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Greek Queer Cinema

This Friday THE QUEER ARCHIVE presents an after hours screening of the 18-rated and critically acclaimed Greek/U.K film production of HE LOVES ME by Greek director Konstantinos Menelaou.  We caught up with Konstantinos ahead of tomorrow’s function:

Hi Konstantinos! Can you give us a brief overview of what to expect on Friday night?

Friday night we (The Queer Archive) join forces with Rio Cinema and Dalston Superstore for the UK premier of my first feature film He loves me a Greek/UK production. Along with my film we present two Greek short films by Yorgos Angelopoulos and Thanasis Tsimpinis. A Man to Pet with be the hostess, I will play some music and have lots of wine at Superstore before the screening and we will join Mints after the screening for a much needed plate-breaking session.


What prompted you to put on this event?

Rio Cinema and Dalston Superstore are two venues very close to my heart and He loves me was conceived and inspired by events, affairs and heartbreaks that happened in and around Dalston. So it makes total sense to show the film here. It’s like the murderer going back to the crime scene.

What are your earliest memories of film?

I remember Hammer Horror and Amicus Horror films. Both British production companies that made amazing horror films in the 70s. I remember finding the VHS of Monster’s Club in my parents drawer and watching it when i was 5 or 6. I remember The Exorcist, Who’s that girl… I remember the smell of plastic at the video store in my neighbourhood.

What was your journey to become a film-maker?

I studied fine arts and not film. I have always been too intimidated by the world of film. I always thought it was such a huge thing and that i could never be good enough to ever make a film. I was making shorts and working on abstract ideas and forms until i finally found the strength to make my first feature. Now i know that there is not one way of making films. It can be a personal and creative process that doesn’t necessarily involve a huge set and crew and a lot of stress. 


What inspired He Loves Me?

It was a personal need to tell some stories based on my own experiences. It all became too confusing – relationships turned from innocent fun to heartbreaking nightmares, London was getting harder and harder and communication was very problematic. But i still had to share my thoughts and get a response so it was natural to me to put these thoughts into the film. It is an homage to the relationships that shaped me.

Can you tell us a little about the people behind the other two films?

The other two films are directed by Yorgos Angelopoulos and Thanasis Tsimpinis. Both of them are young directors based in Athens. Their films are amazing and their language is universal, thats why i thought it would be great to show them at our screening in London. There is a queer cinema scene in Athens inspired by this whole Greek cinema renaissance thats been happening the last ten years and it actually feels great to be a part of it.


Given the current political climate in Greece, and across much of Europe, why do you think it’s so important to keep making work about our queer identities?

It’s crucial to keep on having a strong voice and presence because there is still – and probably will always be – a force against the queer community. We need to keep our queer history safe, we need to keep on evolving, creating and celebrating our beautiful existence though making work that reveals the truth behind the lies and shows that love is not something that anyone should be afraid of. 

For more info on the event check here.

For the afterparty check here.

VIEGAS at mints

Ahead of his basement debut at Mints this Friday VIEGAS had a little chat with promoters Jon and Emma!


Hi Viegas! We are so excited to have you for your Dalston Superstore debut at the next Mints! Can you tell us a bit about yourself?

Thank you for having me! Come from the suburbs of Lisbon, just finished a photography course, currently work at the contemporary/modern art museum of Lisbon and at Radio Quântica which is the Portuguese community web radio, and have been djing for the last few years.

You are one of the organisers behind Lisbon queer party institution Mina – can you tell us about the collective and what inspired you to start your own party?

 mina is the daughter of two vital Portuguese underground projects. My friend Pedro Marum had long ago started this night that turned into an artistic experimental space called Rabbit Hole. Lisbon was, and still is, a place of prudeness and there was lacking a space where the boundaries for our pleasure were defined by mutual respect instead of being forced by a corporate institution. One of the nights that Rabbit Hole hosted was called Barghain, as a pun for the Berlin club but with a cheap price, and that was a huge success. Violet and Photonz  played one of those nights and loved the vibe. I was collaborating with Rabbit Hole back then and Pedro invited the three of us to start this night that would soon become mina. Two years later, the party is now organized by 13 people and supported by hundreds of queers that attend every event, wherever they happen.

You guys recently joined forces with Berlin-based queer party collective Lecken for a rave on NYE at Fully Automated Luxury Oblivion. We can only imagine the madness… How was it?!

Unfortunately I missed that event but from what I’ve heard it was wild.

You are closely involved with Radio Quantica, the radio platform run by Superstore favourites Violet and Photonz. How did you guys come to be working together?

