Tomorrrow! 24 June 2016! Pride in London!

posted 24 Jun 2016, 08:42 by Queer Alternative   [ updated 24 Jun 2016, 08:42 ]

Our annual outing to London's spectacular Pride parade rides again!  

As usual, we'll be meeting up at 11:00 at Paddington Street Gardens, around the corner from the parade assembly point before moving on to our assigned spot on Portland Place.  We're going to be having a walking group, rather than a float this year, so everyone gets to share in the fun! We'll be bringing a portable sound system, banner and all that good stuff. All you need to do is bring yourself. 

Any queries, please contact, but be aware that we'll have limited net access on the day.

Note that the Pride Parade requires participants to be wearing wristbands -- we have a batch, but remember to get yours from us at Paddington Square Gardens before we set off. There's also a no-alcohol policy for parade participants - fear not, however. If you fancy a bit of boozy merriment we have an:


Monochrome returns! The afterparty will be held at Central Station in Kings Cross, an LGBT pub with food and music. Booked from 3 pm. 

37 Wharfdale Road
Kings Cross
N1 9SD

Nearest tube: Kings Cross
More info: 

AFTER THAT we are going on to Slimelight, which will open at 10 just for us and it's free entry for TQA people.
GET A STAMP or WRISTBAND from TQA volunteers. 

Nearest tube: Angel

7 Torrens St

The Queer Alternative promotes the acceptance, visibility and equality of queer people within goth, metal, punk, and other alternative subcultures, as well as working to help individuals who identify with those subcultures find a place within the mainstream LGBT+ community. Essentially, we support and bring together queer weirdos who like dressing up and dancing to strange music.

NEW! Forthcoming TQA events listing, 4 June events

posted 3 Jun 2016, 09:46 by Queer Alternative   [ updated 3 Jun 2016, 09:47 ]

We (finally!) have a proper events listing on the site, which you can find at

First up, tomorrow, 4 June 2016, our Oxford members are going to be joining the city's Pride parade, while later that night in London, there's a TQA fundraising gig at Electrowerkz in Islington, with free entry to Slimelight afterwards (nearest tube: Angel).

See you there, and if you have any questions, please contact us at

Here's all the info:

            Oxford:    The Queer Alternative goes to Oxford Pride
                               Parade starts at 12:00 with groups to assemble by 11:30
                               Meet: at the Vaults cafe in the University Church from 10:30 - 11.30
                               Facebook event page:
            London:    London Fundraiser for TQA feat. Die Kur, Last July, Ctrl Alt Del
                                7 Torrens St. 
                                EC1V 1NQ
                                Tickets: £10 on the door, £8.80 in advance from WeGotTickets
                                Doors: 8pm 
                                Close: midnight (but free entry to Slimelight afterwards, so keep going all night!)
                                Facebook event page:

T-Shirts and kind words

posted 25 May 2016, 03:42 by Queer Alternative

Just a quick update now that we're in the always frenetic run-up to this summer's events season.

The Queer Alternative t-shirts are once again available, this time through Subversion Clothing.
Subversion are donating all proceeds (after costs) to TQA's event and outreach fund.

In other news from out Southampton branch, the team had a great response at the DIY Southampton event -- you can read more about how others felt about us in crafter and writer Dave Hubble's lovely blog post about the event.

Coming soon! A concert in aid of The Queer Alternative feat Die Kur, Last July, Ctrl Alt Del

posted 18 May 2016, 00:31 by Queer Alternative

We're delighted to announce that on Saturday, 4 June 2016, London 's Electrowerkz will play host to a concert in aid of The Queer Alternative!


DIE KUR - Hard hitting industrial metal band from London. Fresh from supporting acts like God Module and the mighty Mortiis, Die Kur join the lineup as headliner for the evening.

LAST JULY - Now based in Norwich, Last July have gone through several line-up changes and now bring their stripped down electronic goth rock to Electrowerkz.

CTRL ALT DEL - Warts-and-all electrobatshitnonsense. Industrial dubstep electronic that's heavy, ambient, glitchy and geeky... and most of all fun!

DJs Simon Landmine (BiCon, Shenanigans) and Wanderlust (Half Life)

Tickets £8 in advance, £10 on the door, includes free admission to Slimelight (open until 7:30am).

All profits to go towards The Queer Alternative's participation in London Pride 2016.

Find the event on Facebook.

Look, everyone! Sunlight! (Rainbows optional.)

posted 7 Apr 2016, 01:50 by Queer Alternative   [ updated 7 Apr 2016, 02:30 ]

It's spring, and we've started laying in industrial quantities of SPF50 and begun to get cracking on plans for summer Pride and club events around the UK.

We're currently active in London, Leeds, Brighton and Southampton, with more volunteers, beneficiaries and organisers around the UK, as well as elsewhere in the world.

Thanks to some generous donations, including from East Coast Trains, and the runaway success of The Dark Market in Southampton, we've almost reached our fundraising goal for the year (we're aiming at just over £2,000).

The big conversation right now is how to best use those funds to serve everyone in our communities, as opposed to our previously somewhat London-centric approach. That's going to be a major topic at our organisers' meeting next week, which is currently set to be the biggest and most ambitious yet.

2016 is our second year as a small charity trust, and in keeping with one of our founding commitments, we're going to be trying to turn over some of our trustees to introduce fresh blood and new ideas to the running of TQA.

We currently have plans to participate in Pride events in London, Brighton and Leeds (TBC), and are making plans for club and gig nights, including a special event to be held on 4 June at London's Electowerkz, featuring three goth and alternative bands.

