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Sugar and Spice

Wayne Clews finds out what women want

Published on February 29th 2008.

Sugar and Spice

With International Women's Day looming on 8 March, the Lesbian and Gay Foundation has struck a little early by organising an event aimed squarely at lesbian and bisexual women this weekend. Sugar and Spice held on 1 March 12pm-6pm on Princess Street is now in its second year and is offering women the chance 'to be seen and heard'. There are a series of workshops, discussions and interactive sessions aimed at sharing ideas about how to be successful in all aspects of life from personal relationships, to climbing the greasy pole of professional success to wider issues of visibility in the community.

Now, there are some people (possibly the type of deluded soul who views Gene Hunt as a paragon of enlightened masculinity) who imagine such occasions to be sombre events with a few old bull-dykes skulking in a corner, earnestly debating the downfall of patriarchy whilst embracing the wisdom of the menopause and partaking in a drag-king workshop. Oh yes, and there would be lentils for lunch. However, Sugar and Spice aims to be a far more up-to-date event reflecting contemporary aspirations and fears. Workshops will tackle such thorny issues as the portrayal of women in the media, the positive and negative aspects of being a lesbian and how to promote women's visibility. There will also be an opportunity to share your own experiences of relationships, careers, communities and families. All in all, that should be enough to keep the attendees going for more than a few hours.

In a statement, organiser Annie Emery said, "We are very excited to be delivering a second Sugar and Spice event this year. Last year, was very successful with more than 80 women attending on the day. At last year's event we asked women what they wanted and this year we are addressing some of those needs by providing a variety of workshops where women can discuss their lesbian and bisexual experiences to continue to drive forward an agenda for women in consultation with the community." She adds, "It will be a fun and informative day and a great opportunity for women of all ages and interests to get their voices heard, meet new people and learn new things. This is your day and we hope to see you there."

As well as trying your hand at reiki, African drumming or plucking a few other odd instruments, Sugar and Spice offers women the perfect opportunity to network and make new friends. The event is free but please register by calling 0161 235 8021 or e-mail annie@lgf.org.uk

And, to round off the day, it's down to Vanilla for a cocktail party. Just don't make any unnecessary cracks about slippery nipples.


Defcon One
The Tunnel, Legends, Whitworth Street, 8 March, 11pm-late
Now can I just remind you that there is a strict dress code at this occasional event; boots or waders must be worn. Still, given our climate, that's probably only sensible. It's a men only event, visit www.club-alert.com for details.

Vanilla Art Launch
Vanilla, Richmond Street, 5 March, 7pm-late
On a more cultural bent, Vanilla reveal their latest exhibition by local artist Marie Gilmore. Should you fancy one of the artists’ deviant themed artworks for your boudoir, commissions can be requested.

Green T Presents...
Taurus, Canal Street, 13 March, 7.30pm Following a sell-out performance of their play, Crow of Murders, at the Contact recently, Green T come to Taurus with a night of poetry themed around queer modern love. Dominic Berry directs.

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maggiebonFebruary 29th 2008.

Yes, it is what we LGBT are concerned about recently. It means a special day for us. Many bisexual friends of mine knew at http://www.bimingle.com are discussing how to have a wonderful and meaningful day at that time.

Beth DFebruary 29th 2008.

Well written but bland. I miss the ravings of the camp, over the top Gaydo who caused so many rantings by the serious brigade. Ah well. In this PC world I suppose we have to get used to mediocracy. I have noticed the distinct lack of comments since his demise. Good luck to Wayne but one can tell that he has done the 'Manchester Magazine' rounds.

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