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OCT 2017 GSCENE magazine



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James Ledward, Graham Robson, Gary Hart, Alice Blezard SPORTS EDITOR Paul Gustafson ARTS EDITOR Michael Hootman SUB EDITOR Graham Robson DESIGN Michèle Allardyce



CONTRIBUTORS Simon Adams, Jaq Bayles, Jo Bourne, Nick Boston, Suchi Chatterjee, Sophie Cook, Craig Hanlon-Smith, Samuel Hall, Jak, Enzo Marra, Carl Oprey, Eric Page, Del Sharp, Gay Socrates, Brian Stacey, Michael Steinhage, Sugar Swan, Glen Stevens, Duncan Stewart, Craig Storrie, Peter Tatchell, Mike Wall, Netty Wendt, Roger Wheeler, Kate Wildblood

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SCENE LISTINGS 24 Gscene Out & About 26 Brighton & Hove 40 Solent


PHOTOGRAPHERS Alice Blezard, Tyrone Darling, Graham Hobson Photography, Chris Jepson, James Ledward, Jack Lynn, Hugo Michiels Photography, Stella Pix



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20 YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT! Tom Parker, from boy band to leading man in Grease

21 HOW’S YOUR MENTAL HEALTH? Davey Shields opens up about the MenTalkHealth project


Chair Chris Gull gives a progress report on this unique fund



Tim Gilbert takes a cruise to Nordkapp and Svalbard

Professor Kath Browne talks to Rebecca House about the geographies of sexuality and gender

Dance Music DJ Profile: Jezebel Geek Scene Shopping Craig’s Thoughts Charlie Says Wall’s Words Gay Socrates Sugar Swan Hydes’ Hopes Scene It Done It Sam Trans Man Twisted Gilded Ghetto Police MindOut




BRIGHTON & HOVE PRIDE RAISE RECORD AMOUNT FOR GOOD CAUSES Brighton & Hove Pride raised a magnificent £147,263.74 for good causes at Pride 2017. This record amount will be distributed as grants by the Rainbow Fund, the Pride Social Impact Fund and the new Pride Community Fund.

Paul Kemp, Director of Brighton and Hove Pride, said: “We’re immensely grateful for the support of everyone who purchased tickets for the official Pride events as well as our sponsors and local supporting businesses all who have helped us raise this record amount of Pride community fundraising. One of the biggest elements of Pride is the Free Pride Community Parade which attracted almost 300,000 participants and spectators, many of who spend money with local businesses across the City. “We really want local businesses across the City to benefit from the Pride weekend but, apart from contributions from venues within the Village Party zone, there has been a disappointing amount of support locally. Prior to Pride we sent over 2,000

“The Rainbow Fund is proud that Pride entrusts these funds raised within our communities to us in order to distribute to local groups and organisations who support our local LGBT+ and HIV communities. The Rainbow Fund has no overheads, and no paid staff, so every penny donated will go to where it will do the most good. “On behalf of those who will benefit directly from these funds...Thank you Pride..and well done!” Tim Ridgway, chairman of the Brighton Pride Social Impact Fund, said: “In the last two years the fund has made a visible and very real difference to dozens of organisations across the city, who have all put a little bit of pride back into our city.

“I want to thank everyone who has contributed towards raising this incredible amount of money and urge organisations across the Brighton and Hove to submit bids when the application process opens this month.”


The FREE Pride Community Parade attracted approximately 300,000 participants and spectators to the city centre, with almost 100,000 people attending Pride ticketed events and Southern Railways reporting over 100,000 people passing through Brighton train station.

independently run and chaired by journalist, Tim Ridgway with representatives from the The Argus, Brighton & Hove Independent, Latest 7, Gscene and BBC Sussex on the grants panel. PAUL KEMP

) Headlined by Pet Shop Boys and Year & Years, Pride 2017 has been universally hailed as the biggest and best Pride to date, with Sussex Police and Brighton & Hove City Council estimating 400,000 people celebrated Pride in the city over Pride weekend.

“Once again the total from the £1 from each Park Ticket sold, and £1 from each Pride Village Party wristband sold, together with money collected on the parade route, and fundraising events over the weekend, exceeded the astounding amounts raised in the last three years. It seems impossible that, in a terms of funds raised, this event has gone from raising NO money for local charities for several years before Paul Kemp and Dulcie Weaver took over, to topping £100,000 this year alone.



All money raised by Pride from ticket sales goes directly to the operational and running costs of producing the Pride Festival, Pride Community Parade, Pride Village Party and the Pride Fundraising programme through the Rainbow Fund, a Brighton & Hove based grant-giving fund for local LGBT/HIV organisations, the Pride Social Impact Fund (SIF) and the new Pride Community Fund, SIF was created in 2015 so that businesses that benefit from Pride could contribute to community groups and local good causes across the City. It is

letters by post to local businesses who benefit from the bumper Pride weekend inviting them to support Pride’s fundraising for the Social impact Fund but, to date, no support has been forthcoming. “Pride is a great event promoting the whole city to a national and international audience, but it’s also about community and responsibility and surely this should be shared by everyone who benefits from the weekend and Pride hope more businesses will help with the fundraising effort in the future.”


This year Brighton & Hove Pride cost over £1.8million to deliver, bringing in approximately £18million to the local economy with visitors spending money on accommodation, retail, food and drink across the Pride weekend.

Chris Gull, Chair of Rainbow Fund, said: "Once again Paul Kemp, Dulcie Weaver and the team organising Pride have proved that it is truly A Pride With Purpose.

This year’s Pride Community Fund consists of £107,508.74 donated to the Rainbow Fund. The Social Impact Fund will have a total of £19,755 available to distribute in grants for 2017 including £5,140 rolled over from 2016. The new Pride Community Fund has £20,000 allocated for Special Pride Grants. Rainbow Fund Grants for local LGBT+ community groups will be announced at the Rainbow Fund Grants Awards 2017 at the Brighton Hilton Metropole on October 16. Applications for Pride SIF Grants open on October 1, 2017 with successful applicants being announced in December. For information on applications and how to apply for a SIF grant, view:




RAINBOW FUND CALL SUMMIT FOR LGBT+ AND HIV SECTORS ) Rainbow Fund call first annual Brighton & Hove LGBT+ and HIV sectors summit at Brighton Metropole Hotel on Monday, October 16. The Rainbow Fund is the central hub for community fundraising, created to support the LGBT+ and HIV communities in Brighton and Hove. Each year organisations, businesses, venues and individuals (Brighton & Hove Pride, Brighton Bear Weekend, Bear Patrol and many more) fundraise or donate money, which the Rainbow Fund distribute to local community groups and organisations in the form of grants to support projects which support LGBT+ and HIV communities in Brighton and Hove.

Kevin was one of the first openly gay police officers in Sussex Police. In the years before he was a Special Constable, he started a community project based out of Scene 22 (later called Speak Out) for members of the LGBT+ communities to confidentially discuss their concerns when reporting crime, and help build trust and confidence in the police. Speak Out was the first project of its kind in Sussex, and paved the way in raising awareness of the support available to LGBT+ victims of crime. Kevin was instrumental in challenging issues of homophobia within Sussex Police; the need to

challenge discriminatory behaviour and helped change police culture. As a result of this work, he joined Sussex Police as a Special Constable in 1996 - a role he held with great pride. Throughout his life he challenged injustice, fighting for the underdog and helping people less fortunate than himself, especially the homeless. Kevin was laid to rest at Downs Crematorium, Bear Rd, Brighton BN2 3PL on Friday, September 15. The Sussex Police Diversity Team have created a Crowdfunding page to help Kevin's sisters raise £3,500 to cover the cost of his funeral arrangements. To make a donation towards the funeral costs, view: g/diversityteamrocky?utm_id=107&utm_term= drzyjaRKJ

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The morning session will be networking, pure and simple, where delegates representing groups and organisations working in these sectors locally, whether as providers of services or referrers, will give a short presentation, maximum two minutes, about their LGBT+ or HIV specific services or support, or how their work brings them into contact with individuals within these communities who they believe would benefit from the services they provide. Clearly, there will be many delegates who will be providers AND referrers. The rest of the session will be a free for all mingle and get to know each other. There will be two sessions in the afternoon, addressing: • How to Reach the Hard to Reach • Does Brighton need a one stop shop LGBT+ centre? If it does, how can we create it, fund it, and what could it do?


) Kevin ‘Rocky’ Hills, served in Sussex as a Special Police Constable during the1990s. He died in August aged 60 of pancreatic cancer following a short but aggressive illness.

The Rainbow Fund are initiating this annual opportunity to promote the services which exist within these sectors, (not just those that apply to them for grants) and to brainstorm (or whatever is the current buzzword for the process of discussing ways to move forward) ideas around specific challenges and opportunities for our communities.

Chris Gull, Chair of the Rainbow Fund, said: "Please share this invitation as widely as possible to potential delegates, and reply to me if you are interested in coming to the whole, or any specific part of the day. I'm keen to involve as many of those involved in these sectors as possible, so any suggestions of contacts that refer to you, or who you refer to, would be valuable.

The Rainbow Fund can also be reached via the contact facility on the website







) Organisers revealed the date of IWPride 2018 (Isle of Wight Pride) at the launch of the IWPride 2017 exhibition at the Dimbola Museum IOW last month (September 1). Whilst celebrating the launch of the exhibition and congratulating winners of this year’s Capture Your Pride photo competition, Roo Meechan, Ria Langdon, Sarah Marston and Zach Capron of TeamPride announced that IWPride, 2018 will return to the Island on Saturday, July 21, 2018 to coincide with the established Ryde Slide weekend.

Simon Irwin, new musical director, said: “I’m so excited that my first concert conducting SGMC will see us explore the fabulously rich and varied heritage of music from shows new and old. There are sensitive ballads, great rock and pop tunes, right through to those rousing songs that stop the show. Who doesn’t enjoy losing themselves in the world of musical theatre, with its fun, drama and, of course, a rainbow of colours?”

With plans to increase the size of the main arena on the beach, improve the market stall and information stand zone and also maximise the opportunity for people to get involved and attend Pride, organisers are already planning events for the Friday evening before Pride Saturday, to complement the main day.

SGMC was founded in 2012 with the aim of bringing gay and bisexual men together to sing, perform, socialise and raise money for local charities. They now have an active membership of over 30 men of all ages. They're always looking for new members of all abilities who love to sing and there is no audition to join. Future events this year include a Christmas Concert in December in partnership with Southampton’s flute orchestra, Flautissimo, and a Lesbian & Gay Liaison Officers (LAGLO) launch event at the London Hotel, Terminus Terrace (Oxford Street), Southampton.

Yve White of TeamPride, said: “We were astounded by how successful Pride was in our first year. Pride2017 touched many lives, from people who had left the Island due to homophobia, returning to a welcoming environment and being reduced to tears, through to courage and love enabling people to have the confidence to ‘come out’ and be their true selves and live their lives. We have had fantastic feedback from around the country and want to grow our family-friendly, inclusive and free community event in 2018 and have spent most of the summer putting the building blocks in place to help make this happen!”

Southampton Gay Men’s Chorus Out On The Town, The Hub Theatre, City College, Chapel Road, St Mary’s, Southampton, Saturday, October 7 at 7.30pm (doors 7pm). Tickets are £12.50 (under 14s £8) available online:

WINTER PRIDE UK CALLS FOR SUBMISSIONS ) Celebrating the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, Winter Pride UK, in partnership with Emerald Life and the House of St Barnabas, is looking for artists to submit their work for its latest Winter Pride Art Awards, Beyond the Binaries. Open to all artists regardless of their sexual orientation or gender identity, Beyond the Binaries encourages artists to think of art as a tool for activism and the promotion of social equality. Brenda Emmanus, selection panellist, said: "Artists are invited to create work that stimulates dialogue about the representation of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, queer, intersex and straight identities." Entry is free and the entry deadline is January 5, 2018. The winner will receive £1,000 prize money; second place will receive £500. Winter Pride UK is an annual event, taking place in London, which provides a platform to celebrate LGBT+ culture and diversity. To register your interest, view:



) Southampton Gay Men's Chorus (SGMC) will celebrate their talent while showcasing the rich diversity of musical show tunes for their autumn 2017 production. Out on the Town will take centre stage on Saturday, October 7 at the Hub Theatre, Southampton City College, St Mary’s. Whether it be up the West End or further afield on Broadway, the chorus will continue to celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Partial Decriminalisation of the Sexual Offences Act.



Matt Bundy, of TeamPride, said: “One of the main learning points from the success of 2017 was to get more volunteers involved. This has helped us to grow TeamPride and we

are always open to other people joining us in organising this fabulous event. There may be more exciting news in late October, but we won’t be releasing those details at this stage. There is a great buzz around IOW Pride since that amazing day in July when the Island community came together and created something special. We want to recapture that atmosphere and grow it. We hope through the Pride Exhibition at Dimbola Museum and Galleries that the Island community get the chance to relive happy memories and also to give people the motivation to get involved for 2018." The Pride exhibition at Dimbola runs until October 11 and showcases a number of photographs from the Capture Your Pride competition which caught the imagination of a number of budding photographers.



Dr Rachel Tait of Dimbola Museum, said: “We had hundreds of amazing entries to the competition. It's great to see so many people capturing happy memories of a special event and we are privileged to be able to showcase these at Dimbola.” Joe from TeamPride, added: "It's amazing to be planning for Pride 2018 already. So many people are already supportive and on board. We were keen to avoid clashing with Rhythm Tree Festival on the Island again and are glad to be joining forces with the Ryde Slide! It should be another weekend to remember for the Island!"





) National AIDS Trust (NAT) launched the Let's End It campaign at an event in the House of Lords, which marks the 30th year of the charity working at the forefront of the UK’s response to HIV. Let's End It sets a goal to end the growth of the HIV epidemic and the continued stigma surrounding HIV before another 30 years pass by. NAT made headlines in 2016 after successfully challenging NHS England in court after plans to provide the HIV prevention drug PrEP on the NHS were abandoned.

Deborah Gold, Chief Executive of NAT, said: “Thirty years after NAT was founded, it is important to look forward as well as at our past. We share in the excitement over falling rates of HIV diagnosis in certain locations and certain demographics – we now have the opportunity to turn the tide with HIV. Our organisation exists to make sure we take these opportunities, but critical challenges remain and our job is far from done. “Even if we ended HIV transmissions overnight, there are still over 100,000 people living with the condition, many of whom need support. We know that stigma and discrimination still reduces opportunities for people living with HIV to live full lives. Having HIV means you’re more likely to live in poverty and more likely to suffer from poor mental health. A renewed effort is needed if we are going to end the harmful impact of HIV in the coming 30 years. “I hope decision makers and the general public will get behind the Let’s End It campaign, which is both a rallying cry and a message of optimism. For 30 years, our supporters have helped us fight HIV. Now, let’s end it.”

DANCE LIKE A DIVA FOR MARTLETS ) Gather a group of fun friends together for a fantastic dance party marathon at the Concorde 2 and have a ball while raising money for Martlets Hospice on Sunday, November 26. Dance through the Decades as DJ Alex Baker pumps out the best anthems from the last five decades over the course of six hours. If you like to strut your stuff, throw some shapes or dance like a diva, then this will be your idea of dance heaven. Go full-on retro with fancy dress if you so choose; unfurl those flares, dig out your shoulder pads, go all double-denim or perhaps sprinkle on some glitter for a totally fabulous look!



Over the years, the actions of the charity, which works on HIV-related policy and campaigns for change, have safeguarded people with HIV against employment discrimination, ended the lifetime ban on gay and bisexual men donating blood, and ensured free HIV treatment for all in the UK regardless of immigration status.

Clem Hunnisett from the Martlets Fundraising Team, said: “Alex is picking some top tunes from the last 50 years to keep your twinkle-toes on the dance floor for as long as possible. We’re expecting some big, feel-good anthems, songs to singalong to and tracks that will definitely put a smile on your face. Before you know it, you’ll be dancing your socks off! “It’s going to be a fantastic afternoon and every penny raised through sponsorship will go towards caring for people from the Brighton & Hove area. Martlets is a charity so it’s thanks to the kind support of local people that we can provide our support free from charge. Entry is £16 and we are looking to raise as much money as we can in sponsorship.” As Concorde 2 is a licenced venue, this event is only open to those aged 18 or over. For more information, view:, email: or call Clem on: 01273 747455

ME AND FIBROMYALGIA RESEARCH ) The Sussex ME Society is helping recruit subjects to take part in an important research study to be carried out in Sussex, which will seek to understand mechanisms of chronic pain and fatigue.

Colin Barton from the Sussex charity, said: “We are pleased to be able to assist in this important research that was first outlined at our 2016 Researchers are looking for people aged Brighton conference attended by 18 to 65 who have a firm diagnosis of doctors and scientists with an interest in Chronic Fatigue Syndrome/ME or these disabling illnesses. Fibromyalgia to take part in research which seeks to understand the “ME or chronic fatigue syndrome that biological and physical mechanisms of can sometimes follow a viral infection chronic pain and fatigue. This will or trauma is thought to affect around involve routine medical procedures, 5,000 people across the county including brain scans, heart rate and including a good number of folk in the blood pressure measurement, LGBT+ communities many of whom questionnaires and blood tests. This are housebound and in need of care.” project is a collaboration between the Those interested in volunteering for the Brighton and Sussex University research should contact the Sussex Hospitals NHS Trust and Brighton & ME Society on 01273 674828. Sussex Medical School. COLIN BARTON


WANT TO SING WITH RESOUND? choirs concert, Charleston House and for Grace Eyre (one of the charities they support). At some of their concerts they join forces with the Rebelles, Brighton Chamber Choir and a Swedish singing group. ) Resound Male Voices, a Brighton-based ensemble singing group who come together weekly to make amazing music, are looking for baritone and tenor voices to join them. Led by musical director Stefan Holmstrom, this active vocal group perform a diverse range of music, including; jazz, classical, folk and modern day.

If you’re interested, then contact Stefan ( who will arrange to meet up with you, listen to you sing, and arrange a trial period with the group to see if it’s right for you. Resound rehearse on Mondays at St Andrew’s Church, Waterloo Street, Hove. Their term begins mid-September.

For more information about Resound Last year they sang at the Brighton Male Voices, view: Fringe, the World AIDS Day combined

NEW NIGHT - EL GEEBEE TEA QUEUE ) El Geebee Tea Queue, a brand new variety evening celebrating local, national and international LGBT + talent, launches at The Brunswick, Holland Rd, Hove on Sunday, October 8 at 8pm. Expect LGBT+ comedy, cabaret, live music, theatre, spoken word, film and dance from acts, including: “Drag Prince” Alfie Ordinary, musician and lyricist Hannah Brackenbury, musician Paul Murray, performance artist Annabelszki, singer/songwriter Paul Diello and composer/ musician/artist Nick Hudson.

Tickets £4 adv/£6 on the door. To book online, view: /





GOVERNMENT INVESTS £3 MILLION IN ANTI-BULLYING LGBT+ INITIATIVES Nick Gibb MP, the Minister for School Standards and Equalities, announces over 1,000 schools this academic year are launching projects to stamp out homophobic, biphobic and transphobic (HBT) bullying in the classroom.

“Through this learning and direct practice, we developed two separate models of work that could assist schools in tackling HBT bullying. We also examined ways to tackle HBT bullying and attitudes when justified by a religious, faith or cultural belief. We are delivering the current programme, utilising our learning to now work with schools across Yorkshire and Humber. The response has been It is part of the government’s drive to deliver further phenomenal and we have engaged with over 220 progress on LGBT+ equality and to help prepare schools who want to take part. We’re excited to be a young people for life in 21st century Britain. part of this programme and proud to be able to Nick Gibb MP, said: "Bullying at contribute to help make schools safer and more school is cruel, particularly at a time representative of LGBT+ young people." when LGBT+ pupils are coming to Dominic Arnall, Head of Projects terms with their sexuality or gender. and Programmes at Stonewall, I am determined that we stamp out said: "We welcome the Department the use of the word ‘gay’ as a of Education’s continued dedication pejorative term and prevent bullying of all kinds so to tackling HBT bullying in schools. pupils feel safe and able to achieve their full potential. We work with over 1,000 schools "I’m delighted that so many schools across the across Britain, empowering teaching staff to celebrate country will be participating in this programme. By difference and acceptance in their classrooms. We creating a culture of acceptance and respect in our also train teachers to go on and train other groups of classrooms we can support young people as they teaching professionals, not just on how to tackle antidiscover who they are." LGBT+ bullying, but how to prevent it in the first place. Levels of HBT bullying and language reported in "When bullying is not tackled, it can have a deeply Stonewall’s 2017 School Report have decreased by damaging and long-lasting effect on young people. almost a third since 2012. However, further action is Our School Report (2017) shows that although antineeded to teach students about the impact of LGBT+ bullying has decreased, half of LGBT+ bullying and to support teachers to spot HBT bullying pupils say they hear HBT slurs ‘frequently’ or ‘often’ in schools. at school. This is unacceptable. We will continue to The anti-HBT bullying programme builds on the success of the 2015/16 pilot, which included a range of innovative projects such as Barnardo’s providing group support to pupils who had been bullied or had bullied someone and supporting schools to develop policy. In addition, Stonewall’s Train the Trainer courses provided resource packs of posters, curriculum guides and DVDs to help teachers discuss HBT bullying in an interactive way.


and knowledge of LGBT+ identities. We successfully started groups in schools to empower and support young people, enhancing our learning of what they required.

) Ten swimmers from Out to Swim competed in what is known as the UK Gay Games, Gay & Lesbian London Aquatics Meet, at the London Olympic Swimming Pool on September 9. Teams from all over the UK took part plus teams from Paris, Lisbon, Barcelona, Amsterdam, Copenhagen and Berlin. Brighton swimmers won 10 medals with a number of fantastic swims in the 2012 Olympic Pool. Individual medal winners were, John Moore (3 Gold), Josh Smith (2 Gold & 1 Silver), Chris Millard (Silver & Bronze) and Jason Knight (Silver). John, Josh and Chris then joined Martin Schellert to win a Bronze in the medley relay.



) The £3 million initiative, led by the Government Equalities Office, aims to ensure children are free from being bullied for their sexual orientation or gender identity, as part of the duty all schools have to ensure effective measures are in place to protect pupils from bullying. The programme will see primary and secondary schools across the country partnered up with organisations, such as Stonewall, Barnardo’s and the National Children’s Bureau, to educate young people to accept and respect each other’s individuality in an age-appropriate way.




support the Department of Education, as we work towards a society in all LGBT+ people can be accepted without exception."

The programme is part of the government’s wider work to deliver greater equality for the LGBT+ communities. In July, the government announced the launch of a national LGBT+ survey to drive further progress in LGBT+ equality, along with proposals to streamline and de-medicalise the process for changing legal gender. Over 95,000 people have Javed Khan, Barnardo’s Chief already taken part in the survey. If you are LGBT+, Executive, said: “Barnardo’s Positive Identities Service worked in have your say by filling out the survey here before October 15. two school clusters on the pilot programme in 2015/16, trialling Earlier this year, the Department for Education made new approaches to tackle and relationships and sex education mandatory in all prevent HBT bullying and embed good practice to secondary schools and age-appropriate relationships create inclusive school environments. We worked education will be taught in all primary schools. The directly with young people, parents, governors, senior department is also updating its guidance so it leadership teams, teaching and non-teaching staff to reflects the challenges pupils face today, including develop programmes that would increase awareness LGBT+ issues.

The winning swimmers may have got some inspiration or encouragement from Tom Daley who was training with the GB Diving squad in the adjacent diving pool. Out to Swim, an Aquatics Club for adults based in London and Brighton, was founded 25 years ago by a small band of enterprising swimmers from the LGBT communities. Most of the members are LGBT+, although all adults with an interest in aquatic sport are welcomed, including disabled swimmers. All they ask is that members show equal respect to each other irrespective of age, sexual orientation, gender, faith, ethnic origin, nationality etc.. Out to Swim offer participation in many aquatic disciplines, including pool, open water, water polo and artistic (synchronised) swimming. Although entirely optional, many of the members find competing in the water polo leagues and at swim meets helps give focus to their training goals as well as building team spirit. They are one of the biggest masters aquatics clubs in the UK offering training sessions with experienced coaches every day of the week in London while catering for a wide range of abilities, offering lessons and development sessions across all disciplines for those who are still learning, as well as challenging sets for experienced athletes. Their Brighton branch, Out To Swim South, offers three swim training sessions a week and is still growing! For more information about the Brighton Branch of Out to Swim, view:

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) October 11 will mark 12 months since we reported the plight of Robert Carver, a positive gay man living in Hove, suffering from a degenerative life limiting condition. For the last five years, Robert, aged 32, has been living in temporary council accommodation. His second floor one bedroom flat is accessed by 28 steps and has no lift.


In October 2016, Robert told Gscene: “I’m a paraplegic, with no use or feeling in either of my legs. I started suffering from this disease five years ago. The disease is so rare that a formal accurate diagnosis is not available, but is most likely to have been caused by a brain virus.” For the past three years, Robert has been unable to walk or use his legs and remains "trapped" in his second floor flat, by a steep, narrow staircase, which is clearly totally unsuitable for the needs of someone who cannot use their legs. During the last 12 months Roberts condition has continued to deteriorate considerably, and the illness now affects his speech. When he has to leave the flat for hospital appointments he is dragged across the floor by his carer and pulled down the steep staircase step by step, often hurting himself in the process. When he returns to the flat, he is pulled up the stairs by his carer, then dragged across the floor because the flat is too small to accommodate his wheelchair. Robert’s situation was originally brought to public attention when Meridan News ran a story about Robert's plight on October 12, 2016. At the time a spokesperson for Brighton & Hove City Council, said: “We are aware that Mr. Carver’s condition has deteriorated and we also recognise that his current accommodation is unsuitable. We’ve recently acquired some emergency accommodation with wheel chair adapted units and were hoping to move him in on an interim basis in the next couple of weeks. Unfortunately there is an acute shortage of accommodation available that is suitable for his needs.” Following that statement Robert was offered a property in Whitehawk which was not wheelchair accessible and said to be unsuitable for him by his occupational therapist, and a studio flat in Windsor Court with no second bedroom for a carer and described as unsuitable for housing vulnerable people by Caroline Lucas, MP.

