16th Annual HRC Greater New York Gala on Frebruary 11, 2017. (Photo: www.JeffreyHolmes.com)

Meryl Streep: Stand up, be up, Act up!

Need a break from the Trump train? Trying to find away out for the foetal position after last nights bizarre and terrifying Whitehouse presser? Then its worth heading Streep’s way again and listening to her full speech for the Human Rights Campaign and imagining for a moment what it could be like if a leader of the free world spoke words that inspired not baffled, united not divided. Because, as Meryl so eloquently stated at the HMC Awards, a world filled people with targets on their foreheads placed there by the Trump administration needs us. They need us right now.

“It compels me to stand up in front of people and say words that haven’t been written for me, but that come from my life, from my convictions, and I have to stand up. It’s embarrassing and it is terrifying to put the target on your forehead, and it sets you up for all sorts of attacks by armies of brownshirts and bots and worse. And the only way you can do it is to feel you have to, you don’t have an option you have no option is to stand up. Be up. Act up!” Meryl Streep

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Perfect Distraction: COEO’s Mydonna on Toy Tonics

House music brings me joy. End of. Toy Tonics ensure that joy is endless with their constant flow of the good stuff as perfectly illustracted with this beaut from COEO. Mydonna is everything you could want from a groove, subtle yet scorching, deep yet accessible, and yeah, funky as hell. Which seems to be a tradition with Toy Tonics, the Berlin label that’s been rocking my world since 2013. Always in the best of year charts in our house, they constantly deliver right good tunes. Best you get toyed up today.

COEO’s Mydonna Toy Tonics Pre-order ahead of its digital release on 17th February here or buy now on vinyl here Yes buy not steal. Remember kids, home taping is killing music.

 

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Perfect distraction: My girl and Stevie continue to knock me off my feet

I’m a right lucky bugger and I don’t care if I’m gonna bore you with it. Something I never thought I’d ever really deserved happened to me almost 25 year ago and ever since that moment she came into my life this song is, well, everything. I still get butterflies. I still get a grin wider than my natural resting face can cope with every time I hear Stevie sings this wonder and think of her. My girl. My life. My reason for being knocked off my feet. Over and over again. Happy Valentines to my darling and to every darling out there. #lovewins

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Perfect Distraction: Kiki The Movie

Paris Is Burning seared into my soul from the moment the title sequence rolled many voguing moons ago. The passion, the pain and the perfect dance moves threw shade over every queer celluloid adventure I’d previously seen. It got me. A achingly honest portrayal of race, class, gender, and sexuality in America that I will always cherish.

Kiki The Movie looks like joining Paris Is Burning in the ranks of unmissable documentary. Promising “a riveting and complex insight into a safe space created and governed by LGBTQ youth of color, who are demanding happiness and political power” it looks set to deliver “an exciting coming of age story about agency, resilience and the transformative artform that is voguing”. Which is all good with me. I’ve always been a sucker for a pop, dip and spin. And I’ve a feeling I’m gonna fall as deep for Twiggy Pucci Garçon,  Chi Chi, Gia, Chris, Divo, Symba and Zariya as hard as I did for Pepper LaBeija, Dorian Corey, Angie Xtravaganza, and Willi Ninja. Because this butch loves a queen or…eleven.

Kiki : a film by Sara Jordenö and Twiggy Pucci Garcon Showing at selected theatres and on demand from February 24th #NotAboutUsWithoutUs Web | Twitter | Facebook

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Home Service’s LGBT+ History Month celebration continues on RadioReverb

Its time to celebrate with Wildblood and Queenie (and a certain househead called Jack) as Home Service returns to RadioReverb with the second of our LGBT+ History Month Specials. An hour of histrionic broadcasting like no other, Home Service will a personal celebration of the finest LGBT+ house music clubs as we salute those who inspired us to get behind the decks and all those clubbers that wiggled down the disco with us.

From those heady days at Club Shame, the sexy sensation that was Venus Rising at Brixton’s Fridge, the irresistible sauciness of Wild Fruit, the glorious underground nights at  Zanzibar, the wigged up glamour of Housewife’s Choice at The Loft (oh those pinnies), the wonders of Brighton Pride partying on the park, the joys of Coco Latte,  the pure house grooves of Queer Nation, the morning glory that was Rebel, the brilliance of Calabash, the DIY delights of Lovestick, the fabulousness of Frequency,  the coolness of Koochy, the hotness that was Monkey at The Gloucester, the hot housekids of Kinky Dangerous, the sweet sessions at The Candy Bar and, erm (cough), Wet Pussy at Charles Street, to the divine terrace clubbing at Dirty Sunset Disco and the legendary Sunday Sundae, Home Service will help reignite memories we all cherish.  All regal like.

And with diva action from Kim English and Barbara Tucker, a fierce sashay with RuPaul plus spellbinding wonders from Black Magic, Inner City, ATFC, Ralphi Rosario, Salif Keita, Ministers Da Funk and Bob Sinclar, it’s gonna sound as stonkingly good as the memories we all have of our shared nightclub history. Just how we like it.

Wildblood & Queenie’s Home Service LGBT+ History Month Special

Saturday 18th February 2017 19:00 RadioReverb 97.2FM DAB radioreverb.com

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Perfect Distraction: Oh Wonder All We Do

It may well be my never ending crush on Nicola Walker, it may be a proud honourary auntie moment (Wesley you never stop impressing me), it could be that haunting piano intro or it maybe just me being a sucker for the Brighton touch in the opening title sequence of ITV’s recent drama Unforgotten but I’ve fallen for Oh Wonder’s All We Do. Like I do.

Oh Wonder’s Oh Wonder is out now on Universal. Buy here. Yes buy not steal. Remember kids, home taping is killing music.

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One Day Without Us

Just one question. Where would we be without them? I know where I would be. My wife wouldn’t be here because they wouldn’t be there to heal her. I wouldn’t have been abled to study for my degree. My cats wouldn’t be treated. My house wouldn’t be warm. My clubbing life wouldn’t be as rich or vibrant (or occasionally very random). Those late night beachside conversations would never happen. My bus wouldn’t arrive.My flat white coffee wouldn’t taste so good. My Brighton Pride weekend wouldn’t be as brilliant. My street wouldn’t be cleaned. My parents wouldn’t be cared for. My nieces and nephew wouldn’t be taught all they needed. My life wouldn’t be as rich and cultured and glorious and my country wouldn’t be as wonderfully diverse as it is. Without migration we are not whole. So stand with every migrant who’s built our lives, made our cities and created our amazing nationwide community on the 20th of February and say loud and proud “without you we are nothing”.

Oh and just for the record it may have been way back in 1066 but this Huguenot ain’t no Anglo-Saxon. We were cobblers in France don’t you know.

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For info and details of events on 20th Feb 2017 check out 1DayWithoutUs 

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