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10 SAFETY FIRST What exactly does the LGBT Community Safety Forum do? 59 THE PROPOLIS Synth pop lives on with brothers Tom and Matthew Sanderson 63 BRIGHTON DARKNESS Short stories by John Roman Baker - dark and light in a city of dreams QUEENS ARMS

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67 BRIGHTON PRIDE 25 Jaq Bayles reminisces about the last 25 years of Brighton Pride

Book Reviews Arts News Art Matters Classical Notes

REGULARS 57 58 58 60 68 69 70 71 71 72 73 73 74 75

Geek Scene Dance Music DJ Profile: Ruby Roo Shopping Craig’s Thoughts Charlie Says Changing Attitude Wall’s Words Gay Socrates Dad & Daddy Twisted Gilded Ghetto LGBT Police Liaison MindOut Sam The Trans Man

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CARNIVAL OF DIVERSITY SATURDAY, AUGUST 1, 2015 CELEBRATE DIVERSITY ON AUGUST 1 ) The big day has finally arrived. This year the Pride Parade will start from the Peace Statue on Hove Lawns at 11am, making its way along the seafront past the old west pier, turning left up West Street, then right at the Clock Tower down to the Old Steine where the Parade will turn left and go out to Preston Park on the London Road. The turnstiles at Preston Park will open at noon but expect some queues as 40,000 revellers all arrive at the park at the same time. A good tip is to arrive shortly after the main parade when any queues should be shorter or to get to the park before the parade arrives. Sussex Police have indicated to Pride organisers there will be one or two sniffer dogs at the entrances to Preston Park, but could not give an indication to Gscene of how many drug offences there were on Preston Park last year, saying they "did not have the figures to hand". If your a party animal be careful! You can purchase a map for a ÂŁ1 which will give you all the line ups and timings of the

A CELEBRATION OF 'LOVE & LIFE' WITH PRIDE ) Brighton Pride celebrations will be brought to a close at a unique celebration of Love & Life in New Steine Gardens in the heart of the Gay Village on Sunday, August 2, 8.30pm for a 9pm start. Brighton & Hove’s LGBTQ communities will come together to celebrate Pride and remember friends and loved ones no longer with us at a very special candle lit sunset event.

performers on the various stages around the park. Following the fireworks display and close of Preston park at 10pm the Pride Village Party will already be in full swing, remaining open till midnight. Then its back for the Sunday Village Party between 2-8pm and the weekends celebrations will be brought to a final close with a candlelit vigil in New Steine Gardens to remember all those who are no longer with us at 9pm.

Hosted by the LGBT Community Safety Forum, the Pride Celebration of Love & Life will provide a space for reflection and celebration, lit up by love and support of each other this Brighton Pride. Pride Celebration of Love & Life will be an inclusive event for everyone, with guest speakers and music, giving Pride-goers a chance to come together as a community for a wonderful act of commemoration and celebration.

To purchase tickets for the main event and Village Street party, view: www.brightonpride.org/tickets.php

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Danny Eade aka Danny Gogo became a YouTube sensation after appearing in the sixth series of BBC3's Snog Marry Avoid. Danny has more than 70,000 twitter follows, but despite his pink hair and various outrageous personas has a very serious side to his character. Having been bullied himself at school he has not been afraid to Aneesa, a fine singer and performer, has perspeak out against bullies not only in the formed at prestigious UK jazz venues along with straight community but also within the gay some of the highest regarded jazz musicians in community where people are too often very the country. She performs regularly at the quick to attack other gay people who are differNational Theatre Music pitch and at jazz festient. Danny received the most nominations in vals including the Isle of White International Jazz the July voting round. Diva’s Festival, Ealing Jazz, Birmingham Danny said: “What an honInternational Jazz Diva’s Festival and The our to be chosen as a Pride Rhythm of the Earth World Music Festival. She Ambassador I will take every works with top musicians from Slovenia and opportunity to highlight the Croatia’s with her band BLISS ART. issues surrounding the bullyAneesa said: “I’m very proud to have been choing of young people in sen as a Pride Ambassador and look forward to schools and on the scene.” representing my community at the front of the Pride Parade."

Chorus, Brighton's only LGBT choir which has sung at numerous community events in the last year including IDAHOBIT and Trans* Pride as well as performing at their own choral concerts. She received the most nominations for Ambassador in the June voting round.

) Brighton & Hove buses have unveiled their first official branded Pride bus in time for Brighton Pride on August 1. The bus is now in general use all around Brighton operating a variety of routes across the city. Buses in the Brighton & Hove fleet can be branded with the name of a person of note with a local connection who passed away at least 12 months ago, so Brighton Pride chose to name the Pride bus after drag legend and charity fundraiser, Phil Starr.

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ON THE BUSES WITH PRIDE Phil performed on stages across the world for more than 50 years raising thousands of pounds for charity. His last show was at Legends cabaret bar on Marine Parade where he had been the first performer when it opened 14 years earlier, and his final number? Well We’ll Meet Again obviously. Phil Starr was a great supporter of the annual Pride event in Brighton and Hove so Pride felt it appropriate that the first Pride bus should be named in his honour.

Paul Kemp, Director of Brighton Pride said: “We are thrilled that Brighton and Hove buses have joined other prominent City businesses to support Pride in our City in this our 25th Anniversary year. This is just the start of an ongoing relationship that includes a dedicated bus and shuttle service from the Pride campsite as well as exciting all year round promotional activity with the Pride bus.” Nick Hill, Head of Commercial Development for Brighton & Hove Buses, added: “We are proud to promote diversity in this vibrant, wonderful city and are delighted to help celebrate 25 years of Pride in such a colourful way.” Look out for Phil Starr’s Pride bus on the roads and hop on board for a fabulous ride!

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) Jazz chanteuse, Aneesa Chaudhry, and Danny Eade are the final two Pride Ambassadors for this years event. They will both join legendary entertainer and fundraiser David Raven and trans* poet Alice Denny at the front of the Pride Parade on August 1. Aneesa is the musical director of the Rainbow

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SAFETY FIRST What is the Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum (LGBT CSF)? ) The Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum (LGBT CSF) is an established independent LGBT forum working with the LGBT community to address and improve safety and access issues throughout Brighton & Hove. All posts and positions on the Forum are held by unpaid volunteers who are elected annually, making the organisation the only LGBT group that is truly accountable to the wider LGBT communities in the city. The Forum undertakes cultural, educational, social, safety, community activities and any type of LGBT community/inclusion and accessibility initiative. The LGBT CFS was created to give the city's LGBT communities a citywide voice on a wide range of safety issues in Brighton & Hove and to act as a bridge between the communities of interest and statutory service providers. Their main function is to hold both police and council to account on issues affecting our safety, which they do through quarterly public meetings at the Queens Hotel. These meetings are widely advertised through funding from both the Police and Crime Commissioner and the Rainbow Fund. Any member of the public can go along to those meetings and put questions to both the police and council, which opens up to maximum accountability and transparency the services both organisations provide to the LGBT community in Brighton & Hove.

Here is a selection of things the Forum have helped people with in the last year As advocates the LGBT CSF have: • Secured a safe place to live for a victim of domestic violence • Supported victims of homophobic bullying in the workplace • Assisted disabled/deaf and older attendees at Pride during the Parade and within Preston Park • Organised and facilitated the Access Tent & Provisions on Preston Park at Pride 2014 • Facilitated Safety Awareness Training courses to community members funded by the Police & Crime Commissioner • Signposted service users to other organisations including those who specialise in domestic violence, trans* issues, HIV-related issues, housing and benefits, employment law, tenancy law, counselling, personal development, health awareness, policing issues, disability and access, deaf/hearing impairment support, volunteering opportunities and elderly issues.

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• Held public meetings to enable the community to feed back any community concerns to police and council • Held political hustings enabling the local LGBT communities to meet and ask questions to a selection of prospective local councillors and MP candidates at the 2015 local and national elections • Held meetings for the community to meet and ask questions of the local minority Police Liaison Officers, Sussex Police Superintendent and Brighton & Hove City Council Community Safety Manager • Delivered a successful and inclusive public event for International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia & Transphobia (IDAHOBIT) • Organised and delivered a Community Vigil for the close of Brighton Pride 2014 • Held a public event to mark National Hate Crime Awareness Week • Formed and implemented ground-breaking and award winning Access Provisions for Brighton Pride • Supported other organisations with their programmes and projects including the Trans Alliance during Pride, LGBT Hip during Learning Disability Week and local deaf community with the Our Space project • Run the annual Trust & Confidence Survey to establish levels of trust and confidence in reporting issues around abuse, discrimination and safety to either the police or council. This includes educational establishments, care services, private business or home • Trained 12 Community Listening ears to a level 2 Pre-Counselling Qualification with funding from the Rainbow Fund • Trained six Volunteers in British Sign Language (BSL) with funding from the Rainbow Fund • Networked and liaised with other organisations to improve Safety Awareness & Inclusion within the city The LGBT CFS have attended meetings and actively contribute to the LGBT Small Groups Network calendar of events. They are members of the Racial Harassment Forum and are represented on Brighton & Hove Police's Independent Advisory Group. In the future the Forum want to continue to facilitate and develop the ways in which people can access their services and are working on new training and volunteering opportunities for the community. The LGBT CSF is entirely volunteer-led and has no paid workers. Billie Lewis, the Chair, is actively involved in the management of Access & Inclusion for Brighton Pride, ensuring that our disabled, deaf, trans*, families and older communities are able to attend and feel safe at Brighton Pride. This combined with BME representation will also reflect the way the Forum delivers its outreach programmes in future.


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NEW PARTNERSHIP WITH SAMARITANS The LGBT CSF now work in partnership with the Samaritans to offer a 24-hour listening service to anyone with concerns, worries or who may be in distress. To contact the LGBT CSF, call 01273 855620

REPORT IT! ...Empowers the LGBT community to report to police with confidence! ) Report It! was set up by the LGBT CSF in 2014 with supportive funding from the Police & Crime Commissioner’s Safer in Sussex Community Fund (SiSCF). The aim of the project is to make it easier for members of the LGBT community to report a crime and get the help and support they need.

) The Partnership provides a professional and confidential service to the LGBT community; empowering callers to reduce personal pressure and anxiety and develop an improved quality of life. You can call the helpline any time you like, in your own way, and off the record and talk about whatever’s getting to you. You don’t have to be suicidal.

Katy Bourne, Sussex Police & Crime Commissioner, said: “We need projects like “Report It” in order to empower those communities who may feel marginalised. I want every Sussex resident to feel confident and safe irrespective of who they are or what their background is.

1. A volunteer will always answer you 24 hours a day. If you call, they will answer with something like “Samaritans, can I help you?” With text, email, letter and face-to-face visits, how they respond to you depends on what you say. Sometimes just hearing a supportive voice can give you that little bit of strength to keep going.

“Many minority groups have not always had trust in the police. Recent figures show a 40% rise in the number of hate crimes recorded between 2013 and 2014 in Brighton & Hove. I welcome an increase in reporting as it reflects confidence in police and partners from the more vulnerable in our society. However, for every person that reports a hate crime, I know there are some who do not feel able to. This is why I will continue to support local voluntary and community groups that tackle crime and improve safety.”

2. You talk, they listen. They listen to you and help you talk through your concerns, worries and troubles. They'll focus on your thoughts and feelings rather than go into the details, so they may ask questions to help explore how you feel.

More than half a million pounds in funding from the SiSCF has been made available to over 100 community projects to date. For more information on grant funding from the Police & Crime Commissioner, view: www.sussex-pcc.gov.uk/apply-for-funding/

Most people aren't suicidal

For more information about Report It and the LGBT CSF, view: www.lgbt-safety-forum-brighton.com/report-it/

What happens when you call the helpline?

Most people who contact the Samaritans are not suicidal. When you talk to them, they will give you an opportunity to talk about any thoughts or feelings you have, whatever they may be.

How does focusing on feelings help?

The LGBT Community Safety Forum is an independent group of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans* (LGBT) volunteers in Brighton & Hove. For more info visit: lgbt-help.com

You'll be able to see things more clearly. You'll be able to think much more clearly about what your options are. Sometimes people need to cry or show how angry they are at life, or go over their thoughts and feelings several times to make sense of them, and that’s fine. The Samaritans are there for as long as you need them.

They won’t tell you what you should do They won’t make decisions for you, and they'll support the decisions you make. You are the expert on your own life. The Samaritans’ advice or opinions are not important. You’re best placed to solve your problems.

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It’s not about them The Samaritans won’t talk about themselves, even if you ask them to. They are there to give you time, space and support – you don’t need to ask how they are, or give them time in return. They don’t impose any personal attitudes or beliefs on you. They are not religious. The link between their name and any religious text is completely coincidental.

Ending the conversation You can end the conversation when you’re ready to. An essential element of this new partnership service between the Samaritans and the LGBT CSF is the Samaritans will offer to call you back on a regular basis to make sure that you are fine. More than 500,000 people a year nationally call the Samaritans to discuss issues surrounding their sexual orientation. Billie Lewis, Chair of the LGBT CSF, said: "As our workload increased it became important for us to find a partner to work with who could provide a 24-hour helpline service and were trusted. When people finally make that call for help they want to talk to someone. The Samaritans’ 24-hour service offers that and, like the LGBT CFS, the Brighton & Hove Samaritans is entirely volunteer-led."

If you would like to report a Hate Crime or Incident with us via our Anonymous Third Party reporting service ‘Report It’ please email info@lgbt-help.com or call 01273 855620 REMEMBER always dial 999 in an emergency B RI G H TO N & H O V E

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Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum is is a member of The LGBT Community Groups Network and funded by the Rainbow Fund and Safer in Sussex. This advert was paid for by a grant from the Safer In Sussex Community Foundation.


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DOMESTIC & GENERAL DIVERSITY GAMES A HUGE SUCCESS ) This inaugural Pride Diversity Games sponsored by Domestic and General were judged a huge success by those taking part and everyone attending. The football tournament organised by BLAGGS took place at the Brighton Rugby Club at Waterhall. Fifteen teams took part with London Titans winning the men's cup competition and East End Phoenix winning the men's plate competition. Diversity, also from London won the Women's Cup. The Sussex FA supported the event by organising the referees and administration desk. All competitors received a medal for taking part and a goody bag from The Albion and D&G. The event was attended by 115 men's and women's footballers, making 15 teams in total, from Brighton, London and Cardiff! Sussex FA supported the event by helping organise the referees and administration desk and the Pride sponsors, Domestic and General were on hand to give support. Everyone received a medal for taking part and goody bags from The Albion and D&G. Across the city at Hollingbury Golf Course, BLAGSS organised the Ladies Golf Tournament. The Pride Diversity Golf Congu Champion was Charlotte Hinge and the Pride Diversity Society Champion was Angela Minton. On Sunday at the fun games the team from Allsorts came third with 27 points, the team from Rainbow Families came second with 39 points and runaway winners were the team from TNT with 57 points. Massive fun was had by everyone, especially in the space hopper race. Pics by Nerijuf Dufevicius RX'd photography and Kiattisak Thepsuriya

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PRIDE SERVICE! Come and join us at our Pride Worship Service 6PM, Sunday 2ND August 2015 The service will include lively music, a guest speaker and songs from Aneesa Chaudhry. So, take a break from the street party, hear/sing some great songs and find out what pride means to us. See you there at: 6PM, The Auditorium, The Brighthelm Centre, North Road, Brighton, BN1 1YD


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BBWE RAISE RECORD TOTAL FOR AUTUMN GRANTS ROUND LOCAL LGBT/HIV ORGANISATIONS FOR RAINBOW FUND OPENS ) The Autumn Grants Round for the Rainbow Fund is now open, and CHRIS MURPHY (LEFT) & TERRY SHAW (RIGHT) FROM BBWE HAND OVER £5,653 TO CHRIS GULL FROM THE RAINBOW FUND

organisations are invited to submit their grant applications. The Autumn Grants Round is the bigger of the Fund's two annual grant rounds. Applications are invited from local LGBT and HIV organisations in Brighton & Hove who provide effective front line services to LGBT people in the city. Groups or organisations should be able to demonstrate that they are volunteer and LGBT-led. It is expected eligible groups and organisations will fall into two groupings, according to their size. Locally there are between 20 and 30 organisations and groups providing services specifically to members of the LGBT communities and/or individuals affected by HIV. Most are small, and volunteer-led, they have no paid workers in administrative roles, and most have no premises and offices. They rent or use donated space, and are often run from somebody’s front room.

) Brighton Bear Weekender (BBWE) exceeded all expectations and raised a record £5,453 for the Rainbow Fund from 14 events for bears and their admirers over the third weekend in June. It was a record-breaking year for BBWE 2015, with more events on offer than previous years, bringing more visitors to the city and more fun all round for everyone to enjoy. The total includes two large donations: Steve Lee at Subline donated £750 to acknowledge the business generated by the BBWE events at Subline over the weekend and Andy Tull, owner of the Market Tavern, made a personal donation of £250. BBWE is run by a committee of volunteers who work all year round to produce a great weekend in Brighton for bears from around the world and raise money for local LGBT and HIV organisations. Terry Shaw, aka Mysterry Drag Queen (far right in the photo above), is stepping down from the committee to fully concentrate on his blossoming entertainment career and business, Glamtastic Hairdos. The committee fully support his decision and know both ventures will be a huge success. A spokesperson for BBWE said: “Naturally the biggest and greatest thank you goes to all the wonderful bears, cub, otters and men from across the world who support our group, come to the events and give so generously. If it was not for you

guys it would be nothing. Look forward to seeing you all next year for BBWE 2016. “BBWE would not happen without the help and support of many people. Firstly we like to thank all the venues and staff who worked the weekend and throughout the year to give us a weekend to remember. To all our volunteers who give us their time for free and without their help the weekend would not run so smoothly as it does or raise as much money. “Thank you to Barclaycard for giving us free use of one their card machines to use over the weekend. To all the kind and generous businesses and people who donated raffle prizes this year leading to our biggest prize fund ever of over £1,000. “Finally, to all the media companies who support us tirelessly throughout the year especially Gscene Magazine and Radio Reverb.”

The Rainbow Fund is a CIC community company that makes grants to local LGBT/HIV charities and community groups who provide effective front line services to LGBT people in Brighton & Hove. For more info on BBWE, view: www.brightonbearweekender.co.uk

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There are also bigger organisations, which, because of the nature of the services and support they provide, are, and should be, run like small businesses, with a mixture of paid administrators, sometimes paid fundraisers, and volunteers. In Brighton & Hove these organisations include THT, Sussex Beacon, LGBT Switchboard, LGBT HIP, Mind Out and Allsorts. Chris Gull, Rainbow Fund Chair, said: “We actively encourage co-operation amongst the smaller groups who are eligible to be part of the Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Groups Network. To that end we feel it’s important that any small groups applying for a grant take an active part in the Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Groups Network, and along with the larger LGBT groups and organisations, send representatives to the Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum. “In future funding rounds we’ll require evidence that a representative of a group has attended all quarterly meetings of the network, and all quarterly meetings of the Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum. (Doesn’t have to be the same rep for each group each time!). For this Autumn Funding Round it would be unfair to impose this, but if we have to decide between two applications, of otherwise equal merit, we’ll prioritise the group that’s attended more meetings.” Small groups who regularly attend the Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Groups Network will be able to apply for grants of £2,500 towards their 'core funding' costs. All LGBT/HIV groups and organisations, whether small or large, can also apply for grants for projects of up to £5,000. As in the Spring Round, the Small Groups Network itself may apply for funding, up to £5,000, to cover the cost of running the Network, and shared resources that will benefit several or all of the groups. Make an online application at: http://rainbow-fund.org/application-form/ Closing date for applications is noon on Friday, September 4. Applications received after that time will not be considered. For more information about the LGBT Community Groups Network, view: www.lgbt-groups.org For more information about the Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum, view: www.lgbt-safety-forum-brighton.com


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LGBT HATE CRIMES CONTINUE TO GO UNREPORTED

NEW INTERNET TOOL LAUNCHED TO COMBAT ONLINE ABUSE

A new report reveals that fear of how they will be treated is leading thousands of LGBT people to not report hate crimes. As a result perpetrators are evading justice.

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hate crimes committed against people because of their sexual orientation go unreported every year. The work, supported by GB governments and produced for the Equality & Human Rights Commission (EHRC), found that 88% of LGBT people had experienced some form of hate incident leaving them with emotional and physical scars. Yet research conducted by the University of Leicester's Centre for Hate Studies found only 14% of lesbian, gay and bisexual victims reported their most recent experience of hate crime to the police. Evidence shows that while victims of transphobia can be targeted up to 50 times in one year, only three in ten report the incident.

incidents, concern about wasting police time, fears about being outed and previous negative experiences with the police. Evelyn Asante-Mensah, Equality & Human Rights Commissioner, said: “Pride season is upon us and it seems an opportune moment to reflect on the great steps made towards equality, while also realising that LGBT communities still have to live with severe forms of discrimination and prejudice. Just as the Commission is doing with disability hate crime, we need to bring this problem into the open and create a culture where victims are confident to come forward and society confronts all forms of abuse."

The report makes a series of recommendations to tackle the issues surrounding reporting of hate The launch of the report coincides with a major new crimes. These include: campaign to raise awareness of LGBT Hate Crime • Increased community outreach by police to by a partnership of 31 organisations, funded by the build trust with LGBT communities; EHRC. With the message of Recognise it. Report • An increase in third-party reporting systems it. it is hoped the campaign will empower LGBT where needed; people to stand up against hate crime through • Increasing awareness of how and where to education and training as well as establishing local report hate crime and looking at what can be partnerships. Led by the LGBT Consortium, this is learned from the reporting of other types of hate the first time that groups from across England and crime. Wales have come together to tackle hate crime, with Galop, a specialist LGBT anti-violence charity, has a focus on rural communities where reporting is joined the year-long anti-hate crime initiative as especially low. one of the lead delivery partners. Their Chief Paul Roberts, Chief Executive Executive, Nik Noone, said: "It is not acceptable of the LGBT Consortium, that people go so long without support and said: “LGBT communities are assistance, so I’m pleased that the EHRC is behind already working with the police to our partnership's work to build strong local remove barriers to reporting, and community responses to homophobia, biphobia offer practical and emotional support. However, too and transphobia in every village, town and city." often LGBT people don't know they’re experiencing Dr Stevie-Jade Hardy, the hate crime or just shrug it off. Collectively, we are report’s author and lecturer at saying it is time to move on from this. Our message the University of Leicester's is to recognise hate crime when it happens, report Centre for Hate Studies, said: it, and get support when you need it." "Hate crimes are a routine and Figures highlighted in the report include: mostly unreported feature of • Only 4,267 incidents were recorded by police many LGBT people's daily lives. Simply expecting in 2013, despite the Crime Survey for England victims to report without taking meaningful action to and Wales showing 39,000 homophobic hate dismantle perceived and actual barriers is futile, incidents over the same period. That's nine particularly when the evidence shows that many times higher than the reported figure. have little confidence in the capacity of authorities • Eight in ten LGB people have been verbally to act empathetically or effectively." abused or harassed and one in ten have been The commission is also funding the UK's only physically assaulted. 24/7 nationwide LGBT hate crime helpline, run • One in eight LGB people had received by www.stophateuk.org/ unwanted sexual contact. Tel: 0808 801 0661. Other regional helplines can The report lists a variety of reasons for underbe found at www.lgbthatecrime.org.uk reporting, including the 'normalisation' of hate For local advice, call: 01273 231189

The website, commissioned by the Government Equalities Office, provides advice for individuals, especially women and LGBT people, about fighting abuse and harassment online and in other media. With the message ‘Know your rights: report, complain, campaign’, it aims to empower people facing sexist, homophobic, biphobic or transphobic abuse online. The site is the first of its kind to specifically tackle these issues. It was produced by experts from Galop as part of their fight for online safety, in response to the growing number of people contacting them for help. It is particularly aimed at people facing online harassment, domestic abuse, revenge porn, stalking, hate speech, sexual harassment, outing and blackmail, and contains advice about the law, sources of support and speaking up against abusive or derogatory online comments. Nik Noone, Galop’s CEO, said: “Evidence suggests that over one million people in the UK face online abuse each year. Whilst online abuse can affect anyone, women and LGBT people often experience abuse as a result of their sex, gender identity or sexual orientation. We’ve all seen a growing number of high profile examples of online abuse in the news. Our casework here at Galop also evidences an increasing trend, the impact of which can have far reaching consequences. This project is about ensuring that protection from harassment and abuse against women and LGBT people in the real world exists in the online world too.”

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Complain, Campaign! A new website tackling online abuse aimed at women and LGBT people has been launched. Stop Online Abuse, a government-funded site, was created by Galop, an LGBT anti-violence charity, in consultation with Trans Media Watch, the Women’s Resource Centre, Gender Identity Research and Education Society, Rights of Women, Allsorts, End Violence Against Women and the LGBT Consortium. The group of charities, with 161 years of collective experience in anti-violence work, came together in a unique alliance to provide answers for people facing this modern form of an age-old problem.

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Nicky Morgan, Women and Equalities Minister, said: “This new site will provide practical advice for women and LGBT people on how to recognise abuse, what steps to take to report it and how to get offensive content removed. It is another sign of our determination to tackle discrimination in all its forms and to creating a fairer society for everyone, regardless of sexual orientation or gender identity.” For more info, view: www.stoponlineabuse.org.uk/


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THT CHIEF EXECUTIVE SACKED BY BOARD

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Terrence Higgins Trust (THT), the largest voluntary sector provider of HIV and sexual health services in the UK, decides a “change of leadership is needed for the organisation’s next stage of development”. ) The Board of THT has asked Dr Rosemary Gillespie, in post for just 15 months, to step down from her position as Chief Executive with immediate effect. Dr Gillespie was appointed following the departure of Sir Nick Partridge, who held the position as CEO for 20 years, Lisa Power and Paul Ward from the charity. Insiders say that following the departure of Sir Nick Partridge and his management team, the board became uneasy that staff turnover under Dr Gillespie remained high and it is rumoured she "clashed" with senior colleagues. Dr Gillespie told the Guardian newspaper that she felt she had been treated "unfairly" and that there were people in THT who preferred the organisation to "stay as it was" rather than see through the programme of changes she was brought in to manage. Robert Glick, Chair of the Board of Trustees, said: “On behalf of the entire Board, it has been a privilege to work with Rosemary as she has led this remarkable charity over the last 15 months, during a period marked by considerable change. She has been the driving force in developing a new strategy for THT, in making certain we have a solid organisational and financial footing for a more sustainable future, and in helping to guide the vital work we do each and every day.

PEER ACTION SEEKS VOLUNTEERS AND TRUSTEES ) Peer Action, the Brighton charity for people affected by HIV, is seeking new volunteers and trustees to help grow the services it offers. Peer Action is a volunteer-run organisation, run by people mostly affected by HIV for those affected by HIV. You don't have to be HIV positive to help - everyone is welcome.

development and governance of the charity. Skills required for trustee include: administration, fundraising, accountancy and networking. Peer Action is an inclusive organisation and anyone is welcome to apply irrespective of age, sex, income, ethnicity, religion, disability, health, or HIV status. Trustees and volunteers working directly with members will be required to undergo a DBS/CRB check (paid for by the charity). If you already have one with another organisation, the existing registration can be used.

