Remember those idiots that put up anti-gay posters in the East End? Some tit was prosecuted for it. Alas, some other scrots are it again. The BBC says "A video has appeared online showing men shouting homophobic abuse at another man in east London, telling him to "get out of here" as "it is a Muslim area".
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Soho is expensive. We're pleased to see somebody's realised folks avoid it now as it's just too pricey and they've launched a I AM SOHO Discount card. It's £12 and gets you money off and free entry at various places. We hope it makes the West End affordable again. (Did we mention a mate once used to think VWE meant Very West End? He doesn't any more.)
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Recall how Pride went tits up last year meaning they cancelled most of World Pride days before it was due to take place? It brought disgrace and embarrassment on London (if we could feel such things) with many turning up from all over the world to find London had f*cked it up and we'd wasted their time and money.
Neither was it the first time Pride had gone wrong - there's a reason various gay committees of every ilk, and especially ones associated with Pride, get called the Close-It Queens. It all makes it hard to give a f*ck and question the whole point of the thing.
"Continue reading" for our Pride rant and why you should still give a f*ck. Go on, seriously!
MayorWatch reports that "Boris Johnson has announced London LGBT + Community Pride (LLCP) as the successful bidder for a five-year funding and support package to run London’s annual Pride celebrations."
Resolutions. I'll give up chocolate, drink and vitamins?! Some friends of Damaged, at a party (drink etc might have been involved) said they'd give up everything for a month. Somebody offered £100 if they managed it. Laughing. Sadly, the ones with the bounty on their head failed. Here is their confession text...
"Continue reading" for a sordid confessional and why you should never make resolutions in front of mates
“Manchester and Northumbria police are visiting gay men convicted of consenting, victimless same-sex behaviour and demanding they provide DNA samples. In some cases, the men’s convictions date back three decades and were under homophobic laws that have since been repealed,” reports Peter Tatchell, Director of the human rights advocacy organisation, the Peter Tatchell Foundation.
Great news from Bloomberg. "Pubic lice, the crab-shaped insects that have dwelled in human groins since the beginning of history, are disappearing. Doctors say bikini waxing may be the reason.
"Waning infestations of the bloodsuckers have been linked by doctors to pubic depilation, especially a technique popularized in the 1990s by a Manhattan salon run by seven Brazilian sisters. More than 80 percent of college students in the U.S. remove all or some of their pubic hair -- part of a trend that’s increasing in western countries. In Australia, Sydney’s main sexual health clinic hasn’t seen a woman with pubic lice since 2008 and male cases have fallen 80 percent from about 100 a decade ago."
The first Hard On of 2013 will very leather. They will still accept other fetishes, but if you're in the first 50 that come in full leather - and they mean full leather - you'll get £5 off the entry fee. And then international porn star Samuel Colt will do a 'super-hot sex show' with DJ regulars Brent Nicholls and Halo-is in support. It's in that gay London calendar. Gay sex / fetish club Hard On is at the Union, 66 Albert Embankment, Vauxhall. Click the headline for more details.
Kiss goodbye to Gaydar Radio and Soho's Profile bar and club.
Gaydar has just announced the closure, with immediate effect, of Profile Bar and Club. They have thanked their staff and patrons but didn't mention their near £3m of debt. It's a damned expensive business getting a venue these days. It seems the building's refurb seemed like a good time to bow out and hand the lease back to the landlord. Shame.
It's been a grim couple of weeks for Gaydar. They've also just abandoned their Gaydar Radio project. They've handed the license to Gaydio, a volunteer run Manchester based station. Links to Gaydar Radio already go to Gaydio.
Why?! Digital radio and owning clubs is a pricey business and they might want to focus on Grindr eating up the cash they could spend on fun stuff. Sad days.
The Royal Vauxhall Tavern in January: Sundays S.L.A.G.S. chillout, Saturdays Duckie, Mondays Bingo, Tuesdays Bar Wotever, Wednesdays Myra DuBois, Thursdays mostly David Mills and Fridays Lipsinkers, Wotever Worls, Eurofest and Push the button.Click the headline for details. Gay bar / club / cabaret Royal Vauxhall Tavern is at 372 Kennington Lane, Vauxhall and it's all in your gay London calendar.
Happy 2013 from XXL. They party every Wednesday and Saturday and here's their dates for January to February including a Valentines day party on the February 16.Click the headline for details. XXL is at Pulse, 1 Invicta Plaza, London, SE1 9UF. All dates are in the gay London calendar. Advance tickets here (booking fee extra)
Folks that work in bars and clubs have just had quite a hard weekend and it's only going to get busier. Yip, p*ssed up staff party season is getting into full swing. Whole groups of staff parties, thoose that have escaped them and folks generally "not at their best" will be rocking up at doors across town.
Staff party season can be bloody grim with folks "having a good time" so we thought we'd launch a campaign to spare a thought for those working - so, please go out of your way to behave (in front of them) and take a second to make sure you're OK and playing nice.
DD SAYS: Thank 'em, tip 'em, respect 'em.
1. Mate, if you find yourself arguing to get in somewhere it's for a reason. Home time! 2. Don't expect to get served quick - it's going to be mental. Embrace your humanity. 3. Get a minicab number, app and sew £20 into your knickers so you can get home safe. 4. Make sure your mates are OK and taking this advice. No mourning afters.
See you on the dancefloor! In the meantime, watch your drinking or you'll end up on TfL's Christmas tape, below...