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HOVE PARAPLEGIC CALLS FOR HUMAN RIGHTS COMMISSION TO INVESTIGATE BRIGHTON & HOVE COUNCIL Robert Carver is gay, is paraplegic and has been abandoned by Brighton & Hove City Council for the last five years in a secondfloor flat in Hove with no disabled access.
NORMAN COOK TO START THE VITALITY BRIGHTON HALF MARATHON 2017
) Norman Cook, aka Fat Boy Slim, one of the city’s most famous residents, will sound the starting claxon at 9am on February 26 to get the 13.1 mile Vitality Brighton Half Marathon race around the city underway. A keen runner himself, Norman is very familiar with the route, as he has run the race on numerous occasions. In 2016, he ran for the charity Young Epilepsy and in 2017 he will once again run the race, after his official race starter duties have ended.
Mr Carver has been housed in a second-floor flat by BHCC for the last five years. The flat has no disabled access and he has to be physically man handled up and down the stairs by his carer when he needs to go out. Mr Carver is paraplegic and has been told by his GP, nurse, occupational therapist and psychologist that he needs 24-hour care, but BHCC has only allocated him 28 hours a week. This means he is left to his own devices for two days a week and on the other days from 5pm till noon the next day. During that time he has no access to food, water, toilet, bath or even his bed. Despite pleas for a review of this situation from Mr Carver’s medical team, independent advisers and the local ambulance and fire services, BHCC recently reiterated that they see no need to expand the care he receives.
accommodation and care is ‘perfectly acceptable’. Following Mr Carver’s plight being highlighted by ITV News Meridian in October 2016 a BHCC spokesman admitted on camera that the accommodation the council had housed Mr Carver in for the last five years was “unsuitable”. Despite BHCC saying in a statement to ITV News Meridian on October 12, 2016 that new temporary accommodation with disabled access would be available shortly, no such new accommodation has materialised or been offered to Mr Carver. Subsequently the council have offered Mr Carver a bungalow in Whitehawk that was not wheelchair accessible and a ground-floor studio in emergency accommodation in central Brighton notorious for damp, drug-use and crime, described by Caroline Lucas MP for Brighton Pavilion as being unsuitable for disabled people and previously ruled out by BHCC when they withdrew an offer of the property to Mr Carver in March 2016. Mr Carver’s medical team and legal representatives advised him not to accept these offers despite being advised by BHCC that if he does not accept their offer they might opt to choose to no longer recognise their duty of care to him.
The accommodation the council originally allocated to Mr Carver is a second-floor flat which can only be reached by two flights of steep stairs. The flat has no lift and Mr Carver has to be dragged up and down the stairs This means Mr Carver could become 'intentionally homeless' and have no other option but to try to survive by his carers when he leaves the flat in order to attend as one of the many street homeless in Brighton & Hove. medical appointments. The flat itself is too small to accommodate a wheelchair which results in him being pulled around the floor by his carer when moving round the flat to go to the bathroom and to bed. For several years BHCC social workers have maintained that Mr Carver’s current
Norman said: “As a keen runner, Brighton local and seasoned Brighton Half Marathoner, I’m hugely looking forward to starting the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon 2017. The race is renowned for its buzzing atmosphere and each and every year the crowd support throughout the route is just fantastic. The race really brings the city together. It’s great to see so many people – especially those new to running and those running for charities – taking on the challenge of 13.1 miles. Bring on February 26!”
2,500 people have signed a petition asking the Human Rights Commission to investigate Mr Carver’s case. To sign the petition, view: www.change.org/p/theequality-and-human-rights-commission-justicefor-robert-carver
) Mr Carver is petitioning the Human Rights Commission to investigate Brighton & Hove City Council’s (BHCC) policy for housing disabled people. He is asking that his case be included in the new enquiry being undertaken by the Equality and Human Rights Commission into housing for disabled people launched in December 2017.
2017 marks the 27th year for the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon and this year the race has the largest field in its history, with close to 13,000 runners set to take on the challenge of a half marathon.
Martin Harrigan, Race Director of the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon, added: “We’re thrilled that Norman Cook will sound the starting claxon this year to get runners on their way around the city. He’s been a big supporter of the race for years, so it’s brilliant to have him waving runners on for their half marathon journey. We’ll make sure he conserves his energy though as he’ll be joining the crowds to run the race himself!” Standard entries closed over the summer, but runners keen to enter can still sign up to run for charity. Charity places close on Sunday, January 29. For more information, visit: www.brightonhalfmarathon.com
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TICKETS GO ON SALE FOR BRIGHTON PRIDE ‘SUMMER OF LOVE’ FESTIVAL 2017 ) 2017 will be a glorious Summer of Love, as Brighton Pride celebrates the landmark 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales with a life affirming Carnival of Diversity and spectacular weekendlong Pride Festival. Summer of Love will bring together the best of Brighton & Hove under a giant rainbow flag between Friday, August 4 and Sunday, August 6, 2017. A festival like no other, a campaign to inspire, a party to remember and a fundraising weekend to be proud of, it promises to be the most spectacular Pride event of 2017, filled with joy, love, and pride. The Festival at Preston Park on Saturday, August 5 will be a glittering, inclusive community celebration that delivers another unforgettable day of Pride. A unique community fundraising event, in recent years Brighton Pride has enjoyed amazing performances from international stars, including: Sister Sledge, Carly Rae Jepsen, Fatboy Slim, The Human League, Fleur East, Alesha Dixon, Ella Henderson, Boy George, Alison Moyet, Paloma Faith and Ms Dynamite amongst others. Described by The Guardian as “the country’s most popular LGBT+ event”, Brighton Pride is a vibrant celebration of all that is wonderful about Brighton & Hove’s diverse communities, with visitors from across the globe coming to enjoy the spectacular celebrations each August.
SUMMER OF LOVE THEME OF COMMUNITY PARADE ) Pride 2017 will celebrate the landmark 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales with a Carnival of Diversity with this year’s parade theme, Summer of Love. The annual Pride Community Parade is the biggest event in Brighton & Hove’s calendar bringing over 200,000 people onto the streets each August to participate and watch the spellbinding spectacle. This year's Summer of Love Community Parade, supported by Gatwick Airport, promises to be the most spectacular UK Pride event of 2017, a festival like no other, a campaign to inspire, a party to
remember and a fundraising weekend to be proud of. Previous parade participants have included Brighton Pride’s partners and sponsors American Express, Net Natives and One Family, local community groups, representatives from political parties and faith groups, the NHS, blue light services (police, fire and ambulance), Girl Guides, Scouts, trade unions, as well as major corporate brands like Virgin Holidays showing their support for diversity, and a sensational selection of dancers, performers, musicians and artists. A 10% Parade Early Bird discount is available for a limited period. To register for the parade, view: www.brighton-pride.org/
The 2017 Brighton Pride Community Parade on Saturday, August 5 will be a Carnival of Diversity, an opportunity to reflect the fabulously diverse and unique communities whom we are all lucky enough to share our city with. It will fill the streets of Brighton & Hove with love, light and laughter as the colour and cohesion of our communities combine to create an explosion of life-affirming brilliance throughout the Brighton Pride Community Parade.
Not just a time to party, the Pride Festival and Parade gives us a chance to come together as a community to declare our unity as we continue to face the challenges by those around the world who would take the LGBT+ communities back to the days before decriminalisation and equality. Paul Kemp, Pride Director, said: “Together we can keep moving forward, celebrating, campaigning and connecting with Pride. Go to Brighton Pride’s Summer of Love in August 2017 and join the sensational Carnival of Diversity to help us all declare that, 50 years on from the decriminalisation of homosexuality, love wins." Brighton & Hove Pride is operated by Brighton Pride CIC, a not for profit community interest company. All ticket revenue raised goes directly to the operational and running costs of producing the Pride Festival, LGBT Community Parade, Pride Village Party and community fundraising for the Rainbow Fund and Pride Social Impact Fund. In the last four years, Pride have raised over £310,000 for the Rainbow Fund and Pride Social Impact Fund to distribute to local groups and organisations. The Rainbow Fund has a remit to receive donations and to use them to make grants to LGBT+/HIV groups and organisations in Brighton & Hove who deliver effective frontline services to LGBT+ people in the city. The Pride Social Impact Fund benefits local good causes giving grants to a range of local groups that the Pride Festival impacts on. ) Pride Festival and Pride Community Parade: Saturday, August 5, 2017. ) Pride Village Party: Saturday 5–Sunday 6, August, 2017. For first release tickets for the Pride Festival, view: www.brighton-pride.org
PRIDE CAMPSITE PRICES FROZEN AT 2015 RATES FOR EARLY BIRDS ) For those on limited budgets you can once again spend the Pride weekend under canvas as you immerse yourself in the Brighton Pride experience. Brighton Pride Camp Camp will be filled with an amazing celebratory atmosphere from Friday 4 through to Monday 7 of August.
Prices are frozen at 2015 rates for early birds, £12.50 per person per night or take advantage of the special early bird offer of three nights for the price of two.
The Pride Campsite at Waterhall is equipped with a Camp Shop providing you with all your Pride provisions with on-site catering servicing all your culinary needs, including delicious cooked breakfasts. This year you can book your pitch size according to your party size with costs based on the number of occupants. As in previous years, there will be a special Pride bus service between the Pride Campsite and the city throughout the weekend and there is ample parking on-site (must be prebooked) to make it easier to get to the campsite and set up your pitch. Communal showers are available onsite but you can also book private showers. Book online at: www.brighton-pride.org/
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SUSSEX BEACON TO CLOSE ITS PSYCHOLOGICAL SERVICES
Funding historically for this service came from the Monument Trust and the Henry Smith Charity. The Monument Trust is to close this year and will be giving no further funding to the Sussex Beacon. As a result, the charity is no longer able to offer psychological services to people living with HIV. The only exception is the charity’s monthly mindfulness group, which will continue as normal. Simon Dowe, Chief Executive at the Sussex Beacon, said: “Without the necessary funding, it’s impossible for us to keep our psychological services running. This is a huge blow to the charity as these are long-standing members of staff who have provided invaluable support to people living with HIV over the years. We’re doing all we can to support the staff affected and will consult with our clients to ensure that those who would like to access alternative local psychological services are transferred as smoothly as possible before the end of March." The Sussex Beacon provides specialist support and care for people living with HIV through both inpatient and outpatient services. It helps hundreds of people living with HIV in Sussex a year and was rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission in September. In December 2016, the Sussex Beacon announced it was facing the prospect in June 2017 of closing services, including its ten bed inpatient unit, following a reduction in funding it receives from the NHS. Charity management and trustees have made and continue to make every effort to put the organisation in a stronger financial position to avoid these closures.
Whilst there have been histories written about HIV/AIDS, there has been almost nothing on the actual nursing work that was done caring for people during that period.
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) Following last month’s announcement that the Sussex Beacon was suffering financial difficulties, the charity has announced its psychological services will close at the end of March this year, due to loss of funding. Three posts, the Head of Health and Wellbeing Services, the Senior Psychological Practitioner and the Trainee Psychological Practitioner, will be affected and made redundant at the end of March.
HIV NURSE HISTORIAN UNDERTAKES NEW RESEARCH PROJECT
) Dr Tommy Dickinson, a nurse historian at King's College London, is currently working on a project that is exploring the nursing care of people with HIV/AIDS before antiviral medication was readily available. The project begins in 1981, with the first reported AIDS case in the UK, and continues until 1996, when the evidence base for antiviral medication became explicit, shifting HIV/AIDS from a terminal illness to a manageable chronic disease.
remember from their chemsex encounters, 85.5% of respondents said they remembered everything to mostly everything, 10% said they recalled half of their experience and 4% said they remembered almost nothing. The remaining 0.5% recalled nothing of the experience. The survey also showed that during chemsex, 51% of men did not use protection during anal sex and 93% did not use protection during oral sex. The drug of choice for study participants was crystal meth (36%), followed by marijuana (19%), cocaine (13%) and MDMA (11%).
GSCENE COLUMNIST RUNS TO RAISE HIV/AIDS AWARENESS
) Craig Hanlon-Smith, regular columnist and feature writer for Gscene, will be running in the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon on February 26 to raise awareness of HIV/AIDS and raise money for Terrence Higgins Trust (THT).
“On World AIDS Day in December 2016, I was shocked to work with some young people who didn’t know it was World AIDS Day, but more so that many of them had not heard of HIV or AIDS. These were 17 and 18-year-old young adults who have spent their lives in a publicly-funded education system. I was, and remain, appalled. “And so my run is yes, to raise money, but also, through the work I am involved with in education and with Mad 'Ed Theatre, to raise awareness. Thank you in advance for supporting me and my chosen charity. Any donation is gratefully received.” To make a donation to Craig’s run, view: http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/CraigHanlonSmith
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CHEMSEX STUDY EXAMINES PREVALENCE OF DRUG-FUELLED SEX
A petition to Jeremy Hunt MP and NHS England to save services provided by the Sussex Beacon has been launched. To sign it, view: https://you.38degrees.org.uk/petitions/flagship-hiv-charity-is-being-forced-toclose-services-due-to-funding-cuts-by-nhs-england
Craig said: “For years I’ve been writing in my Gscene articles: Get up off your disco arse and do something. And now it's my turn. On February 26 I’ll be running the Vitality Brighton Half Marathon on behalf of THT. Terry Higgins was one of the first people in the UK to die from an AIDS-related illness and the charity was set up by his loved ones to personalise and humanise the issue of AIDS.
Tommy is seeking people to talk to him if: • You were diagnosed with HIV/ AIDS between 1981 and 1996 OR • You had a loved one die from HIV/AIDS between 1981 and 1996. • Also/alternatively, if you have diaries, letters, photos or any other interesting material relating to HIV/AIDS during this period?
Attila Szatmari, Digital Business Director at Pink Triangle Press, Squirt.org's parent company, said: ) A new study from the gay “We wanted to provide our members hookup site squirt.org examines with very important information about prevalence of drug-fuelled sex, chemsex within the gay and bisexual also known as chemsex. The community. We now have statistics study, which surveyed 22,248 from real people showing infrequent squirt.org members, showed that participation in chemsex, not this 30% of respondents have hyper-usage that seems to be engaged in the activity, 39% of reported in mainstream media.” respondents would consider it while 61% said they would not.
One survey section asked members about protection and recollection of their experience. When asked how much they
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BIG 3 COME TOGETHER TO RAISE MONEY FOR THE RAINBOW FUND
BRIGHTON BEAR WEEKEND LAUNCH NEW LOGO FOR 2017 ) Brighton Bear launch new logo for the Brighton Bear Weekend (BBW), which takes place from June 15-18, 2017. This year's logo has been designed by Eoin Norton, a Londonbased graphic designer who specialises in brand development and creative direction.
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) The three biggest fetish brands in the South come together at Subline in February to chase away those winter blues, bring you a weekend of hard partying while raising money for the Rainbow Fund.
First, on Friday 10 at 10pm, is the UK’s biggest sports kit fetish night, The Big Scrum, bringing you their attitude-free, fun, cheeky and horny club night for men that love rugby kit and all sportswear.
Graham Munday, Chair of BBW, added: "We are very pleased with the design of the logo this year. We will
On Saturday 11 at 10pm, Leathermen South bring the raunch of a Berlin cruise bar to Brighton. Expect loads of leather and horny men! Sunday 12 at 3pm is the annual Brighton Bear Black Valentine’s party. The bears will be down in the caves enjoying the meaty delights. Enjoy a toast to being single or being a couple. Wear black for discounted entry prices.
Stephen Littlewood, from the Big Scrum, said: "The Big Scrum is the UK's biggest dedicated Sports Kit Club Night with regular events in Manchester and Brighton and occasional events in Blackpool, Birmingham and Dublin. If you like men in kit, free shots on entry and a fun, friendly, attitude-free and slightly cheeky night - Subline is the place to be! We're teaming up in February with Leathermen South and Brighton Bear to present the BIG 3 WEEKEND. Sports kit on the Friday, leather and fetish on the Saturday followed by Black Valentine’s - for all those bears and admirers looking to hook up on Sunday. There is something for everyone over the weekend and it's all in aid of the Rainbow Fund. So not only will you have a fun weekend to remember, you'll also being supporting the gay community as a whole"
Graham Munday from Brighton Bear, said: "It is so good to bring an event together at a time when we can all do with a pick me up. It has been so easy to work with the other groups. Subline is so generous and professional. We know everybody will have a great weekend after all it is always better when three come together" For more information about Subline, view: www.sublinebrighton.co.uk
Subline is the home for all three events so check the listing page on their website for opening hours and different door charges. All three events will be raising money for the Rainbow Fund who make grants to LGBT+/HIV organisations in Brighton & Hove who deliver effective frontline services to LGBT+ people in the city.
Carl Patrick, from Leathermen South, added: "Leathermen South is delighted to be 'coming together' with the sexy rugby guys and the hot furry bears for a Valentine’s weekend of events at Subline. Our Leather event takes place on Saturday Feb 11, but we can all enjoy the events on Friday night and Sunday afternoon as well. It's going to be great fun and we really look forward to seeing you all out and about."
Eoin said: "I support the BBW, as it creates an allembracing nonjudgemental and fun event for the communities in and around Brighton. I was fortunate to take part in 2016 and was overwhelmed with the friendliness and the community support that I saw from the event. I think smaller less corporate events like BBW create that unique tight sense of community that the other large events lack."
soon be putting our t-shirts, polo shirts and other merchandise with the new logo up for sale on our website which helps us to raise money for the Rainbow Fund." For more information about Brighton Bear Weekend, view: www.brightonbearweekend.com The Rainbow Fund make grants to LGBT+/HIV organisations who deliver effective frontline services to LGBT+ people in Brighton & Hove. For more information about Rainbow Fund, view: www.rainbow-fund.org
WANT TO PLAY FOR A GAY RUGBY TEAM IN BRIGHTON?
) Brighton & Hove Sea Serpents RFC is the gay and inclusive Rugby Union club for the city and surrounding areas. They were set up in November 2015 following the two Rugby World Cup matches, which were played in Brighton at the Amex Community Stadium. Sea Serpents RFC are holding a dropin evening on Wednesday, February 1 from 7pm at the Camelford Arms (who sponsor the team) for people who are interested in playing or supporting the club. Go along and meet the players and supporters over a pint to find out what makes them tick and learn how rugby can add to your life. Ian Chaplin, Sea Serpents RFC Chairman, said: “The core values of
the game of teamwork, respect, enjoyment, discipline and sportsmanship are what makes the game special for those who enjoy the environment and culture they create. They define the game and define us." If you’d like to find out more about the Sea Serpents or are interested in taking part, contact them via Facebook or email their chairman: firstname.lastname@example.org Brighton & Hove Sea Serpents RFC drop in evening: Camelford Arms, Camelford Street, Brighton: Wednesday, February 1 at 7pm.
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Jane Postlethwaite said: “The idea for the night came about by having to read really bad scripts while doing my acting diploma, finding crap books in charity shops and watching Celebrity Autobiography on Youtube. The actual inspiration for the night was a video of Kristen Wiig reading from the Suzanne Somers Poem book, Touch Me. After watching this video (repeatedly), I ordered the poem book from America years ago (costing a whopping £25) knowing it would one day be read at a night like this and I wrote in my notebook idea for Brighton night, Bad Book Project. When I came to find my notebook years later and wanted to start an alternative comedy night I knew I had to use that title and use The Marwood for a venue. The Suzanne Somers book has been read by various guests throughout the year. It's like the Holy Grail for this night! “The night has always been a fusion of ideas from worldwide nights that I think are brilliant such as American events like Moth and Celebrity Autobiography. Our readers choose bad sci-fi, celebrity autobiographies, childhood stories or diaries, emails from funny family members, How To... books, self-help and so many more….the only rule - No 50 Shades of Grey nonsense!” The Bad Book Project, The Blue Man, 8 Queens Road, Brighton, February 16, March 16, April 20 and June 22 at 7.30pm. Entry is free. For more information, view: www.facebook.com/BadBookProject
TWELFTH ANNUAL BOWLING EVENT ) Brighton Lesbian & Gay Sports Society (BLAGSS) will be take over the entire Bowlplex at Brighton Marina on Tuesday, February 21 for their annual bowling extravaganza. Arrive at 6.30pm for registration and a chance to practise; the competition starts at 7pm.
Last year’s event attracted over 200 bowlers from different Brighton & Hove LGBT community groups. Registration costs £64 for a team of eight players. To register, email: email@example.com
careful line between sensation and sentiment” - Daily Telegraph; “Collis’s unpretentious, ribald, chatty style carries this ripping yarn” Time Out. Both events will have Q&A sessions, and copies of Colonel Barker’s Monstrous Regiment will be on sale. The Trials of Colonel Barker will have its first rehearsed reading at the Purple Playhouse, Brighton (date tbc) at the second Hove Grown Festival of new writing from March 24 to April 2. The events are at: Worthing Library, Richmond Rd, Worthing, BN11 1HD (fully accessible) on Tuesday, February 28 at 12.10pm. Free entry.
Rose says: "The story of Col Victor Barker, aka Valerie Arkell-Smith, is one Jubilee Library, Conference Room 3, of identity: gender identity, hidden identities, class identities and the conflict Jubilee St, Brighton, BN1 1GE (fully accessible) on Sunday, March 5 at between private and public identities". 2pm. Tickets £5, advance booking Colonel Barker’s Monstrous Regiment recommended. www.ticketsource.co.u was first published to enormous critical k/event/165580 acclaim in 2001. “Excellent… treads a
OSKA BRIGHT FILM FESTIVAL ADDS LGBT STRAND FOR 2017 FESTIVAL ) Oska Bright Film Festival, the leading international festival of films made by or featuring people with a learning disability, adds an LGBT+ strand to its programme for the 2017 festival. The festival is looking for short and feature length films that tackle themes of identity, gender and sexuality. Films can be any genre, from music videos to digital art, animation to comedy. Matthew Kennedy, a queer, femme, learning disabled film-maker, said: “Being at Oska Bright has definitely given me some form of creative empowerment as a learning disabled filmmaker/artist, it is giving us a space as learning disabled filmmakers to carve out our own stories and narratives.” The festival takes place every other year, with the next one running from November 15-17 at The Old Market in Brighton & Hove. At the 2015 festival, 60 films were screened, from 11 different countries. Awards were
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) The Bad Book Project is a free monthly night in Brighton that involves really funny people reading from very bad books. The night is produced and hosted by Jane Postlethwaite, character comedian and writer and has been so successful since it started in July 2015 that in 2017 they have had to move it to a bigger venue at The Blue Man in Brighton. Each month they have new readers who are made up of comedians, musicians, writers and other creative types. Each event has a competition where the audience votes on their favourite reader and bad book. The prizes are notoriously silly. There is a loyal fan base that turn up each month wearing their I love Bad Book Project badges.