) Proud Seagulls, a new football supporters group that’s in the process of starting at Brighton & Hove Albion, will join the many Premier League and Championship clubs that now have an LGBT+ supporters group. In fact Brighton & Hove Albion are one of the few clubs that do NOT have an LGBT+ supporters group. If you support the Albion, go to games or have never been and want to go, but feel you may not enjoy the environment, then let Proud Seagulls help. If you are sick of hearing homophobic, transphobic or racist ‘chants’, then go along and join Proud Seagulls, the more the club are aware of the problem the more they can do. There will shortly be a rainbow flag with the club motif displayed within the stadium for everyone to see,

especially the away fans. Seagulls supporters suffer more homophobic abuse than any other club in the football league, more so at away games and they want to change that, not alone, but with the cooperation and help of other LGBT+ supporters groups up and down the country. Also, the FA are very slowly taking a stand against discrimination and racism. At the moment there is no joining fee to become a member and shortly they will be announcing their first formal meeting on social media. If you want more details, would like to join or help in any way, email Stuart Matthews: t @ProudSeagulls (open group). f Proud Seagulls (closed group to protect those not out)


Larissa Reed, Brighton & Hove Council's Executive Director for Neighbourhoods, Communities & Housing, acknowledged to Meridian News on September 22, 2017 that Mr Carver had “significant care needs” but that the Council had been "clear all along" that his care needs don't mean that he should have a two bedroom flat to accommodate his carer and they want "to work with Mr Carver to find him a suitably adapted one bedroom property." Meanwhile Mr Carver, who is HIV positive, and incontinent, needs round the clock care. As of July 26,2017 he has been diagnosed by his consultant clinical psychologist as suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder which relates to his neurological presentation with this diagnosis. In his medical opinion, the consultant recommends the best way forward is to rehouse Mr Carver in a two bedroom property with 24 hour care to support his needs, an assessment Mr Carver’s occupational therapist, specialist nurse, GP and hospital consultants all agree with. The next stage in the campaign to get Mr Carver rehoused into suitable accommodation comes on October 11, when his case will be raised in the House of Commons. In the meantime Mr Carver and his supporters have set up a charity called Still Human UK to help people in similar situations challenge similar injustices. For more information and to make a donation to the charity, view:

) Charles Street raised £800 for the Rainbow Fund at Chris and Ruby’s 9th annual charity cabaret birthday bash on Sunday, September 3. Chris Gull (pictured right) presenting a certificate of thanks to Chris Marshall (left), said: “Once again Charles Street have raised an impressive amount to be distributed through our grants programme. I would like to thank both Chris and Rupert for choosing us as their charity to support, thank all the Charles Street customers who came along to support the event and I promise the money will be put to very good use.” The Rainbow Fund make grants to LGBT/HIV organisations who deliver effective front line services to LGBT people in the city.


TERRENCE HIGGINS TRUST APPOINTS NEW ADVISORY BOARD ) HIV and sexual health charity Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) has appointed a new advisory board to help steer the charity into the future, which includes Stonewall co-founder Lisa Power MBE and former Hove MP Ivor Caplin among its members.

Other board members include Ethan Spibey, who spearheads the Freedom to Donate campaign, calling for changes to the restrictions on blood donations for gay and bisexual men, and Winnie Sseruma, who is an HIV activist and black African woman openly living with the virus. The charity’s former policy director, Lisa Power MBE, is also a member; she was one of the co-founders of LGBT charity Stonewall and is regularly included in lists of the most influential LGBT+ people in the UK.


The advisory board will not have decision-making powers but will provide confidential challenge and scrutiny to the charity.. Jonathan McShane, Chair of the Board at THT, said: “I’m confident that this new advisory board will be of great benefit to THT. We must ensure that all our decisions are in the best interests of the people the charity is here to support and in line with our strategic aims.

“The advisory board will meet twice a year and provide expert, objective advice across the organisation. The substantial experience and knowledge of the board’s members will add valuable external perspective to the charity’s key decisions.”


Membership of the group is diverse, reflecting the communities most affected by HIV and poor sexual health. It has expertise relating to key areas of THT’s work, as well as representing the charity’s geographical spread. The charity is still looking to appoint someone to the board from Scotland. Ivor Caplin, Chair of the advisory board, said: “Both I and the other members of this new advisory body are deeply passionate about tackling HIV transmissions, enabling people to live well with HIV and promoting good sexual health for all. We’re keen to use the breadth of our collective experience and expertise to benefit THT and its beneficiaries.”


• Ivor Caplin – former MP for Hove and Government Minister, based in Brighton • Lisa Power MBE – a founder of Stonewall and former policy director at THT, based in Cardiff • Ethan Spibey – a vocal campaigner on blood donation restrictions and a public affairs professional, based in London • Winnie Sseruma – an activist from one of the UK’s black African communities who is able to represent the views of women living with HIV • Professor Rusi Jaspal – professor of psychology and sexual health at De Montfort University, based in Leicester • Alexander Walsh – a corporate investment manager and supporter of THT, based in London.


The new advisory board will be chaired by Ivor Caplin, who was MP for Hove from 1997 to 2005 and a former Government Minister. Mr Caplin is a long-time supporter of THT and lives in Brighton & Hove, one of the cities in the UK with the highest prevalence of HIV. The advisory board will meet for the first time on October 24 and will operate as a ‘sounding board’ for both Chief Executive Ian Green and the board of trustees.







) A team from local HIV charity the Sussex Beacon took on a 300 metre zip wire on Brighton beach on Saturday, September 16, raising over £1,600 to support people living with HIV. At 300 metres long, the Brighton Zip is the longest zip wire on the South Coast. Sixteen staff, volunteers and supporters from The Beacon took on the challenge, to raise as much money as possible for the charity. Jason Warriner, Clinical Services Director at the Sussex Beacon, said: “Thanks go to the team for taking the plunge on the zip wire and for their fantastic efforts getting sponsorship. We had a real laugh and the money raised will go towards our vital work, supporting people living with HIV in Sussex. Everyone enjoyed it so much, it might become an annual event!” The Sussex Beacon provides specialist support and care for people living with HIV through both inpatient and outpatient services. It helps hundreds of people living with HIV in Sussex each year and was rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission in September 2017. For more info about the Sussex Beacon, view:

) Galop, the LGBT+ anti-violence charity, together with international partners, has launched a new hate crime reporting website and mobile app. The scheme, named UNI-FORM, will allow people to report homophobic, biphobic and transphobic hate-crimes online. It will be functional across the UK, Portugal, Spain, Belgium, Malta, Hungary, Latvia, Estonia and Lithuania. UNI-FORM is the only international online reporting tool that is specific for hate-crimes targeting LGBT+ people. It can be used by victims, witnesses and any other person who wants to report homophobia, biphobia or transphobia. UK reports will be received by Galop, recorded and passed to the police at the reporting person’s request.

Why is this Important? Homophobic, biphobic and transphobic abuse is a problem in the UK and globally, though very little is ever reported to authorities.

Nick Antjoule, Galop’s Hate-Crime Manager, said: “Too often people feel coerced into silence by prejudice, intimidation and violence. We are encouraging people to take a stand against hatred by speaking up when they see prejudice and to seek help if they experience it.”

Galop hopes this innovative new panLondon reporting scheme and closer collaboration will build a robust evidence base that will raise awareness, increase the level of understanding and will lead to an improved response of authorities across Europe.

Galop’s National LGBT Hate-Crime Report (2016) found: • 4 in 5 LGBT people had experienced hate-crime during their lifetime; • Just 1 in 4 LGBT people reported the last hate-crime they experienced; • 1 in 4 LGBT people experienced physical assault as part of a hate-crime. One bisexual male interviewee revealed: “I was in a park… and two men asked for a light. We were attacked by a group of six other men, who began to kick, punch and stab us. They shouted homophobic abuse and kicked my head like a football.”

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OSARO RAISES £248.60 FOR RAINBOW FUND ) DJ Osaro donated £248.60 from the download sales of his single, Latest After Party, a Tony Vibe remix of last year’s club single with vocals by Cherry Younger. Chris Gull chair of Rainbow Fund accepted the cheque on behalf of the Rainbow Fund and thanked Osaro for his kind donation.

LONDON TO BRIGHTON CYCLE TEAM RAISE £575 FOR SUSSEX BEACON ) On Sunday, September 17, a team from HIV charity the Sussex Beacon tackled the ‘Do it for Charity’ London to Brighton cycle ride, raising over £575 to help people living with HIV in Sussex. Joshua Long, Mark Beadle and Sam Beadle cycled 54 miles from Clapham Common in London to Brighton sea front. The toughest part of the ride, Ditchling Beacon, was a mile-long uphill climb to the top of the South Downs. Joshua completed the course in less than four hours. Jason Warriner, Clinical Services Director at the Sussex Beacon, said: “Having done this race myself last year, I know exactly how tough it is! We’re really grateful to Joshua, Mark and Sam for taking it on and for collecting hundreds of pounds in sponsorship. All the money raised will go towards supporting people living with HIV, many of whom are going through an incredibly difficult time. Donations like this allow the team at the Sussex Beacon to be there for them when they need us most.” The Sussex Beacon provides specialist support and care for people living with HIV through both inpatient and outpatient services. It helps hundreds of people living with HIV in Sussex each year and was rated ‘outstanding’ by the Care Quality Commission in September. For more info about the Sussex Beacon, view:

RESEARCHER SEEKS GAY MEN IN BRIGHTON, C.1967-1990 ) Joe Pieri, a third year history undergraduate at the University of Cambridge, is looking for five to six self-identifying gay men (born between 1940-1975) to interview about their experiences of the Brighton gay scene during the period of approximately 19671990. Joe will be conducting one-onone semi-structured interviews in accordance with the University of

Cambridge Faculty of History guidelines on oral history research. The guidelines require that each interviewee give written consent and complete a brief questionnaire before the research interview proceeds. If you would like to get involved, call 07947653516 or email


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JOHN KERNAGHAN 30/3/1948-11/8/2017 four sisters and the family lived on a large council estate where life could be tough. At the age of 12, John was sent to Blair’s Junior Seminary near Aberdeen to be trained for the priesthood. When he left, aged 18, he no longer believed in God and remained an atheist to his dying day, although he always retained a love of ecclesiastical and spiritual music, beautiful buildings and church architecture.


Brighton’s Rainbow Chorus and the wider LGBT+ communities recently said farewell to John Kernaghan, one of their long-standing friends and much-loved members. By Finola Brophy, Chair of the Rainbow Chorus.

In 1984, they decided to move to London not only to progress their careers but also because it was an easier and more vibrant city to be themselves in and to live their lives as a gay couple socially and culturally.

John continued to make a difference in every job he did. He helped set up the Coin Street Community Builders & Housing Associations providing low-cost housing on the Capital’s South Bank. The community development work at the time was cutting edge. He joined Islington Council He was a lifelong member of the Labour Party and in as a Neighbourhood Manager on the frontline of public 1973 was elected Councillor to Glasgow District Council. At that time, Glasgow was the biggest landlord service provision and became Assistant Director in the in Europe with 180,000 council houses. Consequently, combined Housing & Social Services Department. when John became Chair of the Housing Committee he However, his health wasn’t good and his big, but ailing, was one of the leading local government politicians in heart forced him to take early retirement in 1995. Scotland. John helped to transform the city, moving In 2000, John and Laurie moved to Brighton, made many away from macho politics and towards collaboration new friends and loved living by the sea. Their dinner and co-operation. He played a major role in diversifying parties were legendary with delicious food, wine and the city’s housing stock and developed the public/ stimulating company. They learnt Spanish and developed private partnership that renovated and redeveloped the a love of Spanish history and culture. They joined the area now known as Glasgow’s Merchant City into a BLAGSS walking group and John discovered the Rainbow thriving neighbourhood while retaining almost all of its Chorus, where he transformed the bass section with his historical buildings that were due for demolition. engaging personality and culinary skills. The basses


John went to Glasgow University to study Economics and History. Following graduation he taught history in a Glasgow Secondary School.

) John’s funeral on September 10 reflected how he lived his life - out and proud. He was the first person in Brighton to use the Co-Op’s Rainbow Hearse, which paraded along the seafront, past all the gay clubs around St James’s Street, past St George’s Church, home of the Rainbow Chorus, and on to Woodvale Crematorium. John loved a party so this was followed by a celebration and memorial service with family and friends led by the Rainbow Chorus. John was an extraordinary man who lived life to the full supported by his partner of nearly 35 years, Laurie Cairns. John’s background and experiences shaped the way that he saw the world - that he wanted it to be more equal and less judgmental. He was political, sociable, funny, generous and kind, and believed that actions, not words, made a difference. John was born in Glasgow on March 30, 1948 - a time of great social and political change, post-war austerity, food rationing and the British Empire crumbling but great optimism and hope with a Labour government and the creation of the welfare state and the birth of the National Health Service, which proved so vital in saving and sustaining John’s life as he had a serious heart condition. John’s mother was a housewife, his father an engineer in the Govan shipyards. John was the oldest child with

In Scotland, it was illegal to be homosexual until 1980. Being a gay Glaswegian isn’t easy even now but in those days it could be tough and, as a high profile politician, if ‘outed’ John’s political career could have been in jeopardy. Nevertheless, he fought and campaigned for equality in housing, education and in every aspect of life.

became a close, supportive group who sing beautifully but more importantly are there for each other through thick and thin.

John loved the Rainbow Chorus and did lots of work behind the scenes. He recognised the vital role the choir plays in supporting its members and the wider LGBT+ communities and helped to set up the bursary fund, now John met his life partner, Laurie, in 1983 and their lives known as the John Kernaghan Bursary Fund, enabling were transformed. Smitten with each other Laurie ‘saw’ those members who are financially restricted to be included in all activities. Striving for equality was dear to John home after a party and according to John "never John's heart and is a thread running through his life from actually left". John clearly had great powers of persuasion, the same powers John used throughout his beginning to end. All the money raised in his name will make a difference working and retired life when he was well-known for getting things done his way with minimum fuss or To make a donation, view: resistance.

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WHO’S THE BOSS BEHIND THE BAR? This month, Morgan Fabulous talks to Jay Hopkins, manager of the award-winning Camelford Arms - three-times winner of the Golden Handbag for Favourite Sunday Lunch and winner of the Handbag for Favourite Small Bar in 2016.

Born in Surrey and brought up in Peterborough, Cambridgeshire, Jay had his first taste of life behind a bar at the age of 21 when he moved to London to work at Brief Encounter in the West End, then at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern and The City of Quebec. He moved to Brighton 12 years ago and worked in the Star Inn (now the Mucky Duck) for three years before moving to the Camelford Arms. The thing he loves most about his job is the customers and atmosphere of the Camelford, which he calls the most dog-friendly pub in Brighton.


If you haven’t been there, check out the quiz night every Thursdays where you can win £300. The award-winning Sunday lunches are worth their weight in gold, even if you’re vegetarian, and look out the Christmas menu which begins later this month. The bar also boasts a Moroccan Garden area, hidden away at the rear of the pub seating 12 people, with outdoor heating so it can be used all year round.

The Camelford are proud sponsors of the Brighton & Hove Sea Serpents Rugby Football Club, who have been playing since February 2016 and are the current holders of the Golden Handbag for best local sports club. You will often find the Serpents in the bar supporting their sponsors. Jay loves to travel and visit his favourite destination, South Africa, where he hopes to live one day. He isn’t sure it will happen but it’s his dream destination. He loves living in Brighton and has recently moved to the countryside on the outskirts of the city with his husband, who is a criminal defence lawyer. They’ve been together for 16 years, the last nine of them married. They both wanted to get out of the busy city to enjoy a relaxing retreat in the countryside where the skies are clearer and there’s less light pollution enabling Jay to enjoy his hobby, astronomy. He now has sufficient space to build his own observatory where it’s much easier for him to spot the constellations and the odd Milky Way. Jay loves the countryside and spends hours walking country lanes with his dog, Frankie. His favourite tipple is a pint of Fosters, his favourite films are the Back to the Future trilogy and he loves reading autobiographies, his favourite being Paul O'Grady's At My Mother's Knee.


) Jay Hopkins has worked at the Camelford (formerly the White Horse) since it opened in May 2010. He started as a barman, progressing to a managerial position when the manager at the time decided to move on. He says, he loved working with the team, they had achieved so much together and the move up to being manager felt quite natural. He says the bar was perfect the way it was so he didn’t want to change anything. It remains stylish and classic-looking with a warm and friendly atmosphere, where everyone is welcome.


LUKE BEACHEY @ CHARLES STREET The first person many LGBT+ folk meet when they arrive in the city is the bar person at their local LGBT+ venue. These gatekeepers to the community provide an important role both befriending and signposting new arrivals to the city. Gscene finds out a bit more about them and what makes them special. Do you prefer to be shaken or ) What’s your title at Charles stirred? Shaken awake every time. Street? I'm a bar person. Some people might say the life and soul of Can you pull a pint? I do struggle. Charles Street. Some... Whats your favourite tipple? A Where are you from? I'm from cappuccino. Cardiff! Though I lost my accent a What makes you roll your eyes? few years ago. EVERYTHING. If there was a Golden What brought you to Brighton? I Handbag for eye rolling and little other came here to study fine art and facial movement I’d win year after stayed ever since. Dreams partly year. But, if you want a specific diminished. Sardonic nature intact. example, I’d say those who assert their masculine authority by wanting to Oddest request? Comfort and a bump fists over the bar... No honey. sympathetic ear. No. Worst kind of punter? People who Are those really your photos on ask for coffee during happy hour, wave money in my face, snap their Grindr? That will be my doppelgänger. fingers, call me geezer and last but What makes a perfect bar person? not least... lads on tour. World weary eyes and lovely teeth. What do you do when it’s quiet? Contemplate where I went wrong.

Where do you like to go out? The Marlborough

Do you know the difference between gin and vodka? What's a gin and vodka? I'm kidding! One is for people who pretend to listen to vintage vinyl records and the other is for people who hate alcohol.

Tell us a secret? I'm a witch Nickname behind the bar? Lulu. What gets you swinging your hips? Female rock music of the 1990s.





BARNARDO’S LAUNCH FREE RESOURCES ABOUT LGBT+ RELATIONSHIPS AND IDENTITIES Barnardo’s, has launched free LGBT+ questioning resources to help teachers better educate children about same-sex relationships and gender and sexual identities. A young transgender person supported by Barnardo’s and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust has shared their story of how they suffered and isolated themselves from society for more than half their life, after thinking at only eight years old that there was something wrong with them because they knew they weren’t like the other boys. This case study has been written by a teenager who is currently being supported by Child & Adolescent Mental Health Services, through Barnardo’s and Oxford Health NHS Foundation Trust. ) The free LGBT+ resources aimed at primary and secondary schools have been launched by the UK’s largest children’s charity to sit alongside their existing Real Love Rocks resources, which teach children and young people about healthy relationships and awareness of child sexual exploitation. Teachers attending Barnardo’s Real Love Rocks training sessions had called for support as they felt unsure what they were allowed to teach about LGBT+ relationships. Many teachers said they wouldn’t feel confident in their response if a child raised a question about gender or sexual identity in the classroom and wanted more LGBT+ inclusive curriculum content for sex and relationship education classes. The new animations and classroom activities have been developed to help address these gaps and are tailored to be age appropriate, educating children at primary school level about the different make up of families in society, with the aim of dispelling stereotypes about gender and sexual identity. The secondary resources focus on encouraging teenagers to understand their feelings and create awareness of different sexual and gender identities, as well as explore the additional vulnerabilities LGBT+ young people may face from sexual exploitation.

MY TRANSGENDER JOURNEY My gender isn’t what I look like but what I emotionally engage with. In the transgender community I'm what’s known as male to female transgender pre-transition. This means that at birth I was assigned to the gender male but ever since I was very young I identified as female. On the topic of being young, let me tell you a story of my experience of being transgender. Around the age of five, I started to notice something wasn't right when I realised I wasn't like the other boys. Over time this feeling grew and by the time I was in year three, aged eight, I began to think there was something seriously wrong with me. I became so anxious that I isolated myself from other people because I was so scared about someone finding out. This was because I’d never been told that it was okay to feel this way.

Nic Dunn, Real Love Rocks Services Manager, said: “We’re pleased to launch our new free resources, which will help teachers and professionals to be more inclusive of LGBT+ identities within lessons. Often same-sex relationships and trans people are completely invisible in sex and relationship education classes and resources. The failure to discuss and create awareness of different families, gender and sexual identities can have a negative impact on children and young people, increasing the feelings of isolation, lack of acceptance and bullying.

By year four (aged nine), it got so bad that I forced myself to do things that society sees as masculine like joining the school football team. Also, because I was so anxious and generally socially awkward, I was bullied quite badly. But that’s another story for another time. Eventually, after passing the 11+, I decided I should go to an all-boys school because I knew that it would be near impossible for me to do anything about being transgender. When year seven came I was nervous as ever. Being around that number of boys made me realise I had to become as masculine as before in order to seem normal. I even joined the rugby team so I could prove my masculinity, not just to others but also myself. But of course spending all my time trying to be my polar opposite, I started struggling with depression and anxiety. I had panic attacks, self-harmed and had suicidal thoughts, which eventually led to an attempt on my life earlier this year. Because of all of this I found it almost impossible to talk to other people.

“We know that these issues may encourage young people to seek support via adult spaces, which can put them at risk of sexual exploitation. Teachers often feel confused about what they can and can’t teach or say, especially when they have to deal with issues like homophobic bullying, so we hope these new interactive resources can help to create more awareness and support teachers to tackle these issues in an age appropriate way.”

Every day I’d go to school by myself, have break and lunch by myself and go home by myself. I wasn’t invited to people's houses or parties, and throughout all this I only had one friend. He was, and still is, one of the best things about my life. We met at primary school and shared all our likes and dislikes and he was the only person I was ever able to truly talk to. Sadly, he moved recently, but we try to see each other as much as we can.

It was only Christmas last year that I met my closest friend to date, who is also transgender but female to male. He told me that it’s okay to feel how I feel and that started the course of me coming out to my parents, leaving school and starting home tuition and getting in contact with a gender identity clinic. I know there’s a long way to go, but the fact that I’d never have dreamed of me even being alive, let alone having the potential to see my future is beyond incredible. This story is one of many that you’re able to prevent. If I’d learnt at an earlier age that it’s ok to be transgender and that there are people like me, I’d never have had to suppress an emotion I had hidden for a majority of my life. Because of this, I believe there should be lessons that can be incorporated with PSHE in both primary and secondary schools that should show children that it is OK to feel like this. Also, I believe that primary and secondary schools should spread awareness about the LGBT+ communities through events in LGBT awareness week and of communities and activities that they can engage with. For example, gay pride and other pride events allow anyone to experience a feeling of true acceptance from a community of people who accept young people for who they are, not the labels that society puts on them. Otherwise, young people like me could go through their whole adolescence hating themselves for things that really are okay. I’m the evidence that what’s going on in our schools at the moment isn’t acceptable and if this helps even one young person like me I believe it will be worth it. I’m not the only one like this. I’m the embodiment of thousands of stories shared by those who have felt worthless due to the emotions that they have felt. Please help me, help us, by putting these stories to an end and begin the process of becoming a society based on understanding and acceptance of others and ourselves.

Here are my suggestions for actions: • Incorporate awareness of LGBT+ in PSHE lessons; • Hold an event for LGBT+ awareness week; • Talk about it in form times; • Make someone available to talk to students about it, if they want to; • Give advice to families if necessary, so they can start their understanding with guidance from you. There are many young people who need your help and you can affect their stories. But this is my story, thank you for listening.

MORE INFO To download the free LGBT+ resources or to find out more about Barnardo’s existing Real Love Rocks education materials, view: www.barnardosrealloverock



YOU’RE THE ONE THAT I WANT! Tom Parker - from boy band The Wanted to leading man in Grease ) Grease, voted the No 1 Greatest Musical in Channel 4's 100 Greatest Musicals, comes to the Theatre Royal, Brighton for Christmas 2017. In the absence of a traditional pantomime at the Theatre Royal again this Christmas, it's time to dust off your leather jackets, pull on your bobby socks and catch Brighton's biggest Christmas party as Danny and Sandy fall in love all over again by the seaside. Making his musical theatre debut, Tom Parker, from boyband The Wanted, plays heartthrob Danny Zuko. Joining Tom is Danielle Hope as Sandy who made her professional debut as Dorothy in The Wizard of Oz at the London Palladium, after capturing the hearts of the country and winning the BBC's smash hit Over The Rainbow show. Completing the star lineup playing Rizzo is Louisa Lytton who played Ruby Allen in EastEnders and Beth Green in The Bill.

Grease, a musical love story bursting with denim, leather, cheerleaders, slick hairstyles, rock & roll and 1950s pop culture, is an irresistible mix of teenage angst and young romance. It’s timeless and universal, the ultimate feel good musical, an electrifying extravaganza packed with fun, energy, vibrant physicality and great musical numbers including You’re The One That I Want, Grease Is The Word, Summer Nights, Hopelessly Devoted To You, Sandy and Greased Lightnin’. Having amassed worldwide success with boyband The Wanted, achieving between 2009 and 2013 two UK No 1s and nine top 10 singles, as well as four Billboard 100 singles, Tom Parker, with his first foray into musical theatre, plays the iconic role made famous in the 1978 film by John Travolta. Tom says: “I originally auditioned for the role of Teen Angel doing just one song, but the director called me back to audition for Danny Zuko. I’d never done musical theatre so it’s a very big role for me to step into. Following my days with The Wanted, which were a total free for all, the discipline involved in performing eight shows a week has been tough. I have to eat regular and well and have learnt to really look after my voice. I’ve loved every moment of the experience and learnt so much from it." Tom, just 29, feels he has got the party days out of his system, is knuckling down and taking acting very seriously. Apart from a few acting lessons before he joined The Wanted, he is pretty much learning on the job. In his

spare time he produces music for other artists to perform. "Just give me a piano and a computer screen and I am as happy as Larry." Completing the cast are Tom Senior (Kenickie), Michael Cortez (Sonny), Oliver Jacobson (Roger), Ryan Heenan (Doody), Callum Evans (Eugene), Lauren Atkins (Marty), Rosanna Harris (Jan), Rhiannon Chesterman (Frenchy), Gabriella Williams (Patty) and Ailsa Davidson (Lynch). The ensemble includes Charlotte Coggin, Anthony Hughes, Alessia McDermott, Natasha Mould, Anna Murray, George Olney, Rory Phelan and Grant Thresh. Grease is written by Jim Jacobs and Warren Casey, directed by David Gilmore, choreographed by Arlene Phillips and designed by Terry Parsons, with costumes by Andreane Neofitou, and presented by Paul Nicholas and David Ian.

GREASE ) GREASE, Theatre Royal, New Road, Brighton, Monday 11–Sunday 31, December. ) Tickets priced from £20.90 to £49.40 are available online from: or call 0844 871 7650 (booking fees apply: calls cost up to 7p per minute, plus your phone company’s access charge).


