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LEGENDARY SISTER SLEDGE TO APPEAR AT BRIGHTON PRIDE ) Global superstars Sister Sledge are the latest addition to the main stage line-up at the Brighton Pride Festival on August 6. The Grammynominated queens of disco, with worldwide record

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sales of more than 15 million, will bring the Pride Festival Finale to a pulsating climax, performing with a full live band. During a spectacular career Sister Sledge have performed alongside a galaxy of megastars including Aretha Franklin, Diana Ross, Public Enemy, Andrea Bocelli and wowed festival goers on Glastonbury’s Pyramid Stage and Bestival. Sister Sledge will join international artists Carly Rae Jepsen, DJ Fresh, Fleur East, Alesha Dixon, The 2Bears, Pam Ann, Jordan Gray, Seann Miley Moore and many more for what is set to be the best line-up of performers at Brighton Pride to date. Book tickets online at: www.brighton-pride.org/tickets/

NEW PLEASURE GARDENS FOR PRIDE FESTIVAL WEEKEND ) Brighton Pride Festival is set to get even bigger in 2016 with the creation of a new Festival Zone and Community Cultural Hub in the centre of the City. The Pride Pleasure Gardens will run over three days across Old Steine and Victoria Gardens and feature the Pride Community Stage with special performances over the weekend. Entry is free all weekend apart from a special ticketed benefit concert for The Rainbow Fund, featuring Heather Peace and Lucy Spraggan on Friday 5 August from 6pm.

He tragically died earlier this year following a fire at his flat in Kemptown. He was a great campaigner for the people of Kemptown, especially those living in and around St James’s Street and a formidable supporter of LGBT/HIV community organisations.

hosted by Absolute magazine and plenty of bars especially designed to enhance your Pride experience Pride will be working alongside Street Diner, throughout the festivities. The Pride Pavilion venue Brighton’s hottest street food market who always ensure inside the gardens will feature off the wall cabaret and you arrive hungry and leave happy, to create the Pride disco madness with among others Dynamite Food Village. Street Diner at Victoria Gardens will Boogaloo, Sink The Pink and English Disco Lovers. deliver the best in locally sourced food allowing you to Tickets may be purchased in advance. Entry to the Old relax and recharge in the centre of the city. Add Steine Pleasure Gardens will be free (apart from during entertainment courtesy of the Pride Community Stage Pride Village Party times when wristbands will be and Bar and Victoria Gardens will sparkle throughout required or for Pride Pavilion ticketed events. the Pride celebrations. The Old Steine will be transformed into an exotic Pride experience with Pleasure Gardens and Pride Pavilion featuring entertainers, street performers and a kitchen area destined to dazzle your taste buds with food stalls and seating. They’ll also be a VIP area

The Pride Pleasure Gardens, will bring the best of Brighton’s community and culture to the heart of the city for your Pride pleasure. For more details of events and to book tickets, view: www.brighton-pride.org/pride-pleasure-gardens/

SUSSEX POLICE SUPPORT HIGH DEPENDENCY UNIT AT PRIDE The HDU features include a hydraulic lift, changing bed, full-length mirror and basin with running water allowing people to change in the park, who might otherwise be too fearful to dress publicly for the first time. More people are expected to use the HDU this summer and LGBT people who otherwise would feel unable to access the event will now able to do so. ) Brighton & Hove Police have donated £1,500 to fund the hire of a High Dependency Unit (HDU) at Brighton Pride on August 6. Last summer over 300 people used the HDU, paid for by Sussex Police, including children, people with medical needs, attendees with physical and hidden disabilities and those needing a safe place to change their clothes.

) There will be a memorial service on Sunday, June 19 from 3pm at St Mary’s Church, St James’s Street, Kemptown to celebrate the life of community activist Christopher Martyn Cooke.

Billie Lewis, Chair of the LGBT Community Safety Forum, said: “It’s brilliant that the Police have again decided to support the access needs of the community at Pride. The HDU will play a significant role within the community area at Preston Park ensuring that those who need our support the most will get it. It will also change the way people access their Pride on the day. The facility at the Access Tent shared with the Trans*

Chris was a lovely person and far too young to be lost to his community. A proud activist, and very decent man, he loved nothing better than seeing practical and positive improvements to St James’s Street and Kemptown, especially if it was achieved after he had fought on behalf of others who had decided something was needed to improve the area. Following his family’s request for a private funeral a memorial service to celebrate his life has been organised by friends and colleagues on Sunday, June 19 from 3pm at St Mary’s Church, Kemptown. The Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus will be singing and the service will be led by Father Andrew Woodward.

Community Area and the Family Area will draw different people together again this year. We’re passionate about this project and thank the Police for their support.” Rory Smith, LGBT Liaison for Brighton & Hove Police, said: “I’m thrilled that for a third year Sussex Police are able to contribute to the accessibility of Pride by supporting the financing of a HDU at the Access Tent. Pride is a place for all LGBT to be open and celebrate who they are”. The donation comes from the Police Property Act Fund (PPAF), made up of monies received by the police from property confiscated by order of the court and then sold. To register for the Accessibility Matters Pride Access Plan: www.lgbt-help.com/pride2016/sign-up/


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BRIGHTON BEAR WEEKEND Just in case you haven’t noticed, Brighton Bear Weekend (BBW) takes place this month from June 16 to 19.

THURSDAY JUNE 16 • 7pm: Pub Quiz at the Camelford Arms with great prizes and a bonus raffle! Arrive early to be sure of a table. and have dinner if you wish. A wonderful relaxed way to kick off the weekend.

FRIDAY JUNE 17 • 7-11pm: Welcome Night and cabaret at A Bar. Fun, games and music with the delectable Mysterry. Collect your clothing and wristband orders from the BBW team. Free entry.

SUNDAY JUNE 19 • Noon: Sunday Roast at the Camelford Arms. Replenish yourself with one of the pub’s famously massive roast lunches and a beer or three. • 12-4pm: Alternative Sunday Roast at Brighton Sauna. Get your energy back with a good soak and steam. • 3-6pm: Ca-bear-et at Legends. Cabaret with Lizzy Drip. Sea Serpents rugby players featured on cover of June Gscene will be auctioned for Rainbow Fund! Free entry. • 6-9pm: Bear Bash and Raffle Draw at the Camelford Arms. Free entry.

• 11pm-late: Uproar at Envy. Dance the night away with DJ Bozzy Bear and DJ Rob C. £4 entry with wristband, £6 without. £2 pints with wristband.

• 9pm-late: Underbears at Subline. Boxers or briefs? Get your kit off at Subline’s legendary Sunday night underwear party. (No dress code, but it’s warm down there so you’ll probably want to whip ’em off!) £4 entry with wristband, £6 without.

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Events like Brighton Bear Weekend cost money to stage. You can support them and their fundraising activities by buying a wrist band which gives you venue discounts all over the weekend or buy some merchandise from Prowler in St James Street or online at http://brightonbearweekend.com/shop/

• 1-5pm: Bear-B-Que Picnic in Dorset Gardens. Delicious barbecue prepared by Lunch Positive the weekly lunch club and treat yourself to a drink from Gin & Bear It while you’re there? Free entry with food and drinks available at reasonable prices. • 8pm-2am: Woofer at Latest Music Bar. DJs Rob C & Josh the Barber on two floors. £4 entry with wristband, £6 without. Additional £1 discount for entry before 10pm. • 11pm-late: SubWoofer at Subline. Booze, cruise and explore dark corners in the subterranean cavern. In association with Leathermen South (but there’s no dress code). £4 entry with wristband, £6 without.

Graham Munday, Chair of Brighton Bear Weekend said: "We want to thank in advance all the participating venues, the people who kindly donated raffle prizes, and all our supporters in the community. Without them, this party wouldn’t happen. Most of all we want to thank everyone that comes to Brighton & Hove, to have a good time and most importantly help us raise money for the Rainbow Fund. The whole of the Brighton Bear Weekend team wish you the most brilliant, fantastic, fun time, stay safe, look after each other and have a wonderful and memorable few days in Brighton.” GRAHAM MUNDAY

• 10am-noon: Breakfast at the Camelford Arms. Get your Full English and socialise with the bears! £8.50 all in with wristband, £10.50 without.

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RECORD NUMBERS VOTE IN GOLDEN HANDBAG AWARDS ) West End star Mark Inscoe, will appear at the Golden Handbag Awards on June 12. Mark, one of the most in demand leading men in musical theatre, recently played Captain Von Trapp in The Sound of Music, William Desmond Taylor in Mack & Mabel with Michael Ball, and he played Dean Martin at the Savoy Theatre in The Ratpack Live from Las Vegas. MARK INSCOE

) BBW organisers will be welcoming bears and their friends from near and far to enjoy Brighton and Hove's annual Bear Celebration. Highlights include:

He will be joined on stage by Ceri Dupree, the best drag queen in the business; Elesha Paul Moses, Whitney Houston impersonator and contestant on The Voice; and Miss Jason at the Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel on Sunday, June 12 for the most glamorous evening on the LGBT community calendar. The Awards will be hosted by Lola Lasagne, the lady with the sharpest tongue in Brighton. All VIP tables have sold out. There are a few nonreserved tickets costing £20 available from Prowler, 112-113 St James’s Street. Prowler don’t charge a booking fee so you have to pay cash in person in the shop to obtain your tickets. Call 01273 683680 to check availability. Voting in this year’s Awards were the highest ever with last year’s total of votes cast being passed after just eight days of voting.

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BULLDOG UP FOR SALE ) Brighton's longest established gay bar the Bulldog in St James Street has been put up for sale. The owner, Dean Homes, has decided to sell after a prolonged battle with the licensing team at Sussex Police. The parties ended up in Court following an appeal by Sussex Police for a review of the Bulldog licence which was heard by City Councillors in September 2015. Sussex Police and the Bulldog both appealed to City Magistrates the decision of the Council’s licensing panel which was made up of elected Councillors and chaired by Cllr Mo Marsh, the Labour Councillor for Mouslecoomb & Bevendean.

DEAN HOLMES

The Council’s original licensing decision of September 2015 included reducing the Bulldog’s hours at weekends till 2am with one hour drinking up time (affecting their busiest time for trading) and reducing opening hours on Sunday to Thursday from 11am to midnight with a closing time of 1am. Under the new agreement the Bulldog gained an extra drinking hour on Friday and Saturday nights to 3am with a closing time of 4am and in return agreed to install an ID scanner which will be implemented when door staff are on duty. Dean Holmes, owner of the Bulldog, said: “I deeply regret that I have had to put my business up for sale after running a highly successful gay business for nearly 20 years. The outcome of the recent police review has severely damaged my reputation and respect in the gay community.

STREAMLINE TAXIS DONATE DEFIBRILLATOR TO NEW STEINE HOTELS ) Streamline Taxis donated a defibrillator to the New Steine and Gulliver’s Hotels as a thank you for their custom. Dave Smith, Streamline Chair, and John Streeter, Vice Chair, personally delivered a top of the range defibrillator to Herve Guyet, owner of New Steine and Gulliver's Hotels in New Steine Gardens, as a thank you for their custom over the last year. Staff at the hotel will be trained to use the machine and other hotels in the area will be notified that the life saving piece of equipment is available for use 24 hours a day to help anyone suffering a heart attack. A defibrillator delivers a therapeutic dose of electrical current during a heart attack and can buy many life saving minutes while awaiting the arrival of an ambulance. Streamline Taxis are the largest taxi service south of the Thames employing 48 people in their offices.

HERVE GUYET (LEFT), JOHN STREETER (CENTRE BACK) & DAVE SMITH (FAR RIGHT)

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They have 360 cars in their fleet with 700 drivers. Herve Guyet said: “What a wonderful gesture for Streamline to donate this lifesaving piece of equipment to benefit everyone in the local community. At the New Steine Hotel we operate a 24 hour porters service so no matter what time the machine is needed it will be accessible at all times of the day and night.”

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“Due to months of bad press and the damage I have done to my own reputation in a desperate attempt to save my threatened licence, I imposed extremely strict methods on my regular customers upsetting so many who used to enjoy the Bulldog's facilities on a daily and weekly basis. I am confident that under new ownership the Bulldog can regain respect from its lost customers and thrive again as one of the longest running gay bars in the UK.”

POPULAR COMEDY NIGHT MOVES TO DR BRIGHTON’S ) Smiley Sunday, the hugely successful stand-up comedy night, is moving to Dr Brighton's to bring nights of laughter to the award-winning seafront venue. The first one is on Sunday, June 19 at 7.30pm when six or seven acts will get up on stage and get your Sunday night smiling. Entrance is £3 per person, which all goes to the Rainbow Fund. There will be a charity raffle supported by local businesses and of course happy hour prices extend all night long, including buy-one-get-onefree cocktails. Go along and see the Doctor, make yourself smile and support the Rainbow Fund who give grants to local LGBT/HIV organisations providing effective front-line services to LGBT people in the city. This is what Sunday nights are made for! The charity fundraiser Dr Brighton's held for ride4rhinos.org in May raised over £1,200 for the charity. For more info about Dr Brighton's, view: http://doctorbrightons.co.uk or ‘like’ Doctor Brighton’s on Facebook.

) Customers and staff at the Marine Tavern in Broad Street raise £1,543.22 for Rockinghorse the official fundraising arm of the Royal Alexander Children's Hospital. The money was partly raised during this year’s Rockinghorse Dragon Boat Festival at Brighton Marina on Sunday, April 24 by the Marine Taverners’ rowing team. Drag queen Stephanie von Clitz was the drummer on the boat. In the evening Candi Rell hosted an open mic drag night at the Marine Tavern, which involved a raffle and auctioned kisses with Craig Harwood who organised the fundraiser.

Craig said: “When I was younger, I suffered a potentially life-changing injury and it resulted in needing emergency surgery in the middle of the night. With the help of all those at the Children's Hospital, the surgeons who were woken up and the support staff, I wish to show my thanks for bringing me back to full health and making it possible for me to live a normal lifestyle.” Craig and the team at the Marine Tavern smashed their target of £600 raising a fantastic total of £1,543.22. You can still donate money at www.justgiving.com/MarineTaverners


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PEOPLE WITH HIV CAN HELP THOSE LIVING WITH THE CONDITION AFTER THEY DIE

IAN GREEN

) Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) are urging everyone living with HIV to consider becoming an organ donor and register on the NHS Organ Donor Register. It has recently been reported that a small number of people with HIV in the UK have helped benefit patients living with HIV after their deaths by donating their organs. Organ transplants from donors with HIV to recipients living with the long-term health condition are now possible thanks to the improvements in the management and treatment of HIV. As with any organ transplant, NHS Blood and Transplant carefully evaluates potential donors and surgeons use this information to weigh up whether or not to accept offered organs for their patient. It’s important that organs donated can be safely used and will not cause harm to the recipient. For someone with HIV to become an organ donor their condition needs to have been responding well to treatment and there should not be evidence of secondary complications of the condition. In total, donations from three HIV-positive solid organ donors in the UK have led to organ transplants, all within the last five years. Two of them donated their liver and these were both transplanted. The other donor donated two kidneys and both were transplanted. Ian Green, Chief Executive at THT, said: “The fact that there have been successful HIV positive organ donations resulting in organ transplants here in the UK is pioneering. Some illnesses are seen more frequently in people living with HIV than in the general population, including liver disease caused by hepatitis viruses B or C, and these can result in the need for a transplant. People with HIV in need of an organ transplant can benefit enormously from a donated organ.

PROF JOHN FORSYTHE

“For some time patients with HIV have benefitted from donated organs from donors without HIV. If people living with HIV can receive organs from donors who also had HIV, there is potential benefit for everyone. The imperative now, is making sure that people living with HIV realise that their organs can be used after they die. We would encourage people to consider donating their organs, and ensure they share the decision with their families.” Professor John Forsythe, Associate Medical Director for Organ Donation & Transplantation at NHS Blood & Transplant, added: “It’s exciting that some people with HIV in the UK have helped benefit patients with HIV after their death by donating their organs. In the UK there is a shortage of organ donors and on average three people a day die in need of an organ transplant. While organ transplants from donors with HIV are limited to recipients with HIV infection, innovations like this open up the possibility of donation where it did not previously exist and will help to reduce the shortage of donor organs. We hope the news that there have been a small number of transplants in the UK from donors with HIV will inspire people living with the condition to join the NHS Organ Donor Register.” Register on the organ donor register at: www.organdonation.nhs.uk/register-todonate/

BIZARRE BAZAAR RETURNS along to Subline nightclub downstairs at 129 St James Street in Brighton, or preferably to the Sussex Beacon shop, also at 129 James Street, no later than June 18.

) The legendary Bizarre Bazaar Fetish Sale, now in its 14th year, will be hosted at Subline club on Sunday June 26 from 2–5pm. If you’re looking for a new pair of chaps or just a nice leather jacket, check out this unique jumble sale. Go along and see the customary variety of fetish clothing, leather goods, sex toys and equipment on offer. All proceeds from the event will be donated directly to the Sussex Beacon. Donations of items are very welcome. Take them

The Sussex Beacon charity offers specialist care and support for men, women and families living with HIV. Open 365 days a year, they help people manage the everyday realities of living with this life-long condition that has no cure. Their inpatient and outpatient services help people living with HIV related illnesses, initiating new drug therapies or struggling with extreme side effects of HIV medication. The Sussex Beacon supports the whole person by addressing the physical, mental and social impact of HIV. www.sussexbeacon.org.uk

NEW TRUSTEE AT LUNCH POSITIVE ) Rosemary Faulkner Mitchener has joined the Board of Trustees at Lunch Positive, the weekly HIV club. Rosemary brings a wealth of wideranging skills, knowledge and experience, which includes working in the Adult Social Care team at the Brighton & Sussex University Hospitals Trust, supporting people with HIV, the Learning Disability Service, the Civil Service, as a school governor and a member of a church council.

Rosemary says: "I’m delighted to have taken on this new role. I’ve always had a strong passion for supporting my local community, and I look forward to applying my skills to Lunch Positive and the important work that it does.”

As part of their 7th birthday celebrations Lunch Positive are holding an alfresco community buffet for supporters, friends In addition to the usual responsibilities and the local HIV & LGBT communities and duties of a trustee, Rosemary has on Saturday, June 11 from 12-3pm in Dorset Gardens Peace Park in taken on the role of secretary of the Kemptown. Everyone is invited to share charity. This role has particular hot and cold food, teas, coffee and cold importance, at a time when Lunch drinks. There’s no charge, but donations Positive continues to develop as an are welcome. Tables and chairs will be organisation, supporting growing provided and volunteer support for numbers of people with HIV, and anyone with mobility needs. For more looking to the future to develop its info view: www.lunchpositive.org services.


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NEW GROUP FOR LGBT CARERS MEETS MONTHLY IN WORTHING

SAMARITANS: VOLUNTEER AND MAKE A DIFFERENCE ) National Volunteering Fortnight will take place from June 1-12. Samaritans in Brighton & Hove are using the occasion to encourage people to become volunteers, whilst at the same time dispelling the myth that you have to be a listener to volunteer with them.

) Carers Support West Sussex (CSWS) support family and friends carers living in West Sussex who look after a family member, relative or friend who can not manage without them. Their services to carers include over 50 support groups across the county, including the new LGBTQ Carers Support Group which started in March and is held on the second Thursday of each month from 2-3.30pm at Carers Support West Sussex Offices, Pavilions Room, 19 Liverpool Gardens, Worthing, BN11 1RY. Carers often put the needs of others before their own resulting in a carer’s own physical and mental wellbeing being compromised. Carers often become isolated, stressed, tired, having less time to themselves and rarely having the opportunity to have a break from caring. Attending a support group is one way carers can talk about and share their experiences while accessing support and advice.

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Daniel Cheesman, Brighton & Hove Branch Director, said: “Whilst we rely on volunteers to keep our phone lines open at all times we recognise that listening isn’t for everyone. At Samaritans we have a range of roles to suit people with different skills and we are particularly looking to fill two roles at the moment. We need a special someone to work with us to put together a publicity strategy so that we can promote Samaritans across the City; and we also want to hear from someone who might be able to lead our fundraising efforts.” Brighton, Hove and District Samaritans is one of the biggest Samaritan branches in the UK and currently has just over 200 volunteers who respond to more than

It is widely acknowledge that LGBTQ carers are more likely to attend a group, openly share their experiences and ask for support when it is offered in a safe, non-judgmental environment, amongst peers who share similar experiences. The LGBTQ Carers Support Group is run by both LGBTQ and non-LGBTQ facilitators. There’s no need to call or book in advance. If you’re free, just go along and join in. The group is open to carers who either live in West Sussex or the person they care for lives in West Sussex and are part of the LGBTQ community.

• Calling their support and information line on 0300 028 8888 Available Monday-Friday 9am-5pm (until 7pm on Wednesdays) If all support workers are taking calls, leave a message on the 24-hour answer phone. CSWS aim to return your message within 48 hours. All of the telephone support workers will be happy to help you. However, if you would like to speak to an LGBTQ specialist worker, then ask for Amanda Evans or Bee Harradine-Miles to call you back. • Emailing a specialist worker with your enquiry: LGBTQ@carerssupport.org.uk CSWS aim to respond to emails within 5 working days. • Messaging CSWS via Facebook at Carers Support West Sussex • Direct messaging CSWS via Twitter @CarersWSussex

HOW TO REFER TO THE SERVICE: If you are working with a carer who may want support, referring is easy. Just call or email using the contact details above with the carer’s name and contact details. You must have the carer’s consent to make the referral. To find out more about all LGBT services on offer to carers, view: www.carerssupport.org.uk/allcarers/lgbt-communities/lgbt-needs-met

Daniel added: “Our volunteers reflect the demographics of our City, and we have a number of volunteers who identify as LGBT. It is really important to us that we continue to work with community to raise the profile of Samaritans, as a gay man myself this is something that I feel particularly passionate about.” If you’re interested in finding out more about volunteering with Samaritans call them on 03705 627282 or email them at volunteering@samaritans.org Samaritans is available round the clock, every single day of the year providing a safe place for anyone struggling to cope, whoever they are, however they feel, whatever life has done to them.

If you need to speak to Samaritans you can call for free any time, from any phone, on 116 123 (this number won’t appear on your bill), or 01273 772277 (local call charges apply). For more info view: www.samaritans.org/volunteer-us

LUNCH POSITIVE VOLUNTEERS TRAINED IN SUBSTANCE MISUSE AWARENESS

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) In April, 18 volunteers from Lunch Positive, the weekly lunch club for people with HIV, received training in understanding substance misuse. The training was provided by Pavilions, the organisation providing drug and alcohol treatment and recovery services for people in Brighton & Hove. Lunch Positive has developed a close link with Pavilions through regular outreach from the LGBT Brief Intervention worker, Gary Smith. The training has helped volunteers better understand the reasons and impact of substance misuse. Lunch Positive volunteers provide a ‘listening ear’ to people who come to the HIV lunch club, and aim to support people to help themselves, and to find specialist services if needed in times of difficulty. Gary Pargeter, Lunch Positive Service Manager, said: “This was an

incredibly useful piece of training and has also strengthened our links with Pavilions. We know from our ongoing contact with the LGBT Brief Intervention service that people with HIV who also have substance misuse issues really benefit from greater understanding and empathy. This learning will help us continually improve and provide that. "HIV remains a complex challenge for many people, and other issues and life challenges can greatly affect how well HIV is managed. We’re hugely grateful to have such a diverse group of people who use the lunch club, and hope this will make it even more useful for them. “Thanks also need to go to our fantastic volunteers for their interest and commitment. It was a great training session and we have been talking about what was learned and how to best use this ever since.” The training was planned and undertaken with the support of Awards for All funding awarded to Lunch Positive. For more info about Lunch Positive view: www.lunchpositive.org


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- GET INVOLVED! DO YOU FEEL SAFE IN THE CITY? HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED HOMOPHOBIA, TRANSPHOBIA, BIPHOBIA, HIV STIGMA OR RACISM WHILE LIVING IN OR VISITING THE CITY? Come along and share your experiences or tell us about any safety concerns you may have. This is your opportunity to have your say in a safe, public and inclusive environment. Previous topics: Homelessness, Policing, Licencing, Hate Crime, Housing If you don’t feel confident enough to speak directly at the meeting you can submit your question/concern in advance to info@lgbt-help.com If you have any access requirements please email access@lgbt-help.com or call 01273 855620 Option 3

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LUNCH POSITIVE – EMERGENCY FOOD PANTRY FOR PEOPLE WITH HIV

Albion goalkeeper supports men's suicide prevention campaign

) Lunch Positive, the weekly lunch club for people with HIV, has started a new initiative, building on its previous emergency food parcels given to people with HIV in financial crisis. The Friday Pantry offers a weekend’s worth of healthy food stocks for people until they’re able to access more specialist support during the week ahead. The charity also offer advice on where to find financial and welfare advice and debt support, budgeting support, and referrals to food banks. People can access the pantry service by contacting Lunch Positive, or if supported by other HIV organisations contacting them and be signposted or referred.