THE BAD BOOK PROJECT WITH JANE POSTLETHWAITE
) Rose Collis, writer and performer, will give two talks about her book, Colonel Barker’s Monstrous Regiment, and the new stage play she is writing, based on the book. At these special events she will be talking about the research and creative processes involved in producing both works, and shedding light on the extraordinary, complex story of someone who veered from tragedy to farce to fame to obscurity, but who always strove to remain ‘a perfect gentleman’.
presented by representatives from Warner Brothers, the BFI, Adult Swim and film director Andrea Arnold OBE. Nearly 3,000 people came to the festival over three days. If you want to be part of the world’s first and biggest celebration of learning disability film-making, submit your film by April 30, it’s easy and free to enter. To submit your film, view: http://submityourfilm.carousel.org.uk/ or email: firstname.lastname@example.org
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PRIDE COMES TO THE ISLE OF WIGHT ) Pride comes to Ryde, the next town to announce that they will stage their first Pride in 2017, on the Isle of Wight for the first time on Saturday, July 15. A new committee has been formed and organisers are holding a launch party at Coburgs, 70 Union St, Ryde on Friday, February 10 from 7pm. The event will be fully inclusive and open to everyone. An evening of live music, drag and cabaret is promised giving everyone the perfect opportunity to find out more about how to be involved as Isle of Wight Pride (IWPride) will need lots of volunteers to help make the event a huge success. Tickets for the launch party are £5 on the door and all money raised will go towards staging the Pride event in July.
Whether you’re a business who would like to sponsor Pride, set up an information stall, sell items at Pride, or you’re a member of the community who would like to volunteer your expertise and experience, then members of the new committee will be available on the night to talk through their plans for the event. There will be an opportunity to network from 7pm before you join the party to celebrate the launch of IWPride!
The new committee includes: Joe Plumb (Chair), Zoe Thompson (Vice Chair), John Brownscombe (Treasurer) and Yve White (Secretary). Joe Plumb said: "I’m very excited about Pride coming to the Isle of Wight and the opportunity to help facilitate what I’m sure will be a very
special event. I’m lucky enough to have been born at a time of growing acceptance for the LGBT+ community but I do have a strong understanding of the struggles that led to this point. “Pride events are a strong reminder to those who have lived through criminalisation, Section 28, and the prejudice and abuse felt by so many. There is still a lot of work to do internationally as well as making equality in law a reality in this country. “It can also be said that the Isle of Wight lags behind the mainland in support and visibility for the LGBT+ communities. My vision for IWPride is for it to be an opportunity for us to take pride in how far we’ve come but to also highlight that there’s still work to be done.
FIRST PRIDE FOR EASTBOURNE ) Eastbourne will celebrate its very first Pride with a Mardi Gras-style, family-friendly parade and park event on Saturday, July 22 at Princess Park. Organisers say there will be a main stage with live entertainment, a dance tent with DJs playing all day and community stalls for local groups, organisations, statutory bodies and businesses. The day will start with a parade along the seafront heading into Princess Park, which is located between Eastbourne Pier and the Sovereign Harbour Marina. Ms Gallacher, chairperson of the Bourne Out LGBT social group, one of the main organisations involved, said: “This is going to be a first for Eastbourne, and will be a real celebration of equality, diversity and families. We must break down barriers of hate and homophobia. We have tremendous support for this locally and it is an event that will grow and grow, I have no doubt about that.”
"We’ve had over 1000 responses to the questionnaire and we’ll be sharing the results at our launch event. From the results it’s clear that islanders want an inclusive, family-friendly, all-day event, with a parade. We’ve set up working parties who are currently looking into how we can make these ideas a reality.
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“There’s a lot of support for this event and I look forward to welcoming everyone to Ryde for the first IWPride.”
Bourne Out will hold a fundraiser on Saturday, February 4 from 8pm-midnight at the Cumberland Hotel, 34-36 Grand Parade Eastbourne, £5 all profits to Eastbourne Pride.
To keep up to date with all the latest news about Isle of Wight Pride, view: www.facebook.com/IWPride/
Funktion Events will be holding a Back 2 Love Hedkandi Theme Night fundraiser on Saturday January 28 from 9pm at Maxims Nightclub then montly thereafter with DJ Michael and hosted by MIss Joyride. All profits to Eastbourne Pride.
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LATEST TV LAUNCH UK’S FIRST LGBT+TV CHANNEL ) Latest TV, the UK-based community TV channel, continues their equalities and diversity mission with the creation of the UK's first ever LGBT+ TV terrestrial channel. Latest LGBT+ TV, broadcasting from February 2017, will bring the best in LGBT+ news and entertainment to viewers' screens on Freeview Channel 7 and Virgin Media 159 in the greater Brighton area, as well as online globally.
Sophie said: "I'm incredibly thrilled about the prospect of leading one of the most exciting developments in British television for decades. The world is changing, and not always for the better, throughout the world there is an increasing wave of bigotry and prejudice. This represents a very real possibility to combat that and change people’s lives. We're aiming to entertain, educate and inspire our viewers."
Andrew Kay, the presenter of Amazon Prime's International Chef Exchange will bring his wit, charm and soufflé to the channel. Andrew said: "I see this as my chance to enjoy, in a public arena, being gay – but also in working towards a better and more equal world. Working with the Latest LGBT+ TV team is going to be exciting, challenging and fun and I hope that people - whether they are LGBT+ or not - will join in."
Fronting the channel will be two of the city's well-known LGBT personalities. Sophie Cook, presenter and head of Latest LGBT+ TV, joined Latest TV in 2016 and was the first ever transgender woman to front a news programme in Europe. The former RAF engineer, motorbike racer, newspaper editor and rock music photographer, was also the first trans woman to work in the Premier League as club photographer for AFC Bournemouth. Her news and chat show Beyond the Rainbow will be a weekly highlight of the LGBT+ schedule and in addition she will be creating new documentary programmes for the channel.
Bill Smith, Latest TV's CEO and a nominee for the National Diversity Awards, said: “We're delighted that our channel will be creating daily LGBT news programmes and entertainment shows, as well as screening the very best LGBT films from across the world. We’ll also provide a platform for LGBT film-makers to share their work. With support from Coast to Capital, Latest TV has launched LGBT+ TV; however we receive no ongoing public funding and so we've turned to crowdfunding to finance our service."
BEAR-PATROL RAISE £21,929.46 FOR SUSSEX BEACON IN 2016 ) The Mayor of Brighton & Hove attended the Bear-Patrol Bacon and Sarnie Social at the Sussex Beacon last month to hear Simon Dowe, Sussex Beacon CEO, announce that Bear-Patrol events in 2016 had raised £21,929.46 for the charity and £6,763.16 for other charities making a grand total raised for good causes by Bear-Patrol in 2016 to £28,692.62. Bear-Patrol was founded by Danny Dwyer on May 28, 2008, and has been fundraising for good causes since January 1, 2011. To date they have raised and donated a total of £158,115.99 to 20 different organisations.
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HELEN, 50 LIVING WITH HIV SINCE HER 30S
CHRIS, 64 LIVING WITH HIV SINCE 1991
The groundbreaking report has captured the reality of what it means to be part of the first generation of people to grow old with HIV. The charity found that poverty, loneliness and social care are major concerns for older people living with HIV and has warned of a social care ‘time bomb’ ahead.
• The survey showed that nearly six out of 10 (58%) of people living with HIV aged 50 and over are living in poverty – double that seen in the general population. Meanwhile 84% of respondents were concerned about future financial plans.
• The survey of over 240 older people living with HIV also showed that 82% experienced moderate to high levels of loneliness – three times more than the general population of the same age.
• A quarter of respondents said they would have no one to help them if they ever needed support with daily tasks.
• Eight out of ten (82%) people living with HIV aged over 50 are concerned about whether they will be able to access adequate social care in the future. Ian Green, Chief Executive of THT, said: “Advances in HIV treatment mean that people with HIV are living longer and we’re now seeing the first generation of people growing old living with HIV. This is good news – but it also means we’re entering uncharted territory. “Many of these individuals were diagnosed when HIV was considered fatal and never expected to live beyond a couple of years – as a result, they’re less likely to have savings or pensions, and many have become socially isolated. And since then thousands more have been diagnosed with the highly stigmatised condition.
“These statistics should be a wake-up call to governments. People aged 50 and over are now the fastest growing group of people living with HIV, and new diagnoses in older people continue to rise. The issues they face can no longer be ignored, as the challenges of poverty, loneliness and social care grow more acute. “As it stands, our welfare, health and social care systems are simply not ready for this and we could see a time bomb in years to come. We must ensure our GPs, our care homes and our communities are ready to support people with HIV to live well in later life, while facing the uncertainty of what lies ahead.” One in three people seen for HIV care in 2015 were aged 50 and over, compared to one in five in 2011. New diagnoses among older people have nearly doubled in the last decade. The report, co produced by people aged 50 and over living with HIV who undertook elements of the research, highlights alarming stories of stigma and discrimination within care homes and other health and social care settings, warning that training for professionals must improve. Ian Green continued: “We’ve heard stories of how older people with HIV searching for care homes have been turned away or treated in a way that reflects outdated awareness of HIV. “One lady living with HIV in a care home was encouraged to spend as much time as possible in her room to avoid contact with other residents. When she did leave her room she was only allowed to sit on one chair and the TV remote was wiped down with antibacterial wipes after she’d used it. “This is shocking. A major shift in awareness and training for social care staff and support services on HIV and ageing is needed, to ensure they have the skills and knowledge to support the increasing numbers of people growing older with HIV.” Kevin Burgess, 65, said: “I was diagnosed with HIV in 1991, before any treatment was available. People were told they had just a couple of years to live so they spent their money at the time, thinking they didn’t have a future. Nobody realised we’d still be alive today, so there’s been no consideration for us. Here we are 20-odd years later, we’re not prepared, and the leftover attitudes from the 1980s are very much still around. KEVIN BURGESS
) Older people now represent one in three of all people living with HIV, but the social care, healthcare and welfare systems aren’t ready for this new and fast-growing ageing generation, according to the new report Uncharted Territory produced by Terrence Higgins Trust (THT).
Mark Budden, 56, who was diagnosed with HIV in 1997, added: “Living with HIV is like coming out of the closet again and again. Every time you disclose your HIV status to someone you know to expect all the myths and you have to go into a long explanation about the facts. I’m gay, I’m a Christian, I’m getting older, and I’m living with HIV. These are integral parts of who I am, but none of these labels alone defines me. MARK BUDDEN
The first generation of older people with HIV are facing poverty, loneliness and discrimination, according to a new report by Terrence Higgins Trust (THT).
“Going into a care home is a big fear for me. I used to live in sheltered housing and I couldn’t be open about my HIV status there, so I know what it’s like to have to lead a different life in your home. I wouldn’t want to have to do that again.”
“You just assume you’ll be looked after in old age in this country. It’s only when you have an elderly or ill relative that you realise that social care is not a given, you need to have savings as the government alone won’t look after you. If you’re isolated or financially struggling, as many people with HIV are, that’s going to be a lot harder.” George Rodgers, 56, living with HIV since 1994, said: “Growing older with HIV, you wonder what’s going to happen longterm? You can feel left on your own. Those of us who are living with HIV longterm are having more health problems it seems. No-one actually knows how HIV interacts with other things. I’ve got diabetes as well as HIV and sometimes it’s hard to tell the difference between what symptoms are linked to what.” GEORGE RODGERS
SOCIAL CARE ‘TIME BOMB’ FACING AGEING HIV POSITIVE POPULATION
ABOUT THE REPORT ) THT launched the survey as part of the peer-led research project. A total of 246 completed surveys were analysed. Respondents live across the UK: 10% in Scotland, 3% in Wales and the remaining 87% in England. Respondents’ ages ranged from 50 to 82 years old, with a median age of 55. Women made up 22% of respondents to the survey. The date of HIV diagnosis represented in the survey respondents range from 1982–2016 and age ranged from 18–74 years old at diagnosis. Thirtytwo percent were diagnosed with HIV before effective treatment was available in the UK in 1996. One-to-one interviews and group workshops with individuals living with HIV aged 50 or over also took place and were conducted by the peer researchers. In total, 307 people living with HIV aged 50 and over participated in the research. To read the full findings in the Uncharted Territory report, view: www.tht.org.uk/UnchartedTerritory Kevin Burgess and George Rodgers photos by J McGill Winston
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DO YOU HAVE A SPARE ROOM OR SPARE TIME TO HELP HOMELESS PEOPLE IN YOUR COMMUNITY? Brighton becomes ever more pressured and increasingly difficult for young people to move into supported accommodation or rent privately, more than ever Nightstop hosts are needed to provide longerterm accommodation.
) Reece has been general manager of Legends for almost 10 years and is kept extremely busy running the hotel, bar and nightclub. He’s full of praise for his team of friendly staff who he says are always there to support him and make him smile.
Nightstop is currently in need of more hosts to provide longer-term accommodation for young people, supporting 16-25 years olds in their homes from a week up to a month at a time. They also need volunteers to befriend and mentor young people, providing some one-to-one support during their stay in Nightstop and into settled housing.
Born in Anglesey, North Wales, he had a happy upbringing and his parents were fully supportive when he came out. One of his closest friends was also gay, but there wasn’t anywhere for them to socialise and be fully accepted in Anglesey, so at the age of 17 Reece moved to Manchester, where the gay scene was thriving. After a few years on the Manchester scene, and having gained managerial experience with Johnson Cleaner, he got a transfer within the company to Brighton and when his friend, Collin Day, who was manager at Revenge, asked him if he fancied a bar job at the club, he accepted.
If you have a spare room or some spare time and would like to help to prevent homelessness and rough sleeping locally, contact the Nightstop team for more information about how you can be involved and help out by emailing: email@example.com k or call: 07500 770996
For more info about Sussex Nightstop, view: In Brighton their amazing volunteers, www.sussexnightstop.org.uk trained and supported by Nightstop, To make a donation to Nightstop, opened up their homes and view: accommodated and supported 50 https://localgiving.com/charity/suss young people for over 500 nights in exnightstop 2015. As the housing situation in
JOIN THE GSCENE READERS TRIP TO EURO DISNEY ) There are a few places left on Gscene’s magical trip to Disneyland Paris from May 19-21 2017, to see the dazzling new Disney shows and glittering new parade celebrating 25 years of Euro Disney. You will be whisked away from Brighton early on the morning of Friday, May 19, arriving just a few hours later by Eurostar direct into Marne-la-Vallée train station in Disneyland to stay for 2 nights at the luxury Vienna Dream donation to the Rainbow Fund who Castle Hotel, a Disneyland Resort give grants to LGBT/HIV Paris associated hotel. organisations providing effective front line services to LGBT people in Your price includes return journey Brighton & Hove. The all in cost is from Brighton to Disneyland by just £425 per person based on two Eurostar, two nights stay at the people sharing. To reserve your hotel, a three course meal on the place call 01273 749 947 (25% first night (May 19), unlimited access to both parks for the duration deposit required. Full payment by April 1, 2017) of your stay and a £10 per person
REECE ROBERT MANAGER @ LEGENDS
) Sussex Nightstop is a community response to youth homelessness, providing accommodation in the homes of trained and supported volunteers. These volunteers are people from the wide and varied communities of Brighton & Hove who have a spare room or some spare time and want to help make a difference in their local community. Last November, Nightstop were one of the finalists in this year’s BCC Sussex Community Heroes Awards, recognising the important work of their volunteers in supporting vulnerable young people who are homeless and at risk of rough sleeping.
Morgan Fabulous chats with Reece Roberts from Legends on Brighton seafront.
Like many people who worked on the gay scene at that time, Reece felt his colleagues were more like family than workmates. Tony Chapman owned Revenge and Reece says he was a great person to work for. Tony looked after his staff well, so when he bought Legends Hotel, Reece was happy to take the manager’s job there. For many, Legends is the hub of the gay community in Brighton. I’m a frequent visitor there as I like the clientele it attracts, and there’s always a warm and friendly atmosphere. I had never really considered what the hotel above is like, and I know it sounds like I’m writing a yelp review but I was pleasantly surprised at the very high standards of rooms when I got a guided tour. With constant refurbishment and additions to the furniture and decor, the rooms are fresh, sophisticated and modern. Most importantly the staff are really friendly and the rates extremely reasonable for a hotel on Brighton seafront. If you have friends or relatives visiting for the weekend, I highly recommend you push them in the direction of the hotel. The upstairs bar is currently undergoing an £80,000 refurbishment which includes new glass doors, a new floor, new tables, new wall recoverings and reupholstered furniture. I got a sneak preview of some of the designs, and it’s going to look fabu-lous! The bar and club will remain open while the refurbishment is being completed. Reece lives with Justin, his partner of 16 years, and their cat, Dinky, in Peacehaven and in his spare time loves cooking, socialising and keeping fit.
18 GSCENE “In each area we are also working with one local care-based charity and in Brighton & Hove our partner is the amazing Martlets Hospice, who care for people living through a terminal illness in and around Brighton & Hove.
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“Thanks to the tremendous support of the men, charities, sponsors, partners, ambassadors and volunteers we are beginning to grow around the UK and I’m really looking forward to being in Hove Park on June 25 to meet all the runners at our inaugural event on the South Coast as I know it is going to be a lot of fun!”
GO DAD GO! Run for your favourite charity in Hove Park at the Go Dad Run on Sunday, June 25, 2017. ) On Sunday, June 25, 2017 an exciting, fun and eye-catching new charity 10K and 5K event for men will take place in Hove Park. Three-time world champion athlete Colin Jackson will be bringing his men’s health project, the Sanlam Go Dad Run, to Brighton & Hove for the first time.
Colin said: “A few years ago two of my uncles were diagnosed with prostate cancer and sadly only one survived. He was the one who talked about his symptoms and sought early treatment and that had a massive impact on me. DEREK REDMOND, DONOVAN BAILEY & COLIN JACKSON
Go Dad Run is open to guys of any age and Colin hopes that hundreds of men and boys will pull a pair of big, blue Go Dad Run Y-fronts over their shorts to help raise awareness of men’s health issues and funds for one of Go Dad Run’s five partner charities. Earlybird registration prices start from just £8 and all registered runners receive a timing chip and full results service, a pair of Go Dad Run Yfronts, PUMA T-shirt, Big Yellow Drawstring Bag and a medal. For full details, view: www.godadrun.co.uk After a long career as one of Britain’s most successful athletes and having won 21 major championship medals, Colin founded Go Dad Run in 2013 when he staged a small 5K run in Wales and this year there will also be events in Sunderland, London, Worcester, Cardiff, Norwich and Bristol.
LEON TAYLOR, COLIN JACKSON, JAMIE BAULCH, DALEY THOMPSON AT 2016 LAUNCH
“I was shocked to discover that 1 in 8 men in the UK will develop prostate cancer and that rises to 1 in 4 men from a black AfricanCaribbean background and yet I had hardly heard anyone mention the illness. That was when I decided to create Go Dad Run as a means of encouraging men to talk about those health issues we so often try to avoid.
Colin will be joined by several Go Dad Run ambassadors in Hove Park and as well as setting the men off on their runs they will all be waiting at the finish to put the medals around the necks of the runners after they cross the line. Among those already confirmed as attending with Colin are six-time world swimming champion Mark Foster, double world athletics champion Jamie Baulch and Royal Ballet soloist and Dancing With The Stars judge Fernando Montano. A number of other major sporting champions will also be announced in the coming weeks. All the money raised in sponsorship by the runners goes directly to the charity they choose to support and details about how to do that are explained at the end of the online registration process.
“Go Dad Run is aimed at all men and we’d love to see dads, sons, partners, boyfriends, grandads, neighbours, friends, work colleagues and teammates sign up and take part and it doesn’t matter if you are a serious club runner or would just like to have a jog, wheel or stroll around the park, it is open to all levels. “Prostate Cancer UK is our Lead Charity Partner for the 5th year and we’re also very pleased that we have three new National Charity Partners. Orchid, who are the UK's leading charity working in the area of male-specific cancers; the Campaign Against Living Miserably (CALM), who are dedicated to preventing male suicide, the single biggest killer of men under the age of 45 in the UK; and Bowel Cancer UK.
GO DAD RUN ) To find out more about how you can get involved as a runner, sponsor or volunteer with the brand new Brighton & Hove Go Dad Run in June, contact the team at firstname.lastname@example.org or follow all their news on Facebook and Twitter.
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FRIDAY 3 - SUNDAY 19, FEBRUARY B Right On events are all at the Phil Starr Pavilion, New Steine Gardens, Brighton which has a fully licensed bar. For listings and to book tickets visit: lgbt-help.com
10am-11am: THE SACRED SPACE OF THE BODY - Alistair Appleton. Best known for hosting 14 seasons of Escape to the Country, Alistair is a qualified and respected therapist. In this meditation you will explore ways of connecting more deeply with your sacred self.
FRIDAY 3 ) CELEBRATION! Celebrating 25 years of the
Sussex Beacon starring: Maisie Trollette, Myra Dubois, Lorraine Bowen, Miss Jason, Dave Lynn, Davina Sparkle, Kara Van Park and Sally Vate. Dancers from The Brighton Academy, choreographed by Emma Green. Directed and staged by Carole Todd. All proceeds from the evening to the Sussex Beacon. All performers are donating their services free of charge.
11am-Noon: JESTERS & ANGELS - Peta Evans. Trans voices in the church. Uncovering trans voices that have helped to change the world. Noon-1:15pm: SACRED BLUEPRINT join Lilith Wildwood on a soul journey from the inner world to the outer cosmos to experience the expanse of soul and universe as one. 1:30pm-3pm: FOLLOW THE FAUN - Andy Black. Move your body, blow your mind, open your heart, tickle your fancy! An interactive workshop by performance artist and actor Andy Black that teaches you how to travel through new worlds and dimensions to experience ecstasy, transformation, and a serious attack of the giggles! Highly recommended.
what they do. Get involved in activities & workshops. Learn more about mental health and how it intersects with LGBT+ identities. There will be an activity table with mindful and fun activities, bite-sized information, quizzes and conversation to stimulate learning about wellbeing and how you can help yourselves and others. 11am-12pm: Films about lived experience of mental health Workshop programme: 12.30-1.30pm: Sleep Matters workshop 1.30-2.30pm: Assertiveness workshop 2.30-3.30pm: Peer Support workshop 4-5pm: Mindfulness Meditation Event open from 10am-5pm. Free entry.
THURSDAY 9 ) BE SAFE STAY SAFE: PERSONAL SAFETY
WORKSHOP hosted by the Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum. Introducing the principles of personal safety, including how to keep safe without using any physical techniques and learn how to increase your confidence and distract or escape a potential attacker. In this session you will adapt the techniques to suit differing physical abilities. This is not a session in martial arts. Refreshments provided. Costs subsidised by a grant from the Rainbow Fund. If you have any access requirements email: email@example.com or call 01273 855620 and select option 4. Workshop 2pm-4pm. Free entry.
