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THE DYING OF TODAY BY HOWARD BARKER ‘Do you like bad news? I do.’ …A tense, dark and witty tale of an encounter between the diabolical and the innocent. Barker is internationally celebrated for his thrilling and provocative writing. An internationally acclaimed playwright. Catch this British premiere while you can. Until 22 November. www.arcolatheatre.com box office: 020 7503 1646

MIRACLE BY GERRY POTTER

CELEMENTINE

Clementine, a walking talking singing dancing living fashion doll and the biggest star ever to emerge from Toytown, is a regular on the gay and cabaret scene, has gained fantastic reviews at the Edinburgh and London International Mime festivals, and even had her own mini series on ITV1. Well known for shunning the paparazzi, Clementine is preparing to talk about her life story for the first time! From her magical ‘birth’ in a sinister doll factory, her meteoric rise to the status of global brand, dominating the nurseries of the world, to her recent downturn in sales following the credit crunch, she’s telling it all - and guess what? She’s turning it into a musical! (She might even spill the beans on her on-off relationship with her plastic hunk boyfriend Ben Doll... and just why he co-ordinates all his outfits with hers!) It’s like an MGM musical in miniature, told with a variety of puppet styles, headed by the dolly diva Clementine. This evening is a ‘work in progress’, showcasing various glamorous ideas which may make it into the finished musical production next year. The Drill Hall, Sunday 2 November, 4pm. www.drillhall.co.uk

AMERICAN BRIEFS

Billed as a ‘collection of sexy, new short plays by America’s hottest playwrights’, American Briefs is the first play to ever be shown at the brand new Stag Theatre, situated above The Stag pub in London’s Victoria (right behind the Victoria Palace Theatre. Go see! Tuesday 28 Oct - Sun 23 Nov at The Stag Theatre, above The Stag Pub. www.abovethestag.com

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Written and performed by the creator of the controversial, Chloe Poems. Set well into the era of AIDS but before the onset of combination therapies, Miracle tells the story of Will Hung, a gay porn star who can cure any terminal disease – but only if he sex with you. Father Joseph investigates whether he is indeed a miracle. In this play everyone has ulterior motives. Touring Unity Theatre, Liverpool (as part of Homotopia) 7 & 8 Nov box office 0151 709 4948 www.homotopia.net and The Drill Hall, London 14 & 15 Nov box office 020 7307 5060 www.drillhall.co.uk


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ACT ART 6 – DYING FOR IT! Brace yourself – Scottee and the gang are back for sixth annual ACT ART event, this year with the theme Dying For It! Addressing ‘what’s wrong with the world today’, the 10-hour freak out includes performances by 100 artists in 1 venue. Highlights are Andy bell from Erasure, fresh from the U.S. True Colors tour, who will be performing several of his worldwide hits on the night as well as tracks from his debut album Electric Blue and SCOTTEE performs excerpts from his new solo show Buy a Better You – and so much more. You know it makes sense. Friday 7 November between 7.30pm - 5am @ The Arches, 51-53 Southwark St, London, SE1 1RU £8 nus/ £10 others b4 10pm/ £12 after or £10 advance q-jump tickets from wegottickets.com

FORESKINS LAMENT BY GREG MCGEE

Enter the legendary House of Light, a hyper-glamorous, ubercompetitive drag queen refuge where a daughter who was once a son, can find a family. With sassy music, killer costumes and performed in a club cabaret setting, Wig Out! brings to glorious, vivid life, a riotous, defiant drag queen sub-culture. …May contain explicit sexual content. Royal Court Theatre Downstairs, London. 20 Nov – 10 Jan 2009 www.royalcourttheatre.com. Box office 020 7565 5000

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WIG OUT BY TARELL ALVIN MCCRANEY

A black comedy set in New Zealand, written by a former All Black Trialist, he introduces us to the coarse masculine camaraderie of the rugby world. Brutal ambitions, insecurities, hopes and dreams - this is not just a play about rugby but about the state of the nation. It mourns the end of heroes and the passing of an age. In rugby there are no winners, THE NORMAN only survivors - the same could be said about life. CONQUESTS BY ALAN This production contains scenes and language which may cause offence. Hackney Empire studio 5 – 22 AYCKBOURN Alan Ayckbourn’s comic master- November www.hackneyempire.co.uk box office: pieces, The Norman Conquests, 020 8985 2424 are back on the London stage for the first time in 34 years thanks to Kevin Spacey. The interconnecting triptych of plays, Round and Round the Garden, Table Manners and Living Together follow the same six characters, Norman, his in-laws and the local vet, over a summer weekend, in an English Country house. Not your cup of tea? For some, Ayckbourn is the beginning middle and end of dramatic theatre. Old Vic Theatre, London until 20 Dec, www.oldvictheatre.com box office 0870 060 6628

SCOTT CAPURRO Scott Capurro has never been afraid to ask the tough questions and carve his erudite barbed wisdoms into your funny bone, but, with Scott Capurro Goes Deeper, Scott for the first time takes his journey into the unmentionable to much more personal territory. Autobiographical glimpses of one of the brightest and sharpest comedians in the country, cast a fresh spotlight on his fearless (and peerless) exploration of the unquestionable. Scott was recently described as ‘the Gay Bernard Manning’ (!). Tuesday 11 – Saturday 15 November, Leicester Square Theatre, 0844 847 2475 / www.leicestersquaretheatre. com


GOWN AND OUT: CERI DUPREE Widely regarded by critics as the UK’s best female impersonator since Danny La Rue, Ceri Dupree has been donning fabulous frocks for more than a quarter of a century. A mixture of over-size accessories, humour and sparkling songs, Dupree has a repertoire of around 90 ladies – ranging from a 25-year-old Amy Winehouse to a 73-years-young Marlene Dietrich. Beginning his career working on Welsh men’s clubs in the 1980s, Ceri Dupree’s biggest influence was Danny La Rue. “I loved the fact that La Rue was clearly impersonating women and not just doing drag for the sake of it, and that’s what I wanted to do – impressions. I started doing people like Shirley

Bassey, which went down a storm, but kept adding more acts. Some were useful just for a short time, like Monica Lewinsky, others, like Victoria Beckham, are always popular!” Dupree’s new show, Gown and Out, tours the country this autumn and involves 14 costume changes and more bling than ever. “I’m coming on as Marlene Dietrich in a huge gown and massive white 15-foot fake fur train, which is going to be a struggle,” he laughs. “And I’m doing Victoria Beckham with a new twist in that everything’s going to be big - a massive ring and a huge handbag and shoes. I always think her clothes and accessories drown her as she’s so small. It’s so hard to keep up with Victoria though – I get a wig made and then she’s changed her hairstyle again. I think the new do looks like Gladys Pugh from Hi-De-Hi to be honest!” So has performing changed much in 25 years? “Massively. I’ve had to adapt to survive, to be honest. About ten years ago there were loads of great shows going around but now, cabaret seems to be about just going on with one costume for half

an hour. I used to be able to work in London seven nights a week, but I haven’t done that for 15 years. The work just isn’t there and the venues that do want me haven’t got the facilities to let me do my show – the dressing room is too small or doesn’t exist, and I’ve got nowhere to change costumes. It amazes me that gay bars have shit facilities, actually, because that’s where all the great cabaret acts used to perform. Now they perform at small theatres or cabaret clubs. If I opened a gay bar I would install massive stage with a fuck off lighting rig and suitable dressing rooms. “Also, you used to able to go on stage about 9:30pm, but when the licensing laws changed they put you on at half past twelve and everyone is off their tits. I could be the real Barbra Streisand up there and no one would even notice.” Ceri Dupree will be performing to a (hopefully) drug free audience… Thursday, 6 November 2008 at the Congress Theatre Cwmbran 01633 868239 • From Tuesday, 11 November 2008 to Wednesday, 12 November 2008 at the Old Market Theatre Hove 01273 736222 • Thursday, 13 November 2008 at the Library Theatre Luton 01582 547474 • Wednesday, 19 November 2008 at the The Paget Rooms Penarth 029 2023 0130 • Thursday, 20 November 2008 at the Mermaid Swansea 01792 367744 • From Wednesday, 26 November 2008 to Friday, 28 November 2008 at the The Y Theatre Leicester 0116 255 7066 www.ceridupree.comwww.yvonne-arnaud.co.uk

