Join fellow GBA and GPN members in November when we meet in the Village Bar at the end of Old Compton Street! The first floor is reserved for us.
During the course of the evening you have the opportunity to promote your business or yourself, please indicate that you wish to do so on the registration page. Expect a mix of great people and conversation to make meaningful social and business contacts.
In September we returned to the newly refurbished White Swan in Commercial Road on the ground floor. Our members had an interesting chance to share their business ideas get advice and support from fellow members.
Back in the heart of Soho
In August GBA and GPN met in this exciting new venue in Soho. Regular member Tony Austin made us very welcome, and told how he had transformed this Old Compton Street space very quickly. RustiKo is now an independently owned bar right in the heart of Old Compton Street with a delicious list of traditional Italian cocktails.
A wide range of members and new faces told us about their businesses and start-ups, including two new catering companies, diversity training, financial services and a new internet cafe.
Relaunching the White Swan
We met in July in the newly refurbished White Swan in Commercial Road on the ground floor. It is good to be supporting this venue that has been on the London Scene for many years and was recently threatened by closure. Not any more as beckons the investment made in this now swanky venue. There is a happy hour till 8:30pm with really, very inexpensive drinks...
At our Annual General Meeting, Jean-Francois Dor was elected Chair, Mazz Image as vice chair, Laurie Powell as treasurer, and Ian Dodds and Stephen Coote as Board members.
Quirky in trendy Bermondsey
In June we met in the quirky Secret Garden of Cecil's, on the ground floor, by London Bridge which will be opened just for us! An indoor arbour of ivy set the scene for this unusual but comfortable venue at 8 Holyrood St, London, SE1 2EL.
Mixing with writers and artists
In May we met at the Savile Club was established in 1868 by a group of the most distinguished writers and artists of the time. Its home is a fine 18th Century house in the heart of Mayfair, whose air of elegant exclusivity reflects the uniquely creative ambiance which is preserved in the Savile Club of today.
GBA sees world premier
In April, GBA, GPN, and The List members were the guests of Giant Cherry Productions in association with Park Theatre for the UK Premiere of The Glass Protégé by Dylan Costello
Our March meeting saw members transported from Cecil's, courtesy of our member Tolis Simpson (ex Shadow Lounge, back in London), right in the shadow of The Shard, via a Red Route Master, to take us to Positive East in Stepney Green where Paul Fleming and his team welcomed us with drinks and nibbles and an exclusive tasting of the Chilli Pig range.
Charity begins at home
In January we joined GPN at a pop-up place in Soho amongst the sex shops, a charity shop for the Terrence Higgins Trust at 10 Walkers Court, Soho, W1F 0BZ, selling designer bags, retro clothing, and wonderful gifts.
Peter Scott-Presland read a small extract from the first of a new trilogy of books AmiableWarriors which traces CHECampaign for Homosexual Equality from its origins in 1964 as a small law reform committee in Manchester to the point where it had become a nationwide grass-roots campaign with local groups in London and elsewhere.
Our November meeting was at The Cube at Ruby Blue, in Leicester Square, thanks to the warm hospitality of manager Robert and his team.
We were enthralled by composer Henry Lewis who presented some of his well known 'ditties' produced on Broadway and the West End and sung by very well known artists. He explained the variety of songs he has created, including political satire, protest songs, musical comedy, and revues. Thank you Henry!
At our October meeting we heard about several new business start-ups, and then we were told some chilling stories about Borley Rectory, the most haunted house in England. In Neil Spring's new book the ghost hunters are forced to confront an uncomfortable possibility: the ghost of Borley Rectory may be real.
In September we were made very welcome at the Cube in Leicester Square after our former haunt Leon des Bruxelles closed. Among the spakers we heard from BabyBloom from Tel Aviv who talked about support for professionals who wish to become parents using a surrogate mother.
We are sorry to hear that Leon de Bruxelles is to close after an enormous rent rise, so we will be finding new venues for our future meetings. Our thanks go to Leon's manager James Storey and his team who always made us most welcome.