Volunteers can give as little time as they want, even for a single event. Particular skills needed include: event support, administration, fundraising, book-keeping, web support and someone to 'meet & greet'.

For more information email Peer Action at peeractionemail@gmail.com or simply ask one of the volunteers at a Peer Action event.

They are also looking for one or two trustees to fill treasurer and/or charity secretary roles. This would require an ongoing commitment of a few hours every month to help oversee the

For more information about Peer Action, view: www.peeraction.co.uk

LUNCH POSITIVE COMMUNITY CAFÉ AT PRIDE

“Each of us can be proud of what THT has accomplished under Rosemary’s stewardship, on behalf of the tens of thousands of people we serve – providing the information, advice, counselling, testing and support to those often in desperate need. She leaves THT well-positioned to become an even more effective organisation, poised to deliver on our dual ambition of stopping HIV transmission in our lifetime and in ensuring that people living with HIV can pursue healthy lives, free from prejudice and from discrimination. “One of Rosemary’s most lasting legacies will be the exceptionally gifted and skilled team of executives she has recruited and managed, who together lead our talented and dedicated staff. The Board remains grateful to her for managing that outstanding team who has come together to work relentlessly for a common goal. “The Board is committed to ensuring a smooth transition, and to that effect will be communicating shortly its plans for interim arrangements, and then the recruitment of a permanent Chief Executive.”

) Lunch Positive will be staging the Community Café at Preston Park once again this year as part of Pride’s 25th anniversary celebrations and to raise money for people with HIV. The café will be in the relocated Community Village close to the Access Tent and Families Area. Lunch Positive stages its café to raise funds for the charity and to bring an extra dimension to the Community Village at Pride. This year the café will involve over 30 Lunch Positive volunteers and members and provide a range of affordable hot and cold food, homemade cakes, hot and cold drinks. It’s a relaxed area with plenty of seating and volunteers on hand to help people with reduced mobility. Lunch Positive will also provide free lunches to 200 people who are volunteering on the day for Pride.

Gary Pargeter, Volunteer Project Manager at Lunch Positive, said: "It’s fantastic that we’re staging our café at Pride again this year. It’s a real privilege to be part of Pride and the newly sited Community Village at Preston Park. GARY PARGETER

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"Pride means so much to us, not only its equalities mission and opportunity for our community to stand together, but also its important role in raising funds for the Rainbow Fund. While the Community Cafe is a major annual fundraiser for us, we’re relying more on our own resources to stage our café, freeing up those for Pride to develop its own sustainability. Please come along and get your food and drink from us. Tell your friends and everyone you know who’ll be at Preston Park!" www.lunchpositive.org


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46% INCREASE IN SYPHILIS AMONG GAY MEN New STI figures show rapid increases among gay men of syphilis and gonorrhoea infections.

DR GWENDA HUGHES

Chlamydia is the most commonly diagnosed STI accounting for 47% of diagnoses (206,774 cases), followed by genital warts (70,612 cases). However, the largest proportional increases in diagnoses between 2013 and 2014 were reported for syphilis (33% increase) and gonorrhoea (19% increase). Dr Gwenda Hughes, Head of STI surveillance at PHE, said: “The stats show that too many people are getting STIs. Reducing this spread must be a public health priority. We are particularly concerned about the large rises in diagnoses among gay men. In this group we saw a 46% increase in syphilis and a 32% increase in gonorrhoea. Gonorrhoea in particular is becoming harder to treat as new antibiotic resistant strains emerge. “Health promotion and education to increase risk awareness and encourage safer sexual behaviour remain the cornerstones of STI prevention. Ensuring easy access to sexual health services and STI screening is a vital component in the control of STIs. Effective commissioning is critical to improving STI prevention. Prevention work should continue to focus on people in the groups at highest risk of infection, such as young people and gay men.” Young people are routinely offered chlamydia screening but only 14% of young men and 35% of young women were tested in 2014. Wide variation across the country was seen in rates of chlamydia

testing and diagnoses – with only 29% of local authorities reaching the recommended chlamydia detection rate (2,300 diagnoses per 100,000 15-24 year-olds per year). PHE recommends consistent and correct condom use, reducing the number of sexual partners and the avoidance of overlapping sexual relationships all reduce the risk of acquiring STIs. For people in the highest risk groups, getting screened regularly will lead to early diagnosis and treatment, as these infections are frequently without symptoms. Sexually active under 25-year-olds should be screened for chlamydia every year, and every time they change their sexual partner. Men who have sex with men (MSM) should have a full HIV and STI screen at least annually or every three months if having condomless sex with new or casual partners. In response, Terrence Higgins Trust (THT), the national HIV charity, highlighted the localised rise and fall in figures as the impetus for action, suggesting public health budgets apply new approaches – utilising new technologies such as social media and reiterated the call for realistic Sex & Relationships Education (SRE) for young people. DR MICHAEL BRADY

) New STI figures show rapid increases among gay men of syphilis and gonorrhoea infections. Latest figures, published by Public Health England (PHE), show that 439,243 sexually transmitted infections (STIs) were reported in England in 2014. The impact of STIs remains greatest in young people under the age of 25 years and gay men (gay, bisexual and other men who have sex with men).

Dr Michael Brady, THT Medical Director, said: “These figures clearly show that we need to urgently confront the geographical variation and local trends in STI rates. It’s a real concern that the recently announced £200 million cut to local authorities’ public health budgets will inevitably lead to a worsening of our sexual health.

“It is essential that local authorities ensure continued and improved access to effective STI testing, treatment and prevention services. Raising awareness, encouraging testing, and regular screening locally is key. Local testing weeks can achieve this, such as THT’s STI Testing Week in Brighton.” Accepting that public health budgets are under pressure, Dr Brady suggested that the Government consider alternative methods - noting that postal testing has been cost effective in reaching people at risk of HIV. He continued: “The continued rise in both syphilis and gonorrhoea is a worry and evidence that we still have much to do to address the nation’s poor sexual health and rates of STIs in those most at risk. “We should make better use of new technologies and approaches - local awareness raising through targeted social media based on the geographical breakdown of the data we are seeing and an offer of online testing to reach those who are not accessing ‘traditional’ services”

The figures show that the impact of STIs remains greatest in young people under the age of 25 years. Citing effective SRE as part of the solution, Dr Brady concluded: “We agree with PHE’s assertion that a reduction in STIs must be a public health priority. Fundamental to this is effective SRE. Our new Government needs to urgently ensure that all young people have access to realistic SRE that reflects the realities of their lives– sexuality, STIs, testing.” PHE funds HIV Prevention England to undertake campaigns promoting condom use and safer sex, targeting the people most at risk including gay, bisexual and other MSM. PHE has published an action plan to address the health and wellbeing inequalities affecting gay, bisexual and other MSM. The plan, the first of its kind from a national body, sets out priorities for developing data and reducing and addressing the wider inequalities, by working with and supporting local and national government, the NHS and relevant third sector organisations.


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‘PETE’S KITCHEN’ INTRODUCES NEW MENU AT THE A-BAR Diners have already been impressed with Pete’s effort as he managed to win second place for ‘Best Sunday Lunch’ at this year’s Golden Handbag Awards within weeks of opening.

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PROWLER AND MARLON WILL GET YOU ADDICTED ) Prowler are to launch new range of swimwear and underwear at their Brighton store. Marlon Kameka may not be a name you instantly recognise, but this talented actor, dancer, choreographer, director and model wowed the crowds at Prowler Soho during Pride in London in June. Not to be outdone, Prowler Brighton have invited Marlon to appear in their store at 112113 St James’s Street on Saturday, August 8 from 1-4pm, to help launch the arrival of ADDICTED swimwear and underwear. Marlon will be modelling the latest styles of this hot brand and, if the London launch is anything to go by, he will turn more than a few heads in St James’s Street in the process. He’ll most definitely shake you out of any post-Brighton Pride blues! For more information, call: 01273 683 680

KEMPTOWN TRADING POST AND CUP OF JOE OFFICIALLY OPENS

The new kitchen serves a traditional Sunday lunch, starting at £12.50, with a choice of Roast Lamb, Roast Beef, Pork Belly, Half a Roast Chicken, or a homemade Nut Roast, all served ) Pete’s Kitchen, a tasty new addition to Brighton’s LGBT community with seasonal vegetables, Yorkshire puddings, and crispy roast potatoes. scene, has recently introduced a The kitchen will serve cream tea and delicious menu at the A-Bar. The different homemade cakes and desserts franchise arrived in April and is now serving a new menu full of good quality each week, and will be serving food from 12–8pm everyday. home-made food. Alex Matthews from the A-Bar, says: “We’re very pleased to have Pete here, everyone loves his food, and the new menu has already shown great potential.”

The kitchen serves classic favourites including sausage & mash, scampi & chips, and Pete’s popular homemade burgers. For those that would prefer a lighter option, there is a selection of salads, sandwiches and breakfast dishes, which are served all day, including a traditional Scottish breakfast complete with haggis, prepared by a real Scotsman.

For more information, view: www.peteskitchenbrighton.com To receive a 10% discount card, 'Like' Pete's Kitchen on Facebook. For private functions, email: info@peteskitchenbrighton.com Pete's Kitchen at A-Bar, 11-12 Marine Parade, Brighton, BN2 1TL. To book a table call 01273 696691.

Peter Sharkey, franchisee, said: “I’ve worked in kitchens for many years, so it’s nice to be serving my own food that I hope people will enjoy.”

SEAFRONT ARCHES WIN REGENERATION AWARD BEFORE

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) Scores of people turned up for the official opening of Cup of Joe and the Kemptown Trading Post last month to wish Georges Amaru and Herve Guyat all the best with their new Kemptown business venture. A total of £192.58 was raised over the weekend with £96.29 each being donated to the Rainbow Fund and the Martlets Hospice in Hove. ) The Sussex Heritage Trust Award has been given for the conservation work to 26 Victorian arches on Brighton seafront during 2012–2014 during the last Green adminstration. The arches had been in a dilapidated state for years with serious structural issues threatening the safety of the road above. The previous Green administration won £7million of government funding to restore the arches and the substructure for the road.

bottom of West St, including reconstruction of Shelter Hall.

CLLR PETE WEST

Cllr Pete West, the Green’s Environment spokesperson, said: “The renovation of these arches was one of many projects that we initiated and won funding for whilst in administration to restore and improve our seafront and the city. While celebrating our Victorian heritage, the arches also house new artists’ studios In March 2015 a further £9million which bring a vibrant atmosphere to the was won through the Coast to Capital area, while, crucially, holding up the Local Economic Partnership to main seafront road for the foreseeable renovate the additional arches at the future.”


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SCOTTISH LGBTI CAMPAIGNER HONOURED ) Last month, Dr Tim Hopkins, Director of the Equality Network, Scotland’s national lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and intersex (LGBTI) equality and human rights charity, received an honorary degree from the University of Edinburgh. The degree was in recognition of his decades of work advancing LGBTI equality in Scotland.

'THE OLDEST GAY IN THE VILLAGE' RECOGNISED AT ATTITUDE PRIDE AWARDS

DR TIM HOPKINS & VICE-PRINCIPAL PROFESSOR JANE NORMAN: PHOTO DOUGLAS ROBERTSON

In her Laureation, Vice-Principal Professor Jane Norman, who sponsored the honorary degree, described Tim Hopkins as a “tireless” campaigner for LGBTI equality: “In recent years Scotland has become a leading light on LGBTI equality, with Scotland being recognised as the ‘best country in Europe for LGBTI legal equality’ by the Rainbow Europe Index in 2015. The Scotland of the mid 1980s was however, very different. It seems astonishing to remember now, but laws prohibiting same-sex sexual activity were only repealed in Scotland in 1980. “Under the directorship of Tim Hopkins, the Equality Network has campaigned actively and effectively for LGBTI equality… Regardless of our gender or sexual orientation, we have all in Scotland benefitted from having such a committed and dedicated equality campaigner as Tim Hopkins.” Professor Norman highlighted the milestones of the repeal of Section 28 and the legalisation of same-sex marriage as two of Tim Hopkins’ most notable achievements. Tim responded to the Laureation, saying: “Thank you to the University and to Professor Norman for her generous words. Growing up as a gay teenager in the 1970s, the world was very different from today. But I hoped then that it might change, and I count myself very privileged to have had the opportunity to be involved, alongside many others, in some of the campaigns for that change. Changing the law is important, but it’s not in itself equality. We will perhaps be close to equality when same-sex couples can feel comfortable holding hands together anywhere in Scotland. We’re not there yet, but I believe we’ll get there. There have been huge changes in public opinion on these issues in recent years, and that change is continuing.

TOM FRENCH

“So I want to say thank you to everyone, and there are many, who have changed their minds on issues like same-sex marriage. And in particular I want to thank everyone who helped others change their minds, by having the courage, and it still can take courage, to say this is who I am and I’m proud of it. It is people doing that, that has really changed the world and allowed groups like the Equality Network to do what we do. Thank you.” Staff at the Equality Network welcomed the recognition of Tim Hopkins’ work. Tom French, Policy and Public Affairs Coordinator for the Equality Network, said: “Tim’s hard work campaigning for LGBTI equality in Scotland over the past 30 years has been an inspiration to many equality activists and has achieved a huge amount for LGBTI people, from the repeal of Section 28 to the legalisation of same-sex marriage. It is fair to say that without his work Scotland simply would not have the progressive LGBTI equality laws that we take for granted today or the positive change that they have helped generate in Scottish society – for that people of my generation owe Tim a huge debt of gratitude.” www.equality-network.org

GEORGE MONTAGUE AND CIVIL PARNER, SOMCHAI

Tim Hopkins, who received the honorary degree in a ceremony at Edinburgh’s Usher Hall, has been campaigning for LGBTI equality in Scotland for almost 30 years. As a lecturer and postgraduate student in Edinburgh during the 1980s he helped organise the UK’s first demonstration against Section 28, before going on to help organise Scotland’s first Pride march in 1995, and then becoming a founding member of the Equality Network in 1997. Through his work at the Equality Network, firstly as Policy Coordinator and now as Director, Tim has played an instrumental role in securing most major steps towards LGBTI equality in Scotland, from the repeal of Section 28 in 2000 to the introduction of Scotland’s progressive hate crime and equal marriage laws in more recent years.

) George Montague, affectionately known as the Oldest Gay in the Village, was the recipient of an award at the inaugural Attitude Pride Awards held at the Grosvenor House Hotel on the eve of London Pride. The event was hosted by actor Alan Cumming, fresh from hosting the Tonys in the USA. Other personalities present included Barbara Windsor, Harry Potter star Matthew Lewis, N*Sync's Lance Bass, Blue's Anthony Costa and Duncan James and singer Conor Maynard. George Montague, a Brighton Pride Ambassador in 2013 and author of The Oldest Gay In The Village, received his award from Barbara Windsor. A total of 12 awards were presented to people, who have faced real challenges with strength and dignity and/or helped LGBT people in the community without fanfare or fame. Other winners on the night included: Jonathan Blake, an original member of Lesbians &

Gays Support the Miners (LGSM), featured in the hit film Pride; Asifa Lahore, a Muslim drag queen whose glamorous aura is coupled with a serious drive for LGBT activism; Duncan Craig, Founder and CEO of Survivors Manchester, supporting male survivors of sexual abuse and rape; Christian Webb, LGBT awareness in schools campaigner; Ayla Holdom, RAF Search & Rescue Pilot and transgender activist; Moud Goba, UK Lesbian & Gay Immigration Group support worker and community activist; Jonny Benjamin, mental health campaigner; Emmanuel Okoghenu, Albert Kennedy Trust Ambassador; Matthew Naz Mahmood-Ogston, from the Naz and Matt Foundation, building bridges between the LGBT and religious communities; Toni Hogg, manager and counsellor at Antidote, the LGBT Drug and Alcohol Service; Mena Houghton, who since the death of her gay son Mark has become an outspoken activist against homophobia.


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LOCAL AUTHOR SHORTLISTED FOR 'WRITER IN RESIDENCE' AWARD

REPORT HIGHLIGHTS BENEFITS OF LUNCH CLUBS TO COMMUNITIES ) Lunch Positive, the HIV lunch

Residence 2016, which includes local author and biographer Rose Collis. Ten books have been shortlisted for the programme, which includes novels, poetry and creative nonfiction, best representing, in the eyes of the panel, some of the most creative writing in the world today. Four authors will win a month’s residency at Gladstone’s Library, a creative community that is open to the public and is based in the world’s only residential library. Previous winners include: Naomi Alderman (The Liars’ Gospel), Stella Duffy (Theodora, The Purple Shroud), Vanessa Gebbie (The Coward’s Tale), Melissa Harrison (Clay, At Hawthorn Time), Peter Jukes, Lesley McDowell (Unfashioned Creatures), Peter Moore (Damn His Blood, The Weather Experiment) and Sarah Perry (After Me Comes the Flood). Previous winning poets include Katrina Naomi, (The Girl With the Cactus Handshake, Hooligans), Judy Brown (Loudness) and Pascale Petit (Fauverie). Submission entries are drawn from all round the world. To qualify for consideration, all applicants had to submit a book published in the last three years and a short piece on liberal values. The 10 shortlisted titles in 2015 are: Susan Barker: The Incarnations (Doubleday); Sue Hubbard: The Forgetting and Remembering of Air (Salt); Rose Collis: Death in the City (Hanover Press); Rebecca Farmer: Not Really (smith/doorstop); Alyson Hallett: Suddenly Everything (Poetry Salzburg); Jason Hewitt: The Dynamite Room (Simon & Schuster); Tung-Hui Hu: Greenhouses, Lighthouses (Copper Canyon Press); Amy Liptrot: The Outrun (Canongate); Katharine Norbury: The Fish Ladder (Bloomsbury Circus); Natasha Pulley: The Watchmaker of Filigree Street (Bloomsbury Circus). Peter Francis, Warden of Gladstone’s Library, said: “The list represents a wonderful blend of established, newly published and as-yet unpublished writers. Our shortlist seems to develop organically, to include long-and short-form fiction, poetry, biography and creative non-fiction. We are delighted to be able to announce such a strong shortlist and we’re sure that those of us who are judging have their work cut out.” The judging panel consists of: Freddie Baveystock (Strategy Director of Rufus Leonard and Trustee of Gladstone’s Library); Richard Beard (novelist and Director of the National Academy of Writing); Peter Francis (Warden of Gladstone’s Library); Francesca Haig (novelist and academic); Sarah Perry (novelist); Louisa Yates (Director of Collections and academic). Judging will take place on Monday, August 10 and winners will be announced on October 12. The 2016 scheme will be launched at an exclusive salon at London’s National Liberal Club, where the four winners will read from their work, accompanied by previous Writers in Residence.

THEATRE TO HIT THE STREETS IN AUGUST VOLUNTEERS WANTED! ) An unsuspecting public will be treated to surprise ‘flash-mob’ theatre productions on the streets of Brighton. From August 6-9, research project Liveable Lives, will host performances in public spaces to explore the idea of a life that is liveable rather than just bearable for LGBTQ people in India and the UK. Liveable Lives is an international research project led by the University of Brighton. Since November 2014, LGBTQ people have been sharing their ideas and experiences of what makes life at interactive workshops and through the project’s website liveablelives.org.uk. Experienced queer activists and street theatre practitioners have already organised performances in Kolkata, India, and in August they will travel to run a series of one-day workshops in Brighton. Volunteers will share their stories and experiences, and design a 5 to 10 minute performance to perform somewhere in Brighton. Audience reactions and interactions will be encouraged, and refreshments will be provided. Anyone who is LGBTQ (or those who are not) is invited to take part. For more information view: http://liveablelives.org

club, recently took part as a case study in the Brighton & Hove Food Partnership city-wide Eating Together report, exploring the role of lunch clubs and shared meals in Brighton & Hove. This report brings to light the sheer scale of community eating - almost half a million shared meals take place each year at lunch clubs and other community groups in the city. The research highlights the largely unrecognised role that these groups are playing in addressing food poverty, in reducing social isolation, in contributing to good nutrition and health, in offering advice, acting as a gateway to other services, and involving people in volunteering.

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ROSE COLLIS

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and is likely to increase in the light of welfare reforms, low wages and the very high cost of living in the locality. “Lunch Positive is a unique service within our community, and we’re incredibly pleased to see that these reports also reflect the much wider benefits of lunch clubs as a result of the community space they provide. For us it’s all about community – making people feel welcome, sharing meals, spending time together, supporting each other, involving and supporting other organisations, and of course volunteering. “For people who haven’t yet come to Lunch Positive, or are unsure what we do, it’s a community space that is all about the people that are here. It’s informal and welcoming – a place to get something healthy and affordable to eat, or just a coffee. A safe place for people with HIV to spend time with peers and just be yourself. We want the lunch club to be your space, to help however it can.”

Gary Pargeter, Volunteer Project Manager at Lunch Positive, said: "We were delighted to take part as a case study for the Eating Together report, Read the Eating Together report, at: where researchers talked to our volunteers and members. There’s no http://bhfood.org.uk/blog/eatingtogether-report doubt that food poverty still exists

COUNCIL FAILS TO PROTECT PEOPLE WITH DISABILITIES ) A motion tabled by Green councillors calling on the council to protect funds to support independent living for the most severely disabled in the city was rejected last month. The Green Group’s motion to Full Council on Thursday, July 16, called on the council to ring-fence this, and any additional related funds, until 2019 to ensure that they are used for the purpose set out and not diluted into the bigger social care pot, which is being squeezed by government spending cuts.

However, the Labour Group voted to not support any ring-fencing and the motion failed. PHELIM MAC CAFFERTY

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Cllr Mac Cafferty, said: “We are extremely disappointed that Labour have chosen not to support our motion and, in so-doing, are prepared to create uncertainty for the most severely disabled people in the community.

“Without the funding ring-fenced we are essentially saying that the Phelim Mac Cafferty, Green Group independence and the dignity of our convenor, pointed out that other disabled residents doesn’t matter local authorities have followed the because they can join the scramble advice of disability rights groups and in the race to the bottom for whatever ring-fenced the money, including: is left over. We say very clearly that Conservative-run Hillingdon, that shouldn’t happen. For what I Wokingham and Kensington and estimate to be in the range of £2 Chelsea; and Labour controlled million pounds for the next 4 years Camden, Islington and we could provide hope for people Hammersmith and Fulham, and being dragged to hell and back by the they expected Brighton & Hove to changes being imposed on them.” follow suit.


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OLDER & OUT BOAT TRIP TO MAGNA CARTA COUNTRY ) Older & Out is a social group for older LGBT people providing them with an open, welcoming space to come together, and create new friendships. They meet on the second Friday of each month at the Somerset Day Centre, 62 St James’s Street, Brighton, between 1-3pm when lunch is served and there is usually a guest speaker. Last month they took a day trip by coach to Runnymede in Surrey where Magna Carta was sealed, followed by a trip on the Thames and a ploughman’s lunch. The weather was beautiful showing off the Surrey countryside at its very best. The event was part funded with a grant from the Rainbow Fund. For more information about Older & Out email: info@somersetdaycentre.org.uk or call 01273 699000.


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PEER ACTION AUGUST DIARY PEER ACTION WISHES EVERYONE A SAFE, UPLIFTING AND ENJOYABLE PRIDE WEEKEND Most of our regular events will be taking a break for August to allow therapists and volunteers to have a well deserved rest - we will return refreshed in September with our full programme. In the meantime you can still enjoy:

YOGA: TUES 4TH/11TH/18TH & SAT 15TH 17.45 with Dan, Hampshire Lodge, Upper St James’ St, Brighton Or pop into the Barley Mow for:

SOCIAL GAMES NIGHT: WED 26TH 19.30 with Chris & Julia, at the Barley Mow Pub, Kemptown A very special event for August is our Peer Action fundraiser and we’re very grateful to Mark and his team for supporting us at the

CAMELFORD BIG QUIZ: THURS 27TH 21.00 at the Camelford Arms, Brighton, it’s £1 per person to enter and proceeds will go to Peer Action Peer Action is a group for all those affected by HIV and provides a range of holistic and social activities to help break down the isolation, build new friendships and share interesting experiences. We’re looking for volunteers to help trustees with some day-to-day tasks that keep Peer Action running. Help out as little or as much as you want, sharing your time with fellow peers is extremely rewarding, worthwhile and fun. If you’re interested, please reply to: peeractionmail@gmail.com For info about events see: www.peeraction.co.uk Or our f Facebook page: www.facebook.com/peeraction


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ACCESSIBILITY MATTERS ) Accessibility Matters is celebrating its second year serving the disabled LGBT community in Brighton & Hove. The Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum (LGBT CSF) initiative Accessibility Matters is celebrating its second birthday this month. Created in 2013 Accessibility Matters aims to address the needs of disabled, older and deaf members of the LGBT Communities in Brighton & Hove and encourage and empower them to take part in community and social life on a par with their non-disabled peers. Accessibility Matters is a completely independent project, run entirely by unpaid volunteers. Along with supporting the disabled, deaf and older LGBT community to access facilities and social activities within the City, the LGBT CSF through Accessibility Matters has delivered self-awareness and self-defence workshops to empower individuals to feel safer and protect themselves. Accessibility Matters was instrumental in enabling disabled, deaf and older people to take part in Pride 2014 in the Parade and at the party in the park in a safe and supported environment. For many, it was the first Pride at which they felt supported and welcomed as equals. The LGBT CSF will be facilitating Access on the day of Brighton Pride again this year. For more information visit www.lgbt-help.com/pride-2015/accessibility-matters

DINE FOR MINDOUT! ) Like cooking, eating, socialising with friends, and raising money for a good cause? MindOut are offering an opportunity to do all those things with a new fundraising initiative, Dine for MindOUt! Take part and you could win a meal for two! In the next few months MindOut are launching a string of food related fundraising events. The idea is simple and everyone can join in. Invite your friends round for dinner and ask them to make a donation. Follow the themes MindOut suggest or come up with your own, just ask for a £3 minimum donation from all your guests. If you don’t want to cook you can host a picnic or BBQ anytime you like! Over the next six months MindOut will suggest six food themes, each with their own info packs giving you recipes, tips and telling you about the hidden benefits of the ingredients. The campaign started in July with Indian Cuisine, recently voted Britain's favourite food. However, you can chose your own type of food if you like. When you host the dinner, BBQ or picnic, take photos, videos, write blogs and upload them to the MindOut Facebook page so everyone can see how it goes. MindOut have created a Facebook page. 'Like' and 'Share' it with your friends to keep up to date with related upcoming events. If you use Twitter or Instagram use #DineForMindOut so all your friends can follow the fun. Each month MindOut will publish a dedicated info pack inspired by the current theme. It will be a jump-start for the novice by providing a popular recipe for each food group: meat, fish, vegetarian and vegan. You don’t have to follow these if you have your own source of culinary inspiration, but there will be tips, interesting facts on the ingredients… and look out for the Celebrity Dish! At the end of the dinner (or brunch, picnic, gathering) you just pass an envelope among your friends to collect a minimum £5 donation each. You can take the donations to MindOut, LGBTQ Mental Health Service, Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton BN1 3XG, call 01273 234839 or at the click of a button you can make a single donation at https://campaign.justgiving.com/charity/mindoutlgbt/dineformindout Each month, MindOut will randomly pick the name of a host, who will win dinner for two at one of the restaurants supporting the scheme. For more information email: info@mindout.org.uk or call 01273 234 839 For more information, view: www.facebook.com/DineForMindOut

MARIA BAKER CELEBRATES ) Maria Baker celebrated her birthday at Envy above Charles Street in late June. Instead of bringing a birthday present along, she asked friends to make a donation to Blueprint 22 a group she is Patron of. Blueprint 22 is a youth organisations for 16-25 year old which operates from Brighton to Bognor Regis. At the time of going to press her birthday has raised over £1,000 for the group.


