Scene Magazine - July 2024

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Brighton & Hove's World AIDS Day

Concert raises £4,000 for local HIV charity Lunch Positive

Organisers of the annual event said: ”The combined groups, wish them, under the leadership of Gary Pargeter, many happy returns on their 15th birthday!”.


Queer mental health companion

Voda raises £270,000 to address the UK's LGBTQ+ "mental health crisis"

Designed to help LGBTQ+ people build selfcompassion, heal and release shame, the funding will support the app’s offerings to provide inclusive and accessible mental health support for queer people.


"I wasn't going to live a lie."


Classical Pride releases full line up of international drag acts for the first ever Classical Drag

The worlds of drag and classical music collide for one night only.


Clare Project to host 'Pizza and Paperwork' community event

If you’re being seen by the Sussex Gender Service, join Care Navigators Robin and Sam for an evening dedicated to doing life admin, fuelled by pizza


Creator of seminal book series 'Dykes to Watch Out For' awarded honorary degree by University of St Andrews

Internationally acclaimed graphic novelist Alison Bechdel was awarded in recognition of her major contribution to the comic art form, and for advancing diversity and representation.


Eddie Izzard, who also goes by the name Suzy Izzard, reveals she knew she was trans aged 5.


A weekend of Trans Joy in our city!

) Trans Pride Brighton & Hove, which takes place this month from 19 - 21 July, has been running since 2013 with the aim to provide a great day for trans, non-binary and intersex people, friends, allies and family.

This year, organisers are spreading the love around Brighton!

They said: “After the unexpected success of last year, we want to take over Brighton again with an experimental, decentralised Trans Pride!

“We’ve outgrown Brunswick Gardens so we’re spilling out over four venues: Corn Exchange, Jubilee Square, New Steine Gardens and Dorset Gardens.”

Last year, 204 volunteers helped make the event happen. Organisers expect this year’s event to be bigger than ever so they’re looking for even more enthusiastic volunteers to help create an unforgettable weekend. Sign up here: TransPrideVol

The Trans Pride Brighton & Hove Protest Route!

The protest march will take place on Saturday, July 20 at 11am from Jubilee Square

The map below highlights the protest route and the four venues for postmarch events.

There is a nine-minute walk between the two venues in the Kemptown area and the two venues in the Jubilee Square area.

Organisers have arranged an accessible taxi service for those with mobility issues and are in the process of partnering with Brighton & Hove Bus and Coach Company to meet

everyone’s transportation needs.

The organisers added: “Join us to make 2024 the biggest year for Trans Pride Brighton & Hove - and Trans Joy - yet!.”

Check socials for updates on transportation services and a map of the accessible route.

Follow on Facebook @TransPrideBrighton D


Notts LGBT+ Network "disappointed" with "regressive" advice from Bishop of Nottingham


Bailey Anne Kennedy becomes first trans Miss Maryland USA

In an Instagram post, the 31-year-old opened up about how her identity has played a role in her career, writing candidly about how she deals with detractors.


Survey finds over half of people in the Midlands have considered moving from the region due to their identity

LGBT+ Life in the Midlands highlights the progress made and the ongoing challenges faced by LGBTQ+ individuals in the region.


Memories From The Dancefloor pod celebrates Wales' LGBTQ+ venues


Rainbow Chorus awarded grant from Postcode Society Trust to support running of RC+ workshop choir

Running for eight years, this award-winning LGBTQ+ group was set up to allow as many people as possible to experience the joy of singing in a group setting.


Merseyside Police chief constable, Serena Kennedy, apologises to LGBTs for "past witch-hunts"

In a letter to LGBTQ+ campaigner Peter Tatchell, Kennedy expressed regret for the harm caused by the often-abusive way the police enforced historic anti-LGBTQ+ laws.


The Bishop of Nottingham, Patrick McKinney, told schools not to celebrate Pride Month.
Memories From The Dancefloor season 2 launched during Pride Month with guests shining a light on the history of these incredible spaces.


Politics may be a bit of a boner-killer, but what if instead of voting in a General Election, you could cast a vote in a General Erection?

) The guys at Gaydar are inviting their users to throw their hat into the ring in the traditional way, by submitting a dick pic.

“Just like any other voting process, it’s very subjective as to who gets your attention...” explains Gareth Johnson, Gaydar’s director of marketing and communications. “Bigger does not mean better, this is all about showcasing what you’ve got to offer.”

“Nominations are coming in from all around the world...” added Johnson. “We’re going to have some really impressive candidates - everyone’s going to have a hard decision when the polls open.”

The winner of Gaydar’s General Erection will be announced on 4 Julythe same date that the UK will find out who will be forming the country’s next government.

“We’ve been in the business of helping men come together for over 25 years...”

says Johnson.

“Lots of things have changed since Gaydar was launched but what has remained consistent is our need to connect with others. Our experience shows us that exchanging a quality dick pic is a really effective way to start a conversation.”

Top tips for taking a vote-winning dick pic:

• Experiment with different angles. A top-down perspective is generally flattering for most guys, but test out the options to decide what works best for you.

• Don’t underestimate the importance of lighting. Your pic should feel warm and inviting, not cold and clinical.

“Bigger does not mean better, this is all about showcasing what you’ve got to offer.”

• Avoid props. Don’t over-promise on what you’re actually going to deliver.

• There’s more to manscaping than just trimming and shaving. Moisturise your dick before taking the photo - give it a healthy glow.

• Don’t take it too seriously - it’s just a dick pic. Put it out there, send a few DMs, see where the conversations take you.

) Gaydar is available to download via the Apple App Store and Google Play Store:

Staff at Welsh bookshop sworn at and verbally abused during Pride Month

Browsers Bookshop in Porthmadog, Gwynedd had a window display celebrating Pride Month.


Lynn Conway, the trans woman who changed computing in the modern world, dies aged 86

Conway broke ground both for her contributions to the tech industry and for her gender transition at a time when such a move was rare among professionals.


Get Ready to Crown Mr Brighton Bear

This year marks the sixth instalment of this muchloved tradition.


Margate's iconic Dreamland to host Margate Pride on 10 August

"Bringing a whole bundle of fun, sparkle and joy!"


Merseyside borough of Knowsley to hold first Pride event on anniversary of the murder of Michael Causer

what was


Dykes Who Hike: hiking group for LGBTQ+ women and non-binary people a "wholesome" space

Since March, Dykes Who Hike have tackled Seaford to Eastbourne, walked Dover to Deal and traversed Canterbury to Whitstable, with over 200 people attending their most recent hike.


Michael Causer was attacked at a house party in 2008 in
widely considered a 'hate crime'.


) The decision to become a foster carer can take a lot of careful thought, consideration, and research. There are many different types of fostering - short term or long term, ranging from a few days, weeks, months or even years.

Children may need foster care from the moment they are born, and some children stay in care up to the age of 18 and beyond. Brighton & Hove City Council need foster carers for children under five, school aged children, siblings, teenagers and young refugees.

Foster carers from all walks of life are encouraged to step forward. Cathy Seiderer, the council’s Fostering Recruitment and Assessment Manager, says: “We have a wonderful community of fantastic foster carers, and we want to reach out and appeal to the whole community of Brighton & Hove and surrounding areas to encourage them to find out more about fostering for their local authority. You really can make a difference to a young person’s life.”