Life Coach Tony J Selimi told us about maximizing human potential, awareness, and creating a healing mind. Now he has written a book about his method. apathtowisdom.com
Boylesque production returns to Shadow Lounge, you can book and save yourself £6.50 on the price of the ticket Show & Shadow Lounge AND also on the ticket price by simply using the promotional code JFDOR. Book here
Gaydio reaches an affluent audience
At our July meetings we heard about radio station gaydio which is available online, on DAB in London and Brighton, and 88.4FM in Manchester. We also heard about Next Fall play at Southwark Playhouse about two gay men in a committed relationship with a twist, with one, Luke, being devoutly religious and the other, Adam, an atheist. The production has already got 95% of the funding needed.
From other members we heard; how IT experts can solve your office network problems; how body language and voice expert anna_ostergren can help improve your presentations and business pitches; the spectaclular Soho cabaret boylexe; and how the Mayfair PR agency is pushing the gender boundaries in modelling and fashion.
Are you ready for Dot Gay?
At our June meeting we enjoyed the spectacular views of Tower Bridge from the Sky Lounge on the 12th floor of the Hilton Hotel, Tower Hill.
We were joined by Jamie Baxter of dotgay LLC who was on hand to answer questions about the proposed new internet domain level - .gay
Are you a roll model?
At our May meeting Suran Dickson from Diveristy Roll Models told us about thier initiative aimed at helping schools eradicate homophobic bullying and provide a safe environment for their LGBT students and families. New offices in the NorthWest and Midlands are about to open.
Improving your web presence
At our April meeting we had the surprise entertainment of Mark Weide of PF Entertainment and we had a great time meeting new people and have a convivial and productive evening. We heard about new films seeking backing, and Tom Wong told us about his new web editing service to make your web sites more productive, and how to add effective merchadising systems. Thank you for the warm hospitality of Leon de Bruxelles.
Time for tea
At our March meeting Kyle Whittington offered some tea samples from around the world, including Earl Grey and Chinese Green teas. These are available to order and sample from his web site. We also heard about: how to use online social networks; ways to minimise email spam; waxing and sugaring in a discreet central clinic; and ways to improve your health and wellbeing.
Old gym and office equipment
In February we were welcomed by Paul Flemming at Positive East in Stepney, where they provide a wide range of services for people living with HIV. The organisation has a need for second-hand gymnasium equipment, and could use any good old computers to improve their internet cafe.
Consortium set to grow LGBT voluntary groups
Our thanks to Danielle Wilson and her team at Kamique in St Martins Lane for making us particularly welcome in January. We heard about the over 300 members of the Consortium of LGBT Voluntary Organisations, mostly small organisations up and down the country who make a differenet to gay people's lives.
Welcoming in the Beaujolais Nouveau
Thanks to our hosts at Leon de Bruxelles, 24 Cambridge Circus, London WC2H 8AA, we enjoyed the new wine at a special evening in November when we joined a variety of networks: social, business, gay, straight, singles, arabic, chinese, russian, and investor.
New APPs and online tea
Positive East spoke at our October meeting about their work with people living with HIV AIDS in London. We also heard about the new OutSavvy app which will point smartphone users to discounts offered by nearby LGBT businesses; the online tea club where you can discover new tastes; and we were reminded about the VIP package offered by London Gay Men's Chorus.
Active retirement village in the South of France
Our September meeting at Ku Bar in Frith Street heard how ex-pats in France and Spain, as well as American retirees, were buying into community developments where the emphasis is on active living, with sports and recreational facilities designed for LGBT people. The market is now being opened up to the UK.
Belgium theme to our August meeting
How to move abroad, and how to create videos that increase customer responses were among the topics at the recent GBA network event. Thank you to James Storey, General Manager of Leon de Bruxelles who made us very welcome for our August meeting, about 10 of us stayed on to eat afterwards and enjoyed the food. I tried a beer cocktail before this and recommend you sample the next time you go to ' Chez Leon', 24 Cambridge Circus , London WC2H 8AAMAP
Ask The Experts
Our June meeting saw a lot of new faces, including people with start-up projects seeking advice and help from GBA members. Among the entrepeneurs were an exciting Brazilian cocktail and a fruit smoothy business with a twist.
