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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

George is out, again!

As news blasts its way around the internet that George Michael was released early from his sentence, What’s often forgotton is just how hard it was for him to come out in the first place.

Jail bird free

Jail bird free

While most of the music industry may have been well aware of his ‘leanings’ during the mid 80’s the general public were kept well in the dark and George well in the closet.

The strangest thing about it all, and the surprise first showed by the general public was because he was such a sex symbol -for straight girls. Andrew Ridgeley, though was more wimp than Wham! ; a fluffer to fold the Greek hunk’s trunks.

When George went solo, it wasn’t just the pent up talent, hermeneutically sealed in by the pop industry, he started to reveal. Clearly out by 1998 (as he told CNN!) George was at the top of his career, I say with the Listen Without Prejudice album. He then evolved into a fully fledged  ’A’ list hollywood funkster.

Where he led, Robbie was to follow, although Robbie’s gay moment seemed more stunt than sincere. Bit of a rocky ride for George since, spending more time in court than in the toilet…still, it’s never dented the talent, or dulled the style with which he delivers it.

And now he’s out, should we expect to see a reformed character, a changed man? I somehow doubt it, and somehow I don’t want him to be any different. I like my celebs to be flawed; after all, what point would there be in watching their roller coaster ride lives?

Good luck George! You’re a gay icon – just stay out of the clink long enough to make another album.

Take a look at his Last fm page here

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...

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

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