 It all started with an invite from Varela, who is also an Icon and dj from Lisboa. He was part of the radio since the beginning and invited me to be a guest at his show. After that Inês and Marco heard me play a couple more times and asked if I wanted to start my own show. Since then they have been really supportive and kind.

Which record isn’t leaving your bag at the moment?

Play009 – D for Doggo, by dokter doggo.

What is the best thing about the Lisbon electronic music scene?

 The most interesting things are happening in the fringes, either created by the sons of the African & Brazilian communities (Príncipe Label is the perfect example) or the Queer kids, influence by a global web culture, starting to produce and self-release their music in platforms like soundcloud. There is still a lot of work to be done because most of these people don´t have a regular place to showcase their music.

 What is your earliest musical memory?

 From a very young age my mother used to take me to this big communist party that happens every year in Portugal. The melody from “carvalhesa” which is the trademark of the event is in my head since I can remember.

 Who are some of your DJ inspirations?

 BLEID from mina, Aggromance (and the whole Hiedra Club de Baile), Tzusing, Lsdxoxo and Bala Club collective from London are some of my favourites at the moment.

Can you tell us about some of your Portuguese peers who are doing exciting things at the moment?

 BLEID inspires me a lot. She produces and djs and her sets range from noisy ambient to gabber, and everything in between. Odete is also a key figure in our scene. She was one of the first to mix pop music with more experimental and forward thinking electronics and has just released her first Ep “Matrafona”. Kerox is also somebody to look up to. He owns the sickest tunes and just released a banger called “Braved the storm”. Fabaítos  and Stasya have been uploading really good music on soundcloud (Listen to Paradisis, fabaítos first Ep or Stásya´s Túmulo).  Yzhaq and Shade are also starting to mix and to produce (along with Odete and Stásya they’ve created ÇIRCA, also a name to remember) and I´m really excited to hear what they have to say. RS Produções (from príncipe) have just released a mad ep called Bagdad Style and are one of my favourites from the label. finally DJ VENENO666 is my latest obsession. His soft and melancholic take on dembow infused rhythms is sometimes the only thing I can listen to.

 If you had a time machine and could go dancing anywhere/when, where would you go?

Grace Jones’ 30th Birthday Party.

 Do you have any exciting plans for 2019 that you can tell us about?

Have some ideas for both individual and collective projects that hope will come into form, also have a couple of dates planned outside of Portugal. The Dalston gig will be my first this year so this is a nice start :) 

mints at dalston superstore

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American artist Brian Kenny and Russian author Slava Mogutin met on a New York dancefloor and have been together making art under the moniker SUPERM for just over a decade. They join us here at Dalston Superstore next Wednesday to mark the opening of the Fringe! Film Festival with a night of music, body-painting, photography and more. Then on Saturday Fringe will be screening SUPERM 10, a series of short films featuring their recent collaborations with Gio Black Peter, Vaginal Davis, François Sagat, Matthieu Charneau, and Gilbert & George. Ahead of both these events we caught up with the couple to talk art, politics, secrets and more…

Let’s go in deep- what for you is the most pressing global political issue we’re currently facing?

Brian: The issue of freedom. The freedom for Russians to be openly gay, the freedom for Americans and Europeans to keep their private information private. The freedom for gay people to live openly and marry. The freedom for women in the Middle East and India to use their own voices and create their own lives. 

Slava: Religious fundamentalism is the root of all evil in the modern world—whether it’s Muslim fanatics, Christian fundamentalist or Orthodox Jews—hate and homophobia unites them all. My father, a former Communist-atheist, is a born-again Christian and he thinks of me as the biggest failure of his life, “the bleeding wound than never heels.” He publicly condemned my work as “anal filth” and I’ll take it as a compliment from a chauvinistic homophobic pig like him! 

You’ve been together for 10 years—congrats! How has the dynamic changed in that time? You do seem to come across- both professionally and personally- as two different sides of the same coin- separate but whole…

Brian: We’re like a two-headed monster at this point!

Slava: We’re like a snake that eats its own tail, like a giant ever-hungry tapeworm that lives in my belly. We’re like Acephale, the headless warrior tattooed on my right thigh. We’re free like winds, proud and strong like Centaurs. We’re like S & M, like SU & PERM. We’re like Gilbert & George, Pierre & Gilles and Siegfried & Roy combined, so come to our Magic Box!

Slava & Brian

Photo by Alex La Cruz

What are you looking for in a body-paint-participant for your party here?

Brian: We’re looking for in-shape guys, transgender men and women, and girls who don’t mind being in their underwear while doing body painting and drawing on each other.

Slava: Cool London queer kids who are comfortable with their bodies and sexuality and have something to offer besides their good looks. We already got lots of submissions after posting our casting call and about to start our selection procedures. 6 lucky participants will perform with us at Dalston Superstore on November 5th.

