Our Lady J @ Soho Theatre

August 18th, 2010

Student Unions and Freshers’ Packs

July 27th, 2010

We are currently in the process of sending out Information Packs about the Gay Tourist Office, safe clubbing in London and some regular club nights for your Student Union Information/Advice Departments, LGBT Groups and Freshers’ Fayres.

If you want to request an Information Pack for your University’s Student Union please contact us at Michele@gaytouristoffice.co.uk

This Month – Important Dates at Punk!

July 27th, 2010

With 5 weekends this month we have had to wait an extra week for Rockaoke… but its gonna be worth the wait as we are chaining them to the stage till 10.30pm for extra singing time!! Happy Days

Most of you know the drill… Rockstar Sing Song, Stage, Happy Hour Drinks 2 for 1, Debauchery, dim soho lighting, Sexy Boudoir furniture, DJ, cheesy dance moves and of course the best rock karaoke band in the UK!… What more could you ask early evening on a Friday after a week’s work?
Weds 28th July – Feedme Music – From 7.30pm
This is a cracking night at PUNK featuring HISTORY of the TRADE + TURBO BLANC, THE DEAD ROADS Single launch party, & BAD WOLF.
The Dead Roads are delighted to announce that their single,’You’re Not In Love’, will be released and available to download from electronic music download stores from Monday 26th July.
£5 entry / £3 drinks deals
Thursday 29th July – YMH From 9pm Happy Hour 2 for 1 till 10pm
Please arrive early as last week late arrivals ended up having to queue..ARE YOU A GLITTERHOLIC? HOW ABOUT A SHOPAHOLIC? OR BETTER STILL… A SEXAHOLIC?
If you said yes to any or all of the above do NOT miss “Your Mum’s House” – You’re in for a treat!
* Club full of Glitter filled Marbles
* Get Glittered up at home or at the club – its your choice
* Glitter Booth on the night
* Free Glitterquila Shots!
* FIRST TIME EVER YMH bazaar with individual items sourced by Daniel Lismore
* Pool of Glitter
* Sepcial nude Glitter Live performance from Femme Feral
***Early Evening Thursday Punk is available for Album / Ep launches, Press parties, Gigs, Private functions Get in touch.

Friday – Rockaoke From 6pm – 10.30pm
“Sing like a Rockstar with your very own backing band” www.rockaoke.com
This your chance for you to start off your weekend with a bang! to step up
and LIVE THE DREAM at ‘Rockaoke’ – The original Live band karaoke at Punk!
Come join us on stage for the chance to feel like a rock star for one night
only! You will be able to choose one of your favourite rock, indie, pop &
punk songs for your chance of a life time to sing with a live rock band!
It will be a unique and unforgettable opportunity!
–> Pick your song
–> Sing on stage to screaming fans, backed up by a full live band!!
= Rockstar dreams fulfilled :)
Open from 6pm – Happy Hour till 9pm
No min spend but Table booking is advisable
Free b4 7.30pm £5 after

Friday – Dirty Pop from 10.30pm – 3.30am
“All the girls love gays”
Boys dress as girls and girls dress as “Gay Boys” Dress up box will be available to raid on the night!!
Any girls dressed as boys or boys dressed as girls get a free COCKtail on arrival before 11pm
Special Guest DJ & International Male Model Callum Turner!
Mash Up of Retro / 80’s / Pop / Indie
Guest List and Tables bookings essential

Saturday – F*ck Rehab 10pm – 3.30am
More Partying as we say F*CK REHAB. Lp boys host the infamous
Saturday night for an eclectic mix of party and people. F*ck Rehab is
Londonparties signature party to Punk, where drag queens mix with
aristocrats and DJ’s Hugo Allon and El Moreno play every tune you can think of, from
Electro all the way to Country & Western, in what’s genuinely a total
mash-up! 10pm – till late
This week NERD AND GEEK party to get dressed up for free entry! No worries if you cant props will be available on the night.
Please contact me asap about any of the information above. Guest List and
Table bookings are essential.

Twitter Updates for 2010-07-23

July 23rd, 2010

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How it all began!

July 22nd, 2010

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July 20th, 2010

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New Flyer Design!

July 19th, 2010

X Pose – LGBT Photography Classes

July 19th, 2010

In association with the Gay Tourist Office these Photography Classes offer new skills in understanding your camera and using it to its full potential as well as understanding studio lighting and working with a model.

In Soho – 1 Day Courses:

Demystifying Digital – £45

Learn how to shoot in manual, understand your camera settings and have more creative controlover your images. Next class Saturday 7th August

Studio Lighting with a Model – £80

Use light to flatter your subject, understand a Studio set up and light sources, light and shoot a model. Next Class Saturday 24th July

Fun   Informative   Small Groups

For details and booking:  Michele@gaytouristoffice.co.uk

Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=117405018306710&ref=mf

All the Fun of the Fair with Vicki Vivacious

July 19th, 2010

A Brand new regular event at KU Bar Lisle Street!!!

Vicki Vivacious will be at Ku Bar Lisle street every sunday from the 25th of July, for a night full of Cabaret, game shows and amazing guest appearances!!!

Guest dates:
Sunday 25th July- Lola Lypsinka
Sunday 1st August- James Bedford
Sunday 8th August- Misty Lee

Sunday 15th August- Bagga Chipz, Drag Idol winner 2010!!!

For more information and updates join the Facebook Group: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=136267569727590&v=info

More Bisexual Events

July 19th, 2010

Bisexual Underground
Pub meet for bisexuals and friends
http://www.bisexualunderground.org/
The Blue Posts, Newman St.
second Tuesday of the month 6pm-11pm
Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?v=info&gid=49359079051

Bi Coffee London
http://bi.org/bicoffeelondon/
Leon, Spitalfields Market
3-6pm on the first Saturday of the month

Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/group.php?gid=37829219426

BiCon 2010

July 19th, 2010

From August the 26th to 30th, 2010, the UK national bisexual event –
‘BiCon’ – is combining with the International Conference on Bisexuality
to create the largest bisexual event ever seen in the UK!

BiCon is an annual conference/convention for bisexual people and their friends, allies and supporters, and anyone with a supportive interest in bisexuality. It’s a friendly, welcoming event – BiCon is enjoyed each year by people who are just beginning to make links with the UK bisexual community, as well as by regular attendees who come back time and time again.

During the day it has a packed programme of talks, discussions and seminars about bisexuality and associated topics (everything from ‘being out to your family’ or ‘how to create a bi-friendly business’ to creative workshops on ‘bisexual bodies’ or lighter ‘fun and games’ sessions ). In the evenings it has a range of social activities including parties, dancing and networking.

It’s a great opportunity to make new friends, as well as compare experiences and discuss more serious and wide-reaching issues.

For more information visit: http://www.bicon2010.org.uk/bicon/

Together with:

BiReCon
http://www.bicon2010.org.uk/bicon/birecon/
26th August 2010
University of East London, London, UK
Bringing together international research on bisexuality
Showcasing UK research, activism & policy
Building bridges between bi community & the wider world

Greatest Hits – Birthday Party @ The Shadow Lounge

July 7th, 2010

Greatest Hits – Birthday Party @ The Shadow Lounge

Join us for our Greatest Hits Party

Thursday 15th July

For more details contact us at info@shadowlounge.co.uk

Guest list and booth bookings highly recommended

Fetish Week London

July 7th, 2010

Recon.com presents Fetish Week London (14 – 18 July)

The First Gay Fetish Week to take place in the UK

Fri 16th July

Leather Nexus – Fire, Vauxhall

Sat 17th July

Full Fetish – Scala, Kings Cross

Skinhead Party – Eagle, Vauxhall

Sun 18th July

Deconstruction – Hoist, Vauxhall

Rubber Party – Hoist, Vauxhall

Spit Roast – Lightbox, Vauxhall

For More Information…www.fetishweek.com

LET THEM EAT CAKE!

July 7th, 2010

LET THEM EAT CAKE – The Very Miss Dusty “O”’s Annual Birthday Ball.