THE GREAT AUSTRALIAN DRAG SHOW

BABYLON, MYTH AND REALITY

Back off Priscilla! Australia’s very own International Drag Queens are coming to the UK for the very first time with their awe-inspiring, sing-a-long drag performance The Great Australian Drag Show. Watch in ‘shock and awe’ as Jessica James, Kris del Vaise, Linda Lamont and Amanda Monroe come to life in a gender-bending musical parody extravaganza. Lipsyncing their way through a cavalcade of cheesy dance classics, they’ll draw out your inner drag and have you screaming for more. Support your new Komedia in Bath! Friday 14 November at 8.30pm. Tickets are available on-line at www. komedia.co.uk/bath or from the Box Office on 0845 293 8480.

Collins English Dictionary confirms that the word ‘Babylon’ can be used as a derogatory term for ‘any society or group in society considered as corrupt’ and, interestingly, the book that accompanies the British Museum’s newest blockbuster exhibition, Babylon, Myth and Reality, includes a shot of the cover for Kenneth Anger’s notorious Hollywood Babylon, a lip-smackingly salacious account of excess in the film capital of the Western world. The city-state of Babylon (it was located in modern day Iraq) has been the source for a rich legacy in art and thought and religious expression from great paintings to contemporary film and music. (There still exists a manual which suggests that male-to-male anal copulation could be propitious if practiced with a partner from a higher or the same cast but could bring bad luck if practiced with a social inferior or a slave). Babylon, Myth and Reality brings together works of imagination (including John Martin’s painting Belshazzar’s Feast and several important Flemish and Dutch Tower of Babel paintings) with archaeological treasure state to reveal the reality behind the legends. The exhibition will be focused on Babylon under the rule of King Nebuchadnezzar (605-562BC) but will also include material that considers the city’s modern history. Babylon, Myth and Reality runs at the British Museum from November 13 2008 to March 15 2009.

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ROUND THE HORNE “Round the Horne Live and Uncut is an entirely different show from that which Brian Cooke wrote and which ran at The Venue in Leicester Square and then toured a few years back,” Louise Toeman, Associate Producer of the new production, declares of the show which will receive its stage premiere at the Theatre Royal, Brighton (running between 18 and 22 November) before embarking on a national tour early next year (the dates are yet to be confirmed). For the uninitiated, Round the Horne was a radio show that aired on Sunday afternoons and ran between 19651969. The surreal comedy starred Kenneth Horne, a bemused ‘straight man’ to a gallery of bizarre characters (J Peasemold Gruntfuttock, Chou En Ginsberg, Rambling Syd Rumpo, Binkie Huckabuck and, most famously, resting actors Julian and Sandy) played by such outrageous

comic talents as Betty Marsden, Hugh Paddick and Kenneth Williams. It was Julian and Sandy who brought Polari (the so-called lost language of queens) to the notice of straight audiences. The outré twosome was always luring Horne (“Bona to varda your dolly old eek”) to participate in their latest business venture – be it an employment agency or an antique shop. The scripts of the radio show were the product of the fevered imagination of Marty Feldman and Barry Took (later writers included the aforementioned Brian Cooke) and allusions – to Ruff Trayde and the Cruisers, for instance – along with the furiously Polari-ing of Julian and Sandy gave Round the Horne an especial resonance for gay listeners. “Round the Horne Live and Uncut is using original material from the first three series of the show,” Ms Toeman explains, “material written by Marty Feldman and Barry Took and Barry’s widow is collating that material to create an entirely original show.” Directed by Richard Baron, Round the Horne Live and Uncut has one thing in common with Brian Cooke’s stage show – the actors who play Kenneth Horne (Jonathan Rigby), Hugh Paddick (Nigel Harrison) and Kenneth Williams (Robin Sebastian) are the same. It promises to be a bona evening! Round the Horne Live and Uncut, Theatre Royal, Brighton, November 18-22; national tour dates to be announced.

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After another week of usual work and business humdrum, my partner and Iwanted to get away from home, away from the traffic and not have to break the bank. We were told of a very gay friendly hotel in waterloo that offered relaxation, camp rooms, fantastic foods and an array of very gay friendly staff and the best part of it a standard room was only £99.00. We opted to spoil ourselves a tad bit more then the basic room and opted for an executive studio –a huge suite that can easily sleep three! To get you in the mood there is a VIP service of complimentary pre-dinner drinks (there’s a lot of wine, beer and canapés and some great eye candy too). The decor is elegant, simple and some of the rooms offer camp décor, especially the Penthouse. The Park Plaza is a great choice for a honeymoon weekend; you would swear that they got the team from Queer Eye for the Straight Guy to decorate the brilliantly-named James Bond Apartment, with its white leather lounge, open kitchen, double balcony, great bar, and huge TV. After two bottles of red, two beers and canopes in

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the executive room, we headed for the Atrium for some great food. With a Spanish/Italian influence, a three course dinner for two and a bottle of red proved to be great value. For starters, I enjoyed a Prawn Cesar salad and my partner had oven roasted baby quail with caramelised plums and wilted spinach. For main, I had roasted guinea fowl with sauteed savoy cabbage and fondant potato and my partner had pan fried lamb noisettes, white bean puree and red current jus and we left room for vanilla panecotta, strawberries and cream and summer pudding with wild berry compote. Breakfast is an extra, at £17.95 per head for a full

continental and hot buffet. The Park Plaza situated 10 minutes by bus to Vauxhall night clubs and bars and a ten minute walk to Soho. It’s an excellent getaway with 398 rooms, 7 penthouses, 6 meeting rooms and event spaces, and most of all, delightful, friendly staff that always smile.

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Liverpool’s celebrations for the European Capital of Culture continue into November with the city’s fifth annual gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender cultural festival. Until the end of November, Homotopia organisers are expecting audiences of 15,000 people to enjoy more than 50 events featuring international and local theatre, art, comedy, literature and performance. For more, visit www.homotopia.net. Below are highlights of the festival.

HOMOTOPIA 1st - 30th November 2008

GRAND VOGUE BALL

GARY CLARKE COMPANY

LAVENDER GIRLS

Adelphi Hotel Grand Ballroom, 8th Nov

Horsemeat Unity Theatre 14th & 15th Nov

Unity Theatre, 11th Nov

Created in collaboration with dance mavericks Nigel Charnock and Javier De Frutos the exciting young Barnsley-born dancer and choreographer Gary Clarke presents his all-singing, all-dancing autobiographical show.