HOW’S YOUR MENTAL HEALTH? Whenever I think about that night, the strongest memory isn’t the shame or the sadness I felt. It isn’t fear of what would have happened had things gone to plan. By Davey Shields

“I'm not saying talking will fix everything, but it certainly won't make things worse”

Let’s backtrack a bit. I'm Davey. I’m a 34-yearold gay man who suffers from severe anxiety and depression. It’s recently been suggested that I have Borderline Personality Disorder, otherwise known as Emotional Intensity Disorder. And for the best part of the year I've been banging on about mental health to anyone who’ll listen. Last year, dressed as Olivia Newton-John, I finally convinced myself that my suicide was the best thing for everyone. I left the party, one I had actually allowed myself to enjoy, strangely calm. I marched through the streets of Brighton in pink leggings and leotard with more confidence than I’d had in months. There were practical elements to consider, my outfit being one of them, and I solved each problem that presented itself with precision and efficiency that had ever presented itself in my regular life. I arrived home. This was it. But one thing I didn't prepare for was to find my housemate, making gravy for chips that he’d made me. He was meant to be elsewhere but realised he’d forgotten his wallet, so came home. And like that, it was over. My suicide plans went out the window. The next day I finally reached out to my GP and friends, and started getting real help. It took 33 years to get that point. And yet I was

The last year has led to me talking with so many of you. Learning your stories and experiences. Over a pint at Bar Broadway, in the street on the way to the bank, at the gym or at Piano Bingo on Sunday at the Bedford Tavern. So many of you have your own stories and I’m touched that so many of you want to share with me. Which, finally, gets me to my point. Talking. Talking about myself is the only thing I'm good at and now I'm making it my job. I've talked about my mental health so much now that I bore myself. And that’s brilliant! Imagine not hiding how you feel? Imagine telling someone how you feel before it gets too much. Imagine if talking about how we feel was *whisper* normal. I know that’s what many of you want you've told me so. Now tell others. Those you trust, those you care about. Make it be part of your chat. A simple “How are you?”. I'm not saying talking will fix everything, but it certainly won't make things worse.


) It’s the outfit. The spot-on replica outfit of Olivia Newton-John in her Physical video circa 1981, and I can't help but grin before being overtaken by the grim reality of what so very nearly happened.

This article is, in a way, a thank you to you. Only here could something as dark as what nearly happened to me be used for good. The biggest thing I've learnt, the one thing that even though I knew I was completely unprepared for, is that this isn’t just happening to me. Or Damian. Or the guests on our show.

diagnosed with depression years ago with no guidance. There’s a lot more to my story, and if you've met me or heard my podcast you'll be sick of hearing about it, so let’s shift gears a bit. Why am I regaling you with such a story? It's because, that's what I do. I talk and talk, about myself, about mental heath. October 10 is World Mental Health Day. I know, I know, it's also National Handbag Day. Don't want to take away from that, but it will be one year since I was inspired to fully come out about my mental health and set up MenTalkHealth in Brighton thanks to statements that flooded my social media feed that day. Set up with my amazing MenTalk family, Damian Friel and Eli Beaton, we have been embraced by the community. We started as a podcast. The most millennial of all art forms. Just a couple of inebriated friends talking openly and honestly about mental health and laughing all the way. We had no idea that so many people would find it as entertaining as they did. That we would have episode after episode released to a growing number of listeners. Nor did we imagine that thanks to Brighton's LGBT+ communities we would be marching in Brighton Pride 2017, talking at the National Theatre, and raising funds to become an official charity. We've been given an opportunity to be a voice ourselves and give a voice to everyone who has ever recognised that mental health is something we all have.

And maybe it isn’t as easy as all that, but maybe just see what happens on October 10. When you’re on Facebook or Twitter and you see those annoying posts of people proclaiming the virtue of World Mental Health Day or you see someone embarrassingly over share their own mental health status, maybe embrace it? Maybe message that friend and ask how they are? They've started the conversation, they have put it out there and it’s up to you to continue it. And maybe, just maybe, it'll help you, them, or someone you don't even know. Olivia NewtonJohn started talking and that why she’s still here.

MORE INFO ) MenTalkHealth Episode 6 is available NOW on Soundcloud, iTunes and all good podcast apps or go to for links ) Join us at our MenTalkHealth's Musical Therapy fundraiser at Bar Broadway on Sunday, October 22. t follow us @MenTalkHealthUK ) For info about MindOut LGBT mental health service, view: ) If you need to speak to someone urgently, call Samaritans on 116123 (calls are free)


Once the decisions have been made on the grants applications, we make formal, conditional offers. The conditions are bespoke for each offer, but usually involve staging the payments, and monitoring the progress of each project before releasing the next installment on money. We also usually require successful applicants to attend specific community meetings throughout the year to ensure that they are aware of what is going on with other groups within their sector, and to encourage cross-referrals and partnership working. Over the last year we’ve received funds raised by Pride, Brighton Bear Weekend, Bear-Patrol, Legends, Charles Street, Doctor Brightons, the Bedford Tavern, the Gay Men’s Chorus, the Actually Gay Men’s Chorus, and many other venues, organisations and individuals. We have the unstinting support of our local cabaret performers.

We have no overheads, no salaries, paid workers or offices. We’re a Community Interest Company, which means we cannot make a profit. All the money raised for us to distribute goes to support projects which support our communities in Brighton & Hove.

ON THEIR BEHALF WE FUNDED THE FOLLOWING PROJECTS: ) LUNCH POSITIVE: a weekly lunch club, nutritious meals, socialising, information gathering and volunteering opportunities for people affected by HIV.

Here’s the concept: all the money raised locally for LGBT+ and HIV groups and organisations comes to one central point, a hub. Local LGBT+ and HIV groups and organisations are invited to apply for grants for projects, and these are considered by an Independent Grants Panel. The panel discusses the applications with each applicant organisation, and decide together how the available funds can best be used.

For our local groups and organisations, it means that they don’t have to do any lobbying, or be in competition with trying to persuade venues to hold fundraisers specifically for them. It also means that smaller, volunteer-led groups have just as loud a voice as larger organisations with paid staff, including paid fundraisers. In fact we allow those smaller groups a larger voice by ensuring that everyone has to go through the same application process, and that we level out the playing field.

) OLDER & OUT: Monthly lunch club for older LGBT+ individuals, which aims to reduce social isolation. ) PEER ACTION: Support for complementary therapies sessions, and yoga classes, for people affected by HIV. To improve wellbeing, and reduce social isolation.

) RADIO REVERB: Sponsorship of groundbreaking weekly show HIV Happy Hour.


) THE RAINBOW CHORUS: RC+ LGBT+ community development, and personal development, through singing but not necessarily performing.

) ALLSORTS: Transformers trans youth group. ) BLUEPRINT 22: Work It Out 60 LGBT+ young people who have experienced barriers to employment, enterprise or education due to sexuality or gender identity, found employment, education or training opportunities.


For fundraisers this means that they don’t have to make difficult, and often random, decisions about which projects to support, and don’t have to be at the receiving end of lobbying. If fundraisers do want to press any emotional buttons to persuade people to contribute to their fundraising, this can be done on behalf of the needs of the whole of our communities, rather than one sector or organisation. They can be reassured that “the bigger picture” is being considered,

) ACCESSIBILITY MATTERS: organisation of proper access to events such as Pride, for LGBT+ individuals who have accessibility and, or, mobility issues.

) NAVIGATE: Funding for a second monthly meeting in addition to existing monthly meeting.


) It’s simple... the Rainbow Fund acts as a hub for community fundraising, and distributes funds to local community groups and organisations through grants to projects that support our LGBT+ and HIV communities. We don’t fundraise ourselves, though donations can be made via our website.

) MINDOUT: Out of the Blue weekly LGBT+ peer support group for those who’ve had suicidal thoughts, and weekly peer support social group available for all service users. MINDOUT OUT OF THE BLUE

With the next round of Rainbow Fund grants about to be announced, Chris Gull, Chair of the Rainbow Fund, gives a progress report on the activities of this unique fund.



) BRIGHTON & HOVE COMMUNITY SAFETY FORUM: Next Step outreach programme for LGBT+ individuals struggling to move on with their lives. Practical support with moving back into employment, training and volunteering. Self Defence project for LGBT+ individuals.

) TRANS CAN SPORT: Seed funding for project providing trans-friendly spaces for activities to improve the wellbeing of trans individuals

In July, we launched this year’s funding round, and applications had to be in by September 1. We received applications for 20 projects, from 13 groups and organisations. The Independent Grants Panel had the opportunity to interview all the applicants and discuss the applications with them, and met at the end of September to make final decisions.


GSCENE 23 arches in one pod we would build a fabulous structure for all to enjoy. Within this we would create an educational journey through history and nature and an insight into the world’s influences on Brighton and the South Downs’ biodiversity. The second part of our plan is to create an additional eco-pod that would work as a butterfly centre. It would show the full life cycle from grub to chrysalis to butterfly. Not only would it be beautiful but it would be educational too.

MADEIRA PARADE Victorian folly or 21st century phoenix? Asks Ian Courtier. ) I love Brighton. It’s always been a city with purpose and identity that draws visitors from across the globe. It’s important to maintain this identity and understand just how important this is for the city’s future. There are many improvement projects right now and this is good. There are so many it’s difficult to keep track of them. Some, like the i360, are finished, others, like the seafront revival, are ongoing. Some of us love these changes while others abhor them. Whatever your opinion we must surely agree that the seafront, Brighton’s very own ‘shop window’, is our most significant asset.

Sadly, much of the seafront has been seriously neglected by a succession of administrations who, by their inaction, have been proven unfit for purpose. It’s not difficult to find the neglect to which I allude, simply look to the Terraces on Madeira Parade. Ultimately, who is accountable? Not the councillors and MPs that’s for sure. No it’s us, the People’s Bank of Brighton and now that we’re all feeling poorer than church mice we are asked once again to give generously. What was once a much loved Victorian folly has become a modern day embarrassment. Resembling a scene from Junkyard Challenge, this once sophisticated promenade is now consumed by litter, graffiti and filth. It’s an apocalyptic scene that wouldn’t be out of place as a backdrop in a Brazilian favela. Fenced off with hideous municipal fencing it’s become a home for rats and the homeless. This is your shop window Brighton, what are you selling? My friends and I have written to our councillors and MPs many times asking what is being done and received nothing but platitudes and lip service in return. We’ve been patronised and we’ve been ignored. Council after council has buried its head. Most recently, under the stewardship of Councillor Warren Morgan, the council have finally popped up from behind the parapet with an offering. They’ve delegated a crowdfunding company to raise funds. Crowdfunding is a system of donation where if you don’t reach a preset target of funds by a

specific date then no money will be forthcoming. The target is £400.000. I wish them well. However, I was singularly unimpressed by their initial presentation. This is a lackluster and poorly thought out endeavour. The council’s plan, which is little more than a sticking plaster on an open wound, is to renovate three of 151 arches and over time to ask the public how they should be used. Logic tells me it would be far better to present exciting and positive ideas to the public first when asking crowdfunders to raise donations. This method would be more likely to succeed and make far better use of the £30,000 retainer the crowdfunders are being paid. Sadly, this cart before horse policy will most likely fail. The result of this will be to create a double negative. Future investors may well conclude that the regeneration project isn’t just a tough undertaking but also that the crowdfunding failure indicates public apathy too. I attended the initial crowdfunding meeting with Greg Harman of the Madeira Café. Greg’s family have worked on and around the Arches for three generations. We were so unimpressed with what was said at the meeting that together we’ve decided to start the ball rolling by putting forward some of our own exciting and creative ideas for the Arches’ future. We need something that’s different and new to Brighton. It’s important not to offer the same as is presently so well catered for between the i360 and the Pier. We need to bring something exciting to Brighton and look to build on Brighton’s strong identity. We need to be brave and create something that will be sustainable and appreciated for years to come. We propose to build an artistic and commercial area that’s practical, educationally valuable and commercially sustainable for the future. The first part of our plan is to built a botanical plaza. Using glazed, orangery-style fronts on a number of the arches and a large central botanical space encompassing 20 or so

These first two ideas will function on all levels from scientific study to aesthetic wonderment. They’ll be an educational tourist attraction and will segue brilliantly with the Sea Life Centre. People may well stay in the city for that extra day too. The ultimate design should be sympathetic to the structures’ Victorian heritage but not constrained by it. The design will allow the original arches to be clearly visible. On the upper area, which is presently the promenade, we suggest following another great design. Units should be constructed for mixed use office and residential space. These would provide a very large income for the council and help fund much of the project. These units would rise to the top of the cliff. On top of these, at road level or just below, would be public roof gardens with walkways, bars and seating for all to enjoy. To the sides of the structure, where at the moment all you see is a dull concrete wall, we propose planting large vertical gardens. These can be planted in the theme of a sponsor’s logo or slogan. This would help with funding too. Finally, we propose the construction of the Angel of the South - a beautiful 100ft structure formed from beach pebbles and rise majestically from it. Reaching out across the channel with a hand of peace to Europe, the statue would be illuminated by night and designed to help with celestial observations and have perfect symmetry for wonderful photographs out to sea and across Brighton. In front of the Angel there may also be a sea organ to play the ocean’s own tune as its waves lap at the beach. For this part of our idea we suggest a UK-wide competition with the BBC. This would bring publicity to the city and its many attractions. Within all of these ideas we are looking to strengthen Brighton’s purpose and through our creativity we wish to cement Brighton’s identity and direction for future generations to come. Let’s not go down a road of mediocrity, let’s aim high and build an exciting future for us all.

MORE ) If you like these ideas, either individually or as a package, please forward your appreciation to the town’s seafront manager: and to the head of our council:






























) 11-12 Marine Parade, BN2 1TL, T: 01273 670976, ) OPEN daily from 10.30am–late ) FOOD Mon-Fri 11am–8pm; Sat & Sun 10.30am–8pm; Sunday roasts from 12pm, booking recommended: 01273 670976. ) SPECIALS: Mon–Wed, 5–8pm:

) 10 Steine Street, BN2 1TE, Tel: 01273 609777, ) OPEN Mon–Thu 6pm–1am, Fri 5pm–3am, Sat 4pm–3am, Sun 4pm–1am. ) DRINK PROMOS Download the Bar Broadway app for exclusive drink deals. ) HALLOWEEN Saturday (28) is DEAD DISNEY at 8pm with a special appearance from Miss Disney herself from 8pm; Paul Diello & Embob’s HALLOWEEN HULLABALOO in the Broadway Lounge at 9pm, entry £5. Bar Broadway say: “Expect a heavenly Halloween, where Disney characters have gone a little rabid! Upstairs in the Broadway Lounge, expect a creepy night of monstrous music and ghoulish giggles!”

main course from specials menu and pint or medium glass of house wine £10. ) DRINK PROMOS House wine £10.90 a bottle. Double-up on premium gin & tonic for £2. ) HALLOWEEN Saturday (28) is 1980S HALLOWEEN PARTY with free shots for

the best fancy dress and a DJ playing funky 1980s tunes from 8pm.


) ONE FOR THE DIARY Friday (20), Mrs Moore, ‘voice of

) REGULARS Fri (13 & 27) is Sally Vate’s FUN FRIDAY FROLICS at 9pm. )

Sat entertainment at 9pm: Karaoke with Jason Thorpe (7) and DJ Tony B spins house/ funky house/ techno/r&b (21).

Information is correct at the time of going to karaoke 8pm press. Gscene cannot be held responsible for l BAR BROADWAY Fireplace Sessions any changes or alterations to the listings pres Emily Farrar 8.30pm


l AMSTERDAM Sunday roasts 12pm–till gone l BAR 7@CRAWLEY DJ Bullard’s

l BAR REVENGE Sunday Club DJs 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Pop!Candy: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Bear Bash, free food & raffle 5pm; roasts & select menu 12pm–till gone l CHARLES ST cabaret: Titti La Camp 7.30pm; Sally’s Rock & Roll Bingo 8.30pm l CROWN KEMPTOWN live music: Chalfont Enrayner 6.30pm l LEGENDS BAR cabaret: Miss Jason 3.30pm; roasts 12-3pm l MARINE TAVERN Sunday roasts 125pm; Drag Open Mic with Stephanie Von Clitz 9pm l PARIS HOUSE live music: Fleur de Paris 6pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Double Feature: Miss Terry Tour 6.30pm & 9.30pm l SUBLINE Guilty Pleasures: DJ Screwpulous 9pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Jazz Roast & raffle 2pm; Sunday roasts 12-5pm

HEALTH MUSICAL THERAPY with: Miss Disney, Sally Vate, Spice, Kara Van Park & more from 4pm. Bar Broadway say: “Join the Men Talk Health Family for a day of laughter and singing with some very special guests as we raise money to fight the stigma against talking about our mental health."



a thousand fags’ makes her Amsterdam debut at 9pm. Mrs Moore says: “I describe myself as Marti Caine on acid, now there was a woman who could sing a beautiful song, tell a terrible joke and then do a number surrounded by backing dancers! That's what I try to do (without the dancers, the budget doesn't stretch that far) so expect daft jokes and silly banter!”

) REGULARS Monday is Tabitha Wild & Friends at 9pm. ) Tue The Regency Singers present PIANO SING-ALONG at 9pm. ) Bring your backing track and tread

the boards every Wed at BROADWAY OPEN MIC with host Jason Thorpe at 9pm. ) The BIG THURSDAY NIGHT QUIZ at 8pm with host Ross Cameron, prizes every round and cash prize for overall winner. ) Thur (5) is SHOWTUNE KARAOKE with Sally Vate and Ross Cameron at 8.30pm. Ross Cameron says: “It’s showtune karaoke, so if it’s from a show or you can give us a tenuous link to a show you can perform it. Who doesn't love to belt out a showtune in a musical theatre bar? We don't care if you've performed a song a thousand times or if it’s your first time holding a microphone, we're there to have a good time, sing along and dance the night away!” ) Fri & Sat is BROADWAY JUKEBOX. Download the Bar Broadway app and request your favourite songs! Bar Broadway say: “Head down and show us what your favourite musical numbers are - all you need is the Bar Broadway App and a love of music!” ) Sun at 8.30pm the FIREPLACE SESSIONS present: Emily Farrar (1), Gemma Clare Albrow (8), Rozanne Abbott (15) and Chris Hibbert (29). l BAR REVENGE Lip Sync For Your Life: £50 cash prize + win a paid gig 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Tabitha/friends 9pm l MARINE TAVERN Nat’s Quiz 9pm l CHARLES STREET Bang Bang: DJ l QUEEN’S ARMS Easy Tuesday 5pm Rupert Ellick 10.30pm l REVENGE Bangers & Trash: DJs Toby l LEGENDS BAR Miss Jason’s Mad Lawrence & Trick 11pm Monday 9.30pm l PARIS HOUSE live jazz: Mick Hamer, Gerry Higgins & guests 2pm; Simon WEDNESDAY 4 Spillett & band 8pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Fresh!: DJ Jazzy Jane 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Open Mic: Jason TUESDAY 3 Thorpe 9pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Crewsday: DJ l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Ice: Lewis Osborne 9pm DJ Claire Fuller 11pm l BAR BROADWAY The Regency l CAMELFORD ARMS Seniors’ lunch Singers pres Piano Singalong 9pm 2-3.30pm




BAR 7 CRAWLEY ) 7 Pegler Way, Crawley, RH11 7AG, Tel: 01293 511177, ) OPEN 6pm daily. ) DRINK PROMOS Tue, Fri & Sat drink deals all night



PARTY with Baga Chipz scaring the bejesus out of you from 8pm; costumes encouraged, chills guaranteed! Tue (31) is the CREWSDAY SPECIAL: ZOMBIES ON A PLANE from 8pm. ) REGULARS Tue is Crewsday with DJ Lewis Osborne spinning the tunes. ) Fri is 7-UPSTAIRS with all-star DJs playing pop/dance /guilty pleasures at 8pm, free entry till 11pm. ) Sat is 7-SINS with DJ Jazzy Jane spinning tunes at 8pm, free entry till 11pm. ) Sun is KARAOKE with DJ Bullard and his massive collection of songs at 8.30pm.

l CHARLES ST Drag With No Name’s Silly Willy Wednesday 9pm l CROWN KEMPTOWN Spanish Night: Spanish/Middle Eastern music, tapassangria & kalimotxo 6pm l PARIS HOUSE live music: Matt Holborn & band 8pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Sally Vate 9.30pm l REVENGE Rise & Shine: alcohol-free rave, wellness activities, glitter make-up boudoir, yoga, massage, smoothies, coffee & tea, Sexercise with Vince Venus, DJs, dance & performance 6.30pm l SUBLINE Happy Hump Day 9pm l VELVET JACKS Quiz: cash prize 8pm

l PARIS HOUSE World Music: Karandash 8pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Miss Jason 9.30pm l REVENGE FOMO DJs 11pm l SUBLINE Brace Yourself 9pm


l BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7 Upstairs 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Jukebox 5pm l BAR REVENGE Pop-Tartz warm-up 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Glitter: DJ David Noakes 11pm l BOUTIQUE Pinch Punch Party: DJ Franco & shot drops 10pm THURSDAY 5 l CAMELFORD ARMS Friday Club 6pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Total Request l CHARLES ST Fabulous Fridays: DJ Thursdays: DJ FRESH Princess 9pm Morgan Fabulous 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Showtune Karaoke: l DR BRIGHTONS House Rules: DJ Sally Vate & Ross Cameron 8.30pm Nick Hirst 9.30pm l BAR REVENGE FOMO pre-party 9pm l GROSVENOR BAR cabaret: Dave Lynn l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Now 9.30pm l LEGENDS BAR Pre-Glitter: Stephanie That’s What I Call Legends: DJ Claire Von Clitz 9.30pm Fuller 11pm l CAMELFORD ARMS £300 Big Cash l MARINE TAVERN Jukebox Disco Quiz 9pm 8pm l CHARLES ST Throwback Thursday: DJ l PARIS HOUSE DJ Havoxx 9pm Ruby Roo & hostess Ms Joan Bond 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: l CROWN KEMPTOWN Quiz: prizes for Thunderpussy 9.30pm l REVENGE Pop Tartz DJs 10.30pm 1st and 2nd 7.30pm l GROSVENOR BAR Abel Mabel’s l SUBLINE Steam 9pm l ZONE cabaret: Spice 10pm Crazy Bingo 8.30pm l MARINE TAVERN Throwback Thursday: 80s Jukebox 8pm







) 2 Boyces St, West St, BN11AN, 01273 327607 ) OPEN 4pm–late Sun–Fri, 1pm–late Sat. ) FOOD All day till 10pm. Pizza & selected drink £9.99 every Sat. ) DRINK PROMOS Mon–Fri: bottles of Moet £50 & Veuve £60; five J-Bombs for

) 30-31 Camelford St, BN2 1TQ, Tel: 01273 622386, ) OPEN daily from 12pm. The most dog-friendly pub in town. ) FOOD Mon–Sat 12–9pm; Sunday roasts and select

£5; 2-4-1 selected cocktails; £15 for two Pornstar Martinis. Pinch Punch every first Friday: fruit punch cocktail sharers £10 for one hour, 12–1am.


) HALLOWEEN Friday (27), kick-start your Halloween with

DJ Thierre and spooky surprises! Sat (28), is DJ Klipz’s HAUNTED HOUSE PARTY with blood shots on arrival and sexy cage dancers. Tue (31) is the HALLOWEEN PARTY with drink deals, UV and DJ Franco spinning haunted house; free entry for students, industry workers or anyone quoting Gscene. ) REGULARS Start the weekend with a bang every Friday with DJs Franco (6 & 13) and Thierre (20), shot drops and giveaways from 10pm. ) Fri (13) is the FRIDAY 13TH FULL MOON UV PARTY with spooky shots on arrival. ) Learn how

to make your favourite cocktail every Saturday at the OPEN COCKTAIL MASTER CLASS in Bar 2 from 8pm. Join renowned DJ Klipz from 10pm and head upstairs for roof terrace parties with live bands. Themes/giveaways this month: complimentary karaoke, dance offs and free entry for anyone quoting Gscene (14) and VIP booth giveaway (21).


l AMSTERDAM Karaoke: Jason Thorpe 9pml BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7 Sins 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Jukebox 5pm; Broadway Remixed: Ross Cameron 9pm l BAR REVENGE WTF warm-up 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Fusion: DJ Peter Castle 11pm l BOUTIQUE live bands & roof terrace party 1pm; Open Cocktail Masterclass 8pm; DJ Klipz 10pm l CHARLES ST Fierce: DJs 9pm l DR BRIGHTONS Saturday Session: DJ Tony B 9.30pm l GROSVENOR BAR cabaret: Topsie Redfern 9.30pm l LEGENDS BAR Pre-club DJ 7pm l MARINE TAVERN Saturday Club 4pm l PARIS HOUSE Live jazz 4pm; TC’s Joyful Noise: DJ Kenny 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Lola Lasagne 9.30pm l REVENGE WTF!: DJs 11pm l SUBLINE Men’s Room: DJ Screwpulous 9pm

l ZONE cabaret: Sally Vate’s Anniversary Party 10pm


l AMSTERDAM Sunday roasts 12pm–till gone l BAR 7@CRAWLEY DJ Bullard’s karaoke 8pm l BAR BROADWAY Fireplace Sessions pres Gemma Clare Albrow 8.30pm l BAR REVENGE Sunday Club DJs 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Pop!Candy: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Bear Bash, free food & raffle 5pm; roasts 12pm-till gone l CHARLES ST cabaret: Drag With No Name 7.30pm; Sally’s Rock & Roll Bingo 8.30pm l LEGENDS BAR cabaret: Dave Lynn 3.30pm; roasts 12-3pm l MARINE TAVERN Sunday roasts 125pm; Drag Open Mic with Stephanie Von Clitz 9pm l PARIS HOUSE live music: Area Code 6pm

menu served 12pm–till gone; seniors’ lunch served Wed 2–3.30pm, two courses £9.50. ) HALLOWEEN Tuesday (31) is the Camelford’s

HALLOWEEN PARTY at 8pm; creepy costumes encouraged! ) ONE FOR THE DIARY Thursday is the BIG CASH QUIZ at 9pm with a £300 cash prize, free sarnies and great atmosphere. ) REGULARS Sunday is the BEAR BASH with free food and a raffle at 5pm.

l QUEEN’S ARMS Double Feature: Rose Garden 6.30pm & 9.30pm l SUBLINE Guilty Pleasures: DJ Screwpulous 9pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Jazz Roast & raffle 2pm; Sunday roasts 12-5pm

Thorpe 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Ice: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Seniors’ lunch 2-3.30pm l CHARLES ST Drag With No Name’s Silly Willy Wednesday 9pm l CROWN KEMPTOWN Spanish Night: MONDAY 9 Spanish/Middle Eastern music, tapas l BAR BROADWAY Tabitha/friends 9pm sangria & kalimotxo 6pm l CHARLES STREET Bang Bang: DJ l PARIS HOUSE live music: Sara Rupert Ellick 10pm Oschlag 8pm l LEGENDS BAR Miss Jason’s Mad l QUEEN’S ARMS Sally Vate 9.30pm Mondays 9.30pm l SUBLINE Happy Hump Day 9pm l PARIS HOUSE live jazz: Mick Hamer, l VELVET JACKS Quiz: cash prize 8pm Gerry Higgins & guests 2pm; Nigel Price & band 8pm



l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Crewsday: DJ Lewis Osborne 9pm l BAR BROADWAY The Regency Singers pres Piano Singalong 9pm l BAR REVENGE Lip Sync For Your Life: £50 cash prize + win a paid gig 9pm l MARINE TAVERN Nat’s Quiz 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Easy Tuesday: tunes & fun 5pm l REVENGE Bangers & Trash: DJs Toby Lawrence & Trick 11pm


l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Fresh!: DJ Jazzy Jane 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Open Mic: Jason

l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Total Request Thursdays: DJ FRESH Princess 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Big Thursday Quiz: Ross Cameron, prizes 8pm l BAR REVENGE FOMO pre-party 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Now That’s What I Call Legends: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm l CAMELFORD ARMS £300 Big Cash Quiz 9pm l CHARLES ST Throwback Thursday: DJ Ruby Roo & hostess Ms Joan Bond 9pm l CROWN KEMPTOWN Quiz: prizes for 1st and 2nd 7.30pm l GROSVENOR BAR Abel Mabel’s Crazy Bingo 8.30pm l MARINE TAVERN Throwback Thursday: 80s Jukebox 8pm







) 8 Marine Parade, BN2 1TA, Tel: 01273 624091, ) OPEN daily from 12pm ) FOOD served Mon–Sat 12–8pm. Tue Dog Tails: deals incl 2-4 £7.99 on selected

) 24 Grafton Street, Kemptown, BN2 1AQ Tel: 07949590001, ) OPEN Tue–Sun 12pm–late ) DRINK PROMOS Daily gin & rum specials – ask at the venue for more info!

mains ) DRINK PROMOS Half price 5–9pm Mon–Sat and all night on Sun from 8.30pm,

right after the cabaret. Some exceptions apply. Thur (26): Bottles of Becks £1. the THROWBACK THURSDAY FRIGHT NIGHT with devilish Joan Bond kicking off Halloween Weekend with amazing giveaways, drink deals and Ruby Roo playing guilty pleasures from the 90s & 00s from 9pm, £1 entry. ) Fri (27) is FABULOUS FRIDAY: NIGHT OF THE CLOWNS with free entry from 9pm. ) Dress to distress on Sat (28) for FIERCE FREAK OUT with bottles of bubbly for the best costumes at midnight. Charles Street say: “It’s almost the witching hour with some amazing drinks deals and some Bloody Cocktails!” ) Sun (29) is Martha D’Arthur’s CABARET OF HORROR at 7.30pm, followed by Sally ‘Bleeding’ Vate’s HALLOWEEN ROCK & ROLL BINGO! ) Keep the spirits up on Mon (30) at BANG BANG –YOU’RE DEAD with DJ Ruby Roo playing fang-tastic faves, free entry all night. ) Tue (31) is the Wicked Cocktail Night with blood-curdling (but delicious) cocktails and tunes to shake the cobwebs! ) ONE FOR THE DIARY Sunday (15) is Davina

Sparkle’s Annual BIRTHDAY BASH & Fundraiser for the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation and Leukaemia Research from 6.30pm. Expect stars of the stage, including: the lady herself Davina Sparkle, host Patti O’Dors, Spice, Heart & Soul, Jennie Castell, Jason Thorpe, Sally Vate, Laura Nixon, Miss Jason, Kara Van Park and Epicene.