Foster carers Chris and Kieran have been fostering for 28 years, with 20 long term placements and over 100 shortterm. We spoke to them about what motivated them to begin their fostering journey.

Kieran says “Both of us worked long hours and we had a big house with five bedrooms. We decided that we’d like to offer our home to young people.

“We had a good lifestyle, we partied, and we thought, we’ve done that, what else can we do? I was a teacher; I’d also worked in residential care, so I had some knowledge of young people.”

The couple offer emergency foster care but have offered respite, short-term and long-term foster care in the past. They have also cared for unaccompanied asylum-seeking young people.

Chris says: “The longer-term young people we’ve cared for have been teenagers. They’ve come to us in early teens; we’ve seen them through secondary school, college, and helped many of them into flats or university.

“The good bit is you see them growing up, becoming independent and hopefully moving on. You get to know them; they’re old enough to really talk to.

“We’re grandparents now! We have two granddaughters, and we attended a wedding where the best man was one of our foster children and I think four of the ushers were our foster children.

That was quite a day!

“We enjoy being part of their lives For instance, they’ll come on holiday with us. We like to see young people enjoying experiences that very often they’ve never had before.”

We asked Chris and Kieran what advice they would give to those in the LGBTQ+ community who may be considering fostering.

“You’ll be totally involved in the lives of the young people you’re looking after. It’s not something that you turn on and off, so you will be there morning, noon and night, and you will worry a lot. But you’re taking on the responsibility of looking after somebody else’s child which is an incredible thing and an amazing feeling of trust. You’ve got to want to enjoy it, or get enjoyment from being with young people, so if you like that, then go for it!”

Brighton & Hove City Council has many LGBTQ+ foster families within their fostering community. The fostering team has strong links with Brighton & Hove LGBTQ+ community groups and are keen to hear from more LGBTQ+ organisations that can help raise awareness.

) To learn more about becoming a foster carer, or to #PlayYourPart in other ways, email fosteringrecruitment@ or visit www.


One of Brighton & Hove’s biggest community events returns this month

) The boys at Brighton Bear Weekend (BBW) have announced the full programme of events taking place over four-days, which will raise funds for the Sussex Beacon and the Brighton Rainbow Fund

Celebrating its 14th year, BBW promises to be a weekend brimming with excitement, camaraderie, and the crowning of Mr Brighton Bear 2024!

) Thursday, 11 July: Quiz Night at Camelford Arms from 7pm

Get your thinking caps on for this BBW tradition with £300 cash prize. Cost: £2 entry pp, max of six per team. You

can grab dinner here! Booking advised: 01273 622386.

) Friday, 12 July: Welcome Party and Brighton Bear Contest at Dorset Gardens from 5 – 10pm

BBW Marquee with Mr Brighton Bear hosted by Dave Lynn with Samba Band, Dave the Bear and more.

BBW Bar with food served by local HIV charity Lunch Positive. Discounts on food and drink with BBW wristband

Free; max capacity of 500 people.

) Bears at the Angel at The Fallen Angel Brighton with DJ Josh Sharp from

“Join us as we make memories, forge new connections, and celebrate the bear community in all its glory.”


) Saturday, 13 July (Daytime): The Garden Party at Dorset Gardens from 12 – 7pm

Packed day with boys from BBW announcing the winner of Mr Brighton Bear. Acts announced so far include: Candi Rell, Sally Vate, Mary o’Kart, Rainbow Chorus, Davina Sparkle, Pearl & Dean, Carmelle Toe and Jon Bee


BBW Marquee and drinks at the BBW Bar, plus community organisation and vendor stalls and food served by Lunch Positive. Discounts on food and drink

with BBW wristband.

Free; max capacity of 500 people.

) Saturday, 13 July (Evening) is club night at Dust, nestled in the basement of CHALK at Pool Valley, with DJs Boozy Bear and DJ Rob C from 11 – 4am Costs £10 - £20 on door and cloakroom available at this men-only event!

) Sunday, 14 July: Sunday Lunch served at Arcobaleno with live jazz band from 12 – 4pm

Booking advised (01273 752143) as this will fill up quickly. BBW suggests £5 donation to the Brighton Rainbow Fund.

) Sunday Mini Golf – One Under with fully licensed bar from 11am

Two unique courses of fun filled mini golf. Social play with friends or meet some new ones to play with!

) Lunch with the Chair at Burnt Orange from 1 – 4pm. Cost: £75 per person with proceeds going to charity.

Private dining room; pay at venue; very limited space.

) Underbears at Manchester Street Art Club: 6 – 11pm, doors close 7pm.

Graham Munday, Chair of BBW, said: “BBW is a celebration of friendship, love, and unity within the bear community. With a packed schedule of events, including social gatherings, parties, and fundraising activities, there’s something for everyone to enjoy.

“Join us as we make memories, forge new connections, and celebrate the bear community in all its glory.”

D Tickets and wristbands here:


One of the most anticipated highlights of the weekend is the election of Brighton Bear 2024. This year marks the sixth instalment of this much-loved tradition, where the community comes together to choose a bear who embodies the spirit and energy of BBW. The competition is not just about looks; it’s about celebrating our vibrant bear community’s character, charm, and contribution.

How to Cast Your Vote

Whether you’re a local or an international fan of the bear scene, you can participate in the voting process. Head over to our website and cast your vote for the candidate who you think should wear the sash for the upcoming year. Voting is a breeze – you can vote

only once, but if you change your mind, don’t worry. You can revise your choice any time before 12pm on July 13.

Why Your Vote Matters

The election of Brighton Bear 2024 is more than just a title – it’s a symbol of our community’s values and spirit. The chosen bear will represent us throughout the year, promoting inclusivity, pride, and the unique culture that makes BBW so special. Your vote helps highlight the diversity and dynamism of our community.

A Big Bear Thank You to Our Sponsors

We’re thrilled to have the support of Den Loungewear and Bear107, two incredible sponsors that share our commitment to the bear community.

D Vote here: mrbrightonbear/

LGBT Youth Scotland to capture, collate and celebrate the lives of young LGBTQ+ people

in Scotland

The group wants to ensure LGBTQ+ young people’s voices are preserved for future generations and celebrated across Scotland.


Trans swimmer Lia Thomas loses legal battle to compete at Olympics

Thomas rose to prominence after she won the US' highest college title back in March 2022.


Pope Francis accused of using ANOTHER homophobic term

This comes just weeks after apologising for “extremely homophobic language”.


Trans charity Mermaids launches Trans Youth Manifesto ahead of the General Election

"Trans young people’s message to politicians is clear: they want to feel safe, welcome and protected, and to live in a world where they are celebrated, not debated."


Labour commits to new HIV Action Plan in election manifesto

The announcement follows Tory commitments to ending new HIV cases by 2030 and justice for those impacted by the Infected Blood Scandal.


REVIEW: 'Sauna Boy' @ Stage Door Theatre

Dan Ireland-Reeves pulls back the curtain on the non-stop activities of a south coast gay sauna in his semi-autobiographical monodrama Sauna Boy, and there are some explicit revelations.



