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                               The clock ticks down to
                                 Brighton and Pride
There are a number of events taking place throughout July in the lead up to this year's Brighton Pride event. Heats
for the 'Pride's Got Talent' competition take place at the Queen's Arms on Wednesdays with the final on August 1st
with the winner receiving £100, the Pride's Got Talent Trophy and they'll be performing live on the cabaret stage at
Pride. The competition is open to anyone and to enter just pick up an entry form in the bar or turn up at a heat with
your backing tracks by 8.30pm, the heats begin at 9.15pm.

Of course Brighton Pride isn't just about the Parade and Preston Park event on August 4th, there's a whole week of
events taking place before the big day. The Brighton Lesbian and Gay Sports Society (BLAGSS) are holding a Walk
and Picnic on the 29th, for more information about that email: Then there‘s ten-pin
bowling and squash on the 31st followed by a cycle ride and picnic on August 3rd, more information at

'Sing for the Start of Pride Week' is at the Queen's Arms on July 30th at 9pm with Spice presenting Karaoke. There's
'Spotlight' with Ms Trudi Styles at the Joogleberry Playhouse on July 31st. If you love musicals this is just up your
street (or Broadway) and there are special guest stars lined up. The show starts at 8pm and tickets cost £7 with £1
going to Pride. Also that evening it's the Pride Piano Bar at the Queen's Arms with Miss Jason and Tim Nail. There's
complementary sandwiches and a raffle in aid of Pride, entry is free but donations to Pride are very much welcomed.

Also on the 31st there‘s ‗Out and Out; at the Jubilee Library which is an 80s night organised by Brighton Ourstory,
more information about this on 01273 206 655.

On August 1st it's the Pride's Got Talent Final at the Queen's Arms with entry £2 and all of that goes to Pride. I‘m a
big wrestling fan, ok an obsessed wrestling fan (hey I‘ve even got my own mag at and
on the 1st at the Candy Bar there‘s mud wrestling. The following night the venue has a Pre Pride Karaoke Party. On
August 2nd and 3rd, at St Andrew's Church it's 'WhipCrackAway!' with the Brighton and Hove (actually) Gay Men's
Chorus hosted by David Raven with everything from comedy numbers to pop ballads and even a bit of opera. Tickets
cost £9 (concessions on the door £6) and the show starts at 7.45pm.

At the Joogleberry Playhouse it's 'Bright'n'Queer' with laughs guaranteed from comics such as David Meech, Phil
Dukes, Nicky Mitchell and Maddie Bridgett. There's also a rare UK appearance by San Francisco comedy star, Pippi
Lovestocking and a chance to see some new comedy talent. The evening is hosted by Bright'n'Queer's resident
compére, Steve Bustin. All profits of the show will be going to Pride 2007. More information at The show starts at 8pm and tickets cost £5. Tickets can be booked on 01273 687171.

On August 3rd it's 'Camp It Up for Pride' at the Queen's Arms with DJ Andy B hosting a special Pride Camp Attack
and there's cabaret from Betty Swollocks. You can text Andy your requests and dedications on 07946792444.
There‘s also a Trans Film Night at the Friends Meeting House with showings of ‗Ma Vie En Rose‘ at 6.15pm and
‗Boys Don‘t Cry‘ at 8.15pm.

The Pride event begins with the traditional Parade which this year has that musicals theme and it‘s followed by the
park event at Preston Park which again this year is totally free. There are also plenty of street parties including the St
James St Party, the Bulldog Street Party and the Marlborough Party. For more information about all events go to

Throughout Pride Weekend Legends hosts ‗Pride On The Terrace‘ a sexy Pride Party both inside Legends and
outside on Brighton‘s largest seafront terrace. There‘s the added bonus of a great outdoor space for smokers. ‗Pride
On The Terrace‘ culminate in 12 hours of outdoor partying on Sunday 5th August with cabaret on the Sunday from

                                               The Mag Online
                                Editor: Steve Ashfield
  Contributors: Steve Ashfield, Over The Rainbow, Pretty Pink Pearl, Gscene, Gay
                 Contact the Editor by calling him on 07804 348 642
                 or emailing him at:
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                                                            fundamental changes and improvements in the rights of Gay,
 Hampshire Constabulary gives go                            Lesbian and Bi-sexual people in the past year They will be
                                                            focusing on The
  ahead for uniformed officers to                           Equality        Act
   march at Brighton Gay Pride                              (sexual orientation)
                                                            Regulations 2007,
Hampshire Constabulary has decided to allow                 which now makes
uniformed officers to participate in this year's Brighton   it illegal to refuse
Gay Pride March, on August 4. In previous years, Mr.        goods          and
Paul Kernaghan, the Chief Constable has said that           services on the
uniformed officers should not participate in any public     basis of a person's
march.                                                      sexual orientation.
                                                            There will be also awareness raising information on how civil
This decision has been reviewed after being advised         partnerships can affect most benefits to regulations on
of a recent change in the nature of the Gay Pride           discrimination and equality in employment law, especially if
March. The Sussex Gay Police Association and                people have been on the receiving end of unfair treatment or
Sussex Police will exercise overt control of police         discrimination.

participation in the wider event. Officers marching in The Citizens Advice service presence at Pride is also
uniform in the parade will therefore be clearly highlighting how local bureaux support initiatives in the
differentiated from those performing 'operational duty'. community. This year the Citizens Advice service was one of
                                                          only four voluntary organisations to appear in 2007
Mr Kernaghan said: "The force's Lesbian, Gay, Stonewall Workplace Equality Index of the top 100 gay-
Bisexual and Transgender Resource Group have friendly employers - coming 42nd, up from 62nd in 2006.
persuaded me that participation in the contemporary
Brighton Gay Pride event is compatible with my total Each stall at Pride will have up to date information on
commitment to police impartiality.                        relevant laws, and can direct clients to seven specialist
                                                          project units across England and Wales which have been set
This decision helps to reinforce our corporate efforts to up to deal with case work and to represent clients in
be seen as an employer and service of choice, whilst discrimination and employment tribunals and court, if
not compromising the essential impartiality that I see required. As part of this commitment to equality and
as the cornerstone of police professionalism."            diversity, the team will be promoting how local bureaux want
                                                          more members of the LGBT community to volunteer. The
He added: "I have been disappointed that some ill- volunteer hotline is 08451 264 264
informed observers have sought, over the years, to
portray a decision based on protecting police David Harker, chief executive of Citizens Advice said:
impartiality as in some way detracting from the force's "Being part of Pride celebrates our diversity within the
commitment to equality and fairness. The consistently Citizens Advice service. We want to send the vital message
high placing of the force in the Stonewall Equality to the LGBT community, their friends and families that we
Index objectively refutes that slur."                     really are here for everyone. We hope lots of people will stop
                                                          by our stalls to find out more about our services and
The Chief Constable and other officers from the volunteering opportunities." For more information go to
constabulary have staffed recruiting and advice stalls
at Gay Pride events in the past, including at
                                                               BANANARAMA JOIN IN AT THE
  PRIDE AND YOUR RIGHTS                                            NOTTINGHAM EVER
                                                            Nottingham Pride has been going from strength the strength
The Citizens Advice Service will be present at the          since moving to the Arboretum in 2003 when people came
Pride events in London, Cardiff, Birmingham and             to celebrate lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender lives. By
Manchester this summer. Working together with the           2006 the live music on the bandstand, more stalls than ever
Youth Volunteer team, they will be promoting CAB            before and a real party atmosphere brought around 10,000
local services and calling for new volunteers from the      to enjoy a sunny day in the park.
LGBT community.
                                                      This year the party in the park will even bigger, even better
 The Citizens Advice National Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and for the first time will be followed by a spectacular night-
Group (NLGBG) will be heading up the teams at each time event just around the corner at Nottingham Trent
stall and will be particularly celebrating the Students Union.
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The theme for this year's Pride 'Sparkle with Pride' will be
continued into the evening party as the venue itself gets                   Huddersfield Pink
dressed to impress with walls, ceilings, dance floors and bars in
the 2,000 capacity venue being transformed Cinderella style by                   Picnic
interior designers
                                                                             Celebrates its
The biggest gay night Nottingham has ever seen is not just
going to look good - it's also going to sound pretty good too as              21st Birthday
the real and still gorgeous Bananarama relive their greatest hits,
live on stage. Bringing some kick-ass attitude to the event is
Diva cover girl, Axe Girl of Channel 4 fame 'Musicool' and her The Huddersfield Pink Picnic takes place at Castle
girl band.                                                         Hill on July 21st with over four and a half thousand
                                                                   people expected to attend. There's main stage
Saturday 28th July 2007 will be one to remember. The party is entertainment beginning at midday with an official
9pm till 3am and tickets are £15 in advance.                       opening at 1.30pm by Mark Carter, Huddersfield's
                                                                   very own Mr Gay UK.
Nottingham Pride takes place at Arboretum Park in Nottingham
on July 28th from midday to 6pm with all the usual attractions DJs from The New Union and Nefertiti's will be
you‘d expect at a Pride park event and who knows the weather providing music until 8pm and live entertainment
might even be decent.           For more information go to includes Out of the Gray at 2.30pm, Soraya Vivian                                          at 3.30pm, Claire Chanel and Ada James at 4pm,
                                                                   Jess Gardham at 4.30pm and Secrets Out at 5pm.
                                                                   There are also several appearances by The Pride
   Family Friendly BBQ part of Manchester Sisters, in fact they make so many it might be hard
                         Pride event                               to drag (pun intended) them off stage.

                                                                      Main stage will see the final of the Karaoke Pride
Families and children are being encouraged to get involved with competition where those who have qualified from
this year‘s Manchester Pride celebrations, at a specially the heats held at The New Union and Nefertiti's
organised family friendly BBQ.                                        will be hoping to grab some glory. That takes
                                                                      place at 3pm and there are competitions for the
The event will be on Saturday 25 August in Cathedral Gardens, best dressed pet, best outfit and best picnic.
outside Urbis, the exhibition centre of city life. Children can enjoy
delicious BBQ food, have their faces painted and join in with There's plenty of market and information stalls
various arts and craft workshops based on the colours of the including Pretty Pink Pearl who you can find out
rainbow.                                                              lots more about on pages 56 and 57 of this edition.

Pride in the Park, the official pre-parade party, will give kids and As this is the 21st anniversary of the Pink Picnic
their parents an opportunity to relax and enjoy the atmosphere there's also a fringe festival with a BBQ on the
away from the hectic Canal Street Carnival.                          27th at the New Union and on the 28th there's the
                                                                     'Lady Fringe' which is being held at the Lawrence
Jackie Crozier, Festival Manager at Manchester Pride says: Batley Theatre.
―Pride in the Park is an excellent addition to Pride‘s Big
Weekend and important in that it provides a welcoming place for This will be compered by Clitty Rubquick and
LGBT families to join in the fun.‖                                   includes singers Fasciani and Jess Gardham,
                                                                     tickets cost £8.50.
―With music, refreshments and a fantastic BBQ, families will be
able to relax in a wonderful, social environment.‖                   The event is now a community run one with a new
                                                                     committee this year made up of a cross section of
While you‘re in Manchester you can also see the Kylie Minogue people across the Kirklees LGBT community.
Exhibition, more information about that can be read on page 22 Organisers are asking for a £3 donation to enter
of this edition.                                                     the field but this is voluntary. All money raised will
                                                                     contribute towards the continuing success of the
For more information, please call Urbis on 0161 605 8200 or visit Pink Picnic plus the Brunswick Centre and other                                              local LGBT Groups. For more information go to

                  Everybody needs Friends don‘t they?
                  Go to
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        Welcome to                                                  CONTENTS
                                                                          Pride Update
                                                                           2 Brighton
Welcome to the first edition of this brand new              3 CAB/Nottingham/Hampshire Constabulary
online magazine for the LGBT community. This                       4 Manchester/Huddersfield
debut publication is jam packed with tons of infor-
mation from across the country so whether you‘re                            Get Hitched
interested in theatre, sport, politics, travel, civil                       8-10 Parship
partnerships, history or support group news                   11 Theatrical Weddings/Pink Weddings
there‘s definitely plenty for you to read.
                                                                    All Around the LGBT World
W e also have a Myspace site at                                           12 Cheap Flights so why not be-                                 13 B&B and IGLTA
come a friend of the site and in between editions                14 Gay Friendly Rooms/Cruising
we‘ll be putting out bulletins with the latest news               15 Lonely Planet/ Hamilton Hall
and reviews.
                                                                        Our Lives, Our Past
If you want to write for us, then just get in touch                   16-18 The Road to 1967
with me by emailing me at: magedito-                                      19 Alan Turing or calling me on 07804 348 642.                          20-21 Hello Sailor
Those are also the contact addresses if you have
a news item you‘d like us to include or you‘d like to                       Spotlight
take advantage of our ridiculously low advertising                      22 Kylie Minogue
rates. We‘ll be back at the end of August, I hope                         23-29 Theatre
you enjoy this edition, see you all very soon.                          30 Pet Shop Boys
                                                                        31 CD Collection
                                                               32-33 Nemesis Rising/Right Said Fred
                   THE CLUB                                            34-35 DVD Delights
                                                                         36-38 Hairspray
Here‘s the story so far in our very own soap opera.                        39 The Club
Clive used to be the boss of a much larger club                          40 On My Radio
until a scandal got him the sack. He doesn't know                         41 TV/Books
that it was his much younger boyfriend, Jimmy,
who caused him to lose his job. Clive is now the                         Equality Update
assistant manager at The Club managed by his                                 42 News
former boyfriend who he just happened to sleep                       43 CWU/Christian Voice
with at a very drunken party. Meanwhile Jimmy                           44-45 Gay Surrey
has been getting some mysterious phone calls                              46 Big Brother
that could lead to him repeating his previous
actions that cost Clive his job.                                          Support Scene
                                                                           47-48 news
The Club's karaoke hostess is Betty Bender who                     49-54 Homophobia in Schools
dreams of being on television. Betty gets an
audition for a late-night quiz show whose producer                         News Centre
just happens to be going out with his ex-boyfriend                        55-Latest news
who dumped him because of his heavy drinking.
                                                                         Lesbian Lifestyle
Sarah works behind the bar at the club, she has                    56-57 Pretty Pink Pearl/ News
plenty of young women chasing her but is in a
relationship with part-time accounts clerk Jude                       An LGBT Sporting Life
who just happens to not just be much older than                      58-59 GFC Bournemouth
her but about to celebrate her twentieth wedding                    60-61 David Benson/Tennis
anniversary. Upset at Jude refusing to leave her                       62- GMFA/World Cup
husband and not going to the office party Sarah                           63 Pride Games
ends up sleeping with the teenage girl who's been
continually staring at her in the club. Ever short of                       Guyztown
money Sarah gets some part-time catering work
and is shocked when she sees Jude at the top            64-66 Health Survey/ Pink Broadway Tropics/Denmark
table. The story continues on page 39.                                          Sauna
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                                    Getting Hitched


PARSHIP, Europe's largest and most successful scientifically-based proven online dating service, with over 2.2
million members, has launched the first UK website to target the three million gay men and gay women in Britain who
are looking for a serious relationship.

The company is part of a gay dating network with a presence in seven European countries - UK, Germany,
Switzerland, Austria, Belgium, Spain and Netherlands. The service will be extended to France, Denmark and
Sweden over the next six months.

According to research commissioned by PARSHIP, online dating services and chatrooms have now become the
most popular way for gay people to get a date - no less than 87% of gay men and 58% of gay women claim to have
used them over the last 12 months. Yet until now, the research suggests, the right match has remained elusive in
Britain's gay community: over the same period just 18% of gay men and 27% of gay women have had a serious
relationship, even though 47% and 41% respectively are actively looking for a serious long-term relationship. A mere
16% and 18% are looking for a series of casual flings. has adapted its proprietary psychometric test, created by Hamburg University, for the Gay-PARSHIP
service. Based on 40 years of scientific research, the PARSHIP test is able to match people who have both similar
and complementary personality traits - the requirements for a harmonious relationship.

Tony Blin-Stoyle, country manager and former managing director of and
commented: "Serious online dating services are growing three times more quickly than casual dating sites,
However, until now, the industry has done little to develop a serious dating and relationship service for gay men and
women, even though 44% are actively looking for a long-term relationship.

Over the coming months we plan to sign a string of partnership deals with the specialist gay media. All our partners
will be able to take advantage of our recently implemented interactive voice response system. This combines the
current PARSHIP dating model with telephone driven personal voice greetings and advertisements, allowing media
owners to dramatically increase revenue streams from personals advertisements."

PARSHIP Research was conducted by Facts International and questioned 1,000 adults over the age of 18 on their
attitudes and experiences of dating.

The 80-question test was created by German psychologist Prof. Hugo Schmale and a team of scientists and
psychologists from Hamburg University. Based on 40 years of empirical data and clinical research, the PARSHIP
Test evaluates the characteristics, values and interests, which determine the dynamics of a relationship. It is the
results of an individual's test that allow him or her to be matched with someone whose personality has the right
balance of similar and complementary characteristics - in other words, a potential partner.

                             PUTTING GAY-PARSHIP TO THE TEST
The UK's gay dating scene has taken another step closer to maturity, with the launch of, the first
online dating site that uses a unique psychometric test to match clients with others that have the right balance of
similar and complementary characteristics.

Russell Hawkins aged 24, an Actor and PR Consultant from Epsom and Mike James aged 32, an Education Tour
Director from York have been in a happy relationship for almost nine months.
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The couple recently took gay-PARSHIP's psychometric test separately and have subsequently had their results
analysed by expert psychologist Victoria Lukats, who has a strong interest in research and psychometric tests. She

"The psychometric test developed by Parship is based on the type of personality profiles that large companies now
use to screen potential employees. However, in this case it is to look at those traits, attitudes, lifestyle habits and
interests which are believed to determine compatibility in relationships".

Almost nine months down the track, the happy couple are currently looking to move in together in a London flat, and
are seriously considering the idea of civil partnership for the near future. Russell said: "Unlike any past relationship, I
really feel like I have now met my match. I simply cannot imagine my life without Mike now. Our relationship has
grown and established naturally into a really strong bond and Mike has become both my best friend and partner. I
have no fears about the future now, because I honestly believe I will spend it with Mike by my side".

The couple were interested in putting gay-PARSHIP's psychometric test into action and were keen to see how
compatible they were considered to be. They hoped to learn more about their relationship as a couple and ways to
nurture and care for its further development.


According to their test results they appear to be an exceptionally good match. They have a compatibility score of
79% which placed Mike as Russell's top potential match. Had they not already had the pleasure of meeting one
another it could be predicted that they would get on really well, form an instant friendship and naturally feel at ease in
each others company.

In an established relationship, one of the areas in which it is really important to be closely matched is the desire for
emotional intimacy. Mike and Russell have identical scores here. They both enjoy a healthy balance between
sharing their time with one another and sharing their thoughts and feelings on the one hand and also having a good
degree of independence in the relationship. This is a very positive factor and one which will stand them in good
stead in the future.

When it comes to socialising and spending time with other people, they both feel energized by spending time with
other people and seem to enjoy socialising. This is another section in which they were identically matched. Russell
seems to be a little more shy or nervous of meeting new people than Mike but this is balanced by his overall desire
for social interaction so this is unlikely to become any sort of problem. Some people are just naturally shyer for one
reason or another, but it doesn't seem to hold him back. In contrast, Mike is generally the more extroverted one of
the couple.

In terms of their every day lives, they both share a like of order and structure in their daily routines. They probably
tend to plan things out (sometimes meticulously) in advance. This is a good thing that they are similarly matched in
this area, although this seems to be a more marked personality trait for Mike than it is for Russell. If they have
similar enough opinions on how things should be planned then this will be satisfactory but there could be potential for
conflict if Mike is pushing for more structure, routine and order than Russell is happy with.

 For example, they could end up disagreeing over how they plan their holidays and social life, how they divide the
housework and how they do their shopping etc. That said this issue may not arise to any major degree since they do
seem to have so much in common and they may only have disagreements in this area if they are both under stress
and feeling pressured for time.

Mike has a much more assertive reaction tendency than Russell. This means he has a greater need to call the shots
in decision making than Russell does. They compliment each other here. Russell is certainly not lacking in
assertiveness but this trait is less pronounced for him and he is much more likely to be tolerant and indulgent even
when frustrated - especially with someone he loves. Since Mike is very assertive, they appear to be a good match
when it comes to making decisions or dealing with conflict as Russell provides some balance here. They could really
clash if Russell were as assertive as Mike, or if he were not as tolerant.

A word of caution though: even though Mike can be assertive, when tensions arise, he has a tendency to withdraw
from the situation rather than tackling things head-on. Russell is the opposite and it would appear that he prefers to
resolve any issue there and then rather than letting things stew. For the relationship to be successful it might be
predicted that they will have to find an efficient way to deal with conflict.

Conflict by its very nature can be difficult and frustrating. On the odd occasion that they do disagree, Mike is likely to
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find that more and more he can tell Russell what             Dates Announced for the
is on his mind without having to resort to pulling
away completely and Russell is likely to                     2007 Gay Wedding Show
encourage Mike to open up more and talk things
through calmly. Russell tends to remain more
level-headed when faced with unforeseen If you‘re planned a civil partnership at the end of the year or in
obstacles and this will probably encourage Mike                                        2008, then you just have to go
to do the same but Russell should be careful to                                        to the Gay Wedding Show. The
ensure that his words are not interpreted as                                           shows are full of the information
patronising.                                                                           that you need to make sure
                                                                                       your big day runs the way you
They are both fairly unconventional people                                             want it to.
(Russell even more so than Mike according to
their test results). They both aspire to originality                                   The Gay Wedding Show returns
and creativeness and this is probably reflected in                                     to The Hilton Metropole in
their professional lives. Perhaps this is even part                                    Brighton on November 25th. It'll
of the attraction? Overall, this is a very promising                                   be a day of swing, soul and
match and one with great potential.                                                    passion with plenty of surprises
                                                                                       on the day and begins with an
Russell and Mike first met early last summer and                                       opening speech by Brighton
after their first date (a trip on the London Eye and City Council Leader, Councillor Simon Burgess who says "I'm
romantic meal on the South bank) the pair proud to live in a city that was so quick to embrace civil
realised they shared a lot in common and had partnerships as a wonderful celebration of a couples loving
already felt a strong bond had developed between commitment to each other. In this city we have such beautiful
them, even in a short space of time.                 backdrops and venues in which to hold that special day - from
                                                     the sea to the downs, from the Pavilion to the best nightclubs.
After several subsequent dates, Russell and Mike Please come and see what all the exhibitors have to offer at this
decided to date seriously and since then they great show."
have never looked back! They feel that their
combination of interests, wants/desires from a During the day you'll be able to see a range of example civil
relationship and hopes for the future have partnerships, religious and independent from the registration
provided a strong core for their relationship to service, MCC Church and Civil Ceremonies.
develop around, which has obviously allowed for
further development and growth that is still The day will be hosted by local Drag Queen, Fonda Cox and on
occurring.                                           arrival at the venue you'll be welcomed by Venetian Statues,
                                                     having a civil partnership may well be a moving experience but
After taking gay-PARSHIP's unique test, both that's the last thing those statues will be doing.
Russell and Mike were pleased and amazed by
its accurate and factual findings.                   Entertainment during the day includes the Saxophone Quartet,
                                                     Anacrusis, Chip Jenkins, Jo Paige, Alter Ego, Magician and Marc
Russell's response:                                  Lemezma
"I was both nervous and excited to hear Parship's
results on mine and Mike's relationship, but the The Gay Wedding Show in Manchester takes place at the
results have only confirmed how compatible I feel Manchester Town Hall on November 18th. The event begins
we are and how our relationship is built on strong with an opening speech by Councillor Mary Murphy and Paul
foundations. I now know the key areas that we Fairweather and is hosted by Dixi Tucker. Artists performing
need to work around to keep our relationship during the day are Classical and Contemporary Singer, Rebecca
fresh and healthy, but was amazed at both the Newman, Jess Gardham and 'Slightly Twisted' magician, Qenny
complexity and accuracy of Parship's test".
                                                     The Gay Wedding Show in Cardiff takes place on November 4th
Mike's response:                                     at the Cardiff City Hall with the opening speech being made by
"The results of the test were really accurate in MP Chris Bryant and hosted by Amber Dextrous. Performing on
terms of our personality traits, and they brought a the day will be GypsyFire, a Dusty Springfield tribute act and
few ideas to light in our relationship which I'd Qenny. If you're planning to stay overnight in Cardiff, why not try
never considered. It has made me think a bit the 'Ty Rosa' a boutique gay B&B with rooms from £39 and
more about my own personality and emotional excellent facilities. If you quote the Gay Wedding Show you'll
needs in relation to Russell's. It's also great to receive a 10% discount.
know that statistically, we are as compatible as I
thought we were."                                    This years events are being sponsored by John Lewis and
                                                     Charter Travel . For more information go to
For more information go to
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          Civil Partnership Statistics released by Pink Weddings

Statistics have been produced showing that between the introduction of civil partnerships in December 2005 and the
end of 2006, a total of 18,059 civil partnerships were formed. Of these the vast majority (16,173) took place in
England with 1,131 in Scotland, 627 in Wales and 128 in Northern Ireland.

The first month our community was able to register for a civil partnership saw nearly 2,000 take place and on
average around 1,600 partnerships were formed between January 2005 and March 2006, 1,500 between April and
                          September and falling to 800 between October and December.

                             Gino Meriano, founder of Pink weddings say "We have certainly demonstrated our
                             commitment and long awaited need for gay families to be recognised in law and
                             exceeded the government's estimate, but more importantly shows how gay families and
                             relationships do have a place in modern society".

                             More men than women formed civil partnerships. In 2006, 60 per cent of all civil
                             partners were male compared with 66 per cent in December 2005. In England, 9,913
                             male and 6,260 female partnerships were formed up to the end of 2006. The
                             corresponding figures were 633 and 498 in Scotland, 318 and 309 in Wales and 71 and
                             57 in Northern Ireland.

                            Male civil partners tended to be older than female civil partners. The average age at
                            formation in the UK in 2006 was 47 for men and 44 for women compared with 54 and 46
in December 2005. The average age of all partners in 2006 was highest in England (46) and lowest in Northern
Ireland (41). The average age was 45 in Wales and 44 in Scotland.

Those statistics highlight just how important this legislation has been as long-term couples finally have the chance to
see their relationships have a legal standing. There's also of course the many legal benefits that couples receive
once forming a civil partnership.

London had the highest proportion of male civil partnerships with more than three times as many male partnerships
(3,429) formed as female (1,059) up to the end of 2006. Yorkshire and The Humber and the East Midlands were the
only regions where more women than men registered a partnership.

London was the most popular region within the UK in which to register a partnership between December 2005 and
the end of 2006. A quarter of all civil partnerships took place in London, whereas the region accounts for only 12 per
cent of the UK adult population.

Areas in which the largest number of civil partnership formations took place were Greater Manchester Metropolitan
County (734) Brighton and Hove Unitary Authority (689) and the London Borough of Westminster (602). The
proportion of male partnerships in these areas was 59, 66 and 85 per cent respectively.

 Pink Weddings have produced figures that show the most popular places to hold a civil partnership and it's another
title victory for Manchester over Chelsea as Greater Manchester tops the table. Brighton and Hove come second
and Westminster third but some of the others to make the top ten might just surprise you.

West Yorkshire comes 4th followed by the West Midlands in fifth. It's back to London and Kensington and Chelsea
for 6th Kent is in 7th, Islington 8th and in 9th is Surrey (where Pink Weddings are based) with Hampshire in 10th
place. Edinburgh is the most popular city for civil partnerships in Scotland and unsurprisingly it's Cardiff topping the
table in Wales.

Commenting on the results, Gino Meriano Founder of Pink Weddings says: "The top ten only represents 27% of the
total number of Civil Partnerships formed. We should not forget the places across the UK that may not have hit the
charts (so to speak) but should still be recognised such as York, Bristol, Cornwall and Suffolk which all appear in the
top fifty, in addition let's celebrate and recognise every single couple that have formed a Civil partnership to help
demonstrate the inclusion of same sex families in modern society."

