It's World Aids Day on 1st December and there are lots of collections coming up. Sunday 29th Orange at Fire are donating £1 per customer to the Elton John Foindation; Monday 30th Barcode are supporting the Ian Charleson Day Centre; and Popcorn will be rattling their cans harder at a safe sex ball; Hard sex toys are donating 10% of their profits for two weeks; and GMFA are organizing a campaign along the lines "Many HIV-negative men believe it’s up to positive men not to infect others, while many HIV-positive men believe HIV-negative men should take responsibility to protect themselves. The truth is we are all responsible for our own health as well as that of our partners." GMFA are collecting at The Eagle on Saturday 28th November, Kazbar, The Green, Kudos, The Edge, The Rose & Crown in Greenwich, Comptons, The Two Brewers, The Royal Vauxhall Tavern. You can't escape, empty your pockets!
This Friday 20th Onyx are giving away free goodie bags before midnight. And what's in them? Lots of stuff including an Onyx membership card and a ticket to Orange @ Fire on Sunday. Onyx is at Area, 67 Albert Embankment, Vauxhall from 11pm.
Orange and Trade are getting together again on Christmas day to help you digest that turkey. Yes, it's on Friday 25th form 10pm to very late with DJs Nick Tcherniak, Pagano, Lisa German, The Sharp Boys, Gonzalo Rivas, Fat Tony & Tonnic on the mic, Dave Cross, The Oli, Lady Bianca and Terry Bryan. Advance £12 tickets now available from: www.clubtickets.com. £15 on the door. It's in your gay London christmas calendar.
Heaven are raising £30,000 for Amnesty International in the next 8 months and making a special effort Monday 30th with their Safe Sex Ball. Donate on the door or at www.justgiving.com/g-a-y. Amnesty are campaigning for gay civil rights and the rights of people with aids worldwide. And they're giving away free Popcorn membership.
Here's your chance to influence police policy. Eren Bessim, Lambeth police's Diversity and Hate Crime coordinator, is running a consultation process to direct strategy to 2013. He wants your view on this question, which covers all aspects of Hate crime so please take into account the diverse Borough of Lambeth.
"What are the main key areas that are needed to improve partnership responses to hate crime and prevent it from occurring?"
Answers by 27th November please.
Barcode are having a World Aids Day fund raiser raffle in aid of the Ian Charleson Day Centre at the Royal Free Hospital on Monday 30th November. Raffle tickets are only £1 and the top prize is £500 cash. And lots more. You can buy tickets at Barcode Soho and Vauxhall. Read on for all those prizes and more Barcode dates.
Visions gets its second outing at the Lightbox on Friday 27th November with DJs Daz Saund & Trevor Rockcliffe and special guest HiFi Sean. 10pm to 4am. £7.00 before 12am, £10 after. This is kind of a party for the hunks who funk as there is no Megawoof in December. Club Lightbox is at 6A South Lambeth Place, Vauxhall, just by the Starbucks. It's in that gay London calendar.
Work is the mid week gay party at club Hidden and on December 2nd they are having a fund raiser to support JFLAG the human rights group working for civil rights for gays and lesbians in Jamaica. Read on for line-ups to December 2nd.
Popstarz at the Den is closed Friday 25th December and 1st January. They're having their Christmas party on the 18th Dec and a masked NYE party on Thursday 31st. Tickets for the masked party £10/£14. The Den is at 18 West Central Street, WC1. It's in that gay London calendar.
XMAS at Popcorn in Heaven is with the Sharp Boys and Royal House – "a legendary monthly party at Heaven". Doors: 10pm - 6am. Drinks from £2.50, entry £2 b4 midnight £8 after. Free entry b4 1am if you have a wristband.
SuperMartXé is one year old on 28th November. Doors open 10.30pm and DJs for the night are AB Garcia, Steve Pitron, Nick Tcherniak and Marlon K Jones. Advanced tickets from £15 or up to £50 for VIPs. Club SuperMartXe is at The Coronet Theatre, 26-28 New Kent Road. It's in that gay London calendar.
God we can be a bunch of ungrateful sponging whingers. When will folks learn that moaning from the sidelines don't get you what you want?
Here's the story: Brighton Pride is working hard to find ways to survive and has come up with radical plan to save the event. As you may know:
- despite local people gay businesses forking out most of the £300k they're short
- they're going to ask straight businesses who profit hugely from it but don't expect too much
- local gays are asking what it's for any more as it's more like a party for everybody and his nan than a Pride event
- there's the usual internal wrangling but with none of the horrors of London's Close-It Queens who jump from one committee to the next ruining things
- scaling back the amount of tents as they can't afford them all
- that rain didn't help much
So, what has the collective response of the gay community been? Well, it's the inevitable Facebook groups - the first refuge of the really bothered couch campaigner and scourge of evil tyrants the world over. What are we calling for? Well, you've heard of people withdrawing their labour in the past? Well gay men have gone one better - we're to withdraw our *presence*. Great, we hear organisers saying, less rubbish to clean up as that to date has been most our contributions to Brighton Pride.
Why boycott? To save all of the tents primarily... One Facebook group wants to save the women's tents. Other complaints we've heard include "Well, did you know the person that spends all year organising it is paid a comparable wage to other event organisers?!" Yeah! "Why don't all gay festivals and events have Madonna concert production values but be free".. cause.. like you know, we're gay men - you know, the ones with the highest disposable income? Shouldn't Brighton people be glad that train loads of ungrateful sponging queens travel down once a year and trash their town and pay nothing to the clean-up?! We made the last few up but you get our drift.
Christ knows there are issues, detailed above that need addressed: what's it for, who benefits and who contributes, how it's organised and managed... But for fecks sake, what is it with gay people expecting a free ride? They can't afford all the tents as nobody pays! Want segregation - pay? Want to dance your tits off? Pay! It's time we realised that if we want something you have to pay for it and pay properly or put up with what you're given. Whilst we've seen many gay events f*ck that deal up, we somehow reckon Brighton and it's organisers would deliver.
Ungrateful Whingers of Sidelines Fame hear this: contribute, get involved or shut the f*ck up. You can give money via the Brighton & Hove (!) Pride website. How's that for a start?
They saw the video and the Christmas / New Years Eve gay London party announcements are trickling in. Secretsundaze is the first with a party on Thursday 31st December 9pm-6am at the CAMP. DJs / performers will be Delano Smith, Wbeeza – Live, Giles Smith, James Priestley, To The Bone and Cosmic Truth. Advanced tickets - £14.50 - £24.50. £30 on the door. Club CAMP (City Arts & Music Project) is at 70-74 City Road, London, EC1. It's in that gay London Christmas calendar.
Quick shout out to promoters to get their festive plans in to us soon please:) In the meantime, watch this...
"According to a new report"... by US researchers, chemicals in plastics are altering the brains of baby boys making them more feminine. Yip, males who are exposed to high doses of certain plastic toxins in the womb grow up to be more girly and less likely to play with boys toys (!) or "rough and tumble games.
Big Day Out, a music festival in New Zealand, has finally pulled Beenie Man from their festival. It's not entirely clear if he quit or was pushed out. Nor is it clear as to whether the organisers thought having a misogynistic homophobe who condones the murder of gay men and lesbians at your festival was okay or if they had no idea who they were programming.