Above all else, and as ever, we want to hear from you, the people we're working for, about everything from events, to organising, to representation on the board. If you have an opinion, want to see something new, or want to get involved, please email us at, get involved in our Facebook chat group or contact us via Facebook and Twitter.


posted 5 Nov 2015, 02:40 by Queer Alternative   [ updated 9 Nov 2015, 11:18 ]

11th December - FUNDRAISING GIG FOR THE QUEER ALTERNATIVE, The Black Heart, London

The Dykeness, DRAG, Into The Ether



Facebook event

The following events are not operated by  The Queer Alternative.  

We welcome your feedback on these events and any others you think we should show interest in

7th November, 5th December - Stay Beautiful, Brighton*

Afterparty hosts of The Queer Alternative at Brighton Pride 2015

14th November, 5th December - Carpe Noctum , Leeds*

Alternative live music and club night in Leeds which holds our Pride pre-parties

The Queer Alternative will have a meetup here.  EVENT LINK

14th November, 12th December - Reptile, London*

Goth & Alternative club night which supports TQA

19th November - The Double R Club, London*

Award-winning Lynchian Cabaret who support our cabaret fundraisers

20th November - Zerox, Brighton*

Donated liability insurance to The Queer Alternative at Brighton Pride 2015*

27th November, 18th December - Divergence, Lincoln*

LGBT+ Alternative night run by TQA member Riley Vyrus

6th December - The Alternative Bring & Buy Sale, London*

Contributes to The Queer Alternative at Pride in London

12th December - Fusion vs Fallout, Southampton*

Industrial club which has been supportive of our Southampton branch


2016 Calendar from The Queer Alternative and Anim-Mates

posted 22 Oct 2015, 03:43 by Queer Alternative   [ updated 5 Nov 2015, 02:41 ]

Support us!  Help animals!  Get a new cute picture every month!

With The Queer Alternative and Anim-Mates Animals 2016 Calendar!

TQA & Anim-Mates calendar 2016

Last year’s cat calendar established how keen you all are on our furry friends. This year, we’re going to push the boat out a little with our 2016 Animals Calendar. As well as introducing a wider range of animals, this year half of the proceeds of your calendar donations will be going to help them, too.

Produced in cooperation with our friends at the Anim-Mates animal sanctuary, every animal featured in this year's calendar has been through their doors. From kittens to goats, Anim-Mates provides adoption, outreach, fostering and life-long care for animals in need, and we’re very proud to be sharing this calendar with them.

As well as supporting Anim-Mates and giving you adorable creatures to coo over on a monthly basis, this calendar also helps support our activities here at The Queer Alternative, with the other half of the proceeds going to our coffers. We use that money to cover our participation in various Pride parades around the UK and put on events surrounding Pride. We also put on our own events and have a presence at clubs and gigs around the country to help create spaces for queer people in the alternative scenes. 

We’re fully transparent about our finances, and you can find our current published financial records over on our Donations page. If any further questions or suggestions about how we spend money to support our community, please don’t hesitate to email us. You can also read more about our objectives as a small charity on our About Us page.

You'll also be able to get them in person for a bargaintastic minimum donation of £7.00  apiece (or £20 for four) at TQA affiliated events such as Leeds's Carpe Noctum and at London's Alternative Bring and Buy Sale.

Email for other quantities or overseas shipping rates.

The Queer Alternative UK-wide social at Slimelight's Birthday Party - 17th October 2015

posted 16 Oct 2015, 03:50 by Queer Alternative

Event organiser: Sophie Ramsey
Facebook event link for updates

The Queer Alternative have a Sussex group, but most of us have never met the rest of you!

The plan to bring a bunch of us up from Sussex to Slimes for the birthday party - and party with you lovely TQA-ers from Leeds, London - and the rest of the UK :)

Sussex folks - We'll all get the Thameslink 20.30 service from Brighton station. So meet us in the station no later than 20.15. If you're meeting us at the station, please arrive earlier & have your ticket sorted by then. We'll be the ones dressed in black ;) if you want to meet us before for a drink, stay tuned for details.

Can't wait to meet you beautiful people XD

~ SR (host) x

HAZE: a new partnership

posted 1 Oct 2015, 05:33 by Queer Alternative   [ updated 5 Oct 2015, 07:19 ]

HAZE London banner

We're delighted to announce a new partnership with HAZE, a Dreampop, Electronic and Shoegaze night in London. 

"HAZE is a concept designed for enthusiasts of Dreampop,  Electronic, and Shoegaze music based in North and central London. It has been created to provide an inclusive, inspiring and directional club environment that showcases new and seminal music material from the featured sub genres in an atmospheric setting. Our vision incorporates innovative performances and atmospheric visual stimulus to enhance the experience.

Ultimately we are faithful to our vision and legacy of providing a progressive, friendly environment as a refreshing alternative to other queer, indie and gay events. Enjoy the revolution :)"

How can I help The Queer Alternative?

posted 30 Sep 2015, 05:53 by Queer Alternative   [ updated 5 Oct 2015, 07:19 ]

As a community group, The Queer Alternative relies on donations from our supporters to survive. There are several ways you can help to raise funds for the group:

It doesn’t matter if it’s £10 or 10p, every donation is desperately appreciated and helps to fund flyers, float materials, and Pride registrations. We also accept donations of materials for Pride. Could you donate some balloons or cable wires for our float? Can you make a parade banner or marching sign? Please get in touch if so.

Short of cash? There are also many useful things you can do for the group:

- research institutions and groups we could partner with

- share our online updates

- ask for a batch of flyers to distribute locally

- talk to as many people as possible about TQA

The Queer Alternative would like to thank everyone who has helped us so far. Without you, we simply would not exist!

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