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STARS GIVE ROSE A BRIGHTON SEND OFF ) Rose Chillingworth came to Brighton many moons ago when her son and his partner bought the much loved and much missed Harlequin in Providence Place. She would be found nightly on the door taking the money and later at the end of the bar at the Marine Tavern holding court and talking to all the friends she had made over the years. She is now returning to live near her daughter in Norfolk and will be missed by many people. An impressive array of local entertainers turned out to give Rose a great Brighton send off! Rose said: “Please can you thank all the drag artists who performed at my leaving party very much. They put on a wonderful show for me. I would like to thank Lola Lasagne for compering the evening, Miss Jason, Dave Lynn, Jenny Castell, Jacque Plunkett, Davina Sparkle and I hope Maisie Trollette is feeling much better, I'm sorry she could not be there. Special thanks to Barry and his staff at the Queens Arms for coming in on their day off to work and to everyone who came and made the evening so special for me.�

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The park site is all ages; an adult must accompany under 16’s. Children are classed at 11yrs–16yrs. Under 11s may attend free of charge. Gates will open at noon on both days with a curfew of 10pm. Headlining the main stage on Saturday (5) are irreverent Welsh pop collective Super Furry Animals (SFA). Fronted by Gruff Rhys, they are celebrated not only for their exceptional song-writing and spectacular live shows, but also for their creativity and imagination. With a back catalogue of countless classics from throughout their 20 plus year career, this headline slot looks set to be a highlight of the festival season. Joining them on the main stage on Saturday are Brighton folk-rock stalwarts The Levellers, political poet and master singer-songwriter Billy Bragg, Mercury-nominated producer/MC Ghostpoet, talented local rising star Chris Simmons and emotive and spirited pop from popular X-Factor finalist Lucy Spraggan.

arts festival founded by local music promotions company One Inch Badge. Its primary focus is to celebrate music, food, community, film and arts within the city of Brighton & Hove by delivering a high quality, creative, family friendly and socially aware flagship event that is accessible to everyone. The line-up will include, Super Furry Animals, the legendary Martha Reeves & The Vandellas, The Levellers, Billy Bragg, Ghostpoet, Public Service Broadcasting, Lucy Rose, Roots Manuva, The XCerts and Lucy Spraggan to mention a few. With great music very much at the heart of the festival, TTP’s debut line-up reflects an eclectic mix of new talent, beloved legends and contemporary stars. TTP will host music stages on-site, have a unique collaboration with Picturehouse Brighton and a pop-up ‘soapbox’ stage where local community groups and charities can talk about their work and the public can engage with local political and social bodies in Q&A sessions. The soapbox stage will also act as a platform for other creative arts and entertainment such as literature, poetry and comedy. Scattered around the site there will several bars serving drinks from local breweries, as well as a market/diner area which will exclusively house local independent food outlets, clothing and arts concessions. There will be a series of pop up galleries around the site for artists to use for live and exhibition purposes. TTP will also be supporting Brighton Housing Trust as their lead charity partner for the event.

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Sunday will see 1960s Motown legends Martha Reeves & The Vandellas take to the main stage, along with instrumental duo Public Service Broadcasting, folk songstress Lucy Rose and Roots Manuva who was recently dubbed “England’s greatest rapper” by The Independent. More Brighton talent will be represented with psychedelic hip-hop outfit Dizrali & The Small Gods and local party providers Carnival Collective opening the stage. The very special guest headliner for Sunday at TTP will be revealed very soon! There will also be plenty of family fun on offer! On the main stage on Saturday afternoon audiences will be treated to one of the wildest family theatre shows round: The Cat In The Hat, based on the much loved book by Dr Seuss. Expect towering hats, mischief and an imagination recharge! Ever popular book and TV series Horrible Histories will also be taking to the stage with their brilliantly funny educational theatre show ‘Barmy Britain’; a breakneck rollick through 1,000 years of our great land that can be enjoyed by kids of all ages! There will be plenty of other areas to explore and exciting experiences to be had at Together The People’s debut outing. Art Installations and exhibition spaces curated by Studio 45 and Cassette Lord, with a number of workshops including spray painting and street art, screen printing, pottery, lino-cut, woodblock printing and circus skills plus, interactive fun for kids. With so many brilliant local business based on their home turf, TTP have partnered with several of their friends to provide festival-goers with a taster of Brighton’s best-loved cultural institutions. The UK’s leading independent record store Resident will present a Music Pop Up Shop selling some of the worlds best records and hosting meet and greets and signing’s from artists performing at the festival. The oldest cinema in continuous use in Britain, Duke of Yorks Picture house will also be programming an eclectic and entertaining choice of moving pictures in an environment they can guarantee you have experienced before! Plus lots more interesting local retails TBA!

TTP TICKET INFORMATION ) Weekend Tickets: £70 + booking fee – Adult Weekend (16+); £37.50 + booking fee – Child Weekend (11-15 yrs. Must be accompanied by adult 18+); £0 – Infant Weekend (under 11yrs. Must be accompanied by adult 18+)

) Day Tickets: £39.50 + booking fee – Adult Day (16+); £20 + booking fee – Child Day (11-15 yrs. Must be accompanied by adult 18+); £0 – Infant Day (under 11yrs. Must be accompanied by adult 18+)

) Disabled customers are asked to purchase their tickets via Ticketmaster & call the dedicate line (0800 988 4440) to arrange a carer ticket and obtain further information. ) For more information and to book tickets, view: www.togetherthepeople.co.uk


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WWW.GSCENE.COM bisexual, lesbian, and gay friends are as holy and sacred before God as any child of God. I see evidence of it in the way that God works in their lives. I see it in the honesty and willingness to wrestle with difficult questions; and in the courage that's needed to seek truth. “I came to Brighton to lead a church that would champion the lives of LGBTQ people. Whether we're single or in a relationship, whether we are a nurse or a drag queen, whether they are extrovert or wall flowers. God loves the whole package because that's the way God made us. Claims that our sexuality or gender expression are a sin are simply a lie.

REV MICHAEL HYDES “I believe that my LGBTQ friends are as holy and sacred before God as any child of God.” ) Michael Hydes was born in 1961 to a family of Jehovah’s Witnesses in Newcastle upon Tyne. He spent many years in Yorkshire until his parents separated and his mum married a man who lived in Northumberland.

When the Jehovah’s Witnesses found out he was gay they disfellowshipped (excommunicated) him. Michael was 20-years-old and found it very difficult losing family, friends, home and job all at the same time. He was homeless for a while, but slowly began to create a new life for himself. He wanted nothing to do with religion or God until he was 30, when he had an experience of God that changed his life. Michael realised that God not only loved him as a gay man but that God had made him that way for a purpose. He started attending MCC North London where he found his faith, met Jesus and eventually answered a call to ministry. He studied at King’s College, London, where he graduated with a 2.1 in Theology and then spent a year working with MCC North London. In the spring of 2002 he met his husband Chris and a few months later they moved to the USA together, spending the next two years working with MCC New York, during which time he ran the Youth Shelter and was ordained.

In 2004 they were called to Hagerstown, a small rural town in Maryland, where he served as pastor for the next nine years. Michael and Chris returned to the UK in the spring of 2013, where he accepted a call to pastor MCC Brighton. After serving there for 18 months he realised that the call on his life and the vision of the Church were irreconcilably different. He left MCC Brighton and was then approached by a number of folk who shared his vision of a church rooted in the LGBTQ community, serving the LGBTQ community. From this he formed a group, that met with an MCC elder, who last year were given permission to form The Village MCC.

“Over time I connected with others that felt the same way, that had a vision for a church that wasn't afraid to identify fully with the LGBTQ community. Some simply understood the importance of a church that spoke out on behalf of the community, others wanted to be a part of it. “We formed The Village Metropolitan Community Church primarily to empower LGBTQ people, helping to create a world where all LGBTQ people live free from discrimination. We are a Christian church called to do justice and walk humbly with God, (Micah 6:8), seeking at all times to be honest, transparent, and true to our mission in the world. “We dare to seek what is real and deny what is not. We understand that belief and faith are personal journies best taken with the company of others. We are definitely not all the same, not even believing the same, but we are together. “And together we understand that it's time that a Christian voice was heard to champion, without reservation, the LGBTQ community in all its rainbow glory. I do not want to be 'accepted'. I want to be applauded, celebrated, and affirmed! And I believe that our lives deserve nothing less.”

Michael said: “I first found MCC in 1991 at London Pride. I very nervously attended their worship service the following day truly expecting to find a group of 'gay' people playing church. I didn't expect to meet Jesus there, which is exactly what happened. Over the years a feeling of being called to ministry grew stronger and stronger. Not just to be a minister, but to be an openly gay minister, working in an actively LGBTQ affirming church. “I believe very strongly that God made me the way I am, as a gay man. I believe that my transgender,

The Village Metropolitan Community Church meets every Sunday at 6pm at the Somerset Day Centre, 62 St James's Street, Brighton, BN2 1PR. For more information, visit: www.thevillagemcc.org Call: 01273 679812 / 07476 667353. Or email: pastor@thevillagemcc.org


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QUEENS’ CABARET DINNERS

) Friends came from all over the UK and Europe to attend the Zanzibar

) Bob Claydon, for those of you old enough to remember, was the owner of Cardome Card Shop on St James’s Street from 1984-1998, where, at the time, Brighton’s fast emerging film industry took its first tentative steps in his basement. A couple of times a year Bob leaves his twilight home and gets his mates together for a cabaret dinner and Sunday Lunch at the Queens Hotel on Brighton seafront. Last month Topping & Butch kept a full house of eager diners entertained.

Reunion party at Neighbourhood on St James’s Street last month, and what a wonderful evening it was. What started in 2014 as a small get together for a group of friends mushroomed into a wonderful ‘love-in’ for hundreds of old Zanzibar customers. There were old faces, there were new faces and there were some new faces on old faces. Fabulous personalties long lost from the commercial scene and so desperately needed once again to breath life into it turned up to make the evening special. There was a great deal of love in the air and plenty of talk of doing the same in 2016.

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A-BAR

BAR BROADWAY

) 11-12 Marine Parade, BN2 1TL, 01273 696691, www.abarbrighton.co.uk ) OPEN Sun–Thur 12pm–12am; Fri & Sat 12pm–2am. Pride: Fri (31) Jul, Sat

) 10 Steine Street, BN2 1TE, Tel: 01273 609777, www.barbroadway.co.uk ) OPEN Sun-Thur 4pm-1am; Fri & Sat 4pm-3am ) PRIDE WEEKEND Sat (1) is PRIDE AT BAR BROADWAY outside cabaret stage

(1) & Sat (2) Aug 12pm–3am

) FOOD Mon–Sat & Sunday roasts 12–8pm (last orders 7.30pm). Kitchen

on Steine Street (entry from Old Steine) featuring Tabitha Wild, Broadway Babies, Sophie Causbrook and Lascel Wood from 5.30pm. Head inside to listen to clips from all of your favourite musicals. Open 12pm–3.30am. ) Sun (2) on the outside cabaret stage are Jason Thorpe, Tara Vowles, Fiona Jessica Wilson, Darren Hamlin and Bad Girls star Nicole Faraday from 2pm; then it’s HAZEL’S KARAOKE with Queer as Folk and Coronation Street star, Denise Black from 8pm. Head inside to listen to clips from all of your favourite musicals. Open 12pm–1.30am.

closed Sat (1) & Sun (2) Aug. ) PRIDE WEEKEND Free entry all weekend but PVP wristbands compulsory Sat (1) & Sun (2) Aug. ) Fri (31) is the SANFRANDISCO Pre-Pride Special with DJ Mick Fuller spinning tunes from 8.30pm–late, free entry. Von Clitz hosting a night of everyone's favourite musicals that they can listen to, do on karaoke or bring their own backing tracks from 8pm. Stephanie says: “Are you in a show that you want to promote? Love musical theatre/ Broadway shows and love to sing your heart out? If so, then come down to Luvvies, a new night to perform, promote and enjoy songs from the musicals. Please bring your own CD of backing tracks or your own instruments!” Information is correct at the time of going l BAR REVENGE Pride@Bar Revenge to press. Gscene can’t be held responsible 11am; DJs 2pm; Street Party 6pm for any changes or alterations to listings l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Pride Terrace & Club party: DJs Peter Castle, Makky D, Ben Castle, Claire Fuller, Little SATURDAY 1 Rob 7pm l A-BAR Pride@A-Bar 12pm l BOILER ROOM SAUNA Pride Cum l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Pride Party: DJs Union International sex party 11pm 9pm l BOUTIQUE Pride All Day Brunch Club l BAR BROADWAY Pride: outside bar & 11am; se-XXY Pride Roof Terrace party: live music stage with Tabitha Wild, DJs F-Co & Little Rob 10pm Broadway Babies, Sophie Causbrook & l BULLDOG 92 Hour-Long Pride Lascel Wood 6pm Weekend: Pride Street Party: DJs Lee Jeffery, Chad Jackson, Lil Alex, Vague, Marcia, W.H.A.T.A.M.I, Affy and Ali, Jason Pepperell, Ross Alexander, Steve Mac, David Noakes, Mark Wilkinson, Pierre Parnis, Mikalis 5pm; karaoke 10pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Pride Party 12pm-very late l CHARLES ST Fierce Pride 2-floor party: DJs 9pm l DR BRIGHTONS Pre-Pride Parade drinks 10am; Street Party & DJs 6pm l ENVY Fierce Pride 2-floor party: DJs 9pm l FUNKYFISH CLUB We Are Family Pride party: DJs 7pm l GROSVENOR BAR Pride@Grosvenor 10am l LEGENDS BAR Pride Terrace & Club party: DJs Peter Castle, Makky D, Ben Castle, Claire Fuller, Little Rob 7pm

) ONE FOR THE DIARY The FIREPLACE SESSIONS present Darren Hamlin, a

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) ONE FOR THE DIARY Mon & Tue is LUVVIES with the glamorous Stephanie

wonderful Brighton-based vocalist with a selection of songs from his (and your favourite) musicals, on Sun (23) from 8.30pm. Darren says: “I’m a professional singer based in the Brighton & Hove area. I’m outgoing and a social chameleon, so I can adapt to most situations. I love music from many genres, and love to interpret them in my own style. My repertoire covers mainly musical theatre and ballads, but I’m eclectic and have a large range, so I’ll try my hand at any genre. You may have seen me before as I’ve had the privilege of singing duets with the wonderful Dave Lynn, drag queen of drag queens, at Ricky's Bar in Gran Canaria and at Legends Hotel in Brighton. I love to sing and always work hard to make sure my audience has the best time!”

l MARINE TAVERN Pride Street Party: cabaret stage, 25 acts incl host Candy Rel, Stephanie Von Clitz & Gabriella Parish + outside bar, burger & hotdog stand, elevated DJ stand & live PAs 8pm l OHSO SOCIAL Official Brighton Pride After Party with The Freemasons + DJs Chris Pullin, Alpha & Mikalis 9pm l PARIS HOUSE Live Pride jazz 4pm; TC’s Pride Joyful Noise: DJ Kenny 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Outside Pride Cabaret Stage: DJs Chris & Dom + cabaret: Tom Stephens, Amrick Channa, Caroline Haynes Smith, Sandra, JP Christian, Laura Nixon, Jason Prince, Jamie Watson, Charley Monroe, Diane Horan-Hill, Grease by Danile Arbasi & Laren Allan & many more 6pm; Cabaret (inside): Miss Jason midnight l REGENCY TAVERN Pride Breakfasts 8.30am; Gary Peacock’s Mobile 70s/80s Disco 8.30pm l REVENGE Pride Roof Terrace Party: DJs 6pm; Two-Floor Pride Party: DJs Toby Lawrence, Trick & Missy B on level 1; RHaus DJs Jonesy, King K & Zach Burns on

level 2 9pm l SUBLINE Pride Men’s Room: DJ Screwpulous 9pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Pride Breakfasts 9am; Pride Holophonic Sounds: DJ Bagpuss 7pm l VELVET JACKS Pride Breakfast Buffet l ZONE Pride Street Party, DJs, outside bar 10-4am

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l A-BAR Pride@A-Bar 12pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Karaoke 8pm l BAR BROADWAY Pride: outside bar, live music stage with Jason Thorpe, Tara Vowles, Fiona Jessica Wilson, Darren Hamlin and Bad Girls star Nicole Faraday 2pm; Hazel’s Karaoke hosted by Denise Black 8pm l BAR REVENGE Pride@Bar Revenge 12pm; Street Party 2pm; FOMO warm-up 8pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Pride Pop!Candy: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm l BOUTIQUE Sunday Sessions Pride


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BOILER ROOM SAUNA

BOUTIQUE

) 84 Denmark Villas, Hove, BN3 3TJ, Tel: 01273 723 733 ) OPEN Daily 10am–11pm Event details at www.theboilerroomsauna.com ) PRIDE WEEKEND Sat (1) CUMUNION PRIDE SPECIAL, one of the raunchiest

) 2 Boyces St @ West St, BN11AN, 01273 327607 www.boutiqueclubbrighton.com ) OPEN daily from 1pm–very late ) FOOD all day, every day till midnight ) PRIDE Fri (31) Jul is Pre-Pride special with special rainbow cocktails being given away on the roof terrace from 1pm. ) Sat (1) Aug is ALL DAY BRUNCH

parties in the south east, from 11pm–8am. Entry £15 (no concs) or an extra £5 if you arrive 9–11pm. Dress code: Naked (no towels to be worn). www.cumunion.uk

) ONE FOR THE DIARY Don’t miss T-GIRLS, a discreet friendly evening for trans girls and admirers, Fri (28) from 11pm. There’s a licensed bar until 3am with a good selection of wine, cider, beer and spirit/mixers, £3 each, cider £3.50 and the kitchen is open all night. Entry fee for girls £15 and £18 for admirers. Admirers are encouraged to wear a towel or can remain dressed. Owner Adam Bailey says: “There’s little in Brighton at the moment for T-Girls, apart from the girls getting together and going out on the town, meeting at home, and Trans Pride, which is only once a year. We appreciate that T-Girls are diverse being gay, bi, or straight so we provide a venue that’s open to whoever comes along. We also realise that some married men like to dress up and bring their wives along which is fine with us. The spa, sauna and steam room are fully available, unlike other saunas that run similar evenings, as we appreciate that the men may wish to use them in between other activities.”

Roof Terrace Special 11am l BRIGHTON SAUNA Pride Naked Day 12pm l BULLDOG 92 Hour-Long Pride Weekend: Pride Street Party: DJs Lee Jeffery, Chad Jackson, Lil Alex, Vague, Marcia, W.H.A.T.A.M.I, Affy and Ali, Jason Pepperell, Ross Alexander, Steve Mac, David Noakes, Mark Wilkinson, Pierre Parnis, Mikalis 2pm; karaoke 9pm; DJ Grant 10pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Pride Party 12pm-very late l CHARLES ST Apres Pride: DJs Lil

Alex, Grant Knowles, Leeroy 7pm; food from 12pm l DR BRIGHTONS Pride@Dr Brightons 12pm; Reflex Pride Special: 80s party, DJ Adam Rice 8pm l FUNKYFISH CLUB Pride Fetish Market & terrace party: DJs & performers 1pm l GROSVENOR BAR Pride@Grosvenor 12pm l LEGENDS BAR Pride Cabaret Fundraiser: host Lola Lasagne + Miss Jason, Mary Mac, Mrs Moore, Dolly Diamond, Topsie Redfern, Sally Vate,

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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 ) PRIDE Check in on Sat (1) for an AFTER PRIDE PARTY with DJ from 9pm. ) ONE FOR THE DIARY Wed is FRESH! with The Fresh Princess, DJ Jazzy Jane, playing all your retro favourites with tracks from, and influenced by, the 1980s and 1990s from 9pm with free entry. House spirit and mixers are £2.50 before midnight, plus there are other regular deals, including 'two for a fiver' offers!

CLUB from 11am–late with a DJ on the sun terrace playing commercial tunes and a DJ inside till the wee hours. Watch the Parade whilst sipping free stylish shot cocktails and munching on delicious canapés! ) Sun (2) Aug is PRIDE SUNDAY SESSIONS, all day 'house' party from 1pm. If you want (or need!) a more chilled one, then relax on a bed whilst being waited on by hot waiters and waitresses! If you want something a little harder then make your way to the dance floor for funky tunes and festival vibes. Becky, Sales & Marketing Manager, says: “The atmosphere we’re creating for Pride is simple: FUN! A fun-loving environment with VIP vibes and a mix of people coming to do one thing: celebrate Pride in style! If you want everything wrapped into one for Pride weekend then come to Boutique! Not only is it right in the middle of the Parade, it’s a beautiful venue, with the most outrageous (in a good way!) prices, including: 5 J Bombs for £5, 2-for-1 cocktails, 2 vodka mixers with 2 shots for £5, 2 beers with 2 shots for £5, all served by the most beautiful faces! We also have the best commercial DJs in town and the most fabulous atmosphere!”

Stephanie Von Klitz, Lucinda Lashes, Martha D'Arthur, Gabriella Parrish, Maisie Trollette, Rose Garden, Myra Dubois, Cassidy Connors, Davina Sparkle & Dave Lynn 3pm l MARINE TAVERN Pride Street Party: cabaret stage, 25 acts incl host Candy Rel, Stephanie Von Clitz & Gabriella Parish + outside bar, burger & hotdog stand, elevated DJ stand & live PAs 1pm

l OHSO SOCIAL Official Brighton Pride Girls Weekender: beach terrace party, allgirl DJ line-up Maze & Masters, Summerdaze, Ellie Cocks, Alpha, Lady Lola, Sami & Missy B 8pm l PARIS HOUSE Pride chill-out 12pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Outside Pride Cabaret Stage: Davina Sparkle, Miss Jason, Cassidy Conners, Maisie Trollette, Dave Lynn, Stephanie Von Clitz, Lucinda


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BULLDOG

CAMELFORD ARMS

) 31 St James's St, BN2 1RF, Tel: 01273 696996 www.bulldogbrighton.com ) OPEN Mon–Wed 11–2am; Thur 11–3am; Fri 11–7am; Sat 11–8am; Sun 11–3am. ) Pride: open 92-Hours Non-Stop from 11am on Thur (30) till 7am on Mon (3) Aug. ) PRIDE Fri (31) DJ Marcia's THROWBACK FRIDAYS with Drag With No Name at midnight in Top Bar and DJ Grant Knowles in main bar 12am-7am. Sat (1) Aug from 6pm & Sun (2) Aug from 2pm PRIDE STREET PARTY with DJs inc: Ross Alexander, Steve Mac, David Noakes, Mark Wilkinson, Pierre Parnis, Lee Jeffery, Chad Jackson, Lil Alex, Vague, Marcia, W.H.A.T.A.M.I, Affy & Ali, Jason Pepperell and Mikalis.

) 30-31 Camelford St, BN2 1TQ, Tel: 01273 622386, www.camelfordarms.com ) OPEN daily from 12pm and extended opening hours over Pride weekend: Fri (31), Sat (1) Aug & Sun (2) Aug.

) FOOD Mon–Fri 12–3pm & 6–9pm; Sat 12–9pm; Sunday roast & select menu 12pm–till gone; Wed seniors' lunch 2–3.30pm.

) PRIDE Fri (31) is the Pre-Pride Party and FRIDAY CLUB at 6pm. Sat (1) & Sun (2) Aug are PRIDE PARTIES with an outside bar and tunes all day till very late.

) ONE FOR THE DIARY Heads down and switch off those phones on Thursday for the £300 BIG CASH QUIZ at 9pm, the brighter way to start the weekend a little early! Quiz Master Mark leads you through a picture round, dabbles in some general knowledge, a spot of Family Fortunes, arriving at the Big Question, where your team have to name ten of anything ranging from capital cities to One Hit Wonders. The team in last place wins shots, and the winners open one of six envelopes, which they put to one side, then open four of the others to see what they’ve lost. It’s then up to them whether or not to swap their chosen envelope with the one remaining envelope – nail biting stuff! Previous prizes have included a bottle of house wine, six bottles of Sol beer, 48 chocolate bars, a kilo of custard (!) and £25 in cash. One thing that doesn’t change, however, is the £300 Big Cash Prize, to be won every single week - not bad for the £1 entry fee per person!

Titti says: “Titti came about in a moment of madness that stretched out for a further 22 years! Laughter and a good time is all I aim for and thankfully get most of the time. If you've never seen the show before then I have to confess things get a little messy! When I glance back at the end of a show and see the destruction I've left in my wake, I’m still surprised that any manager would invite me back. I think I can safely say I'm the most loathed act amongst cleaners! Feed the Birds is my signature tune and I still enjoy performing it. It's my most imitated routine; go to any holiday resort in Europe that has a drag show and someone who could get a gig back home will be doing it, which I suppose is flattering except many of them will say that I didn't create it. For the record, yes I bloody did! I've played the Bulldog a few times and I genuinely love it. It’s an intimate venue and works perfectly for a performer like me. I've never had a bad night there. In fact its one of the best venues to catch me in and you'll be able to see everything. Add to that the lovely bar staff and DJ Marcia and it’s the perfect mix for a good night!

Lashes, Sally Vate, Miss Penny, Martha D’Arthur, Son ofa Tutu, Topsie Redfern, Rose Garden, Lola Lasagne, Mrs Moore, Myra DuBois, Kara Van Park & many more 2pm; Cabaret (inside): Tom Stevens & Jacque Bennett 9.30pm l REVENGE Pride Roof Terrace Party: DJs 3pm; FOMO Neon Rave: DJs, incl Jonesy, over 2 floors + glowsticks, UV face-painting, bubbles 10pm l SUBLINE Pride Cum As You Are: DJ 8pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Pride Calm-Down Jazz Roast 3pm; Sunday roasts 1-6pm l ZONE Pride Party 10-4am

MONDAY 3

l A-BAR Luvvies: Stephanie Von Clitz 8pm l BULLDOG DJ Marcia’s Glitter Ball 10pm l CHARLES STREET Pride Monday Cabaret: Dolly Diamond 7.30pm; Studio 150 10pm l MARINE TAVERN Mon Madness 8pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Cabaret: Kara Van Park 6pm l REVENGE Pride Closing Party: The Powder Room pres Katya, star of RuPaul’s Drag Race with support from House of Grand Parade & more acts TBA 9pm

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) ONE FOR THE DIARY Don’t miss Titti La Camp, the messiest drag act on the scene, on Fri (14) from midnight. Titti is just one of the acts in August performing upstairs alongside DJ Marcia, who’ll be spinning Motown/70s/80s/90s/00s tracks. Expect laughter and a wide array of hilarious routines, including Titti’s infamous Feed the Birds, which needs to be seen to be believed! Every drink is £1.99 from 9–11pm.

