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In the name of love: Pride!

Oh it’s here at last! After all the fussing, we’ve eventually got a line-up and set-up to match the dramas and the hype.

Pride: the same, but different!

Pride: the same, but different!

Ok, we are going to have to pay for the main event in the park , but as you’ll see from what the organisers have got in store, there will be few complaints.

Last year was great but it was lacking something of the feel of the old Pride – and I guess the writing was already on the wall. What we have here looks like a fitter, leaner, better organised show – still only time will tell.

So to find out for yourself, have a look at what’s on. And if you like what you see and want to keep in touch with the Brighton LGBT community check out ZhooshBrighton – dedicated community run by some excellent people.

Here’s our full piece on this year’s Pride, enjoy

Chic, freak and unique – it’s Brighton Fashion Week!

Visiting Brighton it’s hard to tell who’s in the fashion show and who’s just popped out to get a pint of milk! Yep, come here for the first time and you’ll witness a full-on fashion train crash.

Brighton Fashion Week

Brighton Fashion Week

That is unless you are down for Brighton Fashion Week. Because running this week there’s plenty of chic, freak and unique – and it’s all pulled together over the next 5 days into one long fashion celebration.

And we’ve one of the designers, Masato, talking to us about all things Brighton… read on

Artists Open Houses: Our top tip

Visiting the Artists Open Houses isn’t about art: it’s about having a good nose around some amazing houses and art! I thought it only right and proper to make that clear from the start.

32 Palmeira Sq.

32 Palmeira Sq.

Now, with the last weekend of the event upon us, we’ve a top tip for a gem of a property that truly ticks both boxes: 32 Palmeira Sq.

From the grand entrance and warm welcome, it’s a building full of delights  – look immediately left for an incredible caged lift that rises up through this period terrace.

But immediately after entering the first floor space, the flaws in your integrity will be tested to the full: Are you looking at the art or the space? Has anyone spotted you making secret notes as to where you’d put your sofa?

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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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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

Lesbian London Lovin’ Brighton

When the hotels in Brighton filled up for Pride it was LGBT people from all over the world who had come to party! But stood on the platform at Brighton station, if felt as if it was the London LGBT community that was taking over the town.

And as for the virtual traffic, Twitter was jammed with messages from London groups, all loving Brighton. So we hooked up with the group that best represented the Lesbian and bi-girls of London, NicheGirls.

Here’s an intro to their new site, which is all no-nonsense vid clips. Expect straight talking (not an entirely accurate description, but you know what I mean) and some infectious enthusiasm about Pride and the Lesbian and bi-girl scene.

Check back for more clips; these girls are definitely coming up, and back to visit Brighton soon.

There’s something about Hannah…

Looking on the cinema listings for the Odeon Brighton you’re not likely to see any movies specifically for the LGBT community. Yes, movies come along that fit the bill, but there’s just something about the Hollywood star system that puts LGBT movies so far on the back burner that we never get the hot stuff.

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Then, along comes the Brighton and Hove Lesbian Film Club with a bold plan: hire out the Odeon’s small screen and run a movie of its own! So if you are in the mood for the multiplex experience, with all its popcorn and puffery, get along to the Odeon on Saturday.

From 3 till 5pm it is screening Hannah Free, a US movie by Ripe Fruit Films, starring Sharon Gless, Maureen Gallagher, Kelli Strickland, Ann Hagemann, Taylor Miller and Jacqui Jackson.

While it may be just 86mins long, this movie comes with a couple of good reviews – if you count the accolades of the Montreal International LGBT, the Australian Gay and Lesbian, and the Miami Gay and Lesbian Film Festivals!

Now, what’s the movie about? Sorry, we haven’t seen it! But we do know that if you are reading this you should be interested in finding out.

So here’s more info and a contact at the club;  let’s face it, if you are staying in a gay hotel in Brighton or are part of our fantastic LGBT community, you’re probably looking to watch a better movie than The Expendables!

More about the movie

More about the club

Tickets available in advance, now contact:

brightonlesbianfilmclub@hotmail.co.uk

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

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