Hello queer people of the world! Pride is here and we are so happy about it! Here at YASS we believe that Pride should not be celebrated only for one month, but all year long! Because Pride is the freedom to be who you want, wear what you fancy, show who you are and celebrate life the way you want to live it!
With June being the Pride month internationally, we have one more reason to celebrate. YASS is giving you the chance to attend the most glamorous and VIP Pride events in London. The only way to enter our exclusive competition is to visit the official IG page of YASS Magazine (@yasspress), leave a comment on the last post, tag 2 friends of yours and specify the number of the event you want to attend. Good luck!
Below follow the Pride 2019 exclusive events that YASS is offering to you.
1) VIP Official Pride after party with PUSSY PALACE, JACK MAYNARD, RED GREG and CORRINA JOSEPH
2) LET’S TALK ABOUT DIVERSITY panel discussion moderated by DIVA MAGAZINE’S LINDA RILEY including CHARLIE CONDOU and SINITTA
3) Drag Bingo Brunch with TIMBERLINA
4) Bespoke LIPSINKERS Cabaret show
5) Strip Light Productions Comedy night with star line up including SHAPPI KHORSANDI
6) PRIDE’S GOT TALENT
h Club London (formerly The Hospital Club) are pleased to announce their celebratory events for this year’s LondonPride 2019. The eclectic line-up includes entertainment, panel discussions and comedy from a host of queer activists and celebrity guests. With sponsorship from Absolut Vodka, guests will enjoy a free drink upon arrival at each event. The events run from Thursday 27th June – Saturday 6th July, and promises to be a vibrant celebration of the LGBTQ+ community.
To launch this year’s Pride events, h Club are partnering with Belgian artist Achraf Amiri who will design a Pride themed window for the front of the building. Belgium born with Moroccan heritage, he is a Creative Director and Illustrator, with a unique artistic and artisanal flair. Inspired by the world around him, Achraf Amiri always interprets his works with a self-reflection and a critical eye, and has been commissioned by renowned luxury brands and collaborated with a series of international organisations, fashion houses and publicists. The design will be revealed on Monday 1st July and be on display for a week.
At h Club, the wide-ranging entertainment on offer provides something for everyone to enjoy. Try your luck at the Drag Bingo Brunch with Timberlina (Saturday 29th June at12PM), followed by a PRIDE music night (8PM). East London Life Drawing will be hosting a life drawing class (Sunday 30th June at 4pm) with trans sex worker Sue Gives a F**k, and the ‘beating spleen of London’s alternative cabaret’ LipSinkers have created bespoke show I WAS THE BABY just for h Club (Tuesday 2nd July at 8.30PM), followed by Strip Light Productions’ dazzling comedy night (Wednesday 3rd July at 7.30PM), with the line-up including ShappiKhorsandi and Stephen Bailey. Pride’s Jubilee Variety Show (Friday 5th July at 8PM) is hosted by Michael Twaits, featuring Busty & Ginger, Channel No5 and many more amazing talents from the LGBT+ community, and promises to be a night to remember, and h Club will be hosting the VIP Official Pride After Party (Saturday 6th July), with Pussy Palace and Jack Maynard amongst the guests.
The panels and discussions provide an opportunity to engage with the themes at the heart of Pride Week. The Let’s Talk about Diversity panel (Thursday 27th June 7.30PM), moderated by Linda Riley of DIVA Magazine explores diversity in all guises, with guests including Sinitta, Charlie Condou and Pride Co-Chair Alison Camps. 50 Years of LGBT/PRIDE (Monday 1st July at 7.30PM) is celebrated with a panel and discussion about Stonewall, legalities and HIV, with the panel including Brian Paddick, Heather and Jake Graff, Matthew Todd and Nneka Nwolko, and Dan Le Motte presents A History of Queer Soho (Thursday 3rd July 7.30pm), a discussion about the hidden queer history of Soho nights and the people who inhabited its spaces.