Its THAT time of year again. 

 This year is gonna be MAJOR as the legendery GLOBE GIRLS are providing us with a full half hour spectacular show. Known all over the world as THE drag cabaret troupe these girls rarely perform in nightclubs as they are so in demand with A-List parteeeez and the like. Expect AMAZING costume changes , stunning dance routines , uber-talented , west end songstresses and yet more TALENT TALENT TALENT. This is a one off chance to see this amazing show at TRANNYSHACK UK.
PLUS of course the stunning Tasty Tim and Lady Lloyd on the decks !
My beautifull Ladies in Waiting for the evening are Comtesse Vanilla Lush , Duchess Ritzy Crackers , Viscomtesse Glendora Mucklefanny , Mademoiselle Munroe Bergdorf , Madame Myra Davenport and serving wenches Tiff and Bern .
PLEASE DRESS UP UP UP and come and celebrate with me in the style of my heroine MARIE ANTOINETTE. Think Rococo excess and 17th Century glamour.
FREE entry to anyone making a gender bending effort and to those who dress to excess before 12 or those CONFIRMING attendance with this invite.
The party is being filmed for the upcoming TRANNYSHACK television documentary and all the Gay Press will be in attendance so make sure you look your best !

Last but not least there is FREE CAKE !

Outsiders – David Foldvari

July 7th, 2010

Illustrator David Foldvari is showing some new work this Thursday as part of a group show to celebrate the opening of Outsiders (formerly known as Shop at Lazarides), Greek street, Soho W1D 4DG

6 – 9pm / Tomorrow! Come along!

Summertime at Punk

July 7th, 2010

Looks like Summer is officially here and with Wireless over be your own Rockstar and live the dream at Rockaoke this Friday. Accompanied by your very own backing band, stage and lights it’s a true experience to remember (See below for more info)
Thursday – Your Mum’s House Happy Hour 8pm – 10pm
FREE ICE LOLLIES TO COOL DOWN YOU LOVELIES WHILE YOUR PARTYING THE NIGHT AWAY.
This Thursday we have invited a very special duo who are causing a rather large stir in the Shoreditch area with their brand new night Chiqi opening!
‘A concept that allows for unhinged freedom of expression as well as a consistent and seemingly
unexplored musical and aesthetic policy.’
Chiqi & Your Mum’s house does sound like a match made in heaven I’m sure you would agree & this week it’s gonna be hot, sweaty and snoggy J
COME DOWN, DRESS UP, DRESS DOWN, BE YOURSELF & DO EXACTLY WHAT YOUR MOTHER TOLD YOU NOT TO!
Expect the unexpected with everything from ELECTRO to ROCK & ROLL, DUBSTEP to DISCO & FIDGET to NEW WAVE!
* SCALLYDANDAN
* CHIQ DJ’s
* BUKOWSKI
* WHIPPY!
* YMH DJS
ROCKAOKE – From 6pm – THIS FRIDAY (and 30th July)
Free b4 7.30pm – Happy Hour 6pm – 9pm
http://www.thetimes.co.uk/tto/public/summerwithatwist/article2567646.ece
“The best rockaoke band on the planet” – Virgin Radio
“5*. The Most fun ever? We reckon so!” – Time Out London
“Karaoke’s much cooler older brother, ROCKAOKE” – Sunday Times
“It’s such a good idea! Get a band – and then you do karaoke” – Chris Moyles
Drinks are 2 for 1 from 6 – 9pm to help calm those butterflies in your tummy before you take to the stage!
Don’t miss this opportunity to rock out!!
If you wanna practice then check out http://www.rockaoke.co.uk for the song list.
DJ Carlos will also be there on the night spinning tunes to get you in the Rock ‘n’ Roll mood!
This is a straight after work event so get there EARLY and I mean EARLY to avoid any disappointment as the band is only there for a couple of hours. If you’re too shy to get up on stage there’s always happy hour – also known as Dutch courage to get you in the mood!
So Rock up or reserve a table for you and your mates (No minimum spend early) Advisable to book a table if there is a group of you

Sushi Ga Ga on Lisle Street!

July 7th, 2010
Being only a stone’s throw away from KU Bar on Lisle St; the newly opened Sushi Ga Ga is the perfect pre-drinks meal. There is no connection to Lady Gaga except for the fact the food is as addictive as her music! Not going to lie I’m definitely addicted to Sushi Ga Ga…I guess some might say gaga for it!The menu has a wide selection from a strong variety of Sushi, small dishes, specials, soups and ramen. As someone who likes to try lots of different dishes, the small dishes as great! They incude Kimchi, Agedashi Tofu, Squid Tempura with Sea Salt and Scallops in Wasabi sauce. The best by far is the Wasabi Prawns that rivals even Haozhan’s equivalent dish. I’ve been converted to a Wasabi fan!!!

There’s a strong variety of Sushi, most of which are so moreish it’s hard to stop eaing! One to try: the Crispy Duck Maki rolls (wrapped in cucumber and drizzled with plum sauce). However the Soft Shell Crab Maki rolls are a little too salty which might not be to everyone’s liking.

One word of caution is to avoid the iced green tea. It may just be an acquired taste although a green tea drinker and I both agreed it was a little too bitter to take!

Sushi Ga Ga is a clean and comfortable restaurant with good aircon, which is a real plus on hot and humid days.

And when you thought it couldn’t get much better there’s a 50% Opening Discount! So get down there now to enjoy this amazing deal. Although, even without the discount a large meal can work out at about £15 per head which is still a bargain!

Go Ga Ga! You won’t regret it!

Gay Tourist Office @ Pride

July 6th, 2010

Hope you all had a good Pride on Saturday!

Hopefully you managed to pass by our stand in Leicester Square and pick up some flyers, maps etc. Good to be out there spreading the word and see everyone enjoying the festivities!

Here’s a snap of two of our volunteers on the day! They all did an amazing job!

Pride!

July 1st, 2010

Here’s a list of events taking place over Pride

Remember to also check out what your favourite bars in Soho are doing as there will be a few Pride surprises taking place in Soho!!!

Friday – Friday – 2nd July

 

Weekend of Love @ Village / 4pm – 8pm Happy Hours

Scally Pride @ Fire / from 10pm / £7 with Ad or Flyer

Boat Party (proceeds to Peter Tatchell’s Human Rights Fund) / Pick up from Temple Pier / £25 from ticketweb.com

Onyx: The Official Pre-Pride Party @ Area / 10pm – 5am / Free with Ad, Flyer, NUS b4 Midnight/ £6 After / £8 without

Pride – Saturday – 3rd July
 Best of British – London’s Biggest Pride Party @ Fire with Special Guest Seamus Haji / 9pm – 7am / Advanced Tickets £10 from clubtickets.com

G-A-Y Kylie Pride Party with an exclusive video message from Kylie

Popstarz @ The Den / from 10pm / Advanced tickets £10 / £12 before Midnight / £14 after

Popcorn: Royal Pride @ Heaven / from 11pm / £4 before Midnight / £8 after

Liberation @ KOKO with the Freemasons / from 10pm / Advanced Tickets at pridelondon.org

Hard On @ Hidden / from 10pm / £15 Members / £20 Guests

SuperMartXe – Wizard of Oz @ Coronet Theatre with Hugo Sanchez / Room 2 – Circus with Jodie Harsh / 10pm – 7am / £15 Pre-Sale Tickets at clubtickets.com

Pride Night @ XXL with Special Guest Simon Le Vans / 9pm – 6.30am / £8 Members / £12 Guests

Perverts Pride @ The Hoist / Normal for Members / £12.50 Guests

Find us @ Pride

July 1st, 2010

The Gay Tourist Office will have our information stand in Leicester Square this Saturday for Pride!

We’ll have our people there with information about where to go if you get lost, where to go to continue the party and where special events will take place as where as other information like how to spend the rest of your weekend!!!

Look out for our stand with our rainbow balloons and reps in Gay Tourist Office tops!