Tickets £18/£15 concs available online or from Prowler & Nice ’n’ Naughty in St James Street. Doors 7pm, show 7.30pm.
THURSDAY 9 ) LEARNING TO LISTEN with Brighton & Hove
SATURDAY 4 ) BE SAFE STAY SAFE: PERSONAL SAFETY
WORKSHOP hosted by the Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum. Introducing the principles of personal safety, including how to keep safe without using any physical techniques and increase confidence to help you distract or escape a potential attacker. This isn’t a session in martial arts. Refreshments provided. Costs subsidised with a grant from the Rainbow Fund. If you have any access requirements email: firstname.lastname@example.org or call 01273 855620 and select option 4. Workshop 2pm-4pm. Free entry.
SUNDAY 5 ) SOUL SAFARI 1: A day to explore LGBT
spirituality organised by Village MCC. 10am-1pm: CARD READINGS. Discover yourself with the help of The Jesus Deck. These cards can speak to you whatever your beliefs and help you discover elements of your unique spiritual journey.
3pm-4:30pm: THE BRIGHTON GAY MEN’S CHORUS Tribute Concert – Remembering Pablo Fernández-Arias. Free entry. Collection will be taken for work of MindOut, LGBT Mental Health Project.
Samaritans. Ever wondered if you’re a good listener or talk too much and don’t let others get a word in? Volunteers from B&H Samaritans are running this workshop as part of the Mental Health themed day that will help you to: describe elements of active listening; explore the barriers that prevent you from listening, and help you look at the importance of consciously putting your own ‘stuff’ to one side to be there for someone else. The workshop is funded with a grant from the Rainbow Fund. Workshop 6pm-8pm. Free entry.
) BE SAFE, STAY SAFE - Quarterly Public
Meeting of Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum - an established independent LGBT forum of eight elected, unpaid volunteers, working with the LGBT+ Community to address and improve safety and access issues in Brighton & Hove. They undertake cultural, educational and social safety community activities and all type of LGBT community/inclusion and accessibility initiatives. For details of guest speakers and meeting agenda view: www.lgbt-help.com Meeting starts 7pm-8.30pm. Free entry.
FRIDAY 10 ) HIV HISTORY DAY: Remembering how HIV has
affected us and where we’re at now - a community event open to everyone. Information stalls and displays from local HIV community groups and organisations; meet people involved in running local HIV groups and services; Radio Reverb HIV Happy Hour ‘vox pops’ and interviews; displays of local media on HIV; HIV History Wall for people to share their stories & recollections; talks and information on HIV activism; share your suggestions for future events. Lunch Positive volunteers will be
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thursday 9th February
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event runs from 2pm-4pm • free event
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22 GSCENE Experience, Freddie Pluto, George Faithless and Christine Hepworth-James Stella Pint - the bio drag queen from Scarborough presents a selection of her favourite acts. Drag kings, stand-ups and musical comedy, with all profits going to local domestic abuse charity Rise.
FRIDAY 10 ) ROCK UP! Open Mic Night. Local musician
Robin Coward hosts an open mic night with a difference. Robin is well known in Brighton & Hove for his friendly, inclusive music nights, which he’s run for 15 years and which have proved a great starting point for many musicians. A rare Friday Brighton open mic with full sound and lighting in a custom built pavilion. Doors 7pm, show 8pm. Free entry.
SATURDAY 11 ) YOGA DAY: Alistair McCall is a fully
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qualified (500 hours+) Vajrasati trainee yoga teacher. Vajrasati yoga is 100% inclusive. It doesn't matter who you are or whether you’ve done yoga before, you’ll enjoy and benefit from attending a session.
Open 10am-4pm, sessions: 10.30am, 1.30pm and 3.30pm. Free entry suggested donation
SATURDAY 11 ) SOUND WAVES: A collective of local LGBT
musicians and live bands: yourgardenday, We R Bob, Paul Diello, Travis Eddie and Playing House. All the bands performing are beautiful people who care about the community. Trust us, you’ll be entertained and have a fantastic evening. Music brings us together! yourgardenday - melodies and rhythms collide in a world where any chord goes. Influences include Freddie Mercury, David Bowie, Rufus Wainwright, Elliott Smith, Radiohead, Eurythmics and the Muppets.
Travis Eddie is king of all the queens. Her vocals are extraordinary, her passion for performance is captivating. Doors 7.15pm show 8pm. Tickets £10.
SUNDAY 12 ) SOUL SAFARI 2: Exploring LGBT
Spirituality organised by Village MCC. 10am-1pm: CARD READINGS. Discover yourself with the help of The Jesus Deck. 10am-Noon: DEATH CAFE with Funeral Celebrant Catherine Duffy. Discuss one of life’s biggest taboos over a cuppa. 10am-Noon: TEMPORARY TATTOOS for all ages! The Village MCC: Ever thought about a tattoo but not sure enough to go through with it? Choose a temporary tattoo to wear for a few days! (Free, but only one per person). Noon-1:30pm: HATHA YOGA – Brighton Natural Health Centre. Please bring your mat! Hatha Yoga is a calming, gentle and supportive form of yoga which increases mind-body awareness. No prior experience needed, great for novice or experienced practitioner alike. 1:30pm-3pm: SACRED INTIMACY - Lilith Wildwood. A meditation on pleasure, sensation, and depth of connection. For more info: https://thelilithmysteries.co.uk 3pm–4:30pm: Andy Black – Follow the Faun. Move your body, blow your mind, open your heart, tickle your fancy! Follow The Faun is now in Brighton with its unique blend of ancient Bacchanalian rite and trippy participatory theatre. Dress to dance. Expect to sweat. www.thefaun.com Open 10am-4.30pm. Free entry
Hannah Brackenbury - Brighton-based musical comedian, is well-known on the scene for her silly songs and hilarious parodies. In 2016 she reached the final of the Musical Comedy Awards and performed at both the Brighton and Edinburgh Fringe Festivals. Sammy Silver - sassy, sexy, surreal, flamboyant little bear cub who is forever on the search for a daddy. He laughs at his own jokes, dances like a nutter and if you’ve got cash he’ll flirt with you like there’s no tomorrow. The Dick Hard Experience - features sexy characters singing original songs to popular soundtracks including George Faithless, Pelvis Lezzley and more! Freddie Pluto - a cosmic being, here on planet earth to change lives through his otherworldly psychic powers and drag king magic. Christine Hepworth-James - member of award winning Short & Girlie Show impro group since 2002, she recites rib tickling rhymes based on true stories, recounts daft poems about her life, bras, trains and teenage mags feature in her funny fables. Doors 7pm, show 7.30pm (ends 10.30pm). Tickets £8/£6 conc. Limited number of £5 earlybird tickets available until February 1.
) STELLA PINT PRESENTS… A night of
comedy and drag starring Jen Brister, Hannah Brackenbury, Sammy Silver, The Dick Hard
TUESDAY 14 ) TEA DANCE for older and younger members of
the community hosted by Maisie Trollette with live music, refreshments and licensed bar. Take your partners and waltz the afternoon away.
We R Bob - strong rhythmic guitar, flowing sax melodies and bold, seamless vocal harmonies.
Open 12pm-4.30pm. Free entry
Playing House “The 405 perfect pop nugget... concise, fragrant and deliciously endearing” Clash Magazine
WEDNESDAY 15 ) DISABILITY AWARENESS DAY. OUTReach, FREDDIE PLUTO
Paul Diello - award winning singer songwriter, fuses poetic lyrics and acoustic melodies with dark electronica and holds it all together with an unforgettable voice.
Jen Brister - stand up comic, writer and comedy actor, a regular performer on the UK and international circuit, Jen has written for BBC Scotland and presented for BBC6 Music. In 2016 she supported Frankie Boyle in London, performing her new show The Other One.
Open 11am–4pm, drop in whenever suits you best! Free entry.
serving freshly prepared food all day. No charge, donations welcome and ‘pay as you feel’.
employment support, advice, BSL Awareness Training and community cafe Open 10am-4pm. Free event.
sunday 12th February BUILD CONFIDENCE
show 8 pm • tickets £8/£6 conc
book tickets online: lgbt-help.com Raising funds for Safety Net a joint initiative between RISE and LGBt Community Safety Forum
MEET NEW PEOPLE
DISTRACT AN ATTACKER
REPORT A CRIME
STARRING IDENTIFY DANGER
thursday 9th February event runs from: 2 pm -4 pm
Tickets: £5 on the door or book online: lgbt-help.com
ANEESA CHAUDHRY JENNIE CASTELL GABRIELLA PARRISH & HANNAH BRACKENBURY
sunday 19th February
show 8 pm • tickets £8/£6 conc book tickets online: lgbt-help.com
all events are at the phil Starr pavilion New Steine Gardens, Brighton, BN2 1PB B RIGHTON ON Festival is organised by
with support from
24 GSCENE Time Warp before, you’ll never have done it quite like this! No admittance under age of 12. Running time: 2 hours 30 minutes incl interval.
THURSDAY 16 ) WORK AND VOLUNTEER FAIR - Want to
Volunteer? Looking for Work? Want to get involved in your community? Meet over 20 local community organisations and businesses. CV support, job search, benefit guidance, engagement workshop, overcoming hurdles to employment, drop in support. Local organisations and recruiting companies present. Open 10am-4pm. Free entry
Open: 7pm-11pm. Tickets: £12 available online or from Prowler & Nice ’n’ Naughty in St James Street.
SATURDAY 18 ) FAMILY FUN DAY: A day for your kids with
entertainers, side shows, kids disco, first aid workshops, live music, community cafe and Rainbow Families ‘History Pin' Open 10am-4pm. Free entry
opportunity to find out, as a small group of LGBT+ Friends from Brighton Quakers talk about the Quaker experience, how it’s impacted their lives, and about the relationship between their sexuality/ies and their faith. The workshop includes a Q&A session for you to put any questions or queries to the queer Quaker panel. 2:30pm-3:30pm: THE BUDDHIST EXPERIENCE Damien Robert of The Bodhisattva Kadampa Meditation Centre. Meditation functions to make the mind peaceful because when your mind is peaceful you are happy all the time, even if your external conditions are poor. 3:30pm–4:30pm. Rev Michael Hydes brings the Soul Safaris to a close Open 10am-4,30pm. Free entry
THURSDAY 16 ) BINGO NIGHT - supporting Cancer
Research UK and hosted by Guy Lloyd from Juice FM. Fantastic prizes!
) DIVAS - A plethora of talent under one roof!
Everyone’s Invited! Lunch Positive volunteers will prepare all day, a range of refreshments and hot meals. Rice and pasta dishes, soups, tea, coffee, and tiffin! All food will be served on a ‘pay as you feel’ donation basis – just give what you want and can afford. Every penny raised goes to charity and helps to run the weekly HIV lunch club. Tell your friends about the fantastic work Lunch Positive do! Food served 11am–4pm. Free entry
FRIDAY 17 ) SING-A-LONG-A ROCKY HORROR PICTURE
SHOW is the campest cult classic of all time. With Sing-a-long-a Rocky Horror, you get onscreen lyrics and all the favourite sing-a-longa features. It’s never been so much fun. The host will lead you through a choral warm-up, judge the fancy dress competition and award prizes but it is YOU, the audience, who are the stars as you howl the night away! Numbers include The Timewarp, Sweet Transvestite, There’s a Light, I’m Going Home, Whatever Happened To Saturday Night? and Science Fiction Double Feature. Even if you’ve done The
SATURDAY 18 ) THE LGBT HISTORY BALL: A glamorous
evening with live music from Nicky Mitchell, the Full Cream Milks band and special guest singers. Followed by DJ Madame Love. Dress code: be glam, 1950s rocker chic, glam Bowie, 1940s austerity chic, wartime lovers, big hair, big shoulder pads, plenty of fun! Open: 7pm-11pm. Tickets: £10/£8 concs
SUNDAY 19 ) SOUL SAFARI 3: Exploring LGBT
Spirituality organised by the Village MCC 10am-1pm: CARD READINGS. Discover yourself with the help of The Jesus Deck.
Aneesa Chaudhry - is a much loved singer on the jazz and LGBT+ scene. You're in for a treat as she duets with guests during the show. Jennie Castell - has a hugely versatile voice and has shared a stage with Lulu, Alexandra Burke and Joe McElderry. Gabriella Parrish - born and bred in Brighton, she’s made quite a name for herself with her powerhouse vocals and was handpicked by Adele to appear on the BBC special Adele At The BBC.
10am-11am: Rabbi Elizabeth Tikvah Sarah from Brighton & Hove Progressive Synagogue 11am-Noon: MALE & FEMALE GOD CREATED THEM - is the gender binary divinely ordained? Rev Shanon Ferguson, who identifies as gender fluid, is the senior pastor of North London MCC and a PhD research student at Roehampton University, West London, where they are researching the theology of non-binary gender.
) LUNCH POSITIVE BIG COMMUNITY LUNCH:
Aneesa Chaudhry hosts an evening of jazz, showtunes, ballards and torchsongs with Brighton's greatest female divas: Jennie Castell, Gabriella Parish and Hannah Brackenbury.
Eyes down for a full house from 7pm-11pm. Entry £5 includes 1 bingo card. Tickets available on the door on the night
Noon-1:15pm: EXPLORATIONS IN PRAYER AND INTENTION with Rev Anthea Balham. A short, fun, interactive workshop with a builtin opportunity to test the power of prayer, learn about research into prayer and set out on an intriguing journey of self-discovery. www.antheab.com
Hannah Brackenbury - Brighton-based performer is an accomplished musician and vocalist, performing acoustic covers on piano and guitar by artists including Alanis Morissette, Joni Mitchell and KT Tunstall.
1:30pm-2:30pm: THE QUAKER EXPERIENCE. Have you ever wondered what a Quaker Meeting for Worship is like? This is a perfect
Doors 7.30pm show 7pm. Tickets £8/£6 concs, available online or from Prowler & Nice ’n’ Naughty in St James Street.
thursday16TH February 2017 Phil StarrÂ Pavilion New Steine Gardens, Brighton, BN2 1PB
event runs from 10aM-4PM free event please book your place online: lgbt-help.com
TO BOOK A STALL FOR YOUR ORGANISATION PLEASE EMAIL: HISTORY@LGBT-HELP.COM B RIGHTON ON Festival is organised by
with support from
26 GSCENE people dressed up glam and drank cocktails in the library, and it was a riot. So, we wanted to revive the spirit of it, so people could look back and laugh at us in the future. Do we have to dress up? Yes. YES. YES!!! Can I bring my mother? Yes. Dead or alive. And you can spin her round, right round like a record, Baby.
LGBT HISTORY BALL Eric Page catches up with jazz legend and singer, the superb velvety voiced Nicky Mitchell, to talk about LGBT History Month and the revival of the Sussex Arts History Ball, the grand live music and dancing event topping off the three-week B Right On arts festival premiering this year in the Phil Starr Pavilion in New Steine Gardens, Brighton. ) You Nicky Mitchell are a living Dykon, what’s your secret for living so long? Two pints of Grecian 2000 a day, sip it slowly through a long straw. Preferably the last one.
LGBT History - why is it important to you? Because it is risible we are not more visible, especially when one considers how brilliant, fabulous, effective and influential we are. If we don’t write and record it ourselves then we get written about (or written out - irony), and it’s important to make sure we record our battles, losses and most importantly our achievements.
Were you there for any of the important bits? I was on the Section 28 march, I’m old enough to remember when the Lesbian Avengers abseiled into the House of Commons.
Who’ve you got to sing on the night? It’s all been a bit last minute and I’m still negotiating, but they are going to be big, huge sumptuous voices from across the LGB & T communities who’ll relish the chance to sing with a live band behind them and entertain the audience. What can we expect at the History Ball? Live music, talented local singers, a stinking good band, and I mean BRILLIANT swing jazz, Motown, Vegas lounge and some modern things done in an old fashioned way... A new arts festival for Brighton, does the gay scene need this? Oh we so do, Yes! And necessity is the mother of intervention, both Brighton and the arts festival scene definitely needs a big fat gay intervention. Flair, vibrant style! What do you think people living in the future will look back and think about us? That we were lazy and squandered our liberal freedoms when they offered us the ability to get married and settle down. What does the LGBT community mean to you? Family. Big warm, difficult, loving family.
Who are your Dykons? My living one has to be Claire Summerskill, for her consistent activism and quiet brilliance. As well as being a performer, she is also constantly campaigning for the rights of LGBTQ asylum seekers. She is a truly great woman. My all-time dead Dykon is Radclyffe Hall, who was literally the only lesbian who had a book in Runcorn Library in 1986, although not the only lesbian! Tell us a bit about the History Ball - you hosted some of the legendry ones at Jubilee Library a few years ago and appeared at the sumptuous extravaganzas at the Ship Hotel Ball room... It was epic, everyone loved it - like a big fantastic gay prom. Ourstory had photos of the Sussex Arts Ball from the 1960s and it was fantastic seeing photos of LGBTQ people from way back when. Brighton was well-established on the queer social map and the Sussex Arts Ball was the highlight of the social calendar, in the grim days of post-war austerity was the Sussex Arts Ball. Held in the Aquarium (now Brighton Sea Life Centre) it was started in 1947 and became a magnet for gays of both sexes and everyone else who felt a bit queer. Our balls have balls, they were stunning,
LGBT HISTORY BALL ) The LGBT History Ball is on February 18, at 7pm, in the Phil Starr Pavilion, part of the B Right On LGBT Festival (that’s New Steine Gardens to the rest of you). ) Tickets are £10/£8 concs, available from the B Right On website: www.lgbt-help.com ) The LGBT History Ball will feature Nicky Mitchell and The Full Cream Milks live band with special guest singers followed by DJ Madame Love. ) For more info about the History Ball and the rest of the fantastic festival in the Phil Starr Pavilion, visit: www.lgbt-help.com
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PICS FROM AMSTERDAM + BAR BROADWAY
) 11-12 Marine Parade, BN2 1TL, T: 01273 688826, www.amsterdambrighton.com ) OPEN daily from 10.30am–late ) FOOD Mon-Sat 11am–8pm; Sun 10.30am–8pm; Sunday roasts from
) 10 Steine Street, BN2 1TE, Tel: 01273 609777, www.barbroadway.co.uk ) OPEN Mon-Thur 6pm-1am, Fri 5pm–3am, Sat 4pm-3am, Sun 4pm–1am. ) HAPPY HOURS 4-8pm each day, all day Mon & Tues.
) VALENTINE’S Whisk your Valentine to the Amsterdam on Tue (14) for a romantic dinner for two at 7pm: 3 courses £50, includes a bottle of Prosecco. Call for details. ) ONE FOR THE DIARY Sat is SANFRANDISCO with DJ Mick Fuller (Radio Reverb) playing a red hot selection of soul, house & disco from 8pm. Over the years Mick has played at all Brighton's coolest clubs with his adaptability and good musical taste being the secret of his success, taking in many different styles of soul music in all of its various forms, from rare groove and disco through to US garage & deep soulful house.
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l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Poker Night 8.30pm l VELVET JACKS Quiz: cash prize 8pm
l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Fresh!: DJ Jazzy Jane 9pm l BAR REVENGE Lip Sync for Your Life: Crystal Lubrikunt 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Ice: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm l BRIGHTON SAUNA Naked Day 11am l CAMELFORD ARMS Seniors’ lunch 2-3.30pm; Brighton & Hove Sea Serpents Recruitment Night 7pm l CHARLES ST Mrs Moore’s Bona Bingo Bonanza: fundraiser for THT 9pm l MARINE TAVERN Gossip Gays 9pm l PARIS HOUSE live jazz: Louis 6pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Sally Vate 9.30pm l SUBLINE Happy Hump Day 9pm
l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Total Request Thursdays: DJ FRESH Princess 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Quiz: host Ross Cameron, rolling jackpot 8pm; Showtune Karaoke: Tabitha Wild & Ross Cameron + Voice of Broadway 2017 9.30pm l BAR REVENGE FOMO warm-up 9pm l BOUTIQUE CASA Boutique: DJ Lady Lola 10pm l CAMELFORD ARMS £300 Big Cash Quiz 9pm l CHARLES ST Throwback Thursday: DJ Ruby Roo & hostess Ms Joan Bond 9pm l GROSVENOR BAR Mabel’s Bona Bingo 8.30pm l MARINE TAVERN Throwback Thur 8pm
) ONE FOR THE DIARY Thursday (2) is the launch of the VOICE OF BROADWAY 2017, from 9pm. The audition stage continues with host Jason Thorpe, the original Voice of Broadway, on Wed (15 & 22) from 9pm; then the competition kicks off in March. If you can’t make any of the auditions but want to be a part of this year’s competition, then pop in and see Alasdair or James to discuss what you can do. Bar Broadway say: “It’s that time of the year again! This year we’re offering £250 cash prize together with paid gigs at Bar Broadway, and a couple of gigs during Brighton Fringe in the upstairs theatre. In a very close final last year, Matt Young pipped David Harris at the post in a tense final night. They’ve both been back to perform at the bar and we look forward to them coming back again. The weekly heats will be on Weds during March and April, and the final is on Bank Holiday Monday May 1 at 8.30pm.” ) VALENTINE’S Tue (14) is VALENTINE’S SPECIAL 2-for-1 on special Valentine’s
cocktails and £5 for the special ‘Alone & Happy’ cocktail. Use the Bar Broadway app to select your favourite love songs and they’ll play them. ) REGULARS Thur is BAR BROADWAY’S QUIZ with Ross Cameron & a rolling cash jackpot from 8pm. Thur (9) sees the legendary Lola Lasagne take over the reigns from 8pm. Lola says: “Bar Broadway have gone a bit mad and asked me to host the famous Bar Broadway quiz for ONE WEEK ONLY, whilst Ross is away. Don't worry though, I'll be exactly like Ross. But in a dress. And prettier. I've never been defeated when competing in the quiz so expect the same amount of competitiveness as host. And I hate cheating. So don't try me... But do come along for a cracking night at one of Brighton’s best bars!"