A night of lesbian comics featuring Zoe Lyons who won the prestigious Funny Women competition in 2004 and reached the final of Channel 4’s So You Think You’re Funny in the same year. Supported by local talent Rosie Wilby and Lavender Scratch 2007 contender Jane Townend and local MC Emma Bowley. All artists have been selected or won the Nivea Funny Women awards.

JACKIE KAY, JAKE ARNOTT AND KAYE MITCHELL The Bluecoat, 5th &12th Nov Rikki Beadle-Blair A unique performance event and the very first vogue ball to be held in the North West. For one night only, 100 contestants including dancers and performers from Glasgow, Brighton and Manchester will try to out-vogue participants from Liverpool groups including ladies from the dance group Growing Old Disgracefully! Co-hosted by actor and writer Rikki Beadle-Blair and TV presenter Amy Lamé. Expect outrageous fashion, fabulous make up and astonishing choreography amidst the sumptuous grandeur of the Adelphi Hotel. A co-production with Olivier Award Winning London promoters Duckie and celebrated Liverpool dance company House of Suarez.

On 5th November share an evening with multi award winning poet and novelist Jackie Kay MBE. Then on 12th November join lecturer and author of contemporary fiction Kaye Mitchell as she explores the world of fifties lesbian pulp fiction. Finally join Jake Arnott, author of the recently televised The Long Firm as he gives a sneak preview of his new novel The Devil’s Paintbrush, an astonishing story set in fin-de-siecle Paris which recounts the tragedy of MajorGeneral Sir Hector Macdonald, the lost queer hero of the British Empire.

AUDIENCE WITH APRIL ASHLEY St George’s Hall, 15th Nov Presented in collaboration with The Gender Trust. Born George Jamieson in 1935, April Ashley lived in north Liverpool for all of her childhood. In 1960 she underwent one of the first gender confirmation operations in Morocco. As April she developed a successful career as a Dior model appearing in Vogue before she was ‘outed’ as transsexual by the Sunday People in 1961. Her marriage and subsequent divorce in 1970 questioned the ability of trans people to acquire full legal status in their acquired gender and it was not until the passing of the Gender Recognition Act in 2004 that this was resolved. Living for many years in the South of France, she looks forward to revisiting her home city to discuss recollections of her life with journalist Rupert Smith (see opposite page for more).

DRAMA QUEEN BY SHAUN DUGGAN Unity Theatre, 13th-15th Nov The premiere production of Liverpool writer Shaun Duggan’s new play following last year’s successful rehearsed reading. Shaun’s first play William won the Royal Court Young Writers Festival and after a period writing for television drama he has returned to his home city and first love, theatre.

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ART EXHIBITIONS Contemporary Urban Centre, until 30th Nov Another innovation for Homotopia in 2008 is a collaboration with NICE 08 to Tom of bring several exhibiFinland tions to Liverpool for the Biennial. And Then He Was A She features portraits by Sadie Lee of Holly Woodlawn, the superstar of Andy Warhol’s Factory, and muse for Lou Reed’s Walk on the Wild Side. Tom of Finland Retrospective is the first time such a large exhibition of the iconic work by Touko Laaksonen aka ‘Tom’ has been mounted in Great Britain.

NORDIC WOMEN PHOTOGRAPHY, oil painting, watercolours, video projection and installations by five Nordic female artists - Laila Strandberg (Denmark), Laufey Johansen (Iceland), Maren Juell Kristensen (Norway), Katrin Fridriks (Iceland) and Asa Johannesson (Sweden). Fellow Travellers a touring and growing exhibition of work by LGBT artists including TradeMark, Holly Johnson, Sadie Lee and Naïve John (see opposite page for more).

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MAGGI HAMBLING & DAVID HOYLE ART CABARET The Bluecoat, 14th Nov Distinguished painter, sculptor and household name Maggi Hambling will be appearing with the performance phenomenon and cult artist David Hoyle. A totally unpredictable, edgy, intelligent and hilarious night involving paint, songs and a piano.

FURTHER HIGHLIGHTS INCLUDE….. New drama from Gerry Potter and Russell Barr, live art class from David Hoyle, anti-bullying play FIT, a live debate on BBC Radio Merseyside about homophobia and football. More drag sing-alongs in day centres for the elderly and the launch of a local gay history book, CD and exhibition.


Words: Rupert Smith iverpool has many famous sons and daughters, from the Beatles to Sonia to Steven Gerrard – but April Ashley, Britain’s most famous transsexual, now a chic, soignée woman in her 70s, is not one of the names that first springs to mind in connection with the city. But Ashley is Liverpudlian through and through, born and dragged up in the Docks before escaping both the city and her biological gender in the 50s. As young George Jamieson, she prayed every night to wake up as a girl – and soon took steps to achieve that dream, moving to London and then Paris to live and work as a transsexual. In November she returns to Liverpool as part of the Homotopia Festival to talk about her amazing life and times. “I had to leave Liverpool in my teens,” she says, “because there was no sort of life for me there. I wanted to die. I threw myself in the Mersey, hoping to drown, but someone pulled me out, which made me furious at the time. The doctors told me I should stop all this nonsense about wanting to be a woman, and just settle down to living as a gay man. That was a nightmare to me. I never wanted to be any sort of man, gay or straight.” George went to London and became Toni April, a gamine Audrey Hepburn lookalike with only one ambition. “As soon as I heard about Christine Jorgensen, the first sex change, I knew that’s what I wanted. And I was going to get it, one

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way or another.” Opportunity knocked when April landed a gig at Le Caroussel, a classy, internationally famous drag cabaret in Paris, where she was employed as a showgirl despite being unable to sing or dance. “They just wanted me in the show for my looks. As time went on, I developed an act of sorts, but I had no talent whatsoever.” Cabaret stardom did, however, furnish the means to achieve her dream, and April Ashley, as she now called herself, underwent gender reassignment surgery in Casablanca in 1960. “That’s the moment that everything fell into place for me,” she says. “Despite all the pain – and there was terrible pain – I felt right in myself for the first time. Whatever life has thrown at me since then, nothing can really hurt me, because I became the person I was meant to be.” Life threw plenty at her: exposure in the press in 1961, when Ashley was earning a living in London as a model and actress, and further scandal in the 70s when she married and divorced a member of the British aristocracy. “People were so cruel. I was spat at and slapped in the face many times, in the street, in broad daylight. I never realised that I would arouse such anger. The notoriety has never gone away. I’ve never been able to hold down a job; sooner or later, they find out who I am, and they have to let me go.” After long sojourns in America and France, Ashley now lives in London and is ready to take her show on the road. “If I had my way,” she says, “I’d be a complete hermit. I’d surround myself with cats and dogs and never talk to another human being. But I realise that I have a story to tell that people want to hear, and a sort of responsibility to other people like me, so I’m doing what I can.”

AprilAshley April Ashley is in conversation with Rupert Smith on Saturday 15 November, Small Concert Room, St George’s Hall, Lime Street, Liverpool. www.homotopia.net

HOMOTOPIA An exhibition that brings together work by Tom of Finland, Holly Johnson and Sadie Lee startles and delights Rob Cochrane.

