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VAL BROWN’S BIRTHDAY AT THE GROSVENOR
NEWS
6 News
FRIDAY NIGHT LIVE WITH LADY LA RUE @ LEGENDS

BRIGHTON HALF MARATHON: BEAR PATROL RAISE MORE THAN £7,000 FOR SUSSEX BEACON

MISS JASON @ CROWN & ANCHOR HUMAN BEING: BEING HUMAN EXHIBITION AT JUBLIEE LIBRARY
MISS JASON @ CROWN & ANCHOR
HUMAN BEING: BEING HUMAN EXHIBITION AT JUBLIEE LIBRARY

FEATURES

20 DAD & DADDY

Syd Spencer on his experience of becoming a parent through adoption

22 BANGKOK CLASSICS

Alan Stables tastes the delights of what Gay Bangkok has to offer

24 MIKE WEATHERLEY MP

James Ledward compiles a half-term report on the Hove & Portslade MP

SCENE LISTINGS

26

Brighton Listings

40

Solent Listings

ARTS

42

Arts News & Listings

44

Art Matters

45

Classical Notes

46

Film reviews

REGULARS

19

Letters To The Editor

25

Dine With Morham

47

Geek Scene

48

Shopping

50

Dance Music

50

DJ profile: Lil Alex

51

Craig’s Thoughts

52

Keith Sharpe

53

Brighton MCC

53

Duncan’s Domain

54

Charlie Says

55

Netty’s World

55

Queerying Queenie

56

Sam The Trans Man

57

Suchi’s World

57

LGBT Police Liaison

INFORMATION

58

Services Directory

59

Classifieds

62

Advertisers’ Map

MAR 2014

GSCENE magazine

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@gsceneAdvertisers’ Map MAR 2014 GSCENE magazine www.gscene.org GScene.Brighton PUBLISHED BY Peter Storrow TEL 01273

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BAR REVENGE
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LEWIS JOANNA ROWLAND-STUARTBILLIE

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The first same-sex marriage ceremony in Brighton & Hove will take place just after midnight on Saturday, March 29, as soon as the law allows.

midnight on Saturday, March 29, as soon as the law allows. ) Neil Allard (left) and
midnight on Saturday, March 29, as soon as the law allows. ) Neil Allard (left) and
midnight on Saturday, March 29, as soon as the law allows. ) Neil Allard (left) and

) Neil Allard (left) and Andrew Wale (right) will become one of the first same-sex married couples in England. The pair will be married in the Music Room of the Royal Pavilion at one minute past midnight on Saturday, March 29. The ceremony will mark a first in the city and is also set to be one of the first same-sex marriages in the country.

Trevor Love, Brighton & Hove City Council’s senior ceremonies registrar, said: “This will be a momentous and historic day for the Registration Service in England and Wales, and for all of those couples making their marriage vows together. Brighton & Hove is a popular location for ceremonies and we have been busy keeping people up to date with the latest news about the introduction of same-sex marriage. It is wonderful to see this law change being welcomed so enthusiastically in the city.”

Last December, when the Home Office announced the law would come into effect in March 2014, Brighton & Hove City Council was able to finalise plans to commemorate the date.

The Register Office, in partnership with the Royal Pavilion, invited same-sex couples to apply to be the first to be married in the city. Couples were asked to explain why the Royal Pavilion is special for them and what it would mean to be married there in the city’s first same-sex wedding ceremony. The chosen couple will not only become the first same-sex couple to marry in they city, they will also be the first late night ceremony in Brighton & Hove, as well the first wedding in the Music Room at the Royal Pavilion.

Applications were considered by a panel including representatives from the Register Office, the Royal Pavilion and Councillor Leo Littman. All names and ages of the couples applying were removed before their comments were shared with the panel.

TREVOR LOVE
TREVOR LOVE

After hearing the news, Andrew said: "I feel so lucky to live in a country where human rights and equality are moving in the right direction, and in a city with such an impressive history of tolerance and inclusion. To be the first same-sex couple to have the opportunity to be married here is a great privilege. We are very excited to be a small part of this huge step forward."

Neil added: “As well as being the most iconic building in Sussex, the Royal Pavilion has become part of our personal iconography. This city will always be a special place for us because it's where we met and fell in love and the Pavilion is the heart of the city.”

THE WINNING APPLICATION

Andrew and Neil’s application read:

“I am writing to apply for my partner and I to be the first same-sex couple to be married in Brighton, at the Royal Pavilion Music Room, on March 29, 2014.

“On March 3, we will have been together for seven years, and we can't think of any better way to celebrate than to publicly proclaim our love, and to make our commitment to one another legally binding, in one of the most beautiful and iconic settings in our home city. The Royal Pavilion provided the backdrop to our early dates - visits to the theatre, picnics in the gardens and strolls around the Pavilion itself - it continues to feature in our daily lives together.

“The Royal Pavilion is such a special place to us and is representative of so much of why we love Brighton & Hove - it's such a unique building, the design of which expresses a love of colour, contrast and individual taste. The building, and its creator, gave the city its reputation for free thinking and a shameless appreciation of pleasure which have fed the imaginations of its community and those of countless numbers of visitors over the decades.

“In previous years we had been planning to have a civil partnership, but decided to hold on when it became clear that the day might come when law changed to allow us to have a ceremony which brought us true equality. We’re so happy, for ourselves and for the thousands of other committed same-sex couples that, that day is nearly here. To be the first same-sex couple to marry in Brighton would be an honour and a thrilling privilege.

“Although we would dearly love to have our ceremony in the Royal Pavilion, the fact that we are now allowed to marry at all is enough to counteract any disappointment we might feel if we are not chosen, and we would wish the lucky couple the most wonderful wedding.”

LGBT SAFETY FORUM TO ORGANISE 'ACCESS TENT' AT PRIDE 2014

SAFETY FORUM TO ORGANISE 'ACCESS TENT' AT PRIDE 2014 ) The Brighton & Hove LGBT Community

) The Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum (LGBT CSF) will be organising and facilitating the Access Tent at this year’s Brighton Pride. It is the first time an LGBT organisation has provide the service for some years.

Discussions are underway to finalise the

improved service and these will be announced at

a

public meeting on Saturday, March 1 at 2pm

at

the Dorset Garden's Methodist Church,

Dorset Gardens, Brighton.

Joanna Rowland-Stuart said: “As the disability representative of the LGBT Community Safety Forum and trans representative for REGARD, the LGBT disability charity, I am very happy the LGBT CSD is taking the lead on this project.Joanna Rowland-Stuart said: “

“The access tent is not just a meeting place for disabled visitors to Pride, for them it's also a refuge, a place to seek advice, to get help, First Aid and to report problems of any nature with their day at Pride, up to and including reporting hate crime incidents.

“Because of this, it is essential that the Brighton & Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum take the lead in organising, promoting and publicising this facility, both to maximise its uptake by the disabled community at Pride but also to ensure that the access tent is fully effective and that the Forum itself is visible to the wider LGBT community.”

Billie Lewis, Chair of the LGBT CSF, added: “I’m delighted we’re able to provide this important service. I’m hoping that the facility will not only benefit and empower those needing to use it but will remind the LGBT community that disabled people and the elderly are welcome at Pride and should be equally welcome throughout the LGBT scene. We will be working closely with other volunteer services to make sure the facility is as inclusive as possible.”Billie Lewis , Chair of the LGBT CSF, added:

For more information on the Brighton & Hove LGBT Safety Forum visit:

www.lgbt-safety-forum-brighton.com

For more info on the pride access tent visit:

www.lgbt-help.com/pride

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RAINBOW FUND RECEIVES FIRST DONATION AND MAKES FIRST GRANT ) Last month the newly independent Rainbow

) Last month the newly independent Rainbow Fund received its first donation from the Brighton Bear Weekender. The Rainbow Fund recently announced that it would transfer its account from the Sussex Community Foundation to establish itself as an independent group.

The Brighton Bear Weekender kindly donated £235.44 from their Saints & Sinners evening at Subline in November 2013 to kick off the new fund. The Rainbow Fund also granted an unsolicited application from Older & Out to provide a small grant for an activity day at the Somerset Day Centre for £240.50 on Valentine’s Day. Older & Out works with older LGBT people through activity days to come together, have something to eat and socialise.

days to come together, have something to eat and socialise. BRIGHTON BEAR WEEKENDER ORGANISERS GIVE DONATION

BRIGHTON BEAR WEEKENDER ORGANISERS GIVE DONATION TO RAINBOW FUND GRANTS PANEL

Paul Elgood, Chairman of the Rainbow Fund, said: “We’re pleased to be fully operational again and looking to the future. Our time with the Sussex Community Foundation has given us an excellent start to now build on. We’re grateful to the Brighton Bear Weekender who made the first donation of our new set-up. This is the third time that they have supported the Rainbow Fund and so it is fantastic to have their support again from the very start.

“The Grants Panel was pleased to approve a request from Older & Out for a small grant towards a Valentine’s activity day and lunch, and this continues our work supporting older LGBT people's groups such as GEMS. Whilst we will not be advertising a main grants round until the summer, we will occasionally consider urgent small applications such as this in the meantime, if an exceptional case is made and if funds are available.”

As part of its new structure and to insure a fully transparent approach, the Rainbow Fund is in the process of recruiting an Independent Treasurer and will be advertising for two more Independent members of the Grants Panel in due course.

For more information about the Rainbow Fund, view: www.rainbow-fund.org

OLDER & OUT
OLDER & OUT
MICHAEL NELSON
MICHAEL NELSON

FIRST PRIDE 2014 AMBASSADOR NAMED

) The first Pride Ambassador to be elected for 2014 is Michael Nelson, better known as Michael Greenbeard. Michael, 71 years young and a very popular face on the commercial gay scene, is a former chef and antiques dabbler and has lived in Brighton with his partner Alan for the last 20 years. Michael said: “In am honoured to have been voted to be a Pride Ambassador and thank everyone who nominated me. I will take my role very seriously and hope to illustrate to everyone how even a 71 year-old man can enjoy life to the full in this great city.”

Nominations were received for 20 different people. The remaining 19 will take their nominations forward to next month’s vote.

If you want to nominate someone who you think goes the extra mile to help LGBT people and see them represent the LGBT community at the front of the Pride Parade, send an email to info@gscene.com give the name of the person you want to nominate, and say why you have nominated them.

STONEWALL CHIEF EXECUTIVE STEPS DOWN

) Ben Summerskill has stepped down as Chief Executive of the lesbian, gay and bisexual equality charity after 11 years at the helm. His time as CEO saw a dramatic change in the legal landscape for LG&B people in Britain. During his tenure he led successful campaigns to secure legal equality for gay people in Britain, including the repeal of Section 28, goods and services protections, civil partnerships and marriage equality.

Ben’s tenure also saw a transformation of the charity itself, taking it from one with just 20 staff and an annual income of £1.3 million, to an effective campaigning organisation of 75 full time staff with annual income in excess of £4.2 million, with improved governance and financial integrity including substantially augmented reserves in line with charity best practice.

Ben said: “I’ve had a wonderful 11 years at Stonewall. As a charity, it comprises a constellation of staff and volunteers who, working together, have achieved remarkable things. The fact that Stonewall’s Workplace Programme now engages the employers of 10m people and one in three local authorities in Britain now works with us to tackle homophobic bullying in schools is testament to some of the fantastic teamwork I’ve been lucky enough to be involved with.”

Ruth Hunt, Current Deputy Chief Executive, has been appointed as Acting Chief Executive while the Board formally recruits into the role. In recent months, Ben has worked with Ruth to ensure the organisation transitions smoothly and remains focused on its key priorities.