Richard Angell, Chief Executive of sexual health / HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust, receives OBE in The King’s Birthday Honours List

) Richard Angell, Chief Executive of sexual health /HIV charity Terrence Higgins Trust, has received an OBE in The King’s Birthday Honours List in recognition of his services to charity. Richard, who became Chief Executive of Terrence Higgins Trust in March 2023, was previously the charity’s Campaigns Director and Head of Policy & Public Affairs.

During his time with Terrence Higgins Trust, Richard has played an integral role in securing £20 million Government funding for opt-out HIV testing in emergency departments and its further extension to 81 A&E departments. He led on the work to successfully overturn discriminatory exclusions in blood donation for gay and bisexual men, and those primarily from the UK’s Black communities. He has also been vital to successful work to lift the ban on people living with HIV serving in the military, the ban on ‘driving with AIDS’, and worked to get HIV in political parties’ manifestos.

Jonathan McShane, Chair of the Terrence Higgins Trust board of trustees,

said: “This is richly deserved recognition for Richard and all those he works with to win changes for people living with HIV. His ability to bring together partnerships and act as a catalyst for change has been a hallmark of his career to date and has had a profound impact on our work in recent years.”

“I pay tribute to those lost from untreated HIV over the years, including those I’ve known and loved personally.”

Richard Angell, Chief Executive at Terrence Higgins Trust, added: “After working 22 years as a charity leader, it is a great privilege to receive this award. The work we are doing at Terrence Higgins Trust is quite special. Not only could we be the generation that ends the onward transmission of HIV, we can do it by 2030, be the first country in the world to do so, and do it without a vaccine or a cure.

“I am thankful to our founders, Terry

Higgins’ partner Rupert Whitaker OBE and friend Martyn Butler OBE, for setting up Terrence Higgins Trust in Terry’s memory and altering the course of the HIV epidemic. The charity has changed lives for the last four decades and continues to do so.

“Not only could we be the generation that ends

the onward transmission of HIV,

we can


it by 2030, be the first country in the world to do so, and do it without a vaccine or a cure.”

“I am thankful to my predecessors Sir Nick Partridge and Ian Green OBE as well as the amazing team at Terrence Higgins Trust for their foresight, passion, skill and dedication. Considering the struggles of the charity sector, more than ever we can only do our crucial work because of our incredible supporters — the people who sell red ribbons, bake cakes, run marathons and donate their hard-earned cash. Thank you.

“I pay tribute to those lost from untreated HIV over the years, including those I’ve known and loved personally. Terrence Higgins Trust will do everything in its power to end this epidemic and ensure we are here until the last person living with HIV needs us.”

Richard firstly became a charity trustee at 18, was chair of trustees for a £5 million turnover charity, and most recently was a trustee at Kaleidoscope Trust. Richard has been involved in fighting injustice and campaigning on community issues for more than two decades, from helping to get VAT removed from condoms to playing an active role in organising votes for the 2007 sexual orientation regulations.

Rainbow Chorus awarded grant from Postcode Society Trust to support running of RC+ workshop choir

Running for eight years, this award-winning LGBTQ+ group was set up to allow as many people as possible to experience the joy of singing in a group setting. The workshops aim to improve confidence and encourage a sense of community and belonging, helping to break down prejudice and support isolated LGBTQ+ people.


What's popping on planet pop?! Our pop music reviewer and influencer Dale Melita shares his top tracks and album of the month!




From gender-affirming care to conversion therapy, where do the main political parties stand on LGBTQ+ rights?

) As the UK prepares to go to the polls on July 4, the nation’s two main parties – Labour and Conservatives – have released their manifestos, with LGBTQ+ issues and policies featuring in both.

Key topics – such as gender-affirming care, conversion therapy and singlesex spaces – have been major points of discussion since Prime Minister Rishi Sunak announced an election would take place.

The current opposition the Labour Party, led by Keir Starmer, is currently leading in opinion polls, with the governing Conservative Party – led by Sunak –trailing behind after 14 years in power.

What do the parties’ manifestos say?

The Conservative Party pledges to alter the 2010 Equality Act so that it only offers protection on the basis of biological sex.

At present, sex, along with race, disability and sexual orientation, is a protected characteristic and the act makes it illegal to discriminate against someone on those grounds.

The Conservatives do not want the term “sex” to apply to those who have changed their legal sex. This is to protect female-only spaces and competitiveness in sport, the party’s manifesto says.

In contrast, the Labour Party has said it supports the Equality Act as it is, including its exemptions that allow for the provision of single-sex spaces in certain circumstances.

The parties also differ in their approach to so-called conversion therapy, a

widely discredited practice used to try and change a person’s sexuality or gender.

Labour has said it will issue a ban on conversion therapy that protects transgender people, but also leaves room for people to explore their sexuality and gender.

The Conservatives have not committed to a ban, and instead said they need more time to reach a final judgement on the “very complex” issue.

Labour has also promised to “modernise, simplify and reform” the process of changing legal gender, but said they would not implement a self-ID law, which would remove the need for a medical diagnosis.

Both parties have committed to work with the recommendations of the Cass Review, the report into gender identity services for children, which called for better care.

Conservatives said in their manifesto they will also ban puberty blockers through private prescription.

The governing party has also stated that terms such as breastfeeding and mother will not be replaced by “chestfeeding and birthing parent” within the health service.

The NHS only uses such terms when referring to non-binary or trans patients in its guidance.

The party has said it will also introduce legislation to force teachers to follow controversial school guidance on supporting gender-questioning pupils, which says children cannot socially transition without parental permission. Where do the party leaders stand?

Both Sunak and Starmer have repeatedly been asked about where they stand on trans issues as public discussion of this topic has become increasingly polarised in Britain.

During the Conservative Party Conference in October last year, Sunak said the public should not be “bullied into believing that people can be any sex they want to be”.

“They can’t, a man is a man and a


woman is a woman, that’s just common sense,” he said.

Starmer previously said Labour was committed to introducing a self-ID system if they won power. This pledge was dropped last year.

During a television interview in April, Starmer said a Labour MP was “biologically” correct when she said that only women can have a cervix, having said it was “not right” and “shouldn’t be said” in 2021.

He also said trans women should not share female same-sex spaces in prisons or hospital wards.

In January, Starmer said he thought 16 was too young for people to begin legally changing their gender.

How have LGBTQ+ groups responded?

LGBTQ+ groups have emphasised the need for a comprehensive ban on conversion therapy, first promised by the Conservative government six years ago, as well as support for trans children in schools.

“LGBTQ+ children, like any and all children, deserve to be respected, valued and have the right to learn in a safe school environment,” said Laura MacKay, CEO of LGBTQ+ youth charity Just Like Us

Jayne Ozanne, chair of Ban Conversion Therapy Coalition, praised Labour’s commitment to a ban while also leaving space for questioning people to explore their gender and sexuality.

“I’m pleased (Labour) recognise the importance of allowing exploratory conversations - a key part of ‘affirmative care’ so long as they don’t have a predetermined purpose,” she said. Mermaids, a charity supporting trans and gender-questioning children, launched its Trans Youth Manifesto ahead of the election, calling for improved access to gender-affirming care.