) A new campaign to help prevent suicide in the city was launched during Mental Health Awareness Week last month. In Brighton & Hove, the council’s Public Health team is working with Brighton-based charity Grassroots Suicide Prevention and Brighton, Hove and District Samaritans to raise awareness about male suicide rates and the services available to those in need. Young and middle-aged men are roughly three times more likely to take their own lives than women. Suicide is the single biggest killer of men aged under 49 in the UK, with 76% of all suicides in 2014 being men. Figures show that 1 in 40 think about suicide over the course of a year. Locally Brighton & Hove has had a higher rate of deaths by suicide than the national average for more than a century. Current rates are the ninth highest among local authority areas in England with Brighton & Hove ranked 136 of 144 local authorities.

The service is being led by one of Lunch Positive’s volunteers, Phil, who says: “At Lunch Positive we’ve met

The new campaign focuses on encouraging male friends to look out for each other and it aims to foster open and direct conversations about any concerns, including thoughts of suicide. Cllr Caroline Penn, lead councillor for mental health, undertook the suicide awareness training course safeTalk run by Grassroots Suicide Prevention and said: “The course taught me that we can all play our part in supporting those experiencing suicidal thoughts. If we talk and most importantly listen, we can work together to keep our friends, family and community safe. For anyone worried about someone they know, there is help out there through the Samaritans, Mental Health Rapid Response Service and the #StayAlive app.”

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David Stockdale, Brighton & Hove Albion goalkeeper, is supporting the campaign by joining in with #OKselfie, a social media campaign which is growing in popularity. David said: “We can all help by just talking. I'm supporting the #OKselfie, all you need to do is ask ‘you alright, mate’?” #OKselfie raises awareness of the importance of speaking out and being open about suicide by people taking a photo of themselves, making the OK symbol then posting their picture online using #OKselfie. People are encouraged to look out for campaign information around the city about how to be open, direct and honest when talking about suicide. For more details about the campaign view: www.prevent-suicide.org.uk/alright_mate_mens_suicide_prevention.html Daniel Cheesman, Director Brighton, Hove & District Samaritans, added: “We’re really enthusiastic about working in partnership on this campaign as it is essential that we continue to find ways of encouraging men to talk about their feelings and reach out for help. We need to get the message out there that it’s okay to talk about suicide and this campaign is just one of the ways that we are doing that.”

Gary Pargeter, Service Manager, added: “Even in our seemingly affluent city, food poverty still exists, and impacts hard on people with HIV and chronic illness. No one should be embarrassed about asking for support where it’s provided and we hope people with HIV who are going hungry and in financial crisis will come to us if needed. “The Pantry will help address these periods of crisis, and support people to find longer term help and solutions. We’d like to thank our many supporters who have helped stock the pantry, including FareShare Sussex for ongoing food donations, BLAGSS, and Coop Funeral Care who raised a much needed £210 to start-up the service.” For more info about Lunch Positive, view: www.lunchpositive.org or email: info@lunchpositive.org

LOCAL CAMPAIGNER NOMINATED FOR NATIONAL DIVERSITY AWARD Daniel said: “In the last 12 months, despite my addictions, being diagnosed Bipolar, and being homeless, I’ve taken control of my life and used my voice to inspire, educate and evoke change.”

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Grassroots works in the community, teaching suicide prevention skills to organisations and individuals, with the vision that no one should have to contemplate suicide alone. Miranda Frost, Grassroots chief executive officer, said: “We firmly believe that open, direct and honest conversations about suicide are the key to its prevention. We hope this campaign will encourage people to check in with their male friends and be prepared to offer help if someone is thinking about suicide. Together we can help Brighton & Hove become safer from suicide.”

increasing numbers of people who find themselves in financial crisis, we really want to help and ensure no one should ever be deprived of food that they need. I’m really looking forward to getting the Friday Pantry off the ground and supporting our community.” GARY PARGETER

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If you’d like to nominate Daniel, view: https://nominate.nationaldiversityawa rds.co.uk/nominate/endorse/30068 ) Local activist, Daniel Harris has been nominated for a Positive Role Model - LGBT Award in this year’s National Diversity Awards. In the last year, while overcoming many personal obstacles, Daniel has spoken out against wrongdoings locally in the city. He successfully petitioned Brighton & Hove City Council to improve the standard of the Emergency Accommodation they offer the most vulnerable while at the same time facing his own demons and attempting to move on with his own life. He has worked to raise awareness around mental health while promoting the rights of the wider LGBT communities.

The National Diversity Awards celebrate the achievements of grass-root communities that tackle the issues in today's society, giving them recognition for their dedication and hard work. This year’s awards will be held in Liverpool on September 16. There are several award categories including Positive Role Model and Community Organisation Awards, which will be split into five categories including Race & Religion/Faith, Age, Disability, Gender and LGBT. Other awards include Entrepreneur of Excellence, Diverse Company of the Year and Lifetime Achiever. www.nationaldiversityawards.co.uk


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THE IMPORTANCE OF DIVERSITY IN SPORT Imagine if Brighton was the go-to venue for LGBT sports in the South East - what an achievement that would be. We’ve a long way to go, but the annual Brighton Pride Diversity Games are a step in the right direction. By Viv Woodcock-Downey So why do BLAGSS dream of hosting a major championship? It's all about encouraging LGBT people to take part in competitive sport, and working to remove the barriers to participation. In an LGBT tournament, LGBT people are free to be themselves and to be the best they can be at their chosen sport. LGBT people are interested in sport, but many have been put off by negative experiences at school, in clubs and at sporting events. This can create a perception that sport is an unsafe and unpleasant ) BLAGSS, the local LGBT sports organisation, environment for LGBT people. In fact sport is a have a dream that one day Brighton will host a great thing to do – it’s great for fitness and for major LGBT tournament such as the Gay Games, the gay olympics which take place once every four health and also for mental wellbeing. Sophie Cook, years, where the best and the beginners from across a trans activist who lives in Hove, was quoted in a recent Guardian article: “Sport is such a great thing the world join together to celebrate LGBT sport. In to do through transition, as it’s very empowering, 2018 the Gay Games will be held in Paris and it’s great for mental health, which can also be (www.paris2018.com). Imagine 15,000 LGBT an issue”. athletes, swimmers, footballers, runners, bowlers, golfers, and many more sports people, descending Brighton Pride, BLAGSS and Trans Can Sport on Brighton for a week of sporting fun and games. have a shared belief that sport can be and is a That’s something we could all be proud of. positive activity in the lives of LGBT people. That’s This year the Brighton Pride Diversity Games will be held over the weekend of July 22-24. On Friday, July 22, there will be a big Welcome Party, giving all participants a chance to meet each other, have a bit of fun, and dance the night away before the games start. On Saturday, July 23, a number of sporting tournaments will take place across the city. On the seafront, the Brighton & Hove Petanque Club (/bhpetanque.org) will be hosting a Petanque tournament. On the Downs, at Hollingbury Golf Course, BLAGSS will be hosting the Pride Shield and the Rainbow Challenge tournaments. At Sussex University Sports Ground there will be tournaments in football, rugby, tennis, badminton and cricket. On Sunday, July 24, the focus moves to Preston Park where you can watch or take part in the Rainbow Run, a 5km Fun Run open to everyone, and the Pride Diversity Games FunDay (think school sports day) where Brighton’s LGBT Community Groups will be hopping, running, bouncing and stumbling their way to the finish line and to the glory of being the City’s FunDay Champions. It’s all in aid of the Rainbow Fund, which funds LGBT/HIV organisations providing effective front-line services to the LGBT community in Brighton & Hove. The Park will be a market place of all types of sports and wellbeing activities: pilates, tai chi, beat the keeper and many more – all free to spectators!

why everyone is working hard to develop a tournament that is a more open and inclusive environment to encourage LGBT people to take part in sport.

SEA SERPENTS GAY RUGBY TEAM GETS NEW PLAYING STRIP ) Owners of the Camelford Arms presented the city's first gay rugby team, the Brighton & Hove Sea Serpents RFC, with a new kit for the 2016-17 season in front of a busy and lively Sunday crowd at the Camelford Arms in Camelford Street, Brighton. The kit, in green and blue, to match the seafront railings in Brighton & Hove, illustrates that the club is open to all residents of the city.

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BLAGSS are proud to have developed a partnership with Brighton Pride, Sussex FA, Sussex Cricket and look forward to working with other professional and LGBT sports associations and groups throughout Brighton and the south east in the coming years to create an annual competitive sporting weekend, where people can be themselves and reach their full potential. How are BLAGSS making it happen? Costs have been kept to a minimum, the games have to pay for themselves. Pride are not making a profit, but any surplus will be donated to the Rainbow Fund to distribute through their grants programme to organisations providing effective front-line services to LGBT people in the city. BLAGSS are aiming for the highest level of inclusion and they’re trying to remove any unnecessary barriers to participation. They have to follow the rules for the various sports and are working with local experts such as Sussex FA, Sussex Cricket, the Brighton and Hove Petanque Club and the Brighton & Hove Sea Serpents Rugby Club to organise the tournaments. To register for the Pride Diversity Games, view: www.brighton-pride.org/pride-diversity-games/

Ian Chaplin, chairman of the Brighton & Hove Sea Serpents RFC, thanked Tony Groom and Alistair Mackinnon-Musson, owners of the Camelford Arms, for their generous donation to the club adding all the players at the club were happy to be customers at the Camelford Arms. Ian continued: “The security of a kit will allow us to focus on our playing prowess. Funds raised from our upcoming fundraising night at Envy Nightclub above Charles Street on June 11, will help fund our playing expenses, in particular, allow us to take part in the European gay and inclusive rugby tournament, the Union Cup, to be held in Madrid in May 2017.”

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Alistair MackinnonMusson, said: “Tony and I feel that the club's inclusive nature matches our customer base here at the Camelford, where everyone is welcome.” After their team photo was taken, the players went inside the pub to show the customers what the new kit looked like and club captain Byron Todd presented Tony and Alistair with a framed shirt as a thank you from the club for their generous support. For more information about Brighton & Hove Sea Serpents RFC, view: www.pitchero.com/clubs/brightonandhoveseaser pents


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COUNTING ON YOU TO TELL US WHAT MATTERS The idea for a 'Trust and Confidence Survey' came out of Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum public meetings during 2012. With a message from LGBT groups that hate crime was a significant factor in the City, where higher than average numbers of the LGBT community live and socialise, the groups wanted a survey to measure the baseline levels of trust and confidence in police and council services, to deal with this situation. They were also mindful of a recent Police Survey: 'Sexual Orientation and Transgender Related Incidents - Understanding Under Reporting' and the 'Count Me In Too' survey report from 2007.

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LOCAL DENTAL HYGIENIST TAKES HPV VACCINATION CAMPAIGN TO THE PYRENEES ) Following her epic 500-mile walk from Kirriemuir in Scotland to Brighton in June 2014, which raised £25,000 for mouth cancer awareness, local dental hygienist, Christina Chatfield, is presently engaged on another epic adventure as part of the Moveit4smiles campaign, an oral health initiative wanting to get more people directly involved in raising money in the fight against mouth cancer.

MARINE TAVERN ARE TOP OF THE CLASS AT GOLDEN QUIZ ) The Marine Tavern took the first Golden Handbag of the season coming top of the class with 85 points at the annual Golden Quiz staged at Charles Street on April 26. Twenty-three teams battled it out to find out which bar or organisation has the finest LGBT brains in the city. Last year’s champions, Charles Street, came a close second with 84 points and former holders of the title, Subline, came third with 81 points. Charles Street Bar was packed to the rafters for what has become one of the most popular events in the LGBT calendar. Teams making an appearance for the first time included Dr Brighton’s, BLAGSS Football, Brighton & Hove Sea Serpents and Anscombe Production Associates. Thanks to Lola Lasagne, who kept the troops in order all night; James Brooks, who compiled the quiz; Huw Edwards and Nicki Delmage, who marked the papers and made sure there was no cheating; and all the staff at Charles Street. £627.60 was raised for the Rainbow Fund to distribute through their grants programme in September to LGBT/HIV organisations in Brighton & Hove, providing effective front-line services to LGBT people in the city.

£2,300 RAISED FOR SUSSEX BEACON AT DANNY’S BIRTHDAY PARTY ) Cllr Pete West, the Mayor of Brighton & Hove, was among the guests at Danny Dwyer's 41st birthday party held at Brighton Race Course on Saturday, May 21. £2,300 was raised during the evening for the Sussex Beacon to replace the summer house in their garden.

grandsons and nephews will pass through to adulthood unprotected. The HPV vaccine helps protect against mouth, vaginal, penile, anal cancer and genital warts. The cost of treating genital warts alone over the next five years will be £56 million, let alone the cost of treating other HPV cancers. HPV vaccinations for boys not only makes financial sense, but Christine says that morally and ethically it should be done now.

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On May 20, Christine started to walk more than one million steps of the Camino de Santiago, crossing the Pyrenees, from the French town of Saint-Jean-Pied-de-Pont. She will arrive in the Camino de Compostela on the Spanish coast, 490 miles later on June 24. The Human Papilloma Virus (HPV) kills people every year. There is a vaccination available, but presently it is only given to girls because of proven links with cervical cancer. Indications are that the vaccination will be available to be prescribed to boys in 2020. Until then a generation of our sons, brothers,

Make a donation to support Christina’s campaign: www.Moveit4smiles.org/donate Sign the HPV Action's petition for gender neutral vaccinations: www.hpvaction.org/ Send a letter to your MP. Download a template letter at: www.moveit4smiles.org/action/

Christina owns and works from the Dental Health Spa, 14-15 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3WA, Tel: 01273 710831 More info about Moveit4smiles: www.moveit4smiles.org

FORMER LICENSEE ACCEPTS RESTRAINING ORDER ) James Greenaway, former owner of the Poison Ivy on St James Street, pleaded not guilty at Brighton Magistrate Court on April 11 to a charge of 'Harassment Without Violence' against Jason Sutton, aka Miss Jason. A trial date was set for Monday, May 16. On May 16 the case was dismissed after Mr Greenaway in pre-trail discussions accepted responsibility and a 12-month restraining order which read: This order hereby prohibits the defendant from: 1: Contacting directly or indirectly Jason Sutton and 2: Posting any

social media posts referring to 'Teddies for Thailand'. The order lasts until May 15, 2017. If the defendant does not obey any part of this order he will commit an offence and may be sent to prison for up to five years. Teddies for Thailand is a project started by Mr Sutton to send teddy bears to orphans in Thailand. Mr Greenaway stood accused of allegedly harassing Mr Sutton on Facebook and in Legends Bar on Brighton seafront.


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IDAHOBIT POLICE CHIEF REASSURES LGBT COMMUNITY ) Chief Superintendent Nev Kemp, Brighton & Hove Police Commander and LGBT champion at Sussex Police reassured everyone attending International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHOBIT) last month that Sussex Police take all forms of Hate Crime seriously. The Commander was speaking at the opening of the Brighton & Hove IDAHOBIT event at New Steine Gardens on May 17. His comments came following two recent and separate violent homophobic attacks on young men in the city. He explained how the police attended the incidents quickly and arrests had been made. He thanked his officers, the public and the door staff at local venues for their help and said that any form of Hate Crime in the city would not be tolerated by Sussex Police. He urged people to always report all homophobic incidents to the police and if they did not want to talk to the police to report to the Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum.

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IDAHOBIT commemorates the day in 1990 when the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from the International Classification of Diseases. This year's event drew a larger crowd than usual to New Steine Gardens, where in the shadow of the Brighton Aids Memorial, Tay, Cllr Pete West, The Mayor of Brighton & Hove, assured everyone of the council's determination to ensure that people from all of the city's diverse communities are able to live safely and with respect. In her speech, Maria Baker, the Brighton & Hove Community Safety Forum BME representative encouraged people to report! report! report! all homophobic incidents to either the police or LGBT Community Safety Forum. The gloriously talented poet, Alice Denny, performed three of her poems; Sochi, Normal and the powerful Universal Ugly Trans and following a minutes noise, the Rainbow Chorus, Brighton's LGBT Community Choir brought the event to a close with rousing renditions of Hava Nagila, Shosholoza, Pokarekare, True Colours and The Rhythm of Life.

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Politicians present included Cllr Pete West, The Mayor of Brighton & Hove; Peter Kyle, the Labour MP for Hove & Portslade; Cllr Warren Morgan the Labour leader of Brighton & Hove City Council and Phelim Mac Cafferty the Convenor of the Green group of councillors on Brighton & Hove City Council. Ivor Caplin, former Hove MP and Minister for Veterans at the Ministry of Defence, was also present. Warm drinks were provided by Lunch Positive, the HIV lunch club and volunteers from Samaritans were on hand to offer a listening ear.

INFORMATION ) If you are the victim of a Hate Crime call Sussex Police on 101 (non emergency) or in an emergency 999. ) If you do not want to report direct to the police you can report to the Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum in complete confidence on 01273 855 620 press option 2. ) If you wish to talk to someone for advice and support you can call the Samaritans 24 hours a day on 08457 90 970 90. RAINBOW CHORUS

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) 7 Pegler Way, Crawley, RH11 7AG, Tel: 01293 511177, www.7crawley.co.uk ) OPEN Sun, Tue & Wed 6pm–12.30am, Thur–Sat 6pm–2.30am ) DRINK PROMOS Sun get 2 VS for £5, 2 bottles of Carlsberg for £5, go large on

) 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. Open

till 2am on Sun (12) for the Post-Golden Handbags Party!

house spirits for £1.50, 2 bombs for £5 and fishbowls to share for £9.50.

) ONE FOR THE DIARY Wed is OPEN MIC BAR BROADWAY, hosted by Voice of Broadway 2015 winner Jason Thorpe and a changing host each month from 9pm. People think of an open mic as someone with an acoustic guitar reworking a classic song, but Bar Broadway’s Open Mic has a twist. Not everyone can play the guitar, so backing tracks are available online of your favourites and with many different versions. Select yours, bring it down, and let everyone hear your talent. Your voice is what Bar Broadway want to hear, so show that off to its full potential. If you have a guitar and want to perform that way, please feel free. Performers get a free drink, so come on down and show what you’ve got!

Shirley Bassey don’t miss KARAOKE every Sun with Jane from 8pm with drink deals. Bar 7 crew say: “We have a massive collection of songs ready for you. We reckon singing is good for the soul so come on down and get on the mic! We don't judge; it's all about the good times!” ) REGULARS Fri is 7 UPSTAIRS with DJs spinning tunes all night from 9pm. ) Sat is 7 SINS with DJs from 9pm, free entry before 11pm.

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l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Fresh!: DJ Jazzy Jane 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Sweetie Darling Comes Again 8pm l BAR REVENGE Lip Sync for Your Life: Crystal Lubrikunt & cash prize 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Ice: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm l BRIGHTON SAUNA Naked Day 11am l CAMELFORD ARMS Seniors’ lunch 23.30pm l CHARLES STREETDrag With No Name’s Silly Willy Wednesdays 9pm l DTM Men Only 8pm

l MARINE TAVERN Linda Bacardi’s Marine Misfortunes Game Show 9pm l PATTERNS Teen Creeps: Ocean Wisdom 7.30pm; Out of Office with Stick it On 6pm l QUEEN’S ARMS An Audience With Sally Vate 9.30pm l SUBLINE Happy Hump Day 9pm

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l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Total Request Thursdays: DJ FRESH Princess 9pm l BAR BROADWAY 24-Hour Musical Day One: Spice, Sally Vate & Miss Treated 9pm l BAR REVENGE FOMO warm-up 9pm l BOUTIQUE Groovy Boutique 10pm l CAMELFORD ARMS £300 Big Cash Quiz 9pm l CHARLES ST Mad Cow’s Tea Party: Ms Joan Bond, DJs Lee Jeffery & Ruby Roo 9pm

) REGULARS Sunday FIREPLACE SESSIONS has the best local and national

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) ONE FOR THE DIARY Whether you're a shower singer or

talent performing on stage at 8.30pm: Corinne Williams (5); special Fireplace Sessions from 10pm; Post-Golden Handbags Party then till 2am (12), Gilly B (19) and Trio (26). Gilly B, (Sun 19), says: “I do a real party repertoire so if your readers are celebrating anything in particular Bar Broadway is one of the top places to go! I sing anything from 1950s rock & roll to the latest tunes like Uptown Funk, and I love to get people up dancing and having a good time.”

l GROSVENOR BAR Sally Vate’s Bona Bingo 8.30pm l DTM clubT: T-girls & admirers 8pm l MARINE TAVERN Euro Cup live football - England 7.45pm; DJ Jim’s 80s Disco 9pm l PARIS HOUSE live music: Fleur de Paris 8pm l PATTERNS Teen Creeps: King Khan & The Shrines 7pm; Midnight Funk Association: MFA selectors 10pm 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

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l BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7 Upstairs 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Jukebox 4pm; 24-hour musical: Spice, Sally Vate & Miss Treated 8pm l BAR REVENGE Pop Tartz warm-up 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Glitter: DJ Steve Lush 11pm l BOUTIQUE i-Candy: DJ Franco, give aways & BBQ on roof terrace 10pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Friday Club 6pm l CHARLES ST Fruity Friday Fix: DJ Leeroy 9pm

l DR BRIGHTONS House Rules: DJ Nick Hirst 9.30pm l DTM Men Only 8pm l GROSVENOR BAR Mysterry’s karaoke 8.30pm l MARINE TAVERN Friday Night Project: Stephanie Von Clitz & guest 8.30pm l PATTERNS LOUT Promotions Episodes (EP Launch): Episodes, Sweetmates, Fur & Jacob Aaron 7pm; Worried About Henry: DJs dBridge B2B Fracture, KXVU B2B Illidge & Danny Jaqq Stature X Kast 11pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Cabaret: Saucy Sophie 9.30pm l REVENGE Pop Tartz: DJs 10.30pm l SUBLINE Club Silencio 9pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS live music: The Informers 8pm l ZONE Cabaret: Miss Jason 10pm

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l BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7 Sins 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Sweety Darling Comes Again 3pm & 8pm; Jukebox 4pm l BAR REVENGE Club warm-up 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Fusion: DJ Peter Castle 11pm l BOUTIQUE Summer Roof Terrace warm-


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and a half. Karaoke suites ideal for staff parties, birthdays, whatever! Contact Rebecca on 07583 028735 to book one today! ) FOOD all day, every day till midnight ) DRINK PROMOS Mon–Fri, bottles of Moet £50 & Veuve £60. Fri & Sat: five JBombs for £5 and 2-4-1 selected cocktails.

