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Tuesday 23 January 2018, 6pm

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The Savile Club
69 Brook Street, Mayfair, London, W1K 4ER


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Diary 2018

GBA and GPN meetings in London are usually held on the Third Thursday of the month in changing venues.

December 2017 No meeting
Tuesday 23 January 2018 The Savile Club
Thursday 15 February 2018 Venue tbc

Previous meetings

Networking in style

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

Exciting new venue in Soho Rustiko

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

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

The Glass Protégé, at the Park Theatre, Clifton Terrace, Finsbury Park, London, N4 3JP

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

Busman's holiday?

Busman's holiday

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

THT Boutique Shop

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.

Amiable Warriers history of CHE by Peter Scott-Presland

Peter Scott-Presland read a small extract from the first of a new trilogy of books Amiable Warriors which traces CHE Campaign 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.

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The composers' craft

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!

Publishing books and creating demand

the ghost hunters
Pictures: beatricecolbrant

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.

September at The Cube

September at The Cube
Pictures: beatricecolbrant

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.

August at Leon de Bruxelles

Our last meeting at Leon des Bruxells
Pictures: beatricecolbrant

James Storey 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.
A Path to Wisdom 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.

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

Leon des Bruxells meeting on 17 July 2014

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?

Sky Lounge Tower Hill

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.

dot gay llc

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
Mark Weide of PF Entertainment 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

Positive East

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
Kamique - West End's newest bar Consortium of LGBT Voluntary organisations

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

Beaulolais Nouveau Day 2013
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 August meeting

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 8AA MAP

Ask The Experts

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

America's National LGBT Chamber of Commerce chooses Tampa for 2019 convention
NGLCC renamed “National LGBT Chamber of Commerce”

While Philadelphia will be hosting 2018's NGLCC convention, Tampa will be the location for the 2019 event, which is estimated to have an economic impact of $2.1 million. Some 2,450 hotel rooms are expected to be booked, including 700 on the peak night. 21 Sep 17

Market Research

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Mayor pledges action after half of London's LGBT+ venues closed their doors in the last decade

Mayor pledges action after half of London's LGBT+ venues closed their doors in the last decade

In 2006 there were 125 venues in operation around the capital, but in 2017 there are just 53.


Boost in gay couples adopting children Boost in gay couples adopting children 'is relieving strain on UK care system'
the gay population is spreading out While queer life remains mainly urban, the gay population is spreading out
Bisexual identity overtaking gay and lesbian in Britain, official stats show One in 50 people in UK now say they are lesbian, gay or bisexual
Attacks on LGBT people surge almost 80% in UK over last four years Attacks on LGBT people surge almost 80% in UK over last four years

50 years after decriminalisation, over 40% of Brits believe gay sex is unnatural 27 Jul 17

More than a third of LGBT people bullied at work More than a third of LGBT people bullied at work
Download TUC report 27 Jul 17
UNWTO releases 2nd Global Report on LGBT Tourism UN Global Report on LGBT Tourism

Download report 8 May 17

BBC LGBT staff Percentage of LGBT staff at BBC six times higher than in population? 4 Apr 17
Embracing Diversity and Ending Bullying Diversity Role Models workshops have now reached 34,816 young people in the UK
4 Feb 16
Is this the start of the end for homophobia in the construction industry? 63% of people in the construction industry - and 85% of contractors - have witnessed homophobia 5 Feb 16
Workplace Equality Index 2016 UK: Workplace Equality Index 2016
407 major businesses earn 100% in "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality" USA: "Best Places to Work for LGBT Equality"


Bisexual identity overtaking gay and lesbian in Britain, official stats show

Bisexual identity overtaking gay and lesbian in Britain, official stats show

In 2015, the Annual Population Survey found 1.7% of adults in the UK identified themselves as lesbian, gay or bisexual (LGB) (Figure 1). This comprised:

- 1.1% who identified themselves as gay or lesbian

- 0.6% who identified themselves as bisexual

- A further 0.4% of the population identified themselves as "Other" which means that they did not consider themselves to fit into the heterosexual or straight, bisexual, gay or lesbian categories.

- A larger group, 4.1%, refused or didn't know how to identify themselves. 18 Oct 16

Number of civil partnerships formed in England and Wales has fallen by 70% from 5,646 in 2013 to 1,683 in 2014.
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. 20 Oct 15

15,000 same-sex couples wed since law change 20 Oct 15


74% of Irish employees feel they have to hide their sexuality
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. 20 Oct 15


The 23 most powerful LGBT executives in the world
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. 20 Oct 15


Scotland should welcome LGBT travellers finds Equality Network report

Wish you were here LGBT campaign for Scotland

'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 7 Oct 15


Sexual identity data from the UK's Integrated Household Survey 2014

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%). 3 Oct 15


How gay-friendly are some travel destinations perceived to be?
How gay-friendly are some travel destinations perceived to be?

Marketing the Rainbow are doing a short survey to find out
Take 3-minute survey


Bisexual visibility in the workplace
HRC Foundation's US study Degrees of Equality

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 4 Oct 15


New study finds global increase in acceptance of homosexuality
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 16 Nov 14


Just 16% of teachers trained to tackle homophobic bullying in Scotland's schools
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 10 Nov 14

The 29 states where you can still be fired for being gay
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 30 Oct 14

Middle class Britons 60% more likely to admit to being gay
Middle class Britons 60 per cent 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 7 Oct 14

Women prefer watching gay porn to straight porn
PornHub survey

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 4 Oct 14

16% UK think gay sex should be made illegal
The Observer British sex survey 2014

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% 29 Sep 14

Half of US adults think businesses should be allowed to reject same-sex couples
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 23 Sep 14

CMI's Community Survey reveals LGBT economic confidence
CMI Community Survey

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 survey 5 Sep 14

American LGBT more likely than non-LGBT to be uninsured
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 27 Aug 14

Nearly 3 in 10 worldwide see their areas as good for gays
Good place to live 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  28 Aug 14

Number of UK same-sex weddings revealed for the first time

Gay weddings

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 21 Aug 14

Americans are changing their minds about gays at a startling pace

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 16 Aug 14

Goodbye Gayborhood: Study finds gay neighbourhoods 'straightening'

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% 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 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 16 Jul 14

National Health Interview Survey

The average British person knows 5.5 gay men and 3.1 gay women
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) 7 Jul 14

Less than half of Americans think people are born gay
Gallup poll 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 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 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 24 Apr 14

British are sixth most tolerant towards homosexuality
Pew Research attitudes to 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 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 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 31 Mar 14

80% US voters believe there would be less discrimination
if gay marriage were legal in 50 states 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 meetingPeople who have sought legal advice relating to same-sex relationship breakdown, please contact Charlotte Bendall: 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 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 4 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 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) 9 Nov 13

Office for National Statistics 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 | 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? 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 10 Sep 13

Gay In Britain survey results 2013 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 28 Aug 13

Hate Crime Report - Galop report shows shocking statistics about homophobia and transphobia in London 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 25 Aug 13

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