What is your favourite piece of work by the other?

Brian: My current favorite is Slava’s new book, Food Chain. It’s an achingly beautiful and intense book of his poetry and collage. Most people in the West don’t know about Slava’s literary past. His works of poetry and unapologetic journalism won him Russia’s highest literary prize, and forced him out of Russia. Food Chain is a rare and amazing chance to see why I think Slava has one of the most beautiful and challenging minds I’ve ever met.

Slava: Brian’s new works on fabric made of his old “wigger” antiques. When we first met he used to wear durags, basketball shirts and XXL jerseys, but lately his style has changed dramatically and this new series helps him to utilize his old personal gear while discovering his feminine self through sewing and stitching. He calls it “bitch ‘n’ stitch.”

Slava & Brian

Photo by Donatien Veismann

If you had a time machine and could visit any dancefloor anywhere/anywhen, where would you want to go dancing?

Slava: I’d probably go to the past – the cabarets of the Weimer Berlin or the dance floor of Studio 54. My best clubbing experience of recent years is undoubtedly Berlin’s Berghain, the best club I’ve ever been to.

Brian: I’d definitely go to the future. I see myself dancing at a place called SUPERMDOME. A giant dome arena, the dome itself is all live VJ-ed video screens and the entire floor a 3D hologram projection stage. The cool aspect of this Dome is that special sensors and monitor placed around the club 3D map the movements of everything inside, especially dynamic movement like dancing. Super computers analyze all this movement live and simultaneously produce corresponding holograms that “decorate” the movement. The effect would be nothing short of magic. For instance, if you throw your hands up, 3D holograms of sparks with fly out from the location of your fingertips. Clapping produces light bubbles, walking induces a blue afterglow, etc. SUPERMDOME can even be programmed to produce certain special holograms to specific gestures. As dancers learn these gestures, they can begin to perform a custom flourish of 3D holograms, and even compete for the title of Grand Master Holo-dancer.

Slava and Brian in the Future

You’re both from diverse backgrounds, in terms of you Brian being born on a military base and travelling a lot as a child, and you Slava being the first Russian to be granted political asylum in the US for homophobic persecution. How does this diversity reflect in both your solo work and your collaborative work?

Slava: We’re indeed very different both personally and artistically. When we collaborate, we thrive on each other’s differences and our combined talents complement each other in a very convenient and organic way. For example, when we do collage work, Brian cuts out the pieces and I assemble them together. When I shoot, Brian helps me with the styling, makeup and set design. When we do film work together, I direct and do 1st camera, Brian handles 2nd camera, sound and editing. When we paint, Brian does the outlines and I do the fades. When we make love, we use every Kama Sutra position, and that’s how we roll!

Slava & Brian

Tell us a secret about the other…!

Slava: Brian is a multiple orgasm man. Sometimes it’s a blessing, sometimes it’s a curse!

Brian: Slava cannot live without his magic superfood pancakes. He makes them for breakfast every morning for the past few years. He says they bring him luck. He also has pet morning doves that now congregate on our fire escape. He feeds them roasted sunflower seeds.

What was the last book you read // the last record you listened to from beginning to end // the last exhibition you saw?

Brian: John Waters’ new book, Carsick. TheStand4rd by Spooky Black. See You In Hell by Gio Black Peter at The Bureau of General Services—Queer Division.

Slava: City Boy, an excellent memoir about underground gay New York of the ’60s and ’70s by Edmund White. The Marriage Of True Minds, the latest album by Matmos. Michael Stipe’s clever and elegant collaborative project New Sites New Noise at 80 WSE Gallery, NYU Steinhardt.

Superm is a reference to Slava’s tattoo Supermogutin/Supermighty, which you’ve stated is like a queer version of ubermensch… what qualities would you need to have to qualify as a queer superman?

Brian: Be bold! Be strong! Be brilliant!

Slava: Queers that fight back. Queers that can think for themselves and never conform or compromise. 

What driving force or motto that you live your life by has got you to where you are today?

Brian: Art is all that matters.

Slava: The Russian proverb, which I used as an epigraph for Food Chain: “If you’re afraid of the wolves, don’t fuck in the woods.”

Join Slava and Brian on Wednesday 5th November for the SUPERM Party at Dalston Superstore from 8pm – 2.30am

Main image by Mitchell Mccormack, all other images courtesy of SUPRERM unless otherwise specified.

Dope Boy

Tonight sees a very special live performance from young up-and-coming gay rapper Dope Boy at the freshest party in town, Dirty Diana. Ahead of the festivities we caught out with him to find out more about his roots, influences and style…

Who is Dope Boy and where does he hail from?

