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West 5
LGBTQ+ bars need the support of the community now like they’ve never needed it before. The current Covid-19 restrictions have halved the turnover of most bars, and these vital safe spaces are in the unenviable position of not being able to plan from one week to the next because the country is still on tenterhooks. West Five is one...

akt launch their rainbow face coverings

AKT Face coverings
akt is a charity that supports lgbtq+ young people aged 16-25 in the uk who are facing or experiencing homelessness or living in a hostile environment. The impact of the pandemic on akt has included a significant increase in footfall into their services (at the height 107% increase London/43% nationally) and growth in more complex casework, including: mental health issues...

The Eagle soars back into action

Eagle Bar and Garden Theatre
The Eagle came out of lockdown later than the other LGBTQ+ bars in the capital, and it was well worth the wait - what a coming out its been so far! The Vauxhall venue now boasts and outdoor theatre which staged the first musical since the pandemic began, and the whole venue has had a chic upgrade. QX’s Jason Reid...

“This is how dictatorships start”

LGBTI Political prisoners in Poland
A Statement from Rémy Bonny, political scientist and LGBTQI activist from Belgium, on yesterday´s events in Warsaw, Poland, and a call upon the president of the European Council, Charles Michel, to convene an extraordinary session of the European Council.  Yesterday evening, the announcement of a two months prison sentence for a LGBTI-activist led to unseen protests on the streets of...

Fanny & Stella : The Garden Theatre – tickets 19,20,26,27,28 August

Fanny & Stella
The Eagle has done a fantastic job transforming itself from a club to a lounge bar with a garden with a garden theatre. The latest theatrical offering is Fanny & Stella. This hugely entertaining romp is based on bizarre events and real characters in Victorian London. Ernest Boulton and Frederick William Park were two young men who, in 1871, were...

Hidden queer culture from past to present – 15,22,29 August

Richard I of England
Activists Q & A and live performances from drag kings and queens   Every Saturday in August, enjoy a night in to explore hidden LGBTQ stories, from royal queer Kings and Queens of Great Britain to the multifacet of what it means to be LGBTQ+ in London. Hosted by Aisha Shaibu with live Q &A from activists and performances by talented...

Quiz On My Face with Baby Lame at The Glory – 18th August

Gay London Baby Lame
While cabaret lovers across the land await the return of live shows at their favourite queer venues, pub quizzes are reigning supreme. At least we have some form of human interaction to look forward to now and then. It beats sitting at home watching the news and wondering how Boris Johnson actually dresses himself in the morning?  One of our...

Shortlists for this year’s Polari Prize and Polari First Book Prize

A visionary exploration of trans identity, a re-interpretation of the gothic novel and a graphic guide to LGBTQ+ cultural history all feature on the shortlists for this year’s Polari Prize and Polari First Book Prize, announced tonight in a digital ceremony hosted by author and founder Paul Burston. The UK’s only award to celebrate LGBTQ+ literature, Polari marks its...

QX Interview: Conleth Kane

Conleth Kane
https://www.qxmagazine.com/area/gay-bars-in-london-open/ Pride and Joy!  To coincide with what would’ve been Belfast Pride this weekend, LGBTQ+ artist Conleth Kane who is originally from Northern Ireland is releasing a new music video, PROUD, and EP, Liberty. QX’s Jason Reid found out more... Congrats on the release of Proud. How are you feeling about the finished cut?  Thank you! It feels incredibly emotional as the past few...

The Diverse Book Awards

More than fifty submissions were received for the first ever Diverse Book Awards created by writing community The Author School (www.theauthorschool.com). Today, the longlist is officially unveiled revealing the outstanding diverse and inclusive books that were published by British/UK-based authors/publishers in 2019. The shortlist will be revealed at the end of September and the winners in each category announced...

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akt is a charity that supports lgbtq+ young people aged 16-25 in the uk who are facing or experiencing homelessness or living in a...
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