QUEER AS 18TH CENTURY FOLK Gay brothels where men dressed up as pregnant women and gave birth to dolls, male politicians in love with simple country boys, Queen Anne lusting after her lady of the bedchamber, a lesbian Yorkshire marriage . . . fascinating material and times, but just a shame it’s packaged in Neil Crombie’s uninspiring

An overdressed actor does 18th century camp

reductive documentary Queer as 18th Century Folk (Channel 4, Thu 8 May, 9pm), the latest in the Georgian Underworld series.

Historians talk directly to camera, diary extracts are read aloud, while overdressed actors mime out historical recreations. Of course, camp music accompanies this - from Patsy Cline to the Pet Shop Boys - just to show gay life hasn‘t really changed. Anna Chancellor’s chirpy commentary sounds as if she‘s auditioning for Eurotrash. History has never been as one dimensional and dull.

If you are looking for gay contemporary relevance, better to spend your money on The Virgin Gay Guide (Tim Laming, Wrgin Books, £12.99). Huge, informative and eclectic, the book guarantees variety on all matters gay from legislation and news to icons and sex and is written by Tim Laming, editor of gay freebie NOW.

(John Binnie)

Events are listed by city, date, then type. Submit listings at least ten days before publication to glasgowelist.co.uk, by post or by tax on 0141 353 2803. Listings are compiled by Jane Hamilton.

Glasgow Thursdays


DogGod Qhar. The (‘orinthian. l‘)l Ingram Street. 552 l l0l. l0.30pin 3am. £2. Weekly. New gay/mixed night with everything from Kylie to electro-rock.


Giggles Mercury Lounge. I42 Bath Lane. 248 I777. 9pm 3am (show starts at 9.30pm). £4 (£2). Weekly. Steve llarris headlines on Tliti 24 with support from Teddy and Sandra Johnston with other top acts planned for Thu 1 May.

Glasgow Fridays

Clubs Lick lt Mercury Lounge. I42 Bath Lane. 248 I777. 10pm 3am. Free hel'ore


Candle Bar 20 ('andleriggs. 564 I285. 0pm. Free. Lively har.

Court Bar 6‘) l'lutcheson Street. 552 2463. 6.30 10pm. Free. Traditional. Delmonica's (at Virginia Street. 552 4803. 9pm. Free. I).ls. quiz and karaoke. LGBT Centre I l Dixon Street. 22| 7203. l lain—midnight. Free. (‘al'e/har. Mercury Lounge I42 Bath Lane. 248 I777. Bar open from 5pm. Free.

Polo Lounge 84 Wilson Street. 553 I221. l0pni-Iani. Free. Entertainment ITO") Mon to Thu.

Revolver 6a John Street. 553 2456. 8.30pm. Free. Weekly. Popular har. Sadie Frosts S—rlt) West (ieorge Street. 332 8005. Noon-midnight. Free. l)Js. karaoke and quizzes.

Waterloo Waterloo Street. 229 589]. Noon—midnight. Well known gay bar.


Bennet’s 90 (ilassl'ord Street. 552

576]. llpiii—3.30am. £3-£6 (£2-£5).

IT)}ance Wed to Stiti and student night on

l l.30pni: £4 alter. Weekly. .‘ylisehievotis laughs and erotic tnale perlorniers. Burly Mercury Lounge. 142 Bath Lane. 248 I777. Fri 25 Apr. l0piii 3am. £3 (free membership). Monthly. (‘rtiisy club night. "Taurus the litill' is the theme lor the night with ‘Biggest Balls’ and 'llairicst Arse' competitions adding to the fun.

Girls on Top Bennet's. 90 (ilassl'ord Street. 552 576l. Fri 2 May.

llpiii 3.30am. £3 £6 (£2 £5). Monthly. Ms Lesbian [K and Ireland hits the girls~only night for the (ilasgow heats. Tickets are available in advance from Sadie Frost’s and Bennet's.