Dopeboy is a London Based Gay rapper from Nottingham. But I’ve been in London for about four years now.

What are you earliest musical memories?

This is so bait but when I was a kid at about 3-5 years old I loved Take That and I  knew every song and every dance. I swear my auntie has a video of me singing into a fork with my tux on. 

Why is a visible LGBT presence in rap important?

I think now it is very important with everything changing within the gay rights movement and equality. Like how gay marriage is being accepted in many countries and that’s still growing. The reason it would be important in hip hop is because it’s currently the most influential within the music industry at this precise moment. People relate to music and I think it grabs people’s attention. I think it’s something that should of happened along time ago but I’m happy it’s happening now because I get to be apart of it.

Who are your hip hop heroes?

Missy Elliot, Busta Rhymes, The Fugees, Lauryn Hill, Eve, Lil Kim, 2Pac, Biggie, A$AP Rocky, Lil Wayne  and that just a few. I’d say for right now…. it would have to be Mykki Blanco, Le1f, Brooke Candy, Junglepussy, Chance The Rapper, Childish Gambino are among many people repping the gay community. I like what they’re doing and I think it’s different within the industry right now…. they’re like the next big thing.  

If you could only listen to one record on repeat for the rest of your life, what would it be?


Describe your look.

Futuristic, punk, grunge, MOD, Chav, ghetto space cadet.

Dope Boy perfomance

What will a live Dope Boy performance here at Dalston Superstore entail?

Sexy girls, naked boys, fabulous outfits, good music, sunglasses, platform shoes, booty shaking, split dropping, turnt up realness.

As a self-proclaimed East London gay rights preacher, what would you change about the queer scene here?

I don’t think there is anything wrong with the gay scene. We turn up, we have fun, and we do us. I don’t think its the gay scene that is the focus. We all just here to have fun.

We have a time machine and we can go visit any dancefloor from anywhere/anywhen…. where are we going?

’90s America. New York City.  Danceteria. Specifically Michael Alig’s Club Kids scene.

Out of your own tracks, which are you most proud of and if you could explain in one sentence why that particular track is so awesome…

That tough. I would probably say Find Yourself because not only was it my first track but it was very personal and I’ve had many comments, especially after performing at Pride that it can really effect the younger gay generation. Help them through school and all the tough bits when growing up as a gay or trans* individual.

Join Dope Boy tonight Friday 25th July at Dirty Diana with Boris (Ostgut Ton) at Dalston Superstore from 9pm – 5am.

Photo credit: Dope Boy

International Day Against Homophobia And Transphobia

As today is International Day Against Homophobia And Transphobia we thought we’d share our favourite recent LBGT videos, images and links from around the internet…

Alan Turing Sculpture

WWII codebreaker and tragic gay computing pioneer Alan Turing has been chosen as a “local hero” of Paddington and commemorated in this 2D sculpture.

Via Pink News

This is the moving story of 11 year old Caine from Texas who was bullied badly at school because of his lesbian mums. He fought back by giving this speech to his school board.

Via Upworthy

This eloquent monologue comes from a young boy in Singapore who addresses his homophobic bullies directly in an incredibly mature manner. 

Via All Out

Meanwhile, over in France, this heartening clip shows a waitress stand on a table to announce she’s a lesbian who can finally marry. The diners applause is what makes this video so amazing.

Via Buzzfeed 

Finally, over on Autostraddle, one trans woman writes about how there is no right or wrong way to be trans in I’m A Trans Woman And I’m Not Interested In Being One Of The “Good Ones”.

Via Reddit

Main image: The I-35 Bridge in Minneapolis lit up in rainbow colours to support same-sex marriage via Buzzfeed.


Jamie Bull

HomoElectric started back in the late ’90s as a queer spin-off from legendary Mancunian disco Electric Chair and is currently headed by the inspirational Luke Unabomber and resident deejay Jamie Bull. In recent years they have taken their club for a spin in East London with hugely successful residencies at The Shacklewell Arms and Dalston Superstore. Body Talk resident Rokk chatted to Jamie about music, nightlife and the sound of E minor…

Rokk: What was the first record you remember buying?

Jamie: My first album was Abba ‘Super Trouper’ (such a cliché, sorry). I was four at the time and I distinctly remember the man behind the counter asking me if I wanted it on record or cassette. I chose cassette, and I still have it.

Rokk: How did HomoElectric come about?

Jamie: I think HomoElectric started for two reasons. Firstly, as a reaction to an increasingly commercial and homogonised gay scene. Musically it had lost its ‘underground’. There was a feeling that previous gay generations had their own great underground music scenes… the ‘70s had disco, the ‘80s had Hi-NRG and proto house. What did we have? Britney? Secondly, it wanted to disregard the notion that on a Saturday night your straight mates went to club X, and your gay mates went to club Y. We were after something more inclusive.

