New & Noteworthy: Pride 2013 Update; Barebacking In Gay Porn; London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival


1. An update on London Pride 2013

Yesterday evening, Heaven hosted an open meeting by London LGBT+ Community Pride on its progress towards Pride 2013. Planet London has written a detailed report of the meeting. There are a lot of interesting plans. The proposed theme is “Love & Marriage” and if the event receives sufficient funding, as well as the parade, it will cover Trafalgar Square, Soho, Leicester Square and possibly satellite events in Clapham and Shoreditch.

The organisers have pulled no punches in making clear there is a huge amount of work to do. Some 1,000 volunteers are needed by the end of April. £150,000 needs to be raised to run the minimum Pride event (the parade & closure of Soho) and £50,000 needs to be raised for any further events (Trafalgar Square etc). As the organisation is starting with a blank sheet of paper, this is no mean feat. A “go, no-go” decision as to whether Pride will go ahead will be made in April.

2. Barebacking in Gay Porn

Toronto’s Xtra presents a two part behind the scenes report on barebacking in gay porn, featuring contributions from pornstars such as Sage Daniels, Diesel Washington, Jason Adonis, and Francesco D’Macho. The two videos have accumulated nearly 90,000 views.

3. London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival

The programme for the London Lesbian Gay & Film Festival, which runs from 14 to 21 March 2013, has been published. Bookings open for members on 26 February (and membership is worth signing up for).

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