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We Are: Proud/Bourne Free/Ready to Party!

13 Jul
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College Green is the place where we are: proud

The highpoint of the largest Pride event in the South West of England is the annual parade in College Green, right in the heart of Bristol.

“We Are: Proud”  is  the theme of the day on Saturday, July 14 and at the end of the night Pride will take over the O2 Academy.

Organisers of  the event are once again looking forward to welcoming crowds from all over the UK and beyond who will come from across the world to enjoy Pride.

Daryn Carter, one of the organisers of the festival has  said: “As one of the only free Prides in the UK, We Are: Proud promises to be bigger and better than ever.

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“We Are: Proud is a chance for people to stand up and declare that they are proud of who they are, for friends and families to show how proud they are of their loved ones and for the city to not just have a gay Pride but to be truly proud of its LGBT community.

“We are unfunded and will be asking for donations which not only help make Pride happen but will also go to support Freedom Youth, Bristol’s dedicated LGBT Youth Service.”

And guess what? The incoming Lord Mayor of Bristol, Councillor Peter Main is the first openly gay Lord Mayor of Bristol. He’ll be at the parade, no doubt.

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Meanwhile in Bournemouth, they will be having a right royal knees-up in honour of the Jubilee. Their parade leaves West Cliff, Monkey Island at noon tomorrow…and finishes  at the Triangle at 1pm.

During the afternoon there will be a great family entertainment in the Lower Gardens, at the Bandstand, with stalls, live music and comedy hosted by Sally Vate and Lucinda Lashes.

From 1pm-6pm artists appearing include: All About GaGa, Lady James, Benjii, Jazz Blaack, Tammy Twinkle, Nicolette Street, Michael Hinch, Wilma Fingadoo, the winner of Bourne Free’s Got Talent, Cindy Hollingsworth and Sheila and the Monster Boys.

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From 6pm-11pm artists appearing include: Jessica Wright (The Only Way is Essex), Rogue Minogue, Envy, Miss Jason, Butchesque, James Bedford, Sandra and X Factor finalists, 2 Shoes who will bring the evening to a close.

Then…on Sunday, The Triangle Tour features a Metropolitan Community Church Service in the Triangle Arena at noon. Miss Jason does her Bingo at DMYK at 3pm. There is a cabaret tea party at 2930 at 6pm followed by Wilmas Mad House at The Branksome at 8pm. At 11pm Sheilas cabaret show & stripper is at XChange. The Bakers Arms is open all day for Bourne Free After party drinks.

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Kylie to Join Mardi Gras Parade

27 Jan
The Mardi Gras parade in Sydney, Australia, will have a special guest atop one of their floats this year. The Australian singer Kylie Minogue will be making her way back home to participate in the event, which is a celebration of the Australian LGBT community.

She said in her YouTube video announcing her return to Mardi Gras, “Your support over the years has just been phenomenal and I can’t wait to come home and share that with you. So see you in March.” This will be her third time attending the event.

Kylie began her career in showbiz on the popular soap ‘Neighbours’, before moving into the music industry in 1987 with the launch of her first single, ‘Locomotion’. She will be celebrating a career milestone – 25 years in the music business – with a community in which she has always had a strong fan base.

You can find out more about the Australian Mardi Gras by visiting their website here; it looks like it is going to be a very exciting, special day!



Community Event – The Stonewall Awards 2011

2 Nov

The 6th Annual Stonewall Awards 2011 is taking place on Thursday 3rd November to celebrate the contributions made by organisations and individuals to the Gay, Lesbian and bisexual community in the UK. Categories include Politician, Writer and Entertainer of the Year Awards.

This year is being hosted by Stephen K Amos, and judges will include Gok Wan, Maureen Chadwick, Hope Powell MBE and Eddie Mair.

The event is being held at the Victoria and Albert Museum.

http://www.timeout.com/london/gay-lesbian/event/241594/the-stonewall-awards-2011

Cake International – 4th – 6th November

25 Oct

A heads up for all you cake fans, the 2011 Cake International event is taking place at the NEC Birmingham Arena.

