Tag Archives: lgbt history month

Unhook Yourself with Marc Almond

9 Jul

So. It’s No Bra Day today. It’s up to social enterprises like CCK to rise to the occasion and say something (ahem) uplifting. Fingers at the ready…

icon at 55

chest a song at twiliiiiiiiiight…..

Marc Almond returns to the O2 Shepherds Bush (fnar fnar!) Empire five years after his triumphant gig for his fiftieth birthday. I guess that would make him fifty-five then. Anyway, the show’s at 8pm; doors open at 7: and it should be a good place to unhook your bra whilst nobody is looking. (best to do it in the ladies loos…don’t tell anybody it’s my idea!)

Ticket prices are 19:50/27:50 plus the usuals. You can pay in cash at the door from 4pm. Or online at www.ticketweb.co.uk


Shepherds Bush Green, London W12 8TT  tube: Shepherds Bush bus: lots of them

Parking: between 6pm and 12 midnight at Westfield Shopping Centre…just £3 for O2 customers. Check for entry and exit points and read up on the rules..

Drinking: 21 and over. Bring and ID.

day on bra

surely you can see this is a responsible adult

Younger ones welcome, but bring a responsible adult. Like what you see pictured above. You know it makes sense…don’t you?

Football vs Homophobia

15 Feb

In 2010 The Justin Campaign, named in memory of out gay footballer Justin Fashanu, started the international campaign Football vs Homophobia in order to tackle the ever-present problem of homophobia within football. To coincide with LGBT History Month, February 19th sees the second annual Homophobia vs Football day.

Despite the presence of out gay players in other sports, such as Gareth Thomas from the world of rugby (which is a sport known for having quite a macho image), there are no out gay professional football players  in this country. Despite the FA saying they take the issue of homophobia within the sport seriously, as yet they have been unable to persuade any Premiership player to come out or have his team support him in this. Publicist, Max Clifford, has gone on record as saying that he warned two gay Premiership players he has represented that coming out publicly would probably ruin their careers.

A survey of football fans, players and officials, carried out by the University of Staffordshire, has found that the overwhelming majority believe there is no place in football for homophobic behaviour and views. Although the FA and the Professional Footballers Association have stated that they are working within the game to stamp out homophobia on the terraces and within clubs, much as it did to tackle the problem of racism, there is still a problem, certainly within football internationally, be it from remarks by Sepp Blatter (who runs FIFA), clubs or managers . However, the fact that both the FA and the Kick It Out campaign (which has worked hard to tackle all forms of discrimination in the game) have given their full endorsement to the Football vs Homophobia initiative, there is some hope that progress will be made.

There are a number of gay/gay friendly football teams around the country, as well as the Gay Football Supporters Network that aims to encourage and support LGBT people to get involved with the sport and tackle homophobia within it. The G.F.S.N have also made links with the F.A. Considering the developments that have been made, the University of Staffordshire survey and the campaigns that are happening, there is good reason to hope that homophobia will soon be eradicated from football. So, maybe one day, professional footballers will feel comfortable enough to come out and be happily open about their sexuality.


The Kairos LGBT Tour of Soho

11 Feb

Kairos in Soho, who are a LGBT community organisation and charity, have been running a monthly tour around the sites and people of interest in the LGBT community in Soho. We went along last Sunday to see what we could learn, and generally have a wonderful time.

Comptons Bar, the popular gay drinking hostelry!

The tour starts at 2pm outside the Admiral Duncan pub,  Old Compton Street W1D 4UB, which you may remember as having suffered a tragic and devastating bombing in 1999. Having rebuilt and come through that dreadful time, it is fitting that we start the tour at such a place of hope and strength.

Prince Edward Theatre

The tour guide, Ric, who takes us on the tour, is friendly, welcoming and very informative. He helps create a good group dynamic from the off, so that everyone feels comfortable. He takes us around various sites connected to the famous, infamous and, to me, previously unknown LGBT people, who have made Soho a place that has been identified with our community over the course of the centuries.

What LGBT history does this unassuming building have?

It is a well researched tour, that allows you to find out about the history of some famous landmarks and also some seemingly nondescript buildings, which you may pass any time you happen to be in the area. LGBT history is so often hidden that it is vitally important that we are all kept informed about it; to gain a sense of where we have come from and how our community has progressed.

Which famous LGBT person ate here?

What is especially good about this tour is that it does not concentrate solely on the gay male history of Soho, important though it is, but lets you in on the transgendered and lesbian history, which for so long has been either ignored or unknown about. It also gives insights in to the origins of societies and why they were named as they were. Names you may recognise, and those you may not, are given some geographical context. Bars they had visited, places they performed and businesses they had run are all pointed out on the tour. Furthermore, their histories are explained, allowing you to have a sense of what happened in their lives, beyond their life in Soho.

