Terrence Higgins Trust prepares for World AIDS Day

World AIDS Day is an international event to remember those who have diedof AIDS and celebrate the lives of those with HIV today. It has been running every December since 1988. This year World AIDS Day takes place on Saturday 1st December.


Terrence Higgins Trust, the UK’s largest HIV and sexual health charity, has a number of activities planned around this year’s event. The charity is also able to support journalists covering HIV stories for World AIDS Day, either by supplying key facts and statistics, lining up expert spokespeople or putting them in touch with case studies who are living with the condition. Key dates include:

Terrence Higgins Trust’s 30th Anniversary (26th November)

On 26th November 1982, London magazine Capital Gay ran a front-page article under the headline ‘US Disease Hits London’. It announced that four men, one of them Terry Higgins, had died of a mysterious new illness, which we now know as AIDS. Terrence Higgins Trust’s 30th anniversary campaign ‘Thanks Terry’ marks three decades of the charity’s work preventing the spread of HIV, and supporting those already living with the virus.

To learn more about services and support on offer at Terrence Higgins Trust’s Taunton Centre, please call: 01823 327 076.

National HIV Testing Week (23rd – 30th November)

This November, Terrence Higgins Trust will launch England’s first ever National HIV Testing Week. Funded by the Department of Health, the week aims to encourage communities at an increased risk of infection (gay men and Africans) to test more regularly for the virus. A number of events are already planned across England during the week, targeting people most at risk of HIV. Further details can be found at www.tht.org.uk/HIVtestingweek.

Stand Up Stand Out (1st December)

On World AIDS Day itself, Terrence Higgins Trust is calling on people to pledge their support for the 100,000 people in the UK who are living with HIV. Thirty years on from the beginning of the epidemic, HIV remains surrounded by a level of stigma unmatched by any other medical condition. To combat this, the charity is asking its supporters to be ‘loud and proud’ to raise awareness and funds to support people living with HIV.

Further details can be found at www.tht.org.uk/worldaidsday.

LGBT Features at Cornwall Film Festival

The Cornwall Film Festival is showing a number of LGBT interest film this year.

The 2012 festival is an annual celebration of Cornish and international film-making. The Festival offers local and national premieres, professional development workshops, lectures and parties, providing the opportunity to network with the UK’s leading industry professionals

Circumstance – Sun | 11 Nov | 10:00 | Screen 3

Winner of the Sundance Audience Award, this is the story of two vivacious, Iranian young girls, Atafeh and Shireen. It tells of the girls discovering their burgeoning sexuality, their struggles with their desires and the boundaries placed upon them by the word they were born into.

Keep The Lights On Movie

Keep the Lights On – Fri | 9 Nov | 13:15 | Screen 3

Winner of the Teddy Award for Best Feature at the 2012 Berlin International Film Festival, Keep the Lights On chronicles an emotionally and sexually charged journey of two men in New York City through love, friendship and addiction.

Yossi – Sun | 11 Nov | 20:20 | Screen 2 and SOUTH WEST PREMIERE – Sat | 10 Nov | 10:20 | Screen 4

Returning to the role that won him TFF’s Best Actor award in Eytan Fox’s Yossi& Jagger in 2003, Ohad Knoller gives another extraordinary performance as Yossi, a closeted gay man living a solitary existence in Tel Aviv.

Find out more: http://cornwallfilmfestival.com or call 01209 204655.

Cornwall Pride does Hollywood in 2012

Cornwall Pride 2012 was on Saturday 25th August 2012 – a BankCornwall Pride 2012 Holidayweekend so no excuse not to make a long weekend of it.

This year the theme is ‘Hollywood!’, come as your favourite film star, or favourite character and join in on the fun.

The Parade

Start at 11am from the piazza in Truro, it will go through various streets and arrive at Victoria park at about 12 noon.The parade takes about 30 minutes from leaving Lemon Quay to arrive at Victoria Gardens where the picnic in the park will commence. The Parade is always a spectacular sight as one of the UK’s longest rainbow flags flows through the streets with music getting everyone dancing!

Picnic in the Park

An afternoon for all the family, with face painting, various stalls and things to do whilst listening to an array of free entertainment. The park event is free and open to everyone who wants to come and look around the stalls, speak to the many different support organisations or simply relax and take in the atmosphere – there really is something for everyone.

Pride Party – An evening of entertainment

The Pride Party is a ticket only event which will be on Lemon Quay from 7pm.  You will be able to purchase a ticket in advance or on the door on the evening at the same price. There will be a licensed bar and a dance-floor, providing the perfect way for meeting friends both old and new. Entertainment will be provided by a range of fantastic artists, so it’s the perfect way to unwind after a busy day!

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Exeter Pride in March

EXETER is to host the largest rainbow flag parade the city has ever seen asExeter Pride 2012 part of the biggest lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans celebration in the region.

A 50 metre-long rainbow flag will be part of the Exeter Pride parade down the High Street to Exeter Phoenix on Saturday, March 31.