TUESDAY 4

Quiz Master Mark says: “There is a fun and vibrant atmosphere and always a huge cheer for the winners - even if they have pipped your team by a point. One of the best things is that players have formed new friendships with people they may never have met.”

l A-BAR Luvvies: Stephanie Von Clitz 8pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Trollied Dollies 9pm l BOILER ROOM Naked Day 10am l MARINE TAVERN Nat’s Retro Quiz 9pm l REVENGE £2UESDAY: DJ Trick 11pm l VELVET JACKS Cash Prize Quiz 8pm

Name Final Run with Drag With No Name 9pm l MARINE TAVERN Boudoir: trans night 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS An Audience with Sally Vate 9.30pm l SUBLINE Happy Hump Day 9pm

THURSDAY 6

l A-BAR Karaoke with Jai 8pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Disco Bomb: DJ Claire Fuller 9pm WEDNESDAY 5 l BAR REVENGE Throwback Thur 9pm l A-BAR Regency Singers’ Piano Bar l BOUTIQUE DJ F-Co 10pm 8.30pm l BULLDOG Release: DJ Grant 11pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Fresh!: DJ Jazzy l CAMELFORD ARMS £300 Big Cash Jane 9pm Quiz 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Ice: l CHARLES ST Mad Cow’s Tea Party: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm Ms Joan Bond, DJs Lee Jeffery & Ruby l BRIGHTON SAUNA Naked Day 11am Roo 9pm l BULLDOG Diva Rush: DJ Marcia 10pm l MARINE TAVERN Throwback Thur l CAMELFORD ARMS Seniors’ lunch 8pm 2-3.30pm l PARIS HOUSE Live music: Kourosh l CHARLES STREET Quiz With No Kanani Trio 8pm


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PICS FROM CHARLES STREET+ ENVY

AUGUST

LISTINGS

CHARLES STREET BAR

ENVY@ CHARLES STREET

) 8 Marine Parade, BN2 1TA, Tel: 01273 624091, www.charles-street.com ) OPEN daily from 12pm ) FOOD Mon–Sat 12–8pm; Sunday roasts served 12–7pm, £6.95.

) PRIDE Sat (1) Aug is FIERCE PRIDE PARTY with two dance zones and DJs

DRAG WITH NO NAME

) ONE FOR THE DIARY Every Wednesday in August is your last chance to catch the QUIZ WITH NO NAME, a quiz with a difference, hosted by Drag With No Name, from 9pm. While it’s still fundamentally a quiz, the questions are completely varied but rely on you working things out rather than actually knowing a fact. It has humungous amounts of stupidity thrown in and the chance to walk away £100 richer! Drag With No Name says: “As long as you have a basic IQ and an understanding of the world around you then you should have a perfectly swell time. If you don’t, then come along anyway and just get drunk with me! I didn’t want to get in a situation where the same team win every week and annoyed the whole pub - those quizzes are so boring! So I added bonus rounds that are physical and tense with random points being won so anyone can stand a chance of winning each week. Each team gets a goodie bag of sweets, nibbles and popcorn, free shots and a chance to win £100! I only expected to do it for three months as I’m not a residency kind of girl, but the crowd have been so lovely - as have all the gang at Charles Street. So it was impossible not to say yes when asked to stay. But when you go to bed spelling things, you know it’s time to call it a day. Just nine weeks left of the best night out in Brighton on a Wednesday night, and the chance to walk away with £100… What more encouragement do you need?” l QUEEN’S ARMS Don’t Miss Jason 9.30pm l REVENGE FOMO: DJs 10.30pm l SUBLINE Leathered 9pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Big Cash Quiz: £150 jackpot 7.30pm

FRIDAY 7

l A-BAR Live entertainment: Gio’s Soul Sessions 9.30pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7-Upstairs: DJ ALex Baker 9pm

DJ Grant says: “This year it promises to be the biggest party ever as we celebrate 25 years of Gay Pride, which is nearly as long as I have been DJing! I’m so excited to be returning to one of Brighton’s largest gay venues, Charles Street and Envy, which boasts a massive two floors that I’ll proudly be a part of with the fab and friendly staff who are always on hand and always looking very dapper! So whether it’s downstairs in the bar or upstairs in the fabulous club Envy, I will be mixing up a storm of commercial pop and dance mixes with a little housey twist! It’s not to be missed!”

DJ GRANT KNOWLES

) PRIDE WEEKEND Fri (31) sees Charles Street join forces with Smirnoff for the 1 NIGHT ONLY party from 10pm to kick off Pride Weekend with live entertainers, light show, pumping hot tunes to heat you up all night long and multi-cannon CO2 jets to cool you down ensuring the evening is a blast! Entry: £5. ) Sat (1) Aug is FIERCE PRIDE PARTY with two dance zones over two floors from 9pm–4am. Expect funky house and dance in room 1 and commercial dance in room 2. Free Entry b4 10pm, £8 b4 midnight, £8 queue jumpers available at the bar now! ) Sun (2) Aug is APRÈS PRIDE with resident DJs Lil’ Alex, Grant Knowles and Lee(roy) from 7pm, free entry b4 10pm. Food available from 12pm.

Grant Knowles, Lil’ Alex & Lee(roy) over two floors from 9pm–4am. Expect funky house and dance in room 1 and commercial dance in room 2. Free Entry b4 10pm, £6 b4 midnight, £6 queue jumpers available at the bar now!

l CHARLES ST Fruity Friday Fix: DJ Leeroy 9pm l DR BRIGHTONS Funky Friday: DJ Nick Hirst 9pm l GROSVENOR BAR Mysterry’s karaoke 9pm l MARINE TAVERN 1st Birthday Party Weekend: Gabriella Parrish 9.30pm l REVENGE Pop Tartz: DJs 10.30pm l PARIS HOUSE DJ Havoxx 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Double cabaret: Rose Garden 6pm & 9.30pm l SUBLINE Steam 9pm l ZONE Cabaret: Collusion 10pm

SATURDAY 8

l A-BAR Sanfrandisco: DJ Mick Fuller 8.30pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7 Sins: DJ Ben Castle 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Jukebox 4pm l BAR REVENGE Sweet Revenge warmup 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Broadway Jukebox 8pm; Summertime Special with Sally Vate l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Fusion: DJ Little Rob 11pm @ The Gods 9pm l BOILER ROOM Naked Day 10am l BAR REVENGE Pop Tartz warm-up l BOUTIQUE se-XXY: DJ F-Co 10pm 9pm l BULLDOG Main bar: DJ V John 10pm; l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Lil Alex 3am; upstairs karaoke bar 10pm; Glitter: DJs Claire Fuller & Peter Castle upstairs club bar 3.30am 11pm l CHARLES ST The Boys In The Bar: l BOUTIQUE i-Candy: DJ F-Co 10pm DJs Lil Alex, Grant Knowles, Leeroy 9pm l BULLDOG DJ Marcia’s Throwback l DR BRIGHTONS Sexy Saturday: DJ Friday 10pm; cabaret: Miss Jason + DJ Tony B 9pm Grant 12am l CAMELFORD ARMS Friday Club 6pm l GROSVENOR BAR Cabaret: Krissie

DuCann 9.30pm l LEGENDS BAR Pre-club DJs 7pm l MARINE TAVERN 1st Birthday Party Weekend: DJ & buffet 8pm; Marine Late: DJ Little Rob, 80s disco 11.30pm3.30am l PARIS HOUSE Live jazz 4pm; TC’s Joyful Noise: DJ Kenny 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Cabaret: Sandra 9.30pm l REVENGE Sweet Revenge: DJs Missy B & Patch on level 1; R-Haus: DJs on level 2 10.30pm l SUBLINE Men’s Room: DJ Screwpulous 9pm l ZONE Cabaret: Gabriella Parrish 10pm

SUNDAY 9

l A-BAR Lollipops & Glowsticks karaoke with Jai 8pm; roasts 12-8pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Karaoke 8pm l BAR BROADWAY Fireplace Sessions: Joanne Andrews 8.30pm l BAR REVENGE Sunday Funday: Micklos hosts giant board games & karaoke 8pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Pop!Candy: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm l BRIGHTON SAUNA Naked Day 12pm l BULLDOG DJ Grant 10pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Bear Bash, Free Food & Raffle 5pm; Sunday roasts & select menu 12pm–till gone l CHARLES ST Cabaret: Drag With No Name 7.30pm; Tranny Rock & Roll Bingo: Sally Vate 8.30pm; roasts 12–7pm


46 GSCENE OUT & ABOUT

PICS FROM DOCTOR BRIGHTONS + GROSVENOR

AUGUST

ADAM RICE

LISTINGS

DOCTOR BRIGHTONS

GROSVENOR

) 16-17 Kings Rd, BN1 1NE, Tel: 01273 208113 www.doctorbrightons.co.uk ) OPEN Mon–Thur 3pm–midnight; Fri & Sat 1pm–2am; Sun 1pm–midnight.

) 16 Western Street, Hove, BN1 2PG, www.thegrosvenorbar.com ) OPEN daily from noon–late. Pride: Fri (31) Jul 1pm–late, Sat (1) Aug

Pride: open Sat (1) Aug from 10am and from 12pm on Sun (2) Aug.

10am–late & Sun (2) Aug from noon–late.

) PRIDE WEEKEND Free entry all weekend. Warm-up to the big day on Fri (31) with the PRE-PRIDE PARTY with free shots and DJ Nick Hirst spinning an uplifting set from 9pm. Get there early on the big day on Sat (1) Aug for great views of the parade and drinks from 10am. The STREET PARTY is then from 6pm with an express bar and DJ Tony B till late. On Sun (2) Aug it’s an extra special REFLEX PRIDE SPECIAL with DJ Adam Rice spinning the best of the 1980s from 7.30pm. Wayne Durant, Doctor Brightons’ bar manager, says: “Come and help Doctor Brightons celebrate 25 years of Pride with the friendliest atmosphere, best DJs and of course free entry. Go on, treat yourself!”

) PRIDE WEEKEND Pre-Pride Party on Fri (31) from 8pm and then on Sat (1)

l LEGENDS BAR Cabaret: Davina Sparkle 3.30pm; Sunday roasts 12–3pm l MARINE TAVERN 1st Birthday Party Weekend: Stephanie Von Clitz 9.30pm; Sunday roasts 12-6pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Double cabaret: Maisie Trollette 6pm & 9.30pm l SUBLINE Guilty Pleasures: DJ Screwpulous 9pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS The Jazz Roast 3pm; Sunday roasts 1-6pm l ZONE Cabaret: Stone & Street 6.30pm

MONDAY 10

l A-BAR Luvvies: Stephanie Von Clitz 8pm l BAR BROADWAY After Work Showbiz Quiz 6.30pm l BULLDOG DJ Marcia’s Glitter Ball 10pm l CHARLES STREET Studio 150 10pm l LEGENDS BAR Miss Jason’s Monday Madness 9.30pm l MARINE TAVERN Mon Madness 8pm

TUESDAY 11

l A-BAR Luvvies: Stephanie Von Clitz 8pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Trollied Dollies 9pm l BOILER ROOM Naked Day 10am l MARINE TAVERN Nat’s Retro Quiz 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Davina Sparkle’s Big Fat Quiz 9pm l REVENGE £2UESDAY: DJ Trick 11pm l VELVET JACKS Cash Prize Quiz 8pm

WEDNESDAY 12

l A-BAR Regency Singers’ Piano Bar 8.30pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Fresh!: DJ Jazzy Jane 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Blankety Blank 8.30pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Ice: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm l BRIGHTON SAUNA Naked Day 11am l BULLDOG Diva Rush: DJ Marcia 10pm

KRISSIE DUCANN

) ONE FOR THE DIARY Step back in time and dance yourself dizzy at PRIDE REFLEX on Sunday (2) and Bank Holiday Sunday (30) with DJ Adam Rice spinning the best 1980s tunes designed to get those hands in the air from 8pm. Adam says: “The night is a total 'guilty pleasures'; it's not cool, it's fun; it's tongue in cheek, it's what the 1980s were... Expect classics from Donna Summer, Footloose, Kylie, Queen, ABBA, Grease and Dirty Dancing to name a few. There's also plenty of one-hit wonders - some that I’m sure people would rather forget! It’s all about fun, laughter & having a good time... And I only play songs from the 1970s & 1980s despite being told I need to get with the times!”

Aug open 10am–late for Pride Day. ) ONE FOR THE DIARY Enjoy an electric atmosphere and happy sing-a-long vibe with legendary Brighton vocalist Krissie DuCann on Sat (8) from 9.30pm. Krissie says: “Expect fun, happiness, a wide range of songs with comedy and lots of love in the air! The Grosvenor is a fabulous place to perform - it reminds me of the old days in cabaret bars. Collin Day, the manager, has great rapport with artists and his customers, that's what makes it such a great venue - happy punters and happy entertainers! People dance, sing and it's an amazing atmosphere! I sing a wide range of material from the 1960s onwards, some Celine Dion, Whitney Houston and many more! I love soul-inspired songs with a good feel and meaning. Expect a good night of entertainment, good atmosphere, good music, friendly bar staff and lots of fun!”

l CAMELFORD ARMS Seniors’ lunch 2-3.30pm l CHARLES STREET Quiz With No Name Final Run with Drag With No Name 9pm l MARINE TAVERN Boudoir: trans night 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS An Audience with Sally Vate 9.30pm l SUBLINE Happy Hump Day 9pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Open mic with hosts The Purple Shoes 8.30pm

THURSDAY 13

l A-BAR Karaoke with Jai 8pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Disco Bomb: DJ Claire Fuller 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Tabitha & friends 9pm l BAR REVENGE Throwback Thur 9pm l BOUTIQUE DJ F-Co 10pm l BULLDOG Release: DJ Grant 11pm l CAMELFORD ARMS £300 Big Cash Quiz 9pm l CHARLES ST Mad Cow’s Tea Party:


PICS FROM LEGENDS BAR & BASEMENT CLUB

GSCENE OUT & ABOUT 47

AUGUST

LISTINGS

LEGENDS BAR

LEGENDS BASEMENT CLUB

) 31-34 Marine Parade, BN2 1TR Tel: 01273 624462, www.legendsbrighton.com ) OPEN daily from 11am–5am

) 31-34 Marine Parade, BN2 1TR Tel: 01273 624462, www.legendsbrighton.com ) OPEN Wed & Fri–Sun from 11pm. Free entry to the club every day. Pride: open

) FOOD Mon–Sat 12–4pm; Sunday lunch served 12–3pm

Fri from 8pm & Sat (1) Augfrom 8pm.

) PRIDE WEEKEND Fri (31) is GLITTER-ING 2 FLOOR PRIDE TERRACE PARTY with the best DJs and gorgeous Christopher Haul performing his special brand of pop-rock (think One Republic meets Bruno Mars crossed with Coldplay/James Morrison). Entry £5 from 8pm. ) Sat (1) Aug is PRIDE TWO-FLOOR TERRACE PARTY with some of the best DJs spinning the best tunes till the sun comes up. Entry £5 from 8pm. ) Sun (2) Aug is PRIDE CABARET RAINBOW FUND FUNDRAISER from 3pm with hostess Lola Lasagne and a fab line-up of top cabaret acts, including: Miss Jason, Mary Mac, Mrs Moore, Dolly Diamond, Topsie Redfern, Sally Vate, Stephanie Von Klitz, Lucinda Lashes, Martha D'Arthur, Gabriella Parrish, Maisie Trollette, Rose Garden, Myra Dubois, Cassidy Connors, Davina Sparkle & Dave Lynn. Entry is free, but donations are encouraged!

) PRIDE WEEKEND Fri (31) Jul, GLITTER-ing 2 floor PRIDE TERRACE PARTY

LUCINDA LASHES

Lucinda says: “Expect the unexpected. I’m not politically correct in any shape or form. My songs are very eclectic and my vocal range makes people doubt it’s actually me singing, they think I mime. I don’t. I enjoy chatting with the audience and like the odd vodka and diet coke now and again. I got into cabaret by accident when I entered an amateur cabaret competition. I didn't win but I was asked about doing it regularly after... I had only came out for about 3 weeks. I went straight in at the deep end... And I looked like a pig! Legends is my favourite venue to work in. All of the staff are great, the sound is always fantastic and everyone there is there for the same reason: cabaret!”

Ben Elliot (Cozmo) 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Broadway Jukebox 8pm; Summertime Special with Sally Vate @ The Gods 9pm l BAR REVENGE Pop Tartz warm-up 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Glitter: DJs Claire Fuller & Peter Castle 11pm l BOILER ROOM CumUnion International Sex Party 11pm l BOUTIQUE i-Candy: DJ F-Co 10pm l BULLDOG DJ Marcia’s Throwback Friday 10pm; cabaret: Titti La Camp+ DJ FRIDAY 14 Grant 12am l A-BAR Live music: JP Christian l CAMELFORD ARMS Friday Club 9.30pm 6pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7 Upstairs: DJ DJ l CHARLES ST Fruity Friday Fix: DJ

Ms Joan Bond, DJs Lee Jeffery & Ruby Roo 9pm l MARINE TAVERN Throwback Thur 8pm l PARIS HOUSE Live music: Fleur de Paris 8pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Don’t Miss Jason 9.30pm l REVENGE FOMO: DJs 10.30pm l SUBLINE Leathered 9pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Big Cash Quiz: £150 jackpot 7.30pm

DJ MAKKY D

) ONE FOR THE DIARY Don’t miss Lucinda Lashes rocking Legends with laughter and song on Sun (16) from 3.30pm. Lucinda will have you in hysterics with patter and lightening wit teamed with a wicked sense of humour. Expect lots of interaction with the audience coupled with Lucinda’s excellent vocal range and great taste in music! Get there early to chow down on one of Legends’ delicious Sunday roasts, served 12–3pm!

from 8pm, £5; Sat (1) Aug, 2 floor PRIDE TERRACE PARTY with some of the hottest scene DJs, including Claire Fuller, Ben Castle, Peter Castle, Little Rob, Makky D and more, spinning the best tunes till the sun comes up. Entry is £5 from 8pm. Sun (2) is an extra special PRIDE POP!CANDY with Golden Handbag Awardwinning DJ Claire Fuller spinning camp pop from 11pm, free entry and party atmosphere guaranteed! DJ Makky D says: “I’ve always been interested in music and began DJing on Roadshows when later I decided to start up on my own. With 25 years experience, I now have three established Roadshows and DJ in clubs and bars too. Recently I have been increasingly busy with gay weddings. Over Pride at Legends you can expect a repeat of last year's incredible party atmosphere created by our fantastic customers, bar, venue staff and DJs, including me! The basement club is so cool as it’s been voted favourite club three years in a row with great sound, new additional lighting and brilliant atmosphere! As it’s 25 years of Pride, I’ll be playing anthems from all genres so there’ll be something got everyone! There’ll be five DJs, two floors of fun, and a dance terrace with all day cabaret entertainment in Brighton’s award-winning venue! It’s all here, so don’t miss it!”

l BOUTIQUE se-XXY Shakedown After Party: DJ F-Co & haystacks/barnyard theme 10pm l BULLDOG Main bar: DJ V John 10pm; Lil Alex 3am; upstairs karaoke bar 10pm; upstairs club bar 3.30am l CHARLES ST The Boys In The Bar: DJs Lil Alex, Grant Knowles, Leeroy 9pm l DR BRIGHTONS Sexy Saturday: DJ Tony B 9pm l GROSVENOR BAR Cabaret: Pooh La May 9.30pm l LEGENDS BAR Pre-club DJs 7pm l MARINE TAVERN Disco 8pm l PARIS HOUSE Live jazz 4pm; TC’s SATURDAY 15 Joyful Noise: DJ Kenny 9pm l A-BAR Sanfrandisco: DJ Mick Fuller l QUEEN’S ARMS Cabaret: Cassidy 8.30pm Connors 9.30pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7 Sins: DJ Lewis l REVENGE Sweet Revenge: DJs Missy Osborne 9pm B & Patch on level 1; R-Haus: DJs on level l BAR BROADWAY Jukebox 4pm 2 10.30pm l BAR REVENGE Sweet Revenge warm- l SUBLINE Men’s Room: DJ up 9pm Screwpulous 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS l ZONE Cabaret: Sally Vate 10pm Fusion: DJ Peter Castle 11pm l BOILER ROOM Naked Day 10am

Leeroy 9pm l DR BRIGHTONS Funky Friday: DJ Nick Hirst 9pm l GROSVENOR BAR Mysterry’s karaoke 9pm l MARINE TAVERN Jukebox Disco 8pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Double cabaret: Maisie Trollette’s Birthday Show with guests 6pm + 9pm l REVENGE Pop Tartz: DJs 10.30pm l SUBLINE Steam 9pm l ZONE Cabaret: Gabriella Parrish 10pm


48 GSCENE OUT & ABOUT

PICS FROM MARINE TAVERN + PARIS HOUSE

AUGUST

LISTINGS

MARINE TAVERN

PARIS HOUSE

) 13 Broad St, BN2 1TJ, Tel: 01273 905578, www.marinetavern.co.uk ) OPEN daily from 12pm–1am. Open till 3.30am on Sat (8).

) 21 Western Rd, BN3 1AF, Tel: 01273 724195, www.parishousebrighton.com ) OPEN daily from 12pm ) FOOD daily from 12pm–close. Sun (2) 12pm–close ) PRIDE WEEKEND Sat (1) is live PRIDE JAZZ at 4pm, followed by TC’S PRIDE

) FOOD Daily from 12-9pm; Sunday roasts served 12–6pm ) PRIDE WEEKEND Sat (1) & Sun (2) Aug, the MARINE TAVERN STREET

PARTY is the place to be seen with a cabaret stage both days featuring 25 acts, including hostess Candy Rel, Stephanie Von Clitz & Gabriella Parish, plus an outside bar, burger & hotdog stand, elevated DJ booth & live PAs.

LEE COCKSHOTT

) ONE FOR THE DIARY The Marine Tavern celebrate their 1ST BIRTHDAY from Fri (7) – Sun (9) for a weekend long party. Fri (7) vocalist Gabriella Parrish on the new stage from 9.30pm. Sat (8) DJ and a buffet from 8pm; then it's MARINE LATE with DJ Little Rob from 11.30pm–3.30am. Sun (9) is with Stephanie Von Clitz at 9.30pm; grab a wristband for £20, which entitles you to free drinks all night!

Lee Cockshott, MT landlord, says: “The support that I’ve received over the past 12 months has been overwhelming. I love Brighton; I've been made to feel very much at home. I’ve lots planned for the next 12 months, introducing cabaret to the Marine Tavern, a new local business, and a new LGBTQ community group... Watch this space! I just want to say thank you Brighton for the last year; it's been a blast, and I'm very much looking forward to the next 12 months!” l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS The Jazz Roast 3pm; Sunday roasts 1-6pm l A-BAR Lollipops & Glowsticks karaoke l VELVET JACKS Live music: Mike with Jai 8pm; roasts 12-8pm Newsham + guests 3pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Karaoke 8pm l ZONE Karaoke 7.30pm l BAR BROADWAY Fireplace Sessions: Threesome at the Movies (Jason Thorpe, Tabitha Wild & Ross Cameron) 8.30pm MONDAY 17 l BAR REVENGE Sunday Funday: l A-BAR Luvvies: Stephanie Von Clitz Micklos hosts giant board games & 8pm karaoke 8pm l BAR BROADWAY After Work Showbiz l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Quiz 6.30pm Pop!Candy: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm l BULLDOG DJ Marcia’s Glitter Ball 10pm l BRIGHTON SAUNA Naked Day 12pm l CHARLES STREET Studio 150 l BULLDOG DJ Grant 10pm 7.30pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Bear Bash, free l LEGENDS BAR Miss Jason’s Monday food & raffle 5pm; roasts & select menu Madness 9.30pm 12pm–till gone l MARINE TAVERN Mon Madness 8pm l CHARLES ST Cabaret: Kara Van Park 7.30pm; Tranny Rock & Roll Bingo: Sally TUESDAY 18 Vate 8.30pm; Sunday roasts 12–7pm l A-BAR Luvvies: Stephanie Von Clitz l LEGENDS BAR Cabaret: Lucinda 8pm Lashes 3.30pm; roasts 12–3pm l MARINE TAVERN Sunday roasts 12- l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Trollied Dollies 9pm 6pm l BOILER ROOM Naked Day 10am l QUEEN’S ARMS Double cabaret: l MARINE TAVERN Nat’s Retro Quiz Davina Sparkle 6pm & 9.30pm 9pm l SUBLINE Guilty Pleasures: DJ l QUEEN’S ARMS Davina Sparkle’s Big Screwpulous 9pm Fat Quiz 9pm

SUNDAY 16

JOYFUL NOISE with DJ Kenny at 9pm, free entry. Sun (2) is PRIDE CHILL OUT with food served 12pm–close. ) ONE FOR THE DIARY Fri (21) is the IAN PRICE MEMORIAL DAY with free live jazz all day from 3pm. ) REGULARS Thur live music at 8pm: Kourosh Kanani Trio (6) and Fleur de Paris (13). Fri is with DJ Havoxx spinning Motown/fun/r&b at 9pm. Sat is free live jazz at 4pm; TC'S JOYFUL NOISE with DJ Kenny at 9pm, free entry.

l REVENGE £2UESDAY: DJ Trick 11pm l VELVET JACKS Cash Prize Quiz 8pm

WEDNESDAY 19

l A-BAR Regency Singers’ Piano Bar 8.30pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Fresh!: DJ Jazzy Jane 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Blankety Blank 8.30pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Ice: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm l BRIGHTON SAUNA Naked Day 11am l BULLDOG Diva Rush: DJ Marcia 10pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Seniors’ lunch 2-3.30pm l CHARLES STREET Quiz With No Name Final Run with Drag With No Name 9pm

l MARINE TAVERN Boudoir: trans night 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS An Audience with Sally Vate 9.30pm l SUBLINE Happy Hump Day 9pm

THURSDAY 20

l A-BAR Karaoke with Jai 8pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Disco Bomb: DJ Claire Fuller 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Tabitha & friends 9pm l BAR REVENGE Throwback Thur 9pm l BOUTIQUE DJ F-Co 10pm l BULLDOG Release: DJ Grant 11pm 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


PICS FROM QUEENS ARMS

GSCENE OUT & ABOUT 49

QUEENS ARMS ) 7 George St, BN2 1RH, T: 01273 696873, www.thequeensarms.wix.com/thequeensarms ) OPEN 4pm Tue–Fri; 2pm Sat & Sun. ) PRIDE WEEKEND The QA has two stages chockablock with performers over Pride weekend with hostess Davina Sparkle, an outside bar and a higher stage so everyone can see! Get the Pride party started on Sat (1) Aug from 7pm with vocalists Tom Stevens, Amrick Channa (The Voice), Sandra, Caroline Heyes Smith, Allan Jay, Sandra, JP Christian, Laura Nixon, Jason Prince, Jamie Watson, Charley Monroe, Diane Horan-Hill, Grease by Danile Arbasi & Laren Allan & many more; then cabaret inside with Miss Jason at midnight. ) On Sun (2) Aug cabaret from 2pm with Davina Sparkle, Miss Jason, Cassidy Connors, Maisie Trollette, Dave Lynn, Lola Lasagne, Stephanie Von Clitz, Lucinda Lashes, Sally Vate, Miss Penny, Martha D’Arthur, Son of a Tutu, Topsie Redfern, Rose Garden, Mrs Moore, Myra Dubois & many more; then cabaret inside with Tom Stevens & Jacque Bennett at 9.30pm. ) On Mon (3) Aug Kara Van Park at 6pm. ) ONE FOR THE DIARY Catch the legendary Saucy Sophie performing two shows

SAUCY SOPHIE

on Fri (28) at 6pm & 9.30pm. The glamorous Saucy Sophie, has been performing for around 35 years, and is renowned for her sauciness and tongue in cheek banter! Sophie says: “Although I’ve been doing cabaret for many years, I'm not what you’d call a big name on the gay scene, as most of my work is on the straight cabaret circuit and ladies’ nights where I’ve built a very good reputation. I only work in a handful of gay venues as I'm not a singer, I'm a patter act, and I find the gay scene do like a mixture of both singing and the patter. I pride myself in my appearance on stage, wearing the traditional old school drag queen mix of sequined costumes, feathers, diamanté jewellery, quaffed wigs and a knowing look! The Queens Arms has always been one of Brighton’s jewels and since its make over and new management is shining as brightly as it ever did (That should get me a large vodka, Baz!). The audiences are great fun, and the more I work there the more accepting they are of me. I love them! If you haven't seen me before guys and girls pop along and say hi, who knows, The Goofy Old Tart could be your new sexual fantasy! (Okay, that's pushing it)”

l MARINE TAVERN Throwback Thur 8pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Don’t Miss Jason 9.30pm l REVENGE FOMO: DJs 10.30pm l SUBLINE Leathered 9pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Big Cash Quiz: £150 jackpot 7.30pm

FRIDAY 21

l A-BAR Live music: Paul Diello 9.30pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7 Upstairs: DJ Terry Saunders 9pm

l BAR BROADWAY Broadway Jukebox 8pm; Summertime Special with Sally Vate @ The Gods 9pm l BAR REVENGE Pop Tartz warm-up 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Glitter: DJs Claire Fuller & Peter Castle 11pm l BOUTIQUE i-Candy: DJ F-Co 10pm l BULLDOG DJ Marcia’s Throwback Fridays 10pm; cabaret: Lola Lasagne + DJ Grant 12am l CAMELFORD ARMS Friday Club 6pm l CHARLES ST Fruity Friday Fix: DJ Leeroy 9pm


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PICS FROM BAR REVENGE + REVENGE

AUGUST

LISTINGS

BAR REVENGE

REVENGE

) 32-34 Old Steine, BN1 1EL Tel: 01273 606064, www.revenge.co.uk ) OPEN Sun-Wed 12pm-1am; Thur 12pm-2am; Fri & Sat 12pm-6am

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

) PRIDE WEEKEND Fri (31) Jul DJs Miss Adventure and Toby Lawrence spin pop/urban/house. Free entry all night, bar till 7am. ) Sat (1) Aug PRIDE PARTY from 11am, DJs, outside bar, street party area, dancers, chill-out zones 6pm–midnight! Free b4 midnight, bar till 7am. ) Sun (2) Aug FOMO UV Rave Warm-up, DJs from 8pm, outside bar, street party area, dancers, chill-out zones from 2-8pm! Free all night and bar till 3am.

