Visionary Event Returns To Spiritual Home, Camp and Furnace


Dance enthusiasts will have their taste buds tantalised with delicious visual delights for the announcement of the return of this year’s House of Suarez Vogue Ball in Liverpool.


The date is confirmed as Saturday 10 October 2015, tickets are on sale now and the theme is set as The Sugar Ball – giving Vogue Ball fans plenty of time to whet their appetite and create the most mouth-watering, eye-popping costume to wear on the night.


This is the sixth consecutive Vogue Ball, and this year’s event will see the event return to hugely popular venue Camp and Furnace, located in Liverpool’s creative Baltic Quarter. Previous Vogue Balls at Camp and Furnace have seen more than 1,000 people attend.


Ian Richards from Camp and Furnace commented: “It’s a real pleasure to welcome back the House of Suarez Vogue Ball to Camp and Furnace, its spiritual home. Hosting the Vogue Ball is always a real highlight for us – creative, original and always totally inspired. The Voguers can look forward to a real sweet treat.”


The Sugar Ball will also see the return of host with the most, Rikki Beadle-Blair who admits it’s his favourite event of the year.


Now an international sensation, the multi-award winning House of Suarez Vogue Ball is a dance event like no other in the UK – where club culture meets high art.


Last year’s Space Oddity Vogue Ball took guests to another dimension. This year it’s all about over indulgence; sugar and spice and all things nice! Or will it be more of a case of naughty but nice?  The increasingly popular Vogue Ball is the dance event to end all other dance events, giving Voguers the ultimate sugar rush of all things fierce and fabulous, whether they’re hard boiled or a bit more of a soft centre.


Vogueing often imitates the perfect lines and flexibility of model poses seen in magazines such as Vogue, the fashion magazine from which the dance style took its name.


The race is now on to find the best Vogue teams [known as ‘Houses’] battle it out in a fight for ultimate dance supremacy. Last year’s event saw a record number of ‘Houses’ participating.  Already confirmed for the 2015 Vogue Sugar Ball are House of Cards, House of Rare and House of LIPA. This year, organisers also welcome back the House of Shoqlat from the Netherlands.


Due to the success of the Vogue Ball in Liverpool, the concept has now been taken to Manchester. The recent Vogue Mini Ball sold out three weeks before – a positive sign for Voguers across the North West.


Darren Suarez, Artistic Director of House of Suarez, commented: “I can’t believe we are now planning our sixth Vogue Ball in Liverpool. We have grown and developed the event, establishing it as a key highlight in the social calendar, but now we’ve also completed our second year in Manchester with the sell-out Mini Vogue Ball.


“This year’s Sugar Ball theme will give Voguers the opportunity to let their creative juices flow with all things sugar, and I’m sure some will throw in some spice for good measure. We’re also delighted to announce that the ball will return to Camp & Furnace, a favourite venue of Vogue Ball audiences and performers.


“The Vogue Ball is unique in that it is a celebration of gay culture born in New York, with fashion and theatre binding together extravagance and severity. We are thrilled that we have now become one of the biggest Vogue Balls in the country.”




Stonewall name Sirina-Monique and Christian Webb its Young Campaigners of the Year 2015


Gok Wan presents Awards, which are supported by Lloyds Banking Group


Andrew Scott and Sanjay Sood-Smith join the campaigners to congratulate them on their work


Stonewall, the lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans equality charity, welcomed Gok Wan as host of its annual Youth Awards on Friday 24 April, kindly supported by Lloyds Banking Group.


Sirina-Monique and Christian Webb were named Stonewall Young Campaigners of the Year for their work to improve the lives of lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people.


Sirina-Monique from Peterborough was named joint-winner for writing, recording and creating a music video for a rap tackling discrimination against lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans people. She also helped train teachers at her college on tackling homophobic language and met with its senior staff to discuss equality and diversity issues within it.or for Retail Alison Brittain also spoke at the event, congratulating all of the young people for their fantastic work throughout the programme.