For more information go to
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traditional reception for both straight and same sex            Travel to have been given the title of The Official Pink
ceremonies. The company's combined experience of                Wedding Travel Agent, and I am delighted that our
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                                        Jabberwocky             now, it is a natural step to now start offering honeymoons
                                        (performer's            to this brand new, exciting wedding market".
                                        agency) brings
                                        to the table a          Gino Meriano Founder of Pink Weddings says "It's an
                                        creative   edge         exciting time for us, Charter Travel truly understands
                                        which is unlikely       equality and acceptance, and this is about booking
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As Performance Director Phoebe Oliver explains "Having
sourced performers for various different corporate and          Charter Travel are specialists in countries such as The
private events (and having a great deal of fun in the           USA, Australia, New Zealand, Asia, Mauritius, Thailand,
process) I began to see a strong pattern of interest            Mexico, The Caribbean and most European destinations,
coming from the wedding scene - indeed most of my               with a vast knowledge of cruising, golfing, skiing,
business last year came directly from this market - hence       trekking, walking, safari adventures or a worldwide tailor
the birth of Theatrical Weddings. Nowadays people are           made holiday. They offer a unique Honeypot gift list that
really seeing the benefit of adding a little touch of the       allows your family and friends to contribute towards your
theatrical to the more traditional style reception to make it   honeymoon or special occasion, more information at
truly memorable for both themselves and their guests. 
From Elvis serenading you down the isle for the Las
Vegas theme to guests staying the night in specially
erected Tepees for the cowboy              theme—Theatrical
                                                                      Embark with Pink Weddings
Weddings has it all!"                                             Pink Weddings partners with Embark
Theatrical theme ideas include Roaring 1920‘s, Swinging
Sixties, Vegas Baby, Brighton Rocks, Cowboy Chic,       "Gay holidays are changing and definitely do not have to
Winter Wonderland, Sand And Surf, Circus Circus and forinvolve sand dunes! We understand this better than
the more risqué partnerships - Burlesque. These are just
                                                       anyone. So, now it's time for a change!" says Ben
a few ideas and the theme ca be tailored for any couples
                                                       Couldridge, Sales Manager for Embark the new travel
desires. The company's services also include themed    company offering exciting and unique holiday
invitation design and distribution, bespoke catering and
                                                       experiences to the gay traveller. Embark has partnered
bar to compliment the chosen theme, contemporary       with market leaders Pink Weddings Ltd, to offer couples
photography and a wedding website from which the       a diverse and sophisticated choice of honeymoon and
guests can view maps, weddings lists and images after  holiday options. Gino Meriano, Campaigner and Founder
the event. As Event Director Laura Harrison explains   of Pink Weddings says "Couples demand something
"Having worked on corporate events for years I know howunique and special for their honeymoon or overseas
important visual impact and originality is to making anceremony, over the past five years we have been looking
event memorable. Through our previous event work we    for something different from a gay travel company.
have built up strong relationships with many Brighton  Embark present a fresh approach, flexibility and tailor-
based venues allowing us to give varied options from   made options that suits the modern traveller". Embark
marrying on the Pier to opulence and grandeur of one ofoffers a selection of options including Spa holidays,
the stately seafront hotels. This is a really exciting Adventure holidays to Canada and Switzerland, River
venture as it really allows us as a company to work with
                                                       Boat cruise, Ski breaks, as well as a "Bespoke" travel
the client's imagination to create their ideal day."   service where couples can tailor make any holiday
                                                       including special events and private chartering. More
For more information call either Phoebe 07970739695 or information at
Laura on 07765258146.
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                                                                    Norwich , an historic walled city, with its theatre,
     New Lesbian Orientated B&B                                     cosmopolitan shops and restaurants is 35 minutes to
           opens in Diss                                            the north with convenient park and ride, and served
                                                                    by local bus routes. Thetford with its medieval
                                                                    buildings is 30 minutes away.
If you're looking for a much needed break, why not try the
Woolsey Bridge Farm in Diss, Norfolk. The South Norfolk There is a wealth of interesting sites to visit from
farmhouse dates back to 1650 and has been completely Woolsey Bridge Farm, including:• The Norfolk
restored and re-opened as a Lesbian Orientated B&B.               Broads, the Waveney Valley , Constable Country and
                                                                  the lovely Sunshine Coast are easily accessible by
Woolsey Bridge Farm B&B is owned and run by Sam Sample car. A number of golf courses are nearby and it's
and Susan McCulloch. Sam grows much of the fruit and excellent cycling and walking country and there are
vegetables which are used by Sue in the kitchen. Sam was numerous RSPB reserves ideal for avid bird
born and brought up on a farm in Wiltshire and has given up watchers. Beyond the main garden is a market
her successful career in agricultural finance to 'live the dream' garden which Sam is developing from scratch. An
- living and working in the country. Sue has also had quite a orchard of fruit trees and soft fruits has been planted,
different career appearing all over the world as an opera and the vegetable patch will soon be in production.
singer and is now one of the leading classical voice teachers
in the country. However she has also catered professionally, The produce served will be home grown or locally
something she is equally passionate about.                        sourced. Food allergies, intolerances, vegetarian and
                                                          diabetic meals can be arranged, in advance, if
There is an oak beamed Dining Room (where breakfast and required.       For more information go to
evening meals are served), with a wood burning stove in a
large inglenook fireplace and views over the garden.
Breakfasts and optional evening meals are available. Home
produced or locally sourced ingredients are used wherever             Gay Tourism gets a boost in
Breakfast might typically be any combination of the following:
fruit compote, fruit juice or fresh fruit; home mixed muesli or     The boom in gay travel has encouraged the body
porridge; scrambled eggs with smoked salmon; pancakes               responsible for promoting gay tourism worldwide to
with smoked bacon and maple syrup or a Full English                 expand its European activities. The International Gay
Breakfast with any of the following: local black bacon              and Lesbian Tourism Association (IGLTA) has just
(molasses and ale cured); mushrooms; tomatoes; eggs;                appointed its first full-time European Sales and
bubble and squeak; fried bread; baked beans, or; vegetarian         Marketing Manager. Carlos Kytka will be responsible
                                           s a us a g es . H om e   for ensuring that the gay travel trade is widely
                                           made bread and toast     recognised as a major sector of the tourism industry.
                                           or croissants with       He will work with bodies such as national tourist
                                           home made preserves      boards, tourism schools and government departments
                                           and marmalade.           so that they recognise the strength of the sector. He
                                                                    will also help them to develop the facilities and
                                        The farm has been attitudes necessary to attract gay tourists.
                                        tastefully modernised
                                        to provide comfortable Gay tourism is a booming sector of the travel market.
                                        B&B       en      s u i t e Research estimates that the gay community has a
                                        a c c o m m o d a t i o n . total spending power of around $610 billion in the
                                        There      are     three USA alone and $27 billion in the UK. The research
                                        double bedrooms. All also showed that the gay community has a much
rooms have thermostatically controlled central heating as well higher propensity to travel than heterosexuals. In
as tea and coffee making facilities, flat screen TV with DVD America, 97% of gay people took a holiday each
and bedside touch lights. The Walnut Room and The Oak year, against a national average of 64%. And 84% of
Room are both en suite double or twin rooms with views over gay people in America hold a passport, compared
the garden including the orchard, which has several cherry with just 29% of the general population. Europe
trees growing; there is also a majestic oak tree at the remains the top destination for gay travellers. The
entrance to the drive and a delightful mature weeping willow growth of cheap airlines has dramatically increased
tree by the pond. The Willow Room is a cosy double bedded the number of short breaks within Europe. And in a
room with a private bath room, comprising a wc, basin and recent poll in an American gay travel magazine,
large bath.                                                         readers voted Italy their favourite destination and
                                                                    Paris their favourite city. "The importance of gay
The farm is 10 minutes from Diss, a small market town in tourism is already being recognised by many national
south Norfolk with a good range of small independent shops tourist boards" says Carlos. "Visit Britain, Maison de
and a vibrant Friday market. There is a delightful old la France and many others already run promotional
coaching inn (The Burston Crown) within walking distance. campaigns specifically aimed at gay people". And
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individual cities are competing with each other to attract gay        include travel guides in he near future and if you
visitors. "Each year the IGLTA runs fact-finding visits for gay       have any suggestions for areas to be covered then
tour operators to cities wanting to promote themselves as             just contact the website. The latest Government
destinations for gay people" says Carlos, "In recent years            Travel Advice can also be found via the site as well
European cities, such as Lisbon, Antwerp, Cologne and                 as currency rates and the all-important weather.
Viareggio have all enthusiastically hosted symposia with us".         They do ask you, the people who stay in many, many
                                                                      places, to let them know who you use and your
"There is clear evidence that now is the right time to expand         experiences with any accommodation provider, even
our efforts in Europe" said John Tanzella, the IGLTA's                if they are not currently included in our lists. They are
Executive Director, "and we are very excited to announce the          constantly expanding our database and will greatly
addition of Carlos to our team. This now gives the IGLTA              value your input, whether it is personal experience or
regional managers in Europe, the USA and Australia". Carlos           a source of additional recommendations they can
will also be looking to increase the number of European gay           refer you to.
travel businesses joining the IGLTA, whose membership now
stands at over 1,000 companies worldwide. "It is important for
gay tourism that we are a strong organisation so that we are
appreciated by the wider tourist industry" said Carlos. "But at
                                                                        Go Cruising in 2008 on a ship
the same time it's good for our individual members to mix with               you’ll never forget
other gay travel companies from all over the world and learn
from each other". For more information go to                 Jetline cruises are experts in exploiting the special
                                                                           offer cruise only deals that the cruise lines bring out
     Helping Find Gay Friendly                                             on cruises they want to push They can offer
                                                                           unbelievable rates that are far below the brochure
      Rooms just got easier                                                prices and far beyond the expectations of the public.
                                                                           In August 2008 there's a 10 night Mediterranean
                                                                           cruise leaving from Southampton especially for the
After four years of research building http:// gay community. The Independence of the Seas will, the largest source of gay and gay be the newest and
                             f r i e n d l y r o o m s a v a i l a b l e , largest ship afloat
                    has w h i c h                          a
                             finally been launched and offers b r e a t h t a k i n g
                             the most secure, unique and range of facilities
                             innovative gay friendly hotel i n c l u d i n g :
                             booking service available.                    Flowrider Surfing ,
                                                                           18 Hole mini golf
                             Managing Director, David Salvidge course , Rock
says "As far as I am aware we are the only booking facility in Climbing wall , ice
the world to be able to filter search results and highlight our s k a t i n g            rink,
vetted selection. Other online databases can only offer up shopping mall and
their entire inventory and claim all providers are gay-friendly. much more. This
That's not possible, because we know that many providers c r u i s e                    visits
claim to offer gay-friendly services - yet the reality is different." G i b r a l t a r       ,
                                                                           B a r c e l o n a
 The site has an online booking facility but the long-term ( o v e r n i g h t )              ;
desire of the company has been to create a gay friendly Lisbon , Vigo and
booking system that can utilise the established hotel booking returns to Southampton.
systems and databases. With he help of technology company
GoQuo, this has now been achieved. The future will see an Prices start from Just £899pp and if you book before
expansion of the range of accommodation offered and the 31st July you can save £100 per person. There is
content and information provided that will enable you to book also free car parking in Southampton and free
accommodation knowing that it will be genuinely interested in entrance to a leading nightclub in Barcelona.
your well being whilst staying at their premises.
                                                                            A range of events are being organised including
There's a search panel on the home page allowing you to find regular daytime get-togethers to catch up on the
a selection of hotels that have rooms available for when you events of the cruise so far. Open seating at dinner
want to travel. Those at the top of the list have all been has been arranged to help you increase your circle of
identified as being gay friendly and are identified by the friends as much as possible. In addition to this they
"selected by" logo. All other available will also be promoting the latest offers from RSVP
hotels are listed below                                                    vacations. Having just experienced the first ever gay
                                                                           cruise on the Cunard QM2 at the beginning of June
If you need more specific information then you can fill in a from New York to Southampton - this is a fabulous
Travel Package Information Request Form. The site will also company to holiday with. For more information go to
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 Lonely Planet launch Encounter Series aiming to get you to
                 the heart of the city quickly

If you're off on your travels and need a pocket size guide that will help make your visit that little bit easier, then look
no further than Lonely Planet's Encounter Series. Launched last month
there are so far guides to Dublin, Barcelona, Hong Kong, Istanbul, Las
Vegas, London, New York, Paris and San Francisco. Lonely Planet's
Travel Editor, Tom Hall, says of the new guides: "We've developed the
series by listening to what travellers want, and responded by putting
together guides that help readers to travel the way they want to, helping
them to enjoy unique experiences and get to the heart of the city
quickly. "

The new Encounter guides are researched and written by locals who
have lived in each city. The guides also include insider tips from other
locals in the know: the London guide features tips from a leading
mixologist on the cocktails London does best, the San Francisco guide
includes tips from Craigslist founder Craig Newmark, the Dublin guide
includes advice from local fashion designer Leigh Tucker and the Las
Vegas guide has tips from a dealer at the MGM Grand.

Following feedback from travellers, more unusual recommendations will
appear alongside popular attractions and sites. "The guides will contain
all the high profile sites many travellers will want to see but alongside
them, we will offer information on hidden treasures of each city, to
create excitement and a sense of discovery. The reviews are also
honest and discerning - if something is not worth doing, we will say so," says Tom.

What makes the guides so useful are that the listings are arranged by neighbourhood and accommodation
information has been greatly pared down. Recommendations for which neighbourhood to stay in, details for quality
accommodation booking sites and simple lists of recommended hotels by theme will replace the accommodation
chapter. Each Encounter guide will also feature a full-colour pull-out city map.

The intuitive maps are detachable allowing readers to navigate the city with ease. They include street indexes, bus
routes as well as where to find the nearest underground tube station.

Unique features of Lonely Planet's Encounters (that cost £6.99 and are in full colour) include a free pull-out full-
colour map (54mm x 228mm) of the city that allows quick navigation. The guides are organised by Neighbourhood so
that travellers can see the best on offer in an area, rather than dipping into many different sections of a guide. A City
Diary takes the reader to the best events and festivals around, with weblinks for further information.

An Itineraries chapter allows the reader to plan their time according to their length of stay, their preferences and
budget. The Background' section provides essential information on the city's history, environment and personality
and 'Snapshots' allow readers to access information by their interests or themes.

.These really are invaluable guides, I took one with me when I went up to London recently (OK I just can't afford to
go to San Francisco at the moment) and the information in the guide proved a great help. For more information go to

                      Fancy a Summer Break at Hamilton Hall?
Hamilton Hall in Bournemouth is the most innovative venue for gay and bisexual men in Europe. They offer a wide
range of workshop weekends, full details of which will be in our next edition. In the meantime why not pop down to
the hotel for a Summertime special. Three nights at Hamilton Hall between Monday and Thursday costs just £60.

                                 For more information go to
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                                           Our Lives
                                           Our Past
                                  A look back at LGBT History
                                          The Road to 1967
So how are you enjoying your life? A night in your favourite gay bar perhaps with the person you've just signed the
civil partnership register with? Perhaps you're on leave from the armed forces and spending as much time as you
can with your adopted child? It all sounds good to me but what if you were living pre-1967? There'd have been some
gay bars to go to but the threat of a police raid and being arrested were ever-present. A gay wedding was just a
pipedream as was adoption. If you were in the armed forces you'd be forever wondering if the fact you were gay or
lesbian might be discovered and you'd be thrown out. The fear of arrest and blackmail would have dominated your
life in the closet, so how did everything change?

On July 27th it's the 40th anniversary of the partial legalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales. A lot of
articles leave out the word 'partial' but this article won't and the reason why will be explained later. So what was life
like before 1967 and how did reform finally come about? Join me on the road (it may well be a yellow bricked one) to

The long and winding road (that'd be a great title for a song you know, oops too late) begins way back in time. In
1290 there was the first mention in English Common Law that homosexuality should be punished. In 1533 it was
decided that sodomy should be punishable by hanging and that wasn't repealed until 1861. A light at the end of the
tunnel? Nor for long because in 1885 the Criminal Law Amendment Act included the infamous Labouchere
Amendment that created the offence of gross indecency. It read: "Any male person, who in public or in private
commits...any act of gross indecency with another male person shall be guilty of misdemeanour, and being convicted
thereof, shall be liable.. to be imprisoned for any term not exceeding one year with or without hard labour.'

       Conservative Home Secretary, Sir David Maxwell Fyfe, declared that
           "homosexuals are exhibitionists and a danger to others."

Originally the Bill was due to deal with the problems of child prostitution (it raised the legal age of consent from 13 to
16) and one MP questioned whether this amendment had anything to do with that original intention. The Speaker
declared that any amendment would be debated if Parliament approved. The Attorney General felt that the
amendment didn't go far enough and the maximum sentence should be doubled. Labouchere agreed and it was
raised to two years ( a sentence Oscar Wilde received in 1895 with hard labour) For the first time ever all sexual
acts between men were criminalized. It soon became known as 'The Blackmailer's Charter' as the law didn't require
any witnesses to the illegal act so a man could be convicted on the strength of a blackmailer's accusations.

Prosecutions followed and in 1938 the number of arrests for homosexual offences was 956. In 1952 though it had
risen dramatically to 3,757. Worse was to come because in October 1952 Sir John Nott Bower was appointed
Commissioner of Police at Scotland Yard and he was never destined to become a LAGLO that's for sure. In
Parliament the Conservative Home Secretary, Sir David Maxwell Fyfe, declared that "homosexuals are exhibitionists
and a danger to others." He made it clear that while he was in office he would "give no countenance to the view that
they should not be prevented from being such a danger." The following year Nott Bower announced that police
activity against homosexuals should be toughened up throughout the country.

Can you imagine what the life of a male homosexual was like at that time? Certainly it was anything but gay. On
major problem was the fact that if a man was arrested the police would question you to try and find out the names of
other homosexuals. Names in address books, letters etc created other prosecutions. Just think what that would be
like today. Send a text message or call a gay friend and that information would be used to convict them. Gay rights
campaigner and founder of CHE (Campaign for Homosexual Equality), Alan Horsfall, compare this to an
"unexploded bomb in the cellar." There's a poignant moment in Claire Summerskill's play 'Gateway to Heaven' in
which a gay man remarks that he's never sent a love letter in his life.

It wasn't just the politicians and police who were making life difficult for homosexual men. In 1954 medical journal
'The Practitioner' suggested that homosexuals should be sent to remote Scottish Islands where the "natural and
bracing climate would strengthen their resolve."
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Court cases often recommended that the guilty homosexual should be given medical treatment to help rid
themselves of their homosexuality. Alan Turing (of whom there's more about on page ) who cracked the Enigma
Code during World War Two was a prime example. Arnold Murray, a 19-year old recent acquaintance of his helped
an accomplice to break into Turing‘s house. Turing reported the crime but the police were more interested in his
relationship with Murray and charged him with gross indecency. He was given the choice between imprisonment or
probation as long as he had hormonal treatment. He chose the latter but the conviction caused him to lose his job at
GCHQ. In 1954 he died from cyanide poisoning, possibly through a half-eaten cyanide-laced apple, though his
mother claimed it was an accident.

Politicians and actors were also prosecuted including Sir John Gielgud who was arrested after being caught
cottaging in Chelsea Mews. There were calls to strip him off the knighthood he‘d been given the year before.
However, the next time he appeared on stage he was given a standing ovation as he walked on stage. It‘s believed
though that the conviction he received seriously affected the amount of work he did in America as there was a
possibility he may have been refused entry into the country.

In 1954 Lord Montagu of Beaulieu was jailed for homosexual offences and the push for law reform began to grow.
People charged with offences were on occasion so scared and humiliated that they committed suicide before their
court case. Others just wanted their cases dealt with as quickly as possible and of course the threat of blackmail
was ever-present.

Also in 1954 the Church of England‘s Moral Welfare Council published ‗The Problem of Homosexuality: An Interim
Report.‘ It argued that although homosexuality was a sin, so were adultery and fornication but they weren‘t illegal.
They agreed that the law simply encouraged blackmail, police corruption and suicides. It certainly wasn‘t acting as a
deterrent if that was the intention the law had. They called for an official inquiry and a change in the law.

By now the Home Secretary was Sir Hugh Lucas-Tooth and in April 1954 he announced that a committee was to be
launched. Four months later the Wolfenden Committee began its work, Sir John Wolfenden was the Vice-Chairman
of Reading University and the committee was given the job of looking at homosexual reform and prostitution (legend
is that Wolfenden called them ‗Huntley and Palmer‘ so as not to embarrass his secretary). The Committee included
MP‘s, two High Court Judges, Doctors, lawyers and members of the church. It held 62 meetings and heard
submissions from over 200 organisations and individuals. Wolfenden wasn‘t exactly a great supporter of
homosexuals but the fact his son was gay is felt to have increased his desire to help our cause.

On September4th 1957 the Wolfenden Report was published and recommended that homosexual behaviour in
private between consenting adults over the age of 21 should be decriminalized. It simply wasn‘t the law‘s business
to ‗settle questions of morality to interfere in the private lives of citizens.‘ It also declared that homosexuality should
not be classified as a disease as had been the case since 1897.

The following month The Archbishop of Canterbury, Dr Geoffrey Fisher spoke in support of the Wolfenden Report,
saying ―There is a sacred realm of privacy…into which the laws, generally speaking, must not intrude. This is a
principle of the utmost importance for the preservation of human freedom, self respect and responsibility.‖ So the
Wolfenden Report was in place and the Church were in favour of its findings but there was to be no swift
implementation of the Report in Parliament. The Report‘s recommendations on prostitution became law inside
eighteen months, though probably because they tightened the existing laws. So just why did we have to wait until
July 1967 for the Sexual Offences Act to partially legalise homosexuality in England and Wales?

One reason was that many Labour MP‘s were scared of losing their union sponsorship if they supported the new law.
MP H Montgomery Hyde was deselected by his constituency after speaking in favour of legalisation and was told that
they didn‘t want an MP who ―condoned natural vice.‖

The first parliamentary debate on the findings of the Wolfenden Report took place in December 1957 in the House of
Lords. Of the 17 peers who spoke in the debate, eight supported the reports recommendations. However, the Lord
Chancellor, Lord Kilmuir speaking on behalf of the Government said that he doubted there was much public support
for legalisation and suggested further research to be carried out. A great time delayer if ever there was one.

1958 saw a letter appear in ‗The Times‘ calling for the law go be changed and signed by 33 distinguished people.
The same year the Home Office asked sociologist Richard Hauser to survey homosexuality in Great Britain. Also that
year the Homosexual Law Reform Society (HLRS) was founded and campaigned in earnest for the implementation
of the Wolfenden Committee‘s recommendations.

Between 1958 and 1967 the issue was debated six times in Parliament but the arrests continued. One chain
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prosecution in Nottingham in 1961 saw 23 men charged and a man aged over 70 given a one year jail sentence
simply because he was homosexual.

In 1960 a Private Member‘s Bill was introduced by Labour MP Kenneth Robinson, who was also a member of the
HLRS. It was defeated by a majority of 114. Two years later another Labour MP, Leo Abse proposed a Private
Members Bill that was also defeated.

The following year the movie ‗Victim‘ was released. Starring Dirk Bogarde it gave the public a stark realization of
what homosexual life was like in Britain as it dealt with the story of a Barrister who was being blackmailed because of
his sexuality.

1964 saw signs that change was just around the corner. The Pro-Tory Daily Telegraph called for the law to be
reformed. The following year Labour returned to power under the leadership of Harold Wilson and it seemed reform
was going to happen.

However, there was a problem, Labour‘s majority in the Commons was just 5 and the slightest rebellion by Labour
MP‘s would defeat any bill. In 1965 Lord Arran introduced a bill into the Lords and a majority of nearly two to one
saw it passed despite the views of Viscount Montgomery (Monty) who called homosexuality ―abominable bestiality‖
and suggested an age of consent of 80. Speaking in favour of the bill, The Marquess of Queensbury was boxing
clever and said ―I believe these laws will be changed and that when my children are grown up they will be amazed
that laws of this sort could have existed in the middle of the twentieth century.‖ Reform was close at hand or was it?

The Bill went to the Commons but at committee stage that fragile majority came back to haunt us and Harold Wilson
called a General Election halting the legislation process. We were back to square one or as Lord Arran called it
‗Square nought.‖

Thankfully the Tories didn‘t return to power and Labour had a comfortable working majority of 100. In April 1966 the
Bill returned to the Lords and Leo Abse introduced a similar bill into the House of Commons (a few years later he
tried to ban Alice Cooper from entering the UK). Finally both houses voted in favour of change and the final vote in
the Commons was 244-100 in favour, a majority of 144. On July 27th 1967 the Sexual Offences Act received its
royal assent but in no way was homosexuality fully legalized.

The HLRS had no say in what was put to Parliament and we ended up with an age of consent of 21, three years
more than for heterosexuals. The law only applied to acts between two men, add a third partner and it was illegal.
There was also confusion over what ‗in private‘ actually meant. More importantly the law only applied to England
and Wales. You couldn‘t exactly say that the law represented approval of homosexuality. Lord Arran‘s final
statement to the Lords included the comments ―Homosexuals must continue to remember that while there may be
nothing bad in being a homosexual there is certainly nothing good‖ and at the best homosexuals will still be objects
of ―dislike, derision and at best self-pity.‖

In the years to come CHE (Campaign for Homosexual Equality) and the Gay Liberation Front campaigned for a
better law. Amazingly it wasn‘t until 1979 that the law applied to Scotland, 22 years after the Wolfenden Committee
made its report. That only happened after cases were taken to the European Court who would prove to be a great
friend to our community in the years to come. Derek Ogg MP wondered what would happen to two homosexuals
who travelled by train to Scotland overnight. ―Is the conductor supposed to blow his whistle at Carlisle?‖

The proposed law for Scotland initially had a mistake in it as it allowed more than two men to have sex legally. It was
changed after the gay press put out a headline saying it would allow gay orgies.

In 1977 Lord Arran failed to get the age of consent reduced to 18. Meanwhile in Northern Ireland it wasn‘t until
1982, a quarter of a century after the Wolfenden Report was published that male homosexuality was decriminalized.
That didn‘t please the Rev. Ian Paisley who had set up the group ‗Save Ulster from Sodomy.‘ It wasn‘t until 1992
that the Isle of Man changed the law.

The 1980‘s saw the formation of Stonewall after the introduction of Section 28 and that wasn‘t repealed until 2003.
We had to wait until 1994 for the age of consent to go down to 18 but still unequal and equality at 16 didn‘t become
law until 2001. Many more reforms have taken place since then and this year saw the introduction of the Equality
Act. It‘s been a long road to equality and there‘s still some mileage to travel. Enjoy that peaceful night in the pub but
on July 27th make sure you mark the historical nature of the day in some way and remember all those who suffered
before 1967 and those who helped change the law.
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On June 19th a statue commemorating Alan Turing was unveiled at Bletchley Park. Alan Turing was the inspirational
mathematician at the heart of Bletchley Park's code breaking successes during World War Two. Before he died in
January 2006, the late Mr Sidney E Frank, an American billionaire, commissioned the internationally renowned
sculptor Mr Stephen Kettle to create a statue in memory of Alan Turing. The one and a half ton, life-size statue of
Alan Turing is made from approximately half a million individual pieces of five hundred million year old Welsh slate
and bears a faultless resemblance to the great man.

In October 2005, Sidney Frank decided to champion Alan Turing's memory and achievements through a project
initiated by the Bletchley Park Trust.

Alan Turing arrived at Bletchley Park in September 1939 and was soon pursuing his idea of building a machine that
would break the Enigma key. He became head of the small Naval Enigma team in Hut 8 and contributed greatly to
the breaking of the German Naval Enigma by December 1939. By August 1940, Turing, together with his friend and
colleague, Gordon Welchman, had brought the idea of an Enigma code breaking
machine to fruition with the construction of the Turing-Welchman Bombe, which
speeded up the process of breaking into the daily Enigma keys.

Historians agree that the work of the codebreakers at Bletchley Park effectively
helped to shorten the war by two years, saving countless lives. Although, Alan
Turing received the OBE for his wartime achievements, he died tragically in 1954
at the age of only 41, having received no public recognition of the colossal
contribution he made to the outcome of the war and the computer age that was to

Mr Simon Greenish, Director of Bletchley Park Trust, heralded the statue as a
fitting and timely tribute to Turing. He continued, "Alan Turing is universally
recognised as the founding father of the modern computer and one of the pre-
eminent unsung intellectual warriors of the twentieth century. With the help of the
Sidney E Frank Foundation and the brilliance of sculptor, Stephen Kettle,
Bletchley Park is now home to an exquisite and magnificent memorial to the genius of Turing."

Next month as part of BBC Four's 'Science You Can't See' season, 'Dangerous Knowledge' looks at the stories of a
number of mathematicians who have made amazing discoveries and achievements yet have seen their lives afflicted
by madness, sometimes ending in suicide.

During the film, presenter and producer David Malone pays homage to four great thinkers whose lives ended in
tragedy, but whose ideas have profoundly influenced the nature of our age. This includes Alan Turing as well as
Georg Cantor, Ludwig Bolzmann and Kurt Godel.

The film also talks to the latest in the line of thinkers who have continued to pursue the question of whether there are
things that mathematics and the human mind cannot know. The programme can be seen on August 8th on BBC
Four at 9pm. For more information go to

      Would you like to help the Portsmouth LGBT History
                         Month Group?

                       Contact the Chair, Steve Ashfield at
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                           Gay Life on the Ocean Wave
                     ‗The Mag Online‘ interviews Dr Jo Stanley

If you‘re in Southampton between now an the start of September the place to head for is the Maritime Museum
where the exhibition ‗Hello Sailor!‘ cab be seen until September 9th. The exhibition highlights the important part that
life on board passenger and merchant ships played in the lives of gay men at a time when homosexuality was still
illegal in the United Kingdom.

