Looking out the window today and Brighton Pride weekend seems a world away. Sun and sauciness. Campaigning and celebration. But luckily Latest TV’s QTube were there to capture the finer moments. Oh and an interview with my glorious missus Queen Josephine as we chatted to the gorgeous Torsten Hojer about curating the BrightonPride25 exhibition alongside Alf Le Flohic. Skip that bit if you wish (we do look a little “over-tired”) but enjoy the show. Brighton Pride does put on a good show.
Lea DeLaria makes my butch soul grin and my, yes, fat belly sing. In her interview with for Style Like U‘s What’s Underneath Project she definitely captures what I’ve felt for way too many years.
Years that started on Sunday mornings, counting down the hours as I sat frocked up in Sunday school till I could get back home and admire the uniformed heroes that were John Mills, David Niven, Jack Hawkins, Trevor Howard, Kenneth Moore and Denholm Elliott. Fantasies that became a kind of reality at Frinton’s rather posh jumble sales (a must-do for us poor kids on the wrong side of the Avenue), happy in the knowledge that the old lady working the gentlemen’s clothing section would save all the best bits, tuxedos and ties, suits and sartorial must-wears that I scurried home with each weekend. At first they were destined for the dressing up box; fearful as I was that although they fitted me I never would in this particular choice of clothing. Too butch, too boyish and ultimately not how I was supposed to look. But as the years went by and the frocks were discarded and my confidence grew in my sexuality (and The Smiths made it okay to wear men’s pyjama tops in public), I began my public dress up. Using clothes to project the baby butch inside of me, the person inside of me.
The person who got a kick outta being suited and booted. The person who’s first crushes were Dietrich, Hepburn and Streisand – not because the flowing locks but those suits – oh those suits. A person who adores decent tailoring and lusts after the bespoke (one day, one day!) The person happier in brogues than heels, waistcoats than wedding gown, button-down shirts than bikinis.
Ah yes bikinis. One of the many challenges my 38DD’s have thrown my way as a butch lass who prefers the lace-up to the leggings. The shirts never quite right, my chest to buxom to ensure the neck does up just so, my legs too short to find a trouser suit to fit. But I give it a go. Certain in the knowledge that not everything in Topdyke or Urban Lesfitters will do it, the hunt is always on for the other kind of butcher on the high street.
Since those early jumble days I’ve craved the authentic from uniforms to my neck attire (no fancy dress polyester hell will ever, ever work regardless how light-hearted the theme). And yet in the contradiction that is me (that’ll be the BPD) I find myself just a butch on the streets. The voice too camp at times, the loves in my life not that femme (although the missus does rock a bikini!), the sexual attractions too random to ever make me the butch my attire may occasional suggest. Which is why today I salute Lea DeLaria. She’s on point. Parading in her boxers, taking on the world and celebrating her glorious body. I’ll be thinking of her next time the looks come my way as I rifle through the men’s undies section after the perfect fitting boxer, next time I fiddle with my bowtie as I prepare to face the world, next time I pay tribute to Fatboy in a suitably floral shirt as I show the world I’m a butch (albeit one happy to embrace my more feminine side). Yes my hairdresser may wish I embrace a world without clippers and my doctor may suggest less pints and pies but I’m proud to be a big butch, even if I am a pussycat at heart.
Brighton DJ, RadioReverb presenter and Gscene cartoonist our Queen Josephine is ready to bang her hammer and is auctioning her Ouch House 200 artwork to fundraise for Brighton & Hove Pride and Friends of Brighton & Hove Hospitals.
The Ouch House 200 will be part of the Duke Of Norfolk’s Brighton Pride fundraising Community Art Show Auction alongside artists Sami Wood and Sam John with all proceeds donated to Brighton Pride and The Rainbow Fund for their continuing support of local LGBT charities and organisations as well as The Friends of Brighton & Hove Hospitals in recognition of the amazing support and care she received from staff whilst at The Royal Sussex Hospital.
Queen Josephine’s Ouch House 200 Auction
Duke Of Norfolk 113-114 Western Road Brighton BN1 2AB Friday 21st August 2015 6pm
Sealed bids welcome – please click the contact header above.
Limited Edition Ouch House 200 prints also available. 20% of all proceeds donated to Brighton & Hove Pride and Friends of Brighton & Hove Hospitals. A2 £40 / A3 £20. Order at the auction for free P&P or visit the Ouch House Shop.
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“It’s not about the space, its about the community that is inside that space”. Feeling the disco, feeling the house, feeling our history. Levan I love you. You made that thing I call church possible. Thank you.
Maestro is a documentary chronicling the early years of the NYC underground DJ/dance club culture, pioneered largely by gay, black & hispanic men. It’s a tribute to pioneering DJ’s like Larry Levan, David Mancuso, Frankie Knuckles, Nicky Siano and Tony Humphries. It features club regulars and DJ’s talking about NYC Disco/House clubs The Loft and the Paradise Garage.