BEN SUMMERSKILL
BEN SUMMERSKILL
with Ruth to ensure the organisation transitions smoothly and remains focused on its key priorities. BEN

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BRIGHTON GAY MEN’S CHORUS RAISE NEARLY £6,000

) Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus Pull A Cracker Christmas show raised a

staggering £5,713.40 for the Sussex Beacon. For the third year running, the choir made a triumphant return to the Brighton Dome for a packed-out festive December evening, which featured the actress Claire Sweeney and was supported by their new sponsor Co-operative Funeralcare,

Paul Charlton, Chairman of Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus, said: “Thanks so much to everyone for your continued support. We really pulled out all the stops in December to deliver as entertaining a show as we could! We also have a number of other exciting plans that we hope to announce in the near future, and are delighted once again to help raise money for such a worthy local cause.”

again to help raise money for such a worthy local cause.” BRIGHTON BEARS QUIZ NIGHT )

BRIGHTON BEARS QUIZ NIGHT

) The first official Brighton Bears Weekender (BBWE14) fundraiser event of

the year takes place at the Camelford Arms, Camelford Street on Thursday, March 6; secure a table at 7.30pm, quiz starts at 9pm, The weekly Thursday quiz night at the Camelford is always busy and BBWE14 organisers promise they will be adding a bit of ursine flavour to the BBWE14 Quiz Night along with a raffle which includes some naughty prizes. Why not make up a team, join a team or play on your own and help the bears raise money for the Rainbow Fund, a grant giving fund that makes grants to local LGBT/HIV organisations providing front line services to LGBT people in Brighton & Hove.

Last year the Brighton Bears Weekender was the second largest contributor to the Rainbow Fund after Brighton Pride, and this year they plan to do much better with your help. The main event organised by BBWE14 is the Brighton Bear Weekend 2014 which takes place between June 20-22. Join the bears for a weekend of fun, sun and fur by the seaside! Events will include a welcome night with cabaret, various club nights, and the legendary picnic in the park.

For more information and to purchase an optional wristband which gives you fantastic drink deals, discounts and entry fees during the weekend visit:

http://brightonbearweekender.co.uk or search for Brighton Bear Weekender on Facebook.

For more information about the Rainbow Fund: http://rainbow-fund.org

LEGENDARY DJ PETE WARDMAN HEADLINES PERFUME GARDEN REUNION PARTY

) Perfume Garden, Brighton's original hard dance production, returns for a very special reunion party on Saturday, March 29 from 29pm at Boutique Brighton, Boyces Street, Brighton.

DJ PETE WARDMAN
DJ PETE WARDMAN

The DJ line up includes: Little Rob (Beyond, Bioshokk, Menthol), Superfast Oz (Kaktai, OD404, Tidy Trax) and international superstar DJ Pete Wardman.

In January 2003, Gscene wrote: “Perfume Garden has to be one of the friendliest, mixed party nights on Brightons underground scene. The promoters make a huge effort every month, they provide the best lighting effects and know how to use them. For many people this is their favourite night of the month-nuff said! "

Expect the friendliest, mixed polysexual party crowd on the Brighton underground club scene and of course the very very best in hard house and trance.

and of course the very very best in hard house and trance. Perfume Garden , 2

Perfume Garden, 29pm, Saturday March 29, Boutique Brighton, 2 Boyces Street, Brighton, BN1 1AN.

Limited £5 super early bird and £10 early bird tickets are available from: www.moreonthedoor.com

PRIDE MATTERS - WHY DO WE NEED A PRIDE?

) Surely the most frequently asked

question when it comes to Pride.

JAMES BROOKS
JAMES BROOKS

James Brooks, lead contributor for Pride Matters, said:“Given the huge improvement in equalities over the last decade with protections written into law and a legal

recognition of our relationships, then it is understandable that some people, including those within the LGBT community, might think that we’ve won the fight for freedom. However, dig a little deeper, keep an eye on the news, read some of the comments on news websites, and it becomes clear that there is still a long way to go within the UK and abroad.”

there is still a long way to go within the UK and abroad.” This year’s umbrella

This year’s umbrella campaigning theme for Brighton Pride is Freedom to Live. Organisers wants to know why Pride still matters to people in 2014. Send up to 200 words on why Pride matters to you to:

pridematters@Brighton-pride.org

The best submissions will appear on the Pride Matters page on the Pride website.

LIKE PLAYING CRIBBAGE?

) A new card school is starting at the A-

Bar every Tuesday evening. Whether you’re

a card novice, an expert, or want to learn,

just pop along to the A-Bar on Tuesday nights at 7.30pm. The cribbage evening is open to men and women, young and old.

Cribbage, or crib, is a card game traditionally for two players, but commonly played with three, four, or more, and involves playing and grouping cards in combinations to gain points. Cribbage has several distinctive features: the cribbage board used for score keeping, the eponymous crib or box (a separate hand counting for the dealer), two distinct scoring stages (the play and the show) and a unique scoring system including points for groups of cards that total fifteen.

Cribbage card evening, 7.30pm, Tuesdays

at A-Bar, 11-12 Marine Parade, Brighton.

groups of cards that total fifteen. Cribbage card evening, 7.30pm , Tuesdays at A-Bar , 11-12

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GSC ENE 9 DOCTOR BRIGHTON’S Five years on at Doctor Brighton's and a pledge to raise
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DOCTOR BRIGHTON’S

Five years on at Doctor Brighton's and a pledge to raise £10,000 for charity

Brighton's and a pledge to raise £10,000 for charity ) Five years ago Charles Childs bought
Brighton's and a pledge to raise £10,000 for charity ) Five years ago Charles Childs bought

) Five years ago Charles Childs bought Doctor Brighton's and along with his two managers Wayne Durant and Anthony van-Room and along with his two managers Wayne Durant and he has created one of the most he has created one of the most popular venues on the seafront attracting a mixed, up for a party, clientele. Charles has seen the business grow steadily each year, building a solid reputation around their regular Friday and Saturday nights featuring resident DJs Tony B, Nick Hurst and Adam Rice. Last year they successfully introduced live music to the venue with Anna Sin and the Jukebox Bandits. Charles said: “My ethos has been always to provide a welcoming environment offering good quality service and a fun packed experience for everyone. Last year we refurbished the exterior of the bar which was long overdue. This January we refurbished both the gents and the ladies’ toilets and we have plans for more improvements in the near future.”

we have plans for more improvements in the near future.” He has created a party function

He has created a party function area in the bar, which includes both bay windows and the pool area where birthdays, anniversaries and wedding receptions are hosted. Balloons, banners and shots are all provided compliments of the venue.

To mark Dr Brighton's five year anniversary Charles has personally pledged to raise £10,000 for charities close to his heart. He continued: “I really want to give back to the Brighton community which has given me so much support and also to Macmillan Cancer Sussex nursing.”

They start their fundraising ventures at their fifth birthday party on Saturday, March 8 starting at 6pm with live music from Anna Sin and then DJ Adam Rice plays an 80s set. There will be a charity auction with donations from local businesses and then a further set from Anna Sin before DJ Tony B takes to the decks and gets everyone up and ready for a late night party. For this special night there will be a £10 entry charge on the door if you arrive at 6.30pm. You will get a mouth tingling chilli con carne with rice, and a glass of bubbly. Alternatively you can join them later in the evening for DJ Tony B when the entry fee is £5 and includes a free drink and a shot.

Charles will also be introducing and launching his team for Tough Mudder, which is a hardcore 10-12 mile obstacle course designed by the special forces to test overall strength, stamina, determination and camaraderie, with only 78% of entrants successfully completing each section. If you’re committed and interested contact Charles at the bar along with any ideas for fundraising you have that will help him reach his target of £10,000.

Charles concluded: “I envisage that this year will be action packed with fun and lots of exciting events. I’d like to say a massive thank you to all of our customers and friends for their unrelenting support over the last 5 years and I hope that all our regulars will come and join me for a glass of bubbles on me to celebrate the past 5 years and help me kick off my fundraising adventure for the year.”

help me kick off my fundraising adventure for the year.” REVENGE RAISE £1,192.06 FOR THT )

REVENGE RAISE £1,192.06 FOR THT

) Revenge raised £1,192.06 for Terrence Higgins Trust over World AIDS Day Weekend last December. The money was raised through bucket collections and a staff auction on Sunday, December 1. Ross Boseley from THT said: “We really appreciate the support and generosity of the venues. The money will support our local HIV support, testing and prevention services.”

our local HIV support, testing and prevention services.” PEER ACTION MARCH DIARY WED 5th & 19th:
our local HIV support, testing and prevention services.” PEER ACTION MARCH DIARY WED 5th & 19th:

PEER ACTION

MARCH DIARY

testing and prevention services.” PEER ACTION MARCH DIARY WED 5th & 19th: MEDITATION CLASSES 7.30pm :

WED 5th & 19th: MEDITATION CLASSES

7.30pm: The Sussex Beacon, with Helen an experienced meditation teacher and Buddhist, classes free, no need to book.

TUE 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th: SWIMMING

12:20pm: Kemptown, lunchtime swim with Ian at quiet pool, £4.

TUE 4th, 11th, 18th, 25th: YOGA

6pm: Hampshire Lodge, with Dan Noquet, session £3.

FRI 14th: FILM NIGHT

8pm: Mikes (St Peters area) limited space, see website for details

WED 19th: BINGO

6.15pm/7pm: Gala Bingo Hall, admission £6.

WED 19th: SOCIAL GAMES NIGHT

7:30pm: Barley Mo Pub, Kemptown with Chris & Julia.

SAT 29th: HOLISTIC THERAPIES

1:50pm: THT Ship Street.

For further information on all of Peer Action's activities and how to get involved, please visit our website: www.peeraction.co.uk

PEER WOMEN IN ACTION SURVEY

Peer Women in Action Group would like to hear from all women affected by HIV to share their views about the way forward for the group. Please take time to fill out their confidential and anonymous survey:

www.peeraction.co.uk/activity/women#survey

group. Please take time to fill out their confidential and anonymous survey: www.peeraction.co.uk/activity/women#survey
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SUN SHINES FOR THE BRIGHTON HALF MARATHON

Following days of strong winds and heavy rain, the sun shone on the Brighton Half Marathon last month.

the sun shone on the Brighton Half Marathon last month. ) The Brighton Half Marathon is
the sun shone on the Brighton Half Marathon last month. ) The Brighton Half Marathon is

) The Brighton Half Marathon is organised by the Sussex Beacon, a local HIV charity, and saw 6,996 runners on the start line with Paul Martelletti and Sarah Hill claiming the winning titles. Thousands of spectators lined the streets of Brighton & Hove to cheer on the runners and to show their support for the event.

Paul Martelletti (Victoria Park Harriers / Run-fast) took the lead from the start and successfully defended his title from 2013 by finishing in a time of 01:05:52, over one minute ahead of runner up Tom Aldred of London Heathside and over a minute and half faster than his winning time last year. In a sprint finish Paolo Natali of ATL Firenze Marathon beat Kevin Rojas of Brighton & Hove AC and secured 3rd place in a time of 01:08:08.

Sarah Hill of Farnham Runners dominated the women’s field and secured the win in a time of 01:18:43, ahead of Deidre McDermott who crossed the finish line in 01:20:15. Claire Grima of Hercules Wimbledon came third in a time of

01:20:45.

