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Still fighting for your rights? Take inspiration from this lady

Aung San Suu Kyi

Image credit - Stuart Isett - isett.com

We know discrimination still goes on. And there are still prejudice to be found, even around Brighton’s corners. But few people have ever faced the kind of battles that Aung San Suu Kyi still fights to this day.

This is a lady that stood toe-to-toe with one of the harshest regimes in the world, and won the world’s greatest humanitarian prize – and she’s inspiring this year’s Brighton Festival.

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‘Winter Pride’ promises wild spring weekend in Brighton

Winter Pride 2011

Winter Pride 2011

You’ve all spent a weekend in Brighton when it’s been Pride weekend, but have you seen the line-up of events for Winter Pride?

Tonight’s fantastic Sophie Ellis Bextor and Richard Jones DJ set at Club Revenge is a kind of un-official pre-Pride event, with the main gig beginning on Saturday – and lasting for nine days.

Brighton’s top LGBT venues are putting on events for everyone, and we mean everyone.  Karaoke kings and queens will be welcome at The Bulldog and Dr Brighton’s is setting off its 2nd Birthday celebrations in style with some £1 shots.

Sunday may be a day of rest for the party crew, but for Brighton Lesbian and Gay Sports Society (BLAGGS) it’s a perfect day for a seven-mile walk along the downs, or  a free tennis session in Hove park.

Brighton Pride 2011
No parade, just Winter Pride!

Footy fans drag yourselves to Worthing for a glam football match organised by The Jack Horner (you’ll need to bring a frock) and there’s special offers on roasts all around town.

Once the day-trippers and London crowd have had their weekend in Brighton, the local LGBT community carries on its Winter Pride events well into next week – well if there’s a party for the Lesbian Gay Bi and Transgender community going on anywhere in the UK, you’ll find it this weekend in Brighton and all week in Brighton!

And if you want to hook up with the local LGBT community or are new to the scene, we’d recommend you join ZhooshBrightonour local social network.

Enjoy – as if we need to remind you!

We’ve still deals on for people after rooms in Brighton, but be quick! Discounted rooms in Brighton

And for more details on Winter Pride, look here. And for live listings for LGBT events in Brighton

Just who are the Dining Dykes?

Well, to start with, they don’t just eat out with each other… . This group of ladies that lunch also gets out clubbing, pubbing and running events in the community.Picture 12

Dinning Dykes now attracts ladies from their 20s to their 50s creating a space where its members can meet, un pressured about conforming – or giving a damn what goes on in ‘the scene’.

Members get discounts of local businesses and are always doing their bit for charity.

And they are based in London as well as Brighton – and importantly they are hooked up to GayGirlNet.com.

So with Niche Girls and GayGirlNet it looks as if the lesbian community has got its social media in order.

Feeling peckish?

Take a look here for more information

Zhoosh it!

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For a town with such a positive LGBT community, it’s kinda odd that it’s lacking one united voice. There must be sooo many smaller networks of people – some gay, others bi-sexual – and after all, we’ve rarely mixed exclusively, so within these clicks we all know transgender guys/girls and all the beautiful multifarious peoples of the town.

I guess we all love the right to be just who we are. And if that means we put up little divisions to help us identify ourselves, so be it. Unless of course someone is creating a space with a higher goal…

Social networks come and go – well that’s not true: they come and hang around in the form of forgotten log-ins and forgettable profiles.  So with the big fat ‘F’ network sucking up our time, and Twitter aps secreting superglue through our mobiles, anything new needs to be special.

Well, Brighton’s got a new on-line information and networking hub (Zhoosh!Brighton), which brings together & connects Brighton’s LGBT communities – the people, the groups, the organisations, support, social and sports groups.

It’s a funky looking social network that has a community feel from the start. It’s about connecting people in the LGBT community, not just with each other, but with the support groups and services on offer – have a look around, you’ll see 80 groups are already listed!

Kept live by a new blog and driven by a lady who is clearly in this with the right motivations (Susan Luxford), it’s already on its way.

Take a look, hook up to them on Twitter, and we’ll see you all there!

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Take a look...

Legends of the Town

This town is choc-a-block with gay entertainers, and they’re not all drag queens – some are drag queens and comedians.