Above: Former Frankie Goes to Hollywood frontman, Holly Johnson. This image: Cosmos Marine 2001 © Holly Johnson

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urator James Lawler’s astutely assembled exhibition Fellow Travellers, continuing at the Contemporary Urban Centre, Liverpool until 30th November, is a gaudy and inspiring visual feast. Like a cavalcade of queer mummers, each time the show arrives in a new city it startles, shocks and entertains – mostly because it contains work (Tom of Finland, Holly Johnson, Sadie Lee) that by its very nature is beyond the remit of many galleries and, thus, their audiences. A place that knows a thing or four about making an impact, Liverpool is currently hosting queer arts festival Homotopia, a harvest of the marginalised, the flamboyant and the downright celebratory, of which Fellow Travellers is but a part. The exhibition aligns aspects of a past which have somehow fused together and are now contained in one interlocking and rather appropriate crypt. Tom of Finland’s pencil drawings, for instance, were an obvious influence on the gay shock ethos of eighties’ pop band Frankie Goes to Hollywood and it is fitting that the show includes four works by the band’s former frontman Holly Johnson. It is appropriate, too, that portraits by Sadie Lee of Andy Warhol superstar and survivor Holly Woodlawn are on display as the singer-turned-painter was fascinated by her when he was a teenager. “My work is all about simplicity, flattening and colour,” Johnson asserts. Johnson’s Embrace of the Egyptian Manicurists is an homage to a strange discovery and reveals an ancient act of intimacy which powerfully resonates to modern eyes, perfectly enshrining his ethos. He also includes the more contemporary Cherry Lane and Courtesan. The latter is a study of two club kids and alternative drag Liver Birds he encountered on a visit to his former stomping

ground. Loud and brash, they belong to the gaudiness of a gay scene that has somehow disappeared and they deserve their being immortalised. Holly Johnson’s fourth contribution to Fellow Travellers is a highly appropriate celebration of the famous Liver Bird statue done in watercolour and gold leaf. His work is a treat, a lively and challenging example – delivered as a compliment – of the maxim that the more things change the more they remain the same. Tom of Finland’s status has slowly moved from that of collected pornographer to lionised artist. Once busted and banned, now rightly recognised, his work resembles that of nineteenth-century illustrator Aubrey Beardsley – on steroids! “There is no guilt, no tortured homosexuality, no shame,” Holly Johnson approvingly comments of Tom of Finland’s work. There is something intrinsically confrontational about these drawings. Tom of Finland’s subjects are having a ball – leather or denim clad (or not), they are happy and smiling, a clone equivalent of Beryl Cook’s saucy fat ladies. The final component of Fellow Travellers is haunting portraits of transgender subjects and these are totally mesmerising. Adding to the joy of the proceedings and iconic and striking graphics from Trademark and wonderful contemplations of the legendary Holly Woodlawn by Sadie Lee. For all the homogenised nature of much of gay culture, this immensely enjoyable exhibition reveals a seriousness all too frequently lost beneath the glitz. There is a diverse earnestness at work here amongst the playfulness which suggests that our culture has to be neither totally air-headed nor deadly serious. What James Lawler has achieved with his fellow travellers is a celebration of diversity and a much needed balancing of the scale.

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Jason Donovan returns this month with his first musical offering in fifteen long years: an album of fifties-inspired pop. How will the public react? Torsten Højer catches up.

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survivor. It was a great opportunity to tell the story in my way without anyone else editing it. “I would be foolish to say that considering a way to get my career back on track didn’t cross my mind,” he continues. “I’ve been off drugs now for eight years, but it takes a long while for it all to leave your system. I had been offered a few shows in the past, and when considering whether to spend a month or so in the Jungle in December, opposed to the Big Brother house in North London, it was an obvious decision! It was fun. Life is too short, and I realised there are more reasons I should do it than I shouldn’t.” This month, Donovan returns to music with a new album, Let It Be Me. “I’m pretty excited,” he smiles. “But it’s been tough. After 15 years away from the music scene, it proved hard to take a new Jason

has decided to include a new version of his 1989 UK number one record Sealed With a Kiss on the new album. “I did question that myself!” he jokes. “But I had this conversation with the record company, and thought ‘why not?’ The whole album is done in the style of old school, when you hear the album as a whole piece it fits. I was a 20-year-old kid when I first recorded that, so this time there’s some changes. Less double tracking on the vocals for a start. “One of the best things to come out of working on this album is self-awareness. I’ve realised that I need to realign the public perception of me as a recording artist. I’ve realised that for men, sometimes it takes a receding hairline, a few lines on the face and possibly a few punches in the face before people respect that you’ve lasted the distance. What I’ve discovered is that now, for the first time in my life, people are interested to hear my thoughts and opinions, and I’m interested in giving them. I’m in a good place right now.” Whether the reinvigorated Jason Donovan Pop Star flops or flies remains to be seen, but expect Jason Donovan Successful West End Star mania early next year, when Donovan dons drag and heels to play Anthony “Tick” Belrose (aka Mitzi Del Bra) in Priscilla, Queen of the Desert The Musical. “I’m playing Hugo Weaving’s part, the middle one, the one with the kid. A lot of people are coming up to me and saying ‘fucking great’, I can’t wait to see it. The film is a wonderful piece of Australian culture, and really captured the imagination of the public. It’s such a great celebration of life and colour and sexuality… in fact, considering where we were ten or twenty years ago with attitudes… I mean this stuff is mainstream now, and there’s a massive cross section of people even in Australia who will go and see it. Times have moved on.” Famously, Donovan turned down the opportunity to play Adam Whitely (aka Felicia Jollygoodfellow), the role eventually played by Guy Pearce, in the original film (a part which catapulted Pearce to Hollywood fame). “I don’t regret it at all – regret is a wasted emotion. Would my life be any different if I had taken it? Who knows? I can’t answer hypothetical questions. Maybe this [taking the role on the stage] is meant to be, instead of me doing it in my twenties. Although I think I would have done a fucking brilliant job back then!” And how does he feel about wearing drag and platform heels for eights shows a week? “Perfect! It ticks all the boxes! I’m looking forward to my first wax – you get hair growing in places you never thought anything would grow!

“sometimes it takes a receding hairline and a few punches in the face for people to respect that you’ve lasted the distance”

Donovan record to Radio 2 or a record company and get them to go ‘wow’. I’ve been writing a lot of songs, but if I’m honest, they haven’t really caught the imagination of a record company either! Songwriting doesn’t really come naturally to me, it’s very challenging. But I like a challenge. Would I say singing comes naturally to me? No it doesn’t, if I’m honest. “But I’m happy about this album – it’s a goodie. What we’ve done for this album is look at a period of songwriting, pre-Beatles era, and it seemed to fit for me.” The first single from the album, Dreamboats and Petticoats, is a mildly catchy ditty with nursery rhyme lyrics and dreamy, ‘real instruments’ production, and is co-written by Donovan. “Ironically, as a singer I’m starting to find my feet, which is funny as I’ve been doing this for 20 years now. I’ve done my stints in musicals and I’ve realised that it’s not always the great voices that win – it’s more about tone and how you deliver. My records over the last few years have really reflected that – there’s more of a raspiness to my voice now. I feel like finally I’ve paid my dues as a musician, I’m finally getting more respect as an artist.” Perhaps surprisingly, if progression and credibility is the desired outcome of this project, Donovan

Èi can’t wait to hit the stage in the musical version of priscilla: queen of the desert... the film is a wonderful piece of aussie cultureÉ

The single Dreamboats & Petticoats is out on 3 November. The album, Let It Be Me, is out on 10 November, both on Decca. Jason Donovan tours the UK during november and december. For a full list of dates, visit www.jasondonovan.org.uk

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8 November

SNAP! Massive 90s chart-topping dance act ‘RHYTHM IS A DANCER’ and ‘THE POWER’.