The 1 mile Youth Races, which started and finished at the same point as the main race, saw 393 young runners of all levels and abilities take

SONIA MARMITE RAISED MORE THAN £700
SONIA MARMITE RAISED MORE THAN £700
and abilities take SONIA MARMITE RAISED MORE THAN £700 part across four age categories, with the

part across four age categories, with the biggest number of runners in the 7–10 years of age category. To see the full results including Youth Races, view: www.brightonhalfmarathon.com

The Brighton Half Marathon Corporate Challenge took place for the third time as part of the main race, and the winners of the Corporate Challenge Trophy will be announced shortly.

Paul Bond, event manager, said: “A big thank you also goes to the sponsors, partners, supporters and volunteers and to everyone who contributed to the success of the 2014 race.”

The Brighton Half Marathon is organised by and is the main fundraising event for the Sussex Beacon, a local HIV charity working to improve health, reduce stigma and prevent premature death. Open 365 days a year, they support men, women and families affected by HIV to manage this life-long condition that has no cure. Other charity partners included Scope (National Charity Partner) alongside WaterAid (International Charity Partner) and Rise (Local Charity Partner).

Sponsors and partners of the Brighton Half Marathon 2014 included ASICS, Runners Need, Lucozade Sport, TomTom, Seattle Hotel, Studio57 Clinic, Visit Brighton and Brighton & Hove City Council.

BRIGHTON GAY MEN’S CHORUS SINGERS TO RUN IN THE BRIGHTON MARATHON

) Adam Betteridge and Silvio Grasso, two of the

trustees for registered charity Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus, will be running in the Brighton Marathon on April 6 to raise funds for the choir.

Neither have run a marathon yet, and it’s fair to say both are anxious and excited about the prospect. Adam said:

“We’re absolutely thrilled to be helping raise funds for such an amazing charity as Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus. The choir is really engaged in the local community, providing a safe supportive space for gay and gay-friendly men to meet whilst also learning how to sing. I’m also running in memory of my dear niece Sophie, who learned how to walk despite the experts telling us she never would, but who tragically died last May aged just 16 years old.”

Silvio Grasso, who will be donating 50% of the funds he raises to MindOut, said: “As well as putting on great fun shows, the chorus has also helped raise lots of money for other local charities including Lunch Positive, the Sussex Beacon and the Rainbow Fund in recent times. It’s also true that the training has been incredibly gruelling what with the recent weather so please do dig deep and help us!”

Paul Charlton, Chairman of Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus, added: “We’re extremely grateful to Adam and Silvio for their support. This is the first time we’ve had anyone raise money for us by running in the Brighton Marathon. Fundraising efforts like this will make a huge difference to our members in helping us continue with our charitable and community work. Please support Adam and Silvio!”

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Sponsor Adam via www.justgiving.com/BM-2014 Sponsor Silvio via www.justgiving.com/extravirgin

ALSO FOR YOUR DIARIES

) Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus’ annual jamboree,

offering fun, games and home-baked cakes, is at the Brighton Tavern on Saturday, April 19, 11am–3pm. Everyone is welcome!

) Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus’ next show takes place

as part of the Brighton Fringe Festival on May 2 & 3 at St George’s Church in Kemptown, Brighton. Tickets and info available at www.brightongmc.org.

) The chorus are always interested in prospective new

members (irrespective of their running ability!). For more info please email Tom: membership@brightongmc.org

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BRIGHTON GAY MEN’S CHORUS WELCOME LGBT CHOIRS FROM DUBLIN AND LONDON

) Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus were thrilled when around 25 members

of Gloria, Dublin’s biggest LGBT choir, and London’s Pink Singers, the UK’s

original

volunteers from Lunch Positive, the choir members forged friendships and swapped stories before joining together to rehearse a few verses from well known Kylie hit I Should Be So Lucky. Connections between the choirs were strengthened

last year when all of the British and Irish LGBT choirs were invited to take part in

the Hand In Hand Festival, which took place in London commemorate the 30th anniversary of the Pink Singers.

LGBT choir, dropped

in for a visit. With a delicious lunch served up by

last June to

a visit. With a delicious lunch served up by last June to Paul Charlton , Chairman

Paul Charlton, Chairman for Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus, said:

relationships with other LGBT choirs is crucial as we continue to grow as a choir -

we can all learn so much from each other and have a great time as well! Getting to

know all the guys from Dublin’s Gloria choir was great fun,

meeting up again when Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus travels to Dublin in June for the Various Voices international choir festival.”

Hsien Chew from the Pink Singers added:

friends than to sing and share a meal together? There's nothing so exciting as

meeting like-minded people who are as passionate about making music as you are;

a big thank you to the Brighton Gay Men's Chorus for hosting the day!”

Barry Dowling, chairman of Dublin’s Gloria, concluded:

wonderful day with our Brighton brothers. Huge thank you to their Musical Director

Marc for helping us to get into our groove.

dance, food, and so much fun!! We look forward to seeing the Brighton boys at Various Voices Dublin in June.”

“Building

especially as we will be

“What better way is there to make

“We all had such a

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LUNCH POSITIVE

) Lunch Positive, the HIV charity that provides a healthy meal to HIV positive

people every Friday at Dorset Gardens Methodist Church, has published its new calendar of visits from other voluntary and community organisations. The HIV community space, which is centred around the lunch club, invites guests who are available to provide additional advice, information and support. The visits are informal and inclusive. Guests join with members and volunteers for lunch and are available to talk and help where needed.

for lunch and are available to talk and help where needed. Gary Pargeter , volunteer project

Gary Pargeter, volunteer project manager, said: “We've been working with guest visits for some time and the emphasis is on

having friendly, approachable people available to help if needed. For many people simply being with peers at the lunch club

addresses a whole range of needs.

We also know that many people

find themselves in crisis, are sometimes anxious about accessing other services, and also have an interest in finding out about what other support is available. Guests from other organisations have helped many

people and getting to know their workers or volunteers in a community setting often

feels much easier for people.

- there's nowhere I could go where I've been able to get involved in so many things’. We're also grateful that guests from visiting organisations often support their own clients to come along to Lunch Positive for first visits.”

Details of guest visits can be viewed on the 'What's Happening' section at www.lunchpositive.org

One person recently told us ‘I can't thank you enough

LUNCH POSITIVE WORKSHOPS

) Lunch Positive will host two benefits advice workshops for people with HIV during March, which will be run by Tim Procter from THT and held at Dorset Gardens Methodist Church:

Personal Independent Payments: Friday, March 7, 24.30pm Employment & Support Allowance: Friday, March 14, 24.30pm

The government has made key changes to the main benefits for sick and disabled claimants.

Disability Living Allowance (DLA) is being replaced with Personal Independence Payments (PIP). All DLA claimants will be required to undergo a new assessment to transfer from DLA to PIP from 2015. If you are experiencing health problems and want to find out how to qualify for PIP this workshop will tell you.

Employment & Support Allowance (ESA) has a difficult Personal Capability Assessment requiring claimants to fill an ESA50 form which may be followed by a medical examination. These assessments need to be repeated for most claimants annually.

Both PIP and ESA have hidden tests with a point scoring system. Learning about the underlying tests and point scoring can help claimants approach the assessment with more confidence and help them decide what issues they need to raise.

and help them decide what issues they need to raise. To book a place on any

To book a place on any of the workshops, email:

info@lunchpositive.org

Or use the contact form on the What’s Happening section at www.lunchpositive.org

PEER ACTION THERAPY & MASSAGE DAY

www.lunchpositive.org PEER ACTION THERAPY & MASSAGE DAY ) Peer Action , the peer led HIV organisation

) Peer Action, the peer led HIV

organisation that provides social and recreational opportunities to people with HIV, are extending their popular monthly Therapy & Massage Day to also take place at the Sussex Beacon starting Sunday, March 16. All therapies will be administered by one of Peer Action's pool of 'peer therapists' who are fully qualified and insured. The Sussex Beacon is a fantastic location and fully accessible for relaxing therapies.

location and fully accessible for relaxing therapies. Richard Jeneway , Peer Action trustee, said: “ We

Richard Jeneway, Peer Action trustee, said: “We have been so pleased how the existing therapy event in the city has worked for the HIV community. This has inspired some peers to learn new and develop new skills in the massage and therapy field. “We have been in discussion with the Beacon for a while now to set up this additional service which is aimed primarily at the Beacon's service users but sessions will also be available for the wider HIV community. “This is an area of work that Peer Action does well with now proven statistics showing the benefits safe space, low cost therapies can have on those with HIV or affected by HIV. “The great thing about this new service is that we are able to maintain low costs to the service users making the sessions affordable. This is because of Rainbow Fund funding in conjunction with Lottery funding.”

Price for a therapy session is £5 but free for those people who are staying at the Beacon’s inpatient unit. All Peer Action activities are organised and run by volunteers who generously give their time to ensure best quality activities and health related events.

Peer Action Therapy and Massage Day at the Sussex Beacon, 10 Bevendean Rd, Brighton BN2 4DE, Sunday, March 16.

PEER ACTION GRANTED CHARITY STATUS

) Peer Action has been granted charity

status (charity No 1155754). A spokesperson for Peer Action said: “Becoming more legally established seemed the next natural step in allowing us to try and access new sources of funding and support and provide partners with some assurance that we’ll be around for a while. However we don’t plan any immediate changes or to become more corporate. Thank you to everyone who helped make this happen.”

For more information about Peer Action, view:

www.peeraction.co.uk

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The National LGBT Helpline celebrates landmark birthday

EAR The National LGBT Helpline celebrates landmark birthday ) London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard (LLGS) turns
EAR The National LGBT Helpline celebrates landmark birthday ) London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard (LLGS) turns
EAR The National LGBT Helpline celebrates landmark birthday ) London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard (LLGS) turns

) London Lesbian & Gay Switchboard (LLGS) turns 40 years old in March, with a programme of celebrations and community events to commemorate its achievements at the heart of Britain's LGBT community over four decades.

Joe Lee, co-Chair of LLGS, said: “The LGBT community stands at a crossroads.We have achieved so much in terms of legal rights, civil partnerships, employment, services and the ability of LGBT people to simply live their lives as they want to do, and have always wanted to do. We have come a long, and wonderful, way in 40 years that our founders would be very happy to see."

He added: "But there is still a long way to go as many LGBT people still face difficulties: discrimination at work, within their families or communities, a lack of acceptance and even homophobic violence. The way the LGBT community is developing is also important - for instance, sexual health needs a renewed focus as more sexual activity migrates to online meetings. Even though our calls have changed over 40 years, many people - young and old - want the vital support of a helpful person on the end of the line to talk to at important times of their lives."

Ruth Turner, volunteer and trustee, said: “We started as an organisation in 1974 aimed at ‘relieving the suffering of gay people’, under our initial charity status, which reflects the attitudes of the times. Now, though life has moved on - in no small part owing to the efforts of our volunteers over 40 years - we still need to be there to offer a helping hand at all the important points of LGBT people's lives. We offer calm words when people need them most.”

Lee added: “As the demand for our service shows, there is still a real need among the LGBT community for a confidential helpline on which people can talk about all the issues that concern us, from coming out to going out, from sexuality to sexual health, from relationships to work life. Some people are isolated by their circumstances, because of where they live or their age or their personal life, and we are a vital lifeline for anyone feeling under pressure or just needing to talk to someone neutral. Sometimes people are having problems with their family, their job, their relationship, or they want information on sexual health. Or sometimes they just phone us for a chat!”

Based in London, LLGS acts as a national helpline, open from 10am-11pm every day, throughout the year, taking calls from all over the country and an increasing number of callers from abroad.

On March 4, 1974, a handful of volunteers answered the very first phone calls in a small room at Housman's radical bookshop in King's Cross. The helpline's phones haven’t stopped ringing since.