OPINION: The impact of voter ID on trans and nonbinary voters

New research from Dr Ash Stokoe (Teaching Fellow at University of Birmingham) and Dr Kit Colliver (York Law School), has explored the impact that voter ID rules have on trans and non-binary voters.

Dr Ash Stokoe said: “Concerns about the impact of voter ID on LGBTQ+ people are not new. In the US, evidence shows that although LGBTQ+ people are highly engaged in politics, they also face community-specific barriers to voting. In particular, trans people can have difficulty obtaining ID that reflects their gender identity and expression.

“This reduces their likelihood of voting: trans people have been found almost 40% less likely to register to vote if they do not have ID that matches their

identity and expression.

“Our study of trans people’s experiences of voter ID in England, Scotland and Wales demonstrates that it has created similar barriers to political participation with government guidelines stating that your photo ID must ‘look like you’.

“Participants reported dysphoric responses to ‘outdated’ ID that does not reflect their gender identity; anxiety about potential misgendering or deadnaming when presenting ID to vote; and fears of direct challenge or conflict if their ID is questioned.

“The fact is that some trans people are likely to be put off voting for as long as photo ID rules are in place.”

“Only 26% of participants said they would feel comfortable showing their photo ID. Instead, we are seeing a move away from in-person voting (-18%) towards a higher use of postal votes (+16%) for trans and non-binary voters, in order to avoid any negative interactions that may arise at the polling station.

“However, despite Voter Authority Certificates and the possibility of postal votes our study found that 25% of trans people reported they were less likely to vote in a future general election. The fact is that some trans people are likely to be put off voting for as long as photo ID rules are in place.”

Summer of love! Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus' Pride shows to celebrate 10 years of equal marriage

Put a Ring On It! will showcase a rich tapestry of music and stories from Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus members that reflect a decade of love and unity.


'Dear Cisgender People': debut novel by trans activist Kenny Ethan Jones

With over 80,000 followers on Instagram, Kenny Ethan Jones is on a mission to further educate, inspire and normalise trans people existing.


Kyiv stages first Pride rally since Russia launched full-scale invasion

Several hundred LGBTQ+ activists and allies, including Ukrainian soldiers, marched in central Kyiv on June 16 to demand the government grant them more rights as they took part in the first Pride march in the Ukrainian capital.


Marriage Equality Bill in Thailand an "historic step" for LGBTQ+ rights

The Bill grants LGBTQ+ couples equal rights with heterosexual couples in relation to marriage, child adoption, healthcare consent and inheritance, among other things.


England's smallest town celebrates Pride with live music, drag and inclusive sport taking over the town

Approximately 1,000 people turned up on the event, which was held across 12 locations in the town, including the beach and the fire station.


Pope Francis mocked as Rome Pride Parade celebrates 30th anniversary

Tens of thousands of people in brightly coloured outfits marched through the Italian capital waving banners, dancing and singing as they marked gay rights and poked fun at Pope Francis



Brighton & Hove Pride to honour much-loved Jason Sutton with the Legends Presents The Miss Jason Cabaret Stage

) Brighton & Hove Pride has announced that this year’s Cabaret Big Top will be renamed to honour our much-loved Jason Sutton (Miss Jason), who sadly passed away recently, as Legends Presents The Miss Jason Cabaret Stage

In a release, Pride said: “The sequinned sensation at the heart of FABULOSO, Legends’ support for Brighton & Hove Pride is the epitome of Brighton’s community spirit. From their financial support of the Legends Cabaret Big Top to their fundraisers for the Brighton Rainbow Fund, they are a shining example of how a venue’s support can make a real difference.”

Hosted by Davina Sparkle and Cosmic, the Miss Jason Cabaret Stage features a rich palette of the very best of the UK’s LGBTQ+ cabaret scene and is your first stop for a riotous celebration of queer, camp entertainment!

This year’s rhinestone-encrusted jewel box will feature Amy Laqueefa, Aura Jay, Dave Lynn, Kara van Park, Lovinia Belle, Marsha Mallow, Mary Golds, Mary O’Kart, Mrs Moore, Portia, Rose Garden, Sally Vate, Sam Solace, Sandra, Shania Pain and Snow White Trash, as well as the Voice of Broadway winner.

Paul Kemp, Director of Brighton & Hove Pride, said: “Jason was a wellrespected and much-loved member of the LGBTQ+ community both here in Brighton and across the UK and beyond, and we are delighted that when we suggested to Legends about dedicating this year’s cabaret big top in his name, they agreed wholeheartedly.

“We would like to thank Erica and the Legends Team for their hard work arranging such an amazing cabaret line up every year. Legends has been a long-term supporter of Pride and

each year has invested back into our community. We are truly grateful to them and for all their support over the years and are looking forward to a fantastic Pride weekend.”

Erica Hann, Director of Legends, added: “Legends is very proud to be a sponsor of Brighton Pride 2024. This wonderful event celebrates the diversity in our amazing city, and as a venue, we believe this is a great way to demonstrate our continued support for the LGBTQ+ community in Brighton. We are very much looking forward to celebrating with everyone on the day.”

British pop idols Girls Aloud and global superstar Mika will headline the main stage at this year’s joyful and fun filled FABULOSO two-day community fundraiser event. Joining this spectacular line up is multi-awardwinning actor, musician and LGBTQ+ icon, Billy Porter; dancefloor and all out sensation, Sophie Ellis-Bextor; pop family favourites S Club, the UK’s treasured singer-songwriter, Gabrielle; Björn Again, House Gospel Choir and Danny Beard.

Legendary British dance trailblazers Fat Tony and DJ Paulette are just two of the big names set to spin the decks in the Pride Dance Tent, while East London’s queer scene stalwart and Boiler Room star Michelle Manetti and house music mainstays Jenn Getz & Alfie headline the DIVA Dance Tent.

“Jason was a wellrespected and muchloved member of the LGBTQ+ community”

Diverse and inclusive club night

BEEFMINCE bring their Dance Tent to this year’s FABULOSO with headliner Paul Heron, and on Sunday New York drag queen extraordinaire Kevin Aviance and Princess Superstar will both grace the Polyglamorous Stage. With more than 150 LGBTQ+ artists across a multitude of stages and tents over the weekend, 2024 is shaping up to be the most diverse and queer line-up ever.

Pride added: “Firmly established as the UK’s most popular international Pride festival, Brighton & Hove Pride is as famous, vibrant, popular, and unique as the city itself. Brighton & Hove Pride’s sole ethos is to promote diversity, inclusion and education within our communities while raising much needed funds for our local LGBTQ+ charity and community groups and projects through the Brighton Rainbow Fund and Social Impact Fund.”


“I want to spread awareness and be the role model that I wish I had when I was growing up!”


We catch up with Kent-based Mr Gay Great Britain South East contestant, Jordan

) Tell us a bit about yourself... My name’s Jordan and I’m an operations manager, proud LGBTQ+ activist, and part-time underwear model from Swale in Kent. I’m also on my local Pride committee and coordinate their fundraisers and socials to help create safe spaces for the local queer community, as I feel this wasn’t common or easily accessible when I was growing up.