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) ONE FOR THE DIARY Sun (12) is the Golden Handbags After Party with sister companies Three Jolly Butchers, Paris House and the Camelford Arms from 10pm; open to the public, free champers on arrival. ) REGULARS Edge back into the working week on Mon (20) & (27) with AFTER HOURS OFFICE PARTY, free cocktail with every 1st drink from 6pm. ) Thur is GROOVY BOUTIQUE 1960s/70s/80s tunes all night with a twist! ) Fri is i-CANDY with DJ Franco, giveaways/themes: Summer Warm-Up BBQ on roof terrace (3 & 24), Summer Terrace Party with cocktail giveaways (10) quote Gscene on the door for free entry and shot on arrival (17). Free b4 10pm, £3 till 11pm, £5 after. ) Sat is Club se-XXY with superstar DJ Klipz, free shots at 1.30am & 2.30am, and giveaways/ themes: Summer Roof Terrace Party Warm Up, rainbow shots & Rainbow Party, free karaoke for groups of 6 or more – call Becky 07583 028735 (4); Saturday Shake Up (11), free till 10pm, £3 till 11pm, £5 after; live bands & special guests on the roof terrace all day (18); Terrace Party with DJ set all day (25). ) Sun (19) FATHER’S DAY MADNESS, free drinks for dad with every drink bought.

up & Rainbow Party 6pm; se-XXY summer cocktail party: DJ Klipz & giveaways 10pm l CHARLES ST Fierce: DJs Lil Alex, Grant Knowles, Leeroy 9pm l DR BRIGHTONS Sexy Saturday: DJ Tony B 9.30pm l DTM Men Only 8pm l GROSVENOR BAR cabaret: Lascel Woods 9.30pm l LEGENDS BAR pre-club DJs 7pm l MARINE TAVERN Saturday Club 9pm l PARIS HOUSE live jazz 4pm; TC’s Joyful Noise: DJ Kenny 9pm l PATTERNS Dog Haus Summer Sizzler terrace party: Marinate DJs 2pm;1st floor Spencer Parker B2B Ryan Elliott: DJs Spencer Parker, Ryan Elliott, Charles Green & James Dodd 11pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Mary Mac 9.30pm l REVENGE Sweet Revenge: DJs Missy B & Patch level 1, vocal house level 2 10.30pm l SUBLINE Men’s Room: DJ Screwpulous 9pm l ZONE Cabaret: Sally Vate 10pm

SUNDAY 5

l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Jane’s karaoke 8pm l BAR BROADWAY Fireplace Sessions pres: Corrine Williams 8.30pm l BAR REVENGE Sunday Funday with Micklos & karaoke 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: La Voix 7.30pm; Sally’s Rock & Roll Bingo 8.30pm l DR BRIGHTONS Showtune Sunday 1pm l DTM Afternoon Cruise 4pm l LEGENDS BAR Cabaret: Lola Lasagne 3.30pm; roasts 12–3pm l MARINE TAVERN Sunday roasts 126pm; Open Mic Drag with Stephanie Von Clitz 9pm l PATTERNS Sunday Social: Wildblood & Queenie’s Home Service with guest James Kendall from 6pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Cabaret: Kara Van Park

It may be hot outside but it’s even hotter in the Brighton Sauna, who aim to bring you the best sauna experience with a smile and friendly attitude! People ask the Brighton Sauna boys all the time if they'll be safe if they're young or inexperienced, if someone will show them around, if they'll fit in if they're bigger or hairy or older. Friendly staff will greet you and make sure you know where everything is. TBS is modern and clean, with a 12-man jacuzzi, cinema, free hot drinks, smoking area, spacious steam room, private cabins, filtered water, towels, lockers, computers, super-fast WiFi, large lounge with 70” TV, masseurs and cafe and licensed bar. You’ll be safe at all times, and won't be pushed into anything you don't want to. The Brighton Sauna boys promise: “No matter what size, age or type you are, this is a no-attitude venue where everyone fits in, and you'll feel comfortable and relaxed. Our staff are on hand to give advice and help look after you. You won't regret a visit to a sauna for men, and you can't start at a better place than ours. Be brave, take the plunge, and come and see us. You won't regret it!”

) BRIGHTON BEAR WEEKEND Reenergise with a good soak and steam on Sun (19) at the ALTERNATIVE ROAST from 12–4pm. ) REGULARS NAKED DAYS are Wed from 11–1am and due to popular demand, every Sun 12pm–close. You'll be given a small towel for drips and a regular towel to shower, but NO towels can be worn at all on Naked days. The Brighton Sauna boys say: “Some customers try to hide their bits behind the small towel! Seriously guys, nobody cares. It's about letting it all hang out, and feeling free! What better way to chill out at the end of the weekend - give it a try, it's a fantastic day.”

6pm & 9.30pm l SUBLINE Guilty Pleasures: DJ Screwpulous 9pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Jazz Roast 3pm; Sunday roasts 1-6pm l ZONE Live music: Sarah Harris 6.30pm

& Juice Launch Party 11pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Film Night: fantasy/sci-fi 8pm

WEDNESDAY 8

l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Fresh!: DJ Jazzy Jane 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Open Mic with Jason MONDAY 6 Thorpe 9pm l BAR BROADWAY The Just After Work l BAR REVENGE Lip Sync for Your Life: Big Showbiz Quiz: Ross Cameron 6.30pm Crystal Lubrikunt & cash prize 9pm l CHARLES ST Studio 150 10.30pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Ice: DJ l LEGENDS BAR Miss Jason’s Mad Claire Fuller 11pm Monday 9.30pm l MARINE TAVERN Monday Madness 8pm l BRIGHTON SAUNA Naked Day 11am l CAMELFORD ARMS Seniors’ lunch 2l PATTERNS LOUT Promotions pres The 3.30pm Hunna 7pm l CHARLES ST Drag With No Name’s Silly Willy Wednesdays 9pm TUESDAY 7 l DTM Men Only 8pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Crewsday: DJ Lewis l MARINE TAVERN Linda Bacardi’s Osborne 9pm Marine Misfortunes Game Show 9pm l BAR REVENGE Karaoke with Liz 9pm l PARIS HOUSE Live music: Nigel l MARINE TAVERN Quiz & Curry 7.30pm Broderick & The Latin Project 8pm l REVENGE DJs Toby & Trick 11pm l QUEEN’S ARMS An Audience With Sally l PATTERNS Dirty Bare Burlesque 6pm; Vate 9.30pm Teen Creeps pres YAK & Cabbage 7pm; Gin l SUBLINE Happy Hump Day 9pm


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PICS FROM CAMELFORD’S 6TH BIRTHDAY + CHARLES STREET & ENVY

JUNE

LISTINGS

CAMELFORD ARMS

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 roast & select menu 12pm–till gone; Wed

) 8 Marine Parade, BN2 1TA, Tel: 01273 624091, www.charles-street.com ) OPEN daily from 12pm. ) FOOD Mon–Sat 12–8pm.

seniors' lunch 2–3.30pm, two courses £7.50.

MYRA DUBOIS

Graham Munday from Brighton Bear Weekend says “The Camelford Arms, now in its 7th year, has always been the natural home for bears whether local or from afar. We’re very pleased that they’re hosting us this year. Events at the Camelford include Saturday Breakfast, Sunday Lunch and the fantastic raffle is being drawn during Bear Bust early Sunday evening. Not only are the Camelford hosting us the’re offering wristband deal of 10% off Fosters and a guest ale. To take advantage, a wristband is only £5 and available behind the bar and will give you discounts in all our venues, local gay bars and shops. They are also donating £100 to the Rainbow Fund who we are proudly supporting this year. Always good beer, good food and friendly staff!” ) ONE FOR THE DIARY Sun (12), the Camelford takes part in BARK IN THE PARK at Queens Park - catch them in the Pimms & Beer Tent from 11am.

ENVY @ CHARLES STREET

) REGULARS Sun is the BEAR BASH with free food and a raffle from 5pm. ) Thur is the BIG CASH QUIZ with a £300 cash prize, free sarnies and great atmosphere from 9pm. ) The FRIDAY CLUB is from 6pm.

THURSDAY 9

l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Total Request Thursdays: DJ FRESH Princess 9pm l BAR REVENGE FOMO warm-up 9pm l BOUTIQUE Groovy Boutique 10pm l CAMELFORD ARMS £300 Big Cash Quiz 9pm l CHARLES ST Mad Cow Tea Party: Joan Bond, DJs Lee Jeffery & Ruby Roo 9pm l GROSVENOR BAR Sally Vate’s Bona Bingo 8.30pm l DTM clubT: T-girls & admirers 8pm l MARINE TAVERN DJ Jim’s 80s Disco 9pm l PATTERNS Eyes & Ears 7pm; Midnight Funk Association: DJs MFA selectors 10pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Cabaret: Miss Jason 9.30pm l REVENGE FOMO: DJs 10.30pm l SUBLINE Brace Yourself 9pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Quiz: £150 jackpot 7.30pm

) 8 Marine Parade, BN2 1TA, Tel: 01273 624091, www.charles-street.com

FRIDAY 10

l BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7 Upstairs 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Jukebox 5pm l BAR REVENGE Pop Tartz warm-up 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Glitter: DJ Steve Lush 11pm l BOUTIQUE i-Candy: DJ Franco, giveaways, summer roof-terrace party 10pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Friday Club 6pm l CHARLES ST Fruity Friday Fix: DJ Leeroy 9pm l DR BRIGHTONS Funky Friday: DJ Nick Hirst 9.30pm l DTM Men Only 8pm l GROSVENOR BAR Mysterry’s karaoke 8.30pm l MARINE TAVERN pre-Scrum drinks 9pm l PATTERNS Deadbeats 11pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Rose Garden 9.30pm l REVENGE Pop Tartz: DJs on level 1; Love Shack: DJ Claire Fuller on level 2 10.30pm

DJ BOZZY BEAR

GRAHAM MUNDAY

) BRIGHTON BEAR WEEKEND Thur (16)–Sun (19) sees the Camelford host a weekend of fun-filled furry festivities, great drink deals and fundraising for the Rainbow Fund! ) Thur is the £300 BIG CASH Bear Weekend Quiz & Charity Raffle at 9pm. ) Sat is BEAR WEEKEND BREAKFAST; get there early for a mansized portion 10am–12pm. ) Sun is with BEAR-SIZED Sunday Roasts from 12pm; Bear Bust with free food & a charity raffle from 5pm.

) TWO FOR THE DIARY Sat (11) is the QUEEN’S DRAG BALL for the Queen’s 90th Birthday from 9pm. Do you dare to Drag? Sun (19) at 7.30pm is CABARET with ‘Rotherham’s Least Celebrated Daughter’ acid-tongued Myra Dubois, who acts, sings, dances and pours a decent pint! After spending time as a dominating presence in Rotherham’s thriving bohemian amateur-dramatic scene, Myra moved to the bright lights and over-priced drinks of the capital in 2008 and the rest, as they say, is history! Myra says: “My story in a nutshell: I’m from South Yorkshire and cut my teeth on the pub and club scene as a glass collector. I moved into amateur dramatics, which is all your favourite West End shows done very, very badly. Then I moved to London to be a star. You can read all about it in my autobiography A Taste Of Vinegar... I let the audience feel like they’ve spent an hour in my company, because they haven’t. As soon as I step on that stage I mentally check out and play old Tom and Jerry cartoons in my mind. But by gosh if that audience don’t think I’m with them from beginning to end. Then, I do a little party trick, I’ll announce my last song, but it won't be, it will in fact my SECOND to last song and so when I come back on and sing another HIT the audience think they’'ve had second helpings. But they haven’t, I planned it all along. It’s called an encore and I think it’ll really take off… If you want to hear forgotten classics like Cabaret, I Know Him So Well, Part Of Your World and other obscure treasures, come and hear me! There’ll be laughs galore! Hopefully some of them intentional…”

) BRIGHTON BEAR WEEKEND Fri (17) is UPROAR with the finest tunes from DJs Bozzy Bear & Rob C from 11pm, £4 entry with wristband, £6 without, £2 pints with wristband. DJ Bozzy Bear says: “I joined the Brighton Bear Weekend team in 2012 and fundraise throughout the year by Djing, hosting quiz nights and selling our merchandise. BBW have a great team and we have fun raising money for great causes at the same time. At Uproar you can expect a hairy beary atmosphere with a chance to catch up with familiar faces and to welcome new ones. See you all soon!”

l SUBLINE Big Scrum sportskit night 9pm l CHARLES ST Queen’s Drag Ball 9pm l DR BRIGHTONS Sexy Saturday: DJ Tony l ZONE Live music: Lascel Wood 10pm B 9.30pm l DTM Men Only 8pm SATURDAY 11 l GROSVENOR BAR cabaret: Sally Vate l BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7 Sins 9pm 8.30pm l BAR BROADWAY Jukebox 4pm l LEGENDS BAR pre-club DJs 8pm l BAR REVENGE Club warm-up 9pm l MARINE TAVERN Euro Cup live football l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Fusion: - England 8pm; Saturday Club 9pm DJ Peter Castle 11pm l PARIS HOUSE Live jazz 4pm; TC’s l BOUTIQUE se-XXY Saturday Shake Up Joyful Noise: DJ Kenny 9pm with DJ Klipz 10pm


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PICS FROM DTM + DOCTOR BRIGHTONS

JUNE

LISTINGS

DTM

DOCTOR BRIGHTONS

) 75a St George’s Rd, BN2 1EF Tel: 01273 911910 www.donttellmama.co.uk ) OPEN Wed & Thur 9pm–1am, Fri & Sat 9pm–2am, Sun 4–11pm. Why not

) 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. ) HAPPY HOURS all day Sun–Thu; 1pm till close Fri; 1–7pm on Sat. Cocktails

hire out the venue for your private party? Contact Serge for info and competitive rates.

BOGOF all day Sun–Fri and till 7pm on Sat. Free pool with every round every day.

) ONE FOR THE DIARY Sunday is AFTERNOON

) ONE FOR THE DIARY Sun (19) is SMILEY SUNDAY, a night filled with the best stand-up comedians raising money for the Rainbow Fund with laughs guaranteed at 7.30pm.

) REGULARS Wed, Fri & Sat are MEN ONLY nights with free entry for members, £3 otherwise. Expect 100% men, 100% of the time! Thur is clubT, a night dedicated to T-Girls & Admirers from 8pm, all members are welcome, free entry. Serge, DTNM host, says: “Welcome to 'Cheers' with a twist! DTM offers a friendly, relaxed atmosphere... just come as you are!”

l BOUTIQUE Golden Handbag after party with sister companies Three Jolly Butchers, Paris House & Camelford Arms 10pm 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: Lucinda Lashes 7.30pm; Sally’s Rock & Roll Bingo 8.30pm l DR BRIGHTONS Showtune Sunday 1pm l DTM Afternoon Cruise 4pm l LEGENDS BAR cabaret: Lisa Q Jones SUNDAY 12 3.30pm; roasts 12–3pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Jane’s karaoke 8pm l MARINE TAVERN Sunday roasts 12l BAR BROADWAY Fireplace Sessions 6pm; Open Mic Drag with Stephanie Von Special 10pm; post-Golden Handbags party Clitz 9pm till 2am l PATTERNS Sunday Social: Everything l BAR REVENGE Sunday Funday with Sunday 12pm; Sounds Familiar music quiz Micklos & karaoke 9pm 6pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Miss Penny Pop!Candy: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm 6pm & 9.30pm l PATTERNS Dog Haus Summer Sizzler party: Faro & Friends + Marinate DJs 2pm; DJ set: Ame 11pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Sandra 9.30pm l REVENGE Sweet Revenge: DJs Missy B & Patch on level 1; Vocal House on level 2 10.30pm l SUBLINE Men’s Room: DJ Screwpulous 9pm l ZONE Cabaret: Kara Van Park 10pm

DJ NICK HIRST

SERGE

CRUISE with free entry from 4pm, men only.

) REGULARS FUNKY FRIDAY is with DJ Nick Hirst spinning the coolest tunes on the block from 9.30pm. Fri (3) is HOUSE RULES with DJ Nick Hirst spinning decadent house from 9pm. Fri (24) is BLAST OFF with DJ Josh the Barber & tunes to get you moving from 9pm. ) SEXY SATURDAY sees DJ Tony B hotting up your weekend from 9.30pm. ) SHOWTUNES SUNDAY is every Sun from 1pm. ) The charity fundraiser Dr Brighton's held on May 2 raised over £1,200 for ride4rhinos.org.

l SUBLINE Guilty Pleasures: DJ Screwpulous 9pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Jazz Roast 3pm; Sunday roasts 1-6pm l ZONE Live music: Jason Prince 6.30pm

MONDAY 13

TUESDAY 14

l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Crewsday: DJ Lewis Osborne 9pm l BAR REVENGE Karaoke with Liz 9pm l MARINE TAVERN Quiz & Curry 7.30pm l PATTERNS One Inch Badge: Samaris 7pm; Gold Teeth’s Great British Drake Off 11pm l REVENGE DJs Toby & Trick 11pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Film Night: rom-com/anime 8pm

l BAR BROADWAY Just After Work Big Showbiz Quiz: Ross Cameron 6.30pm l CHARLES ST Studio 150 10.30pm l LEGENDS BAR Miss Jason’s Mad Monday 9.30pm l MARINE TAVERN Monday Madness 8pm WEDNESDAY 15 l PATTERNS Houses in Motion: Still l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Fresh!: DJ Jazzy Parade & Sea Moya 7pm Jane 9pm


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GROSVENOR ) 16 Western Street, Hove, BN1 2PG, www.thegrosvenorbar.com ) OPEN daily from noon–late. ) HAPPY HOURS Mon–Thur all spirits £2.70 including house doubles and large

wine £4.10.

SALLY VATE

) ONE FOR THE DIARY Thur is Sally Vate’s BONA BINGO with prizes, games, camp chat and songs from 8.30pm. Sally says: “The prizes are shite, but you'll have a camp old night! Play for shots and a choice from the pile of shite, including bingo merchandise and the coveted signed framed photo of me. In the final game, Lucky Handbag, there’s the chance to win the rollover cash prize! Plus there’s sing-a-song of bingo, where I sing as I call the number - when you’re not expecting it! This runs from 8.30pm so you’ll be home on a school night at a sensible time!”

) REGULARS Sat is CABARET at 9.30pm with local and national stars of the

stage: Lascel Woods (4), Sally Vate (11), Jason Lee (18) and Cassidy Connors (25). Cassidy Connors is one of the UK’s top drag artists with fine comedy timing and show-stopping vocals! Known for her witty and clever impersonations of artists such as Cher, Tina Turner, Liza Minnelli and many more she delivers a show quite like no other. ) Fri is KARAOKE with the ever-glamorous Mysterry from 9pm. l BAR BROADWAY Open Mic with Jason Thorpe 9pm l BAR REVENGE Lip Sync for Your Life: Crystal Lubrikunt & cash prize 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Ice: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm l BRIGHTON SAUNA Naked Day 11am l CAMELFORD ARMS Seniors’ lunch 23.30pm l CHARLES ST Drag With No Name’s Silly Willy Wednesdays 9pm

l DTM Men Only 8pm l MARINE TAVERN Linda Bacardi’s Marine Misfortunes Game Show 9pm l PARIS HOUSE live music: Aurora 8pm l PATTERNS Out of Office stick it on 6pm l QUEEN’S ARMS An Audience With Sally Vate 9.30pm l SUBLINE Happy Hump Day 9pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Open Mic with Leo Gibbs 7.30pm


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PICS FROM LEGENDS BAR & BASEMENT CLUB LEGENDS

JUNE

LISTINGS

LEGENDS BAR

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 served 12–3pm

) 31-34 Marine Parade, BN2 1TR Tel: 01273 624462, www.legendsbrighton.com ) OPEN Wed & Fri–Sun from 11pm. ) DRINK PROMOS Wed selected bottles £2, house spirit & mixer £2.50

LIZZY DRIP

Lizzy says: “My show is real old school drag ie miming dressed as larger than life characters and never trying to fool the audience into thinking it's a real woman. It's a quickchange show, a pastiche of famous divas using animated costumes and some audience participation. Hopefully it just gives the folks a good laugh! “I left drama school in the mid-1970s and did really well performing straight roles. Then after doing panto in Bridlington, a camp old queen in the cast said 'you should put a drag show together'. I did and entered a talent show in Blackpool, won my heat and the final and the prize was an 18-week summer season at the Lion Cabaret Bar in Walsall. I've worked ever since and now in my 36th year! “Legends is one of my favourite venues, in fact anywhere I’ve worked in Brighton has been great. The audience are so welcoming and really appreciate the entertainment. Legends attract a lovely crowd and it gets packed! I like it when people who have seen my SOS (same old… show!), lots of times bring along Lizzy 'virgins' and watch their reactions! I look forward to seeing all those furry guys in Brighton!”

MISS JASON

) REGULARS Hit the week running with Miss Jason’s

MAD MONDAYS every week from 10pm. Awarding-winning Miss Jason (many times Golden Handbag winner) has been entertaining the crowds across the UK and Europe for over 17 years. With a huge following her comedy wit and timing goes down well for any adult audience. Renowned for ‘Bringing the camp to a venue near you’ with her iconic phrase ‘Yes Dear’, this is one Miss not to be missed!

THURSDAY 16

l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Total Request Thursdays: DJ FRESH Princess 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Cabaret: Monroe & Russell (Laura Nixon & Kara Van Park) 9pm l BAR REVENGE FOMO warm-up 9pm l BOUTIQUE Groovy Boutique 10pm l CAMELFORD ARMS £300 Big Cash Bear Weekend Quiz & charity raffle 9pm l CHARLES ST Mad Cow Tea Party: Ms Joan Bond, DJs Lee Jeffery & Ruby Roo 9pm l GROSVENOR BAR Sally Vate’s Bona Bingo 8.30pm l DTM clubT: T-girls & admirers 8pm l MARINE TAVERN Euro Cup live football - England 2pm; DJ Jim’s 80s Disco 9pm

l PATTERNS Eyes & Ears 7pm; Midnight Funk Association: DJs MFA selectors 10pm 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

FRIDAY 17

l BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7 Upstairs 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Jukebox 5pm l BAR REVENGE Pop Tartz warm-up 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Glitter: DJ Steve Lush 11pm

DJ CLAIRE

) BRIGHTON BEAR WEEKEND Sun (19) is a CA-BEAR-ET SPECIAL with stage siren Lizzy Drip bear-ing her soul, tearing up the stage and auctioning off hunky Sea Serpents rugby players in aid of the Rainbow Fund from 3pm.

) ONE FOR THE DIARY The weekends are all about having fun so make the most of it at GLITTER with resident music maestro DJ Steve Lush mixing up a storm and taking you through a musical wonderland of chart, classic tunes and shiny new anthems! ) REGULARS Every Wed is ICE with DJ Claire melting the dancefloor with chart house r&b. Drinks promos include selected bottles £2, house spirit & mixer £2.50. ) Sat is FUSION with DJ Peter Castle bringing you up and away with a healthy dose of chart & club mixes.

l BOUTIQUE i-Candy: DJ Franco & giveaways 10pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Friday Club 6pm l CHARLES ST Fruity Friday Fix: DJ Leeroy 9pm l DR BRIGHTONS Funky Friday: DJ Nick Hirst 9.30pm l DTM Men Only 8pm l ENVY@CHARLES ST Bear Weekend: Uproar: DJs Bozzy Bear & Rob C 11pm l GROSVENOR BAR Mysterry’s karaoke 8.30pm l MARINE TAVERN LGBTQ Pub Crawl 8.30pm l PATTERNS Houses in Motion pres Khruangbin 11pm; Tukshop Summer Brighton Launch: DJs Manu & Ando, Tappa, Rubycon & Mentu 11pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Cabaret: Danny Beard 9.30pm l REVENGE Pop Tartz DJs on level 1; Fat Lip: DJ Fifi on level 2 10.30pm l SUBLINE Bear Weekend: Pre-Fur Men 9pm l ZONE Live music: Gabriella Parish 10pm

SATURDAY 18

l BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7 Sins 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Jukebox 4pm l BAR REVENGE Club warm-up 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Fusion: DJ Peter Castle 11pm l BOUTIQUE Live bands on roof terrace with special guests 1pm; se-XXY Saturday Shake-Up: DJ Klipz & giveaways 10pm

l CAMELFORD ARMS Bear Weekend Breakfast 10am l CHARLES ST Fierce: DJs Lil Alex, Grant Knowles, Leeroy 9pm l DR BRIGHTONS Sexy Saturday: DJ Tony B 9.30pm l DTM Men Only 8pm l GROSVENOR BAR Cabaret: Jason Lee 9.30pm l LEGENDS BAR pre-club DJs 7pm l MARINE TAVERN Saturday Club 8pm l PARIS HOUSE live jazz 4pm; TC’s Joyful Noise: DJ Kenny 9pm l PATTERNS Dog Haus Summer Sizzler terrace party: El Train & Marinate DJs 2pm; Vanishing Point: DJs Dixon Avenue Basement Jams, Denis Sulta, Teamy, Matthew Balaam 11pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Mrs Moore 9.30pm l REVENGE Sweet Revenge: DJs Missy B & Patch on level 1; Vocal House on level 2 10.30pm l SUBLINE Bear Weekend: Sub Woofer after party with Leathermen South 9pm l ZONE cabaret: Sally Vate 10pm

SUNDAY 19

l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Jane’s karaoke 8pm l BAR BROADWAY Fireplace Sessions pres: Gilly B 8.30pm l BAR REVENGE Sunday Funday with Micklos & karaoke 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Pop!Candy: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm l BOUTIQUE Father’s Day Madness 1pm


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PICS FROM MARINE TAVERN + HOME SERVICE @ PATTERNS

JUNE

LISTINGS

MARINE TAVERN

PATTERNS

) 13 Broad St, BN2 1TJ, Tel: 01273 905578, www.marinetavern.co.uk ) OPEN daily from 12pm. England Euro Cup matches shown live: Thur (2) at

) 10 Marine Parade, BN2 1TL, Tel: 01273 894777 www.patternsbrighton.com ) OPEN Tue & Wed 4pm–1am, Thur 4pm–3am, Fri 4pm–4am, Sat 12pm–4am

7.45pm, Sat (11) at 8pm, Thur (16) at 2pm and Mon (20) at 8pm.

and Sun 12pm–12am. Closed Mon (available for private hire). ) FOOD The Dog Haus gourmet hot dog restaurant open Tue–Fri from 4–10pm and Sat–Sun from 12–10pm, Bottomless Boozy Brunch on Sat & Sun from 12–4pm, £15 for a hot dog and unlimited prosecco or bloody marys, or try the full english breakfast hot dog, a veggie avocadog or the Sunday roast inspired dog! ) DRINK PROMOS daily from 4–9pm.

