New gay festival for London
London club promotion team Orange Nation have announced the arrival of a major, new gay festival for the capital. In conjunction with events organisers Saturn Star, Orange Nation will be hosting ‘As One In The Park 2013’ on Bank Holiday Sunday 26 May.
Pride in London theme announced
The organisers of Pride in London – the festival replacing the former Pride London – have announced that the theme for this year’s event will be ‘Love (and Marriage)’. The theme has been chosen to reflect the expected passage of equal marriage legislation this summer. Organisers have also announced that the parade – which is set to take place on Saturday 29 June 2013 will showcase community groups in chronological order of their founding.
Gay Classic Car Group birthday
Many happy returns to the Gay Classic Car Group, which is celebrating its 25th anniversary in 2013. The group now runs meetings in 14 local areas around the UK, and all local groups are planning special events for members (some of whom are pictured here with their pride and joy!).
The Grand launches GB1 restaurant
Who doesn’t love a trip to Brighton? The south coast city is one of the UK’s most popular destinations for gay travellers, and once there, seaside fish and chips are a popular choice for many.
In response to this, acclaimed hotel, The Grand, Brighton, is about to launch a new and exciting fish restaurant. GB1 is due to open on 6 February 2013, and will offer a unique dining experience where guests and local residents alike can enjoy some of the south coast’s finest and freshest fish.
Stonewall walk - register now!
Registration is now open for the Stonewall Brighton Equality Walk, which is due to take place on 5 May 2013. This well-established date on the UK gay calendar is one of Stonewall's most important fundraising events: this year's walk will be the tenth. The 10 kilometre walk, supported by American Express, raises funds for Stonewall’s Education for All programme, which helps schools tackle homophobia and support lesbian, gay and bisexual young people. Over 600 supporters took part in last year’s Walk, raising a record-breaking £70,000. Registration for this year’s event is open at www.equalitywalk.org.uk .
Coronation Street strife
Despite previously playing a loving couple on ITV’s long-running soap series, Coronation Street, stories are emerging that gay actors Charlie Condou and Antony Cotton are not getting on so well in real life. According to a report in today’s Daily Mirror, the cast of the long-running show have been split by the apparent rift between the couple, which it claimed now only spoke to one another when absolutely necessary.