I also co-host a local radio show that discusses LGBTQ+ issues and our upcoming events and fundraisers.

How did you get involved in Mr Gay Great Britain 2024?

I love helping my local LGBTQ+ community, but I really want to do more and help make a bigger impact on a national scale. I discovered Mr Gay Great Britain via Instagram, and when I saw that the winner has the opportunity to represent the community in Parliament, and to be an advisor to the Equalities Minister, I knew this was my chance to have a bigger platform to influence change on a national level. How is the winner decided?

There are multiple rounds, and your placement in each round counts towards the final tally.

The rounds include: social media vote, where each ‘like’ is classed as a vote; charity fundraising round for Pride Action North and the Charlie & Carter Foundation; and the On the Day public vote – I am told that three thousand people attended last year’s event.

There are also three runway events: swimwear, formal wear, and national wear. The national wear is top secret and must be something that represents

Great Britain with a queer twist. I’m very excited for this one!

There’s also Mr Congeniality – all finalists get to vote on who they would like to win; an LGBTQ+ history and current affairs quiz; and then the final overall judges’ vote.

You’re raising funds and awareness for bullying and pride. Why is this?

I’ve seen so many comments and heard so many conversations with people saying things like “It’s 2024 everyone is ok with it now”, “when is straight pride?”, and “it’s all for attention”.

So, I want to help spread awareness. Although we are in 2024 and have made lots of progress, the statistics speak for themselves - gay and bisexual men are four times more likely to attempt suicide across their lifetime than the rest of the population. LGBTQ+ people are one and a half times more likely to develop depression and anxiety disorder compared to the rest of the population.

This is a result of the many lived experiences that LGBTQ+ people will often have to deal with as a minority community, such as stigma, prejudice, and discrimination.

As a mixed-race gay man, I’m sure you can imagine how I didn’t have the easiest of childhoods in that regard. I want to spread awareness and be the role model that I wish I had when I was growing up!

Which charities are you supporting and why?

The chosen charities for Mr Gay Great Britain are Pride Action North and the Charlie & Carter Foundation. Pride Action North provide services and support to the LGBTQ+ Community not only in the North but around the UK. The Charlie & Carter Foundation provides financial support to families with seriously ill children with life limiting conditions around the UK.

What are your plans if you win?

If I win, I want to spend more time in the community talking to people and different LGBTQ+ groups to understand what is important to them and what they would like to see raised in Parliament. I would like to be a voice for the community and would want to ensure that everyone feels represented.

As a gay man, I can only draw from my own experiences; however, each member of the LGBTQ+ community is likely to have faced different challenges

“I would like to be a voice for the community and would want to ensure that everyone feels represented.”

and have their own experiences, so I want to know about them. I want to use this platform to spread awareness, educate, and show members of our community they are not alone.

What do you get up to when you’re not preparing for the competition?

I like going to gym, spending time with family and friends and doing part time underwear modelling where I have been lucky enough to feature in magazines with some of the biggest gay brands around the world.

With Pride season round the corner, which ones are you hoping to attend?

I’m hoping to attend as many Prides as I can around my home county of Kent, and I recently attended Canterbury Pride. The other Kent Prides I’ll be attending will be my hometown Swale, Deal, Margate, Medway, Ashford, Maidstone and Dartford. I’m making every effort to attend Brighton & Hove Pride and have a fundraiser in Brighton on Sunday, August 18 at Centre Stage that will be hosted by the fabulous Ruffles!

If you could invite five people, dead or alive, over to dinner, who would they be?

Marsha P Johnson, Freddie Mercury, Princess Diana, Lady Gaga, and Madonna. What a dinner party that would be!

How can people vote for you?

You can vote for me by visiting the ‘Mr Gay Great Britain’ Facebook or Instagram pages and simply liking the photo that says ‘Vote Jordan!’. You can also visit my personal Instagram @Jordanwch_92, and like the Mr Gay Great Britain post that is pinned at the top of my profile.



Lloyd Russell-Moyle steps down as Labour MP of Kemptown after “vexatious and politically motivated complaint” sees him receive “administrative suspension letter” from the party

) The MP, who revealed he is HIV positive during a House of Commons debate on public health in 2018, said on Facebook: “I’ve been working day and night since the election was called for success not only in Brighton Kemptown & Peacehaven but across Sussex. Yesterday, out of the blue, I received an “administrative suspension letter.”

“Someone (who remains anonymous to me) has made what I believe to be a vexatious and politically motivated complaint about my behaviour eight years ago. This is a false allegation that I dispute totally and I believe it was designed to disrupt this election.

“There isn’t enough time to defend myself as these processes within the party take too long, so the party have told me that I will not be eligible to be a candidate at the next election.

“I’m gutted. I’ve spent the last decade of my life building one of the best campaigning CLPs in the country. I’ve been so inspired by everyone pulling together in the last week and excited for the campaign to come. We have an amazing local party, and I am sorry for all of you most of all.

“I aim to cooperate with the investigations process to clear my name, but will now take this opportunity to contribute to public life in different ways under what I hope is a Labour government.

“I wish Keir Starmer, Angela Rayner, and the Labour team the best of luck and hope to be celebrating Labour wins across Sussex and beyond on election night.”

"This is a false allegation that I dispute totally and I believe it was designed to disrupt this election."

Was anti-trans activist Kellie-Jay Keen-Minshull, also known as ‘Posie Parker’, to blame?

) Anti-trans activist Kellie-Jay KeenMinshull, who also goes by the name of ‘Posie Parker’, has shifted her attention to Bristol Central for the General Election on July 4, after threatening to stand as an independent for the Brighton Kemptown seat.

The controversial figure, whose stance on trans rights has been condemned globally – and whose rallies are often ‘bolstered’ by neo-Nazis – last month implied on social media that she is responsible for incumbent Brighton Kemptown Labour MP Lloyd RussellMoyle being suspended from the Labour Party after a “vexatious and politically motivated complaint” saw him receive an “administrative

suspension letter” from the party. The timing of the letter left him with no time to appeal before the General Election.

When asked why she had moved on from campaigning to become MP of Brighton Kemptown, Keen-Minshull said on Twitter, formerly X: “I already won Brighton. LRM banned from standing.”

Keen-Minshull has been ‘credited’ for popularising the use of the term “adult human female” to define a woman and she has used billboards, posters, stickers and social media to promote anti–trans rights messages.

Keen-Minshull has held anti-trans events in the UK, the US, Australia, and New Zealand, where she was escorted out of the country by police after being ‘tomatoed’ by supporters of trans rights.

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Big thanks to The Grosvenor Bar, a small venue with a huge heart.

) Community-based HIV charity Lunch Positive has presented the Grosvenor Bar with a certificate of thanks for £3,537 raised over the last five months! As a smaller venue, this achievement by the Grosvenor Bar is outstanding, and a record raised by any one local LGBTQ business supporting the grassroots HIV charity.

This acknowledgement of amazing support from the Grosvenor Bar, customers, donors, artists and contributors comes at an especially poignant time, Small Charity Week in June.