                               Previously seen in Liverpool last year at the Merseyside Maritime Museum, it‘s based
                               on research carried out for the book 'Hello Sailor! The Hidden History of Gay Life at
                               Sea' by Jo Stanley and Paul Baker, the exhibition reveals a little known aspect of the
                               history of the merchant navy and includes archive material from the internationally
                               recognised Southampton Oral History Unit.

                               While it was still illegal to be gay at home life on board ship was totally different. The
                               exhibition shows what the cabins were like and has photos of the amazingly camp
                               parties that used to be held. You can hear ‗Julian and Sandy‘ from ‗Round the Horne‘
                               as an example of the Polari that used to be used on board ship and there are oral
                               history tapes recorded by former seafarers and film of the gay wedding of two former
                               seafarers who have been together since 1974. There are photographs and other
                               ephemera from the period such as hand-made posters advertising shows.

                               Gay seafarers have drawn maps for the exhibition from memory showing where they
                               could find gay bars in ports around the world. There are examples of Polari - a secret
                               language used by gay men in public places.

As the exhibition opened in Southampton I had the chance to speak to Dr Jo Stanley about the exhibition and just
how important a life on the ocean wave became for our community.

So how did Jo first become interested in maritime history? ―My dad was in the Royal Navy in the war so I heard all
these stories about the times he had and in these stories there were only two sorts of women; women who were
these bits of stuff and women who wee homely landladies and gave you big portions of food. I thought there's go to
be a story somewhere. So that's when I got started nosing into women at sea which was in the 70s really. I was
interviewing stewardesses and because I was married to a seafarer I was hearing stories about this extraordinary
sub culture. Guys who might be terribly butch and respectful in the daytime but at night they dressed like glamorous
Hollywood movie starlets, you know, with wonderful dresses that they bought in New York.

I thought someone needs to do something about this and I thought it was more appropriate for a gay man to do it, so
I kept on telling people in the maritime world about it and then I came across Paul Baker who was already working on
Polari and that's when we decided to collaborate and we first did a paper at a conference in Fremantle and then we
did the book and that's how it all happened really. It's been great for me that the gay guys have been totally ok to

It hasn‘t been a short process though. ―I think it must have been in 1972 when I thought this subject deserves more
attention. I was thinking a book, an exhibition and a play, that's what we needed. So we've got two of them sorted
and there's just the play and hopefully that'll happen some time."

The exhibition shows what life was like on board Merchant Navy and passenger ships but was it a different story in
the Royal Navy where it was still illegal to be gay. ―"There were lots of gay guys in the Royal Navy and I've spoken
to guys in the Merchant Navy who I have talked to and told me they have had sex with Royal Navy seafarers and lots
of stories about Royal Navy seafarers queuing up at the stage door in Portsmouth for shows."

So just what was life like on board the passenger ships? ―It could be really camp. Lots of guys said they camped
their tits off across the Atlantic and back again on merchant ships. It was easier than on freight ships, on the cargo
ships there seemed to be less of a camp culture, there wasn't the opportunity to do shows and there weren't the
passengers to perform to. You wanted to be able to flaunt and flirt with the passengers at the dining table as you
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worked. Dining rooms for camp stewards was their theatre.‖

This greatly helped young gay men who found life on shore a nightmare because of the laws against homosexuality.
"It was wonderful for developing gay men's sense of solidarity at a time when you felt really isolated on shore and
troubled, it was what's wrong with me? But on ship it was what's wrong with the straights?"

As gay men found life becoming increasingly difficult on shore more and more chose a life on ship as their escape. ―If
you wanted to be out or even just explore your sexual orientation a ship was the place to be. a passenger ship
especially P&O was the way to do it. I guess the only other option was theatre but theatre has got a reputation of
being posh and you thought you might have to go to drama school for three years and get a RADA qualification so
ships were the way for ordinary guys to get a gay world."

One of the exhibits shows Rock Hudson attending one of the shows that was put
on by the gay crew. Considering the constant rumours about his sexuality I
wondered (while wearing my tabloid journalist hat) if attending those shows might
fan the flames. "Well not really. I don't see that as being a particular gay gesture.
Lots of people from first class used to like to go to the crew bar because they had a
better time there and let their hair down, so what he was doing was seen as normal
or even democratic. How nice this star is coming down to meet us.

To be honest it's a good point but I don't think they saw it like that at the time
unless he gave people the eye or went back with someone to their cabin. But I
think it was just seen as the knobs coming down to see the plebs at play."

In our next edition we‘ll have an article on the use of Polari by the gay community.
That was certainly important on board ship, especially if you wanted a good gossip.
"Polari was in the 50s and 60s was a well known gay language around the world and was used in 'Round the Horne'.
It was used a lot on ship by the gay guys, and also by the straight guys, but mainly by the gay guys to talk about
passengers behind their backs and to talk about their fanciability."

It wasn‘t just life on board ship that helped gay men, it was the places they visited as well. "I think it was a terrific
education particularly South East Asia where it was so accepted especially in places like Singapore. I think for a
young gay man coming to terms with is sexual orientation the first thing that was helpful was this wonderful gay
community on ship and acceptance by passengers and senior officers. Then there was seeing that British attitudes
weren't the only attitudes to homosexuals and other countries accepted it very well and it was tolerated and cross
dressing seemed very normal."

Gradually ports such as Portsmouth and Southampton showed signs of change, was this due to the returning gay
seafarers? "It's hard to know how to attribute that to seafaring but I think it would have played a huge part actually,
all along the south coast really. Wherever seafarers lived and when they came back, they not only brought back their
knowledge, their education but they also brought back objects, novels about gay seafarers which did tend to be fairly
pornographic at that time but that was all that was available at the time."

As I mentioned the exhibition opened in Liverpool last year, how has it been received? "Generally it's been
extremely positive and members of the gay community have been coming back and bringing their friends. We did
get some hostility from senior ex-seafaring officers, which then died down. There was one elderly gentleman who
came downstairs shaking after seeing it and complained to uniformed staff. There was one family who complained,
the mother thought that her children shouldn't see it, but in general it's been received extremely well and it's been
taken on its own terms which is a light hearted representation and not a very sexual one."

During all the research that was carried out for the book (which we review in our next edition) was there anything that
shocked Jo? "I was shocked to find that even some captains were gay and that one even wore leathers and went to
a gay bar in St Martins Lane in London.

 I was really shocked at the extent of passenger tolerance and I thought what really impressed me and gave me
hope for the human race was how much acceptance by straight people there was despite the homophobia on shore
in the 50s and 60s. I think if people can transcend hostility on ship then maybe they can transcend it in other places
too. You know there is hope, hope for the human race really‖

For more information about the exhibition go to
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                 IN THE SPOTLIGHT
          The Mag Online Entertainment Guide
                         Kylie Exhibition to open in Manchester
If you missed the recent Kylie Minogue exhibition at the V&A Museum in London, the good news is that the exhibition
can be seen at the Manchester Art Gallery this summer from

The exhibition, which was first seen in Melbourne, features many of the costumes Kylie has worn during her concert
tours plus album covers, photographs, music and video. It shows how Kylie, as a performer, has used her wardrobe
to create an image that is known worldwide.

Manchester Art Gallery is the only venue in the north of England to be hosting the exhibition, which includes over 300
objects relating to Kylie's performing career. On display will be over 40 costumes and around 60 photographs,
including three new outfits that have not previously been shown as part of the exhibition in the UK. These new
additions will include the dress designed by Alexander McQueen for the video Chocolate (2004) and the outfit
designed by Boy George for Kylie's 2006 Homecoming tour.

There will be a look backstage where visitors can see sketchbooks, designs and video footage showing preparations
for a Kylie tour. They will even be able to get a glimpse inside a recreation of Kylie's dressing room from the Showgirl
Homecoming tour, 2007.

Speaking about the exhibition, Kylie said: "I feel honoured to have my career
documented by this exhibition, and am delighted it will be shown at Manchester
Art Gallery as a free exhibition. I have always enjoyed my visits to Manchester,
especially in the last decade performing at the M.E.N. Arena. It's wonderful to be
part of the city's lively programme of cultural events for the summer".

The exhibition will show Kylie's continually changing image, from 1988 onwards,
from the overalls she wore as Charlene in Neighbours (1988) and the gold lamé
hotpants she wore in her Spinning Around video (2000) to the white hooded
jumpsuit she wore in the video for Can't get you out of my head (2001).

The exhibition will highlight Kylie's collaborations with leading designers, including
Dolce & Gabbana, Julien Macdonald, John Galliano, Helmut Lang and Manolo

 It will also feature costumes Kylie has created herself in collaboration with William Baker, her Manchester-born
creative director and stylist, such as the pink "Dancing Queen" outfit she wore for the Intimate and Live tour (1998).
Synonymous with contemporary style, Evian is proud to sponsor Kylie - The Exhibition. A range of Kylie merchandise
will also be on sale in the gallery shop to accompany the exhibition.

There's also a range of special events taking place while the exhibition is at the art gallery. Every Wednesday during
August between 1 and 3pm, there's the chance to make your own music cover artwork, produce your very own
platinum disc or design music memorabilia inspired by Kylie. Every Thursday in August between 1 and 3pm it's 'Sing
-along-a-Kylie. This is free but you need to reserve your place via the gallery from 12.30pm on the day of the
session. This is a workshop for all you budding pop stars as you sing along to Kylie's greatest hits and make your
own pop star accessories.

Then on Fridays throughout August between 1 and 3pm it's 'Spin Around with Kylie.' Again you need to reserve your
place if you want to learn how to move like the showgirl herself in Kylie-inspired dance workshops and create your
own pop star accessories to take away. The Art Gallery is open from 10am to 5pm on Tuesday-Sunday and Bank
Holiday Mondays. Entry to the exhibition is free but you need to get there early as the gallery may have to restrict
numbers at busy times.

 For more information call 0161 235 8888 or go to The exhibition can be seen from
June 30th to September 2nd, after which is moves to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery in Glasgow from September 21st to
January 13th 2008.
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                                                               Stephen Gateley to tour UK in
       Look Who’s in Bed with                                           ‘Godspell’
             Pam Ann
After a successful UK tour, Caroline Reid returns to Stephen Gateley is to star in a new national tour of the
the Soho Theatre from August 7-26 with her show 'In musical 'Godspell.' The tour travels all over the UK from
Bed with Pam Ann and Friends.'                           September to November and gives Stephen another chance
                                                         to shine in musical theatre after his success in 'Joseph and
For the first time ever, Pam Ann shares the billing with the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat and 'Chitty Chitty
her airline rivals. Susan, a BA bitch with a dark secret Bang Bang' First performed in the 1970s 'Godspell' was
who treats all her passengers as if they were written by John-Michael Tebelak and features a score by
personally responsible for the death of Princess Stephen Schwartz and includes hit songs such as 'Day By
Diana; Donna from EasyJet - cheap and easy all the Day', 'Prepare Ye the Way of the Lord' and 'By My Side.'
way from Cork to Krakow; and a long haul return There are previews at the Key Theatre in Peterborough from
appearance from Lily, a kleptomaniac with high class 10 September and the tour opens at the Manchester Palace
tastes - audiences are warned to watch their Gucci Theatre on 24 September then moving onto Llandudno,
purses.                                                  Darlington, Sunderland, Swansea, Glasgow and Birmingham
                                                         with further dates to be announced. For more information go
As is often the case with Pam Ann's shows there are to or call the tour information line on
several Pam Ann Airlines promotional films made by 01584 873 912. More about the show in future editions of
Hi-Gloss Productions.Caroline is currently also 'The Mag Online.'
developing her first show as herself - "I wanted to be
an Olympic figure skater"
                                                             Bad Girls sentenced to the West End
 Ticket prices range from £12.50 to £20 and can be
booked on 0870 429 6883 or by going to                     Following rave reviews and a hugely successful season at It's best to book in advance as        the West Yorkshire Playhouse last year, the inmates of HMP
savings of at least £2 can be made. The show starts at     Larkhall are breaking out once again as ‗Bad Girls-The
10pm.                                                      Musical‘ serves time in London's West End. The production
                                                           begins previews at the Garrick Theatre from 16 August and
                                                           there‘s a Gala Night on September 13th..
   A Treat awaits for all Kander                           Written by the creators of the award-winning TV series; the
          and Ebb Fans                                     musical features many of the original inhabitants of G-Wing,
                                                           including Jim Fenner, Bodybag, Shell Dockley, Nikki Wade,
                                                           The Two Julies and embattled new Wing Governor Helen
If you love the music of Kander and Ebb, and with                                        Stewart. Never shying from
their hit musicals including Cabaret', 'Chicago' and                                     the darker side of prison life,
'Kiss of the Spiderwoman' it's hard not too, then Trilby                                 the show celebrates the
Productions 'Coloured Lights' is just what you're                                        warmth, compassion and
looking for.                                                                             defiant sense of humour that
                                                                                         can sometimes triumph even
The show reunites the creative team behind the                                           behind bars. The original
successful season of 'Footprints of the Giants' at                                       musical score reflects the
Lauderdale House and 'Jack The Ripper: The Musical'                                      characteristic blend of hard-
by Ron Pember & Denis de Marne at Jermyn Street            hitting drama and heart-warming comedy with a fresh mix of
Theatre. The show is directed by Tim McArthur              funny and moving songs from ballads to showtime including
(who's also one of the four performers in the show)        All Banged Up, One Moment, Jailcraft and Freedom Road.
who's      also   known       for    his    work      at and the resident interviewer        Bad Girls the Musical will feature David Burt as ‗Jim Fenner‘,
for not forgetting of course his alter   Sally Dexter as ‗Yvonne Atkins‘, Nicole Faraday as ‘Shell
-ego 'Sister Mary McArthur' and his outrageous spoof       Dockley‘ (despite playing ‘Snowball‘ in the TV series) a role
of Scooch's 'Flying the Flag' that can be seen at          she has already won a TMA Award for the Best Supporting                         Performance in a Musical in 2006 and Helen Fraser reprises
                                                           her role as Sylvia ‗Body Bag‘ Hollamby. The show can be
The show can be seen at the Greenwich Playhouse            seen Monday to Saturday at 7.30pm with matinees at 3pm
from 21st August to 9th September including Sunday         on Thursdays and Saturdays. Ticket prices range from £25
matinees (apart from the 26th) at 4pm. Tickets cost        to £55 (£10 off during previews) and can be booked on 0870
£11 (£9 concessions) and can be booked on 020 8858         890 1104 /0870 040 0083 or log on to
9256 or by emailing:
For more information go to
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                      On the Road to the Edinburgh Fringe
 Don‘t be surprised if there‘s a distinct lack of comedians and actors in England next month. A whole host of
performers will be making their way to Edinburgh next month for the Edinburgh Fringe and over our first two editions
we‘ll be previewing some of the top shows.

Jason Wood will be performing Unnatural Acts with Jessica Martin in August. No don't worry he's not on the turn,
that's the name of their show at the Gilded Balloon Teviot during the Edinburgh Fringe Festival.

Written by Chris Bartlett and Nick Awde, the play tells the story of two flatmates. Elliott and Marsha, who are tired of
waiting around for Mr Right so decide to make a new life together. Trouble is she's straight and he's gay so before
they can achieve the inconceivable they have to first do the unthinkable. 'Unnatural Acts' can be seen from 1-26
August (not the 15th) Tickets can be booked on 0131 668 1633 or online at

Amy Lamé heads to Scotland in August for her Edinburgh Festival Fringe show at the Gilded Balloon from August
2nd to 28th. Amy Lamé's Mama Cass Family Singers, directed by Christine Harmar-Brown, reveals the story of a
young girl forced to perform alongside her siblings in a 60s cover band. Using songs, film footage, interviews and
lots of twists, the show reveals a story of dysfunctional siblings, parents in denial and the fans they accrued.
Questions such as "did Mama Cass really die choking on a ham sandwich?" are posed as truth, reality and
imagination collide. Tickets can be booked on 0131 668 1633 or go to

                              STEPHEN DE MARTIN IS POOFLOOSE
                         Watch Out ! There's a poof on the loose! Aussie Singer Stephen De Martin from Jonathan
                         Ross house band 4 Poofs and a Piano is Poofloose and fancy free in his debut Edinburgh
                         cabaret show.

                         Poofloose takes a musical journey, charting Stephen's progress since leaving his native
                         Australia in the mid 90's to seek fame and fortune in the UK to today as a member of 4
                         Poofs and a Piano as a regular with Jonathan Ross .For the first time since 4 Poofs and a
                         Piano formed, Stephen breaks away to tell his story through a series of little journeys set
                         against a musical backdrop as colourful as his wardrobe.

                         Stephen has sung for and shared the stage with an impressive list of A list celebrities
                         including Joan Collins, Elton John, Liza Minnelli, Kylie Minogue ,Robbie Williams and many
                         others who have done rehab. But this fringe he steps into the spotlight in this self inspired
                         one man musical cabaret show with a sprinkling of naughtiness.

                         Musical direction by Mr Simon Sharp who has accompanied Julian Clary, Bea Arthur to
name a few.

The show can be seen at the Belly laugh Underbelly Time; 4.05pmDates; 2nd -26th August 2007. Except 14th with
previews 2-4 August and we‘ll have an interview with Stephen in our next edition.

Other shows that should definitely interest our community include Alan Carr and Friends at the Fringe at the
Assembly Rooms on August 13th and 31st. These shows are being recorded for Radio 2 and entry is free.

'Butch - A Queen's Struggle to become a King' can be seen at the Pleasance Dome from August 4-26. A romantic
liaison with a closeted ultra-masculine army captain inspires Mennio to explore his own inner masculinity but his
feminine side soon rebels against his growing manhood and mayhem ensures.

David Benson is featured in our Sports section as he tells us about his interest in professional wrestling. However
his show at the Fringe couldn't be further away from that subject. 'Nothing But Pleasure' is a timely revival of his
satire about the rise of Tony Blair and the demise of Princess Diana. It can be seen at the Pleasance Dome on
August 4th, 6th, 8th, 10th, 12th, 14th, 16th and 18th.

Pam Ann's 'One World Alliance' is at the Assembly Rooms with guests Easyjet Chav Donna, Virgin Slut Sarah and
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BA Bitch Mona. It runs from the 4th to the 26th.                  strictly for the broader-minded night owls on the look-
                                                                  out for Fringe fun!
Rhona Cameron is at the Gilded Balloon from the 5th to 27th
and Zoë Lyon's 'Fight or Flight' is at the Pleasance Courtyard A Very Private Diary first appeared at the Edinburgh
from the 4th to 26th.                                          Fringe in the late 1980‘s and after playing to sell-out
                                                               houses transferred to The Donmar Warehouse,
                        If music is more your desire than why London and subsequently toured world-wide. The
                        not go to 'The Sound of Music Drag production is directed by writer and broadcaster Ned
                        Show' at the Gilded Balloon from the Sherrin, himself a master raconteur.
                        1st to 26th or how about 'Eurobeat -
                        Almost Eurovision' where there are 10 Victor appears in Edinburgh direct from a starring
                        entries competing and you get to vote role in the Las Vegas Cirque Du Soleil production
                        for the winner, probably a lot less Love, a tribute to The Beatles.
                        biased than the real thing I imagine.
                        It's at the Pleasance Courtyard from            Jimmy Carr on his way to
                        the 4th to the 26th.
                        There's a new play about the life of
                        Judy Garland called 'Judy Judy
Garland' performed by the         GHS Theatre Company Comedian Jimmy Carr appears at the Chichester
Understairs at the Royal Scots Club from the 13h to 15th.    Festival Theatre for the first time on 29 September
                                                             with his new show 'Repeat Offender.' The show kick
                                                             starts the new Autumn season at the theatre, more
                                                             about that in future editions. Tickets cost £19.50 and
   A VERY PRIVATE DIARY –                                    are available online at or by calling
                                                             01243 781312
Theatrical legend and raconteur Victor Spinetti offers a peek
                                                                  Elegies For Angels, Punks and
into an extraordinary life and career in A Very Private Diary -      Raging Queens comes to
Revisited which appears at The Pleasance, Edinburgh from
15 August
Born of Welsh and Italian heritage (his grandfather walked
from Italy to Wales), Victor sprang to international fame as      As part of its 15th year celebrations, CPYT‘s
part of Joan Littlewood‘s Theatre Workshop in Fings Ain‘t Wot     Summer Project will be staging a production of
They Used T‘Be and Oh! What A Lovely War! which                   ‗Elegies for Angels, Punks and Raging Queens.
transferred to New York and for which he won a TONY Award
for his role as an obnoxious Drill Sergeant.                      The show is a mix of music and poetry and deals
                                                                  with the effects of HIV. It‘s being performed on
Spinetti has appeared in over thirty films including three with August 6th, 7th and 8th at 7.30pm.
The Beatles, A Hard Day‘s Night, Help and Magical Mystery
Tour, as well as co-writing a play, In his Own Write with John Ticket prices are £7 but if you also book to see their
Lennon which appeared at the National Theatre in 1968.            production of ‗Back to the 80s‘ on August 9th, 10th
                                                                  and 11th it‘s just £12. Tickets can be booked on 023
                                                                  8065 2333 and more information at www.thepoint-
With a twinkle in his eye, Victor recounts tale of the great, the
good and the not so good. His charmed life has brought him
close to legends of stage and screen. His intimate, revealing We‘ll have more about this show in our next edition.
and hilarious stories include Marlene Dietrich, Frank Sinatra,
Princess Margaret, Elizabeth Taylor and Richard Burton, Sir                 Coming soon to
John Gielgud, Laurence Olivier, and of course, The Beatles                THE MAG ONLINE
There will also be the opportunity to get up on stage, as Victor
performs famous final scene from Oh What A Lovely War! and
as the Sergeant Major, putting surprise guests through their
paces. Previous celebrities to have taken the challenge
include Peter Sellers, John Lennon and Michael Caine.                Couchman reviews the latest
                                                                   telly including Big Brother (what
For those who‘d like to delve a little deeper and hear the
stories which didn‘t make the daytime show, Victor will be           he wants to do to Charley is
presenting a special – UNCUT version of the show at midnight
on 24 August full of outrageous and hilarious anecdotes
                                                                             definitely illegal)
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    There’s only one thing that can happen when you hear
                         Debbie sing
                    You just ‘GET HAPPY’

                                    When you‘re at University studying Performing Arts it‘s not uncommon to end up
                                    writing a short piece of drama as part of your course. However, when Debbie
                                    Saloman did exactly that, she couldn‘t have imagined the impact her show would
                                    have and how it would develop leading her all the way to a month long season in
                                    London. That‘s exactly what has happened though and at the end of this month
                                    Debbie opens in her one-woman show ‗Get Happy‘ at the King‘s Head. I had the
                                    chance to chat to her recently and find out more about the journey this show has

                                    "I was told I either had to write a thesis of 20,000 words or put on a show. I
                                    thought 'put on a show really.'― said Debbie. ―I had to decide whether I wanted
                                    to write or do an established play. I thought 'Who would I most like to play? Who
                                    would be the most fun?' and Judy Garland has always been one of my big
                                    favourites. My Nan showed me 'Easter Parade' when I was four years old and I
                                    thought it was wonderful."

                                    It wasn‘t long before those repeat performances were accompanied by young
                                    Debbie singing like Judy. Little did she know where that would take her two
                                    decades later.

Ask most people about Judy Garland and they‘ll tell you she was a tragic figure who had addiction problems, one
husband after another, continual battles against debt and a far too early death. But the fact is Judy Garland wasn‘t a
tragic figure and that‘s how Debbie portrays her in ‗Get Happy.‘

"The idea is everything done about Judy before, they only show her as really tragic, the poor woman. But people who
knew her said she was funny, a real laugh and happy. The programme I did for the twenty minute show I quoted
Lorna Luft who said that people say she was a tragic figure but to everyone who knew her she was one of the
funniest and warm people you'd ever met. Lucille Ball said "

Originally the show, which shows Judy at the London Palladium as she prepares for the concert tour that would
culminate in her legendary Carnegie Hall appearance, had 5 songs and an accompanying pianist. However there
was a member of staff at Salford University who was very impressed with what he saw.

"Adam (Zane) was a part-time lecturer at the University and saw my performance at the Robert Powell theatre. He
said I should put it on properly but it had to be longer, it'd have to be an hour. So I added some anecdotes and put in
some additional songs. We put it on at Taurus in Canal Street, it went really well and we did five nights. Guys at the
Lowry Theatre saw it and thought it would be really good for the Lowry. We did the show again and all the people
from the Lowry came to see it."

They loved it so much that Debbie was asked to stage the show at the Lowry Theatre in Salford. Debbie added an
interval and as well as the rehearsals we now see an after show party in the second half. Initially 'Get Happy' ran for
two nights but the reaction of the audience on the first night led to a drastic change to the way the show ended.

"I came on dressed as a tramp for the last part, I thought that's the finale because in her shows she'd come out as a
tramp like in 'A Couple of Swells' and sing 'Over The Rainbow.' Adam and I were up all night making the costume
and I had blackened teeth and came out to an astonished silence and a couple of giggles. It was weird but no one
had heard of the tramp, they thought 'oh no she's gone back on the drink' and I thought everyone knew about this but
they didn't and they thought she'd ended up as a vagrant. So I had to do it different and I emerged in a fabulous

After the success of 'Get Happy' the Lowry wanted more from Debbie. "The Lowry said could you write a special
Christmas show for the Quay Theatre which is a 500 seater so I wrote a Christmas special."
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It was based on the famous Christmas edition of 'The Judy Garland' show
that featured Judy, Liza, Lorna and Joey celebrating Christmas with stars
                                                                                  A Beautiful Thing comes
such as Mel Torme and                                                               to the South London
"It had lots of Christmas songs and I did a duet with 'Mel Torme' of 'Little       Theatre in September
Drummer Boy'. I've got all the TV episodes, it was a big hit and she
wanted to do more and it had some really bad sixties comedy with people As far as I‘m concerned ‗Beautiful Thing‘
like Jerry Van Dyke. It had a bad time slot though."                         is the best play ever written about our
                                                                             community. You‘ll laugh, you‘ll cry and
In remembering that Judy wasn‘t this tragic figure, that helped Debbie the memories of what it was like when
                                        when it came to dealing with her you were growing up will flood back to
                                        audience.     ―Her character was you.
                                        witty, sharp and catty so if
                                        something happens in the Jonathan Harvey‘s masterpiece can be
                                        audience she can talk to them an I seen at the South London Theatre from
                                        can adlib and put a joke in. There September 4th-8th. This is the first time
                                        was a little girl who was eating the play has been put on with actors who
                                        crisps and I said 'Are you enjoying are the actual age of the characters they
                                        those potato crisps?' Everyone are portraying David Clements plays
                                        was looking at her."                 Jamie and Tom Bucher is Ste.

                                         Having performed the show in
                                         Manchester‘s gay village and            It‘s Summer 1993 and unlike this damp
                                         choosing such a gay icon as the         miserable year it‘s hot and it‘s about to
                                         subject of her show, it‘s hardly        get a whole lot hotter. In a lavish
                                         surprising that Debbie has been a       production to celebrate the theatre‘s 40th
                                         big hit at the Manchester Pride         anniversary the venue is being
                                         celebrations, though perhaps it is      transformed into a Thamesmead housing
                                         surprising that she‘s hasn‘t            estate With a gravity-defying set by Chaz
                                         performed as Judy. ―It was great        Doyle, and incredible special effects by
                                         fun, I haven't done Judy there          Neil Carmichael, this promises to be a
                                         though. I did the Candlelit Vigil for   production never to be forgotten.
the past two years, there were so many people and it was heart-warming
and it really affects you. Pride events have a lovely atmosphere."           Jonathan Harvey's best-known play was
                                                                             first staged at the fringe Bush Theatre in
That was certainly the case at the recent London event. Debbie 1993, then went on to become a big West
appeared on the cabaret stage in Leicester Square and her first song was End hit and was filmed in 1996.
partly accurate as she sang 'Come Rain or Shine' or as she said 'Perhaps
I should have called it 'Come Rain or Rain.' Debbie went down a storm Jamie bunks off from sport at school,
and lightened up the day no end, well I tried to think that as I got totally while Ste is renowned for his all-round
soaked while watching her on stage. Debbie has also been a big hit with sporting prowess, but when Ste stays
Bears and you can see her singing ‗All That Fur‘ at www.                     over one night after a violent argument
                                                                             with his father and brother, their mutual
Debbie comes from London so appearing at the King‘s Head for a month attraction develops into sexual
is going to be a dream come true for her. "I've been to the King's Head as awakening and romance blossoms.
an audience member and I thought 'Oh My God, a whole month.' I'm Jamie's mother, Sandra, is too
really excited.                                                              preoccupied with her bar work and dope-
                                                                             smoking artist boyfriend Tony to notice
‗Get Happy‘ can be seen at the King‘s Head from 31 July to 26 August. what's going on, but the Mama Cass-
Performances are at 8pm Tuesday to Saturday with Sunday matinees on obsessed girl next door, Leah, soon
the 12th and 26th at 3.30pm. Tickets cost £15 (£10 Concessions) realises why Ste hasn't responded to her
Tuesday to Thursday and £18 (£12 concessions) Friday to Sunday. advances. Despite all the changes since
Tickets can be booked on 020 7226 1916 / or 24-hour online booking via 1993 the play has dated well because it There‘s also pre-theatre three-course dinner is more romantic than polemical. This
available at 7pm.                                                            tender comedy of adolescent love retains
                                                                             its charm.

