Tel: (020) 7820 1222 06 EAGLE 349 Kennington Lane, SE11 5QY Tel: (020) 7793 0903 07 THE HOIST South Lambeth Road, Arch 47B – 47C, SW8 1RH. Tel (020) 7735 9972 08 FIRE South Lambeth Road, SW8 1RT 09 SUPERCLUB COLOSSEUM 1 Nine Elms Lane, SW8. Tel (020) 7627 1283

West Londonvenues listings GEORGE MUSIC BAR, 114 Twickenham Road, Isleworth, West London, Tel: 020 8560 1456 TED’S PLACE, 305A North End Road, London W14, Tel: 020 7385 9359 WEST 5, Pope’s Lane, Acton, W5 4NB, Tel: 020 8579 3266

East Londonvenue listings THE ANGEL, 21 Church Street, Mill Meads Tel: 020 8555 1148 BJ’S WHITE SWAN, 556 Commercial Road, Limehouse Tel: 0207 780 9870 THE BLACK HORSE, 168 Mile End Road Tel: 020 7790 1684 CHARIOTS SHOREDITCH, 1 Fairchild Street 020 7247 5333 CHARLIE’S BAR, 124 Globe Road THE CORONET, 119 The Grove E ONE CLUB (Formerly The Black Horse), 168 Mile End Road Tel: 020 7790 1684 GHETTO OLD STREET, Ghetto 58 Old St Tel: 020 7287 3726 GEORGE AND DRAGON, 2 Hackney Road Tel: 020 7012 1100 THE JOINER’S ARMS, 116-118 Hackney Rd Tel: 020 7739 9854 THE OLD SHIP, 17 Barnes Street, Limehouse Tel: 0207 7790 4082

South London venue listings 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 THE CORONET THEATRE, 26-28 New Kent Road, LONDON SE1 6TJ, Tel: 020 7701 1500 GEORGE AND DRAGON, 2 Blackheath Hill, Greenwich, SE10, Tel: 020 8691 3764 ROSE AND CROWN, 1 Crooms Hill, Greenwich, SE10 8ER, Tel: 020 8293 1898 KAZBAR, 50 Clapham High Street, London SW4, Tel: 0871 223 1154 THE STAG, 15 Bressendan Place, SW1, 020 7828 7287 TWO-EIGHT-SIX, 286 Lewisham High Street, SE13, Tel: 0208 690 7648 TWO BREWERS, 114 Clapham High Street, London SW4, Tel: 020 7819 9539

North Londonvenues listings BLACK CAP, 171 Camden High Street, London NW1, Tel: 020 7485 0538 CENTRAL STATION, 37 Wharfedale Road, London N1, Tel: 020 7278 3294 THE GLASS BAR, 190 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 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

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fe\/'London Scene Jonny Mon the London scene The Village, Soho AS ONE OF THE biggest and most popular gay bars in Soho, Village regularly packs punters in with entertainment, DJs and the infamous bar-top go-go dancers. Tuesdays are V Karaoke, wth over 4,000 tracks to choose from, and your singing will be broadcasted live on the Village TV screens. Every Friday is DiscoLiscious with resident DJ HeidiLiscious playing non-stop 70’s and 80’s hits from 9.30pm – 1am. The Village

Freedom Bar, Soho EVERY MONDAY AT FREEDOM BAR, Soho, the very Miss Dusty O hosts a night of outrageous cabaret from 9pm – 3am. Kinky Kabaret aims to bring the Avant Garde back to Soho, with regular guest performances from West End theatre casts and big name cabaret performers. Entry is £5.

The Edge, Soho FRIDAY NIGHTS AT THE Edge are Funkin’ Fridays, with DJ Ben Parkes spinning funky house anthems alongside diva MC Tonnic, who regularly performs at the likes of Trade, Wild Fruit and Orange. Upstairs DJ Miles spins pop, r’n’b and party tunes for those that like things a little lighter. Funkin’ Fridays takes place from 9pm – 1am.

Compton’s of Soho FRIDAY NIGHTS AT THIS traditional gay boozer feature DJ Paul Short from 8pm, spinning funky house to a pre-club crowd. On Saturday nights DJ Jo Public steps up the pace, getting Soho pumped up for a big Saturday night out. Sunday nights are Bears Upstairs, an ideal place for bears to meet like-minded men.

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fe\/'London Scene Shadow Lounge, Soho STYLISH, EXCLUSIVE, AND UNASHAMEDLY luxurious, the Shadow Lounge has regular DJs and live entertainment for members and guests to enjoy. Tuesday nights are S. Cavallet, an Ibiza style midweek meet up with top DJs. Thursdays are Glitz & Glamour Members Night, Fridays are Therapy and Saturdays are Inferno, all with DJs laying down fresh funky house sounds.

