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Courtney Act and Duncan James to host the Inaugural UK Rainbow Honours.

The Rainbow Honours, a celebration of those who have stood out in their support for the LGBTQ+ community will take place on 4th December at Madame Tussauds in London.

Honours will go to the people and organisations who show commitment to equality all year round in categories such as LGBTQ+ Icon, LGBTQ+ Champion and LGBTQ+ Campaigner, and Trans Advocate.

Celebrities, campaigners and organisations who have demonstrated an outstanding commitment to equality and diversity will be recognised at the inaugural 2019 Rainbow Honours Awards.

This is a unique evening of celebration to shine a light on those unsung champions who give up their spare time to volunteer, work tirelessly and strive to make the world a better place for the LGBTQ+ community.

There’s no doubt that the LGBTQ+ community has made amazing strides in recent years, yet it’s also true that LGBTQ+ people still face prejudice in the workplace, education and across social media.

That’s why this event will reward those wonderful individuals and organisations who further LGBTQ+ equality and inclusion. We will honour those who dedicate themselves to fairness for all and deserve our accolades – they are, after all, the UK’s Rainbow Heroes.

The star-studded awards ceremony is set to take place on 4 December 2019, in partnership with DIVA, Europe’s leading magazine for lesbians and bisexual women, and The Thomson Reuters Foundation’s LGBT+ digital platform, Openly. The event will also feature LGBT+ community champions who are striving to influence change in the quest for true LGBTQ+ Equality. The charity partner for the event is Queer Britain, the national LGBTQ+ museum.

The public is now being encouraged to vote for their Rainbow Heroes at www.rainbowhonours.com. It’s time to nominate those who you feel further the cause of LGBTQ+ equality and have stood out in their support over the past year.

Duncan James said “I am honoured and proud to be hosting the 2019 Rainbow Honours, where we will celebrate and honour the achievements and accomplishments of the LGBTQ+ community. This is something that is very close to my heart and I look forward to a fun and exciting evening.”

Courtney Act said ‘As our community makes leaps and bounds with acceptance and visibility in the mainstream it’s important to maintain focus on the so too often unsung heroe’s who are doing amazing work. This is our chance to celebrate them, lift them up, and amplify their voices and stories. I’m so honoured to host this special night and celebrate the achievements of our queer community.’

Antonio Zappulla, CEO of the Thomson Reuters Foundation said: “Shedding a light on the untold stories of LGBT+ people around the world is core to the work of Openly, the Foundation’s dedicated LGBT+ digital news platform. We pride ourselves on impartial, authoritative and trustworthy coverage of global issues. Openly provides an alternative source of credible news and in doing so, works to break down global stereotypes or ignorance. For this reason, we are delighted to be supporting the Rainbow Honours to celebrate LGBTQI heroes, networks and allies who do so much to advance LGBT+ equality and inclusion.”

Joseph Galliano, Co-Founder and CEO of Queer Britain, the national LGBTQ+ museum, said: “It is of vital importance to recognise and celebrate the people and organisations working tirelessly to improve the lives of LGBTQ+ people and their families. At Queer Britain, we want to shine a light on these stories, which can inspire and uplift us all. This is why we are proud to be associated with the Rainbow Honours.

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REVIEW: Kylie Minogue - Kiss Me Once - London O2 Arena

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Its been a while between drinks for me and La Minogue. The last concert I saw was Aphrodite, so naturally I was super excited when she announced concerts in London while I was there on holidays - one of which was on Monday night (and the only free space in my itinerary).
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Salt n Pepa, Enmore Theatre - November 24, 2011


Throughout the 80’s & 90’s, Salt n Pepa broke down barriers & opened doors for the likes of Lil’ Kim, TLC, Missy Elliott & Nicki Minaj. They were the first female rappers to go platinum, & first to win a Grammy. They were also one of the first concerts I attended as a kid (when they played the Sydney Entertainment Centre back in the early 90’s), so I jumped at the chance to check out their 2011 Australian Tour.

The crowd at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre were all grown, but giddy at the thought of being transported back to a time when SnP’s songs of safe sex were the first of their kind. Some were even dressed as the duo circa 1988 - complete with doorknocker earrings, bandanas & gold chains. There was also a noticeable gay percentage – which seemed large for a Hip Hop show. However, it’s not hard to understand the appeal of the group’s sassy image, & their songs of empowerment & self-respect.

A DJ warmed everyone up with urban hits from back in the day. Montell Jordan’s ‘This Is How We Do It’ & Boyz II Men’s ‘Motownphilly had folks on their feet. Zhane’s ‘Hey Mr. DJ’ got a huge response - perhaps I wasn’t the only one who instantly recalled Zhane were the support act on SnP’s tour back in the 90’s.