Glasgow Saturdays


Lifeboy Mercury Lounge. 142 Bath Lane. 248 I777. [0.30pm 3am. Free hel‘ore l l.30pm; £5 alter. Weekly. Night of cutting edge datice nitisic. Nonsense Mercury Lounge. I42 Bath Lane. 248 I777. l0piii 3am. £thc. Sat 26 Apr. Launch of a new night with (ireg Adamson (Ftision) on the decks creating a ltlllls'). sexy soundtrack.

Cube 34 Queen Street. 226 8990.

I l.30pm 3am. £3 (£2 with llyer). (‘heesy chan nights on Mon and Tue.

Mercury Lounge 142 Bath Lane. 248 I777. Bar open from 5pm; ('luh

l()pm 3am. Free. Open late Tue Sun with I)Js. drag acts and a comedy cluh (Thu).

Polo Lounge 84 Wilson Street. 553 I22l. l0pm 3am. £5. Fresh. I.tish and (‘any on l’olo. Fri to Sun.


Clone Zone 45 Virginia Street. 553 2666. Mon Sat llani 9pm; Stiii

noon 9pm. Clothing. \ ideos. niaga/iiies and toys.

Joys-d-Us LUBT (’entre ll l)l\olt Street. 221 7203. Noon Spm. New lesbian-run shop stocking videos, I)\‘l)s. magazines. books. cards. incense. candles. novelties and toy s.


LGBT Centre ll Dixon Street. 22| 7203. Main gay centre hosting Beyond Barriers (challenging homophobia). Steve Retson gay men’s sexual health advice (Thu 5.30 8.30pm). Holistic Healing


Glesgay Ceilidh Si .-\ritlr'cw “s Ilall. St Andrew 's Square. 54S 6020 Sat 3 May Spin iiiidniglit. £|2 (£I()i I‘icket price includes supper and tree entry to either Bennet‘s or the Polo l ()tltlg‘c .tllt'l Illt' main eyeiit. The cash raised will be split hctw eeii tltc l.(ili I (‘cntre and the I .\(i Switchboard

Glasgow Sundays


Audioporn Mcrctiry lounge. I42 littlll I.anc. 24S I777. l0. 30pm 3am. £thc. chkly. 'l'cchno and llltlh) clectro

Glasgow Tuesdays


Pink Pound Mercury lounge. I42 Bath Lane. 248 I777. Illpni 3am. l'rcc helore ll.3()pin; £l alter. Weekly £l drink promos and DJ Michelle.

Glasgow Wednesdays


Allure The Tunnel. S») Mitchell Street. 204 I000. ll.30piii. £3. Weekly. New gay cluh lroni the people behind ('tihe's l’assionality and MN promising happy. cheesy pop.

Fourplay Iinyy. 26 ('anihi'idgc Street. 332 3437. llpiii 3am. £4 (£2 witli l‘Iyer ). Weekly. New gay eltih.

Edinburgh Fridays Clubs Velvet Iigo. l-l I’lcat‘tly Place. 478 7434. Fri 25 Apr. llpiii 3am. £6 (£5); lwo l'or one helot‘c l l.30ptii. Monthly. For gay girls with resident DJ Michelle.


Gay Kilts AGM Ceilidh Apex Stiitc. .-\pe\ International Ilotel. (irassniarket. 300 3456. Fri 25 .-\pr. Spin lam. £l0. This ceilidli kicks oIl the annual weekend (it kilt appreciation. The evening's dress code is smart casual and a bullet is included iii the ticket price.

Edinburgh Saturdays


Eye Candy Massa. 36 3‘) Market Street. 226 4224. llpiii 3am. £10 (£8). Weekly. (ilani house party.

Men Only (’lareiiioiit. l33 135 liasr (‘Iareniont Street. 556 5662. Sat 2 May. 8pm. Free. Fortnightly. Wild dress code. Mingin’ Studio 24 (upstairs). ('alton Road. 558 3758. Sat 2 May.

ll).3()piii 3am. £5 hel'orc midnight; £6 alter. Fortnightly. A chance to get your hands on tickets to the Mingin' Ahoy

(irotip (Mott 7.30 l0pni). I’crl'oriiiancc (iroup (Mon 7.30pm). ()I.(i.'\ social group for older leshians (monthly ). lcehreakers l'or those new to the scene (monthly. also at Sadie Frost's). Bl- (ilasgow (monthly). ('rosslynx (irtitlp (monthly ). ()ut on Sunday inl'ornial group ("or all I.(iB'I”s (monthly). I.l(' leshian social group (montth ) and Speakeasy poet and writers group (monthly).