12pm–sold out. Mon–Wed: main course from specials menu and a pint or glass of house wine £10; Thur Steak Night: rump steak with a pint or a glass of house wine £12; Fish & Chips Friday: 2 fish suppers & a bottle of house wine £25 from 4–8pm; Sat & Sun: breakfast & Bloody Mary £10 from 10am–1pm. ) DRINK PROMOS Carling £3 a pint through February
AMSTERDAM BAR & KITCHEN
) Sunday FIREPLACE SESSIONS PRESENTS... acts on stage from 8.30pm:
Georgia Furness performing upbeat pop, soulful ballads & jazz (5), Corrine Williams performing music from the 1950s to now (12), Wain Douglas (aka Kara Van Park) (19) and Lascel Wood (26). l PARIS HOUSE live music: Fleur de Paris 8pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Miss Jason 9.30pm l REVENGE FOMO: DJs 11pm l SUBLINE Brace Yourself 9pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Quiz: £150 jackpot 7.30pm
l BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7 Upstairs 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Apollo Cabaret pres Disney 8pm; Broadway Lounge 10.30pm l BAR REVENGE Pop-Tartz Warm-Up 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS
PICS FROM BOUTIQUE + BAR 7
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BAR 7 CRAWLEY
) 2 Boyces St @ West St, BN11AN, 01273 327607 www.boutiqueclubbrighton.com ) OPEN daily from 4pm–very late. ) FOOD All day, every day till midnight. ) DRINK PROMOS Mon–Fri: bottles of Moet £50 & Veuve £60. Fri & Sat: five J-
) 7 Pegler Way, Crawley, RH11 7AG, Tel: 01293 511177, www.7crawley.co.uk ) OPEN 6pm daily. ) DRINK PROMOS Fri, Sat & Sun drink specials all night ) VALENTINES Tuesday (14) is a FLIGHT DECK FLOOZIES, an extra special Valentine’s Day party with DJs, tunes and drink deaks all night!
) ONE FOR THE DIARY This month Boutique is launching something new to edge you, your friends, family or colleagues into the weekend with OPEN COCKTAIL MASTER CLASS drop-in sessions every Fri where you can learn to make your favourite cocktails at the bar in a fun atmosphere! Becky, Marketing Manager, says: “This is a massive step for the Boutique team and us expanding as a venue. Open cocktail drop-in sessions have never been done in Brighton and we are launching it exclusively with the Boutique brand. The concept is that the cocktail master classes are open to the general public in a clubbing atmosphere. You can come to the club and pay £5 at the bar to learn hands-on how to make your favourite cocktails with a twist! This is a great start to anyone's evening and it’s drop-in, which means it’s a great idea for the after-office club!” ) Also brand-new this month is OPEN MIC NIGHTS on the roof terrace every Saturdayfrom 9pm. ) VALENTINES Tue (14) is Boutique’s Valentine’s Special with SWAG for under
18s from 7pm; the adult party icks off at 11pm with free roses for the ladies and free shots for the men! ) REGULARS Thur is CASA BOUTIQUE with DJ Lady Lola from 10pm. ) Start the weekend with a bang every DJ LADY LOAL
Fri with DJ Franco and prizes/competitions from 10pm: Karaoke Kick Off Competition with free entry for six months for the best singer (3), Photo Booth Competition with free cocktail masterclass for best photo (10), Balloon Drop with prizes (17) and £100 voucher giveaway (24). ) Every Saturday, DJ Klipz plays tunes to get you moving with themes/specials/giveaways from 10pm: free cocktails before 11pm (4), Cocktail Masterclass at 8pm (11), Saturday Shake Up (18) and the Open Mic Competition with a paid slot every Saturday (25).
l BOUTIQUE DJ Franco, Karaoke Kick Off Open Mic Competition & cocktail masterclasses 10pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Friday Club 6pm l CHARLES ST Fabulous Fridays: DJ Morgan Fabulous 9pm l DR BRIGHTONS House Rules: DJ Nick Hirst 9.30pm l GROSVENOR BAR Mysterry’s Birthday Bash: karaoke & fundraiser for British Heart Foundation 9pm
l MARINE TAVERN Fri Night Live: Ruby Murry 9pm l PARIS HOUSE DJ Havoxx 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Kara Van Park 9.30pm l REVENGE Pop Tartz DJs 11pm l SUBLINE Steam 9pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS DJ Havoxx 7.30pm l ZONE cabaret: Stone & Street 10pm
Bombs for £5 and 2-4-1 selected cocktails.
) REGULARS Start the weekend with a bang on Friday at 7-UPSTAIRS with all-star DJs playing pop/dance/guilty pleasures 8pm, free till 11pm. Saturday is 7-SINS with all-star DJs spinning hands-in-the-air tunes from 8pm, free till 11pm. Sunday is KARAOKE with DJ Bullard spinning tunes to get you belting out a number or two from 9pm.
l AMSTERDAM SanFranDisco: DJ Mick Fuller 8pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7 Sins 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Jukebox 4pm; Broadway Lounge 10.30pm l BAR REVENGE WTF warm-up 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Fusion: DJ Peter Castle 11pm l BOUTIQUE DJ Klipz, giveaways 10pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Six Nations Rugby Launch (England v France) with Brighton & Hove Sea Serpents 4.30pm l CHARLES ST Fierce: DJs Lil Alex, Grant Knowles, Leeroy 9pm l DR BRIGHTONS Saturday Session: DJ Tony B 9.30pm l GROSVENOR BAR cabaret: Miss Jason 9.30pm l LEGENDS BAR Pre-club DJs 7pm l MARINE TAVERN Jukebox 9pm l PARIS HOUSE Live jazz 4pm; TC’s Joyful Noise: DJ Kenny 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Dr Beverly Ballcrusher 9.30pm l REVENGE WTF!: DJs over 2 floors 11.30pm l SUBLINE Men’s Room: DJ Screwpulous 9pm
l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Six Nations Rugby 2pm l ZONE cabaret: Sally Vate 10pm
l AMSTERDAM Sunday roasts 12pmtill gone l BAR 7@CRAWLEY karaoke 8pm l BAR BROADWAY Fireplace Sessions pres Georgia Furness 8.30pm l BAR REVENGE Sunday Club: DJ Trick 9pm
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PICS FROM CAMELFORD ARMS + CHARLES STREET & ENVY
CHARLES STREET BAR
) 30-31 Camelford St, BN2 1TQ, Tel: 01273 622386, www.camelfordarms.com ) OPEN daily from 12pm. The most dog-friendly pub in town. ) FOOD Mon–Sat 12–9pm; Sunday roasts and select menu served 12pm–till
) 8 Marine Parade, BN2 1TA, Tel: 01273 624091, www.charles-street.com ) OPEN daily from 12pm ) FOOD new menu served Mon–Sat 12–8pm. ) DRINK PROMOS All drinks half price 5–9pm Mon–Sat and all night on Sun
gone; seniors’ lunch served Wed 2–3.30pm, two courses £7.50.
from 8.30pm, right after the cabaret. Offer excludes sparkling wine and cocktails.
) ONE FOR THE DIARY Saturday watch the SIX
) ONE FOR THE DIARY Take in some of the best CABARET every Sunday at
NATIONS RUGBY live on the big screens with special guests the gay/inclusive rugby team Brighton & Hove Sea Serpents from 4.30pm. Sat (18) is the Brighton & Hove Sea Serpents v Western Wyverns’ post-match social from 7pm.
) REGULARS Sunday is the Bear Bash with free food and a raffle from 5pm. Book your post-Brighton Half Marathon roast on Sunday (26) and watch Six Nations Rugby with the Brighton & Hove Sea Serpents from 2.30pm. ) Thur is the BIG CASH QUIZ with a £300 cash prize, free sarnies and great atmosphere from 9pm. Thur (23) is a special CHARITY QUIZ with the Brighton & Hove Sea Serpents. ) The FRIDAY CLUB is from 6pm.
Dave Lynn, Rose Garden, Saucy Sophie, Spice, Stephanie von Clitz 6pm l SUBLINE Guilty Pleasures: DJ Screwpulous 9pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Jazz Roast + Rugby 3pm; Sunday roasts 16pm
The award-winning Lola Lasagne (12) has long been a favourite cabaret performer in London and Brighton. Although it's obviously a drag queen's prerogative not to reveal specifics, let's just say it has been more than a decade and less than a lifetime! Starting out at a number of amateur drag nights in some of London's most colourful entertainment venues, Lola's first professional performances were as a mime act - but this didn't last long. Since then, Lola has worked alongside many of the gay cabaret circuit's greats: Lily Savage, Phil Starr, Dockyard Doris, Maisie Trollette, Ceri Dupree and Dave Lynn. Lola's shows are well-known for ascerbic wit, the killer gag, the wellcrafted put down and the brilliantly sung show-stopper. Lola truly is all show, girl! ) REGULARS Every Sunday after the cabaret is Sally Vate’s ROCK & ROLL BINGO with big cash prizes. ) THROWBACK THURSDAY has throwback tunes,
throwback prices, DJ Ruby Roo spinning 00s/guilty pleasures/90s retro anthems, and hostess Miss Joan Bond at 9pm, entry £1 and drink deals all night! ) FABULOUS FRIDAYS with DJ Morgan Fabulous spinning house tunes at 9pm, free entry. ) Sat is FIERCE with dance/house anthems at 9pm.
ENVY @ CHARLES STREET
) 8 Marine Parade, BN2 1TA, Tel: 01273 624091, www.charles-street.com
l CHARLES STREET Studio 150 10.30pm l LEGENDS BAR The Maisie & Dave Show 9.30pm l MARINE TAVERN Mon Madness 8pm l PARIS HOUSE live music: Smokestack Trio 7pm
l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Crewsday: DJ Lewis Osborne 9pm l MARINE TAVERN Quiz 9pm l REVENGE Bangers & Trash: DJs Trick & Toby 11pm
) ONE FOR THE DIARY Saturday (11) TAKE YOUR
SERPENT OUT with Kara Van Park and Brighton & Hove Sea Serpents from 10.30pm, £5 b4 midnight, £7 after, £2 drink deals all night. This is your chance to win a date with one of the lovely rugby boys from Sussex's first gay & Inclusive rugby team. Impress them with a party trick or by shaking your booty... but remember, no likey, no lighty! Envy say: “It's nearly Valentine's Day and love is in the air (everywhere we look around)! The Sea Serpents want to help bring you some love so we're staging our very own Take Me Out - Take Your SERPENT Out! The incomparable Kara Van Park will be guiding us through the proceedings, with a few songs thrown in for good measure, as well as reading out some of your messages from our Shag Tag board where you can profess your undying love/lust for someone in the crowd!” ”
KARA VAN PARK
l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Pop!Candy: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm l BRIGHTON SAUNA Naked Day 12pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Bear Bash, free food & raffle 5pm; roasts & select menu 12pm–till gone l CHARLES ST cabaret: Gabriella Parrish 7.30pm; Sally’s Rock & Roll Bingo 8.30pm l DR BRIGHTONS Smiley Sunday stand-up comedy night 7.30pm l LEGENDS BAR cabaret: Lucinda Lashes 3.30pm; roasts 12–3pm l MARINE TAVERN Sunday roasts 125pm; Drag Open Mic with Stephanie Von Clitz 9pm l PARIS HOUSE live jazz 6pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Charity Cabaret Fundraiser in aid of Brighton & Hove Community Safety Forum: Davina Sparkle, Gariella Parrish, Dr Beverly BallCrusher, Kara Van Park, Allan Jay, Lola Lasagne, Miss Jason, Sally Vate,
) VALENTINES Tue (14) enjoy a fine dining three-course dinner in a romantic candlelit setting - £50 per couple (includes a free bottle of wine if booked in advance) or £25 pp on the night.
7.30pm with: Gabriella Parrish (5), Lola Lasagne (12), Dr Beverly Ballcrusher (19) and Lizzy Drip (26).
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PICS FROM DOCTOR BRIGHTONS + GROSVENOR
) 16-17 Kings Rd, BN1 1NE, Tel: 01273 208113 www.doctorbrightons.co.uk ) OPEN Mon–Thur 3pm–midnight; Fri & Sat 1pm–2am; Sun 1pm–midnight. ) DRINK PROMOS all day Sun–Thur; 1pm–close on Fri; 1–7pm on Sat.
) 16 Western Street, Hove, BN1 2PG, www.thegrosvenorbar.com ) OPEN daily from noon–late. ) ONE FOR THE DIARY Friday (3) is MYSTERRY’S
BOGOF Cocktails all day Sun–Fri and till 7pm on Sat. Free pool with every round.
DJ ADAM RICE
from 7.30pm, entry £3 with all proceeds going to the Rainbow Fund. The night is compered by Kyle Wallace and features a line-up of funny folk, including: Trev Tokabi, Heather Minor, Carl Carzana, Alex Petrovic, Steve Pepper, Emi d'Escrivan and Victoria Howden. Doctor Brighton’s say: “Come and join us for a night of laughter. On the night we will have a fab raffle and there will be happy hour prices at the bar all night as well as buy 1 get 1 free cocktails!” ) REGULARS Friday (10) is DJ Adam Rice’s REFLEX 80s night with cheesy and camp tunes 9.30pm. ) VINYL
) ONE FOR THE DIARY Sunday (5) SMILEY SUNDAY stand-up comedy night
BIRTHDAY BASH raising money funds for the British Heart Foundation with Karaoke from 9pm. Mysterry says: “I'm very excited to welcome you along to the fabulous relaunch of Mysterry's Karaoke for 2017. I'll be fresh back from India and pleased to celebrate my birthday with everyone and raising money for the British Heart Foundation - please come and support this worthy cause.” ) REGULARS Thursday is MABEL’S BONA BINGO from 8.30pm. ) Friday (from 10) is KARAOKE with Mysterry at 9pm. ) Saturday is CABARET time from
9.30pm: Miss Jason (4), Trudy Styles & the Pianoman (11), Dave Lynn (18) and Maisie Trollette (25).
FRIDAY (24) has a selection of DJs spinning vinyl records only from 9.30pm.
l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Fresh!: DJ Jazzy Jane 9pm l BAR REVENGE Lip Sync for Your Life: Crystal Lubrikunt 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Ice: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm
l BRIGHTON SAUNA Naked Day 11am l CAMELFORD ARMS Seniors’ lunch 2-3.30pm l CHARLES ST Mrs Moore’s Bona Bingo Bonanza: fundraiser for THT 9pm l MARINE TAVERN Gossip Gays 9pm l PARIS HOUSE live music: Jason Henson Trio 8pm
l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Sally Vate 9.30pm l SUBLINE Happy Hump Day 9pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Poker Night 8.30pm l VELVET JACKS Quiz: cash prize 8pm
l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Total Request Thursdays: DJ FRESH Princess 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Quiz: host Lola Lasagne, rolling jackpot 8pm l BAR REVENGE FOMO warm-up 9pm l BOUTIQUE CASA Boutique: DJ Lady Lola 10pm l CAMELFORD ARMS £300 Big Cash Quiz 9pm l CHARLES ST Throwback Thursday: DJ Ruby Roo & hostess Ms Joan Bond 9pm l GROSVENOR BAR Mabel’s Bona Bingo 8.30pm l MARINE TAVERN Throwback Thur 8pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Davina Sparkle 9.30pm l REVENGE FOMO: DJs 11pm
l SUBLINE Brace Yourself 9pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Quiz: £150 jackpot 7.30pm
l BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7 Upstairs 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Jukebox 5pm; Broadway Lounge 10.30pm l BAR REVENGE Pop-Tartz Warm-Up 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Glitter: DJ David Noakes 11pm l BOUTIQUE DJ Franco, giveaways & cocktail masterclasses 10pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Friday Club 6pm l CHARLES ST Fabulous Fridays: DJ Morgan Fabulous 9pm l DR BRIGHTONS Reflex 80s Night: DJ Adam Rice 9.30pm l GROSVENOR BAR Mysterry’s karaoke 9pm l MARINE TAVERN Jukebox Disco 9pm l PARIS HOUSE DJ Meryle 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Gabriella Parrish 9.30pm
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PICS FROM LEGENDS BAR & BASEMENT CLUB
LEGENDS BASEMENT CLUB
) 31-34 Marine Parade, BN2 1TR Tel: 01273 624462, www.legendsbrighton.com ) OPEN daily from 11am–5am ) FOOD Mon–Sat 12–5pm; Sunday lunch 12–3pm. ) DRINK PROMOS Mon–Fri 12–11pm buy one bottle of wine, get 2nd half price.
) 31-34 Marine Parade, BN2 1TR, Tel: 01273 624462, www.legendsbrighton.com ) OPEN Tue (14), Wed, Fri–Sun from 11pm. ) ONE FOR THE DIARY Saturday is FUSION with DJ Peter Castle spinning chart & club remixes to blow your mind from 11pm. Peter Castle says: “Legends Basement Club is a busy place on a Saturday night, the music is commercial dance, with little house, and I’ll also throw in some club classics. Great atmosphere with free admission and if you are celebrating then it's definitely the place to go. Attitude free for any age, 18+ of course!”
) REGULARS Friday has Pre-Club DJs spinning tunes to get you moving from 7pm. ) Sunday is CABARET with
Mary says;“My performance style is very theatrical, I love a big ballad and singing my lungs out. I’m very cheeky, but never want to hurt anyone, but I can be cheeky when I need to be.”
l REVENGE Pop Tartz DJs 10.30pm l SUBLINE Big Three Come Together Weekend in aid of Rainbow Fund: Big Scrum sportskit night 10pm l ZONE cabaret: Spice 10pm
l AMSTERDAM SanFranDisco: DJ Mick Fuller 8pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7 Sins 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Jukebox 4pm; Broadway Lounge 10.30pm
) ONE FOR THE DIARY Get LOVE STRUCK at the Valentine’s Special on Tue
(14) with drink deals. ) REGULARS Wed is ICE with DJ Claire Fuller‘s mix of chart/house/r&b tunes. ) Fri is GLITTER with DJ David Noakes’ chart/dance tracks. ) Sun POP!CANDY
with DJ Claire Fuller sweetening you up with a sugary mix of new/retro pop.
Dave Lynn says: “We are completely adlibbing and singing songs we love. I adore working with Maisie, she's an icon and was very helpful when I was young. Between us you will have about 150 years of experience! We’ll be performing show tunes and camp standards. It will be a classy and fun night, with the two of us.”
top acts on stage from 3.30pm: Lucinda Lashes (5), Mary Mac (12), Miss Jason (19) and Topping & Butch (26). Mary Mac (12) is a tartan-wrapped Scottish drag artist performing throughout the UK and Internationally with her own show packed full of hit songs and plenty of laughs.
DAVE SHOW with not one but two legendary drag queens edging you into the working week with gags, chat and camp tunes from 9.30pm. Dave Lynn, drag queen of drag queens and star of stage and screen, has been bringing his distinctive cabaret shows with sensational vocals to audiences in Brighton and the UK for more years than he would care to remember. On the night, he will be joining forces with the legendary doyenne of drag, Maisie Trollette - the listed building of the cabaret circuit. After 60 years of treading the boards, Maisie still has the sharpest wit, one of the most impressive voices and brings happiness and glamour to you.
MAISIE & DAVE
) ONE FOR THE DIARY Monday is the MAISIE &
l BAR REVENGE WTF warm-up 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Fusion: DJ Peter Castle 11pm l BOUTIQUE DJ Klipz, giveaways & open mic 10pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Six Nations Rugby (England v Wales) with Brighton & Hove Sea Serpents 4.30pm l CHARLES ST Fierce: DJs Lil Alex, Grant Knowles, Leeroy 9pm l DR BRIGHTONS Saturday Session: DJ Tony B 9.30pm
l ENVY Take Your Serpent Out!: Kara Van Park, Brighton & Hove Sea Serpents & Shag Tag board 10.30pm l GROSVENOR BAR cabaret: Trudi Styles & Piano Man 9.30pm l LEGENDS BAR Pre-club DJs 7pm l MARINE TAVERN Jukebox Disco 9pm l PARIS HOUSE Live jazz 4pm; TC’s Joyful Noise: DJ Kenny 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Myra Dubois 9.30pm l REVENGE WTF!: DJs over 2 floors 11.30pm l SUBLINE Big Three Come Together Weekend in aid of Rainbow Fund: Leathermen South - Valentine Be Mine 10pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Six Nations Rugby 2pm l ZONE cabaret: Tabitha Wild 10pm
l AMSTERDAM Sunday roasts 12pmtill gone l BAR 7@CRAWLEY DJ Bullard’s karaoke 8pm
l BAR BROADWAY Fireplace Sessions pres Corrine Williams 8.30pm l BAR REVENGE Sunday Club: DJ Trick 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Pop!Candy: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm l BRIGHTON SAUNA Naked Day 12pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Bear Bash, free food & raffle 5pm; roasts & select menu 12pm–till gone l CHARLES ST cabaret: Lola Lasagne 7.30pm; Sally’s Rock & Roll Bingo 8.30pm l LEGENDS BAR cabaret: Mary Mac 3.30pm; roasts 12–3pm l MARINE TAVERN Sunday roasts 125pm; Drag Open Mic Valentine’s Special with Stephanie Von Clitz 9pm l PARIS HOUSE live jazz 6pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Rose Garden 6pm & 9.30pm l SUBLINE Big Three Come Together Weekend in aid of Rainbow Fund: Black Valentine with Brighton Bears 3pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Jazz Roast + Rugby 3pm; Sunday roasts 16pm
PICS FROM MARINE TAVERN
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) 13 Broad St, BN2 1TJ, Tel: 01273 905578, www.marinetavern.co.uk ) OPEN daily from 12pm. ) FOOD daily from 12–9pm, Tue is Curry Night with curry for £1 7.30–8.30pm. ) ONE FOR THE DIARY Friday (3) is a very special FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE with special guest Ruby Murry, Britain’s Got Talent finalist and ‘operatic drag queen’ at 9pm. Ruby will be performing songs you know and love in her outrageous, larger than life way. David Walliams said about Ruby: “If only Pavarotti would dress like that. You’re a fantastic singer!” ) REGULARS Sunday is DRAG OPEN MIC with Stephanie Von Clitz from 9pm. ) Sun (26) is an extra special Drag Open Mic night for the Marine’s anniversary with a buffet, loads of acts and an extended licence till 3am.
l CHARLES STREET Studio 150 10.30pm l LEGENDS BAR The Maisie & Dave Show 9.30pm l MARINE TAVERN Monday Madness 8pm l POISON IVY karaoke 5pm
l AMSTERDAM Valentine’s Day 3course dinner 7pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Flight Deck Floozies Valentine’s Special 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Valentine’s Day Special 6pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Love Struck Valentine’s Special 11pm l BOUTIQUE Valentine’s Day: SWAG under-18s 7pm; Valentine’s Special (18+) 11pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Valentine’s Day: 3-course dinner 7pm l LEGENDS BAR Valentine’s Special 7pm l MARINE TAVERN Quiz 9pm l PARIS HOUSE Valentine’s Special: Emily Farrar 7pm
l REVENGE Bangers & Trash: DJs Trick & Toby 11pm
l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Fresh!: DJ Jazzy Jane 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Voice of Broadway 2017: Audition 9pm l BAR REVENGE Lip Sync for Your Life: Crystal Lubrikunt 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Ice: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm l BRIGHTON SAUNA Naked Day 11am l CAMELFORD ARMS Seniors’ lunch 2-3.30pm l CHARLES ST Mrs Moore’s Bona Bingo Bonanza: fundraiser for THT 9pm l MARINE TAVERN Gossip Gays 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Sally Vate 9.30pm l SUBLINE Happy Hump Day 9pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Poker Night 8.30pm l VELVET JACKS Quiz: cash prize 8pm
l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Total Request Thursdays: DJ FRESH Princess 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Quiz: host Ross Cameron, rolling jackpot 8pm
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PICS FROM PARIS HOUSE + QUEENS ARMS
) 21 Western Rd, BN3 1AF, T: 01273 724195, www.parishousebrighton.com ) OPEN daily from 12pm. ) FOOD daily from 12pm–close.