LLGS HAS PLAYED A CENTRAL ROLE IN THE STRUGGLE FOR LGBT RIGHTS:

• The helpline was the first to bring together lesbians and gay men in a single organisation;

• They provided the very first source of information on HIV-AIDS in the early 1980s;

• Volunteers from LLGS went on to start up a variety of other household-name charities including the National AIDS Trust and the Terrence Higgins Trust;

• LLGS was a leader in giving information on sexual health, and still performs that vital function today.

Today, LLGS has more than 180 volunteers, and has helped more than 3.2m callers, through the phone line and in recent years also through email, its internet site and instant messaging.

The organisation is still led and run entirely by volunteers, with just one paid administrator, and holds true to its co-operative roots. Its voluntary structure, almost unique among charities of its size, means costs are minimal and all of the money raised goes straight to answering the phones.

Switchboard's volunteers are all highly trained to be able to listen, offer support, give referrals and be a friend at the other end of the phone. They do not give advice, they do not tell people what to do, they do not pass judgement and are entirely confidential.

Volunteers answer 15,000 calls a year on a budget of about £75.000, much of which is raised from the community and all of which goes to the costs of running the phone lines and its online counterparts. Their costs are minimal because all of the work, from staffing the phone lines to providing IT support to fundraising, is done by volunteers - with help from the paid administrator.

LLGS was a "big society" organisation decades before the term was coined, as a long line of volunteers have staffed the helpline in all its roles: some have stayed for several decades, helping to guide the organisation, and others have gone on to vital roles in other charities. Many have continued to have an association with the charity, helping to foster a sense of the LGBT community.

In recognition of its vitally important role in bettering the lives of LGBT people, and anyone who needs to consider LGBT issues, the organisation has received a number of awards including the Whitbread Volunteer Action Award, the Queen's Award for Voluntary Service and most recently a shortlisting for the Prime Minister's Big Society award.

For more information, view: www.llgs.org.uk

WISEUP! A NEW LGBT- INCLUSIVE CAMPAIGN

) The WiSE Project are launching WiSEup, a new

campaign for spring 2014, to raise awareness about sexual exploitation for LGBT people. The campaign, which has received funding from the Sussex Police Community Cashback aims to raise awareness about sexual exploitation as well as promoting referral and reporting pathways. The campaign has been developed with youth-consultation for LGBT and non-

LGBT venues.

with youth-consultation for LGBT and non- LGBT venues. The WiSE Project has carried out participatory workshops

The WiSE Project has carried out participatory workshops with LGBTU young people at Allsorts Youth Project to design innovative and interactive campaign materials and badges, which will be featured in venues across the LGBT scene. LGBTU young people can face additional challenges to their straight, cisgender peers. These challenges can include a lack of acceptance from family or friends or experiencing homo/bi/transphobic bullying. In addition, many LGBTU young people do not receive appropriate education and advice around sex and relationships. These factors can compound and increase LGBTU young people’s vulnerability to sexual exploitation.

Alongside the awareness raising campaign materials, the WiSE Project will be delivering training to people that work professionally within the night time economy, such as doorpeople, club and pub workers, hotel reception staff, in order to increase awareness of how to identify exploitative situations and report appropriately. The campaign launches at the Komedia on March 28.

For more information about the campaign or ambassador training, email:

Gemma.Doughty@Sussexcentralymca.org.uk

training, email: Gemma.Doughty@Sussexcentralymca.org.uk MCC DONATE TOWELS TO SUSSEX BEACON ) During December 2013

MCC DONATE TOWELS TO SUSSEX BEACON

) During December 2013, members from the

Metropolitan Community Church in Brighton collected towels for the Sussex Beacon. Rev Michael Hydes, pastor of MCC in Brighton, said: “We collected enough towels so that every room would have at least three sets. This means that clean fresh towels are always available for rooms, and that towels are also available for physical therapy sessions when they are needed.”

KRYSIAK CASEY STONEYARTUR

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ENGLAND’S WOMEN'S FOOTBALL CAPTAIN COMES OUT

) Casey Stoney, the Arsenal Ladies defender, told BBC sport that she made

her decision following the positive public reaction to Olympic diver Tom Daley’s coming out. She said that while she no longer wanted to live a lie, her sexuality was always known and accepted in footballing

her sexuality was always known and accepted in footballing circles. “I feel it's really important for

circles. “I feel it's really important for me to speak out as a gay player because there are so many people struggling who are gay, and you hear about people taking their own lives because they are homosexual. That should never happen. How can I expect other people to speak about themselves if I'm not willing to do that myself?”

Casey thinks world governing body Fifa set the wrong example by awarding the World Cup to Russia and Qatar: “I won't be going to Russia or Qatar to watch a World Cup because I wouldn't be accepted there. I think it's incredible that these countries get World Cups and Olympics when they don't accept everybody to go there and be part of it. There will be [Olympic] athletes competing out [in Russia] who are gay. I can't imagine how frightened they must feel going out there and competing.

“When Russian President Vladimir Putin says that gay people can come over but please don't go near the children, what sort of message is that sending if he is that uneducated and he's ruling that country? It seriously worries me. It's about educating the people at the top, all the way down.”

about educating the people at the top, all the way down.” EXETER CITY FOOTBALL CLUB SAY

EXETER CITY FOOTBALL CLUB SAY “NO!” TO HOMOPHOBIA

) Exeter City Football Club took a stand against homophobia in football at a

home game with Rochdale on Saturday, February 22. The match was designated as the club’s annual Football v Homophobia fixture – a move welcomed by the Exeter City Supporters’ Trust and its One Game One Community (OGOC) Group. The OGOC Group organised a series of initiatives at the match working in partnership with the Devon Lions, the local gay-friendly football club. The anti-homophobia campaign has been backed by Exeter City’s OGOC Ambassador, first team goalkeeper Artur Krysiak, who said: “Football should be a game for all to enjoy. There is no place for prejudice and discrimination”

enjoy. There is no place for prejudice and discrimination” Also supporting the special focus on opposing

Also supporting the special focus on opposing homophobia is Alan Quick, south west co-ordinator for Football v Homophobia, founding trustee of Exeter Pride and a member of the Exeter City OGOC Group. Alan said: “It is really positive to see Exeter City taking such a principled stance. Everyone, be they player, official, employee or fan, should be free to be themselves. Exeter City takes a firm stand against things like inappropriate chanting or hateful or prejudiced language, which is to be congratulated."

Exeter City’s OGOC is part of the national Kick it Out campaign which aims to address all types of discrimination in football including race, disability, gender, age and sexual orientation.

For more info on Football v Homophobia: www.footballvhomophobia.com For more info on the Kick it Out campaign: www.kickitout.org

MICHAEL SAM
MICHAEL SAM

“I AM AN OPENLY PROUD GAY MAN”

) American college footballer

Michael Sam came out in an interview with ESPN's Outside the Lines. Sam, a defensive lineman with the Missouri Tigers, said: “It’s a load of my chest.” He confirmed he had told his teammates last August: “They took it great, rallied round me, supported me and I couldn’t ask for better teammates.”

At present there are no openly gay American football, baseball, hockey or basketball players playing in the US and Sam's decision to come out is unique for a young sportsman as high profile sports people in the past who chose to come out did so after they had retired. He said he wanted to “own the trust” and make an announcement before any newspaper chose to out him. He said he didn’t want to be defined as

the "first openly gay sportsman in the US” to come out rather as "someone with great character and personality.”

Sam is eligible for the NFL draft in May and assuming that he is drafted, will become the first openly gay player in its history.

The NFL released a statement supporting Sam, with Greg Aiello, NFL’s senior vice president of communications, saying: “We admire Michael Sam's honesty and courage. Michael is a football player. Any player with ability and determination can succeed in the NFL. We look forward to welcoming and supporting him in 2014.”

He came out to his parents during a phone call: “I told my mom and dad, and they just pretty much said we knew and we love you and support you. I'm their baby boy. I'm the first to go to college. I'm the first to graduate college. Something like this is just another milestone.”

Sam said he understood that his life was about to change forever and was happy and proud to be speaking out at last: “I'm not afraid to tell the world who I am. I'm Michael Sam; I'm a college graduate. I'm African American, I'm gay and I'm comfortable in my skin.”

American, I'm gay and I'm comfortable in my skin.” GFC BRIGHTON & HOVE STILL ALIVE AND
American, I'm gay and I'm comfortable in my skin.” GFC BRIGHTON & HOVE STILL ALIVE AND

GFC BRIGHTON & HOVE STILL ALIVE AND KICKING

) After taking a break from league

football in the Gay Football Supporters Network league this season, GFC Brighton & Hove (formerly called the Brighton Bandits) are rebuilding the team with a focus on its LGBT grassroots.

are rebuilding the team with a focus on its LGBT grassroots. Paul Windsor , GFC Chair,

Paul Windsor, GFC Chair, said: “As a club, we lost touch with why we formed in 1997. We want to be a community club that welcomes people who love playing football whatever their ability.”

GFC have teamed up with BLAGSS Football, who run sessions on Wednesday at 6pm (details on their

Facebook page) and encourage players of all abilities to go along for a kickabout. People attending those sessions have then played for GFC in tournaments in Leicester, London and Bexley.

Sussex FA, as part of their support for GFC Brighton & Hove, also gave tickets to see England play Chile at Wembley. The players also showed their support for Football v Homophobia’s month of action in February.

On alternate Saturdays starting March 8, there will also be a session from noon-2pm, which will allow people to develop their skills, as well as have a kickabout. GFC would love to hear from anyone who wants to play.

Until their new website is running again, you can contact GFC Brighton & Hove via the BLAGSS Football Facebook page.

BLAGSS PRIDE HOUSE IN HOVE ) BLAGSS , the LGBT sport group, created a Pride
BLAGSS PRIDE HOUSE IN HOVE ) BLAGSS , the LGBT sport group, created a Pride
BLAGSS PRIDE HOUSE IN HOVE ) BLAGSS , the LGBT sport group, created a Pride
BLAGSS PRIDE HOUSE IN HOVE ) BLAGSS , the LGBT sport group, created a Pride

BLAGSS PRIDE HOUSE IN HOVE

) BLAGSS, the LGBT sport group, created a Pride House at the Grosvenor Bar last month during the Winter Olympics at Sochi. During the evening those present held hands in support of the Same Sex Hand Holding Initiative (#SSHHI). #SSHHI was launched by Pride House International on August 14, 2013 and called on everyone in Sochi - athletes, staff, media, officials, spectators, sponsors, vendors and fans - to take every opportunity to hold hands with a person of the same sex during their time in the city.

To make as many people present in Sochi aware of #SSHHI, Pride House International launched a photo blog at http://holdhandsinsochi.tumblr.com where anyone could post a photo showing themselves holding hands with a person of the same sex as a sign of solidarity with everybody who held hands throughout the Sochi games.

A Pride House is a venue welcoming LGBT athletes, fans and their allies during

international sporting events to learn about LGBT sport and homophobia in sport and to build relations with mainstream sports. The first Pride House was organised

for the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic games in Vancouver/Whistler followed by others in Warsaw for the 2012 UEFA Euro Football Championships and London for the 2012 Summer Olympics/Paralympics.

Pride Houses are planned for the 2014 Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, the 2015 Pan-American Games in Toronto and the 2016 Summer Olympics in Rio. Sadly the Russian authorities banned any Pride House in Sochi during the Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games.

