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NEWS Thousand+ UWS Students say “I Do” to Equal Marriage After the consultation on Equal Marriage ended in December, LGBT students from the University of the West of Scotland decided to get as many people as possible to show their support to MSPs. So, at the start of the year, University of the West of Scotland students started to collect signed equal marriage postcards and sent them to MSPs. Now they have reached 1,000 signed postcards. Jack Douglas the LGBT President at the Students’ Association University of the West of Scotland said, “This is a great achievement not just for our campaign but for the equal marriage campaign as a whole. This proves students who study at our University support equal marriage, but it also gives evidence that people all around the West of Scotland support marriage for all.” “Several weeks ago, we learned that a petition with 1,000 signatures of people who disagreed with same-sex marriages had been handed to Nicola Sturgeon. At that time we were nowhere near 1,000 signed postcards so we decided to go out on campuses for hours each day just trying get close to that number. LGBT students and friends have been working hard to ensure that we get over 1,000 postcards and if it wasn’t for them we wouldn’t be close to a four digit number.” Rory Higgins from the Students’ Association of the University of the West of Scotland’s LGBT Committee added, “We hope our campaign, and the equal marriage campaign in general, continues to encourage the Scottish Government to hold to their initial view, that same-sex marriage should be introduced, and we are not going to slow down with the campaign any time soon.“ Students will be sending the final batch of postcards to each MSP along with a letter to say thank you for supporting same-sex marriage or urging undecided MSPs to do so. However LGBT students at University of the West of Scotland will still be encouraging others to support same-sex marriage for as long as necessary.

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HIGHLANDS Sat 12th May is the date for the next disco for LGBT folks and friends with DJ Kel from 8pm at the Beaufort Hotel (Culduthel Road, Inverness). Tickets will be £10 on the door. See www.gay-ness.org.uk for more info. The Highland LGBT Forum gave a presentation to the volunteers of the Rape and Abuse Line (RAL) in Dingwall in March. This included stories from individual LGBT people and covered some of the complexities of gender identity and sexual orientation. The charity supports male and female survivors of rape and sexual abuse, with face to face counselling and telephone helplines (0808 8000123 answered by women and 0808 8000122 answered by men). For more info, see www.rapeandabuseline.co.uk The Highland Rainbow Folk meet every month in Inverness and they are now working on an update of their brochure to raise awareness of the issues facing older LGBT people. Age Scotland has awarded the group £3000 to help with their work. This year the group has been invited to give presentations to staff from Highland Council and Lifescan. Craig Dunain writes: Sat 12th May will see the Inverness, Highlands & Islands LGBT Group host a picnic from 12.30pm for all LGBT and LGBT friendly folk. The event is family friendly and will take place at the stone circle on ‘the Islands’ – a popular spot

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in the centre of the River Ness which can be accessed by keeping to the west side of the River Ness up past Eden Court Theatre and crossing the bridge. The nearest bridge is adjacent to the junction of Bught Drive and Bught Road. The event is free and affords a chance to meet other LGBT people. Bring your own food to suit your own tastes. Dogs welcome but local byelaws ask they be kept on leads and owners clean up responsibly. And finally for this – contingency plan – If the weather is bad, we will convene instead at the covered area adjacent to the duck pond further west up at the top end of Bught Road in the Whin Park. Inverness, Highlands & Islands LGBT Group is constantly amazed by the talent of LGBT people, and has responded to some requests by looking to host a taster session in Jun/Jul in creative writing. If you like the taster and enough people show interest then the group will organise a creative writing workshop over a number of weeks during the summer. I can vouch for the total enjoyability of the course, which will be taught by an experienced tutor. Places will be allocated on a first come first serve basis and if interested, contact 07549 195133 and leave your details. Costs for the taster day will be £10 including soup and sandwich. The Inverness, Highlands & Islands LGBT Group has been approached by a

couple of backers who are interested in supporting the formation of an LGBT Cooperative/LGBT Centre and have met for initial discussions to discuss the formation of this, with city centre premises identified and currently under inspection. The vision is to run a café/bistro type premises with room for meeting, training, and Internet cafe facilities and a space for arts/crafts and books. Anyone with experience of a co-op or community venture should forward their details and interest to finn.mcglynn@hotmail.co.uk by 30th May. Although experience is preferred, it is not essential. Willingness and commitment are equally important. There are many sides having many discussions on this and the group feels talks are now at a stage where we need to gauge the interest of the LGBT community as to what involvement they would like to have in their community. If people don’t have access to e-mail, then contact 07549 195133. Who knows what will happen, but if we don’t give it a try then we’ll achieve nothing.


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GLASGOW What a month April has been in Glasgow! I honestly don’t know where all the time has gone, and I sit down to write this article on one of the first days that I’ve not had to walk around in 7 inch heels! It’s been an eventful month, and that’s why I’ve used this month to launch my new feature all about YOUR experiences of the Glasgow Scene - as told by YOU! Now I must start by wishing the wonderful Victoria from Underground a fast recovery from her leg injury, I couldn’t bare to think of a Karaoke Tuesday with Bee Fiarse that didn’t have Victoria up singing, so I hope you are well and able to get pulling pints soon! Whilst I’m on the case of Underground, I wanted to congratulate them again for another busy and fun Bear Night! It’s been going on for a while now, but Underground really know what they are doing to please the Bears of Scotland - and I look forward to the day that BearScotFest comes to Glasgow so that you can really show them how it’s done! It’s a sad day when the friendliest gay café, Heavenly, has to close down at the tail end of March and I hope that Gary and Frances go on to do more amazing things, because this was a little gem in Glasgow that I just adored! Talking of adoration, and food - there is one woman that makes my life on Glasgow’s gay scene complete - it’s my second mother Linda - who also happens to be the Head Chef in Speakeasy! Her homemade Sunday Roast served in a giant Yorkshire pudding is something to behold, but whether it be a Roast or a quick meal before a night out - you must all come in and try the Gay Scene’s only bar that serves food! And you really can’t get much better

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value when meals start from £4.99... Now, Linda - where’s my free cake? I enjoy a night out on the scene, every now and then, but there’s one place I never go - Delmonicas. So when I went this month, I was hounded by staff and regulars about why I have never written about the Scene’s biggest pub - and my message was simple, I haven’t been, so I don’t want to mislead my readers! My article is a view of the scene from my eyes - a regular on the scene who , where possible, will frequent as many bars and clubs as possible! But anyway, I was there - so here I am writing about it! I’ve performed in Delmonicas in my time, but never enjoyed it as a performance venue - but my good friend Barbra la Bush certainly knows how to entertain the crowds in Dels with her rather loud and vulgar comedy! The bar staff are something of gems, like diamonds but not so shiny - very friendly, chatty and make the newcomer to the scene welcome to what can be a daunting place to be! Bravo really does go out to the team at Dels, especially Stevo (who by the way is sunning himself up in Japan with Speakeasy’s manager, Craig!) who has pulled together a great team that knows what they are doing! There’s one thing I do enjoy, and it’s being on the television and another thing I enjoy is seeing people I know on the telly, so I was ecstatic to see the Merchant Pride singer, Barbara Bryceland on The Voice UK - and not only that, getting through in to Sir Tom Jones’s TOP 10! An amazing achievement by an incredible voice! I’m just worried about what will happen on a Sat afternoon in Merchant Pride whilst she’s away becoming a winner, but I’m sure that they’ll have another icon to impress the growing crowds!

Some things brighten up our scene, and it warms the cockles of my heart to see those with such enthusiasm to bring new, exciting events to Glasgow’s scene - and this month has seen so many! Stevey B and his team of gays launched Up Yours, an ‘unapologetic gay party for Glasgow’s wildest party monsters’ which after two weeks has already been getting rave reviews and I hope that every Tue night becomes a success for these little monsters! Paisley saw some rainbows coming their way when a local decided enough was enough and that he was sick of paying taxi money to and from Glasgow for the chance to see some boys kissing in a night club! Forbidden Fruit launched last month in Paisley and their second event is coming very soon! Barbra La Bush worked wonders in getting the crowd up for a night of partying, so I look forward to the day when Nancy Clench is headlining there as part of her UK Tour! (Did I tell you Nancy Clench has a website? www.nancyclench.com!) Queercore is another one of those monthly nights that set the scene on fire, and one of the longest running, successful club nights ever to grace Glasgow! The girls, and now some boys, that are behind Queercore know what they are doing to throw a party for the gays in our community that don’t like dancing to Summer of Love by Steps - a rock, indie, pink, mashup and remixed night with music which will have you whipping your hair back and forth - and now they are looking for guest DJs to bring their own spin on hardcore rock! Emma Daye, Kamaria McBride and Emma McVey are three lesbians that really know what they are doing, so hats off to you! Oh, Queercore

happens in FHQ - right above Speakeasy on the first Fri of every month! And for all you hyper maniacs that love high energy (NRG!) italo disco with some make up and heels thrown in for good measure, Menergy is still running under the watchful eye of Lady Munter and this month’s was something to behold! Never before did I think I’d see Candi Latte’s thighs wrapped around a stripper pole, but my gosh did I see it! Lady Munter knows how to put on a show and get the alternative gays bobbing their heads. Nancy Clench is next up on the Menergy stage - so watch out! Have you clicked yet? Nancy Clench is indeed my sister! (Looks more like your Granny. Ed) Now on to the two biggies - our clubs that keep us partying until 3am every night of the week! AXM brought their troops up from Manchester, painted Bennets and erected (LOL) a new sign and opened their doors this month to queues longer than Mr Glow’s rejection list! Now, I’ve yet to go in to the new venue, so I’ll not pass any judgements on it - I’ll leave that to you, and maybe I’ll have the time to get in this month! There certainly wasn’t any VIP launch or tour of the new venue, but I’ll put that down to those Manchester Gays wanting to be all equal! The Polo Lounge kept my feet warm, or wet when they decided to bring in a massive foam machine to ruin my Power Ballad Thu and get me soaking wet. I say ruin, I don’t really mean it - but it was fun until I realised I had to go home in dripping wet clothes. Queenie is a goddess though, and I love Power Ballad Thu - so nothing, not even 6ft of foam would stop me from getting my weekly dose of ‘One Moment in Time’. Talking of Queenie, he’s a bit of an unsung hero really of the scene. I say hero, not in the literal sense - he’s certainly not rescued any damsels in distress, but he’s a hero of music in what he plays - whether it be on a Wed Night with all the charty stuff for the hundreds of students, or a Power Ballad Thu, or even when he comes to take over from me in Speakeasy for a night or two - he knows what he’s doing and he loves it! I applaud the man, bringing good music to our ears since 1980! ;) So, I’ve written more than normal - but this month has certainly been no normal month. I look forward to getting lots of tweets about what your favourite bit of the scene has been over the next month and I look forward to another month of hustle and bustle on our scene as it becomes more vibrant, colourful and interesting! Until next time, ciao! x

The Riding Room Well, this month ScotsGay was invited along to the VIP launch of The Riding Room, a new cabaret and hard liquor venue that replaces Moda on the Glasgow Scene! I wrote about it last month and said the renovation would take 10-12 weeks, and it surprised me that the amount of work that has actually been done, has been done in so little time! The new layout, glass entrance and new decor really brighten the place up and that’s evident from the moment you walk in. The private booths make the place a bit special and even include little ‘service’ buttons that will have a barperson over to take your new order! The VIP launch was something of an epic ‘Hard-Hat party’ in which everyone was sampling the new, vibrant cocktail menu served in either a teapot with little teacups or a tin can! The styling of the venue is very unique, different and quirky - I hope they keep it up to this standard as I enjoy it very much! I urge you all to go in and have a look round, the line up of cabaret acts every night is something to envy - so you’ll see me a lot in The Riding Room! Tallyho!