           Coming soon to THE MAG ONLINE                                         Tickets cost £8 (con £5) and can be
                                                                                 booked on 020 8670 3474 More info at
    The History of Beautiful Thing including an                                  productions/2007/beautifulthing and at
             interview with Dave Lynn                                            www.m ybeautifulthing
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         Chitty Chitty Bang Bang arrives in                           The Dream finally comes true for
                    Southampton                                                    Lee
Go on, try and sing the title track to ‗Chitty Chitty Bang Bang‘
and not have it rolling around your head for the rest of the night.   Lee Mead finally achieves his dream of starring in
Heaven knows what it‘ll be like then if you go to see the hit         a West End musical when the new production of
musical currently being staged at the Mayflower Theatre in            ‗Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat‘
Southampton until 15 September.                                       opened at the Adelphi Theatre on Tuesday 17
It stars Craig McLachlan who makes a quick return to the theatre
                                                                 This colourful retelling of the biblical story of
after starring in ‗White Christmas‘ last year. Also in the cast are
Alvin Stardust (The Child Catcher) and Tony Adams (Grandpa       dreamboat Joseph and his uncanny abilities,
Potts) who are reprising the roles they played when the show     favouritism, family rivalry, temptation and that
was performed at the London Palladium.                           designer coat sings out to young and old alike,
                                                                 with a score which is wall-to-wall hits, including
With a cast and crew of over 100 (including 10 dogs), 'Close Every Door' and 'Any Dream Will Do'.
sensational sets and stunning special effects this action-packed
adventure is the story of the magical car, Chitty Chitty Bang Evening performances will be at 7.30pm on
Bang. Eccentric inventor Caractacus Potts, and his two children Mondays & Wednesdays - Saturdays, 7.00pm on
Jemima and Jeremy alongside Truly Scrumptious and Grandpa Tuesdays and with matinees at 3.00pm on
Potts, all try and outwit the dastardly Baron and the evil Child Wednesdays & Saturdays. Tickets, priced from
Catcher.                                                         £15.00 - £45.00 for Monday - Thursday
                                                                 performances and £15.00 - £49.50 for Friday -
Tickets for Chitty Chitty Bang Bang are available from The Saturday performances, are available from the
Mayflower Box Office 023 80 711811, online at Adelphi Theatre Box Office on 0870 895 5598 and
or in person from Mayflower Ticketsouth, at WestQuay Shopping online at
Centre, Southampton
                                                                          Michael becomes Edna in
 The Palladium is Alive with The Sound of                                         October
          Music Again and Again
                                                                 In October we'll all be seeing Michael Ball as
The success of ‗The Sound of Music‘ at the London Palladium we've never seen him before. He'll be starring in
continues as a new seven-month booking period has been the musical 'Hairspray' as 'Edna Turnblad'. The
announced. Bookings are now being taken until 29 May 2008.       show also features 22 year-old Leanne Jones who
                                                                 will be making her professional debut in the role of
Connie Fisher stars as 'Maria' for six performances a week, with 'Tracy Turnblad.'
Aoife Mulholland playing the role on Monday evenings and
Wednesday matinees. Alexander Hanson continues to star as 'Hairspray' opens at the Shaftesbury Theatre in
'Captain Von Trapp'. Margaret Preece will completely take over London from October 30th with previews from
the role of 'Mother Abbess' on Monday 30 April. Margaret October 11th.
Preece has already been playing the role at certain
performances since the show opened.                              Performances times at the Shaftesbury Theatre
                                                                 will be Mondays to Saturdays at 7.30pm, with
Performance times at the London Palladium are at 7.30pm on Thursday and Saturday matinees at 3.00pm.
Mondays and Wednesdays - Saturdays, with Tuesday Tickets, priced from £20 - £60, are available from
performances at 7.00pm, and Wednesday and Saturday the Shaftesbury Theatre Box Office on 0207 379
matinees at 2.30pm. Tickets, priced from £25.00 - £55.00 5399 or by visiting
including all booking fees, are available from the London More about the film on pages 36-38 of this edition
Palladium Box Office on 0870 890 1108 or at of ‗The Mag Online‘

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              Shock Horror!                                             Broadway', a Broadway extravaganza with an
                                                                        international cast of singers and high kicking
Ugly Sisters at Brighton Panto are actually                             dancers. Shows featured include 'The Rocky
women and the theatre will never look so                                Horror Show', 'Les Miserables', Cats', 'A Chorus
                                                                        Line', 'Grease' and 'Cabaret.' With lavish costumes
                   clean                                                galore you'll be singing hits from the shows long
                                                                        after the final curtain goes down.
It‘s not often this happens but when the Theatre Royal in
Brighton stage ‗Cinderella‘ this Christmas the Ugly Sisters will On Thursdays and Fridays it's 'The Spirit of the
actually be played by women.                                      Dance' which I managed to see last week. There‘s
                                                                  dancing from all over the world and the ability of
Kim and Aggie from ‗How Clean is Your House‘ will be those performing is absolutely out of this world.
performing the roles that are of course usually played by blokes. There‘s everything from Irish Dancing to tango with
One thing is definitely certain at this point. Whoever gets their a bit of Red Hot Salsa thrown in for good measure.
dressing room once the panto is over is going to get one heck of
a clean room. Then again will Kim and Aggie try to find out who The music is great and the show ends with a
the previous tenant was and give them a cleaning interrogation Broadway style routine that must have taken
like only they can.                                               forever to learn.

There is still a cross-dressing role for all of you who love to see     At the weekends you can see 'Dancing Queen' and
guys dressed as gals. Dave Lynn won‘t have far to travel to             if you're a fan of ABBA then this is the perfect night
perform in panto this year as he‘s playing the Wicked                   out for you. It's a non-stop fun filled party with a
Godmother (no I didn‘t know there was one either).                      dynamic cast of singers and dancers singing all
                                                                        those ABBA hits that you know and love.
The show also features Laura Hamilton as ‗Cinderella‘ and Jon
Clegg as ‗Buttons.‘ It runs from 7 December to 6 January and The cast includes Danny R who you'll have seen
tickets can be booked on 08700 606 650.                       recently in 'Grease is the Word.' Despite his
                                                              stammer he made it to the latter stages of the
                                                              competition but anyone could see that he has a
       Fred becomes Henry as                                  massive future in the musical world.

      Hobson’s Choice returns to                                        It's not all about ABBA though as there's also a
                                                                        medley of party classics from the 1970' and a
             Chichester                                                 compilation of highlights from the movie 'Saturday
                                                                        Night Fever.'

If you're wondering what's happened to John Savident since he    Tickets are on sale now, you can book tickets by
                                                                 calling 0870 111 3000 or online at
left his role as 'Fred Elliott' in 'Coronation Street' then a trip to
the Chichester Festival Theatre will supply you with your        which has just been revamped. The new portal-
answer.                                                          style homepage gives users the choice to visit
                                                                 pages devoted to Events & Ticketing, Organising
From July 27th he'll be starring as Henry Horatio Hobson, the an Event or BIC/Pavilion Information & News.
overbearing small-town shoemaker in Harold Brighouse's
classic play 'Hobson's Choice.' This was last performed at the From there, colour-coded sections and new drop-
theatre in 1995 when the late Leo McKern played the role.        down menus take the user direct to the information
                                                                 they need with a minimal number of click-throughs.
The play runs in repertoire with 'Twelfth Night' until September
1st. Ticket prices are £10 to £32 and are available online at Each of the BIC‘s many conference and exhibition or by calling 01243 781 312.                      halls are featured in full, providing event organisers
                                                                 with detailed information on facilities, layouts and
                                                                 technical specifications, plus floor plans and photo
                                                                 galleries. The new and improved Ticketing section
Bournemouth Summer Season continues in                           means that buying a ticket to one of the BIC or
                                                                 Pavilion Theatre‘s many shows and concerts has
               style                                             never been easier – you can even book for events
                                                                 at many other entertainment venues, via the BIC
If you're heading down to Bournemouth between July 17th and Ticket Shop pages. Those wishing to be kept in
August 11th there are three very good reasons why you'll be the loop about new events at the BIC and Pavilion
able to have a great night out at the theatre after an afternoon can subscribe to a weekly email newsletter, which
on the beach (weather permitting of course).                     includes up-to-date information, competitions and
                                                                 special offers.
On Tuesdays and Wednesdays you can see 'Spirit of
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                                    THE CD Collection
   The Pet Shop Boys Head for                                        There is no better place to hear this than on their
                                                                     debut album ‗RyanDan‘ which is to be released on
    Newmarket and sign a new                                         24th September and is produced by Steve
                                                                     Anderson (Kylie Minogue, Paul McCartney, Take
            contract                                                 That).

                                                                     Managed by Richard Beck (Shania Twain) and
The Pet Shop Boys have signed a new deal with Parlophone             Marc Connor (Jamie Cullum), RyanDan will be in
Records. Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe originally signed to the        Britain throughout the summer for a series of
label in March 1985 and, in January 1986, gained the first of        performances, including Proms In The Park and
many No 1 singles, when ―West End Girls‖ topped the charts in 9      supporting Katherine Jenkins at several outdoor
countries, going on to sell 1.5 million copies. Since then they      concerts having already performed as the support
have sold in excess of 30 million albums and have become one         act for G4 and Michael Ball.
of the most innovative and influential groups in the world.
                                                                     Pardon me for mentioning the 'C' word but we are
 Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe commented: ―It‘s over 20 years          in the second half of the year now and Christmas
since we originally signed to EMI and we‘re very happy to be         is getting closer and closer. Looking at the
continuing our relationship with them‖.           Miles Leonard,     weather outside all we need is a bit of snow and it
Parlophone‘s MD says: ―What Pet Shop Boys are doing is               could be Christmas now. Anyway weather forecast
unique. They continue to be at the vanguard of pop culture,          over and time to start thinking what this years
constantly surprising and thrilling us with their every move. We     Christmas Number One will be.
are extremely pleased to have them on the label.‖
                                                                 Although the winner of this years 'X-Factor' series
On Friday 27th of July they‘re performing at the Newmarket race is heavily odds on at 2-5 a four-figure bet has
course as part of the Newmarket Nights series of concerts.      been placed on newcomers RyanDan to take the
                                                                Number one spot. The punter has apparently "had
     RyanDan release new single in                              considerable success predicting the festive chart
                                                                topper in the past" and William Hills have
    September but does a Christmas                              shortened the Canadian twins odds to 8-1
      Number One also beckon?                                        ."It's a surprise to have such a large wager put on
                                                                     a relative newcomer so early in the year. We have
―RyanDan…are the talk of the industry and are going to be
                                                                     to hope that someone doesn't know something
international superstars…These are voices of astonishing purity,
                                                                     that we don't about RyanDan! They've been
richness, clarity and power.‖ – The Guardian
                                                                     described as a classical version of Westlife and
                                                                     we have had our fingers burnt badly by Westlife in
Already platinum award winners in their native Canada,
                                                                     the past so we will be keeping a very close eye on
RyanDan release their debut single from their inspired self titled
                                                                     RyanDan" said William Hill spokesperson Rupert
album, the uplifting ‗Like The Sun‘ on September 17th
 Composed by seventies folk legend Judie Tzuke, ‗Like The Sun‘
                                                               For more info go to                    or
showcases their stunning voices and the astonishing way in
which they blend together, complementing one another on each
                                                                                 Are you a DJ?
―Spending most of our lives touring and away from our friends
and family, ‗ Like the Sun‘ gives us a way to express the feelings
of comfort and safety we find in relationships, whether the ones
we love are close by or far away. Together, the deep lyrical
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meaning and powerful, dynamic orchestration, make ‗ Like the               music for us?
Sun‘ the perfect way to introduce ourselves to the world.‖
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Ryan and Dan are good looking, have astonishing voices with a
four-octave range that moves from baritone to soprano and full
voice to falsetto with ease, can write heart-wrenching lyrics and
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   Single to be released as battle against                            brooding interpretation of 'Could It Be Magic' (that
                                                                      featured on the soundtrack for the film Magicians)
         Street Violence continues                                    'Walk Like An Egyptian' has become a groove
                                                                      based shuffle with middle eastern yodelling and
With street violence on the increase 'Put the Knives & Guns           Dusty Springfield's 'Spooky' has been reinvented
Down' has been recorded by 18 year-old rapper and MC Tinie            as a thrilling, high energy 1940's drum and bass
Tempah, The single doesn't just make a call to end street             song. "This album is definitely a more varied and
violence but is also a celebration of the life of schoolboy and       more personal record with more of our individual
aspiring footballer Kiyan Prince, who was stabbed outside the         influences and a more mature and complete feel"
old Spur Road school gates in Edgware, North London, aged 15,         adds Stephanie.
in May 2006, two weeks away from his debut with QPR. A 17-
year old boy was found guilty of his murder at the Central The Puppini Sisters are spending August touring
Criminal Court on July 2nd.                                          North America. On October 3rd the group will be
                                                                     playing their largest headline show to date when
The single is co-written by Kiyan's father, Mark Prince and also they take to the stage at Shepherds Bush Empire.
features the voice of Maressa MacBeth. All proceeds from the For more info go to and
single will go to the Kiyan Prince Foundation. The single is
released by DeAngelis on August 6
                                                                     Katie Melua‘s extraordinary journey continues with
                                                                     the release of her third album ‗Pictures‘ on
 Puppini Sisters and Katie Melua to release October 1st. It‘s an album that will delight her
                                                                     legions of fans, confirm Katie‘s status as a unique
                         new albums                                  and remarkable vocalist, and reveal the third
                                                                     chapter in what is destined to be a long musical
After the massive success of their debut album The Puppini career after amazing success with her first two
Sisters release their second album 'The Rise and Fall of Ruby albums. So did Katie feel the pressure to produce
Woo' on October 1st.                                                 a certain kind of album when she started recording
Marcella Puppini, Kate Mullins and Stephanie O'Brien led the
retro wave in 2006 with their 1940s influenced blend of 'pop with ―The one thing that I‘ve learnt from making three
swing' and gorgeous sense of glamour and fun. 'Betcha Bottom albums is that you don‘t know what is going to
Dollar' was the fastest selling jazz debut in Britain on its release happen when you start recording. The fact that I
and earlier this year the album debuted at number 2 in the US am a bit older, have different interests, have more
jazz charts and in the top 10 in the Billboard Heatseekers chart. experiences, and that I have grown and developed
                                                                      as an artist means that this album would be
 "Everything happened so fast after we were signed so the public      different in some way from the first two.
were able to watch and be a part of our early development."
says Marcella. "With the release of our first album we captured        I would not want to just try and emulate the
people's imagination but when we started thinking about this          success of the previous albums but I also don‘t
album we knew that we wanted to move on from being a close            feel the need to change for change‘s sake or to
harmony "Andrew Sisters tribute act" to creating our own              please anyone other than myself.‖ explains Katie.
distinctive sound."
                                                                      Known and loved for singing open-hearted
'The Rise And Fall Of Ruby Woo' is a collection of highly original    ballads, Katie does not disappoint with the first
songs - written by the trio - and extraordinary covers with all the   single ‗If You Were A Sailboat‘ on which Katie
musical arrangements by the three Trinity College of Music            teams up with co-writer Molly McQueen, is another
graduates. Regulars at boutique undergrounds in London may            classic Katie Melua song that could easily take up
well have seen the Puppini Sisters performing some of their new       the mantle of a single. That‘s due to be released
songs in the early part of 2007 as the 'Sisters returned to their     on September 24th.
old haunts.

 Speaking about the gigs Kate explains: "As a group our 'school'      “I‘m really proud of ‗Pictures‖‘ says Katie of the
was always the live circuit and our audiences have always been  finished album. ―It definitely feels like the third part
our most honest and astute judges so it was natural for us to   of the trilogy that Mike and I have collaborated on
play the new songs at a few gigs before committing them to      as a creative team. It stays true to what we have
record."                                                        always tried to focus on - the lyrics and melody,
                                                                with emotional songs that hark back to the roots of
The wonky hip-hop of 'It's Not Over (Death Or The Toy Piano)', songwriting.‖
the filmic Fellini-inspired epic 'And She Sang' and the 1940s
Latin dance anthem 'Soho Nights' are just three of the original More about this next month, in the meantime go to
songs that have become bed fellows with a bunny-boiler
reworking of 'Don't Sit Under The Apple Tree and a dark and
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   NEMESIS UPRISING Talk about their career in music and the problems of
              coming out when you’re a Jehovah’s Witness

                                            Coming out is never an easy thing to do but what if you're a Jehovah's
                                            Witness? 'Nemesis Rising' are gay twins, Joshua and Jacob Miller and
                                            they've just completed a whistle stop visit to the UK and can definitely tell
                                            all their friends back in the States about how wet England can be.
                                            They've just released their debut single 'Number One in Heaven' and their
                                            debut album is now available to download via itunes.

                                            I had the chance to speak to Joshua mid-way through their UK visit and
                                            he certainly seemed to be enjoying his time in the UK. ""I absolutely love
                                            it. I'd read that it was wet so I came prepared." His umbrella has certainly
                                            been put to good use since arriving in the UK and he loves London telling
                                            me ""It's got an awesome vibe, it's like New York but shorter."

                                             I saw them perform live in Trafalgar Square during the London Pride
                                             event and despite the weather they certainly won the crowd over,
especially when they took their tops off. I'll have a body like theirs during week 900 of my current diet or perhaps
not. It was an appearance Joshua won't forget in a hurry. "It's been perfect, very responsive. I loved the way it was
all set up in Trafalgar Square, that was totally awesome, I really enjoyed that."

One of the songs they performed was 'Fool if you Think It's Over' which was a hit for Elkie Brooks and Chris Rea in
the UK in the 80s. The song had been recommended to Joshua and Jacob by their producer but Joshua was
surprised when I told him the UK fans would have been familiar with the song. Since that appearance at London
Pride they've performed at Nightingale's in Birmingham and back to London for shows at Salvation, Heaven and The
Café De Paris before jetting back to the States.

the mini-tour has gone well even though Joshua admits they're not that well known over here yet. ""No one has seen
the TV series so they don't really know who we are. It's just a question of flirting with the audience."

TV series? Joshua and Jacob have their own reality show in the States called 'Jacob and Joshua: Nemesis Rising'
The series looks at their personal life and their bid to crack the music business in the States. So how did they get the
series? "It just fell into our laps and was a cool experience. Desmond Child is our producer and there was an idea
for TV executives to do a programme about his life. Jacob and I were working with him at the time."

So the reality TV show became about the twins but were the TV executives more interested in their sexuality than
their music career "Maybe so, maybe a little. It was interesting because in the States if you're out and making a
mainstream record it's not the smartest thing to do. So it was going to be interesting to see if they'd accept a gay act.
And there was also the coming out process which all gay people have to go through."

The twins grew up in Montana but later moved away to pursue their career in music. Neither of the twins had come
out at that stage. ""I didn't have sex with a guy while I was in Montana. I denied that whole side of myself. I couldn't
be gay because I was a Jehovah's Witness. I didn't know that Jacob was screwing around."

It was Jacob who came out first and that totally shocked Joshua who nearly took drastic action. "Jacob didn't come to
me or tell anyone. We were living together in Nashville and I freaked out. I did think of going to the elders and tell on
him and get him into trouble."

Did Joshua have any idea that Jacob was gay? "No, I never really thought of his sexuality. If you're a Jehovah's
Witness you can't even go out on a date with a girl unless you're contemplating marriage. But then I found some

Joshua was still denying his own sexuality but with his brother out of the closet he gradually came to terms with his
own sexuality. ""A year after that he'd been bringing back boyfriends and other gay guys and I fell for one "I did the
whole bi thing, eased myself into it. I got a job as a barman at the biggest gay club in Nashville then I said I was gay
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As the twins began filming their series one of the key                  They arrived in Moscow on Saturday May 26th ready
moments would be when they told their parents that they                 to perform at a concert later that evening. While in
were gay. Now coming out is never easy but Joshua admits                Red Square the pair were "amazed by how many gay
that he found it easier to tell his parents when the cameras            couples we saw holding hands and openly expressing
were present. "It was easier for me, it forced me, otherwise I          their sexuality." That led them to believe that Moscow
might not have otherwise done it. The family knew that we               had changed but the events of the following day
were filming this series for TV and the cameras were                    proved them very wrong.
following us everywhere."
                                                                        Red Square had been closed due to a demonstration
Did they have any inkling that their sons might be gay? No I            and there were large numbers of police and soldiers
don't. Perhaps they had their head in the sand like a lot of            on the streets. They were with their promoter who
people do. But I don't think they knew. It upset them, mainly           received a phone call telling him that a Civil Liberties/
for the community as they didn't want to have two sons that             Freedom of Speech rally was being held and asked if
were gay, it was emotional."                                            they wanted to attend. At that point they didn't know
                                                                        it was a Gay Pride demonstration that local authorities
In time "once they'd got it wrapped round their head" their             had refused to grant a licence. Despite not being that
parents were supportive but it was a totally different story            keen on rallies, they decided to go after being as-
when it came to how the Jehovah's Witnesses reacted to the              sured of their safety. When they arrived they found
news. "We were defellowshipped by the Jehovah's Witnesses               that the demonstrators were largely outnumbered by
and they (their parents) weren't allowed to talk to us."                the number of police present and a large group of
                                                                        Neo-Nazi's. On arrival the pair were recognized by
That hasn't entirely been the case though. "Well they're                the press and as Fred explained in a letter to their
supposed to limit the contact they have with us. We went                fans "We started to do some interviews but were very
home recently for a funeral and we stayed at their house.               uncomfortable and could feel the tension rising, at
They were supportive and loving, but our grandparents didn't            this stage there was just a lot of shouting and push-
talk to us."                                                            ing. Richard and I tried to move away but the police
                                                                        wouldn't let us, in a heartbeat a guy had pushed
Such a reaction might not be easy to cope with but Joshua               through the wall of press and punched Richard in the
had one advantage over most people. "It's not very funny. But           face, as we both tried to move away again the Police
I have my twin brother and most people don't have that."                pushed us back into the fray. Richard was struck 3 or
                                                                        4 more times in the face, I was kicked and punched in
So what's next for 'Nemesis Rising'? "Our next single is                the body, a policeman at one point actually restrained
'Letter to God' and that reflects our place in the universe. I          me while I was being hit. The guy hitting Richard had
think this will be really good for us, that'll be our first big hit."   a crucifix in his left hand and was punching with his
                                                                        right.......Now there's an image!!!
You can find out more about Jacob and Joshua at and look out for their TV series It soon dawned on us that we were on our own so I
when it debuts in the UK later this year.              grabbed Richard's arm and shouted "we're getting the
                                                       f**k out of here" we pushed through the police line
                                                       and the just legged it for all we're worth. What fol-
   Right Said Fred talk about                          lowed was like a scene from a Benny Hill sketch. We
                                                       were being chased by the Neo-Nazis who were being
     their nightmare trip to                           chased by the press who were being chased (I use
                                                       the term loosely) by the Police.
             Moscow                                                     Luckily we're quite fit but after a few blocks they
                                                                        caught us and we were attacked again, this time there
                                                                        were 2 policeman having a tea-break who were sym-
Over the past few decades there have been many changes                  pathetic to our situation and got involved, they ar-
that have eased the lives of the LGBT community in the UK               rested one of the attackers and protected us until our
and eliminated laws that discriminated against our                      vehicle and promoter found us. We found sanctuary
community. Sure there's still homophobia and probably                   in a very quiet restaurant where we attended to our
always will be but sadly in many other countries our                    wounds drunk some wine and tried to get our heads
community still suffers terrible persecution.                           round what had just happened.
Recently Richard and Fred Fairbrass aka 'Right Said Fred'       Richard's been very sore for a couple of days but his
travelled to Moscow where they found themselves attacked        cuts and bruises and mine are healing fast, a lot
by an angry mob while visiting a gay rights demonstration       faster than the deeper and more worrying wounds
they hadn‘t even planned attending.                             that fester inside the heads of those who attacked us
                                                                and of those who were happy to watch and let it hap-
They recently released a statement to fans telling them about pen.‖       For more information about the group go to
a trip to Moscow that, after several other peaceful trips there
had a painful ending.
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                                    DVD Delights
                                                              Quite often the winners of Eurovision just fade away
                                                              back into European
   Katie Melua: Concert Under The Sea obscurity. Have you seen
                                                              this      year ‘s     winner
                                                              recently?         That didn‘t
                                                              happen with Bucks Fizz
After selling out arena‘s around the country, Katie Melua and 26 years after winning
decided that she wanted something different for her next Eurovision they‘re still
concert appearance. I think appearing at the bottom of the going strong.
                               North Sea is about as
                               different as you can get but All the hits are here and
                               that‘s what Katie did last the bonus is that the
                               October and the story behind videos are on DVD for the
                               that amazing concert is told very first time.          Bucks Fizz will always be
                               in this new DVD release.       remembered for Eurovision but if you love pop then
                                                              this is just for you.
                               The concert was the dream
                               of a gas platform manager                          COMPETITION
                               who wanted to celebrate the
                               10th anniversary of the gas-
                               drilling company, Statoil. But We have three copies to give away, just tell us the
                               for it to become a reality answer to this question.
Katie and her band had to undergo rigorous safety training.
                                                              Who replaced Jay Aston in Bucks Fizz?
The performance, 303 metres below the sea put Katie in the
Guinness Book of World Records for the deepest underwater A)         Shelley Manchester B) Shelley Sheffield or C)
concert ever held. But just how do you prepare for such a            Shelley Preston
concert and how do you get 22 tonnes of equipment down
there?                                                        Send your answers to:
                                                              with the subject matter ‗FIZZ‘ or text your answer to
As well as the documentary there‘s a 30 minute interview with 07804 348 642. Answers have to be in by midday on
Katie as she talks about the concert and we also get to see August 6th
previously unreleased footage of her on tour and her daily
life. There‘s also the video for her single ‗It‘s Only Pain‘ and a
photo montage plus the video for ‗Shy Boy‘ and another
interview with Katie and her band as they try to cope with a           Jessie Wallace returns as
topical storm, perhaps they‘d have been safer under the sea.
                                                                           Miss Marie Lloyd
                     COMPETITION                                     The moving and uplifting musical drama Miss Marie
                                                                     Lloyd - Queen Of The Music Hall starring Jessie
We have three copies of the DVD to give away courtesy of             Wallace (aka Kat from Eastenders) has been
Republic Media. Simply answer this question.                         released by Acorn Recently seen on BBC Four, it tells
                                                                     the turbulent life and times of music hall darling Marie
Where was Katie Melua born?                                          Lloyd. Famed for her generosity and good humour,
                                                                     she scandalised respectable society with her
A)    Ireland B) Georgia C) England                                  rebellious attitude and with a string of love affairs,
                                                                     which were salaciously covered in the tabloid papers,
Send your answers to: with the               just as the antics Amy Winehouse and Lily Allen are
subject matter ‗Katie‘ or text your answer to 07804 348 642.         today. The film features some of Marie Lloyd's most
Answers have to be in by midday on August 6th.                       famous songs, including My Old Man Said Follow The
                                                                     Van and her theme song A Little Of What You Fancy
                                                                     Does You Good, painting a poignant portrait of public
          The Very Best of Bucks Fizz                                success and personal sadness. The DVD contains
                                                                     special features including an exclusive interview with
Oh those were the days when the UK won the Eurovision                Jessie Wallace and director James Hawes (Dr Who,
Song Contest and the judging was dodgy but nowhere near              The Chatterley Affair) and a short feature entitled
as bad as it is these days.                                          About Marie Lloyd.
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                                                                Spoofs often prove popular and that was definitely the
    Classic TV available now at Network DVD                     case with 'Brass', the complete series of which you
                                                                can get hold of now. Taking the proverbial out of all
How about taking a trip back in time to the days when sit- those Northern drama's this is an absolute joy with
coms were actually funny and not half as depressing as Timothy West at his absolute best. Look out for the
some of them can be these days.                                 'Brideshead Revisited' spoof complete with teddy
Medical comedies have always been big hits, well apart from
that dodgy one Ade Edmondson did on the BBC a few years This year saw a revival of the play 'Charley's Aunt' but
back, and the TV (and movie) adaptations of Richard why not take a trip back to the 1940s for 'Charley's Big
Gordon's 'Doctor' books were always a tonic. The complete Hearted Aunt' starring Arthur Askey and Richard
series of 'Doctor at Large' has just been released by Network 'Stinker' Murdoch. Arthur plays one of the oldest uni-
DVD starring Barry Evans. There's 29 episodes spread over versity students I've ever seen and to avoid getting
four DVDs and just look at the writing credits: Bill Oddie, thrown out one lie leads to another an he ends up in
Graeme Garden, John Cleese, Graham Chapman and Jona- drag. It's all bound to go wrong of course but it's fun
than Lynn. Look out for the episode 'No Ill Feeling' written by watching it all fall apart.
John Cleese and featuring a hotel owner who one day would
find another life as Basil Fawlty.                              On Page 39 we have our very own soap opera but
                                                                how about getting hold of 'Crossroads Volume 3' This
The latest Dame Edna Everage series didn't always hit the is the original series, the one that got more viewers
mark but that's not the case with her 1980s series 'The than 'Eastenders' and 'Coronation Street' get these
Dame Edna Experience' The complete series plus Christ- days. Over two DVDs there are 12 classic episodes
mas specials are now available and the guest list features including the aftermath of the fire and the solving of
Liza Minnelli, Charlton Heston, Larry Hagman, Tony Curtis the mystery of what happened to Meg Mortimer?
and lots more. I love the bit when the aged Arthur Marshall There's a Christmas edition that is a lot more cheerful
takes so long to get down the stair case Dame Edna lets the than what we get these days and the first meeting be-
next guest come on first while he com-                          tween Jill and Adam. OK some of the acting isn't the
pletes the trip down the stairs at his own                      greatest but you can't help yourself loving the antics of
leisure. Charlton Heston manages to                             Benny, Miss Diane and company. Extras include early
make the journey a lot faster and as for                        trailers from the sixties and the reaction to when Noele
the late Kurt Waldheim, well 'he's' not                         Gordon was sacked including a very camp tribute
quite expecting what happens to him.                            song by Bill Buckley.
Another great highlight is when Madge
has plastic surgery and ends up as Madge                        The Goodies' made their name on the BBC but like
from Neighbours.                                                many other top names defected to the other side in
                                                                the 80s. Now their complete LWT series is out on
Not quite the hit people though it would be                     DVD and includes an hilarious sequel to 'Snow White'
but 'Girls on Top' certainly had a great                        that won't be seen at your local theatre next panto
cast. French and Saunders, Tracey Ullman, Ruby Wax, season, an episode in which Bill Oddie is replaced by
Harry Enfield, Robbie Coltrane, Pauline Quirke, Joan Green- a robot, probably so he could go bird watching and
wood and even The Beverly Sisters all appeared and the 'Football Crazy' which guest stars Wayne Sleep and
complete series is now available. The programme also pro- the guy I love to hate Fred Dineage. Special features
duces plenty of evidence about how important it is to vet flat- include their hit singles and yes I do admit to buying
mates.                                                          their album.