) PRIDE WEEKEND Platinum wristbands (from www.revenge.co.uk) get you free entry and Q-Jump b4 midnight all Pride weekend! ) Fri (31) POPTARTZ & CLIQUE popathon on level 1, Girls on Top DJs present CLIQUE on level 2 with DJ Alpha and guest Becky Perry. ) Sat (1) Aug PRIDE ROOF TERRACE PARTY with DJs 6pm; free till 6pm with pop anthems on level 2. From 9pm pop/urban on level 1 with DJs Toby Lawrence, Trick & Missy B. Level 2 R-HAUS with DJs Jonesy, King K & Zach Burns till 7am. Q-jump tickets www.revenge.co.uk ) Sun (2) ROOF TERRACE PARTY at 2pm with DJs, free till 10pm then FOMO: NEON RAVE with glowsticks, UV face painting, UV bubble machine and more! Level 2 with DJ Jonesy vocal anthems.

Micklos says: “I worked at Club Revenge back in the 1990s, where I was also a dancer. I’ve worked at Brighton Pier for the last 10 years and now I’m Brighton Pier's radio station DJ where you can catch me through the week. I’m in a 20 year relationship with John and we fulfilled our commitment by having a Civil Ceremony in October 2010. I’ve been to Pride every year since it first started down at The Level. Each year I celebrate by getting dressing up in the theme. I love chilling at home, cooking, horse-riding, socialising and playing music!”

l DR BRIGHTONS Funky Friday: DJ Nick Hirst 9pm l GROSVENOR BAR Mysterry’s karaoke 9pm l MARINE TAVERN Jukebox Disco 8pm l PARIS HOUSE Ian Price Memorial Day: live jazz 3pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Double cabaret: Baga Chipz 6pm & 9.30pm l REVENGE Pop Tartz: DJs 10.30pm l SUBLINE Steam 9pm l ZONE Live music: Ricky Zalez 10pm

Lil Alex 3am; upstairs karaoke bar 10pm; upstairs club bar 3.30am l CHARLES ST The Boys In The Bar: DJs Lil Alex, Grant Knowles, Leeroy 9pm l DR BRIGHTONS Sexy Saturday: DJ Tony B 9pm l GROSVENOR BAR Cabaret: Sally Vate 9.30pm l LEGENDS BAR Pre-club DJs 7pm l MARINE TAVERN Disco 8pm l PARIS HOUSE Live jazz 4pm; TC’s Joyful Noise: DJ Kenny 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Cabaret: Martha D’Arthur 9.30pm SATURDAY 22 l REVENGE Sweet Revenge: DJs Missy l A-BAR Sanfrandisco: DJ Mick Fuller B & Patch on level 1; R-Haus: DJs on 8.30pm level 2 10.30pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7 Sins: DJ Ben l SUBLINE Men’s Room: DJ Castle 9pm Screwpulous 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Jukebox 4pm l ZONE Cabaret: Tabitha Wild & Jason l BAR REVENGE Sweet Revenge warm- 10pm up 9.30pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS SUNDAY 23 Fusion: DJ Peter Castle 11pm l BOUTIQUE se-XXY Super Elite Night: l A-BAR Lollipops & Glowsticks karaoke with Jai 8pm; roasts 12-8pm DJ Klipz 10pm l BULLDOG Main bar: DJ V John 10pm; l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Karaoke 8pm

) ONE FOR THE DIARY Tue is £2UESDAY with DJ Trick, the sweetest DJ on the scene, spinning pop/dance/r&b/ random requests, from Jay Z, to Disclosure, to Madonna, and everything in between. Bottles of Fosters and shots from £1.50, all other mainline drinks £2. Entry is £1 with a flyer or £2 without.

DJ TRICK

MICKLOS

) ONE FOR THE DIARY Catch Micklos at Bar Revenge every Sunday. Born in Birmingham, he trained as a dancer and won prizes in dance competitions in his late teens. He moved to Brighton in 1986 aged 21 and became a dance teacher at the Lorna Roff dance school for ten years before training with Mr Motivator and becoming a fitness instructor.

Trick says: “It’s gonna be a chilled out but buzzing pumped up night for scene staff, students and summer part goers in search of the most eclectic, random and on trend mixes of music! There really is everything you want and we have drink prices that can't be beaten on Brighton's seafront!”

l BAR BROADWAY Fireplace Sessions: Darren Hamlin 8.30pm l BAR REVENGE Sunday Funday: Micklos hosts giant board games & karaoke 8pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Pop!Candy: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm l BRIGHTON SAUNA Naked Day 12pm l BULLDOG DJ Grant 10pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Bear Bash, Free Food & Raffle 5pm; roasts & select menu 12pm–till gone l CHARLES ST Cabaret: Rose Garden 7.30pm; Tranny Rock & Roll Bingo: Sally Vate 8.30pm: roasts 12–7pm l LEGENDS BAR Cabaret: Mrs Moore 3.30pm; roasts 12–3pm l MARINE TAVERN Sunday roasts 126pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Double cabaret: Kara Van Park 6pm & 9.30pm l SUBLINE Guilty Pleasures: DJ Screwpulous 9pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS The Jazz Roast 3pm; Sunday roasts 1-6pm l ZONE Karaoke 7.30pm

MONDAY 24

l A-BAR Luvvies: Stephanie Von Clitz 8pm l BAR BROADWAY After Work Showbiz Quiz 6.30pm l BULLDOG DJ Marcia’s Glitter Ball 10pm l CHARLES STREET Studio 150 7.30pm l LEGENDS BAR Miss Jason’s Monday Madness 9.30pm l MARINE TAVERN Mon Madness 8pm

TUESDAY 25

l A-BAR Luvvies: Stephanie Von Clitz 8pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Trollied Dollies 9pm l BOILER ROOM Naked Day 10am l MARINE TAVERN Nat’s Retro Quiz 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Davina Sparkle’s Big Fat Quiz 9pm l REVENGE £2UESDAY: DJ Trick 11pm l VELVET JACKS Cash Prize Quiz 8pm


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PICS FROM SUBLINE + THE BRIGHTON SAUNA

AUGUST

LISTINGS

SUBLINE

THE BRIGHTON SAUNA

) 129 St James' St, BN2 1TH, Tel: 01273 624100, www.sublinebrighton.co.uk ) OPEN Wed–Sun from 9pm. ) PRIDE WEEKEND Fri (31) BIG SCRUM PRIDE SPECIAL from 9pm, entry £4 members/or £6 and £1 off if you’re dressed in sports kit. ) Sat (1) Aug is the MEN’S ROOM PRIDE SPECIAL at 10pm, entry £5 for members/£8. ) Sun (2)

) 75 Grand Parade, N2 9JA, Tel: 01273 689966, www.thebrightonsauna.com ) OPEN Mon–Thur 10–1am; Fri 10am until 1am on Sun night.

Aug is the CUM AS YOU ARE at 8pm, entry £5 for members/ £8.

DJ SCREWPULOUS

) ONE FOR THE DIARY Get in on the action at the MEN'S ROOM, a testosterone fuelled night for men who like their men to be men, every Saturday from 9pm at Brighton's only men-only cruise bar with no pretence, no attitude - just a space to go for a drink amongst likeminded men. Friendly faces abound on both sides of the bar, which serves cheap drinks till 11pm. There's plenty to feast your eyes on on the dancefloor as DJ Screwpulous spins a hot and sweaty set from 10pm–4am. Entry free for members before 11pm, £3 after and guests can slip in for a fiver. If you're travelling heavy, there are cloakroom and locker facilities for you to drop your load. DJ Screwpulous said: “I was born in Bristol and that's where my DJ adventure began. I enjoy playing a diverse range of house music for the Men's Room, which combines the latest chart music and classic house tunes, from funky to a more progressive sound, and always looking to find new remixes to play. This reflects the wide range of men that come into Subline every week. So the music will vary depending on the crowd.”

WEDNESDAY 26

l A-BAR Regency Singers’ Piano Bar 8.30pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Fresh!: DJ Jazzy Jane 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Blankety Blank 8.30pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Ice: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm l BRIGHTON SAUNA Naked Day 11am l BULLDOG Diva Rush: DJ Marcia 10pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Seniors’ lunch 2-3.30pm l CHARLES STREET Quiz With No Name Final Run with Drag With No Name 9pm l MARINE TAVERN Boudoir: trans night 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS An Audience with Sally Vate 9.30pm l SUBLINE Fag Machine: alt night 9pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Open mic with hosts The Purple Shoes 8.30pm

THURSDAY 27

l A-BAR Karaoke with Jai 8pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Disco Bomb: DJ Claire Fuller 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Tabitha Wild’s ABBA Mania 9pm l BAR REVENGE Throwback Thur 9pm l BOUTIQUE DJ F-Co 10pm l BULLDOG Release: DJ Grant 11pm 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 MARINE TAVERN Throwback Thur 8pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Don’t Miss Jason 9.30pm l REVENGE FOMO: DJs 10.30pm l SUBLINE Leathered 9pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Big Cash Quiz: £150 jackpot 7.30pm

FRIDAY 28

l A-BAR Live music: Sophie Causbrook 9.30pm

) ONE FOR THE DIARY The Brighton Sauna boys have one simple aim: to bring you the best sauna experience around, with all the facilities you could need, in a comfortable, warm, pleasant and friendly environment. No attitude, no unfriendly staff, no mess or dirt and no excuses about things not working. Facilities include: dry sauna with own dark room, steam room, jacuzzi spa, cinema, private cabins, glory hole cabins, sling rooms, large lounge with two TVs, large dark room with bench, eight showers, massage room, with professional masseurs (no sexual or sensual massage), dining area and a smoking area (enclosed and discreet, no need to get dressed). We all love a freebie and the lads at the Brighton Sauna offer guests free filter coffee, tea, chilled filtered water, towels, locker, Internet and Wi-Fi! They run a licensed bar 7 days a week; Sun–Thur 11–1am and Fri & Sat 11–2am. Their most popular events are the NAKED DAYS every Wed 11–1am and now, due to popular demand, every Sun from 12pm–1am. You’ll get a small towel for your drips, and a regular towel to shower with before you leave, but no towels can be worn at all on Naked Day! l BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7 Upstairs: DJ Kirsty Anderson 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Broadway Jukebox 8pm; Summertime Special with Sally Vate @ The Gods 9pm l BAR REVENGE Pop Tartz warm-up 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Glitter: DJs Claire Fuller & Peter Castle 11pm l BOILER ROOM T-Girls 11.30pm l BOUTIQUE Bank Holiday i-Candy: DJ F-Co + big balloon drop giveaway 10pm l BULLDOG DJ Marcia’s Throwback Fridays 10pm; cabaret: Jennie Castell + DJ Grant 12am l CAMELFORD ARMS Bank Holiday Friday Club 6pm l CHARLES ST Fruity Friday Fix: DJ Leeroy 9pm l DR BRIGHTONS Funky Friday: DJ Nick Hirst 9pm l GROSVENOR BAR Mysterry’s karaoke 9pm l MARINE TAVERN Jukebox Disco 8pm l PARIS HOUSE DJ Havoxx 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Double cabaret: Saucy Sophie 6pm & 9.30pm l REVENGE Fat Lip: DJ Fifi on level 2; Pop Tartz on level 1 10.30pm l SUBLINE Steam 9pm l ZONE Live music: Miss Jason 10pm

SATURDAY 29

l A-BAR Sanfrandisco: DJ Mick Fuller 8.30pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7 Sins: DJ Lewis Osborne 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Jukebox 4pm; Giggle@The Gods: Charmaine Davies 9pm l BAR REVENGE Sweet Revenge warmup 9.30pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Fusion: DJ Peter Castle 11pm l BOILER ROOM Naked Day 10am l BOUTIQUE Bank Holiday se-XXY: DJ Klipz 10pm l BULLDOG Main bar: DJ V John 10pm; Lil Alex 3am; upstairs karaoke bar 10pm; upstairs club bar 3.30am l CHARLES ST The Boys In The Bar: DJs Lil Alex, Grant Knowles, Leeroy 9pm l DR BRIGHTONS Sexy Saturday: DJ Tony B 9pm l GROSVENOR BAR Cabaret: TBA 9.30pm l LEGENDS BAR Pre-club DJs 7pm l MARINE TAVERN Disco 8pm l PARIS HOUSE Bank Holiday live jazz 4pm; TC’s Joyful Noise: DJ Kenny 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Cabaret: Diane James 9.30pm l REVENGE Sweet Revenge: DJs Missy B & Patch on level 1; R-Haus: DJs on level 2 10.30pm


7 GEORGE STREET BRIGHTON 01273 696873

http://thequeensarms.wix.com/thequeensarms

BANK HOLIDAY MONDAY 31AUG 6PM CASSIDY CONNORS THURSDAY 9.00PM DAVINA SPARKLE’S

BIG FAT QUIZ

WEDNESDAY 9.30PM

AN AUDIENCE WITH

SALLY VATE THURSDAY 9.30PM

MISS JASON FRIDAY DOUBLE SHOW 6PM & 9.30PM 7 AUG ROSE GARDEN 14 AUG MAISIE TROLLETTE’S

BIRTHDAY SHOW + GUESTS

21 AUG BAGA CHIPZ 28 AUG SAUCY SOPHIE

PRIDE STREET CABARET STAGE SATURDAY1AUG FROM 6PM

DJS CHRIS & DOM, CABARET: TOM STEPHENS, AMRICK CHANNA, CAROLINE HAYNES SMITH, SANDRA, JP CHRISTIAN, LAURA NIXON, JASON PRINCE, JAMIE WATSON, CHARLEY MONROE, DIANE HORAN-HILL, GREASE BY DANILE ARBASI & LAREN ALLAN + MORE PLUS MIDNIGHT SHOW (INSIDE) WITH MISS JASON AUG FROM PM DAVINA SPARKLE, MISS JASON, CASSIDY CONNERS, MAISIE TROLLETTE, DAVE LYNN, STEPHANIE VON CLITZ, LUCINDA LASHES, SALLY VATE, MISS PENNY, MARTHA D’ARTHER, SON O FA TUTU, TOPSIE REDFERN, ROSE GARDEN, LOLA LASAGNE, MRS MOORE, MYRA DUBOIS, KARA VAN PARK + MANY MORE PLUS 9.30PM SHOW (INSIDE) WITH TOM STEVENS & JACQUE BENNETT AUG PM KARA VAN PARK

SUNDAY 2

2

MONDAY 3 6

SATURDAY CABARET 9.30PM 1 AUG PRIDE CABARET 8 AUG SANDRA 15 AUG CASSIDY CONNORS 22AUG MARTHA D’ARTHUR 29 AUG DIANE JAMES

SUNDAY DOUBLE SHOW 6PM & 9.30PM

2 AUG PRIDE CABARET 9 AUG MAISIE TROLLETTE 16 AUG DAVINA SPARKLE 23AUG KARA VAN PARK 30 AUG CASSIDY CONNORS

& BIG BAND BRAND NEW SHOW


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PICS FROM VELVET JACKS + ZONE BAR

AUGUST

VELVET JACKS

ZONE BAR

) 50 Norfolk Square, Brighton, BN1 2PA, Tel: 07720 661290 ) OPEN Tue–Sat, 11am–midnight; Sunday 12–11pm. ) FOOD all day, every day. ) PRIDE WEEKEND A delicious Pride breakfast buffet served before the Parade

) 33 St James’ St, BN2 1RF, Tel: 01273 682249, www.zonebar.co.uk ) OPEN daily from 10am Pride: 10am–4am on Fri (31), Sat (1) & Sun (2) Aug. ) PRIDE WEEKEND Fri (31) with Sally Vate, at 10pm. ) On Sat (1) & Sun (2)

starts on Sat (1). ) ONE FOR THE DIARY Singer/songwriter Mike Newsham launches a new monthly night of acoustic Americana, folk and rock-tinged music with special guests on Sunday (16) from 3pm with free entry and electric atmosphere! Originally from Yorkshire, Mike has played all over the UK supporting Jesse Malin, Sam Roberts Band, Guillemots, Erik Mongrain, Peter Rowan, Supersuckers, Laura Veirs and Deadstring Brothers amongst others. Recently he visited Nashville to play some shows and has been making a name for himself on the Brighton scene. Influenced by John McLaughlin, Neil Young and the Lemonheads, and fusing ska and punk stylings from Paul Simon, Toots & the Maytals and The Clash, Mike plays with authority and class to create an explosive and memorable live show. Mike says: “I write my own tunes but I throw out a few choice covers too. On Sunday afternoons at Velvet Jacks, I'll be putting on chilled out acoustic tunes alongside one or two special guests! I'm aiming to get a nice intimate afternoon going on Velvet Jacks in the cosy bar. Anyone interested in playing alongside me can email me at: joestrummy@gmail.com” l SUBLINE Men’s Room: DJ Screwpulous 9pm l ZONE Bank Holiday cabaret: Sally Vate 10pm

karaoke 8pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Pop!Candy: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm l BOUTIQUE Pulse Bank Holiday Special: DJs 10pm l BRIGHTON SAUNA Naked Day 12pm SUNDAY 30 l BULLDOG DJ Grant 10pm l A-BAR Sanfrandisco Bank Hol l CAMELFORD ARMS Bank Holiday Special: DJ Mick Fuller 8.30pm; roasts Bear Bash, Free Food & Raffle 5pm; 12-8pm roasts & select menu 12pm–till gone l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Karaoke 8pm l CHARLES ST Cabaret: Lizzy Drip l BAR BROADWAY Fireplace Sessions: 7.30pm: roasts 12–7pm Tony Tyler & Jennie Castell 8.30pm l LEGENDS BAR Cabaret: Lola Lasagne l BAR REVENGE Sunday Funday: 3.30pm; roasts 12–3pm Micklos hosts giant board games &

THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS ) 59 North Rd, Brighton, BN1 1YD, Tel: 01273 608571, www.3jollybutchers.com ) OPEN Mon–Sat from 12pm, Sun from 1pm. Private function room available. ) FOOD Mon–Fri 12–9pm; Sat 12–8pm; Sunday roasts 1–6pm. ) PRIDE WEEKEND Sat (1) Aug Pre-Pride Breakfast from 9am; Pride HOLOPHONIC SOUNDS with DJ Bagpuss, 7pm, free. Sun (2) Aug Pride ‘CALM-DOWN’, Sunday lunch, free live Pride Jazz at 3pm. ) REGULARS Wed (12 & 26) OPEN MIC with The Purple Shoes at 8.30pm. ) Thur LET'S GET QUIZZY, £150 cash prize at 7.30pm. ) Sun JAZZ ROAST at 3pm, free entry.

Aug DJs throw out the best tunes right in the heart of the gay village with special effect lighting, an exclusive dance area, outside bar and a great party atmosphere. Rachel, Manager, says: “This year the Zone Bar and the Bulldog are joining forces to give you, the customer, a quality and fun Pride Street Party experience. So join in the fun with the Zone Bar and the Bulldog and have a fun and safe Pride weekend.”

WET & WILD

MIKE NEWSHAM BY MOA THORNBY

LISTINGS

) ONE FOR THE DIARY Don’t miss Wet & Wild, aka Tabitha Wild & Jason, tearing down the house on Sat (22) from 10pm. Tabitha, who comes from a background of live entertainment, loves sequins, cheesy music and parties. She says: “Wet & Wild specialise in cheesy tunes from the 1970s and 1980s. Expect a night of sing-along songs from the era that fashion forgot. From Abba to Culture Club, via Queen and Tiffany, it'll be a night of guilty pleasures at The Zone!”

l MARINE TAVERN Sunday roasts 126pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Cassidy Connors’ Brand New Show 6pm & 9.30pm l SUBLINE Guilty Pleasures: DJ Screwpulous 9pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Bank Holiday Jazz Roast 3pm; Sunday roasts 1-6pm l ZONE Bank Holiday karaoke & tunes: Carrie O’Kay 6pm

MONDAY 31

l A-BAR Luvvies: Stephanie Von Clitz 8pm l BAR BROADWAY After Work Showbiz

Quiz 6.30pm l BOUTIQUE Bank Holiday Melt Down: roof terrace party with BBQ & tunes 1pm l BULLDOG DJ Marcia’s Glitter Ball 10pm l CHARLES STREET Bank Holiday cabaret: La Voix 7.30pm; Tranny Rock & Roll Bingo: Sally Vate 8.30pm l LEGENDS BAR Bank Holiday Cabaret: Dave Lynn & Maisie Trollette 3.30pm; Miss Jason’s Bank Holiday Monday Madness 9.30pm l MARINE TAVERN Mon Madness 8pm l QUEEN’S ARMS The Cassidy Connors Show 6pm


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PICS FROM LONDON HOTEL SOUTHAMPTON

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SOLENT

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 l TROPICS SAUNA 2 Market Way, PO1 4BX TEL: 02380 296100, www.tropics-sauna.com

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 & drink promos: Mon-Wed all day l TITANIC Simnel St, SO14 2BE TEL: 023 8021 1879, www.thetitanicpub.co.uk l EDGE Compton Walk, SO14 0BH TEL: 02380 366163, www.theedgesouthampton.com l PINK BROADWAY SAUNA 797/80 East St TEL: 02380 238804, www.pink-broadway.com

SATURDAY 1

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 8.30pm; food 12-3pm

SUNDAY 2

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD karaoke till 2am SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Pounded: DJ 11pm l LONDON HOTEL The London Podium: Mary Mac 8pm; Wilma Fingerdo 9pm; roasts 12-3pm

MONDAY 3

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD DJ till 2am SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE DJs 11pm l LONDON HOTEL food 12-3pm

TUESDAY 4

PORTSMOUTH l OLD VIC Quiz 8pm SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE video jukebox 11pm l LONDON HOTEL food 12-3pm

WEDNESDAY 5

SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Bar 150: DJs & karaoke 10pm l LONDON HOTEL food 12-3pm

THURSDAY 6

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD karaoke till 2am l OLD VIC karaoke 8pm SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Pop!: DJ 11pm l LONDON HOTEL Karaoke Cruising: Kara Van Park 8.30pm; food 12-3pm

FRIDAY 7

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD DJ till 3am SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Get Some: DJs 10pm l LONDON HOTEL Fairylea: DJ Ruby Roo + Drag With No Name 9pm; food 12-3pm

SATURDAY 8

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 8.30pm; food 12-3pm

SUNDAY 9

JACQUII CANN SAT 29

PORTSMOUTH

MISS JASON SUN 23

LISTINGS

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD karaoke till 2am SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Pounded: DJ 11pm l LONDON HOTEL The London Podium: Mary Mac 8pm; Lucinda Lashes 9pm; roasts 12-3pm

MONDAY 10

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD DJ till 2am SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Pop!: DJ 11pm l LONDON HOTEL food 12-3pm

TUESDAY 11

PORTSMOUTH l OLD VIC Quiz 8pm SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE video jukebox 11pm l LONDON HOTEL food 12-3pm

WEDNESDAY 12

SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Bar 150: DJs & karaoke 10pm l LONDON HOTEL food 12-3pm

THURSDAY 13

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD karaoke till 2am l OLD VIC karaoke 8pm SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Pop!: DJ 11pm l LONDON HOTEL Karaoke Cruising: Kara Van Park 8.30pm; food 12-3pm

FRIDAY 14

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD DJ till 3am SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Get Some: DJs 10pm l LONDON HOTEL Fairylea: DJ Ruby Roo + Sandra 9pm; food 12-3pm

SATURDAY 15

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 Claire 8.30pm; cabaret: Saski 10pm; food 12-3pm

SUNDAY 16

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD karaoke till 2am SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Pounded: DJ 11pm l LONDON HOTEL The London Podium: Mary Mac 8pm; Rose Garden 9pm; roasts 12-3pm

MONDAY 17

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD DJ till 2am SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Pop!: DJ 11pm l LONDON HOTEL food 12-3pm

TUESDAY 18

PORTSMOUTH l OLD VIC Quiz 8pm SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE video jukebox 11pm l LONDON HOTEL food 12-3pm

LONDON HOTEL

SOUTHAMPTON

) 2 Terminus Terr, SO14 3DT, Tel: 02380 710652, www.the-london.co.uk ) OPEN Mon-Wed 12-11pm, Thu 12-12.30am, Fri & Sat 12-1.30am, Sun 12-11.30pm. ) FOOD served Mon–Sat 12–3pm; Sunday lunch 12–3pm. ) ONE FOR THE DIARY Fri is FAIRYLEA with DJ Ruby Roo, high camp/pure cheese & cabaret at 9pm: Drag With No Name (7), Sandra (14), Tiara Thunderpussy (21) and Miss Penny (28). ) REGULARS Thur is KARAOKE CRUISE with Kara Van Park at 8.30pm. ) Sat is GUILTY PLEASURES with DJs from 8.30pm and cabaret from 10pm: Neil Sackley (1), Dazza (8), Claire Fuller and cabaret from Saski (15), Lucinda (22) and Tiny & cabaret from Jacquii Cann (29). ) SUNDAY NIGHT ON THE LONDON PODIUM features Mary Mac at 8pm then cabaret at 9pm: Wilma Fingerdo (2), Lucinda Lashes (9), Rose Garden (16), Miss Jason (23) and Lola Lasagne (30).