14 November

MISS GAY UK The UK final hits the Nightingale. 6 December

RIGHT SAID FRED Performing for World AIDS Day, with their global smash hits ‘I’M TOO SEXY’ & ‘DEEPLY DIPPY’.

31 December

NEW YEAR’S EVE The biggest party in town. Early bird tickets now on sale.

PIMP & JAM feat NORMA LEWIS ‘FEEL U FEELIN’ ME’ The massive club anthem out 16 November from all leading download sites. Text FEEL to 81088 to get the track to your mobile. Texts cost £1.50. Not available to Virgin mobile users

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a song, create your own publication or just throw a new costume together. During the 1980 Pride parade, I and my then girlfriend, Sue, were proudly marching alongside two of the most glorious Brixton Faeries, Frank Egan and Julian Howes. Frank was resplendent all in pink, topped off with a plastic miniature meat cleaver. This tiny item gave the police the perfect excuse to get stuck into the queens, a la Stonewall, and Frank was arrested and charged with possessing an offensive weapon. When Julian protested, he was carted off as well. The rest of our group turned the march around and staged a sit-in protest, which is when the police got decidedly ‘hands-on’. Spare Rib reported that ‘…several more women and men were harassed by the police.’ It was my first moment of participation in lesbian and gay history — because Sue and I were two of the ‘several women’! For those too young to remember, the Thatcher 80s was an execrable decade if you weren’t on the Right side, and even more so if you were lesbian or gay and not on that side. Attila the Hen and her Boot Boys were kicking the

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excrement out of us, and out of anything and anyone who dared to voice support for us. While most 3SIXTY readers will remember how Labour tried to politically eliminate Ken Livingstone when he stood for London Mayor, only a few might remember that the Greater London Council (GLC) was abolished because, as its leader, Ken supported lesbians and gay men, and dared to put minute amounts of money where his mouth was. In the 80s, there were battles on all fronts, and lesbians and gay men were most effective when we united to fight those who sought to wipe us out of history. We championed the women at Greenham Common Peace Camp; danced in Dulais with Lesbians & Gays Support The Miners and, most significantly, rallied to defend Gay’s The Word bookshop after a raid by Customs & Excise resulted in its nine directors facing 100 charges of alleged importation of ‘indecent or obscene’ literature. The books included works by Oscar Wilde, Jean Genet and Gore Vidal. The continued survival of GTW is a fine testimony to the thousands of lesbians and gay men — and straight well-wishers — who would not stand by and watch more politically-motivated ritual book-burning occur in a twentieth-century democracy. During the early 80s, as an out gay theatre performer, I was involved in plenty of benefits for similar just causes: one of the most memorable was held on December 9 1982, at the Albany Empire, South London, in aid of London Gay Switchboard and Lesbian Line. It featured a host of lesbian and gay performance stalwarts, including Eric Presland, Sue Frumin and Mark Bunyan, still one of my greatest friends — as is Tom Robinson, who unveiled his classic song War Baby that night. Also present that evening were some of my fellow novice young filmmakers, shooting the first footage for what would become, in my subjective opinion, one of the UK’s most important programmes about lesbians and gay men: Framed Youth, by the Lesbian and Gay Youth Video Project. It was the brainchild of two gay men, the late Andy Lipman and Philip Timmins (of Gay Sweatshop), who committed themselves to producing a pioneering documentary that reflected the realities and riches of young lesbians and gay men in 80s Britain. They managed to get ‘development’ money out of the BFI and Channel 4, which paid for a few months’ office rent, cameras and editing equipment. I still remember the day when a group of heavy-duty separatist dykes marched into the room, demanding ‘half the money and half the film’. When I re-committed myself to a mixed project, I was taken to a nearby pub by some of my ‘sisters’ and verbally had the shit kicked out of me for not wanting to split from the boys. Curiously, this did not persuade me to change my allegiances. So who was right? On June 26th 1984, a star-studded audience at the National Film Theatre watched as the BFI bestowed on us, the 26 young lesbians and gay men (including Jimmy Somerville and Richard Coles) who all made valuable contributions to the film, their prestigious Grierson Award for Best Documentary of 1983. Together, the women and men of the LGYVP had made history — and a new page of mine was about to be written.

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Publication of two biographies of the late Heath Ledger prompted Peter Burton to consider the life and legacy of the Australian actor. udging by the speed with which Brian J Robb’s Heath Ledger: Hollywood’s Dark Star and John McShane’s Heath Ledger: The Beautiful Life and Mysterious Death have appeared it isn’t hard to imagine the two authors getting stuck into their research as soon as they’d heard the first reports of the death in New York on Tuesday 22 January this year of the young (he was coming up to his twentyninth birthday) Australian actor. Born in Perth, Western Australia (“One of the most isolated cities in the world” was how he described his home town), Heath Ledger grew in many respects into a typical Australian youth. He was keen on sport, including hockey (“I don’t like telling people I played field hockey,” he once commented. “It’s real big in Australia for guys, but in America I say I played and everybody goes ‘Oh you big girl’”) and, less convincingly, chess, the latter perhaps suggesting both a level of intellectual depth and a degree of introspection in direct contrast to his sporting activities. His early interest in acting was also less than usual. In a career that spanned a mere sixteen years (1992-2008), eighteen movies and four television series (notably Sweat in 1996 and Roar in 1997) Ledger began as a teenage hunk and ended as an actor who - though his choice of roles was sometimes eccentric – was occasionally exceptional: Brokeback Mountain in 2005, I’m Not There in 2007 and The Dark Knight posthumously released in 2008. As both

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Heath Ledger: Hollywood’s Dark Star by Brian J Robb is published by Plexus at £12.99 Heath Ledger: His Beautiful Life and Mysterious Death by John McShane is published by John Blake at £7.99

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Dale Howard’s 2009 calendar: how hot is he, exactly? We bet Jen (the dark-haired goody two shoes who rejected his advances) is kicking herself. Available from www.globalcalendars.co.uk Is it us or does David Beckham get better with age? His recent modelling campaign for Emporio Armani showed us even more of his toned physique, and even a little peek of his now famous goldenballs. Available online from wwwdanilo.com at £7.99 We’ve never loved football so much as when United win and Ronaldo takes his shirt off. ‘Nuff said. Available at all good stores or online at www. danilo.com for £7.99 © Danilo Promotion ltd 2008

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The trouble with Hollyoaks is that although there are more hot, buff guys ‘acting’ in it than we could shake a stick at, there are also a few duds that, we presume, the producers of this calendar felt bad about leaving out. Our advice is forget which month it actually is and stick to the ones you fancy. If you want to know actual dates of anything, get a blank calendar from WHSmith or something. Available at all good stores or online at www.danilo.com for £7.99

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Simon Burgess, former Brighton & Hove City Council Leader and Labour’s Parliamentary Candidate for Brighton Kemptown, has been on the ground, working at grassroots level, helping the Obama campaign in the key states of Pennsylvania and Ohio. As the election approaches, he reports back from across the pond for 3SIXTY on liberalism and the progression of LGBT rights in America.