) FOOD Daily from 12-9pm; Sunday roasts served 12–6pm, £5.95 each or two

for £10; Tue is Curry Night with curry for £1 served 7.30–9pm. game show with a twist MARINE MISFORTUNES, with a big cash prize, a free drink of your choice for taking part and free nibbles fro. Linda says: “It’s a game show with a twist so get those cogs turned on and pop on down! With the chance to win a rollover cash jackpot, plus other prizes, you'd be silly to miss it! It! Make mine a stiff one.”

) ONE FOR THE DIARY Dust off your flip-flops for the DOG HAUS SUMMER SIZZLER Terrace Parties every Sat from 2pm, Dog Haus BBQ, free suncream, cocktails, sun-visors, ping pong, table Fußball, free entry and food & drink offers from 12pm. The weekly rotation of the city's best DJs playing sunny sessions: Funk & Soul Club’s top tunes/classics (4), DJ Faro & friends deep house/disco/soulful jams (11), El Train hip-hop/r&b/electronic beats/US west coast beats (18) and Marinate playing reggae/West African funk/Brazilian disco and everything in between (25).

) REGULARS Sun at 9pm is OPEN MIC DRAG with Stephanie Von Clitz. If you

think you have the wow-factor then contact the bar to sign up! Stephanie says: “Open Mic Drag is a chance for artistes, professional or amateur, to try out new material and it’s also a platform for newer artistes to perform. It's on a Sunday, which is always a good day for cabaret, so if you want a fun enjoyable night out and would like to see a variety of talent then don’t miss it!” l BRIGHTON SAUNA Bear Weekend: Alternative Sunday Roast 12pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Bear Weekend Bash, free food & charity raffle 5pm; roasts & select menu 12pm–till gone l CHARLES ST cabaret: Myra Dubois 7.30pm; Sally’s Rock & Roll Bingo 8.30pm l DR BRIGHTONS Smiley Sunday: standup & fundraising for Rainbow Fund 7.30pm l DTM Afternoon Cruise 4pm l LEGENDS BAR Bear Weekend Cabaret & Charity Auction: Lizzy Drip 3pm; roasts 12–3pm l MARINE TAVERN Sunday roasts 126pm; Open Mic Drag with Stephanie Von Clitz 9pm l PATTERNS Sunday Social Club: Real Rock Reggae Show 12pm; Loose Joints & LJ

Soundsystem 6pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Davina Sparkle 6pm & 9.30pm l SUBLINE Underbear Bear Weekend closing party: underwear party 9pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Jazz Roast 3pm; Sunday roasts 1-6pm l ZONE Sophie Causbrook 6.30pm

MONDAY 20

l BAR BROADWAY Just After Work Big Showbiz Quiz: Ross Cameron 6.30pm l BOUTIQUE After Hours Office Party 6pm l CHARLES ST Studio 150 10.30pm l LEGENDS BAR Miss Jason’s Mad Monday 9.30pm l MARINE TAVERN Euro Cup live football - England 8pm

PARIS HOUSE ) 21 Western Rd, BN3 1AF, Tel: 01273 724195, www.parishousebrighton.com ) OPEN daily from 12pm. ) FOOD daily from 12pm–close. ) ONE FOR THE DIARY Thur (2) live CHANSON from 1930s–50s with Fleur de Paris at 8pm, free. ) REGULARS Wed is LIVE MUSIC from 8pm: Nigel Broderick & The Latin

Project (8), Aurora (15), the Tim Wells Trio (22) and Terry Seabrook (29). Sat is live jazz at 4pm; TC'S JOYFUL NOISE with DJ Kenny at 9pm, free entry.

WILDBLOOD & QUEENIE

LINDA BACARDI

) ONE FOR THE DIARY Wed at 9pm is Linda Bacardi’s

) REGULARS SUNDAY SOCIAL with monthly HOME SERVICE (5) DJs Wildblood and Queenie and guest James Kendall playing a vintage soundtrack of electronica, slo-mo/ disco/soul/funk/house/80s electro/pop plus live cartooning! ) Wed is OUT OF OFFICE with Stick It On, spin some tunes, play a spot of Ping Pong, Fußball & retro games from 6pm. Food and drink offers 4–9pm. The Patterns crew say: “You’ve successfully scaled over moody Monday and the terrible Tuesdays as you now stand at the top of the mountain with the weekend in sight. Tackle the mid-week struggle with our after work hang out that caters for all, be it a quiet catch up or something a little bit more involved…”

3.30pm l CHARLES ST Drag With No Name’s Silly l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Crewsday 9pm Willy Wednesdays 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Spice pres Beautiful l DTM Men Only 8pm Thing - 20th Anniversary 7pm l MARINE TAVERN Linda Bacardi’s l BAR REVENGE Karaoke with Liz 9pm Marine Misfortunes Game Show 9pm l MARINE TAVERN Quiz & Curry 7.30pm l PARIS HOUSE live music: Tim Wells Trio l PATTERNS Brighton Film Club 7pm 8pm l REVENGE DJs Toby & Trick 11pm l PATTERNS Out of Office stick it on 6pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Film Night: l QUEEN’S ARMS An Audience With Sally thriller/horror 8pm Vate 9.30pm l SUBLINE Happy Hump Day 9pm

TUESDAY 21

WEDNESDAY 22

l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Fresh! 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Open Mic with Jason Thorpe 9pm l BAR REVENGE Lip Sync for Your Life: Crystal Lubrikunt & cash prize 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Ice: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm l BRIGHTON SAUNA Naked Day 11am l CAMELFORD ARMS Seniors’ lunch 2-

THURSDAY 23

l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Total Request Thursdays: DJ FRESH Princess 9pm l BAR REVENGE FOMO warm-up 9pm l BOUTIQUE Groovy Boutique 10pm l CAMELFORD ARMS £300 Big Cash Quiz 9pm l CHARLES ST Mad Cow Tea Party: Ms Joan Bond, DJs Lee Jeffery & Ruby Roo 9pm


7 GEORGE STREET BRIGHTON 01273 696873

http://thequeensarms.wix.com/thequeensarms

WEDNESDAY 9.30PM AN AUDIENCE WITH

SALLY VATE THURSDAY 9.30PM

MISS JASON

SATURDAYCABARET 9.30

PM

4 JUN MARY MAC 11 JUN SANDRA 18 JUN MRS MOORE 25JUN SON OF A TUTU

CABARET FRIDAY CABARET 9.30 SUNDAY DOUBLE AT 6 & 9.30 PM

3 JUN SAUCY SOPHIE 10 JUN ROSE GARDEN 17JUN DANNY BEARD 24JUN MAISIE TROLLETTE

PM

PM

5 JUN KARA VAN PARK 12 JUN MISS PENNY 19JUN DAVINA SPARKLE 26JUN TBC

2 Cocktails FOR £8 5PM -9PM Tues-Sat


38 GSCENE OUT & ABOUT

PICS FROM QUEENS ARMS + BAR & CLUB REVENGE

JUNE

QUEENS ARMS

BAR REVENGE

) 7 George St, BN2 1RH, T: 01273 696873, www.thequeensarms.wix.com/thequeensarms ) OPEN from 4pm Wed–Fri; from 2pm Sat & Sun.

) 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.

) DRINK DEALS 2 for £8 Cocktails between 5–9pm Tue–Sat.

Buy a drink on Thur, Fri & Sat to pick up discounted entry passes for Club Revenge.

) ONE FOR THE DIARY Sat (18) sees Mrs Moore, "the voice of a thousand fags" and Drag Idol Winner, take to the stage with husky vocals and outrageous one-liners from 9.30pm.

) ONE FOR THE DIARY LIP SYNC FOR YOUR LIFE every Wed from 9pm with

John Moore, creator of Mrs Moore, says: “In my mind Mrs Moore is just a camp extension of myself. I often forget that people don't see it like that; I assume everyone in the audience knows me! That can be a good or bad thing! “Mrs Moore is a child of the 1970s brought up on light entertainment and the throwback of vaudeville. I describe myself as Marti Caine on acid. Now there was a woman who could stand and sing a beautiful song followed by a terrible joke and then do another number surrounded by backing dancers. That's what I try to do (without the dancers, the budget don't stretch that far); daft jokes and silly banter and then for a few moments draw you in with a bit of theatre. “I love Brighton, it's my second home outside of London. It’s always a joy to perform and socialise by the seaside and to perform at the Queens Arms is a real treat. So pop down on Sat 18, if you’re lucky I might buy fresh tights!” ) REGULARS Wed at 9.30pm is AN AUDIENCE WITH

SALLY VATE

lip-sync assassin Crystal Lubrikunt, a £50 cash prize and the chance to win a paid gig on the Powder Room stage alongside RuPaul’s Drag Race royalty. Crystal says: “In its third season, Lip Sync For Your Life is a night where anyone who's anybody can take centre stage for the chance to win a cheeky £50, a free ticket to the Powder Room and the opportunity to perform in our Grand Finale on 3rd August where each week's winner will battle it out for a paid gig alongside a RuPaul's Drag Race superstar at the Powder Room! It’s karaoke, without the singing! And you get free shots for taking part! So come on down, move those lips and shake them hips with me!"

THE SALLY VATE, ‘maid to make your mouth water. Sally answers your questions, sings some songs and has a jolly good laugh. A good all rounder with the liver of a house brick, Sally has lived in the south for 15 years, firstly in Bournemouth where she developed her trade by hosting, DJing, then singing, which has developed into a powerful tool! Sally says: “What are you waiting for? Join me for a unique evening; you’ll never the same show twice - only because I can never remember what I did! Life can be tough, so let's have a laugh!” l GROSVENOR BAR Sally Vate’s Bona Bingo 8.30pm l DTM clubT: T-girls & admirers 8pm l MARINE TAVERN DJ Jim’s 80s Disco 9pm l PATTERNS Eyes & Ears 7pm; Midnight Funk Association: DJs MFA selectors 10pm 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

FRIDAY 24

l BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7 Upstairs 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Jukebox 5pm l BAR REVENGE Pop Tartz warm-up 9pm

l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Glitter: DJ Steve Lush 11pm l BOUTIQUE i-Candy: DJ Franco, giveaways & Summer warm up BBQ on roof terrace 10pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Friday Club 6pm l CHARLES ST Fruity Friday Fix: DJ Leeroy 9pm l DR BRIGHTONS Blast Off: DJ Josh the Barber 9pm l DTM Men Only 8pm l GROSVENOR BAR Mysterry’s karaoke 8.30pm l MARINE TAVERN Jukebox Disco 8pm l PATTERNS Neighbourhood with Ben Sims, Randomer & Tasha 11pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Maisie Trollette 9.30pm

REVENGE ) 32-34 Old Steine, BN1 1EL, Tel: 01273 606064, www.revenge.co.uk ) OPEN Tue from 11pm, Thur, Fri & Sat from 10.30pm.

KIM CHI

MRS MOORE

LISTINGS

) ONE FOR THE DIARY Fri (24) from 7.30pm, the POWDER ROOM presents stand out star, finalist and fan favourite, Kim Chi, from RuPaul’s Drag Race series 8. Born in the US, raised in South Korea, and currently based in Chicago, the ever-evolving Kim is a cultural hybrid with a preternatural understanding of style and conceptual fashion. She’ll be bringing her signature conceptual fashion and Korean charm to Revenge’s brand new Powder Room stage! Tickets, including meet & greet, are available online.

l REVENGE The Powder Room: RuPaul’s Drag Race star Kim Chi 7.30pm; Pop Tartz on level 1 10.30pm l SUBLINE Filth: mixed fetish party 9pm l ZONE cabaret: Gilly B 10pm

SATURDAY 25

l BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7 Sins 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Jukebox 4pm l BAR REVENGE club warm-up 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Fusion: DJ Peter Castle 11pm l BOUTIQUE roof terrace party, DJ 1pm; se-XXY: DJ Klipz, shot drops/giveaways 10pm l CHARLES ST Fierce: DJs Lil Alex, Grant Knowles, Leeroy 9pm l DR BRIGHTONS Sexy Saturday: DJ Tony B 9.30pm l DTM Men Only 8pm l GROSVENOR BAR cabaret: Cassidy Connors 9.30pm l LEGENDS BAR pre-club DJs 7pm l MARINE TAVERN Saturday Club 8pm l PARIS HOUSE live jazz 4pm; TC’s Joyful

Noise: DJ Kenny 9pm l PATTERNS Dog Haus Summer Sizzler terrace party: Marinate DJs 2pm; Norman Jay (MBE), Mehtola & Faro 11pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Son of a Tutu 9.30pm l REVENGE Sweet Revenge: DJs Missy B & Patch level 1, vocal house level 2 10.30pm l SUBLINE Men’s Room: DJ Screwpulous 9pm l ZONE cabaret: Spice 10pm

SUNDAY 26

l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Jane’s karaoke 8pm l BAR BROADWAY Fireplace Sessions pres: The Close Shaves 8.30pm l BAR REVENGE Sunday Funday with Micklos & karaoke 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


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40 GSCENE OUT & ABOUT

PICS FROM SUBLINE + ZONE BAR

JUNE

LISTINGS

SUBLINE

ZONE BAR

) 129 St James' St, BN2 1TH, Tel: 01273 624100, www.sublinebrighton.co.uk ) OPEN Wed–Sun from 9pm.

) 33 St James’ St, BN2 1RF, Tel: 01273 682249, www.zonebrighton.co.uk

Graham Munday from BBW says: “Subline is like a second home to us. Steve and all the staff are so easy to work with, supportive, professional and always there with a warm welcome. This year we are thrilled to be down in Subline again with two main events that will be a sell out. Sub Woofer is our Saturday night after party, which will ram packed with men hunting for meat. It will be a fur-filled cavern of delights! Sunday we will have our closing party, UnderBear - a pants only party to unwind and relax with some of the best men around. It will be busy but don't forget to buy your wristband for cheap drink deals in Subline all weekend and cheap entrance fee. Wristbands are for sale in Subline, our website and other gay shops and venues.” ) ONE FOR THE DIARY Sun (26) is BIZARRE BAZAAR Charity Sale for the Sussex Beacon at 2pm, all over 18s welcome. Stock up on your leathers and have fun with the lights switched on with an array of kinky books, DVDs, underwear, leather & rubber things and toys… basically all fetishes catered for and all for a great cause!

l CHARLES ST cabaret: Drag With No Name 7.30pm; Sally’s Rock & Roll Bingo 8.30pm l DR BRIGHTONS Showtune Sunday 1pm l DTM Afternoon Cruise 4pm l LEGENDS BAR cabaret: Miss Jason 3.30pm; roasts 12–3pm l MARINE TAVERN Sunday roasts 126pm; Open Mic Drag with Stephanie Von Clitz 9pm l PATTERNS Sunday Social Club with Monthly Milk 12pm; Musical Bingo 6pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Cabaret: TBA 6pm & 9.30pm l SUBLINE Bizarre Bazaar charity sale for Sussex Beacon 2pm; Cum In Your Pants 9pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Jazz Roast 3pm; Sunday roasts 1-6pm l ZONE Live music: JP Christian 6.30pm

MONDAY 27

l BAR BROADWAY The Just After Work Big Showbiz Quiz: Ross Cameron 6.30pm

l BOUTIQUE After Hours Office Party 6pm l LEGENDS BAR Miss Jason’s Mad Monday 9.30pm l MARINE TAVERN Monday Madness 8pm

TUESDAY 28

l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Crewsday: DJ Lewis Osborne 9pm l MARINE TAVERN Quiz & Curry 7.30pm l PATTERNS QM Records: DJs Normanton Street 8pm l REVENGE DJs Toby & Trick 11pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Film Night: musical 8pm

WEDNESDAY 29

l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Fresh!: DJ Jazzy Jane 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Open Mic with Jason Thorpe 9pm l BAR REVENGE Lip Sync for Your Life: Crystal Lubrikunt & cash prize 9pm

cocktails: 5-8pm Mon-Sat and 8pm-close on Sun. ) ONE FOR THE DIARY Sun (19) Sophie Causbrook brings your weekend to the

SOPHIE CAUSBROOK

) BRIGHTON BEAR WEEKEND Fri (17) is PRE-FUR MEN warm up for the BBW, entry £3 for members or £5. Sat (18) is SUB WOOFER After Party with booze, cruise and the folks from Leathermen South, entry £4 with a wristband, £6 without, donated to the Rainbow Fund. Sun (19) sees Subline’s legendary underwear party go beary with the UNDER-BEAR BBW Closing Party from 9pm. Do you dare to bare? Entry is £4 with wristband, £6 without. No dress code but underwear encouraged!

) OPEN Sun-Fri from 11am, Sat from 10am ) DRINK DEALS all day Sun-Thur & till 7pm on Fri & Sat. Two-for-£10 selected

perfect close with a sensational mix of pop, classics and musical theatre at 6.30pm. Sophie says: “If you walk through the door halfway through one of my sets you’ll see everyone up dancing, singing and making the most of their weekend. I want you to feel like you can join in, because a great audience makes my show that little bit more special and that’s why I love Brighton. Everyone is up for a laugh and a great night!” ) REGULARS Sat is LIVE ENTERTAINMENT with local and national stars from 10pm: Sally Vate celebrating 10 Years at the top (4), Kara Van Park (11), Sally Vate (18) and Spice (25). Selected Euro 2016 & Wimbledon matches played on the big screen all through June!

l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Ice: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm l BRIGHTON SAUNA Naked Day 11am l CAMELFORD ARMS Seniors’ lunch 23.30pm l CHARLES ST Drag With No Name’s Silly Willy Wednesdays 9pm l DTM Men Only 8pm l MARINE TAVERN Linda Bacardi’s Marine Misfortunes Game Show 9pm l PARIS HOUSE Live music: Terry Seabrook 8pm l PATTERNS Out of Office stick it on 6pm l QUEEN’S ARMS An Audience With Sally Vate 9.30pm l SUBLINE Happy Hump Day 9pm

THURSDAY 30

l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Total Request

Thursdays: DJ FRESH Princess 9pm l BAR REVENGE FOMO warm-up 9pm l BOUTIQUE Groovy Boutique 10pm l CAMELFORD ARMS £300 Big Cash Quiz 9pm l CHARLES ST Mad Cow Tea Party: Ms Joan Bond, DJs Lee Jeffery & Ruby Roo 9pm l GROSVENOR BAR Sally Vate’s Bona Bingo 8.30pm l DTM clubT: T-girls & admirers 8pm l MARINE TAVERN DJ Jim’s 80s Disco 9pm l PATTERNS Eyes & Ears 7pm; Midnight Funk Association: DJs MFA selectors 10pm 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

THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS ) 59 North Rd, Brighton, BN1 1YD, Tel: 01273 608571, www.3jollybutchers.com ) OPEN 12pm on Mon–Sat, 1pm on Sun. Private function room available. ) FOOD Mon–Sat 12–9pm; Sunday roasts 1–6pm. ) ONE FOR THE DIARY Fri (3) is LIVE MUSIC with The Informers from 8pm. ) REGULARS Tue is now the FREE FILM NIGHT from 8pm with a fantasy/sci-fi (7), a rom-com/anime (14), a thriller/horror (21) and a musical (28). ) Thur is QUIZ NIGHT at 7.30pm with a £150 cash prize, all welcome! ) Sun is the JAZZ

ROAST at 3pm, free entry.


PICS FROM LONDON HOTEL SOUTHAMPTON GSCENE OUT & ABOUT 41

SOLENT

LISTINGS PORTSMOUTH

l HAMPSHIRE BOULEVARD 1 Hampshire Terrace, Southsea TEL: 2392 297509 l OLD VIC 104 St Paul’s Rd, Southsea TEL: 02392 297013, www.oldvicportsmouth.co.uk

SOUTHAMPTON

l ISOBAR 100c St Mary’s St TEL: 02380 222028 l LONDON HOTEL 2 Terminus Terr, SO14 3DT TEL: 02380 710652, www.the-london.co.uk Friendly bar with regular cabaret, DJs & food OPEN: Mon-Wed 12-11pm, Thur 12-12.30am, Fri & Sat 12-1.30am, Sun 12-11.30pm FOOD: Mon-Sat 12-3pm; Sun roasts 12-3.30pm l TITANIC Simnel St, SO14 2BE TEL: 023 8021 1879, www.thetitanicpub.co.uk OPEN: daily fom 12pm l EDGE Compton Walk, SO14 0BH TEL: 02380 366163, www.theedgesouthampton.com

WEDNESDAY 1

SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Bar 150: DJs & karaoke 10pm

THURSDAY 2

THURSDAY 9

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD karaoke till 2am l OLD VIC karaoke 8pm SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Pop!: DJ 11pm l LONDON HOTEL Karaoke Cruising with Martha D’Arthur 8.30pm

FRIDAY 10

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD DJ till 3am SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Get Some: DJs 10pm l LONDON HOTEL Fairylea Friday: DJ Ruby Roo 8.30pm; cabaret: Elesha Moses as Whitney & Tina 10.15pm

SATURDAY 11

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD DJ till 3am l OLD VIC DJs all night SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE The Big One: DJs 10pm l LONDON HOTEL Guilty Pleasures: DJ Lucinda Lashes 9pm

SUNDAY 12

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD karaoke till 2am l OLD VIC karaoke 8pm SOUTHAMPT--ON l EDGE Pop!: DJ 11pm l LONDON HOTEL Karaoke Cruising: Martha D’Arthur 8.30pm

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD karaoke till 2am SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Pounded: DJ 11pm l LONDON HOTEL London Podium: Mary Mac & Drag With No Name 8pm; roasts 12-3.30pm

FRIDAY 3

MONDAY 13

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD DJ till 3am SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Get Some: DJs 10pm l LONDON HOTEL Fairylea Friday: DJ Ruby Roo 8.30pm; cabaret: Miss Tiara Thunderpussy 10.15pm

SATURDAY 4

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD DJ till 3am l OLD VIC DJs all night SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE The Big One: DJs 10pm l LONDON HOTEL Guilty Pleasures: DJ Neil Sackley & the X-Factor’s 2 Shoes 9pm

SUNDAY 5

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD DJ till 2am SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE DJs 11pm

TUESDAY 14

PORTSMOUTH l OLD VIC Quiz 8pm SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE video jukebox 11pm

WEDNESDAY 15

SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Bar 150: DJs & karaoke 10pm

THURSDAY 16

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD karaoke till 2am SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Pounded: DJ 11pm l LONDON HOTEL London Podium: Mrs Moore & Lola Lasagne 8pm; roasts 12-3.30pm

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD karaoke till 2am l OLD VIC karaoke 8pm SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Pop!: DJ 11pm l LONDON HOTEL Karaoke Cruising with Martha D’Arthur 8.30pm

MONDAY 6

FRIDAY 17

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD DJ till 2am SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE DJs 11pm

TUESDAY 7

PORTSMOUTH l OLD VIC Quiz 8pm SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE video jukebox 11pm

WEDNESDAY 8

SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Bar 150: DJs & karaoke 10pm

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD DJ till 3am SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Get Some: DJs 10pm l LONDON HOTEL Fairylea Friday: DJ Ruby Roo 8.30pm; cabaret: Rose Garden 10.15pm

SATURDAY 18

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD DJ till 3am l OLD VIC DJs all night SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE The Big One: DJs 10pm l LONDON HOTEL Guilty Pleasures: DJ Tiny 9pm

LONDON HOTEL

SOUTHAMPTON

) 2 Terminus Terr, SO14 3DT, Tel: 02380 710652, www.the-london.co.uk ) OPEN daily from 12pm. ) FOOD Mon–Sat 12–3pm; Sunday lunch 12–3.30pm. ) ONE FOR THE DIARY Sat (4) is Guilty Pleasures from 9pm with DJ Neil Sackley spinning tunes to get you moving and a live PA from X-Factor act 2 Shoes. ) REGULARS Fri is FAIRYLEA with DJ Ruby Roo spinning high camp/pure cheese at 8.30pm; CABARET is at 10.15pm: Miss Tiara Thunderpussy (3), Elesha Moses as Whitney & Tina (10), Rose Garden (17) and Vicki Vivacious (24). ) Sat is GUILTY PLEASURES with DJs from 9pm: Lucinda Lashes (11), Tiny (18) and Dazza (25). ) SUNDAY NIGHT ON THE LONDON PODIUM is with guest host Mrs Moore (5), Mary Mac (12) and Kara Van Park (19 & 26) from 8pm and guest CABARET at 9pm: Lola Lasagne (5), Drag With No Name (12), Tanya Hyde (19) and Lucinda Lashes (26). ) Thur is KARAOKE CRUISING with host Martha D’Arthur from 8.30pm.