GSCENE COVER MODEL RAPHAEL FOX

) This month’s cover model, photographed by Manel Ortega, is Raphael Fox. Fox took part in My Transsexual Summer (Ch4) in 2011, which offered a mainstream look into trans* identity. Subsequently, in 2012, he co-founded My Genderation, www.mygenderation.tumbr.com, a documentary series about gender variation. My Genderation has been featured on BBC Fresh, and this year, he is working with Channel 4 to produce 25 new films, in conjunction with All About Trans / On Road Media (www.allabouttrans.org).

Fox's work was acknowledged with Lewis Hancox on the Independent’s Pink

List. He creates fine-art screen prints (www.salutehq.com) and designs for the queer community, including Queer In Brighton, Trans* Pride, the ‘Just Like You’ campaign, FTM Brighton, Allsort’s Tagfest and the photobook Being Human; Human Being. He is also creator of the Queer Observer logo, and part

PRIDE HOUSE @ GROSVENOR
PRIDE HOUSE @ GROSVENOR
the Queer Observer logo, and part PRIDE HOUSE @ GROSVENOR of the www.thequeerobserver.com team. In 2013

of

the www.thequeerobserver.com team.

In

2013 Fox helped to set up the first Trans*Pride in Brighton and is again part of

the core team for 2014. Additionally, he appeared on the front cover of META magazine, the UK’s first trans* publication.

Fox continues to liaise with the mainstream media to raise awareness of trans* issues, chatting with Daybreak, LBC radio, The Observer, the Daily Mail, the BBC and is also transsexual and genderqueer editor for Cliterati (www.cliterati.co.uk/the-cliterati/).

The council's Trans Equality Scrutiny recommended that sport and leisure activities should be made more accessible to trans* people resulting in the setting up of trans-inclusive swimming sessions. The sessions take place at Brighton Swimming Centre every Friday between 8-9.30pm till April 11 (but excluding March 28). If the classes are popular they can continue indefinitely. Brighton Swimming Centre has both private and communal changing facilities and all staff have received trans* awareness training. Sessions are £2.55, subsidised from the usual rate of £4.30.

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SUICIDE MEMORIAL VIGIL

) MindOut, the LGBT mental health project, is organising the annual Suicide Memorial Vigil at 6pm on Wednesday, April 2 at St Ann's Well Gardens in Hove. The purpose of the Vigil is to remember all LGBT friends or family who have been lost to or affected by suicide.

Gather beside the MindOut memorial tree in St Ann's Well Gardens in Hove at 6pm. For more information call:

01273 234 839

the MindOut memorial tree in St Ann's Well Gardens in Hove at 6pm . For more
in Hove at 6pm . For more information call: 01273 234 839 LOCAL MP VISITS MINDOUT

LOCAL MP VISITS MINDOUT 'TIME TO TALK'

) Caroline Lucas, MP for Brighton Pavilion, popped into the MindOut Time to Talk event at Lovefit Cafe last month for coffee, cake and a chat. Time to Talk in Brighton was organised by MindOut, the Brighton-based LGBT mental health project, as part of a wider national event organised by Time to Change, a charity created to help end mental health discrimination.

Caroline said: “Most people have either experienced a mental health problem, or know someone who has. Yet despite how common mental illness is, those living with it still often have to deal with prejudice, ignorance and fear. Just talking about mental health problems, as we would with physical illness, is one of the most important things we can do to tackle stigma. That’s why Time to Talk day is such a brilliant idea and I was very happy to be part of it.”

can do to tackle stigma. That’s why Time to Talk day is such a brilliant idea

ADAM BROOKS

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NEW FACES IN GAY VILLAGE

) Ray Gregory and Paul Wills, life partners of ten years, opened Gregorys,

their new coffee shop, bakers and takeaway in October of last year. Ray has worked in catering all his life as well as being a full time carer to his mother. He now lives between his home in Oxford and the flat he shares with Paul in Brighton. He previously had four coffee shops in London in Hounslow, Ealing, Richmond and Kingston upon Thames but the pressures of running four businesses led to him and Paul not seeing much of each other.

They both love Brighton and visited the city over the years to attend Pride. Paul suggested getting a shop in Brighton so Ray bought a shop for Paul to manage and somewhere where they could both live and spend more time together. Paul has left his home in Olney, Bucks where he lived with his parents to live full time in Brighton, while Ray continues to live between Brighton and Oxford.

while Ray continues to live between Brighton and Oxford. Ray and Paul are enjoying the Brighton

Ray and Paul are enjoying the Brighton gay scene. Ray said: “Opening the shop in Brighton has been very special for us not only as another challenge for me personally, but we are making hundreds of new friends from all the communities in Kemp Town. We are being accepted and we are proud to be part of a busy High St. So far we have had a productive first four months, everything seems to be going very well and we are getting a lot of support from everyone in the community."

In the past, with his other businesses, Ray helped local community groups and charities such as epilepsy and multiple sclerosis by raising money for them and supporting their events. He is looking forward to doing the same for Brighton’s LGBT organisations in the future. Ray continued: “We offer a loyalty card scheme and welcome feedback though our Facebook page or better still, direct to us. With Paul’s experience in retail and customer service it works well for us at the shop. We just want the community to enjoy what they get from us and enjoy the warm and comfortable atmosphere in our establishment."

Gregorys Bakers and Coffee Shop, 12 St James Street, Kemptown, Brighton Facebook: www.facebook.com/GREGORYSBAKERS?ref=stream Telephone: 01273 970545

BETTY LA LA’S RE-OPENS AFTER REFIT

) Betty La La's restaurant in St James’ Street reopened with a full house sitting

on Valentine’s Night after being closed all January for a refit and refurbishment. Betty's will now be open lunch times from TuesdaySunday, noon–late. While the tried and tested main menu remains, a new lunch menu has been introduced along with a new vegetarian menu, a new burger menu and some sharing platters which come with a carafe of wine. The front of the restaurant has been given a wine

of wine. The front of the restaurant has been given a wine bar styling and the

bar styling and the lovely Sandy is there, ready to welcome customers old and new.

Betty La La's, 22 St James’ Street, Brighton, 01273 693 444

La's , 22 St James’ Street, Brighton , 01273 693 444 TO RUSSIA WITH LOVE FROM
La's , 22 St James’ Street, Brighton , 01273 693 444 TO RUSSIA WITH LOVE FROM
La's , 22 St James’ Street, Brighton , 01273 693 444 TO RUSSIA WITH LOVE FROM
La's , 22 St James’ Street, Brighton , 01273 693 444 TO RUSSIA WITH LOVE FROM

TO RUSSIA WITH LOVE FROM BRIGHTON

) To mark the opening day of

competition at the Winter Olympics in Sochi last month, protesters in Brighton highlighted the plight of LGBT people in Russia. More than 200 people turned out in dreadful weather to support the To Russia With Love demonstration at the Clock Tower on Queen’s Road. The

demonstration at the Clock Tower on Queen’s Road. The demonstration was organised by the Brighton &

demonstration was organised by the Brighton & Hove Socialist Party to raise awareness of the increasing violence and oppression faced by LGBT people and others in Russia.

After reading a speech from Ksenia Zhivago, Russian LGBT activist, Beth Granter from the Brighton & Hove Socialist Party, said: “The

the Brighton & Hove Socialist Party , said: “The Sochi Olympics puts the world spotlight on

Sochi Olympics puts the world spotlight on Russia and international protests are showing mass opposition to Putin's homophobic government. The 'Russian Section 28' is fuelling a rising tide of violence. The laws must be challenged! Here in the UK we ask Olympic sponsors (Visa, McDonalds, Coca-Cola, ATOS and more) to break their silence and speak out about LGBT oppression in Russia."

Following the speeches the protestors moved along Western Road to McDonalds, one of the main sponsors of the Winter Olympics in Sochi, who have refused to speak out about the persecution of LGBT people in Russia.

to speak out about the persecution of LGBT people in Russia. LOCAL LICENSEES REMOVE COCA- COLA
to speak out about the persecution of LGBT people in Russia. LOCAL LICENSEES REMOVE COCA- COLA
to speak out about the persecution of LGBT people in Russia. LOCAL LICENSEES REMOVE COCA- COLA

LOCAL LICENSEES REMOVE COCA- COLA PRODUCTS FROM THEIR BARS

) Licensees Adam Brooks and his

partner Tony made a personal stand against the refusal of Coca-Cola to speak out about the basic human rights being denied to LGBT people in Russia last month. They removed all Coca-Cola products from their shelves following the deafening silence from one of the headline sponsors of the Winter Olympic Games in Sochi.

Adam runs the Bedford Tavern on the border of Hove and Tony runs

the Bedford Tavern on the border of Hove and Tony runs the Brighton Tavern in Gloucester

the Brighton Tavern in Gloucester Road, Brighton.

Adam wrote in an email to other licensees of gay venues in Brighton:

“This small gesture from two back- street Brighton pubs is certainly not going to have the giant that is Coca-Cola worried. However, this small act can snowball. What if every gay/gay friendly venue in Brighton followed suit? That would start a ripple. Perhaps London gay venues would jump on board – this could easily spread and that is when Coca-Cola would take notice. We’re not activists; we’re just trying to do the right thing. If you feel your venue can do something similar to help make a difference, NOW is the time to do it.”

the right thing. If you feel your venue can do something similar to help make a

LETTERS TO THE EDITOR

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111 WESTERN ROAD, HOVE, BN3 1DD or EMAIL: info@gscene.com IF WE DON’T LOOK AFTER OURSELVES WHO

IF WE DON’T LOOK AFTER OURSELVES WHO WILL?

I hope you don’t mind me writing but I felt I had to highlight

something. Since its creation The Rainbow Fund has been a wonderful tool to centralise local funding for the LGBT community here in Brighton and Hove. I myself along with my peers and fellow entertainers have been a great supporter of this approach, along with many others including Pride and the Brighton Bear Weekender.

I feel it’s so important to raise the profile of the Rainbow fund and what it does in Brighton for all the different groups, specially as government funding is always being cut. After all, if we don’t look after ourselves who will?

There are always some people who give to charity, quietly, with no fuss, like for instance Tony Chapman from Legends, who not only supports the Sussex Beacon and The Rainbow Fund, he is one of the only businesses who helps Pride with sponsorship, along with many other events and causes. He donates privately with a personal cheque when Legends have fundraisers, without any fuss or glory. Not all people are like Tony.

So my point is I think we should be promoting the Rainbow Fund more for all its hard work and making sure we secure a brighter future for all the recipients of the the grants because without it (and everyone who gives to charity) Brighton would not be the Gay Capital of the UK.

David Pollikett aka Davina Sparkle

THANK YOU NEW STEINE HOTEL

I would like to thank Herve and all the staff at the New Steine Hotel

for allowing the Rainbow Fund to use their function room for our meetings. This saves on our costs and means that donated money by the public can be used for much needed grants to community groups, not on room hire and refreshments. It is good to have such widespread support for the work of the Rainbow Fund, and we are grateful.

Paul Elgood, Chairman of the Rainbow Fund

SHORTAGE OF ADOPTERS AND FOSTER CARERS

There are around 90,000 children in care across the UK, 6,000 of whom need to be adopted. However, there is a desperate shortage of both adopters and foster carers. Thousands more people are needed to give these vulnerable children a secure and loving home and Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) adopters and foster carers are welcomed.

Through our work at the British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF) we know that members of the LGBT community make fantastic parents and that children in their care flourish. This is why BAAF is supporting LGBT Adoption & Fostering Week (3–9 March) which is run by New Family Social. People from all walks of life are welcome. You can be single or in a relationship; you don’t have to own your own home and you don’t need to be under 40!