) HALLOWEEN Six days of Halloween! Thursday (26) is

) REGULARS SILLY WILLY WEDNESDAYS returns with Drag With No Name, ridiculous fun and prizes at 9pm. Charles Street say: “It’s back - bigger and better! Expect a crazy night of entertainment, straight after our amazing 50% off Happy Hour! Is it a game show? Is it a quiz? Is it cabaret? We don’t know! But we do know it’s a night of hilarious antics and cash prizes galore!” ) Sunday CABARET at 7.30pm: Titti La Camp (1), Drag With No Name (8) and Miss Jason (22). Every Sunday after the cabaret is Sally Vate’s ROCK & ROLL BINGO with big cash prizes.

l PARIS HOUSE World Music: Pollito Boogaloo 8pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Stephanie Von Clitz 9.30pm l REVENGE FOMO DJs 11pm l SUBLINE Brace Yourself 9pm


l AMSTERDAM Sally Vate’s Fun Friday Frolics 9pm

l BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7 Upstairs 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Jukebox 5pm l BAR REVENGE Pop-Tartz warm-up 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Glitter: DJ David Noakes 11pm l BOUTIQUE Friday 13th Party: DJ Franco, UV, shot drops & giveaways 10pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Friday Club 6pm

) Offering a friendly welcome to the LGBT communities, the newly refurbished Crown Kemptown is under new management and open to everybody! Bego and Arly moved left behind successful careers in photography and HR in London to manage the Crown. This small ‘retro’ pub is dog-friendly and is a comfortable, relaxing and welcoming venue serving real ales, wines, high-end small batch coffee & teas, a range of lagers and craft/local beers. They welcome meet-up groups/small private parties for all occasions- enquire within. Arly and Bego say:“We’re a great new pub in Kemptown offering local ales and more in a cosy and friendly environment! Enjoy the evenings during the winter months relaxing by our open fire.” ) HALLOWEEN Tuesday (31) is the HALLOWEEN PARTY with terrifying tunes

and treats at 6pm, free entry. ) ONE FOR THE DIARY Pull on your poncho every Wednesday for SPANISH

NIGHT with Spanish/Middle Eastern music, sangria and kalimotxo (coke & red wine) specials, and tapas from 6pm. ) REGULARS Every Thursday, don your thinking caps for the QUIZ NIGHT at 7.30pm; prizes for 1st and 2nd; max of 4 people per team, £1 entry pp. ) Sun (1 & 15) is LIVE ACOUSTIC MUSIC with Chalfont Enrayner at 6.30pm.

l CHARLES ST Fabulous Fridays: DJ Morgan Fabulous 9pm l DR BRIGHTONS Doctor’s Party: DJ 9.30pm l GROSVENOR BAR cabaret: Trudi Styles & Pianoman 9.30pm l LEGENDS BAR Pre-Glitter: Stephanie Von Clitz 9.30pm l MARINE TAVERN Pre-Scrum 9pm l PARIS HOUSE DJ Havoxx 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Martha D’Arthur 9.30pm l REVENGE Pop Tartz DJs 10.30pm l SUBLINE The Big Scrum sportskit night 10pm l ZONE cabaret: Dave Lynn 10pm


l BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7 Sins 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Jukebox 4pm l BAR REVENGE WTF warm-up 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Fusion: DJ Peter Castle 11pm

l BOUTIQUE live bands & roof terrace party 1pm; Open Cocktail Masterclass 8pm; DJ Klipz 10pm l CHARLES ST Fierce: DJs 9pm l DR BRIGHTONS Saturday Session: DJ Tony B 9.30pm l GROSVENOR BAR cabaret: Miss Jason 9.30pm l LEGENDS BAR Pre-club DJ 7pm l MARINE TAVERN cabaret: Stephanie Von Clitz 9pm l PARIS HOUSE Live jazz 4pm; TC’s Joyful Noise: DJ Kenny 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Jennie Castell 9.30pm l REVENGE WTF!: DJs 11pm l SUBLINE Men’s Room: DJ Screwpulous 9pm l ZONE cabaret: Kara Van Park 10pm


l AMSTERDAM Sunday roasts 12pmtill gone






) 16-17 Kings Rd, BN1 1NE, Tel: 01273 208113 ) OPEN Mon–Thur 3pm–midnight; Fri & Sat 1pm–2am; Sun 1pm–midnight. ) DRINK PROMOS all day Sun–Thur; 1pm–close Fri; 1–7pm on Sat. BOGOF

) 16 Western Street, Hove, BN1 2PG, ) OPEN daily from 12 noon–late.

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


) HALLOWEEN Saturday (28) is the DOCTOR’S

HALLOWEEN FANCY DRESS BALL with DJ Tony B shaking the cobwebs with a spooky set from 9.30pm. Doctor Brighton’s say: “It’s that spooky time of year when all the ghosts and ghouls come out to freak us all out! Dress up and dance yourself dizzy to some great tracks!” ) ONE FOR THE DIARY Friday (20) is SOUL SOLUTION with DJ Tony B, new All Request feature and the best tunes from 9.30pm. Doctor Brighton’s say: “The night is developing its stand out style and we've added a massive music library with literally millions of tracks! So, come along and request your favourite song, there’s free shots for the most original and stand out requests that get everyone going!” ) REGULARS Friday (6) HOUSE RULES with DJ Nick Hirst decadent house at 9.30pm. ) DOCTOR’S PARTY Fri (13) with tunes across the decades 9.30pm. ) VINYL FRIDAY (27) DJs play vinyl-only at 9.30pm. ) SATURDAY SESSIONS with DJ Tony B at 9.30pm.

l BAR 7@CRAWLEY DJ Bullard’s karaoke 8pm l BAR BROADWAY Fireplace Sessions pres Roxanne Abbott 8.30pm l BAR REVENGE Sunday Club: DJs 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Pop!Candy: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Bear Bash, free food & raffle 5pm; roasts & select menu 12pm–till gone

l CHARLES ST Davina Sparkle’s Annual Birthday Bash & Fundraiser in aid of the Wedding Wishing Well Foundation & Leukaemia Research: host Patti O’Dors + Davina Sparkle, Spice, Heart & Soul, Jennie Castell, Jason Thorpe, Sally Vate, Laura Nixon, Miss Jason, Kara Van Park & Epicene 6.30pm; Sally’s Rock & Roll Bingo 8.30pm



) ONE FOR THE DIARY Expect banter and top tunes from Trudi Styles & The Piano Man on Friday (13) and Saturday (21). They have been performing together for around five years and have the versatility to titillate every audience. With laughs, music fun and banter this is a show not to be missed. ) REGULARS Thursday is CRAZY BINGO with Abel Mabel at 8.30pm. ) Start your weekend in style on Fri with top cabaret at 9.30pm: Dave Lynn (6), Trudi Styles & The Piano Man (13), Pooh La May (20) and Jennie Castell (27). ) Sat is top-flight cabaret with stars of the cabaret scene at 9.30pm: Topsie Redfern (7), Miss Jason (14), Trudi Styles & The Piano Man (21) and Davina Sparkle (28).

l CROWN KEMPTOWN live music: Chalfont Enrayner 6.30pm l LEGENDS BAR cabaret: Topsie Redfern 3.30pm; roasts 12–3pm l MARINE TAVERN Sunday roasts 125pm; Drag Open Mic with Stephanie Von Clitz 9pm l PARIS HOUSE live music: Dave Williams Quartet 6pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Double Feature: Dave Lynn 6.30pm & 9.30pm l SUBLINE Guilty Pleasures: DJ Screwpulous 9pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Jazz Roast & raffle 2pm; Sunday roasts 12-5pm l VELVET JACKS Live music: Mike

Newsham 4pm


l BAR BROADWAY Tabitha/friends 9pm l CHARLES STREET Bang Bang: DJ Rupert Ellick 10pm l LEGENDS BAR Miss Jason’s Mad Mondays 9.30pm l PARIS HOUSE live jazz: Mick Hamer, Gerry Higgins & guests 2pm; Oli Howe Trio 8pm


l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Crewsday: DJ Lewis Osborne 9pm







) 31-34

Marine Parade, BN2 1TR, Tel: 01273 624462, ) OPEN daily from 11am–5am

) 31-34 Marine Parade, BN2 1TR, Tel: 01273 624462, ) OPEN Tue (31), Wed–Fri & Sun 11pm.

) FOOD Mon–Sat 12–5pm; Sunday lunch 12–3pm. Choose from beef, pork,

) DRINK PROMOS £2.50 drinks all night Wed, Thur & Sun, various promos on Fri.

chicken or wholesome nut roast, served with seasonal veg, roast potatoes, homemade Yorkshire pudding and real stock gravy. ) DRINK PROMOS Buy one bottle of wine and get 2nd half price, Mon–Fri 12–11pm.

) HALLOWEEN Tuesday (31) is HALLOWEEN HIGH with a guest DJ from 11pm.

) ONE FOR THE DIARY Sunday is CABARET at 3.30pm with top stage acts: Miss Jason (1), Dave Lynn (8), Topsie Redfern (15), Davina Sparkle (22) and Lady Imelda (29). Topsie Redfern (15), a class act with excellent live vocals, glamour, wit and a warm stage presence, is the alter ego of actor and singer Nathan Kiley, who has been a professional performer since 2005, making his West End debut playing Mary Sunshine in hit musical Chicago. Nathan says: “I started to do drag at the Cellar Door at Zero Aldwych. I put a frock on and sang some of my favourite songs for a few months. Then there was Drag Idol in 2013 and I was runnerup. Since then it’s just taken off; it’s been like a monster that’s just grown of its own accord! Topsie is a bit like the Mary Poppins of drag; I’m not rude to the audience. There are plenty of people who do that and do it really well. But I don’t like people to feel uncomfortable, it’s just not in my nature so it didn’t really fit with me when I tried to do that. I like to make people feel comfortable. I take the piss out of myself more, make people feel like they want to get involved and create a sense of fun. We’re all in it together!” ) REGULARS Friday is Pre-GLITTER at 9pm with the

fabulous Stephanie Von Clitz heating you up with songs and banter before the big one downstairs. ) MISS JASON’S MAD MONDAYS at 9.30pm. Legends say: “Join us tonight for more of Miss Jason’s camp madness!” l BAR BROADWAY The Regency Singers pres Piano Singalong 9pm l BAR REVENGE Lip Sync For Your Life: £50 cash prize + win a paid gig 9pm l MARINE TAVERN Nat’s Quiz 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Easy Tuesday: tunes & fun 5pm l REVENGE Bangers & Trash: DJs Toby Lawrence & Trick 11pm


l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Fresh!: DJ Jazzy Jane 9pm



atmosphere and tunes at 9pm; dressing up encouraged!

l BAR BROADWAY Open Mic: Jason Thorpe 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Ice: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Seniors’ lunch 2-3.30pm l CHARLES ST Drag With No Name’s Silly Willy Wednesday 9pm l CROWN KEMPTOWN Spanish Night: Spanish/Middle Eastern music, tapas sangria & kalimotxo 6pm l PARIS HOUSE live music: Darren Beckett & band 8pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Sally Vate 9.30pm


) HALLOWEEN Tuesday (31) is the HALLOWEEN PARTY with spooky

) ONE FOR THE DIARY Saturday is FUSION at 11pm with DJ Peter Castle spinning chart /club remixes. Basement Club say: “Tonight it's Fusion with DJ Peter Castle fusing your favourite club and chart remixes together. Have a few pre-club drinks on the terrace or in the bar, then join us on the packed dancefloor in the Basement Club!” ) REGULARS Thursday is NOW THAT’S WHAT I CALL LEGENDS with DJ Claire Fuller taking you on a journey through the 1970s/80s/90s! ) Fri is GLITTER with DJ David Noakes chart/dance tracks. ) Sun is POP!CANDY with DJ Claire Fuller, new and retro pop. ) Wed is ICE with DJ Claire Fuller melting the dancefloor with

chart/house/r&b. l SUBLINE Happy Hump Day 9pm l VELVET JACKS Quiz: cash prize 8pm


l AMSTERDAM cabaret: Mrs Moore 9pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7 Upstairs 9pm THURSDAY 19 l BAR BROADWAY Jukebox 5pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Total Request l BAR REVENGE Pop-Tartz warm-up Thursdays: DJ FRESH Princess 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Big Thursday Quiz: 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Ross Cameron, prizes 9pm l BAR REVENGE FOMO pre-party 9pm Glitter: DJ David Noakes 11pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Now l BOUTIQUE DJ Thierre & shot drops 10pm That’s What I Call Legends: DJ Claire l CAMELFORD ARMS Friday Club 6pm Fuller 11pm l CAMELFORD ARMS £300 Big Cash l CHARLES ST Fabulous Fridays: DJ Morgan Fabulous 9pm Quiz 9pm l DR BRIGHTONS Soul Solution: DJ l CHARLES ST Throwback Thursday: Tony B 9.30pm DJ Ruby Roo & hostess Ms Joan Bond l GROSVENOR BAR cabaret: Pooh La 9pm l CROWN KEMPTOWN Quiz: prizes for May 9.30pm l LEGENDS BAR Pre-Glitter: Stephanie 1st and 2nd 7.30pm Von Clitz 9.30pm l GROSVENOR BAR Abel Mabel’s l MARINE TAVERN cabaret: Trudi Crazy Bingo 8.30pm Styles & the Piano Man 9pm l MARINE TAVERN Throwback l PARIS HOUSE DJ Meryl 9pm Thursday: 80s Jukebox 8pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Gabriella l PARIS HOUSE World Music: Tudo Parrish 9.30pm Bem 8pm l REVENGE Pop Tartz DJs 10.30pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Davina l SUBLINE Filth Halloween Special: Sparkle 9.30pm mixed full-fetish 9pm l REVENGE FOMO DJs 11pm l ZONE cabaret: Topsie Redfern 10pm l SUBLINE Brace Yourself 9pm







) 13 Broad St, BN2 1TJ, Tel: 01273 905578, ) OPEN daily from 12pm. ) FOOD daily from 12–9pm; Curry & Quiz on Tue for £1 (curry 7.30pm, Quiz

) 21 Western Rd, BN3 1AF, T: 01273 724195, ) OPEN daily from 12pm. ) FOOD served 12pm–close daily.


) HALLOWEEN Friday (27) is the Marine HALLOWEEN

PARTY at 9pm; dressing up encouraged! ) ONE FOR THE DIARY Sunday is OPEN MIC night with

the ever-glamorous Stephanie Von Clitz getting bums off seats for a singsong on the Marine Tavern stage from 9pm. Stephanie says: “I'm Stephanie Von Clitz, the Dorset tart with a heart. I look for and share love wherever I go. The Drag Open Mic Nights are a chance for artistes, professional or otherwise, to try out new material and a platform for newer artistes to perform. It's on a Sunday, always a good day for cabaret, so if you want a fun enjoyable night out and to see a variety of talent then come on down! I always guarantee a fun show with lots of random twists along the way.” ) REGULARS Step back in time at THROWBACK THURSDAY with 1980s tunes at 8pm. ) Fri ENTERTAINMENT at 9pm: Jukebox Disco at 8pm (6), Pre-Scrum Drinks (13) and Trudi Styles & the Pianoman (20). ) Saturday Club with fun atmosphere from 4pm; (14) is CABARET with Stephanie Von Clitz at 9pm.


l AMSTERDAM DJ Tony B 9pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7 Sins 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Jukebox 4pm l BAR REVENGE WTF warm-up 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Fusion: DJ Peter Castle 11pm l BOUTIQUE live bands & roof terrace party 1pm; Open Cocktail Masterclass

8pm; DJ Klipz 10pm l CHARLES ST Fierce: DJs 9pm l DR BRIGHTONS Saturday Session: DJ Tony B 9.30pm l GROSVENOR BAR cabaret: Trudi Styles & Pianoman 9.30pm l LEGENDS BAR Pre-club DJ 7pm l MARINE TAVERN Saturday Club 4pm


9pm), Sunday roasts served 12–5pm, booking advised.

MUSIC night at 8pm: Karandash (5), Pollito Boogaloo (12), Tudo Bem (19) and Son Guarachando (26). ) REGULARS Sunday is LIVE MUSIC at 6pm: Fleur de

Paris (1 & 29), Area Code (8 & 22) and The Dave Williams Quartet (15). ) Mon is free LIVE JAZZ: Mick Hamer, Gerry Higgins & guests at 2pm; then at 8pm: Simon Spillett & jazz band (2), Nigel Price & band (9), Oli Howe Trio (16), Stacy Dawson with jazz band (23) and Sam Carlese (30). ) Wed is free LIVE MUSIC at 8pm: Matt Holborn (4), Sara Oschlag (11), Darren Beckett (18) and Geoff Simkins (25). ) Fri is PARTY TIME with guest DJs at 9pm: Havoxx (6, 13 & 27) and Miss Meryl (20). ) Sat is AND ALL THAT JAZZ with live jazz at 4pm; TC'S JOYFUL NOISE with DJ Kenny at 9pm, free entry.

l PARIS HOUSE Live jazz 4pm; TC’s Joyful Noise: DJ Kenny 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Miss Jason 9.30pm l REVENGE WTF!: DJs incl Craig Law on level 2 11pm l SUBLINE Men’s Room: DJ Screwpulous 10pm l ZONE cabaret: Tabitha Wild 10pm


l AMSTERDAM Sunday roasts 12pmtill gone l BAR 7@CRAWLEY DJ Bullard’s karaoke 8pm l BAR BROADWAY MenTalkHealth Musical Therapy: Sally Vate, Miss Disney, Kara Van Park & Spice 4pm l BAR REVENGE Sunday Club DJs 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Pop!Candy: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Bear Bash, free food & raffle 5pm; roasts & select menu 12pm–till gone l CHARLES ST cabaret: Miss Jason 7.30pm; Sally’s Rock & Roll Bingo 8.3043pm l LEGENDS BAR cabaret: Davina Sparkle 3.30pm; roasts 12–3pm l MARINE TAVERN Sunday roasts 125pm; Drag Open Mic with Stephanie Von

Clitz 9pm l PARIS HOUSE live music: Area Code 6pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Double Feature: Kara Van Park 6.30pm & 9.30pm l SUBLINE Guilty Pleasures: DJ Screwpulous 9pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Jazz Roast & raffle 2pm; Sunday roasts 125pm


l BAR BROADWAY Tabitha/friends 9pm l CHARLES STREET Bang Bang: DJ Rupert Ellick 10.30pm l LEGENDS BAR Miss Jason’s Mad Mondays 9.30pm l PARIS HOUSE live jazz: Mick Hamer, Gerry Higgins & guests 2pm; Stacy Dawson & band 8pm


l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Crewsday: DJ Lewis Osborne 9pm l BAR BROADWAY The Regency Singers pres Piano Singalong 9pm l BAR REVENGE Lip Sync For Your Life: £50 cash prize + win a paid gig 9pm









WEDNESDAY AT 9.30PM banish those midweek blues with















) 7 George St, BN2 1RH, T: 01273 696873, ) OPEN 5pm Tue–Thur, 12pm Fri–Sun. ) FOOD free bar food every Sunday! ) DRINK PROMOS House Spirit & Mixer £2.50 till 9pm daily.

) 5-7 Marine Parade, BN2 1TA, Tel: 01273 606064, ) OPEN Sun-Wed 12pm-1am, Thur 12pm-2am, Fri & Sat 12pm-6am. ) FOOD Burger Shack Tue–Sun 5–9pm with quality, home-cooked burgers made

in-house with fresh and local premium ingredients. ) DRINK PROMOS 50% off all drinks Sun–Fri 5–9pm, from £2.50 every Sat. Buy a drink on Thur, Fri & Sat to pick up discounted entry passes for Club Revenge.


two legendary stars of the stage, Phil Starr and Dockyard Doris, with Miss Jason & Davina Sparkle at 9pm. Known for his sharp repartee and brilliant timing, the drag entertainer Phil Starr enjoyed a career in clubs and cabaret that spanned 50 years. As one of the biggest acts on the drag scene, Starr's act was typically old school: comic, lengthy shaggy dog stories, often culminating in a hilarious, unexpected twist. Dockyard Doris was an outrageous performer with a wide repertoire influenced by music hall traditions. Well-known for his impersonation of the Queen Mother, Doris had a 30-year career in show business and was a regular performer in pubs, and also appeared in pantomimes, and in radio and television broadcasts. The QA say: “For one night only we’ll be celebrating 35 years of live cabaret with Miss Jason and Davina Sparkle paying tribute to two of the most iconic drag artistes, Dockyard Doris and Phil Starr!” ) REGULARS EASY TUESDAY with music and fun atmosphere at 5pm. ) Banish the midweek blues on Wed with Sally Vate from 9.30pm. ) Thurs CABARET at

9.30pm: Miss Jason (5), Stephanie Von Clitz (12), Davina Sparkle (19) and Dave Lynn (26). ) Friday CABARET at 9.30pm: Thunderpussy (6), Martha D’Arthur (13), Gabriella Parrish (20) and Drag With No Name (27). ) Saturday SHOWTIME CABARET at 9.30pm: Lola Lasagne (7), Jennie Castell (14), Miss Jason (21) and Mrs Moore (28). ) Sunday DOUBLE FEATURE with two helpings of top cabaret at 6.30pm and 9.30pm: Miss Terry Tour (1), Rose Garden (8), Dave Lynn (15), Kara Van Park (22) and Miss Penny (29). l MARINE TAVERN Nat’s Quiz 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Tribute to Phil Starr & Dockyard Doris with Miss Jason & Davina Sparkle 9pm l REVENGE Bangers & Trash: DJs Toby Lawrence & Trick 11pm


l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Fresh!: DJ Jazzy Jane 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Open Mic: Jason Thorpe 9pm

l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Ice: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Seniors’ lunch 2-3.30pm l CHARLES ST Drag With No Name’s Silly Willy Wednesday 9pm l CROWN KEMPTOWN Spanish Night: Spanish/Middle Eastern music, tapas sangria & kalimotxo 6pm l PARIS HOUSE live music: Geoff Simkins & band 8pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Sally Vate 9.30pm l SUBLINE Straight Camp pres To Be


) ONE FOR THE DIARY It’s back! Tuesday is LIP SYNC

) ONE FOR THE DIARY Tuesday (24) is a TRIBUTE to



8pm; dress to distress!

FOR YOUR LIFE from 8pm with a £50 cash prize plus the chance to compete at the Grand Finale where you could win a paid gig at the next Powder Room show in the club. Bar Revenge say: “It’s like Karaoke but without the singing, simply move your lips to your favourite song and you could be in with the chance of winning.” ) REGULARS Thursday is the FOMO Pre-Party with all-star DJs from 9pm. ) Fri is the Pop Tartz warm-up with DJs at 9pm. ) Sat is the WTF warm-up with DJs from 9pm. ) SUNDAY CLUB with DJs spinning top-notch tunes from 9pm

Queer is to be a Sublime Outcast: installations & sheer camp 7.30pm l VELVET JACKS Quiz: cash prize 8pm

l REVENGE FOMO Halloween Special: DJs 11pm l SUBLINE Brace Yourself 9pm



l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Total Request Thursdays: DJ FRESH Princess 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Big Thursday Quiz: Ross Cameron, prizes 9pm l BAR REVENGE FOMO pre-party 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Now That’s What I Call Legends: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm l CAMELFORD ARMS £300 Big Cash Quiz 9pm l CHARLES ST Halloween Weekend: Throwback Thursday Fright Night: DJ Ruby Roo, hostess Ms Joan Bond & giveaways 9pm l CROWN KEMPTOWN Quiz: prizes for 1st and 2nd 7.30pm l GROSVENOR BAR Abel Mabel’s Crazy Bingo 8.30pm l MARINE TAVERN Throwback Thursday: 80s Jukebox 8pm l PARIS HOUSE World Music: Son Guarachando 8pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Dave Lynn 9.30pm

l AMSTERDAM Sally Vate’s Fun Friday Frolics 9pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY 7 Upstairs 9pm l BAR BROADWAY Jukebox 5pm l BAR REVENGE Pop-Tartz warm-up 9pm







) 32-34 Old Steine, BN1 1EL, Tel: 01273 606064, ) OPEN Tue from 11pm, Wed (4) from 6.30pm, Thur, Fri & Sat from 10.30pm. ) DRINK PROMOS all drinks £2.50 and double up for £1.50 on Tue; £1 drinks

) 129 St James' St, BN2 1TH, Tel: 01273 624100, ) OPEN Wed–Sun from 9pm. ) DRINK PROMOS Deals: draught pints £1 off all night Wed.

