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…from the Editor Hello and welcome edition of 2007.




February is LGBT History Month! An annual celebration of LGBT people’s lives and achievements, this is the first year that Bristol has properly marked the event. We have comment from Fraser Cook, a Bristol-based fine artist producing a piece on Jamaica Street. We also give you an introduction to a couple of the new Forum management committee members, as well as touching on the upcoming Equality Act and the religious objections thereto, and you’ll find the usual news and listings for Bristol. Oh, and do sneak a look at the back cover for February’s LGBT History Month events! I’m putting together the next edition now. If you have something to say, please get in touch – contact details are below.

and introducing… your new Management Committee – 5 Speakeasy invite – 7 Features – 8 • James Whale: Equality vs. Religious Freedom • Fraser Cook: Parading the Mardi Blah

Bristol’s first Civil Partnership fair – 12 Listings – 13 Membership form – 15

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It’s up to you. If you would like to see this invaluable resource survive, give them a call and volunteer to help: 0117 922 1328, Mondays and Wednesdays, 8or email Bristol Lesbian and Gay Switchboard 10pm, (BLAGS) set for closure: Set up in 1975 to offer confidential support and information to gay men, lesbians, bisexual Last month, HIV and sexual health charity and transgendered people as well as the Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) was others with concerns about sexuality, awarded almost £1.5 million by the Young BLAGS is run entirely by volunteers from People’s Fund - part of the Big Lottery the LGBT community. However, over the Fund - to establish a new sex and last 31 years the number of volunteers relationships education project specifically has declined, and there are now only four aimed at young people - Young Leaders. A people taking calls. Running a substantial portion will be spent on a switchboard with such a small number of three-year initiative in the South West, volunteers is simply not sustainable; there launching this coming spring, which will are too few people to carry out important be directed entirely by the young people tasks such as promoting and developing involved. the service, and BLAGS is now open only Oliver Wright, of THT, told me: “There will two evenings a week. be one new post at our Bristol Office, “You can always argue that things have starting in April, which will cover the area moved on,” admits switchboard volunteer and work with young volunteers in Mike Sanidas. “But we still get calls from schools.” A board of young people aged people who are distressed and lonely and 13-18 who, Oliver says “Will be recruited need to talk to someone. Obviously you through schools and local youth projects,” have the internet, but here people have will be trained and supported to manage the added value of actually speaking to their own scheme, giving funds to someone. People find it useful to have a projects set up by other teenagers in the confidential service where they can get region. As well as increasing their knowledge of sexual health, the project things off their chest.” will help them develop the skills that they There is an urgent need for new need to make informed, healthy decisions volunteers, new ideas and new around sex and relationships. It will also enthusiasm to revive this important develop their vocational and project community service. Indeed, without more management skills. volunteers BLAGS cannot continue, and unless at least another four are recruited by the end of April, BLAGS will close in May. You don’t need experience, but men and women with good listening skills are desperately needed. “There’s a very real threat that the service will close if we cannot find more volunteers,” Mike admits. “When I lived in London I used the switchboard there a lot, and the work is very rewarding. Sometimes it seems like all of our fights are won, but there are still people out there who need us.”

THT is particularly keen to involve people disproportionately affected by sexual illhealth in Young Leaders, including those from minority ethnic groups as well as gay and bisexual young men. THT is also keen to work closely with local youth organisations to maximise the success of the project. Terrence Higgins Trust. Aled Richard Centre, 8-10 West Street, Old Market, Bristol. Tel: (0117) 955 1000 As






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Council House is hosting a talk, The LGBT Speakeasy, on February 20. A Question Time-style debate on LGBT issues, the panellists include human rights campaigner and one of the founders of lobby group Outrage!, Peter Tatchell; Linda Bellos, the co-founder of Black History Month and Gerard McGuickin from the Terrence Higgins Trust. Although LGBT History Month had already started as this issue of Outburst went to press, there’s still chance to catch this important debate as well as the final event, held at the Cube Microplex on February 24. Love Science promises to be a heady mix of live art, performance and short film punctuated by classic love songs, romantic cocktails and way too much glitter from the Ministry of Love. Already confirmed for the night are some very special intimate performances including work by London based performance artists (H)appy Logies, award winning short films and a live funky house set from Ultrafunk DJ Darren Good.