The George and Dragon, Greenwich SEPTEMBER CABARET HIGHLIGHTS AT the George and Dragon include Eva The Diva on Fri 4, Ava La Putain on Sat 5, The Duchess on Sun 6, Kelly Wilde on Fri 11, Bette Rinse on Sat 12 and Tony Sinclair on Sun 13. That’s three nights a week of top cabaret! Full listings for the next two months can be found on the website.

The George and Dragon

The Shadow Lounge

Desperados, Greenwich The Rose and Crown

The Black Cap, Camden SITUATED IN THE TRENDY Camden Town area, The Black Cap is steeped in history with licensing records for the pub dating back to 1751. Nowadays it’s fun-filled party spot, with cabaret and entertainment on every night. Dave Lynn hosts every Wednesday night, and there’s guest cabaret every Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Highlights include Alison Jiar (of Jerry Springer The Opera fame) on Sat 12 Sep and Titti La Camp on Sat 18 Sep. Dave Lynn

Royal Vauxhall Tavern, Vauxhall EVERY TUESDAY NIGHT at the RVT Bar Wotever takes over, with an open stage for up and coming performers to show off, and open decks for aspiring DJs. The clientele is truly mixed, with people across ages, ethnicities, genders and sexualities. Doors open 6pm – midnight and entry is free. Sep 8 features live music from GeekGirl and Sep 15 features live music by Noisy Pig Berlin plus a superstar Drag King.

The Rose and Crown

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01 AMSTERDAM 11-12 Marine Pde BN2 Tel: (01273) 688 825 02 AQUARIUM 6 Steine Street BN2 Tel: (01273) 605 525 03 PO NA NA 75-79 East Street BN1 04 BEDFORD TAVERN 30 Western Street Hove Tel: (01273) 739 495 05 THE HUB 129 St James’s Street BN2 1TH 05 GHETTO BRIGHTON 129 St James’s Street BN2 1TH 06 BRIGHT’N’BEAUTIFUL SAUNA 9 St Margarets Place BN1 Tel: (01273) 328 33 07 THE BRIGHTON SAUNA 11-12 Grand Pde BN2 Tel: (01273) 689 966 08 BRIGHTON TAVERN 100 Gloucester Rd BN1 Tel: (01273) 680365 37 BRIGHTON ROCKS 6 Rock Place BN2 (01273) 601 139 09 BULLDOG 31 St James Street BN2 Tel: (01273) 696 996 11 THE BRIGHTON COALITION 171 Kings Road Arches BN1 12 DYNAMITE BOOGALOO@KOMEDIA Gardner Street , North Laine. Tel: (01273) 647 101 13 CHARLES STREET 8 Marine Pde BN2 Tel: (01273) 624 091 14 DENMARK SAUNA 86 Denmark Villas Hove BN3 Tel: (01273) 723 733 15 DR BRIGHTON’S 16 Kings Road BN1 Tel: (01273) 328765 10 THE GROSVENOR 16 Western Street Tel: (01273) 770 712 16 THE ANGEL 5-6 Montpelier Road Hove BN1 Tel: (01273) 728 808 17 HQ (formerly the Harlequin) 43 Providence Place BN1 Tel: (01273) 620 630 18 LEGENDS BAR AND CLUB Ground Floor 31-32 Marine Pde BN2 Tel: (01273) 624 462 28 H-BAR 16 Church Road, Hove. BN3 2FL Tel:(01273) 725 890 20 MARINE TAVERN 13 Broad Street BN2 Tel: (01273) 681 284. Noon-Midnight 22 MARLBOROUGH 4 Princes Street BN2 Tel: (01273) 570 028 12am-12pm 23 THE KINGS ARMS 56 George St , BN2. Tel: 01273 681 573 24 QUEEN’S ARMS 7 George Street BN2 Tel: (01273) 696 873 25 QUEENSBURY ARMS Queensbury Mews BN1. Tel: (01273) 328 159. 26 REGENCY TAVERN 32-34 Russell Square BN1. Tel: (01273) 325 652 27 R-BAR 7 Marine Parade BN2 Tel: (01273) 608 133 29 REVENGE Old Steine BN2 Tel: (01273) 606 064 10.30pm-3am 30 STAR INN Manchester Street BN2 Tel: (01273) 601 450. 32 VAVOOM 31 Old Steine BN1 Tel: (01273) 603 010 34 WILD FRUIT@TRU (monthly) 78 West St BN1 35 THE PRINCE ARTHUR 38 Dean Street, Brighton 36 THE ZONE 33 St James Street BN2 Tel: (01273) 682 249

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fe\/'Brighton Scene Vavoom ONE OF THE SMALLEST (and friendliest) bars in Brighton opens its second level, the Vavoom Lounge, every Wednesday, Friday and Saturday night. Karaoke is every Weds and Fri, and Sat is party night with the latest chart and dance music. Theme nights include Sam’s Celebration Party on Sat 5 Sep and Doctors and Nurses on Sat 12 Sep. Special drinks promos apply every day until 9pm, and right up to 2am on Mondays and Thursdays.

