In the area an LGBT Friendly night has ceased to exist for a number of years. Some members of the local community felt we needed one.
So Scunthorpe LGBT have formed a brand new team of volunteers as they were approached by an interested venue to host an LGBT night time club event.
The proposed venue for the new night is the fully refurbished and reformed VOID Nightclub (previously known as Showboat/Storm).
The event will be held on Friday 5th October 2018. Times and details are subject to change.
You may wonder, why is there a need for a night like this?
Well for one, the area hasn’t had an LGBT Friendly club night for years and some members of the community still face discrimination on a night out. Providing a safe environment where friendly people can enjoy their night without worry of judgement or abuse or even the simple fact of meeting other LGBT friends and like minded people.
You really would be surprised the difference wearing something rainbow makes on a average night out in the town centre. But it’s not all about LGBT, people are discriminated against everyday, for so many different reasons so a night like this is for those people,supporters, friends and anyone else who wants to come along.
EVERYONE IS INVITED REGARDLESS OF SEXUALITY OR IDENTITY!!!
There will be some drag guests and obviously music. There will be a Strict ID door policy and tickets will be sold online. Door price will be higher to discourage trouble and encourage you to buy online as the event is running on the funds made from pre ticket sales as there is no funding or backing for the event and all organisers are voluntary.
We asked 2 of the new team members/ organisers some quick questions as they will also be providing some entertainment for the club goers in the form of Drag and Lip sync glory.
First off we have David:
Stage Name: Luna Saint
Your Favourite song of all time, that will always have you singing and dancing:
McArthur Park by Donna Summer or Break Free by Ariana Grande
Favourite LGBT friendly hang out or event? (Can be anywhere)
What’s your favourite outfit or clothing you just could not live without?
That would have to be my heels
How long have you been doing what you do? (I.e dressing up, drag, performing, entertaining even if just to friends and not public)?
I’ve been getting into drag/dressing up for about 4 years now, it’s a passion. First time out in full drag, my sister did my makeup and I was in a floor length gown for Lady Gaga at Sheffield Arena!
What is it about entertaining people in the way you do that you enjoy so much?
In my everyday work, I’m often told I make people laugh, and the ability to put a smile on someone’s face or make them laugh by something I do or say is just the greatest feeling in the world.
Do you feel more confident in your drag/character persona than just being you?
I feel like an absolute queen in drag, it’s the ability to be a bit brash, but loving at the same time.
Often choosing to look different no matter what sexuality can attract negative or unwanted attention but what advice would you give to someone worried about dressing how they want to dress?
If your worried about what it can attract all I can advise is start looking online, as social media is powerful these days at groups as these can be really supportive, take small steps if you can, being your truest self is empowering but also exceptionally scary when you feel like the network around you isn’t brilliant. There are people out there that will and can help, for me, Im lucky, ive got a really supportive family, my mum, sister and brother in law are there for me when I need them.
So it’s just been announced that as part of Scunthorpe LGBT you will be organising and performing at a brand new LGBT Friendly night, but why you feel it is important for Scunthorpe to offer this and why do you want to be involved?
Its massively important that Scunthorpe has something to offer, there isn’t much in the area, with the closest places looking to be Lincoln, Hull, even as far as Sheffield or Manchester & Leeds for an LGBT friendly night out. North Lincolnshire has a large LGBT presence and having a safe space in town that its for the community is brilliant!
What would you say to someone who wants to come to a night like this but isn’t sure of what to expect?
Honestly, be open to new experiences, its going to be welcoming, fun, friendly and most of all LGBT friendly, its frightening sometimes going to these events if you don’t know what is going to happen, but come along, even if its just for a drink, meet us queens and have a laugh 😀
Then we have Bekkie.
Stage Name: Bunny OhHoney
Your Favourite song of all time, that will always have you singing and dancing: I don’t really have a favourite song, it changes depending on my mood, the season, whether I’m at work etc, but you can guarantee that if any song by Alaska comes on in the club I will own that dancefloor!
Favourite LGBT friendly hang out or event? I’m regularly spotted in Scene in Lincoln. It’s always a fun night in there.
What’s your favourite outfit or clothing you just could not live without? My cowboy boots. I’m a massive Trixie Mattel fan so she’s to blame for them, but they’re my favourite shoes and I’ll be pretty lost without them now.
How long have you been doing what you do? I’d wanted to be an entertainer my entire life. When i was a little girl I dreamed of being on stage and as I hit my teens I wanted to be a Butlin’s Redcoat. As I grew older I never got to the opportunity to do it and just settled into life working as a Florist! The last couple of years have been difficult with me changing my career (I design Kitchens and Bathrooms now), losing my best friend to cancer and being diagnosed with fibromyalgia and hypermobility so I’ve realised it’s now or never. I’ve been doing drag as Bunny OhHoney about 8 months now. Before that I played roller derby under the alias Bunny Grabbit and it was playing that I realised I love being the centre of attention haha! We had a lip sync battle a couple of years ago at the annual awards night and I did Glamazon by RuPaul and still managed a massive win after drinking a full bottle of prosecco that night. It wasn’t until my conditions caused me to give up roller derby I really realised how much I loved drag and here we are today!
What is it about entertaining people in the way you do that you enjoy so much? I’ve always loved making people laugh and smile. Being positive is the most important thing you can be and I like to try and be the sunshine. My best friend always believed that a smile could heal anything, so I like to try to do that.
Do you feel more confident in your drag/character persona than just being you? Oh definitely. When I’m Bunny I can forget about the stress of work and the adrenaline kick I get from performing stops the chronic pain I suffer with for a bit.
Often choosing to look different no matter what sexuality can attract negative or unwanted attention but What advice would you give to someone worried about dressing how they want to dress? People are always going to say something, so give them something to talk about. Drag Race star Phi Phi O’Hara told me recently that your opinion of yourself is all that matters, and it’s true.
So it’s just been announced that as part of Scunthorpe LGBT you will be organising and performing at a brand new LGBT Friendly night, but Why you feel it is important for Scunthorpe to offer this and why do you want to be involved? I’m not going to lie, I’m so excited to be part of this. I wanted to set up a regular drag night a while ago but genuinely thought there would be no interest and I had no idea where to start with planning an event or how to find like-minded people, so I gave up on it. Then this developed and I got to be part of it and I’m so proud! Scunthorpe has needed this for so long and with local cities like Hull and Lincoln and even neighbouring towns like Doncaster having their own scene it’s about time Scunthorpe’s was brought back. Anything they can do we can do better!
What would you say to someone who wants to come to a night like this but isn’t sure of what to expect? Just come! Bring a friend to hold your hand, or just message me and I’ll make you feel welcome 🙂
If you are interested in getting involved or helping in anyway then you can contact Scunthorpe LGBT via Facebook or email email@example.com.