World AIDS Day 2014 film screenings, fundraisers and bar & club nights in London

It’s World AIDS Day on Monday 1 December 2014. As always, the event is marked across the capital with strong support expected from London’s bars and clubs on the weekend before.

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Panto, porn stars & parties: Christmas in Gay London 2014

With Christmas now fast approaching, here’s a first cut of Christmas parties, pantos and events in the run up to the festive season – and there really are some great events this year.

We’ll be updating this page over the coming weeks. Also follow us on Twitter for regular updates.

For the readers outside the UK planning to visit London, do not be surprised to find the capital relatively quiet over the Christmas period itself as a lot of residents tend to leave the city to return home for Christmas, returning for New Year celebrations. However, there’s plenty going in the run up to Christmas Day and New Year will be extremely busy.

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New Year’s Eve 2014 & New Year’s Day 2015 Parties & Events in Gay London (and Brussels, Madrid, Paris..)

Here’s our growing list of New Year’s Eve 2014 & New Year’s Day 2015 events.

With New Year’s Day 2015 falling on a Thursday, many won’t return to work until Monday 5 January. This is ample time for a lot of events and, for those who feel inclined, a trip away for New Year.

We’ll be updating this page over the coming weeks with more events. Also follow us on Twitter for regular updates.

Closer to the date we’ll also provide updates on late ticket availability and non-ticketed NYE events.

We also have early Christmas listings online.

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Kylie Minogue joins Dolce & Gabanna’s Christmas Tree Party at Claridge’s

Does it get any camper than this?

Kylie Minogue joined Domenico Dolce and Stefano Gabbana at Claridge’s hotel on Wednesday 19 December for their party to mark the unveiling of their Christmas Tree in the hotel lobby. This is the second year Dolce & Gabbana have made a tree for the hotel.

The 8 metre high treet features over 300 glass baubles blown by master artisans from Bellagio on Lake Como. Each is hand painted with international flags representing festive traditions celebrated the night before Christmas all over the world. The baubles are hung by gold ribbons handmade by Dolce & Gabbana’s talented tailors in Milan.

On a more serious note, all credit to Claridge’s and those (Selfridges, Liberty etc.) that really make an effort for Christmas.

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The University of Nottingham’s male Hockey Team get naked to say no to homophobia in sport

Friends of twbap say good words about the city of Nottingham.

We’re told it is one of the UK’s more cosmopolitan regional cities with the added benefit of not having some of the insular attitudes you can find elsewhere.

It has a relatively small, but thriving, gay scene with popular clubs such as NG1 which has just launched a Ministry of Sound branded night.

Rough Trade is also opening a new branch in the city next week (the only one in the UK outside London) so we think it’s time for a visit.

It also has two successful universities that keep the city young.

And it’s the University of Nottingham’s male hockey team that has got naked together to say no to homophobia in sport.

The university’s hockey team is not the first team to have done this of course. The Warwick Rowers have gained worldwide recognition for their annual calendars (and a lot of positive publicity for the UK abroad in the process).

We would not be so naïve to think all university sports teams would be willing to do this. However, there’s no call to donate money here nor any calendars on sale, but just a short video with a simple message.

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Pictures of the Gay Pride Parade on Copacabana Beach in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on 16 November 2014

Colourful sights abound as people in their thousands packed Avenida Atlantica along Rio de Janeiro’s world famous Copacabana beach to celebrate the city’s annual gay pride parade on Sunday 16 November.

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Series 1 of HBO drama “Looking” is released on DVD in the UK on 12 January 2015

We’ve written enthusiastically in the past about HBO’s “Looking”.

Series 1 premiered in the UK on Sky Atlantic this January and the good news for non-Sky subscribers is that Series 1 of Looking will be released on DVD in the UK on 12 January 2015.

Pre-orders are open now on Amazon and other retail outlets.

Looking is due to return for a 2nd series on 11 January 2015 on HBO in the US (preview trailer below). No date has been confirmed for the 2nd series premier on Sky Atlantic.

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Pictures of October Gay Pride celebrations in Taipei and Johannesburg

On 25 October, thousands participated in gay pride marches in Taipei and Johannesburg, the former being Asia’s largest gay pride parade.

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