Rokk: What does love feel like?

Jamie: Love feels like an E Minor chord, some cowbells, and a smile from a stranger.

Rokk: Describe your perfect night out…

Jamie: Hours of dancing to E minor chords, cowbells, and smiling at strangers. Do you see a pattern here….?!

Rokk: What’s the worst thing you’ve been asked while DJing?

Jamie: The most insulting one was when a girl said to me “Can you play something different because it makes me want to open a vein.” I asked her what she would prefer to hear, she replied “Rick Astley.”

Rokk: How did you get into DJing?

Jamie: I was seduced by my first visit to a nightclub. I went to an under 18’s night, I was 14 at the time and loved hearing the 12″ versions of the current hits. Whilst everyone else spent their time snogging I spent the night peering into the DJ booth. By the time I was legally old enough to be in a club I had learned how to mix and harvested a record collection. I got my first proper gig at Uni in the Students Union’s nightclub. It’s all I’ve ever wanted to do and being in nightclubs is where I feel at home.

Rokk: What can we expect from HomoElectric in the future?

Jamie: 2013 will bring change in location for the Manchester nights as our venue Legends is being demolished. As for London, I’m remaining tight-lipped for now, but it will be focusing on building on the success it’s having.

Rokk: Name your Top Ten HomoElectric tracks?

Jamie: My top 10 HomoElectric tracks of all time are (in no particular order)…

Todd Terje – Eurodans

Nick Chacona & Anthony Mansfield – Oh Snap (Greg Wilson remix)

Jackie Moore – This Time Baby

Simian Mobile Disco – Cruel Intentions

The Units – High Pressure Days (Rory Phillips mix)

Ronnie Dyson – It’s All Over Your Face

Maya Jane Coles – What They Say (Dyed Soundorom remix)

Oliver $ – Doin Ya Thang

Sana Doris – Pseudo Wind

The Pointer Sisters – Automatic

Jamie Bull plays Body Talk on Saturday 18th August alongside DJ Rokk, Tristan Reed and Charlie Bones from 9pm – 3am.

Macho City

We’re resurrecting MACHO CITY for a special one-off this Thursday night at Dalston Superstore starring the original triumvirate of Dave Kendrick, Charlie Porter and Dan Beaumont. Not only was MACHO CITY a weekly Thursday homosexualist hoe-down at the Joiners Arms, it was also a weekly newsletter edited by Charlie with contributions from a stable of international reporters including DOG CORRESPONDENT, POLARI CORRESPONDENT (Ms DORIS DeTINSEL) and MACHO CITY’S OWN SHARON MARSHALL among many, many others. Here are some excepts from… a selection of… THE WEEK IN MACHO!

 *****MACHO CITY*****



+ every Wednesday from the land of MACHO… HERE IS THE NEWS!


[*DISCLAIMER* If some of these aren’t actually adjectives, don’t hate us! This is sourced from those who work in fashion! English Language O-Level ain’t high on their job requirement lists]



 /////THE MEN OF MACHO #19/////

////////DALEY THOMPSON////////////

This is a special request MEN OF MACHO! Last week, if you recall, we celebrated the perfect chest hair equilibrium that is Tom Selleck. “Oh yes about Tom Selleck,” came the message from our VISAGE CORRESPONDENT [not VISAGE as in the band, but all matters of the face], “Oh and also, Daley Thompson is the black Tom Selleck:


Watching the Olympics over the summer, we felt a draw that we couldn’t explain. Why did we want to watch the decathlon? BORING! Not just one dull sport, but TEN of them. Yet it held such a strong lure. Why why why? 


MACHO CITY was OBSESSED with Daley Thompson. Moustache. Muscle. Bulk. Running shorts. And he won a pretty medal thing!



time to snuggle up to a beard!!!







Macho City Dog Correspondant

Do you find it cute?


or a tad Weird?

Tell me!

I’m so confused!

(It is an apparently new X-breed of pug/staffie AKA a Paffie? or a Stug? or a Stapuggie?)
Here is another example: 

Macho City Dog Correspondant
Ooooh fashion journalists are only meant to write about DIY style now aren’t they?