Whilst h Club events are often reserved for member’s only, they will be partnering with DIVA Magazine to give away 175 free tickets to LGBTQ+ charities and communities. A hub for creatives in LA and London, h Club is full of people, idea and culture. The Pride week programming represents an on-going commitment to provide an eclectic mix of programming that caters to its diverse and ever-growing clientele.
Michael Berg, h Club said:
“Here at h Club we are proud to consider ourselves an ally of the LGBTQ community. We are immensely proud to support Pride as it reflects the diversity of our membership and our members programme. I believe our club contributes in providing an environment to inspire the next generation of LGBTQ creatives.”
LET’S TALK ABOUT DIVERSITY PANEL DISCUSSION
Moderated by Linda Riley – founder of DIVA Magazine and the Diversity Awards
Thurs 27th June – 7:30PM
Alison Camps – Pride-Co Chair
Charlie Condou – Actor
Annie Wallace- Actress/singer TBC
Sinitta – singer
DRAG BINGO BRUNCH WITH TIMBERLINA
Sat 29th June – 12PM
As part of our week-long PRIDE celebrations, glamorous hirsute hostess Timberlina and ultra-dashing DJ Neil Prince bring the legendary Big Bingo Show to the Club for a salubrious brunch time bingo of finely tuned shambolic hilarity, impromptu dance routines and sing-alongs.
The Big Bingo Show has been a weekly resident at the Royal Vauxhall Tavern bringing fun days to Mondays for over 10 years
The world’s No. 1 eco-friendly drag lady Timberlina creates irreverent and informatively fun events from low-brow cabaret to high-brow museum tours.
Neil Prince is one of London’s premier DJs with an encyclopedic knowledge of popular music.
PRIDE’S JUBILEE MUSIC SHOW
Sat 29th June – 8PM
The Pride in London & h Club “Music” show, hosted by Michael Twaits and featuring the latest undiscovered “Music” by individual artists, bands and groups from across the LGBT+ community, including Emmett and Elenic. All proceeds from ticket sales to Pride in London CIC.
GREATEST SHOWMAN SING-A-LONG
Sun 30th June – 2PM
You’ve watched it once… you’ve watched it twice… it’s the hit film musical that everybody loves and can’t stop singing. This month we invite you to a special sing-a-long screening of The Greatest Showman.
We strongly recommend bringing your inner superstar in this one-off musical screening.
Fancy dress and singing along are strongly encouraged.
EAST LONDON LIFE DRAWING PRESENTS: SUE GIVES A F**K
Sun 30th June – 4pm
As part of our 10-day program celebrating PRIDE, we are very excited to bring you a very special life drawing class together with East London Life Drawing and model for the afternoon, Sue Gives A F**k.
Sue Gives A F**k is a trans sex-worker who started life in front of RuPaul, as a finalist in RuPaul’s Drag Race and UK Ambassador. It was her first time in drag, it was too much, and she didn’t like it. Since then she’s gone on to host countless sell-out shows, perform with Charlotte Church and Ian Mckellan, win The Glory’s Lipsync 1000, in which 100 of the UK’s best drag artists performed, and get crowned by Michelle Visage in this year’s You Better Werk competition. Now she’s largely abandoned her adoring fans in cabaret to perform on the comedy scene. She is the co-founder and co-host of Transgressions, a rapidly expanding podcast in which essentially, she has sex with people to work out what her gender is.
ELLD is London’s most laidback and inclusive life drawing session, led by professional artist, Ed Firth.
The afternoon will be fun and frisky, whisking through some 60 second sketches to get you warmed up and relaxed, progressing through longer poses of 6, 10 and 15 minutes, breaking for refreshments and a gab in the middle and then finishing with a 20-30 minute pose. You’ll have about 15 drawings under your belt in 2 hours and should be millennial pink with pride!
All materials will be provided.
