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Ku Bar

18/05/19: This year we weren’t going to spend the gayest night in the European calendar crammed into someone’s front room. Thankfully, Ku had our...

The Old Ship

12/05/19: We love that legendary London boozers like the Old Ship are still poppin’ on a Sunday night! God, did we really just say...

Little Ku

Ku Bar

XXL

18/05/19: It was ALL STATIONS GO at XXL on Saturday, as everyone descended on London’s biggest weekly gay night to see in the summer...

XXL Rugby

11/05/19: Big hairy bears getting rucked up. That’s just what Saturday nights are all about. We got ready to wrestle a burly Loosehead to...

VIBES

04/05/19: Circa The Club turned it OUT on Friday with the launch of brand new night VIBES. They drafted in Central London’s hottest drag...

“Throwback” Album Pre-Release Party

10/05/19: Fluttering over to an album pre-release party on a Friday night had us feeling very Sex and the City, glugging vodka tonics and...

R&She 7th Birthday

05/05/19: With so much going on across London, it really takes a major event to have us staying central. The institution that is R &...

Areas

Listings

Club News

Thursday 23rd to Saturday 25th May Sex Shells: Shellfish Beaches Whatever Sex Shells are selling, we’re buying. A musical comedy sketch troupe unlike any other working...

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Bits & Pieces

MUSIC TO PRE-DRINK TO: Our fave tunes this month

The QX music column is BACK. We haven’t done one for about two years, because we’ve always been too hungover. But this week we’ve had...
Kim Cattrall

Kim Cattrall’s new TV series hits unprecedented levels of camp

It looks like Kim's finally going to be known for something other than her beef with Sarah Jessica Parker and her side career in...

Three Great Reasons to Stay at Home This Weekend

Have you ever had one of those moments when you tell your friends you are staying in this weekend and they look at you...

A night’s stay on the actual Spice Bus will soon be on AirBnb

Every boy and every girl wanted to spice up their lives with a ride on the infamous Spice Bus. With Meatloaf at the wheel,...

Pabllo Vittar met a gang of ‘old gays’ and it was adorable

Brazillian drag darling Pallo Vittar has her eyes set on world domination, hell-bent on bringing her message of love across the globe. Last year...

Drag & Cabaret

Drag King Sigi Moonlight talks proudest moments and dream dinner parties

Jason Reid chats to the acclaimed cabaret sensation Just like LeAnn Rimes said to a legion of pop-obsessed queers in the early noughties: ya can’t fight the...

Getting to Know…Marnie Scarlet

By Jason Reid Marnie Scarlet is one of the most unique artists I’ve come across in my two decades on London’s multifarious cabaret scene. As...

The people who shaped me…Danny Ash

By Jason Reid We all have those special people in our lives who have been there at just the right time to positively impact our...

Drag queen dressed as M&S mojito can is spotted on London overground

There was a lot of nuts stuff happening in London this weekend. Something about the great weather/bank holiday combo sent the city into a...

Getting to know… Stephanie Von Clitz

We meet one of the cabaret scene’s nicest queens Raise your M&S mojito tinnies in solidarity and get comfy on that Overground, because this week...

Fashion & Grooming

Look Good Feel Gorgeous – a barbering experience like no other

Grooming Guru Tony Flynn looks into luxury Monument barber R.W.Wolf. Tame the beast with a barbering experience like no other It’s true what they say; a...

Look Good, Feel Gorgeous – Tailoring

Tony Flynn on this season’s hottest trends Top Trend for 2019: Tailoring Tailoring is back – and back in a big way (hurrah!). Apparently only 10% of...

From bald to buzz cut – the cost-effective trend that has people talking

Hair is our pride and joy. We spend countless hours fretting about it and messing it around. Unfortunately, for many of us, it doesn't...

Look Good, Feel Gorgeous – Can Stress Effect Your Appearance?

Tony Flynn talks how to side-step stress and how to deal with it when it creeps in Stress happens to the best of us and...

