Edited by David Leavitt and Mark Mitchell (Penguin £9.99)

It might seem strange to title a book, The NEW Penguin Book of Gay Stories, and include works by DH Lawrence, EM Forster and Noel Coward. But with 36 stories by English and American writers, both gay and straight, versatility is the glue that holds this tome together. It is to this bulky 660 pager’s credit that the contributions are listed chronologically, allowing the reader to dip into their preferred choice of authors, which

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include the non-gays Grahame Greene and John Updike. Understandably, pre-war writers such as William Plomer in Local Colour did not delve below the belly button. As a result, romantic love is the dominant emotion contained within them as public school pairing and both requited and unrequited love crop up in the plot lines. The later stories, most of them by young Americans such as Mark Devish, focus on the twin themes of isolation and AIDS, while the explicit prose focuses on areas both below and beyond the belly button. (Brian McGeachan)

Events are listed by city, date, then type. Submit listings at least ten days before publication to glasgowOlistcomk, by post or by fax on 0141 353 2803. Listings are compiled by Brian McGeachan.

Glasgow Thursdays


Club Devotion with DJ Annie. 18 Jamaica Street. 847 0820. 1 lpm—3am. £3. Free passes/flyers available from the nearby LGBT centre. Another chance this week to enjoy the delights of this new gay night courtesy of the club formerly known as Penelope‘s.


Court Bar 69 Hutcheson Street. 552 2463. 6.30—10pm. Free. Popular traditional bar.

Delmonica’s 68 Virginia Street. 552 4803. 9pm. Free. DJs. quiz and karaoke. LGBT Centre 1 1 Dixon Street. 221 7203. I lam—midnight. Free. Cafe/bar. The Merchant Pride 20 Candleriggs. 564 1285. 9pm. Free. Formerly the Candle Bar and now under new gay ownership. there is nightly entertainment promised at this newest arrival on the scene.

Polo Lounge 84 Wilson Street. 553 1221. lOpm—lam. Free. Entertainment from Mon to Thu and a lively bar at weekends.

Revolver 6a John Street. 553 2456. 8.30pm. Free. Popular bar.

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

Clubs Bennets 90 Glassford Street. 552 5761. I lpm—3.30am. £3—£6 (£2415).

Glasgow Fridays


Burly The Arches. 253 Argyle Street. 565 1023. 10.30pm—3am. £10 (£8). Monthly. The growing success of Burly’s theme nights continues tonight with a Sportswear theme. Providing the sounds are guest DJ Brett King of Joy and Wiggle.

LGBT Centre Cafe Bar I 1 Dixon St. Glasgow. 226 5050. 9pm—l2. Free. Weekly. Karaoke is supplied tonight for those who like their performance art up close and personal. Any wannabe star who happens to be in the vicinity can take up the mic this evening and tomorrow.

Excellent dance action Wed to Sun and a student night on Thu.

Cube 34 Queen Street. 226 8990.

l 1.30pm—3am. Cheesy chart gay nights on Mon (Passionality) and Tue (FUN). Polo Lounge 84 Wilson Street. 553 1221. 10pm—3am. £5. Fresh. Lush and Carry on Polo. Fri to Sun.

Health and Support

Body Positive 3 Park Quadrant. 332 5010. Support for those affected by HIV/AIDS.

Sandyford Initiative 2—6 Sandyford Place. Sauchiehall Street. 21 l 6700. Centre providing support. counselling and information for women also hosts a tnonthly lesbian health clinic (contact

2| 1 8130 for more details). a lesbian counselling service and one-off support (contact centre for information or appointment) and the Steve Retson Project‘s twice weekly sexual health and counselling service for gay men (contact 2| 1 8628 for appointment).

Glasgow Lesbian Line PO Box 686. G3 7Tl.. 847 0547. Advice. Glasgow Women’s Library 109 Trongate. 552 8345. Open Tue—Fri

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Fresh at the Polo Lounge. 84 Wilson Street. 553 1 I21. 10pm—3am. £5 (£3). Weekly. The only place in the heart of the city for a hot and sweaty experience. Andy and Michelle provide an eclectic mix of chart and dance music.

Glasgow Saturdays


Lush The Polo Lounge. 84 Wilson Street. 553 l 121. 10pm-3am. £5 (£3). Saturday swings round again. and it‘s time for lovers of the lush life to come to the aid of the party. You also have a choice of the door level seating area. the trophy room or the dance area for the hard core dancers.

Club Mystyx Hogshead Bar. 36 North Frederick Street. 552 8160. Sat 14 August. 8pm—lam. (£8) £5. Monthly. A night for the niche market where entrants tnust don fetishwear. black dress code. but no sportswear permitted.