) HALLOWEEN Thur (26) is the FOMO HALLOWEEN SPECIAL with all-star DJs spinning tunes to freak you out. ) Sat (28) is the WTF! HALLOWEEN SPECIAL

with a Monster-Mash Up of chart/pop/r&b/cheese/requests on level 1 and DJs shooting out vocal house anthems on level 2! ) Revenge Pres: DAY OF THE DEAD on Tue (31) with DJs digging up the best pop/r&b/dance/carnival anthems; best dressed wins £100! Revenge say: “We’re back with one of our infamous Halloween parties with an authentic Latin-American Day of the Dead party and the hottest UK DJs!”



inclusive and empowering alcohol-free PreWork Clubbercise & YogaRave from 6.30pm! Expect superstar DJs, 3 floors of wellness activities, yoga on the sun terrace, massage, smoothies, tea & coffee and Vince Venus’ Sexercise! Revenge say: “Join the rave-olution and come shake ya tail-feathers!” Tickets: ) REGULARS ) Sat is WTF with DJs and special guests over 2 floors. Sat (21) is with DJ Craig Law on level 2 for one night only! Craig is a staple of the Gaydio DJ line-up and rocks LGBT stages all over the UK and internationally. ) Fri is POP TARTZ with resident DJs on level 1 with pop anthems. ) Fri (27) is FAT LIP with DJ Fifi and pop-punk/indie /nu-metal/rock on level 2; regular all-star DJs on level 1!

l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Glitter: DJ David Noakes 11pm l BOUTIQUE Halloween Weekend Kick Off: DJ Thierre 10pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Friday Club 6pm l CHARLES ST Halloween Weekend: Night of the Clowns 9pm l DR BRIGHTONS Vinyl Friday: DJs 9.30pm l GROSVENOR BAR cabaret: Jennie Castell 9.30pm l LEGENDS BAR Pre-Glitter: Stephanie Von Clitz 9.30pm l MARINE TAVERN Halloween Party 9pm l PARIS HOUSE DJ Havoxx 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Drag With No Name’s Party Night 9.30pm l REVENGE Pop Tartz DJs; Fat Lip with DJ Fifi 10.30pm l SUBLINE Sin: trans/queer/fetish/ techno 9pm

l ZONE cabaret: Davina Sparkle 10pm


l AMSTERDAM Halloween Fancy Dress Party: free shots & DJ 8pm l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Big Gay Halloween Fancy Dress Party: Baga Chipz 8pm l BAR BROADWAY Halloween: Dead Disney Party with Miss Disney 8pm; Broadway Lounge: Halloween Hullabaloo with Paul Diello & Embob 9pm l BAR REVENGE WTF warm-up 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Fusion: DJ Peter Castle 11pm l BOUTIQUE Halloween Haunted House Party: DJ Klipz, blood shots & sexy zombie cage dancers 10pm l CHARLES ST Halloween Weekend: Fierce Freak Out: bubbly for best dressed & DJs 9pm

) HALLOWEEN Friday (20) is the FILTH HALLOWEEN SPECIAL, mixed full-fetish event, with DJs giving you the willies from 9pm. ) Sat (28) is NIGHT OF THE LIVING ZOMBEARS featuring horrifying fun with the Brighton Bear Weekend (BBW) boys, free vodka shots & top prizes for the best dressed and manager Steve’s special brew (cocktail) from 9pm; £4 members or £6, all donated to Rainbow Fund. Graham Munday of BBW says: “The BBW team are looking forward to our Halloween party. It’s always busy, good fun, wildly silly and everyone gets to dress up. What better way to raise money for the Rainbow Fund? Of course, it wouldn't be possible without Steve and all the hard working team at Subline. Now to work out what to wear!” ) Tue (31), Club Silencio present GOOD MORNING SILENCIO, the terrifying troupe’s wholesome breakfast show, at 8pm, £6 entry. GRAHAM MUNDAY

before midnight on Thur.

) TWO FOR THE DIARY Wednesday (25), Straight Camp presents TO BE QUEER IS TO BE A SUBLIME OUTCAST with theatre, art installations and sheer camp from 7.30pm, £5. ) Fri (27) is SIN, trans/queer/fetish/techno night; advance tickets £10. ) REGULARS Friday (13) is THE BIG SCRUM sportskit night with DJ Screwpulous, entry £5 in kit or £7. ) Saturday is MEN'S ROOM with DJ Screwpulous at 9pm. Free b4 11pm, £3 after, guests £5. Sunday (29) is CUM IN YOUR PANTS with DJ NUDE playing Hi-NRG at 9pm, members free or £5.

l DR BRIGHTONS Halloween Ball: DJ Tony B 9.30pm l GROSVENOR BAR cabaret: Davina Sparkle 9.30pm l LEGENDS BAR Pre-club DJ 7pm l PARIS HOUSE Live jazz 4pm; TC’s Joyful Noise: DJ Kenny 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Mrs Moore 9.30pm l REVENGE WTF! Halloween Special: DJs 11pm

l SUBLINE Night of the Living Zombears Halloween Party with Brighton Bear Weekend boys & giveaways for best dressed 10pm l ZONE Sally Vate’s Halloween Party 10pm


l AMSTERDAM Sunday roasts 12pmtill gone l BAR 7@CRAWLEY DJ Bullard’s karaoke 8pm

THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS ) 59 North Rd, BN1 1YD, Tel: 01273 608571, ) OPEN from 12pm on Mon–Sun. Private function room available. ) FOOD Thur & Fri 12–8pm, Sat 12–7.30pm, Sunday roasts 12–5pm.

Meal Deal: one meal £9.90 or two for £15 Mon–Wed, 12–7.30pm. ) ONE FOR THE DIARY Select a Jazz and Raffle every Sun at the JAZZ ROAST with chilled jazz at 2pm, free entry.







) 50 Norfolk Sq, BN1 2PA, Tel: 07720 661290 ) OPEN Tue–Thur 4–11.30pm, Fri & Sat 12–11.30pm, Sun 1–11pm. ) FOOD Meat & cheese boards and wood-fired pizzas served all day. ) DRINK PROMOS Check out the exciting new wine list!

) 33 St James’ St, BN2 1RF, Tel: 01273 682249, ) OPEN 11am Sun–Fri; 10am Sat. ) DRINK PROMOS all day Sun-Thur, till 7pm Fri & Sat; 2-4-£10 selected

cocktails 5–8pm everyday.

) ONE FOR THE DIARY Wednesday is QUIZ NIGHT with ) REGULARS Sunday (15) is an intimate afternoon of LIVE CHILLED OUT TUNES with Mike Newsham and his guests at 4pm. If you’re interested in performing, then message Mike on Facebook.

l BAR BROADWAY Fireplace Sessions pres: Chris Hibbert 8.30pm l BAR REVENGE Sunday Club DJs 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Pop!Candy: DJ Claire Fuller 11pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Bear Bash, free food & raffle 5pm; roasts & select menu 12pm–till gone l CHARLES ST Halloween Weekend: Martha D’Arthur’s Cabaret of Horror 7.30pm; Sally Vate’s Halloween Rock & Roll Bingo 8.30pm l DR BRIGHTONS Showtunes Sunday 12pm l LEGENDS BAR cabaret: Lady Imelda 3.30pm; roasts 12–3pm

l MARINE TAVERN Sunday roasts 125pm; Drag Open Mic with Stephanie Von Clitz 9pm l PARIS HOUSE live music: Fleur de Paris 6pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Double Feature: Miss Penny 6.30pm & 9.30pm l SUBLINE Cum In Your Pants: underwear party 9pm l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS Jazz Roast & raffle 2pm; Sunday roasts 125pm


l BAR BROADWAY Tabitha/friends 9pm



a cash prize at 7.45pm for an 8pm start.

) HALLOWEEN Friday (27), expect outrageous antics from Davina Sparkle to get you in the mood for the Big Halloween Weekend at 10pm. ) Sat (28) is Sally Vate’s HALLOWEEN FANCY DRESS PARTY at 10pm. Sally says: “It's that time of year again – the Zone’s Annual Halloween Party! This year it’s Silence of the Hams with me, Sally 'Hannibal Licked-Her' Vate. Remember to get in early as last year some poor Spooks couldn't get in! So join in on this very special Halloween Party Night - it's BIGGER than Christmas!” ) REGULARS Friday is top CABARET at 10pm: Spice (6), Dave Lynn (13) and Topsie Redfern (20). ) Sat is CABARET with many of the scene’s most sensational acts at 10pm: Sally Vate’s Anniversary Party (7), Kara Van Park (14) and Tabitha Wild (21).

l CHARLES STREET Halloween Weekend: Bang Bang - You’re Dead: DJ Ruby Roo 10.30pm l LEGENDS BAR Miss Jason’s Mad Mondays 9.30pm l PARIS HOUSE live jazz: Mick Hamer, Gerry Higgins & guests 2pm; Sam Carlese & band 8pm


l BAR 7@CRAWLEY Crew Night: Zombies on a Plane: DJ Lewis Osborne 8pm l BAR BROADWAY The Regency Singers pres Piano Singalong 9pm l BAR REVENGE Lip Sync For Your Life: £50 cash prize + win a paid gig 9pm l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Halloween High: DJ 11pm l BOUTIQUE Halloween Party: DJ Franco & UV 4pm l CAMELFORD ARMS Halloween 9pm l CHARLES STREET Halloween: Wicked Cocktail Night with tunes 9pm l CROWN KEMPTOWN Halloween Party: music & treats 6pm l LEGENDS BAR Halloween Party 9pm l MARINE TAVERN Nat’s Quiz 9pm l QUEEN’S ARMS Halloween Fancy Dress Party 7pm l REVENGE Day of the Dead: LatinAmerican-themed Halloween party: DJs & prize for the best dressed 10.30pm l SUBLINE Club Silencio pres Good Morning Silencio 8pm





l HAMPSHIRE BOULEVARD 1 Hampshire Terrace, Southsea TEL: 02392 297509 OPEN: Sun & Mon 9pm-2.30am, Wed & Thurs 7pm-2.30am, Fri & Sat 7pm-3am HAPPY HOURS: Sun all night, Wed & Thur 7pm-12am, Fri & Sat 7-10pm


l BOX BAR Compton Walk, SO14 0BH TEL: 023 8036 6163 OPEN: daily at 4pm

SUNDAY 1 PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD Sunday Funday: DJ Luke Ennor till 2.30am SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR opens 4pm l EDGE Shout Out Sunday: DJ Darcy Buckland 11pm l LONDON HOTEL London Podium: Drag With No Name’s Silly Willy Sunday 8pm


HAPPY HOURS: 4–6pm & 6-10pm daily FOOD: 4–10pm daily l EDGE Compton Walk, SO14 0BH TEL: 023 8036 6163 OPEN: Sun, Tue & Thurs 11pm-4am: Wed 10.30pm-4am: Fri & Sat 11pm-5am l LONDON HOTEL 2 Terminus Terrace, SO14 3DT TEL: 02380 710652, OPEN: Mon-Wed 12-11pm, Thu 1212.30am, Fri & Sat 12-1.30am, Sun 1211.30pm. FOOD: Mon-Sat 12-3pm; Sunday roasts 12-3.30pm

l LONDON HOTEL Fairylea Friday: DJ Rupert Ellick 9pm; cabaret: Scarlet Diamante 10pm

SATURDAY 7 PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD Saturday Sessions: host Danii Dior & DJ Rupert Ellick till 3am SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR The Big One: DJs 10pm l EDGE The Big One: DJs Phil Marriott, Darcy Buckland & Audio K9 11pm l LONDON HOTEL Guilty Pleasures: DJ Tiny 9pm

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD 20something: DJs SUNDAY 8 Lee Harris & Luke Ennor till 2.30am PORTSMOUTH SOUTHAMPTON l HAMPSHIRE BLVD Sunday Funday: l BOX BAR opens 4pm DJ Luke Ennor till 2.30am SOUTHAMPTON TUESDAY 3 l BOX BAR opens 4pm SOUTHAMPTON l EDGE Shout Out Sunday: DJ Darcy l BOX BAR Open Mic Sessions 8pm Buckland 11pm l EDGE S.M.U.T: DJ Audio K9 11pm l LONDON HOTEL London Podium: Tanya Hyde & Martha D’Arthur 8pm


PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD Big Navy Night: karaoke with host Aura J 7pm SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR Bar 150: DJs, karaoke & cabaret 10pm l EDGE Bar 150: DJs Lee Harris, Liam Searle & Audio K9 + karaoke & cabaret with Cassidy Connors 11pm

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD 20something: DJs Lee Harris & Luke Ennor till 2.30am SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR opens 4pm


SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR Open Mic Sessions 8pm l EDGE S.M.U.T: DJ Audio K9 11pm

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD Big Navy Night: karaoke with host Aura J 7pm SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR Quiz On Your Face 8pm l EDGE Pop! Video DJ Neil Sackley 11pm l LONDON HOTEL Mellow Martha’s Music Box: karaoke 9pm




WEDNESDAY 11 PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD Big Navy Night: karaoke with host Aura J 7pm SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR Bar 150: DJs & karaoke 10pm l EDGE Bar 150: DJs Lee Harris, Liam Searle & Audio K9 + karaoke & cabaret with Cassidy Connors 11pm

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD That Friday Feeling: host Cherry Liquor & DJs till 3am THURSDAY 12 SOUTHAMPTON PORTSMOUTH l BOX BAR Get Some: DJs 10pm l HAMPSHIRE BLVD Big Navy Night: l EDGE Get Some: DJ Darcy Buckland karaoke with host Aura J 7pm 10.30pm



) 2 Terminus Terr, SO14 3DT, Tel: 02380 710652, ) OPEN daily from 12pm. ) FOOD served Mon–Sat 12–3pm; Sunday lunch 12–3.30pm. ) ONE FOR THE DIARY Sun (15) is the launch of STOP HATE with the

Southampton Gay Men’s Chorus and guests Lucinda Lashes, Martha D’Arthur and Nan from 8pm. ) REGULARS Thur is Mellow Martha’s MUSIC BOX KARAOKE with Martha D’Arthur at 9pm. ) Fri is FAIRYLEA with DJ Rupert Ellick at 9pm, CABARET at

10pm: Scarlet Diamonte (6), Davina Sparkle (13), Fanny Burns (20) and Lucinda Lashes (27). ) Sat is GUILTY PLEASURES at 9pm with DJs: Tiny (7), Neil Sackley & guest vocalist Jacquii Cann (14), Lucinda Lashes (21) and Dazza (28). ) SUNDAY NIGHT ON THE LONDON PODIUM at 8pm with many of the UK’s top live performers: Drag With No Name’s Silly Willy (1), Tanya Hyde & Martha D’Arthur (8), Miss Penny double (22) and Mrs Moore & Vileda Moppe (29).

SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR Quiz On Your Face 8pm l EDGE Pop!: DJ Neil Sackley 11pm l LONDON HOTEL Mellow Martha’s Music Box: karaoke 9pm

FRIDAY 13 PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD That Friday Feeling: host Cherry Liquor & DJs till 3am SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR Get Some: DJs 10pm l EDGE Get Some: DJ Audio K9 10.30pm l LONDON HOTEL Fairylea Friday: DJ Rupert Ellick 9pm; cabaret: Davina Sparkle 10pm

SATURDAY 14 PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD Saturday Sessions: host Danii Dior & DJ Rupert Ellick till 3am SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR The Big One: DJs 10pm l EDGE The Big One: DJs Toby Lawrence & Darcy Buckland 11pm l LONDON HOTEL Guilty Pleasures: DJ Neil Sackley + guest Jacquii Cann 9pm


DJ Luke Ennor till 2.30am SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR opens 4pm l EDGE Shout Out Sunday: DJ Darcy Buckland 11pm l LONDON HOTEL Stop Hate Launch: Southampton Gay Men’s Chorus, Lucinda Lashes, Martha D’Arthur & Nan 8pm

MONDAY 16 PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD 20something: DJs Lee Harris & Luke Ennor till 2.30am SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR opens 4pm

TUESDAY 17 SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR Open Mic Sessions 8pm l EDGE S.M.U.T: DJ Audio K9 11pm

WEDNESDAY 18 PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD Big Navy Night: karaoke with host Aura J 7pm SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR Bar 150: DJs & karaoke 10pm l EDGE Bar 150: DJs Lee Harris, Liam Searle & Audio K9 + karaoke & cabaret with Cassidy Connors 11pm








) Compton Walk, SO14 0BH, Tel: 023 8036 6163, ) OPEN Box Bar: 4pm daily. ) Edge: 11pm Tue–Sun. ) FOOD Box Bar: 4–10pm daily ) HAPPY HOURS Box Bar: £3 offers 4–6pm daily, 2-4-1 cocktails 6–10pm daily (till 8pm Sat); ) The Edge: £2.50 bombs Tue & Sun, £1.50 drinks Wed, £1 shots on Sun.

) Hampshire Terrace, Southsea, PO1 2QN, Tel: 02392 297509 ) OPEN Sun & Mon 9pm–2.30am, Wed & Thurs 7pm–2.30am, Fri & Sat 7pm–3am. ) HAPPY HOURS Sun drink deals all night, Mon selected drinks £1.50, Wed & Thu



Edge: Fri (27) GET SOME Halloween Special with DJ Audio K9 digging up the best spooky dance / pop till 5am. ) Dress spooky on Sat (28) for the SCARILY BIG ONE with DJs Liam Searle & Darcy Buckland till 5am. ) REGULARS Wed is BAR 150 at 10pm in The Edge with DJs Lee Harris, Audio

K9 & Liam Searle plus Karaoke & CABARET with Cassidy Connors, free b4 10pm, £3/£5 after, £4 students. ) Thur is QUIZ ON YOUR FACE in The Box Bar 8pm with big prizes; POP! in The Edge at 11pm with video DJ Neil Sackley, pop videos, £2 entry. ) Fri is GET SOME at 10pm with DJs: Darcy Buckland (6 & 20), Audio K9 (13), entry £3–£6. ) Sat is THE BIG ONE at 10pm with 4 bars, 2 dancefloors & DJs: Phil Marriott (7), Toby Lawrence & Darcy Buckland (14) and Lee Harris, Neil Sackley & Audio K9 (21). Free b4 10pm, £3–£6 after. ) SHOUT OUT SUNDAY (S.O.S) with DJ Darcy Buckland at 11pm, £2 entry. ) Tue is OPEN MIC SESSIONS in The Box Bar at 8pm; S.M.U.T at 11pm in The Edge with DJ Audio K9 spinning mash-ups; £1 b4 12am, £2 after.

THURSDAY 19 PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD Big Navy Night: karaoke with host Aura J 7pm SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR Quiz On Your Face 8pm l EDGE Pop!: DJ Neil Sackley 11pm l LONDON HOTEL Mellow Martha’s Music Box: karaoke 9pm

l EDGE The Big One: DJs Lee Harris, Neil Sackley & Audio K9 11pm l LONDON HOTEL Guilty Pleasures: DJ Lucinda Lashes 9pm


PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD Sunday Funday: DJ Luke Ennor till 2.30am SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR opens 4pm FRIDAY 20 l EDGE Shout Out Sunday: DJ Darcy PORTSMOUTH Buckland 11pm l HAMPSHIRE BLVD That Friday l LONDON HOTEL London Podium: Feeling: host Cherry Liquor & DJs till 3am Miss Penny double 8pm SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR Get Some: DJs 10pm MONDAY 23 l EDGE Get Some: DJ Darcy Buckland PORTSMOUTH 11pm l HAMPSHIRE BLVD 20something: DJs l LONDON HOTEL Fairylea Friday: DJ Lee Harris & Luke Ennor till 2.30am Rupert Ellick 9pm; cabaret: Fanny Burns SOUTHAMPTON 10pm l BOX BAR opens 4pm


TUESDAY 24 PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD Saturday Sessions: SOUTHAMPTON host Danii Dior & DJ Rupert Ellick till 3am l BOX BAR Open Mic Sessions 8pm l EDGE S.M.U.T: DJ Audio K9 11pm SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR The Big One: DJs 10pm


7pm–12am, Fri & Sat 7–10pm. ) HB GAY CARD Sign up for an HB Gay Card for £10, valid for one year. Perks

include: points to spend at the bar, free VIP booth on your birthday, priority entrance, queue jump and you can use it as ID to enter the club! Ask staff for more details. ) HALLOWEEN Get your spook on at the BIG HALLOWEEN WEEKEND on Fri (27)

and Sat (28) with DJs till 6am. ) REGULARS The SATURDAY SESSIONS are with host Danii Dior & DJ Rupert

Ellick playing chart/party anthems, free till 11pm/£3 till midnight/£5 after. ) SUNDAY FUNDAY with DJ Luke Ennor, free entry. ) Mon is 20SOMETHING with DJ Lee Harris & Luke Ennor, free till 10pm/£3 till midnight/£5 after. ) BIG NAVY

NIGHTS every Wed & Thur with karaoke hosted by Aura J from 9pm.



PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD Big Navy Night: karaoke with host Aura J 7pm SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR Bar 150: DJs & karaoke 10pm l EDGE Bar 150: DJs Lee Harris, Liam Searle & Audio K9 + karaoke & cabaret with Cassidy Connors 11pm

PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD Big Halloween Weekend: DJs till 6am SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR The Scarily Big One Halloween Special: DJs 10pm l EDGE The Scarily Big One: DJs Liam Searle & Darcy Buckland 11pm l LONDON HOTEL Guilty Pleasures: DJ Dazza 9pm

THURSDAY 26 PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD Big Navy Night: karaoke with host Aura J 7pm SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR Quiz On Your Face 8pm l EDGE Pop!: DJ Neil Sackley 11pm l LONDON HOTEL Mellow Martha’s Music Box: karaoke 9pm

FRIDAY 27 PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD Big Halloween Weekend: DJs till 6am SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR Get Some Halloween Spooktacular Weekend: DJs 10pm l EDGE Get Some Halloween Spooktacular Weekend: DJ Audio K9 10.30pm l LONDON HOTEL Fairylea Friday: DJ Rupert Ellick 9pm; cabaret: Lucinda Lashes 10pm

SUNDAY 29 PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD Sunday Funday: DJ Luke Ennor till 2.30am SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR opens 4pm l EDGE Shout Out Sunday: DJ Darcy Buckland 11pm l LONDON HOTEL London Podium: Mrs Moore & Vileda Moppe 8pm

MONDAY 30 PORTSMOUTH l HAMPSHIRE BLVD 20something: DJs Lee Harris & Luke Ennor till 2.30am SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR opens 4pm

TUESDAY 31 SOUTHAMPTON l BOX BAR Open Mic Sessions 8pm l EDGE S.M.U.T: DJ Audio K9 11pm


ALBUMS ) Feel the spook in October as we delve into the dark nights with delicious beats to keep your pumpkin stuffed. Be it the quirky beats of Chris Coco’s Mediterraneanfuelled My Favourite Place (Before Sunset), the Italo, New Wave and industrial sounds of La Mverte’s The Inner Out on Her Majesty’s Ship, or the sweet South American mysticism of Sapa Inca Delirium’s The Cyclist on Hypercolour, plenty of waves of sonic wonder await you. The joy continues courtesy of Juju & Jordash’s Sisboom-bah on Dekmantel, Sailor & I’s The Invention of Loneliness Deluxe Edition filled with remixes by Maceo Plex, Paul Woodford and Fur Coat on BMG, and Monkey

Safari’s Odyssey on Hommage with its spooky, emotive and oh so scintillating tunes For our October must-haves you can’t go wrong with the brilliance of Blancmange’s Unfurnished Rooms as Neil Arthur and coproducer Benge deliver a right bobby dazzler, complete with John Grant on piano and guest backing vocals. Add the very pert Purple Disco Machine’s debut LP Soulmatic on Sweat It Out, the stunning Endless Revisions by the genius that is Chloé on Lumière Noire and the utter funk feast that is Funkadelic Reworked by Detroiters on Ace Records and your October will be one tasty autumn wonder. Enjoy. Catch Wildblood & Queenie on RadioReverb’s Home Service on Oct 7 & 21 at 7pm and 1BrightonFM on Oct 11 & 25, 810pm.

DJ PROFILE: JEZEBEL Okay, I’ve accepted it and I’m sure you have too dear reader. Late summer is over and the shorts and vest tops are back in the loft vying for space with the not so soon to be deployed Xmas decorations. But it’s not a time for sadness because now it’s time to allow yourself the pleasure of the lure of the nightclub once more! This month, Queenie chats for the first time with the gorgeous DJ Jezebel and discovers a new subterranean night that’s worth getting hot under the collar about (perhaps those vests need to come back down from the loft after all). Hello, how are you? I’m just a little stressed out at the moment as I'm in the middle of moving house so there’s not much peace and tranquillity going on! But apart from that I'm really good, thank you. Where can we hear you DJ? I’m really excited to be playing at SIN, a new monthly techno night at Subline on St James’s Street. It’s a new, progressive and non-commercial techno night which launches on Friday, October 27. I’m the resident DJ and the wonderful Lady Lola is the special guest on the opening night. So I’m guessing techno is what you like to play? I love to play deep and progressive house – and of course a little techno! Favourite tune of all time? That’s a difficult one! Probably The Nightwriters’ Let The Music Use You, though that might change if you ask me again tomorrow!