The event will play host to some of the most talented and creative cake crafters and decorators from around the world!

There will be seminars and demonstrations for experts and beginners, as well as competitions and special guests. CCK fav chocolate guru Paul De Costa will be there with his own stand, and will be doing demos. He will be on Bakery Theatre Y29, besides the demonstration theatres.

Cake International 2011 will be running from 4th to the 6th of November.

http://www.ichf.co.uk/cake/

Skin TWO Halloween Ball Weekend

25 Oct

Skin TWO is hosting a huge Halloween Ball event, set across 3 days of freeky fun! The event will take place at a specially hired super venue in Bedfordshire, just outside London.

The weekend will be broken up into 3 special nights:

Friday 28th October:
Skin Two Femdom Play Party

Saturday 29th October:
Skin TWO Halloween Ball

Sunday 30th October:
Skin TWO Burlesque Party

Ticket prices vary from £20 for 1 day to £45 for the whole weekend. Strictly over 21’s only!

http://www.skintwo.co.uk/skin-two-femdom-play-party-friday-28th-october/

http://www.skintwo.biz/

The Club RUB Rubber Awards 2011

22 Oct

The 14th International Club RUB Rubber Awards 2011 took place on October 14 on the illustrious HMS President Cruise Ship, currently moored at Thames Albert Embankment near Blackfriars Bridge (opposite the OXO Tower).

The evening was a true one-off event that played host to some of the creme de la creme of the Rubber Fetish industry. Winners included Libidex for Best Creative Rubber, House of Harlot for Best Full Rubber, Bondinage for Best Rubber Uniform, and D-vote and Atsuko Kudo for Best Male and Female Rubber respectively.

Unfortunately CCK was unable to attend, and as such would love to hear any stories from those of you who were lucky enough to be there on the night!

http://www.club-rub.com/index.php/events/415-14th-annual-rubber-awards

National Coming Out Day

12 Oct

Due to our recent beavering away with big projects, we unfortunately missed out on this year’s National Coming Out Day on October 11th.

Since its founding in 1988, National Coming Out Day has been an internationally marked annual event where anyone can take that final big step and “come out”, be they Gay or Lesbian, Bisexual, Transexual and everyone in between.

We’d love to hear any stories of your experiences if you attended yesterday’s coming out! Any really good ones might make it onto our new website when it launches!

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Coming_Out_Day

http://www.hrc.org/resources/entry/national-coming-out-day/

World Burlesque Games 2012 Fundraiser

20 Sep

Lovers of the fine art of Burlesque may already know about the World Burlesque Games. This time round, the games are being hosted in London on next year (coincidence?).

In preparation, a fundraiser for the World Burlesque Games 2012 is taking place at Highbury, Islington on October 1st. Doors open at 9pm, and Special International Japanese guest star Erochica Bamboo will be in attendance!

Anyone who plans to attend may want to give us a bell and tell us how the event went!

Event details:
http://www.londonburlesqueweek.com

Skin Two at Arousal – 24th September 2011

8 Sep

Just a head’s up on another upcoming event this month, Skin TWO at Arousal in Dunstable is taking place on the 24th of September.

Hosted by Dungeon Mistress Ms Rebekka Raynor, Arousal is a friendly alternative sex club that caters to everything from Fetish and BDSM to Clubbers and Swingers.

Tickets are £15 in advance, £18 on the door. The nite goes from 10pm til 12.30pm, dress code is black and smart, with a preference for fetish wear.

Skin Two at Arousal – Saturday Sept 24th, Dunstable UK

Sex Workers Open University 2011

3 Sep

Sex Worker Open University 2011 is an event that provides a social space for anybody who is involved in sex work or is a sex worker activists. There will be debates, a chance to learn new skills, short films and workshops.

Open to anyone who is available to attend, whether you are involved in sex work or not.

S.W.O.U will be taking place in various places throughout London including community centres and universities.

If you have any ideas about what you would like to see including on that night or for more information, please feel free to contact:
swoul09@yahoo.co.uk
www.sexworkeropenuniversity.com

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