of Britain’s greatest artists of the post-war era. He abandoned a career in advertising in 1939 to pursue painting and, as a conscientious objector to the war he joined the St John's Ambulance, later being conscripted into the Pioneer Corps where his drawings of army life attracted much attention. Vaughan has been described as essentially a painter who attempted to balance male nudes with abstract environments, exemplified by his nine Assemblies, begun in 1952. His own influence can be seen in the work of David Hockney, who he taught at the Slade School of Fine Art in the 1950s. Despite considerable success, including a commission for the Festival of Britain and the award of a CBE in 1965, he became increasingly melancholic and reclusive, finally taking his own life in 1977 after battling depression and cancer for several years. His remarkable journals, started in 1939 and continued until the morning of his death, reveal that Vaughan, like many gay men of his generation and class, was troubled by insecurities about his sexuality. A product of his age, he had grown up at a time when gay men were driven underground and made to feel guilty about their sexual preferences, Vaughan failed to embrace the gay liberation movement or to understand its significance: "Gay Lib just seems to want homosexuals to come out and flaunt themselves, declare their tastes - but why?"

“LGBT History Month gives the whole community, whatever their own sexuality, the chance to celebrate and re-examine the past,” says Tony Pitt, Co-Chair of Bristol City Council’s Rainbow Group. “Key historical figures can be reclaimed and their achievements and contributions used to redefine the sometimes negative stereotypes and assumptions about what it means to be a person who happens to be lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender. LGBT History Month can help shape and change attitudes by raising issues and discussions that often go unnoticed.”

For more info on what’s happening, check Figure and Landscape: Keith Vaughan. out The Victoria Art Gallery, Bath. Tel: 01225 or 477232, web: Running until March 25, the Royal Victoria Art Gallery in Bath is hosting an exhibition of the works of the one of the UK’s leading gay artists, the late Keith Vaughan. His first museum exhibition for 26 years, Vaughan was a leading member of the Neo-Romantic movement and one

A big bunch of bears, including LGBT Forum management committee member (and author of this page) Darryl Bullock, are offering their pelts up in the name of charity on February 23 at the Old Market Tavern in Bristol. The six men are having their chests waxed to help THT, and hope


this Practice, and DIY for Women. In her chequered past, when not pursuing worthy goals, Heather admits to periods You can make a donation on the night, or as an extra for Scottish Ballet, as a Loch Ness monster hunter and a (very) email me at amateur rally driver. She currently Finally, keep your eye on West Street in contents herself with the traditional Old Market over the coming months. After lesbian hobbies of playing the guitar, the launch of Bristol’s latest gay and gay- writing songs and stories, and travelling friendly nightclub Flamingos comes the ridiculously long distances to spend news that the owners will soon be opening ridiculously short amounts of time with the biggest gay pub the city has yet seen. her lover. According to the Flamingos website the new venue will have two floors, two bars, a games room, a carvery, rear outside seating and more. The bar will compliment Flamingos and will open to revellers in need of a hearty breakfast before going home. The launch is set for spring 2007. to raise well over £1,000 incredibly worthy cause.


Darryl W Bullock is the L&G Editor of Venue magazine, Bath and Bristol’s weekly What’s On guide. Patsy Staddon

and introducing…

I spent a lot of years using alcohol to deal with life’s difficulties and to make me feel it was worth living. This wasn’t all bad; I had some very interesting experiences but a lot of people got hurt, particularly my children. Once I found I could manage without alcohol (in Bristol in 1988) I had an absolute hunger to make up for lost time; to study in particular, to get fit and paint pictures and walk the coastal paths. It took me a while to notice that other people had had problems too, and even longer to make the connections between substance use and mental health, mental health and being seen as a freak in a heteronormative society, polishing my brain cells and actually making a difference to the cruelty and injustice I now realised was not just inflicted on me. My academic career didn’t go smoothly – just after I did my Masters in Sociology at Bristol I started having very severe and frequent epileptic attacks, which effectively put me out of the running again for a few years. However for the