Boy Banned

June 15th, 2010

Boy Banned finally take to the stage this Wednesday at KU Bar’s Shinky Shonky night. The highly anticipated invite only performance takes place just days before the boys head over to Berlin for their launch gig.

Remember to check out Boy Banned tracks on iTunes!

Add us on Facebook and Twitter!

June 15th, 2010

Add us: http://www.facebook.com/LGBT-London/

Follow us: http://twitter.com/LGBTLondon

Remember if you have any info, events, reviews and opinions to contact us!

New Club Night – Shabba-Dabba-Da

June 10th, 2010

SHABBA-DABBA-DA

-AVALON’S LATEST CLUBBING INCARNATION, HITTING TOWN ON SATURDAY 12TH JUNE - 

For those who crave immortality through iconography, Shabba-Dabba-Da storms onto London’s party circuit; a clubbing event blending the world of high fashion with the Capital’s night life and spearheaded by a transatlantic meeting of minds.  

East London trailblazer and promoter Buster Bennett, famed for a decade of his Willy Wonka-esque creations in underground clubbing, teams up with Larry Tee, New York’s notorious bastion of the new-garde. Joining the two is Daniel Lismore, a living incarnation of the Blitz Kids lineage and a regular in the glossy pages of Vogue. 

As the smoke clears and recessionistas search for the newest hot-spot, Shabba-Dabba-Da gears London up for a boom-time party like no other; a Warholian interpretation of a utopian enclave in a dystopian world of fame, fortune and capitalism. Imagine The Blitz Vs Studio 54, with Jacuzzi’s. 

The event will take place on Saturday 12th June (and then once a month) at Avalon, East London’s newest cocktail bar, lounge and club. Set within the heart of Shoreditch, yet with a truly international feel, Avalon attracts a diverse and discerning crowd from all over London. The venue mixes traditional Oriental themes with edgy design elements.

Its marble cocktail bar is adorned with LED strips and the lounge offers guests the opportunity to relax in an opulent and eclectic space filled with discreet alcoves and huge flamboyant Baroque furniture. The dark and hedonistic club space provides the perfect area for late night dancing and the garden at the rear of the club, lined with red brick railway arches, is a huge hit with smokers.

The venue will offer a place of refuge for London’s Glamour-Glitz kids and kinder folk.

Guests are encouraged to dress up Pantomime-Hollywood and dance to Pop, Classic Pop and Dance-Pop supplied by Erol Sabadosh (Boombox resident), Larry Tee and Buster Bennett’s latest creations, stylist/DJs Maximus Crown & Munroe Bergdorf. Hosting provided by the fabulous Daniel Lismore and the latest dress-up icon, Burger Kim.  

Daniel Lismore, of Vogue Magazine infamy, will host Avalon’s indulgent lounge while O.M.G, East London’s latest scenester, will hype up the crowd on the dance floor. 

Documentation, performance, photography, filming and visuals will be undertaken by the art-stars of London’s avant-garde. 

“This party will bring the high-brow fashion bottle-service private club crowd together with the underground tastemakers and club kids that give London it’s unique edge,” says co-creator Larry Tee. “The music direction is designed to be a collage of the sing-along familiar toe-tappers and the exculsive underground groovey tracks that haven’t been heard at ANY club in London or throughout the world. The night will offer good clean fun with a wink to the rebel spirit of the East Side, a combination that is always needed in London; that Shabba Dabba Da feeling!” 

Shabba-Dabba-Da aspires to create a playground for the culturally rich. An enclave of unbridled expression where anything is possible, dreams are dreamt and headlines written. 

Shabba-Dabba-Da invites you to the launch of the future style of London. 

Table Service and V.I.P areas will be available by request. 

-BUSTER BENNETT, LARRY TEE AND DANIEL LISMORE ARE ALL AVAILABLE FOR INTERVIEW UPON REQUEST –  

Larry Tee

Larry Tee reached legendary status on the New York night club circuit as co-creator of Disco 2000 (of Macaulay Culkin’s Party Monster fame). He was also behind the Electroclash Festivals in NYC, Berliniamsburg (the club that gave the hipster neighborhood “its groove back” according to The New York Times) and The Love Machine, which launched TV celebrity RuPaul (he also co-wrote RuPaul’s 4 million selling song Supermodel (You Better Work)). 
He is also an acclaimed songwriter and producer/remixer that has worked on songs by many world famous artists, including Lady Gaga, La Roux, Princess Superstar, New Order, Andy Bell of Erasure, Major Lazer, and Peaches.

Daniel Lismore

Labelled “London’s most outrageous dresser” by American Vogue , Iconic Club Kid Daniel Lismore started out as a successful male model. At 18 he held his first night at Kabaret Prophecy, attracting the likes of Pamela Anderson and Alex Rose. He then moved on to Jodie Harsh’s legendary Circus, tasked with bringing the rich, famous and ultra creative down to the club. Famed for his jaw dropping-ly eccentric outfits, it wasn’t long before Lismore was being asked to wear them at fashion parties and music videos (including Kylie Minogue’s WOW and Alexandra Burke’s All Night Long.)

Since then he’s been behind a number of huge club night successes including Beach Blanket Babylon’s Slave to Fashion, Work! @ Heaven and Vogue. He’s worked with Philip Salon, Isabella Blow, Adam Ant and Angie Bowie and can boast Prince Harry, Alice Dellal and Matt Lucas as guests of his events.

 

Listing Information

Shabba-Dabba-Da – London’s new home of the fabulous 

Launching Saturday 12th of June 2010 and every month thereafter

10pm-6am 

Resident DJ’s playing Pop, Diva and Classic: Larry Tee,

Maximus Crown, Erol Sabadosh & Munroe Burgdorf 

Pop, Classic Pop and Dance Pop 

Entry: £15 on the door. Guest list available through request 
 

Avalon  
Bar -Lounge-Club 
141-143 Shoreditch High Street 
London  
E1 6JE

www.avalon-london.com

DJ Quest 2010

June 1st, 2010

Ku is Proud to announce the Launch of our first ever DJ competition……
our Quest for new DJ Talent………

Over the Summer of 2010….
with a prize of  residency @ Ku and join the Ku bar’s Illustrious DJ roster…

With Dusty and DMS among the judging panel.

Check out the contestants every Friday night at O Zone, KU Klub…

May Bank Holiday Listings

May 26th, 2010

Friday 28th May:
G-A-Y Camp Attack: Pre-Eurovision Party with Scooch @ Heaven
Plus at 1:30 Sing-along! (with Eurovision being shown in G-A-Y Bar and G-A-Y Late on Saturday)
Dirty Pop and Qlitzy Bitch @ Punk, Soho
Fourplay from 6 – 9pm (2-4-1 Deals). Free before 9pm, £5 before 10pm, £10 after (On Guest List) with Qlitzy Bitch in VIP and Red Room from 11pm!
The Great May Masked Ball @ The Bridge, Weston St
Hosted by the divine Daniel Lismore and his Tranny Hareem. Clothes Optional. Early bird tickets now available for £15 each at Ticketweb.co.uk
 
Saturday 29th May:
Lady Lloyd’s Annual Eurovision Party @ KU Bar, Lisle St
Join Lady Lloyd downstairs to watch the contest live on our big screen. Free Entry!
May Pole Dancing (Part II) @ KU Bar, Lisle St
Hot Professional Pole Dancers strut their stuff on KU Bar’s May Pole! From 9pm. Free Entry.
Queer Nation Bank Holiday Special @ Fire
House Night with Special Guest Robert Owens. £8 with Flyer before 1am, otherwise £12.
Eurovision @ Village
Join everyone in the Basement. Table booking advised.
Eurovision Pre-Party XXL @ The Arches
A night for the Bears. Doors open at 19:30pm (Meanwhile Bear Pride Weekend! Tickes at Bearpride.co.uk)
Carpet Burn @ Eagle, Vauxhall
Special Guests: 80s Diva Alison Limerick and S’Express’ Mark Moore. £3 before 10.30pm, £6 after.
 
