MsDemeanor Phoenix (‘ellar Bar. 48 Broughton Street. 5570234. Sat 22 Dec. Monthly. liveiiing exclusively for transvestites and transsexuals.
The Claremont The ('laremont. l33—-|35 liast (‘laremont Street. 556 5662. 8pm. Free. Sat 15 & 2‘) Dec. Fortnightly. MSC and the Bears organise the night with a dress code as wild as you dare.
Meet Me in St Louis Filnihousc. 88 Lothian Road. 228 2688. £3.50 £5.50 (£2—£4). Fri 2| Dec~Thu 3 Jan (Not Christmas live. (‘hristmas Day. llogmanay or New Years Day). See Thti.
Seven Brides For Seven Brothers and Showboat Filmhouse. 88 l.othiaii Road. 228 2688. 1.45pm. £3.50 £5.50 (£2—£4). Fri 28- Stiii 30 Dec. See Fri.
Tackno (‘lttb Mercado. 36 3‘) Market Street. 226 4224. 10.30pm 3am. £3 £6. Sun 16 Dec. Monthly. 'l‘rendy Wendy consolidates her domination of lidinburgh’s club scene at her iiiost celebrated showcase. Tackno
Meet Me in St Louis liiltnliouse. 88 |.othian Road. 228 2688. £3.50 £5.50 (£2—£4). Fri 2| Dec Thu 3 Jan (Not Christmas live. (‘hristmas Day. llogmanay or New Years Day). See Thu. Seven Brides For Seven Brothers and Showboat Filiiihotise. 88 1.othian Road. 228 2688. 1.45pm. £3.50—£5.50 (£2 £4). Fri 28 Stiii 30 Dec. See Fri.
Gay Men’s Swimming Group (‘all 226 4476. 8pm. Weekly. Informal swimming session. (‘all for more information.
Bennet’s ‘)() (‘ilassl‘ortl Street. 552 5761. 11pm 3.30am. £3 £6 (£2 £5). Bennet’s. the longest running gay club in (ilasgow. is open for fun five nights a week with some damn fine dancing Wed to Stiii and a student night on Thu. Polo Lounge 84 Wilson Street. 553 1221. 10pm 3am. £5. If you’re tip for a dance downstairs in the Polo is the place to he with club nights Fri to Stiii with Fresh. l.ttsh and (‘arry on Polo.
Cube 34 Queen Street. 226 8‘)‘)(). 11pm 3am. £3 (£2 with llyer). Formerly known as Planet Peach this revamped cltib holds gay nights on Mon and Tue with Passionality atid F.l'.N. both playing cheesy chart and handbag house.
Sadie Frosts 8 10 West (ieorge Street, 332 8005. Free. There's a little something for everyone throughout the week with DJs (Fri. Sat and Mon). karaoke (Thu and Sun) and qtii/zes (Tue and Wed). Just to be different Tue blends the quiz and karaoke and comes tip with quizoke while Stiii is women only in the Blue Room. Delmonicas 68 Virginia Street. 552 4803. ‘)pm. Free. Dels has a week packed full of things to keep you amused with [Ms on Fri. Sat. Mon and Tue. a qtii/ on Thu. karaoke on Stiii and a games night on Wed.
LGBT Centre |l Dixon Street. 221 7203. Free. The bar/cafe in the LGBT not only serves coffees. food and drink bttt also has karaoke from Fri to Stiii. Polo Lounge 84 Wilson Street. 553 122|. 10pm 1am. Free. liiitertainineiit from Mon to Thu with everything from
Clubs Trendy Wendy Planet ()ui.
(ireenside Place. 5240061. 10.30pm-—3am (bar from 6pm). Free. Fortnightly. DJs every week and Trendy Wendy doing her thing every fortnight (Mott 24 Dec).
Joy Hogmanay Party The Venue. (‘alton Road. 557 3073. 10pni---5am. £16 members (£20 non-members). Mon 31 Dec. Three lloors of llogmanay fun with Trendy Wendy. Sally F and special guest Brett King on the top floor. Maggie Joy and Alan Joy filling the middle floor and a chill out/chat space downstairs.
Escape Christmas Party Taste. The Honeycomb. |5~|7 Niddry Street. 530 5540. llpm 3am. £8 (£6). Tue 25 Dee. (let away from it all with residents Fisher and Prices progressive mix of house and garage.
Taste 8. Lovely The Liquid Room. ‘)c Victoria Street. 225 2564.
10.30pm 4am. £tbc. Tue 1 Jan. Two of the city’s leading gay nightsjoin together to provide a New Year’s Day extravaganza with Taste residents Fisher and Price playing a progressive mix of garage and house while the boys from I.uvely go for something harder.
Women’s Group Drop-In 1.013 (‘entrc. 60 Broughton Street. 478 706‘). 7pm. Free. Weekly. lnformal. Edinburgh Gay Women’s Group Nexus. Broughton Street. 557 8847. 7pm. Free. Weekly. Social group.
Meet Me in St Louis l-‘ilinhouse. 88 Lothian Road. 228 2688.
£3.50 £5.50 (£2 £4). Fri 2| Dec Thu 3 Jan (Not (‘hristmas live. ('hristmas Day. llogmanay or New Years Day ). See Thu.
laid back sounds and live music from Tom and Mari at the beginning of the week to ftiiik. disco atid requests nearer the weekend.
Revolver 6a John Street. 553 2456. 8.30pm. Free. Weekly. Popular new bar which hosts arcade game and qui/ nights on Sat afternoons and also has a superb free jukebox with over 5000 top tunes to choose from.
