WELLBEING A HEALTHY FUTURE
Health issues for lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people have always been tricky. Finding the information that is relevant to you and your lifestyle can be a challenge, never mind getting hold of the right person who understands your needs. The LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing recognised these issues and opened in 2003.
A five-year project funded by the New Opportunities Fund, the i Edinburgh-based centre aims to assess the needs of the community, locate the gaps in health care provision and source ways of reducing them. ‘The centre is bringing services and LGBT people together and
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acting as a portal to existing services as well as finding out how accommodating they are to LGBT people,’ says Brian Houston, the centre’s publications and communications officer. As well as offering health care information, it provides training. It also acts as a facilitator for many other groups that have been set up since the centre opened.
One of the main projects to have started is the All Women health programme, which began in January. After consultation with women it was realised that female health needs were not only different from that of men but
health emphasis has been on gay men and gay men’s health, for the right reasons, but in drawing the communities together we saw big spaces in health
i l I also sorely lacking in many areas, especially for transgender women. ‘A lot of !
services for women. The project spotted the issues through consultation with the women, which raised a number of issues,’ says Houston.
from consultants to GP level.
Free. Mon—Fri 9am—5pm.
Events are listed by city, date, then type. Submit listings at least ten days before publication to glasgowGlist.co.uk, by post or by fax on 0141 353 2803. Listings are compiled by Jane Hamilton.
| Glasgow Thursdays
DogGod Qbar. The Corinthian. l9] lngram Street. 552 1101. 10.30pm—3am. £2. Weekly. New gay/mixed night promising everything from Kylie to house to electro-rock.
Glasgow Fridays ‘
Burly Soundhaus. 47 Hydepark St. 22] 4659. Fri 20 Feb. l0.30pm—4am. £9 (£7). Burly settles into its cruisiest venue yet and maintains the strict dress code which has made it such a welcome addition to the scene.
Death Disco The Arches. 30 Midland Street. 565 l023. Sat 2i Feb.
I lpm—3am. £10 (£8). Monthly. Mira. one of the two ultra-svelte female members of the stylish Brighton electro- pop outfit Ladytron. returns to Death Disco to reprise a blistering set froth 2003 joining Headman and resident DJ Mingo Go.
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Women’s concerns included mental health and wellbeing, reproductive health and parenting, health information and resources, sexual health, drugs and alcohol, transsexual health issues and access to gay friendly practitioners
As well as serious health issues, the centre also has a fun side and has encouraged a selection of groups to start up. A combination of salsa, yoga and creative writing classes and complementary health taster sessions are running regularly proving that health is not just about needles and swabs. (Jane
I LGBT Centre for Health 8 Wellbeing. 9 Howe Street, Edinburgh. 0737 523. 1700.
Pink Penelopes Penelopc‘s Niteclub.
18 Jamaica Street. 847 0820. l lpm—3am.
3 Free. Weekly. ()pen after a long hiatus.
Penelopes have resurrected their weekly
1 Glasgow Wednesdays
Fourplay Envy. 26 Cambridge Street. 332 3437. l lpm—‘3am. £4 (£2 with ﬂyer). Weekly. New gay club.
Allure The Tunnel. 84 Mitchell Street. 204 1000. l l.30pm--3am. £3. Weekly. New gay club from the people behind
Cube‘s Passionality and FUN. promising
happy. cheesy pop in the company of DJ Darren.
Salsa LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing. 9 Howe Street. 523 l l00. 8.15pm. A recommended donation will
‘ be requested for each class. Weekly.
Booking is essential to join in this ten-
week programme for lesbian. bisexual
and transgender women.
Yoga LGBT (‘entre for Health and Wellbeing. 9 Howe Street. 523 1100. 7.30pm. A recommended donation will be requested for each class. Weekly. Booking is essential tojoin in this ten- week programme for lesbian. bisexual and transgender women.
Road. 558 3758. Sat 21 Feb.
; Edinburgh Sundays E
, Lothian Street. Sun 29 Feb. l()pm—3am.
Creative Writing Taster Session LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing. 9 Howe Street. 523 l 100. Thu [9 & 26 Feb. 7pm. A recommended donation will be requested for each class. Booking is essential to join in this taster session for lesbian. bisexual and transgender
Polysuper-Camp Newtown Bar. 26b Dublin Street. 538 7775. l()pm—2am. Free. Weekly. DJs Polysuper Pete. Ali and guests whip up a storm of camp classics and disco hits.
Blaze Ego. Picardy Place. 478 7434. Fri 20 Feb. 1 lpm—3am. £3 before midnight; £4 after. Fortnightly. DJ James Longworth promises to ignite the gay weekend with a chart and commercial/ funky house soundtrack.