The Bulldog EVERY SUNDAY AT THE Bulldog DJ Grant spins funky house from 6pm – midnight, with karaoke in the upstairs room with Guy from 10pm – 2am. Plus, it’s happy hour prices all day! The Bulldog stays open from 11am – 2am. Monday nights are DJ Marcia’s Glitter Ball, playing all the best 70s and 80s hits. The Bulldog


The Star Inn

The Aquarium Charles Street

Charles Street The Aquarium

The Kings Arms

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fe\/'Brighton Scene Pink at Ink

The Amsterdam

A BRAND NEW SUNDAY nighter from the Wild Fruit crew takes over the newly refurbished Ink (formerly the Sky Bar) on Sun 13 Sep from 8pm – 1am. DJs Pete Haywood and Dave Kendrick will spin sophisticated house in this luxurious, glamorous new addition to Brighton’s club scene. It’s the opening weekend for the venue so a great opportunity to have a sneak peak around the three open plan floors.

Charles Street Bar

THE SENIOR CITIZEN’S LUNCH & Meet takes place at The Amsterdam on Tues 8 Sep, with a freshly prepared three-course meal and a glass of wine for just £12. Plus, there’ll be entertainment throughout. Elsewhere in the week, Connie’s Karaoke takes place every Wednesday with Connie Conway from 8pm – late, and the Tuesday Social is every Tuesday night from 7pm.

CHRIS AND RUPERT’S FIRST ever annual charity fundraiser birthday bash is set to take place on Sun 6 Sep featuring some of the crème of Brighton and the UK’s cabaret stars. Drag divas will be on hand all evening from 6pm, raising money for Brighton’s Aids memorial fund and celebrating manager Chris and Rupert’s 30th (ish) birthdays at the same time. It’s a big day of celebration!

Connie Conway Wild Fruit

Charles Street Bar

The Amsterdam

Legends Bar ON SUN 18 SEP Legends Bar hosts an afternoon of cabaret to raise funds for the Brighton Aids memorial fund. Lola Lasagne will host the event, with acts already confirmed including Maisie Trollette and Miss Jason as Two’s Company, Lucinda Lashes and Pat Cruise. Legends hostesses Gabbi and Dolly Rocket will also be on hand to make sure customers feel attended to. The show starts at 3pm.

Queen’s Arms THE QA TEAM IS launching their annual karaoke competition on Weds 16 Sep, with a series of heats leading to the grand final. Karaoke Star 2009 heat one is on Weds 16 Sep, heat two is Weds 22 Sep, and heat three is Weds 30 Sep. The grand prize is a rather neat £150! To enter, just turn up at the bar before 9pm. The Queen’s Arms

Dr Brighton’s THE DB’S CREW WELCOME you for after work drinks with happy hour ‘til 7pm every weekday night. Check out the new shots menu, or enjoy a delicious cocktail. Plus, there are free pool offers, and DJs play every Friday and Saturday night - including local legend Tony B on a Saturday. Doctor Brighton’s

Legends Bar



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fe\/'Liverpool & Manchester G Bar, Liverpool

The Navy Bar, Liverpool

THOSE SALTY SEA DOGS AT G Bar are taking to the seas once more! Well, it’s the River Mersey actually, but the G Boat will set sail nonetheless. Tickets are £25 including the afterparty at G Bar, with hosts Chris Griff and Lady Sian ensuring everyone has a fabulous voyage. @dX^\jZflik\jpf]

The Lisbon, Liverpool

A PARTY HOT-SPOT OF the Liverpool gay scene, Navy Bar is situated on Stanley Street and open Thursday – Sunday night. Local DJs play pumping funky house every night, open from 10pm – 4am (2am on Sundays).

AS ONE OF THE oldest gay venues in Liverpool, The Lisbon is a great space to meet friends and socialise. DJs play every night from Weds through to Sunday, plus there’s karaoke every Thursday and Sunday.

The Navy Bar

G Bar

The Lisbon

Cruz 101, Manchester

Baa Bar, Manchester

ONE OF MANCHESTER’S LONGEST running clubs continues to pack the punters in with a great line-up of weekly parties. Friday nights are Big Gay Fridays with hostess Miss Cara and DJs spinning pop, chart, dance and r’n’b on the main floor. Saturdays are Drama Queen with pop and chart upstairs and funky house on the sub level. Sunday Night Screamers take place every Sunday with superb deals on drinks.

POPTASTIC TAKES PLACE EVERY Friday night at Baa Bar, with DJ Nash spinning the latest pop sounds to a young, student-orientated crowd. The drinks are supremely cheap, with especially good deals on shots. Every Friday and Saturday night, resident DJs spin commercial and funky house, injecting some party spirit into the weekend.

Churchill’s, Manchester SUNDAY KARAOKE AT CHURCHILL’S is something of an institution, having been running for many years now. Straight after traditional Sunday roasts pick a song (there are thousands to choose from!) and strut your stuff on the dancefloor.