) 7 George Street, BN2 1RH, Tel: 01273 696873,
www.thequeensarms.wix.com/thequeensarms ) OPEN 4pm Wed–Fri; 2pm Sat & Sun. ) DRINK PROMOS 2 for £8 Cocktails between 5pm–9pm Tue–Sat.
) VALENTINES Tuesday (14) with live music from
) ONE FOR THE DIARY Sunday (5) is the CHARITY CABARET FUNDRAISER in aid of the Brighton LGBT Community Safety Forum with top-flight entertainment from 6pm. Expect high class entertainment from local and national stars including: Davina Sparkle, Gabrielle Parrish, Kara Van Park, Allan Jay, Lola Lasagne, Miss Jason, Sally Vate, Dave Lynn, Rose Garden, Spice, Stephanie Von Clitz and Dr Beverly Ballcrusher.
) REGULARS Monday is free LIVE JAZZ at 7pm: Smokestack Trio (6) and Ollie Howe Trio (20). )
l BAR REVENGE FOMO warm-up 9pm l BOUTIQUE CASA Boutique: DJ Lady Lola 10pm l CAMELFORD ARMS £300 Big Cash Quiz 9pm l CHARLES ST Throwback Thursday: DJ Ruby Roo & hostess Ms Joan Bond 9pm l GROSVENOR BAR Mabel’s Bona Bingo 8.30pm l MARINE TAVERN Throwback Thur 8pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Stephanie Von Clitz 9.30pm l REVENGE FOMO DJs 11pm l SUBLINE Club Silencio pres the Valentine’s Massacre 9pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Quiz: £150 jackpot 7.30pm
l BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7 Upstairs 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Jukebox 5pm; Broadway Lounge 10.30pm l BAR REVENGE Pop-Tartz Warm-Up 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Glitter: DJ David Noakes 11pm
l BOUTIQUE DJ Franco, giveaways & cocktail masterclasses 10pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Friday Club 6pm l CHARLES ST Fabulous Fridays: DJ Morgan Fabulous 9pm l DR BRIGHTONS Funky Friday: DJ Nick Hirst 9.30pm l GROSVENOR BAR Mysterry’s karaoke 9pm l MARINE TAVERN Jukebox 9pm l PARIS HOUSE DJ Havoxx 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Baga Chipz 9.30pm l REVENGE Pop Tartz DJs + Love Shack with DJ Claire Fuller 10.30pm l SUBLINE Filth: mixed fetish night 9pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS DJ Havoxx 7.30pm l ZONE cabaret: Davina Sparkle 10pm
l AMSTERDAM SanFranDisco: DJ Mick Fuller 8pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7 Sins 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Jukebox 4pm; Broadway Lounge 10.30pm l BAR REVENGE WTF! warm-up 9pm
Dr Beverley Ballcrusher, one of the most established drag queens in the UK with a big voice to match a big attitude, is a lover of the impromptu gag and a mistress of unplanned comedy. She’ll leave you wondering, ‘Did she just say that?’ Beverley says: “I sing live - being Welsh it's in our DNA! I dont pull any punches so I can be a bit sharp tongued... On the night I hope to make people smile and forget their troubles – and it’s all for a great cause!” ) REGULARS Wednesday CABARET with Sally Vate from 9.30pm. ) Thursday
CABARET with top acts at 9.30pm: Miss Jason (2), Davina Sparkle (9), Stephanie Von Clitz (16) and Spice (23). ) Friday CABARET at 9.30pm: Kara Van Park (3), Gabriella Parrish (10), Baga Chipz (17) and Dr Woof (24). Baga Chipz (Fri 17) believes personality is everything, and idolises and bases her drag act on the strong working-class women featured in the 1960s/70s ‘golden age’ of Coronation Street. Baga Chipz says: “I'm Baga Chipz! I'm salty, I’ll batter ya sausage for 80p and I love to be covered in Daddy’s sauce… Queen of Elegance and trollop with that extra dollop! Expect me to be belting out the likes of Cilla, Jane Macdonald and songs of the West End all topped off with a gob full of smutty gags and gin... Oh I do like a good knees up!” ) Saturday CABARET at 9.30pm: Dr Beverly Ballcrusher (4), Myra Dubois
(11), Mrs Moore (18) and Lola Lasagne (25). Sun DOUBLE CABARET at 6pm and 9.30pm: Rose Garden (12), Lucinda Lashes (19) and Davina Sparkle (26). l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Fusion: DJ Peter Castle 11pm l BOUTIQUE DJ Klipz, giveaways & open mic 10pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Brighton & Hove Sea Serpents post-match social 7pm
l CHARLES ST Fierce: DJs Lil Alex, Grant Knowles, Leeroy 9pm l DR BRIGHTONS Saturday Session: DJ Tony B 9.30pm l GROSVENOR BAR cabaret: Dave Lynn 9.30pm l LEGENDS BAR Pre-club DJs 7pm l MARINE TAVERN Jukebox 9pm
Wednesday is free LIVE JAZZ: Louis at 6pm (1), Jason Henson Trio at 8pm (8) and the Geoff Simkins Trio at 8pm (22). ) Thursday (2) is LIVE MUSIC with Fleur de Paris performing Chanson from the 1930s–50s at 8pm. ) Friday is Party Time with DJs from 9pm: Havoxx (3 & 17) and Meryle (10). ) Saturday is AND ALL THAT JAZZ with live jazz at 4pm; TC'S JOYFUL NOISE with DJ Kenny at 9pm, free entry. ) Sunday is LIVE JAZZ at 6pm.
DR BEVERLY BALL CRUSHER
Emily Farrar at 7pm.
7 GEORGE STREET BRIGHTON 01273 696873
FEB FROM 6PM CHARITY FUNDRAISER SUNDAY 5 IN AID OF BRIGHTON & HOVE LGBT COMMUNITY SAFETY FORUM WITH A HOST OF STARS INCLUDING:
DR BEVERLY BALL CRUSHER, ROSE GARDEN, MISS JASON, ALLAN JAY, LOLA LASAGNE, DAVE LYNN, GABRIELLA PARRISH, DAVINA SPARKLE, SAUCY SOPHIE, SPICE, KARA VAN PARK, Q Q Q SALLY VATE & STEPHANIE VON CLITZ Q Q Q
EVERY WEDNESDAY AT 9.30PM SALLY VATE
THURSDAY 9.30PM 2FEB MISS JASON 9FEB DAVINA SPARKLE 16FEB STEPHANIE VON KLITZ 23FEB SPICE
SATURDAY 9.30PM 4 DR BEVERLYBALLCRUSHER 11FEB MYRA DUBOIS 18FEB MRS MOORE 25FEB LOLA LASAGNE FEB
3FEB KARA VAN PARK 10FEB GABRIELLA PARRISH 17FEB BAGA CHIPZ 24FEB DR WOOF
DOUBLE CABARET 6PM & 9.30PM
5FEB FUNDRAISER 12FEB ROSE GARDEN 19FEB LUCINDA LASHES 26FEB DAVINA SPARKLE
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PICS FROM BAR REVENGE + CLUB REVENGE
) 5-7 Marine Parade, BN2 1TA, Tel: 01273 606064, www.revenge.co.uk ) OPEN Sun-Wed 12pm-1am, Thur 12pm-2am, Fri & Sat 12pm-6am. ) FOOD Burgers, breakfasts, pizzas & more served Fri & Sat 12–6am. ) DRINK PROMOS 50% off all drinks Sun–Fri 5–9pm; from £2.50 every Sat. Buy
) 32-34 Old Steine, BN1 1EL, Tel: 01273 606064, www.revenge.co.uk ) OPEN Tue from 11pm, Thur, Fri & Sat from 10.30pm.
a drink on Thur, Fri & Sat to pick up discount entry passes for Club Revenge.
at SUNDAY SESSION, an night with drink promos, free pool and DJ Trick spinning a healthy mix of pop/ r&b/ cheese/ dance and requests from 9pm. ) REGULARS Tuesday is KARAOKE with Liz from 9pm. ) Thur is the DUTTY WINE PRE-FOMO Carnival-themed
Party with drink promos and the biggest dancehall, bashment, reggae/r&b/bangers spun by all-star DJs from 9pm. l PARIS HOUSE Live jazz 4pm; TC’s Joyful Noise: DJ Kenny 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Mrs Moore 9.30pm l REVENGE WTF!: DJs over 2 floors 11.30pm l SUBLINE Men’s Room9pm l ZONE cabaret: Sally Vate 9pm
l AMSTERDAM Sunday roasts 12pmtill gone l BAR 7@CRAWLEY DJ Bullard’s karaoke 8pm
l BAR BROADWAY Fireplace Sessions pres Wain Douglas (Kara Van Park) 8.30pm l BAR REVENGE Sunday Club 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Pop!Candy: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm l BRIGHTON SAUNA Naked Day 12pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Bear Bash, free food & raffle 5pm; roasts & select menu 12pm–till gone l CHARLES ST cabaret: Dr Beverly Ballcrusher 7.30pm; Sally’s Rock & Roll Bingo 8.30pm l LEGENDS BAR cabaret: Miss Jason 3.30pm; roasts 12–3pm l MARINE TAVERN Sun roasts 125pm; Drag Open Mic 9pm l PARIS HOUSE live jazz 6pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Lucinda Lashes 6pm & 9.30pm l REVENGE Powder Room pres RuPaul’s Drag Race’s Tatianna 7.30pm l SUBLINE Guilty Pleasures 9pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Jazz Roast: Quaver Behaviour & Rugby 3pm; Sunday roasts 1-6pm l VELVET JACKS live music: Mike Newsham 4pm
l CHARLES STREET Studio 150
) ONE FOR THE DIARY Heat up the end of your weekend
) ONE FOR THE DIARY Sunday (19) sees THE POWDER ROOM presents Tatianna, the standout queen from series 2 and All Stars 2 of RuPaul’s Drag Race, with support from Brighton’s top local queens 7.30pm, standard/meet & greet tickets available from www.revenge.co.uk. Fierce amd freakin' hot, Tatianna shone in Series 2 and stormed it in All-Stars 2 and let's be honest, went too soon! Expect sickening support from Crystal Lubrikunt, Lydia L'Scabies & Rococo Chanel, all hosted by Dave the Bear. ) REGULARS Tuesday is BANGERS & TRASH with DJs Toby Lawrence & Trick
celebrating the biggest chart bangers and the trashiest pop from 11pm, £3 with pass from Bar Revenge, £2 NUS/student cardholders. Revenge say: “It's all about sl*tdropping to Sia, booty-shaking to Beyonce and twerking to Taylor Swift... courtesy of our two resident DJs! And we'll help you get there with all drinks costing £2.50 all night long, including spirit & mixer, bottles, shots, pints and even Desperados. Plus you can double up for just £1.50!” ) Friday is POP TARTZ with resident DJs sweetening the dancefloor with pop anthems from 10.30pm. ) Saturday is WTF with DJs, drag queen hosts, bonkers décor, sexy shot boys and themed nights. Revenge say: “Expect one big crazy house party vibe with state-of-the-art lighting & sound across two floors and a swanky rooftop terrace! It’s the most fun you can have with (some) of your clothes on!”
10.30pm l LEGENDS BAR The Maisie & Dave Show 9.30pm l MARINE TAVERN Monday Madness 8pm l PARIS HOUSE live jazz: Ollie Howe Trio 7pm
l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Crewsday 9pm l MARINE TAVERN Quiz 9pm l REVENGE Bangers & Trash: DJs Trick & Toby 11pm
l BAR BROADWAY Voice of Broadway 2017: Audition 9pm l BAR REVENGE Lip Sync for Your Life: Crystal Lubrikunt 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Ice:
DJ Claire Fuller 11pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Seniors’ lunch 2-3.30pm l CHARLES ST Mrs Moore’s Bona Bingo Bonanza: fundraiser for THT 9pm l LEGENDS BAR Pre-club DJs 7pm l MARINE TAVERN Gossip Gays 9pm l PARIS HOUSE live jazz: Geoff Simkins Trio 8pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Sally Vate 9.30pm l SUBLINE Happy Hump Day 9pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Poker 8.30pm l VELVET JACKS Quiz 8pm
l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Total Request Thursdays: DJ FRESH Princess 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Quiz: host Ross Cameron, rolling jackpot 8pm
PICS FROM SUBLINE
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THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS
) 129 St James' St, BN2 1TH, Tel: 01273 624100, www.sublinebrighton.co.uk ) OPEN Wed–Sun from 9pm. ) DRINK PROMOS Fri drink promos till 11pm, bargain prices all night; Sat drink
) 59 North Rd, Brighton, BN1 1YD, Tel: 01273 608571, www.3jollybutchers.com ) OPEN 12pm on Mon–Sat, 1pm on Sun. Private function room available.
promos all night
) FOOD Mon–Sat 12–9pm, Sunday roasts 1–6pm.
) ONE FOR THE DIARY Friday (10)–Sunday (12) is the
BIG 3 COME TOGETHER WEEKEND with three of the biggest and best fetish brands in the south coming together to throw you an enormous weekend of parties, all raising money for the Rainbow Fund (RF). Fri (10) is THE BIG SCRUM - Brighton, the UK’s biggest Sports kit club night for men that like rugby & sports kit from 10pm, entry £5 in kit, £7 otherwise, includes donation to RF. Sat (11) is LEATHERMEN SOUTH VALENTINE BE MINE from 10pm, entry £3 members, £5 otherwise, donated to RF. Sun (12) is BLACK VALENTINE with the Brighton Bears from 3pm, entry £4 in black, £6 otherwise, donated to RF. The Brighton Bears say: “Celebrate your darkest passions with us on Sunday 12. We encourage you to wear black, leather, rubber, sports kit, neoprene or underwear. Discounted entry for those in black and don't forget changing area and lockers are available!” ) REGULARS Ease yourself into the weekend on Friday at STEAM from 9pm, entry
free for members b4 11pm/£3 after, £5 for guests. Saturday is MEN’S ROOM with DJ Screwpulous spinning tunes for those who like a night thick with testosterone and heaving with men from 9pm, free before 11pm, £3 after, guests £5. l BAR REVENGE FOMO warm-up 9pm l BOUTIQUE CASA Boutique: DJ Lady Lola 10pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Brighton & Hove Sea Serpents £300 Big Cash Quiz 9pm l CHARLES ST Throwback Thursday: DJ Ruby Roo & hostess Ms Joan Bond 9pm l GROSVENOR BAR Mabel’s Bona Bingo 8.30pm l MARINE TAVERN Throwback Thur 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Spice 9.30pm l REVENGE FOMO DJs 11pm l SUBLINE Brace Yourself 9pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Quiz: £150 jackpot 7.30pm
l BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7 Upstairs 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Jukebox 5pm; Broadway Lounge 10.30pm l BAR REVENGE Pop-Tartz warm-up 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Glitter: DJ David Noakes 11pm l BOUTIQUE DJ Franco, giveaways & cocktail masterclasses 10pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Friday Club 6pm l CHARLES ST Fabulous Fridays: DJ Morgan Fabulous 9pm l DR BRIGHTONS Vinyl Friday: DJs playing vinyl only 9.30pm l GROSVENOR BAR Mysterry’s karaoke 9pm l MARINE TAVERN 90s Old Skool 9pm; Marine Late 11.30pm
) ONE FOR THE DIARY Watch Six Nations Rugby on
the big screen every Sat from 2pm. ) REGULARS Wed is FREE POKER from 8.30pm, bar tab to be won. ) Thur is QUIZ NIGHT with a £150 cash prize from 7.30pm, all welcome! ) Fri (3 & 17) is with DJ Havoxx playing tunes from 7.30pm. ) Sun is the
JAZZ ROAST with chilled jazz plus Six Nations Rugby at 3pm, free entry. Sun (19) is free live jazz with Quaver Behaviour from 3pm.
l PARIS HOUSE DJ Miss Meryle 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Dr Woof 9.30pm l REVENGE Pop Tartz DJs on level 1; Fat Lip: DJ Fifi on level 2 10.30pm l SUBLINE Steam 9pm l ZONE cabaret: Kara Van Park 10pm
l AMSTERDAM SanFranDisco: DJ Mick Fuller 8pm
l BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7 Sins 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Jukebox 4pm; Broadway Lounge 10.30pm l BAR REVENGE WTF! warm-up 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Fusion: DJ Peter Castle 8pm l BOUTIQUE DJ Klipz, giveaways & open mic 10pm l CHARLES ST Fierce: DJs Lil Alex, Grant Knowles, Leeroy 9pm l DR BRIGHTONS Saturday Session: DJ Tony B 9.30pm
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PICS FROM VELVET JACKS + ZONE
) 50 Norfolk Sq, BN1 2PA, Tel: 07720 661290 http://tinyurl.com/VelvetJacks ) OPEN Tue–Thur 4–11.30pm, Fri & Sat 12–11.30pm, Sun 1–11pm.. ) FOOD Meat & cheese boards and wood-fired pizzas served all day, every day. ) DRINK PROMOS two cocktails £10/£12 every Tue, including Valentine’s Day.
) 33 St James’ St, BN2 1RF, Tel: 01273 682249, www.zonebrighton.co.uk ) OPEN 11am Sun–Fri; 10am Sat. ) DRINK PROMOS all day Sun–Thur, till 7pm Fri & Sat; 2-4-£10 selected
cocktails 5–8pm everyday.
afternoon of live chilled out tunes with Mike Newsham and his guests from 4pm. If you’re interested in performing then message Mike on Facebook. ) REGULARS Wednesday is QUIZ NIGHT with a cash prize at 7.45pm for an 8pm start.
l GROSVENOR BAR cabaret: Maisie Trollette 9.30pm l LEGENDS BAR Pre-club DJs 7pm l MARINE TAVERN Jukebox tunes 8pm l PARIS HOUSE Live jazz 4pm; TC’s Joyful Noise: DJ Kenny 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Lola Lasagne 9.30pm l REVENGE WTF!: DJs over 2 floors 11.30pm l SUBLINE Men’s Room: DJ Screwpulous 9pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Six Nations Rugby 2pm l ZONE cabaret: Tabitha Wild 10pm
l AMSTERDAM Sunday roasts 12pmtill gone l BAR 7@CRAWLEY DJ Bullard’s karaoke 8pm l BAR BROADWAY Fireplace Sessions pres Lascel Wood 8.30pm l BAR REVENGE Sunday Club 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Pop!Candy: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm l BRIGHTON SAUNA Naked Day 12pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Post-Brighton Half Marathon roasts & select menu 12pm–till gone; Six Nations Rugby
KARA VAN PARK
) ONE FOR THE DIARY Sunday (19) is an intimate
) ONE FOR THE DIARY Friday is LIVE ENTERTAINMENT at 10pm: Stone & Street (3), Spice (10), Davina Sparkle (17) and Kara Van Park (24). Glamour puss Kara Van Park is renowned for performing showtunes, camp songs and having a love of all things glamorous! Kara says: ”I love belting out tunes and seeing everyone having a good time. You can expect a camp night of showtunes, big ballads and standards as well as lots of glamour! It will be a great night for all.” ) REGULARS Saturday is CABARET from 10pm: Sally Vate (4, 18), Tabitha
Wild (11 & 25). Tabitha says: “I come from a background of live entertainment as a singer and dancer and have a love for sequins and parties! I’ll be singing cheesy pop, heavy on the 80s, that people will sing and dance along to!”
(England v Italy) with Brighton & Hove Sea Serpents 4.30pm; Bear Bash, free food & raffle 5pm l CHARLES ST cabaret: Lizzy Drip 7.30pm; Sally’s Rock & Roll Bingo 8.30pm l LEGENDS BAR cabaret: Topping & Butch 3.30pm; roasts 12–3pm l MARINE TAVERN Sunday roasts 12-
5pm; Drag Open Mic 1st Anniversary with Stephanie Von Clitz & guests 9pm l PARIS HOUSE live jazz 6pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Davina Sparkle 6pm & 9.30pm l SUBLINE Cum in Your Pants 9pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Jazz Roast + Rugby 3pm; Sunday roasts 16pm
l CHARLES STREET Studio 150 10.30pm l LEGENDS BAR The Maisie & Dave Show 9.30pm l MARINE TAVERN Mon Madness 8pm l POISON IVY karaoke 5pm
l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Crewsday 9pm l MARINE TAVERN Quiz 9pm l REVENGE Bangers & Trash: DJs Trick & Toby 11pm
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PICS FROM LONDON HOTEL SOUTHAMPTON
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DRAG WITH NO NAME (SUN 5)
MISS JASON (FRI 24)
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DANCE MUSIC BY QUEEN JOSEPHINE & KATE WILDBLOOD
ALBUMS ) This month the tunes are as joyful as the hopes only spring can bring, yes it’s time to get loved up and heartfelt. First up is the jazz-fuelled delight that is Songs For Knotty by Ishmael Ensemble on the tasty (sorry couldn’t help ourselves) Banoffee Pies label. One for the lovers. As are the minimal and ambient wonders of S.A.M.’s Dream State Of A Bellmaker on Delaphine and the Various Artists delivering the spacey sounds of Slow Porn presente Prise de Vue 1 on My Favorite Robot Records – although probably best not tell your mum. Longplayers guaranteed to engage the body this month include Alessio Modrian’s
addictive synths of Nuove Tracce (Di Vita Su Marte) on The Dub label, the misty early morning beats of Call Super fabric 92 on Fabric, the brilliant Masai Volume One on Oleeva Records, and the thrilling house showcase that is Techfui Family’s Components on Techfui. As for those making our hearts skip a beat? It has to be the divine sounds of Culoe De Song's Watergate 21 mix, the mustdance acid house undertones of The Mekanism’s Breath on Play It Say It, and the glorious grime of Letta’s Redemption on Coyote Records; a moving moment in electronic music that will stay with you long after spring has bloomed. Enjoy. Catch Wildblood & Queenie’s Home Service on RadioReverb 97.2FM radioreverb.com 1st and 3rd Saturday of every month from 7pm. perfectdistractions.com
DJ PROFILE: DJ SCREWPULOUS Well we’ve done it folks. We’ve survived all the way through the year’s longest month (thank you and goodbye January), so now it must be time to have a simply fabulous February darlings! And as the vague prospect of spring becomes a twinkle in our minds, surely it’s only right to get out there and have a cracking good night out. With this in mind, Queenie catches up with a young man who is sure to have you getting your wiggle on well before Valentine’s Day. So for the first time here in Gscene it’s over to you, the divine DJ Screwpulous… How are you? Okay thanks - busy working on some mixes I have been commissioned to do and planning a move shortly within Brighton. Where do you DJ? I’m resident DJ at Subline, and play in London and private gigs. You can also hear me on the South London Vibes Podcast. What are you playing these days? All types of house music in clubs, but can be totally eclectic depending on the venue. All time fave tune? I have favourite tracks in different genres but my all time fave dance track is Bodyswerve (Warren Clarke remix) by M-Gee featuring Mica Paris. Still gives me goosebumps when I play it!