Sunday 30th May:
100% Babe @ The Roxy
Bank Holiday Party go gay girls and their male guests. 8:30pm – 3am. £5 before 10pm, £7 after.
May Pole Dancing (Part II) @ KU Bar, Lisle St
Hot Professional Pole Dancers strut their stuff on KU Bar’s May Pole! From 9pm. Free Entry.
Bank Holiday Strictly Sunday Special @ BJs White Swan (E1)
Followed by Disco Inferno until 3am
Wig Out @ Punk, Soho
Summer Beach Ball Special. £5 before 11:30pm, £7 after.
Scandal @ Shadow Lounge
Glamorous Dance Event from 10pm – 3am. Special Guest: Leroy Tayor. £5 before Midnight, £10 after.
 
Monday 31st May:
Orange LGDF (The London Global Dance Festival) Closing Party @ Area
6am – 6pm. Tickets and Package Deals at Clubtickets.com
Diana does 50 @ Club Union, Vauxhall
The Party starts from 11:30pm. Free Entry!
SLAGS/Chill-out @ RVT, Vauxhall
Dance Anthems and Commercial House. 2pm – 2am. £7 before 9pm, £5 after.

Coming Out Review

May 20th, 2010

As someone who had a very easy coming out at a relatively early age I was interested to see how an entire documentary could really be centred on just “coming out”.
I’m Coming Out is a new documentary to be aired on Current TV (Sky Channel 183 and Virgin Media 155) on this Monday and Soho Screening Rooms had a special screening session this week. The basic synopsis is: Two very different men choosing to finally come out to their families. The first, Neil is a middle-aged disabled man who has been in the closet all his life to even his closest friends. The second, Ahmad is a young Muslim who has lived his life as an open gay man but has never told his family.
Neil was born with a condition that prevents him fully opening up his fists and walking comfortably which has made him inhibited. He was raised in a religious household in Aberdeen and because of this kept his sexuality a secret in fear of being sent away for therapy. It was as though this was a story from decades ago simply because he felt it was such a terrible secret, which would destroy all relationships and ties. Neil has a very emotional and moving journey during this documentary with a real sense of acceptance and liberation. I noticed I was not the only one welling up in the audience.
Ahmad was born in Egypt with a father in the military and raised Muslim. He now works in a fetish shop close to Soho and lives openly as a sociable homosexual. However, Ahmad’s family have been kept in the dark about his sexuality. Although I found Ahmad’s story more relevant and relatable to our times his story seemed incomplete. Without giving too much away there was a strong sense of Ahmad’s journey being unresolved. There is also an eerie and spine-chilling scene to watch out for involving a disgusted voice warning him against revealing his sexuality to his family.
The documentary approached this topic with a real sensitivity and understanding. It was a chance for Neil and Ahmad to share their lives with their families and the audience. Their worlds and their emotional journey through their eyes.
When the documentary started I was slightly worried I was going to be watching an hour of jolty, handheld camera work but it soon picked up and there were some quite beautiful and artistic shots. The format was simple and quite conventional but that’s really all it needed to be as the narrative was so moving. This documentary definitely has a lot of potential to be developed further. There are so many different “coming out” stories to tell with a diverse variety of reasons as to why people feel the need to keep it a secret. This would be a great format to share those stories.
Acceptance is something we all strive for and I’m Coming Out captured the feeling of these people finally feeling some sense of acceptance from their loved ones. The film carried the touching message: we can be loved for who we are and not for who people want us to be.
The channel which produced this documentary and is broadcasting it is called Current TV. Don’t know it? Neither did I until this week. I was shocked to learn they’ve been a channel in the UK for about 3 years now and are still widely unknown. So Ahmad need not worry that anyone who still doesn’t know his secret will be in anyway likely to see this documentary being on this channel. Yet it sounds all very exciting – giving the chance for young filmmakers to break into the business with many going onto work for Channel 4. However, besides these new screening sessions there is no real way to find out about them which I think is a real shame. Hopefully Current TV gets some attention especially with interesting and relevant films such as this one. I’m Coming Out is part of a series of hard-hitting documentaries shown on Mondays and the best one from each month is given a special screening in Soho.
Check out I’m Coming Out on Current TV (Sky Channel 183 and Virgin Media 155) Monday 24th May, 10pm

Email screeningsessions@current.com or go to http://current.com/shows/monday/ and join the group for updates on Screenings.

‘Queen’ The Official Gay Tourist Office Magazine

May 18th, 2010

The new Tourist Office Magazine is a Photographic Arts led site that aims to stand out for it’s visual content. However, the magazine is still in it’s early stages and we are still in the process of putting together eye-catching and insightful material. So, in the meantime keep an eye out for regular updates as the magazine sources contributions from the UK gay scene. If you are interested in becoming a contributor or wish to advertise please contact michele@gaytouristoffice.co.uk to be considered.

LGBT Tourist Office Volunteer Wanted

May 18th, 2010

The Gay Tourist Office is looking for 4 volunteers to do 1 ay per week, any day between Monday to Saturday, midday to 5pm. We pay travel and light refreshments. Email michele@gaytouristoffice.co.uk 

This is an exciting opportunity to become a contributor to the online magazine for the right person!

Chaz Royal’s London Burlesque Week

April 27th, 2010

“Roll Out the Red Carpet”

In association with Secrets in Lace

 Café De Paris

One of my first thoughts when I was asked to review this Show were “What should I expect?” I had never been to a Burlesque Show before. I knew there would be some naked flesh, raunchy music and lots of feathers and fans but that was as far as my knowledge went.

A visit to the website at www.londonburlesquefest.com/ offered a host of information detailing who, where and when. We are told we will see performers from all over the globe promising more glitz, glam and sizzling striptease than any other Burlesque Show in 2010. A look at their promotional video confirms this! I feel we are in safe hands with Chaz Royal. A man, who has been responsible for the production of over 500 shows since 2001 in a bid to revive this glamorous and raunchy art. This production looks to be a big undertaking as you look through the “Show Time” page of the website. Performing at eight different venues over five days, with over 150 performers, there must be a little something here for everyone.

You soon come to realize they couldn’t have chosen a better venue for this burlesque soiree!! Red carpet with golden chairs juxtaposition either side, the wonderful set included a D.J. booth on the balcony hosting two sexy female stewards playing great tunes like “Is You Is Or Is You Ain’t My Baby”, “Fly Me To The Moon” and the wonderful Nina Simone’s “Sugar In My Bowl”, the best jazz and blues artist of this era. The atmosphere was smokin’; stunning models sashaying back and forth, unveiling Secrets in Lace authentic stockings and the audiences’ great effort set the scene and matched to perfection the fashion of the 1940s era with felt hats, finger waved hair and flowing vintage swing dresses it certainly made you feel you were on the Set of a 1940s movie!!

                  Ivy page took to the stage presenting herself, with great humour and sarcasm, cutting one heckler down to size with the line “It looks like your trousers are doing the talking for themselves sir!”  It has to be said, after a couple of glasses of wine, who would not succumb to her sharp but, none the less cute charms.  Ivy introduced the charming Agent Lynch who seduced our eyes with the models wearing jungle seductions from the Bettie Page Leopard Group and Dita Von Teese stocking range, all available for your late night viewing at www.secretsinlace.com. What followed was an introduction to all the girls that were performing during the evening, a perfect opportunity for them to strut, cavort and pose on the red carpet for all the wandering eyes and camera lenses to devour.

Ivy Page took to the stage once again, to perform a wonderful rendition of the song “Burlesque and Blues” belting out her talents, you could almost taste the plush velvet and rising smoke of the jazz and blues bars from the days of old.

The first burlesque performer of the night was the lovely BB Rose displaying what seemed to be a Spanish theme, with the beautiful hues of the Mediterranean, in her performance. BB concealed her modesty with a bird like fan, resembling the colours of the Spanish flag. The climax of her act drew breath, as she set her nipple tassels alight!