There are information events happening across the UK where you can learn more about becoming a family through adoption and fostering. So if you think you could give a vulnerable child or children a loving and supportive family life please visit www.lgbtadoptfosterweek.org.uk

To find your nearest event or for more general information about fostering and adoption please visit www.baaf.org.uk.

Best wishes, Srabani Sen, Chief Executive, British Association for Adoption & Fostering (BAAF), 6-10 Kirby Street, London EC1N 8TS

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PUBLIC MEETING

SAT 1ST MARCH

SAT 1ST MARCH

SAT 1ST MARCH
 

Dorset Gardens Methodist Church

 

1pm: COMMUNITY WORKS

Meet your COMMUNITY WORKS LGBT Reps.

Discover ways for LGBT groups to support one another and have a voice to influence decision making.

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3pm PRIDE ENGAGEMENT

Find out how you can become a PRIDE MAKER and get involved in YOUR pride. Refreshments provided.

COMMUNITY CAFÉ

In recognition of LGBT HISTORY month we are pleased

In recognition of LGBT HISTORY month we are pleased

In recognition of LGBT HISTORY month we are pleased
 

to announce the launch of our Community Café.

LAUNCHING 4th MARCH 2014!

to announce the launch of our Community Café. LAUNCHING 4th MARCH 2014!
 

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DAD & DADDY

Being a parent is great fun! Watching them grow physically, mentally and emotionally, truly is an amazing thing to witness and be a part of. Syd Spencer talks about his experience of becoming a parent through fostering and adoption.

of becoming a parent through fostering and adoption. ) Being a parent is scary. Being a
of becoming a parent through fostering and adoption. ) Being a parent is scary. Being a

) Being a parent is scary. Being a part of a child’s life who has already experienced extreme neglect, harm and abuse is hard, the anger and hatred that they may have for adults and towards themselves is very difficult to witness, especially when it is in your home.

Being a parent to a damaged child and watching them grow, to learn to trust, to unload their fears and to smile with warmth in their eyes is amazing! It's a great thing to be the adult in their life who teaches them that adults can be safe, that adults shouldn't treat them badly, that adults should offer them love without creating fear or abusing them. This is without doubt the greatest thing that any adult, that you, that I, can offer a child.

things that you’d forgotten, happy memories will be given new life and your self belief will grow as your allocated social worker works with you.

Your sexuality is not something that will go against you. Yes, you being homosexual, bisexual, transgender or heterosexual will be discussed, as will your health, your diet, your religious views and your support network. None of this will be done in an attempt to trip you up, it’s purely to find out more about you, to see if you can bring up a child, if you have the strength, love, sense of humour and indeed common sense to do the job, after all we are talking about a child's life here so everything needs to be explored.

It’s important to remember that the social

services want you to succeed, they are on your side, but if it’s decided that you aren’t suitable then you’ll be informed as soon as it has become apparent and the reason will be discussed.to be explored. It’s important to remember that the social “Having a kid is fantastic, fun,

as it has become apparent and the reason will be discussed. “Having a kid is fantastic,

“Having a kid is fantastic, fun, hard work and a privilege”

One thing that became clear throughout our

a privilege” One thing that became clear throughout our Our journey to become parents, both as

Our journey to become parents, both as foster carers and then adopters, has been emotional. The assessment is, at times, intrusive, lengthy, and it can be difficult. It will bring back bad memories, old demons may revisit and probably exhaust you at times. However, the assessment will also remind you of the good

assessment was that it isn't nearly as bad as we’d first feared. When we decided to make the initial telephone call to a fostering agency we were terrified, a night void of sleep but full of questions had only added to our anxiety but we were very relieved when our enquiry was met with warmth and encouragement.However, the assessment will also remind you of the good An initial application form was completed

An initial application form was completed and

a date was agreed for our first visit from the

allocated social worker. As someone who had grown up in the care system in the 1970s and 80s I was convinced that our social worker would be useless, rude and incompetent. I knew they would be, I had first hand experience of them and I knew all social workers were the same. How wrong I was; our social worker was fun, friendly and full of hope for our application, it was a surprising but pleasing start to the journey.

We’ve been parents now for the last 19 months. Starting off as foster carers to an incredible young girl of seven, we’re now her full on, full time legal parents after being approved by the adoption panel at the end of last year. Seven months into our time as new parents we were joined by our son. He is six years old, a complete star and we’re currently going through the adoption assessment process for him too.

So, there you are, reading our story and

recognising in yourself that you too could offer

a safe, nurturing home and life for a child or two. But where do you start? Who do you

contact?

This can really depend on the type of child you wish to foster or adopt. It’s very rare these days to foster or adopt a baby. A lot of work is done these days to keep babies with their birth families and to put in the appropriate support. The age of children in the care of local authorities, who are looking for a family, can be as young as two years old and will go right up into the early teens. There are many fostering and adoption agencies who offer excellent support for the carer or new parent. See below for some contact details to help you out.

Our life has changed completely and we wouldn’t change a thing. Having a kid is fantastic, fun, hard work and a privilege. In fact, we’ve already discussed having just one more! Follow my blog:

http://beingdadanddaddy.blogspot.co.uk/ and read about our journey being Dad & Daddy.

Further information

Further information ) Brighton & Hove Local Authority Tel: 01273 295444 or email:
Further information ) Brighton & Hove Local Authority Tel: 01273 295444 or email:

)

Brighton & Hove Local Authority Tel: 01273 295444 or email:

fostering.adoption@brighton-hove.gov.uk

)

Barnardo's Fostering Kent & South East Tel: 01892 510650

)

Fostering Outcomes Brighton Tel: 01273 358003

)

New Family Social is the UK network of LGBT adoptive & foster families. They have a wealth of information and guidance and are also a great source of support and resources once you have a child placed with you and beyond. Tel: 0843 2899457 www.newfamilysocial.org.uk

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BANGKOK CLASSICS

Alan Stables tastes the delights of what Bangkok has to offer, visiting classics like the Telephone Bar, Babylon Sauna and more.

classics like the Telephone Bar, Babylon Sauna and more. ) As we took the taxi from
classics like the Telephone Bar, Babylon Sauna and more. ) As we took the taxi from

) As we took the taxi from the Don Mueang, the low cost terminal at Bangkok, haze hovered over the city. Whilst we wonderered if this was smog, the lady taxi driver assured us “No, this is winter weather.” I wasn’t convinced. I’m not alone. Supat Wangwongwatana, secretary of the Acid Deposition Monitoring Network in East Asia, is also not convinced. The levels of carbon monoxide and an increasing ozone hanging over Bangkok ensure that clear days are less likely these days. Don’t let that put you off though for a trip to Bangkok as this gay holiday destination is for the 3 ‘S’s. Actually it’s for one big fat ‘S’ – forget Sun and Sand.

No trip to Bangkok would be complete without tasting some of the classic delights that Bangkok has to offer. Bars for people watching, karaoke, massage, cabaret and disco, Bangkok has it all.

Hotels

Tarntawan Place (119/5-10 Surawong Rd, www.tarntawanplace.com) is a gay-friendly hotel located in a strategic position for the gay traveller with deluxe double room rates from 2,1752,900 Bahts (approx £40£54), breakfast included. Clean and efficient, I found

TARNTAWAN PLACE
TARNTAWAN PLACE

the staff friendly and helpful. But, sorry to say I found the female breakfast staff less helpful, and carpets throughout were shabby and in need of replacing. On the positive side, the extra that I really liked was that on checking in they give you a set of personalised cards with your name and the hotel’s address. Useful to give someone you like or to show the taxi driver the way back to your hotel. Couple that with a daily delivery of a piece of fruit, and we have some nice touches. Another thing I liked is the security. There’s no problem about having guests, but they must register at reception on entry. When they leave, the receptionist will call you in your room to check that everything is okay. There’s also a friendly security officer at the elevator. Security in Bangkok is an important issue, and shouldn’t be under estimated.

Local guides

Tarntawan Place is located between the gay street area of Soi Boytown and Soi 4. Soi Boytown is a street off the other side of the road of Surawong Road, whereas Soi 4 is off Silom Road – which runs parallel to Surawong Road. To help get your bearings, head off to the legendary Telephone Bar in Soi 4. From there, besides eyeing up the guys strutting down the street, you can pick up a useful free GM guide which lists all the where to go places. The Telephone Bar also produces its own useful one page map. Another good source of information can be found at www.utopia-asia.com/thaibang.htm.

Bars

Telephone Bar itself is friendly with gin and tonic at 150 Bahts (£2.80), and coke at 90 Bahts (£1.70). Sit outside and people watch,

SOI BOYTOWN
SOI BOYTOWN

it’s very entertaining. If it’s full, try The Stranger and Connections next door. The whole street of Soi 4 is full of gay venues. Diagonally opposite Telephone Bar is Balcony Pub (www.balconypub.com), a highly rated site with a Metro Magazine High Fives Award. You can drink, play videos and connect to the internet. Whilst the locals attached to the bars and spas are young, and the clientele much older or even of retirement age, the bear community also has its niche bar at Bearibie Karaoke, opposite the Telephone Bar. As the name suggests it is a karaoke bar patronised by the bear community.

At Soi Boytown, there’s Hotmale, Hotmale 2, Maxis, Bangkok Boys and Dream Boys on one side of the street, and Future Boy, Dick’s Café, Bunny’s Massage, plus a few go-go bars on the other side. Sit outside Maxis and watch the young masseurs of Massage Bangkok sit outside waiting for clients. Watch out too for door touts who will try to guide you into their clubs. Some much pushier than others.

Massage

There are many massage parlours. Some are conventional ones offering services such as foot massage, but for a more intimate experience there are so many to choose from. You pay for two things - the massage service which goes to the establishment and the tip for the masseur. Tips generally range from a minimum of 500 Bahts (£9.25) up to 1,000 Bahts (£18.50). Make sure you establish the prices, including tips, before accepting any type of service. Tarntawan Massage is adjacent to Tarntawan Place and a 90 minute body massage costs 750 Bahts (£14), not including the tip. One spa and massage venue heavily advertised as the newest and largest is The Prince (www.theprincebkk.com) in Sathom Soi 3.

and massage venue heavily advertised as the newest and largest is The Prince ( www.theprincebkk.com )

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Saunas

The mythical Babylon (www.babylonbangkok.com) is well renowned and more of a high class fitness centre, which also doubles as a hotel. On ground level there’s a swimming pool with lounge chairs and gym, with a restaurant and a bar looking out onto the pool. There’s a small sauna and dark steam room as well as cold showers on this level. Walk

up one level to the snack bar, changing rooms, hot showers and a small dark maze with cabins. The top floor is reserved for massage and a barber shop. It’s clean and frequented by the 30–50 age group. You can train those muscles in the gym, show off those muscles around the pool or be a sleaze bag – it’s your choice. Other saunas to check out include Chakran, Men Factory, Troy and 39 Sauna.

Live sex shows exist: Tawan Bar (www.tawanbarbangkok.com/eng) has muscle guys penetrating a she-male doing a helicopter routine. The mind boggles. This is just round the corner from Tarntawan Place (go left and then first left). If you’re looking for a disco, visit DJ Station (www.dj-station.com). Most discos are on the street three roads down parallel to Soi 4.

Sightseeing

Apart from the bars, clubs, go-go bars, massage parlours, spas, saunas and live sex shows, you may actually want to see another side of what Bangkok has to offer. Typical tourist trips include canal trips stopping

BABYLON
BABYLON
Typical tourist trips include canal trips stopping BABYLON off at the temples and visiting a snake

off at the temples and visiting a snake farm, and there are excursions to see elephants. Thai boxing is world famous so a trip to the boxing ring may be of interest. Apart from this, there is plenty of shopping to do in the streets as the street markets seem to bring the

place alive selling anything from Singha Beer singlets to wrap around panda salt and pepper pots. You can even get a made to measure suit, which will be posted on to you afterwards.