Exhibitions & events
Startup Societies Summit
This international conference for professionals is seeking GBA members interested in attending to discuss how LGBTQ rights can be protected in a startup society? Contact: Thibault Serlet Lisbon, 7-10 November 2016 websummit.net
USA: "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality" hrc.org
Number of civil partnerships formed in England and Wales has fallen by 70% from 5,646 in 2013 to 1,683 in 2014.
Following the introduction of marriages of same sex couples in March 2014, over half (57%) of civil partnerships were between males in 2014; a change from 2013 when only 47% of partnerships were between males. ons.gov.uk20 Oct 15
15,000 same-sex couples wed since law change bbc.co.uk20 Oct 15
74% of Irish employees feel they have to hide their sexuality
- 71% have been the victim of stereotypical homophobic jokes or have heard negative remarks around the workplace.
66% believe that managers turn a blind eye to remarks about sexual orientation and are not supportive when they come forward for help. graphitehrm.com20 Oct 15
The 23 most powerful LGBT executives in the world
In conjunction with the Financial Times, OUTstanding lists 100 people who it thinks challenges the presumption that you can't be openly LGBT and be successful in business. businessinsider.com20 Oct 15
Scotland should welcome LGBT travellers finds Equality Network report
'Wish you were here - The Scottish LGBT Travel Report' shows that despite 77% saying that they consider Scotland an LGBT Friendly destination, only 3% said Scotland comes to mind first when thinking about LGBTdestinations around the world, demonstrating the need to do more to promote Scotland as an LGBT travel destination.
The report includes a number of significant findings:
- 74% of UK travellers who would consider a same-sex marriage abroad would consider getting married in Scotland
- 30% of travellers from out with Scotland said they did not know whether Scotland is LGBT friendly
· 81% said the local legal situation for LGBT people was an important factor in their choice of destination
- 73% said an LGBT friendly reputation was an important factor in their choice of destination
- Over half (53%) sought out LGBT specific information about their travel destination equality-network.org7 Oct 15
Sexual identity data from the UK's Integrated Household Survey 2014
Among the Office for National Statistics key findings relating to sexual identity are:
- In 2014, 1.6% of adults in the UK identified their sexual identity as lesbian, gay or bisexual.
- The likelihood of an adult identifying as lesbian, gay or bisexual decreased with age. Around 2.6% of adults aged 16 to 24 years identified themselves as lesbian, gay or bisexual. This decreased to 0.6% of adults aged 65 and over.
- Around 0.5% of adults identified themselves as bisexual, with women (0.7%) being twice as likely as men to do so (0.3%).
- London had the highest percentage of adults identifying themselves as lesbian, gay or bisexual, at 2.6%.
- The proportion who smoked cigarettes was higher among adults who identified themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual (25.3%) compared with those who identified themselves as heterosexual / straight (18.4%). ons.gov.uk3 Oct 15
How gay-friendly are some travel destinations perceived to be?
