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Look back in affection

Gaydo remembers Pride and then looks to the future

Published on September 21st 2007.


Look back in affection

Hello Dears,

Gaydo hears through the grapevine that she has caused a bit of a rumpus. Some ranters on Manchester Confidential seem to think that I am too camp to write this section. Well dears, in my eyes it’s a light-hearted look at what’s hot and what’s not in and around Canal Street. And as that famous gay author said, ‘there’s only one thing worse than being talked about and that is not being talked about’.

So let’s review Pride 2007. The weekend started off a day earlier this year with that gobby cow Polly from Taurus, hosting ‘It’s a Gay Knockout’. The event was such a spectacle that it made the main news on Key 103. The first event, as always, was the High Heeled, Egg and Spoon Race. With eight contestants it sure was a race to the finishing line. The ultimate task was the Trannie Tug of War that decided the winners of the whole contest. A big congratulations to the Sharks, Manchester’s Water Polo Team.

An early night was on the cards for Gaydo as she didn’t want to run down her bunny batteries.

Friday saw the Queen of the Eighties pop scene, Belinda Carlisle, on the main stage performing hits, including, Circle in the Sands and Live Your Life, Be Free. A memorable performance. Gaydo remembers the days when the Fridays of Pride were a nonentity. Thanks Belinda.

Saturday saw the Manchester Pride parade and for once the weather was kind and the sun shone. With over eighty entrants and a crowd of over thirty thousand, I believe, it really was the best that Gaydo has ever seen. The highlight of the parade for Gaydo was the Salford Ladies United Temperance Society’, or the SLUTS, as they are more commonly known. They were calling ‘time on filth’ and attempting to restore family values. For those of you who didn’t get a chance to see the SLUTS, log on to www.canal-st.co.uk where you can view all their bizarre shenanagins.

After not much shut-eye, Gaydo raised her weary head and headed back to the Village to see what treats were in store on the Sunday. She could hardly get her breath at how busy it was. The big events on Sunday were Federation at the Apollo. Fit Lads night at Essential and Manfest under the arches on Store Street. Gaydo hears that all of these events were rammed to capacity.

On Monday the weekend drew to a close with the Candle-light Vigil in Sackville Park. It was a very moving and poignant experience. After all the fun and frolics of the weekend it was a time to remember those we have lost and also a reminder that there is still life with HIV.

So, with more Pride money going to designated charities than ever before and more people visiting Manchester than ever before, bring on Manchester Pride 2008.

Lots of love,

Gaydo

Things to do and news

Churchills – John Jolly is your new owner and host, giving a warm welcome 7 days a week. Upper lounge available for free private hire. Churchills, 5 Canal Street, City. 0161 236 5529 Free

20 Sept
Dolly Diamond
Your chance to see this outrageous cabaret star as part of the regular Thursday line-up. ( Hollywood Studio and Lounge, 100 Bloom Street, City. 0161 228 1666 info@thehollywood
Admission price vary.

Fri 5th Oct
Wild Mary – The Life of Mary Wesley
Patrick Marnhan has written a story of the popular author, Mary Wesley who wrote about wartime London. Central Library, City. 0870 428 0785 manchesterliteraturefestival
1pm Free

Sat 6 Oct
Federation
As part of the Warehouse parties, DJs Greg Holden and Stuart Robinson play funky underground house tunes. Also, a chance to get body art tattoos. The Warehouse Project, Store Street, City 08712209600 clubfederation
Advance tickets £12

Sat 13th Oct
Innit the Musical
Composed and arranged by Adam Burns, this is a real tongue in cheek of tale of working class life in Salford and features Greg Kelly who played Freddy Watson in Hollyoaks. The Lowry, Salford Quays 0870 7875790 thelowry
£8 Concs £6

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gobsmackedSeptember 21st 2007.

I just stumbled across this rant and was horrified. Firstly at the fact that you think that gay nightlife should stay in and around "the village". Do you actually know how much revenue gay nightlife brings to Manchester as a whole?? Secondly, if you wanted a quiet, peacful setting in which to lay your biggoted head, why choose to live in the CITY? Get a life, Broaden your mind and do us Mancs that love Manchester for what it is a favor and MOVE!!

gay friendly but str8!September 21st 2007.

Im a resident next the Ritz nightclub and am really pissed off that "the village" is now encroaching on the non gay areas of the city centre ie: with the new Federation night starting on 13th October (is this to do with the fact they are not getting any sleep through the noise?). I dont want house/techno playing til 5am with people then hanging about Sunday morning (MY day of rest) being noisy with taxis pulling up etc etc thanks very much which is what this will mean. Federation have no place here and never will have hopefully. Its not a house club! Frankly i find it offensive that the bent (excuse the pun)licencing department havent even consulted us the residents next door and have allowed this licence to go through (would it have anything to do with the fact that Pat Karney might have given the go ahead and pushed it through i wonder??) he'll be emailed too...some answers from someone "in the know" would be much appreciated!thanks.....

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