What were your highlights of the Glasgow Scene over the past month? So I wanted to get a flavour of what punters, ScotsGay readers and some randoms thought of the Glasgow Scene over the past month, so I asked you - and we got a lot of comments! I’ve handpicked some out of Facebook and Twitter to give you a look at what other people are saying about the Glasgow Scene! Want to be part of this section next month? Start following me on Twitter @NathanSparkling and get tweeting me your comments, mini reviews and I’ll include them in next month’s issue!


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In plain terms - to celebrate the new ownership, management and new freedom we have a WHOLE month of Promotions... That includes All Mainline Beers and Lagers dropping to £2.99, All Main Spirits dropping in price and loads more to be announced - 7 DAYS A WEEK for the whole of May. We are also giving great deals on our Sunday Lunches - Free Dessert or Starter with any Main Meal every Sunday Lunch time (pick up a voucher in the bar). The New Town Bar works closely with Waverley Care I remember my very first day and my induction; it was made clear from my that we will do everything we can to raise awareness and funds for Waverley Name and role Stephen Martin - New General Manager at The New Town Bar. I’ve been been working here for three and a half years What makes NTB different from the other gay bars in Edinburgh? I personally feel that all the gay bars in Edinburgh cater to a different area of the gay community. The New Town has always been for the more mature man. We invest in talking to our customers, knowing most of them by name and knowing their drinks, what they have done that week, where they have been on holiday etc. The New Town has a relaxed and laid back feel, which I think complements the other bars on the gay scene well - a nice balance in Edinburgh gay bars. Do you have a favourite customer? Haha - All our customers of course! (Cheeky smile). As our sign says outside the front door - ‘A Warm Welcome’ that stands true, unless you give us reason not to be our favourite... I will stand by the answer... ALL our customers are my favourite!

Tell us about the latest changes. The New Town is undergoing some AMAZING changes - it’s very exciting, especially for me who has just taken over the reins. The biggest change is that we have now been freed from lease with the brewery that we have been tied to for 5 years. Not only that, owner Jimmy has bought the pub. It’s great to think that the New Town now has proper roots and we are here to stay. More changes include the increase of fantastic events - most likely prompted from my time as events co-ord at Le Monde Hotel on George Street. Games Night, Favourite Flix Night, Quiz Night, Friday Fun and Frolics, Various themed mens nights downstairs - along with some great one off events - Pride Scotia is going to be pretty special. I can exclusively let slip out that we have Forces Sweetheart Cookie MonStar as our main act for the day. We also have the girls of DIVA Live performing. I would just advise everyone to keep a look out in the bar and on our facebook page for all the events! (Facebook @ Newtown Bar, Edinburgh). May also sees our MADNESS MONTH.

Care. The staff over the years have done some amazing fundraising and that shall continue. I think we have raised £15,000 over the years, and I personally look to push that over the £20,000 mark in the next year. Jimmy Quinn has always inspired us to have a great relationship with the lovely guys at WC, to promote the great work they do and to keep people talking about it. What he has tried to instill has definitely worked as me and some of the bar boys will be running the Edinburgh Marathon at the end of May, all proceeds to Waverley Care (time for a plug - please sponsor us on our Facebook Page or stick some money in the buckets on the bar when you come in) Over August we also run our Sunday FUNdraisers - last year we raised £2,500. It was initially set up and ran by the late Scott McLaren, I took over the organisation of it last year and it was a great pleasure to continue his great work. This year we will be running Friday Night shows and Sunday afternoon shows. We will continue to showcase the best of the fest and raise all important funds for Waverley Care.

You’ve also a long association with the Bear Scots. The Bear Scots relationship was well in place when I started. It’s second nature that the second Saturday of the Month, we have the Bear Boys in. They are such lovely guys - it’s always great when they are in. In October we are the main venue for Bear Fest. I remember the atmosphere the last couple of years - it was brilliant! There is sometimes nothing better than a lovely Bear Hug! You mentioned the Edinburgh Fringe fund-raisers. Picking out of anyone in the world, who would be your dream guest and why? I could get in serious trouble for this one... haha. Emmmm - This is where my campness shows through but Dream Musical Act would be Idinal Menzel, Dream Vocal Group would be Steps. I saw them in Glasgow a few weeks ago and they were amazing. I would love to have comedian Lisa Lampenelli on stage - she takes the piss outta everyone in the audience at her shows, I just think that she would have a field day looking out in the audience at the New Town over the Festival. hehe. But seriously, having people like Scott Agnew fully commit and come back and host every year, Michelle McManus pulling in a full house at launch night, world famous Margaret Cho pop along to perform and the theatre group I own, CRAFT getting to share the stage with some of the greats like Bob Downe - is a dream in itself. And finally, what’s your favourite drink served at the bar? My favourite drink served at the bar... well I know by the time ScotsGay is out this should be in place (smiles) - I would say the new selections of wines we have. I do love an odd glass/bottle, as I am sure a lot of your readers have seen, so it was important for me to have a nice selection that caters to different tastes. The same with the new change in some lagers and beers - you have to cater to the customer, and as I am a bit of a wino, I won’t say no to a few more kinds to sample! haha.


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EDINBURGH Hello all! Giving you all the goss, updates and info on the Edinburgh scene! Firstly, the sad demise of Priscillas! The news spread like wildfire that Priscillas would abruptly be closing, and they sure did go out with a bang with a rockin’ last night. Hundreds of tributes have been pouring into the Priscillas facebook site; a venue which gave us original and live cabaret; the best drinks offers in town; buckets, fishbowls and vases of cocktails … RIP Priscillas! We hope to see you again in some other form. And now the huge furore will be – who will take over this venue next? Will it stay gay or will the mudbloods get it? Time will tell! And to put some gossipy rumours to bed!! May is gonna be huge for the Newtown Bar – NOT because they are closing, as the rumour mill would have it – but quite the opposite; the NTB crew are now released from their 5 years with the brewery and have only gone and bought the place!! With some new management, including the awesome Stephen Martin (interviewed on page 9) – the place is now 100% gay-owned and gay-run! Starting his reign with a MONTH OF MAY MADNESS, this means that throughout the whole of May ALL mainline keg beers are less than £3, and ALL mainline spirits will be less than £2 – plus heaps more daily offers to announce! As well as a month of promos, they are also releaunching with new events! Upstairs they’ll have Games Night on Mon with Wii, Giant Jenga, Connect 4 … something to cater for all abilities and age ranges! Tue is Popcorn & Oldies with your

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fav flix and popcorn provided. Thu is Wiz Quiz with a Higher or Lower round. Friday Fun & Frolics with Jamie Lee Morley and Becca Ferrier and more. Sat is Mix & Mingle and Sun retains the most awesome NTB Sunday Roast Lunches, with the beautiful backdrop of Sunday Round the Piano, with complimentary sarnies and cake!! Also look out for an in-house Stand Up Comedy afternoon! They’ve gone ALL OUT!! Down in the basement bar on the first Sat of the month they will be reinventing the famous Fire Island NTB style! For those who don’t know, Fire Island was the first gay club in Edinburgh many moons ago. Live DJ from 9pm, and on the 2nd Sat of the month, Bear Scots will descend with their usual monthly meet. Other Sat club nights include CHUNK – Real Men, Leather Nights. And Sun afternoons continue with the popular Pants Party Afternoon – with Sun Socials. AND the NTB boys will be running the

Edinburgh Marathon at the end of May, to raise funds for awesome local charity Waverley Care. Please sponsor this very worthy cause through their Facebook page or at the bar. All go at Planet, as always – and the venue has been updated once again! Every time I go into Planet, manager John is hard at work doing some form of decorating and upkeep to the bar. It looks amazing - proving what a little bit of love and tlc can do for a venue! Their Thu night quiz is still going strong, with a rollover of £300!!!! And this is a quiz which is not impossible to win! Not those unachievable high-brow rounds that have you reaching for your iPhone under the table… you can do this! Biggest news in Planet this month is that it’s a whopping 2 YEARS since manager John took the helm! They are celebrating this birthday with a party on Thurs 17th May, with the theme of Top Hat & Tails! They are going to have a red carpet, the venue will be all jazzed up, and they are inviting representatives from all the gay community establishments, charities, staff and volunteers… And of course neighbouring businesses and suppliers – and of course YOU, regular, loyal customers who have seen Planet go from strength to magnificence under John’s reign! This is going to be a smashing night, also combining a fundraiser for local charity LGBT Youth Scotland. Also at Planet, Dejaybird’s Tues nights are filling the floor each week, and there is also a new monthly quiz starting on the first Mon of the month for the Hotscots LGBT footie team. This month it will be Mon 7th May. All proceeds go to help the guys fund their travel and expenses, as they have become so successful – travelling all over Europe to play other LGBT teams. Planet will be hosting more fundraisers throughout the year to support these wonderful guys who train hard and are making a huge impact on LGBT football over the 5 years they’ve been around. Big up to Hotscots, and to Planet for their support. And by way of a wee update for the lads at Hotscots, they have one massive game coming up to finish the season. On Sat 5th May, they play their main rivals, the Newcastle Panthers, at Fettes Police HQ – and at stake is the second automatic promotion spot. They’d welcome lots of support for this vital fixture! So get on down to see some hot lads and hotter ball action. Every third Friday of the month at Planet is Slag Tag, so this month it’s Fri 18th May - with Steamworks Sauna providing the main prize each month of a free massage and entry for the day! Awesome prize. As an

aside, the Steamworks Sauna is a really professional service - they are a gay venue and regularly give prizes for community raffles, etc. The sauna is open 11am-7pm 7 days a week, and is very big – so plenty of room to chill and relax, of you can hit people up for a good chat just like you were in one of the bars. Very clean facilities too, and it also has a really nice café, TV lounge and PC for going on the Internet! And if you’re after something a bit more ‘intimate’, this is available – in a non-pushy way so you can have a little look without pressure to get involved. Just a wee shout-out for the lovely Jamie Lee Morley, who you will have seen at various Edinburgh scene establishments over the years. Most recently at Priscillas, PICS: GHQ Jamie will now be hosting shows, DJ-ing etc with both Habana and the Newtown. He started evening karaoke at Habz , and will be doing alternative Fridays there and at the Newtown. Starting at NTB on Fri 4th May, back on Fri 18th May. Go give this awesome local fave some support – and also check out his amazing YouTube clips. I’ve never heard such a beautiful voice! He does it live with no backing music at all – gives those chart losers a run for their money!!!