As I write this, it looks like Barack Obama is going to be the next President of the United States of America. But, after being cheated out of victory in 2000 the Democrats and their supporters are leaving nothing to chance. There are three times the number of Democrat volunteers as at the last two elections. Backing that up are record breaking individual donations and union effort. 2008 in the USA has all the makings of 1997 in the UK. Before Labour’s famous victory in the 1997 UK elections, progress on equality in the UK was very slow and lagging behind that seen in some US states. Previous Labour governments managed to move equalities legislation forwards only to see some of that progress reversed with the likes of the Conservatives’ Section 28. The House of Lords and mainstream media made the task much harder for progressives by almost always opposing the modernisation of rights. It took an historic win of such ‘psychological’ magnitude, with great hope for change, to dramatically accelerate the rate of reform (though it is worth noting that Labour only received 43% of the vote whereas 60% of the electorate ‘believed’ that they had voted Labour). But perhaps what has been more important than the rate of reform was how those changes have become embedded. The victory in 1997, followed by 2001 and 2005, was of such magnitude that opposition politicians and the media were forced to accept many of the government’s reforms. A similar momentum for change is waiting to burst through in the USA. Barrack Obama has the chance to advance his vision of a fairer America for the next generation. JFK was able to do that until his sad demise, now Obama can do For it too. 2008.

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The UK’s most famous gay club has been bought by arguably the UK’s most successful gay clubbing brand. But with 29 years of gay history behind it, how did Heaven lose its way? And will Jeremy Joseph and the G-A-Y brand be able to inject new life into the club? 3SIXTY sent Jonny M to investigate. eaven is one of the most famous gay clubs in the world. Countless young gay men and women had their first gay encounter within its arches, and it’s been credited with bringing gay clubbing in the UK into the mainstream. A truly historical venue, then, by any measure. But recently things have taken a turn for the worse and this year Heaven fell into receivership. On October 22, Mama PLC (the group which, jointly with Jeremy Joseph, owns G-A-Y) announced they had acquired Heaven (London) Limited, which owns and

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operates the Heaven nightclub. The sale has sent shock waves though London’s gay community. “Even before GA-Y have put on a night at Heaven the sale has already injected a new lease of life into it,” says Patrick Lilley, Work! and Queer Nation promoter. “It’s the most passionately talked about, excitedly discussed occurrence in London’s gay scene that there’s been in years. It’s on the tip of everybody’s tongues.” Now that the rumours of a sale have been confirmed, next on gossip lists is sure to be what will happen at the infamous nightclub

now that it’s under G-A-Y control. “We’re planning a big £500,000 refurb, including a much bigger stage for the acts,” says Jeremy Joseph, G-A-Y owner and promoter. “I’ve had builders and designers going around the venue. I know what I want, I already have a plan in my head, but I’m not going to rush it.” Patrick Lilley’s hugely successful Wednesday nighter Work! will continue, as will Popcorn on Mondays. The big difference will be GA-Y Camp Attack back on Friday nights, and Saturdays are still being decided on. “The main room will definitely become pop, with


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acts live on stage,” says Jeremy. “We’ve got some really juicy ones lined up.” Jeremy is keen to take his time before making any big decisions. “I’m excited, but also nervous. We’ve got a lot of people to keep happy: both the G-A-Y customers and the Heaven customers. It’s all about trial and error. I’m never complacent though, and I won’t be resting until its at capacity!” There is a lot riding on this move. Westminster council are moving to reduce the number of clubs in the declared ‘Stress Zone’ of Soho, resulting in the loss of The Astoria, Ghetto and Sin in a short period of time. “Soho is getting smaller in terms of clubs,” says Jeremy. “It would be better to have both clubs running, but that’s not the way things can go. So we’re going to try and be as diverse as possible.” So where did it all go wrong at Heaven, and how did the UK’s most famous gay club fall into bankruptcy? “Over the years,” says Patrick Lilley, “Heaven was like the QE2, a great big ocean liner, that didn’t really respond to the waves of new music. Meanwhile, you had the rise and rise of G-A-Y, and the rise of Vauxhall. Heaven’s music policy was caught between two stools: it wasn’t underground enough for the underground, and it wasn’t mainstream enough for the overground.” The shift towards commercial music is recurring in many places across the country, even Fire, that supposed stronghold of underground house now has a pop room. “House music’s

domination of nightclubs has actually been challenged by lots of other music,” says Patrick. “It’s a reflection of what the customer wants that things have been shuffled in priority. If House music was as big as it was five years ago, I don’t think you would have seen so many big nightclubs close down. Crash, Action, DTPM, Trade, and my own Queer Nation, all stopping regular parties.” Perhaps, then, this is a logical conclusion for the club. Had Heaven not failed they may have bought in Jeremy Joseph on their own terms to breath some new life into the weekly line-up. “Heaven actually had an insanely successful pop room run by Manny Patel and Dusty O,” says Patrick. “And since G-A-Y closed down at The Astoria I think around 500 G-A-Y customers where probably going there on a Saturday night anyway!” In a further twist of irony, the promotions team behind the underground house room at Heaven Saturdays have now teamed up with DJ and promoter Oliver M to re-launch Revolver, weekly at the Astoria, G-A-Y‘s old home. Whether you are a fan of G-A-Y or not, the fact of the matter is that Heaven will now remain as a gay venue. Had it not been snapped up by the Mama group, it could have been open for anyone to buy. “I hope it injects new life into the club,” says Jeremy Joseph, “that’s the whole point of the venture. You go in to improve a business: if it didn’t need improving it wouldn’t have gone up for sale.”

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s a solicitor specialising in fertility law, most of my clients are gay and lesbian couples, and it feels enormously rewarding to be able to help people ensure that their much wanted family is recognised and protected by the law. The possible scenarios for modern gay conception are seemingly endless, and I am constantly challenged by the weird and wonderful situations gay parents find themselves in. I have advised lesbian couples conceiving with clinic donors and with known donors (friends, family and sometimes even neighbours), in some cases involving one mother carrying the other’s biological child. I have advised on co-parenting arrangements involving gay men, and involving sets of gay couples where lucky children have two mums and two dads. And I have guided gay men (single men and couples) conceiving through surrogacy, both in the UK and, more commonly, abroad. I feel very much attached to all the families I have helped, and my team proudly displays all the baby pictures we have been sent from grateful clients over the years. The world has come a long way in a short time, and this year has been a particularly momentous one. The newly passed Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill 2008 (which should come into force in October 2009) will introduce significant new rights for gay and lesbian parents conceiving children together. Lesbian couples conceiving with donors will be able to record both mothers’ names on the birth certificate. Gay men will also find it much easier to conceive through surrogacy, and ultimately will be able to obtain a birth certificate which makes them full and equal legal parents. In many ways the new rights for gay fathers are the most significant change. The previous law made it very difficult for gay men to conceive through surrogacy because, after a surrogacy birth, the intended parents have to apply for a ‘parental order’ to achieve legal recognition as the parents, and same

sex couples are currently not eligible to apply. The lack of eligibility for the legal process also means that the main surrogacy agencies in the UK cannot currently help gay couples to find a surrogate, in practice making gay surrogacy in the UK almost unheard of. Though I have had a few gay men who have conceived through surrogacy in the UK with a friend or relative, the vast majority of the gay men I have helped have gone abroad for surrogacy, to countries like the US where surrogate mothers are easier to find. Foreign surrogacy is possible, if expensive, but the legalities can be enormously complex if things are not structured in the right way at the start. When grappling with immigration and citizenship issues as well as legal parenthood, you certainly need a lawyer who knows their stuff. However, the Bill will make everything much easier. Gay men will be able to conceive a child with the help of a surrogate and then apply for a parental order after the child is born. It means that UK birth certificates will ultimately be issued in the names of two men. I have to say I am surprised that there has not been more fuss about this aspect of the Bill, and I suspect that the vocal opponents of the rights for lesbian parents simply haven’t twigged how significant the changes to the surrogacy rules are for gay men. There has, in contrast, been enormous controversy over the new rights for lesbian parents. Lesbian couples will, in respect of children conceived with donors after October 2009, be treated as full and equal parents automatically and will be named (as mother and ‘other parent’) on the birth certificate. This is great news for most lesbian couples, who will no longer have to go through a lengthy adoption process to secure their position, and will be given automatic security that the donor has no claim over the child. However, the new rules for lesbian couples will produce some unfortunate results for co-parenting situations, and this