As you are probably aware, the LGB Forum has recently undergone significant changes with the election of a brand new management committee – let’s introduce you to a few of them… Heather Malcolm Heather has been involved with the community and voluntary sectors for many years, as a community worker, a training officer and a volunteer bureau manager, as well as holding posts on the management committees of organisations as diverse as a Citizens Advice Bureau and a lesbian support group. She is interested in community involvement and adult education as ways of enabling personal development, and hopes to pursue this interest academically on the completion of her Open University psychology degree. She still occasionally delivers bespoke and established courses, including Anti-Discriminatory Policy and


last 5 years I’ve been better, and am currently writing up my PhD in women’s alcohol dependence and its treatment, from a sociological perspective, i.e. what we are really doing when we label and manipulate certain groups of people ‘for their own good’. Hobbies: travel, animals, rocking boats.

my extensive knowledge to certificates in accounts and IT. I have worked in the voluntary sector since 1993 as a finance manager and while I was with WECODP and WECIL I was also able to gain experience as a PA which gave me a deeper understanding of disability equality. I currently work for a not-forprofit business which does research, consultancy & education in waste Lesley Welch minimisation. In the early 90s I was treasurer for a number of years for I’ve been on a number of management BYLBG, which then became Freedom committees in the 28 years I’ve been Youth. I am also the Treasurer for my living in Bristol: Bristol Women’s Aid, Allotment Association in St. Werburghs. SPEAD and BAND (re. children’s play schemes) and was a school governor at an inner-city primary (including a long time as Chair) for several years. At different times I’ve been active in local politics and was a community activist against racism in health care. My day job is to work to end domestic violence and abuse (DVA) and I am a freelance trainer in DVA understanding and awareness. I bring to BLGBF more than 25 years’ experience of working against DVA, some knowledge and understanding of accounts and financial procedures, recruitment and Darryl Bullock employment matters, business planning and a passion for equalities and human Born in 1964, I live with my partner and rights. I also sing in a choir and would three cats in Bristol. I am a freelance love to see a LGB choir in Bristol (any writer, working in the South West of offers?) England, with around 1000 printed articles to my credit. I write on a wide variety of subjects, from local history, Helen Webster music, news and food to gay issues, editing the gay and lesbian section for I have lived in Bristol since 1975 and have Venue magazine and contributing news been out as a lesbian since 1977. I have stories to several L&G websites. I also a 25 year old son who is proud of his have a regular food column, concentrating mother and lesbian aunties, who are more on locally-sourced, organic and GM-free family to him than the blood ones. I have produce in The Spark. I am the UK had a variety of jobs over the past 30 correspondent for the American years including working in playgroups, publication A Bear's Life, the first whole food shops, pubs and the hospital magazine of its kind to explore and laundry. I trained in manual trades in the celebrate the rapidly expanding Bear 80s and was part of 4D Builders, a phenomenon. I am chair of Walcot women’s building company, which was Independence Day, one of Bath's biggest formed with 3 other friends. In all my annual outdoor events. work guises I have done the book-keeping and when I stopped building I converted




LGB people equal access to goods and services would force those religious service providers who believe homosexuality is a sin to break the law, in order to stay true to their faith. A Christian hotelier who takes Leviticus literally, for example, would have to choose between his dislike of homosexuality and his newfound obligation not to discriminate against a gay couple who might want a room for the night. (Notwithstanding the fact that a gay couple confronted with such an attitude might do well to take their business elsewhere, the point is that such attitudes should not exist in the first place.)

Equality vs. Religious Freedom Almost two decades ago, legislation was introduced across the UK which made it illegal to discriminate against people on the grounds of their religious belief. We take it for granted now that such laws do (and should) exist to protect people's rights not to be discriminated against. We might perhaps even find it odd to recall that there existed a time when such rules simply weren't there, the bigots so much freer to practice their prejudice without fear of reproach or consequence.

