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Chances is are that most LGBT visitors to London venture South to catch a boozy brunch cabaret or a raucous night out on the town at The Royal Vauxhall Tavern. And now, the institution has received a Grade II listing for its historic significance. “As of today, the RVT becomes the first building in the nation to be listed for its place in LGBTQ history and heritage. It’s a brilliant recognition of the Tavern’s unique role in our country’s story, and also a vital protection against radical redevelopment,” a statement read citing concerns that the property’s new owners (an Austrian company) would shut the famed hall’s doors.
Thanks to the work of RVT Future, the historic listing is a major step in preserving the building. “Standing on the historic site of Vauxhall Pleasure Gardens in Lambeth, the Tavern was originally built between 1860-2 and boasts an eye catching mid Victorian curved façade. The landmark location is not only of architectural significance, but has also become an enduring symbol of the confidence of the gay community in London,” the statement continued.
RVT has seen many famous people walk through its doors including Princess Diana who visited disguised as a man accompanied by Freddie Mercury.
More work is still ahead to ensure that the venue stays open, click here to show your support.
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Each year MasterCard releases their Global Destination Cities, and this year, the most visited global city is once again London. The English capital welcomed over 18.82 million travelers receiving the crown five out of the past seven years the study has been conducted. Following close behind is Bangkok, which saw some 18.24 million travelers. No surprise, that New York and Los Angeles are the only US cities to crack the top 20. The MasterCard’s 2015 Global Destination Cities Index also shows that international visitor numbers and their cross-border spending have grown faster than world real GDP since 2009.
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While we saw that Vienna is bringing some same-sex pairings to their crosswalks, Sydney has the rainbow ATMs, and now London is showing their Pride by coating some of their iconic taxis in a fresh sheer of ROYGBIV. Transport of London unveiled the new rainbow-covered cabs specially designed for International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia, and Biphobia this Sunday. Cab Driver Ian Beetlestone made the suggestion to decorate the cab, and Transport of London approved. [PinkNews]
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London’s BFI Flare: London LGBT Film Festival, from March 19-29, shows films by LGBT filmmakers, films with gay themes. Screened by the renowned British Film Institute, the festival is a road program of the best new international LGBT cinema, along with historical/classical/cult favorites. This will be its 29th year, so come celebrate all the boundaries this festival has been working to break. This year, experience way more than sitting in a dark theater, there will also be discussions, dancer performances, debates, and, of course, parties (including a Rocky Horror Party and a Warrior Women Party [Where’s our Buffy costume?]).
Some of the highlights this year include the opening night film I am Michael stars Zachary Quinto and James Franco; Inappropriate Behavior about an Iranian-American woman; and Dressed as a Girl a film that lifts the veil on London’s best-known drag queens.
Click here to get your tickets.
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Winning a dream luxury trip to London is enough of a reason to get us to enter a contest, but when you throw in a four-star hotel experience, a makeover, a ride around the London Eye, dinner with Dustin Lance Black and his beau Tom Daley, and a night on the town with the two—all to help the HRC and the Brain Tumor Charity, we’ll gladly donate a couple dollars for our chance at an experience like this. To enter, all you have to do is donate what you want (starting at $10) for entries.
Click here to enter!
Categories: contest, Gay Travel, HRC, London contest, dustin lance black, gay contest, gay london, gay travel, london, Olympics, Tom Daley
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by Lawrence Ferber
The official hotel of London Fashion Week (www.londonfashionweek.co.uk), every February and September, with its enviable location just steps from Green Park, Edwardian Hotels’ The May Fair (Stratton Street. Tel: +44-20-7769-8202.www.themayfairhotel.co.uk) balances contemporary boutique chic, with media savvy and homey comfort. The 404 rooms and suites are vibrant and stylish, yet cozy, decked out in textured, colorful fabrics and carpeting: the rooms’ schemes range from Moulin Rouge red and gold to ultramodern olive green. In-house comforts are plentiful: iPads, iPod stations, and complimentary Wi-Fi. The property boasts a gorgeous, cinematic spa, (it’s straight out of a James Bond film), farm-to-table May Fair Kitchen restaurant, craft cocktail-driven May Fair Bar (winner of the Guardian’s Best Hotel Bar in London Award), meeting spaces, and even, a Screening Room, a plush, state-of-the-art 201-seat cinema.
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“We don’t feel the need to take an extra step legally. But since we’re committed for life, we feel it’s really important to take that step, and take advantage of that amazing change in legislation. We all live by example,” David Furnish said of his upcoming nuptials to Elton John. Since gay and lesbian marriage in England and Wales is now legal, the two have set the date for May. But will it be a big star-filled celebration? “We do like big parties,” Furnish said. “Over eight years ago, we had 650 people on the 21st of December at our house in Windsor… But with the kids, everything is different. I think what we’ll do is go to a registry office in England in May, and take the boys with us, and a couple of witnesses.”
Categories: david furnish, elton john, Gay Marriage, UK civil union law, david furnish, Elton John, Gay Adoption, Gay britain, gay england, gay london, gay marriage, gay rights, gay UK, marriage equality, same-sex marriage, same-sex unions
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Queen Elizabeth II gave her royal assent to the same-sex marriage bill in England and Wales making Britain the next nation to allow gays and lesbians to marry. The Queen signed the bill only a day after the bill cleared Parliament. According to the AP: “The law enables gay couples to get married in both civil and religious ceremonies in England and Wales, although the Church of England is barred from conducting same-sex unions. It also will allow couples who had previously entered into civil partnerships — which carry similar rights and responsibilities to marriage — to convert their relationships to marriage.” Same-sex marriages are expected to begin by next summer.
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As hoped, the House of Commons has passed the equal marriage bill for England and Wales, and it will soon be given Royal Assent to become law. Proponents of the bill, which was sent to the House of Commons yesterday by the House of Lords, feared that conservative MPs would deliberately amend the bill in order to stall it from passing. While MP David Burrowes attempted to table an amendment, “Pro-equal marriage MPs padded out their speeches so that Mr Burrowes could not propose his amendment,” PinkNews writes. The bill will not need to return to the House of Lords. “Giving gay couples the right to marry will make Britain a more tolerant, open and welcoming place to live in and significantly increase the life prospects of so many people. It is absolutely fantastic that this change in the law, almost uniquely, was proposed by a Conservative prime minister and his Liberal Democrat Deputy with the support of the Labour party leader. Sometimes politicians can work together for the common good and this is a stunning example of this,” publisher of PinkNews.co.uk and Out4Marriage founder Benjamin Cohen said.
Categories: Europe, Gay Marriage, Gay Rights england, Europe, gay england, gay london, gay marriage, gay wales, House of commons, house of lords, same-sex marriage, uk
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Grab your popcorn and get ready for six days of rich, diverse international premieres, industry master classes, pop-up screenings, and exciting live events at the East End Film Festival. What began as a small gathering in 2000, has grown to become one of the UK’s largest film showcases. From July 4-July 10, get caught in the excitement as all of London will be buzzing about this year’s program. There will also be plenty of LGBT-themed films thrown in the mix.