Also at Habana, due to the ever increasing popularity of Thu night karaoke and all-day Sun, they are now branching out to Mon night karaoke too, from 9pm – and OFFICE PARTY KARAOKE on Fri from 5-9pm with Jamie Lee Morley! Get your vocal chords warmed up and belt out some classics. To help you get in the mood, they now stock Desperados tequila beer!! You have to try this at least once, maybe a hundred times!! Lots of drinks promos during the week too. They also have a massive bank holiday party planned for Sunday 6th May; and as you know the Habz crew go all out for a party – so expectations will be met! And in reply to customer requests, you can now pay by card at the Habz bar. Other top news: Saturday Night Beaver is back! She disappeared for a mere month or two, and is now back with a fantastic new home. No one can ever take this club night down; it’s been rolling along in some guise or other with some promoter or another for over 15 years! And bringing it to top glory now is DJ Trendy Wendy – if anyone can do it, she can! Back to third Sat of month, this month being Sat 16th Jun – at The Annexe – which is the new club underneath the Liquid Room. Exciting indeed! It has a massive capacity of 300, and with crowds at the last SNB venue reaching around 250, that means there’s room for all you SNB regulars and also for many more! All profits go to charity too. And the great news is that this now means we once again have two women’s nights in town! The launch of new night Virgen was a huge hit last month at the Voodoo Rooms, and the girls have launched this female-run, female-focused event as an alternative to the scene. For those who like something a little bit edgier, a little bit darker, a little bit dirtier – Virgen is the event for you! Check out their Facebook page for this queer knockout to knock your socks off – so many hot queer girls in one place, a thing of true beauty! And birthday celebrations in store for Nom de Plume, celebrating their third birthday at the end of last month! How it’s flown. The café is now busier than ever, and the staff have been manically re-planting their window boxes with the aim of a magnificent display for Pride at the end of Jun. Up at The Regent, they had a

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SCOTSGAY: Monthly magazine edited, printed and published in Scotland since 1994. All of the words from the magazine can be found on our website as well as interactive Meet Market and our Listings which are frequently updated. Sample copy available by phoning 0906 1100256 (calls cost no more than £2). Tel: 0845 1208062 (+44 131-539 0666). Fax: 0131-539 2999. Write: PO Box 666, Edinburgh. EH7 5YW. E-mail: publisher@scotsgay.co.uk www.scotsgay.co.uk LOCK UP YOUR DAUGHTERS: Queer alternative DIY magazine for women. E-mail: info@ lockupyourdaughtersmagazine.co.uk www.lockupyourdaughtersmagazine.co.uk

Dumfries & Galloway LGBT Centre: Runs services including groups, social events, drop-ins, support and volunteering for young people and adults. 88b High Street, Dumfries. DG1 2BJ. Tel: Dumfries (01387) 255058. Text: 07785 274147. E-mail: DandG@lgbtyouth.org.uk DUNDEE: Diversitay LGBT Group: Offers support to LGBT people living in Tayside and North East Fife. Bi monthly newsletter “Out Now” available from PO Box 53, Dundee, DD1 3YG. Tel: Dundee (01382) 202620. E-mail: contact@diversitay.org.uk www.diversitay.org.uk and twitter.com/diversitaylgbt DUNFERMLINE:

NATIONAL ORGANISATIONS OUTRIGHT SCOTLAND: Scotland's oldest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights organisation. It was founded in 1969 as the Scottish Minorities Group, later became the Scottish Homosexual Rights Group and changed its name to OUTRIGHT SCOTLAND in December 1992. Currently hibernating. EQUALITY NETWORK: Working for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender equality in Scotland. Write: 30 Bernard Street, Edinburgh. EH6 6PR. Tel: 0131-467 6039. Fax: 0131-476 9006. Weekly e-mail and quarterly paper newsletters on LGBT equality campaigns and developments. Regular conferences, forums, and other events. E-mail or write to join the network. E-mail: en@equality-network.org www.equality-network.org and twitter.com/LGBTScotland LESBIAN ARCHIVE : The UK's largest and most significant collection of materials relating to lesbian lives. The collections are based at Glasgow Women’s Library, 15 Berkeley Street, Glasgow. G3 7BW. Tel/Fax: 0141-248 9969. E-mail: info@womenslibrary.org.uk www.womenslibrary.org.uk NATIONAL LGBT FORUM: Active events calendar for LGBT and other equality events in Scotland. Comprehensive directory of LGBT organisations. Free registration to add campaigns and events to the Community pages. www.scottishLGBT.org PRIDE SCOTIA: Now busily organising Pride Scotia 2012 which will be held in Edinburgh on Sat 30th June. Tel: 0131-556 9471. Write: 58a Broughton Street, Edinburgh. EH1 3SA. E-mail: edinburgh@pride-scotia.org www.pride-scotia.org STONEWALL SCOTLAND: Campaigns for equality and justice for gay, lesbian, bisexual and transgender people living

FifeFLAGS: Fife Free Lesbian and Gay Society. Provides a welcoming and safe meeting space and dropin centre near the town centre for the LGBT community, our friends, family and supporters. Regular social group meets on the 2nd and 4th Sun of the month from 7.3011pm. Generally has a nice friendly mixed group most nights across the age range so come along and meet new friends. Internet access, mini pool table or just hang out and chill over coffee and biscuits. Safer sex information and supplies available as part of the Fife Health Board condom distribution scheme. Tel: Dunfermline (01383) 738517. E-mail: Info@FifeFLAGS.org.uk www.fifeflags.org.uk EDINBURGH: Couple Counselling Lothian: Scotland’s oldest and largest relationship counselling agency promotes the wellbeing and longevity of same sex relationships. 65 years experience of serving clients in Edinburgh and the Lothians. Tel: 0131-556 1527. E-mail: admin@cclothian.org.uk www.cclothian.org.uk Edinburgh LGBT Centre: Owned and managed by Lesbian Gay and Bisexual Community Project Limited, which is registered as a Scottish Charity and as a Scottish Company. Bought in 1974 by the Scottish Minorities Group, it is the only LGBTowned LGBT Centre in the UK and is also the oldest LGBT Centre outwith the USA. Write: Edinburgh LGBT Centre, 58a/60 Broughton Street, Edinburgh. EH1 3SA. Tel: 0131-556 9471. Meeting Room Booking Tel: 07817 533337. E-mail: edinburghlgbtcentre @drink.demon.co.uk Icebreakers: Social group for guys and gals who want to make friendships and feel more at ease in the company of other gay people. Takes place from 7.30-9.30pm in The Regent on 2nd Wed of each month. If you're recently out or new to Edinburgh or just feel a bit cut off and want a break, come along.

Highland Lesbian Group: A friendly lesbian social group which offers support and information. Organises fundraisers for Womankind Worldwide: E-mail: High_Les@bigfoot.com www.freewebs.com/highlandlesbiangroup www.womankind.org.uk

CAMERADERIE LESBIAN PHOTOGRAPHY GROUP: Meets monthly in and around the Tayside/Dundee/Aberdeenshire area, weather permitting. E-mail: spamdd7@yahoo.com LESBIAN INFORMATION SERVICE: www.lesbianinformationservice.org OUT-SKIRTS: Quarterly e-zine for lesbian and bi women in the East of Scotland and beyond. E-mail: ionafiesta@yahoo.co.uk SCOTTISH NETWORK FOR LESBIAN STRENGTH: To further lesbian issues, follow a lesbian agenda and foster lesbian visibility. E-mail: High_Les@bigfoot.com www.freewebs.com/highlandlesbiangroup YOUNG LESBIANS: See our Youth Groups listings.

BISEXUALS BISCOTLAND: Support and social network for people who are bisexual or questioning their sexuality. Also organises training and activist activities in support of bisexual visibility and pride. Informal 'safe space' meetings are held on 1st Wed of each month in Glasgow (Contact for venue details) and 3rd Wed of each month in Edinburgh (8pm in the LGBT Centre for Health & Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street). Meetings (open to all bi or questioning people) are usually followed by social gatherings which are open to partners or friends. Information line: 07963 960321. E-mail: info@biscotland.org www.biscotland.org

WOMEN'S LISTINGS ABERDEEN:

DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY:

GirlZone: Friendly, informal social group for LBT and friends - all welcome. Meets 1st Sat and 3rd Fri of each month.Tel: Joanne on 07792 223687 for details and venue. E-mail: girlzone@gay-ness.org.uk www.gay-ness.org.uk

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of events around Scotland. E-mail: info@bearscots.org.uk www.bearscots.org.uk www.facebook.com/bear.scots

BELIEVERS AFFIRMATION SCOTLAND: Network in the Church of Scotland of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender Christians, their friends and supporters. Formed in 2006 in response to the issue of ministers and deacons being able to conduct ceremonies to mark civil partnerships without fear of censure. Write: Monica Stewart, 37 Main Street, Invergowrie. DD2 5AB. E-mail: monicastewart@btinternet.com www.affirmationscotland.org.uk

INVERNESS:

TERRENCE HIGGINS TRUST: Tel: 0808 8021221 Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, Sat-Sun Noon-6pm. The HIV and sexual health charity for life E-mail: info@tht.org.uk www.tht.org.uk

Clydebank LGBT Group: Meets Dalmuir CE Centre 6.30-9.30 pm from Thu 29th Mar and every 4th Thu thereafter. Tel: Fiona-marie 07974 489520. E-mail: clydebanklgbt@yahoo.co.uk

OLGA - Older Lesbians Get Around: Meets monthly. Tel: 07813 268938.

EDINBURGH: AD Group: Social group exclusively for lesbians over 40 who have come to terms with their sexuality as lesbians. Meets each month to plan social activities such as cinema, meals out, walks and more. E-mail: adgroup40@gmail.com Amazing Gracies Women’s Football Club: Meets Wed 7-8pm at Gracemount Leisure Centre, 22 Gracemount Drive. E-mail: enquiries@amazinggraciesfc.org.uk www.amazinggraciesfc.webs.com Ladybird Book Group: Friendly and social lesbian book group meets 2nd Tue of each month from 7.45pm in Café Nom De Plume. Newcomers welcome. Contact for more information and details of books coming up this year. E-mail: Carol_Purcell@hotmail.com Rubyfruits Edinburgh: For lesbians and bi women. Meets Wed eve anytime after 7.30pm in Café Nom De Plume, 60 Broughton Street. Widen your social circle, network, plan weekend/eve activities (eg walking, cinema, exhibitions) and maybe meet that special somebody. E-mail: rubyfruitsedinburgh@yahoo.com www.rubyfruitsedinburgh.webs.com Women’s Group: New group offering the chance to meet other women in a relaxed environment. Chat and information on health and wellbeing issues, as well as activities in and out the Centre. 2nd & 4th Fri of each monthfrom 2-4.30pm at the LGBT Centre for Health & Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street. Tel: Alison on 0131-652 3283. E-mail: alison@lgbthealth.org.uk Word: Women’s Book Group 7.30-9pm) on 2nd Wed of each month at the LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street, Edinburgh. Interested in reading and want to meet friends who share your passion? Join this friendly women’s book group. E-mail: lena_phalen@hotmail.com GLASGOW: Sandyford: 2-6 Sandyford Place, Glasgow. G3 7NB. Sandyford provides sexual, reproductive and emotional health services for all lesbian and bisexual women. Tel: 0141-211 8130 for further information on sexual and reproductive services or Tel: 0141-211 6700 for counselling services. All services available at a range of locations throughout NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde area. www.sandyford.org Glasgow Women's Library: 15 Berkeley Street, Glasgow. G3 7BW. Tel/Fax: 0141-248 9969. Provides a library, archive, is an Accredited Museum and also houses the UK’s national Lesbian Archives. Range of events, courses and other activities delivered through their learning programmes, along with an Adult Literacy and Numeracy Project and Black and Minority Ethnic Women’s Project. Check website for more info. E-mail: info@womenslibrary.org.uk www.womenslibrary.org.uk

ABUSE BROKEN RAINBOW LGBT DOMESTIC VIOLENCE SERVICE (UK): Works to change the situation for LGBT people facing domestic violence. Runs a helpline for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people, their family, friends, and agencies to support LGBT people around domestic violence. Mon & Thu 2-8pm,Tue & Wed 10am-5pm. Tel: 0300 999 5428. E-mail: mail@broken-rainbow.org.uk www.broken-rainbow.org.uk www.facebook.com/brokenrainbowuk www.twitter.com/brokenrainbow RAPE AND ABUSE LINE: For male and female survivors. Female Support Workers answer Freephone 0808 8000123 most evenings and Male Support Workers answer Freephone 0808 8000122 on selected evenings. the Helpline hours are advised on both answering services. Callers are welcome to phone either line. Write: PO Box 10, Dingwall. IV15 9HA. www.rapeandabuseline.co.uk RAPE CRISIS SCOTLAND HELPLINE: Scotland-wide telephone service providing support to women and men experiencing sexual violence, as well as their friends and families. Tel: Freephone 0808 8010302 (6pmMidnight). Minicom available. www.rapecrisisscotland.org.uk THRIVE: Counselling service for male survivors of childhood sexual abuse. Write: Sandyford Counselling & Support Services, 2-6 Sandyford Place, Glasgow. G3 7NB. Tel: 0141-211 8133 or 0141-211 6700. E-mail: thrive@ggc.scot.nhs.uk