Most prominently, the issue has become focused around adoption. Everyone's favourite devoutly Catholic minister, Ruth Kelly, charged with spearheading this new drive for equality (and the same minister who assured us last year that her faith would not impact her ability to do her job) has been central to these religious objections, seeking a ‘get-out clause’ for Christian service providers – one which would allow them to continue their charming brand of covert prejudice under the protective veil of religious exemption. Their faith, they claim, unshakeable and absolute as it is, simply does not allow them to treat gay people equally, with many Catholic adoption agencies saying they would rather close than place a child in the care of gay parents. Ms. Kelly, we hear, is similarly pondering launching all toys from pram with slightly-less-thanearth-shattering threats of resignation.

The value judgement upon which such legislation is based is something the majority of us nowadays consider a given. Most informed, forward-thinking individuals will hold a set of such value judgements about the wrongness of discrimination based on religion, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation or physical ability. We are citizens of a society which largely recognises and values the intrinsic rightness of inclusivity, tolerance and respect, whilst condemning hate, inequality and prejudice. At the start of 2007, we are on the brink of having similar legislation introduced to protect lesbian, gay and bisexual people from discrimination in the provision of goods and services. The Equality Act, which had been expected to become law in October 2006, but which was delayed due to religious lobbying, now looks set to become law by April this year. It is an extensive act which makes numerous changes to equalities legislation in the UK across areas of race, religion and disability, as well as sexual orientation.

As grateful as I am for this government's relatively excellent track record on the LGB equality agenda, this bastion of backwardness at the heart of the administration leaves a bad taste; it shakes my confidence in a system which One cannot have failed to notice, then, should at all times be guided by logical the new-sprung religious (predominantly debate and left untouched by religious Christian, it seems) furore around the dogma. legislation, rooted in the idea that to give Aside from the distasteful undercurrent of


the old equation of homosexuality with paedophilia which permeates the adoption row (the horrible irony seeming lost on the Catholic Church), the wider implication is that religious beliefs are sacrosanct and somehow exempt from questioning. My faith says this – therefore I have no choice but to abide by it. In fact, there is nothing 'untouchable' about religious dogma – it is as human and potentially flawed as anything else written by men, and as such, it can be challenged. Moreover, if it is not – if the moderates within religion don't hold the hardliners to account – the whole ship is going down and it will take them all down with it.

and as has happened throughout history during periods of great social and technological progress, the fanatics, threatened by the onslaught of knowledge, revert to type in a desperate bid for self-preservation, swarming out of the woodwork as they rail against the upheaval which threatens everything they believe. Yet the bulk of religious believers – the moderate middling majority – know that faith, like anything, must adapt if it is to survive within new paradigms. Taking the present example of the Christian church, one need only look at the debates over gay priests to see that various, more centred factions within Christianity recognise that dogma spells death. They know that religion is no longer the prevailing source of morality in our society and that being the case, must find ways to reconcile itself with secular values grounded in reason. They are the ones seeking answers to the question of how faith can remain relevant to a progressive society whose citizens have found other sources of moral guidance.

I find it bizarre that Christians of all people could be obtuse enough to hold that it is alright to discriminate against anyone. Jesus, as I understand it, was quite into the whole tolerance thing. I hear he was fairly big on unconditional love too. And hang on a minute – isn't the god of the Christian religion supposed to be omni-benevolent? The reality is that homophobia isn't inherently Christian behaviour – it isn't even notably god-like. However, it has always been uniquely, characteristically and unquestionably human behaviour – only we could be so small.

One must therefore ask just how much it might inconvenience a religious believer to re-examine one or two of his or her preconceptions every now and again, particularly those relating to acceptance of difference. How much soul-searching might it take to accept that gay people are as valuable as straight ones? How difficult could it be to posit the possibility that all human beings have equal rights, granted them by their merit as people, and not their sexual orientation? All that is being asked of these people is that they open their minds a little – have the courage to re-examine dogma in the wake of emerging social conditions of widespread acceptance. What are they scared of? How frightening could it be to consider the notion that, contrary to what they've been taught, their faith could conceivably have been mistaken? What if its ideas about gay people happen to be just plain wrong?

