Logan Presents... George Michael!

georgemichaelSince hosting his first night on the London gay scene three years ago, promoter Logan has truly carved him out a place at the top table of London scene promoters. He’s thrown some of the capital’s most memorable parties, rocking such venues as the Coronet in Elephant and Castle and Pulse in Southwark with the likes of SuperMartXé. Now he’s in the final stages of putting together his biggest party yet… starring very special guest George Michael!

Hudson's Letter

hudsonI was fascinated to watch a documentary this month called We Were Here. The film, which receives a limited cinema release on 25 November, looks at the arrival of AIDS in San Francisco in 1981, and the subsequent, devastating swathe it cut through the community there throughout the 80s.

Fire announces temporary closure

fireVauxhall nightclub Fire has announced its temporary closure. The club has issued a statement confirming that it would be closing for six weeks from Monday 31 October until Thursday 15 December.
“As a result of a licensing hearing in which the club retained its license,” said spokesman Jonny Marsh, “Fire will close for six weeks taking advantage of the time to complete refurbishment works, install new production and lighting rigs, and review processes in place to cater for the expanding business.

Teacher tops Pink List

ellybarnesA London teacher, Elly Barnes (pictured) has topped this year’s Independent On Sunday Pink List – an annual listing of the most influential LGB people in the UK. The list has been published each year since 2000, but this year was the first time that the newspaper invited the general public to nominate individuals that they believed to be worthy of recognition.

THT calls for home testing

hometestinghivResearch conducted by the Terrence Higgins Trust has indicated that there is widespread demand for HIV home testing kits. The HIV charity surveyed 657 people, and of the 490 respondents who had not tested HIV-positive, 63% would consider using HIV testing kits if they were legalised and 51% thought legalisation would make them test more often. The sale of home testing kits for HIV is currently illegal in the UK.

Club Drugs advice

clubdrugclinicA new ‘Club Drugs Clinic’ has been launched to specifically help people who are having problems or difficulties relating to their use of so-called ‘party drugs’ (www.clubdrugclinic.com). Until now, many existing drug services in the UK have focused primarily on alcohol and problematic substances such as heroin and crack cocaine. Now, experts from Central and North West London NHS Foundation Trust (CNWL) are experimenting with a new approach to help treat problematic club drug use – particularly ketamine, mephedrone, GHB/GBL, crystal methampetamine, ecstasy and legal highs.

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