‘Australia’s Got Talent’ finalist, Timomatic was opening act this time around, but perhaps an odd choice. While he definitely has crazy dance & vocal chops, his key demographic would presumably be the crowd’s children, who were all at home with a sitter. While his MJ tribute grabbed their attention, his patter between songs was cringe-worthy. Like a bad cliché (think Chris Lilley’s S.Mouse), at times his accent was thicker than the headliner’s. Perhaps the biggest misfire was when he performed a sexy rendition of ‘Happy Birthday’ because he guessed that somebody must be having a birthday up in here.

Show time arrived & the crowd went into overdrive as the ladies hit the stage. They opened with ‘Do You Want Me’, before tearing through a bunch of hits – ‘Expression’, ‘Shake Your Thang’, ‘R U Ready’, ‘Twist & Shout’… When Pepa introduced ‘Let’s Talk About Sex’ the roof nearly lifted off the theatre. Likewise, with ‘Shoop’ - which saw the audience spitting back every word with all their might!

While lesser-known material was included, unfortunately some major hits were skipped over – ‘Heaven Or Hell’, ‘The Brick Track vs. Gitty Up’, ‘Ain’t Nothin’ But A She Thing’… Most notably absent was their Grammy winning smash, ‘None Of Your Business’. However, it’s understood that Salt no longer feels comfortable with some of the group’s racier lyrics due to her religious beliefs.

The duo were accompanied by two male dancers & a male DJ – no, not Spinderella who battled with the duo on their VH1 reality show a few years back, over feelings that she was being treated as a hired hand rather than a full-fledged member of the group. Spinderella’s absence was felt - especially as she had solo verses on many of the group’s biggest hits, & was referenced throughout the night. (Spinderella cut it up one time!)

A huge highlight of the show saw Salt bring her husband out on stage, as she informed the crowd that they had been together for 20 years & tonight was his birthday. (Wow, maybe Timomatic was onto something!) She dedicated ‘Whatta Man’ & danced with him throughout her verse. Pepa halted the track midway through, as she quipped, “Stop the music! That’s very nice… married for 20 years… See the problem is, I ain’t married!” She scanned the crowd looking for two “bruthas” she could bring up to cure her loneliness. Pepa invited two well-groomed men onstage, but once the DJ dropped the track back in, it became apparent that these two were better described as “sistas!” To the crowd’s delight, the fellas snapped, shimmied & dropped to their knees while the duo rapped about the virtues of a real man. Fabulous! As the boys left the stage, Pepa joked “& that’s why I’m single!”

Another surprise cameo came when the girls brought Mel B on from side stage, just as their DJ dropped Spice Girls ‘Wannabe’. Salt n Pepa were guest performers on X Factor just days earlier, & the girls’ adoration for each other was evident. Mel gave the crowd a huge “Girl Power!” as it became clear that Salt n Pepa’s influence far transcended Hip Hop.

Their message of positivity has not faded over a 25-year career. “The real you is way better than the fake somebody else,” Salt told an adoring audience. “If you don’t do anything else in this world, make sure you express yourself.” They spoke of their genuine love of Australia, having been here most recently to play last year’s Good Vibrations festival. Closing with their timeless hit ‘Push It”, the ladies left everyone on a massive high, & with the knowledge that their voices are as relevant as ever.

 

Follow Salt n Pepa on Twitter @TheSaltNPepa
Visit their official site www.saltnpepa.net

 

 

 

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SAY CHEESE Exclusive Announcement

It was the hit party of the summer season earlier this year - and everyone is holding their breathe waiting for the announcement of the next Say Cheese Party… well, the venue and date have been announced, being Saturday September 4 at the Forum at Entertainment Quarter / Moore Park.

So, rush out and buy your tickets now…  well actually you will have to wait until Tuesday unless you are a member of the Say Cheese list. (Join the GTG now for special fire sale ticket prices!)

but for all of you waiting to hear about what the second installment will entail, we have THE exclusive!

SAY CHEESE will be held at The Forum
SATURDAY SEPTEMBER 4 - 2010
Special guest appearance by the fabulous LISA SCOTT LEE from STEPS!


Thats Right - it's time to begin - so count it in - 5,6,7,8!

Lisa will be jetting to Australia after a massive year appearing on "Strictly Come Dancing" in the UK (Their version of Dancing With The Stars) and will be blowing the roof off EXCLUSIVELY at Say Cheese Venue for the event in true say chess meets STEPS style!

Its euro-pop 'triffic!

Headline DJ's for Say Cheese will be the glorious Dan Murphy and the vivacious Greg Boladian.