Court Bar 6‘) Hutcheson Street. 552 2463. 6.30 10pm. Free. A popular traditional bar where you can chill all week apart from Sun when it‘s get otit your singing shoes for the karaoke. Waterloo Waterloo Street. 22‘) 5891. One of (ilasgow 's best known gay bars. Candle Bar 20 (‘andleriggs. 564 1285. ‘)pm. Free. This lively bar has a disco llavotir on Wed. Fri and Sat. with an unbelievable mix of gossip'n’trivia'n'karaoke in the company of Angie() on a Stiii.
Body Positive 3 Park Quadrant. 332 5010. Support and advice for those affected by HIV/AIDS.
Centre for Women’s Health 2 Sandyford Place. 2| 1 6700. Offering a range of information and services to women and specific services for lesbians.
Glasgow Lesbian Line PO Box 686. (13 7'11” 552 3355. (iiving advice atid support either on the phone or by SAT-L.
Glasgow Women’s Library 10‘) 'l‘rongate. 552 8345. Open Tue Fri
1 6pm: Sat 2 Spllu. A library ftill of women's literature as well as the lesbian archive. An ideal place to find out about women's events happening across Scotland.
PROFILE GRAE CLEUGH
The controversial Fucking Games
A 33-year-old acting student at Glasgow's RSMAD. Grae Cleugh sent his first play Fucking Games to London's Royal Court. the most prestigiOus new writing theatre in Britain. He got a letter back in a week. saying, ‘We really like the play. come in and
The second-year student is obviously excited. ‘I feel great.' he says. ‘yet scared because a lot is expected of you. All the big critics are about to review my play.‘
Originally from lvlosspark. Cleugh studied law at Glasgow University. then practised it in Edinburgh before moving to London for four years. '1 didn't hate it.‘ he says. ‘I just always longed to act. Acting is my first love. Whatever happens with the playwriting. acting is my priority. It would be nice to do both.‘
Cletigh's shon. bleak play. Fucking Games. about four gay men who binge on drugs. drink and sex through the night in a designer Chelsea flat is bound to cause controversy with scenes of buggery and oral sex. 'Some people are not going to like it and that's OK.‘ he says. 'But I also think it's OK to ask some questions about the community you live in and the lifestyle yOu are encouraged to lead. I think there is something addictive about the gay scene. For people who are a bit weak-willed. It kind of draws them in and keeps them there. It's all about looking for your next fix. Whether it's y0ur next drug fix. or your next alcohol fix 0r yOur next sexual fix. there is something very addictive ab0ut the lifestyle. For some people it's difficult to give thaf up and move on, to have a normal life with friends and to do the things that
everybody else does.‘
Cleugh himself admits to havmg 'more or less given up on the gay scene'.
Phace West 4‘) Bath Street. 332 3838. The main service in the West of Scotland for people who are affected by HIV/AIDS.
Steve Retson Project 2 Sandyford Place. 221 8601. Open Tue & Thti 5.30 8.30pm. Sexual health advice and counselling for gay men. Strathclyde Lesbian & Gay Switchboard PO Box 38. (i2 2015. 332 8372. Open 7-- 10pm daily. (‘onlidential advice for all gay men and lesbians.
Bi-G-Les (‘/() LGBT. 1 1 Dixon Street. 22] 7203. Group offering befriending and support network for lesbians. bisextials and gay men under the age of 25.
C.C. Blooms 23 '24 (ireenside Place. 556 ‘)33 l. |0.30piii 3am (bar from 6pm). Free. A bar and club with a whole host of hiin camp and disco L‘lttssies.
The Honeycomb l5 l7 Nitltlry Street. 5305540. 11pm 3am. £8 (£6). livery Sunday The Honeycomb plays host to Taste. 2) night of hard house and hedonism with DJs Fisher & Price atid guests.
C.C. Blooms 23 24 (il'CCllSlth Place. 556 ‘)33 l. 10.30pm 3am (bar from 6pm). Free. A bar and club with a whole host of high camp and disco classies.
Habana (ireenside Place. 558 I270. Free. A popular place to go for a drink and a good mingle.
Frenchies Rose Street. 225 7651. Free. A place to chat and chill or wait
until Sun for the trivia quiz or Wed for karaoke with Titty Galore.
Blue Moon Cafe 1 Barony Street. 557 ()‘)| 1. Free. [Edinburgh's longest running gay cafe.
Nexus 60 Broughton Street. 478 706‘). This cafe/bar is part of the |.(’r13 (‘entre and serves tip tasty food as well as being a great place to find otit what’s going on.
Planet Out (ireenside Place. 524 ()061. Mon- Fri 4pm-lam. Sat—Sun 2pm-~|am. Free. A darn f'ine bar with DJs' every Mon night. a quiz on 'l’uesdays and Trendy Wendy of Tackiio fame doing her sttiff every fortnight. The Gilded Saloon 233 (‘owgate. 226 6550. ‘)pm~-1am. Free. Every Sunday the Saloon holds the very convenient pre-club session for Taste at the Honeycomb.
Dykes Night Out [’0 Box 16‘). Fill 3117. Informal get togethers and social evenings for women. Stonewall Youth Project (‘oniaei 622 2266 (Oil—tee) or 0845 l 130 005 (Yotithline). Regular meetings and social events for lesbians. gay men. bisexuals and the transgendered tinder the age of 26.
LGBT Police Link LOB Centre. 60 Broughton Street. Mon 6— 7pm. Weekly. (‘all 620 5138. 6205140 if you want a chat with your community officer.
Lothian Gay & Lesbian switchboard 556 404‘). 7.30 10pm every day. (iay and lesbian helpline giving all types of advice including sexual health and HIV/AIDS. Lesbian Line 5570751. Mon 8- Thu 7.30-10pm. Helpline.
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