Essential Cruz 101

Queer Bar

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fe\/'Bristol & Hull The Pineapple, Bristol

The Queenshilling, Bristol

ON SAT 6 SEP The Pineapple hosts a charity fundraising extravaganza celebrating Dean and Dominic’s first anniversary as owners. Local celebrity drag queen Electra Fence will be hosting, joined on stage by a line-up including Fanny Dazzle, Aboycalledjames, Tray La Trash, Ruthie T, Jolene Dover, Plopalina Shitstorm (a finalist from Drag Idol), Trixie Cummore, Millie Quick, The Dynamic Duo and Matt. Happy anniversary boys! The Pineapple

SEXY SEPTEMBER CONTINUES AT the ‘Shilling with two doses of the Sexy Services theme nights. Fri 4 Sep is dedicated to hunky police, and Fri 11 Sep is all about those hot and steamy fireman. Entry is free to those dressed in uniform, and drinks promotions apply throughout the night. The Sunday night project continues each Sunday, with Electra Fence and Tray La Trash hosting a different gameshow every week, plus DJ Stevie J on the decks

The Palace, Bristol BILLED AS THE GATEWAY to the Village, The Palace is a gorgeous bar in which to relax in or enjoy a night out. There are drinks promotions on many nights, and entertainment fit for a king (or queen) takes place every Weds, Thurs, and Sat. Sunday nights are cabaret night, hosted by Amber Dextrous with guest performers every week at 6pm.

The Queenshilling

The Palace

Fuel, Hull

Code, Hull

FRI 4 SEP IS THE second edition of Dirty Sexy GoGo, Fuel’s new hot and horny undeground gay night. Chris Geary GoGo boys will be on hand throughout the night, looking sexy and wearing very little. Doors open from 11pm. Saturday nights at Fuel are Licked, dedicated to the biggest funky house and electro anthems. DJ Mark Park spins the tunes, with doors open from 11pm – 3am. Entry is £6, or £5 with a Fuel loyalty card.

WEDS 9 SEP IS a foam party at one of the biggest midweek mash-ups in Hull’s gay community. Fever takes place every Weds at Code, and is popular with a young, studenty crowd. DJs spin pop and commercial dance anthems, with great drinks promos and cheap entry prices all night.

Propaganda, Hull PROPAGANDA IS A MULTI-PURPOSE gay venue, which acts as pre-bar to the big nights at Fuel. Food is served midday – 10pm Monday – Friday, and the bar hosts afterhours parties on Friday and Saturday nights from 3am – 6am. DJs play most nights of the week, laying down a mix of bubblegum pop, commercial house and funky electro.

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fe\/'South Coast scene South Coast venue listings Bournemouthvenue listings 01 THE BAKER’S ARMS 77 Commercial Road, 01202 555506 03 2930 THE TRIANGLE 30 The Triangle, 0845 474 3019, 04 THE BRANKSOME Commercial Road, 01202 552544 | 05 CIRCUS @ THE OPERA HOUSE 570 Christchurch Road, Boscombe. 01202 399922 06 OVER THE RAINBOW GAY MEN’S HEALTH PROJECT 01202 257478. 07 RUBYZ CABARET RESTAURANT West Hill Road, 08 SAUNABAR 4 Avenue Lane, 09 THE XCHANGE 4 The Triangle | 01202 294321 11 THE PATISSERIE ANGÉLIQUE 79 Poole Road, Westbourne, BH4 9BB. 12 BAR BEYOND 103 Commercial Road | BH2 5RT 13 WHITE TIGER 27 The Triangle | Bournemouth | BH2 5SE | 0845 496 6305 | 14 FUNCHAL BY NIGHT 158 Commercial Road, Bournemouth. BH2 5LU | 01202 318900



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THE HART 89 Cavendish Place 01323 643 151

HAMPSHIRE BOULEVARD 1 Hampshire Terrace, Southsea, 023 9229 7509 THE OLD VIC St Paul’s Road, 023 9229 7013 MARTHA’S 227 Commercial Road PO1 4BJ 023 9285 2951

Martha’s, Portsmouth MONDAY NIGHTS AT Martha’s and 227 are Pink Pounder with super-cheap drinks deals all night. Wednesdays are quiz nights, hosted by Nick from 8pm, with the chance to win the jackpot prize. Thursday night is back to the 90s night from 9pm, with 90’s music and drinks promotions throughout the night. Friday and Saturday nights are open ‘til 3am, with a selection of DJs on rotation and – you guessed it – great drinks promos! There’s also guest cabaret on the Saturday night at 10pm with Cookie on Sat 5 Sep and Jacquii Cann on Sat 12 Sep, check the Facebook group for more dates (search for The Official Marthas - 227 Group). Martha’s © Sam Bonardenko