WEDNESDAY 19

SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Bar 150: DJs & karaoke 10pm l LONDON HOTEL food 12-3pm

THURSDAY 20

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD karaoke till 2am l OLD VIC karaoke 8pm SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Pop!: DJ 11pm l LONDON HOTEL Karaoke Cruising: Kara Van Park 8.30pm; food 12-3pm

FRIDAY 21

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD DJ till 3am SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Get Some: DJs 10pm l LONDON HOTEL Fairylea: DJ Ruby Roo + Tiara Thunderpussy 9pm; food 12-3pm

SATURDAY 22

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 8.30pm; food 12-3pm

SUNDAY 23

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD karaoke till 2am SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Pounded: DJ 11pm l LONDON HOTEL The London Podium: Mary Mac 8pm; Miss Jason 9pm; roasts 12-3pm

MONDAY 24

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD DJ till 2am SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Pop!: DJ 11pm l LONDON HOTEL food 12-3pm

TUESDAY 25

PORTSMOUTH l OLD VIC Quiz 8pm

SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE video jukebox 11pm l LONDON HOTEL food 12-3pm

WEDNESDAY 26

SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Bar 150: DJs & karaoke 10pm l LONDON HOTEL food 12-3pm

THURSDAY 27

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD karaoke till 2am l OLD VIC karaoke 8pm SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Pop!: DJ 11pm l LONDON HOTEL Karaoke Cruising: Kara Van Park 8.30pm; food 12-3pm

FRIDAY 28

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD DJ till 3am SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Get Some: DJs 10pm l LONDON HOTEL Fairylea: DJ Ruby Roo + Miss Penny 9pm; food 12-3pm

SATURDAY 29

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 8.30pm; Jacquii Cann 10pm; food 12-3pm

SUNDAY 30

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD karaoke till 2am SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Pounded: DJ 11pm l LONDON HOTEL The London Podium: Mary Mac 8pm; Lola Lasagne 9pm; roasts 12-3pm

MONDAY 31

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD DJ till 2am SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE DJs 11pm l LONDON HOTEL food 12-3pm


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COMICS

COMICS & GAMES BY CRAIG STORRIE

) After two mediocre but financially successful films back in 2005 and 2007, the FANTASTIC FOUR are back on the silver screen this month with a total reboot of the franchise. Directed by Josh Trank of Chronicle fame and written by XMen Days of Future Past writer Simon Kinberg, the story is based more on the Ultimate universe version of the characters than the regular Marvel universe. This is mostly evident in how the team get their powers; in the original story it was from cosmic rays in space whereas in this movie they get them from an alternate universe which changes them in a variety of ways. For those people that aren’t up on the Fantastic Four or their origins and powers, let’s take a look at where Marvel’s first family came from and just why Stan Lee thought to call it “The world’s greatest comic magazine!”

GAMES The fantastic four have featured in a number of video games over the years. Some good, some bad and some downright awful! Let’s take a look at some of the games that featured Marvel’s first family and if they are worth playing or not. ) FANTASTIC FOUR (1997). Taking its inspiration solely from the comics, this side scrolling brawler is a video game along the lines of Golden Axe or Final Fight. Starring the Fantastic Four and their on and off team mate She–Hulk, the story sees the heroes transported to various locations by the villainous Doctor Doom to do battle with their most famous enemies such as Super-Skrull, Mole Man and Attuma. There are even secret bonus rounds where the player can battle Dragon Man, Iceman and even the Incredible Hulk. Whilst looking interesting, having a great soundtrack and intuitive controls, the game is pretty awful. It’s super short, has too many difficult enemies and a storyline that is so uninspired it’s boring. One for all you Fantastic Four fans to avoid, I’m afraid. ) FANTASTIC FOUR and RISE OF THE SILVER SURFER (2005 and 2007). I grouped these two games together as they are the games based on the first Fantastic Four series of films starring Jessica Alba and Marvel’s future Captain America, Chris Evans. Both take the form of an isometric dungeon crawler where you battle various enemies from the F4 comics and face villains from the movies such as Doctor Doom and the Silver Surfer (before he is revealed to be a good guy). Whilst both have some interesting ideas, like fusion powers (something that would later pop up in Marvel Ultimate Alliance 2) such as Sue combing her powers with Johnny to make a force field fire bomb and four player co-op combat on one screen, the games suffer from one outstanding problem: they are sooooo boring! Combat is just button bashing with no skill required and the enemies you face are all carbon copies of each other. It’s such a shame as whilst the positives do shine through it’s just not enough to make it worth playing and is best left on the proverbial shelf! ) MARVEL ULTIMATE ALLIANCE SERIES (2006 onwards). Finally a game series with the Fantastic Four that I can recommend. Marvel Ultimate Alliance is a series that features four playable characters on screen at once that you can switch between on the fly, very much like the awesome X-Men Legends series. So to make it a Fantastic Four game, just choose the four heroes and there you go, a deep and rewarding Fantastic Four game. It’s even better in the first game as the main villain is none other than Doctor Victor Von Doom himself. I’ve spoken about how great this series is before so I won’t go on about it here just know that it is a brilliant and fun series that features all kinds of superheroes and villains for you to control!

The Fantastic Four were the first superhero team created by Stan Lee and Jack Kirby and produced by Marvel comics way back in November 1961. Their debut helped to usher in a more realistic take on superheroes presenting them as ordinary people with regular problems instead of men and women who stood like gods above everyone else. Without the Fantastic Four we wouldn’t have the Marvel comics or characters that we know and love today, their dysfunctional yet loving family relationship helped Marvel rise from a lowly comic book publisher to a worldwide conglomerate powerhouse. After charting a mission to outer space, four ordinary people are exposed to powerful cosmic rays which grant them awesome abilities once their ship crashes back down to Earth. These four individuals are Mister Fantastic (Reed Richards), a scientific genius who is granted the ability to stretch to unbelievable lengths and shapes; The Invisible Woman (Sue Storm), Reed’s girlfriend and later wife who can turn invisible and create powerful force fields; The Human Torch (Johnny Storm) is Sue’s younger brother who can cover himself in flames and fly at incredible speeds; and finally The Thing (Ben Grimm), Reed’s best friend who has super strength and endurance thanks to his body being transformed into stone-like flesh. Like many superheroes the Fantastic Four have an extensive list of recurring villains that they face again and again. Apart from the X-Men, the Fantastic Four probably have the most wellknown gallery of villains of any Marvel superheroes. These include Atlantean king Namor the Sub-Mariner, the space faring shape changing Skrulls and Galactus the devourer of worlds. The most famous of these villains has to be Doctor Doom hands down. Since appearing in the fifth issue of the Fantastic Four, Victor Von Doom has gone on to be one of the greatest super villains of all time terrorising everyone in the Marvel universe from the X-Men to The Avengers. The son of a witch, Doctor Doom is a genius inventor, powerful sorcerer and is also the leader of the fictional nation of Latveria which sometimes grants him diplomatic immunity!


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DANCE MUSIC BY QUEEN JOSEPHINE & KATE WILDBLOOD

So many Brighton Prides. So many tunes. So many magnificent memories. We celebrate them with our BrightonPride25 chart; a small token of our appreciation for every single DJ, promoter, Pride worker, volunteer, business, clubber, marcher, campaigner, overworked bar tender and wiggler. Without you Brighton Pride wouldn’t be the wonder it is today. Without you these tunes wouldn’t come with the grinnedfilled proud memories. Happy 25th anniversary Brighton Pride. ) LIONEL RICHIE All Night Long Bootleg We may not know all the words but we know we feel Pride. ) DONNA SUMMER I Feel Love (Patrick Cowley mega mix) Casablanca The greatest record ever made deserves its place in our proud history. ) SOULSEARCHER ft Donna Allen Feelin' Love Soulfuric Deep As long as Donna sings we feel alive at Pride. ) BLAZE pres UDA ft Barbara Tucker Most Precious Love Defected The smiles don’t get any bigger when this beauty kicks in. ) SIMPSON Tune Bring It Down (Da BMR's club rework) Time A Sundae thumper that insists we come together. ) C-MOs 2 Million Ways (Axwell remix) Zeitgeist This tune + Wild Fruit Big Top + Brighton Pride = goosebumps. ) MANTRONIX 77 Strings (Hifi Sean vocal dub) Southern Fried Feeling the bear love for this classic Pride anthem. ) AXWELL Feel The Vibe Axtone Overexcited? You will be once you hear this corker. ) SYLVESTER You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) Fantasy Gay. Gay. Gay. Is that gay enough for ya? ) DIANA ROSS The Boss (Dimitri from Paris remix) Defected When Pride does disco it does Diana. ) ATFC Feat. Inaya Day Reach Out To Me Net Works International Repeat after me. Queeeeeen Josephine.

DJ PROFILE: RUBY ROO Well, it’s that fabulous, wonderful time of the year again when we lucky Brighton souls get to celebrate what truly is the jewel in our crown. It’s Pride! So, between sorting out a few tunes for her own Pride sets, Queen Josephine caught up again this month with one of Brighton’s favourite gems behind the decks. Here’s what the busy diamond that is DJ Ruby Roo is going to be up to over Pride and indeed the rest of August for all you disco darlings who simply love a summer on the dancefloor. Where are you DJing and what are your plans for Brighton Pride? It’ll be at the beginning and end this year, starting at Mad Cow with Lee Jeffery on the Thursday leading up to Pride, and then I will be at Pride Bar £1.50 on the Monday after. And the rest of the month? I have six residencies: Mondays at Bar 150, Wednesdays for cabaret, Thursdays at Mad Cow and Sundays for cabaret all at Charles Street; Fridays at The London Hotel, Southampton, Saturdays at the Hampshire Boulevard, Portsmouth.

) ALISON LIMERICK Where Love Lives (Knuckles & Morales mix) Arista A Pride classic still rocking us all these years later. ) TODD TERRY and Prok & Fitch Something’s Going On Stealth Maker of one of our most memorable Pride Terrace moments ever. ) ORIGINAL I Love U Baby WT Records Back in the day Wild Fruit tent brilliance courtesy of DJ Pete Hayward. ) WHITNEY HOUSTON Million Dollar Bill (Frankie Knuckles mix) Arista One for the ladies that keeps the proud boys dancing till dawn. ) GAY MARVINE Lost In Music (original) Solardisco Audio love for Green and the boys. ) MILK & SUGAR v John Paul Young LOVE IS IN THE AIR Zeitgeist A Wild Fruit classic that keeps Mr Kemp happy all night long. ) SOLU MUSIC ft Kimblee FADE Hed Kandi There is no truth to the fact that Wildblood cried when she played this at Pride Sunday Sundae. None whatsoever. ) DERRICK MAY Strings Of Life R&S Hands in the air. Guaranteed. ) FREEMASONS ft Amanda Wilson Love On My Mind Loaded Without this Mr Jones classic Pride wouldn’t be Pride.

Fave Pride tune? Both of these are slightly older tunes, but I’ve got very happy memories of dancing to these classics - Stonebridge ft Therese Put Em High and Sonique It Feels So Good! What are you most looking forward to this Pride? The Sunday Street Party because I’ve got the whole day off to spend with amazing people listening to my favourite DJs bangin’ out the best tunes! What’s your best Pride memory? A few years back in the Cabaret Tent, the final act was about to go on. It was the Dame Edna Experience and the whole tent was electric. Over 3,000 people chanting Edna, Edna, Edna! Gives me goose bumps thinking about it now! Favourite gig? Really difficult - I gig so regularly I rarely get a chance to look back (and nor would I want to!). My first gig in Copenhagen has to be up there though, but I’d say my next gig should be my favourite. It’s hard when you play so many tunes so often it’s easy to get lost in what you’re doing. But the gig where the venue is full, everyone is dancing and having a fantastic time… it’s the best feeling in the world! Tell us a secret? Not a chance, I remember the last time… I don't have secrets, I’m an open book lol! (Or in plain English, I have far too many to tell now and I don’t want to get in trouble).

CURRENT TOP FIVE Catch Wildblood and Queenie’s Home Service on RadioReverb and DJing at Brighton Pride Wild Fruit Big Top, Patterns Pride Terrace Party and Sunday Sundae Pride Reunion Party. perfectdistractions.com

) JESS GLYNNE Hold My Hand Atlantic ) GALANTIS Runaway (U&I) Big Beat ) LUNCHMONEY Lewis Bills Kemosabe Records ) PHILLIP GEORGE Wish You Were Mine 3Beat ) AVICII The Nights PRMD


GSCENE 59 their friend being in a bad place and I was thinking about people getting help and not suffering in silence. The ‘kiss’ is a metaphor for accepting help in the form of antidepressants or counselling or whatever; being supported in that way. It can also be taken as a love song.” “Yeah, a few of our songs have layered meanings in that way. They’re definitely quite emotive,” says Matt. “I hope so!” adds Tom. The first time Matt had written lyrics was for The Secret. “I was jogging and came up with this idea about not quite giving yourself up completely and keeping part of yourself away from people. If you show a bit too much of yourself people don’t take too kindly to it and then you become shy about it. Then we developed it into more of a relationship scenario, like most of our songs.”

THE PROPOLIS SYNTH POP LIVES! The era of synth pop duos dominating the charts may have passed, but the enduring influence of the 1980s lives on through brothers Tom and Matthew Sanderson whose new act, The Propolis, first blossomed when they began connecting with Brighton’s more eclectic LGBTQI-friendly electronic music community last year. ) We caught up with the brothers at the spiritual home of [beep] (Brighton Experimental Electronic Party) who hold all genres, anything goes gigs the first Saturday of every month at The Verdict jazz bar & cafe, 159 Edward Street, Brighton. “We’re originally from Sheffield,” Matt says, “so we have a synth pop heritage. Human League, ABC, et cetera.” He’s always been passionate about electronic music, especially synth pop. Tom used to work up the road from Phil Oakey and Joanne Catherall. “She used to come into the library where I worked but I didn’t tell her that I knew who she was!” The brother's mum was a piano teacher and gave Tom lessons. “I used to write crap songs about going to the park, things like that, when she was out of the house. Our dad noted them down because he does music himself.” Then at 14 he joined a melodic rock band for a while. The first song the brothers wrote together was in 2010 and a few years later they both moved to Brighton and began getting tracks together. The Propolis only became serious after they’d already started sending each other sounds, vocals, lyrics back and forth. “We found out about [beep] through Facebook via someone we knew” says Matt.

They discovered an inclusive and supportive community of friendly electronic music geeks keen to share their collective knowledge. “It’s a sort of incubator with technical and emotional support to nurture the creative musical journey of new performers. It sounded quite good, although we didn’t really know what it was. They’re all electronic musicians, DJs and like-minded people. So we thought we’d give it a go despite not feeling confident in what we were doing. We didn’t feel legitimate to sit there talking about electronic music and hold our own, but now we feel maybe we’re a bit more legit now, but not quite! “Our first ever gig was playing at [beep]stock, an all day electronic music festival in Brighton last summer. We only had three finished songs, so a few days before we threw loads of stuff together and wrote some lyrics to one of them.” Matt laughs. “We did every song we had at that point, but we’ve tripled our catalogue since then!” So what are the meanings behind the brothers’ songs? “In general our songs are about anxieties, relationships, dark themes. We’re slightly into politics.” Tom adds that “for us, they are cathartic. Hopefully other people can enjoy them too. When we wrote Comfort In The Kiss, I knew a few people who were depressed and suicidal. I was talking to a friend about

“You sent me it as a demo when it was just a verse, then I modified the melody, wrote the chorus and chords. The middle eight came two or three months later” says Tom. “Yeah, that one really evolved” says Matt. “It had lots of effort put into it, and our sounds evolved with it now that we’re learning new techniques and ideas through [beep].” The brothers reckon their newer songs feel a little bit more impressive than some of their previous sounds. “The scene has really opened up our sound with bigger sounds.” And what are the future ambitions for The Propolis? “Well, we’re still learning our trade,” says Matt, “sort of exploring in terms of other genres and our sound. It’s really nice being able to perform, having people appreciate our art, doing things like [beep] where people go nuts when we perform!” They both agree “it’s a good feeling getting away from the daily doldrums!”

The Propolis f /thepropolisband C http://soundcloud.com/the-propolis ) http://open.spotify.com/artist/4LmM5aC KG2pE61J1WMgpmZ

[beep] ) http://meetup.com/brighton-electronic f /brighton.beep C soundcloud.com/groups/brightonbeep ) https://hearthis.at/beepbrighton/set/bee p-verdict-06-06-2015/ ) https://hearthis.at/beepbrighton/set/bee p-verdict-02-05-2015/

[beep]stock festival 2014 f /events/1488982187999255/ C www.mixcloud.com/RadioZero/beepstock -festival-special-on-radioreverb-july-2014/

Verdict ) www.verdictjazz.co.uk/ ) http://verdictcafe.com/ f /TheVerdictCafe

Mind Out ) www.mindout.org.uk/


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SHOPPING WITH MICHAEL HOOTMAN

) Kiely Garden Candle Lanterns, £12.50 (Pussy, 3a Kensington Gardens, Brighton, 01273 604861) ) Metal Leash, £29.99, part of extensive Tom of Finland range; System JO Lube from £8 - Exclusive offer for Gscene readers: ask for a free sample while stocks last (Prowler, 112-113 St James's St, Brighton, 01273 683680)

) Old-School Exercise Book, £2.95 (Edited, 3 Gardner St, Brighton, 01273 604006, editedbrighton.com)

) Picnic Rugs with waterproof backing, £29.95 (in house space, 28 Gloucester Road, Brighton, 01273 682845) ) Pablo Steak Knives, £37.99 (England at Home, 22b Ship St, Brighton, 01273 205544)

) Jessica Russell Flint Washbag, £38 (Present in the Laine, 34 Gardner Street, Brighton, 01273 607695)


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escape a gorgeous reality. This wondrously funny book from Towers (winner of the Guardian short story award), had me laughing out loud. It’s a wonderful mix of Gothic and camp, and like a queer Tom Sharp, the slowly increasing mania thrusts the plot forward. As a first novel it’s superb. The life of gender queer Maurice and his ill-fated adventures, endless bingo and bizarre characters won me over with its warm, affirming message about love in all the wrong places.

) STREET CULTURE: 50 Years Of Subculture Style by GAVIN BADDELEY (Plexus Books, £14.99). An illustrated guide to over five decades of youth movements, from sharp-suited mods and acid-dropping hippies to leather-clad metalheads and straight-edge hardcore punks, it pieces together a vibrant history of countercultural rebellion. With an interesting and in-depth analysis of the various tribes within the goth movement and a look at the impact of punk, new wave and club kids, this comprehensive book gives an interesting slant on the importance of street style and how it reaches the wider culture to influence music and other less obvious social movements. Stuffed full of photos, this complete catalogue of all the various styles of the last half century is a must have for anyone interested in fashion. With a strong British focus Baddeley notes not just the familiar movements, but also more obscure and equally influential groups. The photos are a microcosm of Brighton too - I found myself putting labels on folk I've seen around for years.

experiences as a white disabled genderqueer activist/ writer established him as a leading writer on the intersections of queerness and disability and changed the landscape of disability politics and queer liberation. With an ability to uncover profound statements with a lightness of touch and beauty of prose that brings not only the idea but also the essence of the idea, the ideas behind it, the history of those ideas, and how those ideas have shaped and tried to define. He shows different ways of being and knits them tightly with the political framework of powerful oppression and our resistance to it. It offers an intersectional insight that shows how we experience identity and offers a reality of life lived that glows with authenticity. These are big, huge ideas explained with a fireside warmth that belies their complexity. At the root of Clare's exploration of environmental destruction and capitalism, sexuality and institutional violence, gender and the body politic, is a call for social justice movements that are truly accessible. With heart and hammer, this pries open a window into a world where our whole selves, in all their complexity, can be realised, loved, and embraced.

rode the cultural cusp as a muse to the Bloomsbury Group, the daughter of the ambassador to the UK during the rise of Nazism, a seductress of royalty and athletic champions, and a pre-Stonewall figure who never buckled to convention. Her audacious physicality made her unforgettable, and her ecstatic and harrowing life serves as a reminder of the stories lying buried in our own families

) PRIAPUS by MENTAIKO ITTO (Bruno Gmünder, £15.99) Now published for the first time in English, it’s impossible to imagine Japan’s manga scene without Mentaiko Itto’s amusing gay mangas. Priapus explores Itto’s ) IRREPRESSIBLE: The Jazz Age take on the very gay Greek god I loved the light clever prose and Life of Henrietta Bingham taking on the task of turning every feeling of brash gritty otherness by Emily Bingham (£18.49). and Northerness. A breath of fresh Raised like a princess in a powerful man in the world gay, one by one. These 160 wonderfully illustrated seaside air. Clickity click! family in the American South, pages of top notch Japanese gay Henrietta Bingham was offered the ) EXILE & PRIDE: Disability, filth with a sense of style, humour helm of a publishing empire. Queerness And Liberation by ELI CLARE (£55). The 10th anniversary Instead, she ripped through the of this classic on intersectionality Jazz Age like an F Scott Fitzgerald character: intoxicating and and disability, which established intoxicated, selfish and shameless, the rhetoric of discussion and seductive and brilliant, endearing arguably changed the way folk and often terribly troubled. In New thought and talked about their York, Louisville, and London, she bodies and identities. This drove men and women wild with revelatory writing about his desire, and her youth blazed with sex. But her love affairs with women made her the subject of ) TOP OF THE HOUSE by ANDREW derision. After the speed and TOWERS (14.99). Maurice is down pleasure of her early days, the on his luck in Deerpool. He's lost toxicity of judgement from others his teaching job, the electricity has coupled with her own anxieties been cut off and the local hoods resulted in years of addiction and mock his transvestism and abuse breakdowns. Most painfully, she him online. To make things worse, and relentless hot sweaty sensual became a source of embarrassment he and his best friend and man on man action steeped in for her family and was labelled ‘a sometime lover 'Divvy' Karen have eroticism elevate Itto to a master three-dollar bill’. But forebears can piqued the ire of Chunky, Karen's of the genre. If you’re a fan become fairy-tale figures, psychopathic and vengeful ex. of Gengoroh Tagame then you’ll especially when they defy tradition. Desperate times call for desperate love this. Itto’s trademark For biographer and historian Emily measures. He finds out that the energetic style, coupled with his Bingham, the secret of who her Pentagon Bingo Hall is giving away cheeky sense of humour and an great-aunt was, and just why her a golden monkey worth half a essential darkness, make these story was concealed for so long million pounds and plans a heist graphic novels a joy to read and inspired her to write this. Henrietta that will make their dreams of they always turn you on.


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BRIGHTON DARKNESS By John Roman Baker - dark and light in a city of dreams

) Author, poet and playwright, John Roman Baker, has lived and worked during the last 60 years in Paris, Amsterdam and Brighton. At the age of 19 he moved to Paris, where he worked at the British Institute. His poetry was encouraged by its then director Francis Scarfe. In 1974 a volume of his poetry Poèmes à Tristan was published in French by Gérard Oberlé. John has always considered himself foremost a poet and a vein of poetry continues throughout his plays. In 1970 John returned to live in Brighton where he lived with his partner Graham Wilkinson, who became the Director of the Sussex AIDS Centre, until his death in 1990. John was well-known in Brighton as an activist for gay rights and was associated with the creation in 1985 of the Sussex AIDS Helpline, later to become the Sussex AIDS Centre and now the Terrence Higgins Trust. His first novel The Dark Antagonist was published in Brighton in 1973 by beat publisher Bill Butler at the Unicorn Bookshop in the North Laine. His first play Limitations launched the first season of the ground breaking Gay Sweatshop Theatre company in 1975. Through his theatre company, AIDS Positive Underground (APU), he created a unique cultural response to the AIDS crises and APU productions became regulars at the Brighton and Edinburgh festivals winning awards including the Brighton Festival Award for Best Theatre in 1990 for his play The Ice Pick. In 1997 he moved to the Netherlands where he continued his theatre work with Aputheatre and later began again to write novels and short stories. His work has been produced in many countries. From 1990–1996 the Brighton and Edinburgh Festivals often saw the first performances of his new plays. In 1994 the success in

Edinburgh of In One Take led to performances at Teatri di Vita, Bologna, Italy. Since then, his work has continued to be popular in Italy and has been seen in Firenze, Modena, Forlí, L'Aquila, Reggio Emilia and Roma. His most popular work The Ice Pick has been staged on multiple occasions in the UK and Italy as well as in the US at the Celebration Theatre, Los Angeles in 1993. John returned to live in Brighton with his partner Rod in 2014 and has produced Brighton Darkness, published by Wilkinson House, a collection of short stories relating to that "amorphous place known as the city of Brighton & Hove".

Gay life in the city runs as a theme through many of the stories, while the author’s experiences of other cities, Amsterdam, Paris and New York, add a global context to the book. Another recurrent theme is that of return. John himself recently returned to the city after 17 years living and working in the Netherlands. “True Brightonians,” he says, “can never really leave this place. You always have to come back, and the city with all its idiosyncrasies remains as troubled and as irresistible as ever.” Brighton Darkness is available online and in local bookshops in paperback. Ebook versions will be available from August 2015.