ATHEISTS AND HUMANISTS GAY AND LESBIAN HUMANIST ASSOCIATION: GALHA is a membership organisation promoting a gay-friendly Humanist outlook and LGBT rights as human rights. Membership is open to supporters worldwide. Write: GALHA, 1 Gower Street, London. WC1E 6HD. E-mail: membership@galha.org www.galha.org PINK TRIANGLE TRUST: PTT is a gay Humanist charity which can arrange non-religious ceremonies of love and commitment for lesbian and gay couples at very reasonable rates in most parts of Scotland. Sponsors of LGBT History Month. Write: 34 Spring Lane, Kenilworth, Warwickshire. CV8 2HB. Tel: Kenilworth (01926) 858450. E-mail: ceremonies@pinktriangle.org.uk www.pinktriangle.org.uk Lively Blog at www.pinktriangle.org.uk/ptt/blog.html Internet Magazine (The Pink Humanist) at www.thepinkhumanist.com

BDSM SM GAYS: www.smgays.org

BEARS BEARSCOTS: The national group for bears, big boys, their friends and admirers. Glasgow Bear Weekend (1st weekend of each month): Bears in the West, Underground Bar, Fri 9pm-1am. Edinburgh Bear Weekend (2nd weekend of each month): Bears in the East, New Town Bar, Sat 10pm-2am. Check website for details

AUGUSTINE UNITED CHURCH: 41 George IV Bridge, Edinburgh. EH1 1EL. Meets Sun 11am - LGBT people especially welcome. Last Wed of each month: Transcendence (welcome space to support and explore transgender spirituality) - 7pm. Last Sat of each month: Our Tribe (LGBT worship) - 7pm Tel: 07957 543359. E-mail: ourtribe.auc@gmail.com www.augustine.org.uk EDINBURGH QUAKER LESBIAN AND GAY FELLOWSHIP: Meets on the 2nd Wed of each month at 7pm in the Glasite Meeting House, 33 Barony Street. Members of the LGBT Community and their friends are most welcome. Tel: 07543 975590. E-mail: edinburgh.qlgf@gmail.com EVANGELICAL FELLOWSHIP FOR LESBIAN & GAY CHRISTIANS: Lesbian, gay or bisexual? From an Evangelical tradition? So are we. Tel: Andrew on Mid Calder (01506) 499926. Write: c/o 123 Byron Road, Chelmsford. CM2 6HJ. E-mail: info@eflgc.org.uk www.eflgc.org.uk METROPOLITAN COMMUNITY CHURCH IN GLASGOW: A church of the LGBT communities welcoming all people. Meets for worship Sun 3pm at Ibrox Parish Church, 67 Clifford Street. Tel or Text: 07972 139128. E-mail: info@mccinglasgow.co.uk www.mccinglasgow.co.uk QUAKER LESBIAN AND GAY FELLOWSHIP: A welcoming and supportive national group for people of all sexual orientations and their friends. Write: Roy Vickery, 9 Terrapin Court, Terrapin Road, London. SW17 8QW. E-mail: qlgfcontact@btclick.com www.qlgf.org.uk QUEST: Organisation for lesbian and gay Catholics. Monthly meetings are held in different regional groups throughout Britain. Scottish meetings held in Glasgow. Quest Linkline The Helpline for Gay and Lesbian Catholics Tel: (Freephone) 0808 808 0234. Write: BM Box 2585, LONDON. WC1N 3xx. E-mail: quest@questgaycatholic.org.uk www.questgaycatholic.org.uk ROMAN CATHOLIC CAUCUS OF THE LESBIAN & GAY CHRISTIAN MOVEMENT: Write: RC Caucus, PO Box 24632, London. E9 6xF. Tel: 020-7226 0847. E-mail: lgcm_rccaucus@hotmail.com SGI-UK (SCOTLAND): Buddhist organisation established in more than 190 countries throughout the world. Their belief and practice direct people to respect that which is of ultimate value: life itself. Through their faith and practice, members transform their inner lives and develop the qualities needed to bring about personal fulfillment and contribute to the positive development of society. SGI-UK has participated in Pride events throughout the world and is now known as Rainbow activities. www.sgi-uk.org UNITARIANS IN EDINBURGH: An inclusive community of diverse beliefs which supports the pursuit of individual spirituality and humanism. Meets at St Mark’s, 7 Castle Terrace at 11am on Sun and for Mindfulness @ Lunchtime at 12.15pm on Tue. Relationship blessings conducted. E-mail: minister@edinburgh-unitarians.org.uk www.edinburgh-unitarians.co.uk

CULTURAL THE BIG LGBT MUSIC JAM: Meets 1-4pm on 1st Sat of each month at the LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street, Edinburgh. A creative and supportive space for making music. Play, sing your own song, or just be an appreciative listener. No need to book, just turn up. Bring your own instruments, some percussion supplied. £2 per session. E-mail: biglgbtmusicjamedinburgh@gmail.com THE CULTURE CLUB: Meets 7-8.30pm on 1st Wed of each month at the LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street, Edinburgh to talk about current arts affairs, exhibitions, events, ideas, music, and creativity. A safe space to discuss the arts at large. E-mail: cultureclub.edin@gmail.com EDINBURGH GAY MEN'S BOOK GROUP: Meets 7-9pm on 4th Wed of each month at the LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street, Edinburgh. An inclusive group where you can meet new people and read and discuss interesting books. E-mail: scott@equality-network.org EDINBURGH GAY MEN'S CHORUS: Brings together individuals interested in singing a fun repertoire, including pop, rock and songs from the shows and movies. Now is a great time to get involved, whether you're a closet shower singer or have some experience. Rehearses Tue eve in Central Edinburgh. For full details and to sign-up: www.egmc.co.uk GAY GORDONS EDINBURGH: Scotland's first LGBTQ Scottish country dance group with a good mix of women and men. Meets Mon 7.30-9.30pm at St Stephen’s Centre, Stockbridge. E-mail: info@gaygordonsedinburgh.co.uk www.gaygordonsedinburgh.co.uk

GLASGAY!: Scotland's annual celebration of queer culture. Next dates: Oct-Nov 2012. Q! Gallery is Glasgay's new year-round gallery dedicated to queer art and artists. Mon-Sat 11am-5pm. The Stud!o is an adjacent performance/research/workshop and holistic arts space. The Q! Gallery, 87-91 Saltmarket, Glasgow. G1 5LE. Tel/Fax: 0141-552 7575.Text: 07762 722460. E-mail: info@glasgay.co.uk www.glasgay.co.uk INTERNATIONAL KILT APPRECIATION SOCIETY (IKAS): Contact and social group for guys interested in viewing/wearing kilts. Regular newsletter. Write: Mervyn Tacy, 'Ziveli', 20 Ordsall Park Road, Retford. DN22 7PA. Please enclose sae. Tel: 01777 708270. E-mail: IKILTas@aol.com www.freewebs.com/ikas

Saint Katharine's Way, London. E1W 1Jx. or E-mail: gaycarers@alzheimers.org.uk www.alzheimers.org.uk /Gay_Carers/index.htm BIPOLAR SCOTLAND LGBT SELF HELP GROUP: For LGBT people with bipolar disorder, and their carers, family and friends. Meets 7-9pm on 1st Tue of each month at Terrence Higgins Trust, Rothesay House, 134 Douglas Street, Glasgow. No need for referral, just come along on the night. Tel: Aileen on 0141-560 2050. E-mail: aileenb@bipolarscotland.org.uk BODY POSITIVE (TAYSIDE): No 10, 10 Constitution Road, Dundee. DD11 1LL. A charity that exists to empower HIV and HepC positive people and those affected thereby to eliminate the stigma and isolation they experience. Tel: Dundee (01382) 305736. E-mail: ron@bodypositivetayside.org

LGBT FILM CLUB: Meets 6.30-9.30pm on 4th Fri of each month at the LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street, Edinburgh. Documentaries, shorts and full length films with an LGBT twist screened. Open to anyone keen to view and discuss films in a friendly and welcoming environment. Get in touch if you have a film you would like to share with the club. Check website, Facebook or Twitter for what is being shown. www.lgbthealth.org.uk

BROWNLEE CENTRE (GLASGOW): Gartnavel General Hospital, 1053 Great Western Road, Glasgow. G12 0YN. Confidential information, advice, counselling and direct access testing for HIV, Hepatitis and Syphilis. The Centre provides ongoing medical and social care plus psychological and emotional support for people living with HIV infection and one to one counselling for people at risk of HIV. Tel: 0141-211 1089. Fax: 0141-211 1097. Mon-Thu 9am-5pm, Tue 56.30pm, Fri 9am-4.30pm.

LGBT HISTORY MONTH SCOTLAND: Increasing the awareness of LGBT people’s lives, histories and experiences. The website provides listings for cultural opportunities, events, news items, and resources. If you would like to be involved, volunteer or add information, contact LGBT History Month, 3940 Commerce Street, Edinburgh. EH6 6HD. www.lgbthistory.org.uk

BROWNLEE COMMUNITY TEAM: Gartnavel General Hospital, 1053 Great Western Road, Glasgow. G12 0YN. Social work service for people with HIV/AIDS providing intensive community based support. General advice and information on community care and housing needs also provided. Tel: 0141-211 1090.

LOUD & PROUD: Scotland's original choir for LGBT singers is made up of approximately 45 singers and holds regular concerts in the Central Belt. The repertoire, which is sung a capella in varying numbers of parts, includes simple rounds, popular music, traditional music, light classics, festive and seasonal songs, lesbian/gay anthems, and show tunes. Meets weekly for rehearsals in Edinburgh. E-mail: info@loudandproudchoir.org www.loudandproudchoir.org

GAY MEN'S HEALTH EDINBURGH: 10 Union Street, Edinburgh. EH1 3LU. A community led Lothian wide project for gay and bisexual men. Wide ranging volunteering opportunities which provide services including support and counselling, scene work, peer education and training, provision of condoms, lube and Safer Sex information. Tel: 0131-558 9444. E-mail: info@gmh.org.uk www.gmh.org.uk

LUVVIES THEATRE COMPANY: Edinburgh based LGBT theatre company, which aims to give LGBT people the opportunity to act, direct, produce or organise theatre or take part in any aspect of the creative process. No previous experience is necessary. Tel: 07854 836605. E-mail: info@theluvvies.org www.theluvvies.org

GAY MEN'S HEALTH GLASGOW: Unit 9, The Adelphi Centre, Gorbals, Glasgow. G5 0PQ. Tel: 0141-552 0112. A community led project across the Greater Glasgow and Clyde Health Board Area for gay and bisexual men. Wide ranging volunteering opportunities which provide services including support, scene work, peer education and training, provision of condoms, lube and Safer Sex info. E-mail: glasgow@gmh.org.uk www.gmh.org.uk

OURSTORY SCOTLAND: A charity which works to collect, archive and present the life stories and experiences of the LGBT Community in Scotland. If you have a story to tell or experiences to share, or would like to find out more about their upcoming programme of events, then please contact them. Write: OurStory Scotland, Archives and Special Collections, The Mitchell Library, North Street, Glasgow. G3 7DN. E-mail: info@ourstoryscotland.org.uk www.ourstoryscotland.org.uk

