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Gay Television and Cable
Events and festivals
Internet

Magazines and Newspapers

There are over 80 gay magazines and newsletters listed in the GAY to Z Directory.

Get a full list of gay magazines.

The main titles are:

MONTHLY - Paid for:

  • Attitude (Vitality Publishing Ltd)
  • Diva (Lesbian - Millivres)
  • GT (formerly Gay Times - Millivres)

MONTHLY - Free:

  • +ve (Positive, national)
  • 3sixty (Brighton)
  • Bent (national - Leeds)
  • Fyne Times (Midlands)
  • g3 (Lesbian - national)
  • G-Scene (Brighton)
  • HOT (Saunas and bath houses)
  • One80 (London and South Coast)
  • Out in the City (London)
  • Out North West (Manchester)
  • Positive Nation (National)
  • QX Men (adult DVD reviews - national)
  • Scotsgay (Scotland)
  • Zone (Midlands)

WEEKLY - Paid for

  • Time Out

WEEKLY - Free

  • BOYZ (Greens Court Advertising Ltd)
  • QX (Firststar).

ANNUAL - Free

  • The GAY to Z Directory (The UK's Gay Phonebook). Currently online only

ONLINE

  • GAY to Z New Headlines
  • PUFTA (Millivres)
  • GaydarNation.co.uk
  • PinkNews.co.uk
  • Pink Paper (Millivres) Since June 2009 published online only
  • UKGayNews.org.uk
  • ReFresh

Get a full list of gay magazines and newsletters.


Gay Publishers

Millivres Prowler Group has a stable of GT (formerly Gay Times) - established over 25 years, 200+ pages (60 per cent advertising, nationwide distribution), Diva (for lesbians), and also own Prowler Stores (shops selling DVDs, Books, Magazines, fashion and gifts - and mail order). Until June 2009 Millivres also published the main fortnightly news paper The Pink Paper (free, VFD circulation 52,400, around 40 pages (65 per cent advertising), unique employment advertising section, personal ads, nationwide distribution). PinkPaper.com is now online only. They also have online publications aimed at younger people such as AXM and Pufta. They also run Libertas online lesbian bookshop.

Boyz (for young gay men on the scene, advertising is mainly pubs and clubs, around 80 pages (60 per cent advertising), contact ads and phone lines).

Firststar publishes QX, QX Men and Navigaytor. QX concentrates on the gay clubbing scene, with ads for the main dance and sex clubs, escorts and contact ads. QX Men concentrates on Adult DVD Reviews, with adult pictures, and escort adverts. Navigaytor is designed for visitors to London with the emphasis on recommendations and club guide.

It is clear that The Independent and The Guardian have targeted gay readers in the selection of news coverage, with The Independent including gay stories regularly, and often on the front page. Their coverage of the age of consent issue was comprehensive and daily.



Campaigning for Equality

The Stonewall Lobbying Group campaigns for homosexual equality, and played a leading role in the reduction of the age of consent to 16 years. They publish a regular newsletter which includes details of their research projects looking at relevant issues such as harrassement and discrimination in employment, and the incidence of physical assault faced by lesbians and gay men. More details from Stonewall Magazine.

Gay Radio Stations

Gaydar Radio is now available 24 hours a day on both the internet and on Sky Digital, and provides background music, news and advertising while you cruise. List of Gay Radio stations

Gay Television and Cable

A whole range of documentaries, gay seasons, and other gay-orientated features now regularly appear on television (although mainly on BBC Four, LivingTV, and Channel 4). Openly gay hosts, including Graham Norton, Paul O’Grady and Dale Winton, now regularly front game shows, and gay issues are now regularly covered in soaps including Eastenders, Hollyoaks, Coronation Street, even The Archers. To most gay people it makes a pleasant change when an ordinary gay character just appears in a play or sitcom without comment - as in real life. Openly gay journalists work on news and current affairs programmes.

The commercial realities of a gay market are having an influence, note how Channel Four seem to package a range of camp or gay-popular shows together. It has been suggested that Queer as Folk was not so much aimed at providing TV for a gay audience but rather as making a mark for Channel Four as an 'alternative' and 'trendy' station.

There are now several gay focused cable TV channels in the UK, most of which concentrate on adult content. In the USA, MTV has launched LOGO subscription cable channel.

Events and festivals

A number of annual festivals and exhibitions provide an opportunity to meet gay customers directly
, and to sponsor elements of the event. The biggest is the Pride London every summer, featuring live music, sponsorship opportunities, market area with over 300 stalls, and dozens of marquees featuring the main gay organisations as well as companies wishing to explore the gay market, Other events include: It's Queer Up North and the London Lesbian and Gay Film Festival (both cultural festivals). See the GAYtoZ Gay Pride Calendar

See also the GAY to Z Events Guide.

As the research on these pages confirms, gay people travel more than average, and thousands of British gay people will travel abroad for events such as: The Black and White Parties (New York), Mardi Gras in Sydney, Queens Day (Amsterdam), Euro Pride events around Europe, The Berlin Film Festival, and The Edinburgh Festival, and for major international conferences on subjects such as HIV or human rights.
(Source: Gay to Z Directory)

Internet

Lesbian and gay surfers were among the first to make significant use of the World Wide Web. News Groups, where people all over the world can chat to each other singly or in groups, have been established on a variety of subjects of interest to lesbians, gay men and bisexuals. And of course the opportunities to 'cruise' and make contacts have been keenly taken up. Internet sites have been set up by gay community groups and publishers.

Among the first were QX Magazine - a London club guide - and GAY to Z Directory, the search engine for Gay Britain. There is also a censor/firewall-friendly version AskDorothy.co.uk which is safe to view at work or the library.

Other popular sites include the dating and cruising specialists such as Gaydar , Fitlads, and Gay.com.



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