Blue Moon Cafe l Barony Street. 557 091 l. Mon Fri llani ll.30pni; Sat Sun 9pm 12.30am. Free. (iay cale. CC Blooms 2.3 24 (ireenside Place. 556 933 l. 10.30pm 3am (har l'roni 6pm). Free. Also hosts lcehreakers (monthly ) for those new to the scene.

Habana (ireenside Place. .558 I270. Noon lain. Free. l)Js every Fri and Sat and qui/oke on Thu.

Flashback 9 Hope Street. 226 (Mi). 4pm lam. ('heesy pop Mon to Sun. Frenchies Rose Street. 225 7651. Iprn lam. Free. Popular.

listings Gay


E The Boyfriend Romantic niisuntlerstandings ll‘. this flapper tastrt: nitrs‘ioal See Theatre (stings. page (5:)

E Grace Jones lhe statuesque diva makes her Scottish (lentil See Musrr: fish/(gs, page 2 45)

Ignorant Fairies i eature exploring the relationship between a Widow and her husband's gay lover. See h/rn list/rigs. txige (’5).

Val McDermid the author or (ltiltL‘tIIIVO fiction Will be reading (torn and Signing copies; of her new novel. The [)rs ant [the See Glasgow I rle, page .98).

cruise setting sail on Sat l7 May. £l5. Wiggle lago. l’icaitly l’lacc. 47S 743-1 Sat 26 Apr llpiii 3am. £‘l. Monthly. 'I'rcntly Wendy. .loii I’Ieased. Sally I- .iiid .Mlt‘licllt'.

Luvely The liquid Rooiit. ‘)c Victoria Street. 2.25 256-1 Sat 3 May.

l030pni 3am. £6. Monthly l',\tll)t‘ltllli house party

Edinburgh Sundays


Taste The liquid Rooin. ‘lc Victoria Street. 225 2564. llpiii 3aiii. £5 heloic ll.30pni; £S' (£6 iiieiiilicis) alter; £ l0 non iiieriihers on guest l)J nights \Vt‘t'hl) 'lttsly l)lt‘\\ til llt)tl\t' .tlltl f2;tl.tj2t' Tackno Massa. 36 3‘) Market Street. 226 4224. Siiii 2" :\pr ll) 30pm 3am £3 £6. Monthly. 'Iicntly Wendy niises her own brand ol cheesy tunes.

Edinburgh Tuesdays

Clubs Vibe Iago. l’icardy l’lacc. 47S 7434. llpiii 3am. £2. Weekly Sparkly party.

The Laughing Duck 34 Iltiwc Street. 220 2376. Mon Tliti Ilani I Iprii'. I‘ri (k Sat I latii Iani; Sun I l.3()aiii llpiii. Stylish. coinly hat

New Town Bar Dublin Sheet. 538 7775 Mon 'I'liti noon lani; l‘l'l Sat noon 2ain. Sun l2. 30pm Iarii. ('rtiisc har

Planet Out (ilccllsltlc l’lau‘. .524 Illlhl. Mon Fri 4pm Iarii. Sat Sun 2pm Iain I'tcc. Regular ltiii events. I)Js including 'Irendy Wendy (Mon). (toil/es and bingo. Sala 6() Iliouglitoii Strcct. 47S 706‘). Tue Sun llarii I [pm Free. The I.(iI‘l

(‘entr‘c’s cale is newa reopened.


AD ('ontact 556 404‘), For leshians over 40 Meets niorithly ('all lor more details LGB Centre 60 Iltoughtori Street. 473 706‘) Ilosting the Women‘s (itoup l)rop- in (Thu). (iay I)ads Scotland (monthly) as w ell as Bl-lltllllhllrgll. the social/support group lor hisestials and thosc questioning their scsuality (monthly i.

Scottish TV/TS Group The Phoenix ('ellat Bar. 46 Brotigliton Street. 557 0234. Monthly.

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