WILDBLOOD & QUEENIE’S OCTOBER TEN ) MAC-KEE No More Funk Soul Pattern When only murky keyboard stabs will do. Absolute corking tune. ) COEO Flesh World Toy Tonics Delivering yet another wonder, Toy Tonics can do no wrong. ) BEACH WIZARDS The Unlimited Tracy Island Eighteen minutes of bongos and disco strings anyone? ) UNKNOWN The Last Welfare Record Part 2 Planet Sundae Wait on the corner long enough and the wiggle will be had. ) THE KDMS Never Stop Believing (Siano remix) Gomma Disco Jams An epic EP set to send your disco nights to dizzy heights. ) ZONE 2 Hazy Days / Time To Play Street Recordings Delivering summer vibes regardless of the weather forecast. ) DOC DANEEKA Stay Away From The Music Ten Thousand Yen Another class release from the Doc who does with Walk.Man Vol 3. ) TILMAN Work It Klamauk Deeply delicious house vibes bound to seduce you. ) RNGDS & Teddy Wong Losing You The Enigma Corporation Carefree house that will bring a sparkle to your actumn adventures ) DJ OCTOPUS Born In 87 House Crime Lo-fi ghetto burners of the glorious kind. Just how we like it.

What’s so good about playing in Brighton? Oh my goodness - the people! There’s always a lovely vibe in the air from you beautiful Brightonians. Your ultimate place to DJ? Well I don’t have to think too hard about that - Berghain in Berlin every time! My favourite gig to date was at a secret party in an exclusive Miami mansion. What a night that was. Tune you wish you’d never played? Coldplay’s Adventure of a Lifetime (the Yotto Remix). I really don’t know what I was thinking. Guilty pleasure? Well that’s an easy one. Shoes! Describe yourself in three words! I’m sassy, ambitious and quirky!

DJ JEZEBEL’S CURRENT TOP FIVE ) PATRICE BAUMEL & Audiofly Atacama (original) Crosstown Rebels ) NOIR ft Richard Judge Keep Up (club mix) Get Physical Music ) STAN KOLEV Inner Bliss (original) Outta Limits ) TIM ENGELHARDT Maks (original) Vivrant ) INTERAXXIS Kicking Problems (original) Replug





Taskmaster, is back with his first stand-up show in four years. ‘Undoubtedly one of the kingpins of British comedy’ Standard. ) THE LIBERTINES (Mon 2). Pete Doherty’s band on their Tiddeley Om Pom Pom tour of seven British seaside towns. Their third album, Anthems for Doomed Youth, was called ‘a career peak’ by Uncut and praised by the Guardian 'Genuinely great songwriters with a uniquely skewed vision’.

NIGHTINGALE ROOM Grand Central Pub, 29-30 Surrey St, Brighton ) BLANCHE STREET (7.30pm, Wed 27). Gscene columnist, Glenn Stevens, launches his collection of horror stories with a reading, MC Ellis Collins, original soundtrack by Josh Sharp and guest readers. Free event. The launch of Blanche Street is supported by an art exhibition in the Jubilee Library Foyer, Jubilee Square, Brighton, (Mon 23–Sun 29).

THE DOME New Road, Brighton Box office: 01273 709709 ) MATT LUCAS: LITTLE ME (Fri 6). The 'hilarious, heart-warming and tear-jerking memoir from one of


Kings Road, Brighton Box office: 0844 847 1515 ) GREG DAVIES (Sun 1). BAFTAnominated star of Cuckoo, Man Down, The Inbetweeners and

) MICKY FLANAGAN (Tue 3–Wed 4). The comedian is back with his new show An’ Another Fing… 'Flanagan is the man of the moment, comedy’s meteoric success’ The Daily Telegraph.




ATTENBOROUGH CENTRE University of Sussex, Falmer Box office: ) WHATEVER HAPPENED TO BABY JANE? (Sun 8). Camp horror classic starring Bette Davis and Joan Crawford. Robert Aldrich’s film is set in an old Hollywood mansion inhabited by former child star Baby Jane Hudson and her paraplegic sister, Blanche, who she’s holding captive.

THE BRUNSWICK 1-3 Holland Rd, Hove Box office: 5658 ) EL GEEBEE TEA QUEUE (Sun 8). Launch party for a brand new rainbow-coloured variety evening celebrating local, national and international LGBT+ arts. Expect comedy, cabaret, live music, theatre, spoken word, film and dance. The line-up comprises


4 Princes Street, Brighton, Box office: ) WOTEVER BRIGHTON – QUEER VARIETY SHOW (Sat 14). A queer variety show full of power and sass! Non-binary cabaret with drag, music and performers. For the community – by the community. ) POLARI (Fri 20). A big hit last year, London’s award-winning LGBT literary salon returns as part of a national tour, showcasing the best in established and emerging queer literary talent. Described by The Huffington Post as 'The most exciting literary movement in London… crackling with energy, ideas, excitement', Polari won ‘LGBT Cultural Event of the Year’ in the Co-op Respect Loved By You Awards 2013. Hosted by Paul Burston with guest authors and performers, including: VG Lee, Fergus Evans, Damian Barr, Juliet Jacques and Paul McVeigh. 'Lively, funny and inspiring - a gay-themed salon of interest to anyone remotely interested in literature, whatever their sexual bent' Patrick Gale; 'Always fun, always thoughtprovoking, a guaranteed good night out' Sarah Waters. BSL interpreted. PAUL MCVEIGH



Britain's best-loved comedians and actors’. According to Lucas: 'The thing is, this is a bit different to most memoirs you may have read, because it comes in the form of an A–Z. For instance: B is for Baldy!, which is what people used to shout at me in the playground (not much fun), G is for Gay (because I’m an actual real life gay), and T is for TARDIS (because I’m a companion in Doctor Who now).'

Roedean School Theatre, Box office: ) THE LIFE TO COME (Thu 28–Fri 29). With music by talented young composer Louis Mander and libretto by renowned actor, presenter and writer Stephen Fry, this new opera is based on the EM Forster story of the same name. Mander’s tuneful and romantic music brings to life Fry’s adaptation of this powerful and tragic story of forbidden love between an Edwardian Christian Missionary, Pinmay (Martin Lindau), and the African Tribal Chief, Vithobai (Themba Mvula), he came to convert. Stephen Fry says: ”The Life to Come is one of EM Forster’s most beguiling and brilliant short stories. It is simultaneously romantic, satirical, passionate, comic, tragic and mysterious. It speaks of colonialism, sexuality, love and religion in unique ways. The dramatic structure struck me as ideal for an opera and when the outrageously talented young Louis Mander and I talked about collaborating and he evinced a similar enthusiasm, it all just fell into place.”

in the articulation of identity, culture and self-expression.


Gardner Street, Brighton Box office: 08452 938480 ) BENT DOUBLE (Sun 1). An irreverent night of fun and frolics hosted by Zoe Lyons with Pippa Evans, Stu Goldsmith and Lindsay Santoro.

This month, I have news of two simultaneous group shows that I’m involved in, in London and Manchester, as well as local exhibitions in Eastbourne and Chichester.




17 Marylebone Road, London NW1 5LT, ) In London, I’m exhibiting in a show as part of the CONTEMPORARY BRITISH PAINTERS GROUP (Sept 30–Jan 11, 2018). One of the aims for the group has been to provide a forum for discussion on painting practice. With this in mind, the theme of this year's exhibition is works that the artist feels are something new or different within their own work. These works will not necessarily be 'finished' but will provide stimulus to a discussion, whether they are sketches, drawings or, indeed, completed canvases.


SOUTHAMPTON GAY MEN’S CHORUS The Hub Theatre, City College, Chapel Road, St Mary’s, Southampton, Box office: ) SOUTHAMPTON GAY MEN’S CHORUS OUT ON THE TOWN (7.30pm, Sat 7). SGMC, conducted by their new musical director, Simon Irwin, showcase their talent while celebrating the 50th Anniversary of the Partial Decriminalisation of the Sexual Offences Act for their autumn 2017 production. They will explore the fabulously rich and varied heritage of music from shows new and old with sensitive ballads, great rock and pop tunes, right through to those rousing songs that stop the show. Tickets: £12.50 (under 14s, £8)

TOWNER ART GALLERY Devonshire Park, College Road, Eastbourne, BN21 4JJ, ) JESSICA WARBOYS ECHOGAP (Sat 21–Feb 4, 2018). Warboys’ large scale Sea Painting, commissioned for Towner Art Gallery, acts as a vista within which she re-orientates new and existing works, including film and sculpture from 2012 to 2017. Sea Painting, Birling Gap, 2017, was made on the shoreline of an enclosed beach set below white chalk cliffs near Eastbourne. Warboys created the painting by casting and rubbing pigment onto lengths of raw canvas that are submerged and pulled from the sea, producing vivid swathes of colour that echo the water’s ebb and flow.

PALLANT HOUSE ART GALLERY Chichester, ) DAVID BOMBERG (Sat 21–Feb 4, 2018) is a major review of the life and career of David Bomberg (1890–1957), one of the greatest British artists of the 20th century. Taught by Walter Sickert, he in turn taught artists including Frank Auerbach and Leon Kossoff, inspiring the formation of the Borough Group in 1946. Through over 70 works, the exhibition offers a chance to follow his stylistic evolution, which started with a trip to Paris where he met Picasso, Derain and Modigliani. Exploring key themes within the artist’s career, including engagement with his Jewish East End upbringing and with Yiddish culture, his contribution to pre-war British modernism and his role as a war artist in both World Wars, which saw the development of a more figurative and expressionist style. It also illustrates his achievements in landscape painting, in particular those created in Spain and Palestine, and as a graphic artist, alongside a rich sequence of self-portraits and portraits of friends and family. Marking the 60th anniversary of the artist’s death, the exhibition is curated by Ben Uri Gallery and Museum in association with Pallant House Gallery.


New Road, Brighton Box office: 08448 717650 ) AN AUDIENCE WITH ARMISTEAD MAUPIN (Sat 28). An evening with the Tales of the City author marking the launch of his long-awaited memoir, Logical Family. From the conservative South to liberal San Francisco, from his palm-reading Grannie to an awkward chat about girls with President Nixon, Armistead reveals the extraordinary people and places that helped him become one of the world’s best-loved

writers. Funny, poignant and unflinchingly honest, this is a unique opportunity to meet the man from Barbary Lane.

33a Collier St, Castlefield, Manchester, M3 4LZ, ) Saul Hay Gallery celebrate their first anniversary (Sun 8) and to mark it they are exhibiting work from as many of the artists that have shown with them as possible (Sept 29–Nov 5).



EYES WIDE OPEN ) The queer cinema collective presents: TONGUES UNTIED (Thur 19). Marlon Riggs' landmark essay film is a bold vindication of black gay men in 1980s America. This semi-documentary explores perspectives at the intersection of black gay life as its subjects confront racism, homophobia and social marginalisation. With autobiography, music and poetry, Riggs forged new artistic ground





the UK’s only Drag Prince, Alfie Ordinary; Hannah Brackenbury who 'has been described as Victoria Wood and Tim Minchin’s lesbian love child' Latest 7; Paul Murray with a mix of folk, indie and blues songs, combined at times with heavier rock guitar techniques; Annabelszki with a fusion of stand-up, audience interaction, improv and comedic poetry; Paul Diello who has released two LPs, toured extensively across the UK, Europe and America and whose self-penned show, Epicene (a gender blending celebration of iconic women in music), sold out three nights at this year’s Brighton Fringe, received 5 star reviews and was nominated for the LGBT Fringe award; Nick Hudson, a composer/musician/ artist whose queer gnostic postpunk ensemble, The Academy Of Sun, have just released their new album, Codex Novena.



BRIGHTON EARLY MUSIC FESTIVAL Friday October 27–Sunday November 12, 2017 As ever, BREMF have packed an awful lot into just a few weeks, and have managed to present a programme of incredible variety, whilst also giving the festival a coherent theme throughout. With such an eclectic mix, there is something here for everyone.

) The BREMF Consort of Voices, together with the Laycock Scholars, explore the journey from plainsong and ancient chant melodies to the masterpieces of polyphony, including a performance of Tallis’ wonderful 40-part motet, Spem in alium (28 Oct, St Bartholomew’s).

the Ensemble Molière. Karolina Sofulak’s staging uses animated film and simplified texts, taking the action into the streets of 21st century Paris (28, 29 October, Sallis Benney Theatre).

CONCERTS The theme for this year’s Brighton Early Music Festival (BREMF) is Roots, with the aim of discovering the tangled origins of what today we call classical music. To that end, and building on the success a couple of years ago of their first major foray into opera, this year includes new productions of not one but two operas.

) Following on from their groundbreaking recording earlier this year (check out my review in March Gscene), Musica Secreta and the Celestial Sirens bring us music from the great convent choirs of Ferrara, with music by Josquin,


) The Ensemble Molière also manage to squeeze in a concert of Dance Sweets, examples of French baroque dance music, between two performances of the opera (29 Oct, Sallis Benney Theatre).

) The Consone String Quartet explore the roots of the classical string quartet (28 Oct St Paul’s). ) Acclaimed English folk duo, The Askew Sisters investigate the links between expressions of nature in folk and early music (2 Nov, Ropetackle Arts Centre, Shoreham).

de Wert, Cozzolani, Caccini and Frescobaldi (4 Nov, St George’s Church). ) Then concluding the festival is an early Christmas present, Bach’s wonderful Christmas Oratorio, performed by the festival’s own BREMF Singers & Players, directed by John Hancorn (12 Nov, St Martin’s Church, Lewes Rd). ) Taking the ‘Roots’ theme further afield, the Ensemble Tempus Fugit present an intriguing evening, Calcutta, which explores the collision of English music by Purcell and

) Two ensembles, L’Avventura London & Old Blind Dogs bring Orpheus Caledonius, the first publication of traditional Scottish songs and their melodies, to life, joined by the BREMF Community Choir (27 Oct, St George’s). L’AVVENTURA LONDON & OLD BLIND DOGS

) The second opera, Rameau’s Pygmalion comes from the other end of the Baroque period, and has been brought to life by BREMF Early Music Live scheme alumni,

Gombert and works probably composed by Lucretia Borgia’s daughter, Leonora d’Este (3 Nov, St Paul’s Church).



) Alongside opera, the other developing form explored this year is the oratorio, with Carissimi’s Jephte, often seen as the first great example, receiving a performance by Musica Poetica, alongside motets and cantatas by ) Monteverdi’s Orfeo was among the earliest of operas as we know the form today, and BREMF’s production, directed by Thomas Guthrie, with musical direction from BREMF Co-Director Deborah Roberts, will include a wonderful young cast of emerging soloists, together with the Monteverdi String Band and the English Cornett & Sackbut Ensemble (8, 11 & 12 Nov, The Old Market).



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) Then the Chelys Viol Consort unravel the origins of renaissance melodies, re-used and borrowed by composers through history (10 Nov, St George’s). ) So where to next? Well, retiring BREMF Co-Director, Clare Norburn’s ensemble The Telling are in Spain, looking at the collaboration of Christian, Muslim and Jewish



) And it’s back to Scotland, as Ensemble Hesperi delve into the world of Scottish baroque music and the connections with folk music (4 Nov, Friends Meeting House).

musicians at the 13th century court of Alfonso el Sabio, followed by the later exiling of Jews (9 November, St Paul’s). ) Back to Italy, there’s more Monteverdi, and music from contemporaries, exploring the vocal and instrumental sonata, with Gawain Flenton (cornetto), Oliver Webber (violin) and Claire Williams (harpsichord) (11 Nov, The Old Market). ) For younger audiences (and others) the Little Baroque Company tell the tale of The Pigeon and the Albatross, with music by Telemann, Handel, Vivaldi and Biber (11 Nov, Komedia and South Portslade Community Centre). ) BREMF Live! showcases this year’s crop of Early Music Live scheme ensembles. The Gesualdo Six male vocal ensemble has already begun to attract widespread attention, and are not to be missed. They are joined by recorder duo Flauti d’echo, chamber ensembles Istante and Improviso, and Rumorum, who perform songs from medieval Germany. These showcases offer a great opportunity to these young


Locke with Indian song and dance in late 18th century Calcutta. With music performed by both Indian and western classical singers and instrumentalists, this promises to be a fascinating mix of musical worlds (5 Nov, St Bartholomew’s).

GSCENE 47 ensembles, and give audiences the children also welcome (7 Oct, chance to catch them at the start Friends’ Meeting House). of their careers (4 Nov, St Paul’s).


) At the BREMF Clubnight, you can hear highlights from the showcase in a more informal setting (4 Nov, Rose Hill Arts Hub).




) With choral workshops on Monteverdi (14 Oct, St Martin’s Church) and the Chorales from Bach’s Christmas Oratorio (15 Oct, St Paul’s), and a Lute workshop led by Toby Carr (22 Oct, the Rose Hill Arts Hub), there are lots of opportunities for you to join in too.

) If you want to hear more, with talks, performance tasters and discussion on the Roots theme, don’t miss the BREMF introduction ) If you’re quick of the mark, and preview Day, Exploring The there are a few pre-festival events Roots Of Western Music (Sat 21 worth checking out. The Orchestra Oct, Brighton Unitarian Church). Of The Age Of Enlightenment bring one of their innovate Reviews, comments and events: interactive ‘ OAE Tots’ concerts, The Apple Tree to Brighton – ideal t @nickb86uk for 2-5 year olds but younger )


) Richard Jones’ new production of Puccini’s La Bohème is showing live from the Royal Opera House (Tue 3). ) You can also see the Royal Ballet live, in Christopher Wheeldon’s Alice’s Adventures In Wonderland, with music by Joby Talbot (Mon 23). ) The MET Opera also have two live showings this month. David McVicar’s new production of Bellini’s Norma stars Sondra Radvanovsky, Joyce DiDonato and Joseph Calleja (Sat 7), and Julie Taymor’s (The Lion King) production of Mozart’s Die Zauberflöte (The Magic Flute), starring Golda Schultz, Charles Castronovo and Markus Werba follows (Sat14). In local cinemas, including: Duke’s @ Komedia Brighton, Cineworld Eastbourne and Connaught Cinema, Worthing.

CONCERTS, 01273 709709 ) Brighton Philharmonic Orchestra’s new season opens with Barry Wordsworth conducting Schumann, Brahms and Tchaikovsky’s Piano Concerto No 1, with Alexandra Dariescu (piano) (2.45pm, Sun 8). ) Meanwhile, the London Philharmonic Orchestra are back in town, with Eugene Tzigane conducting an all Beethoven programme, including the Coriolan Overture, the Symphony No. 3 (Eroica), and the Piano Concerto No. 5 ‘Emperor’, with Inon Barnatan (piano) (7.30pm, Sat 28).


ATTENBOROUGH CENTRE FOR THE CREATIVE ARTS University of Sussex, Falmer, 01273 678822, ) The Fournier Trio performs Mendelssohn, Turina and Beethoven in the first of this season’s Strings Attached coffee concerts series (11am, Sun 29).




) ARVE HENRIKSEN Towards Language (Rune Grammofon). Norwegian trumpeter Arve Henriksen is the antithesis of most modern trumpeters. Not for him the brassy sounds or strident blasts beloved of most horn players, for his instrument is usually muted and its sounds electronically treated to create a range of otherworldly effects. Often proceeding at a funereal pace, you can hear him force his breath through his mouthpiece, every slow exhalation calibrated for maximum effect. At times, this makes it sound more as if he is softly playing a reed instrument than blowing a trumpet. Also on hand on this fine set are sampling expert Jan Bang, a guitarist, and a synthesizer adept, with a vocalist on the final track. Together they produce haunting, ethereal music that is evocative without ever being obvious. Excellent jazz, Nordic style. ) QUERCUS Nightfall (ECM). June Tabor has been described as “the dark-voiced queen of English folk music,” such is the austere and brooding timbre of her voice. Her strength lies is in her ability to tell you a story through song, to make words resonate with sense and meaning. Quercus is her occasional jazz band, with Huw Warren on piano and the sublime Iain Ballamy on tenor and soprano saxophones. The group specializes in reworking familiar material, starting this set, perversely, with that most famous of farewells, Auld Lang Syne, taken here at the slowest tempo possible. The jazz standard You Don’t Know What Love Is, the West Side Story ballad Somewhere, and Bob Dylan’s Don’t Think Twice It’s Alright all get their own rehashes, with Somewhere particularly melancholic. Best of all are the various traditional folk songs that dot the album, notably the wistful Once I Loved You Dear (The Irish Girl) and the poignant On Barrow Sands. There is nothing on this set that rises much above the quiet and the contemplative, and none of it even breaks into a trot, but its power is immense. Just wonderful. ) TOMASZ STANKO NEW YORK QUARTET December Avenue (ECM). Tomasz Stanko is a Polish trumpeter who moved to New York in 2008. Throughout his lengthy career (he is now 75 and has been an ECM stalwart since 1976) he has always had the great ability to surround himself with excellent young players. His latest set finds him in the company of an American trio with notably Caribbean influences – pianist David Virelles is Cuban while bass player Reuben Rogers hails from the Virgin Islands. The term “fire and ice” applies here, as the trio’s occasionally fiery delivery is matched by Stanko’s more refined, cool sensibility, for Stanko is an unhurried and lyrical trumpeter whose notes float hesitantly above the accompanying rhythm section. At first this is an all-too quiet set, for it is only with the fifth track that the volume rises up the dial. But go with the flow, and the results are more than worthwhile, especially for Rogers’s malleable bass lines.


PAGE’S PAGES BOOK REVIEWS BY ERIC PAGE ) BLANCHE STREET by Glenn Stevens (£8.99). This collection of short horror tales from Brighton author and Gscene columnist, Glenn Stevens, is in the style of Urban Gothic. He skilfully paints the residents and locations of Blanche Street, where all the neighbours are a nightmare and every day opens onto a new fresh hell. There’s a huge range of stories in this book and Stevens’ prose, sometimes light and frothy, other times crepuscular and festering, jingles on the nerves in just the right horrible way. Some of the stories are just in your face disturbing, others reimagining more familiar tales and one or two creep into your mind and settle down in the corner, malevolent, sinister and won’t quite go away. Blanche Street is an enjoyable frolic down this most macabre of terraces, and behind each front door a terrible tale awaits...

words to describe modern pairings (which have been around for millennia by other names). She learns that casual sex is a serious affair and details her personal quest to find out why Western society clings to a concept that doesn't work that well for most of us and which is laden with vague expectations. She argues that communication is vital and this is a valuable point: that regardless of the arrangements you make with your love and sex lives, that effective communication is the salvation of intimacy.

black and LGBT British history and this new book highlights the hidden stories and contributions of LGBT people to the national and international struggle for freedom and against oppression.

) FIGHTING PROUD: The Untold Story Of The Gay Men Who Served In Two World Wars by Stephen Bourne (I.B.Tauris; £17.99). As we near Remembrance Sunday, this timely books reminds us of a sacrifice and struggle not usually apparent or highlighted. It’s important that we understand the breadth of people who joined in the war effort even if they were then treated with such terrible disrespect by their own countries. These include Lord Kitchener, Battle of Britain hero Ian Gleed, writer Hector Bolitho, Police Constable Harry Daley, Noel Coward and bandleader Ken 'Snakehips' Johnson. The tender love letters of WW1 sweethearts Ralph Hall and middleclass soldier Montague Glover offer an insight into the different experiences that class and privilege gave for LGBT people. Stephen Bourne is a historian and expert on

) IS MONOGAMY DEAD? Rethinking Relationships In The 21st Century by Rosie Wilby (Accent Press; £8.99). In her debut book, comedian Rosie Wilby reexamines everything she thought she knew about romantic relationships. When asked: 'who's the love of your life?' - what is the answer? Is it her most ecstatic yet ultimately doomed fling? Or the deep, lasting companionate partnerships? Via funny anecdotes, disclosures and experiences she concludes that most humans need both. Wilby brings her successful stand up show, research and online survey together to produce this engaging and entertaining book. She offers fun new categories and

) THE GENDER AGENDA: A FirstHand Account Of How Girls And Boys Are Treated Differently by Ros Ball and James Millar (Jessica Kingsley; £8.95). Aiming to tackle gender stereotypes, two parents tweeted about the differences they experienced in raising their son and daughter. What began as an attempt to retain their sanity in a gender obsessed world became a life-changing experiment about gender identity. The foreword is by Marianne Grabrucker, who published a diary of her own childraising experiences in There's A Good Girl: Gender Stereotyping in the First Three Years. Well-researched and written in gender nonspecific terms, they examine, deconstruct and give tremendous insight as well as sharing the practical experience of raising their own children with the grey areas of the day to day giving real depth. Millar and Ball explain how gender inequality and stereotyping is ingrained into our worlds from the child’s earliest years and, more importantly, what we can do to challenge it, change it, and allow all children, regardless of their gender, to grow up and experience their full potential. Their heartfelt, real-life prose is engaging and entertaining and makes this an easy but shrewd read.

DAVID BOWIE MADE ME GAY: 100 Years Of LGBT Music by Darryl W Bullock (Gerald Duckworth & Co; £18.99). This comprehensive history encompasses a century of music by and for the LGBT+ community. Bullock has done some serious research but is also driven by a sense of the personal, the enlightening and the profoundly effecting, and as music is often the first place we learn to express who we are, recognises that this is a fundamentally important medium. LGBT+ musicians have shaped the development of music over the last century, as well as providing a sexually progressive soundtrack to the gay community’s struggle for acceptance. With the advent of recording technology, LGBT+ messages were for the first time at the forefront of popular music and Bullock examines how those records influenced today’s music. He shares stories of many musicians whose music hasn’t survived but who lived their lives to the fullest, in all their queer glory; from American jazz singers to 1930s German songs like Das Lila Lied (The Lavender Song), with its refrain “We are just different from the others” (probably one of the first recorded songs to directly reference and celebrate homosexuality). He examines the almost forgotten Pansy Craze in the years between the two World Wars, when many LGBT+ performers were feted by royalty and Hollywood alike. The book is illustrated with unseen photographs and stuffed with info and insight on the glory years of burgeoning LGBT+ lives in the 1970s-80s, when the emergence of disco and glam rock gave birth to ‘out’ gay pop stars: Elton John, Boy George, Freddie Mercury and George Michael; and asks where we are today, and how much further we have to go. Definitive, informative and challenging this is a must have for anyone interested in popular LGBT+ creative lives within mainstream culture.



COMICS ) This month sees the God of Thunder himself back on the silver screen in his latest stand-alone movie: Thor: Ragnarok. Directed by the extremely talented Taika Waititi, this time around we follow Thor (Chris Hemsworth) as he becomes a captive on the planet Sakaar. Alone and hammerless, he must battle in the arena of the Grandmaster (Jeff Goldblum) so that he can win his freedom and return to Asgard in time to stop Hela, the Goddess of Death (Cate Blanchett), from destroying Asgardian civilisation. Little does he know that something incredible and angry will be standing in his way! So, in celebration of the Son of Odin returning to cinemas, let's take a look at some Thor storylines that are worth your time. Let us start at the very beginning with Journey Into Mystery issue #83 (August 1962): the debut of Thor. Believing that his son needs to be taught humility, Odin casts his son out of Asgard and into the body of medical student, Donald Blake. Travelling to Norway after becoming a doctor, he witnesses the arrival of alien beings. Fleeing from these aliens, he stumbles into a cave and discovers a walking stick and instinctively strikes it against a rock. Suddenly he is transformed into the God of Thunder with his stick becoming his enchanted hammer: Mjolnir. This becomes the status quo of the comics until Thor #159, where Blake is revealed to have always been Thor, with Odin causing him to forget his memory and believe himself to be the mortal Donald Blake. Leaping forward over 50 years, the next storyline we will take a look at is the current incarnation of Thor. A woman claims the hammer after Thor loses his worthiness to pick up Mjolnir thanks to Nick Fury whispering an unrevealed secret to Thor in the ‘Original Sin’ event back in 2014. Following this revelation, it takes a while before we find out who this mysterious female Thor is.