The Deputy Lord Mayor of Exeter, Cllr Kevin Mitchell, accompanied by his consort, his civil partner Ian Rutland, will start the parade, which will leave the St Sidwell Centre at 11.30am.

The parade will be lead by a fire engine provided by Devon and Somerset Fire and Rescue Service.  Firefighters will also be marching in the parade, as will officers from Devon and Cornwall Police.  Students from the University of Exeter will also be taking part. Exeter-based Samba band “Street Heat” will provide musical entertainment during the parade.

Representatives from community groups, as well as individuals, will also be taking part in the parade.  A road closure will be in operation for the duration of the parade. All the events and activities throughout the day are free of charge and family-friendly.  This will include stalls, workshops and same-sex Latin and Ballroom dancing. There will be drumming, Zumba dancing, Burlesque, a legal workshop, trans women’s workshop, photographic studio and family creative activities. A discussion session will take place with a panel of invited guests exploring “LGBT representations in the media”.

There will be DJs and live bands throughout the evening at Exeter Phoenix. Other events and activities will take place at other venues in Gandy Street, with some events during the preceding week.  The Pride event will conclude with a candlelit vigil on the Sunday evening.

Alan Quick, chairman, Exeter Pride committee, said: “This will be Exeter’s biggest pride event and we expect to attract hundreds of people to the city from around the South West and beyond.

“Exeter Pride is a celebration of our lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans communities.  It is about us having pride in our contributions to a vibrant and diverse city, and the city having pride in us. He added: “Exeter Pride is a volunteer led independent project run by a dedicated committee made up of trustees and volunteers.

“The event is totally dependent on grants, donations, fundraising and sponsorship and the committee would like to thank all those who are contributing to make the event possible, including not only those who have made financial contributions but also the volunteers who will be fulfilling a range of roles. It’s going to be a terrific pride and we hope everybody comes along, not just members of the LGBT community.”

The first 500 people who attend Exeter Pride will receive a free goody bag.

For further information visit the website: www.exeterpride.co.uk.

Cornwall hotel owners guilty of unlawful discrimination

Stonewall today welcomed a decision by the Court of Appeal to uphold a landmark court ruling in favour of a couple refused a hotel room by the owners of a hotel in Cornwall.

Hotel AccommodationCivil Partners Martyn Hall and Steven Preddy had been turned away from the Chymorvah Hotel near Penzance in 2010 by owners Peter and Hazelmary Bull. In January 2011 a judge at Bristol County Court ruled that the Bulls’ behaviour amounted to direct discrimination, and awarded a total of £3,600 damages to Mr Hall and Mr Preddy.

Ben Summerskill, Stonewall Chief Executive, said: ‘We’re delighted that the Court upheld the judgment. The Court’s decision vindicates Stonewall’s hard lobbying to make it illegal to deny goods or services to someone just because they happen to be gay. That obviously includes hotel rooms for many gay holidaymakers, which can only be a good thing in a Jubilee year. I hope Mr and Mrs Bull will now feel content to go home to do God’s good work as Easter approaches, instead of relentlessly pursuing a happy couple through the courts.’

Stonewall led lobbying to secure the Sexual Orientation Regulations 2007 (now consolidated in the Equality Act 2010) that made discrimination against gay people in the delivery of public and commercial services unlawful.

YAY Cornwall Youth Centre Launch

Thursday 9th February is a historic day for young lesbian, gay, bi, trans, and questioning (LGBTQ) people living in Cornwall, as it marks the opening of the county’s first ever centre dedicated to supporting and advocating for LGBTQ youth.

Behind this venture is an organisation known as LGBTQ Youth Cornwall which,YAY logo for the last three years, has been managing a support and social group called YAY! (a name chosen by members of the group meaning: Young and Yourself!). In the past, the group have met in coffee shops and other youth centres, but are now delighted to have found their own home at last thanks to funding from BBC Children in Need!

This dedicated centre will enable LGBTQ Youth Cornwall to increase and vary the services that they provide for this sector of our community, as well as encouraging the young people to develop that vital sense of ownership and belonging.

Kate Sicolo Chair of LGBTQ Youth Cornwall said ‘ We are delighted that the funding from BBC Children in Need has enabled us to open this centre and develop the services for young LGBTQ people in Cornwall.’

YAY Cornwall is the Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender and Questionning Youth Group for Cornwall which is run by a group of trustees of LGBTQ Youth Cornwall. To find out more information and/or request an invitation to the opening ceremony, please email: info@lgbtqyouthcornwall.co.uk

More YAY dates for your 2012 diary:

  • Sunday 29th 12noon-2pm drop in Truro
  • Saturday 4th 6pm-9pm members meeting Truro
  • Thursday 9th 4pm-6pm launch event Truro
  • Thursday 16th 6pm-9pm film night Truro
  • Wednesday 22nd3.15-5pm Bude
  • Sunday 26th 12 noon-2pm drop in Truro
  • Saturday 3rd 6pm-9pm members meeting Truro
  • Thursday 15th 6pm-9pm film night Truro
  • Friday 23rdTime to be confirmed Bodmin
  • Sunday 25th 12noon-2pm drop in Truro