WILDBLOOD & QUEENIE’S FAB FEB 12” ) THE BLACK MADONNA He Is the Voice I Hear We Still Believe More uplift than a 1950s bra and just the piano-filled perk we all need. ) JUSTIN CUDMORE Forget It The Bunker New York Enough bleeps, addictive basslines and wiggly acid bits to please all. ) COEO Mydonna Toy Tonics Our label of 2016 starts this year with an absolute sample corker. ) SAMI KUBU Warehouse Desire Nightshift Records Brighton’s finest delivers a right pier dazzler - 90s house style. ) MOUNT LIBERATION UNLIMITED Double Dance Lover Studio Barnhus A Stockholm discotheque delight destined to make every day sparkle. ) DANIEL T Fahrenheit Cosmic Pint Glass A must-hear slice of bouncy house to keep you grinning this winter. ) SANDY TURNBULL Deep Inside Yourself / Going Back Galleria Filtered and spacey underground house, cooler than a menthol infusion. ) MARQUIS HAWKES Eivissa AUS Music If you needed one reminder why we need our Balearic heaven this is it. ) GOSHAWK feat. Astral T My Heart Hudd Traxx A tune to fall head over heels in love with. Just how we like it. ) FRANCIS INFERNO ORCHESTRA Oasis & A Time EP Superconscious Times may be changing but with Oasis happy times are comin’ your way.
Best thing about DJing in Brighton? Brighton has a no-attitude mix of locals and visitors all year round. Ultimate dream gig? Well I always wanted to play in London clubs and also abroad which I ended up doing for a number of years so some of my dreams have already been fulfilled! Now I’d love to play at an outside venue somewhere sunny - on a beach preferably! Tune you wish you’d never played? I love playing house music because so many tracks are timeless. Though there are a few I played cause they were popular at the time but would probably never play again! Guilty pleasure? ABBA, especially Dancing Queen! Describe yourself in three words? Honest, Reliable and Scrupulous.
DJ SCREWPULOUS’S CURRENT TOP FIVE ) GRACE Not Over Yet 2016 (Vanilla Ace Remix) Perfecto Records ) HIFI SEAN Testify (original extended/Le Mongrel mixes) Plastique ) LINA DANCE Sucker (Blanco & Hurr remix) Yoden Productions ) CLEAN BANDIT Rockabye (Ivyhouse extended bass remix) Atlantic ) HORNY UNITED Move Your Feet (House Society mix) Attractive
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Kings Road, Brighton, Box office: 0844 847 1515 ) LORD OF THE DANCE (Fri 10–Sun 12). Following the success of the 2015 UK tour, Michael Flatley’s Lord of the Dance: Dangerous Games announces a return to the UK. Fresh from successful runs in the West End, Broadway, Europe and the Southern Hemisphere, thrilling audiences around the globe with its mix of dance and music that fuses the traditional with the contemporary in a classic tale that showcases the talent of its cast. ) BRIT FLOYD (Sat 25). The spectacle of a Pink Floyd concert recaptured in high-definition sound, stunning light show and state of the art video design. Performing favourites from Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, The Wall and Animals plus other gems. ) KAISER CHIEFS (Tue 28) playing their latest single Hole in My Soul plus other dance pop classics. ’Genius’ Huffington Post. black man as he comes of age in the context of the War On Drugsera Miami. His story is told across three defining chapters in his life as he experiences the ecstasy, pain and beauty of falling in love while grappling with his own sexuality and the brutality of structural racism. 'A film about the complexity of black masculinity and human A LADD IN hunger for connection; the fragility Sallis Benney Theatre, 58-67 that lies beneath a man’s swagger… Grand Parade, Brighton, BN2 0JY takes clichés about addiction, ) A LADD IN: ALTERNATIVE drugs, poverty, violence and PANTO for grown ups, (until Feb homophobia in black America 2). An alternative and fun take on and changes their context by Aladdin directed and staged by shading familiar situations and Quintin Young, written by Andrew archetypes of black life with careful Stark, includes Miss Jason, detail and texture' Sight & Sound. Davina Sparkle, Dave Lynn, Lola Lasagne, Sally Vate, Christopher KOMEDIA Howard, Allan Jay and Jason Lee. Gardner St, Brighton Tickets: weekday £20, weekend Box office: 08452 938480 £22 online from: ) BENT DOUBLE (Sun 5). Fun and www.brightonticketbooth.com frolics presented by Zoe Lyons.
BROADWAY LOUNGE Upstairs at Bar Broadway, 10 Steine St, Brighton ) APOLLO CABARET pres DISNEY (8pm, Fri 3). Singers & musicians intimate cabaret, £12/£10. ) LAUGHTER IN THE LOUNGE (8pm, Sat 25). Monthly stand-up comedy night with six comedians from London and the south coast taking to the stage, entry £3.
EYES WIDE OPEN Duke of York’s, Brighton, Box office: www.picturehouses.com ) MOONLIGHT (Tue 14). The queer film collective presents last year’s arthouse hit which follows a queer
) FUNNY WOMEN (Sat 25). Features new female stand-up, supporting local charity RISE.
LE CLUCK FACTOR The Old Market, 11 Upper Market Street, Hove Box office: 01273 201801 ) LE CLUCK presents LE CLUCK FACTOR (8pm, Sat 4). Think a quirkier version of Britain’s Got Talent or X Factor and you have the
variety show of the century hosted by local impresarios Tori Bond and Sue Tyhurst with an eclectic lineup of hopefuls and established favourites, including: Wayne Bruce, Julie Jepson, Hannah Brackenbury, Becs grzegorzek, Pablo Boira-Boulding, Francesca Seaborne, Novalux, David Stewart SLEEPING BEAUTY and Apollo Productions music, AND A LITTLE PRICK dancing, comedy and magic. Paganini Ballroom, Old Ship Hotel, Tickets: £15/£12/£10. Donations to Brighton, Box Office: 01273 The Argus Appeal 709709 ) SLEEPING BEAUTY & A LITTLE PINK FRINGE PRICK (5pm & 8pm, Feb 1-12) Marlborough Theatre, 4 Princes starring Lee Tracey, Maisie Street, Brighton Trollette, Phil Harlequeen, Jason www.brownpapertickets.com Prince, Topsie Redfern, Lascel ) A PLACE CALLED HAPPINESS Wood, Russell Keith, Jack Seager (Thu 23). The show is Debs’ response and Scott Virgo, directed by Simon to society’s seeming obsession with Fielding with musical direction by happiness. She began an Sarah Bodaldhi. Tickets from £22. experiment to discover the secrets of ‘How to be Happy’ and found herself drowning in a sea of selfhelp – and it wasn’t helping. She dragged herself off the sofa of apathy and started to say yes to things, anything, to get her out into the world – dots on the globe, unknown and unsystematic choices. The situations she found herself in challenged her thoughts on TRAUMFRAU happiness and ultimately gave her North Laine Brewhouse, 27 hope. It’s a funny and engaging Gloucester Place, Brighton show filled with stories and secrets www.brownpapertickets.com/even shared, as Debs takes you on her t/2724752 journey off the sofa and into the ) TRAUMFRAU presents SAPPHIC world in the pursuit of something AFFAIR after-party for the Lesbian called happiness. Lives Conference (9.30pm, Sat 25). Dance your socks off with Tesla Girls DJs and Mrs Norman Knows plus performance artists Fancy Chance, Kheski Kobler and an installation by Travis Alabanza exploring transfeminism. Tickets: £10/£6
THE LEZZWARDIANS The Barn Theatre, Southwick, Box office: lezzwood.co.uk ) THE LEZZWARDIANS: MURDER AT LEZZTON ABBEY (Fri 10–Sat 11). A Sapphic slapstick sing-along send-up of Upstairs Downton Abbey. Join the Lezzwood Players as they stick two saucy fingers up to the classic turn-of- thecentury British drawing-room drama. In the picturesque village of Lezzton-UnderWeald (twinned with Dul-lasDitchwater), the strict social order of an Edwardian household is upset when a mysterious murder leads to implausible plotlines and tragic lapses in continuity. What is Miss Scarlet up to with the rope and the lead piping? Who has been tipping the velvet with Mrs White? Why is Mrs Danvers so weird? And with whispers of insurgent Suffragettes, will the old order survive until tea time? Bring your entries for the Buttonhole & Bake-Off competition during the interval, for the kinkiest cupcakes and most decorative floral buttonholes.
ALL THAT JAZZ
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WOLFGANG MUTHSPIEL Rising Grace (ECM). Another ECM set, this time from Austrian guitarist Wolfgang Muthspiel supported by an American quartet including star pianist Brad Mehldau and ace drummer Brian Blade. ECM has a reputation for cool and sophisticated music, and this set is a supreme example. Gently chiming acoustic guitar lines, often with a Spanish tinge, probing piano solos and quietly resonating bass and drum support mark out each track, the trumpet of Ambrose Akinmusire adding the occasional flash of brass. Some of the 10 tracks have an almost classical feel, such is their eloquent poise, while Intensive Care could be from a film noir soundtrack. Others are full of twists and turns, or roll along like lilting pop ballads. All of them sound like songs you have heard before, although in fact they are all recorded here for the first time. It all adds up to one subtle, classy set.
PORTICO GALLERY Manchester, www.theportico.org.uk ) I’m taking part in a group show at the Portico Gallery, a long established exhibition space in a stunning and historic space. It opened in 1806 as a Library and Newsroom and still occupies its original Grade II* listed building on Mosley Street. Although The Portico has hosted art and craft exhibitions since the 1960s the current Gallery area is a relatively new addition, having formally opened following the construction of the present floor in 1987.
TOWNER ART GALLERY Devonshire Park, College Rd, Eastbourne BN21 4JJ, www.townereastbourne.org.uk ) THE MUSEUM OF ART (Feb 4th–Apr 16). Inspired by the eclectic collections amassed by 19th century collectors, The Museum of Art uses works from the Towner Collection to playfully reflect the mood and character of a Victorian museum. The installation juxtaposes seemingly disconnected paintings and brings together diverse clusters of sculptures in crowded cases. These unexpected arrangements allude to hidden connections and inspire the viewer to invent their own histories for the works. This display will include the Towner Bequest and works by Henry Moore, Victor Pasmore and Christopher Wood.
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The concerts from four Italian cities presented on this four CD A Multitude of Angels represent, according to Jarrett, the pinnacle of his career. Recorded in October 1996, they were the last time he played unbroken improvisations filling each of the four evenings’ two sets, some of them stretching to more than 40 minutes. Danny Boy and, most enchantingly, Over The Rainbow act as encores. A couple of the pieces begin in romantic mood, one with harsh chordal twists and turns, but all four concerts have passages of pure musical delight. At almost five hours of music, this set might exhaust some listeners, but if you’ve not heard Jarrett before, try splashing out on this angelic multitude of notes. If your budget is a bit tight, try Creation, released by ECM in 2015. It’s a single album that uses material recorded at six concerts around the world and sequences them into a new nine-part work. Sort of, the best of Jarrett for beginners.
I’ve found a triptych of artistic opportunities for you to enjoy in February.
PALLANT HOUSE GALLERY 9 North Pallant, Chichester, PO19 1TJ, http://pallant.org.uk ) TRANSFERENCES: SIDNEY NOLAN IN BRITAIN (Feb 18–Jun 14). A major exhibition marking the centenary of the birth of Australian-born artist Sir Sidney Nolan (1917–1992), a leading figure of international 20th century art whose diverse oeuvre saw experimentation with a wide range of materials. The exhibition focuses on the artist’s time living and working in Britain, it brings together works that reveal recurring themes such as Australian history and literature, mythology, and the tragic hero/anti-hero. Iconic works from the 1950s and 60s including paintings of the Australian outlaw Ned Kelly and the unfortunate explorers Burke and Wills are shown alongside Nolan’s sets and costumes from the 1962 Royal Ballet production of The Rite of Spring. The exhibition is part of a nationwide centenary programme presented by the Sidney Nolan Trust throughout 2017, including exhibitions at Australia House and the British Museum.
SIDNEY NOLAN CONVICT IN A BILABONG
) KEITH JARRETT A Multitude of Angels (ECM). Ever since 1971, American pianist Keith Jarrett has been recording freely improvised solo piano pieces for ECM, of which The Köln Concert from 1975 is the most famous, as well as one of jazz’s bestselling albums of all time. For these solo albums, mostly recorded live in concert, Jarrett claims to approach the piano with his mind cleared of all preordained musical concepts, to face the keyboard with no forethoughts. In other words, to improvise freely without any idea what he might play, or when. Listening to all of his 16 solo efforts – a gargantuan task, since the Sun Bear Concerts recorded in Japan in 1976 alone extend over 6 CDs – it soon becomes clear that Jarrett in fact sticks closest to what he knows best. Lots of modal vamps and rocking grooves, echoes of the blues, hymns and gospel music, and an increasing use of classical modes unite these varied concerts as one. The music might be totally improvised, but it is always tuneful and it always sticks close to jazz.
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) SUSSEX MODERNISM: RETREAT AND REBELLION (until Apr 23). An exhibition examining how radical artists were drawn to the picturesque county in the first half of the 20th century, exploring how distinct creative communities formed, grounded in artistic innovation that reflected the political, sexual and domestic experimentation of the time. Sussex was home to major artists and collectors such as the Bloomsbury Group in Charleston, Edward James with his surrealist connections at West Dean, Roland Penrose and Lee Miller at Farley Farm House and the arts and craft community of Ditchling that included Eric Gill and David Jones.
REVIEWS ) Countertenor Iestyn Davies is joined by the early music ensemble Arcangelo, directed by Jonathan Cohen, in solo alto Cantatas by J S Bach (1685-1750). These cantatas are the perfect vehicle to demonstrate Davies’ pure, even tone and Arcangelo’s range, from subtle continuo to full ensemble, always maintaining chamber intimacy. The first cantata on the disc, BWV170 Vergnügte Ruh, Beliebte Seelenlust, opens with a beautifully warm aria, with long notes expertly sustained by Davies underpinned by a slow descending bassline and intertwining oboe. The closing aria has an energetic pace,
with impressive organ playing. The building chords and suspensions of the opening aria of Cantata BWV54, Widerstehe doch der Sünde is a highlight of the disc, with Davies delivering an even line over the pulsing accompaniment. The descending chromatic line of the second aria takes Davies into a lower register, yet there is no audible ‘gear change’, and the overall effect is as smooth as the instruments on the same fugue theme. Sandwiched between the alto cantatas, Arcangelo give lively performances of Sinfonias from BWV52 and 174, reworked movements from his Brandenburg Concertos. Arcangelo are spirited and energetic, and these provide a welcome lift amidst the more contemplative mood of the solo cantatas. In the final Cantata, BWV82, Ich habe genug, the combination of warm oboe tones with the smooth, steady line of Davies in the opening aria is incredibly moving, and the central lullaby with its lilting accompaniment is equally touching. An impressive and highly moving recording. Hyperion CDA68111
) Violinist Tasmin Little joins pianist Piers Lane for their second volume of British Violin Sonatas. The meat of the disc is John Ireland’s (1879-1962) wonderful Sonata No. 1. With it’s turbulent opening movement, a beautifully song-like central Romance, and a folksy Rondo to finish, this is a striking work. Little is lyrical and sensitive in the touching Romance, and Lane rises to the challenges of Ireland’s weighty writing for the piano in the first movement, without allowing it to overpower the violin. Sir Arthur Bliss’ (1891-1975) early single movement Sonata is by contrast rather over dramatic and a little over-emphatic. It was part of a fuller Sonata that he was working on when his brother Kennard was killed in WW1, and he abandoned the work, never completing it. The Sonata by Frank Bridge (18791941) that opens the disc is another incomplete work, with the second movement completed by Paul Hindmarsh. The opening is surprisingly brash for Bridge, but it settles down into a more recognisable style, with intriguingly unusual harmonies, and in the second movement, a galloping central scherzo surrounded by a beautifully subdued and lyrical slow section, and a subtle coda. A Romance and Pastorale from Ralph Vaughan Williams (1872-1958), both with wandering modal themes, and more than a hint of The Lark Ascending in the Romance, are beautifully performed here, with Little in particular enjoying Vaughan Williams’ meandering, rising lines for the violin. The disc ends with a brief piece by William Lloyd Webber (1914-1982) (father of Andrew & Julian), The Gardens at Eastwell, his final composition. It is a pleasant enough miniature, with a captivating tune, but rather inconsequential when compared with the other works on the disc. However, this is a stimulating survey of some lesser-known yet striking British chamber works. Chandos CHAN10899 ) Pianist Adrian Lord (an old school friend) has just released a recording of his own Twelve Romances for Piano, entitled
Remember, written in memory of his recently deceased mother. Adrian performs this personal collection with conviction, and the quasi-improvisatory nature of his compositions makes for very engaging listen. MMC Recordings MMC115, www.adrianlordpiano.com Reviews, comments and events: v nicks-classical-notes.blogspot.co.uk t @nickb86uk ) email@example.com
CINEMA ) Wayne McGregor’s ballet triptych, Woolf Works, inspired by the writing of Virginia Woolf with music by Max Richter, is live from the Royal Opera House (Wed 8). The Royal Ballet return (again live) with Tchaikovsky’s Sleeping Beauty (Tue 28). ) Sir Mark Elder conducts Dvořák’s Rusalka from the MET Opera (Sat 25), with Kristine Opolais, and Brandon Jovanovich. In local cinemas, including: Duke’s @ Komedia Brighton, Cineworld Eastbourne and Connaught Cinema, Worthing.
BY NICK BOSTON
CONCERTS BRIGHTON DOME www.brightondome.org, 01273 709709 ) The Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra (2.45pm, Sun 5), with cellist/conductor Thomas Carroll, perform Mozart, Mendelssohn and Haydn’s Cello Concerto No 1.
Journey. As the name would suggest, this is a very personal set of solo piano pieces, some inspired by significant places, such as childhood holidays in the Peak District, and travels in Scotland. This is a highly enjoyable and atmospheric short set of miniatures, with a common thread of rhythmic momentum and interest over simple harmonic progressions. The result is often very effective and engaging. There are clear references to family roots in the Lancashire mills, with spinning rhythms in Blaize and Revolutions, and a similar sense of perpetual motion in the hypnotic opening Prelude. The pieces are united by their use of repetition and arpeggiated patterns, yet variety is achieved in imaginative use of dynamics, such as in the fiery sections of Wildfire, and the moving concluding Time to
ATTENBOROUGH CENTRE FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS Gardner Centre Rd, Falmer, BN1 9RA, Box Office: 01273 709709 ) The Castalian Quartet performs Haydn, Beethoven and Thomas Adès (11am, Sun 26),
DEVONSHIRE PARK THEATRE www.eastbournetheatres.co.uk, 01323 412000 ) The London Philharmonic Orchestra (3pm, Sun 5) perform Bach’s Brandenburg Concerto No. 3 and Concerto for Two Violins, and Vivaldi’s The Four Seasons with Pieter Schoeman and Andrew Storey (violins).
WORTHING ASSEMBLY HALL Box Office: 01903 206206, www.worthingtheatres.co.uk ) The Worthing Symphony Orchestra (2.45pm, Sun 12) , conducted by John Gibbons, is joined by pianist Olga Paliy for Mendelssohn’s Piano Concerto No. 1 plus Mozart, Saint-Saëns and Beethoven.
ST MICHAEL’S CHURCH ) Lewes, Tickets: Lewes Tourist Information, 01273 483448 The Baroque Collective Singers (6.30pm, Sun 19) give a concert performance of Purcell’s Dido & Aeneas, with the Baroque Collective, conducted by John Hancorn.
NICHOLAS YONGE SOCIETY Sussex Downs College, Mountfield Road, Lewes, www.nylewes.org.uk ) The Vanbrugh Quartet (7.45pm, Fri 24) play Shostakovich, Borodin, Sean Doherty, Henning Kraggerud and Beethoven.
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COMICS ) After being probably the breakout star of the Lego Movie, Warner Brothers decided to give Lego Batman a movie and it looks glorious. Don’t believe me? Go and check out the trailers. Go on, I’ll wait here. Are you back now? Good. Doesn’t it look ace? The animation alone is worth the admission price! So as there are no Lego Batman comics to peruse, here’s three of my favourite Batman event stories which I think every Batman fan should read.
GAMES ) Almost a year after being released, Dark Souls 3 has only one more DLC to go before the game is finally complete and finished with. Last year was a good year for Souls fans with Dark Souls 3 being one of the best games of 2016 and the previous DLC, whilst short, was full of new experiences, weapons and a few spells too. So now that the Souls series is winding down, for now at least, what game should a Souls veteran delve into next to get their frustrating but rewarding gameplay fix? Well that should be “games” plural as this month sees the release of two games that might fill the void left behind by Dark Souls - Nioh and For Honor (spelt the American way of course!)
A DEATH IN THE FAMILY Of all the enemies he has faced and hardships Batman has had to endure, the death of Jason Todd is probably the worst experience he has had to go through since the death of his parents. Published in 1988 the storyline sees the second Robin, Jason Todd, tracking down his long-lost mother to Ethiopia. She turns out to be blackmailed by the Joker into giving him supplies to make his deadly laughing gas. After handing Jason over to the Joker, he savagely beats him with a crowbar to near death and blows them both up with a bomb. The death of Robin sent Batman into a dark spiral becoming more violent than usual and even punching Superman in the face. Luckily teenager Tim Drake believes the Batman always needs a Robin and brings Bruce out of the darkness. Bruce keeps Jason’s costume in the Batcave as a constant reminder to never let something like this happen again.
NO MAN’S LAND After Gotham is devastated by a huge earthquake, the US Government declares Gotham a no man’s land by destroying all the bridges into the city. Due to the dwindling law enforcement, Gotham’s criminals and super villains carve up the city into different districts and rule their territories how they see fit. Batman and Jim Gordon work with other heroes to return order to the city; after many months and interference from Lex Luthor the US Government finally reverses the No Man’s Land order. The storyline is notable for introducing Harley Quinn, Cassandra Cain (the third Batgirl) and a new Batman costume. It also saw the death of Gordon’s second wife, Sarah, by the Joker, something the villain strangely found no humour in.