What with everyone being poor and stuff

What with none of the advertisers advertising so there’s no need for credits and stuff

And what with everyone really wanting to join knitting circles/the WI/jam-making class yeah right

HEY so here’s our first ever and probably last DIY GUIDE TO THE FASHIONS!

a) Head to any old supermarket
b) Have with you a fabulous cloth bag, best if given free to the front row at one of those fancy FASHION EAST affairs!
c) MACHOCITY’s was that black one with that bright yellow NATASCHA STOLLE croc print on it
d) lovely!
e) now then go to a supermarket
f) oh, that was point a)
g) anyway go there
h) and head straight to the WINE aisle
i) then go directly to the shelf of WINE BOXES
j) go through WINE CHOICE HELL
k) oh god!
l) white wine psychosis?
m) or red wine gumminess?
o) oh, let’s have psychosis
p) take a box of white wine
q) take it to that self-service check-out bit
r) scan it
s) the machine beeps arrghhh!
t) the nice man has to come and tell the machine you’re not a child
u) honest
v) amazing! it’s yours
w) put the wine box in the cloth bag
x) get on london’s underground service!
y) don’t act immediately
z) but size up your companions in the carriage
zz) then once you’ve got their measure
zzz) dip your hands into the cloth bag!
zzzz) and start to tear open the box!
zzzzz) AMAZING!
zzzzzz) who wants the box when…
zzzzzzz) inside…
zzzzzzzz) is a WINE BAG!
zzzzzzzzz) A SILVER WINE BAG!
zzzzzzzzzz) complete with its own pump!
zzzzzzzzzzzz) they’re silver
zzzzzzzzzzzzzz) amazing
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzz) oooh look!
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz) the underground has gone to town!
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz) and it’s GAY DAY!
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz) oooh la!
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz) first off, keep WINE BAG in the cloth bag
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz) don’t want to reveal all too early
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz) plus you need to let the wine go down a bit first too
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz) have a few glasses
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz) then
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz) out comes the bag and…
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz) OMG it’s a DIY clutch!
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz) and it’s the best clutch in the world because it contains wine!
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz) AMAZING!
zzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzzz) that is all


Gay Icons exhibition, National Portrait Gallery, London W1

Ooooh look our POLARI CORRESPONDENT, Ms DORIS DeTINSEL, has been to that photography show of GAY ICONS! I wonder what she thought?

HEY and more to the point, 










Here’s DORIS!

“Omies and palones of this MACHOCITY thing…. I’m back!!- I tried to get me gay icons list into that NATIONAL PORTRAIT GALLERY but they wouldn’t let me in with these heels, so without delay, here’s DORIS DeTINSEL’S list of Gay Icons! They’re much better than that Sharon…sorry…. Elton John’s!


Them that were ROBBED of first prize on that BRITAIN’S GOT TALENT. On the telly. Ooooh it was bonaroo, with HER with the massive thews doing that opera, and HER doing them flowers! Such talent!

Duncan Norvelle

Now she was BOLD! I’d chase her anyday!!
H from steps

Such lovely riah! That Lisa was a bitch though, and NO willets!!
Grotbags OFF THAT Rod Hull and Emu
Sue Ellen off of the Dallas

What a role model for us palones! And she liked her vera I can tell you.
Second one from the left in The Dooleys 

I need say nowt here, me old coves. She could screech a tune
The Kate Walsh

Her off of that apprentice who came second. She’s now on the telly on that Lorraine Kelly’s telly show as a presenter. Her presenting style is akin to that one off the Muppets who sang “Mahna Mahna”
Gay Grandad ted from Corrie

Gay Grandad Ted is the omi-palone who looks like Davros. Gay Grandad Ted is also fathered Gail, who only discovered that Gay Grandad Ted was her dad recently. She took it on the chin. Gay Grandad Ted is David Platt’s Grandad
Dusty Bin

so HOT!!! so Bona!!
Teresa from corrie

Now there’s an eek!! We Cove Teresa and her scheming! We cove dona poisoners!! We cove kebab eating Dona’s
Brendan from the coach trip on the telly

What a lacoddy. And so meese!
Brendans video blog:
Shahbaz from that Big Brother
Well she liked a barney that one. And she was , well…. so!
Dennis Nielsen 

Ooooh she could sing!! What a screech!! She was SO Dally! Or is she called Phyllis Nelson? Oh well, she’s bona whatever her name.
Fayette Pinkney (RIP) off of the Three degrees

the first degree. And so much better than that Sarah Ferguson, the second one.
Samantha Fox

The gift that keeps on giving. That dona’s best known for her RSC portrayal of King Lear. In a leotard. Oh and those jubes! She’s a bibi you know!!”


Tasty Tim

One of the original innovative trailblazers who shaped London’s disco and alternative gay scene in the early ’80s, Tasty Tim has been an integral part of everything fun and flamboyant going on in the capital since. He’s seen it all, done it all, and played at all the most pioneering club nights and been a very welcome guest here at Superstore. He returns on Saturday 5th May to play Delirium alongside Jaime Ritchie and Kris Di Angelis so we caught up with him to ask all about his prestigious DJing history…

What prompted you to first start DJing?