Next up was a complete surprise Charlie Chaplin? Well he turned out to be Betty Bottom Dollar and worth every dollar she was. Humorous from the outset with her trousers falling fowl to the forces of gravity she gets raucous applause from her backing track. This clearly does nothing for Charlie’s coyness but just as her backing track audience boos Charlie off, the amazing transformation occurs. Unleashing, her rupunzian golden locks as the bowler hat is made history and we are overwhelmed by the blossoming young girl.

The beautiful Chris Columbine was up next; wooing us with her piano artistry. Looking pretty in pink, pink rose in her hair to suit she dazzled us, amazed us then turned on her charms, toyed with us, revealing a bra full of rose petals and climaxing in a shower of champagne.

Still breathless from Betty, we were presented with the raunchy and sophisticated Honey Lu Lu. Looked dashing in her blue velvet, the curiosity was working overtime! What will this young fox be wearing under this elegant outfit. We wouldn’t have to wait too long!  Teased off first were the arm length gloves and then…….. This lady was clearly hot stuff! Out came the fire, running her sticks of fire over her beautiful curves to a Pulp Fiction sound track, Honey took us to the climax by means of oral extinguish!  So the evening continued with some very entertaining and humorous performances by Lola Labelle, Ben flaunting his big 10 inch, the only male on the bill, Ecuador the Wizard who can certainly be described as entertaining as well as very brave, funny and daring. The blonde bombshell sailor girl Slinky Sparkle, with underwear as sweet as cherries quite literally and dressed in red the Sugar Blue Review. Our finale left us “Wishing on a Star” for a Magic Mermaid. This was Venus Vuna’s final performance before retiring, swimming away to her island in the sun.

All that is left to be said is this was a wonderful evening of humour, glamour, sophistication and titillation. I would see this again as I found it simply entertaining in so many ways!!                                            

Simon Stone at www.simonstone.bandzoogle.com

Nina Vanns at www.myspace.com/carpetloungelizards

Oooh La La…………..

April 7th, 2010

lolalabelle

~LONDON BURLESQUE WEEK 2010~
RED CARPET ROLLOUT

TUESDAY APRIL 20th
@ CAFE DE PARIS
3 – 4 Coventry Street,London. W1D 6BL
8pm-Midnight Tickets £24.50 at Ticketweb.co.uk
http://www.ticketweb.co.uk/user/?region=gb_london&query=detail&event=361802

Opening Press Gala to the highly anticipated London Burlesque Week 2010.

Come watch LBW unveil a portion of the 2010 headline cast in a ‘Red Carpet Strut’ inside the glamorous Cafe de Paris,
followed by an exclusive Revue of this year’s star acts from around the World!

HOSTED BY:
Armitage Shanks *Seattle USA

STARRING:
Beeby Rose *Amsterdam NL
Bettie Bottom Dollar *London
Chrys Columbine *London
Inga Ingenue *Seattle USA
Lola LaBelle *L.A./London
Missy Fatale *London
Moana Santana *Los Angeles USA
Natsumi Scarlett *Amsterdam NL
Paco Fish *Baltimore USA
Slinky Sparkles *London
Sugar Blue Burlesque *Perth AUS
Venus Noir *Bristol

WITH MUSIC FROM:
DJs Rebelles De L’Hotel *Antwerpen Belgium

FULL LBW 2010 SCHEDULE AND DETAILS AT:
http://www.LONDONBURLESQUEWEEK.com

EASTER TREATS!

March 30th, 2010


Well it’s that time of year again, when we stick a vase of Daffodils on the coffee table and stuff our faces silly with copious quantities of chocolate ,whilst watching re-runs of The Sound of Music and Seven Brides for Seven Brothers. However, for those of you who don’t fancy the usual slog in front of the TV, then we have some alternative Easter treats that might just tickle your fancy and put a Spring in your step!
Saturday April 3rd



Deep Inside Serve at Eagle London

Deep Inside Serve! – Bitch Trax special with Tasty Tim, Tino & Luke Howard

Easter Saturday at Deep Inside celebrates the Bitch Track. Born in the early 90’s when a New York City queen named Moi Rene released Miss Honey, calling the so-called Miss Honey a bitch and proclaiming that now she’s back and feeling fieeeeeerce!  This month at Deep Inside, Tasty Tim & Tino with DI resident Luke Howard serve you all the bitch you could ever want, from Ride Committee (Get Huh!, Love to Do It) to Jade Elektra (Why Are You Gagging?) to anything and everything Frankie Fuentes (If Madonna Calls, Tyler Moore Mary). Work it girlfriends. Don’t you hear us calling you Miss Honey?!

And we are still FREE b4 midnight…….. on Easter Saturday! Bitchin!  £6 after,  9pm – 4am

Sunday April 4th

Gay Bingo at Cargo


S.L.A.G.S at RVT

DJ’s Andy Almighty, Simon Le Vans and Sean Sirrs will be spinning the decks at this Easter special. Don’t miss the DE Experience Live on Stage at 5pm

2pm – 12 midnight
Price £7

372 Kennington Lane, London, SE11 5HY

Phone: 020 7820 1222
rvt.org.uk

Tuesday April 6th


Ruby Tuesday’s at KU Lisle St

This is Ku’s Midweek night designed especially for the ladies where they can boogie on down from 9pm till 3 am with other girls or their male guests.

30 Lisle St, WC2H 7BA

Phone: 020 7437 4303

Ku-bar.com


Comedy Camp

This is London’s one and only mixed Gay, Lesbian and straight Comedy Club. Compared by Simon Happily, tonight’s line up includes Andi Osho, Liam Speirs, Jo Caulfield and Chambers and Nettleton

3-4 Archer St, London, W1D 7AP

Phone: 02074832960

www.comedycamp.co.uk

Wednesday April 7th

XXL

The midweek bender at the largest Bear Club in the World.

53 Southwark St, SE1 1TE

10pm – 3am
£3 (members free)


Tranny Shack at Madame Jojo’s

Come along and join the celebration for all things Tranny! Tonight Tasty Tim and Dusty O will be spinning the decks featuring Vanity Fayre and Dive Las Vegas

Entry costs £3 before 11pm then £5 (free in drag)


Ruby Does Roller Disco at Gay City Rollers

For the girls at Ruby Tuesday, this is their extra night out to Gay City Rollers. With music from The Very Dusty O and Ferraro and Rocca

Off Miles St, Wandsworth Rd, London, SW8 2JG

Entry is £5 before 8pm then £10 after, thereafter including skate hire and drink

www.gaycityrollers.com

Thursday April 8th

Gravity at Fire

This is an after hours club, featuring the talents of DJ’s Terry Bryan, The Oli and Alan K

34 – 41 Parry St, off South Lambeth Rd, London, SW8 1RT

Phone: 020 4582 9890   12 Midnight – 10 am

www.fireclub.co.uk

Glitz and Glamour at The Shadow Lounge

Mark Bambach will be playing hits from both the clubs and charts

5- 7 Brewer St, London, W1F ORF

Phone: 02072877988

9pm – 3am

Free before 11pm – £5 after

www.theshadowlounge.co.uk

Friday April 9th


G- SPOT at Kudos

This is a great bar night for Lesbian and Bi girls. DJ Sandra D will be spinning on the decks. Gay guys are welcome as guests.

10 Adelaide St, London, WC2N 4H2

5pm – Midnight


Popstarz at The Den

Popstarz is the without a doubt the original gay Indie night. There are a variety of rooms, playing music to suit all tastes. The Indie Ballroom plays Indie, Rock and Alternative Anthems, while the Pop Lounge plays Pop music from the 80’s right up to modern day tracks. Or you can always try the Rave Room which playas a wide variety of Twisted Disco and Electro.

16a West Central St, London, WC1A 1JJ

Phone 02074199199

Open 10pm – 4am

Free with Web flyer before 11pm (£4 NUS/£5 others) then £8 (£6 flyer/£5 NUS

You can’t keep a good tranny down. Gay Bingo returns in a multimedia Easter Sunday spectacular. Jonny Woo hosts with Ma Butcher crunching those numbers and John Sizzle on the decks.