Look Good, Feel Gorgeous – Rejuvination Gifts for Him this Valentine’s Day

The Ultimate Relaxation and Reajuvination Gifts for Him This Valentine’s Day Getting dressed up to the nines and taking your partner out for a candle...

Health & Wellbeing

Syphilis

Syphilis is on the rise – here’s everything you need to know

Syphilis is on the rise! Hooray! Another thing to worry about, as if total political turmoil, social media anxiety and impending climate change doom...

Gay Dating Alternative

If you’ve been finding dating repetitive, with its endless parade of restaurants and coffee bars, then it’s worth considering an alternative that’s not only...

Look Good, Feel Gorgeous – Five Reasons To Go Green

Tony Flynn talks the virtues of green tea Tea. The cuppa is a staple of British lifestyle and helps us battle through those dull afternoons...

OutLife – a new online service tackling LGBTQ+ suicide

The Online Service Tackling Suicide in the LGBTQ+ Community Brought to you by the team behind LGBT Hero, OutLife is the new online service that’s...

New study finds chemsex isn’t just a gay problem – it’s a British problem

A new study led by University College London has found that Brits - gay or straight - are overall the most likely to combine...

LGBTQI & Community

QX PREVIEW: Birmingham Pride

This year’s Pride in the UK’s second biggest city is set to be a corker Tens of thousands of party revellers are set to descend...

Fab Straight Allies On The London Scene

It’s all too easy to say things like “BLOODY STRAIGHT PEOPLE!” or “SHUT UP, STRAIGHTY!” Many of us are guilty of it. The reason we...

SPECIAL PHOTO REPORT: Day of Remembrance for the Admiral Duncan

Sometimes an event happens that brings a community together, for better or worse. On 30th April 1999, a nail bomb went off in beloved...

The QX List of Fab Trans Allies

We seem to hear loads about transphobes (P*ers M*rgan and TERFs are forever on our timelines - STOP RETWEETING THEM) but not much about...

Proud Beer – One year on

We catch up with one of the guys behind the gayest beers out there. Proud Beer promotes good causes through beer – what’s not to...

Music & Books

Queer pop duo Noble Gray to launch debut album ‘Throwback’

Celebrating all the delicious shades of Noble Gray, last week The Eagle host the pre-launch party for the contemporary pop duo's debut album Throwback. The album...

GIG REVIEW: Pabllo Vittar

★★★★ Every so often a gig comes along with an atmosphere so electric and memorable that people talk about it for months afterwards. Robyn’s recent...

QX Meets…eccentric art-pop soundscapers The Vanity Project

We meet the up-and-coming electro band making waves up in Manchester For anyone who hasn’t had a listen to your music yet, how would you...

Renowned DJ Wes Baggaley on the ‘queer’ influence on the club scene

From ecstatic clubbing sets at Glastonbury’s NYC Downlow and Horse Meat Disco to his regular Rinse FM shows, we catch up with Wigan’s finest...

Ady Suleiman – ‘making heartbreak go down like a smooth cup of roasted arabica’

Ady Suleiman at Electric Brixton, 21st of March review. ★★★★ by Ifan Llewelyn Elbowing our way through the crowd of girls in short bleached bobs tied up...

Parties & People

QX PREVIEW: The RVT’s weekend schedj

Our guide to the Tavern’s bank holiday antics One of our fave venues in London, the dearly beloved RVT, is gearing up for a bank...

JULIASAYS

Discerning scene musings from the princess of East London! You might not see someone for a while or you might have fallen out about something...

QX PREVIEW: Mighty Hoopla

We give the lowdown on London’s fabbest queer festival. Only in its third year, Mighty Hoopla has already become a day festival phenomenon that has...

QX PREVIEW: Fitladz

The cheeky chappy night has gone weekly Come on, we ALL fancy guys in trakkies don’t we. Everyone fancies guys in trakkies or grey sweatpants....

#JULIASAYS – Discerning scene musings from the princess of East London!

Discerning scene musings from the princess of East London! Just a normal week planned... but what is just a ‘normal’ week, I ask you!? Be...