The stories span the decades from the 1950s to the present day and explore the many contradictions and quirks that define the city’s unique character. The cover of the book reflects these contradictions depicting the façade of the once elegant Astoria cinema, which is currently the subject of controversial demolition plans. The derelict state of the building is offset by its glowing neon sign, the presence of a cheeky seagull and the iconic bigger-than-life copy of Banksy’s Kissing Coppers. John explains: “The Astoria was a place of dreams, a place of beauty, where people of all ages could go and enter multiple different realities and even find love, like the two young characters in my book. Its impending demolition represents the loss of all those dreams as well as a great loss for this city which time and again seems to undervalue and destroy its architectural heritage. My book though is more about people than buildings.” The stories in Brighton Darkness are as diverse as the city and as such should appeal to a diverse readership. From gay first love in the Astoria cinema in the 1950s, to the reminiscences of an elderly woman in Regency Square as she looks back upon her turbulent past relationships and faces up to her current reality.

) BRIGHTON DARKNESS by JOHN ROMAN BAKER, ISBN: 978-1-899713-41-7, published by Wilkinson House Ltd, £12.99 (paperback), £4.99 (Kindle & Epub available August 2015). Now in stock at: City Books, 23 Western Rd, Hove, BN3 1AF


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CHIC BONBONS

BRIGHTON CENTRE homage to dance and an ultimate celebration of femininity. A daring, dynamic and delicious cabaret cocktail taking you through memories of the glamour of yester year… the fragrance of violettes, whispers of l’amour, it’s all here in one glass of champagne! ) STITCH IT! (Wed 12). Winner of The Bobby Award, for best show of the Brighton Fringe Festival 2015, this is a physical theatre solo show for adults without words. In unique style of movement that fuses butoh with mime, Lewis guides you through a woman’s journey from childhood to childbirth, ageing, and death. It is a visual poem triggering memories and emotions, thoughts and dreams.

The Dome, New Road, Brighton Box office: 01273 709709 ) DUCKIE: BORDER FORCE (Sat 1). Duckie’s new globalised clubland challenges national identity, queers the borders and confronts xenophobia in an immersive kunstdiskoteque about migration and desire. Clubbers attempt to travel between countries, but the Border Force are strict, corruption is rife and there’s no such thing as jeux sans frontiers. Back after the riotous Mods vs Rockers last year, queer performance purveyors Duckie return with a brand new clubbing spectacular for Brighton Pride’s 25th birthday weekend. Passports are potluck: where will you land?

PINK FRINGE Marlborough Theatre, 4 Princes St, Brighton, Box office: www.brownpapertickets.com ) BRIGHTON PRIDE STREET PARTY (Sat 1). Events include: CAMP at 6pm with artist and professional Peter Kay lookalike, Scottee, who takes the helm as his gang of weirdos and shows-offs take over our street party. They’re getting on a train with a suitcase full of sequins to present their infamous, limp-wristed, sell-out variety knees up – Camp! Expect drag queens on saxophones, fat opera singers, naff magic and rave tap! Throughout

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DUCKIE

SAUCY JACK & THE SPACE VIXENS

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Kings Road, Brighton, Box office: 0844 847 1515 ) MICHAEL MCINTYRE: HAPPY & GLORIOUS (Thu 27–Sun 30). Michael McIntrye returns with his hotly anticipated new standup show. 'The man is quite simply top-to-toe hilarious' The Telegraph.

SAUCY JACK & THE SPACE VIXENS Komedia, Gardner St, Brighton ) SAUCY JACK & THE SPACE the evening UNSKINNY BOP will be VIXENS (Tue 4–Sat 9). At dead-endproviding a dance party for dive Saucy Jack’s, on the far off weirdos, queers, fatsos & friends. planet Frottage III, cabaret stars From 11pm SINK THE PINK’s funare being murdered at the hands of loving ethos is leading the way to a killer with a deadly calling card… a new era of clubbing. a murderous shoe. Only the galaxy’s ) CHIC BONBONS ‘AN EXPERIENCE hottest trio of crime-fighting, LIKE NO OTHER’ (Fri 14–Sat 15). glitter-boot wearing agents, the Conceived upon inspiration from Space Vixens, can help. Will the the unique and enigmatic world of power of disco save the day? 'The cabaret… Parisian style! Chic Rocky Horror Show for the BonBons encompasses all millennium' Daily Mail. performing arts genres, paying

Theatre Royal, New Rd, Brighton, Box office: 08448 717650 ) TALKING HEADS (Tue 11–Sat 15). Alan Bennett sealed his reputation as the master of observation and brilliant comic phrasing with this series of monologues, originally filmed for television. Stephanie Cole is a 75-year-old widow, obsessive about tidiness and maintaining her independence, in A CREAM

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CRACKER UNDER THE SETTEE. A CHIP IN THE SUGAR which stars Karl Theobold as a devoted son whose life begins to unravel when he discovers his ageing mother has taken up with an old flame. A LADY OF LETTERS stars Siobhan Redmond as the acerbic Miss Ruddock, who watches the world from behind her curtains and constantly dashes off letters expressing her ill-informed opinions.

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BRIGHTONPRIDE25 Jubilee Library Foyer, Jubilee St, Brighton BN1 1GE ) BRIGHTONPRIDE25: THE EXHIBITION (Jul 17–Aug 2) Curated and created by Kate Wildblood, Alf Le Flohic and Josephine Bourne, BrightonPride25 worked with contributors across the community to create a 9 metre chronological photo collage, capturing the many amazing moments of Brighton Pride history. The exhibition also features an interactive Pride memory installation allowing you to contribute your memories of Brighton Pride to the exhibition. Celebrating the roots and the heart of Pride. Celebrating 25 years of Pride in our city. Celebrating us. Free entry.


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ART MATTERS B Y E NZO MA RRA This month I’ve selected some creative offerings for you to experience, each a short walk or longer train journey from central Brighton.

FRAGILITY

FABRICA GALLERY Duke Street, Brighton, http://fabrica.org.uk ) Beginning with Elpida Hadzi-Vasileva, whose work involves using materials that might be thought of as disgusting, but her intention is to create something beautiful through transformation. FRAGILITY (until 23) is a new site-specific work commissioned by Fabrica from Macedonian-born Brighton resident. Like much of the artist’s work over the past decade, Fragility re-appropriates animal viscera. In this instance caul fat, a membrane that holds the vital organs together, which will be transformed from a perishable waste product of the pork industry into a beautiful translucent material via a lengthy chemical process akin to embalming. A series of delicate veils will fill the central atrium rising from floor to ceiling.

CHARLES SHEARER

EMMA MASON GALLERY 3 Cornfield Terrace, Eastbourne, www.emmamason.co.uk CHARLES SHEARER - A SUMMER EXHIBITION (until Sat 15). Charles Shearer was born in Kirkwall in Orkney and studied at Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen and at the Royal College of Art, London, specialising in illustration. Prints in this exhibition include semi-abstract images, cut and drawn using card and stencil, then hand-printed, as well as one off stencil prints. He works teaching printmaking in numerous art schools and works on commissions for books and magazines, such as Ambit and the Cadogan Travel series. His prints are inspired from his extensive travels both local and from abroad. More recently he has been in Ireland and Wales, where he has been interested in the ruins, castles and follies. These influences can be seen in his recent work. There will also be a display of his sketch-books, book illustrations, printmaking tools, printing plates and a small collection of objects from his studio.

CHARLES SHEARER

ZIMMERSTEWART GALLERY 29 Tarrant Street, Arundel, www.zimmerstewart.co.uk ) THE ARUNDEL FESTIVAL & GALLERY TRAIL has FELIX ANAUT: FESTIVAL MUSIC, an exhibition of paintings and ceramics by the awardwinning Spanish abstract expressionist (15 Aug–5 Sept). His recent work concentrates on his interpretation of music, his Visual Music as he calls it, inspired from the Baroque period. These abstractions have led to recent exhibitions in London, and The Zaragoza Symphony, a large-scale public exhibition in homage to his birth city. In parallel to his painting, Anaut has also been developing his work with ceramics, painting very large-scale one off pieces and recent ceramic ‘editions’ in small editions.

TOWNER College Rd, Eastbourne, www.townereastbourne.org.uk ) WILLIAM GEAR 1915-1997: THE PAINTER THAT BRITAIN FORGOT (until Sept 27). This large-scale retrospective traces his work, from the near-monochrome abstractions of the 1950s, to his exuberant mature style from the 1960s, until his death in 1997. From early in his career Gear demonstrated a fondness for heavy black line as a division of colour. He acknowledged this derived in part from his childhood subconscious memories of pit-head winding gear and engineering marvel of the Forth Bridge. He regarded structure, architecture, buildings and scaffolding, as the most essential basis of his painting.


66 GSCENE cycle, An die ferne Geliebte, as well as Schumann's oft-used coded references to his wife, Clara. B Y NIC K B O STO N Williams is in total control here of the wilder reaches of Schumann’s demands here – perhaps add difficulty on difficulty, with occasionally almost too in control? some highly stretching double However, she plays the melancholic stopping – again, Pramsohler moments of longing highly manages to incorporate this in a ) Baroque violinist JOHANNES sensitively without being way that maintains the line PRAMSOHLER’s third recording on overindulgent. The strangely titled throughout. Sonatas by Krebs & his own label is definitely my the relative calm and comfort of Davidbündlertänze relate to Graun then follow – both premiere recording of the year so far. He is Walton's later years settled on the recordings. The Krebs Sonata has a Schumann's unfinished novel, once again joined by Philippe Italian island of Ischia, his later Davidsbund, in which two Grisvard on harpsichord for Bach & striking slow introductory movement, music is often complex, with dark Florestan and Eusebius, characters, and the Graun Sonata’s finale Entourage, music by JS Bach undertones. Walton's imaginative fight to uphold the cause of 'high concludes with real fireworks for (1685-1750) and the circle of orchestration skills are in evidence, art'. Schumann saw these two the violin, and the harpsichord is violin composers who gathered and the BBCSO are on fine form characters as his own alter-egos, also allowed to shine here too. here. The theme is first heard on Florestan being outgoing and They end the disc with an early the clarinet, and it is played with assertive, and Eusebius more Fugue by Bach, which gives both mysterious delicacy by the BBCSO introverted and introspective. The players the opportunity to end in clarinettist here. The Cello 18 short pieces, split into two style. Despite the potentially Concerto follows, and Paul Watkins’ books, are marked F or E (or narrow soundworld of the performance is outstanding, not programme’s construct, Pramsohler sometimes both) to indicate their least in the demanding two solo underlying character. has really managed to showcase variations in the long finale. The the fascinating variety on offer, Williams shows real passion for this concerto has a range of moods, but and this disc definitely rewards music, and her command of the is often quite dark, and Watkins’ repeated listening. Audax ADX13703 challenges set by Schumann is tone here is appropriately deep and around him in early 18th century impressive. However, I would mellow, although he can also be Germany. This included the great occasionally like a little more fleet of foot when required, as in violinist and composer, Johann intensity of expression in the the middle scherzo movement. The Georg Pisendel (1687-1755), introspective, 'Eusebius' moments. Symphony is given a taut, flawless Bach’s pupil, copyist and friend Overall, these are strong performance, one with real bite. Johann Ludwig Krebs (1713performances, but, particularly in The orchestra required is large, and 1780), and Bach’s eldest son’s an all Schumann programme, a as ever with Walton, there is violin teacher, Johann Gottlieb greater range between the plenty for the large brass section Graun (1703-1771) - you clearly extremes of ‘on the edge’, almost to get their teeth into. The dark had to be called Johann to be out of control wildness and slightly menacing slow movement again anyone! Well, so far, so claustrophobic introversion is draws on Walton's unique straightforward – except here we needed. Somm SOMMCD0150 orchestration, with glassy strings ) Pianist CORDELIA WILLIAMS have a Sonata (BWV1024) and inspired use of the celesta and ) EDWARD GARDNER is definitely attributed to Bach, but possibly by won the piano final of the BBC harps. In the finale's Passacaglia, on a roll, with yet another cracker Young Musician of the Year Pisendel, and an anonymous of a recording out on SACD. He and Walton experimented with the competition back in 2006. Sonata in A major, probably by techniques of serialism, even the BBC Symphony Orchestra are Bach. The former has a wonderfully Following a successful debut though the harmonic language is joined by cellist Paul Watkins for Schubert CD, she has chosen next ornamented opening movement, still essentially tonal, with a final William Walton's Cello Concerto. an all Schumann programme, and Pramsohler sets out his store Presto emphatically in the major. The mighty Symphony No. 2 including his masterpiece, the with a beautiful clarity of tone, Another benchmark Walton disc tastefully underpinned with sound Fantasie in C, Op. 17. Before this, follows this, and it is preceded by therefore from Gardner, to go with a lesser known late work, the accompaniment from Grisvard. The she plays the two books of his recording of the first Symphony Improvisations on an Impromptu Davidsbündlertänze, Op. 6, and lively Presto that follows is full of and the Violin Concerto – check by Benjamin Britten. The then rounds off the disc with the energy, before both players relax that out too. Chandos CHSA5153 Improvisations are based on a lesser known Geistervariationen, into an exquisitely relaxed slow theme from Britten's Piano Reviews, comments and events: movement, before dancing through his final composition for the piano. Concerto, and Britten gave Walton This short set of variations was nicks-classical-notes.blogspot.co.uk the finale. The Bach Sonata that completed the day after his failed his approval for the work. Despite Email: nbclassical@hotmail.co.uk follows consists of five short suicide attempt, before entering movements, including a touching the asylum where he ended his central slow movement, and a challenging final fugal movement, days. The simple, choral-like theme with some fiendish string crossing is given five variations, and the theme remains transparent which Pramsohler makes sound ) You can catch Fiona Shaw’s throughout, the rhythmic effortless. The mood changes award-winning production of completely next, with a Sonata for accompaniment and texture being Britten’s The Rape of Lucretia, live the focus of variation. Given the solo violin by Pisendel. Of course from Glyndebourne (Sun 9), with work’s history, it is hard not to feel one immediately thinks of the cast including Christine Rice, Kate a sense of impending tragedy here, Bach solo Sonatas & Partitas, Royal, Allan Clayton and Duncan Rock. In a range of local cinemas, and Williams’ performance is particularly in the highly including: Duke’s at the Komedia, Brighton, the Odeon Cinema, suitably straightforward yet ornamented opening slow Brighton, Cineworld Eastbourne, and the Connaught Cinema, Worthing. reverent. The Fantasie contains movement. The Giga finale is Check for times and dates. quotations from Beethoven's song followed with variations, which

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25 YEARS OF BRIGHTON PRIDE Jaq Bayles reminisces over Pride ) Two dykes and a trestle table, plus a drag act on the back of a flatbed lorry. That’s my abiding memory of the first Brighton Pride, down on the Level. No one really knew how it would pan out, how the town (yep, still a town, not yet a city) would accept it, but we were all so excited to have our own day. Everyone seemed to know everyone else, everyone was happy and smiling – even the sun was shining. Who knew drinking warm beer on a patch of greenery in one of the less salubrious parts of town could be so invigorating?

these were times when we were often asked to ‘prove’ our queerness by kissing each other when seeking access to the few gay clubs that were around. Quite often, too, those clubs were either exclusively for men or exclusively for women and, while some of the clubs in Brighton would grudgingly let women in, they quite often quickly found reasons to keep them out – a favourite being that lesbians were troublemakers.

It felt like a triumph. Prior to that it seemed London was the only place you could go to feel that kind of solidarity in a world where many still felt too scared of the backlash to be open about their sexuality. We all knew the drill – most of us had spent several years travelling up to London Pride with its proper political march, run-ins with hostile coppers, rallying speeches in Jubilee Gardens and performances from the likes of Hazel Dean and Jimmy Somerville. If you weren’t there, the movie Pride perfectly captures the rich political atmosphere of the time – it was the days of Thatcher and trade unions and the illegality of homosexual acts between men under the age of 21. It seems shocking that it wasn’t until the Criminal Justice and Public Order Act 1994 reduced the age of consent to 18, still not in line with the heterosexual age of consent – that equality didn’t come until the Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 2000, just 15 years ago.

So not only were we all fighting the system, we were often fighting each other, too, with segregation coming from both sides. Yet Pride united us. There may have been different banners we chose to march under that represented our particular bent – S&M Dykes, Gays against Hairspray, whatever – but we were there for a common cause. We wanted to be noticed, we wanted to be accepted, we wanted others to understand that our way of life wasn’t a threat to them, that we were functioning members of society, sisters, brothers, mothers, fathers, just like them. And, more than anything, we wanted equality.

There was so much to fight for and against in those early days of Pride – which, of course, is why it all started. We were ‘perverts’, living in the shadows, even mistrusting each other –

It’s been a long road – and a lot of appearances by Hazel Dean and Jimmy Somerville – but we now have equality, at least in the eyes of the law. I was able to get

So what does Pride mean now, 25 years on in Brighton & Hove? When I was on the organising committee some years back, a radio interviewer asked me why we still needed Pride in Brighton, given its status as the UK’s gay capital. The answer to that one was easy then and it’s still easy now: we live in a bubble of acceptance in Brighton. You can barely walk three paces without being confronted with a rainbow flag or sticker in shop and pub windows, same-sex couples walk confidently hand-in-hand down the street, clubs spew proudly gay night owls onto the main drags, there are openly gay councillors and vicars… Yet we also still face hate crimes, discrimination in the workplace and, as for all those gay-friendly businesses, how many only adopt that approach in the runup to Pride to capitalise on the pink pounds that pour into the city for that particular weekend? And this is all in the UK’s most gay-friendly city. So how do people fare across the rest of the UK? There are plenty of towns where holding hands with your partner would get you horrified stares, or where your request for a double room in a B&B would cause raised eyebrows. Sure, we’ve come a long way in the last quarter of a century, but are we really there yet? In the same way that racism is still rife in this country (step forward The Daily Mail), homophobia is far from beaten, which is why we still need Pride. It’s to remind ourselves, as much as the rest of the world, how hard we have had to fight for acceptance and it's exactly because we CAN do it here that we should. Many other towns across the country have stepped up in recent years to stage their own Prides, and each of these is a step forward. It may have lost its political edge but Pride is still a celebration of diversity. And those supporters who aren’t part of the community are a testament to the level of acceptance that grows annually. But to those who complain annually that their children were subjected to bare-bottomed men wearing chaps in the park, I say: don’t bring your easily-offended sensibilities. The LGBT community has always been anti-establishment – that’s been our way of getting noticed and we like it. So here’s to 25 years of Pride in Brighton & Hove. I’m quite sad not to see Hazel and Jimmy in the line-up, but I guess Fatboy and the Human League aren’t bad substitutes… Enjoy.


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CRAIG’S THOUGHTS HALCYON DAYS OUR QUIET GAY REVOLUTION BY CRAIG HANLON-SMITH @craigscontinuum

) In November and December of 1989, my father had the foresight to sit his somewhat disinterested teenage sons in front of television news reports of the collapse of communism in Europe, the fall of the Berlin Wall and the ensuing revolutions. I didn’t appreciate the sentiment at the time when upstairs there was a stack of Smash Hits back issues I could have been leafing through and an even greater collection of 7” singles through which I could plan my escape into the fantastical utopia of my secretly gay mind. Madonna and Carol Decker, or Ceaușescu? For me, there was no contest, but stick with it he did: “You need to watch this” he would say day after day after boring day, “this is history”. And for that I will be forever grateful. Grateful because, at the time, I had no idea that these events would remain with me forever. I have incredibly vivid memories of the Berlin Wall coming down, of soldiers in Hungary and East Germany dismantling barbed-wire borders, and of bloody revolutions. Even Christmas Day schmaltz was interrupted with grim news reports of kangaroo court executions of deposed brutal leaders. It wasn’t always pretty, history often isn’t, but it was gripping stuff.

These are the days of now. These are the days that millions have dreamed of. These are the days that thousands still hope will come to them. These are the days that we cried ourselves to sleep in the belief that they would never come. These are the days that were longed, ached, and fought for. These are the days in which national landmarks are bathed in spectacular rainbow colours. These are the days when the buildings which often housed oppressive and conservative governments now raise and fly a rainbow flag as if the Royal Standard. These are the days of now. These are the days of acceptance. These are the days of equality. These are the days of embracement. These are the days of courage and confidence. These are the days of knowing we are supported in legislation, by the state, by a stranger. These are the days that we are on the TV. These are the days when we hope for ‘a gay one’. These are the days that they all want a piece of. These are the days that we are no longer the freak. These are the days of now. These are the days those of us in the Liberation Front were beaten for. These are the days the Stonewall patrons hit back for. These are the days Harvey Milk was shot dead for. These are the days our parents turned us out for. These are the days we first entered that club for. These are the days we read Armistead Maupin for. These are the days we were not picked for the team for. These are the days that we once ran away for. These are the days we all risked our lives for. These are the days our community died for. These are the days we were positively diagnosed for. These are the days of now. These are the days we once walked in heels for. These are the days we have often shaved our heads for. These are the days that we painted our nails for. These are the days that we bought army boots for. These are the days that we wore tighter trousers or much shorter shorts for. These are the days that we wore a man’s suit for. These are the days we once bought eyeliner for. These are the days we blew that bloody whistle for. These are the days that Tom Robinson sang for. These are the days that we learned a show-tune for. These are the days of now. These are the days that we didn’t have a child for. These are the days we adopted a child for. These are the days we held a referendum for. These are the days we marched through the town for. These are the days we will marry a woman for. These are the days we will marry a man for. These are the days we can be all inclusive for. These are the days of now. These are the days we often wore a frown for. These are the days they planted a bomb for. These are the days we were exposed in the press for. These are the days they wouldn’t let us stay for. These are the days they were taken to court for. These are the days that we once lost a job for. These are the days that the room all went quiet for. These are the days we have spent forty, fifty, sixty years tired for. These are the days we stood up for ourselves for. These are the days that they won’t back down quietly for. These are the days we must all hold our nerve for. These are the days we must always be grateful for.

I have since impressed a Romanian taxi driver, whilst tearing across Manhattan, with my knowledge of his country’s political history (“I had an American lady in here yesterday who asked me if Romania was near to Egypt, she was an idiot”); I fell in love with the collected works of Caryl Churchill, via her 1990 play Mad Forest; and understand after what Europe went through to become united, how important it is to extend the hand of friendship to visitors and indeed settlers from the former Eastern block. So what of now, our own social progress that appears to be gathering momentum, our own quiet revolution? Well I don’t have my own children to sit in front of the television, but I regularly borrow other people’s, not least of all for a living, and it would be remiss of me to not take advantage of my position, sit them down and say “this is history”. And as we approach our 25th Brighton Pride anniversary, to remind our revellers both resident and temporary of all that has gone before, because these are the days, the days of now:

These are the days of now.

“These are the days when the buildings which often housed oppressive and conservative governments now raise and fly a rainbow flag as if it’s the Royal Standard. These are the days of now”


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CHARLIE SAYS PROUD THE STONEWALL RIOTS WERE A TURNING POINT IN THE STRUGGLE FOR LGBTQ EQUALITY BY CHARLIE BAUER PhD http://charliebauerphd.blogspot.co.uk

) I knew I had to make it to New York, not just for the Pride Parade, but for the historic ruling on gay marriage that happened in the same week. Again it was a tiny margin within the Supreme Court that forced the change. Even smaller than the one that broke the back of Proposition 8, the clause that prohibited gay marriage in California. We also knew the ruling was significant and could only have been achieved under the term of office of a Black president (a queer president is some way off yet and will require an even craftier hand with the religious right). This legislation will take years to destroy and since, unlike the UK where a Tory can slip a white paper under a disaster or act of terrorism, in the US everyone is in on the debate. You may have heard of it. It used to be called democracy. So, on the day of the Supreme Court ruling, I made my way down to the Stonewall Inn. There would be celebrations around the country, but the centre of any gay struggle has to be this tiny bar in a side street of Greenwich village. The sleazy cavern that was given Official Landmark Status the same month – a protection that prevented it being demolished for more badly needed, multi-million dollar homes. Being at the Stonewall Inn was significant. Thank God that the interior is also being preserved. Nothing special inside except that it doesn’t represent the gay bars that we know today. No glitz or glitter, just what looks like the seedy, old school pick-up joint so many of us came of age with. Which, of course are a huge part of our culture and should be preserved. Stonewall has always stonewalled everything

before and after the riots that spread from its loins, into queer consciousness. Its name has countered every seed of religious bigotry, act of congress and bag of human waste posted through its virtual letterbox. Its surroundings became the waiting room for the nearby Saint Vincent’s Hospital, the vanguard of the east coast gay cancer epidemic and later the centre of the surge of something called AIDS. (Saint Vincent’s having recently lost its own cancerous battle with the land developers). ‘Stonewall’ was a safe place where everyone inside could truly understand what the queer condition was before the outbreak of AIDS, and so dealt with it accordingly. The word of mouth historical stories that preceded the mass contraction of the virus. And a place to house

the further marginalised. The Black, Hispanic and trans-queer communities, before anyone even had an acronym. A bar where, although a New York police officer would collect protection money for the Mafia each week, the same squad raided every month on behalf of ‘The Law’. Stashes of booze were hidden locally so that Larry Boxx, the manager, could reopen within an hour of a raid they knew was coming. And the raids just became a way of life. Until, one night something snapped. As always, it was the lowest of the low on Police Inspector Donut’s crib sheet that caused all the commotion - the dykes and the drag queens. A drag queen’s photo ID never resembled the dreamy vision lined up before the cops. And women had to have three pieces of ‘feminine clothing’ so as not to be arrested. Neither party had either so these were the ones thrown into the back of the Mariah. Ooooooh - bad move, officer Krupke. A lesbian who was too tightly cuffed was lead by the hair to the van where a crowd had gathered. She screamed to a drag queen watching, asking if they were going to do anything about it or just stand there. And herein lies point of fissure: when one solitary drag queen threw that first size 13 shoe at the arresting officer. Then around 600 queers from every surrounding club and bar chased the police around the block and back into the Stonewall Inn, where they barricaded themselves in. Like all major disasters in downtown New York every available police officer was drafted in until the queers were outnumbered. By then a different type of bar had been set.

“A lesbian who was too tightly cuffed was lead by the hair to the van where a crowd had gathered. She screamed to a drag queen watching, asking if they were going to do anything about it or just stand there...” The following night queers from every borough came to the Stonewall Inn and refused to move. Many people, not even knowing why they were there, other than they had to now stand up and be counted. Again, the same explosion resulted and the police were outnumbered all over again. And this is the day that became ‘Gay Pride’. The day we commemorate a size 13 woman’s shoe thrown at a so called ‘authority’. A single article of clothing that represents, in some way, everyone inside and across the globe, when it comes to this struggle. And then through time to something called LGBT or whatever it’s called - the acronym that carries no Q because whatever the legislation in our names and for our cause, it will always, to all of us, be ‘Queer’. Always, just as we are always ‘Stonewall’. A place were everyone is outside, always ready to charge. And so, whether the free ‘Stonewall’ tag becomes professional global agencies, queer community support mechanisms like housing associations or advocacy centres around the globe, it retains its once and always queer origin. It represents only one movement. Just a call to action from a single dyke to a drag queen. And a protective response that forced every queer out of the closet and onto every street. A response that would be repaid from within a later plague. Carrying onwards to every place where we now stand. So, happy Stonewall everybody. Happy Pride.