Double Brit nominee Jess Glynne at Brighton Pride

Jess Glynne is a Grammy award-winning, double Brit nominee and chart topping wonder who has wowed us with her distinctive and evocative vocals on Clean Bandit’s No.1 platinum dance smash ‘Rather Be’. Jess Glynne is a distinctive and evocative vocalist who ensured Route 94’s incredible House-flavoured ‘My Love’ hit the top spot. And Jess Glynne, we are very excited to announce, is coming to Brighton Pride 2015, performing live on the Brighton Pride Festival main stage this August.

Jane McDonald Heads Cast in Blackpool Return of Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Cats


Jane McDonald is to take the starring role in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s CATS when it returns to Blackpool direct from its sell-out season at the London Palladium in the West End.


It was announced today by Producer David Ian that Jane, who is one of Britain’s best loved singers, presenters and entertainers, will play the role of Grizabella.


The hit show will run at the Blackpool Opera House for a strictly limited eight weeks from 9 July and the Blackpool performances will be the only place theatre-goers can see CATS North of London in 2015.


Speaking at today’s press launch Jane said: “I am absolutely thrilled to be playing Grizabella in CATS. It is an honour to have been selected by Andrew Lloyd Webber and I can’t wait for the show to begin in July.


CATS will be at Blackpool Opera House from Thursday 9 July to Sunday 6 September.

£25,000 raised for record number of LGBT Labour general election candidates


LGBT Labour has raised a record £25,000 to support openly lesbian, gay, bisexual and trans candidates at the general election on 7 May.


The Chris Smith List, established in 2009, is a fund to support LGBT candidates standing for Parliament. Named after Lord Smith of Finsbury, who, in 1984 made history as the first ever parliamentarian to come out as gay. He continued to make history as the first ever openly-gay cabinet minister in 1997 and in 2005 broke new ground by announcing he is HIV-positive, the only MP ever to do so.


Since its creation The Chris Smith List has distributed £40,000 to openly-LGBT candidates across the country standing in general elections, London Assembly and European elections.


35 openly-LGBT candidates (including nine sitting MPs seeking re-election) will be on the ballot for the Labour Party on 7 May, with the £25,000 being distributed to 26 seats with new candidates, including nine standing in seats on Labour’s 106 target list.


The last Labour government saw monumental strides toward equality for LGBT people in Britain. From repealing the Tories hated Section 28 to introducing protections at work, adoption rights and civil partnerships, Labour has been the only party to consistently support LGBT people by delivering in government.


In 2013 it was Labour votes that secured the historic Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act in the face of more than half of the Conservative Party opposing this fundamental human right.


LGBT Labour co-chair Bev Craig said: “Only by getting more openly-LGBT people in Parliament will we be a democracy fit for the 21st century. The Chris Smith List has already helped candidates up and down the country. On 7 May we’re sure that these vital funds will elect more LGBT Labour MPs and help secure the Labour government that this country needs.”

Shadow Equalities Minister, Gloria De Piero said: "It's fantastic to know we have more openly LGBT candidates than ever before, I pay tribute to LGBT Labour for the work it has done to raise record amounts supporting our candidates. We’ve come a long way in LGBT representation since Chris Smith became the first openly gay MP but the lesson of the last 30 years is that progress requires us to keep pushing forward. From taking action on homophobic bullying in schools to reviewing the law on trans rights, a Labour Government will continue to lead that change."


Andrew Pakes, Labour's candidate for Milton Keynes South said: “Labour has a strong record on delivering LGBT rights but we need to ensure that there are MPs in Parliament to lead the campaign for equality goes on. The Chris Smith List is hugely important in helping to achieve that and ensuring the next generation of Labour MPs has openly LGBT MPs who can support and speak up for the LGBT community."


Ed Miliband and the Labour Party have pledged to go further than ever to support LGBT people both in Britain and around the world. As well as pledging to appoint Lord Cashman as a global LGBT human rights envoy, Ed Miliband has also committed to expunge historic records of gay men convicted under antiquated laws.