Nioh is an action RPG set in the Edo period of Japan, somewhere around 1600. You take control of William Adams, a fictionalised version of the real William Adams who was the first English man to step foot on Japanese soil and went on to become the first western Samurai. Nioh is brilliantly designed and looks moody and daunting whilst taking in the aesthetics of the period it is set in. The enemies consist of bandits and ronin as well as supernatural threats like Oni which are being summoned from the underworld to destroy Japan. Combat takes place in real-time and like the Souls series it is high stakes sword play that forms the basis of the combat. There are three stances, low, middle and high, each with their own pros and cons, for instance: low is fast but weak with better dodging abilities whilst high is slow but damaging. There is even a parry system in play, something Souls veterans will instantly get on board with. From atmosphere to appearance, the game is basically Samurai Souls and should help fans move on from Dark Souls with hope knowing other developers are looking out for them
NIGHT OF THE OWLS Being the first event since the New 52 came about, Night of the Owls delves into the history of Gotham City and turns everything Batman thought he knew on its head. The mysterious Court of Owls sentences Bruce’s to death despatching their assassin known as The Talon. With the defeat of the assassin, Batman discovers secret rooms hidden within every building funded by Bruce’s own great-grandfather. After a deadly rematch with The Talon in the Court’s lair, Batman spares the Talon’s life and declares war on the Court, vowing he will hunt them down. In response, the Court awakens all their previous Talons and releases them on Gotham that very night to annihilate Batman and his allies!
For Honor on the other hand isn’t much like Dark Souls in way of an action RPG. No, this game is for those Souls veterans who yearn for the PVP (person versus person) battles that come whenever you get invaded. For Honor has been described as a “shooter with swords”, that description alone is all you need to know. You have a choice of three fictionalised factions which represent real world warriors: Legion (Knights), the Chosen (Samurai) and the Warborn (Vikings), with each faction having different classes to choose from. Unique to the game is the Art of Battle system which is activated when you face stronger enemies. You then have the option of where to place your weapon and where to attack, which makes it a game of striking and parrying whilst waiting for that opportune moment of when to attack and defeat the enemy. It is basically a duelling mode with high risk and reward that should come easily to Souls veterans.
52 GSCENE soars. Love that is lavish. Love that bores. Love that’s cheap. Love that costs. Love that cheats. Love that hides. Love that seems forever lost but then finds its way home. Love is hoping. Love is hating to be alone. Love is waiting, in the dark, the heat, the rain, the every-time for you. Love is never having to wait again, until the next time. Love that lives, love forgets, love forgives and that yet still smarts. Love is patient. Love’s unkind. Love sees all, yet is blind. Love that wraps. Love that seals. Love that breathes and yet steals my air.
Love is fun. Love is thinking. Love recognises that sinking feeling of escape approaching. Love is laughing when I should be crying. Love is crying when I should be laughing. Love will cry, and will try. Love is leaving and not looking back. Love is again when you think you never should. Love is again when you thought you never would. Love surprises when not looking. Love then leaves when not working. Love is fighting. Love is you lighting up the room, the street, the world. Love that listens. Love that doesn’t. Love that sings. Love that dances. Love that’s loyal. Love that chances upon another. Love that behaves, and restrains. Love of longing, wishing looks. Love of summer sweaty f***s. Love that worships. Love that reigns over me.
Love is. By Craig Hanlon-Smith
Love on the run. Love that is hunted. Love unrequited. Love is lonely and not wanted.
) Love is excitement. Love is exhaustion. Love is daily. Love by the hour. Love is always. Love is never. Love at your leisure. Love that’s a pleasure. Love is now. Love is then. Love is today. Love is tomorrow. Love is never again. Love is light. Love is dark. Love is air. Love is fire. Love is creation. Love is foundation. Love is destruction. Love is the only heaven that is real. Love is hell. For this love, time will tell. Love irresistible. Love untouchable. Love is the longing. Love is the needing. Love the never quite achieving. Love a warrior princess. Love a cowering child. Love is lost. Love is life. Love is death. Love is everything in between. Love is smart. Love is sick. Love is holding. Love is touching. Love is desperate isolation. Love is accepting. Love is believing. Love is overachieving. Love is incandescent indignation. Love is real. Love is not. Love is fiction. Love is hot and will burn. Love is straight. Love will turn. Love that chimes. Love that rhymes. Love is wealth. Love has nothing, on you. Love is fear. Love is pain. Love is give. Love is gain. Love is tit. Love is tat. Love is this, love is that, love is getting fat and happy. Love is feast. Love is famine. Love emaciates and starves. Love that cuts and then scars. Love is asleep. Love is awake. Love is speed and love is the break of my heart. Love is calm. Love is
riot. Love is enraged. Love is tired. Love is the truth. Love is a lie. Love is life. Love will die. Love is you. Love is me. Love is him. And him. And him. And she. Love that starts. Love that stops. Love that climbs. Love that falls. Love for you. Love is for all. Love that fights. Love that bites. Love for a friend. Love for a foe. Love for good. Love for bad. Love is what we’ve always had, to share, to spare. Love for young. Love for old. Love is frightened. Love is bold. Love that strokes. Love that aches. Love that gives. Love that takes. Love you win. Love you lose. Love that lands. Love you choose. Love can calm and will bruise. Love that lusts. Love that stares. Love that trusts. Love that cares. Love is a stranger. Love is companion. Love is the messiah. Love a pariah. Love attacks. Love embraces. Love is lazy. Love is busy. Love imprisons, makes you dizzy. Love stands still. Love is walking. Love is running. Love that races. Love for a time. Love that chases. Love that lifts. Love that
Love is not being able to look at you because my brain, my chest, my head hurts. Love is watching you sleep. Love is not sleeping when I know you’re not sleeping. Love is unexplained anxiety. Love is strength when I know you’re anxious. Love is the gravitas of our days, weeks, years together. Love is the minutes when the nights draw in. Love is the summer in the winter. Love is the thawing of the ice. Love is the fresh fall of snow, the first hint of day. Love will shake, love will shock, love is sand, love is rock. Love will calm and caress. Love will cover and undress. Love that is straight. Love that creases. Love that locks and releases whether you want it to or not. Love that roams. Love that strays. Love that plays. Love that stays. Love is present. Love is past. Love is the halflight and forever casts a shadow on my soul. Love uplifts. Love is flight. Love holds my hand on infrequent nights apart. Love enduring. Love that’s fleeting. Love that is carnal. Love a meeting of our minds. The love that dare not speak its name talks freely. Love is you. Love is me. Love is ours. Love is we. Love for all. Love is free. For now.
“Love is the truth. Love is a lie. Love is life. Love will die. Love is you. Love is me. Love is him. And him. And him. And she”
BY MIKE WALL
BY GAY SOCRATES
LGBT+, CAN WE ASK THE HETEROSEXUALS TO JOIN TOO?
IF YOU LIKE TO TAKE IT UP THE A*SE DOES THAT MAKE YOU A SISSY?
) So it is LGBT+ History Month again. I might not win any friends for this article as it may prove a little uncomfortable. I don’t think that anyone who knows me will be particularly surprised about what I’m going to say as I’ve said it all before. I’ve even aired my opinions in this publication on a few occasions about why I don’t think that we LGBT+ folk should be lumped into one ‘community’.
) Last week I had sex with a guy in the sauna. Yay! And afterwards when we were cuddling and chatting in our little cubicle (it can happen sometimes - occasionally) we got on to the subject of how to respond to THAT QUESTION: ‘Are you a Top or a Bottom?’ It’s a question often furtively asked during the course of a bit of fumbling exploratory touch. It seems to be asked by guys in a rush to get to some kind of destination. They ‘ain’t looking for some mutually explored erotic adventure. It’s like they want to fast forward to some live-action, conventionally plugged-in, porn cum-shot.
Now I’m going to appear to be particularly two-faced as I’ve recently become co-chairman on an LGBT+ forum in my place of work. I initially wanted to join this group as I still think that it’s important that minorities should be represented in all aspects of society. We LGBT+’ers are still a minority so let’s ensure that when policy is written, our views, opinions and dignity are considered. However, here is where I will probably face the firing squad - I don’t believe we form any sort of community. I work alongside people of various sex, sexuality, ethnicity etc and I consider myself as part of the wider community which is Brighton. I live here; it’s a very diverse place with people of very varied opinions on religion, sexuality, politics, even down to how often rubbish should be collected from outside our houses. We, appear, in Brighton to be very tolerant of each other. Or written differently we’re accepting of the differences in each other. This is why I love to live in this city.
“I think it’s important that we don’t segregate ourselves and appear to straight people to having this ‘exclusive club’” This is also the reason why I joined the LGBT+ group at work. I wanted to ensure that we, as a forum, also accepted that we work with straight people, who due to one reason or another may just need some education to dispel some myths that may exist in their heads due to the influences of nature or nurture. I think it’s important that we don’t segregate ourselves and appear to straight people to having this ‘exclusive club’. I would welcome any straight person to join our group, as I feel it may open our eyes to some of the issues that they face too. Perhaps it is even time to have an LGBTH+ group, with the H allowing the heterosexuals to come along and join the ‘community’. Anyway, I hope nobody will be affronted by my opinions and feelings on this subject, because I do not intend to offend, in fact the opposite, I want an even more ‘accepting’ society. We’re all human beings, with feelings, emotions, aspirations, wants, needs etc. A set of people who choose to join together can appear to be a clique and this in itself can be dangerous. I like all the people I’ve met in our work group and I think that we can achieve a lot if we stay focused, but also open to the views of others both inside and outside of the forum. By the way happy Valentine’s Day, if you are into that sort of thing!
I usually indicate that I’m enjoying the touch happening right now and that I’m capable of going with the flow of wherever it might take us. Which usually gets us back in the zone! My sauna buddy seemed interested to talk about this topic, so I told him, for the record, that with regard to gender I personally identified as a bigendered. And, furthermore, having reflected on how my bigendered-ness impacts on my sexuality, I’ve come to the conclusion that the feminine pole of my gender is BISEXUAL! She’s into men who are into her femininity and she’s also into women who want to engage in sexual play with her. (Hmm - one of these days that fantasy of a dominant woman with a strap-on taking me to heaven will become a reality!). And then there’s the masculine end of my spectral identity, who is a sexually versatile gay guy. He enjoys f***ing, being f***ed, s*cking, being s*cked, d*minating and s*bmitting. It’s all f*cking great! Then my sauna lover said, ”Well, I’ve done Queer Studies and they said there that ‘bigendered’ doesn’t exist because gender is all fluid-like.” He was young and not a little irritatingly, if not invalidatingly, correct. I suppose! As a sissy child I was ruthlessly coerced into eradicating any element of femininity from my behaviour. I was a quick learner and a good little actor and so rapidly acquired a reasonably convincing straight-acting veneer of false-self. It’s taken years to recognise and challenge the shame that I was made to feel about my sissy self. Thankfully I’m now able to honour and reclaim it as my precious birthright.
”Why do so many men continue to hide and despise their feminine nature? Is it because we live in a patriarchal, misogynist culture?” Why does this ugly gender expression repression happen? And why do so many men continue to hide and despise their feminine nature? Is it because we live in a patriarchal, misogynist culture hating women and seeing men who resemble women as even worse? Whatever it is, we do appear to be stuck with this gender binary thing and it does seem, for many, to touch on something deeply fundamental which shouldn’t be messed with. Maybe I’m just a freak of nature. Maybe most men are just men. In which case that’s just fine too!
CHARLIE SAYS The return of able-bodied legislation by Charlie Bauer Phd http://charliebauerphd.blogspot.co.uk ) Before anyone else kicks off about the NHS all I can say is... I told you so. Again. Why would we think it could ever be any different? There’s a saying that goes, ‘one day I walked down the street and I fell down a hole. The following day, I walk down the same street and I fall down the same hole. Day three - I walk down a different street’. Why would we, us in living memory of some of the worst legislation against the NHS, forget about what went before? Instead of walking down the same street and being surprised when we fall into the same hole - yet still wondering who the hell dug it instead of why it was there in the first place. It’s easy to blame the millennials; the kids interested more in an app on a phone rather than their future health care. But they are not to blame. It’s the babyboomers downwards, who are the real culprits. Those of us who marched against Thatcher’s cuts as well as a host of other legislation - evils such as the miners and their wives demanding a starvation wage, or the kids and students demanding against nuclear proliferation so that they could have a future somewhere, or anti-LGBTQI legislation where born-again police chiefs said that this group, making a reference to HIV, was ‘wallowing in a cesspool of its own making’. Or perhaps for the jewel in the crown of 20th century social reform and proof that the state believed people had a value – the NHS. Back then the Tories failed dismally and it was the poll tax that killed them. Women, men, kids, seniors from across the class divide, marched peacefully against a tax which would exclude the poorest (anti–Thatcher voters) from voting the same regime out. A peaceful protest turned violent and again, the rightwing media and their ‘youth advisers’ in the gutter press blamed the ‘left-wing militants’. All very good when communist Russia was at stalemate with capitalist America and Europe sat in the middle. They called it Theatre Warfare because, as ground-zero, Europe would
be bombed, the superpowers either side looked on apparently protected. After this riot, the Tories had to use another plan. Since the end of Thatcher, Cameron et al have kept her legacy going but knew that they’d have to use another tactic to remove the NHS. Less there is another riot. The ‘snoopers’ charter’, bashed out when Theresa May was Home Secretary, and then implemented above any other policy when she became the unelected Prime Minister, is designed to process legislation against the NHS, amongst other things, by removing the ability of the people to collectively protest. I’m thinking of the recent anti-Brexit march in London where we were prevented from entering certain streets. Some of us peacefully asked why, and eventually a friendly policeman whispered that ‘it was now private property’ that the developer and landowner had decided to close it when the people marched in their own capital city. The poll tax was the second battle of Trafalgar – this time Trafalgar Square - much too close to the palace to allow it to ever happen again. The ‘snoopers’ charter’ means that you will soon be prevented from leaving your house because the facial recognition and everything else will access an enormous algorithm that gives the authorities everything about you in seconds - including the ability to stop you. That granny who has been on every picket line for equal pay for women since the 1970s is now thrown into the same vat as Al (gorithm) Qaeda – the most convenient threat to the West.
The Tories must have been hacked off when cities and citizens bypassed Downing Street and headed straight to Brussels for their basic human rights. Working class British cities who found out 30 years after Thatcher that they were put into ‘managed decline’ because they rejected en-mass the draconian poll tax for the second time in 500 years. Imagine that? Bullying an entire city. Or country. Like when Ireland bypassed the non-existent Tory economic hand-outs and headed for Europe. Then became the technological hub of Europe that manufactured every Apple laptop computer on the planet. What we’re seeing is the same old Tory control but the end of freedom. So, whether you’re battling against any of the ‘good brave causes’ of Brexit, anti-Trump, junior doctors, freedom of the press or, the jewel in the crown, the NHS, the one that keeps us all healthy enough to get out and demand our rights, just watch how our health service becomes a by-product of the upcoming Brexit hell (don’t forget Missus May voted to stay albeit under Cameronian duress). Now they will prioritise cutting the NHS over European Insect Welfare reform or straight bananas or the madness of cocoa solids in chocolate. The Thatcher legacy was actually a promise they are still implementing. But the babyboomers down have also failed the people dismally. The good times did not last forever. Things could not only get better, but worse. ‘Perhaps the Tories will be different this time around? Perhaps I’ll walk down the same street and the hole will have been filled in by the council and I won’t break a bone and be rushed to an NHS hospital...’ I’m able-bodied and relatively healthy. I am a product of the NHS. And the NHS is still the main provider of care for the disabled. One of the things I ask everyone since June 23, 2016 to think about is this - every time you take an elevator in Westfield; or head to see a film or a play on the West End; every time you jump into the disabled toilet without anyone seeing; every time you make a short cut up a wheelchair ramp instead of the stairs. Perhaps those gaps at the end of a train carriage that the huge transport industries have been forced to spend millions on. Those lifts next to the elevators that always seem to be empty. Or the removal of corner kerbs on every street. Or that annoying beep as a ramp slides out of a bus to accommodate a wheelchair. If you think this is the sound of our caring British society you’re both ignorant and wrong. That noise, that beeping, is the sound of EU legislation, now gone.
“Since the end of Thatcher, Cameron et al have kept her legacy going but knew that they’d have to use another tactic to remove the NHS. Less there is another riot”
GILDED GHETTO BY ERIC PAGE
HOT GOSSIP BY MICHAEL STEINHAGE
) Ah love, how am I to talk of it to you, Dear, clever Reader. The thickos use emoticons and Hallmark drivel, I offer you tenderness, wonder, a moment of silence before your memory begs to be left in peace, but before then, let me take you back. Stand with me, in front of Guernica, Picasso’s painting of the Spanish Civil War - we are in a modern art gallery, well at least I am, you are in flashback, like a ghost or a fart, present but incorporeal. It’s Valentine’s Day, late afternoon, 2010.
) It may come as a shock to you that I (with my fantastic wit displayed in this column every other month, and the smashing good looks barely evident in the charming little photo in the top corner) am desperately single! And personally, I blame Walt Disney for the lack of boyfriend in my life.
Standing there, suddenly recognising the thick twisted fingers of the widows of Picasso’s grief perfectly mirror my soul, I make a run for it, out though the endless corridors of Giacometti and throwing myself through the misery of Dali’s endless shriek for immolation I found myself outside, no more world-renowned works demanding I remove my own attention from that greatest work of art, my own ego.
My ideal man, as has been drilled into me by their frivolous happily ever after nonsense, should sweep me off my feet and onto a magic carpet like Aladdin. He should be as strong and sexy as Hercules and, like Prince Charming, he should be hopelessly romantic and utterly, well, charming. Like what's his name, you know, Pocahontas's boyfriend, he should be willing to accept my inherent wisdom and change his ways whenever I show him the light (i.e whenever we have a disagreement and I’m always right). He should further be caring and wise, like Belle's beast. Mind you, I've picked up the odd beast or two in the small morning hours at the Bulldog, but alas, time and time again they have failed to turn into a handsome prince by morning. Yes, until now my prince has not, astride white steed, ridden into my life, and I can’t help but wonder why? Have my ridiculously high expectations prevented me from recognising the regal qualities that lesser mortal men have offered me? Of course I’ve had my share of boyfriends, and whilst never quite coming close to cutting the civil partnership cake together, we have had a lot of fun and good times, but have I found ‘The One’? No, like Snow White, I am still in the glass coffin, waiting.
Shattered, I walk the length of the roof, as is the nature of these converted modern galleries; power stations, slaughter houses and this one an old tuberculosis hospital named after a silently suffering queen, oh how the irony bit hard. It’s a huge, red enamelled roof designed by Phillip Stark and, as this is the world of modern art, no excess is refused. My stark choices reflected by Stark’s choices, acres of highly polished red, which after the monochrome of Guernica and my inner diorama was repugnant, I walk to the edge of the roof and press my face against the glass. At full length it prevented my auto defenestration, and its subsequent misinterpretation as a critique of Giacometti. The sun was setting, I tremble on the edge, nine stories up, pressing against tempered glass and imagining my body tumbling free though the air, never hitting the ground as I have built my wings on the way down, in a Dali-esque escape, beating up up up into the wide blue Iberian sky that even now is streaked with huge gashes of violent orange crepuscular rays as the Suns bid the day farewell one last time. How I ached for it to be over, not life, but day (keep up) this endless plethora of art having clogged up my cynicism so every breath was metaphor, every sigh a curse and mirror broken. I dropped my loom, and crossed the room, I was half tired of shadows, and I exhaled. I saw a golden flash, but unlike the Bint of Shallot it wasn’t of a helmet tra la, tra la, and was more a vibration. It was my pocket, my phone; mundane reality broke the magical reality of my reverie and stopped me short. I pressed the cold hungry glass of the screen; I’d left Grindr on and had walked into an area of free Wi-Fi, those modern oases of the weary contemporary traveller. A perfect Iberian bubble butt flashed up on my phone with an invitation too crude to detail here. In a flash the metaphors dissipated, a location was established and off I went to feed the endless, relentless hunger of the throbbing Gay Game. That was six years ago, caught unawares by huge beautiful worldchanging love disguised as a random shag. I never looked back but rang his bell and decided to be exquisite and never explain.
“Have I found ‘The One’? No, like Snow White, I am still in the glass coffin, waiting” This used to make me unbearably sad, until one glorious day a Fairy Godmother appeared to me and said... no, until one glorious day (okay fine, after some time with a good counsellor) I realised that it’s perfectly fine to be Elsa the Snow Queen, build a fabulous ice palace and live happily without constantly waiting for the prince to come. Is it all that anyway? Finding ‘The One’? I often wonder what they look like now... Arielle, no longer a slender tiddler but an old halibut and Prince Eric, with an ale-belly and hair growing out his ears. Sleeping in separate beds in the castle, avoiding eye contact across that long, long dining table in the royal dining hall. The magic carpet, sun-bleached and several tassels short, lying forlorn in the cellar; Jasmine trying to help little Ali with his algebra that she doesn't understand, whilst Daddy is out ‘looking for another damn lamp’. Am I still waiting for Prince Charming? A part of me always will, Sleeping Beauty and The Little Mermaid have done their damage, but I’ll revise my earlier statement. There is nothing desperate about being single, if you choose not to live it that way. And for now I’ll choose to enjoy all the many facets (and thieves, scoundrels and wicked Grand Viziers) single life has to offer.
56 GSCENE queasy; but for us, the Spencer family, it seems to work and for us two Dads it’s an attempt at therapeutic care without the kids realising it is happening. Trust me though when I say that it isn’t always a love-fest at our house. The fear of love that is so embedded in our daughter leads to major catastrophic meltdowns, slamming of doors, declarations of hatred towards us and screams of how she is unlovable, and its heart-breaking to witness. We wonder if we will ever be able to help her to see how amazing she is. When she’s out with us or with our family or friends she is polite, engaging and draws everyone’s attention, but when home or safely back in the car that sparkling light in her eyes will fade through the sheer exhaustion of being loving and accepting love.