If there's one sitcom I adored when I was growing up and still     For more information go to:
love now then it's 'Man About the House.' The final series is
                      now available on DVD and for eager
                      eyed viewers it does get a little bit con-        Jekyll Out on DVD next week
                      fusing. In the final episode (oh how I
                      cried), Chrissie gets married to flatmate    With the modern day version of ‗Jekyll‘ coming to a
                      Robin's brother. He's played by Jeffery      shocking end this Saturday (July 28) you don‘t have to
                      Fourmile who'd already appeared in the       wait too long to relive all those great moments with
                      series as another of Chrissie's boy-         James Nesbitt again with a few added extras thrown in
                      friends (talk about only liking a certain    too.
                      type of guy) and then got the role of the
                      snobby next door neighbour in spin-off       The DVD is out on July 30th and is the uncut version.
                      series 'George and Mildred.' Just pure       It also includes audio commentaries on the first and
                      good saucy fun that's what made the          last episodes including writer Steven Moffat and Gina
                      series so successful and of course a         Belman. There‘s also a 45 minute documentary look-
great cast that included Richard O'Sullivan, Paula Wilcox,         ing at how the series was made. It costs £29.99 and is
Yootha Joyce and Brian Murphy.                                     released by Contender Home Entertainment.
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           Everyone will be wanting Hairspray this summer

Another musical comes to the big screen this month when John Travolta, Queen Latifah and Michelle Pfeiffer star in
'Hairspray.' It's a return to musicals for Travolta but this is about as far as you can get from Danny Zuko believe me.

It's the story of Tracy Tumblad, a big girl with big hair and she loves to dance. Her dream is to appear on 'The Corny
Collins Show', Baltimore's hippest dance party on TV but won't her size count against her? Not a chance, despite
her over protective mother, Edna, she achieves her dream but can she cope with her new found fame and just who
will win the coveted 'Miss Teenage Hairspray' crown? This isn't just a movie about dancing though, there's also the
subject of racial inequality that changes Tracy's life and threatens her chance of winning that crown.

                                  The story of Hairspray's genesis begins in 1988, when filmmaker John Waters and
                                  New Line Cinema released the original 'Hairspray'. Like his prior films, including
                                  Pink Flamingos and Polyester, Hairspray was written, directed and produced by
                                  Waters and quickly became another comedy cult classic. The film starred
                                  newcomer Ricki Lake as Tracy Turnblad, the titular Divine (née Glen Milstead) as
                                  her loving mother, Edna, and veteran actor Jerry Stiller (Ben's dad) as her father,
                                  Wilbur ."I wrote it on my bed in my kind of slummy apartment in Baltimore," says
                                  Waters. "I lived a lot of this movie growing up in Baltimore in the early '60s. I used
                                  to watch the local TV teen dance show, "The Buddy Dean Show," and even was
                                  on it once. I, like all the other white kids, was listening to the black music back
                                  then. We had three black radio stations."

                                    Waters explains that his film is actually a white person's perspective (as seen
                                    through the eyes of teenager Tracy Turnblad) of the integration movement. "I think
                                    my movie resonated with people because it was really funny but socially
redeeming without being preachy. The biggest difference, no pun intended, was that on the real Buddy Dean show,
there was never a fat girl. So that's where the character of Tracy came from. To me, Tracy, the fat girl, basically
represented every outsider, and her dream to dance on The Corny Collins Show represented the dreams of anyone
facing discrimination of any kind."

In 2002 the movie followed the route taken by 'The Producers' and became a Broadway musical. It was nominated
for 13 Tony Awards and won eight of them, including 'Best Musical', 'Best Original Score and three acting awards
went to Harvey Fierstein, Marissa Jaret Winokur and Dick Latessa. The show opens in the West End this October
with Michael Ball in the role of 'Edna' (more about that on page ).

For the original Tracy Turnblad, Ricki Lake (who, like Waters and Jerry Stiller, appears in a cameo role in the new
film), John Waters' movie is a Cinderella story not only in terms of its themes but for her personally as well. "It was
actually a little overwhelming to be on set in Toronto on the day I did my cameo," Lake recalls. "I mean, it was 19
years ago when we made the original. It's surreal to think that I am actually old enough to be the new Tracy's mother!
Seriously, I think the story is still relevant know, the ideas of tolerance and acceptance and inclusion.
And I love the idea of the underdog winning. It's such a positive story about being true to yourself and if you can do
that, then your dreams can come true.

The movie is directed by Adam Shankman; "I'm a huge fan of John's film and the Broadway musical. And the reason
they both succeeded is because the story of the big girl with the big hair and big dreams holds up no matter what
medium is used to tell it. So now, by telling the story using the best of both worlds of film and theatre, a whole new
generation of audiences are going to get to experience the crazy comedy of the original film and the sheer joy and
exuberance of the Broadway show."

In 'Hairspray' we see John Travolta in a way we've never seen him before. After starring roles in 'Saturday Night
Fever' and 'Grease' he won female fans all over the world, but in 'Hairspray' he drags up as 'Edna Tumblad.' "Come
to Mama." With arms wide open, those were the first words actor John Travolta said to his latest leading lady, Nikki
Blonsky, upon meeting her for the first time back in August 2006. "Their connection was immediate," recalls producer
Neil Meron. "That first meeting exemplifies the relationship they had from the get-go. It was a bit overwhelming
because it was like these two people were destined to be together in some way. We all just took a step back
because we knew we were witnessing the beginning of what might be one of the greatest 'mother-daughter' acts of
all time."

The film sees Nikki Blonksy make her debut in the role of Tracy and she certainly impressed Travolta. ""A star has
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definitely been born," says Travolta of Blonsky's performance. "I don't think I'll ever have to eat my words about that.
Once you see Nikki perform it will be quite evident that she has a presence, talent and charisma not unlike a young
Barbra Streisand or Bette Midler. She is as unique in her abilities as those two women are in theirs."

Travolta may have made his name in film musicals but he turned down a role in 'Chicago' (big mistake) and it took
nearly a year to get him on board for 'Hairspray' as producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron (who tried in vain to get
Travolta to be in that movie) explain. ""John is the greatest movie musical star of this generation, but he was reticent
for a long time because he was concerned about a return to the genre that made him a star," says Meron. "He kept
telling Craig and me that if he was to make another musical he wanted it to be a project that was not going to be
ordinary in any way. Well, we just kept saying to him that John Travolta portraying Edna Turnblad would be anything
but ordinary." So what made Travolta change his mind?

"Honestly, Chicago was the first musical film project that tempted me to return to the genre, and now I have regrets
that I didn't do it. So, Craig and Neil told me that I was not getting away this time. They gave me all the details of how
they were going to approach the material and all the reasons why I should play this part. For quite a while, though, it
was hard for me to grasp the concept of being a leading man for 30 years, and now I am being sought out to play a
                                  fat woman from Baltimore. But after many, many months of indecision, they
                                  successfully convinced me to shake my booty again, but this time as Edna."

                                 Becoming Edna was a long and torturous experience for Travolta taking up to five
                                 hours every day. He was encased from forehead-to-toe in a full body fat suit
                                 (weighing over 30 pounds) and five separate gel-filled silicone prosthetic appliances
                                 (chin & lower lip, upper lip, two cheek pieces and one wrap-around neck and
                                 cleavage piece). In total, three full body suits (plus a half-body silicone suit weighing
                                 75 pounds) were built, and 11 pairs of legs, nine pairs of arms and over 40 sets of
                                 facial appliances were manufactured to use in the transformation. In regards to the
                                 daily makeup process, Travolta had a love/hate relationship with Edna. "I can say
                                 being Edna was fun, but becoming Edna was not fun," says Travolta. "I loved the
effect the look had on people when they would see me on set as Edna, but I did not love the process involving the
prosthetics and the fat suit. It was very uncomfortable and very hot. It was like wearing seven layers of very
uncomfortable clothing, and I remember thinking I would never want to be a woman if that was the case. However, I
was thrilled the first time I saw myself as Edna and I bought it," he says. "Out of nowhere really she just appeared,
and it was a lot of fun walking on to the set and having people greet me as Edna...people kind of forgot that I was
inside there somewhere, so that was funny to me. Instead of playing the old joke of being a man in a woman's fat
suit, I decided to play a new joke and create and become a blue collar woman from Baltimore."

As daunting of a task as it was for the producers to convince Travolta to play Edna, it was, by all accounts, an
equally formidable challenge for Adam Shankman to find the girl who would become his Tracy. "I was always
committed to finding an unknown to play Tracy, and Neil and Craig and the studio backed that notion 100%," says
Shankman. "It was critical to the film and the role itself that whoever was to play Tracy couldn't bring any baggage to
the character. Not only did I want to cast an unknown, I insisted that the actress be the same age as the character.
That was imperative in my vision for the role. Audiences need to see this chubby teenager for the first time and
immediately fall in love with her."

The filmmakers undertook an exhaustive worldwide search with open casting calls in Canada, Britain, Australia and
the United States and set up an Internet web site for taped audition submissions as well. Over 1,000 girls were seen
by the filmmakers before Nikki Blonsky rose to the top of the list. "Once I saw Nikki's audition, I immediately put her
on my list," recalls Shankman. "She was the right age, certainly looked the part, she could sing very well and she
made me laugh. She had incredible confidence and a lovable sexuality about her that is very Tracy. As the casting
process continued I saw lots of other girls and lots of other audition tapes. But I kept going back to Nikki's. I'd watch a
few others and then I'd watch hers again and then see a few others and then watch hers again. Eventually, I realized
I just could not get over the fact that this little chubby teenager from working- class Long Island had the same
passionate dreams of performing as the little chubby teenager from working-class Baltimore. The parallels between
their lives were so apparent it gave a sense of inevitability to the decision to cast her. Finally, we all just recognized
the fact that Nikki was Tracy. All she really had to do was show up, put on the wigs and it was done." More call backs
and meetings with the filmmakers followed, and finally a screen test in Los Angeles that sealed the deal for
everyone. Several months later, Blonsky arrived on set to begin rehearsals. Her first impression had indeed become
a lasting one.

"The only time we were able to have the entire cast together was for one table read and sing-through in August,"
says composer/lyricist and co-executive producer Marc Shaiman. "The energy and excitement in that room was
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palpable and contagious. It was outrageously thrilling and exciting to see this incredible and diverse amount of triple-
threat talent in one room. In the midst of it all, we witnessed Nikki emerging as Tracy. It was an incredibly moving
experience and something we will never forget."

"I owe such an incredible amount of gratitude to Adam," says Nikki Blonsky. "I believe he was my guardian angel
watching over me all the time as I was living my dream. He brought me to tears on many occasions. To hear that I
was doing a good job from him was just the most gratifying thing I had ever experienced. He made me the happiest
girl in the world, and he will always have a place in my heart...always."

For the characters of music-loving mom Motormouth Maybelle and the scheming Velma Von Tussle, the filmmakers
went straight to their first choices, Queen Latifah and Michelle Pfeiffer. Both actors are big stars, beautiful women
and, thanks to some hair-raising wigs, blonde.

"Being blonde brought out a whole other side of me," says Latifah, smiling. "It was a side I didn't even know I had. I
mean, I've had my hair lightened but never been platinum like that was cool...I felt like a superhero with all
that hair. I felt powerful."

Latifah accepted the role without ever having seen a script, based on her previous collaborations with director/
choreographer Adam Shankman (Bringing Down the House) and Hairspray producers Craig Zadan and Neil Meron,
who executive produced Chicago, for which Latifah received Oscar), Golden Globe and SAG Award nominations for
Best Supporting Actress for her portrayal as Mama Morton. "I just relied on their collective expertise, and I was very
comfortable that they were going to deliver all the things they promised...and they did," she says.

For Pfeiffer, who probably wants to forget her role in 'Grease 2', this is her most villainous role since playing The
Catwoman in 'Batman Returns' "I think calling her the villain would be a very fair assessment, if not a glaring
understatement," says Pfeiffer, laughing. "I was a bit reluctant at first to play her. I didn't really know how to approach
such a hateful character. Every scene I tried to humanize her and sometimes it just wasn't possible. So, I must give
thanks to Adam. He was very collaborative and yet always gave me a sense that he was in control and keeping the
bigger picture in mind.

He was always very generous with rehearsal time and making sure I was comfortable with the staging, but whenever
I would get too 'actor-y' and question 'my motivation,' Adam would just say 'Honey! It's Vaudeville!' That would
always put me back in the place I needed to be to be Velma."

 "During production, however, the "real" nicest kids in town were the young triple threat performers that were
handpicked by the filmmakers to play high school heartthrob Link Larkin (Zac Efron), Tracy's best friend Penny
Pingleton (Amanda Bynes), Velma's daughter Amber Von Tussle (Brittany Snow) and Motormouth Maybelle's two
kids, Seaweed (Elijah Kelley) and Little Inez (Taylor Parks). Just within the last year, Efron, Bynes, Snow, Kelley and
Parks have all experienced a surge in their individual careers, culminating with their casting in Hairspray.

Efron, who became a household name last year thanks to his performance as Troy Bolton in the phenomenon "High
School Musical," recalls the day he was transformed into his character. "It all seemed to happen so quickly," says
Efron, whose real life status as a teen heartthrob has certainly surpassed that of his alter ego, Link. "I walked into the
hair trailer looking like, well, me, and by the time I walked out they had dyed my hair jet black, cut it short, then
greased it back into a DA. I was like, 'Are you kidding me?' I swear I had some sort of identity crisis the rest of the
day. I couldn't look in the mirror because I was a bit afraid of who or what would be looking back at me. It was
shocking, but finally I got used to it and told myself that if I'm going to rock like Link, I'd better rock it well and the new
haircut was just the beginning."

 Efron says that the two-month singing/dance rehearsal process took more than a little getting used to as well. "For
'High School Musical,' we only rehearsed for about a week and a half and shot the entire movie in six weeks. That's
actually less time than we spent just rehearsing 'Hairspray.' So, yeah, it was different and exhausting and unlike
anything I had ever experienced but Adam and the assistant choreographers made us understand how important the
rehearsals were because once we started filming there would not be any time to do anything but shoot the movie. It
was a great lesson...tough, but a great lesson."

'Hairspray' opens in the UK on July 20th, we'll have a review of the movie in our next edition.
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                                           THE CLUB
                                   THE MAG ONLINE SOAP OPERA
They stared at each other for what seemed ages and then it       really is a drag at the moment.
all clicked into place. Sarah was speechless as she realised
that she was doing the catering for her girlfriend's twentieth   Sarah was in a state of shock, of all the jobs she
wedding anniversary, the very same girlfriend she'd cheated      could have got she ended up doing the catering for
on the night before. Sarah dropped the plate of salmon and       her girlfriend's 20th wedding anniversary, how the
began to cry. Jude began to panic, what could she say to her     hell was she going to get through this. After hours of
husband who'd seen everything while chatting to his mother,      crying and listening to those Barry Manilow albums
the woman who'd given them eighteen months at the most           she always put on when feeling sorry for herself, she
when they tied the knot twenty years ago. "What's going on       was still no nearer the answer. Of course there was
darling, do you know this girl?" said her puzzled husband?       an escape route, just dump Jude and let her play
                                                                 pretend happy families with he husband and go out
Thinking fast on her feet wasn't Jude's number one talent but    with Lisa. Ok the conversation wasn't up to much
since she'd began the affair with Sarah it was storming up the   unless you've watched every episode of
charts. "Yeah I know her, stupid cow. She works at the club,     'Hollyoaks' (not forgetting the supposedly sexy late
probably think I'll shop her to the boss because I've caught     night episodes) but the sex was good and she wasn't
her moonlighting." She hated saying that but being found out     even old enough to have a 20th wedding
was just too much to bear, Sarah couldn't believe what she       anniversary. Trouble was Lisa wasn't answering her
was hearing and ran out the room in a flood of tears. Jude's     calls and Sarah felt more lonely than she'd ever felt
husband took her hand and led her back to the top table,         in her entire life.
"never did like smoked salmon anyway."           Jude gave that
false smile that was definitely her greatest talent but longed to Finally the train arrived at the station. Andy had been
rush after Sarah.                                                 beginning to think he'd never arrive but then again a
                                                                  part of him dreaded the fact that he might. All he had
What was that smell? Betty Bender had a major problem and on him was a bag of clothes, a CD player and around
not just the fact her shoes seemed to be covered in what £20 in cash. But he just couldn't live at home
looked like custard. Her dreams of leaving behind that lousy anymore, he just couldn't put up with his father
job as Karaoke Drag Hostess at The Club were as far away treating him the way he did just because he was gay.
as ever thanks to her big mouth and the shock of seeing her OK he had nowhere to go but he'd find somewhere,
ex all over that producer. A few home truths had been wouldn't he?
exchanged and a few lies too but some of the things she'd
heard made her realize why she was sleeping alone Back at the party Jude's false smile was going into
nowadays. Well, that was when Betty actually made it to a overdrive. Her double life was really getting to her
bed not a skip, somewhere in... Betty had to think for a few and rather than pretending to be pleasant to relatives
moments and still had no idea where the skip was. The fact she couldn't stand she wanted to get our of that
she was due at work was a bit of a worry too.                     place and try to explain to Sarah why she'd behaved
                                                                  the way she did. There was something else playing
Betty's mobile rang and the name on the screen sent a on her mind too, ok she only saw Sarah for a few
shudder down her spine, or was that the damaged mattress fleeting moments and part of that was spent trying to
with the springs poking out? It was the one phone call he was dodge the flying salmon, but was that a love bite on
dreading, well apart from the one he might be getting from the her neck that she saw?
TV rental company after he wrecked the new plasma TV he
was hiring from them. Memo, don't put them up on the wall Lisa just wasn't in the mood to talk to anyone. Part of
after you've just got home from the club. No it was even her wanted to tell the whole world that she'd finally
worse than that, it was his boss asking where the hell he was got Sarah into bed (and the shower, the living room
and why he hadn't turned up at the club last night.               sofa and even the linen cupboard for a while but the
                                                                  hoover got in the way) but she'd heard the rumours
Betty had no idea where he was and telling his boss that he that Sarah had a girlfriend and wasn't quite in the
was in a skip wasn't really the answer to give but he wasn't mood for an argument, definitely not today. She'd
quite awake yet and definitely not sober. "I've had enough of been sitting in her flat all afternoon, the mobile kept
this Betty, give me one good reason why I shouldn't sack you going every few minutes but there was no way she
on the spot now.' Well, apart from the fact there wasn't that wanted to talk to Sarah at the moment, she knew
much room in the skip, Betty had one perfect reason why his where that would end and today wasn't the day to
job was safe. "Well I could always tell your boyfriend what I further that relationship, even though she longed to
saw you doing with Clive at the office party."                    see her again. No, not today, not the day when the
                                                                  mother she hadn't spoken to for two years was
The phone went dead. Betty smiled, tried to get out the skip, celebrating her twentieth wedding anniversary
fell backwards landing in a pool of something not even Kim
and Aggie would touch. I guess you could say Betty's life THE CLUB CONTINUES IN OUR NEXT EDITION.
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                                         ON MY RADIO
Just started on BBC Radio 2 is a three-part series about the         GaydarRadio Wins Third
life of Noel Coward. 'Mad About the Boy - The Songs of Noel
Coward' can be heard at 7pm and presented by Neil Tennant            Prestigious Award In Less
from The Pet Shop Boys. From the 1920s to the 60s Coward
composed over 400 songs and of course a whole host of tre-
                                                                         Than 12 Months
mendous plays that have perhaps overshadowed his song-
writing skills.                                              GaydarRadio have won the Commercial Radio
                                                             Digital Station of the Year at the Arqiva Commercial
In this three-part series some of his most well known songs Radio Awards 2007.
are performed by artists such as Dillie Keane,Kit Hesketh-
Harvey and Neil Hannon. In the second part of the series They beat off stiff competition from other finalists
there's an interview with Elaine Stritch who reads one of the PlanetRock, last year's recipient, and The Jazz, to
letters Coward sent her.                                      take the accolade at a ceremony at London's Royal
                                                              Lancaster Hotel.
The final programme features the voice of Coward himself
singing songs including Play Orchestra Play, Don't Put Your The award follows right on the heels of a prestigious
Daughter On The Stage Mrs Worthington and The Bar On Gold Sony for GaydarRadio which was crowned UK
The Piccolo Marina.                                              Digital Terrestrial Station of the Year in April. And
                                                                 last October, the network was voted Best Radio
On the 30th of July on the BBC World Service at 9.05am you Station by its listeners in the BT Digital Music
can hear the first part of ‗Coming Out‘ Clare English travels to Awards.
Jamaica and South Africa, two countries with very different
attitudes to homosexuality, to compare what life is like for gay The Arqiva judges said GaydarRadio was a station
people there.                                                    that "had established a presence in major gay
                                                                 community events and added diversity to digital
Jamaica has a reputation for being one of the most homopho- broadcasting."
bic countries in the world. Over the last two years, 10 people
have been murdered because of their sexuality, according to       Receiving the award, Programme Controller Robin
the Jamaican Gay and Lesbian Forum, and earlier this year a       Crowley said: "It's been one heck of a year for us. In
church was attacked by a mob during the funeral of a gay          March this year, we turned five-years-old with our
man.                                                              biggest audience figures ever, more live
                                                                  programming then ever and brand new funky station
By contrast, South Africa has some of the most liberal gay indents which reflect that fact that GaydarRadio is
rights legislation in the world and has even enshrined gay the sound of Gay UK.
rights in its constitution.
                                                                  "It's also been a year that has brought us closer than
"It's not the job of the state to say who you make love with or ever to our audience, with the opening in Soho of
how you make love, except if it is exploitation. If you discrimi- Profile, our very first live entertainment venue.
nate on grounds of sexual orientation it's anti-human," says Naturally, we will be celebrating this most recent
former South African Education Minister Kader Asmal. But, success with another humongous party." For more
even in South Africa, despite a liberal attitude and progressive information go to
legislation, some lesbians apparently suffer "corrective rape".

Clare English talks to Jamaicans and South Africans and
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                                Paul O’Grady Biography
 Graham Norton to appear in the        Published
next series of Who Do You Think
            You Are?                                        Brought up in an Irish Catholic house in Tranmere,
                                                            Birkenhead, O'Grady has come a
The fifth series of Who Do You Think You Are? follows eight long way from his roots. And what
more personalities as they embark on personal adventures a lively and incredible journey it
of discovery and revelation.                                has been.

The celebrities unravelling secrets and surprises about their    He has worked as a civil servant,
roots are presenter and comedian Graham Norton; actor           a waiter, a barman, a woodsman,
John Hurt; MP Boris Johnson; newsreader Natasha                 a carer in a children's home and
Kaplinsky; impersonator and actor Alistair McGowan;             an office worker in an abattoir. And
comedian and presenter Griff Rhys Jones; Olympian               his private life has been equally
Matthew Pinsent; and writer and presenter Carol                 colourful.
                                                                He was married in his youth to a
Graham Norton explores his paternal Protestant roots and        lesbian Portuguese waitress. Initially famous for his
unravels a family mystery from his mother's side. John          outrageous wigs and raucous behaviour, he found
Hurt's search into the past leads him to possible               fame as Lily Savage of the 'Blond Bombshell', a
connections with Irish aristocracy, while Boris Johnson         vampish drag act that was inspired by his experiences
discovers he might have ties to the French aristocracy.         when working as a waiter in a brothel. He began by
                                                                touring gay clubs and pubs.

     Ready for some Backstage                                   Then, in the early 1990s, he achieved more
                                                                mainstream fame with his big break - a slot of ITV's
        Broadway Gossip?                                        This Morning. In recent years, after hosting many
                                                                highly acclaimed TV shows as Lily Savage, O'Grady
                                                                has chosen to appear as himself.
How often do you read papers or books just for the gossip?
                                                            He has been seen jet-setting around the world in his
Well if that's the case and I'm betting it is, 'Broadway
                                                            travelogue shows entitles Paul O'Grady's Orient and
Babylon' which is published in August by Back Stage Books
                                                            Paul O'Grady's America, causing havoc in the BBC's
(£16.99) should be right up your street, well Broadway.
                                                            Celebrity Driving School, and, most recently, hosting
                                                            his hugely popular self-titled talk show.
Written by Boze Hadleigh this will certainly expose some of
Broadway's dirty laundry as it reveals some of Broadway's
                                                            The abundance of awards that Paul O'Grady has been
best kept secrets and feuds. There's over 400 pages of
                                                            given in the past five years are a testament to just how
never before told stories about stars such as Ethel Merman,
                                                            much affection the British public have for him. In this
Lucille Ball, Bette Davis and more. We'll have more about
                                                            hilarious new biography, Neil Simpson paints a
the book in a future edition.
                                                            fascinating and novel portrait of the wild and incredible
                                                            man that we all love so much.
 Don‘t fall into The Honey Trap, Just Read
                      it!                                       The author Neil Simpson has been a staff reporter on
                                                                the Daily Mirror, Sunday Telegraphy and Mail on
Just published by Bloomsbury (they don‘t just publish Harry Sunday a s well as writing for various newspapers and
Potter books you know) is ‗The Honey Trap‘ by Lana Citron. magazines. His recent books include Gordon Ramsay:
(£7.99)                                                         The Biography, Charlotte Church: Hell's Angel, Jade:
                                                                Story of a Survivor and Kings of Comedy: The
It tells the story of Issy Brodsky, single mum and single-digit Biography of Matt Lucas and David Walliams.
income, finds a job compatible with her skills (laissez-faire
attitude and flexible - thanks to the yoga). Now she works
for the Honey Trap Detective Agency for a permanently We‘ll have a review of this book in our next edition
premenstrual transgender boss.                                  when our Shelflife section launches.