GAMES ) One of my favourite games released within the first year of the PS4's lifetime is Middle-Earth: Shadow of Mordor, which was a whole new tale in the saga of Middle-Earth, taking place between the novels The Hobbit and The Lord of the Rings. It even managed to put a whole new spin on the story that nearly everyone knows! As this month sees the release of the highly anticipated sequel, Middle-Earth: Shadow of War, let’s look at the previous game and see what made it stand out amongst others in the action/stealth genre. You control a ranger named Talion who is forced to witness the deaths of his wife and child before being murdered by the evil Black Hand of Sauron. He is suddenly brought back to the land of the living after the Elf Lord Celebrimbor bonds with Talion's body in an effort to avenge their loved ones. Celebrimbor also happens to be the creator of all the Rings of Power, something he feels massive guilt for as he was tricked into making them by Sauron when he was disguised as the Elf Annatar.

Whilst the storyline is totally original and uses many plot threads from the books to weave a new narrative, the same can’t be said about the gameplay. It borrows so heavily from other titles that it’s hard to see the game as something unique. For instance, it takes the combat from the Batman: Arkham universe and merges it with the stealth of Assassins Creed. The one unique thing it does have going for it, and is something other games should adopt in the future, is the nemesis system. To put it simply, the system allows the AI of Sauron's army to remember everything the protagonist does and react accordingly. For instance, if Talion attacks a stronghold using stealth but the leader of the area escapes, the leader will watch out for stealth attacks next time and also become more ruthless to take you down. It’s a fantastic system that looks to be massively expanded in the sequel as you take control of your own army and take the fight to Sauron himself.

It is discovered to be none other than Thor’s original love interest: Jane Foster. Sadly, whilst the hammer imbues Jane with unbridled power, it is slowly making her terminal cancer worse every time she transforms. This plot is going to be wrapped up in the upcoming The Death of the Mighty Thor where Jane will appear to perish due to her diagnosis. Whilst Jane wields the hammer, Thor Odinson takes up the enchanted battle axe Jarnbjorn (a weapon he used before Mjolnir) and continues his superhero work under the codename Odinson in the comic series The Unworthy Thor. He also loses his left arm in combat with Malekith the Accursed, which is replaced with a prosthetic made of black uru. Recently Odinson learns that the Ultimate Thor’s hammer has crash landed on Asgard following the events of Secret Wars. Vowing to claim it, he ultimately turns down the opportunity to lift it, with his friend Volstagg taking his place and becoming the War Thor. ) Notable Mentions: Thor: Vikings, Thor: Son of Asgard, Fear Itself, Siege.

The game is stunning to look at too. By creating a fully open, yet smallish world for you to explore, you truly feel like you’re taking the lands back from Sauron one area at a time without being overwhelmed. It gives you a sense of freedom without making you feel bogged down in side quests... Witcher 3 I am looking at you! If you can find the game cheap then I highly recommend you dive in whether you’re a Tolkien fan or not. Just make sure you get the game of the year edition and you're good to go. Oh, and don't bother if you only have a PS3 or XBox 360 as the port is frigging dreadful, you’ve been warned!



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state of disrepair. The town consists of a main high street with civic amenities, a few shops and bars and housing of the ‘kit built’ variety. It isn’t a good place for vegetarians as every menu consists solely of fish and meat, including seal, whale and local reindeer and any form of clothing involves real skin and fur from just about anything that moved. The buildings are on stilts to prevent the heating melting the

NORTHERN EXPOSURE Four go to Nordkapp and Svalbard by Tim Gilbert. tunnel completed in 1999. Arrival by ship is via Honningsvåg, Norway’s most northerly city. The term ‘most northerly’ becomes quite familiar in the area, applied to almost everything. In reality Honningsvåg is a pretty but unremarkable small town that acts as a base for tourists wishing to access Nordkapp and Knivskjellodden, as well as being a fishing village and stopping place for the coastal Hurtigruten coastal ferry service. From Honningsvåg, busses transport tourists across the island to Norkapp via a spectacular road involving steep inclines and hairpin bends, not for the faint hearted. Tourism has certainly arrived at Nordkapp and upon arrival one is struck by the size of the car park filled with motorhomes. The visitor centre has the obligatory shop, cinema and café, although done in a tasteful way. Beyond this, in the Arctic winds and cold, lies the Nordkapp itself. Hundreds of tourists were busy taking pictures of themselves adjacent to the globe atop of the cliff. Fortunately it was a clear day and easy to move away from the crowds to appreciate the spectacular view.

Nordkapp is allegedly the most northern point in mainland Europe. It should probably be described as the most northern point in mainland Europe that’s accessible by road. In fact nearby Knivskjellodden is 1450 metres further north, but only accessible on foot. It was whilst cruising north of Knivskjellodden on Saturday August 5, that we celebrated Brighton Pride on deck by unfurling our rainbow and Sami (Lapland) flags to coincide with the beginning of the Brighton Pride parade, much to the curiosity of fellow travellers.


Nordkapp is located on the island of Magerøya, which is connected to the mainland by a



Come the evening, we commenced a speed boat trip to the Nordenskiöld Glacier, adjacent to the abandoned Russian mining town of Pyramiden. This turned out to be the very pinnacle of our trip, with an unsurpassed feeling of complete isolation, going as close as is possible to a glacier, with only the company of icebergs, seals and the occasional puffin. A hearty local soup and focaccia bread were a very welcome accompaniment to the trip.

The following morning we arranged a local bus tour. It isn’t possible to venture outside the town independently, partly because there are no roads, but also because of the very real danger posed by polar bears. This trip took us to furthest extremes of the town, past abandoned mines and husky lodges and up an unmade road along the now familiar inclines and hairpins to the working mine and the Eiscat Radar.

SVALBARD Two days later we arrived at Longyearbyen, the largest settlement on Svalbard, 78º north. This is very much a working town. It’s very existence is due to coal mining and its name derived from an American, John Munro Longyear, who first surveyed commenced mining activities on Svalbard (then called Spitsbergen) in the early 20th century. Many of the mines are now abandoned, but at least two are still active: one Norwegian mine near Longyearbyen, and one Russian at the settlement of Barentsburg. Walking into Longyearbyen isn’t a particularly attractive experience as it’s a working port with abandoned machinery and many buildings in a


) It was late 2016 whilst considering where to go away in 2017 that we came across a cruise heading to Norway, Nordkapp and Svalbard. Svalbard, an unusual destination that tourism hasn’t significantly touched yet, had always appealed, and so it was that our plan was hatched. Svalbard is an archipelago situated half way between North Norway and the North Pole, between 74º and 81º north latitude in the Arctic Ocean between the Greenland Sea and the Barents Sea. Having never been on a cruise before, this was an experience in itself, calling en route there and back at various destinations in Norway, but it was Nordkapp and the ultimate destination of Svalbard which were the draw for us.

permafrost, never more than half a metre below the surface even at the height of the 6º celsius summer. Similarly all supply and waste pipes are above ground.

INFO ) Cruise & Maritime Voyages operate cruises from UK ports but only go to Svalbard every 2 or 3 years. You can also reach Svalbard by flying via Oslo and Tromsø. SAS offers flights to Scandinavia, Finland, Europe, the US and Asia:


HUMAN GEOGRAPHY Professor Kath Browne is a Human Geography Professor at the University of Brighton and her area of expertise is in geographies of sexualities and genders. Rebecca House asks Kath about her research area and professional experiences to get an insight into what it’s like to work as an academic. excluded from LGBT communities, experiencing homophobia, biphobia and transphobia from those who are supposed to provide services and support can be even harder when it happens in Brighton, because if you can’t feel part of Brighton, where do you go?

) Kath has completed a Bachelor of Science (BSc) degree, a Master of Arts (MA) degree, and is a Doctor of Philosophy (PhD), and as part of her job conducts research into geographies of sexualities and gender. In 2003, Kath began working at the University of Brighton as a lecturer and has continued working there ever since, becoming a Professor in 2014/2015. Since 2004, much of Kath’s research has been based in and studied ‘Gay Brighton’, including research about the impact of Brighton Pride and the project Count Me in Too, where LGBT people worked with service providers and others to improve LGBT lives in the city. How would you summarise and describe your research focus? My main focus is how geographies are central to understanding how our lives are created, and specifically how our sexual and gendered lives are made. For example, the project Count Me in Too is all about how Brighton as a place is an important part of how people experience their LGBT lives. The research highlighted the complexities of place by suggesting that in Brighton, some LGBT people were ‘fine’, but there was (and is) much work to be done. Nonetheless, living in the ‘gay capital of the UK’ created expectations of what your experiences ‘should’ be. This meant that for some people, they felt ‘normal’ in the city and feel safe in ways that they would not in other places. However, for others not finding safety in Brighton, being

What first influenced you to conduct research in your area? I began my research through an undergraduate dissertation on spaces of women’s football when I was at Loughborough, which very quickly focused on gender and sexualities. I found my passion then, and through a series of role models and academic support I have progressed through degrees and academia to get to this stage. I wouldn’t be here without some amazing people, both academics and community people, who have influenced and shaped me more than I probably know, just to mention a few (and there is a very long list!): Leela Bakshi, Sarah Holloway, Cara Aitchison, Sally Munt, Dave Nash, Becky Elmhirst, Kirsty Smallbone, Jenny Elliott and Callum Firth. Back in 2003, I wasn’t even sure that I would find a permanent job, as I was a lesbian geographer, and who needed one of those? When I got to Brighton, I received a huge amount of support from my colleagues, the department, the head of school, and the university. The community university partnership project at Brighton was crucial in developing my work, focusing as it does on social transformation and making research that changes lives. Over the years, as sexualities geographers, we have fought with those who don’t see our work as ‘real’ geography. Those who can’t see that sexualities is a key way in which societies and social lives are created. Of course, if you are going to look at ‘people and place’, as geography does, you cannot overlook sexualities (and gender). So, perhaps in a strange way, they have also influenced me. Did you always want a career in academia? Since my undergraduate dissertation, yes. I don’t think initially that I believed it would

be something that was for me. I don’t think that I felt ‘smart enough’, and at times I still don’t. What I’ve learned is that there are different definitions of ‘clever’, and whilst I’m not someone who can remember facts, I have an analytical mind that puzzles over social issues. So, yes is the answer but I don’t know if I believed in myself until I saw role models, people like me working in geography and particular doors were opened for me in ways that I would have never expected or anticipated. I’m still amazed that I get to do this job, and I feel very grateful for that. For that reason, I like to support others who would also love to do this, and I enjoy telling students how good they are, but often the best ones rarely recognise it. At the University of Brighton, we can get students who didn’t get what they hoped for at A Levels, we give them a chance to shine. One of the most satisfying parts of my job is going to graduation and seeing them cross that stage with a first class degree. What are the best parts of your job? Research and teaching! I love doing research, finding out new things; and feeling like you are making a difference. Even if it’s just a minor difference. Teaching wise, I really enjoy teaching with the students and engaging with them. I love that moment when you open their eyes or change their views and get them thinking in a new way. I really enjoy it. They are the ones who will be teaching geography and going out into the world, if they can learn more about how sexualities and genders shape our everyday lives, and be encouraged to think critically about the world around them, I believe that together we can make a difference. What advice would you give to potential academics studying in the field of gender and sexuality? Be brave because it’s not an easy field and you will experience a lot of people telling you that it’s not ‘real’ research and that there is better and more important things to study. But, you yourself will know that it is important to do this research, that research can be political and can make change happen. Research can help people to listen. I also think you have to be persistent and bold and keep fighting your corner, sometimes against people that you believe to be allies but actually don’t quite get it the way you do when you’ve lived a life as an LGBT person. And finally, be humble. For example, with myself, going into Count Me in Too I thought that I was being the benevolent academic giving back to the community and actually the community gave far more to me than I ever gave to them. I am very, very grateful for that.

“Sexualities is a key way in which societies and social lives are created... if you’re going to look at ‘people and place’, as geography does, you cannot overlook sexualities (and gender)”

GSCENE 53 innocent bystander unfairly attacked for who I am. But next time, I would be a nuisance throughout. Weekly phone calls demanding updates, letters to my local council, MP, LGBT liaison officer whosoever is an appropriate contact who might help move things along. I will participate in the process, but not allow the process to ask me to wait. Politely but directly ask questions however challenging, and refuse to take “we’re dealing with it” as an acceptable dismissal. I didn’t ask to be on this journey but now I am, I’m taking the car keys.

CRAIG’S THOUGHTS Tell Me About It (Stud) or A Problem Halved. By Craig Hanlon-Smith. @craigscontinuum ) In the August edition of this magazine, I shared at length an experience, a hate-crime of sorts and the debacle that followed at the hands of the criminal justice system. I have no intention of recounting here, either the incident itself or the ensuing overall affair, it is a chapter I am closing. However, I did, at the end of said article, pose some questions that in this ‘hate-crime’-themed edition, I would like to return to and hopefully offer some answers. I’m uncomfortable with the term ‘hate-crime’ when reflecting upon my own experience. Having an association with an incident labelled as such holds such negative connotations for me and I’m equally uncomfortable accepting the role of victim within such circumstances, even if technically, and legally during the criminal justice process, that is exactly what I am. And yet actually being the victim does not mean that I need to accept the role and sit idly by as a passenger. Following my entire experience of the past 15 months, I’ve learned that I’m much more in control of how I respond to such an affair than I ever considered during it. I closed the article with a reflection on the idea of ‘duty’. The ‘duty’ to report incidents of hate and prejudice and how following my experience I would now question this duty and understand those who decide not to speak up. About turn. There is an absolute duty to stand up and speak about the experience. To report it, and to press for a thorough investigation and consequences for those involved, even if the final legal result is not as I would wish. That said, my duty is not to the law, to the idea of right or wrong. My duty is not about faith in the criminal justice process and system or otherwise. My duty is to my community and to my wider LGBT+ family. And a duty I have for too long neglected. Following the publication of the article both in print and online, the piece was widely shared on social media. I’ve been writing for this

magazine for over 13 years and have contributed somewhere in the region of 200 articles during that time. The response to this narrative has been off the scale. I’ve been contacted by individuals through all forms of social media, by email, by someone who knows someone who knows someone who asked if they could speak to me in person, via the magazine and directly in private messages on Facebook. Some of those messages a simple thank you for sharing, or I’m so sorry this happened to you. But others, hundreds and hundreds of words as those individuals shared their story with me. Friends of friends approaching me at Pride to let me know they had read the piece, asking if they could share with me their own experience. And it was both my duty and absolute responsibility to listen to them. Stories that some had held secret for more than a decade. LGBT individuals whose common thread was that, during their own experience of hatecrime, they felt they were alone. They’re not, I’m not, you’re not, we’re not. We protest for those who cannot. We speak up for those who don’t yet know they have a voice. We listen to those who feel they are never heard. This is our duty. I posed three questions in my original article, I will answer them here. Faced with the same set of circumstances, would I put my trust in authority and the right way of doing things? Yes and no. I would absolutely use the legal and appropriate channels in response to my own circumstances as I want to be the participant that is beyond reproach. For my role in this to have been an

Would I help someone in trouble at the potential risk to myself or say ‘nah mate I’m not getting involved’? Sharing my experience has reminded me how crucial we are to one another. Although it was helping another that put me in the firing line and led to the events I became embroiled in, I would do it again. To cross the street to avoid another in need or to turn our back on a stranger is a victory for the oppressor. Of course I will help. Would I sit quietly by with polite decorum in the face of a sustained, horrible and public tirade of abuse? Not necessarily. That is not to say that I would use the insulting and abusive language of my (verbal) attacker, but I would call out the incident for what it was there and then and refuse to allow anyone in authority to talk me out of it whatever the reason. This is a crime against me based upon the man that I am, it’s an assault, it’s against the law, and I expect the perpetrators to be dealt with in accordance with the law. Sharing my story was not an entirely selfless act. I was assured that writing about it and using the opportunity I’m given through this magazine would help me move on and put it to rest. Writing this piece today would suggest that perhaps I haven’t achieved this. I have. The book on my experience is now closed, but it wasn’t just the writing that helped. It was watching people listen, respond, offer me courage, love, kindness and remind me that it is not I who is the moron. As I write, hurricane Irma batters Florida, having destroyed great swathes of the Caribbean in its path. And morons take to the airwaves, internet and social media platforms to proclaim God’s justifiable wrath in the face of LGBT equality as a reasonable explanation. This is the language of idiots, but idiots have an audience. Call it out. Share the opposite and more reasoned explanation, science and the environment. Blaming you, me, us who come in peace to live our lives as only we know how, is an outrage and a crime. Do not tolerate it, stand up. It’s time to put an end to this nonsense. This is our duty.

“My duty is not to the law, to the idea of right or wrong. My duty is not about faith in the criminal justice process and system or otherwise. My duty is to my community and to my wider LGBT+ family”

54 GSCENE seconds. They can so this because you never read the legal licensing small print when you took it out of the box, 70 pages of it, before you were even allowed to access the device, that you’ve just paid a ridiculous sum for. The worst thing is that the foot soldiers are actually proud to do this. They think they have struck it big time. Their brand loyalty crammed with complicit emotion over a bloody machine.

CHARLIE SAYS Complacent / complicit by Charlie Bauer Phd

) Well, I’ve prattled enough over the years about technology and my distrust and disgust. But, hurrah, last month the new iPhone 8 was out and everyone is rushing to jump on board, rather than feed the kids, just so that they can Instagram each other about how the iPhone 8 isn’t all that different from the 7. They can ooze about their technology over the cyber web. Some boy-men who never leave their bedroom will even make little viney movies about unpacking a phone and ‘what is in the box’. They’ll be the usual loud hyper graphic intro with swirling animation and loud techno soundtracks, followed by some barely audible 15-year-old boy grunting their way through, well, the opening of a phone package; pointing out the subtle differences from the previous version along the way. Perhaps worst of all are the 232,000 views they’ll get in a one-week period. Are these from poor people who, like myself, can’t afford one, I wonder? The ones who, as children, would paw over the Freemans catalogue September edition at Tippy Tumbles and her blue handbag, hoping mother could afford the 10d per week for 39 weeks. Running home from school to the same page every day for three months until you realise she didn’t get the hint and you are given something cheaper and more appropriate to your defined gender. On that note, my mother caved in once and bought me a second-hand dolls’ house when I was eight years old. Perhaps as an experiment. I immediately enacted every disaster that happened in our decrepit house within the walls of the mini version: the leaking pipes with water running down the stairs; the electrical fire behind the couch when a frayed cloth electrical cord from the hairdryer finally gave up; or the congealed lard on the kitchen floor from when mother fell over the dog and dropped the chip pan on top of him. If Freud

had even permeated the lower classes he would have had a field day with my minimalizing and containing family disasters on a smaller scale. The thought of coveting a bloody telephone was beyond my reach. And guess what? It still is. I still cannot get my head around a company, like Apple, who develop a product of fabulous design, sell it globally at a ridiculous price, ‘update’ the hardware all the time so that you must then buy another phone, at a higher ridiculous price. Then, if you don’t fully subscribe to their data collection/identity corporate principles, they actually prevent you from using the phone’s software. Then, once you do, they store and sell your data to the highest bidder. And it’s not just to the government (for your protection against Muslim trrrorrrists) either but to a host of private companies, who then have your most intimate secrets. You have a problem so you head to the Apple store to talk to a ‘genius’. These are the foot soldiers. Apple didn’t even get them to sign any confidentiality clauses because everyone is selected because they are a super fan. They enthuse in your face about how much it will cost to replace the screen of your ridiculously expensive devise. They may take you device, fiddle with it without the need of an explanation to you about what they are doing with your ridiculously costly phone, or take it away around ‘the back’ or plugging it into some main frame and transferring your data in

So, hang on. They sold you a piece of metal and glass for a ridiculous sum, then the software for another stupid sum and now they’re mining and selling on your data to people you don’t even know for money that you will never see. Who’s making on this deal? At the same time selling themselves as a bunch of hippie do-gooders in the process. Nothing new here, look at Mr Virgin and the privatised train grab in the bad days of Thatcherism. He’s currently throwing a shit-fit about nationalisation. The same man identified by Mr Rotten when he screamed out ‘Never trust a hippie’ as Virgin Records jimmied the royalties from the Sex Pistols’ bank accounts). But that’s all in the past. We’ve never before seen loyalty as we see with technology. Vendor and punter alike. We’re even at a point where these punters are not even asked about ‘updating’ the system software. You agreed for this exchange of information to happen when you clicked that ‘agreement’ when you turned the friggin’ thing on! The ‘agreement’ you had to ‘agree’ to, otherwise your phone is a door-stop. This is then coupled by the endless identification you have to go through to use your expensive hardware. I don’t know about you, but every time I travel abroad I have to reset my ‘Forgotten’ email and bank passwords. Really? Every time? You sure you’re not just checking out my whereabouts. Tracking me? For who? I love my Apple! Well, the same technology has just cost the West its democracy. Which is very sad. And wanking our way through social technology as a status icon will be the undoing of us all. And yes, we’re all complicit in this vile new order of power where once again the idiot foot soldiers administer for the rich, like all religions, with ever increasing zeal. It is already biting us all in the arse and that nice enthusiastic overempowered 23-year-old ‘genius’/idiot will soon be exposed as the death patsy they are. Then they’ll have a collective breakdown because they thought they were only doing ‘good’. But we will all be to blame. So sleep tight while you can.

“They sold you a piece of metal and glass for a ridiculous sum, then the software for another stupid sum and now they’re mining and selling on your data to people you don’t even know for money that you will never see”








) Hate crimes are acts of violence or hostility directed at people because of who they are or who someone thinks they are. For me, the greatest crime for people who identify as LGBTQ is experiencing others’ internalised phobia. This type of fear, if left unchecked or unchallenged, can be destructive for the individual who experiences or expresses it, but also to the people around them. Frequently these individuals may initially appear to be quite open and progressive but, given time and space to truly reveal themselves, often result in demonstrations of judgemental, aggressive and hurtful outbursts. These behaviours can give rise to fear, shame, stress and self-loathing.

) I’m still recovering from a summer of Faerie Gatherings! Faeriespace is where I’ve been able to allow my spiritual queerness to be fully present, affirmed and celebrated. Over the years I’ve really benefitted from the opportunity to be quiet in nature. Here I've revealed to others my most shameful aspects. And here I’ve found love and acceptance, not in spite of my perceived shortcomings but because of them! I decided, therefore, to offer myself in service to this fabulous, anarchic gang of consciousness developers. So I put myself forward to facilitate three consecutive gatherings during July and August.

“For me, the greatest crime for people who identify as LGBTQ is experiencing others’ internalised phobia” The reason why I’ve mentioned the above is because of a recent report of such attitudes that someone relayed to me. I was forwarded an email that was written by a gay man who, along with his partner, run a business in Kemptown. These men feel that Gscene magazine does not represent them or their customers. I quote: “I’m sure there is a healthy market for Gscene but it is so full of drag queens and implausibly buff half naked chaps that it does not represent the gay life I am living nor the more integrated view I take of modern Brighton. I'm afraid my customers just don't take the magazine as it has nothing for them.”

Apart from being shocking to read such disappointing views from a gay man, my next thought was that he completely missed the point. Gscene is not for gay men nor is it designed to make him comfortable in his Brighton. Gscene is a resource for everyone. This magazine has helped numerous people to express and accept themselves. It’s provided many with the signposts to find help with dealing with difficulties around sexuality, identity, sexual health, mental health, addiction etc. It is really so sad that this individual lacks any emotional intelligence that he felt it was appropriate to put these very narrow views in writing. In an era where Donald Trump feels that it’s right to bar transsexuals from the US military, it’s upsetting that a gay man in Brighton feels that a progressive magazine isn’t suitable in his establishment. He may be right and many customers may not choose to read this magazine, but what harm would it be to allow the minority to pick it up, read it and perhaps benefit from it? I had several good experiences in this particular business, including my wedding. However my last visit, about two years ago, was very upsetting, because of this gentleman telling me, in less than polite language, to leave and not to return. This outburst was as a result of a complaint due to a total shambles of an evening for me and four other gay men. I have naturally never felt the urge to return and spend my hard earned cash in a business that treats themselves and their customers with such contempt.

First of all was Faerie Sex Magick at Folleterre, the Euro-Faerie Sanctuary in France. Thirteen brave Faeries, together with three facilitators and a cook, came together for a week of intensive heart circles exploring our barriers to intimacy. Our objective: to reach a point where all of us could agree that we had developed a deep enough emotional understanding of each other to safely enter into an erotic space together. This was my sixth workshop and, as always, there was much to learn from this very unique form of emotional skinny dipping! Exposed to an angry participant I was opened up to my extreme avoidance of unpredictable anger and violence. Even though my father is dead and gone, the wounding he inflicted on me with his aggressive volatility was still very much alive in me as a pattern of pretending I didn’t need anger as part of my emotional life. I realise now that depriving myself and others of this vibrant aspect of my self-expression gives an indistinct and unreal feel of ‘who I am’ making if difficult for others to fully engage emotionally with me. So now I’m tuning into, and expressing, my anger as it arises. What a refreshing change! My next two gatherings were the Global closely followed by the Afterglow Gathering. The Global Gatherings are a controversial development for the Faeries in that rather than making a call to Sanctuary for established Faeries, there is an active intention to reach out to activists in those parts of the world where there is no Faerie culture, raising funds to assist with air travel and subsistence, and shifting the focus away from inner/ interpersonal healing towards outer and inter-continental healing. For whatever reason, the LGBTI+ human rights position in UK is now very privileged compared with many countries across the globe. And sure there’s hate crime in Brighton, but it’s nothing compared with the hate cultures I’ve heard about from activists in Chechnya, Uganda, Pakistan, Benin, Singapore, and Beijing. Prior to my encounter with the Faeries I was an assimilationist, desperate to prove to anyone that I was just quite ordinary apart from my sexuality. Now as a Faerie I know that I’m quite extra-ordinary because of my sexuality. I feel my anger rising against queer hatred and I recognise it as a valuable element of my Faerie-Superpowers! Watch out hate-crimebitches. We're coming for you!



identified as trans lesbians so I joined some social media groups for like-minded women and I felt at home, away from the male gaze. I no longer needed to interact with men in the capacity of looking for romance, I was able to date women, as a woman, and the male interactions I had were on my own terms, with male friends that have either supported me through my journey since pre-transition or male friends I’ve met along the way, most most notably, the awesome group of trans men and non binary AFABs that I’ve met through trans night at the sauna. I now consider them true friends and I’m so very glad to have these guys in my life.

