Wednesday
May092012

LGBT? WELCOME TO CAMDEN

Camden LGBT Forum launches pioneering advice and safety project: C.L.A.S.P.

 

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


London based LGBT charity, the Camden LGBT Forum is today celebrating its 10th year anniversary by launching  the CAMDEN LGBT ADVICE AND SAFETY PROJECT (CLASP), the first of its kind in London.


THE BIG GAY SUMMER

Ahead of what LGBT London is calling “The Big Gay Summer” with millions of LGBT people coming into London for celebrations including World Pride, the Cultural Olympiad and the Olympics, the Forum is urging businesses and organisations in the London Borough of Camden to be ready to welcome LGBT visitors (and London residents alike) to the area.


ADVICE + SAFETY = A WARM WELCOME


This pioneering initiative aims to extend the network of safe and welcoming spaces for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans people who live, visit and work in the Borough of Camden. By promoting visibility of “LGBT friendly” organisations in the area, CLASP will provide welcoming environments, focus points and sanctuary (in the event of any homophobic or transphobic bullying or attack) for LGBT people on the streets of the London Borough of Camden – not forgetting that the borough’s borders extend beyond Camden into Hampstead, Kings Cross, Russell Square and parts of Bloomsbury – all areas with a high number of LGBT visitors and residents.


“The point of this programme is firstly to show the world that Camden is an open-minded, safe place for LGBT visitors and that businesses and organisations, gay or straight owned, in Camden welcome LGBT people and and are proud to say so by displaying our CLASP stickers in their windows.


Secondly, if necessary, we provide training to all organisations and businesses to help them understand LGBT culture, including the discrimination that LGBT visitors may face and the support businesses and other organisations can provide if this does happen. This project brings different sectors of the communities in Camden together in a way that has not been done before.  It shows how supportive organisations and businesses in Camden can be to each other and to LGBT people in particular and helps to bring awareness and understanding about LGBT issues whilst making Camden a safer place overall.


I am encouraged and proud to say that many businesses and organisations , including faith groups, have signed-up already, most of them what we call “straight-allies” (non-LGBT businesses and organisations);  which sends out a powerful signal that the people of Camden reject prejudice.

I’m confident that support for this programme will extend beyond the Big Gay Summer in London to other businesses, voluntary & community groups and organisations in Camden and perhaps even beyond by becoming a London-wide initiative” – Lou Hart, Director of Camden LGBT Forum


The scheme, which will see over 70 organisations take part is launched with input and support from the Metropolitan Police, Camden Council’s Community Safety & Camden Businesses Against Crime, Crime Reduction Initiative, Camden Town Unlimited, the British Transport Police and other partners. A list of some of the fantastic organisations signed up is attached.


Participating organisations will proudly display a CLASP sticker (image attached) at their place of work and also distribute a CLASP booklet that will provide useful information to LGBT visitors to the area.


There will also be a launch event for the scheme in June, where you’ll get to meet members and advocates of the scheme and talk to them personally. We will issue invitations shortly.


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FOR MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE PROJECT, PLEASE CONTACT UWERN JONG: uwern@boutiquemarketing.co.uk or call 0203 286 3170. INTERVIEWS WITH PARTICIPATING ORGANISATIONS CAN ALSO BE ARRANGED AT REQUEST.

Notes to the Editor

About CAMDEN LGBT FORUM

Camden LGBT Forum is run by LGBT people for LGBT people and holds a monthly meeting open to all LGBT people in the London Borough of Camden and those with concerns about LGBT issues. It meets on the first Tuesday of the month; usually from 6- 8 pm at Camden Town Hall, Judd Street. Camden WC1H 9JE.  (However, phone the office on 020 7388 5720 to be sure).