Put your hands in the air now as they wont come down until Christmas. Los of special surprises, from a very GLEEkly inspired moment to the traditional SAY CHEESE photobooths - this time with a very GAY twist! WE know you will love it!

You can buy tickets for the event at www.saycheeseparty.com.au

Make sure you join the GTG SAY CHEESE Group for an exclusive meet and greet VIP event experience at Say Cheese… you never know - you may get to hang with Lisa Scott Lee and live out your Steps fantasy!

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International Drag Day 2010 - Strike A Pose

Stonewall Hotel in Sydney was the place to be this International Drag, as it was filled to capacity with Drag Queens, Kings, fans friends and aficionados, all to STRIKE A POSE for the second International Drag Day, proudly supported by your favourite GLBTI online destination - Guidetogay.com of course!

A massive crowd turned out on a very chilly winters eve, to celebrate all things drag and to witness the first Strike A Pose INTERNATIONAL challenge.

Thats right - the Drag community of Sydney Australia is throwing down the gauntlet to sister cities around the country and around the world…

"Strike A Pose" next year on IDD and see if you can beat us! Calling all drag queens, drag kings, baby drags, blokes in wigs and more - get as many drag folk in your photo and share it with Guidetogay.com for your chance at the world record!

Sydney's drag community inaugural attempt will be showcased here on Guidetogay.com in our photo galleries, and in all its splendour at Stonewall Hotel in the coming weeks.

Congratulations to all involved, and a special thanks to Stonewall, Candy Box, Mark Dickson, Deepfieldphotography.com, Guidetogay.com, SSO and of course the board and friends of DIVA - to which all the nights door takings were raised for Sydney's iconic DRAG Awards, The Diva Awards - to be held on September 6.

Check out the action in our photo galleries.

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NYC Pride 2010 Essential Events

Guidetogay.com is personally in the big apple this year for Pride and we will be bringing you the hottest pics and coverage from the best events... as with all prdie events around the globe, there are sooo many events on, we decided to let you in on the "must attend" events of the season...

PRIDE RALLY

Central Park, Summer Stage
Saturday, June 19 from 4pm–8pm. FREE

Come and join Guidetogay.com at the Pride Rally, with special guests, Martha Wash, Arie Gold, Billie Meyers, Me'shell Ndegeocello, Lt. Dan Choi, The Cast Of Hair and hosted by Bruce Vilanch

EVENT HAS HAPPENED: Visit our photo galleries here

 

Hex Hector At Splash

Splash, 50 W 17 St.
Saturday, June 26 $10 before 11, $15 before midnight, $20 after midnight.

He is a grammy award winning DJ and a total Pride Legend. Hex will be spinning tracks for the Guidetogay.com crew at Splash - oh and a massive audience of music lovers. A great crowd and one of the "must see" DJs in the world makes this a New York experience like no other. Not only for visitors, but for the locals too!

 

Work: Welcome 2 Menhattan

Roseland Ballroom, 239 W 52nd St (btwn Broadway/Eighth Ave), 212-343-9090,
PeterRauhofer.com. Saturday, June 26 from 10pm–noon. $80–$150.

The name of the Pride edition of superstar DJ Peter Rauhofer’s monthly dance makes it pretty clear who it’s aimed at. In addition to the Austrian spinner, the party features sets from DJs Ana Paula, Stephan Grondin and Marco Da Silva. An all sexy, all party boy circuit style party that will keep you pumping to the wee hours of Sunday morning - just in time to rock up to 5th Ave and March March March...

 

Pride March

Fifth Avenue down to Christopher Street
NYCPride.org. Sunday, June 27 from 11am. FREE.

Comemorating the Stonewall riots, the march is a massive daytime parade/march for celebration and equal rights. A political struggle showcased with glitter and muscle, the New York Pride Parade is a massive route, heading all the way down from Central Park to Christopher street. There are so many vantage points, but if your wanting to come and hang with the Guidetogay.com crew, we will be near the New York City Library on 5th... see you there and show us your... Pride!

 

Dance On Pier: Dance 24


Pier 54, 13th St @ the West Side Highway - Hudson River Park
Sunday, June 27th, 2010, 4:00 - 10:30 PM, Fireworks

$75 in advance/$100 general admission.

The British electro duo are totally freaking awesome - tearing up Pride celebrations all over the globe, from Sydney's Mardi Gras - the next rainbow event on their worldwide DJ domination is New York City, and what better place to hang than the iconic Party on The Pier, run by Heritage Of Pride.