Lunch Positive celebrates its 15th anniversary this year. It is a small charity doing big work to support the local HIV community, and runs on a shoestring with services almost entirely provided by an amazing team of volunteers and helpers. Thousands of volunteering hours are given in providing frontline support every year.

Against a backdrop of reduced and often uncertain funding, Lunch Positive reaches, involves and supports hundreds of people living with HIV each year through its unique support services, the Friday lunch club and Tuesday support drop in, befriending scheme, food bank and outreach, 1-1 and specialist support.

In thanking the Grosvenor for their amazing and life-changing help, Gary Pargeter, Director of Lunch Positive, reflected on the impact and challenges for small charities like Lunch Positive: “Small charities are known for our ‘open door’ approach, being led by people with lived experience who have a deep understanding of our community issues. We reflect the diversity of our community through our amazing volunteers and helpers, and of all the voluntary sector organisations in the UK,

96% are small charities.

"Importantly, our smaller size and closeness to community means we have a unique, strong connection and impact.

"But it does mean that our people and resources are focussed on providing help, supporting others, thousands of hours given through volunteering every year Frequently small charities like Lunch Positive do not have the advantages of larger organisations such as paid fundraising staff and public relations workers, so getting fundraising support and our message out becomes ever more challenging.

"Because of our size, our resources are focussed on directly delivering services and helping people. For smaller charities like us, one of our greatest needs is the help of local businesses and community to support us with fundraising. When this happens, businesses support and connect with small charities, the direct impact on people we help is massive.

"This is exactly what the Grosvenor Bar have proved. Every penny raised goes directly to providing services and support. There have been some amazing fundraising activities, we are

hugely grateful to the Grosvenor Bar, customers, contributors and everyone involved in helping fundraise – you are changing lives.”

Hearing from Mike and Jay, proprietors of the Grosvenor Bar: “It was an honour to receive a certificate from our friends at Lunch Positive in recognition of the fundraising efforts of our fantastic customers. Our customers have raised an astonishing £3,537 over the past five months. For a small bar that’s an incredible amount, showing that we might be small but we have a huge heart.

“A massive thank you to Dave Lynn and Hazell Dean for An Audience With, to the Brighton Box Gallery and everyone who kindly donated auction prizes, to Kevin Coyle (Drag Bus) for being at the centre of our efforts and to Robert O’Neill for promoting our fundraising events and filling the bar

“But most of all to our customers and friends thank you so much for your amazing generosity. The Grosvenor Bar continues to support Lunch Positive over the year ahead. Please look out for the programme of events coming up.”

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) HIV Hour is a grassroots Brightonbased radio show produced and presented by people living with HIV. As part of the locally-based station Radio Reverb, each show has a potential reach of 40,000 people in the Brighton & Hove area.

In addition to a local and UK audience, HIV Hour is heard by and support people across the world living with and affected by HIV.

HIV Hour is the world’s longest running radio show about HIV, an amazing achievement which the team feel so proud about and want to build on.

The volunteer team at HIV Hour are poised to rebrand and relaunch their show in July, and in preparation for this I was invited to talk to them about their work, the show and its impact.

Speaking with volunteers who put the show together, Josh Sharples, David Fray, and Philip Dehany, I heard about the show’s history, motivations and milestones, and aims for the future.

HIV Hour first started as the ‘HIV Happy Hour’ in 2015 with funding from Brighton Rainbow Fund, then developing into the current HIV Hour broadcast and podcast today. Josh, the producer and co-presenter of the show, began his involvement on the show through a Terrence Higgins Trust project called Work Positive in 2019.

David, who co-produces and presents, cites living with HIV for 30 years and the changing roles of HIV activism as some of his many motivations for taking part. Philip is one of the newer presenters, diagnosed with HIV in 2016, enjoying the opportunities the show provides to hear and share stories around HIV.

The other members of the team are Sue Hunter (THT Positive Voices coordinator), Stephen Hart (Positive Voice speaker and actor) and Tony MacGrath (a Worthing HIV advocate).

Talking with Josh, David and Philip, a running theme is how becoming

involved with the show has not only helped many listeners, but has helped themselves build confidence in talking about their own journey with HIV.

The sharing of lived experience, helping others overcome internalised ‘selfstigma’ and helping a wider audience, especially those not necessarily living with HIV, better understand the facts and experiences of life with HIV.

These are all major motivations for the volunteer team. Together they search out programming content and interviews to help bust stigma, educate and entertain.

Such particular milestones they mention are powerful interviews that can make comparisons of life with HIV now at a time of effective treatments, compared to those at a time there were none; experiences with the diversity of people living with HIV including women; the trans and BME communities.

Also ground breaking interviews, such as James Bushe, the airline pilot who helped overturn the ban on pilots working with an HIV diagnosis and Neil Bartlett, director of a special stage version of Derek Jarman’s Blue

The team also produce insightful interviews such as Nathanial J Hall’s shocking documentary Bug Chasers about people who intentionally seek to acquire HIV, with news of initiatives in the beauty industry to help end discriminatory practices which asks some people to unnecessarily disclose their HIV status and to educate beauty practitioners on these initiatives; reporting on local HIV services and community projects, together with important community events such as Zero Stigma Day and World AIDS Day. All of these feature the invaluable participation and voices of people living with HIV.

Through its various channels and platforms, this unique radio show has a wide reach, and is heard by people as

far as China, USA, Iran, and Africa, in fact - across the world.

In addition to relieving isolation here in the UK, the team at HIV Hour have heard moving feedback about how this helps people feel less isolated in areas of the world where they don’t know others living with HIV, especially poignant in some places where coming from a marginalised community is often illegal, and HIV is even more powerfully stigmatised. The national ‘HIV 2030’ goals of eliminating HIV transmission by 2030 are important to the team, and a theme throughout its work.

HIV Hour will be out in force at this year’s Zero HIV Stigma Day rally in Jubilee Square, Brighton on July 21 from 1pm. This important community event will also be the point of their relaunch and rebrand, all aimed to ensure the reach of the programme will continue to grow and broaden, fulfilling an essential community mission! Please come along and see them, listen to their shows, and help spread the word of HIV Hour!

HIV Hour is broadcast fortnightly on the 1st and 3rd Thursday of each month at 7pm and repeated throughout the month on Radio reverb 97.2FM, DAB+, and on your smart speaker.

To listen to previous shows go to the ‘Listen Again’ page on www. For our podcast, type in HIV Hour on your favourite social media platform (Apple, Spotify etc.)

) Follow us on social media @hivhourreverb (Facebook) and @hiv_hour. (X and Instagram). Email or visit


) June celebrated National Volunteering Week and the Ledward Centre hosted a volunteering fair for local LGBTQ & HIV volunteer involving groups. Following a call-out, the day was attended by Brighton Rainbow Fund, Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard, Clare Project, Ledward Centre, Lunch Positive, Sussex Beacon and Queer Heritage South The event was funded through Brighton & Hove Community Works, the local community and voluntary sector infrastructure organisation that gives voluntary and community organisations the support and platform they need to make a difference to local lives and issues.