Swept up in the currents of science, modernity and seemingly exponential technological advance, more and more of us are abandoning faith in favour of agnosticism or atheism. Collectively, we are gladly becoming agents of rationality – products of a culture where we choose to believe only what we think we can prove. There is nothing provable or disprovable about the suitability of gay couples as parents; no evidence to suggest that they would make worse parents than straight couples, and in the face of this lack of evidence, we find religious objections to gay adoption offensive to our capacity for reason.

We live in a perilous age of enlightenment Fear








undertaking such a reassessment – fear of the unknown, or of having to challenge one's own beliefs; thinking differently. Yet any chagrin endured, when weighed against the potential for unhappiness caused by restricting gay people's rights to equal access to goods and services, would be trifling. On a purely utilitarian basis, it is far better to ask that the religious believers evolve than to let them continue to discriminate. Perhaps most crucially, a religious believer's right to hold a particular belief is not equal to someone else's right not to be discriminated against - the latter is more important. Teachings of faith are not sound conclusions derived from rational thought processes – they are only assumed truths. The ideal of human equality free from prejudice, however, is derived from rational thought processes, and as such takes precedence over such assumed truths. It matters more, because we can back it up with sound, logical argument. To a great extent, the values a society holds and the legislation which governs it are a vicious circle – symbiotic and interdependent – and this is how our laws evolve over time, according to our predominant societal values. If religious values do not keep up (and they are singularly failing to thus far) they will quickly become irrelevant. The church wonders why its membership is dwindling. It struggles to understand how it can make itself appealing, yet here you have a prime example of it managing to alienate the majority with staggering alacrity. Those believers with vision will understand that knowing what to let go is as crucial as knowing what to hold on to; the Christian faith has some serious introspection to do. In five years, this debate will have gone away, but the law will remain - where will that leave faith?

James Whale


Freedom Youth is a youth group based in central Bristol for lesbian, gay, bisexual people and those questioning their sexuality, aged between 14 and 25 years old. The group aims to: reduce the isolation experienced by young lesbians, gay men and bisexuals • raise young people's selfesteem and develop a positive self-identity • challenge homophobia and heterosexism within an environment of equal opportunities •

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Parading the Mardi Blah There is a culture assumed to be familiar to me; something I am told that I should understand. Within this culture there are rules which are accepted and individuals categorised, from within the scene to those distant from the minority. The people from this scene are strangers who tell you you can belong but you must keep with convention. I am told that no one should be scared of these enclosing walls. To be a part of it you must be an active member. All anyone is yearning for is friends who speak the same discourse; seeking approval and compassion to parade the Mardi Blah.

am only exaggerating myself. This is absurd behaviour. It only belongs to the cabaret where it can be observed. I would not perform this ceremony out of this stage, as it does not belong out of these walls. The cabaret, a process of announcements on how to fit in; made by a series of parades, revelations, and heckles. This is not limited to the act on stage. It is the person or group beside you. As I look at this façade of a bar where the cabaret unfolds, I wonder why they have the blinds closed permanently. Could it be that without its disco lights and the glitter ball it would look dull, a poor excuse? The blinds act like walls of protection that keeps this redundant place intact. These men who enter these clichéd theatres are just shadows of their real selves. I analyze and watch every little performance made from one to another. We and I cannot escape this.

It is a lifestyle choice, a tick box on a friend’s phone list. Laws change but the It starts at our feet. attitudes have not: being a minority does not define you – it is part of you. Our relationships to others are important in building a dialogue of friendships and security, these are a set of playful acts where we share who we are. When we meet new people we execute a set of routines to seek approval. A declaration is made: raise your hand to be counted, discussed and pigeonholed accordingly.

The insular society has its own language of euphemisms and bragging; these performances are the people themselves: this is no act. I used to bow my head when I entered these theatres and I was The shadow does not hide our shames. It conscious of my actions. does not lie. It is our true self. When there is no shadow the double cannot Turn off the music. Keep the stage lights exist so we can create a paraded on. Look. It is only a room full of sexually performance. We use this as a barrier to fuelled individuals all wanting to be protect us from showing our true flaws. noticed. I watch and analyse I do not Those within an insular society will imitate. I can see all their actions; their exaggerate and play upon those who they parade of insincere gestures. It is their dismiss as not belonging to their elite. promenade. By differentiating from them I Those who enter this promenade either


Bristol’s First Civil Partnership Fair

interact with the audience, seeking approval or, if wise, stay silent. The ceremonial walk of approval can fill a space like a shadow. It creeps around the room following every move you make with just a glance. Expect mockery, amusement, sexual examination; it is all a bit absurd. Your audience is waiting.