But what she hoped would be a simple nine-to-as-early-as- If you‘d like to review a book for us then just email us
possible job becomes increasingly complicated due to a at
missing finger, a noisy neighbour, an angry Jewish client, an
unsolved murder and a dose of chicken pox
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                             Equality Update
                                                               The Revd Richard Kirker Chief Executive of LGCM
Employment Tribunal decides                                    warmly welcomed the Employment Tribunal decision,
                                                               he said: "All the evidence in this case says John
in favour of gay man discrimi-                                 Reaney is an outstanding Christian Youth Officer -
                                                               the mission of the Church has not been served by
nated against by the Bishop of                                 Bishop Anthony Priddis' prejudicial action against
                                                                The tables have been turned. Bishop Priddis
Stonewall have welcomed the recent employment tribunal          attempted to humiliate Mr Reaney but he now stands
decision in favour of John Reaney, the gay man who has won      condemned and humiliated by this judgment. This is
his discrimination claim against the Bishop of Hereford. The    a just outcome. The Church has brought this
case was supported and funded by Stonewall.                     humiliation on itself. The case need never have been
                                                                brought if the Church was not institutionally
John Reaney was interviewed by a panel of eight people for homophobic."
the post of Youth Officer in the Diocese of Hereford last sum-
mer. However, a unanimous decision to appoint him was
blocked by the Bishop of Hereford after a meeting in which Mr We were alarmed by elements of Bishop Priddis'
Reaney was humiliatingly cross-examined by the Bishop evidence before the tribunal. There was a moment of
about his private life.                                         extraordinary farce when he quoted a remark
                                                                allegedly made by Rowan Williams, the Archbishop
Mr Reaney is set to secure substantial compensation. In its of Canterbury, to a journalist in an African airport as
judgement, the Tribunal said: 'The Respondents discriminated an authority for his position. He did not give the
against the Claimant on the grounds of sexual orientation. The source."
case will now be listed for a remedy hearing.'
                                                                Bishop Priddis himself has pointed out that Hereford
John Reaney said: 'I'm delighted that the Bishop of Hereford diocese is not wealthy - yet by his unwarranted
has lost this case. It demonstrates to many lesbian and gay action the diocese will be many thousands of pounds
Christians working for God within the Church of England that the poorer - he must consider his position. How
they are entitled to fair and respectful treatment. I'm very much has this case - an attempt to persecute and
grateful indeed to Stonewall for their support throughout this deny employment on the grounds of sexual
case. I'm also grateful to my solicitor Alison Downie of Bind- orientation - cost the Church of England? What good
man & Partners and barrister Sandyha Drew for all their work.' could possibly have come even if the Church,
                                                                improbably, had won?"
Ben Summerskill, Stonewall Chief Executive, said: 'This out-
come is a triumph for 21st century decency over 19th century LGCM stands ready to help all victims of the
prejudice. We're very happy for John. The tribunal has rightly Church's Homophobia. Shockingly what happened to
made clear that the Church of England cannot discriminate Mr Reaney is not unusual. We receive similar
against gay people with impunity. No one, not even a Bishop, evidence regularly. The forty-odd pages of the
is exempt from the law.'                                        judgment boils down to this - everything about the
                                                                appointment of a Christian Youth Officer in the
Mr Reaney, who lives in north Wales, went to Stonewall diocese of Hereford was going well UNTIL the bishop
Cymru's Cardiff office for advice and, given its importance, got involved. This displayed to all the world that his
Stonewall supported and funded his case throughout. Stone- judgment was clouded above all else by homophobia
wall argued that a heterosexual person would not have been and hubris. This is not the first time he has acted in
subject to the same level of intrusive questioning as Reaney. this way.
The case was heard over four days in Cardiff in April.
                                                                We will be considering the lengthy judgment for the
'The reason that Christians can practice their faith in this broader implications it has for the Church. In fact all
country alongside Muslims, and Protestants alongside Catho- faith bodies will need to act with extreme caution now
lics, is precisely because modern Britain respects difference,' more than ever if they are tempted to discriminate
said Ben Summerskill. 'We hope this decision gives a clear against lesbian and gay people despite the
signal to all employers about the importance of respecting exceptions given to faith bodies in certain very
lesbian and gay people in the workplace.'                       restricted situations to discriminate. We wish Mr
                                                                Reaney well whether or not he feels he wants
For more information about Stonewall go to anything further to do with an institution which has                                            treated him so appallingly." said Mr Kirker.
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           Christian?                                                      The Communication
 They can‘t even spell the word!                                             Workers Union
I've seen three programmes on television recently that have
looked at the poisonous Phelps family in the States who revel in              Gary Williams
their 'God Hates Fags' campaign. However, back at home the
Christian Voice are still doing their level best to become the UK        Solent Branch Secretary
Homophobia Champions. The recent Pride event in London
gave them another chance to express their poison views.                    and Equality Office
On 27th June they sent out a 'Christian Voice E'Alert' concerning
the upcoming Pride festival. Giving their supporters the time of The Communication Workers Union (CWU) is the
the Parade and a map of the route, they then launched into an biggest union for the communications industry in
attack on our community.                                             the UK with 250,000 members. Solent Branch is
                                                                     the branch for 1500 CWU members who work in
It stated: "The London 'Gay Pride' March is an open, God- BT, Romec, Royal Mail, Manpower, Kellys, NTL,
defying, annual display of what the Bible describes as Cable & Wireless, Monteray and others
'abomination' and 'vile affection' right in the heart of our capital companies in Dorset, and most of Hampshire and
city." They certainly weren't impressed with the fact that the Wiltshire.
Parade would include floats from Government departments and
charities such as Age Concern and declared that they would be There are sister branches in the area who cover
"proudly proclaiming their perversion and those recruiting the Royal Mail, Parcel Force and other delivery
young into a lifestyle of disease, degradation and early death. companies.
How they need the Gospel!"
                                                                     The Secretary of Solent branch, Gary Williams,
For the third year in a row the group organised a "Christian was recently re elected to the CWU's national
witness" in Waterloo Place. Only banners giving direct quotes of advisory committee that deals with and advises
the scriptures were to be allowed as such quotations have the union on Lesbian, Gay, BiSexual and
apparently in the past "pierced several hearts" as "Satan hates Transgender issues.
the word of God, and he hates it especially when God's people
employ God's word to resist his evil works."                         As a branch we believe in educating members on
                                                                     equality issues and dealing with homophobia, both
To further make their 'point' they quoted a Trafalgar Day Poster in the workplace and outside of it. Many of the
in a subway to Cockspur Street that includes the quote "Fear industries in which we have members are very
God, fear sin, and then fear nothing.'         Christian Voice see macho and it remains an issue for some LGBT
relevance in this because in their view "How we need the fear of workers to be out at work. We offer support,
God in our nation."                                                  advice and help if needed.

Not of course that Stephen Green and his supporters were              We also campaign locally and nationally, having
actually going to enjoy being in London but "prophetic witness is     taken part in the original Bournemouth Pride's as
like cleaning out the toilets. It's a mucky job, but someone has to   well as the Bourne Free events and Pride events
do it."                                                               around the country.

It's not just the gay community that have upset Christian Voice.      If anyone works in the telecom or postal industry
The second part of the E-Alert previewed a prayer meeting at          and is interested in joining the CWU we have
the MegaMosque site in West Ham near the proposed Olympic             offices in Bournemouth, Winton, Southampton,
site in East London. They hold monthly prayer meetings hoping         Dorchester and Salisbury.
that "the Muslims might know the Lord Jesus Christ, and that the
Lord might sow confusion in Islamic plans for domination over   The branch Secretary and Equality Officer Gary
West Ham and the United Kingdom."                               Williams can be contacted by email at
                                                       or by calling 01202
Christian Voice and Stephen Green in particular are a 511022. More information about us is also
dangerous little group but no action seems to be being taken available on our website
against their homophobia and Islamphobia. Mind you it's hard to
take them seriously when the E-Alert concluded with the We are also part of Unions Out West, the South
following "Stephen Green, National Director, Chritsian Voice. West TUC's LGB&T network, open to any member
Christian? Stephen Green doesn't even know how to spell the of any union in the region. More about them next
word.                                                           time.

More about them in our next edition.
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 Gay Surrey Lifestyle Survey reveals increase in
           hate crime in the county
One of Gay Surrey's main aims is to "help our community to realise true equality and one of our primary action areas

At the start of 2007 the charity launched a Lifestyle Survey, the first attitude and opinion survey specifically designed
and targeted towards the LGBT community in Surrey. The results of the survey are being published on a rolling
basis to enable interested organisations and individuals to track and monitor opinions.

Earlier this week the Safety and Security Report was published as part of the charities aim to "stamp out homophobic
incidents and hate crime by continuing to help support Surrey Police in achieving their goals of positive action and
strengthen confidence within the LGBT community of Surrey" (quotes by Gino Meriano, Chair of Gay Surrey).

The report states that even though there is increasing acceptance of LGBT people - hate crime within Surrey
continues to rise. It also reveals the sad fact that many people who experience homophobia or live with homophobic
hate crime are so used to it they fear reporting it will not be taken seriously.

Some of our community have had bad experiences when reporting incidents; others fear being 'outed' or continuing
reprisals from the perpetrators. However, unless people do have confidence to report homophobia and hate crime,
there cannot be a true record of the extent of the problem and little will be done to address the problem.

The report recommends that Surrey Police publicise their successes and demonstrate tangible action. They should
also identify and work diligently with organisations that can help inform the LGBT community. Gay Surrey has offered
its events and website to help share news and updates:

Any claimed success must be backed by evidence. It should also be acknowledge when and where improvements
can be made without trying to be defensive as an authority.

Hate Crime awareness needs to be raised across the county. Sadly the campaigns run so far have not been as
successful as hoped. Gay Surrey recommend that a coordinated campaign that is appropriate to the audience be
launched and face to face contact should also be part of the communication mix. Gay Surrey is actively seeking
funding for our StopHateNow campaign: (

As you'll read in our special report on homophobic bullying in school young members of our community are
experiencing constant problems because of their sexuality. One area Gay Surrey is focussing on is eliminating
homophobic bullying in schools. Learn - Teach - Grow

Funding is being sought to run a project to inform educators and then help them teach the topic with the hope to
grow a more inclusive society. (

It's also important to track opinions and gather feedback which hopefully the Lifestyle Survey will achieve. They also
aim to help by having our third party reported incidents included and reviewed by the authorities. Funding is again
being sought to continue their Lifestyle Survey and to run focus groups and independent workshops to gain further
insights to inform the authorities future strategy and action plans.

One in three respondents said that they had been victims of hate crime. Gay Surrey's research via blogs, youth
groups and social groups has identified a lack of knowledge over what constitutes an homophobic incident or hate
crime. Less than a third of the LGBT community expressed confidence in Surrey Police.

Less than one quarter of respondents felt they received a positive response from the Police. The majority of
respondents, however, identified their experience as poor. Nearly 60% of respondents didn't know if Surrey Police
treated the LGBT community equally. Also a majority of respondents indicated that previous campaigns have either
not been seen as targeted to the LGBT community or have not perhaps exploited the channels appropriate to our
community. Only 11% of those who filled in the survey felt that Surrey Police understand the issues that affect the
LGBT community though 58% were unsure again highlighting the importance of LAGLO officers.

Only 37% felt secure enough to show signs, for example simply holding hands, of their sexuality in public.
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When asked how Surrey Police can help the gay community further, suggestions included more local advertising, not
harassing gay people, producing a hate crime advert that actually mentions sexuality, becoming more involved with
initiatives raised by gay groups such as Gay Surrey, education in schools and having an LGBT officer to encourage
the reporting of incidents.

When respondents were asked why they didn't have confidence in Surrey Police, answers included believing they
wouldn't do anything, that they wouldn't be taken seriously, a lack of sympathy and the presence of an "underlying
homophobic attitude."

Earlier this year on May 17th Gay Surrey marked the International Day Against Homophobia (IDAHO) by holding an
awareness event at the Oatlands Park Hotel.

The evening began with 77 balloons being released. Why 77? Well incredibly that's the shameful number of
countries in this world that still have legislation making it illegal to be gay.

Back indoors at the Hotel, 120 people attended he evening that had the aim of raising awareness about the hidden
homophobia in the county. It had the aim of stressing the fact that the LGBT community should be more visible and
speak out with the target of one day putting an end to hate crime.

Gino Meriano Chair of Gay Surrey, followed Bill Buckley's opening speech by talking about the meaning behind
IDAHO and hate crime across the world and the importance of speaking out, forming new partnerships and their new
stophate now campaign, QBOY's powerful speech about the young and his live performance of his latest single
closed the evening on a high and created a new buzz for action".

Gino says "The night was electrifying there was so much support, not only from our community but from everyone,
including organisations that believed more needed to be done, IDAHO Surrey was not about promoting the work our
charity have done so far but the importance surrounding the "International Day Against Homophobia" as a whole.
There is enough hatred in the world we need to come together as never before and reinforce the need for social
acceptance and understanding, we are people to".

The committee were proud to have the following sponsors who also kindly donated to the night from Surrey Police,
the Met police, Falcons Football Club, Blackfords Solicitors, THT, Connexions. and GYSE.

From creating IDAHO Surrey 2007 to the actual night itself the charity raised over £870 towards their campaign and
wish to thank everyone that contributed towards making this happen.

Gino Meriano, Chair of Gay Surrey continues "this event proved there is so much more to do and as a result of this
we will be launching the StopHate Now conference later this year. This will be part two of IDAHO Surrey 2007
offering everyone the opportunity to find out what has happened in Surrey since the 17th May and where we and our
partners are heading for the future, more details will follow". The charity are already planning next year's IDAHO

For more news about Gay Surrey go to

                                     In the next edition of
                                      THE MAG ONLINE

                           The History of ‗Beautiful Thing‘
                              More from Gay Surrey
                                  And Lots more
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         So is Racism a bigger evil than Homophobia Big Brother?
Racism and Homophobia are two of the biggest evils in this world, both need to be eliminated and they also deserve
to be treated equally However in the Big Brother house that doesn‘t seem to be the case as has been proved by the
treatment of Emily and Laura.

The latest series of ‗Big Brother‘ is perhaps its most important ever after the massive racism problem that blighted
this years series of ‗Celebrity Big Brother.‘ You know the one where Danielle Lloyd was heavily criticised for her
behaviour but now appears constantly on the front page of the Daily Star and on Television X making more money
than she did before the controversy. The last thing that the series wanted was a repetition of that crisis but after just
a few days racism reared its ugly head again or did it?

While chatting in the garden with Charley and Nicky, Emily used the N word (you know, the one that rhymes with
one of Winnie the Pooh‘s friends). It wasn‘t an heated argument and there wasn‘t an undercooked chicken in sight
but in the early hours of the following morning, Emily was called to the Diary Room and told she had to leave the
house leaving Emily shocked and upset over the fact ―I don‘t even have any underwear on.‖

Emily claimed that she used the N-word quite a lot when chatting to her friends and it wasn‘t meant to be racist.
However her time in the House was over. Despite being asked to leave because of a racist comment that didn‘t stop
the lads mags and tabloids offering her loads of money to get her kit off. I wonder if the same would happen if it was
a guy who‘d said it.

The prompt action by the series producers was applauded by ‗Schools Out.‘ Co-Chair Paul Patrick commented: ―It is
excellent that Channel 4 has decided that language should be judged not on the suggested intention of the speaker
but on the outcome it creates. The use of such language at best pollutes and debases any public discourse and
subverts any educational intent and at worst actively oppresses members of the community referred to and gives
succour to those that would do so. "We at Schools OUT would now wish that all people see that the use of the word
"gay" to mean dysfunctional or broken is always homophobic in its outcome and needs treating as such. We are
waiting to hear that the Governors of the BBC have learnt from the courage of Channel 4 and reverse their appalling
decision that such a usage is acceptable. Channel 4 at least seems to have learned from there appalling handling of
the racism in Celebrity Big Brother."

So any repeat of the ‗Celebrity Big Brother‘ affair was avoided though it must be difficult at times not to be rude to
Charley the way she carries on. As the series moved into July another controversial comment was made by a
housemate but disgracefully Big Brother reacted in a softer fashion.

Laura, in one of the few moments she wasn‘t in bed, called Gerry a poof and although Gerry didn‘t seem to be
terribly offended by the comment the use of that word was definitely used in its usual derogatory manner far more
than Emily‘s use of the N-word. Later that evening Laura was called to the Diary Room and told that her use of the P
-word wasn‘t acceptable in the Big Brother House. But was she thrown out as had happened to Emily? No way,
Laura was just warned about her future behaviour, not that she had much of a future anyway as she was evicted on
July 6th.

So why is a racist word enough to get someone thrown out of the house, even when not used in its proper distasteful
context but a homophobic word just enough to get someone a warning?

Gino Meriano, Gay rights Campaigner and Founder of Pink Weddings says "In a world of political correctness, we
need to look at the Equality Act and so many others before it to truly understand that name calling cannot be
accepted in any context based on any of the seven strands of diversity. Big Brother should exert its authority on
house mates in the same manner when removing Nicky for using the N word, it shows a lack of respect and
acceptance for the gay community".

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                                         Support Scene
                 SURVEY HIGHLIGHTS                                      Street, Paul Kemp, the Hub, the Queens Arms,
                                                                        the Marine Tavern, Colin Fry, Nick Head, Brighton
 SHOCKING IGNORANCE ABOUT HIV,                                          Cares and Gscene magazine.
    25 YEARS AFTER DEATH OF                                             Four patrons were announced at the meeting to
         TERRY HIGGINS                                                  oversee the launch of the project in December
                                                                        2006. These are former leader of the council,
People are still alarmingly ignorant about HIV, finds a survey          Simon Burgess; Cllr Bill Randall; leader of the
published today by Terrence Higgins Trust to mark the 25th              council, Brian Oxley; and Cllr Paul Elgood.
anniversary of Terry Higgins' death.                                    Former Mayoress Sheila Levenson was
                                                                        appointed treasurer. A working group will be
More than one in ten 18 - 24 year-olds think HIV can be passed          chaired by Simon Burgess to deal with short-
on through kissing Almost a quarter of them believe that                listing ideas and consultation issues. A full public
condoms have holes in them which let HIV through. More than             ballot will then take place in the autumn on the
one in five 18 - 24 year-olds think there is a cure for HIV             final proposals chosen by the working group.
                                                                        Interested parties should detail their proposal
Knowledge about HIV is not only poor among young people.                (including, if relevant, diagrams, locations etc)
Across all age groups 28% of people either thought that condoms         and provide full financial information of project
had holes in which let HIV through or said they didn't know, 12%        costs and detail and, if relevant, how the project
thought that sharing cutlery carried a risk of HIV transmission and     will be managed. The aim of the project is to
10% thought you can be infected through sweat. Crucially just           provide a permanent memorial or legacy in the
36% of respondents thought they received good sex education at          city. However, to encourage a wide range of ideas
school. Amazingly some people still actually believe you can            to come forward, the organisers have avoided
catch HIV from sitting on a toilet seat.                                defining this too closely. The successful proposal
                                                                        would be subject to any final public consultation
Nick Partridge, Chief Executive, Terrence Higgins Trust said: "It's     and discussions with relevant bodies (eg planning
frightening that 25 years after Terry Higgins' death, this level of     considerations), in terms of delivering the project.
confusion exists. The lack of good sex education means many             Simon Burgess said: ―We are delighted to move
young people are leaving school ignorant about HIV and safer            the project through to the next stage, where
sex. HIV is now the fastest growing serious health condition in         proposals can be made as how best to create a
the UK , and there is no cure. It's time to get our facts straight. "   lasting legacy in the city. We have purposely not
                                                                        been prescriptive on what we want to see come
25 years ago today, Terry Higgins was among the first people to         forward, but are seeking a wide range of ideas
die with AIDS in the UK . Since then, over 17,000 others have           and proposals.‖
died and there are now over 70,000 people living with HIV in the
UK . Contrary to popular perceptions that the epidemic has gone      Paul Elgood said: ―We would like to express our
away, more people than ever before were newly diagnosed with         gratitude to the numerous people and groups who
HIV in 2006. Groups most at risk of HIV in the UK continue to be     have given generously to the fundraising. What is
gay men and the African community. For more information go to        really exciting is that it will be the community who                                                       will decide how the money raised is spent and the
                                                                     shape the project takes. We listened to the
                                                                     original discussions concerning how the project
   AIDS MEMORIAL PROJECT MOVES ONE STEP should take shape and we felt that the best route
                             CLOSER                                  was to be as open as possible to different kinds of
                                                                     proposals. All ideas and suggestions are possible
Expressions of interest are being sought for proposals or ideas and are very much encouraged.‖
as to how to create a lasting legacy to mark the lives of people
from the city lost to or suffering from Aids/HIV. The Aids Leader of the council Brian Oxley said: ―It‘s fitting
Memorial Project was launched at a public meeting on World that a city with a large LGBT community has such
Aids Day 2006, and has the aim of creating a lasting memorial a memorial. While nothing can bring back those
within the city to mark the lives of those lost or who are suffering lost friends and family members, a memorial
from Aids/HIV. It additionally seeks to raise awareness and would help keep alive everyone‘s awareness of
improve education of the public. Fundraising for a permanent the human cost of Aids and in that way will
memorial has to date raised £17,236.33.                              hopefully speed the search for a cure.‖
                                                                     Expressions of interest by August 15, 2007, c/o
The project team would like to warmly thank and acknowledge Cllr Paul Elgood, Kings House, Grand Avenue,
the numerous supporters of the fundraising, including Charles Hove, BN3 2LS, email: paul.elgood@brighton-
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As well as the adverts there will also be an updated
edition of Exposed! magazine and outreach work in             How Over The Rainbow helps the
gay bars across England and Wales . Condom packs,
stickers, as well as temporary tattoos, travel card hold-
                                                                   LGBT Community of
ers and t-shirts will be distributed across the UK .                     Dorset
Marc Thompson, Programme Development Manager
at Terrence Higgins Trust says, "Get it On is a cele-   Over      the
bration of condom use - we're not trying to make con-   Rainbow
doms sexy, we're not trying to pretend they're always   (OTR) is a
easy to use - but we are saying that they're used by    c om m u n i t y
most gay men, most of the time.                         c e n t r e
                                                        serving the
By putting the adverts and the Get it On logo in places lesbian, gay,
where men meet for sex, we want to reinforce that bisexual and
condom use is central to most men's sex lives".         transgender
                                                        ( L G B T )
                                                        community of Dorset. You can find us at 27 St. Michaels
Terrence Higgins Trust wins                             Road just behind the Triangle area of Bournemouth town
                                                        centre. The centre is open Tuesday to Friday from 10am
 its first Charity of the Year                          until 5pm. We are staffed by 3 friendly, qualified nurses, Neil,
                                                        Billy and Vicky who are here to offer advice, support,
          partnership                                   information and most importantly tea and coffee!

Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) has been chosen for a     We aim to provide physical, psychological and social support
2007 / 08 Charity of the Year partnership by Charity   to all those who come through our doors. We work alongside
People, a recruitment agency specialising in the char- people through a variety of different issues including,
ity and not for profit sectors. HIV and sexual health  sexuality, 'coming out', drugs/alcohol and mental health. As
are traditionally not popular causes when organisa-    well as providing people with info on the local gay scene,
                                                       and of course free condoms and lube. We also offer
tions choose their 'Charity of the Year' and it's the first
partnership of this kind that THT has secured.         Chlamydia screening for those who are under 25 and
                                                       comprehensive sexual health advice/info for everyone. OTR
THT was chosen by Charity People staff over the 51 outreach work includes, teaching in schools about
other charities who applied. The partnership began homophobia and homosexuality, liaising with saunas/pubs/
on April 1st and Charity People hope to raise more clubs and working at events such as Bourne Free.
than £20,000 for THT. As well as fundraising, Charity
People staff will get involved with volunteering, cam- The OTR centre also houses Space Youth Project. Space
paigning and awareness-raising. The organisation Youth Project is a youth service for young LGBT people who
has also offered THT professional support including meet twice a week in Bournemouth and offer support,
assistance with training and staff development.        information and advice on, sexual health matters such as
                                                       coming out, self-esteem etc. Space Youth Project is no
 Jo Houghton, Senior Corporate Fundraiser at Ter- different to any other youth group except the majority are
rence Higgins Trust said "The stigma associated with young, lesbian, gay bisexual or transgender people.
HIV means many organisations steer clear of support-
ing sexual health charities so we're delighted that OTR has good links with Dorset police. Dorset Police have
Charity People has chosen us as their charity of the dedicated Officers whose role is to liaise with the LGBT
year.                                                      community to encourage the reporting of homophobic crimes
                                                           and incidents, and to increase confidence in the police.
Not only will this initiative raise vital funds, but staff LAGLOs (Lesbian and Gay Liaison Officers) can support,
from the agency are keen to get involved in our work give information and advice to victims and witnesses of
at all levels, from training to work on our helpline, to crimes and incidents.
adding their voices to our government campaigns. It's
going to be a fantastic partnership."
                                                          So whether it's a quick chat that you want, condoms, a
 THT will also work with Charity People to make the Chlamydia test or a one-to-one support session, we aim to
agency experts in tackling HIV discrimination in the cater for all your individual needs. So if you haven't met us
workplace. THT is part of the 'Ensuring Positive Fu- come on down!
tures' initiative, a partnership of organisations includ-
ing major HIV charities, businesses, government bod- For more information contact Neil, Billy or Vicky at OTR on
ies and trade unions who work together to support 01202 257478, visit us at 27 St Michaels Road, or see our
people living with HIV in the workplace.                  website This article was
                                                          kindly written for us by Over The Rainbow.
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                        THE MAG ONLINE SPECIAL REPORT
                           HOMOPHOBIA IN SCHOOLS

One problem that blighted schools in the latter part of the twentieth century was Section 28 of the Local Government
Act and it was that legislation that led to Stonewall being founded.

Section 28 outlawed the 'promotion' of homosexuality but was so unclear more than 80% of teachers believed it
applied directly to schools which wasn't actually the case. This misunderstanding affected teachers' ability to teach
about lesbian and gay issues and even to challenge homophobic bullying.

In 2003 after years of campaigning by Stonewall, the Labour Government finally repealed Section 28. In 2006,
Stonewall carried out a major survey to find out just what it is like at school for young members of our community. In
the largest poll of its kind ever carried out, more than 1100 pupils were asked a range of questions and the results,
that have just been released paint a terrible picture, one which new Prime Minister Gordon Brown should be taking
great note of.

Almost two thirds of young gay people at secondary school, 150,000 pupils, have experienced homophobic bullying.
In faith schools, that figure rises to three in four. Homophobic language is endemic in schools, and more often than
not teachers turn a blind eye to it. Seven out of ten of these young people say the bullying affects their school work.
And half have skipped school to avoid the bullying.

Yet schools have a clear legal obligation to ensure that all children are protected from harm when at school. The
report states: "We hope this report will be a wake-up call to everyone working in education. We know at Stonewall
that many teachers want to do the right thing by their lesbian and gay young people, but feel they lack the tools to do
it, or worry that they won't get the support of senior colleagues if they try."

Taking action does produce results as those schools who have taught their pupils the wrongs of homophobic bullying
have seen a dramatic reduction in the amount of bullying of that kind with 70 per cent of pupils saying they felt safer,
Stonewall's 'Education For All' campaign has seen some schools and local authorities make a real difference

Ninety eight per cent of young gay people (which face it means nearly everyone) hear the phrases "that's so gay" or
"you're so gay" in school, and over four fifths hear such comments often or frequently. Ninety seven per cent of
pupils hear other insulting homophobic remarks, such as "poof", "dyke", "rug-muncher", "queer" and "bender". Over
seven in ten gay pupils hear those phrases used often or frequently. If this happens in a faith school the pupils are
less likely than those in other schools to report it.

Less than a quarter (23 per cent) of young gay people have been told that homophobic bullying is wrong in their
school. In schools that have said homophobic bullying is wrong, gay young people are 60 per cent more likely not to
have been bullied. Over half of lesbian and gay pupils don't feel able to be themselves at school. Thirty five per cent
of gay pupils do not feel safe or accepted at school.

It's not just a case of pupils being bullied by other pupils. Thirty per cent of lesbian and gay pupils report that adults
are responsible for homophobic incidents in their schools. Over half (52 per cent) have heard homophobic remarks
from teachers or other school staff.

 Of those who have been bullied, 92 per cent have experienced verbal homophobic bullying, 76 per cent had
experienced malicious gossip and 58 per cent had been ignored and isolated. 12 per cent of those surveyed said the
homophobic bullying had been in the form of sexual assault, 13 per cent had been threatened with a weapon, 41 per
cent had suffered physical abuse and 30 per cent had endured vandalism and theft of property and 17 per cent had
received death threats. That's nearly 1 in 5 receiving death threats simply because of their sexuality, time to take
action Mr Brown.

A new problem is that of cyber bullying with 41 per cent of those asked saying they had suffered this form of
homophobic bullying. Over two in five young gay people have experienced cyberbullying, and one in five
experienced bullying via text message. Cyberbullying is bullying that takes place remotely over the internet. For
example, bullying can occur on messageboards, via instant message between two people, on internet social sites
such as Bebo, Faceparty and Myspace, and via blogs. The internet is relatively unregulated and bullying via this
medium can take place out of school. This means that a young person can be bullied even if they are at home on
their own. Text messages can also be sent at any time. Can you imagine how that feels knowing that even when
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you're safe at home the bullying you receive at school can simply follow you wherever you go? In fact that's not
restricted to cyber bullying as one in three pupils stated that they'd been bullied by children from other schools.