Helping put the event together, Gary Pargeter, a volunteer Wellbeing Rep at Community Works, said: “This was an enjoyable first volunteering fair at the Ledward Centre, and I hope there’ll

be opportunity to build upon this for the future. It showed great examples of the breadth of volunteering happening locally and opportunities to become involved.

“Some of the groups who attended have shared more information on their voluntary work here for Scene. I hope people will be interested and inspired to know more about the amazing voluntary sector we have locally.”

) Lunch Positive – Community to the core!

Lunch Positive is a smaller community based HIV charity that does big work with impact in Brighton & Hove and in areas of Sussex. Lunch Positive provides an HIV lunch club & drop-in, HIV food bank, HIV befriending, outreach and wellbeing programmes. Importantly, services are provided by volunteers who are themselves people living with

HIV, and their allies.

It is an entirely unique service within community, and a brilliant example of peer support involving and reaching hundreds of people each year. Lunch Positive volunteering features as a published example of best practice with Public Health England and the charity works closely with NHS to reach and support people living with HIV. The charity was proudly awarded the Queen’s Award for Voluntary Service, recognising that volunteers are at the core of providing services, the quality and impact of their work.

The projects and the support provided by Lunch Positive are all built upon the energy, contributions and kindness of volunteers. The charity provides the largest regular support gatherings for people living with HIV locally. Peer-topeer volunteering to support people with HIV is a long held tradition, now going back over 40 years since HIV was first identified. Lunch Positive is extremely proud to continue that tradition, meeting the needs of today which are still often complex.

Gary Pargeter, Director of Lunch Positive, said: “Volunteering is a rewarding and enjoyable activity. It’s often described as a fantastic way to ‘get out’ or ‘give something to the community’, and is a great way to meet people and make new friends. We have volunteering opportunities across the whole organisation, including trusteeship, helping with the running & development of the charity, and roles

helping to provide a wide range of services and support.

“The volunteer team is inclusive and supportive. People don’t necessarily need a range of prior experience, but motivation and keenness to support others are important, along with acceptance, the ability to be genuine and non-judgemental, an understanding of the need for absolute confidentiality, commitment, being able to work as part of a team.

“It’s not only about giving time to carry out all the everyday tasks needed to provide our services. It’s equally as much about the genuine care for people, and spirit of helping which has made our community-led and volunteer delivered services so successful. It’s these incredibly valuable personal qualities that volunteers bring which make the services we provide welcoming, supportive, useful and helpful for everyone who comes along.”

Showing how volunteering has a mutual benefit, and how this can help people in their own lives, Jez, a Lunch Positive volunteer, added: “Volunteering for Lunch Positive has helped me greatly in dealing with my unresolved grief at losing someone I love to AIDS.

“It strengthens you when you see a man who could hardly bring himself to communicate when he first attended, now laughing and chatting to a group of friends over dinner. Or when someone trusts you enough to share their grief with you. This has changed my life.”

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) Brighton & Hove’s LGBT Switchboard’s Helpline, operating since 1975, has always relied on the generosity and commitment of volunteers to deliver the service. We currently have 60+ active volunteers.

Volunteering is a rewarding experience. As Jamie, a helpline volunteer, puts it; “I’ve been volunteering here since June 2021. I decided I wanted to volunteer as a listener because I saw it as a way of positively giving something back to the community. I lost my partner to suicide in 2007 and this shaped how I view the world. That’s why being part of the community and actively supporting people is so important to me.”

Switchboard has monitored call themes and demographics shared over the years. As a result, we have created several other services to address needs that we saw were not being met.

Volunteers are now active with our Older People’s (50+) Group and our Dementia Support Group, helping to facilitate meetups and activities, as well as our Bereavement Support Group. Often these volunteers start as service users and find great reward in passing forward the support they have received.

Chris, a service user who became a volunteer, said: “I soon realised others were in similar situations. They were sharing, having their grief validated, with empathy. Not only for losses of close relations, some for pets or relationships, or for after life-changing experiences.

“I particularly liked the nature and creativity activities. I have always found an art therapy approach to my own mental health better than just pills etc. When asked for feedback my ideas were welcomed and naturally this progressed into me being a creative volunteer for the projects.”

Our intergenerational befriending service, Rainbow Neighbours, has for the past year been matching volunteers with service users from a different age group with monthly oneto-ones as a home visit or out in the community, whether that’s a visit to a coffee shop, walk on the beach, or

grabbing fish and chips!

LiJingYi says: “As a volunteer I always feel I am part of the LGBTQ+ community. Not only through connection with other people in the community but also a strong feeling of contributing to it. As a social sciences student, I always have a strong urge to do something for people in need. I want to get in touch with real people who are not just words and data in textbooks and papers, to listen to their stories, and to help as much as I can.”

Our newest project, International Rainbow Inclusion Service, provides regular support groups and one-toone support for migrants, refugees, and asylum seekers. Volunteers with lived experience help facilitate those groups and service users previously isolated from the LGBTQ+ community and support have now found reward in volunteering themselves across other projects. One of our first service users through that project is now helping to support and coordinate our presence at many Pride events this year.

Volunteers; We simply couldn’t do it without them.

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) The Brighton Rainbow Fund was

started in 2010 as a means of “levelling the playing field” in distributing funds raised in the community at Pride, Bear Weekend, venues and from individuals in a fair, transparent way according to need. We have no premises, no paid staff and very low overheads.

The need for volunteers is not huge, but is quite specific.

1. Maintenance of the website, ensuring it´s kept up to date, and accurate

2. Social media, keeping our presence, principally on FB, fresh and relevant. Ensuring that news of fundraising events and opportunities, news of successful recipients of grants and how their grants are being spent and call outs for help with specific projects reach the widest possible audience.

3. Somebody to regularly visit venues and businesses that have one of our collection tins, swop tins for empty ones, and to count and bank money, and issue certificates confirming amounts collected by each venue.

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) The Ledward Centre (TLiC) is Brighton´s own LGBTQ+ community and cultural centre. A safe space for the LGBTQ+ community and our allies.

The hub of TLC is the café, open for drop ins, meet ups and hanging out during the day, and hosting a variety of events during the evenings.

We have a team of more than 40 volunteers, but as we grow need to keep growing our team. There are roles working in the café, on reception, admin roles, and opportunities to help with marketing, social media, and fundraising, as will as helping to create and manage events.

D Complete the form at bit. lyTLCvolreg and we´ll be in touch.

) The Clare Project (TCP) came along to the volunteer fair, and talked about volunteering as part of trusteeship

“Being a trustee at TCP is an incredibly important and fulfilling role. Trustees play a crucial part in guiding and shaping the charity, ensuring that its aims and goals are focused on making a real difference for the trans, nonbinary, and intersex (TNBI) community.

“The role of a trustee involves a regular commitment, typically around two to four hours per week, but this can vary. There are times when more dedication is needed, especially during key projects or strategic planning periods. However, the role is flexible, and support is always available. There’s no need to have previous trustee experience as full induction and ongoing training will be provided.

“Trustees help steer the organisation

by setting its strategic direction and ensuring it stays true to its mission and values. They are involved in high-level decision-making processes that shape the charity’s future, from financial oversight to policy development. This role is not just about governance; it’s about actively contributing to initiatives that advocate for TNBI rights and support the community in meaningful ways.