SUNDAY 19

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD karaoke till 2am SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Pounded: DJ 11pm l LONDON HOTEL London Podium: Kara Van Park & Tanya Hyde 8pm; roasts 12-3.30pm

MONDAY 20

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD DJ till 2am SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE DJs 11pm

TUESDAY 21

PORTSMOUTH l OLD VIC Quiz 8pm SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE video jukebox 11pm

WEDNESDAY 22

SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Bar 150: DJs & karaoke 10pm

THURSDAY 23

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD karaoke till 2am l OLD VIC karaoke 8pm SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Pop!: DJ 11pm l LONDON HOTEL Karaoke Cruising with Martha D’Arthur 8.30pm

FRIDAY 24

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD DJ till 3am SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Get Some: DJs 10pm l LONDON HOTEL Fairylea Friday: DJ Ruby Roo 8.30pm; cabaret: Vicki Vivacious 10.15pm

SATURDAY 25

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD DJ till 3am l OLD VIC DJs all night SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE The Big One: DJs 10pm l LONDON HOTEL Guilty Pleasures: DJ Dazza 9pm

SUNDAY 26

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD karaoke till 2am SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Pounded: DJ 11pm l LONDON HOTEL London Podium: Kara Van Park & Lucinda Lashes 8pm; roasts 12-3.30pm

MONDAY 27

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD DJ till 2am SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE DJs 11pm

TUESDAY 28

PORTSMOUTH l OLD VIC Quiz 8pm SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE video jukebox 11pm

WEDNESDAY 29

SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Bar 150: DJs & karaoke 10pm

THURSDAY 30

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD karaoke till 2am l OLD VIC karaoke 8pm SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Pop!: DJ 11pm l LONDON HOTEL Karaoke Cruising with Martha D’Arthur 8.30pm


42 GSCENE

DANCE MUSIC BY QUEEN JOSEPHINE & KATE WILDBLOOD

ALBUMS ) The sun is out, the beats are beautiful and we are loving life in our seaside city. Yes summer has truly arrived so here’s a few wonders to perfectly soundtrack those rays. The first longplayer to get us hot under the collar this month is the delightful Body Language Vol. 18 by Tim Green on Get Physical. Whether you require lush pianos, compelling grooves and vocals or unhinged, tough, crisp tech and churning technoid grooves Mr Green will see you right. As will the mighty BPM’s of Tiefschwarz’s label and their 10 Years of Souvenir Compilation, Flavia Lazzarini’s tasty Italian Aubergine on Zig Zag, the Detroit flavours of fabric 88 Ryan Elliot, the delightful electronica of Nick Monaco’s Half Naked on Crew Love, and the remix wonders that

ensure Damian Lazarus & The Ancient Moons Remixes From The Other Side on Crosstown Rebels is a summer must play. As for our June favourites we’re loving the various artists mixed to utter perfection for Moda Black Vol IV mixed by Jaymo & Andy George, the ever on-thebutton sounds of Remixed as Skream’s impeccable label Of Unsound Mind deliver house of the bleeping brilliant kind. And as for our favourite favourite? It has to be house and techno queen Cassy and her goosebumpinducing album Donna on Aus. We. Are. Not. Worthy. Catch Wildblood & Queenie at Home Service at Patterns, RadioReverb and The Girls Dance Tent and Sunday Sundae Pride Reunion at Brighton Pride 2016. perfectdistractions.com

DJ PROFILE: PETER CASTLE As it’s summer and those evenings are just crying out for a bit of a sashay, Queenie catches up again with the lovely Peter Castle; a man guaranteed to have your weekend (or indeed your special occasion) filled with the greatest of dance-tastic grooves It’s been ages since we talked so remind us where we can catch you DJing... You can catch me on Saturday nights in Legends Basement Club, where I am now in my 10th year as the Saturday resident DJ. (Is this the longest current DJ residency in Brighton I wonder?) Any new projects in your life? Lots! Friday nights at OhSo, which started in May, called Sun, Sea & OhSo where DJ MakD and I play back to back 7pm-2am. It will be a mix of 1980s groove with dance remixes to start off the weekend party by the sea. Also a private hire service called PM-Entertainment with MakD, BenC and myself catering for all private functions. www.pm-entertainment.co.uk. What kind of music are you playing these days? Anything that keeps the crowed going; mainly chart dance remixes, house and dance classics. Fave song of all time? It’s still Finally by Ce Ce Peniston, and yes I still want it at my funeral - ha ha (finally it's happened to me!) Tune that fills your dancefloor? Well Show Me Love by Robin S wouldn't go amiss, but there are quite a few others too.

WILDBLOOD & QUEENIE’S JUNE JOLLIES ) HIFI SEAN Ft Bootsy Collins Atomium Plastique Recordings Our bearded king of the disco returns and all is atomic. ) IMPOSSIBLE BEINGS Too Late (Too Latex dub) End Recordings Contender for most addictive track of 2016. ) DAREN NUNES Al Needs Dogmatik Deep, nasty and sexy perfections from Nune’s Savage Nomads EP. ) STEREOGAMOUS ft Shaun J Wright Don't Fight It (Alinka remix) Twirl! Another sound remix from the queen of right proper house. ) XINOBI & LAZARUSMAN See Me Discotexas A lesson in spoken word house. Yes you heard it here first! ) LA FLEUR Waves Watergate Records Class delivery from our Watergate favourite. ) EARL JEFFERS Gloria Ten Thousand Yen Twisted disco to keep you grinning till dawn. ) LEMY LEOPARD & SIMBAD Vibin City Fly Deep house with a sweet soulful edge. ) DENNEY Visualise (Luke Solomon remix) Crosstown Rebels Jumpin’ Chicago grooves to keep Jack jumping all night. ) FOMO ft Chaka Khan/Taka Boom/Mark Stevens House Of Love Shaboom Sometimes in life you need a lot of divas. And we mean A LOT!

What’s so good about playing in Brighton? People want to have a good time and there’s still enough choice of venues to go to, and because I can adapt my music styles there are many choices of venues that I can play at. Your dream gig? Well I played on the main stage at Pride last year and I’ve played at some great large venues, but my fave will always be Busbys in Redhill in the 1980s, which was Rank's flagship club. Tune you wish you’d never played?Like A Virgin by Madonna - it was top of the charts at the time and it was a wedding but I didn't know the bride was pregnant. Oooops! Describe yourself in three words I hate this question, I’ll let others describe me... answers on a postcard please, bet they are all rude :-)

DJ PETER CASTLE’S CURRENT TOP SIX ) YEARS & YEARS ft Tove Lo Desire (Extended radio mix) Polydor ) BLONDE & Craig David Nothing Like This (Extended mix) FFRR ) DNCE Cake By The Ocean (Riddler Extended mix) Republic ) FREEJAK You Got The Destination (Radio Edit) Freejak ) SIA ft Sean Paul Cheap Thrills (Le Youth remix) RCA ) HERVE Bang The Drum (Extended mix) Skint


GSCENE 43 Boy George, Madonna, Marylyn Monroe, Tina Turner, Prince and Michael Jackson to name a few. They were semi-residents at the club Coasters back in the early 1980s (now Prism and The Seven Stars, on the corner of West Street and Kings Road). They were regulars at The Hippodrome in London’s West End when Peter Stringfellow owned it, as well as Le Beat Route, Bootleggers, Stringfellows and others. Dolly has performed in front of amazing crowds, including an outdoor festival in South Africa and at Gay Prides in Brighton, London and Bristol. She shared hilarious stories from her travels - one involving a king size waterbed and an expensive new keyboard at The Zanzibar (now Subline) that resulted in her peeing herself on stage. From 1992–2009, Dolly was part of a group called Dynamite Boogaloo, along with Boogaloo Stu and Dynamite Sal. They dominated Brighton’s club scene with their outlandish shows and parties. The name Dolly Rocket was created for Dynamite Boogaloo, it was adapted from a popular 1950s song Dolly Rocker which her mother used to play. Dynamite Boogaloo sporadically reunite for shows around Brighton, the next one is a special Brighton Fringe show on June 4, at Brighton Spiegeltent.

BRIGHTON BELLE Morgan Fabulous spends time in the world of the multi-talented Dolly Rocket. ) Brighton born and bred, Dolly real name Karen Sharman, went to a local Church of England school in Brighton. She explained that even though Brighton is known for its relaxed attitude to diversity, that’s not what she experienced at school in the 1960s. She faced institutional discrimination and bullying due to her multicultural background and unmarried status of her mother. By the time she got to secondary school (Margaret Hardy, then an allgirls school) her difference became even more apparent. She developed a sharp and quick wit that made her popular with the bullies and a bit of a nightmare with the teachers. Young Dolly’s unbreakable spirit and determination to be whatever she wanted led to many adventures in the years to come. Throughout her adult life Dolly has struggled with crash-dieting and extreme weight loss and gains, also trying to juggle her career with her personal life, which has been affected. She explained that she loves her career and wouldn’t change it for the world but watching her friends settle down with children and get married sometimes makes her think about an alternative version of her life. But now Dolly’s comfortable in her own skin and has to come

to terms with the fact she’ll always struggle with complications. Dolly wants to set a good example to women by embracing who she is, putting herself out there and standing up for what she believes in. She’s been inspired by many people around her that have found the courage to fully embrace themselves and by people who walk their own path in life despite what others think of them. Dolly’s career started in her late teens, when she and a few other clubkid friends were approached by a Brighton promoter to provide an opening act for a band that he’d booked to play. They threw something together and despite the chaos the crowd loved it. They realised they had something and so Liquorice Allsorts was born. Within a short time they got a big London agent with over 40 speciality acts on his books. It was the 1980s and nightclub entertainment was at its peak so the next few years were spent touring the UK, Ireland, Norway and Germany, with many international engagements worldwide. The Liquorice Allsorts were a skilled lip-syncing cabaret act, paying tribute to all the big pop acts of the 1980s and 1990s by impersonating them. No one was safe from their caricatures:

Dolly spends her time working and socialising amongst the gay community, promoting awareness and acceptance of diversity and is a firm supporter of gay rights and many charities. She feels she has matured mentally from everything she has experienced over the years, good and bad, and it’s made her a better person. Dolly currently performs at Proud Cabaret in Brighton, as well as special performances in Brighton and around the UK. Recently I had the pleasure of seeing her perform in Brighton at Patterns (formally Audio) at Dragtastic, an event by Dirty Bare who run monthly themed evenings. Having spent a little time with Dolly that week, I got to see a different side to her stage persona. Sometimes we forget that the people we see on stage have lives offstage which don’t differ that much from our own and that’s the beauty of a great performer like Dolly. When she’s on stage it’s all eyes on her, with her elaborate costumes and perfect theatrical makeup she captivates the crowd and uses all her blessings to her advantage. It was a fantastic night and so well put together, with spectacular acts and Dolly holding the night firmly together with charm, crowd interaction and performance. However cabaret isn’t Dolly’s only talent; she also starred as The Iron Lady in 9 Dead Gay Guys, a British comedy film from 2002 that won two major awards. She’s dabbled in the adult entertainment industry featuring in magazines and movies. She’s also modelled for fashion photographer David Bailey and was featured in Bailey’s Stardust exhibition in London in 2014. ) Dolly will be performing alongside Duncan James on Friday October 28, 2016 in a spectacular circus of thrills themed show in aid of The Sussex Beacon. To book tickets: www.sussexbeacon.org.uk


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ARTS

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The Gods, 10 Steine St, Brighton ) MONROE & RUSSELL (9pm, Thu 16). Laura Nixon and Kara Van Park bring vintage glamour and glitz with a modern twist to Upstairs At The Gods. Tickets £10.

Sebastian and his beautiful sister Julia. Adapted from the novel by Evelyn Waugh.

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88 London Road, Brighton Box office: 88londonroad.com ) PINOCCHIO (May 30–Jun 3). Gepetto, the old carpenter, makes toys all day but when a mischievous puppet called Pinocchio comes to life, adventure and wonder are not far behind! Join award-winning Brighton storytellers Bard & Troubadour on a truly magical journey for all ages, as Pinocchio faces scoundrels, setbacks and sea monsters on his quest to become a BENT DOUBLE real boy. In this loving recreation Komedia, Gardner St, Brighton of the classic Italian fairytale, Box office: 08452 938480 expect music, puppets - and plenty ) BENT DOUBLE (Sun 5). A gay friendly, irreverent night of fun and of audience participation! ) PETER PAN: A MUSICAL frolics hosted by Zoe Lyons. With ADVENTURE (Jun 14–Jul 3). Stiles Angela Barnes, Sofie Hagen and & Drewe's acclaimed musical Sarah Keyworth.

Theatre Royal, New Rd, Brighton Box office: 08448 717650 ) BRIDESHEAD REVISITED (Tue 7–Sat 11 ) During the midst of WWII, Captain Charles Ryder finds his past and present blur as he confronts memories of his first youthful encounter with the Marchmain family at Brideshead Castle. Falling under the spell of their privileged lives, Charles looks back at the way his own life would be changed forever by the summers spent with the seemingly charming

BRIDESHEAD REVISITED

BRIDESHEAD REVISITED

NEW STEINE HOTEL 11 New Steine, Brighton ) ROMANY MARK BRUCE (11am9pm, till June 5). Romany, creator of the Brighton AIDS Memorial, is exhibiting a new collection of vibrant abstract paintings, inspired by ecclesiastical items he’s collected over 20 years. ) GREGOIRE AUBERT QUEER SIDE

STORY (8pm June 3 & 4, 5.30pm June 5). West Side Story revisited with a queer twist! What would it be like if the musical were told as a gay story? Tolerance, love, fun and drama, is there anything gayer? That’s what you’ll find out through the exploration of the most beautiful songs ever written, with passionate dancing, exquisite costumes, banter, laughter and emotion! Tickets £10.

RUFUS WAINWRIGHT

BAR BROADWAY

adaptation joins Peter and the Darling family as they are whisked away to the famous land full of colourful characters including the Lost Boys, Tiger Lily and, of course, the dastardly Captain Hook. With a spectacular mix of swashbuckling adventure and an infectious score, Peter Pan is sure to bring forth your inner child. ) NOWHERE (8pm, Sun 26). In collaboration with Dreamland Cinema, this New Queer Cinema gem Nowhere (Gregg Araki, 1997) is an anarchic 24 hours in the lives of a group of Californian teenagers preparing for the party of the year. Prepare for your inauguration into a world of bisexual desire, polyamorous relationships, drugs, sex, and aliens. And you also get a free Tiger beer with your ticket now that's totally bitchin'.

MARK ROMANY BRUCE

Oaklands Park, Chichester, Box office: 01243 781312 ) ROSS (Fri 3–Sat 25). Arrogant, flippant, withdrawn and with a talent for self-concealment, the mysterious Aircraftman Ross seems an odd recruit for the Royal Air Force. In fact the truth is even stranger than the man himself. Firstly, he’s not officially part of the military at all, and secondly he’s certainly not called Ross. Behind the false name is an enigma, who started as a civilian in the Map Office in 1914. Despite never receiving an official commission he went on to mastermind some of the most audacious military victories in the history of the British Army, including the 1916 Arab Revolt against the Turks. These victories earned him an enduring and romantic nom de guerre: Lawrence of Arabia. Terence Rattigan’s 1960 play is an epic and probing drama,which reveals the unusual and deeply conflicted Englishman behind the heroic legend. Stars Joseph Fiennes.

ZOE LYONS

ROSS

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RUFUS WAINWRIGHT The Dome, New Road, Brighton Box office: 01273 709709 ) RUFUS WAINWRIGHT (Sat 4). Rufus has collaborated with artists ranging from Elton John, David Byrne, Mark Ronson, Joni Mitchell and Burt Bacharach. At the age of 14 he was named Canada’s best young musician and later received the Juno Award for Best Alternative Album. His album Rufus does Judy, recorded at Carnegie Hall in 2006, was nominated for a Grammy. Recent achievements include the 2012 world premiere of Sing Me The Songs That Say I Love You: A Concert for Kate McGarrigle, the feature-length music documentary that captured the May 2011 tribute concert honouring Rufus’ late mother, the legendary Kate McGarrigle.


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ART MATTERS B Y E NZO MA RRA After the inherent excitement of May’s annual festival, for June I’ve sourced exhibitions close by and short train journeys away.

CAMERON CONTEMPORARY ART Hove, www.cameroncontemporaryart.com ) The annual FESTIVAL SHOW (until Jun 19) is a well-established highlight in the exhibition calendar and this year’s selection shows stunning works from gallery artists, showcasing the skill and talent they represent, including: Faye Anderson, Claire Beattie, Lilia Umana Clarke, Matthew Draper, Dinah Dufton, Victoria Graimes, Luke Hannam, David Harkins, Kevin Hendley, Victoria Kiff, Solange Leon de Iriarte, Anne Magill, Stella Maris, Luella Martin, Dean Patman, Harriet Porter, David Storey and Kirsty Wither.

HOP GALLERY Lewes, www.hopgallery.com ) LOCUS is a solo presentation of Rachel Plummer's works, (Mon–Sat, 4–14 Jun). After the success of Incident in 2013 Rachael again re-occupies the gallery with Locus: a series of small studies, large format landscapes and discovered materials that explore the line between domestic and wild. ) DADO AID (18–26 Jun). The charity auction from 5–8pm (25 June) with bidding starting at 6pm. Dado Aid combines local and national creative talent with 100 participants showing their work as part of a food-themed ‘dado rail’ circling the gallery, sharing the space with a number of high-profile contributors, with all profits going to the Lewes Food Bank and the national food bank charity, The Trussell Trust. To donate a picture, visit: www.DadoAid.com/getinvolved

RACHEL PLUMMER

and a f**k you to the brownies and the cubs. With music from The Spire, St Marks Chapel, DJs: Sina Sparroww (Debbie, Eastern Rd, Brighton, BN2 5JN butchcamp.brownpapertickets.com Homo Superior) and Alex Spinks (Traumfrau, HOGP); live shows by ) BUTCH CAMP! (9.30pm-3am, Sat 11) Butch up your camp, camp queerqueens Alfie Ordinary, Drag Prince Boy extraordinaire, up your butch! Screw homo #notjustfabulous and Victoria Sin, normativity and join the queer Female Drag Queen, #queerasfuck. scouts for a one night summer A night to experiment with your camp of music and dancing. It's inner lipstick butch, your the gender-bending, homoflamboyant masc, your stud friendly, queer-encouraging, bifemme, your girly woodsmen, and celebrating and unbranding summer camp you have never been your misc 4 misc. Make up your own uniform, and join the ranks of able to attend. It's your revenge Camp Butch! against the boys/girls uniforms,

KIRSTY WITHER

TRAUMFRAU

SONGS WITHOUT BORDERS

) The Rainbow Chorus have established a monthly singing group, RC+, following a recent award from the Rainbow Fund, for anyone wishing to develop their confidence and play a part in the full Chorus programme. Marina Llamas Barco, participant, said: “These sessions are great to develop my confidence and raise my game to play a full part in the Chorus. They are a great stepping stone.” Aneesa Chaudhry added: “The sessions are aimed at anyone who wants to join the Chorus, not everyone can commit to a weekly rehearsal, so it’s a great way to keep in touch. New singers, particularly members from the Trans community, are finding them a supportive space to find their voice.”

Arundel, www.theprojectgallery.co.uk ) NATURE - PROVIDER & RECLAMER (4–25 Jun) will include works by Matt Bodimeade and Anna King. This contemporary art gallery, established in 2014, provides a platform for emerging to mid-career artists. and is set within a Georgian house, on the high street in the heart of the historic town of Arundel. The original drawing rooms to the front of the property, with their high ceilings and panelling, have been transformed into a modern forum for contemporary art.

JERWOOD GALLERY Hastings, www.jerwoodgallery.org ) THE PAINTER BEHIND THE CANVAS (until 10 Sept). A two-room display of self-portraits collected by the writer Ruth Borchard (19102000), these will be exhibited alongside other paintings the artists created that are held in the Jerwood Collection. There are 100 British selfportraits in the Borchard Collection, the majority of which are from the 1950s & 60s and capture artistic influences from Camden Town, Expressionism, The Euston Road School and Kitchen Sink. This exhibition includes artists such as Maggi Hambling, Michael Ayrton, Euan Uglow, Alberto Morrocco, Keith Vaughan and Anne Redpath.

RUTH BORCHARD

) The Rainbow Chorus will also be crossing borders this summer on a trip to Amsterdam where they have been chosen to take part at the International Choir Festival during the Euro Pride celebrations, a huge honour and a mark of their growing reputation.

PROJECT GALLERY

ANNA KING

St George’s Church, St George’s Road, Kemptown www.brownpapertickets.com ) RAINBOW CHORUS SONGS WITHOUT BORDERS (7.30pm, June 25). Collect your musical air miles on this tuneful trip around the world, from New Zealand to Zimbabwe (with several stopovers along the way!) in the company of Rainbow Chorus, led by musical director Aneesa Chaudhry and renowned accompanist Mojca Monte. BSL interpreter Marco Nardi will interpret each song and the performance will feature songs performed by the Chorus in Sign Supported English. Tickets: £14/£10 concs/£7 children.


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) Last month I reviewed Canadian pianists Louis Lortie and Hélène Mercier in a great recording of Rachmaninov – this time it’s music by Francis Poulenc (1899-1963). Poulenc is one of those composers whose music is so distinctive that it could be by nobody else. There is a certain combination of quirkiness and wit, but combined with such imaginative use of harmony, and he often sneaks in sudden moments of heartfelt beauty that creep up and surprise you.

perhaps at its most extreme. In the first movement we go from madcap film chase music straight into a heartfelt, highly romantic central section. Lortie and Mercier capture these mood changes well, and support from Gardner and the orchestra is at all times spot on. The Balinese gamelan effect at the end of this movement is enchanting, the theme anticipating the riot that is the finale. But before that comes a seemingly simple Mozartian movement that gradually morphs into something darker and slightly twisted. The finale is action packed, full of great tunes, and all concerned have great fun here. The disc is rounded off with three works for just the pianists, firstly the Sonata for Piano Four Hands, and then two short pieces for two pianos. Its pleasantly simple Naïf central movement is sandwiched between two energetic and spiky movements.

The late Élégie is altogether more romantic and lush, a memorial to a The Piano Concerto was composed close friend, Marie-Blanche de as a showcase for a tour in Polignac, who died the year before. America, with a tongue in cheek Finally, L’Embarquement pour reworking of Way Down Upon The Cythère, at just over two minutes Swanee River in the finale, and it is is a jolly waltz and a perfect certainly great fun and somewhat encore piece, delicately and light in spirit. Yet even here, there expertly performed by Lortie and is subtlety in the understated slow Mercier here to round off a great movement, to which Lortie and collection of performances of such the BBC Philharmonic, under individual music. If you don’t know Edward Gardner, are certainly Poulenc, this is a great place to wise. start. Chandos CHAN10875 In the Aubade, a ‘Concerto ) Composer Kenneth Hesketh choréographique’ the balance is (b.1968) was born in Liverpool, perhaps the other way around – and has a strong established there are lighter moments, and his career, composing music in many spirited style makes appearances, genres, including opera, orchestral yet the music is altogether more and vocal music. dramatic, despite the sparse He also trained scoring for just the piano and 18 as a pianist and instruments. The story of the percussionist, huntress Diana and her doomed and pianist Clare love is told through sparse and Hammond, for often harsh orchestration, but the whom he wrote final dénouement is highly the central work sensitive and affecting. Here Lortie on her new disc and the BBC Philharmonic players of his music, points out that this is perform with great ensemble and apparent in his writing for the precision, perhaps focusing on the instrument. harsher side of Poulenc’s writing. The disc opens with a literary In the Concerto for Two Pianos, inspired short work, Through the combination of Poulenc as Magic Casements, and draws on slightly crazy joker with a more Keats’ Ode To A Nightingale. It has introverted, emotional soul is

CINEMA ) You can see Rossini’s opera Il Barbiere di Siviglia (The Barber of Seville) live from Glyndebourne, starring Danielle de Niese as Rosina (Tuesday 21). ) You can also catch Massenet’s Werther live from the Royal Opera House, with Vittorio Grigolo in the title role, as well as Joyce DiDonato as Charlotte (Mon 27). Both in local cinemas Duke’s at the Komedia Brighton, Cineworld Eastbourne, and the Connaught Cinema, Worthing.