Being treated in this way seriously affects the work that gay pupils do at school. Seven out of ten gay pupils who
have experienced homophobic: bullying say it's had an impact on their school work and half of those who have been
bullied have played truant because of what's happened. In fact one in five have done that more than six times.

Isolation is a serious problem for pupils. 70 per cent haven't been taught about lesbian and gay people or issues in
class and over 60 per cent feel they haven't an adult at home or anyone at school they can talk to concerning their
sexuality. 80 per cent have no access to resources that can help them and only 15 per cent have a local youth group
to go to, though 40 per cent have been to a gay venue. Pupils who are taught positively about lesbian and gay
issues are 60 per cent more likely to be happy at school and 40 per cent are more likely to feel respected. I grew up
in an area that had no gay scene whatsoever and know how terrible and confusing coping with your sexuality at a
young age can be.

Gay girls are more likely to be bullied by being ignored and isolated by other people. Sixty five per cent of girls
experience isolation, compared to 53 per cent of boys. Girls report that they are excluded by other girls.

Gay boys are more likely to have had their property vandalised or stolen. A third of boys compared to a quarter of
girls have experienced this form of bullying.

Again there's a problem of not reporting incidents. Almost three in five (58 per cent) lesbian and gay pupils who
experience bullying never report it. That includes not just teachers but parents or other family members because that
brings us into the difficult area of coming out that could produce even more problems.

 If they tell a teacher, 62 per cent of the time nothing is done. Half of teachers fail to respond to homophobic
language when they hear it and three in five pupils fail to intervene and become bystanders to bullying. Just seven
per cent of teachers are reported to respond every time they hear homophobic language. Lesbian and gay pupils are
three times more likely to feel that their school is an accepting, tolerant school if it responds to incidents. Yet only
seven per cent of teachers are reported to respond every time they hear homophobic language.

Half of those who told someone about bullying told a teacher, and 37 per cent told a parent or carer. Young lesbian
and gay pupils are more likely to talk to a teacher if they knew they were lesbian or gay. Three in ten know of an
openly-gay teacher and, if so, are 72 per cent more likely to talk to an adult in school about being gay. Sixty two per
cent of lesbian and gay pupils reported that nothing happened to the bully after telling someone. Only one in four
cases resulted in the bully being told off, with one in ten given detention.

Three in five of all pupils never intervene when they hear homophobic language, but instead become bystanders. "I
feel anxious that I couldn't intervene because she was sat away from me but also (as it was known that I was gay/bi
at the time) it could have worsened matters having a 'lezzo' come to her aid." Anna, 16, single sex grammar school
(South East)

Half of young lesbian and gay people feel that it is hard for people like them to be accepted at school, and half feel
unable to be themselves. Over a third are unhappy at school. Of those who have been bullied, 44 per cent are

Over a third of young lesbian, gay and bisexual pupils do not feel part of their school community. If they have been
bullied, they are 50 per cent more likely to feel this. Two in five lesbian and gay pupils do not participate in any extra
curricular activities and nearly half do not participate in any volunteering opportunities outside school, compared with
those who have not been bullied.

lesbian and gay pupils are more likely to tell a teacher about homophobic bullying if they knew the teacher was
lesbian or gay. Three in ten know a gay teacher, and are 72 per cent more likely to talk to an adult at school about
being gay. Young gay pupils are less likely to feel part of their school community, or local community, if they are
being bullied.

So what can be done to reduce the amount of homophobic bullying at school? The Report makes ten
recommendations.     There is a need to acknowledge and identify the problem, a YouGov poll conducted for
Stonewall found that 92 per cent of parents - including parents of under-18s - believe that homophobic bullying
should be tackled. The majority think teachers, head teachers and parents have a responsibility to take the lead.
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Schools need to develop policies and tell young people about them. With only a quarter of young gay people being
told that homophobic bullying is wrong in their school that figure needs to be drastically increased, 100 per cent
would be satisfactory I think.

Schools should promote a positive social environment. Even if a gay pupil hasn't been bullied themselves, seeing
others suffer it and feeling that there is a "culture of homophobia" in their school isn't very helpful and promotes the
feeling that they are outsiders.

Schools need to address staff training needs and ensure that teachers always respond when hearing homophobic
language and when homophobic incidents are reported, a response is always made. Such responses make gay
pupils feel more accepted and part of a tolerant environment.

Information and support should be provided to gay pupils and sexual orientation should be integrated into the
curriculum. Only a quarter of those surveyed had heard lesbian, gay and bisexual people or issues discussed in
schools and that's a figure that has to be significantly increased. The survey showed that those who have been
taught about gay issues are 13 per cent less likely to experience homophobic bullying and nearly 60 per cent are
more likely to feel happy at school. The report recommends that "Schools need to consider ways in which sexual
orientation can be integrated into the curriculum, in a positive and constructive way, which enables both heterosexual
and gay pupils to understand and respect difference and diversity."

Outside experience should be utilised as lesbian, gay and bisexual organisations can provide support to schools and
young people to help lesbian and gay pupils feel more positive and included in their community. Working with bodies
such as local authorities can also help schools support individuals and classes to prevent homophobic bullying.

Schools should also encourage role models. Positive role models can help a young person feel more confident and
comfortable. Teachers who are gay are in a strong position to fulfil this role, provided they are supported by their
schools. The report also recommends that schools shouldn't make assumptions lesbian and gay pupils report that
they experience homophobic bullying even if they are not 'out' at school - 98 per cent hear "that's so gay" or "you're
so gay" on a regular basis. Not all gay people are alike, and not all will experience being gay in the same way. Not all
parents, governors or teachers will be heterosexual and not all pupils will grow up to be heterosexual.

Finally the report recommends that schools should celebrate their achievements. If progress in this field is made
then they should make sure that pupils, parents, governors and staff know this is happening. This also shows other
schools that taking action can produce positive results and of course lesbian and gay pupils feel more comfortable
when they know efforts are being made to help them.

Action needs to be taken as soon as possible. With Ed Balls now appointed as the new Schools and Children
Secretary I suppose the question is now, does this Government have the balls to deal with this problem? For more
information go to

"Blackmail and just general 'Don't come near me queer' remarks." Joseph, 13, single sex Catholic school (Greater

"People call me 'gay' everyday, sometimes people kick me or push me, they shut me out of games during school
gym and they steal my belongings." James, 17, secondary school (South West)

"Nasty notes passed in class. The other girls wouldn't let me change for PE in the same room as them." Kirsty, 17,
single sex independent school (Greater London)

"Females who were in the year above (year 13) wouldn't touch me or would cover up their lowcut tops if I was
walking past them." Hannah, 16,secondary school (Greater London)

"Someone found out about my sexuality and spread it round school. Everyone knows and looks at me and threatens
me and no one helps. They push me in corridors and teachers have seen but they act as if they haven't seen
anything. People say 'errrgh don't touch the lezzy/dyke/minger/muff muncher/beanflicker' and I'm upset." Sarah, 14,
city technology college (South West)
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"I get called names all the time at school, especially poof and faggot. My stuff is always being ripped up or drawn on
or stolen." Alan, 13, secondary school (Scotland)

"Throwing books out of a window at me and my girlfriend. Only reason the school did anything was 'damage to
school property'." Laura, 13, independent single sex Catholic school (Greater London)

"Some people have posted things on their bebo blogs about people they think are gay or know are gay." Simon, 16,
secondary school (Scotland)

 "Once a girl in my year pulled a knife on me and said all dykes should be shot. They didn't even know [I was
bisexual] they were only guessing." Nat, 15, grammar school (South East)

"I've been stabbed because of my sexuality." Joe, now 19, comprehensive school (West Midlands) "On three
occasions I have been assaulted and had to go to hospital to be examined and get the police involved." Ali, 17,
secondary school (Greater London) "Beaten up, unable to walk for nearly a year, only recovering after an operation."

Jamelia, 18, grammar school (South East) "I have experienced bullying such as being verbally assaulted frequently,
had scissors thrown at me, occasionally punched - sometimes directly in front of teachers." Kevin, 16,
comprehensive school (Greater London)

I was once threatened by a friend's brother over an instant message that he would beat me to death on the streets if
he saw me or torch my house whilst I'm sleeping in it. He also told me not to go down to a local event as he worked
there and if he saw me he would get his friends to help him." Sean, 16, secondary school (Wales)

"The worst experience I had was a straight lad coming to sit next to me and touching my leg to wind me up. It was an
invasion of personal space and very intimidating." Alex, 18, beacon school (Yorkshire and Humber)

"There was no single bully to be targeted. The school I was in for GCSEs is quite a conservative, traditional school
so it was more or less ignored as much as possible and I was told to make my sexuality less obvious." Simon, 17,
independent school (South East)

"The teacher was laughing at the fact that there are homosexual people and all the other pupils were taking the mick
and my twitch started up and I had to leave." Sue, 14, city technology college (South West)

The teachers join in on the joke." Catherine, 13, single sex independent school (South East)

"We were told by a teacher that if a boy came out as gay, it would have to be reported. Hence, I was scared to
actually admit to anything." Tom, 18, Beacon secondary school (Yorkshire and Humberside)

"I go to a Catholic school. I would more likely get told off for being a lesbian." Susan, 16, single sex catholic school
(South East)

The response from friends was supportive, but the school teachers did absolutely nothing about it." Paul, 16,
Catholic secondary school (North West)

I reported it and teachers said they couldn't do anything, and when they saw verbal bullying happen they'd just stand
and watch then walk away. On the few times they saw physical bullying they'd either pretend not to notice or tell
them off." Ian, 17, secondary school (East Midlands)

"I told the librarian about it, she told me it was my fault for admitting to being bisexual. I pointed out she wouldn't
tolerate racism or religious bullying and she said it was 'totally different'." Fi, 16,comprehensive school (Yorkshire and

It's a Catholic school...and we are told 'gay people will go to hell because the Bible condemns it'... It's horrid, you just
want to go and cry at some of the remarks made by the teachers. It's just not fair." Matthew, 18, single sex Catholic
school (South East)
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           Showing Homophobia in schools and doing
                  absolutely nothing about it
            The Mag Online looks at ‗Chalkhill Lives‘
In the light of the Stonewall survey into how gay pupils are treated at school I looked back into my archives and dug
out an article I‘d written last year about a soap opera called ‗Chalkhill Lives.‘ Shown on the Community Channel the
show was reported to the Stonewall Media Monitor last year and staff at ‗Schools Out‘ also expressed their
disappointment at the show‘s content. Yet despite that the soap was repeated on the Community Channel this year.

So why the fuss? One of the central stories in the soap opera was homophobic bullying, not just of pupils but a
teacher. As you‘ll read, the language that was constantly used in the programme is the worst homophobic abuse I‘ve
ever heard on a television show. As for the portrayal of the teacher he made Julian Clary look like Rambo.

‗Chalkhill Lives‘ isn‘t your normal soap opera as it‘s produced by a Soap Opera Drama School in Portsmouth. It is
quite simply the worst show I‘ve ever seen in my life but as the Press release for the second series commented, it‘s
one of those shows that is so bad it‘s good. The acting is atrocious, actors play several roles, continuity is poor,
basically the show is rubbish. But it‘s the homophobic bullying story that is the most scandalous part of the series
and it should never have been repeated by the Community Channel.

I interviewed the programme‘s Executive Director, Steven Surridge to find out more about the programme‘s content
The storyline is rather confusing to say the least. Two pupils are subjected to homophobic abuse, both verbal and
physical. and one has to pay the bully money to prevent being beaten up.

One pupil is actually attacked with a baseball bat. Neither of the pupils are actually gay or bisexual. Neither of them
report the incidents that happen and the baseball attack later leads to the victim going into a coma.

Steven Surridge told me that the series is inoffensive but I don‘t believe that for a moment. After being sent some
preview tapes, watching other shows on the internet and reading the scripts for the first nineteen shows (a painful
experience at times believe me), my jaw dropped to the floor as I watched an extremely camp gay teacher being
subjected to homophobic abuse with little being done about it and two pupils being hounded by Gary Squibb, the
local school bully who finds it very difficult to utter a sentence without including a homophobic insult.‖

I asked Steven what the appeal of the programme was for the gay community, ―We haven't specifically focused on
the gay community but we have got a gay character. The actor just happened to be gay and we did discuss how
we'd like to do it and he did say that he didn't want to be a predatory character but he did want to be camp. So we
went for a flamboyant, quite fun, upbeat comic performance.‖ Flamboyant is the word, he‘s called ‗Crispin
Everett‘(―My friends call me Kenny‖) and is an appalling stereotype. He plays with his hair incessantly, enters a room
with the words ‗Cooee‖ and when his briefcase is searched the contents revealed are a Kylie CD, a Dale Winton
autobiography, Vaseline and handcuffs. He‘s openly gay (which gets him into trouble with the headmistress) and
when he gives Gary Squibb a body search the pupil shouts ―Watch your hands homo‖ The scripts also include: ―Well
Miss it‘s nothing really. It‘s just that I ain‘t having no shirt lifter touching me.‖ It gets even worse when he comes to
the aid of a pupil who‘s just had homophobic abuse thrown at him followed by an assault with a baseball bat. ‖I ain‘t
having no queer touching me‖ is his response. Homophobic bullying at school is still a major problem but what isn‘t
always recognised is the fact that it‘s the gay teachers who are also suffering. The only mention of anything being
done about the abuse Mr Everett receives is when he quotes from Batfink about having wings of steel. This is a
deeply serious issue and the chance to actually produce a storyline that deals with this issue is totally missed.

Then there‘s the bully, Gary Squibb. Steven told me ―We've also got one of the villains of the piece who is very anti-
gay but there's a twist in that story. So there's a lot of homophobic references coming out of that characters mouth.
We wanted to show the reality. If you want to put someone down at school you say 'You're queer' or 'You're gay' and
that's a reality that a lot of people accept. We want to help break the prejudice by showing a trait of behaviour and
people will hopefully see it's not acceptable and it's nasty. If people see his isn't the way to behave and you se the
consequences it has on the characters. The character who we have spouting out all these homophobic references,
he also attacked another kid with a baseball bat and he threatened the headmistress with a knife on her first day. So
clearly this is not a character who is an example in how to behave.‖ Here‘s a list of the abuse which is included in this
programme and which has subsequently led to ‗Chalkhill Lives‘ being added to the Stonewall media monitor which
lists complaints about programmes on TV/radio.
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“What’s the matter, Batty Boy gone and found himself a nice boyfriend then?”
““Lads are scared to go into the showers with him at school. Come to think of it, we aint seen

Batty Boy around lately….Gone to London where all the queers hang out?”
“Where’s your poofter brother today?”
“Got something for me gay boy?”
“Pick it up homo.”
“Fifty quid next week or you’re dead batty boy.”
You’ve had bags of time. Faggot face.”
“Well if it isn’t mincy-faggot boy Mr Blabbermouth.”
”I ain’t having no queer touching me.”

It‘s pretty strong stuff isn‘t it, especially when the pupils they‘re aimed at aren‘t gay. Surely again there‘s a lost
opportunity here. I showed the list of homophobic comments in the programme to Steven and here‘s his response:
―Yes, but this is the example, we're totally aware, this episode 11- the teacher confrontation - we discussed this for
about three hours. If you create characters you have to stick with the truth of the character At the end of the day this
isn't threatening with guns or knives, it's just dialogue but it's still painful isn't it and we're fully aware of how painful
the dialogue can be.‖        Sure there‘s no guns or knives, well apart from the baseball bat that‘s used in an attack
accompanied by homophobic language, but language and bullying of this nature in our schools lead pupils to
become depressed and often suicidal. One pupil actually plays truant and runs away from home because of the
abuse but he doesn‘t report the abuse and the teachers, including the gay teacher, don‘t take any action against the

I‘d previously spoken to Andy Forrest at Stonewall about the programme who was appalled at the language used.
He told me that it‘s no joke being abused and including all this language is putting words into the mouths of potential
bullies. Steven told me that he‘d heard all those terms when he was at school but the simple fact is that all this
language is used in his programme and there‘s no sign of any action being taken by those abused or against the

Compare this with ‗Waterloo Road‘ which ran a story where a pupil was suffering homophobic abuse, complained
and then started a petition demanding action. A storyline like that in ‗Chalkhill Lives‘ and actually having the abuse
aimed at gay pupils would have been so much better. Steven told me: ―Right. If 'Chalkhill Lives' gets people thinking
and reacting, this is what we want and that's what a contemporary drama should do. It should be a mirror. I'm very
scared of this PC Culture, once you start you almost ignore reality and the media tries to present the nice, shiny,
comfortable, nice and glossy almost Hollyoaks world but that doesn't exist. If you actually speak the truth, that's
shocking, whereas if you beat around the bush and ignore the difficult issues they're always going to remain and it's
never going to be cheerful.‖

Time for the twist in the tale. ―But the secret is, this is the plot, Gary Squibb is actually gay. He's very uncomfortable
with that and so he externalises his internal discomfort. He's part of the family from Hell and these families from Hell
aren't open and he knows that he would get bullied if he came out so he's externalising what he knows he would get.
In episode 11, the teacher says to him 'You seem very knowledgeable about gay culture Mr Squibb...That provokes
him to threaten her with a knife.‖ The fact is though that I‘ve seen all the episodes of this series and that fact is
nowhere to be seen. Squibb just disappears because the ‗actor‘ left the show. If however he is actually gay and
struggling to come to terms with his sexuality that‘s another issue that the programme fails to deal with properly.

If it was racial abuse, would the show use language such as nigger or nigger lover? ―We would actually. I can
honestly vouch what none of the writing team are racist or homophobic‖ ‗Chalkhill Lives‘ raises issues and hasn‘t a
clue what to do with them.

                                           In our next edition

                                          Gay Surrey
                                     AIDS Conference report
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                                            NEWS UPDATE
                                                                that it was taken seriously at the time. We would find it
Terrence Higgins Trust launches website                         difficult to team up with an entirely commercial venture,
   for gay men on using GP services                             we would have to be very sure that it was in the interests
                                                                of our charity and the community," said Howard-Lloyd.
Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) has launched a new section
                                                                Eastbourne-based Eton Events Ltd, who run exhibitions
of its website today which aims to help gay and bisexual
                                                                and conferences, including the 'Airport Show' and the
men get the most from their GP surgery. The site
                                                                'Prime over 50's lifestyle exhibition', said that it had provides men with
                                                                hoped to donate part of the revenue from the exhibition.
information on using their surgery and explains how
                                                                "Pride London clearly don't want to be the main
different parts of the NHS work.
                                                                beneficiaries, but we already have several other
                                                                organisations interested," said Clark. Howard-Lloyd said
Topics on the site include choosing a GP, health records,
                                                                that Eton Events had finally submitted a proposal to the
confidentiality and using complaints procedures. The site
                                                                board of Pride London last Friday, which was rejected:
also explains the benefits of coming out to your GP and
                                                                "Their company haven't done anything of this sort before.
what to do if you‘re facing discrimination.
                                                                "[Our support] is unlikely given the history of such
                                                                exhibitions. I believe one is yet to turn a profit." It also
Research shows almost 44% of gay men have not
                                                                emerged today that the booking for the Earls Court
disclosed their sexuality to their doctor. Poor
                                                                venue has not been finalised.
communication about sex and sexuality with staff in GPs
surgeries may mean men don‘t get the healthcare or
support they need.                                                BiCon 2007 to be held in August
Marc Thompson, Programme Development Manager at
Terrence Higgins Trust said ―It‘s not always easy but   BiCon 2007 takes place at the University of Glamorgan
coming out to your GP but it may be one of most         from the 16th-20th August and this years event is the
important things you can do to keep yourself healthy. If25th national UK Bisexual Gathering. The weekend
your doctor knows about your sexuality, you can openly  consists of workshops, discussions and talks as well as
discuss your life, relationships and health concerns. They
                                                        evening entertainment, DJs and bars. It gives those
can also keep an eye out for any health problems relevant
                                                        attending "a space where bisexuality is the norm and the
to you and your lifestyle.‖                             sense of an open and accepting community is strong."
                                                        Anyone can attend as long as they are bi-friendly.
Another part of the site is specifically aimed at those Registration begins at 6pm on Thursday 16th August
working in GP surgeries, providing information and with workshops beginning the following day. The event
resources which may enable surgeries to improve the ends at noon on the 20th.
service they offer.
                                                        For more information go to
   Pride London deny giving Gay lifestyle
  exhibition permission to use its name and                       LGBT JOBFAIR to be held in Brighton in
                    logo                                                        August
The organisers of Pride London today denied giving a            The fourth Brighton and Hove LGBT Jobfair takes place
company permission to use its name and logo to promote          at the Hilton Brighton Metropole Hotel on Saturday
a gay lifestyle exhibition slated for Pride season next year.   August 2nd.Entrance is free, no reservation is needed
Andrew Clark, a director at Eton Events, who used the           and the event takes place from 11am to 6pm. This year
Pride London logo on its website and publicity material,        sees even more employers than ever present at the
claimed that Jason Pollock, chief executive of Pride            Jobfair including such high profile companies and
London, had approved the partnership.                           organisations such as British Airways, Sussex Police,
                                                                HM Prison Service, Surrey Police and Pricewaterhouse
"Then we received instructions that our using the logo was      Coopers. Whether you‘re looking for a change in career
a bit premature, and we had to backtrack a little, but the      or looking to move onwards and upwards in your present
event goes on regardless,"                                      profession this is an ideal opportunity, especially if you‘re
                                                                a younger member of our community.
"We had an agreement with the chief executive. How does         .
a board overrule the chief executive?" Colm Howard-             For more information about The LGBT Jobfair, including
Lloyd, spokesman for Pride London, said that the chief          reservation information for employers who want to take
executive had to report to the board, and did not have the      part, contact More info
authority to make such agreements ."We were puzzled             at
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                             LESBIAN LIFESTYLE
  Pretty Pink Pearl 'the brand' so what is it all about?
Pretty Pink Pearl 'the brand' so what is it all about?

Teresa Millward (30) and Helen Brearley (43) currently
live in Huddersfield in West Yorkshire. They hope their
new brand of lesbian identified clothing will be the next
best thing since FCUK and Levi jeans!

Why... what... when...and how did it all come about?

Teresa and Helen were fed up of where they were in life.
They had good jobs; both owned their own homes, had
found each other and had everything going for them. But
there was a
yearning        for
more       -    for                                         a year later we are only now getting ready to launch. The
something                                                   name was easy Pretty Pink Pearl came in about 20
different.        It                                        minutes after and episode of the L word where they sat
started         as                                          discussing names for the lady garden. The logo seem to
scribbles on a                                              take forever" Teresa laughs
napk in       a nd
thinking about                                              About 60 designs and 8 months later they had it, colours
what they really                                            and all. Helen says "The logo is an amalgamation of the
wanted out of                                               letters H for Helen T for Teresa with a woman's symbol,
life.        They                                           joining them to make the logo read Hot Woman. Our
decided to take                                             intention is wearable artwork with subliminal messaging
a year out to                                               and a logo recognisable to the lesbian community."
travel the world.
W a n t i n g                                               After a long time sampling pre made garments that didn't
laughter, happiness and to work for themselves. That        measure up to their expectations Teresa and Helen
was the start of Pretty Pink Pearl on a wet November        decided that the quality just wasn't there. They wanted
evening back in 2003.                                       something that made them feel special, that had been
                                                            made with them in mind. So they headed out to YLAF in
They then re-mortgaged the house and set off around         York with their trusted tape measures and clipboards,
the world for 12 months (Aug 2004) looking for              louring women with fridge magnets and chocolates. They
inspiration. Seven months into the trip while on the        completed 370 surveys gathering data on sizes, styles,
south island of New Zealand, they came up against their     colour, preferences etc and had a real blast. They wanted
1st hurdle. Teresa had sustained a spinal injury and was    to see if other lesbians felt the same way they did about
flown by air ambulance to Christchurch where they were      what was currently available. And they did. T-shirts that
stranded for almost 3 months. Teresa and Helen              existed were standard, generic and weren't made for the
returned home in June 2005 accompanied by a                 larger woman. So they decided they would try to make
wheelchair. The last thing they were thinking about was     their brand combat some of these issues.
starting a business.
                                                        "Initially we are launching with 5 styles of t-shirt and 1
By May 2006 after the wheelchair was swapped for        shirt" Teresa states. "They are made as either women's fit
                                                        or loose fit. The women's fit is shaped to the woman's
sticks the inspiration finally arrived. Teresa and Helen,
both artists in their previous jobs, decided they were  body and starts at a realistic size 12-14 and goes up to an
going to design and be artists for themselves. But more 18-20 currently, but there are plans to make larger sizes if
than that, they wanted to make a statement about who    the women let us know they want them larger. The loose
they were and support the community they were part of.  fit is similar to the Unisex style t-shirts but rather than
They wanted to do more than the standard slogan and     being cut to a mans frame they have been cut from a
logo t-shirts, they wanted to create something that madewoman's pattern and have been graded in at the waist so
the wearer proud and identified them subtly.            there is a small shape to them that makes it sit better on a
                                                        woman. Also the arms are the right length and so is the
"it seemed a simple enough idea at the time. But nearly body!"
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                                                                 the door will receive a free shot of Tequila on entry.
Teresa and Helen have spent many months drafting the             After that shots are just £1 each.
designs for the t-shirts and shirt and are finally at a point
where they will begin manufacture. "It took us 6 months          There‘s a smoking area on the beach and free transport
just to source the fabric with the right weight and stretch to   for ticket holders to the venue from the Marlborough
it. We certainly don't do things by half" Helen laughs. It is
obvious they have spent many months and many £                   Tickets are available from the Dome Box office on 01273
ensuring they have a product that is high quality and            709 709 and The Marlborough Pub on 01273 570028.
suitable.                                                        For more information go to
Once their final t-shirts have been manufactured they will
be printed and embroidered with designs that are subtle
and yet if you know what you are looking for - distinctly
                                                                     Gay Surrey’s new Ladies
The girls aim to sell the garments over the internet
                                                                        Night is a big hit
through their website, which they hope will become an            The launch of Gay Surrey's first Ladies Night was a great
online community and the lesbian alternative to myspace          success. Over 25 ladies attending the first night held in
(eventually) and have already started the process of             the Cellar Bar at the Hautboy Inn near Ockham. On
making good contacts on their myspace page                       entry those attending were given prawn canapés and Teresa says,              Pimms.
"What we want most is to ensure that people who buy
from us feel part of this whole project. We want them to         The evenings are run by Nicki and the Gay Surrey team
help us decided which designs will go onto the t-shirts and      and the next evening is due to be held at Ye Olde
shirt and we want them to vote on our next styles and            Windsor Castle in Leatherhead on August 9th.       For
designs. We want them to be a part of the Pretty Pink            more information go to
Pearl community and feel that they are listened to.              ladies.htm.
Without the lesbian community we wouldn't have a
business and we really want them to know that."
                                                                    The health survey especially for
"We want to reward people who are loyal, allow members
to upload pictures of themselves wearing our t's and even
talk to other people who have bought through us. We
want to be the 1st lesbian e-commerce online community Whenever there is a new health survey released it
utopia!"                                                  always seems to be about gay men. Well that's going to
                                                          change as Stonewall have launched the first health
Other than that Teresa and Helen plan to set up at pride survey of lesbian and bisexual women and women who
events here and abroad and sell direct to the community. sleep with women.
"This is the best way to get feedback and pick up on what
people want. Tell us, we can't promise to deliver it but we The aim of the survey is to ensure that their healthcare
can promise to listen.                                      needs and experiences are better understood, rather
                                                            than being ignored.
Our brand is about you and is for you."
                                                         The survey is completely anonymous and takes around a
For more information         go    to quarter of an hour to complete. There's also the
prettypinkpearldesign                                    opportunity to be entered into a prize draw to win £100.
                                                         To take part in the survey go to
                                                         health and for more information call Ruth on 020 7593
Spend Pride at Calamity Jane‘s                           1850 or email

           Saloon              Would you like to write for us?
If you‘re going to Brighton for their Pride event in August
then make sure you pop into Calamity Jane‘s Saloon at
the Babylon Lounge in Hove on Friday August 3rd.                     Simply email the Editor at
That‘s where Vixen Promotions are holding another of       
their ever popular Women‘s Disco‘s and it‘s going to be
the biggest women only event during Pride weekend.                            Or call
Advance tickets are £10 (£12 on the door) and the
evening runs from 8pm to 2am. There‘s a bottle of                        07804 348 642
Champagne for the best dressed cowgirl or Tonto look-
alike. It‘ll pay to get there early as the first 50 through
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                           An LGBT Sporting Life
   How GFC Bournemouth had a debut season you could
                   only dream of
It's been an incredible first season for GFC Bournemouth as they had a year that the local League One team (and
nearly League Two after a dismal season) can only dream about. They won the GFSN League after a nail-biting
finish and also won the GFSN Cup and two five-a-side tournaments. Manager David Maxwell looks back at an
incredible season he couldn‘t quite have imagined when the club was formed in May 2005.