Southamptonvenue listings 01 THE EDGE Compton Walk | 02380 366163 | 02 ISOBAR 100c St Mary’s Street | 023 8022 2028 | 03 THE PINK BROADWAY 79/80 East Street | 023 8023 8804 | 04 THE ENDEAVOUR 7 Simnel Street | 05 THE LONDON 2 Terminus Terrace | 023 8071 0652 |


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fe\/'South Coast scene The London Hotel, Southampton

The Old Vic, Portsmouth ON SAT 5 SEP there’s live music at the Old Vic, with The Soul Suspects performing on stage. Sun 6 sees Topping and Butch return to the pub, on their post-Edinburgh Fringe Festival tour. Sat 12 Sep is a charity hog roast (see the community news story on page 28 for full details) and Sun 13 is drag cabaret from Connie Rogers. Topping and Butch

KARAOKE CRUISING CONTINUES to lift the spirits of those at The London Hotel every Thursday night, with Pat Cruise on hand throughout the night. Then on Fri 4 Sep Helen Love takes to the stage, with DJ Daron and Jacqui Cann on Sat 5. On Sun 6, the very wonderful Miss Jason takes her turn in the limelight. The following weekend, Mandy Gap is on Fri 11, DJ Tiny takes to the decks on Sat 12, and Topping & Butch perform on Sun 13. The London Hotel

The Hampshire Boulevard, Portsmouth The Edge, Southampton THE EDGE FACTOR KARAOKE heats take place every Tuesday and Sunday night, giving customers the chance to qualify for the finals, and to win the top prize of £1,000 cash! Budding singers and performers can also test their nerve on Thursdays nights, with the new acoustic open mic night. At the weekend the pace picks up as The Edge stays open from 9pm – 5am every Friday and Saturday night with loads of talented DJs keeping the party spirit going throughout. The Edge

WEDNESDAY NIGHTS AT THE Hampshire Boulevard have historically been dedicated to outrageous cabaret-comedy from former Trashville Tennessee star Dolly Partem. Following a short break, Dolly’s Whorehouse returns from Weds 7 Sep with an all-new show. Expect hilarious stand up, songs, games and razor-sharp wit and banter. Drinks promotions apply.

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fe\/'South Coast scene Bar Beyond, Bournemouth THURS 3 SEP IS another open decks night, which is becoming more popular every week - now with six DJs booked to play. Fri 4 is a South Coast Bears bash from 8pm, which is men only on the downstairs floor ‘til midnight. DJ Charlie Sparx spins the tunes. Sat 5 is Pony Club, a new girls party held in the downstairs level. The following weekend, Fri 11 features DJ Meow playing gay house anthems, and on Sat 12 DJ Charlie Sparx returns to the decks.

2930 The Triangle, Bournemouth FRIDAY NIGHTS AT THE Triangle are a fabulous rotation of club nights, including men-only Filth on Fri 4 Sep. On Saturday nights the two levels have contrasting music styles, with pop and gay anthems upstairs and dirty sexy house in the basement level. Sundays are Roulette Sundays, with professional roulette tables and free chips for customers. Plus, the overall winner will get a prize!

The Branksome, Bournemouth SATURDAY NIGHTS AT THE Branksome feature DJ Pride playing party music, right across the board. There’ll be everything from cheesy pop and boy bands, right through to commercial dance and even hard house! The Branksome stays open ‘til 1am. Sunday night features guest cabaret at 10pm. 2930 The Triangle Bar Beyond ©

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Edited by Richard Canning (Alyson Books, £9.99) RATHER PORTENTOUSLY SUB-TITLED ‘original fiction by today’s best gay writers’, Richard Canning’s second such anthology is something of a curate’s egg. The book is made up from nineteen short stories (virtually all from American writers and of variable quality) and an over-fastidious Afterword in which each of the stories is dissected at inordinate length. Collections such as these are of course directed by the tastes and interests of the editor and it seems odd that here Canning, who lectures at Sheffield University, should have made his main focus of attention American rather than British writers. It also seems a mistake to claim that the pool of writers from which he has drawn are ‘today’s best gay writers’. Many would disagree. Must the reader assume, or instance, that Canning has scant regard for the

Americans David Leavitt, Gore Vidal or Edmund White? Or that he doesn’t rate the British Neil Bartlett or veteran Francis King, now eighty-six and with a new novel due next year? As with any such anthology, each reader will find stories to suit their taste and others, which they find tedious.

To be recommended from Between Men 2 are Alan Hollinghurst’s ‘Highlights’ – a wittily astringent tale about the unbalanced relationship between a middleaged man and his younger lover ad the misadventures they suffer whilst on a long weekend in Rome, Patrick Gale’s ‘Husband Casket’ – an enjoyably sinister (and cunningly erotic) story which could have been penned by a liberated M R James, and Andrew Holleran’s ‘Gainsville Before Noon’ – a carefully written meditation on the aging process in the age of computer dating. Amongst the more anecdotal tales, those by John Weir and Aaron Hamburger stand out, but elsewhere the clutter of Americana becomes wearisome and some of this ‘original fiction’ frankly bores.