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KEITH SHARPE QUEER JESUS CHRISTIAN FAMILY VALUES? BY DR KEITH SHARPE CHANGING ATTITUDE SUSSEX

) A couple of months back I wrote in this column about what it might mean to be queer. I suggested that there were four main meanings of queer, which actually emerged over time in a historical sequence. Queer was first used in England in the 16th century to mean odd or unusual, and this was then applied in the 19th century to homosexuals in an insulting, offensive and derogatory manner. Towards the end of the 20th century gay liberationists tried to reclaim the word and started positively identifying themselves as queers in order to turn its meaning. Then in the 21st century this process was taken much further with the idea of queer as not just a proud homosexual but as a person who rejects all such labels. To be queer in this sense is to be 'intentionally transgressive' and refuse to recognise any sexual or gender categories as 'normal' or 'natural'. Queer in this perspective is a political statement which totally denies the validity of any normativity, and especially of heteronormativity. I think all of these four perspectives on queerness are useful in thinking about the queerness of Jesus Christ. And we LGBT folk should definitely think about the queerness of Jesus Christ, whether we are religious, anti-religious or indifferent to religion.

“The Christian Churches have historically oppressed and persecuted us and continue to do so. They have sought disgraceful and shameful exemptions from equality legislation” Remember that ultimately almost all homophobia is underwritten by a supposed divine sanction. The Christian Churches have historically oppressed and persecuted us and continue to do so. They have sought disgraceful and shameful exemptions from equality legislation. The established church of this land has a 'quadruple lock' in law to prevent it from ever having to conduct same-sex marriages. Despite its own sexual and paedophile scandals the official teaching of the Roman Catholic Church is that we are disordered with an intrinsic tendency to evil. The media-cuddly Pope Francis has not changed that. And yet the Christian God in whose name these churches feel emboldened to attack us was himself clearly actually very queer. Irony of ironies! The churches need to be constantly reminded of this. Right at the start of the gospels we see Jesus described as an outsider. There is a genealogy for him which you can read in Matthew 1:1-16 which lists several odd and peculiar 'transgressive' women ancestors. For example there is Tamar who disguised herself as a prostitute and tricked her father into having sex with her, there is Rahab who was a prostitute and a foreigner (Canaanite), there is Bathsheba who committed adultery with King David while still married to Uriah the Hittite, and then there is the wonderful Ruth who produced that great hymn of love to another woman, Naomi, who was also a foreigner (Moabite). Nothing normal or natural according to the demands of heteronormativity amongst these ladies in Jesus' family tree. As for the men, well enough to say that

there is descent from King David who famously also had a love affair with Jonathan, enjoying with him 'a love which surpassed the love of women'. Then there are the very queer circumstances of his birth. He is born to Mary who was unmarried and had not had sex with a man. Now if she truly was a virgin the only conclusion possible is that this is a case of parthenogenesis with no male input of Y chromosomes. This would make Jesus effectively an intersex person because he was a male body with only XX chromosomes. Clearly there is also a sense in which he is a hybrid body in so far as he is simultaneously both human and divine. He effectively collapses the distinction in this binary categorisation. Challenging binary distinctions is one of the key projects of queer theorists: they reject the dualism of male/female or heterosexual/homosexual. They argue that nobody is purely one or the other, and that in fact we are all actually hybrids in relation to these sorts of categories. Like many gay men who are male but different from the norm because the object of their sexual desires is not the female which it is supposed to be, it takes Jesus a long time to 'come out' as divine. It is a struggle. Self-revelation was dangerous for him, just as self-revelation has been very dangerous, costly and damaging for generations of gay people. Even after he has begun his mission in his thirties, he still tells others not to reveal who he is, according to the gospel of Mark. Was this difficulty also related to coming out as a lover of men in terms of his sexual orientation? Many people have thought so. Bishop Hugh Montefiore thought so. He was bishop of Birmingham in the 1960s and he said he thought Jesus was probably gay, and he thought The Bible showed this too. He wrote: 'According to the gospels women were his friends but it is men whom he is said to love.' Of course it was a very queer thing in the very patriarchal society of first century Palestine for a man to have women as friends also. And there are several men whom Jesus clearly has a special relationship with, not least the disciple who is only ever referred to in the New Testament as 'the disciple whom Jesus loved'. Like many gay people Jesus felt compelled to reject his biological family and establish a family of choice made up of friends who he felt comfortable with and who supported him. Everyone knows he spent much of his time with twelve other men, but less well known is the fondness he felt for the seemingly queer household in Bethany made up of Mary, Martha and Lazarus. In her book, Our Tribe, Nancy Wilson suggests that Martha and Mary were secret lovers masquerading as sisters and that Lazarus was in fact the disciple whom Jesus loved. So when they sacrifice us on the altar of 'Christian family values' Church leaders should remember just what a queer thing Christianity actually is.

“Like many gay people Jesus felt compelled to reject his biological family and establish a family of choice made up of friends who he felt comfortable with and supported him” OPEN AND WELCOMING CHURCHES Changing Attitude Sussex is committed to telling the truth about Christian teaching on homosexuality, and works for the full inclusion of LGBT people in every province of the Anglican Communion and more widely in all Christian Churches.


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WALL’S WORDS

GAY WISDOM

BY MIKE WALL

BY GAY SOCRATES

WHICH TYPE ARE YOU?

FAERIE SEX MAGICK

) So it is August again and all hell breaks loose across Brighton & Hove while Pride hits the city. This month I was going to write about the increased level of facial hair now covering Britain. I’m sure that if you joined it all together and took a satellite picture, you would see a very hairy landscape. Over the last few years more and more men are going feral. Gone is the clean-shaven, clean-living man and in comes the mountain men, down from the hillside to bash someone over the head and drag them back to their den or cave. Hmmm, that could be interesting, but depends on the man!

) What is Faerie Sex Magick (FSM)? FSM is a group process evolved by Faeries to help male-bodied queers reconnect their sexual selves with their deeper sense of emotional intimacy.

“If you joined it all together and took a satellite picture, you would see a very hairy landscape” My partner calls them all Conchita. As we walk down St James’s Street (or it could be any other street in the country), Roger walks along saying “there’s another Conchita”, “look, Conchita”, “and there’s another!” Personally I don’t blame Conchita Wurst for making the beard popular - but I guess it hasn’t helped. I completely accept that ‘Bears’ have been around for a very long time and therefore the beard has been within gay culture for decades, but this lead me to thinking that there is a very wide and varied type of gay man. I mean you can’t paint all gay men with the same brush and say we’re all part of a gay ‘community’. For example, after just a quick glance online, I can give you a short list of gay men ‘types’: Twinks, Chickens, Bears, Polar Bears, Otters, Wolves, Cubs, Muscle Marys (Gym Bunny), Chubs, Daddies, to name a few. So what are you? Where do you fit in on the list? Do you even fit in this list? I could get quite stereotypical and give you my definition of them if you’d like? Go on then, you’ve convinced me! So here goes along with a stereotypical catchphrase: meant to amuse not to offend! Twinks and chickens: usually thin, smooth, often with highlights, never over 30 and tends to be on the effeminate side. Work it, girl! Bears, polar bears, otters, wolves, cubs: all variations on a theme, usually large, hairy, often with facial hair. Bears have their own social calendar that is well populated with events including the Brighton Bear Weekender. Woof! Gym Bunnies: usually very athletic and muscular. This guy probably thinks that no one would believe he is gay until he tells them. We're going to get rid of all those old gay stereotypes... through a lavish musical number! Leather Queens: could be any gay man with a fetish for leather. We would all secretly prefer to be wearing chiffon! Daddies: a mature man that can also be defined as a Gym Daddy, Chub Daddy, or Bear Daddy. All types of everything, just a bit older and possibly wiser. I like my beer cold, my TV loud, and my homosexuals fuhlaming! Anyway you get the idea, and there are even lots more different types of us. Whatever category you fall into, be safe, have fun and have a fantastic Pride weekend.

What does it involve? It involves getting together with a small group of men and, over the course of a week, developing the confidence to open your deeper self to them as they open to you. It involves sharing from the heart and recognising that it is not only safe but also worthy of love to reveal your vulnerabilities and to witness others exposing theirs. That sounds scary! It all happens in a venue which is protected from the distractions of the noisy world most of us occupy. The whole process is facilitated by Faeries who have been involved with its growth since it was first conceived by Harry Hay - one of the originators of the Faeries as a development of queer consciousness. The foundation of the sharing is the Faerie Heart Circle derived from the Native American Indian tradition of sharing circles. Heart Circle involves passing a talisman or ‘talking stick’ around the circle. When you have the talisman it’s your turn to share, when you pass on the talisman it’s your turn to listen! So what’s magickal about it? When a small group agree to give each other their nonjudgemental attention in Heart Circle something quite unexpected happens. The level of emotional intimacy within the group rapidly intensifies in a surprising and almost magickal way. And where does the sex come into it? The intention of the Heart Circling is to develop the emotional intimacy in the group so there is enough trust for permissions to be given to each and every member of the group so that loving touch can be given and received. When this stage has been reached the group enters into ‘Ritual Space’

“Emotional intimacy within the group rapidly intensifies in a surprising and almost magickal way” What Happens in ‘Ritual Space’ It is up to the group how erotic and sensual touch will manifest. Once the trust and emotional intimacy has developed there is no shortage of imaginative yet sensitive ideas as to how the group could relate to each other sexually. Now that’s starting to sound interesting! Can anyone do it? If you’ve never experienced sharing in Heart Circle before you would be advised to get some practice at this before going on a full FSM workshop. The Brighton Faeries hold Heart Circles every so often (email brightonfaerie@gmail.com to get on the list) and there are monthly Edward Carpenter Community Heart Circles usually held on the second Sunday of the month (email gaysocrates@gmail.com for details) So what’s your experience of FSM? I have attended two FSM workshops. Because of the depth of sharing on a workshop the group promises that they will respect each other’s confidentiality. What I can say is that, aside from the pure enjoyment of entering into an emotionally safe yet sexually intimate space with a bunch of lovely men, I am now profoundly changed for the better! Check it out at www.faeriesexmagick.org


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DAD & DADDY LET THEM BE ONE OF THE HARDEST PARTS OF THEM GROWING UP BY SYD SPENCER ) Recently our 10-year-old daughter keeps asking if she can be allowed to walk to school with her friends and I’ll be honest, my first, second, third and then fourth replies have all been a consistent NO! Requests for extra ‘freedom’ from Katy are usually followed by a reminder from me that she is still only a child and then a scream of ‘It’s not fair’ or ‘I hate you’ from her, finished off with the thunder of a slammed door. In the 1980s, aged only eight, I used to walk to school alone across Brighton and nothing bad ever happened to me. The journey was about 45 minutes long and my older sister always refused to walk with me so off I went. My foster carers never seemed to worry about me getting to school safely, other than a shout, as I closed the front door, of ‘Go straight to school’. They didn’t seem to be too bothered, in fact, in the summer, once I’d consumed my tea, I was told to go back out again with my friends until it was just starting to get dark and I was rarely asked what I had been up to on my return. However, I often got a clip around the ear for getting back when it was actually very dark rather than just turning dark. It was the 1980s and it was different back then, wasn’t it? Of course there were news stories about young children going missing but it didn’t seem to be as prolific as in recent years. So is it really more dangerous for our children these days or not? Or maybe it is simply that the media is now more available and instant with Twitter, Facebook and 24-hour news channels and Apps, meaning that we are just told more about what is going on rather than there actually being more bad things happening. Recently, all of us local parents were informed that there had been reports of a man driving past the school, stopping and asking kids to get into their car. As a result the police were seen patrolling the area for a while but without any further sightings their presence soon ceased and life went back to normal. Now some of you may think that this alone should be the absolute, unarguable reason why we should not allow Katy to walk to school with her friends, and a part of me agrees, but I just can’t help thinking at what cost... Isn’t being with friends, mixing with new people, experiencing things

without parents around and learning to keep yourself safe what helps to develop a child’s character? Learning about the various personalities of others, proving that they can stick to boundaries and commitments made, making right and wrong choices and accepting responsibility nurtures their brains and helps them to become the person that they choose to be. We have always thrived to teach the kids to explore and find out what it is that they really enjoy in life and how to achieve it responsibly. If we are always there, walking alongside them or driving them to school or even walking 10 feet behind them while they walk with their friends, they won’t be able to be themselves. They will be fully aware of us and will adjust their views, thoughts and conversations to what they feel or indeed know is acceptable to us. Like all good parents, we teach them what is right or wrong but equally we also welcome them getting it wrong and learning from it. However, the decision about whether we should allow Katy to walk to school with her friends, which is actually only a 15-minute walk across the park behind our house, is a very difficult thing to come to a concrete definite on.

“We would hate to become those parents that never let their kids stretch their wings” One thing we did, to help relieve our anxiety for when the day finally comes, was to buy Katy her first mobile phone. Plans for her to phone us when she arrives at school and when she leaves school at the end of the day were discussed and an App to track her phone was quickly installed. With the phone account linked to mine, so that all calls and text messages can be monitored, and an internet restriction for under 12s put in place, I felt a little more reassured and ready for that ever looming day. Until that is, Kevin pointed out just how clever Katy already is getting around things on the home computer, tablet and everything else computerised at home. My heart sank and anxiety growled in the pit of my stomach. As she only has one year left at primary school before she heads fully into the dark teenage years and secondary school, we know a time will come when we have to let her have her freedom and a chance to prove that she is responsible. We would hate to become those parents that never let their kids stretch their wings, so I think slowly but surely has to be the way forward. Trips alone to the corner shop so she can feel a little more grown up and can prove she can be trusted are a start. However she will have to put up with me lurking in the background for a few years yet, that’s for sure!


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ANOTHER YEAR ANOTHER PRIDE

WHAT BRIGHTON PRIDE MEANS TO ME

) I reflect on what we have to be proud of and of the things we take for granted in our Dis-United Magic Kingdom in this twisted gilded ghetto by the sea. The creeping tide of tolerance turned into a wave of acceptance, which crashed on our shores and washed away sandbanks of bigoted flotsam and jetsam that had hindered us living our lives openly and with real freedom. The ebbing soft shhhhhh of the wave left a few fools and biblical nutters gasping and flopping around on the wide sunny beach of our new freedoms. I’m 648-yearsold now, give a century or two, and I’ve watched the slow and inevitable change in our county. They stopped burning us and drowning us, exorcisms became unfashionable, tar and feather become non plus ultra, we were imprisoned then medicalised and chemically castrated or eclectro cured and then suddenly one by one our struggles and shouts for liberty, equality and freedom gained a momentum that was undeniable and the world changed. Our Ulster cousins still suffer the fools of rancid rhetoric with good grace and weary sighs, but we are on the tide of history.

) By coincidence at the time of writing I am midway through a binge watch of Sense8 on Netflix. Written by the Wachowskis, the show features several queer relationships. Most striking is that these relationships are genuinely reflective of lives of many LGBT people (despite the action-packed drama surrounding them, which thankfully, is not). It is the character of Nomi who gives us probably one of the more compelling Pride speeches I have ever heard. I don’t want to spoil it for you, but I’d like to quote this: “Saint Thomas saw pride as the queen of the seven deadlies… But hating isn’t a sin on that list. Neither is shame. I was afraid of this parade because I wanted so badly to be a part of it. So today I’m marching for that part of me that was much too afraid to march. And for all the people who can’t march”.

Madrid Pride - their history is different, their struggle the same; in France the same but different, plus can change; in Berlin from decadent cabaret to death camps to uber liberty in three generations, the change happened. America shines bright and strong although it flickers on occasion, they come right in the end. Antipodean culture steps up and frowns at the political dinosaurs and roar for change. South America is a multitude of magical queer realities, all different from their roots, more mixed but each striving for the same liberty. We are with History and it is with us. We are Queer! Proud? Yes I am, but worried. The moment we stop fighting is when the wolves are at the door. The devils with hatred, death and twisted religious cant in their macho misogynist minds. We must not stop now, because there are others who die every day for waking up LGBT. They die in the streets, in their beds, in their parents’ yards, they are dragged out and burned, stabbed, shot and drowned, they are beaten and their bodies left in dumpsters in Caracas, Sao Paulo, Damascus, Riyadh, Kabul, Kingston, San Salvador, Moscow, the list goes on and I weep when I read of these deaths. They are us, they are our sisters and brothers, our lovers and friends, we MUST do more. So enjoy Pride, but keep your eyes out for the ones on their first Pride, the foreign folk here to enjoy a liberty they can only dream of and smile and be welcoming, then please, please pick up a pen or sit down at your keyboard when festivities are over and keep change going. Add your shoulder to the Sisyphian rainbow wheel of change and write to the presidents, the popes, the leaders and influencemakers, the bankers and funders, the prime ministers, health ministers and broadcasters, and scream your displeasure. LOUDLY. One more death is one too many. The pride you get from influencing change, will change you. Gandhi once said a few determined people can change the world, and he was right. He was silenced, like Harvey, by the bullet of a hate-filled mad man. Remember what we did to get here, and do it more. Phew, here’s a big sexy wave to all those pouting bears out there, if you want me I'll be in the bar - being exquisite and never explaining.

Nomi has articulated perfectly what Pride is all about for me, and why I make sure I march in every parade I can. She also manages to touch on one of the most pertinent issues affecting our community: the irony that hate and shame are not seen as “deadly sins”, despite the fact they’re probably two of the most destructive things that can affect any society. So Pride is standing up to that hate and shame. It is a celebration that we are not only here but joyous about who we are. Brighton Pride also means another very different thing for me. The policing operation is one of the biggest that Sussex Police undertake. We draft in officers from neighbouring forces to help maintain order and keep people safe and the planning starts as soon as the previous Pride finishes.

Of course, it’s not just police who’ll be working their socks off to deliver a hugely successful event. Congratulations to Pride organisers, the local community groups, businesses and activists who have worked tirelessly for the last few months to make the tents in the park, the floats, and the parties happen. And everyone else who takes part; those marching in the parade, wearing fabulous costumes and dancing in the streets. Those taking a relaxed day enjoying the company of good friends and the rainbow family. Pride is personal but deeply rooted in our sense of community. No wonder we call it Gay Christmas. Party safely and go easy on the egg-nog. Happy Pride!

THIS MONTH’S STATISTICS ) In June we had 14 hate crimes and two non-crime hate incidents. Two transphobic and 14 homophobic. In addition three offences also had elements that were against race, religion and disability. The majority were public order offences, whereby the offender has used homophobic slurs to cause harassment, alarm or distress. There was one instance of common assault and one of malicious communications.

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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PRIDE

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) Pride in ourselves, pride in our communities and Pride itself – what a great boost to our wellbeing, our confidence and our self-esteem. As a ‘mental health’ event, what could be finer than a celebration of our lives, our differences, our contributions to the world, to Brighton & Hove, to each other. It’s a chance to show off, to get together, to be creative, to learn, to share and to belong. How then can we all be sure we make the most of this great opportunity, and is there a way that Pride as an event can make a longlasting contribution to our sense of pride? Oh, and have a good time while we’re at it? MindOut has lots of ideas for how we can all contribute to that three-in-one question: • Supporting each other has to be high up the list. Do things that will enhance the selfesteem of those closest to you: be kind, be aware, listen as well as you can, give people your time • Offer support to people you may not know, notice when others are in need, volunteer your time to make other people’s lives better (MindOut is recruiting now for our Peer Mentoring and web chat service - contact us below) • Challenge your assumptions about others, especially those you criticise, widen your sense of community to include those outside your own circles • Challenge your assumptions about mental health, challenge other people’s assumptions, challenge stigma wherever you meet it, in any way you can. (MindOut is also recruiting antistigma volunteers, for year-round activities. Next is a Human Library at the end of October)

• Our wellbeing service offers a range of groups and workshops throughout the year on mental health topics including self-esteem, living well, personal safety, first aid, suicide prevention and mindfulness meditation.

• Consider pride and Pride all year-round, what can you do to enhance pride in yourself and others and contribute to Pride. Pride 2015 will be here sooner than we think, get involved! • Feel proud of how you contributed this year, be proud of how well Brighton & Hove’s LGBT communities celebrate. • MindOut offers support to many people in our communities who are isolated and lonely. Some people at Pride will be feeling lonely, spare a moment to look around and consider those who may not be having such a good time, maybe you could do something significant to make someone feel connected. This is equally true of the rest of the year! Last year MindOut ran an anti-stigma village at Pride. We were delighted with the great response and the number of people who stopped, took part in our activities and talked to us. Volunteers with lived experience of mental health issues were available to talk to people about mental health and to dispel stigma and combat discrimination. The pride and enjoyment volunteers got from being part of this was huge. Sadly we don’t have funding to run a large village this year, but we will have a stall, so do come and talk to our volunteers there.

Golden Handbag Award MindOut is very proud to have won the Golden Handbag for favourite Brighton LGBT Voluntary Sector Organisation for the third successive year. Many thanks to everyone who voted for us! If you would like to know more about our work, or if you have mental health experiences you would like to discuss with us,

MindOut Fundraising Dine for MindOut, Picnic for MindOut, BBQ for MindOut and do eat cakes for MindOut! We’ve got a food theme going with our fundraising at the moment. We are asking everyone we know to host an evening meal, or a picnic or a BBQ and collect donations towards MindOut services. Our theme for August is everything Italian: pizza and pasta, mozzarella and parmesan! See our website for more information and for a chance to win a meal for two. On Sunday, August 16 from 1–6pm we’ll be on New Road selling lovely homemade cakes and tea at the MindOut Bake Sale. Please come along and eat cake! If you would like to bake cakes for us to sell please let us know at info@mindout.org.uk

MINDOUT SERVICES All MindOut’s services are run by and for LGB&T people who have experience of mental health issues. All our services are free, confidential, non-judgemental and independent. ) info@mindout.org.uk ) 01273 234839 ) www.mindout.org.uk


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SAM TRANS MAN BE PROUD! THE WORLD NEEDS PRIDE BY DR SAMUEL JAMES HALL ) At the time of writing I am eagerly anticipating the last weekend in July, and the first one in August. Since the first Trans Pride event was held in 2013, it’s grown from strength to strength, increasing in accessibility and reaching out way beyond Brighton & Hove to trans people and their friends and families all over the UK and beyond. Trans Pride is now an established charitable incorporated organisation (CIO), which confers charitable status and lifts the financial burden from the organisers - a weight off everyone’s minds. Like many small community groups, the organising committee is made up entirely of volunteers from within the community, people who use much of their spare time and resources to organise and shape services. This year is set to be another great celebration of all that it means to identify as trans, whether it be non-binary, transsexual, transmasculine, transfeminine, agender, genderqueer, and/or one of the many other labels that are self-applied in order to express a gender identity that doesn’t comply with societal norms. A lesson from last year is that we must pay close attention to intersectionality and respectfulness around difference, whether it be gender identity, race, creed, or impairment of any sort. It is so very easy to make mistakes born of ignorance, and hurt others deeply in the process. In some way the trans community, perhaps born of years of being marginalised, seems well placed to address these issues. I think it’s possible that gender identity, which is so deeply personal and so essential to our sense of ‘place’ in the world, sits at the very core of each of us, the innermost layer, so to speak. Once this is challenged in society (which is what trans people do, we challenge norms) all else is up for grabs. I like to think that what we experience in terms of prejudice and discrimination will ultimately bear fruit in the world. Our experiences seem so… generic. It sheds light on all other forms of discrimination because everyone has a gender identity, even though not everyone has thought or has to think about it. It feels like something solid, and deep. The Trans Pride organising committee are holding a Safe Space workshop a week before the event in order to open up the discourse about how we can all be more aware. Sometimes I see this as a ‘higher consciousness’, if we take a ‘divine’ view of humanity surely we can see that humankind is truly beautiful and rich in diversity? Each of us is uniquely made. There are no two people on the planet who are completely alike. Even

identical twins can be told apart by those who are closest to them from a very young age. If it’s true that we are all made in the ‘image and likeness of God’ - which I firmly believe, one doesn't even need to be a Christian to appreciate that this concept is simply one of recognition and respect. We all have inherent dignity. We are all supposed to be here, we all have a place in the world and are entitled to step into it, and most importantly of all, we are ALL connected. So when one person is hurt, others too will suffer pain. ‘Big’ Pride - as we call it in the trans community - is also working hard to become a ‘safer’ space. This year for the first time in its current incarnation, there will be a trans tent in the community village, where people can come and find out about local support groups, talk to trans people, ask questions, make friends and feel safe. There is a history of transphobia at Pride events which is a worry to many. Better training for security staff and an increased awareness amongst organisers are promising developments. There is still a way to go, but this is a very good start. I’ve lived in Brighton for five years and this will be my first year at Pride, mainly because I have children, and August has always been a family time away, but also because I’m transitioning, and until very recently probably would have been read as female, and for that to happen at Pride would have been too much for me - dysphoria is crippling. So you see, me not feeling safe is not necessarily because other people deliberately set out to harm me, it may just be because they simply don’t know better. Still makes me feel crap though. I guess this is a lesson for me too. There are lots of situations where I don’t know better about someone else's experience or feelings. These are the times when we hurt people, not because we don’t care, or because we set out to offend, but because we truly aren’t aware, or conscious enough. It’s up to me to make myself more aware - to inform myself of others’ experiences. People of colour, what it’s like living with learning needs or ability impairments - these are things I have no lived experience of, but there are plenty of resources and materials out there. I can inform myself, become more aware, more sensitive to other’s needs, and by default, a better person because of it. I also hope we will see Pride generating an increasing momentum behind the international agenda. There are so many countries where people suffer daily abuse, persecution and ostracism because of who they are. This is an ongoing tragedy in our world that we must constantly remind ourselves of. There is so much we can do to raise awareness and pressurise governments. We have collective power, and we must use it. Pride, to me, is about celebrating our differences. But it’s also about appreciating them. The richness, the diversity, the uniqueness. This is nature’s masterpiece. The planet and its inhabitants, the glory of the natural world, all these things are to be wondered at. Whether we believe in a creator or not, who and what we are is nothing short of miraculous. There is so much to celebrate, everyone needs to have pride, be proud, of themselves. The world needs Pride.

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) 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

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

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

) LGBT NA GROUP 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 to meet/make friends, find peer support in a safe environment. Every Fri,

) LAWSON UNIT

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

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

) TERRENCE HIGGINS TRUST SERVICES For more info about these free services go to the THT office, 61 Ship St, Brighton, Mon–Fri, 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:

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.

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

NATIONAL HELPLINES ) BROKEN RAINBOW LGBT Domestic Violence Helpline, Mon 2-8pm, Wed 10-1pm, Thur 2-8pm Tel: 08452 604460

) 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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