HIV-AIDS CARERS AND FAMILIES SERVICE PROVIDER SCOTLAND: 10 Elderpark Workspace, 100 Elderpark Street, Glasgow. G51 3TR. Mon-Fri 10am5pm. Telephone Support Service: 07778 117900 Mon-Fri 7pm-10pm. Tel: 0141-445 8797. E-mail: hiv-aids_carers@lineone.net www.hiv-aids-carers.org.uk

PINK CASTLE PHILOSOPHY CLUB: Meets 2nd Tue of each month at 7.30pm in Riverside Lounge, Glen Mhor Hotel, 8-15 Ness Bank, Inverness. IV2 4SG. Tel: Morgan on 07745 930383. E-mail: morgan@tramstop.org www.pinkcastle.eu REMEMBER WHEN PROJECT: Documenting the collective history of Edinburgh's LGBT communities, recording life-stories and personal memories across the generations, and celebrating our rich and varied contributions to the quality of life in the city. The culmination of this work was an exhibition entitled 'Rainbow City: Stories from Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Edinburgh' held at the City Art Centre, Edinburgh in 2006. Write: Remember When Project, c/o The Living Memory Association, The Stables, 64/1 The Causeway, Edinburgh. EH15 3PZ. Tel: 0131-661 3222, and leave a message, stating clearly that it is for Remember When. E-mail: miles@livingmemory.org.uk

FETISH MSC SCOTLAND: A club for men interested in Leather, Rubber, Uniform. Meets in Edinburgh from 10pm downstairs in the New Town Bar on 3rd Sat of each month. Write: PO Box 28, Edinburgh. EH3 5JL. www.msc-scotland.net

HEALTH AND ABILITIES AL-ANON: Fellowship of relatives and friends of alcoholics who share their experience, strength and hope in order to solve their common problem. Anyone affected by another person’s drinking is welcome. LGBT & Friends Group meets 6.45-7.45pm at Edinburgh LGBT Centre, 58a/60 Broughton Street. Tel: Catherine on 07940 473150. www.al-anonuk.org.uk ALCOHOLICS ANONYMOUS: Whilst AA runs the f ollowing LGBT meetings in Edinburgh and Glasgow, please note that it is a non restrictive organisation and LGBT people are welcome at any meeting. AA Edinburgh: Tue 8pm (Edinburgh Peace And Justice Resource Centre, St John’s Church, Princes Street). Please note that the last meeting of the month is open to non AA members. AA Glasgow: Tue 7.30pm (Spoon Café, 46 Trongate), Fri 7.30pm (The Ogilvie Centre, 25 Rose Street). AA National: Helpline: 0845 7697555 (24 hours). Northern Service Office: 0141-226 2214. www.alcoholicsanonymous.org.uk ALZHEIMER'S SOCIETY LGBT SUPPORT GROUP: Trained and skilled volunteers able to offer understanding and a listening ear to LGBT people affected by Alzheimer’s disease or any other form of dementia.To contact: Tel the Alzheimer's Helpline on 0845 300 0336 or write to Alzheimer's Society LGBT Support Group, Alzheimer's Society, Devon House, 58

HIV SCOTLAND: Suite 2, 27 Beaverhall Road, Edinburgh. EH7 4JE. Tel: 0131-558 3713. Fax: 0131-558 9887. The national policy charity for HIV in Scotland. Speaks out for people living with HIV and provide knowledge and expertise to help inform and deliver strong policies and effective strategies to tackle the spread of HIV in Scotland. E-mail: info@hivscotland.com www.hivscotland.com THE JANEK LATOSINSKI CHARITABLE TRUST: Provides free complementary therapies and psychotherapy to all people living with HIV in Glasgow and the West of Scotland. E-mail: austen@tjlct.org.uk www.tjlct.org.uk LANARKSHIRE HIV, AIDS AND HEPATITIS CENTRE: Monklands Hospital, Airdrie. One stop shop for HIV testing, treatment and support. Appointments available Mon 9am-5pm (eve available by request). Tel: Airdrie (01236) 712247. Support group for HIV Positive men also available. LGBT CENTRE FOR HEALTH & WELLBEING: 9 Howe Street, Edinburgh. EH3 6TE. This unique Centre exists to improve the physical, mental and social wellbeing of LGBT people living in, working in and travelling to Edinburgh. Runs events, workshops and courses promoting healthy lifestyles,including the LGBT Headspace programme focusing on improved mental health and the LGBT Age programme offering services to those over 50. The Centre also provides a wide range of information on health and LGBT topics, offers one to one support services and supports community groups. Tel: 0131-523 1100. E-mail: admin@lgbthealth.org.uk www.lgbthealth.org.uk POSITIVE HELP: 13a Great King Street, Edinburgh. EH3 6QW. Practical help for people who are infected or affected by HIV and AIDS in Edinburgh, their families and carers. Tel: 0131-558 1122. Fax: 0131-558 3636. E-mail: admin@positivehelpedinburgh.co.uk www.positivehelpedinburgh.uk POSITIVE MIXTURE : A self help group offering support and assistance for individuals with HIV/AIDS in the Grampian area. Contact THT, 246 George Street, Aberdeen. AB25 1HN. E-mail: info.aberdeen@tht.org.uk ROAM OUTREACH: Part of the Harm Reduction Team within Lothian NHS. Offers a confidential and anonymous service for men who have sex with men, including male sex workers throughout Edinburgh and the Lothians. Provides a wide range of services including sexual health and safer sex advice, information and advice on drug use, personal safety, police and legal advice, including operating in the Remote Reporting Scheme. A great deal of their work is done on an outreach basis in Public Sex Environments and venues as well as on-line as part of the SNN group. They run an 'Out of Hours' Testing Service Mon 57.30pm at "The Exchange", Lady Lawson Street, Edinburgh where you can have a full SEXUAL HEALTH check up including Hep A&B vaccinations. No appointments

necessary. For further information or to receive condom and lube supplies contact Vaughan, Peter or Del on Tel: 0131-537 8300 or 07774 628227. E-mail: enquiries@roam-outreach.com www.roam-outreach.com

PRIME TIME (GLASGOW): Social group for gay and bisexual men 40+. Meets twice a month in central Glasgow from 3pm. Tel: Criz on 0141-552 0112. E-mail: criz@gmh.org.uk

SANDYFORD: 2-6 Sandyford Place, Glasgow. G3 7NB. Glasgow's main sexual, reproductive and emotional health centre. Free web access and health library with large LGBT lending collection. Specialist services for gay men (See separate ScotsGay Listing for Steve Retson Project) and lesbians (See separate ScotsGay listing for Sandyford under Women). Self-referal sexual health service with open access clinic each weekday with registration from 8.30-10am or book on 0141211 8130. E-mail: helpsandyford@ggc.scot.nhs.uk www.sandyford.org

ORDER OF PERPETUAL INDULGENCE The Sisters and Brothers of the OPI are part of a world wide order of queer men and women of all sexualities which is open to all who feel the habit. Its tenets are: The expiation of stigmatic guilt and the promulgation of universal joy through habitual manifestation and perpetual perpetration. www.thesisters.org.uk

SEXUAL HEALTH LINE: Freephone 0800 567123. 24 hours. Confidential advice and information. Minicom: Freephone 0800 521361. www.nhs.uk/worthtalkingabout

OPI CONVENT OF DUNN EIDEANN: The Edinburgh convent. Write: Mistress of Communications, c/o PO Box 666, Edinburgh. EH7 5YW. E-mail: opi@drink.demon.co.uk

STEVE RETSON PROJECT: Sandyford, 2-6 Sandyford Place, Glasgow. G3 7NB. A free sexual health screening and counselling service for gay and bisexual men. Clinics run Tue, Wed & Thu 5-8pm. Tel: 0141211 8628 for appointment.. www.sandyford.org/sexual-orientation/ men-who-have-sex-withmen/steve-retson-project.aspx

OPI CONVENT OF MORAVIA: The North Eastern convent. Write: Sister Bobby OPI, Cairnglass, St Combs, Fraserburgh. AB43 8UT. Tel: Inverallochy (01346) 583145. E-mail: circushighschool@gmail.com

TERRENCE HIGGINS TRUST SCOTLAND NATIONAL OFFICE - GLASGOW: 134 Douglas Street, Glasgow. G2 4HF. HIV prevention and support services in Lanarkshire, Ayrshire & Arran, Argyll & Bute, the Glasgow area and Western Central Scotland. Support & Advocacy Service provides a full range of welfare rights advice and representation as well as community support for people living with blood borne viruses. Also provides a range of health promotion services for gay and bisexual men throughout the West of Scotland. Contact for further details. Volunteers welcome! Tel: 0141332 3838. Fax: 0141-332 3755. Helpline: THT Direct 0845 1221200 Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, Sat-Sun Noon-6pm. E-mail: info.scotland@tht.org.uk www.tht.org.uk TERRENCE HIGGINS TRUST SCOTLAND ABERDEEN OFFICE: 246 George Street, Aberdeen. AB25 1HN. HIV prevention and support services in Grampian including Community Support, Group Support and LGBT Youth groups. Please contact for further details. Volunteers welcome! Tel: Aberdeen (01224) 451150. Helpline: THT Direct 0808 802 1221 Mon-Fri 10am-10pm, Sat-Sun Noon-6pm. E-mail: info.aberdeen@tht.org.uk www.tht.org.uk and www. thtscotlandhighlandservices.blogspot.com TOGETHER: Social/support/information group for gay and bisexual men living with HIV. Meets 2nd Tue of each month from 7-9pm (new members invited from 6.30pm). Tel: Criz on 0141-552 0112. E-mail: together@gmh.org.uk www.gmh.org.uk/together WAVERLEY CARE: 3 Mansfield Place, Edinburgh. EH3 6NB. Scotland's leading charity providing care and support to people affected by HIV and Hepatitis C. Whether someone is living with HIV or Hepatitis C or are the partner or family member of someone affected by these conditions, Waverley Care has services that can support them and provide up to date, accurate information and resources. Services include: Short-term Residential Intensive Support, Support Services for all, including specialist services for gay men, Community Support and Outreach Services (including Advocacy and Information, Arts Project, Befriending/Buddying, Care at Home, Spiritual and Pastoral Care, Complementary Therapies, Counselling, Health Promotion), Prevention and Awareness Raising. Tel: Neil - Gay Men's Support Worker on 07962 909730 or Tel: 0131-558 1425 Mon-Fri 9-5pm or Tel: 0131441 6989 24hrs, 7 days per week. To become a Buddy with Waverley Care, Tel: Kelly McKnight on 07929 132675 or 0131-312 9953 or Annette Wilson on 0131-441 2791. E-mail: info@waverleycare.org www.waverleycare.org WAVERLEY CARE ARGYLL & BUTE: The Renfield Centre, 260 Bath Street, Glasgow. G2 4JP. Tel: 0141-333 9393. WAVERLEY CARE HIGHLAND: 34 Waterloo Place, Inverness. IV1 1NB.Tel: Inverness (01463) 711585

OLDER GAYS CAFFMOS: Nationwide Social and Contacts Club for the older gay gentleman and his admirers, both young and old. Scottish group next meets from 1-4pm at Café Habana in Edinburgh on Sun 27th May, 24th Jun. Write: PO Box 2087, Blackpool. FY4 1WL. Tel: Blackpool (01253) 318327. E-mail: Caffmos2@aol.com Edward (Scottish Contact): E-mail: ebsc18624@blueyonder.co.uk www.caffmoscommunity.com HIGHLAND RAINBOW FOLK: Independent working group which raises awareness of issues facing older LGBT people. Monthly meetings in Inverness. Tel: Suzy on 07791 874583. Email: highlandrainbowfolk@gmail.com www.spanglefishcom/highlandrainbowfolk