HRC Foundation's US study Degrees of Equality, found that bisexuals are less likely to self-report their sexual orientation in an anonymous, confidential human resource survey than their gay and lesbian peers - 59%, versus 79% of gay men and 77% of lesbians hrc.org4 Oct 15
New study finds global increase in acceptance of homosexuality
Residents in 90% of all surveyed countries have become more accepting of homosexuality over the past 20 years, according to a study released by NORC at the University of Chicago and the Williams Institute:
- women more likely to be accepting than men
- those under 30 are more likely to say that same-gender sex is not wrong at all
- 91% of European countries have become more accepting over the past 20 years
- most countries in Africa are ranked in the bottom third of all accepting countries
Just 16% of teachers trained to tackle homophobic bullying in Scotland's schools
New YouGov polling for Stonewall Scotland shows that teachers are still failing to tackle homophobic bullying in Scotland's schools. The Teachers' Report 2014 reveals that 89% primary school staff and 83% secondary school staff have not received any specific training on now to tackle homophobic bullying stonewallscotland.org.uk10 Nov 14
The 29 states where you can still be fired for being gay
There is no federal law protecting LGBT workers against discrimination based on their sexual orientation. And while some states and cities have passed their own protections, there are still 29 states where you can actually be fired for being gay, leaving more than half of all total workers vulnerable to employment discrimination huffingtonpost.com 30 Oct 14
Middle class Britons 60% more likely to admit to being gay
The Office for National Statistics' annual household survey suggests the British class system is still affecting how likely people are to come out as gay:
- Middle class professionals in the UK are almost 60% more likely to be openly gay than working class people
- Only 1.6% of those who responded described themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual
Pornhub has produced a study that reveals women prefer watching lesbian porn to straight porn... and also prefer watching gay male porn to straight porn, too craveonline.co.uk4 Oct 14
16% UK think gay sex should be made illegal
The Observer's survey of British sexual behaviour and attitudes has revealed some surprising trends, such as a declining national libido and a collective lack of satisfaction with our sex lives. Among the questions:
- How would you define your sexuality? Heterosexual = 92%
Homosexual = 4%
Bisexual = 4%
- Do you believe that it is right that same-sex couples can now get married? Yes = 63%, No = 37%
- Do you believe that it is right for same-sex couples to adopt children? Yes = 61%, No = 39%
Half of US adults think businesses should be allowed to reject same-sex couples
Nearly half of U.S. adults think that businesses like caterers and florists should be allowed to reject same-sex couples as customers if the businesses have religious objections to serving those couples pewforum.org23 Sep 14
CMI's Community Survey reveals LGBT economic confidence
The 8th annual survey of 34,415 respondents found:
45% of LGBT participants living in the United States indicated they are positive about their current economic situation, 25% indicated negative economic answers, and 30% were more neutral.
However, older LGBTs are far more confident about their economic situation than younger LGBTs Download survey5 Sep 14
American LGBT more likely than non-LGBT to be uninsured
LGBT adults are more likely to lack a personal doctor and enough money for healthcare, a new Gallup poll finds gallup.com27 Aug 14
Nearly 3 in 10 worldwide see their areas as good for gays
Nearly three in 10 adults (28%) across 123 countries in 2013 say their city or area is a "good place" for gay or lesbian people to live, but hospitable attitudes range widely from as high as 83% in the Netherlands to as low as 1% in Pakistan and Senegal gallup.com28 Aug 14
Number of UK same-sex weddings revealed for the first time
Just over 1,400 same-sex marriages took place in the first three months of the new law, official figures have revealed. Of these, 56% were female couples and 44% were male bbc.co.uk21 Aug 14
Americans are changing their minds about gays at a startling pace
Driven by young people coming of age in a new era and by people of all ages increasingly familiar with gays and lesbians in their families and their lives, according to a new McClatchy-Marist poll:
- 75% those aged 18-29 favor same-sex marriage. 50% aged 60 and older oppose it
- 71% American adults say they know someone who's gay
- 48% said they wouldn't be upset if one of their children told them they were gay
Goodbye Gayborhood: Study finds gay neighbourhoods 'straightening'
Fewer same-sex couples reside in historically gay neighbourhoods compared to 10 years ago, according to University of British Columbia's Amin Ghaziani. The number of gay men who live in gay enclaves has declined 8% while the number of lesbians has dropped 13% ubc.ca 29 Jul 14