So many Brighton Prides. So many tunes. So many magnificent memories. This month we celebrate them with our BrightonPride25 chart. A small token of our appreciation for every single DJ, promoter, Pride worker, volunteer, business, clubber, marcher, campaigner, overworked bar tender and wiggler. Without you Brighton Pride would not be the wonder it is today. Without you these tunes would not come with the grinned-filled proud memories they do today. Happy 25th anniversary Brighton Pride.
Lionel Richie All Night Long Bootleg White Label We may not know all the words but we know we feel Pride.
Donna Summer I Feel Love (Patrick Cowley Mega Mix) Casablanca The greatest record ever made deserves her place in our proud history
Soulsearcher feat. Donna Allen Feelin’ Love Soulfuric Deep As long as Donna sings we feel alive at Pride
Blaze Presents U.D.A. Feat. Barbara Tucker Most Precious Love Defected The smiles don’t get any bigger when this beauty kicks in
Simpson Tune Bring It Down (Da BMR’s Club Rework) Time Records A Sundae thumper that insists we come together
C-Mos 2 Million Ways (Axwell Remix) Zeitgeist This tune + Wild Fruit Big Top + Brighton Pride = goosebumps
Mantronix 77 Strings (Hifi Sean Vocal Dub) Southern Fried Feeling the bear love for this classic Pride anthem
Axwell Feel The Vibe Axtone Records Overexcited? You will be once you hear this corker
Sylvester You Make Me Feel (Mighty Real) Fantasy Gay. Gay. Gay. Is that gay enough for ya?
Diana Ross The Boss (Dimitri from Paris Remix) Defected When Pride does disco it does Diana
ATFC Feat. Inaya Day Reach Out To Me Net Works International Repeat after me. Queeeeeen Josephine.
Alison Limerick Where Love Lives (Frankie Knuckles & David Morales Remix) Arista A Pride classic still rocking us all these years later
Todd Terry and Prok & Fitch Something’s Going On Stealth Records Maker of one of our most memorable Pride Terrace moment’s ever
Original I Love U Baby WT Records Back in the day Wild Fruit tent brilliance courtesy of DJ Pete Hayward
Whitney Houston Million Dollar Bill (Frankie Knuckles Directors Club Mix) Arista One for the ladies that keeps the proud boys dancing till dawn
Gay Marvine Lost In Music (Original Mix) Solardisco Audio love for Green and the boys
Milk & Sugar Vs John Paul Young Love is in the Air Zeitgeist A Wild Fruit classic that keeps Mr Kemp happy all night long
Solu Music feat Kimblee Fade Hed Kandi There is no truth to the fact that Wildblood cried when she played this Pride Sunday Sundae. None whatsoever.
Derrick May Strings Of Life R&S Records Hands in the air. Guaranteed.
Freemasons feat. Amanda Wilson Love On My Mind Loaded Records Withouth this Mr Jones classic Pride wouldn’t be Pride.
Catch Wildblood and Queenie’s Home Service on RadioReverb and DJing at Brighton Pride Wild Fruit Big Top, Patterns Pride Terrace Party and Sunday Sundae Pride Reunion Party. perfectdistractions.com
Sunday Sundae is a club with history. Sunday Sundae is a club with heart. The very best of Brighton Pride official clubbing, nothing comes close to that moment on Pride Sunday when we all come together as one, arms in the air, anthem in our hearts and love all around. Yeah I’m being a bit loved up but seriously though no Pride celebration is quite like a Sunday Sundae Pride celebration.
And with a line-up of DJs that include the regal Queen Josephine, Kidology’s wonder boy Mikalis, the bear I can’t get enough of Paul Coals, Brighton house legend Pete Hayward, and Sundae saucepot Fredi Dimanche and more on the decks you just know its gonna be one hot mother of a party. Add the fact we all get to play in the stunning new venue Patterns with its glorious sunshine terrace, amazing state of the art soundsystem and perfect downstairs club space and well I’ve already got my Sundae Pride grin on.
Sunday Sundae. It’s earned its legendary status after years of saucy service. And it is a service I can’t wait to dive into. See you at the (sea) front.
Sunday Sundae Pride Reunion
Sunday 2nd August
Patterns, 10 Marine Parade, Brighton. BN2 1TL
For tickets and more info click here. Advance tickets highly recommended. They invented the word roadblock for parties such as this. The Sundae Sundae Reunion Party is a Brighton Pride event, with all profits going to The Rainbow Fund enabling them to support local LGBT+ charities and organisations.
So here she is. The Pride weather Queen. Forecasting sunshine and fabulousness for the entirety of Brighton & Hove Pride 2015. Queen Josephine. Keeping us grinning since 1806.
Catch Wildblood & Queenie doing their DJ thing throughout Pride including the Pride Festival in Preston Park, Pride Terrace Party at Patterns and Sunday Sundae at Patterns.
Brighton & Hove Pride 2015
Saturday & Sunday 1st-2nd August
Fundraising for the Rainbow Fund to support local LGBT+ charities and organisations. For more info and tickets check out www.brighton-pride.org
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