83 Rivington St, London, EC2A 3AY


100% Babe at The Roxy                                                                                                                                                                                          

This is a chicks bank holiday party, with Funky House, Electro, Old Skool and R&B being played from 8.30pm till 3am for girls who like girls and their Man Bitch guests.

The Roxy, 3 Rathbone Place, W1P 1DA

Orange at Fire

Orange is Fire’s flagship night with DJ’s Paul Martin, Terry Bryan, The Oli, The Sharp Boys plus more playing Electro and Funky House

Fire, 34 – 41 Parry St, off South Lambeth Rd, London, SW8 1RT
11pm – 9am

Phone: 02075829890

Monday April 5th

Nation

March 15th, 2010

Patrick Cash

Nation at the National Theatre has all the surface trappings of a successful stage production: it’s big, bold, vivid and full to the brim with stunning imagery. A lot of bucks have clearly been thrown at the awesome set which more than successfully meets the challenge of depicting the giant waves, tropical storms and underwater sequences littering the adaption of Terry Pratchett’s novel. Developed by the team behind the seminally successful Warhorse (still running at the New London Theatre) the show displays the same dazzling use of technical effects and puppetry to create an ethereally magical realm in which the disparate group of characters operate. Director Melly Still displays some inventive staging as in this netherworld of the imagination sheets of material become oceans, bunches of rags attached to bones flutter convincingly as carrion-feeding birds and the spectator is transported effortlessly across a spectrum of environments, from the land of the dead to the bottom of the ocean floor itself.

Undoubtedly a play for which to book tickets immediately then, one might safely assume? Not quite. Through the glittering haze of exhilarating visuals one big problem stands out: it just doesn’t believe in itself. This isn’t a comment on the source material which admirably seeks to deal with issues of race, colonialism and equality in a thoughtful manner, but specifically related to the actual theatrical show. Mark Ravenhill’s script seems to be aiming for the endearing charm of a Disney cartoon but unfortunately there emerges a plodding beast peppered with clichés, several leagues away from his recent poignant and funny collaboration with Bette Bourne at the Soho Theatre. The cast certainly don’t believe in what they’re saying; when an actor is given a line such as ‘I have the silver dream fish’ his conviction must be wholeheartedly behind it otherwise the note of falsity will ring clear and spread like a bushfire through the audience. At this point the exotic noble savages in the midst of a fierce tribal dance upon the stage become simply a bunch of Western actors dressed up in condescending costumes and engaging in behaviour which seems at best silly and at worst genuinely patronising to the cultures they are pertaining to represent.

Remembering that it was meant to be a predominately family show, this reviewer tried to temper his reactions to include this fact as a possible set of mitigating circumstances, but to make a piece child-friendly shouldn’t involve talking down to its audience, and the striking number of newly empty seats as the second half began confirmed that a large number of other spectators harboured similar negative opinions. With a running time of two hours and forty-five minutes, the entire performance is in drastic need of a rigorous cutting also. Flamboyant and expensive sets can wow one’s optical senses temporarily but after viewing Nation you may leave the National contemplating the old truth that style, however beautiful, can never adequately replace the sad absence of substance.

Nation at the National Theatre, South Bank, SE1 9PX.

15th March – onwards. Mon – Sat 7.30pm; Thurs & Sat matinee 2pm; Sun matinee 2.30pm.

www.nationaltheatre.org.uk, Box Office 020 7452 3000.

Tickets: £10-£42.50. Various concessions available, see website.

Soap

March 13th, 2010

Patrick Cash

From the moment this intriguing spectacle of a show opens with a rousingly original, opera-tinged rendition of Gnarls Barkley’s ‘Crazy’, the spectator is transported to an ethereal world of sinuous acrobatics and glisteningly beautiful figures. Devised by Markus Pabst, creator of the ‘Bath Boy’ act in last year’s hit London circus show La Clique, Soap builds intricately upon that routine in a remarkable manner, and over and again the audience could be heard to audibly gasp as eight superbly muscled gymnasts contorted themselves magically upon the stage. An innovative set of ceramic bathtubs and burbling pipes provides a suitably fantastical backdrop for this startling odyssey celebrating the beauty, strength and capabilities of the human form.

Although the main emphasis is clearly centred upon the dazzling athletics on display, what tenuous narrative there exists is provided by an initially charming female clown figure, performing a series of comic interludes between the more breathtaking acts. At first this medley of slapstick and physical jokes is greeted with a wave of enjoyment by the chuckling audience, but it would take an excessive amount of good nature not to find her rubber-faced reactions at least a little tedious by the second half. However, the musical set pieces delivered by a seminally glamorous blonde bombshell more than hold one’s attention due to her impressive vocals and onstage charisma; in a bizarre but engaging twist on classical material, Beethoven, Mozart and various other composers are given ‘splash’ cover versions.

But everyone knows the real attraction of this event resides in the mighty flexes of the acrobats themselves. A pair of supple legs juggle a collection of rings on just the soles of the feet; a toned god of a semi-naked boy bends his unimaginably malleable body into jaw-dropping positions all the while splashed with water; a flame-haired fury energetically falls from the sky on her swing to the tune of 60s pop. Dancers perform their choreography dangling from bathtubs attached to the ceiling; handsome gods in tight shorts soar over the audience’s heads on nothing but a couple of taut ropes.  All this builds up to a truly extraordinary finale involving all the performers where the visual feast is heightened to a searingly intense point, as the heavens open to drench the stage with torrents of streaming rain.

Overall this is a surreal concept for a show, with a blend of circus skills, aerialist exhibitions, cabaret and an overlying ‘soap’ theme that verges on the absurd. But it is testament to the ingenuity of the creator and the astounding talents of the formidable cast that the spectator transcends these ostensibly uneasy elements to reach a plane of utter engagement with the sights on stage. In an era of London’s performing arts landscape that can be uncomfortably dominated by big but bland musicals and yet more deadly revivals of old classics, Soap is a strikingly unique flash of lightning through the clouds.

Soap at the Riverside Studios,  Crisp Road, Hammersmith, W6 9RL

5th March – 25th April, 2010. Shows Tues – Sat at 8pm, Sun 6pm. Sat matinees at 3pm from 20th March.

www.riversidestudios.co.uk, Box Office: 020 8237 1111

Tickets: £10-£25.

Be Positive

March 12th, 2010

How many times have you been sat in a bar in Soho looking at all the flyers and leaflets on the walls and one subject seems to constantly catch your attention, HIV!

Whether we admit this or not, for most gay men these are probably the scariest three letters in the alphabet. The very idea that we may have been with one or any number of guys who may have potentially given us the virus will at some point or another be playing at the back of our minds.

Speaking as someone who personally goes to get checked every 3 months or so, I can certainly vouch that the government or even charities that specialise in sexual health, don’t seem to have the best take on advertising, when it comes to encouraging us to go for a routine blood and swab test. I mean a flyer with a two way road sign reading  “KNOW YOUR POSITIVE AND GET THINGS SORTED” with another saying “DON’T KNOW YOUR HIV POSITIVE AND BE IN HOSPITAL WITH AIDS” isn’t exactly encouraging material when chances are were feeling scared as hell at the prospect of getting tested let alone worrying about being potentially positive.

So I’ve decided to set the record straight. Not just with HIV testing but also with the whole process of being screened for all STI’s. I’m here to lay down all the stigmas that we may be led to believe about how we might be judged by others and the medical profession. But most importantly I’ll give you an insight from someone who’s really been there and who has very quickly come to realise just how important, but not such a big deal it is when it comes to getting an STI check.

First of all I have to admit that YES, I have had numerous STI’s and no it’s not pleasant. While I’m by no means a total man whore, I have had my share of wild nights where I’ve not been as careful as I should have. This was the first problem that crossed my mind when it became apparent that I really needed a full STI check. “WHAT THE HELL WILL THESE PEOPLE THINK OF ME!” the very idea that the doctors would be asking me personal questions about my sex life and previous number of partners was enough to make me sick to my stomach. After all, who the hell are they to make judgements about me. And yet in order to see if I had a clean bill of health, I would have to submit to this interrogation. I mean surely the fact that I’d had unprotected sex would make them think I was a total slapper who shagged any male with a pulse right? WRONG! This honestly couldn’t be further from the truth. The fact of the matter is that the Doctor simply needs to build up an idea as to what you may have put yourself at risk of and offer you sound advice on how to protect yourself and others in the feature.