How many gay people do you know? And does that tell us how you vote? YouGov asked people to estimate how many gay acquaintances they have. The headline result from the poll is that the typical British person knows 5.5 gay men and 3.1 gay women telegraph.co.uk 23 Jul 14
About 2% of Americans are gay or lesbian
Less than 3% of the U.S. population identify themselves as gay, lesbian or bisexual, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Tuesday in the first large-scale government survey measuring Americans' sexual orientation washingtonpost.com 16 Jul 14
The average British person knows 5.5 gay men and 3.1 gay women
A new YouGov survey asked the British public how many gay men and women they know. Women are more likely to know gay women (they know 3.4 compared to the average males' 2.7), however they still know more gay men (5) yougov.co.uk7 Jul 14
Less than half of Americans think people are born gay
37% of Americans believe people become gay as a result of factors such as their upbringing and environment, while 42% say people are born gay gallup.com 30 May 14
US Census to change the way it counts gay married couples
The 2013 American Community Survey results, which will be reported in September, will mark the first time the census integrates an estimated 180,000 same-sex married couples with statistics concerning the nation's 56 million families washingtonpost.com 28 May 14
Majority of Ukip and Conservative voters now support gay marriage Ipsos MORI said: "It is very unusual, even over a period of 40 years, to see such a sea change in public attitudes. People in Britain are clearly behind the recent legislation on gay marriage
- 61% of Tories said homosexual couples should be allowed to marry each other
- 54% of Ukip supporters now feel the same
- 75% of both Labour and Liberal Democrat supporters agree with gay marriage independent.co.uk 24 Apr 14
British are sixth most tolerant towards homosexuality
Fewer than a fifth of people in the UK think homosexuality is "morally unacceptable", the sixth lowest of any country to take part in new Pew Research Center social attitudes survey pewglobal.org 17 Apr 14
Gay teachers suffer discrimination by colleagues and students
The Teacher Support Network survey reveals 68% UK teachers have witnessed homophobic harassment and 48% have been personally discriminated against because of their sexual orientation teachersupport.info 28 Mar 14
Gays and lesbians more popular than evangelicals
In the survey by Human Rights Campaign and Americans for Marriage Equality 53% of people said they felt favourably towards gays and lesbians, compared to 42% towards evangelicals independent.co.uk 31 Mar 14
80% US voters believe there would be less discrimination
if gay marriage were legal in 50 states gqrr.com 31 Mar 14
University of Birmingham seeks participants for Civil Partnership study
How same-sex marriage can help to challenge society and the law's ideas about gender roles in relationships, and how the issue of gender is dealt with in the context of solicitor-client meeting. People who have sought legal advice relating to same-sex relationship breakdown, please contact Charlotte Bendall: firstname.lastname@example.org 19 Mar 14
US states with legalized gay marriage watch 7% more gay porn than states without
However in Mississippi (where butt sex is still illegal), Louisiana and Georgia, the percentage of gay viewers is higher than the average of the legal gay marriage states pornhub.com 13 Mar 14
A third of gay Irish employees 'have experienced harassment at work'
and more than 10% have quit a job because of discrimination, a new survey by Trinity College Dublin suggests independent.ie4 Mar 14
LGB workers twice as likely to experience discrimination at work
one in 10 LGBs had been subjected to discrimination in the last 12 months, as opposed to one in 20 heterosexuals mbs.ac.uk 31 Jan 14
LGBT tourism breaks through $200 billion in annual spending
New LGBT2020 data showed that the largest spending markets were the USA ($56.5 billion) and Brazil ($25.3 billion) traveldailynews.com 9 Nov 13
Sharp rise in number of cohabiting gay couples
The number of same-sex couples living together outside of a civil partnership has increased by almost a third since last year, according to figures published by the Office for National Statistics telegraph.co.uk | gov.uk 31 Oct 13
Office for National Statistics reckons only 1.5% are gay, lesbian or bisexual while the Kinsey report says it's 10%. Who's right? theguardian.com 4 Oct 13
Changing attitudes towards homosexuality
In 2012, 46% of those born in the 1940s thought homosexuality was always or mostly wrong, compared with 21% of those born in the 1960s, and 18% of those born in the 1980s bsa-30.natcen.ac.uk 10 Sep 13
Politicians failed to tackle gay people's fear of discrimination
£40bn every year to fund public services - but confidence in schools, policing and healthcare remains low, new polling commissioned by Stonewall shows stonewall.org.uk 28 Aug 13
Hate Crime Report - Galop report shows shocking statistics about homophobia and transphobia in London galop.org.uk 5 Aug 13
Homophobia still rife in UK, Gay in Britain survey claims
Many expect to face discrimination and feel that social attitudes lag behind parliament theguardian.com 25 Aug 13