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 firstname.lastname@example.org, 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
Nearest tube: Kings Cross
More info: http://www.centralstation.co.uk/
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.
We (finally!) have a proper events listing on the site, which you can find at http://www.queeralternative.com/eventsFirst 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 email@example.com
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: https://www.facebook.com/events/1047440888668936/
7 Torrens St.
Tickets: £10 on the door, £8.80 in advance from WeGotTickets
Close: midnight (but free entry to Slimelight afterwards, so keep going all night!)
Facebook event page: https://www.facebook.com/events/552932604888416/
Subversion are donating all proceeds (after costs) to TQA's event and outreach fund.
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.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org, get involved in our Facebook chat group or contact us via Facebook and Twitter.
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.
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.
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.
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).
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.
11th December - FUNDRAISING GIG FOR THE QUEER ALTERNATIVE, The Black Heart, London
The Dykeness, DRAG, Into The Ether
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
Support us! Help animals! Get a new cute picture every month!
With The Queer Alternative and Anim-Mates Animals 2016 Calendar!
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 email@example.com for other quantities or overseas shipping rates.
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
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 :)"