With sixty coming up in the fast lane and having lived abroad for many years, Rosie Barry decides it’s time she returned to Dublin to look after her aging Aunt Min. Mother to Rosie in all but name, Min suffers from depression alleviated by alcohol and isn’t particularly welcoming to her returning and somewhat guilty niece. Once re-established in the family home (even the cat is hostile), Rosie decides to contact an old friend, Mark, for whom she nourished a hopeless passion in the adolescent years before he abandoned her for make a new life in New York. Now a publisher and antiquarian book dealer, Mark suggests that Rosie write an inspirational book to help all those like herself

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JOANNA LUMLEY: CATWOMAN LOOKS at our rocky relationship with our feline friends “Ever since the Pharaohs we’ve been unable to agree about cats. And we still can’t really decide whether to love them or loathe them. How could something so innocent and beautiful be so divisive?” Joanna Lumley investigates the troublesome relationship between man and his best friend’s nemesis - the cat, in ITV1’s new two-part series. Joanna takes us round the world to discover cat history and the many roles our reluctant partners have played over the world. Joanna’s travels include Egypt, Japan, Namibia, North America, Belize, Mexico, Belgium and the UK as she seeks to find out why cats stir such different responses in different cultures. Joanna shows us bizarre relationships between different attitudes and our feline friends; from sanctuary owners, mutant breeders and the obligatory mad cat-lady along the way. Joanna is on a mission to find out why cats stir such emotion in us, often rooted in fear and superstition. What is it about this mysterious animal that arouses hysteria and suspicion? Fierce and frightening at times and gentle and beguiling at others, cats have been deified, eroticized and crucified through the ages. In programme one, Joanna looks at our fascination with cats starting with her beloved Bee. Starting in Egypt with Pharaonic devotion, Joanna shows a dark progression to witch-hunts and torture in Belgium. Programme two shows us how we have tried to tame a fiercely independent animal, from training to freakish mutation breading. Catwoman is delightful viewing that helps us to understand a friendship that is rarely on our own terms.

GAY PEOPLE ALL OVER the world will be locking themselves in their lounge-rooms when Gossip Girl’s Chuck Bass has a gay pash in the upcoming season. Season three is currently being filmed, and the man-to-man kissing scene was first reported by Entertainment weekly. Chuck bass is renowned for his sex appeal and badboy dalliances. Chuck Bass’s character has bisexual liaisons in the Gossip Girl book, so hopefully we will see more gay action on our screens. Gossip Girl has already featured a gay kiss between gay teens Jesse Swenson and Connor Paolo.


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fe\/'community London Gay Youth Domestic Orca Fundraiser Violence Investigation A NEW SURVEY IS launching to tackle the increasing problem of domestic violence amongst gay youth. Broken Rainbow and Eighteen & Under are launching their UK wide Youth Survey on domestic violence, funded by the Nationwide Foundation, and supported by the NUS. The survey will allow these organisations to find out why 18 – 25 year olds are the high-risk category for domestic violence in London and around the UK. “It is really important that we hear the views of LGBT young people and learn from their direct experience,” says Laurie Matthew, Coordinator at Eighteen & Under. “This survey will allow us to gather evidence about young people’s experiences and their views and will

help inform us about what might help prevent domestic violence.” The survey asks questions about people’s experiences and their awareness of domestic violence. At the end of the brief questionnaire respondents can select to be entered into a free prize draw, with the chance to win an Apple iPod Shuffle or a pop-up tent. To take part in the survey, visit

The London Orca waterpolo team with (from front left to right) Trudi Styles, Tony V, Claudia Patrice and Graeme Austin at Marble Media’s fundraiser in Brighton.

One80news has been a long term supporter of the London Orca gay water polo team, and will host a second fundraiser for the team this September. The party will take place at The Rose and Crown in Greenwich on Sat 24 Sep, featuring cabaret from resident drag queen Estee Aplaudeher and canapés supplied by celebrity Aussie chef Tony V. The London Orca gay water polo team needs money to get out and compete in the Cologne Gay Games in 2010. Money will be raised on the day through a raffle, donations, and a Deal Or No Deal-style box game. The fun begins at 7pm, and entry is free. The team will be on hand throughout, seving food and posing for photos in their swimwear. National LGBT Domestic Violence Helpline: 0300 999 5428, Open Mon & Thur 2-8pm, Wed 10-2pm.

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ARIES (Mar21/Apr20) The end of August is a great time to think about starting a diet or building more exercise into your lifestyle. Before jumping in, decide what you hope to achieve and set yourself clear targets. Ask a professional to advise you and they will give you the confidence and drive to keep at it. It’s important to have an unswerving determination to achieve your goals over the next few days if you want to make an impact on events and the people around you.