When I first walked into my clinic, I was honestly expecting to see a bunch of very stereotypical gay men, chavs and hookers all sitting about, looking ill and depressed. But instead what I saw were two very smartly dressed, well groomed men, a middle aged woman who looked like the head of the Woman’s institute, and another couple who were obviously thinking of sleeping together without protection and wanted to make sure that everything was fine before they went ahead with it. My point is that so many of us including myself, have very stereotypical ideas of who goes to a Sexual Health Clinic, which in turn may put us off going as we don’t wish to be associated with these people. Well I have news for you. STI screening for many is now like good grooming or going for your 6-month check at the dentist. Sometimes we spend so much time in what I like to call Gayville, we forget that STI screening covers a very broad church of people, for all ages races and backgrounds.

So moving on to the tests themselves. I was called into the Dr’s room where I was asked a series of questions like when did you last have sex? Were you passive or active? Did you use a condom ect. Remember this isn’t to have a personal stab at how you conduct yourself in bed, but just to draw a picture as to what info they may need to give you.

I was then asked to hop on the bed a remove my jeans. The Dr then did a series of swab tests. The first I’m afraid to say is up your Willy and does sting a bit, but it’s over very quickly. Then another up your arse and finally and third swab in your mouth. I should say that he did use a different swab for each section!

These swabs will be used to indentify if you have Chlamydia or Gonorrhoea as well as other STI’s. Remember if you think you may have Crabs or Warts you will need to tell the Dr as there is not a way of testing for these other then observing the infected area.

So that part done and out the way, I then waited to have my blood tested. I was called into another room where a lovely nurse who sounded like she would never in a million years talk about sex and STI’s, chatted away to me happily about how she saw every kind of person under the sun in this clinic, and how common STI’s were. I can honestly say that I didn’t even feel it when she took my blood. No big deal at for all of you out there who go faint at the sight of needles. The blood is used for testing for HIV and Syphilis.

 

I was then told that the clinic operated a no news is good news system, which means that if you don’t hear from them in two weeks then all your tests are negative. Though you can ring for results after a certain amount of days after if you wish.

After my blood being done, I then had a chat with the Health Visitor who was more then happy to answer any questions or worries that I had about possible treatments should my results come back positive. I sat there with her for well over half an hour and I have to say that she really did do everything in her power to put my mind at rest and make me feel positive whatever the outcome may be.

On that occasion all my results came back fine, but there have been others since where I have contracted other STI’s, but thanks to the open and extremely friendly approach of people at the clinic, I had no trouble going back and getting fast effective treatment to clear them up.

Remember also that it may take 12 weeks for the HIV virus to show up in your blood after contracting it, so it’s very important to keep having regular tests every few months. Thankfully I’ve kept clean from STI’s for quite some time now and I certainly plan to try and keep it that way. I should also mention that not only is an STI clinic great for keeping track of your sexual health, but you can get an endless supply of condoms and lubes in just about every variety there is now. And it’s all completely free!

Remember most clinics will have at least one day where you can walk in without a pre booked appointment. If your not sure where to find your local Clinic, a simple “Sexual Health Clinic” search on Google will normally get you the information your looking for. Or alternatively you can always ask your local GP for contact information. A great website for gay men’s sexual health is the Gay Men’s Health Charity, where they run a great system of information on all aspects of sexual health and how to deal with STI’s like HIV and where you can find support and information. Best of all the site is from Gay men who themselves have the HIV virus, which is great for hearing from someone’s point of view, who actually deals with it on a daily basis. You can log onto the website at www.gmfa.org.uk/positive Remember this site deals with all forms of STI’s and how to keep yourself clean from them.

I can honestly say one of the best things about my experiences with going to the Clinic is that you feel so in control of your life when you know you’ve taken the responsibility to get yourself checked out. It’s a very empowering and satisfying feeling, knowing that you’re keeping yourself well and others at the same time.

It’s also worth noting that various gay venues in London and other parts of the UK offer quick HIV testing on various days of the week, where you’ll get your results in under an hour rather then having to wait a week or more.

So all that said and done, the rest is up to you to make the decision. Just do it. It’s good to know where you stand. And remember whatever the outcome, your outlook can always be POSITIVE!

 KU Bar on Frith St offers a free and welcoming walk in clinic on Monday afernoons from 2 – 5pm  Testing is FREE, quick and easy and conducted by experienced friendly staff, who will more then happy to dicuss any worries or questions that you may have.

 

Lee James Askew.

Bootylicious – Life ain’t a drag – 20 March 11pm – 5.30am or later.

February 25th, 2010

Melvin, with his male model looks and standing 6ft 5 tall, has a penchant for Gucci, Armani and Chanel.  And he’s also known as a bit of a party animal. So it is a surprise that he hasn’t been ready to share his un-erring feel for style and glamour on the stage of London’s most stylish urban club, Bootylicious, before now. He and his sisters will be going all out to make sure that they give credit to the stars whose songs they will mime to. Can they keep a straight face or will the make-up crack with laughter? One thing’s for sure, it won’t be a drag.

It’s all happening on 20 March at the club that is without doubt the best club if you love urban music. 3 rooms with for all manner of ravers from old-school and slow jams, to the latest top dance tunes and a fantastic House room. Tasty drinks promotions if you get there before 1am, and a sociable, chatty, diverse and effortlessly stylish crowd who travel far and wide to be part of Bootylicious.

Membership entry price start from only £5 before midnight, student discounts at 50% off the full price and birthday celebrators get in for free – sign up or contact via the Booty website!

Price and Location: NUS £5 before 12am/£6 l8r. Others £10 before 12am/£12 l8r. With printed Concessions flyer it’s £5 b4 12am, £7 b4 1am. Bootylicious is every 3rd Saturday of the month at Club Colosseum 1 Nine Elms Lane London SW8 5NQ.

 Info:  www.bootylicious-club.co.uk                                                                     

☻☺☺☻☻☺

Satsuma – Japanese with great ‘apeel’

February 4th, 2010

Satsuma is a very popular destination with both locals and tourists alike, and after our lunch there last week myself and Big A found out exactly why that was.  Loving Soho as we do it’s always delightful to discover yet somewhere else that makes it so special, the community  village vibe that emanates around the streets, markets, bars and restaurants  is so very present in Satsuma .  Welcoming and well informed staff are top of the list in today’s competitive market, ironically, the things that cost nothing in life (and we all know there aren’t many of those) always seem so elusive, something I find myself constantly pondering when I go into a bar or restaurant and am often received with no more than a passing glance.  Perhaps the muscles required to lift the mouth and stretch it across the face to expose the teeth have been so botoxed the necessary effort proves just too much for some staff in the service industry.  I guess the other explanation could also be, that being in a recession (or allegedly, the other side of one as some in the gothic tower would have us believe) has limited the number of veneers on the streets, hence the reluctance to expose teeth.

Well, this certainly wasn’t the case at Satsuma, a welcoming smile, attentive and informed staff, all made for a very good start to our lunch.  Answers to customer menu queries extending beyond ‘I’ll ask the chef’ or ‘don’t know, I don’t eat meat’, or one of my personal favourites ‘how would you like your steak tartare cooked’ are always welcome.

 In any restaurant offering a £5 takeaway lunch menu you could be forgiven for expecting fast food served by a primary striped uniform and name badge, however with a choice of a Yaki Soba dishes, 3 different fried rice dishes and a miso soup option this takeout offer tastes anything but fast (I often suspect the term ‘fast food’ is less directly related to the speed of cooking and serving and more to the rate with which it travels through the digestive tract).