TRANSITIONING WITH SUGAR I love men, what can I do? Asks Sugar Swan ) As Eartha Kitt sang during the disco revival of her career in the 1984 title track, 'I love men, what can I do? I love men, they're no good for you'. Never have song lyrics felt more relatable right now. Pre-transition I was never the 'gay man' that I was often perceived as and regular readers of this page will know that I have identified as bisexual since my earliest sexual experiences. I understand that my presentation, clothing choices, femininity and other traits that should not have, but still did, lead people to assume ones sexuality would often lead to the assumption that I was a gay man. Mix that assumption with the company I kept, the gay bars I worked and frequented, the gay holiday destinations and, yeah, the fact that my endocrine system was running on testosterone leading to a high sex drive and sex with men being very freely available, I came across as pretty damn gay. Even though I reminded people that I was actually bi, I don't think they ever really believed me. Once I transitioned, my sexuality was once again assumed. People assumed that I was now a heterosexual woman so it came as a surprise to many when, six months into transition, I came out as lesbian. This made perfect sense to me but seemed to confuse so many others. It wasn't that my lifelong sexual and romantic attraction to men had vanished since transitioning and being on hormones, but something had definitely changed. Since moving through the world as a woman, I was now subject to all the usual problems that women face including misogyny, sexism and, specifically to trans women, transmisogyny.

Coping with the general transphobia that exists within society is hard enough. Walking out your front door as a trans woman and going about your day being visibly trans is difficult. Some people are kind, I receive compliments on my make up, my nails, my clothing choices, and I am commended for being myself by complete strangers most days, but these are the exceptions to the way I’m treated. In fact, it’s the very opposite which is the norm. The compliments I get are unfortunately far outweighed by the challenges I face on a day to day basis. My main oppressor in all of this? Men. There’s a very clear distinction between the way men and women have treated me since transition and I’m sad to report that the majority of my oppression comes from men. I’m not saying that women are perfect, in last month’s Gscene column I spoke of a most unpleasant experience with a woman, but when I weigh it up, most of my negative interactions come from men. Over the course of transition these daily, constant, unrelenting negative interactions with men, whether micro aggressions, sexual assault or anything between, have built up and left me scared of men. Having always been sexually attracted to women and finding myself increasingly petrified of men, I started identifying as lesbian. The wonderful world of the internet helped me realise I wasn't the only one and that a lot of girls like me

So I should be happy, right? I have women to date and men and women as friends. Unfortunately not. Just as my pre-transition self wasn’t a gay man, I’m not a gay woman. As Eartha sang: "I love men, It's going to last, I love men, the feeling won't pass. I love men wherever I go, all these men they're haunting me so”. I still have sexual feelings towards men. Sexual feelings that I wish weren’t there, as since transition I only get hurt when it comes to letting men into my life and the hurt feels much greater as a woman trusting a man with my heart than it was as a man. Men are different to women as we all know. Males are governed to some degree by testosterone, the most potent sex drug, and women governed to a degree by oestrogen. Pre- transition, when I had testosterone in my body, I found sex with men quite easy, almost like a transaction for goods and services. It was somewhat clinical without too much emotion involved. As a woman whose endocrine system is dominated by oestrogen, I need something different in my sexual experiences with men. I need to be treated as the woman I am, I need to be treated more gently, with a greater level of respect, without assumption of penetrative sex on date one and with an increased level of tenderness. Being quite obviously trans, I feel that men treat me sexually like they would other men and despite the fact that I may have once run on testosterone, this is no longer the case and I need to be treated as the woman I am. I’m recovering from male heartbreak at the moment and I feel I’ve been used, but I won’t let it push me back into the lesbian closet. I’ve identified as the acronyms L, G, B, T and Q so far in my life and I’m currently at the point where I don’t identifying as anything, I won't be categorised anymore as I’ve spent my life with labels that don't quite fit. My sexuality at the moment is governed by the way I’m treated by others. It matters not the gender of the person but very much how they treat me as a person and how they cater to my needs. I look forward to exploring my sexuality with an open mind and at some point I may even try out a dating app. Wish me luck!

“I need something different in my sexual experiences with men. I need to be treated as the woman I am.”








) In Matthew 5:48, the Bible says we should be perfect, therefore, as God is perfect. If you identify as LGBT+, it's a really important bit of scripture. Forget the bit about loving your enemies (we'll come back to that) and instead focus on the 'perfect' bit. It's really all you need, and not in ways you might think.

) I remember that look of disgust. An aggressive and angry look, after I myself may have looked at the guy for slightly longer than is polite. What he said exactly I don't recall, but there was the word 'faggot' in there. I was on the Tube home and very drunk.

When I was very young my father was often working away. Missing him a lot, my four-year-old sister and I recorded a message for him on a tape recorder. Not knowing what to say I read a piece from the Bible. (Yes, I was that precocious child). However, my sister was a great deal more adventurous. She made up a story of her own, a stream of creative consciousness straight out of the mind of a child. It involved a character called Shagrabanda, as well as someone who sold hot cross buns from a cart. I remember that there were lots of sound effects and although the story lacked cohesive structure, much like a dream, it had charm by the bucket load. Years later we talked about the story, piecing it together like a beloved jigsaw. And even though it was 50 years ago we remembered most of it. But neither of us could remember a word of what I'd recorded. My sister created her recording at a time when my grandfather told us bedtime stories in much the same vein. He would invent stories about a mythical jungle and the characters that lived there. Lions, tigers, giraffes and even mice played a part. Invariably there was a disaster and someone to save the day. The giraffe with a long neck placed little mice in the trees to avoid a flood; an elephant put out a fire using her trunk as a hose; a mouse took secret messages past the bad hyenas, since nobody noticed a little mouse. There were sound effects in abundance: grunts, squeals, barks, whinnies and more. In every story there was a problem, a solution and a reward. At the end of the story the hero was given a prize, cheered by everyone and made to feel good about what they'd done. They were most definitely stories with a moral, although of course I can only see that looking back. Do something good, or clever, or self-sacrificing and get a reward. It's the way the world works. Except it's not. Often good deeds are punished, cleverness is taken advantage of, rewards go to the less deserving. The world isn't fair, loving my neighbour isn't going to gain me any advantage, certainly not in this world, and I suspect not in the one to come either. However, 'perfect' is not about doing everything right, it's about doing everything 'you'. God is love. God loves you because that's who God is. The love is not contingent. You can't earn it. You can't change it. It's who God is. To be perfect is to be yourself in every situation. Which means that the way you respond to an event comes from the heart of who you are and not from a egocentric knee jerk reaction. It's easy to hate someone who hates you, but to be loving is a unilateral act. To be loving is to decide to be you, in every situation. To be perfect is simply to be you nothing more and nothing less. The story I read for my dad had a point, a lesson, and made sense, but there really wasn't anything of me in it. However, my sister's story was a genuine reflection of who she was, a snapshot of a four-year-old girl genuinely being a four-year-old girl. Precious. The response would be as unedited as the story. God is always God - nothing more, nothing less. You need to be you just you - nothing more, nothing less. It's what it means to be perfect.

I remember how he kept on pushing me, just a little. He kept on asking if I was gay, and other dumb questions meant to elicit not answers, but a response. A straight friend intervened pretty quickly. We were all a bit drunk. I was home. The small town that used to be home anyway. And lucky for me, that's the extent of it. These two incidents are as close as I've gotten to being the victim of a Hate Crime, and I know thousands have had it so, so much worse. Is lucky the right word? No. No one should be so lucky, 'being lucky' may imply that being harassed, attacked or assaulted for being gay is somehow a norm. Sure, an unpleasant one that in a better world wouldn't exist, but somewhat unavoidable in ours. And that's wrong. This should never, ever be the norm. Homophobia is wrong and Hate Crime is wrong! Homophobic people, the people who commit these crimes, aren't afraid of us, they're ignorant of us. They haven’t sat at our kitchen table for one of our fabulous three course dinners; they haven't spent the afternoon playing in the park with us and our co-parented children; and they have not worked in our hair salons, though I imagine even sweeping split ends up off the floor would challenge them. They do not know us.

“I'd like to stop calling it 'Hate Crime'. I'd like to call it 'Ignorance Crime' or 'Stupidity Crime', because they're not hateful, they're stupid.” I'd like to stop calling it 'Hate Crime'. I'd like to call it 'Ignorance Crime' or 'Stupidity Crime', because they're not hateful, they're stupid. They never learned to use words to work the world around them, nor were they taught to develop the required emotional maturity. They do not possess the smarts to assemble and disassemble everyday life. Instead they have to resort to the only tools that they know, abusive language and physical violence. Do they really hate us? I bet they hate themselves more. All bullies are as small on the inside as they are big on the outside, that’s a well known fact. Pulling yourself up by putting someone else down is like a bad magic trick, that rope will soon turn into a snake and bite you. Perhaps that fear you feel, you who will attack us, is not a fear of me, it's a fear of yourself? Because you don't know who I am but even less who you are. I challenge you to get to know me! Let's sit down together (as distasteful as the idea is to both of us) and maybe you'll get to know a bit more about yourself. Perhaps I can even teach you how to love yourself a bit more, so you don't have to hate so much.


SAM TRANS MAN Dr Samuel Hall on why we are all collectively responsible and accountable for ongoing hate. ) We are talking about hate-crime this month. And very timely it is too. There is a groundswell of bigotry all over the world at the moment, and a hate-crime can be as brutal as the recent murder of a trans woman in Pakistan or the far more subtle form of erasure that accompanies the schoolyard bullying of LGBT kids. It’s a hate-crime when the victim says it is. They should know. They feel it. We are not in a position to judge, since it’s (in law) the impact, and not the intent, that matters. From the ethnic cleansing that we are seeing in Myanmar to the hideously transphobic views of Christian parents; from the mowing down of an anti-fascist in Charlottesville to Munroe Bergdorf’s appalling treatment at the hands of L’Oreal; we’re seeing racism, homophobia, xenophobia, ableism and transphobia on the rise. No doubt there are other minority groups and communities being singled out that I’m less attentive to, since I’m as guilty as the next person of living in my ‘bubble’ and unable to see all inequality. I do try to learn though. When something I haven't previously understood crosses my radar screen, I try to inform myself and look harder for the injustice. The more I look, the more I see. I’m learning all the time. About my own prejudice, my indifference to others suffering, my propensity to look after me and my own, my bystander mentality which renders me no better than the perpetrator. We’re, all of us, collectively guilty, collectively responsible and collectively accountable for ongoing hate. Unless we’re calling out social injustices on a daily basis, we are complicit in their continuation. I’ve learned about endemic, systemic and institutionalised racism, about my unconscious biases (misogyny, homophobia and of course transphobia), about gender inequality which oddly I couldn’t see before I transitioned, and about white male privilege, which I’ve accidentally gained. I’m shocked by how

differently I’m treated now that I’ve transitioned. People meet a man when they meet me, and everything is different. I feel empowered, respected, heard. Now some of this is certainly attributable to my transition. To my vastly improved mental health, my newfound self-esteem, and my pride in myself for taking this extraordinary journey. But some of this is also undoubtedly due to the fact that I’m given more respect by others because I’m a white man.

“We’re, all of us, collectively guilty, collectively responsible, and collectively accountable, for ongoing hate. Unless we’re calling out social injustices on a daily basis, we are complicit in their continuation.” The realisation that this is the case makes me feel in part, ashamed. I love that people are finally seeing me. I love that I’m no longer forcing myself to remain in disguise in a female body. I love the fact that good things are happening in my life because I’m finally loving myself. But I hate that moving through the world as a white man feels so good. It has really opened my eyes to the fact that women are not treated with the same degree of respect as men. That people from black or minority ethnic backgrounds are taken less seriously and accused more often. That gay and trans people may not reach their full potential in life through LGBT bullying and hate. That disability is deemed as failure, something to be eradicated. That there is no real religious freedom in the world, or white, cis, heteronormative spaces that are truly safe for everyone. I think I know why I couldn't see all of this before I transitioned, I think you can only see

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I feel as though I’ve been invited into a club. An entitled and privileged space. And it’s really enticing. But I cannot enter unless I do so with the express intent of dismantling it. I’m ashamed of being a white man, and can only redeem my self-respect by learning where my prejudices lie, and uprooting them. This kind of change is long, hard work. My standing start in the Catholic church didn’t help, I had to dismantle my own right-wing, elitist, Catholic framework in order to transition, and could only subsequently really examine myself for signs of privilege. I have learned through my wife, my daughters and my female friends that I’m a misogynist. I’ve learned through my mistakes that I harbour racism, and through my horror at my own situation as a transman, that I’m homophobic. These hidden and deep prejudices aren’t my fault. I’ve been raised in a culture which favours men, in which media and film are whitewashed, where disability is hidden, gay is invisible, and colour is noticeable. I have, like many of us, learned to believe that what I see, that white cis male privilege, is somehow the ‘right order’ of things. That they belong at the top of the pile. This is how Trump got elected. I only know all this because I’ve transitioned. A transgender man has insight into male privilege like no other. Had I been born with the right body, I wouldn’t have had to walk this path, or learned these lessons. I recently commented to my wife that I love Jacob Rees Mogg, and I’m truly puzzled by it. I find him charismatic, and yet I’m horrified by his stance on all things related to human rights. In a sense, I can see that JRM is the kind of man I could have been, had I not had to transition. Catholic, pro-life, homophobic, racist, capitalist, privileged. These were my values. The ones I was raised with. Shaking them off has been, is, the biggest challenge of my life. And it’s happening as a direct result of transitioning. Now that is a privilege.



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) Sticks and stones may break your bones but words will cut and crush you. I’m a proud user of the term ‘faggot’ and ‘bender’ and wear my Queerness with pride, but there are words which jab at tender nerves and remind us of the nasty, cruel hatred that all of us experience before learning to become resilient in ourselves. Some of us never weather the storm and remain fragile and shattered, some end up mired in fear and bitterness, and some never make it past the last awful bullying hell, choosing to end ourselves than endure it; never learning that there can be a world of love beyond the hatred.

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I saw a panto advert yesterday and on the gaudy banner the by-line was ‘Six Poofs and a Piano’. My mind flashed back to a wet winter in the crumbling Welsh valleys of the 1980s. I’m 13, awkwardly pubescent, unquestionably different, and startlingly bright. Bullied for weeks, months by a relentless gang. ‘Poof’ was their favourite thing to shout. They’d driven me off the bus (that drove three miles up the mountain to our school) with their harassment. The teachers were useless, ignoring the teasing, pushing and violence, before I took to walking up and down every day. Their mocking calls hunting me down in quiet spaces I had found and the physical violence started again: pushing and pulling of jumper and hair, pinching and tripping up. Always in a gang, always laughing, always for no reason, and always leaving me thinking it was my fault, just for being me, just for being different, just for being. It became unbearable. I told my parents, they’d noticed the damage but all of this was during the everyday violence of the miners’ strike and my valley was in serious crisis. I told my father, I told him what they called me, told him the teachers hadn’t helped, that I needed help, that it wasn’t, wasn’t my fault. He told me that there came a time in a man’s life when he had to deal with things, and told me to face them, all five on my own. The taunting started: ‘poof’, ‘queer boy’, vicious, barracking shouting, then came the punches. I fought back, got dragged down the side alley and held down as the nastiest of the bullies stood on my wrist and threw a house brick on my hand. I still bear the scar now. On my finger, which was broken and split and required stitching; on my mind which suffered humiliation that night and was saved from the darkness by the kindness of a nurse who listened as I cried into her arms, on my family as I never trusted my father again. Poof… Poof… I was on my way to the gym. I’m 100 kilos of strong, solid gay hench, honed into a huge mass of ‘don’t fuck with me’. My sharp trained tongue can skin twats at 100 metres and my fury unleashed can drive my titan fists with a pistoning rage. My experience means I never turn away, or give up when faced with adversity. I judge, then act. I’m a product of my time, a Thatcher Brat, as are many of us, but still, out there in schools and families across this great British country of ours my story is repeated again and again and again. I hunted all five down. Took unpleasant calculated revenge on all of them, carefully planned, silent, anonymous. They never knew it was me, and after the last one I felt shit. Not free of the hate, but born of it. Hate passed down; learned in shout and punch, unchecked for generations. You can’t fix yourself by breaking someone else. I worked hard to forgive them and ultimately myself. Shit can fertilise, dig it in well and work hard for a good harvest. Year after year I am bountiful now. We must ALWAYS call out hatred for what it is, work in every way to challenge and change our world and only then, be exquisite and never explain.


I am regularly asked to explain what actually makes a crime a HateCrime and there is one simple answer to this. Being targeted by someone for simply being you is hate. In official terms: “A Hate-Crime or incident is any criminal offence or incident committed against a person or property that is motivated by hostility towards someone based on their disability, race, religion, gender identity or sexual orientation”. If you perceive an incident to be a Hate-Crime, whether you are the victim or a witness, then it is that. No one should be targeted for who they are. It’s clear that there has been a rise in Hate-Crime in recent months and this is reflected through varying facts and figures that are regularly written about in the press. Just to name a few: “Over 80,000 hate crimes have been recorded this year throughout the UK” “42% surge in hate crimes since the Brexit result” “LGBT hate crimes in the UK are up 82% in four years” It does make me wonder, however, if the increase in crime recordings is due to an increase in people reporting. A question that we should be asking is: are individuals standing up to Hate-Crime and reporting more incidents to police and partner agencies? And not just victims, but also witnesses as a third-party report is just as important as the victim coming forward themselves.

“A third-party report is just as important as the victim coming forward themselves” We work on intelligence and patterns of behaviour to establish problem profiles and problem areas. But to achieve this we need your help. We need to know what is going on to enable us to look at the bigger picture. Earlier interventions can prevent escalation. As a police officer, I am an evidence gatherer. Evidence is needed to pursue, locate and successfully prosecute perpetrators. This can be obtained a variety of ways from statements from victims and witnesses to CCTV footage, photos and screenshots. Evidence will be different for each crime. You can report incidents and crimes through the Sussex Police website, by calling 101 and by simply attending your local police station and speaking to a member of our front office team. Each crime/incident reported is looked at and risk assessed using our threat harm and risk factors. They are then allocated to an officer in charge to progress. The crime is recorded and a crime reference number generated.

CONTACT INFORMATION ) Follow me on Twitter t @PCLAKER and Facebook: f PC Sarah Laker Social media should not be used for reporting incidents – please call us on 101, or if it’s an emergency, 999.

60 GSCENE spoke to anyone about the self-harming, usually it was just a case of being given some medication and left to go home and do it all over again and hope it would stop soon. Last year I moved to Brighton and so much seemed to happen to me. All the changes in my life and long hours caught up with me again and since November I’ve been battling depression, anxiety, and the dreaded selfharming.

MINDOUT Self-injury, we need to talk

Self-injury is when you hurt yourself as a way of dealing with very difficult feelings, painful memories or overwhelming situations and experiences. The article below by Steve Ashfield is a firstperson experience of self injury. ) Superman has Lex Luthor and for Doctor Who it’s the Daleks. Arch enemies out to destroy the one they despise most but I don’t need any super villain because sadly at times I’m my own worst enemy. That’s how it feels when another self-harming cycle comes along and it’s a problem that affects many people in this country. Self-harming is generally associated with younger people but I didn’t start until I was 34. That’s perhaps not quite the truth as I had found other ways of ‘self-harming’ without labelling it that way. Sabotaging interviews and failing exams on purpose were, I guess, early forms of self-harm. My first period of physical self-harming came after many changes in my life and it all became too much for me. Self-blame became a way of life and was such a frightening time. I couldn’t quite believe what I was doing but struggled like mad to stop and it did become a way of coping with everything, which should never be the case. Since then it’s always seemed to be a part of me. Just there in the background waiting to return to what It considers its rightful place. It’s almost like the self-harm has its own identity, there to take advantage of times

when I feel vulnerable and unhappy at the way I behave. Low self-esteem has been a problem for a long time and plays right into the hands of self-harming. Often it does feel as if I’m punishing myself when I self-harm.

This time the self-harming has been more serious than in the past with the need for medical treatment which had only ever been the case once before. My first Christmas in Brighton wasn’t supposed to be spent with both my arms bandaged up. What’s been so important since last November is the amazing help that I have received from MindOut. Whether it’s the Out of the Blue and open group sessions, the online help, the advocacy, or peer mentoring, I honestly don’t know what I’d have done without their help. Getting that assistance is so much better than just sitting home and suffering in silence which is what I did for so many years.

Some people feel that self-harming can just be a cry for help and sometimes attention seeking. I did my best to hide what I was doing to myself. The sun can shine all it wants but the short-sleeved shirts are staying in the wardrobe. I don’t want people to see the damage that I’ve done to myself but sometimes it’s hard to hide.

I know that I’m a long way from being out of the woods. The self-harming is still there and difficult to cope with. It’s the first time that I’ve had to cope with depression/self-harming while running my own business and the stress from that doesn’t help that much. Selfharming is an addiction in my view and something I will most likely have to battle for the rest of my life. But I’ll fight it every second because that’s just what I have to do and knowing MindOut is there keeps me going.

Last year I had no option as I simply had to go and get medical treatment but I hated every moment of those times. That’s because I knew how I got those injuries and the thoughts that were going through my head when I inflicted them. Personal thoughts and the memories aren’t great and sadly stick around like an unwanted guest.

If you wish to learn more about the subject of self-harming, Steve recommends the book Psyche on the Skin by Sarah Chaney (Reaktion Books). It looks back at the problem of selfharm from the 1860s to the present day with everything from personal experiences of the author to the Manic Street Preachers.

Many a time it’s just been a case of a one-off relapse, a way of releasing tension when too many things seemed to be going wrong at the same time. I knew it wasn’t the way to react and usually I’d be disgusted at what I’d done. It’s the fear of another continued cycle that scares me most. That’s only happened a few times but the desire to self-harm always seems to be there. Thinking about it is often worse than doing it as what I want to do is far worse than what takes place though the gap is narrowing. Hiding those feelings and not getting medical help hasn’t helped me at all. I never really

“I had found other ways of ‘self-harming’ without labelling it that way. Sabotaging interviews and failing exams on purpose were, I guess, early forms of self-harm

If you would like to know more about selfinjury, its causes, treatment, support and how to look after yourself or someone close to you, there is useful information at or contact MindOut.

MINDOUT If you’re affected by self-injury, for yourself or others, please do contact MindOut's confidential support services and visit our website for online service opening hours. ) Call us: 01273 234839 ) See our website: ) Email: All our services are run by and for LGBTQ people who have lived experience of mental health issues. Our services are free, nonjudgemental and person-centred.



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) BRIGHTON & HOVE LGBT SAFETY FORUM Independent LGBT forum working with the community to address and improve safety issues in Brighton & Hove. 01273 855620 or


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

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12-step self-help programme for alcohol addictions. Sun 7.30pm, Chapel Royal, North St, Btn (side entrance). 01273 203 343 (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. 0300 999 1212

) LGBT MEDITATION GROUP Meditation & discussion, every 2nd & 4th Thur, 5.30–7pm, Anahata Clinic, 119 Edward St, Brighton 07789 861 367 or

) LUNCH POSITIVE Lunch club for people with HIV. Meet/make friends, find peer support in safe space. Every Fri, noon–2.30pm, Community Room, Dorset Gdns Methodist Church, Dorset Gdns, Brighton. Lunch £1.50. 07846 464 384 or

) MCC BRIGHTON Inclusive, affirming space where all are invited to come as they are to explore their spirituality without judgement. 01273 515572 or

Medical advice, treatment for HIV+, specialist clinics, diet & welfare advice, drug trials. 01273 664 722

) SUBSTANCE MISUSE SERVICE Pavillions Partnership. Info, advice, appointments & referrals 01273 731 900. Drop-in: Richmond House, Richmond Rd, Brighton, MonWed & Fri 10am-4pm, Thur 10am-7pm, Sat 10am-1pm; 9 The Drive, Hove 01273 680714 Mon & Wed 10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm, Tue & Thu 10am-4pm, info & advice only (no assessments), Fri 10am-12pm & 1pm-3pm. • Gary Smith (LGBT* Support) 07884 476634 or email For more info visit weblink:

) SUSSEX BEACON 24 hour nursing & medical care, day care 01273 694222 or

) TERRENCE HIGGINS TRUST SERVICES For more info about these free services go to the THT office, 61 Ship St, Brighton, Mon–Fri, 10am–5pm 01273 764200 or • Venue Outreach: info on HIV, sexual health, personal safety, safer drug/alcohol use, free condoms/lubricant

for men who have sex with men. • The Bushes Outreach Service @ Dukes Mound: advice, support, info on HIV and sexual health, and free condoms and lube. • Netreach (online/Mobile App Outreach in Brighton & Hove): info/advice on HIV/sexual health/local services. THT Brighton Outreach workers online on Grindr, Scruff, & Squirt. • Condom Male: discreet, confidential service posts free condoms/lube/sexual health info to men who have sex with men without access to East Sussex commercial gay scene • Positive Voices: volunteers who go to organisations to talk about personal experiences of living with HIV. • Fastest (HIV Testing): walk-in, (no appointment) rapid HIV testing service for men who have sex with men. Results in 20 minutes. Mon 10am-8pm, Tues-Fri 10am-5pm. (STI Testing available) • Sauna Fastest at The Brighton Sauna (HIV Testing): walk-in, (no appointment) rapid HIV testing service for men who have sex with men. Results in 20 minutes. Wed: 6–8pm. (STI Testing available). • Face2Face: confidential info & advice on sexual health & HIV for men who have sex with men. Up to 6 one hour appointments. • Specialist Training: wide range of courses for groups/ individuals. Specific courses to suit needs. • Counselling: from qualified counsellors for up to 12 sessions for people living with/affected by HIV. • Informed Passions: Expert Volunteers project to identify & support sexual health needs of local men who have sex with men and carry out field research in B&H on issues affecting men’s sexual health. Extensive training provided. • What Next? Thurs eve, 6 week peer support group work programme for newly diagnosed HIV+ gay men. • HIV Support Services: info, support & practical advice for people living with/affected by HIV. • Volunteer Support Services: 1-2-1 community support for people living with or affected by HIV. • HIV Welfare Rights Advice: Find out about benefits or benefit changes. Advice line: Mon–Thur 1:30-2:30pm. 1-2-1 appts for advice & workshops on key benefits.

) TERRENCE HIGGINS EASTBOURNE Dyke House, 110 South St, Eastbourne, BN21 4LZ, 01323 649927 or • 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 • Positive Voices: volunteers who go to organisations to talk about personal experiences of living with HIV.

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Gscene Magazine - October 2017  

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