European Diversity Awards

janehillIf you are working at an organisation which promotes and celebrates diversity, please look at our European Diversity Awards website at – www.europeandiversityawards.com – and download an entry pack! The awards are headline sponsored by Google and taking place at the Savoy on 22 September 2011 – the latest deadline for entries is 20th June!

The first European Diversity Awards will take place at the Savoy, and you can now book tickets for the event – which will include a sit-down, three-course meal. The event will be hosted by BBC News presenter Jane Hill. Tickets are limited – for more details, email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Pic © Jeff Overs

Posted: 09 June 2011

Gay Men's Chorus summer concert

gaymenschorusEurope’s largest and best known gay choir, The London Gay Men’s Chorus, are busy rehearsing their next show. Sound will be the boys’ flagship summer concert, and it will take place at the beautiful and iconic Union Chapel in Islington on the 24th and 25th June.

Sound focuses on the development of music’s fundamental component – and promises an aural adventure through 400 years of amazing music. It’s going to be an extraordinary musical journey through a broad spectrum of international vocal and choral genres from classical, jazz, pop, world, gospel, folk and more. 

Gay kiss-in outside Soho pub

johnsnow1Several hundred protestors gathered outside the John Snow pub on Broadwick Street, Soho, on the evening of Friday 15 April, to protest against an incident that took place in the pub a couple of nights earlier. A couple of gay men – James Bull, aged 23, and Jonathan Williams, aged 26 – had been out on their first date together. They followed dinner in Covent Garden with a drink at the John Snow – not a gay bar but a well-known Soho pub in one of London’s most gay-friendly areas. The two say that they had kissed, but had been asked to stop by a man at the bar who said that he found it offensive. 

Man sought in connection with East End stickers

doyouknowBritish Transport Police (BTP) have released a CCTV image of a man that they wish to identify as part of their ongoing investigation into a number of homophobic stickers which have been put up around east London.

The stickers, found at various locations over the past two months, feature a rainbow flag with a red line through it with the message ‘gay free zone’.
BTP Detective Constable Elaine Sexton, of the Public Protection Unit, said, “We are working together with the Metropolitan Police, and have been conducting local enquiries across east London in a bid to identify those responsible for these stickers.

Fire at gay sauna

chariotsChariots sauna in Shoreditch – believed to be the largest gay sauna in the UK – was badly damaged by fire in the early hours of Sunday 20 March. Firefighters were called to the venue just after 6am after a fire broke out on the ground floor of the venue – which houses the reception area, locker rooms and TV lounge. It’s thought around 150 men were evacuated by the time the firemen arrived, and there were no reports of anyone being injured. The London Fire Brigade said that 30 fire-fighters took 90 minutes to get the fire under control, but not before it had destroyed most of the ground floor. An investigation is currently under way into the cause of the incident, but police have said that they are not treating it as suspicious.

Posted: 21 March 2011

Lovebox details announced

loveboxDetails have been announced about this year’s Lovebox festival. Once again, organisers are aiming to make the Sunday of this weekend event a particularly gay-friendly affair. This follows the success of last year’s event. The Sunday played host to stars such as Grace Jones and Hercules & Love Affair, with the main stage being hosted by East End guerrilla dragster Jonny Woo, and gay clubs such as the NYC Downlow and Salvation running disco tents.

This year’s event will again take place in Victoria Park in Hackney, on Friday-Sunday 15-17 July 2011. The Sunday’s ‘Out and Out Fierce’ programme (17 July) will feature live performances from Scissor Sisters, Blondie, Kelis, Robyn, 2 Many DJs and Marc Almond, while Jodie Harsh will be bringing her Circus club, along with contributions from the Horse Meat Disco team.

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