OUTDOOR PURSUITS FREEDOM CLUB: UK and Europe Wide LGBT Caravan and Camping Club. Aims to provide a means whereby gay people can meet up for weekends, weeks or even longer rallies throughout the UK and sometimes into Ireland and Europe. Tel: Eddie on Cheltenham (01242) 526826. E-mail: enquiry@freedomclub.co.uk www.freedomclub.co..uk GAY BIRDERS CLUB: For LGBT Birdwatchers. Write: Gay Birders Club, GeeBeeCee, BCM-Mono, London. WC1N 3XX. E-mail: info@gbc-online.org.uk www.gbc-online.org.uk GAY CARAVAN & CAMPING CLUB: For men and women. Tel: Ian on 07977 317872. E-mail: info@gaycaravanclub.com www.gaycaravanclub.com GAY OUTDOOR CLUB: Holds regular events including walking, skiing, cycling, climbing, mountain-biking, kayaking, mountaineering, camping, youthhostelling, badminton, running and swimming. For more information, vist website or send an A5 sae to BM GOC, London. WC1N 3xx. Or Tel: 0844 8700462. E-mail: info@goc.org.uk www.goc.org.uk GLASGOW GAY RAMBLERS GROUP: Leisurely walks in the countryside. Bring sensible footwear/clothing and packed lunch. 2nd Sat of each month. Meet at Mitchell Library, Berkeley Street. No membership just turn up. Cars normally shared. Tel: Robert on 0141-950 1081. E-mail: robert@gocscotland.org OUT DOOR LADS: A UK-Wide, web-based organisation, offering a wide range of activities: from camping, hostelling, hill-walking and indoor climbing, to the more extreme activities like gorge scrambling, ice climbing, technical mountain biking and many more. There's something for everyone, no matter what your interest. Core membership is Gay and Bi-sexual lads, aged 18-35, but OutdoorLads does not discriminate on any grounds including age, sexuality, disability or sex, and welcomes anyone who agrees with the group's aims and objectives. www.outdoorlads.com TARTAN TRAVELLERS: Scottish based club for all LGBT fans of caravanning, camping and motorhoming. Arranges meets, social events and more. Tel: Craig on 07972 881155. E-mail: tartantravellers@talktalk.net

PARENTS GAY DADS SCOTLAND: Support group for gay fathers. Meets on last Thu of each month (except Dec) in a private room in Edinburgh LGBT Centre, 58a Broughton Street. Assemble in Café Nom de Plume first from 8pm - look out for sign on table. Gay dads from all over Scotland welcome. E-mail: info@gaydadsscotland.org.uk www.gaydadsscotland.org.uk PARENTS' ENQUIRY SCOTLAND: Coming out? Information and support for parents of LGBT people. Helpline and admin: Tel: 0131-556 6047 before 10pm. Write: c/o ScotsGay Magazine, PO Box 666, Edinburgh. EH7 5YW. E-mail: parentsenquiry@hotmail.com www.parentsenquiryscotland.org RAINBOW FAMILIES: Friendly group is for anyone looking to meet other LGBT parents, share experiences and get advice from the group’s health visitor. Regular outings organized. Toys provided! Meets 2nd Sat of each month from 10amNoon at the LGBT Centre for Health & Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street, Edinburgh. Te;: 0131-523 1100 for more information. E-mail: admin@lgbthealth.org.uk

LGBT AGE: New support service for LGBT people over 50 years old in Edinburgh and the Lothians, which will offer befriending, social events, information and advocacy. Please help spread the word to any older LGBT people you know. Anyone interested in using the service or volunteering, call Garry on 0131-652 3282. E-mail: garry@lgbthealth.org.uk www.lgbthealth.org.uk/content/lgbt-age

POLITICAL

PRIME TIME (EDINBURGH): Informal social group for men over 40. Meets in GMH, 10 Union Street, from 2-4.30pm on 1st and 3rd Sun of each month. Tel: John on 0131-556 1309 or Steve on 0131-558 9444. E-mail: j.thompson39@btinternet.com

SCOTTISH LIBERAL DEMOCRATS FOR LGBT EQUALITY: Tel: 0131-337 2314. Write: 4 Clifton Terrace, Edinburgh. EH12 5DR. E-mail: hq@scotlibdems.org.uk www.scotlibdems.org.uk www.twitter.com/scotlibdems

LIBERAL PARTY LESBIAN AND GAY CAMPAIGN: Tel: 0151-259 5935 (Telephone Answering Machine). Write: 41 Sutton Street, Liverpool, L13 7EG. E-mail: libgay@libparty.demon.co.uk www.liberal.org.uk

PRISONERS FREE MAGAZINES FOR PRISONERS: Copies of ScotsGay are sent free of charge to prisoners in UK prisons and institutions. Please contact us if you wish to be added to the mailing list. BENT BARS PROJECT: Letter writing programme that connects lebian, gay, bisexual, transgender, transsexual, intersex, queer and gender non-conforming communities across prison walls. E-mail: bent.bars.project@gmail.com www.bentbarsproject.org

REAL ALE LESBIAN AND GAY REAL ALE DRINKERS: The Edinburgh group of CAMRA's Task Group for LGBT real ale and cider fans. Meets in The Regent on the 1st Mon of each month from 9pm to sample the brewers' art - Aug 2nd Mon (to avoid GBBF). Tel: Karen on 0131-557 8790. E-mail: lagrad@drink.demon.co.uk www.lagrad-edinburgh.org.uk and www.lagrad.org.uk

RESIDENTIAL EVENTS EDWARD CARPENTER COMMUNITY OF GAY MEN: Committed to principles of caring, trusting, personal growth, sharing, and creativity aimed at nurturing 'community' as an alternative to the commercial scene. Organises Gay Men's Weeks and shorter events each year in SW Scotland, the English Lake District and other venues across the UK. Write: Edward Carpenter Community, BM ECC, London. WC1N 3xx. Tel: 08703 215121. E-mail: contact_ecc @edwardcarpentercommunity.org.uk www.gaycommunity.org.uk THE FINDHORN FOUNDATION: Spiritual community, ecovillage and holistic learning centre. Offers regular residential workshops and retreats for gay men and lesbians at Findhorn in the North East of Scotland, and at its retreat house on the peaceful island of Iona. Tel: Findhorn (01309) 690311. E-mail:enquiries@findhorn.org http://bit.ly/findhorn-lgbt for all Findhorn Foundation gay and lesbian workshops, or http://www.findhorn.org/ for information about all the Foundation’s activities.

SPORTS CALEDONIAN THEBANS RFC: Caledonian Thebans Rugby Football Club is Scotland's first gay/bi friendly rugby club. Offers gay/bi/trans men the chance to learn the game and play rugby in a safe and supportive environment. Welcomes new players (+18) at any level or experience and new supporters to the club. If you're interested in playing or supporting gay rugby in Scotland, please get in touch. Come along and get fit! Tel: 07758 668784 or Text "thebans" to 60300. E-mail: membership@thebans-rfc.co.uk www.thebans-rfc.co.uk EDINBURGH CUESTARS POOL GROUP: Looking for new members, Meets on 2nd and 4th Tue of each month at Shandon Snooker Club, Slateford Road from 7-9pm. Costs £3 per person. E-mail: darren.girdwood@yahoo.co.uk EDINBURGH GAY MEN’S VOLLEYBALL: Looking to start up a gay volleyball team (and for people who have had experience and exposure to competitive volleyball) to take to both local and international competitions. If there is enough interest, an open day will take place to meet and play volleyball to get an idea of what your levels are and hopefully form a team based on this. Everybody welcome irrespective of sexuality. E-mail: edinburghgayvolleyball@live.com EDINBURGH LGBT RUNNING GROUP: Meets 6.15pm prompt Wed at the Jawbones, The Meadows. Everybody made welcome from complete beginners to the more experienced. Get in contact so that we can expect you, in case we need to make changes to time or venue. Tel: Robert on 07738 939836. E-mail: robert.cole@gocscotland.org EDINBURGH RACQUETEERS BADMINTON GROUP: Gay and lesbian badminton club, meets each Thu from 7-9pm at Meadowbank Stadium. Seeks more full time and part-time players. Come along, have fun, enjoy meeting the other members for a friendly game and a social gettogether afterwards. Plays all year round and can generally accommodate more players during the Summer season (May-Aug), Spaces may be limited for other seasons. E-mail: info@theracqueteers.co.uk GAY FOOTBALL SUPPORTERS NETWORK: Write: GFSN Membership Secretary, PO Box 7424, Milton Keynes. MK8 9WQ. Tel: Barry on Milton Keynes (01908) 564085. Scottish Contact: Kevin Rowe - Tel/Text: 07808 263173 or E-mail: kevrowe72@yahoo.co.uk www.gfsn.org.uk GLASGOW FRONTRUNNERS: Running group for the LGBT community and friends. All abilities welcome. Meets 7pm Thu and 11.30am Sun at the Arc Leisure Centre in Glasgow Caledonian University, Cowcaddens Road. Social get-together after the run as well! Join their Facebook group and follow them on Twitter (@glasgowfrontrun). Tel/text: 07919 894317 (Simon). E-mail: secretary@glasgowfrontrunners.org www.GlasgowFrontrunners.org GLASGOW GAY AND LESBIAN BADMINTON CLUB: Meets each Thu from 8-10pm. Come along and have fun and enjoy meeting the other members for a friendly game. All welcome. Tel: Paul on 07708 514676 (6-11pm). GRANITE CITY STORMERS FC: Gay football team meeting regularly to play, train and for social events. Based in Aberdeen and open to people of all ages, experience and ability. Always on the lookout for new members and volunteers, so if you can help

out with organising training, fundraising, coaching, arranging kick abouts or socials or contributing in any way, please get in touch! E-mail: robleadbetter@hotmail.co.uk HOTSCOTS: Scotland's very first LGBT group for football players and fans alike. Trains every Thu at Saughton, hold kick abouts every Fri at World of Soccer and compete in the GFSN national league and cup. All ability levels are welcome, and the social side is just as important as the playing - so what are you waiting for? For more info Tel: (or text) 07585 132595.E-mail: mail@hotscotsfc.com www.hotscotsfc.com LGBT BASKETBALL GROUP: Meets 7-8pm Tue (10th Apr - 26th Jun) at Leith Community Education Centre. £3. Friendly and informal weekly group for beginners and regular players alike. E-mail: jamesnmcgoogan@gmail.com SALTIRE THISTLE FC: LGBT-friendly football team based in Glasgow open to all from Scotland. Training on Wed at Glasgow Green, open kickabouts on Fri at Crownpoint and matches most Sun in different venues across the West. All abilities and skills are welcome plus those who want to watch and support. Regular social events organised too. E-mail: contact@saltirethistle.com www.clubwebsite.co.uk/saltirethistle SHUTTLESCOTS BADMINTON CLUB: Friendly and relaxed group of mixed ability players, including beginners. Meets 7-9pm every Tue at Meadowbank Stadium, Edinburgh with a coach on hand every other week and doubles social play in between. The club is a great opportunity to meet new people, make friends and get some exercise. E-mail: info@shuttlescots.co.uk www.shuttlescots.co.uk TEAM SCOTLAND BADMINTON CLUB: Glasgow based gay and lesbian badminton club meets Sun Noon-2pm at National Badminton Academy, Scotstoun for competitive games. International tournaments and matches against clubs in London and Europe are held annually. Sorry - no beginners. Tel: Raymond on 0141-778 9220.

