‘God Loves Queers’ at Bollox’s Non-Birthday Party

April 16, 2014 by  
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by Adam Lowe  The folks behind Bollox don’t celebrate birthday parties – they’re much too old for that! But this April, the sixth year since Bollox’s unholy creation, the organisers have decided to thank the Lord for their blessings. And quite rightly too. The impact of Bollox’s role on North West culture is visible in […]

Bright Summer – Hot Streetwear

April 16, 2014 by  
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“Bright Summer” is the name that has been chosen for the new Addicted Athletic and Streetwear campaign. Surely, when we think of our happiest summer moments certain images come to mind -  light, colour, bronzed skin and a fantastic smile that expresses the wonderful moments that one is living – probably the best of the […]

Travel – Thank you for the music, Brighton!

April 15, 2014 by  
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Voulez vous? And does your mother know? Bent’s own little dancing queen, Adrian Gillan, takes a chance on the UK’s queerest seaside resort, where – where else? – ABBA won Eurovision almost exactly 40 years ago, their undoubted springboard to pop mega-stardom! On one fateful night in April 1974, 40 years ago this month, an […]

Spring Awakening with Jimmy and Friends

April 15, 2014 by  
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Jimmy Somerville, singer with Bronski Beat and The Communards, will perform an exclusive, short acoustic set at the National AIDS Trust’s flagship fundraising event, Spring Awakening, on Wednesday 14th May. Somerville will be performing classic hits such as Don’t Leave Me This Way, You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) and Smalltown Boy. The set will […]

Anti-gay ban for Olympic Games

April 15, 2014 by  
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Over 115,543 members of global lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender rights organisation, All Out, have sent a message to the President of the International Olympic Committee, Thomas Bach. Public submissions close Tuesday for reforms being considered for the Olympic Agenda 2020 in Monaco later this year. 52 Olympians also came together to condemn Russia’s discriminatory […]

Travel – Stratford-upon-Avon: Shakesqueer hits 450!

April 14, 2014 by  
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Adrian Gillan visits Stratford-upon-Avon to celebrate Shakespeare’s 450th birthday. But was the Bard really bent? 450 years after his birth (23 April 1564) in Stratford-upon-Avon, the sheer humanity, scale and scope of William Shakespeare’s work continues to ensure a fame-beyond-words – and without so much as a twitter or tweet! Ironic then, that his private […]

Queer Creative Fiction

April 9, 2014 by  
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Arvon, the creative writing charity, are running a residential Queer Fiction writing week, led by Kerry Hudson and Jonathan Kemp. The course takes place at Lumb Bank, The Ted Hughes Arvon Centre, close to Hebden Bridge in West Yorkshire. Spend a week immersed in writing, with a mixture of workshops, tutorials and private writing time. […]

Bad Boys of Dance

April 9, 2014 by  
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After taking the US, Australia and Europe by storm, Rasta Thomas’ Bad Boys of Dance are to make their eagerly awaited West End debut in Rock the Ballet, a breath-taking fusion of classic ballet, hip hop, tap and acrobatics performed against a backdrop of animated scenery and stadium rock lighting. Rock the Ballet’s thumping, pumping […]

Copenhagen’s hosting of ESC 2014 is green

April 8, 2014 by  
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  Photo: Ty Stange Eat organic street food in Eurovision Village, quench your thirst with free tap water in the Aqua Bar and let the kids rollick in the Green Room. When the Eurovision Song Contest hits the capital of Denmark 4 – 10 May, it is not just about music and parties. Copenhagen has […]

Addicted to – Wet

April 4, 2014 by  
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WET ME UP! Is the first instalment of a wonderful trilogy in which the Addicted 2014 Spring/Summer Collection will be presented – swimwear, underwear, sportswear/streetwear. “The combination of beauty eroticism and desire makes the temperature rise to unexpected levels and this is the exact intention of the new Addicted Swimwear Campaign for summer 2014″, affirms […]

Save Civil Partnerships. Extend them to straights

April 2, 2014 by  
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“The government is considering abolishing all civil partnerships and converting them into marriages, regardless of what existing civil partner couples want. It is also considering retaining existing civil partnerships but refusing any new ones. The other government option is to keep civil partnerships and make them available to opposite-sex couples, as well as to same-sex […]