DANIELLE DE NIESE

REVIEWS

CONCERTS ST LUKE’S CHURCH Queens Park Road, Brighton. www.stlukesconcerts.webeden.co.uk ) Jazz pianist Joss Peach (aka Rowlf, often seen in North Laine…) performs original music inspired by Phillip Glass, Keith Jarrett and Penguin Café (7.30pm, Fri 3). ) Then Klio Blonz (flute) and Grace Mo (piano) perform Bach, Hummel, Schumann and Fauré (7.30pm, Fri 17).

JOSS PEACH

B Y NIC K B O STO N

VITTORIO GRIGOLO

CLASSICAL NOTES

movement, ‘like an evening full of the linnet’s wings’ (a reference to a Yeats poem). Hammond seems fearless in achieving the requirements of these incredibly Horae (Pro Clara) (Breviary for challenging pieces. Despite also Clare), the most substantial work being somewhat challenging for here, is a sequence of twelve short the listener, when taken as a pieces, together forming a breviary, whole, this set is highly effective or book of hours. Hesketh employs and offers a wide range of effects a startling array of sonic and moods. techniques, using the extremes of Notte Oscura is a piano the keyboard (notably in No. 8) transcription of an interlude from and pushing the pianist to Hesketh’s opera The Overcoat, incredibly virtuosic displays. He creates ghostly soundworlds (such after Nikolai Gogol, and very as in No. 1), and has the ability of effectively conjures up the vast icy landscape and a sense of menace shifting from evoking the ‘tiniest humming bird’ (No. 2), to creating to come. disturbing, anxious moods (No. 6). The Three Japanese Miniatures that complete the disc again push the bounds of technical limits for the pianist. They are in fact fragments from a larger puppet ballet in progress, and one can immediately imagine the images of sprites and daemons conjured up here, bringing the disc to an imaginative close. If you want to hear fearless virtuosity from an expert pianist, in music that pushes the boundaries of what you might expect from the instrument, In No. 8 he explores ‘intertwining then this is highly recommended. chime clocks’ which gradually BIS 2193 SACD become out of sync, once again unsettling the listener. This also Reviews, comments and events: includes moments where the v nicks-classicalpianist has to pluck and brush the notes.blogspot.co.uk strings inside the piano. No. 10 t @nickb86uk has a darkly relentless sense of ) nbclassical@hotmail.co.uk a dreamlike quality, with the nightingale singing from the upper reaches of the keyboard with increasing feverishness.


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GEEK SCENE COMICS & GAMES BY CRAIG STORRIE

COMICS ) This month sees the release of the latest Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle film, Out of the Shadows, which is the sequel to the film that, quite honestly, not many people liked. From long-time fans to turtle newbies, they all seemed to not enjoy the Michael Bay-produced reboot of the long-standing franchise. I for one didn’t mind the film, the action and pacing was pretty good, although the new designs of the turtles seemed a little off and it was dumb that Shredder looked like a Transformer. The new film will feature the same characters that were in the original movie whilst adding a few fan favourites such as the mutants Bebop and Rocksteady, the villainous Baxter Stockman and the sports obsessed vigilante Casey Jones (who is being played by Arrow star Stephen Amell, which is perfect casting if you ask me!) If you’ve been living under a rock for the past 30 years, let’s go back to the beginning and the original comic that started it all. TMNT, created by Kevin Eastman and Peter Laird back in 1984 and published by Mirage Studios, was a one shot parody of many different comics of the time, mostly taking the piss out of Daredevil and writer/artist Frank Miller. For example Daredevil fights evil ninjas called the Hand whereas the turtles battle the Foot clan, get it? The original comic’s success and popularity inspired many a spin-off and led to a comic run that would last right up until 2009. The original comics were all in black and white and were much darker than any of their spin-off counterparts with the turtles freely killing their enemies and blood flying everywhere. The original comics still stand up today and more than deserve to be read either in their original black and white style or the recent releases that collect different arcs in graphic novel format and lovingly fill the stories with colour. Most TMNT fans first became aware of the mutant ninjas by watching the original animated series from the late 1980s. The cartoon began in 1988 and was a massive hit straight away with kids of all ages, which made the franchise into a huge worldwide success overnight. This helped the series to continue on until 1996 where the cartoon ended after 10 fantastic seasons. After the series was sold in 2009 to Nickelodeon the rights to the comics were now with IDW Publishing who put out their own series in 2011 that re-imagines the origins of the turtles and many other aspects of the series. The IDW Turtles mixes stuff from the original comics and the animated series to create a new storyline that has been amazing since its first issue. The art and writing are constantly spectacular and manage to bring the Turtles’ origins right up to date keeping the series feeling fresh and a must read for any comic fan!

GAMES ) Due to the huge success of the Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles comic and even more so the animated series, there were many different types of media and collectables revolving around the story of the ninja turtles. Arguably the most successful of these were the video games based on the TMNT series, which themselves cover many different genres of fighting games. From scrolling fighting games to one-on-one tournament fighters; if it involves weapons then the turtles have tried it. The first ever game based on the turtle quartet is 1989’s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles by Konami (get used to that title as many of the later games are also called this!), which itself is based on the TV series opposed to the comics. Originally released for the Nintendo Entertainment System, it found its way onto most platforms of the time such as the Commodore 64 and the ZX Spectrum and was a huge success. Taking control of the turtle of your choice you navigate the mission map defeating enemies whilst moving from mission to mission. This section is controlled using an overhead view and switches to a side scroller once you jump into the missions. This game is notable in its sharp difficulty level with the second half of Mission 2 still being rated by gamers to this day as one of the hardest levels ever in a video game. Even though it’s a difficult and mostly frustrating experience the game does capture the fun of the TV series with each of the turtles having their own strengths and weaknesses. It even has a rendition of that famous theme tune whilst venturing across the map! Possibly the greatest and most fondly remembered TMNT video game is 1992’s SNES port of the arcade game, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles: Turtles in Time. Being based once again on the TV series this game follows the turtles as they attempt to take down Krang and Shredder after they steal the Statue of Liberty (just go with it!). The game is a scrolling fighting game a la Streets of Rage or Final Fight but can support up to four players (two in the SNES version) with each fighter taking control of one of the turtles. Each turtle has their own strengths and weaknesses and trying all of the characters out and learning these is all part of the fun. The graphics are bright and colourful like the show and it even has the voices from the TV series uttering some of the turtles‘ more famous catchphrases as you battle the hordes of the Foot clan and some recognisable enemies from the TV show. Whilst the original SNES game is only available on that platform you can download an enhanced remake on Xbox 360 or PS3 which features new graphics recreated in 3D, all the levels from the arcade version and taunts and quips rerecorded by the 2003 series cast. Notable Mentions: TMNT: Mutants in Manhattan, TMNT Tournament Fighters, TMNT: Out of the Shadows


48 GSCENE patience of a saint… I can be a little difficult to live with in the run up to a show… apparently! How, when and why did you become involved in the Actually Gay Men’s Chorus? For many years I sang with companies such as Opera North and the D’Oyly Carte Opera Company, performing all over Europe and the USA, working with many accomplished performers and musical directors. As a result of this experience, and having by this time settled in Brighton, I was approached in 2005 by Chorus founder and the first Chairman of ‘Actually’, John Hamilton, to become Musical Director of what was originally called the Brighton & Hove (Actually) Gay Men’s Chorus. Over the past 10 years the name of the Chorus has evolved into what is now the ‘Actually Gay Men’s Chorus’. John and I wanted to build a Chorus, which developed vocal ability and confidence through great music and inspiring tuition, whilst providing a fun, social and confidence-boosting environment. Through regular performances our aim was to offer members the opportunity to raise as much money as we could for Brighton’s gay community and other local organisations.

SONG FOR A NEW WORLD The many talents of Jason Pimblett, in conversation with Craig Hanlon-Smith ) Brighton is home to a host of LGBT organisations and societies, not merely bars and dance clubs, but support and sports groups in equal measure. One of the most successful initiatives in the past 15 years has been the rise of the LGBT choir, but Brighton, often one to punch well above its weight, has them in abundance. One of the most notable has been the Actually Gay Men’s Chorus with their visits to Downing Street and recordings for Universal Records. Their equally colourful musical director, Jason Pimblett, is stepping down after 10 years in charge, so I caught up with him to discuss projects past, future and, of course, Maisie Trollette.

Why after 10 years of being musical director of ‘Actually’ have you decided to step down? It has been a very difficult decision which took a lot of soul searching, but I honestly feel that the time is right. The Chorus has been a massive part of my life since 2005 and I believe that 10 years is enough for anyone to be musically and artistically in charge of a creative organisation like ‘Actually’. I feel we’ve achieved so much together, but that it’s now time that the Chorus had a new voice in charge, with fresh ideas and a new energy. I also owe it to my long-suffering husband Peter. That wonderful man has had the

Now that you’ve decided to move on, reflecting on your time together, what have been your highlights with the group and why? In 2009 we performed On the Beaches to commemorate the anniversary of the outbreak of the WW2. We invited Dame Vera Lynn on the off chance that she’d be able to attend and it meant so much to both audience and cast when she arrived. Her entrance into St Andrew’s received an impromptu standing ovation. I think she particularly enjoyed Maisie Trollette’s rendition of Marlene Dietrich’s Falling in Love Again, which was comedy gold. Maisie has been a great supporter to me personally and to the Chorus over the past 10 years. She’ll be reprising her ‘Marlene’ in our 10th Anniversary Show alongside Chorus patron


GSCENE 49 and artistic advisor Gerry McCrudden, who will be repeating his Winston Churchill (that’s worth the ticket price alone!). We’ve sung at the Foreign Office, the Royal Academy of Music, the Royal Pavilion as well as having had the opportunity to record an album with Universal Records. It was also a delight to be invited to Number 10 Downing Street for a guided tour and also an honour to attend a garden party at Buckingham Palace in recognition of my work with the Chorus. In January of this year we sang at the Brighton Dome accompanied by the London Gay Symphony Orchestra, which was a wonderful experience for all involved. The whole evening was compered by the incredible Miss Jason. Jason has done so much to help the Chorus over the last few years and I’ll always be grateful for his generosity, support and friendship. You’re known for having an unconventional repertoire, which has included the work of Radiohead and David Bowie to name but two. How do you decide the work that the chorus will explore and ultimately perform? I choose music which I admire, which will be enjoyable for the guys to sing and which I believe will have appeal to our audiences. My personal tastes are predominantly classical,

operetta and musical theatre. As long as a piece has a good tune and it’s arranged well then there’s no reason any piece of music can’t be attempted. The songs you picked out were on the Universal album and although I was dubious about them at first as they would never have been my first choice, I’m glad to say that it was an exciting challenge and that the results were great… so I’m happy to say I was wrong. How would you say the group has evolved whilst you have been working with them? Over the years the shows we’ve put on have become more ambitious, membership has increased and singing and performance skills have developed. The Chorus has become a strong group both musically and socially and work incredibly hard to perform at such a high standard. We’ve been so lucky in the last 10 years, in that we have been resident at St Andrew’s Church, Waterloo Street in Hove. It’s an incredible venue, which has allowed us to build up a solid audience base and a real feeling of belonging within the local community.

In the United States, initially New York in the early 1980s, gay men’s choral groups were set up as part of the community’s fight back in the face of AIDS. What do you consider to have been (or to be) the purpose of these groups in the UK today? For many people there is an immense feeling of solidarity, confidence and raised selfesteem, gained by performing and inspiring others as part of a big group. Choral groups offer an alternative to a traditional gay scene of pubs and clubs which for many people isn’t all that they want. The repartee and camaraderie which develops when 40 gay men rehearse together every week can be very funny. In recent weeks there have been media reports to suggest singing (as part of a choir) has been proven to improve the health of those diagnosed with life threatening conditions. Why do you think that is? Choral singing for two hours every week is a good workout and can help breathing, blood flow, stamina and muscle control. It’s also good for the mind and the soul. Choirs are not just organisations where people turn up and sing. Life partnerships and friendships are formed and hidden skills are brought out of people that they didn’t even know existed. That can do nothing but enhance one’s health and happiness In a BBC interview some years ago you were quoted as saying "When we started the Chorus, part of what we wanted to do was to help to break down some barriers and misconceptions of what gay people are." What are those misconceptions? That we only like ABBA and Kylie! We always wanted to challenge negative stereotypes by

showing that a group of diverse gay men, working together could be strong, masculine, aspirational and talented. How far do you think those misconceptions still exist? I think they’ll always exist to some extent though I hope that what we’ve achieved and the music that we’ve performed over the past 10 years may have gone some way to addressing that. There’s been a great deal of social and political change designed to benefit the lives of our LGBT communities in the past 15 years. What do you think we’ve gained and what do you think we have lost? Obviously civil partnerships and gay marriage have made a massive difference to how gay people are viewed and treated within society. Gay characters and presenters (even sports stars) on TV and in film are now everywhere and totally accepted. I don’t think all the changes have been for the better though. I think the rise in social media has severely impacted the gay scene for the worse… maybe I’m getting old! What does the future hold for you? Following It’s Bound to be Right on the Night [Jason’s farewell extravaganza in mid-May] there will be a definite rest for the summer with plenty of gardening and large vodkas and coke! I’ll still be busy with private tuition. I’ll be looking forward to going and cheering on the Actually Gay Men’s Chorus at their next major performance and from my heart I want to thank them all for the last 10 years and wish them and their new Musical Director continued success and happiness for the next decade.


50 GSCENE drag. The international flavour also demonstrates the impact of drag and its performers in global media culture and features Brighton’s very own sexy Chanteuse Le Gateau Chocolate in voluptuous sassy glory. It answers its own question with a huge sequinned high-heeled ‘because we CAN!’. Hastings, one of the UK’s leading photographers from the last decade, describes himself as ‘a celebrity photographer with a thing for drag queens’, but honey those words are far too small for the glory of this divine book.

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) SPACECRAFT by John McCullough (Penned In The Margins, £9.99) John McCullough’s first collection of poems, The Frost Fairs, won the Polari First Book Prize and captivated readers immediately with his delicate, comprehensive and utterly deceptive and subtle use of words to capture the momentum of love in our lives. McCullough turns his deviously calm mind to the subject of space in this collection, the stuff that separates us, connects and divides, illuminates us, suffocates and ultimately defines us. A central sequence concerns the death of his first partner from an AIDS-related illness and the book uses punctuation, obsolete words and physical printed space to navigate the white space of the page and the distance between people. Margins, edges and coastlines abound in John McCullough’s tender, humorous explorations of contemporary life and love. Encompassing everything from lichen to lava lamps, and from the etymology of words to Brighton’s gay scene, Spacecraft is a humane and spellbinding collection.

) SPEAK MY LANGUAGE & OTHER STORIES edited by Torsten Hojer (Robinson, £10.50). Brighton boy Hojer has curated this wonderful anthology of clear LGBT short fiction from voices covering a broad reach of queers’ experience and life, taking in generations, identity and culture. Stephen Fry’s foreword describes the stories as ‘offering a surprising sense of shared identity’ and the narrative subjects are wildly dissimilar but all come back to the point of view of the queer life lived well. This a great anthology covering all types of writers from the established to the new with a few classic writers who laid down the foundations for LGB authors included. This is a vital, vibrant and utterly enjoyable book which should grace every queer’s bookshelf or travelling bag.

engaging book celebrates families of all shapes and sizes. With a page to each story, huge full colour fun illustrations and some upbeat stories, it covers all types of modern and post-modern families and the ways in which our LGBT community raises healthy, welladjusted and diverse families. Recommended for younger readers and anyone with children, this book explores family life. Collins adapts her fun style, a cross between Quentin Blake and Dr Seuss, to the various ways that families interact and grow. Collins adds humour, subtle insight and knowing experience to make it a pleasure to read for both younger readers and adults.

) WHY DRAG? by Magnus Hastings (Chronicle Books, £22.50). With a waspish foreword from Boy George, this book establishes itself as a force to be ) ROBOT TAKEOVER by Ana reckoned with and is as fierce as Matronic (Cassell, £14). Covering those celebrated in it. It’s a real 100 popular iconic robots of page-turner and the images are popular cultures, mythologies and excellent, from the cover to end sci-fi predications, Ana Matronic, plate - thoughtful, insightful and singer with the Scissor Sisters and full of humour. There are profiles, noted transhumanist, loves our interviews and reflective pieces automatic overlords and goes into about the nature of drag and how details about the robots’ evolution, it changes the performers, the their intentions both evil and audience and society. It’s full of banal, and features some of the drags' queer wisdom and never movies’ most engaging robot stops short of celebrating all the characters. The first 60 plus robots delightful infinite variety of being come from the world of fiction, exquisite, beautiful and stunningly which delighted me for ages as I ploughed through the full colour and informative double page on each robot. The final 30 robots are from the real world and show how slowly but surely the automatic world is becoming as everyday and acceptable as the fiery technology of printing once made books. ) ALL YOU NEED IS LOVE by Shani Collins (£7.50 + P&P directly from Shanni.collins@mac.com). Written and illustrated by local author and illustrator, this excellent and

) OUR YOUNG MAN by Edmund White (Bloomsbury, £16) Some authors don’t need an introduction and White is one of them. His latest book covers the life of gorgeous Frenchman, Guy. He goes from industrial city to top model in New York, becoming the darling of Fire Island's gay community. Like Wilde's The Picture Of Dorian Gray, Guy never seems to age. At 35 he’s still modelling and enjoying lavish gifts from older men - though their attentions always come at a price. Ambivalently, Guy lets them believe, driven especially by the

memory of growing up poor, until he finds he needs the lie to secure not only wealth, but love itself. Surveying the full spectrum of gay amorous life through the disco era and into the age of AIDS this is a tour de force of delicate narrative tension held up to the light and prised open to our minds. White is delicious, his prose wrapping itself through and into the story like embroidery made of glass, all transparent, brittle and sharp. This is a throbbing, candid, piercingly erotic, breathtakingly intimate story which hides behind nothing but its own delusions. It’s mirrors and smoke again for White, a theme he loves, and the way intention, direction, desire and fate all combine to present the world to us. This is White at his very best. I was seriously impressed, once again.


GSCENE 51 witness. Nurse Benedict Henry: “I remember the first time I witnessed it [electrical aversion therapy]. I thought it was barbaric, I mean I remember thinking ‘where was the treatment?’ The young lad nearly jumped out of his skin with the jolt of the first shock. You could see it was almost mental torture waiting for the next one!”

HOW TO CURE A QUEER Dr Tommy Dickinson talks to Craig Hanlon-Smith about his new book Curing Queers. ) Since the repeal of Section 28 in November 2003 (June 2000 in Scotland), there has been much progressive social change for the LGBT community of these islands to celebrate. The rights of same-sex couples to adopt, the introduction of sexual orientation as a protected characteristic in the workplace, Civil Partnership, and of course most recently SameSex Marriage. Hard to imagine then, that less than half a century ago, the medical profession in Britain was a strong advocate of the kind of sexual deviance curing therapies we now consider reserved for the developing world or the extreme conservatives in the United States. In his illuminating book, Curing Queers, Doctor Tommy Dickinson explores just that. “The full title,” he tells me, “is Curing Queers: Mental Nurses and their Patients, 1935–74. In 1935 Louis Max published the first report on aversion therapy being used to ‘cure’ homosexuals, and it wasn’t until 1974 that homosexuality was removed by the Americans from a recognised list of mental illnesses.” What is fascinating about the book is that it focuses on the actions of the nurse practitioners and the relationships they had to both their patients, and the aversion therapy role they were expected to fulfil. The result transcends the historically accurate account. It is deeply personal and profoundly moving. The research took three years and is predominantly centred around the collation of oral history from patients who had survived the therapies, and their nurses. Consequently at the time of interview, participants were aged between 65 and 97. Probably one of the better known stories of reparative therapies is that of Alan Turing. The Second World War code breaker, Turing, was arrested after his relationship with another man was exposed and prosecuted. Turing himself opted for Oestrogen rather than a prison sentence and whilst the injections lowered Turing’s libido they also led to the

growth of breasts and depression. Although following his death in 1953 the coroner recorded an open verdict, it has been widely argued since that he committed suicide. I asked Dr Dickinson if any such stories stood out form his own interviews and research. “The majority of the participants in my study received chemical aversion therapy such as that administered to Alan Turing, but this was by no means standard.” Reparative therapies at this time could just as easily be electrical aversion therapy as across the country there were no general protocols or medical guidelines for such treatment. “One of my interviewees, Percival Thatcher, described his experiences as totally depersonalising and was one of many to recall his treatments in macabre detail: ‘I can still taste the vile taste of stale sick in my mouth. All I wanted was to wash my mouth out with fresh water but I wasn’t even allowed that. I was not allowed out for three days. I had to lie in my own faeces, urine and vomit. It was like a torture scene by the Gestapo in Nazi Germany – I thought I was going to die.‘” Curing Queers does not only address the aversion therapies associated with homosexuality but also transsexualism. One of Dickinson’s subjects, Greta Gold, reflects: ‘I remember sitting in a room on a wooden chair ‘dressed’ [wearing womens’ clothes], but I had to be barefoot as my feet had to touch the metal electric grid. My penis was wired up to something to measure if I got an erection. I felt totally violated. I remember the excruciating pain of the initial shock. Nothing could have prepared me for it. Tears began running down my face and the nurse said: ‘What are you crying for? We have only just started’.’ The patients in Dickinson’s research are only a part of the study, examining the role of nurses is a central feature. Some of the nurses clearly found the therapies equally distressing to

It’s suggested in his study. but even clearer when we meet, that Dickinson holds the subversive nurses whom whilst in their roles rebelled against their instructions for the benefit of the patients, in high esteem. Nurses such as Benedict Henry again who remembers ‘Even though we were not really supposed to, I tried to sit down with the patient and offer them support’. Dickinson states: “I was impressed with their independent will and although these therapies were part of the medical status quo at that time, the so-called subversive nurses put the humanity of their patients first. I found that fascinating.” Whilst these therapies in the UK are recorded here as part of an historical past, the chemical and electrical aversion therapies have been replaced across the world with psychoanalytical alternatives and herbal ‘gay’ remedies. As recently as 2015, President Obama spoke out against the rise of conversion and reparative therapies for transgender, gay, lesbian, bisexual and queer youth in America. And whilst there are few official records of such therapies succeeding, Ugandan Presidential candidates actively campaigned in this year’s elections on the need to ‘correct’ homosexuals through the setting up of reparative centres. In the UK, MP Stephen Crabb, the newly appointed Work & Pensions Secretary recently told The Telegraph that he neither supports nor endorses ‘gay cure’ therapies, after he was found to hold close links with Christian Action Research & Education (CARE) who have held events seeking to ‘cure’ LGBT people. As recently as 2012, Mr. Crabb, a serving politician, was accepting paid interns from the organisation. Dr Tommy Dickinson: “The rhetoric regarding sexual deviants during the 1950s and 1960s created a favourable social and political context for the chemical and electrical treatments. This resulted in a set of actions that, on reflection, were ethically unjustified, brutal and harmful to the patients receiving them.” As the World Health Organisation removed homosexuality from its list of mental disorders almost 26 years ago, it is time for international governments to publically oppose the rise of 21st Century reparative therapies and ‘gay-cures’, and to do so in law.

INFO ) Curing Queers: Mental Nurses and Their Patients, 1935–74 by Tommy Dickinson is published by Manchester University Press and now available in paperback.


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things that might ail you if you believe in the restorative qualities of alcohol. The Top of the Rock is widely billed as having the best 360° views in NY, given that it overlooks the ESB. But it will cost you $27 dollars to get to the observation deck at the summit of the 259m, 70-floor Rockefeller Centre. There are better options… Bar 65 Rockefeller Centre offers the same unobstructed views for the price of a cocktail, which start at $20. That’s the sneaky cheap way to do it, with added booze, but get there early as punters are catching on (it opens at 5pm). Even when you can do them cheaper, some things you simply have to pay for. But if you’re on a budget, there are plenty of ways to do New York essentials for free.

NEW YORK Jaq Bayles takes a big bite out of the Big Apple and digests the hidden gems of the city that never sleeps.

However you approach it, the Big Apple offers more juicy bites of adventure than your average Granny Smith does sugar content, but where to begin?

STATUE OF LIBERTY

But what abut the stuff the songs and movies don’t tell you? A block is never as short as it looks on the map; a short-stack of pancakes is practically the height of the Empire State Building; you will get chatty with Irish bar staff who will insist on buying you drinks; you will get drunk – although not as drunk as the bride-to-be who is on the bar top pouring a bottle of wine all over herself. Oh, and if you go in February chances are it’ll be colder than The Day After Tomorrow.