I am not going to tell you the specific names and stories I learnt about, it is up to you to go and take the tour yourself! You will be supporting an organisation that has done, and continues to do so much for the LGBT community. With plenty of amusing, poignant and uplifting anecdotes, this tour is well worth taking, whether you are from the LGBT community or not. You will be able to inform and illuminate your friends on your visits to Soho, making your usual wanderings around town about more than just getting around from A-B. The tour is a lovely way to spend an afternoon and well worth the money.

The Gielgud Theatre, named after you know who

Outside for the Valentine Weekend

11 Feb
profile of female pop singer in a forest: tattooed right hand

singer anika moa: headlining at the Big Gay Out

The weekend where you do something special for your loved one comes closer: why not combine it with support for events during this special History month? If you fancy overdoing it, you could jet off to Auckland where the native New Zealanders are holding their annual Big Gay Out. Plenty of entertainment on the 13th in Coyle Park, including a popular slip-‘n’-slide (hose-off courtesy of the national Fire Service) and the voice of headliner Anika Moa. Here’s a blog-type link for that.

two ladies, side on and close up: red heart superimposed in red make up

love the community: go out west to Somerset for the weekend!

If you prefer something a little closer to home, then it’s possible the the second Outset Festival in Somerset will have something for you.  Performances include the usual mix of theatre, dance, debates, readings and open mic performance – which are at The Brewhouse, down in Taunton. The singer David McAlmont headlines on the second night (Saturday) at 8.

Queer Riot!

30 Jan

For all you folks up in Manchester, or those visiting in February, there will be a Queer Riot happening! It’ll be at the Contact Theatre, and run by the tireless, fearsome and downright lovely people who organise Ladyfest (Manchester) and Queeruption (Manchester), it will be a mixture of discussions, workshops, feminist and queer performances and friendly sociability.

To quote their own statement, the event is to “Fight back against the cuts and help create queer culture in a time of austerity.” To keep very much in the spirit of the event, it’s free!! It’s happening on Saturday 12th Feb, from 4pm-7.30pm, though I’m sure the effects will ripple on a lot longer. An antidote to the times we’re living in. Viva la queer avant garde, viva la revolution!

Friday News has much to tell you

28 Jan

We’ve got a new calendar – it’s over there, under the cartoon. Although it only shows the first ten events, the title will take you to the google calendar. The events calendar is not just CCK’s events (although they are on there!), but events we think might be of interest to our customers and friends – from plays and standup comedy to art and discussion groups. If you want your event to be included, get in touch!

As always, with all of these links, they are not CCK content, and do not necessarily express the views of CCK (we just think they’re interesting). Content may not be suitable for under-18s, workplace viewing, or be particularly kinky. On with the linky goodness!


What happens in your brain when you orgasm [Discovery Health] (h/t to Pandora Blake).

Brenda Namigadde, a Ugandan asylum seeker who left Uganda after suffering violence for being a lesbian, fears that if her deportation goes ahead, she will be killed because of her sexuality [BBC].

Brenda’s case is of particular interest right now, as today was the funeral of Ugandan gay-rights activist David Kato [BBC, Gay Uganda]. The event was marred by the sudden – and unexpected – homophobic tirade by the presiding pastor [The Guardian].

Fetish Speed Dating at Club Rub.

France’s ban on gay marriage has been upheld by the French constitutional court [BBC].

This coming tuesday sees the mark of LGBT History Month in the UK, and Black History Month in the US and Canada.

An excellent article on errectile dysfunction by Cory Silverberg [About.com] (h/t to Dr Petra and Bish Training).

Ten films by women directors in 2010 [Gender Across Borders].

Elton John calls for a Repeal of Prop 8 in California [The Guardian].

Author Philip Pulman on the value of libraries [False Economy].

Johann Hari: Why is it wrong to proctect gay children? [The Independant]. Incidentally, the Gay Agenda now comes in app form.

And a double-dose of video goodness. First, the cute – an octopus and a beer bottle:

And Duelling Cellos’ cover Smooth Criminal.

And folks, we’ve got a party on the 31st, and our usual monthly social on the 4th!

Just around the corner: LGBT History Month

27 Jan
profile pic of Ian Mckellen: from the Daily Telegraph

Actor and Activist: Ian Mckellen

CCK staff are planning to be out and about during the month of Feb. What with Valentine’s Day coming up (be sure to check out our wares in the CCK online shop), some awards ceremonies and  a few important openings in London Town alone, there isn’t a shortage of things to cover.

We won’t get to everything of course: here’s an example. Next Monday, Sir Ian McKellen will be speaking at the Cambridge Union, one of the oldest student debating forums around. This event throws a focus on the start of LGBT History Month, and I’m sure that many interested parties would be interested in such an appearance.

Alas: there’s not much space in the debating chamber…and it’s members only. Never mind: this blog tilts its hat in a reverential fashion. The slogan for LGBT  History Month captures the mood as it should: claim the history, celebrate the present and create the future. Have yourselves a good time…and keep your eyes peeled for upcoming coverage of events!
If you’re looking for things to do – we suggest a look at our events calendar, which is in the sidebar.