DAD & DADDY For our family, love is a challenge, cuddles, painful, fun and definitely unconditional, says Syd Spencer ) The dictionary tells us that love is ‘a strong feeling of affection’ and ‘a great interest and pleasure in something’. In our house, especially for our daughter, love is, at times, a shield, a barrier and also a weapon. Often when she allows herself to feel safe, loved and wanted, she will quickly dismiss those loving feelings, as they make her feel that she isn’t in control. After all, an emotion we don’t understand or we can’t relate to how we feel about ourselves is a terrifying thing. So we are nearly five years in as parents to our two kids and ‘love’ is probably the thing that we find the hardest to help the kids to understand, give out, sometimes appropriately and accept. Our son will accept love and give it out freely, which causes issues around boundaries, keeping himself safe and not making others feel uncomfortable around him. He will tell his friends at school that he loves them and then they will bully him for it, taunting him that he is gay like his Dads etc. He then gets confused and will usually retreat into himself and become that very quiet little boy that we met back when he was six years old. Questions will then be asked about why can’t his friends love him too? And we try our best to clear up the confusion around friendship love, family love and partner love. His quietness doesn’t last long though and he soon bounces back and starts telling everyone how fabulous he is. Our little girl, who is still only 11 years old, thinks she is already a teenager which then
means, in her mind, that she’s almost an adult, finds love very confusing and scary. Our love for her, and our boy, is consistent. Even through the hardest times, the most frustrating and bizarre behaviours, we remind them that they are loved but sadly there is little love inside our girl for herself. It’s not really surprising as she received little as a young girl from her birth family and the ‘love’ she did get was very dangerous indeed. So every day we tell them they are loved, at bed times, when dropping them off at school and at random times throughout the day. We show love by being tactile, cuddles when they are not expected, kisses on top of their heads as well as kisses goodnight at bed times. Kevin and I have always been tactile with each other and the kids see us hug and kiss each other, our aim is to break down our girl’s fear of love and our boy’s manic obsession with love by making the declaration of it a normal part of daily life. Pretty sickening right? Love, kisses, cuddles every day! It’s enough to make anyone feel
It’s hard work for this girl to reflect the love she receives from others as it is alien to her to receive so much. She has been our daughter for nearly five years now and her lack of love for herself appears to get worse. On the brink of puberty and now going to a school with thousands of other kids she finds it hard to adjust and absorb her fastchanging world. It’s hard for us too as she aims her fear our way with hateful statements, that, although we understand their source, hurt us and have a few times over the years succeeded in making me doubt my role as Dad. Therapists and social workers tell us it’s a good thing because it means she feels safe enough with us to unload her fears etc, that it shows she loves us! It would be nice if she could feel safe enough to show her love through random acts of kindness sometimes or even a cuddle that we didn’t have to ask for, maybe at least a couple of times a month? For us four, love is challenge, the glue, laughter, cuddles, fearful, fun, painful, neglectful, family, strength and definitely unconditional. That’s not to say consequences for bad behaviour are not a regular thing in our home, because sometimes it almost feels daily, but the punishment is always given lovingly and that is always unconditional. I think it’s very telling what our daughter feels about love when her favourite line from her favourite Adele song is ‘Sometimes it lasts in love but sometimes it hurts instead’.
“So we are nearly five years in as parents to our two kids and ‘love’ is probably the thing that we find the hardest to help the kids to understand, give out, sometimes appropriately and accept”
MINDOUT Dr Helen Boyle, Brighton lesbian icon, makes mental health history! www.mindout.org.uk
) MindOut celebrates LGBT History Month in time-honoured fashion by commemorating the brilliant work of our predecessor, Helen Boyle, who was a mental health pioneer who laid the foundations for MindOut. Many years later we continue to be immensely grateful for her work and her foresight.
DR BOYLE, PHOTO FROM THE JOURNAL OF MENTAL SCIENCE SEPTEMBER 1939
Why was mental illness seemingly more common amongst the poor? Was tooth decay one of the causes of mental illness? Were housemaids more prone to mental illness than other servants? Should ‘defectives’ be sterilised to prevent the transmission of corrupted seed to future generations? Were poverty and prostitution the result of wickedness, or were they forms of ‘moral illness’? These were some of the issues raised at meetings of the Lunacy Commission, but the more Helen Boyle saw, the more convinced she became that not only was mental illness often an outcome of breadline poverty, but that it could easily be stopped in its tracks if caught early enough. It was, she came to believe, very often preventable. Helen believed if ‘nervous disease’ could be identified early enough it could be prevented from developing into an incurable disability. In this, she was well ahead of her time, and in those days there was no real interest in the prevention of mental illness that might be caused by poverty and social distress. In those days, if you could not pay for private care, the only way to qualify for state help was to be 'certified insane' and put in an asylum. Nothing was done to address the needs of those either not ill enough for the locked ward, or not yet ill enough, a situation which has changed less than might be hoped for in all the years since.
Born in 1869, she transformed the lives of working class women in Brighton & Hove through her groundbreaking approach to understanding and treating the effects of mental distress. As a young doctor she arrived in Brighton in 1897 having worked in London’s East End which had given her first-hand experience of the mental and physical effects of poverty on women. Determined to provide medical services to women she set up the Lewes Road Dispensary for Women & Children with Dr Mabel Jones in the then deprived area of Hanover. The dispensary offered free or low-cost treatment to women who couldn’t afford GPs’ charges, provided by and for women only. The Dispensary depended on the help of wealthy female benefactors, many of them suffragettes. Their clinic was a huge success.
Helen's work, continued by Mind, has revolutionised how we view mental health, the politics of mental health, the social and economic causes of mental distress and the empowerment of those in need of support. Without her work, organisations like MindOut would not exist. Looking back, we wonder how much has changed since Helen's time. At MindOut we are desperately concerned at the rise in people in economic hardship who are struggling with their mental health. We are supporting far more people who are hungry, who can't afford to heat their homes, who have or are about to lose their homes, who are struggling to make ends meet. Unlike Helen's times we do have an NHS which provides mental health services, and we have community groups offering a range of support. But none of these are secure, funding is being reduced considerably, at a time when need is on the increase. These are worrying times for mental health. If you would like to know more or get involved, please do contact MindOut (details below), or see Mind's website: www.mind.org.uk. As for Helen, as well as receiving professional acclaim in the medical sector, she was honoured for her war work in Serbia in 1915. She lived in Pyecombe for the last 17 years of her life with Marguerite du Pre Gore Lindsay, dying aged 88 in 1957. She has a Brighton & Hove bus named after her.
LADY CHICHESTER HOSPITAL, HOVE, 1922
Helen was way ahead of her time, a feminist physician and psychiatrist. She was Brighton's first female GP, the first female psychiatrist at the Royal Sussex County Hospital and the first female president of the Royal MedicoPsychological Association (now the Royal College of Psychiatrists).
The Lady Chichester Hospital later moved to Aldrington House in Hove, which remained a mental health day centre for the next 89 years. Helen Boyle went on to be the co-founder of Mind, the National Association for Mental Health.
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In 1905, Helen secured funding from Lady Chichester of Stanmer House, and transformed the Lewes Road Dispensary into the Lady Chichester Hospital for Women & Children With Early Nervous Disease in order to provide essential in-patient care for women in poverty, before they became certifiable. This hospital was also run by women for women.
“In those days. if you could not pay for private care, the only way to qualify for state help was to be 'certified insane' and put in an asylum.”
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58 GSCENE and the health service would pay for BA and FFS, the latter being such an important part of safety for so many women like myself who, to be able to move through the world without fear of abuse or much worse, need some tweaks to their facial appearance. And there we have it. Plain and Simple. Why can I not maintain a relationship? Why have I remained mostly single throughout my life despite being regarded as highly desired? Because my sex does not match my gender - it never has. It doesn't matter how many compliments I’ve been paid in the past, those compliments have been directed at my sex, and however well meant those compliments, they fed into my gender dysphoria (GD).
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At one point in the turbulent year that lead up to the beginning of my transition, when I never saw a time in the future that I would be viewed as a woman, and to be honest, I still don't feel that way now most days, I looked at myself in the mirror and I said, ‘you can be an attractive man or an ugly woman - which is it to be?’. Suicidal ideation made that decision for me and thankfully I began transition.
TRANSITIONING WITH SUGAR My Funny Valentine by Ms Sugar Swan ) February. St Valentine’s Day. Ancient Roman fertility celebration? Christian Priest Valentine who defied his Emperor and performed marriages without his blessing? There are a lot of conflicting takes on the origins of Valentine’s Day but no amount of reading and history takes the sting out of the tail for this time of year for me. Being an absolutely hopeless romantic, I am always so happy to see others in love. It brings a tear to my eye when I see friends and family have 'that look' in their eyes as they look at their partner. I feel a great deal of happiness but those feelings are occasionally smeared with feelings of sadness that I don’t and have never really experienced those feelings for myself. I haven’t been lucky in love over my 35 years construed as male. This has never been for lack of suitors lining up to do what so many have failed to do before them - get me to settle down. I have experimented in relationships with men and women over the years, but of course both sexes were looking for a boyfriend or husband, none of them were looking to me as a girlfriend or wife. If I had £1 for every person that has told me how sexually an attractive man I was over the years I would
have enough money to pay for the facial feminisation surgery (FFS), gender conformation surgery (GCS, vaginoplasty), breast augmentation (BA), hair transplant, laser hair removal and every other expensive treatment that I’m never likely to ever afford to allow me to live the life I deserve, the life I should have been born into, the life that cisgender people take for granted - to have my sex match my gender. I don’t wish to seem ungrateful as the NHS in England will, for some transwomen, pay for hormones, eight sessions of hair removal and GCS. Whilst I’m grateful that I live in a country with a health system, and a health system that recognises the transgender community being in medical need, and in no way claim to have it as bad as my sisters across the world (a plight that I intend on becoming more active in this year), there are places where the coin would have fallen more favourably towards me
I’m in a place now where I’m truly happy with my gender, not my appearance, but my gender. I’m a woman. I know I’m a woman. I feel like a woman, but do I look like a woman? Unfortunately not. This has lead to a years worth (so far) of celibacy for me. When I knew that I was a woman but presented male I was able to pass as male, I was able to have sex with gay men or straight women but now I’m way past that stage, I can't pretend to be male for the sake of sex even if I wanted to which I most certainly don't! Oestrogen is working well for me and there are too many things that now, naked, free of make up, clothing and wigs give me away as not male. I have no body hair, my voice is changing, my skin is softer, I smell different, 75% of my facial hair has been lasered off, my testicles and penis have shrunk, I am unable to get an erection and I have breast growth. So where does this leave me, both sexually and romantically on Valentine’s 2017? Well, it puts me in a pretty good place actually; a better one than I’ve ever been in before as I’m finally being true to myself. My true aesthetic potential may not be realised yet but I go into this year with my mind open to dating and finding people that will accept me for the woman I am with the physicality I currently have whilst I am under transition. Will I get the new body and face I so long for in the coming years? Will I find someone to love me? Who knows, but until then I’ll just have to make the most of what I have and put a brave face on - even if it isn't mine.
“I looked at myself in the mirror and I said, ‘you can be an attractive man or an ugly woman - which is it to be?’. Suicidal ideation made that decision for me and thankfully I began transition”
SAM TRANS MAN Dr Samuel Hall on why loving yourself first can help sustain healthy and happy relationships with others. ) When it comes to writing this column, I’m usually awash with ideas until I actually put pen to paper, at which point all those brilliant soundbites and gems of wisdom that have been popping into my head for weeks suddenly seem to desert me! I’m becoming increasingly familiar with writers’ block, and have considerable sympathy for those who depend on writing to make a living. I really don't think I could take the pressure. As I sit typing at this moment, we’re smack in the middle of what many people believe is the most depressing month, with plenty of evidence to suggest that we really do hit a low some time around the third week of January. So I can add a mild seasonal depression to my writers’ block, and only apologise readers if my ennui rubs off on you. To combat this I’m determined to elaborate on the theme for this issue - love. I’m hoping that my thoughts on the matter will serve to elevate me and anyone who is reading this, out of the winter blues. I’m a lucky soul, I have a LOT of love in my life. I’m incomprehensibly loved by my wife, a fact which flummoxes me on a daily basis - why? what does she see in me? I can be such an idiot, insensitive, self-obsessed, coarse, lazy…. and yet she seems to see beyond all of that to something else. Something at the core of me which she finds adorable. Every now and again I get a glimpse of myself through her eyes, and a flicker of self-knowledge or understanding. The thing is, it’s not really possible to sustain a healthy and happy relationship with another person unless you love yourself first; and loving oneself is no mean feat. We didn't learn to do it when we were younger - most children get negative messages about being themselves from a very young age, and this sets us up from early childhood to not like ourselves very
much. It’s a universal experience, unless life is consumed with the matter of one’s very survival; a shortage of food and somewhere safe to sleep doesn't give time or space for emotional wounding. Most of us have been royally wounded by people we love, some of us badly. It’s not necessarily anyone’s fault. We’re all human, and when it comes to parenting, which is our earliest experience of love, no one is perfect. Our parents (or others responsible for raising us) do their very best, for the most part, to love us. I only found this out when I became one. I know I do my best, and that will have to be good enough, but boy does it feel lousy sometimes. You see ‘my best’ is relative. I’m far from a perfect parent. My kids drive me crazy and often I just wish they would disappear so I can just have some peace. I get scratchy and tetchy and lairy (their word), sometimes I’m downright unreasonable with them, and sometimes I shout and say things I regret later. It’s all a bit of a mess really. Looking back at my own childhood I see the same features of intent and purpose in my parents, coupled with spectacular failure at times. It has humbled me to realise that I really am no better at the job. Allowing all of this to sink in leads me to a place of forgiveness. I can forgive my parents for their mistakes, and forgive myself for mine. I can look at the parts of myself I don't like very much and learn to embrace them, so that my tolerance for my own mistakes becomes greater, and I can largely say, in my fifth decade, that I do love myself. Hopefully not in an egotistical fog of self-aggrandisement, but rather in a gentle and generous way. I apologise for my behaviour when it’s not reasonable, I don’t dwell on my mistakes, I forgive myself when I have messed up and I let go of the past as soon as it has passed,
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“My family seem to be falling in love with me for the first time. I feel that acceptance of me as a transgender man is imminent” I think it goes something like this. I move from self-hatred to self-love over many years, which causes me to take the brave step of transitioning. This has the effect of making me a nicer person to be around. I’m being myself, not pretending to be someone I’m not. I like myself for the first time in my life. It shows. When she meets me she meets someone who is comfortable in his own skin and likes being who he is. This is very attractive. We hit it off, and start a relationship. She sees something brave and noble in this, whereas I see a woman who is divine in her understanding of me. She sees me. And through her eyes I see myself. I’ve come full circle and it’s beautiful. So thank you with all my heart to the lovely woman who is my wife. I can only pray that my love for you has the same impact on your life.
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rather than hanging on to and building up grudges for future reference. It’s been a battle to get to this point. Blood and tears have been shed and a few psychotherapists have been left reeling. But it’s all been worth it, because I truly think that today, in 2017, I can honestly say I do love myself. I’m proud of my achievements, of my tenacity in the face of adversity, I’m proud that I persevered with my transition in the face of resistance and anger from my family. And I’m especially proud that now, some years down the line, my family seem to be falling in love with me for the first time. I feel that acceptance of me as a transgender man is imminent, and that they’re looking at me with new eyes. It’s hard not to attribute this to my marriage last year. There is something about it that has caused a seismic shift in the extended family dynamic. It’s quite difficult to put my finger on, but I know that it has a lot more to do with her, than it does with me.
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FUTURE FORWARD ) History is always in the making. Every day people are doing the small things that add up to greatness. Fifty years ago the small things came together in the form of landmark legislation that decriminalised sexual acts between men in private. It’s shocking that our kind of love was ever a criminal offence (women aside, famously Queen Victoria thought “women do not do such things” and refused to legislate against lesbian acts). The 1967 Act was a major step forward in the long journey to equality for LGBT people. Not one that we’ve completed, tempting as it is to believe. Despite changes, we still don’t have equal marriage (a recent petition to recognise adultery and same-sex relations is testament to that). Young people are still being bullied at school and as adults we suffer disproportionately from mental health issues. And don’t get me started on trans issues… That said, it’s really important to reflect on what we’ve achieved in 50 years to give us hope of what the next 50 years could bring. I sincerely hope that the march of time does not usher in a new era of the clock being turned back, as has happened elsewhere. We need to do what we can to guard against any attempts to legislate us back into the closet. So how can we do this? One of our many tools is to use the law as it stands and to make sure our institutions adhere to it. This means calling out organisations that fail in their duty to protect us from discrimination (Equality Act 2010). It also means reporting hate crime when it happens. I think it’s fair to say many of us try to shrug off incidents as a one off that isn’t worth reporting. All incidents are worth reporting and there are things we can do about it. Brighton & Hove Police have been pioneering new ways of tackling homo, bi or transphobic hate crime. This month’s example of how we dealt with a homophobic tweet is a good example (see below). Our Restore DiverCity intervention creates a mechanism for those harmed by hate to have their say and for those perpetrating hate to put things right. Finally, it’s my turn to become a footnote in LGBT history. I’m moving on from my role as civilian LGBT liaison to go on a 6 month secondment elsewhere with Sussex Police. At time of writing my successor has not been confirmed, but PC Sarah Laker remains in post so do contact her if you need her support.
DECEMBER STATS ) In December we had 16 anti-LGBT crimes including a homophobic tweet sent by a former footballer turned TV commentator. On advice from our LGBT external reference group, the crime was dealt with by Community Resolution. To make amends, the man made a public apology via Twitter and has agreed to do voluntary work with charities that campaign to rid football of homophobia through education. For more info about Community Resolution see https://sussex.police.uk/policies-and-procedures/communityresolutions/
CONTACT INFORMATION ) We both have Facebook profiles and a page – our usernames are: PC Sarah Laker and LGBT Caseworker Rory Finn, and Brighton & Hove LGBT Police Team. We tweet @PoliceLGBT. Social media should not be used for reporting incidents – please call us on 101, or if it’s an emergency, 999.
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) LGBT MEDITATION GROUP Meditation & discussion, every 2nd & 4th Thur, 5.30–7pm, Anahata Clinic, 119 Edward St, Brighton 07789 861 367 or www.bodhitreebrighton.org.uk
) LUNCH POSITIVE Lunch club for people with HIV. Meet/make friends, find peer support in safe space. Every Fri, noon–2.30pm, Community Room, Dorset Gdns Methodist Church, Dorset Gdns, Brighton. Lunch £1.50. 07846 464 384 or www.lunchpositive.org
) THE VILLAGE MCC Christian church serving the LGBTQ community. Sundays 6pm, Somerset Day Centre, Kemptown 07476 667353, www.thevillagemcc.org
HIV PREVENTION, CARE & TREATMENT SERVICES ) AVERT Sussex HIV & AIDS info service 01403 210202 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
) BRIGHTON & HOVE CAB HIV PROJECT Money, benefits, employment, housing, info, advocacy. Appointments: Tue-Thur 9am-4pm, Wed 9am-12.30pm Brighton & Hove Citizens Advice Bureau, Brighton Town Hall. 01273 733390 ext 520 or www.brightonhovecab.org.uk
) CLINIC M Free confidential testing & treatment for STIs including HIV, plus Hep A & B vaccinations. Claude Nicol Centre, Sussex County Hospital, on Weds from 5-8pm. 01273 664 721 or www.brightonsexualhealth.com
) LAWSON UNIT Medical advice, treatment for HIV+, specialist clinics, diet & welfare advice, drug trials. 01273 664 722
) SUBSTANCE MISUSE SERVICE Pavillions Partnership. Info, advice, appointments & referrals 01273 731 900. Drop-in: Richmond House, Richmond Rd, Brighton, MonWed & Fri 10am-4pm, Thur 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-1pm; 9 The Drive, Hove 01273 680714 Mon & Wed 10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm, Tue & Thu 10am-4pm, info & advice only (no assessments), Fri 10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm. • Gary Smith (LGBT* Support) 07884 476634 or email email@example.com For more info visit weblink: pavilions.org.uk/services/treatment-recovery-options/
) SUSSEX BEACON 24 hour nursing & medical care, day care 01273 694222 or www.sussexbeacon.org.uk
) TERRENCE HIGGINS TRUST SERVICES For more info about these free services go to the THT office, 61 Ship St, Brighton, Mon–Fri, 10am–5pm 01273 764200 or firstname.lastname@example.org • Venue Outreach: info on HIV, sexual health, personal safety, safer drug/alcohol use, free condoms/lubricant for men who have sex with men.
• The Bushes Outreach Service @ Dukes Mound: advice, support, info on HIV and sexual health, and free condoms and lube. • Netreach (online/Mobile App Outreach in Brighton & Hove): info/advice on HIV/sexual health/local services. THT Brighton Outreach workers online on Grindr, Scruff, & Squirt. • Condom Male: discreet, confidential service posts free condoms/lube/sexual health info to men who have sex with men without access to East Sussex commercial gay scene • Positive Voices: volunteers who go to organisations to talk about personal experiences of living with HIV. • Fastest (HIV Testing): walk-in, (no appointment) rapid HIV testing service for men who have sex with men. Results in 20 minutes. Mon 10am-8pm, Tues-Fri 10am-5pm. (STI Testing available) • Sauna Fastest at The Brighton Sauna (HIV Testing): walk-in, (no appointment) rapid HIV testing service for men who have sex with men. Results in 20 minutes. Wed: 6–8pm. (STI Testing available). • Face2Face: confidential info & advice on sexual health & HIV for men who have sex with men. Up to 6 one hour appointments. • Specialist Training: wide range of courses for groups/ individuals. Specific courses to suit needs. • Counselling: from qualified counsellors for up to 12 sessions for people living with/affected by HIV. • Informed Passions: Expert Volunteers project to identify & support sexual health needs of local men who have sex with men and carry out field research in B&H on issues affecting men’s sexual health. Extensive training provided. • What Next? Thurs eve, 6 week peer support group work programme for newly diagnosed HIV+ gay men. • HIV Support Services: info, support & practical advice for people living with/affected by HIV. • Volunteer Support Services: 1-2-1 community support for people living with or affected by HIV. • HIV Welfare Rights Advice: Find out about benefits or benefit changes. Advice line: Mon–Thur 1:30-2:30pm. 1-2-1 appts for advice & workshops on key benefits.
) TERRENCE HIGGINS EASTBOURNE Dyke House, 110 South St, Eastbourne, BN21 4LZ, 01323 649927 or email@example.com • HIV Services support for HIV diagnosis, managing side effects, sex and relationships, understanding medication, talking to your doctor, finding healthier lifestyle. Assessment of support needs and signposting on to relevant services. Support in person, by phone or email. • Support for people at risk of HIV confidential info and advice on sexual health and HIV for men who have sex with men. Up to 3 one hour appointments depending on need. Sessions in person or on phone. • Web support & info on HIV, sexual health & local services via netreach and myhiv.org.uk • Positive Voices: volunteers who go to organisations to talk about personal experiences of living with HIV.
) SEXUAL HEALTH WORTHING Free confidential tests & treatment for STIs inc HIV. Hep A & B vaccinations. Worthing based 0845 111345645
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) COMMUNITY 45 BRIGHTON WOMEN’S CENTRE 72 High St, 01273 698036 www.womenscentre.org.uk 46 LUNCH POSITIVE Dorset Gardens Methodist Church, Dorset Gardens, 07846 464384 www.lunchpositive.org