London Set To Be Crawling With Gays

A tour of London’s gay scene will soon become a reality for gay men visiting the city with the launch of Gay Bar Crawls, a new night-out led by gay locals every Saturday from the 3rd May for just £30.00. With reservations made online, Gay Bar Crawls delivers a fun, friendly and hassle-free way to […]

Molly for Eurovision

April 1, 2014 by  
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Image: BBC The United Kingdom’s Eurovision 2014 representative Molly will preview her Grand Final performance, which will be held in Copenhagen in front of a televised global audience of 125 million people, by releasing her debut single ‘Children of the Universe’ on 28th April. Molly will also play a special Eurovision preview show at London’s […]

Saltire Thistle FC Wins GFSN League Division 1

April 1, 2014 by  
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Glasgow and the West of Scotland’s LGBT friendly side Saltire Thistle FC were this weekend crowned national champions of the Gay Football Supporters’ Network (GFSN) League – the world’s only permanent national LGBT football league. After beating local rivals HotScots FC 5-3 on Saturday, last year’s champions London Falcons needed a win over Yorkshire Terriers […]

Gay British secret agent Jayson Bend to open Iris Festival

March 31, 2014 by  
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Organisers of the Iris Prize, Cardiff’s International gay and lesbian short film prize supported by The Michael Bishop Foundation have announced plans to celebrate everything British as part of the 2014 festival. During a busy launch reception at the BFI in London, Festival Chair, Andrew Pierce confirmed the creation of a new Best of British […]

I do, I do, I do.

March 27, 2014 by  
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If you were still unaware, Saturday 29th March 2014, same-sex marriage will become legal in England and Wales and Channel 4 is marking this historic milestone by offering viewers front row seats at one of the first gay weddings. However, this will be an extraordinary ceremony in more ways than one. Grooms Benjamin Till and […]

Same-sex marriage shows civil partnerships were ‘never enough’

March 27, 2014 by  
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As the first gay and lesbian couples in England and Wales prepare to walk down the aisle this Saturday (29th March) to get legally married, research from the Economic and Social Research Council (ESRC) shows that civil partnerships could never have met the demands for full equality between gay and straight couples. In the latest […]

Woof, The Pride Dog Show Returns

March 26, 2014 by  
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Woof woof! Pride Dog Show 2014 is coming. It’s time to fetch those pooches and paw your way to one of Brighton Pride’s most wonderfully accessible of events. Join them to celebrate our four-legged best friends with a day of fun and barking frolics, as dogs and dog lovers come together and shine with Pride. […]

Bent Shop – the discount store

March 25, 2014 by  
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 STOP PRESS…. STOP PRESS…. STOP PRESS They said it couldn’t be done. They said we’d be foolish to try. They said… Who the hell cares what they said because… Bent Shop has just become a permanently discounted store. Yes. Blow the trumpets. Award the… erm… award because your sex life has suddenly become cheaper. Wait, […]

Gay Marriage – It’s up to you by Les Lea

March 25, 2014 by  
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So, the 29th March is rapidly approaching and we gays will be allowed to proclaim our love by getting married… just like anyone else can. Actually. Wait a minute. Erm, sorry but there are some restrictions. Well there had to be really didn’t there? After all, Equality is a grand concept but we don’t want […]

EuroGames Stockholm 2015

March 24, 2014 by  
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Photo by Jeppe Wikström, Stockholm Visitors Board.    EuroGames Stockholm is a sports, cultural and political event which will take place between 5th to 9th of August 2015. The event encourage participation from everyone — regardless of sexual orientation, race, gender, religion, nationality, ethnic origin, political beliefs, athletic or artistic ability, age, physical challenge or […]

Alan Turing Institute must be in Manchester

March 19, 2014 by  
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The Chancellor announced today an Alan Turing Institute is to be established with five years of Government funding from a new £222m funding package.  Alan Turing, the Second World War code-breaker, is to be honoured with a new research institute in his name and Manchester MP John Leech has called for the institute to reside […]

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