When to visit

) Temperatures range from 22–32ºC in December to 27–36ºC in

April. So no matter when you go, you can expect a pleasant climate. What differs is the amount of rainfall. Rainy season is from May–October, with most falling in September. With this in mind, between November and April would seem the best time to visit Bangkok. Even so the humidity levels are over 70%, even in the dry season.

Getting there

) British Airways have daily direct flights from Heathrow to

Bangkok starting from as low as £363 Daily flights from Manchester to Bangkok are as low as £321.

British Airways don’t have any direct flights from Gatwick to Bangkok. www.britishairways.com

) Check out Thai Airways though prices seem to be about

double. www.thaiairways.com

) Air Asia is a low cost carrier to try for economical fares if you

are travelling from another point in Asia. www.airasia.com

) Thai Lion Air is Thailand’s own low cost airline and good to

check if you’re travelling around. www.lionairthai.com/en.

Air is Thailand’s own low cost airline and good to check if you’re travelling around. www.lionairthai.com/en
Air is Thailand’s own low cost airline and good to check if you’re travelling around. www.lionairthai.com/en

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MIKE WEATHERLEY MP @ PRIDE PARADE
MIKE WEATHERLEY MP @ PRIDE PARADE

MIKE WEATHERLEY MP

Half term report by James Ledward

PARADE MIKE WEATHERLEY MP Half term report by James Ledward ) While Brighton Kemptown is seen
PARADE MIKE WEATHERLEY MP Half term report by James Ledward ) While Brighton Kemptown is seen

) While Brighton Kemptown is seen nationally as Brighton's 'gay area', Mike Weatherley's Hove & Portslade constituency has more than its fair share of gay couples and like Saltdean to the East of Brighton, Portslade in the West is becoming an area of choice for many single gay people because of property prices in the area, which are much lower than the inflated prices demanded in central Brighton.

lower than the inflated prices demanded in central Brighton. Name: Mike Weatherley Year Elected: 2010 Constituency:

Name: Mike Weatherley Year Elected: 2010 Constituency: Hove & Portslade Conservative Majority: 1,868

LGBT Credentials

Mike has been a strong supporter of gay rights since his election to Parliament in 2010 and mentioned in his maiden speech in the House of Commons that he was “proud of the LGBT community in Brighton & Hove”. In 2011, when Brighton & Hove LGBT Switchboard faced closure, he repeatedly raised the issue to try to help save the organisation. Mike has also publicly branded gay-to-straight conversion therapy as ‘flawed and dangerous’.

Parliamentary Activities

Mike juggles a busy parliamentary schedule and was recently appointed as the Intellectual Property Adviser to the Prime Minister. With regards to LGBT issues, he has taken many opportunities to help highlight matters facing the community. He marks World AIDS Day each year and has given a speech in the House of Commons on

tackling HIV where he highlighted the dangers of HIV to those from supposedly low risk groups. Mike supported THT's HIV Testing Week and has taken a number of HIV tests in Parliament to help draw attention to the importance of getting tested and help raise general awareness of HIV.

One of the most significant LGBT issues for Mike in Parliament has been to highlight the inequality that existed before the recent Marriage (Same-Sex Couples) Act became law. Back in 2011, before the Government made an announcement on its commitment to Same-Sex Marriage, Mike highlighted to the Prime Minister that Civil Partnerships still left an inherent inequality for LGBT couples in Britain and needed to change. He welcomed the Government’s commitment to introducing Same-Sex Marriage and voted for the measure in the House of Commons.

He has written to his colleague the Rt Hon William Hague MP, Foreign Secretary, to highlight the plight of LGBT people abroad who cannot be open about their sexuality. He has been particularly critical of Russia and received a death threat on Twitter following this intervention.

Mike has also helped lots of LGBT constituents on an individual basis who continue to face discrimination on a daily basis.

Local Activities

Since his election, Mike has strongly supported Pride in Brighton & Hove, has led local Conservatives on the parade, as well as attending the party in Preston Park. While commitments in Parliament mean that he cannot attend many LGBT events, he is always keen to send a message of support. However, he did attend and present awards at the 2013 Golden Handbag Awards and has indicated he would love the opportunity to do the same again later this year.

Accessibility

As the elected representative for Hove & Portslade, Mike prides himself on being extremely accessible. There are a number of ways listed below to get in contact with him in order to raise issues with him.

Final Report

Following his election, Mike campaigned to have squatting in residential properties criminalised, with the backing of Justice Minister Kenneth Clarke. The campaign was successful and led to a provision in the Legal Aid, Sentencing and Punishment of Offenders Act 2012 creating a new offence which has been labelled by opponents Weatherley's Law.

He has an interest in protecting intellectual property rights and is a member of the All- Party Parliamentary Intellectual Property Group. In 2010, he launched a national music competition, Rock the House, one of the main objectives of which is to highlight intellectual property rights. The campaign has gained support from musicians such as Alice Cooper.

Mike campaigned against the repeal of the Hunting Act 2004 and pledged to vote against any measure which would lead to the ban being overturned. He has also campaigned against the implementation of the proposed ban on the retail display of tobacco products arguing that it would damage trade for small businesses.

He is Chair of the All-Party Parliamentary Group (APPG) on Business & Retail Crime, along with various other APPGs and is a Vice- President of the Debating Group and a supporter of the Free Enterprise Group.

Since his election Mike has shown support for his LGBT residents across the board in Brighton & Hove, supporting Pride and World AIDS Day while helping raise awareness of the importance of HIV testing. He fully supported the Same-Sex Marriage campaign and has highlighted gay rights abuses abroad.

How To Get In Touch

) There are six ways to contact Mike:

• Write: Mike Weatherley MP, House of Commons, London, SW1A 0AA

• Email: mike.weatherley.mp@parliament.uk

• Call: 020 7219 7216

• Twitter: /mike_weatherley

• Facebook: /WeatherleyMike

• Mike holds regular surgeries at his office in central Hove.

) If you’d like to make an appointment contact the office on 020 7219 7216 or email mike.weatherley.mp@parliament.uk with your full contact details and details of the issue you would like to discuss. Surgeries are by appointment only.

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COME DINE

WITH MORHAM

BY MORHAM WHITE

GSCENE 25 COME DINE WITH MORHAM BY MORHAM WHITE BELLAGIO 63a Holland Road, Hove, BN3 1BA

BELLAGIO

63a Holland Road, Hove, BN3 1BA 01273 725701 www.bellagiorestaurant.co.uk

Hove, BN3 1BA 01273 725701 www.bellagiorestaurant.co.uk ) My focus for this trip was mysteriously closed, so
Hove, BN3 1BA 01273 725701 www.bellagiorestaurant.co.uk ) My focus for this trip was mysteriously closed, so

) My focus for this trip was mysteriously closed, so it was a toss up and the first venue won out. For me, it was a quite spectacular night out at the Bellagio. Brilliant presentation, fascinating menu, sumptuous tastes and a foursome coming together to eat for the first time, such fun! There was more than enough to entice and the waiter had to wait some time before we finally sorted ourselves out. We kept to the house white and red, the latter being seriously good (both red & white £17.50). Other bottles of white ranged from £19.50 to £30.50, and reds from £23.50 to £62.50. Glasses arrived and a jug of water was poured without hesitation, then a bowl of black olives which were so good it required replenishment without charge. Then the amuse-bouche: a fish mousse on a black biscuit, topped with a sliver of pastry. The starters (from £6.95) included a sweet corn panacotta (v) with pickled baby vegetables, kiwi and granny apple jelly; ponzu cured duck breast with pickled daikon, crispy leaves, toasted pine nuts;

a stylish smoked salmon with blini, poached egg, asparagus and

crème fraiche; and finally my seared scallops with scallop roe mousse, sweet corn purée, roasted water chestnut and lemongrass foam. Full marks for style, taste and presentation.

The mains, priced from £11.95 to £17.95, included a coq au vin with pancetta, baby onion & girolles, creamy mash and red wine jus; braised free range pork belly with crispy cracking, confit potato, apple & prune purée, French bean & prosciutto wrap, caramelized baby apple, baby beetroot, pomegranate & pink peppercorn jus; a seriously rich roast rump of lamb with fondant potato, young spinach, confit garlic, roast baby beetroot, baby carrots and almond & rosemary jus; and for me

a trio of duck: roast breast, confit leg and liver parfait with roast salsify, pear, dauphinoise potato, butter beans, courgette, dehydrated parsley sponge, port jus which as quite exceptional in taste, texture and presentation, as were all the dishes.

The desserts (from £4.95 to £6.95) were even more spectacular, the more so as I had cheekily suggested that we would have tried out the trio of chocolate at £5.95 which arrived in addition to our order for gratis; wow, was that good, with a chocolate delice with chocolate biscuit, chocolate mousse and a dark chocolate truffle with cocoa tuile. The tiramasu with iced expresso parfait (possibly the most predictable), then there was a pistachio & walnut mille feuille with honey, raspberry texture with raspberry mousse, sorbet, jelly, purée, powder, fresh raspberry and raspberry tuile, then my stunningly tart lemon curd tart with sablé biscuit, honeycomb, orange jelly, orange tuile and meringue which was sampled by all!

Americano coffees all round (£1.95 each), and we were well pleased. All in just over £75 for two, including a bottle of house wine, thoroughly worthy. The service had been attentive without being oppressive, which is something of a challenge, as we happened to be the only table, but what an evening. For me verging on memorable - which is not a phrase I’ve managed in all 15 or so years that I’ve been out and about on Gscene’s behalf!

years that I’ve been out and about on Gscene’s behalf! THE BLACKBIRD TEA ROOMS 30 Ship
years that I’ve been out and about on Gscene’s behalf! THE BLACKBIRD TEA ROOMS 30 Ship

THE BLACKBIRD TEA ROOMS

30 Ship Street, Brighton, BN1 1AD, 01273 249454, www.blackbirdtearooms.com

Brighton, BN1 1AD, 01273 249454, www.blackbirdtearooms.com ) For a charming alternative, should alcohol be not
Brighton, BN1 1AD, 01273 249454, www.blackbirdtearooms.com ) For a charming alternative, should alcohol be not

) For a charming alternative, should alcohol be not required/needed. ‘Step back in time’ invites the flier from Blackbird Tea Rooms in Ship Street on the curve, east of Browns. With an upstairs and a courtyard, this delightful outlet is open seven days a week and specialises in the traditional: eggs for breakfast or luncheon (£4.75£7.50), soup (£4.50), cheese board (£7.80), sandwiches (£4.20£4.70), savoury or sweet scones (£3.50£3.95), cream tea including a pot of tea and fruit scone, jam & cream (£6). Afternoon tea (£12.50 per person) is perhaps the real deal with fruit scone, jam & cream, pot of tea of choice, choice of sandwich and cake selection.

tea of choice, choice of sandwich and cake selection. My trip, at lunchtime, included sharing a

My trip, at lunchtime, included sharing a pot of breakfast tea for two (£4.60), a bowl of the spicy butternut squash soup of the day accompanied by roll and butter. Really filling and satisfying. Not so satisfying however that I couldn’t do justice to one of the selection of delectable cakes and tarts (£3.90). Mine the drizzled lemon, whilst my companion attacked the rich chocolate torte. Quite the nicest I’ve sampled for a while. Other cakes include blackbird, carrot, banana & passion, coffee & walnut, orange & almond with chocolate ganache. Alternatives here were meringue served with fresh fruit and cream, Bakewell tart and of course the traditional toasted tea cake (£2.60).

