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Are you living in, visiting, or just interested in the TG scene in Britain?  Well then stick around, because I will be updating on all the fun happeneings here,  Cheers!

I’m sitting enjoying the all the fabulous festivities  for the Queen’s Golden Jubilee and the build up for the Olympics. This is on top of the regular things like Wimbledon,  the European Football Cup and the start of the Cricket season… wow – so much going on over here to keep us amused, but with the wettest start to summer in an age – we still have hosepipe restrictions in place! Never mind I’m sure that we’ll have enough sun to let us all get our summer outfits on and enjoy all the forthcoming events. Here is a little snap shot of what is going on over here:

 
Way out for the Wayout Club
The Wayout Club is moving to a new location from 24th June 2012. After a long and fun 14 years at Charlie’s, it’s time to move on to the Abbey Bar, 30-33 Minories, London, EC3N 1DD, just round the corner from the old venue. Vicky and the team are looking forward to continuing to be one of the premier locations for the Trans population.
You can take a peek at Abbeys at http://www.abbey-bar.co.uk/
 
April Ashley MBE
Well we have always known that April was part of the Trans Royalty, now it has been confirmed with an award from Her Majesty THE Queen with a ‘Member of the British Empire Medal’ (MBE), given to Ms. Ashley as part of her birthday honours for her services to Transgender Equality. I met her some years ago and she was just lovely to chat to.  
 
UK Pride(s)
This is the pride season, so many places are holding Pride events were the LGBT community is able to show its true ‘rainbow’ of colours.  It’s an opportunity to get out and have fun and celebrate all areas of diversity, as well as meet up with some likeminded friends.   
 
The UK lags a little behind the USA and Australia in the size of the events held, but not in its spirit. There are events all over the country from my neck of the South West woods in Cornwall, across into Devon all the way up to Scotland and Wales as well as Manchester and of course London and Brighton.  So be proud and show your Pride.
 
Sparkle
Yes, it’s that time again and Sparkle will be getting off to a glittering start on the 13th July in Manchester.  Sparkle is a Free Public Transgender celebration/event held each year. Well, all the staff and performers are not paid for their time and effort – which they give by the bucket loads! Its posted as the world’s biggest transgender festival and works hard to live up to its claim.
Having attended six previous events I can recommend the weekend to anyone who wishes to take their first totter out and dip their heels into the big wide world, as well as those who are confidant and outgoing – there is something for everyone.
For more information take a look at www.sparkle.org.uk
 
More to come soon with a report on Sparkle and other fun things going on over here. Enjoy your summer and have lots of fun!  
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