Glasgow Sundays


Angie ‘0’ Merchant Pride . 20 Candleriggs. 564 1285. Free. Weekly. This popular bar lays claim to hosting the campest Karaoke in Scotland. with the superlative Angie ‘0‘ officiating as the mistress of ceremonies. If you wanna find out if this is true join her on the night.

Pop The Tunnel. 84 Mitchell Street. 204 1000. 1 1pm—3am. £3. Weekly (See gay interest panel).

Pink Devotion Club Devotion. 18 Jamaica Street. 847 0820. 1 1pm—3am. £3 entry. Flyers/free passes are available from the LGBT centre and all good gay venues. Twice weekly. The club formerly known as Penelope‘s has undergone a name change and introduced a queer night on Sundays and Thursdays with the divine DJ Annie.

Glasgow Mondays


Passionality Cube. 34 Queen Street. 223 8990. l 1.30—3.30am. £3. Weekly. Kickstart the week courtesy of those gay-friendly chaps and chapesses at Cube. If the cheap drink and cracking sounds of DJ Shawn don't entice you out of your post-weekend slumber then the regular talent on display for girls and boys just might.

Glasgow Tuesdays

Clubs FUN Cube 34 Queen St. 223 8990. l 1.30pm—3.00am. £3. Weekly. For those

l—6pm; Sat 2-5pm. Women‘s literature and the lesbian archive. also host to meetings of the LIPS group for lesbians and bisexual women under 25 (fortnightly) and the new LIPS group for women aged 18 or under (contact Shona Bruce on 552 8345 for more details on meeting times).

Reporting Homophobic Crime Contact 847 0647. Open 7—10pm daily. Phace Scotland 49 Bath Street. 332 3838. The main service in thr West of Scotland for those affected by HIV/AIDS.

Strathclyde Gay and Lesbian Switchboard PO Box 38. G2 2QE. 847 0447. Open 7—10pm daily. Confidential advice.

VividYoutb STUC Centre. 333 Woodlands Road. 248 1842. Meetings weekly on Tue 7—9.30pm for young people aged 15—25.


Clone Zone 45 Virginia Street. 553 2666. Mon—Sat I lam—9pm; Sun Noon—9pm. Clothing. videos. magazines and toys.

Joys-4-Us LGBT Centre 11 Dixon

with the staying and spending power to enjoy another midweek dance-a-thon. Cube presents its second night of musical mayhem (see above).

Glasgow Wednesdays


Fourplay Envy. 26 Cambridge Street. 332 3437. 1 lpm—3am. £4.(£2 with flyer). Weekly. New gay club. A great night is guaranteed at Envy. with some of the best DJ funkin‘ in town.

Allure The Tunnel. 84 Mitchell Street. 204 1000. 11.30pm—3am. £3. Weekly. The newish gay night is brought to you by brains behind Cube‘s Passionality and FUN. promising happy. cheesy pop in the company of DJ Darren.


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The bad news is that the Tunnel Nightclub in Glasgow has cancelled its short-lived Cabaret Night on Sundays. The good news is that it has rebranded it as a brand new event called POP! Sunday 15 August will see its launch with a special appearance by dance act Shapeshifters who will be regaling us with their hit Lola’s Theme, performed by Cookie. ‘We listened to what our customers wanted, and they told us they didn’t like the name Cabaret so we changed it,’ says Gordon Roberts of Thorn Leisure, the outfit behind the club. For the new night they will be opening the doors half an hour earlier and dropping the entry price.

I See listings.

Street. 221 7203. Noon—8pm. New

lesbian run shop stocking goodies galore.


LGBT Centre I 1 Dixon Street. 221 7203. Main gay centre hosting Beyond Barriers (challenging homophobia). Steve Retson gay men’s sexual health advice (Thu 5.30—8.30pm). Holistic Healing Group (Mon 7.30—10pm). Performance Group (Mon 7.30pm). Community Leadership workshops (Tue 7—9pm) and the monthly meetings of OLGA (social group for older lesbians). lcebreakers (for those new to the scene). Bi-Glasgow. Crosslynx Group. Out on Sunday informal

. LGBT group. LlC lesbian social group.

Speakeasy poet and writers.


Gay 8- Lesbian Badminton Group Contact 07985 621 057. Thu. Weekly. Glasgow GOC Swimmers Contact 649 5896. 7.30—9pm. Thtt. Weekly. Informal session.

Gay Rambling Group Contact 950 108 I. Monthly.

GOC Cycling Group Contact 649

! 5896. Monthly.

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