“Being a trustee offers significant personal and professional benefits. It provides an excellent opportunity to gain insight into the nonprofit sector, enhance your CV, and develop valuable skills such as financial oversight, strategic planning, and decision-making. Trusteeship also offers the chance to expand your network, work alongside a diverse team, and make a meaningful contribution to a vital cause.

“Trustees are essential to the success of the charity. Their guidance ensures that the charity remains effective and true to its mission. By providing strategic leadership and support, trustees help TCP to advocate for and support the TNBI community, reducing social isolation and enhancing lives. This role is critical in maintaining the charity’s integrity, sustainability, and impact.

“Being a trustee is a significant responsibility that requires dedication and passion. It’s an opportunity to be at the forefront of positive change, supporting a vital cause and helping to shape a better future for TNBI individuals, all while gaining valuable skills and experiences.”

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LGBTQ+ Services

l Allsorts Youth Project

Youth Groups and One-to-One Support for LGBTQ+ young people under 26 (in-person & online). Weekly sessions 01273 721211 or email info@

l Brighton & Hove Police

Report all homophobic, biphobic or transphobic incidents to: 24/7 assistance call police on 101 (emergencies 999) Report online at: www.sussex.

LGBT team (not 24/7) email: LGBT@sussex.pnn.

l Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard

• LGBT Older People’s Project

• LGBT Health and Inclusion Project

• LGBTQ Disability & Neurodiversity Project

• Rainbow Café Project: support for LGBT+ people with dementia

• Trans and Non-Binary Link Project

• LGBT Grief Encounters Project

• Volunteering opportunities, call Riley 07599 434057

Helpline hours: Wed & Thur, 7–9.30pm; trans-only webchat on Sun 3–5pm: call 01273 359042 or email or helpline@ Webchat www.switchboard. Office Number: 01273 234009

l Brighton OneBodyOneFaith Brighton sexuality, gender, & faith Group. Meets monthly. Contact: Nigel Nash

l Brighton Women’s Centre Info, counselling, drop-in space, support groups or visit www.

l Lesbian & Gay AA

12-step self-help programme for alcohol addictions: Sun, 7.30pm, Chapel Royal, North St, Btn (side entrance). 01273 203 343 (general AA line). www.

l LGBTQ+ Cocaine Anonymous

Meeting every Tues 6.30-8pm, 6 Tilbury Pl, Brighton, BN2 0GY, CA isn’t allied with any outside organisation, and neither endorses or opposes any causes. Helpline 0800 6120225,

l LGBTQ+ NA Group

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

l LGBT+ Meditation Group

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

l 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

l MCC Brighton

Inclusive, affirming space where all are invited to come

as they are to explore their spirituality without judgement. 01273 515572 or

l MindOut

Independent, impartial services run by and for LGBTQ people with experience of mental health issues. 24 hr confidential answerphone: 01273 234839 or email and out of hours online chat

l Navigate

Social/peer support group for trans, non-binary & intersex, AFAB, FTM, transmasculine & gender queer people. Every 2nd Friday of the month from 6-8pm (currently on Zoom) at Possability Place, Windlesham Venue, BN1 3AH (formerly Space for Change)

l Peer Action

Regular low cost yoga, therapies, swimming, meditation & social groups for people with HIV. contact@ or

l Rainbow Families

Support group for lesbian and/or gay parents 07951 082013 or

l Rainbow Hub

Information, guidance and hate incident reporting services for LGBTQ+ communities in Brighton, Hove, and Sussex. Based at the Ledward Centre, Jubilee Street, BN1 1GE. Call 07714 782585 or visit

l Some People

Social/support group for LGB or questioning aged 14-19, Tue 5.30-7.30pm, Hastings. Call/text Kerrie Tolley-Cloke 07874 637593 or email somepeople@

l TAGS – The Arun Gay Society

Social Group welcome all in East & West Sussex Areas. Call/Text 07539 513171. More info: www.tagsonline.

l Victim Support

Anyone seeking help can contact our free 24/7

Supportline number on 0808 16 89 111 or get in touch via the website A range of tools to help people cope and move forwards after crime can be found at

l The Village MCC

LGBTQ+ affirming church worship and pastoral care in Kemptown. See, or call 07476 667353 for details.

HIV Prevention, Care & Treatment Services


Sussex HIV & AIDS info service 01403 210202 or

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

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Free confidential testing & treatment for STIs including HIV, plus Hep A & B vaccinations. Claude Nicol Centre, Sussex County Hospital, on Weds from 5-8pm. 01273 523388 or

l Community HIV Specialist Service

NHS nursing team supporting patients with HIV in the community and offering free HIV training for groups across Brighton & Hove and West Sussex. www.

l Lawson Unit

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

l The Martin Fisher Foundation

STI HIV self-testing kits via digital vending machines available from: Jubilee Library, Wellsbourne Centre, Portland Road (between Wish Park Surgery and Kamson’s Pharmacy), BMEC Partnership Centre, Prowler and Brighton Sauna. www.

l Substance Misuse Service

Brighton & Hove Recovery Service manages and delivers the adult drug and alcohol services for the city. Change Grow Live (CGL) provides tailored support to adults in Brighton & Hove who identify as LGBTQ+. CGL offers 1-to-1 support, a variety of online and face to face groups. They offer LGBTQ+ specific groups via the peer-led Speakout group and have established links with a wide range of LGBTQ+ services. To refer to the service, email or phone 01273 731 900. More info: www.changegrowlive. org/brighton-hove-recovery-service/info

l Sussex Beacon

24-hour nursing & medical care, day care 01273 694222 or

l Terrence Higgins Trust Brighton & Hove For more info about these free services go to the THT office, 61 Ship St, Brighton, Mon–Fri, 10am–5pm 01273 764200 or,

For people living with HIV:

• HIV support services: Info, support & practical advice

• Welfare rights advice: find out about benefits

• Counselling from qualified counsellors for up to 12 sessions

Health Promotion in Brighton & Hove: Provides services for men who have sex with men, anyone from African communities, sex workers of any gender, and trans or non-binary people.

• Visit clinic for free fast HIV & STI testing with results in <10 mins

• Free condoms and lube

• Confidential info and advice on sexual health & HIV

• Face2Face for gay/bi men; negotiating sex, chemsex, newly diagnosed

• Tailored support for sex workers, trans people and African communities

• Outreach - say hello online and in person for info, condoms & lube, and HIV/STI testing at Brighton Sauna, Boiler Room Sauna, Amsterdam, Charles Street Tap, and Legends bar. For details please check

l Sexual Health Worthing Free confidential tests & treatment for STIs inc HIVA; Hep vaccinations. Worthing-based 0845 111345645

National Helplines

l National LGBT Domestic Abuse Helpline at and 0800 999 5428

l Switchboard 0300 330 0630

l Positiveline (Eddie Surman Trust) Mon-Fri 11am-10pm, Sat & Sun 4-10pm 0800 1696806

l Mainliners 02075 825226

l National AIDS Helpline 08005 67123

l National Drugs Helpline 08007 76600

l THT AIDS Treatment 08459 470047

l THT direct 0845 1221200

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