Thanks to The Human Fertilisation and Embryology Bill, which has just passed its final reading in the Commons, creating a family if you’re in a gay relationship will be easier than ever. Fertility solicitor Natalie Gamble, ‘Hero of the Year’ nominee at this year’s Stonewall Awards, guides us through.

is something gay men considering becoming a parent with a more limited role may want to be aware of. At the moment, a biological father who conceives with a lesbian couple will almost always be the legal father of the child (with all the rights and responsibilities that entails), but once the new law comes into force in October 2009, that will no longer be the case. If the mothers are civil partners, they will be treated as the legal parents, and the father will have no legal status. If the mothers are not civil partners, there may be some scope to choose between a father or a second mother, but a child will not be able to have both. The legal set-up for co-parenting arrangements is going to get even more complicated than it is at present. The Bill’s most controversial issue of all in relation to same sex parenting has been its proposed deletion of the requirement of fertility clinics to consider the child’s ‘need for a father’ before giving treatment. Though this really just ensures there is no discrimination in the provision of fertility treatment and brings the law up to date with what has been practice for some years anyway, the proposal sparked a vocal backlash against same sex parents, first in the House of Lords and then in the House of Commons, where Iain Duncan-Smith described the proposal as “the last nail in the coffin of the traditional family”. I have been privileged this year to be able to defend these changes and, as a mum of two with my civil partner as well as a legal expert, it was an issue very close to my heart. My children are still too small to really understand all that has been happening, but I really hope as they get older they will be proud of me for standing up for our family, and for others like it. I am incredibly honoured to have been nominated by Stonewall as a Hero of the Year, and if I have made a positive difference to the votes on the new rights for gay parents, or just to people’s concept of same sex parents, it is something I will be proud of until the day I die.

For further information or legal advice, Natalie can be contacted at natalie.gamble@LA-law.com or 01202 786198. Lester Aldridge LLP is a dynamic law firm with over 140 specialist lawyers and other professionals offering high quality specialist advice. For more information see www.lesteraldridge.com. *J@OKPs+(


We are the Environment Agency. It is our job to look after your environment and make it a better place. We do a wide range of work including conservation, recreation, stopping pollution, and reducing the threat of flooding. We need everyone from engineers to accountants to do this. If you’re looking for a new career come along and visit our stand at the Diversity Job Fair between 11 and 5 at Hove Town Hall on 20th November. Are you wondering what we are like as an employer? Here are some of our lgbt network members to tell you what they think: “I joined the Environment Agency in 2006 and have since taken on the role of lead for the lgbt network in the Southern Region. I will be at the Diversity Jobs Fair and look forward to talking to anyone who may be thinking about a career with the Environment Agency” Darren Sanders Permitting Officer National Permitting Service

I joined the Environment Agency in 2001. I spent 5 years not attaching a gender to my partner, not talking about what I did at the weekends and not being myself. In 2006, I joined the lgbt network and decided to come out at work. I know that I have the support of the network if an issue should arise. Looking back, I can’t believe that I left it so long to come out, my team are so supportive and my sexual orientation is just not an issue. Keela Shackell European Project Officer

“I joined the Environment Agency in 2007. Being trans and out has not had too much of an effect on my career as far as I can see. I’m really pleased with the reception that I have had in Operations Delivery, and have been welcomed into the team.” Daniel Hooper Technical Specialist Operations Delivery

I came out to my boss in 2007. Not an easy decision , but necessary , as I had decided to take on the lgbt network lead role for Thames. I had been out for a number of years to many people outside of my base at the Thames Barrier but always found it difficult due to the team culture. The response I’ve had since has been very supportive. Yvette Barda Team Leader, Flood Risk Mapping and Data Management Thames Tidal Barrier.


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So there’s a hot guy across the bar. What to do now? Here are some easy steps to help you nab that dream guy.

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STEP #1. NEVER BE ALONE Always have people around you, arriving with you, laughing with you, dancing with you, buying you drinks and generally partaking in the festival that is you. When on the hunt always take at least one friend but preferably a whole posse. THE EFFECT: when he sees that other (apparently) sane people have signed on for your friendship, he’ll want to submit his own application.

STEP #2. ACT DISTRACTED Other things are far more important to you right now than being in a club. Picking up is the last thing on your mind. Use your mobile phone to create a whole world of virtual popularity. Text messages work well but for a dramatic effect, get a friend to call you and then run out of the club with your mobile screaming “hello…I’m in some niteclub”. THE EFFECT: your potential new shag will see how busy and popular you are, that you could depart at any moment and that if he doesn’t make a move on you now you could be gone.

STEP #3. IGNORE HIM What? Who? Is there someone looking at me? Gay men are masters of ignoring people - he could have a finger up your ass giving you a handjob and tongue kissing your mother and you still are “unaware” of his presence. Basically, no means yes. THE EFFECT: Madonna said it best “rejection is the greatest aphrodisiac”. Perhaps she will be retracting this statement now though.

STEP #4. DON’T DISCUSS HIM WITH YOUR FRIENDS You’re pretending he doesn’t exist remember? The last thing you need is a tribunal of your

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nearest and dearest calling a meeting to discuss your choice. If you are tempted to tell, steer clear of the phrase “don’t look now…” When said it guarantees they will stare at him in unison and the game will be up. THE EFFECT: who is he going to fuck? You or the support crew?

STEP #5. IF HE IS WEARING SUNGLASSES DO NOT TRUST HIM A guy with sunglasses on wants to see how many people are checking him out without anyone knowing. These people have the place sussed they know who just left, who just arrived and who is in the line outside. If you’re checking him out, he’ll know that too! THE OUTCOME: put your own sunglasses on and really freak him out!

STEP #6. DANCE FOR HIM This must be done while simultaneously ignoring him and acting distracted by your mobile. It’s a big step but your disco needs you. Keep it real though you’re dancing not drowning. THE EFFECT: do you fuck as well as you dance? Even if you don’t hopefully you can fool him into finding out later!

STEP #7. AVOID HIS FRIENDS You have to separate him from his friends and keep him away from your friends to have any chance. Friends are extremely territorial and have ‘in’ jokes that will take you years to learn. THE EFFECT: once you have him alone you can ignore him one-on-one.

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STEP #8. LOOK AT HIM – DON’T LOOK AT HIM Give the peripheral vision a rest and look at him once or twice but you must ensure that he is looking at you first. To do this, look around him: above his head, past him, beside him. This will fool him into thinking you are really looking at him when you are not! Simple! Finally when you are sure he is looking, glance very quickly and then away equally as quickly. Repeat this process several times. THE EFFECT: it will send him crazy! Quite literally!