It wasn’t something I’d intended on doing or even given any thought to, it just “happened”. I was working in a record shop on Kings Road that was owned by Rusty Egan (of Blitz club and Visage fame). We flogged all the fab electronic tracks that Rusty used to spin at his clubnights. It was a great place to hang out, hear the latest tunes and swap make-up tips and that was just the boys! I mean we’re talking back in 1981 here. You HAD to have the face on if you were stepping out on the Kings Road.

Steve Strange and Rusty had had such great success with their one-nighter club events like Blitz and Hell that other people were catching on (or should that be cashing in?) on the idea and new nights were starting to happen. One such venue that wanted a slice of the action was the almighty Heaven. So vast and cavernous that it could easily accommodate what they called an “alternative” night in a back room, hidden away from the rest of the club. The night was called Cha-Cha and was so quirky that the music for the night was all on pre-recorded cassettes. I’m not sure why they decided to change it to having DJs but I’m very glad they did because that’s how I got started. I’d met one of the promoters at the record shop who invited me to the club and then almost as an after thought said “Why don’t you bring some records and you can play them at the club.” VERY clever promoting if you ask me!

And that’s how it started…I got the DJ bug. Apparently, there is still no cure.

The alternative gay scene of the 80s is massively influential – what was special about those years and why do you think the legend endures?

It’s actually a bit of an urban myth that the alternative scene of the 80s was solely a gay scene. In fact it was very very mixed. All the really great nights were a melting pot. That’s what made them so special. The Mud club in particular had a really fantastic blend of straights, gays, boys, girls and everything in-between. Even Taboo was a very mixed-up affair. It wasn’t about your sexuality it was about having a certain style or a certain attitude and that is part of the legend that has endured. Any great club night has to have the right blend, too much of one thing or another is just boring. Get the mix right and you’ve got yourself a hit.

What has been your craziest gig?

I can tell you the most dangerous! I was DJing in Moscow once at a really big event. I was up on a stage spinning away and behind me on big podiums were naked go-go boys in paddling pools splashing around and throwing beach balls. All good fun. But of course they got over excited and decided to try and soak the crowd as well but it didn’t quite make it into the crowd, it was landing on me! That I could just about cope with (it was rather a warm night so it was quite refreshing really) but then it started hitting the decks and the mixer. Even I know that electrics and water don’t mix. Smoke was starting to come from the mixer. Not good. Not good at all.

Luckily the promoter was on hand and we quickly decided to put one of the planned drag shows on early so we could shut the music down and change the mixer. Which, bless them, they did in record quick time, saving the night and what could have been one very toasted tranny. The go-go boys and their paddling pools were never seen again. Shame really.

What is special about London’s gay scene today?

There is just sooooo much choice. Something for everyone. Personally I still prefer a “mixed” crowd, still an 80’s girl at heart I guess. Luckily the Superstore mix it up just right and I can’t wait to play there on the 5th.

What are your plans for the future?

To carry on carrying on! I have a new night with Lady Lloyd called Lost in Music which starts June 23rd at a new venue in Vauxhall. We’re super excited about that one, it’s gonna be H.O.T. I’m also planning a return to the studio. Gonna throw out a few tunes. It’s been quite a while! Watch this space.

Tasty Tim plays Delirium here at Dalston Superstore on Saturday 5th May from 9pm to 3am.

Positive East

We’ve been working closely with local HIV charity Positive East for some time now – we’ve run events on two consecutive World Aids Days as well as a successful collaboration with our flagship night Body Talk. We thought it was about time we caught up with our friends at the organisation for a chat about their work in the area…

Can you introduce Positive East to people who might not be familiar with it?

In a nutshell, Positive East is your community HIV charity. We work closely with people living with and affected by HIV in East London, to give them the best possible opportunity to live full and independent lives. We support people affected by HIV, as well as tackling  the issue of late diagnosis and stigma and discrimination. There’s over 8,000 people in London who are HIV positive and don’t know about it.

If you could impart one message to the east London LGBT community what would it be?

Get tested. Our HIV testing campaign is titled It’s Better To Know for a reason. By knowing your HIV status, you can deal with it effectively. We know it can seem quite daunting, but our aim is to make HIV testing as regular activity as going to the dentist. If I can impart one more message, it would be to get involved with events like the ones we hold at Superstore. Funds raised from these events are essential to support our HIV testing programme, as well as our vital gay men’s outreach services.

What does the charity do on a more day-to-day basis?