Modern, unfussy decor with just the right amount of dark wood panelling, therefore not too suggestive of a Hitchcock thriller, makes it light and bright, it’s also quite deceiving when you glance through the window wall from the street and see the cosy ground floor, additional seating downstairs actually means more than 130 bottoms can be comfortably seated. 

Lightly sea salted endamame beans were the perfect pre lunch nibble, I reluctantly chose the Beef Teriyaki Rice, from the Specials menu, reluctant I say, as I was expecting that at only £12.95 the beef would either be akin to a temporary shoe fix or that I would need my reading glasses to spot it.  I was very pleasantly surprised, buttery soft and perfectly cooked, the man in the apron certainly knows his way round Ermintrude. Big A’s Ocean Bento Box was a Mariners delight of colour, fragrance and succulent flavours, the yellow tail sashimi a particular favourite.  It was Pure gluttony and our need to rebel against the post Christmas desire to reduce body mass, that forced us into convincing ourselves we were still hungry, and not wanting to do things by half, we indulged in the black and white sesame ice-cream (creamy and not too sweet) and the ice-cream tempura – the Japanese equivalent of our beloved northern speciality, the deep fried mars bar, but without the aftershock that makes you think your food’s been spiked with speed.

Wine from £4.50 glass – Beer from £3.30

Soho and Satsuma – Lovin’ it.

India Lake

Satsuma 

56-58 Wardour Street
London, W1D 4JG
020 7437 8338

The Real Van Gogh

February 1st, 2010

The Real Van Gogh

To (brother) Theo (556) – 18th August 1886

It’s a good thing for you to be prepared that the affair, perhaps cannot be ended in the way you suggest, because by rushing her you could simply either provoke her to suicide or send her mad, and the effect of that on you would be tragic of course, and could shatter you forever.

Susan Sontag said, that what was written about a person or an event was just an interpretation as, were handmade visual statements, like paintings and drawings.  What has been supposed and written about Van Gogh, it seems were not only interpretations, but also it transpires, Read the rest of this entry »

Join us on Facebook!

February 1st, 2010

We are currently developing this page to ensure that we give you all the latest news on what’s going on in London this month. Below is a list of some of London’s most popular Gay and Lesbian venues but for a more comprehensive list join our facebook group… just simply search LGBT London on Facebook!

We’re linked with all the best venues and events for LGBT people so if you’re friends with us then they’re friends with you. Whether it’s information on where to get the best deal for London’s gay and lesbian mega clubs – or you just want to get on the guest list to a small stylish venue, the LGBT London Facebook group is the most comprehensive guide to LGBT London you will find.

Ku Bar

January 14th, 2010

kubigKu Bar

30 Lisle Street

Mon-Sat 12pm-3am

Sun 12pm-1am

Ku bar is one of Londons most popular gay bars. Set across three floors the Bar attracts a mixture of proffesional and good looking younger guys. Famed for having the most attractive bar staff in London the ‘Ku Bar Boys’ serve a wide selction of spirits, wines and draught beers. The club has DJ’s playing every night an attracts a fun loving and friendly crowd.

The Duke of Wellington

January 14th, 2010

dukewThe Duke of Wellington
77 Wardour Street

Mon-Wed12pm-11pm
Thurs-Sat 12pm-12am
Sun till 10.3opm

This tradition English style pub attracts a mixed crowd of gay guys. Friendly and relaxed this is the perfect place if youre looking for a quiet pint.

Comptons

January 14th, 2010

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Comptons

53 Old Compton Street

Mon-Fri 12pm-11pm

 

Sat 11am- 11pm
Sun 10.3oam-11pm

A mecca for bears, Comptons is one of Londons most famous gay bars. Ideally located in the heart of Soho this popular bears gets packed out with an older, cruisier crowd. Comptons is also equally well known for its Roast dinners which are served on Sundays.

The Candy Bar

January 14th, 2010

candybarThe Candy Bar
4 Carlisle Street
Thur 5pm-11.30pm
Fri and Sat 5pm-2am
Sun 5pm-11pm

Soho’s most famous lesbian bar has a friendly atmoshere and serves a wide selection of delicious cocktails. Although men are allowed in with there lesbian friends this bar usually attracts a mainly lesbian crowd.

www.candybarsoho.com

The box

January 14th, 2010

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The Box
32-34 Monmouth Street
Mon-Sat 11am-11pm

 

Sun 10.30am-10.30pm

This popular br attracts a good looking crowd and is situated in Covent Garden. In addition to a wide selection of drinks and cocktails the bar also serves a wide selection of food… perfect for lunchtime!

www.boxbar.com

Bar Code

January 14th, 2010

bacodeBar Code
3-4 Archer Street
Mon-Sat 4pm-1am Sun till 10:30pm

Bar code attracts a mixed crowd of proffesional and younger gay guys. Attractive bar staff serve and mixture of spirits, cocktails and draught beers and DJ’s play an eclectic mix of music from funky house to pop.

www.bar-code.co.uk

Admiral Duncan

January 14th, 2010

Admiral-DuncanAdmial Duncan
54 Old Compton Street

Mon-Thurs 12pm-11pm Fri-Sat 12pm-1130pm Sun 12pm- 10.30pm

Boasting an impressive range of beers this infamous bar is popular with an older crowd. Situted in Old Compton Street the bar is set in the heart of Londons gay district.

The Shadow Lounge

January 12th, 2010

Shadow lounge dance floorThe Shadow Lounge
5 Brewer Street, Soho, W1

9pm-3am

This popular nightclub is a favourite for London’s fashionable gay crowd. Hunky bar staff serve a mixture of cocktails, premium spirits and bottled beers.

Twitter Updates for 2009-12-22

December 22nd, 2009
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Doors Open for 50+

November 20th, 2009

Opening Doors in central London holds regular monthly meetings and special events throughout Central London for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender men and women, aged 50 plus.

There are specific older gay and bisexual men’s meetings, older lesbian and bisexual women’s meetings, information events and film nights, as well as mixed events and activities. These include older LGBT computer classes and access to LGBT friendly fitness activities.

For more information and to access to the monthly newsletter with up to date listings of meetings and events, please click here.

For women’s service, contact Debbie Robertson-Neil on 020 7121 3331, e-mail d.roberston-neil@ageconcerncamden.org.uk.

For men’s activities, please contact Nick Maxwell on 020 7121 3335 or e-mail on n.maxwell@ageconcercamden.org.uk . “

The Gay Gordons: Winter Geiligh

October 28th, 2009

London’s LGBT Scottish Dance Club which has straight-friendly weekly classes and regular dances is holding their Winter Geiligh! It’s a big event and everyone is welcome!

Date: Saturday 21st November 2009

Time: 1930 – 2300

Venue: Cecil Sharp House, NW1 7AY

Details: Dancing to KAFOOZALUM. Dances called. Licensed bar. Open

TICKETS ARE ON SALE NOW!

Come on by the LGBT Tourist Office to pick one up. You can reserve one for 24 hours by calling us on 020 7437 0003 or emailing info@gaytouristoffice.co.uk. Payment is cash only.

You don’t need a partner. You don’t need experience. You will have fun guaranteed!

Visit http://www.thegaygordons.org/ for more information.

WEEKLY HIGHLIGHT REVIEW

October 25th, 2009

DAME SHIRLEY BASSEY AT BBC ELECTRIC PROMS: ROUNDHOUSE, LONDON

One of the living legends of British Music, Dame Shirley Bassey, proves that true divas never fade.

After more than fifty years of professional performance she stunned a packed house of young and old, boys and girls, bringing them to their feet and if they were already standing then they jumped in joy and praise. Read the rest of this entry »

As seen on TV

October 23rd, 2009

The opening of London’s first LGBT Tourist Information Centre has attracted tremendous attention.  Watch Shaun’s interview where he explains what it is all about.

LGBT Tourist Office Opens its doors

October 20th, 2009
Upstairs at Ku Bar, Lisle Street

Upstairs at Ku Bar, Lisle Street

The LGBT Tourist Office Opens 22nd October! We’ll be raising glasses to toast the occasion. If you would like to join us RSVP shaun.newport@gaytouristoffice.co.uk