Politics & History

Fatboy Slim, Erol Alkan, Neneh Cherry, Sink The Pink and more to DJ tomorrow’s...

In news that will have Andrea Leadsom quaking in her little bigoted boots, A STELLAR LINEUP of fabulous alternative people will be descending on...

Trump cuts almost $6m from HIV/AIDS program

In an attempt to cover the cost of children who were left without their parents under Trump's administration, money will be cut from funding of HIV/AIDS...

India legalizes homosexuality, in a landmark ruling for an estimated one fifth of the...

In a landmark ruling for LGB+ people in India, the Supreme court has overturned a ban on consensual same-sex relations. The ban on same-sex intercourse...

Blood Diamond Diana – We caught up with the artist behind the art

If you’ve scrolled down your Twitter feed this week, you can’t have missed a portrait of Princess Diana which made quite the splash. Using...

Twinks4Trump founder dropped as White House correspondent

Lucian Wintrich, a founder of the Twinks4Trump group, as been dropped as a press correspondent in the White House after links to white nationalists...

Stage & Screen

QX meets… Jordan Stephens

The Rizzle Kicks rapper turned actor on his new role as a non-comforming drag queen We’re arguably living in a ‘Golden Age of Drag’ where...

Sink at The Space – ‘a tempest in a toilet bowl’

★★★★ by Ifan Llewelyn Those few years teetering on the precipice of adulthood are some of the most explosive we live through, with some of...
This Island's Mine

This Island’s Mine at the King’s Head Theatre – ‘a cross-section of gay life...

★★★★ by Ifan Llewelyn It's over three decades since one of the darkest days in British politics when a government whipped into moral outrage pushed...

Salomé at the Greenwich Theatre – ‘a daring take that puts production before performance’

★★☆☆☆ by Ifan Llewelyn When it comes to Oscar Wilde's legacy, his theatrical works are often lost in the overarching narrative of a man persecuted...

AI: More than Human at the Barbican – ‘a whistle-stop tour that poses man against...

★★★★ by Ifan Llewelyn Out cultural flirtations with how we think of the future is in constant flux. How we think of our technological future...

Travel

TRAVEL: Palm Springs

This year's go-to destination for gay sun-chasers Looking out on a drizzly, grey afternoon in May, your mind can’t help but drift away to an...

Getting to know Sailors Sauna

QX meets sauna owner Richard to talk shop, and why sauna’s are still so popular. Saunas are a valued part of our culture as gay...

Freddie Mercury: Inspired by Munich, Germany – A city that can really rock you.

WIN ! : You could soon be strolling through a fabulous LGBT Christmas Market in Germany. German National Tourist Office invites you to get...

How To Survive A Family Holiday

The sun’s out, Alexa Chung’s ditched her trenchoat in favour of a quirky sheer playsuit, and it’s getting worryingly close to FAMILY HOLIDAY TIME. That...
Vegas

Six awesome Vegas gay bars you have to see!

Las Vegas! The city that rose from the Nevada desert in a towering burst of flickering neon, glittering casinos and self-consciously glamorous hotels. Over the...

Longer Read

QX Meets… ‘Pig in a Wig’ Lady Bunny

Her days of tearing Atlanta a new one alongside Larry Tee and RuPaul back in the early '80s might be behind her, but drag...

QX Meets… queer Asian dancer Mavin Khoo

Recognised internationally as a dance artist who's breathing new life into traditional Indian dance, as well as breaking new ground with his contemporary work,...
Radical drag queens

Firebrands in Frocks: The Radical Drag Queens of The Gay Liberation Front

On July 1st 1972, over 700 LGBT demonstrators made history by marching through London for the first official Pride carnival. It was the largest...

Unsung Gay Heroes in History

THE IMITATION GAME is a biopic of cryptologist Alan Turing and his heroic war-time efforts at Bletchley Park who is only now being given...
gay and muslim

Growing Up Gay and Muslim

Ardent followers of Islam often harbour negative attitudes towards homosexuality. In most of the Muslim-majority world homosexual activity is illegal, carrying the death penalty...

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