The Freemasons are no strangers to gay music (even though the boys are cutey straighty one eighties!) — they’ve reworked tracks for everyone from Beyoncé to Kylie, and spun at the White Party in Palm Springs. They’re headlining Heritage of Pride’s official dance this year, with an opening set from DJ Steven Oliveri and from what we hear, a stellar special suprise guest!

Like Mardi Gras Party in Sydney - this is THE iconic event to head too for New York Pride if you want to party party party with Pride.


Destination: Pride

Pacha, 618 W 46th St (btwn 11th/12th Aves), 212-209-7500, PachaNYC.com.
Sunday, June 27 from 10pm–8am; $40 in advance/$50 general admission

While DJs Tony Moran, Manny Lehman and Mario Calegari and Aussie pussy powerhouse drag diva DJ, Kitty Glitter are taking turns at this A-list dance, gay-fave DJ Susan Morabito will be pulling an all-nighter, spinning from 10pm–8am upstairs in Pachita.

 

There you have it - the must attend events list for New York Pride 2010! See you there! Or see you in our galleries!

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Maxi's Raffle Saturday

Maxi Shield has announced that she will indeed be heading to the USA next week to support her beloved Sydney Convicts Football team, and to celebrate, and to help get her there, The Midnight Shift Saturday night (12th June 2010) will be the place to be as Sydney superstar drag queen will be raffling off special - and we mean special prizes!

These include

* Master and Slave Menswear package worth $1000.00

* 'Stages' autographed Britney Spears Coffee Table Book Book & DVD (Thanks to us at Guidetogay.com)

* Two A Reserve tickets to any performance from Opera Australia's winter season at the Sydney Opera House. Includes complimentary programs and complimentary interval drinks. Total value $600.00

* A Cut, Colour with a Senior Stylist at Anthony Nader RAW valued at $450.00


and thats not all - there will be lots of suprises, shows and fun to be had!

See you there, and help send Maxi to be the mascot for the boys so the ycan bring home the Bingham Cup AGAIN!

from 8pm

THE MIDNIGHT SHIFT

SATURDAY NIGHT - 12th JUNE 2010

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Matinee

Its a massive hit throughout Europe, and this dance brand, like Creamfields, Fierce Angel and Ministry Of Sound is one that makes many a hardcore clubber still look wide eyed and child like - it is of course, Matinee.

The euro-tastic dance brand that is about to take on Australia for the first time.

This June long weekend, HOME - The Venue at Sydneys Darlng Harbour will play host to the first installment of Matinee, and Guidetogay.com caught up with one of the producers to find out what makes Matinee so special.

What made you decide to bring out Matinee to Australia?
Matinee is inspirational, everyone who's been to a Matinee event has raved about it, it's reached my ears so many times, i just couldn't say no!

What is the benefit of having a Matinee Party rather than create a locally branded event?

To bring an establish world class event that has been massaged for years to get it just right is very exciting for me... it's really opening my eyes!

What can people who have been to Matinee in Europe expect at the Sydney party?

A super club, super sound, SUPER HOT dancers, and production shipped over directly from Europe... The Matinée team arrive in a few days to start the set up...

Tell us about your international headline DJ - what have they done to make them a headliner?
G-Martin is a Matinée All Star DJ, he travels the world playing at most of the Matinée events, his sound will keep you dancing until the sun comes up...

Is Matinee a purely gay party - or is it a party for all club goers?
it's not purely gay, but it has a big gay influence, the crowd will be beautiful and ready to party.

Are there any secrets you can let us in on regarding Matinee's first Sydney party?
be there!

so there you have it - Matinee - proudly supported by Guidetogay.com, will be on at Home Nightclub, June Long weekend… tickets are selling incredibly fast - so don't miss out!

www.inthedark.com.au

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Bake Off Rises For Another Year

The Bobby Goldsmith Foundation is rolling out is annual fundraising fete/fair and glam event, the Bake Off For another year at the Paddington Town Hall.

For the second year, this over the top cake-fest has risen into the illustrious venue - from its long and popular history at the Midnight Shift.

The Paddington Town Hall give the event more room, and village fete feel and the space to entertain more punters, and therefore more donations to the Charity.

Last year the event had incredible pieces of bake-art, including a tribute to our good mate, DJ David Hiscock.

Unfortunately, this year, we will not have the talents of Mitzi Macintosh, to preside over the hilarious "cake auction" - but it looks as though regular celebrity foodies, Peter Everett (Ready Steady Cook) and Claire de Lune will be capably ramping up the mic skills.

The bake off is one of the must do events in Sydney - so if you have not been before, we highly recommend it.

Sunday June 6
from 2pm
Paddinton Town Hall
corner of Oxford St and Oatley Rd

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