My brief for this piece was to present five things to do in New York that don’t involve the Empire State Building. Practically impossible – I’ve already name-checked it twice and we’re under 200 words in… So let’s go against brief for a moment. You HAVE to do the ESB, and not just for the views, which are almost unparalleled (more of which coming). What you tend not to see in the movies is the interior – a knock-your-socks-off feat of Art Deco design. The main thing you don’t see from the ESB is… the ESB. But there’s one place you can go to remedy that – and other

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) New York probably has more givens than any other city in the western world. So good they named it twice, concrete jungle where dreams are made of, never sleeps (wish we’d remembered that one when we were hanging around till 8am in our hotel room for somewhere to open where we could get a cup of tea), favoured date spot of King Kong.

Looking for Lady Liberty to shine her light on you but don’t want to fork out the $17 to get you up close and personal (plus the cost of the boat fare to get you there)? The Staten Island ferry is your free pass. The big red boats that run a constant Staten Island to-and-from service take you right past Liberty Island, with views every bit as good as those from the Circle Line tour. And did I mention the free-ness? If you feel like splashing out on the Circle Line all-islands tour, you’ll get two and a half hours of commentary as you wind your way through


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Need more of an Art Deco fix than Midtown’s ESB or Rockefeller Centre can deliver? Get your walking shoes on and head to nearby Grand Central Station, with its fabulous vaulted ceiling, while just over the road the Chrysler Building rises up from its central lobby, Deco down to the floor tiles. Free, free, free. Central Park? Free. But lord knows we’ve all seen enough of that on TV, so give your imagination a break and head to Chelsea where the High Line beckons – a one-and-ahalf mile elevated section of a disused railway spur, redesigned and planted as an aerial park. It’ll give you views over Liberty Island too if you jump on near Chelsea Market, the giant urban food centre that’s as much a feast for the eyes as it is for the appetite. You don’t have to pay to look… Not too far away there’s another feast for the eyes in the shape of the Flat Iron building. Indeed, it’s its shape that draws the crowds – an odd triangular effort that soars above Madison Square Park (one of many New York spaces described as a ‘park’ that wouldn’t stand muster under a UK definition – mostly handkerchief-sized squares of scrubland with a smattering of benches), where you can admire the architecture over a Shake Shack burger at the original site of the chain that evolved from a hot dog cart.

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Which brings us on to ways of sustaining your calorific intake as you navigate those blocks that all look so tantalisingly close to one

another on the map. If you’ve got deep pockets and like fine-dining, New York has no shortage of Michelin-starred eateries and popular brunch bars – but book ahead. If you’re dollar-light the choices aren’t lacking either – except in actual nutritional content. Budget eating is as lacking in greenery as the parks, although we did see an egg-white omelette with broccoli go out of our favourite breakfast diner on one occasion. Indeed, 24hour diners are cheap enough to be cheerful at any meal, as long as you only want to eat eggs, whether they’re over-easy, scrambled, boiled or whipped up into a pancake. Most hotels, certainly in Midtown, don’t do breakfast, so diners are a good bet here. And if you happen to be heading back to your hotel drunk after a night in one of those Irish bars there’s no end of pizza joints that’ll serve you up a mega slice of your favourite toppings for a small amount of cash. You won’t remember the exact cost and you’ll probably wake up to pizza crusts at the foot of your bed, but at least you’ll have lined your stomach. Albeit after the event. If you’re looking for a more sophisticated drinking occasion, join the wolves of Wall Street in the cocktail bar that was named second best in the world in 2015's The World's 50 Best Bars list – the Dead Rabbit Grocery & Grog in Downtown Water Street. Now on three stories, it’s the middle Parlour bar that serious cocktail imbibers queue to get into and where the seriously experienced ‘tenders will talk you through your sip of old New York as they mix it up. The atmosphere is buzzy and the décor dark, moody and sumptuous, accompanied by

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the maze of New York’s islands with the views from the water giving you a different perspective on the city – but be warned, much of it will mean nothing to you unless you happen to be an afficionado of American baseball teams.

inventive tapas plates that escort the 72 “historically-accurate” cocktails. Downstairs, the financial centre’s finest jostle for elbow room over craft beers and whiskies of the world in the Taproom. While you’re in the area, get your photo taken with the famous charging Bull of Wall Street, check out the budget-priced Century 21 department store (if you can cope with the hoards of bargain hunters and can bear waiting in the long checkout queues) and feel reflective in the 9/11 Memorial & Museum. If art and culture are your things, you’re spoilt for choice throughout the city. Midtown’s Museum of Modern Art is a must, the Metropolitan Museum of Art will take most of the day to get through, while the Guggenheim is worth a look just for the Frank Lloyd Wright designed building itself. The American Museum of Natural History will take you right back to childhood with its dioramas of stuffed animals and its dinosaur skeletons. Whatever you do in New York, take your sensible shoes – you’ll clock up more miles than you expect.


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SHOPPING WITH MICHAEL HOOTMAN

) PENDA’S FEN (BFI blu-ray). Alan Clarke’s Play for Today, first broadcast in 1974, is certainly the kind of programme that couldn’t possibly be made now, even in this ‘golden age’ of television. A metaphysical drama, it centres on a priggish teenager (Spencer Banks) whose certainties about religion, politics, sexuality, and England itself are destroyed when he is visited by both angels and demons. Its 90 minutes are dense with themes ranging from man’s destruction of the Earth to Manichaeism from Socialism to Christian heresies from the power of the occult to the nature of identity. It’s absolutely baffling yet will stay with you for days. ) FEAR EATS THE SOUL (Arrow blu-ray). Fassbinder’s homage to Douglas Sirk has an ageing woman in 1970s Germany falling in love with a much younger Moroccan immigrant. Although the director has a slightly austere reputation this succeeds even if watched purely as a romantic melodrama. Its two protagonists are depicted, for the most part, with a real tenderness as their relationship meets the hostility of work colleagues, family and pretty much anyone they meet. If the film explicitly examines German racism, it also looks at the manifest flaws of its two heroes. One toe-curling scene has Emmi showing off her lover, making her friends feel his muscles, like a plantation owner in Mandingo. A heady mixture of interracial and intergenerational love, petty spite, intolerance and choosing a restaurant frequented by Hitler as the place to have your wedding meal. ) 1900 (Eureka blu-ray). Bertolucci’s fivehour epic looks at the rise of Socialism in Italy by focussing on two boys born on the same day: Olmo (Gérard Depardieu), who is born to a peasant family, and Alfredo (Robert De Niro), the son of a wealthy landowner. Earthy, operatic, magnificent and absurd, it’s an impressive, yet flawed, epic. Its two leads are both poorly defined as characters and it’s not particularly subtle either: the Fascist villain played by Donald Sutherland shows you just how evil he is by squishing a cat to death using nothing but his head before going on to sexually molest and kill a young boy. The women fare a lot better: Dominique Sanda as a futurist poet who marries Alfredo is striking, as is Alida Valli as a woman slowly driven mad. Though Laura Betti comes close to stealing the film as Alfredo’s evil cousin who seems to be modelled on Lady Macbeth. ) Pizza Erasers, £1.99 (Pen to Paper, 4 Sydney Street, Brighton, 01273 676670)

) Penguin Ice Bucket, £44.95 (Edited, 3 Gardner Street, Brighton, 01273 604006, editedbrighton.com) ) Palm Tree Candlesticks, £44.95 (Papillon, 8 Union Street, Brighton 01273 720333)

) Coffee Scoop and Bag Clip, £20 (Workshop 13a Prince Albert St Brighton 01273 731340 workshopliving.co.uk)

) Porcelain David Bowie Plate, £20 (Pussy, 3a Kensington Gardens, Brighton, 01273 604861)

) Ceramic Parrot, £11.99 (England at Home, 22b Ship St, Brighton, 01273 205544)


GSCENE 55 the European Union and say the USA, is that however together we may appear in Europe, we all retain our own distinct identities, France is French, Greece is Greek and Wales is Welsh. The union links but does not define the core of who we are. That is why as a gay community we are more akin to the European Union than to the USA. And as with our European neighbours in the spirit of how and why the union was set up, we the LGBT community will do the same for one another irrespective of our Bear, Cub, Twink, Trans, Butch, Femme, Jock, Geek, and Drag homeland.

CRAIG’S THOUGHTS Bearing Up. Or Together Apart. By Craig Hanlon-Smith @craigscontinuum ) Communities are seldom born over night but are the fruits of evolved labours for perhaps decades. Take the European Union, its origins stem back to a distraught war-torn collection of countries who in the midst of near bankrupt exhaustion came together to say never again. Whatever your position on Europe, or view of its current construct in the run up to the referendum, original intentions were both honourable and a desperate necessity. What is disappointing, but not altogether unexpected to note from both the ‘leave’ and ‘remain’ arguments, are their negative statements concerning a victory by the other side. I am yet to see a pro-European rally to remain, that focuses entirely on exactly why we are better together, that celebrates, nay even lists the benefits of our collective union. Commonplace are the apparent looming disasters of departure and an imminent collapse of the housing market, a rise in the cost of living and the threat to our national security if we dare to go it alone. Similarly from the break-up team, rather than outlining the potential successes of separation, we hear the politics of fear most notably wrapped around the pressures put upon our public services at the hands of the free movement of people - immigrants. Vitriolic assertions that had we joined the shared currency (we didn’t) we would be in the same boat as Greece (we’re not), and that just as with the remain team, if we don’t leave, this will be a threat to our national security. I find myself having to decide on the future of our European status based on whether or not, to use Boris Johnson’s analogy, I want to be a hostage passenger held at gun point in the back of a diplomatic vehicle driven at speed across Europe by the likes of Angela Merkel, or locked in the downstairs toilet with the afore mentioned Boris, Michael Gove and Nigel bloody Farage. I write as Zac Goldsmith, following his defeat in the London Mayoral Election packs his bags

for Panama (possibly). A defeat so spectacular for one who began the race as the favourite, that I feel certain Mr Goldsmith is curled up in a ball somewhere in West London hugging his knees and sobbing for Mama or at least on speed dial to his therapist. I hold little sympathy for the buffoon who throughout the election pedalled fear, thinly guised racism and separatist politics that included suggesting that should Sadiq Khan be elected we would all be blown up by brown people the next time we got on the bus to Paddington. Even Mr Goldsmith’s own sister Jemima has disowned his approach, suggesting the politics he employed were designed by a team of spin doctors rather than the family Zac we all know and love. Although as a Brighton resident I am not able to vote for Mr Khan, Mr Goldsmith or any of the also rans, I know of many South London residents who speak very highly of Sadiq Khan as their local MP. A politician who angered conservative members of his own religious community, by openly supporting same-sex marriage and the LGBT population of London. And so to us, the fairweather collective unfolding tight-tees and steam pressing vesttops as the summer Pride season is almost upon us. By the time you read this, Birmingham will have done and dusted Lisa Stansfield in the name of LGBT solidarity and we’ll be hurtling towards our Brighton Bear Weekend. Where as a collective we start to break off and divide into clichéd archetypes, demonstrating to the wider world that we too are beginning to break up into small separatist islands of individualist community, and I for one am glad. The difference for me between

During the May day bank holiday weekend, in Brighton two young men, two of all of our kind, had the living daylights beaten out of them by separatists. Less than a week later another individual in his twenties was attacked, outside a gay bar. Jumped, punched, kicked and stamped on by harbingers of misery and division, intent upon highlighting difference and infiltrating our established land of diversity, with hate and discrimination. But we the established collective of respect and tolerance, of love and understanding, of hope and freedom shall not be shaken from our resolve. Our LGBT differences in shape, size, taste and flavour, not to mention our gender or nonbinary description thereof stand tall with these young men who through no fault of their own fell victim to violence, and we call them our friends, our family and our future. When you jumped on them, you jumped upon me, when you punched them in the mouth, you raised your fist at me, when you kicked their eyes as they laid in the street, you kicked each and every one of us. And to those who came to the aid of our friends, who picked them up in the street and called for help; you helped each and every one of us to know that we matter, and that we are cared for. And so to those who wish to destroy us, and everything we have become, to shatter our foundations with their fists, feet, sticks, stones or imaginative threats unimaginatively shared, you will not win, nor gain ground, your dark days of division are done. And we both understand and forgive your violence, your vicious physical assault, your punches and your kicks, your aggressive shouts and poisonous slurs, as these are a desperate attempt to be heard with a voice that is suffering under the limits of its own infection. And so to our summer of events, our seemingly separate island communities, from Bear Weekender to Transgender Pride, whether we feel we belong in your fold or not, we should, we must and we will support them all, because we are stronger, nay better, together.

“Our LGBT differences in shape, size, taste and flavour, not to mention our gender or non-binary description thereof stand tall with these young men and we call them our friends, our family and our future.”


56 GSCENE time? No Olympic athletes anymore but a Christ-like man dying of AIDS - his father holding onto his head as if there were something he’d forgotten, or never managed to tell him. Remember how cheated we felt? How incensed we became? Not long after that you began, for some reason, to get bigger and bigger. I was horrified when you stopped going to the gym and began ‘porking up’. I told you to shed some weight because we had to be even healthier in those dark times. But, as always, you had other ideas. For a while it was beyond me why you even wanted to look like a Redneck. But then I somehow got it. After a while I did see your vision of healthiness in your new huge body. I knew that it was possibly the end result of that long winter of Hi5 and AIDS that we’d shivered through together. I remember you saying that it wasn’t just another body fad - that your size was a statement of your survival.

CHARLIE SAYS Dear Daddy Bear, remember me? Asks Charlie Bauer Phd http://charliebauerphd.blogspot.co.uk ) I thought of you the other day. The press have been having a field day in London about two men kissing in what’s considered to be a ‘public gay space.’ That is, they were in a Gay Venue adjacent to Gay Corner in Soho-mo. When I saw them in the paper, I thought their only crime might be that they looked like a pair of straight boys. I visited the same pub last week and as I wandered down Old Compton Street afterwards, I noticed that the majority of the men appeared to be quite young and healthy looking. What really hit me was that they all seemed to be so clean and shaved. Even in Compton’s after 10pm, I could hardly see any hair at all. I stood by myself at the bar and thought of our times at the Lone Star in San Francisco all those years ago - round about the time you were trying to cultivate your Redneck body. It made me quite teary wondering where you’d gone, Daddy Bear. Only last week I was trying to explain to a Gay-Identified first-year student a little bit about our collective history. This young guy said he’d never really heard of HIV (or Hi-five as our friend Normy calls it). I was a little shocked. I asked him if he knew what a Bear was. You can imagine his answer. “How about an Otter?”, I said. He replied that it was something like a wet rat. I had to put him straight… I told him that before ‘Bears’ there used to be ‘Clones’ – muscled, badass men with moustaches, smelling of poppers and sex. Nothing was ever taboo with Clones. These boys put what effort they had into their bodies

- gone were the limp-wristed ideas of prize queens - they were the sexual warriors from the shadows. Sometimes they were shaved, sometimes not. But they were always hypermasculine – think Tom of Finland in 3D. I told the student how consumerism then took us over (he had no idea who Ronald Regan was) and how those gorgeous, mustachioed, macho heroes morphed yet again. I handed him a copy of a 1982 GQ that I keep handy. He studied the back page for a while, then ran his index finger down the smooth torso of the chiselled tanned man before him, stopping only at the white undies. I remembered when I first saw the Bruce Webber billboard of the pole-vaulter in his tiny-whitey Calvins - I couldn’t believe that there could be anything more perfect that breathed oxygen. Then, before we knew it, everyone was at the gym and Polk Street was awash with Calvin Klones - all fuelled up with the pink dollar. Happy times! But no matter how hard we pumped, we never looked as buff as the pole-vaulter - or as handsome. Then something happened in the period between the Death of the Adonis and our arrival into the Bear Pit. Do you remember seeing those Benetton billboards for the first

In another letter you told me that being a Bear made you closer to Heterosexually-Identified men because there was never any threat. You told me that Bears got more straight sex because there was never a clash of masculinities (I dreamt on that one for ages!) You said that being a Bear was about as male as you could get while still being ‘gay’. You told me that Bears were narcissists. You told me that most Bears were white; that they were more often than not, professionals. You told me that Bears weren’t as wild as we think because Bears were always urban. You told me that Bears were reductive and GAY- depoliticised. You told me that porn had become too ‘shaved’ and hence, unnatural. You told me that Bears were the finest assault to the over-groomed and more virile than the bubble-butts could ever be. You told me that Bears were the way forward. Anyhow, when I looked back at the student he was staring back at me in horror - the beautiful pole-vaulter having slid to the floor between his feet. I wondered if he’d ever find a true hero. Maybe he never will… Are you still there, Daddy Bear? Can we kiss in public now? Charlie B (Remember me?) Dear Daddy Bear first appeared in Gscene in 2011. Since then it has been republished in print and as an audio essay recorded and broadcasted globally from KPFK in Los Angeles. It has been syndicated on American radio alongside audio essays from Rachel Maddow, Anderson Cooper and Bill Maher. Happy Bear Week everyone x

“You told me that Bears were the finest assault to the over-groomed and more virile than the bubble-butts could ever be. You told me that Bears were the way forward”


GSCENE 57

WALL’S WORDS

GAY WISDOM

BY MIKE WALL

BY GAY SOCRATES

WHAT DOES A BEAR DO IN THE WOODS?

TEDDY BEAR GOES TO CHURCH...

) If you go down to Brighton today, you're sure of a big surprise. If you go down to Brighton today, you'd better go in disguise! For every bear that ever there was, will gather there for certain, Because today's the day the Bears have their party.

) Once upon a time there was a little teddy bear who was an only child. His daddy was a lion and his mummy was a unicorn. His daddy was ferocious and wild and his mummy was very - well - pink and fluffy. His childhood was untroubled and carefree. His mummy used to dress him up in pink and fluffy clothes and all the little girl animals at school loved to play with him. They would braid his bear-hair tying it with rainbow ribbons and everyone thought that Teddy Bear was soooo cute.

Party time for all types of Bears, All of the Bears are having a lovely time today, Watch them, catch them unawares, and see them party on their weekend. See them gaily gad about, they love to play and shout, they never have any care; At six am all the naughty bears will take someone home to bed, because they're frisky little Bears.

Every Bear who’s been bad is sure of a treat today, There's lots of marvellous things to do and wonderful games to play, Beneath the bushes where nobody sees, They'll hide and seek as long as they please 'Cause that's the way the Bears have their party. Party time for all types of Bears, All the Bears are having a naughty time today, Cuddle them, kiss them everywhere, And see them party on their weekend, See them happily strut about, They love to play and shout, they never have any care; At six am all the naughty bears who have not been to bed, Will soon return to their lair. If you go down to Brighton today, you'd better not go alone! It's lovely down in Brighton today, but safer to stay at home! For every Bear that ever there was will gather there for certain, Because today's the day that all types of Bears have their party. Party time for all the Bears, All types of Bears are having a lovely time today, Fondle them, snuggle them everywhere, And see them frolic on their holiday. See them drunkenly fall about, they love to play and shout, They never have any care, at six am all the playful bears, May be out clubbing instead, having more than their share.

Then came the time for Teddy Bear to go to big school. It was different there and on his first day all the other animals crowded round him in his pink knitted shorts and his pink fur cap. They said ‘That’s not the way bears dress. You should be ferocious and wild like your Lion daddy’. Teddy Bear burst into tears. He was confused and upset and when he got home he ran to his room and wouldn’t come out. He made up his mind there and then that although he did love pink and fluffy he was going to be ferocious and wild from that day on and he wasn’t going to have anything to do with those girls any more.

“It was different there and on his first day all the other animals crowded round him in his pink knitted shorts and his pink fur cap...” As the years went by he began to realise that he was drawn to the boys and their ferocious and wild ways, in the way that the boys were drawn to the girls and their pink and fluffy ways. He noticed too that there were some pink and fluffy boys who were also attracted to the ferocious and wild boys. Pink and fluffy boys made him feel uncomfortable and he decided he wouldn’t have anything to do with them either. But the ferocious and wild boys began to pick up that there was something not quite right about Teddy Bear and though they were friendly towards him they didn’t invite him to their ferocious and wild parties where the pink and fluffy girls liked to hang out. Teddy Bear left school as soon as he could hoping that life would be easier as a Grown-Up. It was tough pretending to be ferocious and wild but the shame of that first day at Big School kept him well away from pink and fluffy whenever it came his way. One day when he was feeling particularly lonely, sitting on a park bench and wondering if he would ever be happy, he saw a teddy bear just like him walking straight towards him. He smiled and sat right down beside him. ‘Hi my name is Ed, you look to me as though you’d enjoy a teddy bear’s picnic’ Teddy was mystified ‘What’s a teddy bear’s picnic’ Ed laughed ‘Oh it’s just a chance to hang out with other teddy bears. In fact there’s one in the Woods and it’s happening today!’ Teddy could hardy contain his excitement What? Just teddy bears hanging out? ‘Yup’ said Ed ‘all ferocious and wild!’ ‘What, no pink and fluffy anywhere?’ ‘Nope-none’

Every Bear who’s been horny, is sure of a treat today, There's lots of marvellous things to do, and lots of ways to go astray, Beneath the bushes where nobody sees, they’ll flirt and tease as long as they please, 'Cause that's the way the Bears have their party. Party time for all types of Bears All the Bears are having a raunchy time today, Watch them, catch them by their hairs, and see them frolic on their weekend, see them wishfully stomp about, they love to play and shout, They never have any care, at six am all the wicked bears will probably be ready for bed, because they're tired little Bears. So if you go down to Brighton today, you'd better not go alone! It's lovely down in Brighton today, you may even bring a Bear home! For every Bear that ever there was, will gather there for certain, Because today's the day that all types of Bears have their party.

‘Wow’ said Teddy ‘sounds amazing’

Have a Happy Bears Weekender everyone!

Continued at http://www.gaysocrates.blogspot.co.uk


58 GSCENE crossed my mind that I needn't have bought any special high rise feeder as everything I'm able to attract seems perfectly capable of walking over to the food. I obviously need advice. A quick perusal online recommends I offer the horrid worms but have to soak them first. No, honestly, lifting a packet of them from a shelf would be too much and then conveying them home and rehydrating them unthinkable. The birds are going to have to find their own real live ones. Though if I did happen to be so inclined I can order them online from a website that cheerfully promises to deliver them 'live and wriggling to your door!' There's even food for them too. Buying food for the worms that will be food for the birds is a concept my mind finds unsettling and my stomach even more so.

SHARP WORDS Del Sharp on Spring, bird feeder envy and building an oasis for birds of the feathered variety. ) Sharp Words has been excitable and twitching lately, though not involuntarily. It's not an ailment, I mean - well not one of them. Spring has sprung and I've taken an interest in the great outdoors. Meaning I like to stand against the radiator and look out of the window from time to time. To the front I watch destructive feral schoolchildren spitting and pulling up pampas grass (I do live in the suburbs after all), to the rear I can survey a lovely garden, green, lush and full of budding new life. Obviously I want to make some contribution, it takes a lot of hard work to develop a garden and I wanted to do something that would allow me to get back on my preferred side of the window as rapidly as possible. Not content with just a plain old bird table I decided to buy a grandly named 'bird feeding station' - a wonderful construction with several elaborate arms that hold dishes and hangers that I filled up with fat balls, nuts and seeds. None of those dried worms though as they make me feel ill and I can't even look at them in the shops. Once the station was generously loaded I waited... for some days. Then I was rewarded by a flock (technically a murmuration, although probably they became that on the way home) of starlings flapping and bickering and swinging off my feeders. Eating it dry in fact.

I shouldn't have been disappointed because they're still birds, but what I'd been hoping for were tiny pretty little singing things that might cock their head towards me while I gazed in wonder, rather than a pack of meaneyed predators savagely snatching at the suet and glaring at me. After a couple of days I was left with a station left askew, empty and tattered. After straightening, cleaning and reloading my beacon to rare flying creatures, there were more guests. Two fat pigeons, resembling grey rugby balls more than anything avian, no dainty perching on anything for them, just sat in the middle of the feeding dishes and ate. Too unwieldy to nibble on the special seeds to look after their feathers they're more than happy to tuck into stale bread and crisps, with an appealing way of kicking what they want onto the ground so they can just amble among it and browse, more buffet than à la carte. Well they frightened off the murmuration and don't seem bothered about the equally rotund squirrels that hang precariously underneath the dishes and who also seem thrilled about tossing my offerings onto the ground. It has

A visit to a garden centre of dizzying proportions beckoned. They would surely stock everything bird related and hopefully not still moving. What I realised I didn't need included statues of baby gorillas, meerkats in superman outfits, bear cubs and sinister looking pixies. What I found for birds made my little setup look quite inadequate. Feeders four times the size of mine, nesting boxes with webcams, hanging swinging bird tables, nutcake with insects, peanut butter with mealworms (I might not notice they're in there but I'm still not buying) and an impressive range of seeds for specific birds. There was a blend each for robins, finches, songbirds and bluetits. Obviously the birds must know which is their own designated food and wouldn't dream of pinching anyone else’s... There was also something just for ducks and swans, but it would be cruel to lure them into the garden when there isn't so much as a pond. Now I know what to do and what I should be putting out for my feathery friends I'm sure it'll be no time at all before the garden will be a haven for all flying things (except flies, they make me a bit queasy too). It will be an oasis of sweet birdsong, golden shafts of sunlight and the gentle sound of tiny wings. I haven't seen the starlings for a while and feel a bit guilty now for not being more welcoming, but I'm sure they'll be back once I've got my new seeds out - after all they can't read, can they?