50 YEARS OF LGBT/PRIDE PANEL AND DISCUSSION
Mon 1st July – 7:30PM
Panel discussing Stonewall, legalities and HIV.
Hannah and Jake Graff
Dr Nneka Nwokolo
LIPSINKERS ENTERTAINMENT SHOW
Tues 2nd July – 8:30PM
The LipSinkers have been the beating spleen of London’s alternative cabaret scene for almost 15years. Putting on a bespoke show just for h Club, I WAS THE BABY is the sort of cartoon cabaret you might find in a horse drawn village hall dragged by bears between Pere La Chaise and Teddington Lock. The time keeps shifting from 12:15pm to 1895AD. Characters arrive, formats depart; Have you ever been to the train station? And then it’s time to go. Is that Farah Fawcett on the phone or just another science test?
Strip Light Productions Presents
Wed 3rd July – 7:30PM
David Mills (MC)
A HISTORY OF QUEER SOHO WITH DAN LE MOTTE
Thurs 4th July – 7:30PM
Throughout history, Soho has always been a place for ‘others’ to live, work and congregate: artists, European migrants, political exiles, travellers, bohemians, and Queer people. In this hour-long discussion with Dan de la Motte, discover the hidden Queer history of the night-time spaces in this area (including right here on Endell Street); the bars and clubs that operated in the years before decriminalisation in 1967, often right under the police’s nose. Learn about Soho’s leading lesbian power-couple, ‘the cult of the clitoris’, police entrapment and raids, Polari (the secret gay code) and incredible and inspiring stories of queer people standing up to oppression and their oppressors.
Dan de la Motte is a performer, curator, producer and activist specialising in Queer heritage. He is a tour guide and facilitator for Queer Tours of London.
PRIDE’S JUBILEE VARIETY SHOW
Fri 5th July – 8PM
The Pride in London Jubilee Variety show hosted by Michael Twaits, featuring Busty & Ginger, Channel No5 and many more amazing talents from the LGBT+ community. It will be a memorable night! All proceeds to Pride in London CIC.
VIP OFFICIAL PRIDE AFTER PARTY
Sat 6th July – 8PM Until Late
h Club are very proud and excited to be working with Pride in London to host the official Pride after-party. It is Pride’s most diverse, inclusive and fabulous club night yet. Taking over the whole club there will be three separate areas featuring the best in uplifting, house, disco, techno and pop music from some of the most forward-thinking and diverse artists and DJs. Performing will be Pxssy Palace, Charlie Powell, DJ Charlie London, Red Greg and Corinna Jospeh.
About h Club
h Club London is a unique private member’s club in the heart of Covent Garden for members of the creative industries. A vibrant hub of creativity – full of people, idea and culture – where innovators from across the creative disciplines merge and creativity has no limits. h Club was founded by Paul G. Allen, global philanthropist and co-founder of Microsoft and musician, Dave Stewart in 2004. The seven-story building houses a TV Studio, an art Gallery, restaurant and bars, a 36-seater screening room, a live performance space and 15 boutique bedrooms. With a calendar of cultural and social events, members are encouraged to Connect, Collaborate and Create with one another.
h Club LA is the Club’s debut US extension, a vibrant home away from home for creatives on the West Coast. The second venture for the group has 5 floors of entertainment spaces, including a rooftop restaurant and terrace, screening room, co-working space, a Salon, a pool, a purpose-built performance space, various restaurants and lounges and 35 bedrooms. Bringing together those at the forefront of the Los Angeles creative communities, h Club’s community is thriving at a time when the lines between creative disciplines are becoming increasingly blurred and global innovators are setting their sights on the West Coast.
About h Foundation
h Foundation, the Club’s philanthropic arm, was created in 2014 to formalize their commitment to philanthropy. Since this time the work of the foundation has reached over 2000 young people by providing opportunities to access, explore and excel in the creative industries. It seeks to champion emerging creative talent and provide inspiration, education, work and skills for local young people, helping them to realize their potential within the creative industries.