On hearing the news that Liverpool had put up rainbow flag street signs designated where the gay village is, Brighton’s now considering doing the same.
It has apparently sparked a debate about whether or not this is creating a gay ghetto and if so, if that’s a bad thing. The local gay paper, GScene says it would help tourists know where to go whilst others say it would damage Brighton’s “inclusiveness”.
Should we define gay areas? Is it just a move by existing gay businesses to create a monopoly that’s hard to break into? Would it put you off going or would you like having a little area “of your own”?
Our inbox is filling up with details of events planned for NYE and we'll be updating you on plans for the night next week. If you've got something planned email us ASAP. We're really keen to hear about anything taking place outside the usual clubs that's a bit different.
The big picture On the night itself the midnight celebrations have been confirmed - the usual eight minute fireworks thing centred on the London Eye. You need to be there TWO hours before to get in - if you want to see the fireworks we'd suggest you f*ck that health and safety gone mad holding pen and head along to the really good view available at St George Wharf where there are also two bars.
Transport wise, the Tube, DLR, tram and some National Rail services will run all night on New Year's Eve. There will be free travel on all journeys on the Tube, DLR, buses and trams from 11.45pm until 4.30am.
We hope you're good to make it along to our film screening, debate and party next Friday.
If you've got any questions after the film you'll have a chance to put them to our fantastic panel: Suzie Krueger (Hard On sex club), Ashley Ryder ("Professional dirtbag and slut"), Matthew Hodson (GMFA) and recently honoured Dr (!) Peter Tatchell (human rights hero) .
We kick-off from 8 and will be getting our black film premiere kit off after our heated debate for some heated dirty dancing with our fab DJs - heck, you can even say you did some culture of a Friday night?!
Saturday 3rd December celebrate the lives of those who have lost their battle with HIV at Pulse. Bringing together the Freemasons, Cahill and Simon Le Vans in the Main room - along with the Gaydar chill out Room and a progressive tech room to compliment the line up. We have 5 pairs of VIP tickets to give away for this event. You will get to meet the Dj's and enjoy the event with a great view and complimentary drinks.
This event is to remember those we have lost and celebrate their lives. So we have teamed up with STATUS and MILDMAY to raise essential funds for the prevention and treatment of the HIV VIRUS.
COMPETITION Question: Who's Glory did they remix this summer? 1. Adele 2. Laurence Malice 3. Lady Ga Ga 4. Steve Darragh Send your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org. Competition closes Thursday 1st December.
£15 tickets also available from clubtickets and on the door.
World AIDS day remembrance event at 6pm in Old Compton Street outside Eds Diner: It's the AIDS Swish "dress up like we mean to party, then SWISH down Old Compton Street in colourful acknowledgement that we enjoy and respect life". Click the headline for details. And get ready for other Soho Red Thursday events including Post Swish Finish at Lo Profile.
Your next Hard On is on Saturday Nov 19 at Factory 65. DJs will be Brent Nicholls, Halo-is, Hugo’sland with cruising, lasers, pervy shows, dirty action and cristiantorrent.tv. Gay sex club Hard On is at Factory 65, 65 Goding St, Vauxhall SE11. Click the headline for details.
Liverpool is the first place in the UK where the gay village has gotten its own street signs. Whilst the Pink Paper claims these have the rainbow flag on them, we can reveal different: the signs point out the quickest escape routes and the general direction of London.
Our man on the ground, a local St Tropez addict, who'll do anything for a sun bed top-up token, told us "Some people just didn't know how to get out of this hen night hell so we obliged by putting up escape signs."
You can read the Pink Paper's version of events here...
ANDY ALMIGHTY & RVT Promotions present A S.L.A.G.S/CHILL-OUT special event ANTHEM: OLD SKOOL REUNION THE MARC ANDREWS YEARS B2B 90S CLASSICS & LOVE MUSCLE ANTHEMS With DJs: MARC ANDREWS & STEVE B Special PA from: LONNIE GORDON Hosted by PIEERS 9pm Friday till 5am Saturday Click the headline for more £6 IN ADVANCE (from Ticketweb or at RVT). £8 OTD. Gay bar / club / cabaret Royal Vauxhall Tavern is at 372 Kennington Lane, Vauxhall.
Rupert Street. Not a bad bar for meeting mates but the toilets have always been a disgrace. Sometimes a good disgraceful, but generally a pretty make sure you've had your Tetanus jab before heading down there to be perved upon by an array of out of towners disgrace.
"Continue reading" to find out what we found down there...
You may recall concerns that a man found dead on Clapham Common was the victim of another homophobic hate crime. Apparently not and the two men who were arrested at the time have been exonerated. The man, a married father, had a heart attack after taking poppers, according to the coroner.
The old saying goes something like "you might disagree with what the f*cking idiot says but you'd fight for his right to go on about it". Well, not with today's Thought Police who have claimed another scalp in their PC war on idiots we disagree with but should really leave be.
Aeh? Well, "Trafford Housing Trust was wrong to demote and cut the salary of Christian housing manager Adrian Smith over remarks he made on his personal facebook page, opposing churches being forced to conduct same-sex marriages," said Peter Tatchell.
Mr Tatchell has written to THT, urging them to reconsider their decision.
DD SAYS! Most right thinking gays wouldn't dream of a church wedding for a million sensible reasons beginning with It Doesn't Want You There Getting Married to Another Man. Some churches don't mind which is great for Christian gays (sic) but forcing the rest aint fair and sacking a guy for just saying so in a personal capacity is as disgusting as gay guerilla brides wanting their day in a church so they can get nice pics. "Continue reading" for Tatchell's much saner take on matters...
The Daily Mail has an interesting interview today. "When 19-stone rugby player Chris Birch suffered a stroke during a freak training accident, his family feared it would be a life-changing injury. Yet while his recovery certainly brought about a transformation, it seems to have been in a way no one could have expected.For when he regained consciousness, the 26-year-old – who was engaged to his girlfriend – claimed he had become gay."
Apparently he woke up, realised he was now a gay and knew what had to be done.
1. Lose eight stone in weight. 2. Stop playing rugby and go clubbing. 3. Quit that dreary job in a bank and become a hairdresser. 4. Have bum sex, get a boyfriend and move in together. 5. Ring the Daily Mail and come out to the world.
You can read the full story including before and after pics here...
"The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Perth, Australia, was mixed bag from an LGBTI perspective. On the positive side, Kamalesh Sharma became the first Secretary General to speak out against homophobic persecution at a CHOGM event, the ngo Commonwealth People's Forum. However, there was no agreement on the decriminalisation of homosexuality by the assembled government leaders," noted Peter Tatchell, Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation, who worked with Commonwealth, LGBTI and HIV/AIDS groups to lobby CHOGM.
"Continue reading" to get the lowdown on these lowly goings on.