TAURUS (Apr21/May21) The successes and triumphs you enjoy now actually come about as a result of your efforts. Practical plans that are well thought through will be well received. Encouragement from others inspires you to throw yourself into your work with renewed energy and enthusiasm. Your efforts will be recognised, respected and rewarded by the people who matter most in your life setting the scene for a new trend of expansion and development.


(May22/June21) There’s some sadness in the air as you say farewell to a friend or colleague who is moving on. You’re looking for ways to cheer yourself up, but a new exercise routine might not be the answer. You could push yourself beyond sensible limits trying to prove something to yourself. This is not the best time to carry anything to excess, keep calm, don’t overdo the food or drink, and enjoy all things in moderation if you want to avoid unnecessary stress and strain.

CANCER (June22/July23) Friends and relatives blow hot and cold when it comes to giving you a helping hand. Best to take some of the things people say with a pinch of salt. You might feel harassed and on edge with people expecting you to be at their beck and call while ignoring your feelings. You need to stand up and be counted and insist that your wants and wishes are respected and not let anyone steamroller their way through your aims and aspirations in early September.

LEO (July24/Aug23) Responsibilities and commitments look likely to increase over the days ahead so enjoy yourself while you can. Go swimming, invite friends for a meal, accept an invitation to a party or go on an outing and shake off all thoughts of restriction and involvement for a wee while. You should take the chance to sit down and think long and hard about the immediate future and how you can put a money making plan into practice without any further delay.

VIRGO (Aug24/Sept23) Take one step at a time if you are aiming to improve your home environment and personal lifestyle. Jumping in at the deep end and trying to do everything at once could prove counterproductive. Loved ones will be happy to help so long as you don’t push them too hard. You will be feeling good about yourself very soon and find a new drive and determination that will help you overcome any lack of confidence and make a dream come true.

LIBRA (Sept24/Oct23) Try to find a friend who will work out with you if you’re thinking of starting a new exercise routine. A holistic approach to your body, mind and spirit will help you untie some of the knots developing in your relationships and in your hopes and dreams for the future. You’re likely to hear some interesting, but really far-fetched and outrageous gossip about one person in particular. Could it be true? Find out before you repeat it or take the consequences.

WIN! A week’s accommodation in Gran Canaria for two! Need some extra summer sun (now that the British one is almost over and we’ve had about 10 days of sun the entire time)? We’re here to help! The prize is offered to help celebrate the new joint venture between one80’s sister publication, 3SIXTY, and the leading gay travel specialists Mantrav International, to form Mantrav3SIXTY. The accommodation is at Club Mancha, praised as ‘the best men-only resort in the Canary Islands’. Club Mancha is a stone’s throw from the party place Yumbo Centre, and boasts individual apartments and a cooling pool. To be in with a chance of winning, answer this question correctly: How far is Gran Canaria from London? a) b) c)

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SCORPIO (Oct24/Nov22) You’re in the mood to help yourself to a little fun and there are plenty people ready to join you. A great time of parties, barbecues and get togethers keeps you on your toes. At work, at play and in the home there’s a relaxed and happy atmosphere surrounding you. You will need to attend to everyday routine matters connected with cash or career concerns or you may find you will have a backlog of paperwork to catch up with all the way through September.

SAGITTARIUS (Nov23/Dec21) Unexpected developments at work could bring excitement and interest to you and the people around you. You can’t go far wrong by following up a tip given to you by a friend or colleague. Their advice and insight could give your future prospects a big boost. You will sense change is in the air but it is too early to know exactly the way some things will go so bide your time and wait for thing to become clearer before making your move.

To enter: 1) Log onto and click the “WIN!” button. Fill out the entyry form and click submit form. 2) Pop your answer on a postcard with contact details to one80news, 4 Steine Street, Brighton BN2 1TE. This prize is non-transferable and there is no cash alternative. Usual one80news ltd conditions apply (available on request). Entrants must be 18 years old or above. The closing date for this competition is Thursday 1 October.

CAPRICORN (Dec22/Jan20) Unless you’re determined to see your social life take a dive you should tune


into what others around you are planning. There are some great opportunities around for you to make new business contacts and to increase your social circle. Take the chance to join others and try some new things. This is a good time to investigate alternatives both socially and professionally; check out your options and decide if you want to widen your horizons or not.

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AQUARIUS (Jan21/Feb19) If you’re worried about money, check out how you can cut costs to a minimum for the time being. It might be a good idea to leave your credit cards at home and be cynically suspicious of anyone offering you a “once in a lifetime opportunity”, it could cost you a packet. September is a productive time for catching up with jobs around the house or garden, your energy levels are high and your sense of style flawless.