Business was brisk, service swift and charmingly attentive as there appeared little pressure for the table, though all a tad removed from our modern emporia where folk seem to set up camp and plug in for an afternoon of free light and ‘leccie whilst consuming just the one cup… I’m signed up with my Blackbird Ration Book eagerly awaiting my freebie in due course.

consuming just the one cup… I’m signed up with my Blackbird Ration Book eagerly awaiting my
consuming just the one cup… I’m signed up with my Blackbird Ration Book eagerly awaiting my

26 GSCENE OUT & ABOUT

PICS FROM A BAR, BAR 7, BRIGHTON SAUNA + BULLDOG

MARCH LISTINGS A-BAR ) ONE FOR THE DIARY Sat (8) is LIVE MUSIC with Darren
MARCH
LISTINGS
A-BAR
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ONE FOR THE DIARY Sat (8) is LIVE MUSIC with Darren Hamlin at 10pm.
)
REGULARS Tues is CRIB CLUB from 7.30pm. ) Wed is the OPEN MIC PIANO
BAR with Mark Hodge; sing your favourite tune with Mark at 9pm. ) Fri is LIVE
MUSIC at 9pm. ) Sat is PRE-CLUB with drink promos.
) FOOD bar food Mon–Sat noon–7pm (last orders 6.30pm); Golden Handbag-
award winning Sunday roast served noon–5pm (last orders 4pm), to book call
01273 696691.
) DRINK DEALS house wine £12 every day; double-up on spirits for an extra £1.50
on Fri & Sat. Wed & Thur are cocktail nights from 9pm; buy one get other half price.
BULLDOG
) OPEN Sun–Thur 11am–midnight; Fri & Sat noon–2am. Unrivalled sea view,
large heated smoking terrace and all big sport events. Check out the A-Bar’s new
website: www.abarbrighton.co.uk
)
ONE FOR THE DIARY Tue (25) is REGGAE with DJ Micklos at 9pm.
)
REGULARS Tue is POPTASTIC with DJ Lee. ) Wed is DIVA RUSH with DJ
Marcia, all drinks £1.99 when selected artist is played and the traffic lights are green,

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any changes or alterations to the listings

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PARIS HOUSE live jazz 4pm; TC’s Joyful

SATURDAY 1

l A-BAR Pre-club music; food 12-7pm; open

12pm

Noise: DJ Kenny 9pm; open 12pm

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POISON IVY non-stop karaoke; open 11am

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QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Les & guests

4.30pm; Betty’s Karaoke 6pm; Ultimate Party

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BAR 7@CRAWLEY DJ Missy B 6pm

9pm; open 12pm

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BAR REVENGE Sweet Revenge Warm-Up

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REVENGE Sweet Revenge: DJs 10.30pm

9pm; open 12pm-6am

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ROYAL OAK food 12pm-3pm & 6-9pm

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BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Fusion: DJ

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SUBLINE Men’s Room: DJ Screwpulous

Lee Harris 11pm

9pm

10pm2am. ) Thur is RELEASE with DJ Grant Knowles at 10pm. ) Fri is with DJ Marcia at 10pm, and then CABARET in the top bar at midnight: Drag With No

Name (7), Lucinda Lashes (14), Tammy Twinkle (21) and Davina Sparkle (28).

) Sat is with DJ V John at 10pm, DJ Lil Alex at 3am, and KARAOKE upstairs at

10pm. ) Sun is CABARET at 5pm, hosted by Misty Lee in the top bar: Sandra (2),

Maisie & Dave Lynn (9), Cassidy Connors (16), Lizzy Drip (23) and Topping &

Butch (30). ) Mon is DJ Marcia’s GLITTER BALL with 70s/80s tunes at 10pm.

) DRINK DEALS Mon, Tue & Thur 37pm & 11pmmidnight; Wed 37pm; Fri

37pm & drinks £1.99 9–11pm; Sat 10pmmidnight; Sun all daymidnight.

Drinks include: pints from £1.95, double spirit & mixer from £2.30, bottles from £1.85

(Terms & conditions apply).

) OPEN daily from 11amvery late. ) www.bulldogbrighton.com

from 11am – very late . ) www.bulldogbrighton.com l BULLDOG DJ V John 10pm ; DJ
from 11am – very late . ) www.bulldogbrighton.com l BULLDOG DJ V John 10pm ; DJ
from 11am – very late . ) www.bulldogbrighton.com l BULLDOG DJ V John 10pm ; DJ
from 11am – very late . ) www.bulldogbrighton.com l BULLDOG DJ V John 10pm ; DJ

l BULLDOG DJ V John 10pm; DJ Lil Alex

3am; karaoke 10pm; open 11am

l CAMELFORD ARMS food 12-9pm; open

l ZONE Sally Vate 9.30pm; open 10am

SUNDAY 2

12pm

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A-BAR Sunday roast 12-5pm; open 11am

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CHARLES ST Boys In The Bar: DJs Lil Alex,

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BAR 7@CRAWLEY Ray & Tyler’s Karaoke

Grant Knowles, Leeroy 9pm; food 12-7.45pm; open 12pm

l DR BRIGHTONS Sexy Sat: DJ Tony B

9.30pm; open 1pm

l FUNKYFISH BAR open 12pm

l FUNKYFISH CLUB Old School Sat: DJ Sean

Quinn 10pm

l LEGENDS BAR Pre-Fusion 7pm; food 12-

Competition: Heat 1 6pm

l BAR REVENGE Acoustic Sunday: Amy

Forrester 4pm; Karaoke Queens: LouBag & Smithy 8pm; open 12pm

l BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Pop!Candy:

DJ Claire Fuller 11pm

l BEDFORD TAVERN Sunday roast 12.30pm;

Piano Bingo 5pm

l BULLDOG cabaret: host Misty Lee & Sandra

5pm; karaoke; DJ Grant 10pm; open 11am

l REGENCY TAVERN A Tribute to Noel

Coward: David Rumelle & Jerome Lloyd 6pm

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CAMELFORD ARMS Sunday roast/select

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ROYAL OAK Sunday lunch 12pm-till gone

menu 12-till gone; Bear Bash & raffle 5pm

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SUBLINE Come in Your Pants: DJ N.U.D.E,

l CHARLES ST cabaret: Sandra 7.30pm;

Tranny Rock & Roll Bingo: Sally Vate 8.30pm; Sunday lunch 12-7pm

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DR BRIGHTONS Hangover Therapy

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FUNKYFISH BAR open 12pm

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LEGENDS BAR Sunday roast 12-3pm;

cabaret: Lola Lasagne 3.30pm; open 11am

underwear party 9pm

l THREE JOLLY BUTCHERS live: Jazz Roast

3pm; Sunday lunch from 1pm; open 1pm

l ZONE live music: Stone & Street 5pm;

karaoke 7pm; open 10am

MONDAY 3

l MARINE TAVERN open 1pm l A-BAR bar food 12-7pm; open 11am l POISON IVY
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MARINE TAVERN open 1pm
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A-BAR bar food 12-7pm; open 11am
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POISON IVY non-stop karaoke; cabaret
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BAR REVENGE Quiz with Liz 8.30pm; open
5.30pm; open 11am
12pm
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QUEEN’S ARMS cabaret: Drag With No
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BULLDOG DJ Marcia’s Glitter Ball 10pm;
Name 6pm; karaoke 7.30pm; open 12pm
open 11am
BAR 7 CRAWLEY
)
ONE FOR THE DIARY Thur (13 & 27) is SEVENTH HEAVEN COMEDY; with
Adam Kay (13), £5 in advance, £7 on door.
)
REGULARS Fri free b4 11pm/£3 after with DJs Terry Saunders (7), Ray (14),
Waynsie Rudeboy (21); cabaret with Laquisha Jonz & DJ Tragic (28), free b4
10pm/£5 after. ) Sat DJs: Missy B (1), Waynsie Rudeboy (8), cabaret with Lady
BRIGHTON SAUNA
Ty & DJ Tragic (15), Claire Fuller (22), Rob Davis (29); free b4 11pm, £3 after.
)
Sun is Ray & Tyler’s Karaoke Competition with £250 prize.
)
ONE FOR THE DIARY Every Wed is NAKED DAY all day, no towels to be worn.
)
DRINK DEALS 6–9pm on Wed; all night Thur.
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DRINKS licensed bar 7 days a week; Sun–Thur 11–1am and Fri & Sat 11–2am.
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OPEN Sun & Wed 6pm–12.30am, Thur–Sat 6pm–3am. www.7crawley.co.uk
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OPEN For future listings visit: www.thebrightonsauna.com
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) ONE FOR THE DIARY Thur (6) is the Brighton Bears Weekender Quiz Night,

fundraising for the Rainbow Fund, at 9pm.

) REGULARS Thur is the £300 BIG CASH QUIZ at 9pm. The FRIDAY CLUB is at

6pm. Sun (2) & (16) is THE BEAR BASH at 5pm; free raffle every Sun at 5pm. Mon (17) is ST PATRICK’S DAY PARTY with Guinness.

) FOOD Wed is seniors' lunch with two courses for £5.50 served 23.30pm;

home-cooked menu & manager's specials served MonFri noon3pm & 69pm; Sat noon8pm; Sunday roasts & select menu served noon–till gone!

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OPEN daily from noon. The Camelford is the most dog-friendly pub in town.

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CAMELFORD ARMS food 12-3pm & 6-

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BAR REVENGE Spice is Nice: DJ Dana;

9pm; open 12pm

open 12pm

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CHARLES ST food 12-8pm; open 12pm

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BASEMENT CLUB@LEGENDS Ice: DJ

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DR BRIGHTONS open 3pm

Claire Fuller 11pm

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ENVY Studio 150: student night 10pm

l BRIGHTON SAUNA Naked Day 11am

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FUNKYFISH BAR open 12pm

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BULLDOG Diva Rush: DJ Marcia 10pm;

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LEGENDS BAR Miss Jason’s Monday

open 11am

Madhouse 9.30pm; food 12-5pm; open 11am

l CAMELFORD ARMS seniors lunch 2-

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MARINE TAVERN open 12pm

3.30pm; reg food 12-3pm & 6-9pm; open 12

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POISON IVY Mimbo’s karaoke; open 11am

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CHARLES ST Quiz With No Name: Drag

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QUEEN’S ARMS Q Factor Rehearsal 8pm;

With No Name 9pm; food 12-8pm; open 12pm

open 12pm

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DR BRIGHTONS Cocktail Clinic; open 3pm

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ROYAL OAK food 12pm-3pm & 6-9pm

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FUNKYFISH BAR open 12pm

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ZONE open 10am

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LEGENDS BAR food 12-5pm; open 11am

TUESDAY 4

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MARINE TAVERN open 12pm

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POISON IVY evening cabaret; open 11am

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A-BAR crib club 7.30pm; food 12-7pm;

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QUEEN’S ARMS Betty Swollocks’

open 11am

Challenge Karaoke 8.30pm; open 12pm

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BAR REVENGE VIP Tue: Harry’s Karaoke &,

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ROYAL OAK food 12pm-3pm & 6-9pm

DJ Fifi 8pm; open 12pm

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SUBLINE Backlash: retro night 9pm

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BULLDOG Poptastic: DJ Lee 10pm; open

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ZONE open 10am

11am

l CAMELFORD ARMS food 12-3pm & 6-

9pm; open 12

THURSDAY 6

l A-BAR food 12-7pm; cocktail night; open

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CHARLES ST food 12-8pm; open 12pm

11am