Sunday 25th February 2007 12 noon – 4 pm Arnos Manor Hotel, Arnos Vale, Bristol

Fraser Cook Fraser Cook is a Bristol-based fine artist working in performance, print and sculpture. He is interested in creating shadow films and live performances resembling carnival processions.

Bristol PRIDE: update

Wedding Café are delighted to be hosting Bristol’s first Wedding Fair aimed specifically at Civil Partnerships. This exclusive event is to be staged at one of Bristol’s premier hotels, Arnos Manor, an 18th Century historic building with many original features including its own chapel lounge and award-winning glass-roofed restaurant.

The event promises to offer everything With August 18th set as the big day needed for any couple to complete their for the main Bristol Pride event, the day down to the last detail, including: committee is hard at work preparing the groundwork for the week’s • Civil Partnership Information celebrations. • Fashion Show • 40+ Exhibitors • Live Entertainment Last year’s Fringe festival will be & much more back too, with daily events ranging from art exhibitions and film screenings to poetry and live music Wedding Café is a Bristol-based, free coordination service set up to assist all nights. couples looking to get married. With the development of their website and on-line A new website is soon to launch at shop they are now reaching not only local which will couples but those from all over the include all details as they become country. available. In the meantime, please check out the online message board The initial response to this event has at and been fantastic and we are looking engage with the committee and forward to a busy and exciting day. other community members – if you have any thoughts or ideas about For more details, please contact us on 0117 947 7800 or via our website at Bristol Pride, we’d like to hear them! 12


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BLAGS - Bristol Lesbian & Gay Switchboard Confidential support and information to gay men, lesbians and to all people with concerns about sexuality. Call us on 8-10pm Monday, Wednesday & Thursday. 0117 922 1328. Email: Web:

Broken Rainbow National helpline for LGBT victims of domestic violence, available Mon-Fri 9am-1pm, 2-5pm. Call 0208 539 9507.

BLiS - Bath Lesbians into Socialising We meet on the 3rd Wednesday of every month at 8:30 in Mandalyns, 1 Fountain Buildings, Lansdown Rd, Bath. Call 07891 563 127 for event details. Email:

EACH - Educational Action Challenging Homophobia A national charitable organisation set up to address homophobia through training and education. EACH runs a helpline for teachers, young people and parents, and for third-party reporting of homophobic incidents. Freephone helpline 0808 1000 143 (10am-5pm Mon-Fri and 10am-12noon Sat). General enquiries 0117 946 7606/7. Office 24, 14 Clifton Down Rd, Bristol BS8 4BF. Email: Web:

Brigstowe Project Housing project for people living with HIV, providing support, advice and advocacy. 176 Easton Rd, Easton, Bristol. Call 0117 941 5188. Freedom Youth Web: Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual youth organisation. Friendly social and support group for age 13 – Bristol Bisons RFC Bristol's first gay and gay-friendly rugby team is 25, meets Tuesdays from 7–9 pm. always looking for new members, players and Call Babs on 0117 377 3677. supporters. Everyone welcome regardless of experience or ability. Call 0783 145 4991. Web: Gay Glos Help, advice and social networks for LGBT people living in the rural areas of Gloucestershire. PO Box 171, Gloucester. MonBristol Drugs Project Support for users, families and friends. Call LGB Fri 7.30-10pm. Call 01452 306 800. rep Sarah Wilson on 0117 987 6010. 11 Web: Brunswick Square, BS2 8PE. The Harbour Email: Providing free, professional counselling and psychotherapy to people affected by HIV, AIDS Bristol Families and Friends BFF is a support group for families and friends and other life-threatening illnesses. 30 of LGB people. We meet on the third Frogmore St, Bristol. Ffi: 0117 925 9348 or Wednesday of every month at 7pm at the Terrence Higgins Trust. LGB Young People's Forum Call Sue Allen on 01454 852 418. 14 Brockley Close, Little Stoke Bristol BS34 Youth group for age 13 – 19 researching LGB issues. Meets Wednesdays 6:30 – 9pm. Call 6EZ. Email: Babs on 0117 377 3677. Bristol 3Ms Supper group for gay and bisexual men. We Out Loud hold regular social evenings in Bristol and Social group for lesbian and bisexual young Weston-super-Mare. Call Russell on 0117 973 women aged 13 – 19. Meets on Mondays 6:30 – 9pm. Call Babs on 0117 377 3677. 9855. Email: Bristol Young Women’s Centre YWCA We provide one-to-one counselling with a lesbian counsellor, and a lesbian and bisexual women’s support group which runs for 12