It is a registered charity no. 1107855 and a company limited by guarantee no. 05132434. Formed in 2002, and registered as a charity in 2005, this is the Forum’s 10th year anniversary. The Forum’s aim is to promote equality and diversity by the elimination of discrimination in relation to lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people living in or working in Camden and, where appropriate, neighbouring boroughs and London, for the benefit of the public.

camdenlgbtforum.org.uk

Friday
May042012

SECRETARY CLINTON WINS PRESTIGIOUS WORLDPRIDE AWARD



US SECRETARY OF STATE HILLARY CLINTON WINS PRIDE LONDON’S “WORLD LGBT AWARD” TO BE PRESENTED AT THE WORLDPRIDE GALA DINNER (DINE-WITH-PRIDE) 


PRIDE LONDON is proud to announce that it has decided to award US Secretary of State, Hillary Clinton the “World LGBT Award” in recognition of her outstanding contributions towards the rights of LGBT people worldwide.

The award will be presented at the World Pride Gala Dinner, ‘Dine-with-Pride’ – a star-studded, black-tie fundraiser for Pride London to be held on Thursday 5th July 2012 in London.

The fundraiser will support Pride London’s newly created 'Solidarity Fund'. This will support organisations in the Commonwealth that work with and for the LGBT community to tackle homophobia and transphobia. The evening will be attended by politicians, celebrities and leading figures from the LGBT community.

 

In addition, we will be presenting an “International Community Award” presented to an international non-governmental organisation that fight tirelessly for the rights of the global LGBT community. We’re proud to announce that this award will go to ILGA - the international Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans and Intersex Association.

DINE WITH PRIDE

Starting at 6.30pm with a cocktail reception, guests will enjoy a sumptuous three-course meal interspersed with entertainment and guest speakers and presentations from the world of LGBT rights before dancing the night away till late. 

Tickets cost £250 per person with all proceeds going to the Solidarity Fund and can be purchased online at www.pridelondon.org or by emailing sahran@pridelondon.org

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FOR MORE INFORMATION, PLEASE CONTACT:

Uwern Jong, Director of Communications
uwern.jong@pridelondon.org

Please copy press@pridelondon.org on all emals

NOTES

About Secretary Hillary Clinton

The Secretary of State, appointed by the President with the advice and consent of the Senate, is the President's chief foreign affairs adviser. The Secretary carries out the President's foreign policies through the State Department and the Foreign Service of the United States. On January 21, 2009, Hillary Rodham Clinton was sworn in as the 67th Secretary of State of the United States.

state.gov/secretary/index.htm

About ILGA

ILGA is the International Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trands and Intersex Association – the only worldwide federation campaigning for LGBTI rights since 1978. IGLA’s aim is to work for the equality of LGBTI people and their liberation from all forms of discrimination. IGLA seeks to achieve this aim through the world-wide cooperation and mutual support of their members. 

 

igla.org


About WorldPride and Pride London

The Pride London Press Office can be contacted via Press@PrideLondon.org – the mailbox is monitored by a number of Press Officers and we will respond to requests quickly

 

  1. Key facts:

  •  Pride London is the biggest un-ticketed event in Europe

  • It is a registered charity No. 1104774 and staffed entirely by volunteers


For more information on Pride London and WorldPride:


Web:                       www.pridelondon.org
Facebook:                www.facebook.com/pridelondon Twitter:                   @pridelondon

Wednesday
May022012

GROOVE IS IN THE HEART FOR WHEN PUSSY FAGGOT! TAKES ON LONDON

New York’s legendary ‘Alternative Queer Art Party’ comes to London



When? Saturday 12th May 2012

Where? The MacBeth, Hoxton, 70 Hoxton Street, London, N1 6LP


FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY

“This is a party with serious art chops...” New York Times

PUSSY FAGGOT New York Cityʼs pre-eminent alternative queer art party is bringing the show to London as part of their European Tour.  


Featuring pond-hopping talent from both sides of the Atlantic:

Lady Miss Kier (of Deee-Lite “Groove is in the Heart” fame) (NYC)
Gio Black Peter (NYC)
Shane Shane (NYC)
Colin Self (NYC)
Jonny Woo (UK)
CocknBullKid (UK)
A Man To Pet (UK)
Verity Susman (Electralane) (UK)
Alexander (UK)
Bryony Kimmings (UK)

Encompassing performance art, spoken word, dance, drag, live music, DJs and video art, PUSSY FAGGOT! is fiercely contemporary even as it harks back to the legendary East Village scene of the 80's and 90's when art, fashion, performance and club culture collided.