How difficult was it to get players for the team?
                                               Actually, it's been hard work. Initially I used the gay dating websites,
                                               doing searches on guys who claimed to like playing football and then
                                               sending out emails. When I had about twelve people who were
                                               interested I arranged a kickabout in Meyrick Park. We met once a
                                               fortnight in the park, some drifted away, others joined. In truth, we
                                               limped through that first summer, sometimes getting as few as 3 or 4
                                               people turn up. It was incredibly frustrating - at least 20 names on
                                               the mailing list and hardly anyone showing up. In September I
                                               threatened to 'pull the plug' if I didn't get a decent turnout the next
                                               week. Even I'm not sure if I was bluffing but in the next three weeks
                                               we finally achieved a critical mass and by the end of the year we
                                               were getting twenty guys showing up. Then came an invitation from
                                               another new team in London who wanted to come down and play
                                               us. That meant buying a set of kit. I chose yellow and blue; it's the
                                               town's colours. Maybe the kit's arrival was the tipping point.

For those readers who aren't familiar with the gay football scene in this country, can you tell us a bit more
about the strength of the game, teams, leagues etc

There are 13 gay teams in the UK plus others in various stages of development. The main league is the one run by
The Gay Football Supporters Network (GFSN) and that features teams from Yorkshire, Manchester, Leicester,
Birmingham, Brighton, London (twice) and of course ourselves. Next season two more London teams and a
Nottingham team will join too. There are two further London teams, including Stonewall - the team that blazed a trail
for gay football back in the early 1990s. The London teams have their own league as well (which we took part in this
year). The standard is variable. At its best, it's as good as anything you'll see in a Sunday League but there is an
ethos of inclusivity too and that means that the clubs do not always field their strongest teams. There are two other
key differences. The first is the social side - it is the norm to go clubbing with the opposition the night before the
game (in fact the Yorkshire Terriers blame their losing the league to us on the heavy night out in Brighton which
preceded a 4-0 defeat!) The second is the geography - most of our away games take up a whole weekend (and a
whole lot of money).

You went into the final game with the league title resting between yourself and the Yorkshire Terriers, how
tough was that afternoon, especially when you heard the Terriers were 5-0 up at half time?
It was extraordinary. We went into the game with a 5 goal advantage and by half time it was a single goal (we were
leading Leicester 3-2 at half time). Actually, I didn't know the half time situation, only a couple of people did. Most
goals tend to get scored in the second half as teams tire and I know I'd have feared that the Terriers would have
walked away with it. But their opposition rallied and we won our game 7-3, giving us the title by 2 goals. The most
nervous time was the five minutes after the final whistle as we waited for the game in Leeds to finish. Then the corks
popped and we were champions.

It's said that defending a title is harder sometimes than winning one, do you agree and what plans do you
have for next season?
Yes, they'll be gunning for us next year. My main plan is to pass the buck, so I have appointed a new manager. Clive
has got years of experience and has been effectively coaching the team for most of the season. Now he gets the
manager's badge too and I can concentrate on developing the wider club - attracting new members and building up
the social side. In truth, we've got through this year with a fun-sized squad, helped by the novelty factor and the
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sweet scent of success. If we're going to sustain a challenge year after year we need to draw in more people. In
premiership terms I want us to be a Chelsea, not a Blackburn!

You also won the GFSN Cup and some five-a-side tournaments, what are your memories of those?
The Yorkshire Terriers host an annual 5-a-side tournament for the GFSN clubs and we won it both last year and this
year. The first one was the most exciting because we were the newcomers - in fact, most of the clubs hadn't heard of
us. Not only were we the first non-league winners, we were the first to fly to the event. After that, our arrival in the
GFSN League was taken for granted. The GFSN Cup final was another great moment. There's a lovely photo of the
two teams together, taken just minutes after we'd beaten the Terriers 2-0. We'd inflicted two major disappointments
on them in the space of a fortnight but they were still smiling and were generous in their compliments. That's class.

Can you believe how successful you've been this season?
Well, I knew we were good. In our second ever friendly we drew with the Brighton Bandits who were the reigning
                                       champions, so I knew we could compete at the top. I can't honestly put it
                                       down to our advanced training techniques (in fact we've never done any
                                       proper training, though Clive's regime is going to introduce it). I've just
                                       been unbelievably lucky that we have some seriously talented players who
                                       live in the area. Team spirit has been important too. I know all managers
                                       say it but at GFC it's actually true; we are an incredibly supportive group
                                       and we don't let each others' heads drop.

                                            Beating a Stonewall team in the London Tournament must have felt
                                            great after the achievements they've had in the past?
                                            Yes, that felt good. I'm one of four ex-Stonewall players in the club and I
                                            think we all owe them a lot. They're a great club, in fact they're the current
                                            gay world champions. They tend to attract the players who want to take the
                                            competitive side very seriously - those who are more interested in the
                                            social side join the London Leftfooters or one of the other teams (the
                                            Leftfooters are the only team in the league who perform the Okey Cokey
on the pitch before each game). London is big enough to do that, we're not. In Dorset and Hampshire there's only
room for one club and we have to try to cater for both constituencies. This season we've excelled on the competitive
level but I think we need to do more on developing the wider club and making sure that we're there in the park, at
least twice a month, to let gay guys play football.

Who would you say were your players of the season?
They were all stars really.

How can our readers find out more about the team?
Check out It's not the slickest of sites, basically because I do it myself but that means
it's easier to keep it up to date. We're having a recruitment drive over the summer so there'll be lots of new faces
around. Everyone is welcome, regardless of ability or age (our current range is 17 to 57). We've even got a couple of
gay-friendly straight guys too!

On August 5th there‘s a training session at Meyrick Park in Bournemouth starting at 1.30pm and followed by a game
at 2.15pm. On the 12th the training session is on Southampton Common at the same times.

The GFSN League and Cup fixtures have now been published and GFC Bournemouth start the defence of their title
with an away match against Birmingham Blaze on September 16 th. That‘s followed by two home games against the
team who so nearly beat them to the league title, Yorkshire Terriers on October 14 th and Leicester Wildcats on
November 4th. Their first cup tie isn‘t until November 25th when it‘s the Quarter Finals

More about the GFSN League in future editions of ‗The Mag Online.‘

Have you got a sports team/group you‘d like us to include in this
                          sports section?
Just email the Editor at or call him on
                          07804 348 642
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                                                               Then a year or so ago I bought one of those ITV
            that? No It couldn’t be??
           .Is                                                 wrestling DVDs with dear old Dickie Davis presenting
         THE MAG ONLINE interviews                             and it all came flooding back. I started playing it for
        David Benson about his love for                        friends of mine, some of whom had never seen anything
                                                               like it before, being too young or foreign. Their delight
            Professional Wrestling                             helped rekindle my interest
                                                               and nostalgic affection for it all
I may be the Editor of 'The Mag Online' but that's not the     and I ended up buying hours
only magazine I edit. For the past few years I've also         worth of complete vintage ITV
edited a professional wrestling magazine called 'Piledriver'   wrestling broadcasts from a
but every now and then the two magazines collide. So           dealer on Ebay. And what rich
there I was at the York Hall in Bethnal Green watching the     entertainment they bring! They
latest RQW show and there's this guy on the front row          offer a tantalising glimpse into
who looks and sounds familiar to me. It started to bug me      the dim past. I love seeing
a little but the more I heard the more I became convinced      th os e 1 9 70 s a ud i e nc e
Could that really be David Benson shouting and                 members sitting in the dingy
screaming at the wrestlers and having the time of his life?    local halls: the ladies with their
It can't be, why would the actor who I've interviewed          handbags, big-buttoned coats
several times in the past when performing his one-man          and tea-cosy hats; the men
shows in Hampshire, be at a professional wrestling show?       with Brylcreemed hair, horn-
                                                               rimmed specs and neck-ties.
Now it's always a bit awkward when you think you               Outside the hall, there would be power cuts, strikes and
recognise a celebrity and it turns out to be someone           IRA bombs. I avoid the Daddy/Haystacks freak show
completely different who just happens to resemble them.        matches now. I like the great comedian wrestlers like Les
So I get my friend 'Mad Eli' (don‘t ask) to approach him to    Kellett, Leon Arras, McManus; and the fit ones like Steve
find out if I'm right and I was. So just how long has David    Grey, Jon Cortez and Vic Faulkner.
been a fan and what is it about professional wrestling that
appeals to him. David kindly agreed to an interview.          You started attending RQW shows when they began
                                                              promoting at the York Hall, what made you get
 I understand you've been a fan of professional interested in attending some live shows?
wrestling since the days of World of Sport on a
Saturday afternoon. What are your memories of those One day I was curious as to whether there was still any
days and who were your favourite heroes and live wrestling going on so I googled 'Wrestling London'
villains?                                                     and up came information about the March 2007 bout at
                                                              York Hall. That was actually my first. I am still a
I didn't admit to being a fan in those days. I come from a newcomer. I didn't know what to expect at all. My first
middle class family for whom sport was anathema and surprise was seeing that the hall was not packed,
1970s television meant 'BBC'; so ITV wrestling was particularly since the event was being televised. I know
almost taboo in our household. My older brother and I that attendance is a hot issue for regulars and that ways
used to switch over and watch it while we were idling to raise awareness of the London shows has been
away the dreary hours before Dr. Who came on (and for keenly debated in the RQW forums. Anyway, I was
me Dr. Who still means Patrick Troughton. I regard every delighted that wrestling of such a high standard was still
Doctor since as an imposter). For us, watching The going on and I had a thrilling evening. I then attended the
Wrestling was like looking into a bizarre, parallel working following month's show, which I enjoyed even more,
class universe where terrifying, angry-faced men grappled particularly since I got to speak to many of the regulars. I
the crap out of each other. And of course, we loved the am very sorry not to be able to make the Colchester
old ladies standing in their seats and screaming abuse at show but will hope to be present at future events.
the baddies.
                                                              Wrestling has changed a bit since the days of Big
In the 1970s Mick McManus was synonymous with Daddy and Giant Haystacks, what did you think of
Saturday afternoon wrestling. That jet black hair, that livid the first RQW show you attended?
face, that jiggling belly and baboon's arse. What's more he
brazenly cheated and got away with it. To us he was all I was glad to see that the freak show element had gone
the school bullies who had ever terrified us at our and the emphasis was on athletics and theatre. I was
Birmingham comprehensive rolled into one. I became astonished at the sheer physical force of the throws and
aware in the 1980s that the whole thing had become a slams. I am in awe of the performers: they work so damn
joke. In the era of Tiswas, Big Daddy and Mr. Haystacks hard for our pleasure, much harder than most actors do.
became kiddie's favourites and no one looked like they It must take tremendous skill to pull of some of their
were bothering to make it look real anymore. It's hardly feats. I loved the way that the action would spill out of the
surprising Greg Dyke cancelled it and I for one wasn't ring and almost into your lap. If you are in the front row
bothered. It seemed to have run its course.                   you almost feel you could join in. I love the interactive
                                                              element, the way the fighters respond to and encourage
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work with them!                                              uncertain profession I am in - anything, or nothing, could
                                                             happen. Do you think I am too old to take up wrestling?
 If I remember correctly you're a big fan of Pac, what F o r          more       info     about      RQW       go     to
is it about him that makes you such a fan of his?   And if you are a wrestling
                                                             fan I strongly recommend you pay a visit to
I think they are all incredible but I saw Pac on the
Christmas DVD and thought he really stood out. I have to
say, I do not get his name at all. It doesn't suit him. What
does it mean? ‗The man Who Gravity forgot, whilst
accurate is a bit of a mouthful. I notice on his MySpace       Get ready to Feel the Heat
page he's also called Ben - even that could be better than
Pac. But I thought his stunts were incredible - those mid-            this August
air somersaults, flying scissor-locks and that one where,
with Drew Galloway momentarily preoccupied with S.O.S. Ok Wimbledon wasn‘t the greatest of successes for
at the ringside, he ran across the canvas and took off British players and if not for Jamie Murray winning the
vertically, flew dolphin-like through the air and crash- Mixed Doubles, it would have been a total disaster.
landed on the mouthy Scot.                                   Hopefully though there‘ll be some better performances
                                                             when ‘Feel the Heat‘ the 12th Tennis London
 I was also very impressed with how beautifully he died for International takes place at the Sutton Tennis Centre
his opponents, an important part of a wrestler's skill. When from August 3rd to 5th.
Pac dies he looks like a Michelangelo drawing of a fallen
angel. He lies there elegantly spread-eagled on the deck, Around 200 players from all over the world will be taking
as if he's crash-landed from a great height - which quite part in what is Europe‘s second largest Gay/Lesbian
often, he has. Of course, we know he will recover and that Tennis tournament.
his revenge will be swift, graceful and terrible. I think he
has what Noel Coward used to call Star Quality: with his The event kicks off (or should that be first service) on
looks, his athleticism and obvious abilities a showman, he Thursday night with a party at Soho's newest hotspot,
will do well in whatever field he chooses to conquer. I 'Profile'. The temperature rises on Saturday night with a
hope to see him perform live before too long.                tapas party on the Thames overlooking the London Eye
                                                             and Parliament.
What is it you like so much about professional
wrestling, is it the mixture of entertainment and Both parties are open to the public, will feature drink
athleticism?                                                 specials and special guest DJs and celebrities. There will
                                                             be a booty bag frenzied prize draw and all proceeds will
Yes, it is precisely that. It seems to me to be a big- go to charity. The weekend winds up with a scorching
hearted, generous entertainment - funny and physical, Sunday as representatives from all the local Gay/Lesbian
sexy, skilful, dangerous and totally entertaining.           sports club including gay volleyball, "out to swim" and the
                                                             London Rugby "warriors" host a community day.
Will you be going to any more wrestling shows in the
future?                                                      This jam-packed day is your chance to meet the sports
                                                             stars of London, get more information about their various
I am looking forward to seeing a lot more shows, hopefully leagues and watch the final of the "Heat" tournament and
in London. I live in Kentish Town in North London and the if you're feeling sporty yourself, you can join the action in
Bethnal Green evening were easy for me to get to (I don't the "Heats" tennis clinics with high-profile professional
drive). However I hear great things about other venues - coaches and tennis stars to show you how the game is
particularly Orpington - and will hope to make my played.
presence felt at another match soon!
                                                              Best of all, the clinics and coaching are all open to the
Where can my readers find out more about your public and free. The "Feel the Heat" Tennis Tournament
acting career and what have you got lined up for the is under the direction of new tournament director, Elias
rest of the year?                                            Devries. The event has secured support from the LTA
                                                             (Lawn Tennis Association) and is sponsored by
I have a website which has GaydarNation, the UK's number one social networking
information about my tour dates and such; and a myspace portal for gay and lesbian people, and
page with blogs Europe's premier socially
and all that. I go to the Edinburgh Fringe as always - in competitive tennis network.
August. I am doing a refurbished version of my 1998 show
Nothing But Pleasure, which is about the death of This event is one of the most popular stops on the Gay/
Princess Diana. Yes, it's a comedy.                          Lesbian tennis network and it‘s hoped that this year will
                                                             see more female players taking part. The organisers are
Not sure what the rest of the year holds yet. More touring I also looking to raise over £2000 for charity.
suppose and I hope some surprises. It is such an
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  GMFA Revive Gay Sports Day                                            The World Cup comes
 Toss a handbag to raise funds for                                           to London
                                                                      As London prepares to hold the 2012 Olympics, the
Do you remember sports day when you were at school? I can             great news is that four years before that the World
recall entering the 150m and then being told actually it was the      Cup is coming to the capital. Not THE World Cup
1500m and no you can't pull out. Then there was that time I           of course, though it‘s hoped that might be held in
entered the hurdles because my latest crush was competing             England in 2018 but the International Gay and
too, I never could get over those hurdles but then again he had       Lesbian Football Association World Cup will be held
a few problems too, though my first aid efforts still didn‘t get me   in London from August 24-30 2008 and will be
anywhere. Oh and there was the annual football match against          hosted by the Leftfooters Football Club.
the teachers that gave us pupils a great chance to get our own
back on the maths teacher that had made our lives hell all year.      The momentous decision was taken after the
Well GMFA (Gay Men Fighting AIDS) and the RVT are hosting             London Leftfooters made a presentation to the
a gay sports day on August 26th to raise funds and promote            IGFLA Board of Directors in March. This included
the new online guide to gay sports and social groups.                 showing them the proposed venues for the
                                                                      tournament and the board were so impressed the
The event has been held previously but now it's back with a           decision to hold the Cup in London next year was
vengeance and is due to be THE summer event of 2007.                  confirmed in early June. The event has been fully
There's a mix of serious sports events and fun games like the         endorsed by the Football Association and it‘s hoped
egg and spoon race, a drag relay race (that is a baton in your        this will show even further their dedication towards
hand isn't it?) and tossing a handbag ('A Handbag??').                dealing with homophobia in football. The event was
                                                                      officially launched at the FA HQ in Soho Square on
Anyone can take part but teams should consist of 5 members.           June 4th.
Each team will be asked to raise a minimum of £250 through
online sponsorship (that's just £50 per team member) and              This will be the largest gay football event held in the
there's a prize for the team that raises the most cash. To            UK since Stonewall FC hosted the 2001 World
register, email The deadline for              Championships. The tournament will feature men‘s
entries is 10th August. The majority of the proceeds will go to       and women‘s divisions with unlimited substitutions.
GMFA but Vauxhall City Farm and the Friends of Spring               Before then there‘s the 2007 IGLFA World
Gardens will benefit too.                                           Championships being held in Buenos Aires in
                                                                    Argentina.    For more information about that
As well as all the frivolity, there's a serious side too. The event tournament go to
will helps to promote GMFA's new online guide to sports clubs
and social groups. Studies have shown that gay men are less
likely to achieve recommended amounts of exercise compared                      London Pride Run
with their straight counterparts so why not get involved?
"Gay men can shy away from sports groups because of
negative experiences at school or homophobia," said Matthew The London Pride run take place at Victoria Park in
Hodson, Head of Programmes for GMFA. "Our sports day is a Hackney on August 18th. For more information go
fun way to raise some cash while providing a showcase for to
London's gay sports and social groups."
                                                                    The London Pride Run has become one of the
 And it's not just sports; with details of over 100 gay groups, the major gay & lesbian sports events, drawing runners
online guide has something for everyone. Whether it's from different abilities, gay and straight alike, who
wrestling, salsa, singing or swimming you'll find it all at enjoyed running in this race. It is supported by the                                            Mayor of London, and indeed the whole of London's
                                                                    community and beyond.
 Most clubs and groups welcome beginners, and while some
clubs are very competitive, others pride themselves on their This years event is the London Pride Run is the 4th
members' enthusiasm rather than their skill or trophy size. annual pride run in London and is sponsored by the
Some clubs also welcome supporters, so if you love music but London FrontRunners (more info about them at
have no musical talent, you can still get involved with the The run is expected
London Gay Symphony Orchestra to help them organise their to draw runners from Europe and around the world
concerts. You'll also be warmly welcomed as a supporter of the to take part in this certified 10K run. The London
Kings Cross Steelers or the Gay Football Supporters Network. Pride Run was envisioned to bring together
 If you can't find a club built around your main interest, then participants from the worldwide gay and lesbian
why not set up your own? GMFA's Guide To Setting Up A running community, but is open for everybody
Successful Sports Club Or Social Group (which you can interested. The London Pride Run will benefit the
download from the website - UK based charity Stonewall.
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      Are you ready for the Pride Games??
Pride Games take place from Monday 13th August to Sunday 19th August. It's an international LGBT Sports and
Cultural Event with a healthy community focus. The organisation is led by Pride Sports, a community driven social
enterprise, with a focus on annual LGBT multi sports events and year round capacity building for LGBT sports and
leisure. By enabling active citizenship Pride Sports aims to increase participation in sporting activity for lesbians, gay
men, bisexuals, and trans people along with the wider community, whilst raising awareness of and challenging
homophobia in sport where it exists.

Events taking place during the week of Pride Games include Swimming, Ballroom Dancing, Ladies Netball, Tennis,
Men & women's Football, Volleyball, Bell Boat Regatta, Running, Sailing, Cycling, Athletics, Aquathlon, Cheer
Leading, Scuba, Water Polo, Climbing Wall, Kayaking, Windsurfing, Tug of War, Bungee Run, Raft Building and a
Youth Games.

The programme begins Monday 13th Aug with taster events leading to a weekend of international competition which
opens with a fantastic tennis tournament Aug 17 and runs to Aug 19. Pride Games taster activities will conclude with
a fun event (Hosted by Taurus) 'It's a Gay Knockout' on Canal St

It was nearly ten years ago that the seeds of the Pride Games were born when a group was formed to tackle heart
disease with a focus on the LGBT community. Out of that venture a handful of new voluntary community sports and
leisure groups were born. In 2000 the Pride Games began after funding was received to pay for a full time post to
increase community volunteering in LGBT sports and leisure. Since then this has grown and grown and there's over
30 groups now.

When EuroPride was held in Manchester in 2003 an international multi-sport event was held. It was the help of Team
Manchester sports groups led by the Northern Wave Swimming Club that helped bring the event to the city. Two
years later it was decided to brand that event and all subsequent ones as 'Pride Games' and to increase the sports
programme and broaden its appeal. The Pride Games of 2005 were the largest ever LGBT multi-sports tournament
in the North of England and most likely the UK. Over 200 volunteers helped out and the event attracted people from
18 countries. 10 people came out as gay for the first time and one moved to Manchester from Paris.

It wasn't planned to hold an event last year but such was the popularity of the 2005 Pride Games it was decided to
hold a week-long programme of events and tasters aimed at encouraging pride participation and personal best
performances. This year's games will be the biggest ever with new sports added, increased visibility and a more
inclusive programme.

This includes the fabulous Pride Games Dinner, which will feature an exciting new programme of quality
entertainment including some home-grown talent surprises for 2007, a community market showcase and a central
theme to celebrate our sports groups fantastic successes at the 1st World Outgames followed by a thrust into the
future with Copenhagen 2009 and the second World OutGames

Venues will include; Sport City, Manchester Aquatics Centre, Sports Development (Trinity), Miles Platting Pools,
Salford Quays Water Sports Centre, Salford Sports Village, Salford University and the Trafford Water Sports Centre.

Pride Games has many objectives including delivering the best quality event they can, encouraging healthy gay
lifestyles through sports and leisure, encouraging heterosexual participation to help challenge homophobia in sport,
raise the profile of LGBT sports and attract sponsorship for Team Manchester activities. For more information go to

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                                Tell Us About Your Sex Life
Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) and Sigma Research, University of Portsmouth are launching the annual National Gay
Men's Sex Survey - Vital Statistics - today along with another survey 'What do you need?' aimed at establishing the
health needs of people living with HIV.

Last year over 13,000 men in the UK took part in the Gay Men's Sex Survey, this year it's hoped the new survey will
also get a huge response. The surveys can be completed by logging on to and

The Gay Men's Sex Survey (GMSS) is carried out in collaboration with over 85 organisations as part of the CHAPS
Partnership's health promotion work with gay men.

 Peter Weatherburn, Director of Sigma Research said: "Please take the time to fill the questionnaire in - it'll only take
ten minutes and you'll be participating in the largest survey of gay and bisexual men anywhere in the world. The in-
formation you give us is invaluable."

Will Nutland, Head of Gay Men's Health Promotion at THT said:

"Both of these surveys are vital as they help us develop and target our HIV and sexual health promotion work. We
really need both gay men and people living with HIV to get involved. Previous surveys have told us a lot about men's
sexual health and this year we're hoping to get more responses than ever."

The GMSS includes regular questions about sexual behaviour and HIV testing and questions on drug and alcohol
use. 'What do you need?' includes questions on the needs of people with HIV including the health services they use.

The surveys can be completed online until the end of August and are also available in booklet form from gay venues,
support groups and organisations across the UK.

new condom campaign is being launched today by Terrence Higgins Trust (THT) to remind gay and bisexual men to
Get it On during sex. While most gay and bisexual men use condoms most of the time, the Get it On campaign en-
courages men to continue to use condoms regularly.

The advertising campaign is being launched as part of the Terrence Higgins Trust led CHAPS partnership and will
include a 15 week run of adverts in the gay press.

The adverts will use simple messages and striking images to direct people to the CHAPS website - giving tips on
condom use, how to overcome problems with condoms, and advice on where to buy cheap condoms.

                           Pink Broadway in Southampton
                              Seven years and counting

                        Voted the Best Gay Sauna in the South
                               Open seven days a week
                         Sunday to Thursday midday to 10pm
                    Friday midday to 2am Saturday midday to 4am
                          Admission £14 (£10 student/UB40)
                    79-80 East Street, Southampton 02380 238 804
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   Tropics await you in                                 Make your way to the Denmark Sauna
                                                        now for a great day out with a special
      Portsmouth                                         event on July 29th and Prowling on
Tropics is the largest sauna in the world but it‘s                  August 11th.
definitely one of the friendliest. On entry there‘s a
warm welcome awaiting you and there‘s the
chance of a quick gossip before going into the If you‘re heading to Brighton then it‘s well worth popping into
changing rooms and getting ready for a pleasant Hove to visit the Denmark Sauna which has been receiving rave
stay.                                                 reviews since it reopened last December after a major
Towels and dressing gowns are available and you
can either have a shower downstairs or use the          There's a bigger entrance to the
one on the first floor.         There‘s a handy         sauna now and if you want to, you
noticeboard in the changing rooms that gives you        can just pop in and get the latest
information about the local scene (though not all       papers but inside is a great time
venues      put                                         guaranteed. On entrance you're
posters     up                                          given a warm welcome and some
which is a                                              condoms and lube to guarantee a
shame) and                                              safe time in the sauna. If it's your
there      are                                          first time at the sauna just ask their
plenty of free                                          friendly staff for information about where everything is-basically
g      a      y                                         it's wet downstairs and dry upstairs. You can watch telly
magazines to                                            downstairs while you're eating or drinking and there's the national
read. Food is                                           newspapers to read as well as the gay magazines. The food here
available                                               is absolutely brilliant and totally delicious.
the day and                                             There's an excellent Jacuzzi that fits ten people, a sauna and a
downstairs                                              steam room that lives up to its name. Upstairs there's plenty of
you       can                                           rest rooms and a television lounge showing some great adult
gather for a chat, to watch the telly or use the free   films to get you in the mood. There's also some gym equipment
internet on offer.                                      and a sun bed. Internet access is on its way and just installed is
                                                        a sling room. All in all, this is one of the most pleasant sauna's
On the first floor there‘s the sauna, steam room,       I've been to. Friendly and clean which is just what you want.
showers, rest rooms including a couple with glory       New people are discovering the delights of the Denmark all the
holes and if the weather ever gets better there‘s a     time and the sauna is receiving plenty of favourable feedback.
roof garden. There‘s also the chance to watch           Curtains have been placed on the dark room and video room and
some porn videos and another glory hole area.           the light levels reduced. Since my visit the lighting levels
Reasonably new to the venue is the re-opened            downstairs have also been lowered and there are coloured LED
second floor where you can watch videos.                lights in the cafe area and coloured bulbs around the Jacuzzi,
                                                        steam room and on the balcony. The shower area lights have
Tropics occupies a prominent position in the heart      been shut off too creating a much moodier atmosphere.
of Portsmouth City Centre, and is situated directly
on the second roundabout off the end of the             There‘s a special event at the sauna on July 29th starting at 7pm.
M275. There are numerous car parks in the area,         Anyone already in the sauna at that time will be welcome to join
the nearest is Victory Retail Park, which is            in the fun. To register, and receive a
accessible by taking the third exit at the first        discounted entry of £10 after 7pm, and
roundabout at the end of the M275, then first left      details of other events, please go to
and just follow the signs into the retail park. At the
Tropics is about a 4 minute walk from there.            request of the party host, the steam in
                                                        the steam room and the heat in the
 For those travelling by train, from Portsmouth         sauna cabin may be turned off to provide better "party" facilities.
and Southsea station turn right and across into         The host has indicated that if this party is well supported he will
Commercial Road. Tropics is located about 5             add an extra Sunday event and a weekday event. Other venues
minutes walk away at the other end of the               are also used. On the second Saturday of each month there‘s a
pedestrian precinct, towards Argos. The venue is        special event for all you Bears out there. The next ‗Prowling‘ is on
open from 11am to 7pm Monday to Wednesday               August 11th. The sauna is open seven days a week from 11am
and 11am to 9pm Thursday to Saturday. Entry is          to 11pm (last entry 10pm). Entry is £13 (£12 for members) but
£10 (£9 if bringing your own towel) and couples         there are reductions during the day Appointments with qualified
arriving together pay £18. More info at                 masseurs are available from midday Booking in advance is                                   advisable. More info at

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