No, seriously, we’ve some off the country’s best acts, and they are a busy bunch. So, we’re putting together bio’s of the stars: a who’s who of the LGBT events scene: compares, comedians, and yes, drag queens.

Chris Green, and suit

Chris Green, and suit

First up: Chris Green

Performing as the well-known cowgirl and country star Tina C, and the pensioner/ rap fan Ida Barr, Chris Green is the talented frontman of the small but well-respected gay comedy scene.

There’s a huge audience baying for fresh comedy in this town, and he’s been driving the herd of gag chasers onward.

Every month there’s been a comedy night aimed fairly and squarely at the LGBT community. And Chris has been choreographing the chuckling from the start.

He established the event in 1998 at the Leicester Comedy Festival, the Brighton Festival and Manchester Mardi Gras, and turned it into one of only a few successful gay comedy nights in the UK.

Chris is as at home delivering political gags as he is banging out a huge numbers, but there’s always more. Singer, musician, songwriter, actor and playwright, Chris is multi-talented and about to make it on national radio.

His own show on Radio 4, starting on 29th September, is another milestone for one of Brighton’s favourite talents.

Tune in, you’ll get Ida Barr and her irreverent spiel on Hip Hop. And next on the radar is his inspired fictional documentary about Prince Harry’s overthrow of the monarchy.

Even though he’s not a resident, such endeavours easily take Chris into our ‘Legends of the Town’. For more about Chris, take a look here. And for more on Brighton’s LGBT community, check back with us.

Julian Clary does Brighton

Julian Clary - coming soon

Julian Clary - coming soon

Gay ‘A’ list celeb Julian Clary is on his way to Brighton! Although too late for Pride, he will be coming before three Texan tenors then leaving in the morning …

A groundbreaking glam entertainer, he managed to cross over the gay/ mainstream chasm in public entertainment, taking with him his smutty routines and intelligent, twisted innuendo.

Not an easy man to tie down (for an interview) he’s on the Ambassador’s hit list. So watch out, there’s likely to be more on Julian here.

For more of what’s on at the Theatre Royale this month and a potted history of the venue, look here.

THEATRE ROYALE-MONSTERS AND MUSICALS

Pride Party Pictures 1

Flags flying, whistles blowing, people dancing in the streets: it could only be Pride! Once again, it felt as if the UK’s entire LGBT community all got off the same train and took over the city. What a day! The party is far from over; there’s fun still to be had. So while you’re relaxing after a mad night, have a look at the link below for first batch of pictures.

Brighton Pride 2010

There are more to come, it’s just that we were partying too!

PRIDE PARTY PICTURES I

PRIDE PARTY PICTURES II

Giving Brighton the Finger!

Brighton MpNo, it’s not what you think it is! We just though it was time we took a sideways view of the regular tourist haunts the visiting LGBT throng will pass through.

Parading through town or wandering the streets looking for the next party, you’ll pass the five fingers of Brighton and enjoy all of them. It’s celebration time for the LGBT family, all Brighton welcomes you to Pride!

FOR THE FULL FIVE FINGERS

It’s time to show your Pride!

Let the games begin!

Let the games begin!

In an exclusive interview with the LGBT Ambassador blog, Pride Trustee Geoffrey Bowden explains the delights of Pride and the role it has in the LGBT community. He even contemplates the straight interest in the party and notes just how far we can push things…

Now’s the time to put aside the politics and get on with the fun. The town is yours and this weekend is LGBT weekend.

Party hard, party safe and enjoy every minute, you deserve it!

THE FULL INTERVIEW HERE:

Interviewed with Pride, it’s Brighton’s Gay Men’s Chorus!

Rod Edmunds

Rod Edmunds

I’m sure you’ve heard their crooning voices before, in fact you’ve probably shared a drink or two with these choristers; the Brighton Gay Men’s Chorus is about as gay as it gets!

But there’s much more to their performances than show tunes: here, interviewed exclusively, Rod Edmunds reveals the chorus’ passionate beliefs about Pride, and what it is to be at the centre of LGBT Brighton’s unique and accepting culture.

THE FULL INTERVIEW