PUSSY FAGGOT! succeeds in bringing together “one of the coolest, most uniquely blended crowds around—pussies, faggots, dykes, trannies, you name it.” - Time Out New York

Internationally, PUSSY FAGGOT! has been presented at festivals in Manchester, UK and Zagreb, Croatia. Back in the United States, the party has traveled everywhere from Philadelphia to New Orleans – and even a rural farm in Tennessee! The site-specific nature of PUSSY FAGGOT! has lent itself to successful presentations in a range of venues inluding nightclubs, dive bars, art galleries and barns.

”You have to admit, “Pussy Faggot” is a catchy title for a party. It pairs male and female, straight and gay, and as an epithet itʼs pleasantly jocular. Itʼs so extreme itʼs funny.”
-Time Out New York


See you there...

Listing details

Event: Pussy Faggot
Category: Club night, gay or LGBT, Cabaret, Live music, Alternative
Date: Saturday 12 May 8pm – 4am
Venue: The Macbeth, 70 Hoxton Street, London N1 6LP
Tickets: £8 adv / £10 on the door
Box office: http://www.wegottickets.com/event/160094
Facebook event: http://www.facebook.com/events/332313846806416

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ACT DETAILS

Lady Miss Kier (Deee-lite) (NYC) / DJ set
www.ladykier.com
follow on twitter: @ladykier

CocknBullKid (UK) / Pop song writer Anita Blay and band
www.cocknbullkid.com
follow on twitter: @cocknbullkid

Gio Black Peter (NYC) / Live PA
www.gioblackpeter.com
follow on twitter: @GioBlackPeter

Jonny Woo (UK) / performance artist and comedian
www.jonnywoo.com
follow on twitter: @JonnyWooUK

Colin Self (NYC) / performance artist
www.colinself.tumblr.com
follow on twitter @colinself

Shane Shane (NYC) / performance artist and comedian
www.shaneshane.net
follow on twitter: @shaneisland

Alexander (UK)  / aka La Johnjoseph's music project
www.alexandergeist.com
follow on twitter: @LaJohnJoseph

Bryony Kimmings (UK) / performance artist and comedian
www.bryonykimmings.com
follow on twitter: @BryonyKimmings

A Man to Pet (UK) / performance artist and comedian
follow on twitter: @amantopet

Wednesday
Apr042012

BOUTIQUE TO PRESENT SEMINAR ON LGBT MARKETING AT THIS YEAR'S CANNES LIONS

Leading LGBT niche specialists Boutique Marketing - The Gay Marketing and Media agency has been invited by the prestigious festival of creativity, Cannes Lions, to present a seminar on LGBT marketing as part of its programme on niche and segment marketing. 


The panel, headed by Sergio Alcocer, President of LatinWorks, winner of 2012's Ad Age Multicultural Agency of the year, forms a programme of interactive seminars called THE FORUM, a totally new content stream to help delegates get in-depth insight into key industry issues.

Other confirmed speakers for the panel include US based Youth Agency, FUSE.

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Wednesday
Apr042012

BOUTIQUE SELECTED TO HEAD UP PR FOR CAMDEN LGBT FORUM

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: BOUTIQUE MARKETING SELECTED TO HEAD PR FOR CAMDEN LGBT FORUM'S CLASP PROJECT


 

We're proud to announce that the Camden LGBT Forum (a charity to promote equality and diversity by the elimination of discrimination in relation to LGBT people living or working in the London Borough of Camden) has selected Boutique to lead on PR for their project C.L.A.S.P - The Camden LGBT Advice and Safety Project


This new initiative aims to extend the network of safe and welcoming spaces for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and

Trans people who live, visit and work in the Borough of Camden. By working with local businesses, restaurants, organisational offices and others, CLASP will provide sanctuary and welcoming environments for

LGBT people on the streets of Camden.


The scheme will be launched with input from the Metropolitan Police, Camden Community Safety, Camden

Businesses Against Crime, Crime Reduction Initiative, Camden Town Unlimited and other partners who support the initiative.

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