STUDENTS Many Universities and Colleges have Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgendered Societies. Contact these via your Student Union or Student Association. ScotsGay also links to a number of LGBT Soc websites from our own web page at www.scotsgay.co.uk. Tel: NUS Scotland LGBT Officer on 0131-556 6598 or or 07938 190440. Fax: 0131-557 5679. Write: Nathan Sparling, LGBT Officer, NUS Scotland, 29 Forth Street, Edinburgh. EH1 3LE. E-mail: lgbt@nus-scotland.org.uk or mail@nus-scotland.org.uk

TRANSGENDER NATIONAL: Transmen Scotland: A national support group for all female to male transgender people. Meets 2nd Sat of each month from 7-9pm at LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street, Edinburgh. For further info Tel/Text 07948 735179 or E-mail: admin@transmenscotland.org.uk www.transmenscotland.org.uk ABERDEEN: NEST Support: Contact Nicola on 07523 279546. E-mail: nestsupport@gmail.com www.nestsupport.co.uk BUCHLYVIE: TV/TS Group: Meets last Sat of each month at 5pm. Tel: Gladys or Michelle on Buchlyvie (01360) 850516 or 07896 307348. E-mail: gladyspaterson2@yahoo.co.uk DUNDEE: Diversitay: T With Biscuits: New Trans Group meets monthly. For more information, Tel: Diversitay on Dundee (01382) 202620 (Mon 7-9pm). EDINBURGH: Edinburgh Trans Women: Support group for transsexual women. Meets 1st Sat of each month 7.30-9.30pm in LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street. E-mail: info @edinburghtranswomen.org.uk www.edinburghtranswomen.org.uk T-Time: Informal social for all transgender people, their partners, family and friends, held the 3rd Sat of each month from 1-5pm at LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing, 9 Howe Street. A friendly, safe and relaxed environment where there's also space to change. Tel: 0131-523 1100. E-mail: admin@lgbthealth.org.uk GLASGOW: Crosslynx Transgender Group: Meets monthly at Brunswick Hotel, Brunswick Street, Glasgow. Check website for details. Tel: Crosslynx Helpline on 0141-847 0787 (Mon 7.30-9.30pm). www.crosslynx.org.uk Sandyford Trans Women's Support Group: Meets twice a month. Further details and support from group member on 07758 462988 or contact Sandyford Community Access Co-ordinator on 0141-232 8417. E-mail: colinmackillop@nhs.net INVERNESS: Swans Of Scotland: Meets last Thu of each month from 7-9pm at Beaufort Hotel, 11 Culduthel Road. E-mail: swansofscotland@gmail.com www.spanglefish.com/SwansofScotland STIRLING: Central Scotland Transgender Group: Meets 2nd Sat of each month 7-10pm. Tel: Sarah Whyte on 07748 484703. E-mail: sarah_m_whyte@yahoo.co.uk

WORKPLACE EIS LGBT NETWORK: Write: National Officer (Education and Equality), 46 Moray Place, Edinburgh. EH3 6BH. Tel: 0131-225 6244. E-mail: enquiriesn@eis.org.uk FIRE BRIGADES UNION LGBT SUPPORT GROUP: For firefighters and control staff. Write: c/o Pat Carberry, FBU, 68 Coombe Road, Kingston upon Thames, Surrey. KT2 7SE. Tel: 07725 602524 or 020-8541 1765. E-mail: PCarberry@fbu.org.uk www.fbulgbt.org.uk GAY POLICE ASSOCIATION IN SCOTLAND: Membership is open to all police officers and police staff, serving or retired. Tel: 07092 700213 . www.gpascotland.com GMB SCOTLAND EQUAL RIGHTS GROUP: Write: Regional Equal Rights Officer, GMB Scotland, Fountain House, 1/3 Woodside Crescent, Glasgow. G3 7UJ. Tel: 0141-352 8109. E-mail: louise.gilmour@gmb.org.uk PUBLIC AND COMMERCIAL SERVICES UNION (PCS) PROUD GROUP Scottish Rep : Dave McNeilly c/o PCS, Equalities Committee, 160 Falcon Road, London. SW11 2LN. Tel: 07896 471891. E-mail: pcsproud@live.co.uk www.pcsproud.org.uk UNISON: Glasgow City LGBT Group. Meets pay day Tue at 5pm in Glasgow City Unison Offices, 84 Bell Street. All LGBT members welcome.

YOUTH NATIONAL: QUEER ATTITUDE: Edinburgh based website for young LGBT people everywhere. www.queerattitude.com QUEER YOUTH: UK National organisation run by and for young people providing a united voice for all lesbian, gay, bisexual, asexual, pansexual, intersex, transgender, transsexual, queer and curious youth. Online 24/7 providing peer support through forums, campaigning for equal rights, running regional groups across the UK and much more! Queer Youth Scotland usually meets monthly in either Glasgow, Dundee or Edinburgh. www.queeryouth.org.uk ABERDEEN: Zone Youth: LGBT group for people aged under 26. Meets 2nd Sat of each month Noon-3pm. Tel: 0845 2412151. E-mail: youth.aberdeen@tht.org.uk BORDERS: Tutti Frutti: Youth group meets Wed eve in Galashiels. Tel: 0131-555 3940. DUNDEE: Allsorts: Meets everyTue 6-8pm. Tel: 0131555 3940. Text: 07781 481788. E-mail: info@lgbtyouth.org.uk Different Visions Celebrate (DV8): Youth group for young people 25 and under who have issues with their sexuality or with the sexuality of a member of their family. Drop In Service 9-5pm at Eighteen And Under, 1 Victoria Road, Dundee. Offers a safe and friendly environment to meet and discuss issues affecting the LGBT community and our families. Tel: Shaun on Dundee (01382) 206222. E-mail: shauntaylor498@hotmail.co.uk DUMFRIES & GALLOWAY: LGBT Youth D&G: Groups, volunteering and support for LGBT people under 26 from Dumfries and Galloway. Write: 88b High Street, Dumfries. DG1 2RP. Tel: Dumfries (01387) 255058. Text: 07785 274147. E-mail: DandG@lgbtyouth.org.uk www.lgbtyouth.org.uk EDINBURGH: LGBT Youth Scotland: The Citadel, 39/40 Commercial Street, Edinburgh. EH6 6JD. Provides services and opportunities for LGBT young people (13-25) in Edinburgh, the Lothians, Fife, Borders, Tayside and Dumfries & Galloway. The groups include drop-ins at their Edinburgh offices for under-18's (Wed) and for over 18's (Thu). They also have a range of different opportunities and they offer training services. Nationally, they run regular events for young people to get involved in local and national decision-making, and to make new pals and have a laugh. Office Tel: 0131-555 3940 (Mon-Fri 9.30am-5pm). E-mail: info@lgbtyouth.org.uk www.lgbtyouth.org.uk GLASGOW: LGBT Youth Scotland Youth Programmes: Glasgow Head Office, 38 Queen Street, Glasgow. G1 3Dx. Tel: 0141-548 8121. Vivid Youth: For young LGBT people aged 1325. Group for 13-18 year olds: Tue 7-9.30pm. Group for 18-25 year olds: Thu 7-9.30pm. Contact for venue details.Tel: 0141-548 8121. E-mail: info@lgbtyouth.org.uk www.lgbtyouth.org.uk HAMILTON: Skittles LGBT Youth Group: For 16-25 year olds. Meets Mon 6.30-10pm. Tel: Graham on Hamilton (01698) 456680 during office hours. E-mail: graham.kane@yls.org.uk MORAY: Big Deal: For under 26 year olds. Tel: 0845 2412151. E-mail: andi.watson@tht.org.uk PERTH: LGBT Youth Group: Last Wed of each month. Tel: 0141-548 8121. Text: 07781 481788. E-mail: info@lgbtyouth.org.uk


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CHAPLINS* 20 Adelphi. Sun & Thu 9pm2am, Fri-Sat 9pm-3am. New LGBT and Straight friendly venue in old My Club premises.

ADULT CONCEPTIONS* 8 Drummond Street. Tel: 0131557 9413. Fax: 0131-557 8336. Sun Noon-9pm, Mon-Sat 10am-9pm. Fem 2 Dom is at 25 Easter Road. Tel: 0131-623 6969. Licensed sex shops.

CHEERZ BAR & CLUB* 11 Hadden Street. Lively gay bar and club with entertainment and more. MARKET ARMS* 13 Hadden Street. LGBT friendly pub with karaoke five nights per week. WELLMAN’S HEALTH STUDIO* 218 Holburn Street. Tel: (01224) 211441. Mon-Fri Noon-10pm, Sat Noon-9pm, Sun 2-9pm. 8-man Jacuzzi, sauna, steamroom, café. Free Internet access. Massage available. E-mail: rod@ wellmans-health-studio.co.uk www.wellmans-healthstudio.co.uk

DUMFRIES DUMFRIES LGBT CENTRE* 88b High Street, Dumfries, DG1 2BJ. Tel: (01387) 255058. Various group drop-ins, please view online calendar: www. lgbtcentredg.co.uk/calendar/ Also provides LGBT awareness training to professionals. E-mail: DandG@lgbtyouth.org.uk www.lgbtcentredg.co.uk

DUNDEE ABODE* 22 St Andrew’s Street. Tel: Dundee (01382) 223923. Mon-Sat 11am-Midnight, Sun 12.30pm-Midnight. LGBT friendly bar and eaterie. www.bebo.com/theabodebar B4OUT* 2 St Andrew’s Lane. 7pmMidnight. Gay bar. JOCKS HEALTH CLUB/SAUNA* 11 Princes Street. Tel: (01382) 451986. Noon-10pm. Sauna, gym, steamroom, lockers, lounge, cabins. E-mail: ask@jockssauna.co.uk www.jockssauna.co.uk KLOZET* 73-75 Seagate. Tel: Dundee (01382) 690403. Sun 12.30Midnight, Mon-Sat 11amMidnight. Formerly The Gauger. Karaoke Wed, Fri & Sun. Pool table. Free WiFi. Regular live bands and acts. OUT* 124 Seagate. Tel: (01382) 200660. Wed-Sun 11pm2.30am. Good atmosphere, very popular disco with wide selection of sounds and the occasional act/PA. THE SALTY DOG* 9 Crichton Street. Sun-Tue 4pm-Midnight, Wed-Thu 2pmMidnight, Fri-Sat 11am-Midnight. Cosy little bar.