Support groups and advice work make up two of the biggest sections of our service. The support groups help people re-connect with a community they may have otherwise become isolated from, and our advice workers make sure people living with HIV can sustain their independence at really difficult times in their lives.

We also spend our time organising exciting awareness and fundraising events to support the vast ongoing work of Positive East. 

Why do you think East London, as opposed to any other area in the capital, benefits so much from a charity like Positive East?

There’s a large “at risk” population of people living with HIV in East London, as well as a higher than average rate of late diagnosis. And again a higher risk of those people affected by HIV living in poverty or experiencing homelessness. Therefore, we make our services as accessible as possible to even the most isolated communities in East London. The needs of people living with HIV are constantly evolving; we take these on board, and provide a service which benefits those most in need.

What kind of fund-raising activities do you undertake and why is it so important to the continuation of the charity?

One of our biggest fundraising successes over the last couple of years has been our ever-growing relationship with Dalston Superstore, and other local venues who are kind enough to give us their door money once or twice a year, and we’re on hand to give out condoms and spread the message… Just to give you an idea – each HIV test costs just £10; the support of local East End venues helped us raise £5,000 in 2011. Following cuts of up to 30% to some of our services, these activities have never been more important in helping us continue to support people affected by HIV in East London.

For more information on Positive East find them on Facebook, follow them on Twitter, or e-mail them.


The second annual Fringe! gay and lesbian film festival is almost upon us! We asked organiser and local hero Mr Alexander Karotsch to give us the lowdown…

Please explain what Fringe! is for the uninitiated

Fringe! is a DIY and community film and arts festival that takes place across various venues in East London over one long weekend in April.

Who is involved?

There are six of us in the core team, an increase of three from the first year. Liz is our producer extraordinaire, Anna heads up the First Love Project and works with me on press, Konstantinos is one of our curators and programmers along with Josefeen and Muffin. I work on publicity, programming and general organising (which sometimes results in me bossing around everyone, in the nicest possible way).

And then there’s of course our myriad of collaborators without who the festival just wouldn’t be possible. There are too many to list here so check out the programme on our website to see who we’re working  with this year. 

Why did you start it

We set up the festival in 2011 in response to the LLGFF being cut down from two to only one week. To make up for the missing weekend the three founding members (Liz, Anna and me) we decided to put on some films over the ‘lost’ weekend. It quickly ballooned from showing a few films into a full blown festival with loads of stuff from interactive events to talks and from performance art to parties happening. We had something on offer for everyone, from the thought provoking to the playful. We organised the whole festival in just two months. Putting together a weekend of events in such a short time was pretty mental but it really paid off and the first festival was a huge success. This year the LLGFF is thankfully back to an almost full run but we’ve decided that there’s a space for us to do something that’s maybe a little bit different and also reaches a different audience. Showing films is still at our very core but we’ve expanded the programme to also include more events, performance and art including our first commission Super 8 Cam, which will be showing in the DSS basement over the Fringe! weekend.

What makes East London unique?

There is an amazing creative spirit and community in East London who we are incredibly thankful for and indebted to, from filmmakers, artists, graphic and fashion designers to DJs, musicians, trannies and performers.

It’s a bit like the village where I come from where everyone knows everyone just much better. No-one’s going to run to tell my mum if I’ve done something wrong but the whole village might still find out.

It’s also an incredibly international environment which makes it super easy to establish contact with likeminded people all over the world, whether in London itself or abroad.

What is the First Love Project?

The First Love Project is our community outreach programme which we are running for the first time this year. It is designed to get young gay people in East London, especially those from ethnic minority groups, involved in filmmaking. To start off the project we have set up a Vimeo site where anyone can upload a short video about their first love, whoever or whatever that might have been. A selection of the best videos will be screened at Rich Mix and after the screening there will be discussions and workshops for anyone who wants to learn more about TV, film and radio.

Who are the up-and-coming local film makers we should be on the lookout for?

Antonio da Silva is a friend of ours, originally from Portugal and now living in East London. We’ll be showing his short Mates, about online flirting, random internet hookups, social media and pornography, before our opening film I Want Your Love, and he is also one of the filmmakers who is contributing to Super 8 Cam.

Another of our favourites is Campbell X who produces experimental films and shorts which combine both fiction and documentary elements. Her first feature Stud Life about a lesbian and her best gay friend is having its premiere at the LLGFF.

Look out for the Fringe! meets Hot Boy Dancing Spot party at Superstore on April 13th (after the In Bed With Madonna late-night screening at the Rio!)

Have a look at the Fringe website for more information on what’s happening over the festival

LIKE their fanpage on Facebook.
Drinks will be sponsored by Briska Cider.