STEP #9. ACT CONFUSED When he makes his move, act completely confused almost like you have never seen him before. Sure you have been trying to get his attention for the past 5 hours but never admit to this. When he leans in to talk to you lean back and away from him. Accompany this with a puzzled “who the hell are you?” look on your face. But then as though you are seeing for the first time, reward him with a smile that suggests he can expect a hot night of unmitigated pleasure. THE EFFECT: you’ve got him!

STEP #10. DON’T FORGET ABOUT EVERYONE ELSE The great thing about someone ignoring you ignoring them is that you are ignoring everyone else at the same time! This will surely get you noticed by someone! Right? THE ALTERNATIVE: if the guy across the bar is still there (and my guess is he has left the scene all together after your performance) just go and say ‘hi!’ If he rejects you too bad, if he likes you good luck to you. The important thing is to be proactive, flirt, ask and you shall receive.

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Yet this enfant terrible of British art was born in the Channel Islands in 1952. He gravitated to London in the seventies, where he met up with the painter Andrew Heard (1958-1993), with whom he shared a studio around the corner from Old Street tube station. Heard, in turn, led him to Gilbert and George. They recognised his unique talents and nurtured them, publishing his first poetry collections Inevitable in 1984. His paintings were bold and brash, a perfect combination of text and colour.

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romantic isn’t it? ised homophobia, yet this equates to nothing more The thought of a than a political manifesto promise from a regime gently falling snow that controls its people with Orwellian predicated as it settles on the authoritarianism. Sadly it’s the way it has always Kremlin. The iconic been – perhaps even the way it is destined to Russian landmark’s always be. However this is not Russia’s view, nor bulbous towers stretching skywards, welcoming that of the liberal Muscovites, it is the will of the the soft kiss of each individual flake, embracing few which is inflicting pain upon the many. Moscow the returning snow as if it were a sorely missed loved one. At the same time Red Square creeps out from the Kremlin’s perimeter, itself slowly becoming covered in a pristine white blanket. Ah, we sigh. That Russian picture postcard scene is set once again. Busy amongst this scene are the weary Muscovites, rushing about, living their lives, woolly hats and big fur boots keeping them warm on the outside, an occasional nip of cheap local vodka keeping them warm on the inside. Winter in Moscow is simply stunning. Then think of this snow-covered square transformed in the summer months - a hot Russian sun beating down, the glint of golden rooftops shining majestically as rays of Soviet sun dance on reflective tiles. Woolly Main Image: Moscow at Night © Henrik Andersen | Dreamstime.com Russian hats are soon discarded in Changing guards at tomb of unknown soldier © yeowatzup the heat of the summer months as locals remember that there’s nothing like a nip of holds a wealth of treasures for any gay or lesbian local vodka to keep to keep them cool. Red Square traveller; in fact, not just gay and lesbian travellers, is same square where Moscow pride is held. The Moscow holds all the aces for any traveller. It is a same square where Moscow Pride is banned. newly energised city in a dark old world, which is It is undoubted, unchallenged, unquestioned and something that doesn’t happen too often, and so it unacceptable that Russia suffers from institutionaldemands attention. It’s a city whose wares need to

be enjoyed. Yet I feel enjoy is a vanilla description of the fun that can be had in this most thrilling of places, for Moscow is certainly thrilling, maybe it’s more than that, and to not see it for yourself smacks of cutting your nose off to spite your face. The status quo sees Mr Madonna centring a large part of his ‘comeback’ film around it’s people, the cities fashionistas are taking their rightful place on the worlds catwalks by wooing Paris, Milan and New York with images of fresh Moscow chic and in a recent world survey, Moscow comprehensively topped the polls as the most expensive city in the world…so we have to ask…can it really be that good? One word answer: Yes. Moscow now epitomises the changes sweeping through Russia; a place evoking vibrancy and energy, somewhere rediscovered, something lost now found, a place where poverty-stricken streets are being reinvented, a place where previously communist establishments are now occupied by nightclubs and restaurants. But this sweeping change is more than replacing a façade; physical change is easy, mental change is difficult. And for the Muscovites this changing mindset has evolved from money. Moscow is home to more than 30 billionaires, the greatest concentration outside of New York City, and this is just the tip of the wealth iceberg – the message is simple; the Russians have never had it so good. And as tourists, neither have we. Attractions for any visitor will naturally be the Kremlin, Red Square and The Bolshoi; these are *J@OKP +. *J@OKPss+.


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the very heart and soul of the city, attractions which speak of a history not too far in the past, and perhaps of a future that won’t be liberated for too long. Essentially it is a place living in the here and now, perhaps in the eye of the storm. People know what is coming as it has already passed. Eerily, unlike most head of states residences, the Kremlin has real menace and foreboding about it. It evokes an invasion of privacy, and requires you to surrender to it. Inevitably you do. It’s romantic and scary all at the same time. Geographically, Moscow rambles out in circular fashion from its Kremlin epicentre, dividing districts up into pie-like portions. The Tverskaya area is the place to be - teeming with bars, restaurants and nightlife it epitomises modern day Moscow. Meander through boho-chic cafes sipping lattes or bar hop from glass of Cristal to glass of Cristal and you will see how modern Moscow does business. A trip to Denis Simachev’s fashion house on the famous Stoleshnikov Pereulok shopping street is essentially the thing to do as his Soviet-chic concept is hot fashion right now. Simachev’s boutique takes the form of a bar-come-shop-come-eatery-comeclub, and is an experience like no other; a fashion outlet serving Beetroot carpaccio and Dom Perignon to the sounds of a resident DJ is an innovative shopping method, but one that epitomises the mindset of the Russians who have to have everything in one go; greed is a dangerous mistress and the Russians appear to have fallen foul of her. Simachev’s boutique does indeed double as a club and is currently the coolest place in town. Good and great bars are aplenty though, so places like the O2 lounge at the Ritz Carlton is a particularly opulent rooftop bar with unequalled views of the city, whilst Most is Roman Abramovich’s club, and so naturally is full of Moscow’s movers and shakers. Dinner in Moscow is an experience, with sensational restaurants in abundance across the city. The current best is Turandot, serving pan-Asian food in surroundings reminiscent of Versailles, a place where old world ostentation marries seamlessly with new world money. However quality is guaranteed wherever you head, and Café Pushkin, Bistrot or Café Gallery all are great. There is another little known fact that is worth a mention too, and that is that no trip to Moscow would be complete without a trip to the Banya (sauna) and so the Sanduny Bath House is where a +/s*J@OKP

Clockwise from top: Moscow architecture © akk_rus, Architecture on the Moscow metro © yeowatzup Flickr. com, St Basils Cathedral © Jack Versloot, Flickr.com, A snowy Kremlin © Algengar, Moscow River © Eldar

relaxing afternoon should be spent in the company of men. Here you are free to flagellate yourself with venik (birch sticks), or better still, let someone do it for you, the Muscovites are quite liberal and the men are accommodating – its easy to spend naked hours with these Russians, allowing them to gently beat you off with sticks. What joy. All round, Moscow does indeed offer enough to keep you interested. It is a formerly dark city where

you can still feel the shadows following you, but this City of Secrets is opening up to the world. The old enemy has changed, for now KGB men in woollen hats have been replaced by drag queens with woolly hair, Russian police in threatening uniforms have been replaced by fashion police in T-shirts and trainers. Moscow is evolving into a city that will one day be one of the best in the world (I sincerely believe that). The bad old days will return, so go now, before the money runs out.


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