THE AULD HOOSE* 23-25 St Leonards Street. Tel: 0131-668 2934. Sun 12.30pm-1am, Mon-Sat Noon1am. Everybody-friendly real ale bar. Food served: Mon-Sat Noon-9.30pm, Sun 12.308pm. E-mail: liz@theauldhoose.co.uk www.theauldhoose.co.uk BLUE MOON CAFÉ* 1 Barony Street/36 Broughton Street. Tel: 0131-556 2788 (Bar) or 0131-557 0911 (Office). Sat-Sun 10am-11pm, Mon-Fri 11am-11pm. Food served until 10pm. Popular LGBT café. www.bluemooncafe.co.uk BOBBIE'S BOOKSHOP* 220 Morrison Street. Tel: 0131538 7069. Mon-Sat 10am-1pm, 2-5.30pm. Sells a selection of gay magazines. BOOTYCALL The Annexe at The Liquid Room, 9c Victoria Street (Entrance via Cowgate). Tel: 0131-225 2564. 1st Sun of each month. 10.30pm-3am. Monthly club night - previously Drama. CAFÉ HABANA* 22 Greenside Place. Tel: 0131558 1270. 1pm-1am. Friendly pre-club bar popular with locals and visitors. Free WiFi Internet. E-mail: cafehabanaEH1@mac.com www.cafehabanaEH1.com CAFÉ NOM DE PLUME* 60 Broughton Street. Tel: 0131478 1372. Café/bar at the LGBT Centre. Meals, snacks, drinks. Free WiFi. Dogs welcome. Outdoor smoking area. E-mail: info@theregentbar.co.uk C.C. BLOOM'S* 23-24 Greenside Place. Tel: 0131-556 9331. Sun 9pm3am, Mon-Thu 8pm-3am, Fri-Sat 6pm-3am. Builders in at the moment! Disco every night from 11pm. E-mail: ccblooms@tiscali.co.uk www.facebook.com/pages/CCBlooms/105031046195696 DV8 Spiders Web Basement, 258 Morrison Street. Tel: 0131-228 1949. 8pm-1am. Last Fri of each month. Fetish club. http://dv8fetishclub.co.uk EDINBURGH LGBT CENTRE* 58a and 60 Broughton Street. Houses Café Nom De Plume and Pride Scotia. Free WiFi Internet access (sponsored by ScotsGay). Bought in 1974 by the Scottish Minorities Group, it is the only LGBT-owned LGBT Centre in the UK and is also the oldest LGBT Centre outwith the USA. Tel: 0131-556 9471. Meeting Room Booking Tel: 07817 533337. E-mail: edinburghlgbtcentre @drink.demon.co.uk

ELBOW* 133-135 East Claremont Street. Tel: 0131-556 5662. 11am1am. Breakfast until 6pm at weekends, Lunch 11.30am6pm, Dinner 6pm-10pm. Bar and restaurant. www.elbowedinburgh.co.uk ELECTRO-SEXUAL* C.C. Bloom’s, 23-24 Greenside Place. Tel: 0131-556 9331. 11pm-3am. First Fri of each month. Club night. www.facebook.com/ electroedinburgh FRENCHIES BAR* 87-89 Rose Street Lane North. Tel: 0131-225 6967. Edinburgh’s oldest gay pub. E-mail: frenchies.bar@hotmail.co.uk www.frenchies-bar.com GHQ* 4 Picardy Place. Tel: 0131-550 1780. Sun & Tue 11pm-3am, Wed 9.30pm-3am, Thu 11pm3am, Fri-Sat 9pm-3am. Stylish bar and club. www.ghqedinburgh.co.uk LGBT CENTRE FOR HEALTH & WELLBEING* 9 Howe Street. Tel: 0131-523 1100. LGBT community centre in the heart of the New Town offering a range of events, courses and activities. Also provides meeting space for community groups. See website for listings. E-mail: admin@lgbthealth.org.uk www.lgbthealth.org NEW TOWN BAR* 26B Dublin Street. Tel: 0131538 7775. Sun 12.30pm-1am, Mon-Thu Noon-1am, Fri-Sat Noon-2am. Food: Mon-Fri Noon-3pm. Popular and busy gay bar. Free WiFi Internet access. Real ale. www.newtownbar.co.uk No EIGHTEEN* 18 Albert Place, Leith Walk. Tel: 0131-553 3222. Mon-Thu Noon-10pm, Fri-Sun Noon11pm. The UK's first VAT registered gay sauna! £10 (£8 concessions), £5 after 8pm. www.number18sauna.com PLANET* 6 Baxter's Place. Tel: 0131-556 5551. 1pm-1am. Popular and busy gay bar with friendly staff. Karaoke Sun-Thu from 9pm. Nightly DJ. E-mail: planetgaybar@googlemail.com PUSSY WHIPPED Wee Red Bar, Edinburgh College Of Art, 74 Lauriston Place. Tel: 0131-229 1003. Infoline: 07767 359977. 8-10.30pm. Next date: Contact them. Brand new Queer and Female kick-ass band night followed by queer club HOT MESS. £2 entry. E-mail: p.whipped.edinburgh @gmail.com Q-STORE 5 Barony Street. Tel/Fax: 0131477 4756. Mon-Fri 11am-7pm, Sat 11am-6pm. Scotland's only licensed gay store. THE REGENT* 2 Montrose Terrace. Tel: 0131661 8198. Sun 12.30pm-1am, Mon-Sat 11am-1am. Edinburgh’s Gay Real Ale Pub. CAMRA's Lesbian & Gay Real Ale Drinkers meet here on the 1st Mon of the month (2nd Mon in Aug) from 9pm. E-mail: info@theregentbar.co.uk www.lagrad-edinburgh.org.uk

SATURDAY NIGHT BEAVER The Annexe at The Liquid Room, 9c Victoria Street (Entrance via Cowgate). Tel: 0131-225 2564. Sat 16th Jun. The popular women's club night returns. STEAMWORKS* 5 Broughton Market. Tel: 0131477 3567. Daily 11am-11pm. Stylish sauna forming part of busy gay hotel and sauna complex in centre of gay quarter. State-of-the-art facilities including large spa pool, sauna cabin, large steam room, video room, labyrinth with themed areas, café lounge, free Internet access, tanning booth. www.steamworks-sauna.co.uk THE STREET* 2 Picardy Place. Tel: 0131-556 4272. Sun 12.30pm-1am, Mon-Sat Noon-1 am. Small but perfectly formed bar run by Louise and Trendy Wendy. www.thestreetbar.co.uk WORD POWER* 43-45 West Nicolson Street. Tel: 0131-662 9112. Sun Noon5pm, Mon-Sat 10am-6pm. Independent radical bookshop. E-mail: books @word-power.co.uk www.word-power.co.uk

GLASGOW AMBASSADORS RAINBOW* 41b York Street. Tel: 0141-237 3011. Mon-Thu NoonMidnight, Fri-Sun Noon-2am. Sauna. Mon: Buddies Day (2 for 1), Wed: Towel Free Day, Fri: TVs, CDs and Admirers Day, Sun: £5 entry. www.ambassadorsrainbow .com www.facebook.com/ ambassadors.rainbow AXM CLUB* 80 Glassford Street. Tel: 0141552 5761. Wed-Sun 10pm-3am. New club in former Bennets premises "Manchester has now arrived in Glasgow". E-mail: info@axm-club.com www.axmgroup.co.uk/axmclub-glasgow/ CCA* 350 Sauchiehall Street. Tel: 0141-352 4900. Fax: 0141-332 3226. Café Tel: 0141-332 7959. Info: Mon-Sat 10am-6pm. Gallery: Tue-Sat 11am-6pm. Café: Mon -Sat, 10amMidnight. Bar: Mon-Sat Noon-Midnight. Centre for Contemporary Arts. ScotsGay available in bar. E-mail: gen@cca-glasgow.com www.cca-glasgow.com COURT BAR* 69 Hutcheson Street. Tel: 0141552 2463. Sun Noon-Midnight, Mon-Sat 8am-Midnight. Intimate bar. Straight friendly. DELMONICA'S BAR* 68 Virginia Street. Tel: 0141552 4803. Noon-Midnight. DJs nightly from 9pm. Thu: Quiz. Sun: Karaoke. www.delmonicas.co.uk FHQ* 10 John Street. Tel: 0141-553 5851. Sat 11pm-3am. Women’s bar/club. www.fhqbar.co.uk

LUKE & JACK ADULT BOUTIQUE* 45 Virginia Street. Tel: 0141552 5699. Mon-Thu 11am-6pm, Fri-Sat 10.30am6.30pm, Sun Noon-5pm. Locally owned and independent. Sells aromas, toys, lubes, magazines and books, underwear, T-shirts, gifts, etc. E-mail: hello@lukeandjack.co.uk www.lukeandjack.co.uk MERCHANT PRIDE 20 Candleriggs. Tel: 0141-564 1285. Sun 12.30pm-Midnight, Mon-Fri 4pm-Midnight, Sat Noon-Midnight. Bar in the heart of the Merchant City. MILK* 17 John Street. Mon-Fri 4pmMidnight, Sat-Sun 3pmMidnight. Gay bar (formerly Scene). http://moojuice.co/ THE PIPEWORKS* 5-10 Metropole Lane. Tel: 0141-552 5502. Mon-Thu 11.30am-11pm, Fri 11.30amSat 6am, Sat Noon- Sun 11pm. Men's Health and Leisure Club. Usual facilities. £13 (£10 concession). www.thepipeworks.com POLO LOUNGE* 84 Wilson Street. Tel: 0141-553 1221. Sun 9pm-3am, Mon 11pm-3am (Club X only), Tue 10pm-3am, Wed 7pm-3am, Thu-Sat 11pm-3am. Long established pub/club. Young crowd. www.pologlasgow.co.uk RELAX CENTRAL* 3rd Floor, 27 Union Street. Tel: 0141-221 0415. Sun Noon8.30pm, Mon-Sat 11.30am-10pm. Established gay sauna. Entry £8. E-mail: relaxcentral@ymail.com www.relaxcentral.co.uk THE RIDING ROOM* The Joint On The Corner, 58 Virginia Street. Tel: 0845 6595904. 5pm-3am. Liquor and cabaret. E-mail: george@theridingroom.co.uk www.theridingroom.co.uk SILKS AND SECRETS* 308 Argyle Street. Tel: 0141572 1017. Fax: 0141-221 0959. Sun Noon-5pm, Mon-Sat 10am-6pm. Clothes and toys catering for gay, transvestite and fetish tastes. www.silksandsecrets.com SPEAKEASY* 10 John Street. Tel: 0141-553 5851. Sun 12.30pm-2am, Mon-Thu 4pm–2am, Fri 4pm– 3am, Sat Noon–3am. Fresh alternative to the gay scene. Food until 9pm. E-mail: speakeasy@g1group.com www.speakeasyglasgow.co.uk TRON THEATRE CAFÉ BAR* Chisholm Street. Tel: 0141-552 8587. Fax: 0141-552 6657. Sun 11am-Late, Mon-Sat 10amLate. Friendly theatre bar. Mixed. Good food. www.tron.co.uk UNDERGROUND* 6a John Street. Tel: 0141-553 2456. Mon-Fri Noon-Midnight, Sat-Sun 1pm-Midnight. Formerly Revolver Bar. A refreshing antidote to the current gay scene. Free WiFi. www.undergroundglasgow .com

VIOLATE Violate Club Line: 09099 108174 (75p per min at all times) or 07939 723387. BDSM Runs regular clubs at the Big Joint in South Street, Glasgow on the first Sat of the month. www.violate.co.uk THE VIRGINIA GALLERY Basement, 45 Virgina Street. Specialises in art from the LGBT Community and erotic art for all! Over 18’s only. BOND: All female artist group exhibition until 19th May. Life Drawing on Tue eve. THE WATERLOO* 306 Argyle Street. Tel: 0141248 7216. Sun 12.30pm-Midnight, Mon-Sat Noon-Midnight. Popular, crowded, drinking shop. www.waterloobar.co.uk WEDNESDAYS The Tunnel, 84 Mitchell Street. Tel: 0141-204 1000. 1st Wed of each month. 11.30pm-3am. Club night. www.tunnelglasgow.co.uk

INVERURIE VALLURE CAFÉ & WINE BAR* Garioch Centre. Tel: Inverurie (01467) 622966. New gay friendly establishment. E-mail: info@vallure.co.uk www.vallure.co.uk

PAISLEY FORBIDDEN FRUIT Moloko, 42 New Street. Tel: 0141-561 2004. First Fri of each month. 10pm-3am. First and only gay club in Paisley. E-mail: forbiddenfruitpaisley @gmail.com www.facebook.com/ ForbiddenFruitPaisley

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STIRLING KATIE’S BAR* 3 Barnton Street. Tel: (01786) 448458. Sun-Thu 8amMidnight, Fri-Sat 8am-1am. LGBT friendly. E-mail: katiesbar10@hotmail.co.uk www.facebook.com/ katiesbarbistro

STORNOWAY AN LANNTAIR* Kenneth Street. Tel: (01851) 703307. Mon-Sat 8.30am-Late. LGBT friendly arts centre with bar and restaurant. Real ale. E-mail: info@lanntair.com www.lanntair.com

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