The funding cuts of this year’s London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival have mobilised a community in an inspirational fightback during these times of arts cuts carnage. Turned around in just eight weeks by a team of queer creatives all working for free, Fringe! the London gay film fest is a weekend of parties, special screenings, talks and performance, held from the 7th to the 10th of April.
Who says we're not as organised as we used to be. Read on and get involved and enjoy...
Grim news. We've had an email and now read in the Pink Paper that the King William in Hampstead might be going straight. The evidence? According to the Pink "...patrons of the pub have recently been left confused by moves to water-down its gay identity in a bid to attract wider custom. According to patrons, the pub has removed its rainbow flag from the front of the building and no longer sponsors a float at London's annual gay Pride. The weekly quiz night is no longer hosted by a drag queen and gay lifestyle magazines are no longer stocked inside."
The paper continues that "The Evening Standard reported yesterday that when writer Graham Kirby, who is making a film about homosexuality in Hampstead, asked if The Willie – as it is known by locals - was a gay pub, a member of staff told him it was “gay-friendly...and dog-friendly”.
After so many of London's locals have gone bust, been bought by property developers (the Leinster, formerly the Champion in Notting Hill is now a gym!) or gone straight, it almost sounds inevitable. Worse, as gay venues have centralised in the east, Soho and Vauxhall, we wonder if we've all been gravitating that way too and hastening the demise of the old gay local?
I don't love my Nexus Android phone, that's one of the good things about it. And often it works a lot better than an iThing which most of my friends have. But one feature that made me jealous of iThing owners was Grindr. The thought of all those shags I was missing! So it was great news when I had an email from Grindr saying that it was out on Android.
It made my evening, until I tried to download it. It wasn't in my android market, I followed the link on my PC (https://market.android.com/details?id=com.grindrapp.android) and copied it onto my phone, had to sign into google again and it still refused even to install. That's all possibly something to do with this notice Grindr for Android is compatible with Android devices running Android OS 2.1 and 2.2 and I just had a system upgrade to 2.3.3.
And the reviews are bad: "Lots of , bugs crashes alot!"... "Its annoying that I have to fill out my profile each time I log in" ... I can see all those iThing owners rolling their eyes and smirking.
Watch this space for the discodamaged smartphone app which will work on any phone that supports a browser. In technical terms: That' a google-promise.
Looks like just changing the policy takes time to get taken up by die hard bigots. The Daily Beast in America says "The repeal of Don't Ask Don't Tell isn't implemented yet, but we may be getting a preview of the sort of tactics gay rights groups worry will take its place."
You may recall our piece on Lambeth Council banning cycling on the South Bank with the support of the bank's retailers who want to turn it from a right of way to a "retail destination". Anyhoo, Cllr Lorna Campbell pictured here on the SE1 website in a self-promotional pr piece plugging her green credentials (!) used a fantastic excuse: that because a few cyclists were ruining it, the bad cyclists wouldn't be punished but all cyclists banned.
Given how wide that stretch of path is, it seemed so ludicrous that at first we were sure she'd have to have been bribed - especially when it turned out she had no right to make the decision as the route is managed by TfL. She wasn't bribed, it was just more loony Labour Lambeth madness.
"Continue reading" to find out more about this horrible move by a councillor with a "green agenda".
It might have taken a tragedy such as having your entire elite horribly killed in a terrible plane crash, but things might be looking up for gays in Poland.
The Pink Paper's reporting that "There are signs that Poland, which currently has a ban on same-sex marriage and a poor recent track record on LGBT rights, may finally be on the first step to marriage equality by providing gay men and lesbians with the documentation required to marry overseas."
That's better than surprisingly (for folks like us not from there...) right-wing Australia's doing.
Andrew Gilligan has written in his blog at the Daily Telegraph that a group of the Mayor of Tower Hamlets "helpers" are terrorising council meetings with homophobia and that Mayor's not condemning it.
Gilligan says "It’s never been hard to tell the difference between Tower Hamlets’ council chamber and the reading room of the Bodleian Library. But events there have taken a deeply nasty turn since Lutfur Rahman, the man thrown out of the Labour Party for his links to the extremist Islamic Forum of Europe, was elected mayor of the borough with the IFE’s help."
You can read the full horror of what's happening here...
Promoter Jim Warboy is bringing you God Save Our Scene at Egg on Sunday 1st May. There'll be Tech and Electro House, Vintage House and Disco from DJs Kris Di Angelis, Warboy, Joe Roberts, Tom Davey, Tasty Tim, Andy Blake and Ilona Intl and performances from Scottee, Vogue dancers and Studio_805. Tickets £10 / £12 in advance from Ticketweb here or £15 on the door. Click the headline for details.
DTPM are having a SEXYBACK party this Sunday 6th March 6pm-midnight at Café de Paris, Leicester Square. DJs Fat Tony, Nick Tcherniak, Marron Bitch, Guy Williams, Dave Macho City will be on two dance-floors and loads of glamour. Tickets £13.50-£29 for VIP (MOTD) in advance from Ticketweb here. Click the headline for details.