Friends on the Hill Group for people in Redfield, Lawrence Hill, Barton Hill and the Dings for people who are LGBT or unsure. Socials, activities, info and


support. Call Rowan on 0117 955 6971. Gay and Lesbian Alcohol Free Friends Social and support group for lesbian, gay and bisexual people with an alcohol issue. Call Paul Green on 0117 378 9439 GLAFF, PO Box 2012, Bristol, BS99 5WN. Email:

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So Out in the South West A new social and support group for disabled gay men living and/or working in the South West. GayWest Call Robin on 0117 942 9336 (office) A social and support group for gay people in the Email: South West. Meets Sat mornings in the Rainbow Cafe in Bath. For details and events South West Walking Women call 0870 811 1990, Mon – Fri 8pm – 10pm. For women interested in hiking in the Bath and GayWest, PO Box 586, Bath, BA1 2YQ. Bristol area at weekends. Email: Email: Web: Lesbian & Children Network We are a support network for lesbian and bisexual women and their children. Call Rachel Yarrow on 0117 942 6884. Email: LGBT Society UWE Weekly meetings, consisting of alternate on scene and off scene events, plus trips. Call Cari on 07812 670 648 or Sean on 07904 382 719. UWE Student Union Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol. BS16 1QY.

Terrence Higgins Trust West Information, care and support, and health promotion for all people affected by HIV and AIDS. Counselling, buddying, complementary therapies, advocacy and advice. Call us on 0117 955 1000. 8 West Street, Old Market, BS2 0BH. Email: University of Bristol LGBT Society We organise regular social events for all LGBT students at Bristol University. LGBT Society, University of Bristol Union, Queens Road, Clifton, Bristol BS8 1LN. Email: Web:

Missing Lesbians Website listing events for women in Bristol and the surrounding areas. USPCG Email: A UK-based organisation that finds pen pals for Web: gay US prisoners. PO Box 1714, Yate. BS37 4NS. Web: Pink Herrings Social network for lesbians, meets every other Victim Support Avonvale Thursday evening at 8:30. Also bowling, We provide emotional and practical support to cinema, coffee bars, theatre, concerts, discos, all people affected by crime, including cycling, walks, meals out and more. For further homophobic hate crime. Call 0117 963 1114, info call Dot on 0117 986 1529. national helpline 0845 30 30 900. 36 Dean Lane, Bedminster, BS3 1BS. Pink Parents UK Email: Information, advice and support on all aspects Web: of lesbian, gay and bisexual parenting. Write to Pink Parents UK, The D'Arcy Lainey Wild Walking Women Foundation, PO BOX 417, Oldham. OL2 7WT. A friendly walking group for lesbians, meets the Email: second Sunday of the month with walks at various venues around Bristol, Bath and the Rainbow Group south west. Call 07980 418 676. Bristol City Council employees group for campaigning, support and socialising. Call Equalities on 0117 922 3786 or email


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• Fraser Cook: Parading the Mardi Blah 82 Colston Street, Bristol, BS1 5BB. Tel. 0117 922 0741 / www.bristol-l...


• Fraser Cook: Parading the Mardi Blah 82 Colston Street, Bristol, BS1 5BB. Tel. 0117 922 0741 / www.bristol-l...