Velvet The C ommplex. 39—40 Commercial Street. 555 5622. Fri 27 Feb. l()pm—2am. £6 (2 for 1 before l().30pm—£5). Monthly. Club night for gay girlies and their invited gay boy friends.
PolysuperhMix Up Newtown Bar. 26b Dublin Street. 538 7775. l()pm—2am. Free. Weekly. New night of cheezee
disco pop and charty hits for boys and girls with DJs Polysuper Pete. Ali and guests.
Eye Candy Massa. 36—39 Market Street. 226 4224. Sat 2] Feb. llpm—3am. £l0 (£6 if outrageously dressed—£8). Fortnightly. Residents Graeme Popstar. Nejat Barton and Neil Crookston host their infamous. glam house party. Mingin’ Studio 24 (upstairs). Calton
10.30pm-3am. £5 before midnight; £6 after. Monthly. Gay-friendly clubbing with residents Brian Dempster and Alan Jov.
Wiggle Ego. Picardy Place. 478 7434. Sat 28 Feb. I lpm—3am. £6. Monthly. Trendy Wendy is joined by Jon Pleased in the main hall while Sally F and Michelle hold the fort downstairs.
Theban’s New Members . Recruitment Open Day Portobello 3 Rugby Club. Cavalry Park. Duddingston Road West. 661 4554. 1pm. Free. ! Chance for those interested to get involved either playing for or supporting Edinburgh‘s gay and bisexual rugby team. The schedule includes an introduction to the club and committee. a chance to watch and participate in some skill and fitness training. to meet the team and to watch a game of rugby. Those wanting to participate should bring along shorts. top. boots or trainers. Further information can be found and bookings made by contacting 07074 843226 or membership@thebans-
Clubs l Taste The Liquid Room. 9c Victoria Street. 225 2564. l lpm—3am. £5 before 1 1.30pm; £8 (£6 members) after; £10 non-members on guest DJ nights. Weekly. Tasty brew of house and garage. BootyLUSHous Medina Nightclub.
£3. Fortnightly. New venue for the gay/mixed night which features DJ
Dale Lush and residents Simmone Black and Pimpster & Gee all playing a masterful blend of RnB. soul and funk and more.
Tackno Massa. 36—39 Market Street. 226 4224. Sun 29 Feb. 10.30pm—3am. £3—£6. Monthly. Cheesy charty tunes from Trendy Wendy.
Polysuper-Ghee: Mood Club. Omni Centre. Greenside. 07788 474 4l4. l()pm—3am. £l before l2.30am; £3 after. Weekly. New cheezy assortment with a mix of 70s. 80s. 90s and the best from today in the company of DJs Polysuper Pete. Ali and guests.
Taboo Festival Theatre. 13—29 Nicolson Street. 529 6000. Mon l—Sat 6 Mar. 8pm; 4pm Sat matinee. £15.50—£25.50. Boy George‘s hit musical starring Neighbours‘ old hand Mark Little and featuring songs including [)0 You Really Want To Hurt Me and Karma Chameleon.
Vibe Ego. Picardy Place. 478 7434.
l lpm--3am. £3 (£2 members). Weekly. James Longworth provides the sounds upstairs at this popular. sparkly. charty party while Nathan Scantlebury plays an R&B mix downstairs.
Theatre Taboo Mon l—Sat 6 Mar. See Mon.
Volunteer Training Centre for Health and Wellbeing. 9 Howe Street. 523 1100. Tue 24 Feb & 2 Mar). Time tbc. Free. Volunteers are sought to join the centre‘s team with opportunities in events and promotions. publicity and information. reception. lT. administration and the All Women Programme. Training sessions continue weekly until Tue 2 Mar for people with a wide range of skills. talents and abilities and a fun time is promised for all.
Tai Chi LGBT Centre for Health and Wellbeing. 9 Howe Street. 523 1100. 7.30pm. A recommended donation will be requested for each class. Weekly. Booking is essential tojoin in this ten- week programme for lesbian. bisexual and transgender women.
Theatre Taboo Mon l—Sat 6 Mar. See Mon.
Far From Heaven Julianne Moore seems to be a model 19505 housewife. but beneath the respectable facade. she and hubby Dennis Quaid hide secrets which would outrage the neighbours. At home. Quaid masquerades his homosexuality and is seeing a doctor in the hope of achieving a heterosexual conversion. Moore. meanwhile. has fallen for her black gardener. See Film listings
The Dreamers A young American student spends a sexually charged summer in the Paris of 1968 as he befriends a brother and sister. See Film listings.