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Village round-up 13/06/08

Wayne Clews on a month of Sparkle and skinheads

Published on June 13th 2008.

Village round-up 13/06/08

Sometimes, weekends stretch blankly before you. Your imagination conjures up nothing more exciting than another day cooped up in a pub, packing in a few hours of seriously beavering away at that cirrhosis. Fortunately, help is at hand. June offers some very different forms of entertainment in Manchester’s Gay Village – but they may not be everyone’s cup of Earl Grey.

Over the weekend of June 27-29, people will be descending upon Manchester in preparation for the Manchester Gay Skinhead Weekend and Sparkle. One event, as you might imagine, caters for the tastes of the boots and braces baldy brigade. The other is a celebration of all that is transgender. In fact, the only similarity between the two is that they have both been running for four years.

The Skinhead Weekend kicks off on Friday evening in the basement of Taurus for registration and ticket collection, followed by Alert! at Legends. A very strict dress code is in order here, so no fairy wings please. On Saturday there's the Skins’ Dinner at Taurus, booking essential, followed by another club night at Legends. Sunday sees some roasting action down at The Outpost before a Company bar send-off closes the weekend. Tickets are available from www.oi-skinhead.com for £9.50.

In contrast, Sparkle sets out to be the world’s largest transgender celebration. AXM Bar is the host for their Friday registration session. It starts at 3pm and first-timers can feel free to get advice and support here.

Following this is the opening party at the same venue. On Saturday, Sparkle takes over the nearby MMU for a day of lectures, seminars, beauty and photo sessions.

Meanwhile, over in Sackville Gardens, Sparkle in the Park will take place from 3pm-10pm featuring outrageous acts, a pageant of the Miss Sparkle contestants and a performance from the Manchester Lesbian and Gay Chorus. The climax of the event is the Final Encore at newly refurbished Café La Belle on Bloom Street. Hosted by The Magic Theatre from London, it will be one last chance to dress to impress, astonish or appall. Visit www.sparkle.org.uk for full details.


Rhona Cameron
The Lowry, June 21
The acerbic lesbian comedian returns to stand-up after a spell producing the occasional novel, a memoir and appearing on I’m A Celebrity… Get Me Out Of Here!

Vanilla Comedy
Vanilla, June 23
More laughs, hopefully, at the monthly comedy night hosted by Bethany Black. Apparently, it’s the only lesbian comedy night in the UK.

Men’s Speed Dating
LGF, June 18
Impress as many men as possible in a mere minute or two. Tickets cost £5 and places must be booked in advance by calling 0161 235 8028.

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TankgirlJune 13th 2008.

It's actually only 12% of the total income of Pride goes to charity. The winners in all this are the bars , which are normally free to enter ,that charge an entry fee even though you have shelled out to get into Canal street. Also I know of one local LGBT youth group who normally have a stall for free are now being charged by the council and womens groups have been denied funding to put on performances and activities

TankgirlJune 13th 2008.

Waterfoot I so agree with you. The very reason why Gay Pride came about has now been lost. It's not surprising there are now so many smaller prides popping up all over the country. It's not really because the country is more accepting of homosexuals and the transgendered it's because the local councils have seen a good money making tourist opportunity and are just jumping on the bandwagon. OK party but remember there are still people murdered and hung for just being themselves in many other countries, Iran for example. Plus the abuse that the Trans community suffer on a daily basis is quite shocking even on Canal street I have witnessed the most vile transphobic comments

WaterfootJune 13th 2008.

MARDI GRAS RIP OFF TIME APROACHES Dear Moanchester folks, gay, straight and everyone else! Once again we are on the door step of Manchester Pride (Mardi Gras) but be warned of the cost it may shock you. First of all the "Tickets" to stand on the Queen's Highway, is going to be £15 this year and those pubs, clubs and shops who make a vast profit out of the event are charging an extra £2.50 handling fee to hand a ticket over to you. Why pay this to buy poor beer at an inflated price when you can quite comfortably watch the parade in other areas of the city, which you can't do in the paying enclosures, have a nice reasonably priced drink without being jostled around. By the time you have paid for inflated hotel prices on top of this for the weekend you could have had a nice flight to the sunshine abroad

AnonymousJune 13th 2008.

Am I the only one who finds it faintly ludicrous that any kind of skinheads would have an event in a swishy bar like Velvet? Give up lads. It's just another form of drag and eventually macho becomes so ridiculous that it meets up with uber-camp. Similarly, Fitlads event in Hollywood Showbar. Oh yes 'real' scally lads would be seen there. It's all the same old sh*t repackaged up with a new marketing strategy and the sooner people realise the beter.

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