PISCES (Feb20/Mar20) It’s a good time for doing up the old homestead or even making a complete break, selling up and moving to somewhere new. A responsibility or restriction in your life is easing and this gives you some breathing space and a chance to rethink some recent decisions. There’s a refreshing sense of comradeship among neighbours, family and friends that will inspire you to greater efforts in any part you have to play as part of a team. Text a Psychic - Text BRI followed by your question to 86600. Each text reply costs £1.50, plus your usual network charge. Speak to one of Russell’s hand chosen Psychics - call 0906 539 0740. Calls cost £1.50/min from a BT Landline. Calls recorded 18+ RGA Po Box 322, WA15 8YL

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Bella ItaliaBristol

BRIGHTON IS A CITY FULL of interesting cafes, resataurants, bars and people, people that like trying new things and of course new cuisine. Ever thought about going Polish? Well here is the reason why you should – Nasza. Opened only a couple of months ago, Nasza is a Polish restaurant found in the heart of Kemptown on St James’s Street with Aggi at the helm and her team of incredibly polite staff. With authentic decor throughout, Nasza truly is a unique dining experience. We began our meal with a Polish Smalec and a chicken liver pate. The smalec consisted of a polish brown bread, gherkins and pork fat, yes, pork fat. Whilst this may sound unusual, the recipe actually also includes meat and onions – found if you dig deep into the pot! An interesting and unusual starter but one I’d definitely select again. The pate was also utterly delicious, served with caramelised onions and bread; it was a fantastic polish twist on a traditional dish. With the main course, whilst I went all out polish my dining partner had a slightly more westernised dish but never the less still delicious. My meal of choice was Pierogi. Pierogi are little polish dumplings that contain different fillings. Some meat, some cheese and potato and some mushroom. Sprinkled with bacon, tomato and onion this was a delicious choice, especially the cheese and potato, do be warned that polish food is however very filling, so maybe skip lunch if you’re considering Nasza for dinner! My dining partner had chicken volaille. This is similar to a chicken kiev but contained cheese as opposed to garlic. Served with chips and salad this is a good choice for your not so daring. Sadly dessert was missed due to our stomachs also expanding to capacity, but we did luckily squeeze in a shot of a gorgeous honey based vodka, a real warming treat that was just as good as a dessert and truly polish tradition. As you will have read, Nasza is a fantastic little restaurant that deserves your attention. Next time you’re considering a meal out, give it a try: you may just be surprised at how much you were missing out on! With superb service, interesting decor and great food this is not a restaurant to be missed.

DRIVING THROUGH BRISTOL, my partner and I stopped in for a bite at Bella Italia. Bella it was, and we enjoyed a delicious Italian feast. We started with the Assortimento to share, a large selection of our favourite starters. The bruschetta was fresh and light, and the Buffalo wings were tasty. The formaggio fritto (crumbed and deep fried cheese) was done perfectly, without being too greasy. The portion was large, but enough to leave us waiting for our mains. My unadventurous partner ordered the steak once again, but this time with an Italian twist of garlic butter, mushrooms, fries and rocket. I decided to take a risk with the Penne Marco Polo – pasta with duck, sautéed in plum sauce with spring onion and sliced mushrooms. I was pleased with the sweet aromatic flavour of a lighter pasta dish. As recommended by our charming waiter, we shared an authentic Tuscan red, Chianti Classico that complemented our meal perfectly – especially the plum sauce. No Italian feast could be complete without a lavishing of Dolci – Italian for sweets. Graeme enjoyed a light and fluffy Tiramisu, which never fails to please. I finished with a heartier Mascarpone Cheesecake served with tart red berry compote. We left feeling full and satisfied, the food was just as good as Mamma used to make!

Nasza Restaurant Bar

Bella Italia

22 St James’s Street, Brighton 01273 622770

8-10 Baldwin St, Bristol 0117 929 3278

Favourite InnWoolwich, London FINDING GOOD CHINESE FOOD can be tricky in London, so I was surprised to stumble across Favourite Inn around the corner from my place. For those who venture to the south east of London, it is well worth the extra few miles from Greenwich to pop in for some truly authentic Chinese food. The staff are welcoming and friendly, and I noticed many families and large groups at the tables. I could tell immediately that the food is cooked with the freshest ingredients. What I love about Favourite Inn is that you can just order a huge variety and be delighted with the tastes of the Far East. Specialisations are Peking and Cantonese cuisine. Another added bonus is my partner can’t order his usual bloody steak! We decided to begin with an old favourite - Wonton Soup, whch came served generously to the brim and filled with dumplings. We then enjoyed the Crispy Aromatic Duck Pancakes, with a home made hoi sin sauce. The duck comes in quarter, half and full portions. The two of us shared the quarter serving. It was great to see a lot of tender meat with a nice crisp outer coating. For our mains we enjoyed king prawns in batter, roast pork chop suey and beef with green pepper and black bean sauce. I couldn’t falter a single dish, portion size, taste and quality. I also recommend the great selection of extra hot chili dishes on offer. We finished off with two servings of chilled Lychee. All this and a bottle of Matuese (that’s just an Aussie thing, drinking Mautese with Chinese) with change from £50. Well worth the trip down for a great and affordable meal.

Favourite Inn 12 Spray Street, Woolwich, London, SE18 6AG 020 8331 0088

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