“They're more than happy to tuck into stale bread and crisps, with an appealing way of kicking what they want onto the ground so they can just amble among it and browse, more buffet than a la carte”


GSCENE 59

GOLDEN DAYS

HOT GOSSIP

BY STEVE ASHFIELD

BY MICHAEL STEINHAGE

MOVING TO BRIGHTON

DEAR MR SCHMIDT...

) One day in January I woke up in Southampton ready to go to the theatre. I didn’t make it and when I put my weary head on a pillow around midnight I’d moved to Brighton. Just like all those people who decide to move to this city, it’s not been easy living on a gay scene much larger than anything I’ve ever experienced.

) I've done it! The whole 13.1 miles, in under two hours! Sorry, I guess you’ve no idea what I'm talking about. Do you even remember me, Mr Schmidt? It's been almost 20 years. Do you remember the skinny, gangly boy with floppy hair and absolutely no co-ordination? Who wore T-shirts several sizes too large, always got picked last when we played football? And because life is funny like that, we had to end up together, didn't we, Mr Schmidt? The boy who couldn't throw, catch or kick, and the most militant of all PE teachers!

When I was growing up in Northamptonshire in the 1970s there was no gay scene to talk of. No gay bars or support groups, just a lonely existence trying to cope with my sexuality. There was cruising and cottaging but little else. I didn’t really get a taste of a proper gay lifestyle until I moved down south, first to Portsmouth and then Southampton. It was a whole new life but nothing like living in Brighton. I haven’t been on the gay scene for a few years so suddenly moving to Brighton really is like starting all over again. With the move being so unplanned I didn’t even have anywhere to live and everything I owned was in two shoulder bags. Thankfully, I could afford hotel accommodation but didn’t imagine doing that for the next 69 days before moving into a studio flat. One week I slept in five different beds, that hadn’t happened since my early days on the gay scene in Portsmouth! How many times do people find that living their dreams just isn’t the same at all when it really happens? I’d always thought of retiring to Brighton, I just got here a few years early I guess. How is it so different? Well I never saw a local newsagent in Southampton selling poppers and there was a distinct lack of advertising posters for gay websites.

“I’d always thought of retiring to Brighton, I just got here a few years early” I’d been to Brighton for Pride events and written articles about the scene, but actually living here is totally different. It’s like a chocaholic moving into a chocolate factory, so many opportunities and you just don’t know where to begin. I’ve been careful not to overdo things. Just because the apple tree has had a good harvest it doesn’t mean you have to eat every single one. If you’re new to Brighton as I am, take it easy, partying till 3am and beyond every night just isn’t going to work. When I moved to Portsmouth I contacted the local LGBT switchboard for advice. I’ve followed the same pattern in Brighton and it’s definitely helped. It’s important to read as much as you can about the scene before venturing out onto it. Brighton is a bit lonely when you arrive in the city totally unprepared for the move and not knowing a single person. The help I’ve received from Brighton Gay Elderly Men’s Society (GEMS) and other local groups along with the venues has really been appreciated. Has my life changed? You bet it has. I wasn’t having a great time living in Southampton hence the sudden move and my confidence was taking a bashing. That Saturday when I just decided it was time to start all over again, I couldn’t have imagined what lay ahead in my future. I lost most of my possessions but I got a new life in return. If in January you’d told me in early March I’d be taking part in the BLAGSS Bowling Extravaganza for the Brighton GEMS I would never have believed you. Moving here has been an adventure as it is for anyone deciding to relocate to Brighton. In three months I’ve only really scratched the surface of the Brighton LGBT scene, heaven knows what else is going to happen in the future.

I remember that first lesson. I was 15 and had just started at my new school. There was excitement in the air, everyone was keen to see what the new kid could do and for once, yes, just that once, I got picked first! As good as that felt for a second, it soon filled me with sheer dread, because I knew how this story was going to end, and it wasn’t with a ball in the net! A little disappointed perhaps, but nevertheless quickly resigned to the fact that I wasn’t going to be another star player on their team, the other boys, and life, carried on. I was lucky to be ignored. It took me a while, didn't it, to teach you that I was just not cut out for this sporty stuff you had us do. I recall we came to some sort of agreement in the end. I’d ‘forget’ my PE kit every other lesson, and you’d grumble a bit, then give me a terrible grade on an otherwise flawless report card. On occasion I’d throw a ball, in completely the wrong direction, or come last in the 100 metres but I’d give you something to assess, and you’d nod briefly and not say much more about it. But guess what, I am sporty after all! Behind those two left feet (and arms and legs) and those oversized T-shirts, a runner was hiding! I can run, Mr Schmidt! Admittedly not as fast as some, but I can keep going, and going. And this year I ran a whole half marathon, what do you say about that! Not that I blame you, how were you to know of this potential inside me? By the time I got to you it was much too late, I was already convinced that I was awful at sports and had you suggested running to me then, I would have sneered sarcastically, and once again forgotten my PE kit.

“But guess what, I am sporty after all! Behind those two left feet (and arms and legs) a runner was hiding!” But I'm not awful! Life took a few fortunate turns here and there, getting a dirt cheap gym membership through a flatmate revealed exercise classes where all you have to do is pick up weights throwing or catching not required! Then a fling who made me buy proper trainers and run after him for a while, you know how it is I’m sure. Slowly I began to forget those hours of humiliating team sports and those countless times I finished last, and that made it possible for me to not laugh and instantly dismiss the words ‘Why don't you join our running team?’. And so I did! I ran for charity, and for myself, and you know what, Mr Schmidt? I’ve never been prouder, and I think if you knew, you’d be proud of me too. I’m no longer awful at sports, because I ran a half marathon, and I feel great because if I can do that, who knows what else I could do!


60 GSCENE

SAM TRANS MAN Dr Samuel Hall talks about institutionalised transphobia in medicine and why there is still hope yet! ) There are some monthly themes that fill me with ideas for my column and others that I find a little harder. More taxing in intellectual terms, usually because it’s a subject or area that I’m not so familiar with. This month is one of those. Bears. A wonderful part of the LGBT community, with a set of values that I find admirable. In the words of a friend and colleague, who himself is very much a Bear, “the scene emphasises camaraderie and relationships other than sexual ones”, and this I find heartwarming.

to deliver and ridiculing those who are involved. It has always been the case; I remember as a young medical student the fascinated disdain with which senior colleagues would refer to such-and-such a surgeon who did ‘sex-change’ operations at Charing Cross Hospital. I honestly don’t think attitudes have changed much in the intervening 25 years; although there has been progress at an organisational level, there are still a lot of doctors out there who are openly transphobic. I know. I’ve met them.

Such is my ignorance that it was only in Barcelona on honeymoon last month, that I realised when visiting Sitges that Bear Week(end)s are an international phenomenon and not just confined to Brighton! I do know that the local bear community is heavily involved in fundraising and supporting the wider LGBT community and that I like the people I have met, and that perhaps as my transition fades into history I will find more and more in common with this hairy branch of gaydom.

I’m much more optimistic about younger medics who have grown-up in the era of gay emancipation, and are somehow infinitely less judgmental than their senior peers, but there’s still a long way to go. Some brave doctors have crossed over to the other side, and find themselves on the receiving end of questions that aren’t appropriate, demands that are unreasonable, and nosiness that is frankly rude. This is coming from ever wider circles of interested parties.

The Bear colleague is an exceptionally courageous one in my book, a psychiatrist who works at the world famous Charing Cross Gender Identity Clinic in London. He’s one of a small number of clinicians who has found his way into the rapidly developing field of gender medicine - a speciality which doesn’t actually exist in its own right yet, but which almost certainly will in the near future. I don't know his back story, but I do know that it takes a special kind of physician (or surgeon) to get involved with this area of work. Such is the level of ignorance and prejudice in the profession that those who choose to work in this field are sadly subject to transphobia by association, and it’s often very subtle. I see transphobia in medicine as institutional, concerning funding and resources, commitment

Transgender ‘politics’ is hot stuff right now, TV shows, documentaries, news items and surveys abound, local and national government are jumping on the bandwagon, and anyone who works in the field, whether or not they are trans-identified themselves, is potential cannon fodder. We all need to be careful who we’re talking to and what their motives are for quizzing us in the first place. The dirt will lift to the surface. Thats what happens when you start ‘talking’. It’s all good though. I’ve watched psychiatryBear’s progress on social media for some time and I can safely say that here we have an impressive and forthright advocate for trans people who isn't afraid to put his neck on the line, calling out transphobia whenever he encounters it. Big shout out to Dr Stuart Lorimer. Keep up the fight laddie!

As usual I’ve managed to twist the conversation, or monologue, back to my very own soapbox. I’ll try to finish with Bears... Another lovely one came to our rescue recently. After a whirlwind wedding in April, my beautiful wife and I escaped on honeymoon, leaving our three boys in the tender loving care of a Bear who confessed his dislike of children but his yearning to be in charge of ours for a week! I think he saw it as a personal challenge, and he really lived up to it.

DORSET GARDENS METHODIST CHURCH

FOR NON-BINARY TRANS PEOPLE

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is a safe and confidential space to explore issues around gender identity. Facilitated peer support is an important element, as well as providing access to low-cost psychotherapy and speech therapy.

Here in the UK, my surgical colleagues are becoming aware of the need to institute ‘succession management’, ensuring that they are recruiting and training colleagues to take up the slack as they approach retirement, and of course to help alleviate the waiting lists that are beginning to rise to an unmanageable level. The physicians, mainly psychiatrists for historical reasons, who are involved in gender medicine, know that their waiting lists are rising exponentially and that new ways of recruitment and working in this field are inevitable and utterly essential. Timely treatment in the right hands is often lifesaving.

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Since it’s not a speciality that is recognised in medical training, there’s no pathway for clinicians to train in transgender medicine, no formal teaching of students or GPs, and no recognition of the need to recruit and replace those who retire from practice. In New Zealand the only surgeon who was working in this field has recently retired without a successor, leaving hundreds of desperate transwomen on the waiting list for an operation that is unlikely to become available to them any time soon. Unless, of course, they can afford to leave New Zealand and pay for surgery elsewhere.

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Because the NHS has only recently (2009) recognised the right for trans people to have their treatment, gender identity clinics are now all over the country and access to care is much better than it was in the past; but the numbers seeking treatment in the past three to four years has escalated rapidly, resulting in demand far outstripping supply. Gender clinics remain the poor cousin of the NHS, with money flowing via Mental Health Services, somehow perpetuating the myth that gender dysphoria is a psychiatric illness.

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GSCENE 61

TWISTED

GILDED GHETTO BY ERIC PAGE

POLICE LGBT

LIAISON TEAM BY PC SARAH LAKER & RORY SMITH

THE THREE POINT FIVE BEARS

WORKING TOGETHER

) Once upon a time there were three point five Bears, and I know that’s a difficult figure for Bears to cope with, not being blessed with the biggest brains or the best mathematical minds in the beariverse. But bear with me Ursine friends and think of it as two paws, a foot and a bit. You can stop counting now, that’s it.

) Rightly, the community, encompassing the wider city of Brighton & Hove, have been horrified to read of two separate, unrelated homophobic assaults that took place in May. Images of two young men brutally attacked after enjoying a night out in Brighton have shocked many, incredulous that a city called the ‘gay capital’ could be host to such violence. If that wasn’t bad enough, it happened again, less than a week later.

These Bears were called One, Two, Three and Point Five. Four had been caught with its paws in the honey pot and was spending an enforced holiday at Bearcamp, not as you might imagine with a squeal and gasp, a new place to sidestep in sequins and (deeply un) ironic checked shirts, but an establishment of her Majesty’s pleasure; and not, once again as you might imagine, a place of Queens and laughter, with tickles and giggles thrown in, but a place of correction. (And not as you might envisage correcting of spelling or grammar, particularly never-ending sentences disguised in parenthesis), no. One was one hell of a Bear, big, tall with an exceptional double layer of fur the envy of all the other bears. One, who, being a Queen could use the majestic plural, could leap eight foot out of the water chasing seals and had the best bile in the Occident, although wisely kept it under his Kippot.

“There is more mention of Bears in the Bible than there is of gay people” Two was the only right-handed Bear in the world and rightly shunned by the rest of the Bear Community as being a freak, aberrant, against the natural order and not the kind of Bear to be seen hanging out the back of another Bear with… He was also nocturnal, which is usually not a problem for Bears but as Two was trying to study physics this did prove to be a hurdle. Three drank heavily and spend all his time on apps looking for company. Point five; named after their wonderful song Plantigrade Locomotion, hit the Ursine charts and held the number one spot over The Bear Necessities until it was stolen by a squawking Scottish midget from Lennoxtown who overheard it being sung by the last Brown Bear in East Dunbartonshire, reworked it and cashed in. Three or more Bears together is called a sleuth, which is a lovely word but rarely used. There is more mention of Bears in the Bible than there is of gay people, but perhaps that just goes to show that either God loves Bears more than Queers or ancient Israel had a much wider diversity of animal species than anyone realises, although Ber (‫ )רעב‬is a widely used Hebrew name and there’s some famous rabbis called that and one or two gay ones also. They have nothing to do with the story of the three point five bears, at least nothing apparent. The rabbis would argue, as they tend to do, about the interconnectivity of all things, the all encompassing knowledge of God and the need for a good ending to a story, they might well be right, they often are. I prefer to be exquisite and never explain.

The problem of homophobic hate has never gone away. Many of us in the community have experienced it. We’ve perhaps mineralised it, thinking that it wasn’t much, merely water off a ducks back. Or perhaps we’ve encountered a nastier more violent form, and somehow believed that we deserved it and internalised the message it sent. In either case, perhaps we didn’t tell anyone because we thought no-one would care and nothing would get done. We might even fear that we’d be subjected to yet more humiliation, but this time from public services. People are eager for updates when they hear of high profile incidents and want to know how the investigation is progressing. Unfortunately we’re not always at liberty to tell the public. We’re bound by the law and what powers we have to detain and question suspects. Anyone who’s seen 24 Hours in Police Custody will know that we have a time limit before we must release or charge a suspect. We also need to maintain confidentiality of all those involved and would not name a suspect until at least they are charged for an offence. What you might not know is that in Brighton & Hove we have other options at our disposal that can help reduce re-offending and provide reassurance to the community. The Brighton & Hove Business Crime Reduction Partnership (BCRP) is a non-profit group which fosters good working relations between police, the council and businesses, including licensed premises; bars and clubs. The BCRP attends police briefings and operation planning meetings for the nighttime economy in order to share information, including problem places, persons and intelligence. The BCRP has a broad membership, which includes several LGBT venues, many of the seafront clubs and other venues throughout the city. I’m pleased to say with the help of the BCRP, the suspects from both May attacks have been banned from their venues for 12 months. If there’s any positive aspect to learn from the attacks in May, it’s the response from the public. Witnesses on the scene flagged down police and Legends’ door staff helped detain them. Moreover, we have a city where people no longer turn their heads the other way (as they did in the bad old days), but are actively coming to aid victims. People come up to me to ask what they can do to help. We need everyone to report instances of homophobic, biphobic and transphobic crimes and crime related incidents so that we can work with partners to bring an end to violence perpetrated against our community.

APRIL STATS ) In April we had 18 homophobic and transphobic hate crimes and incidents. Cases were of harassment, verbal abuse, graffiti, criminal damage, anti-social behaviour and assault. The vast majority took place around where people live or interaction with neighbours during daytime, with only one relating to the nighttime economy.

CONTACT INFORMATION ) We both have Facebook profiles and a page – our usernames are: PC Sarah Laker and LGBT Caseworker Rory Smith, 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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SERVICES DIRECTORY LGBT SERVICES ) ACCESS 4 ALL LGBT disabled people’s forum. Safe, welcoming, support, activities, awareness. Tel: 07981 170071 or email stevenwithn@talktalk.net

) ALLSORTS YOUTH PROJECT Drop-in for LGBT or unsure young people under 26, Tues 5.30-8.30pm. Tel: 01273 721211 or email info@allsortsyouth.org.uk, www.allsortsyouth.org.uk

) BRIGHTON & HOVE POLICE Report all homophobic, biphobic or transphobic incidents to: 24/7 assistance call Police on 101 (for emergencies 999) • Report online at: www.sussex.police.uk LGBT team (not 24/7) email: LGBT@sussex.pnn.police.uk • LGBT Officer PC Sarah Laker on 07912 893557 • LGBT Liason Rory Smith on 07912 893006 f Brighton LGBT Police t @policeLGBT & @PCLaker

Gardens, Brighton. Lunch £1.50. Tel: 07846 464384 or www.lunchpositive.org

) MINDOUT Independent, impartial info, guidance for LGBT people with mental health problems. 24 hr confidential answerphone: 01273 234839 or info@mindout.org.uk www.mindout.org.uk

) PEER ACTION Regular low cost yoga, therapies, swimming, meditation & social groups for people with HIV. peeractionemail@gmail.com or www.peeraction.co.uk

) RAINBOW FAMILIES Support group for lesbian and/or gay parents. Tel: 07951 082013 or info@rainbowfamilies.org.uk www.rainbowfamilies.org.uk

) SOME PEOPLE Social/support group for LGB or questioning aged 14-19, Tue, 6-8pm, Hastings. Call/text Nicola Tel: 07974 579865 or email Neil or Nicola: somepeople@eastsussex.gov.uk

) VICTIM SUPPORT Practical, emotional support for victims of crime. Tel: 08453 899 528

) BRIGHTON & HOVE LGBT SAFETY FORUM

) THE VILLAGE MCC

Independent LGBT forum working with the community to address and improve safety issues in Brighton & Hove. info@lgbt-safety-forum-brighton.com www.lgbt-safety-forum-brighton.com

Christian church serving the LGBTQ community. Sundays 6pm, Somerset Day Centre, Kemptown Tel: 07476 667353, www.thevillagemcc.org

) BRIGHTON & HOVE LGBT SWITCHBOARD

HIV PREVENTION, CARE & TREATMENT SERVICES

Help-line with email & webchat facility from 5pm daily on Tel: 01273 204050. • LGBT specialist face to face low cost counselling service, • LGBT Older peoples' project, • LGBT HIP engagement project. • Volunteering opportunities Tel: 01273 234009. www.switchboard.org.uk/brighton

) AVERT Sussex HIV & AIDS info service, available by phone Tel: 01403 210202 or email confidential@avert.org

) BRIGHTON & HOVE CAB HIV PROJECT

Info, counselling, drop-in space, support groups. Tel: 01273 698036 or visit www.womenscentre.org.uk

Money, benefits, employment, housing, info, advocacy. Appointments: Tue-Thur 9am-4pm, Wed 9am-12.30pm Brighton & Hove Citizens Advice Bureau, Brighton Town Hall. Tel: 01273 733390 ext 520 or www.brightonhovecab.org.uk

) FTM BRIGHTON

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Social/peer support group for FTM, transmasculine & gender-queer people. Every 3rd Fri of month, 7-9pm at Space for Change, Windlesham Venue, BN1 3AH. For info email info@ftmbrighton.org.uk or visit www.ftmbrighton.org.uk

Free confidential testing & treatment for STIs including HIV, plus Hep A & B vaccinations. Claude Nicol Centre, Sussex County Hospital, on Weds from 5-8pm. Tel: 01273 664721 or www.brightonsexualhealth.com

) GEMS (GAY ELDERLY MEN’S SOCIETY)

Medical advice, treatment for HIV+, specialist clinics, diet & welfare advice, drug trials. Tel: 01273 664722

) BRIGHTON WOMEN’S CENTRE

Social group for mature gay men, meet 7–10pm every last Fri of month at Dorset Gardens Methodist Church Hall. Tel: 01273 385000 or info@gems-bh.org.uk www.brightongems.com

) LAWSON UNIT

) SUBSTANCE MISUSE SERVICE

Thur 7–10pm, Sat 6pm-12am, chatroom HEALTH INFO THT. • Condom Male: discreet, confidential service posts free condoms/lube/sexual health info to men who have sex with men without access to commercial gay scene in East Sussex. • 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. Pre & post test discussion with clinical staff. Results in an hour. 10 men max tested per session. Mon: 6–8pm. (Full sexual health screen available) • Sauna Fastest at The Brighton Sauna (HIV Testing): walk-in, (no appointment) rapid HIV testing service for men who have sex with men. Pre & post test discussion with clinical staff. Results in 30 minutes. Wed: 6–8pm. (STI Testing available). • Face2Face: confidential info & advice on sexual health & HIV for men who have sex with men. Face-2-face or phone. Up to 3 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. • Lounge (Group for Gay Men Living with HIV): fortnightly peer support group for gay men. • 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, Tel: 01323 649927 or info.eastbourne@tht.org.uk • 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. • Positively Social Informal peer support groups for people living with HIV, monthly meets in Eastbourne & Hastings.

Local social group offers friendship, social events, meets 1st Thurs at Regency Tavern, 7.30pm. Tel: 07594 578035 www.lesbianlinkbrighton.co.uk

CRI/Sussex Partnership Foundation Trust. Open access dropin, assessment, support, advice, info on drug & alcohol issues. Tel 01273 607575. LGB&T worker provides confidential, non-judgemental outreach service. Support for over 18s wishing to address substance misuse. Tel 07717 774 658

) LESBIAN & GAY AA

) SUSSEX BEACON

Free confidential tests & treatment for STIs inc HIV. Hep A & B vaccinations. Shoreham based. Tel: 01273 461453

12-step self-help programme for alcohol addictions. Sun 7.30pm, Chapel Royal, North St, Btn (side entrance). Tel: 01273 203343 (general AA line)

24 hour nursing & medical care, day care. Tel: 01273 694222 or www.sussexbeacon.org.uk

NATIONAL HELPLINES

) TERRENCE HIGGINS TRUST SERVICES

) BROKEN RAINBOW

) LGBT NA GROUP

For more info about these free services go to the THT office, 61 Ship St, Brighton, Mon–Fri, 9.30am–5.30pm. Tel: 01273 764200 or info.brighton@tht.org.uk • 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, sexual health, personal safety. Free condoms, lube, tea/coffee from Outreach van parked next to ‘The Patio’ at the Bushes. • Netreach (online Outreach in Brighton & Hove): info/advice on HIV/sexual health/local services. THT Brighton Outreach workers online @ Gaydar:

LGBT Domestic Violence Helpline, Mon 2-8pm, Wed 10-1pm, Thur 2-8pm Tel: 08452 604460

) LESBIAN LINK BRIGHTON

Brighton-based LGBT (welcomes others) Narcotics Anonymous group every Tue 6.30–8pm, Millwood Centre, Nelson Row, Kingswood St. Tel: 0300 999 1212

) LGBT MEDITATION GROUP Meditation & discussion, every 2nd & 4th Thur, 5.30–7pm, Anahata Clinic, 119 Edward St, Brighton. Tel: 07789 861367 or www.bodhitreebrighton.org.uk

) LUNCH POSITIVE Lunch club for people with HIV. Meet/make friends, find peer support in a safe space. Every Fri, noon–2.30pm, Community Room, Dorset Gdns Methodist Church, Dorset

) WARREN BROWNE UNIT

) LONDON LESBIAN & GAY SWITCHBOARD Tel: 02078 377324

) POSITIVELINE (EDDIE SURMAN TRUST) Mon-Fri 11am-10pm, Sat & Sun 4-10pm Tel: 0800 1696806

) MAINLINERS Tel: 02075 825226 ) NATIONAL AIDS HELPLINE 08005 67123 ) NATIONAL DRUGS HELPLINE 08007 76600 ) THT AIDS Treatment phoneline Tel: 08459 470047 ) THT direct Tel: 0845 1221200


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Gscene Magazine - June 2016  

What's happening in Gay/ LGBT Brighton & Hove.