Wednesday, 20 September 2017

are you coming tomorrow?

Please join me tomorrow at the Keystone Crescent Club in Kings Cross and celebrate the Equinox around a glass or two. RSVP:  .
I look forward to seeing you then!
Best regards,


It's the final push TO MAKE THE TUBE GAY AGAIN. I have £400 left to raise to cover three billboards with gay poetry. Tomorrow is our private launch at Le Dame Gallery, where the three pieces of art will be shown. I hope we can reach the target before then. WOULD YOU consider just a tiny donation? Oh do. Please

Monday, 4 September 2017

Friday 8th September: Sail on the Thames and be serenaded by The Chamber Ensemble of London with film footage of London from yesteryear.

Musical Gems On The Thames

Westminster Pier
Victoria Embankment - London
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Date(s) - 08/09/2017
3:45 pm - 7:00 pm
Westminster Pier


Chamber Ensemble of London


Westminster Waltz, Handel’s Water Music, Eton Boating Song, Yeomen of the Guard Overture, Lambeth Walk, Boyce Symphony No. 1, Holst’s St. Paul’s Suite, Old Father Thames 

All Aboard as we embark upon a musical journey along London’s great river and enjoy music associated with the city’s iconic sites situated along her banks.

Your musical experience will be further enhanced by a compilation of historic film footage – collected by the London Film Museum and presented on the screen monitors 

This is an opportunity to compare the past with the present as you pass the impressive construction sites of the TIDEWAY project, which will ecologically preserve every aspect of the Thames for the benefit of future generations.

Michael Appleton | Central Team Communication Lead | Tideway

George Allawi | West Team Communication Officer | Tideway

Sarah Linney | Public Affairs Officer | Tideway

Book your tickets via eventbrite here. For more information, please contact Meghna Shah at


Saturday, 2 September 2017

Doctoral Research exploring gay men's experiences of difficulties in the relationship with their therapist/counsellor.

Participants wanted - research project exploring gay men’s experiences of difficulties in the relationship with their therapist/counsellor

Are you a gay man over 18? 
Have you been in counselling or psychotherapy that lasted more than 20 sessions?
Would you be willing to share your experiences of therapy with me as part of my Doctoral research? In particular, I want to hear about your experiences of any of the following:

  • Difficulties, tensions or misunderstandings in the relationship with your therapist
  • Negative feelings towards your therapist
  • Any barriers or issues you felt you couldn't talk about that negatively affected the quality of the relationship
  • Any breakdowns in the relationship with your therapist
  • Ending therapy abruptly or feeling dissatisfied

My name is Phil Brooke and this research project forms part of my studies towards a Professional Doctorate in Counselling Psychology at London Metropolitan University. My study will look at how gay men have experienced ruptures (difficulties or tensions) in the relationship with their therapist - these difficulties could have been subtle which you kept to yourself, or more obvious ones that were discussed with your therapist. I’m hoping this research will offer a deeper understanding of negative therapy experiences for gay men so that therapists are better informed about these sensitive issues.

You taking part in my research would mean having a conversation with me for about an hour where I would ask you to share your experiences with me. Your confidentiality will be protected at all times. This research project has been given ethical approval by London Metropolitan University.

If you are interested in taking part, or would like to know more about the study, then please contact me at or on 07593 544289(work contact number) and leave your name and contact details. I will aim to get back to you as soon as possible. 

Thank you for taking time to read this information.

Thursday, 24 August 2017

Thank you for coming on the 17th

Dear Members and Friends, 

Thank you for coming on the 17th and making the event enjoyable for everyone. Although we had much food for thoughts it was certainly useful and thoughts provoking! 

I hope that you enjoyed attending as much as I enjoyed hosting it! I had a very early start the df

Thank you to Matt Cain for talking so openly about his experience on PrEP. Just in case you did not see his article in the Guardian, here is a link to it:

If you have not yet done so, please consider joining us at and please continue to spread the word about the Gay Professional Network. Sharing it with friends, colleagues and the wider world helps us to grow and expand.

The Network is open to all and is a really good way to meet people for business or social reason and I will incite you to keep in touch and nurture the contacts you make as you never know when they might come useful. 

As always, I'd like to hear your thoughts and feedback about the event and your online experience too through ourFacebook Group and our LinkedIn Group.

I was invited yesterday to City Hall to discuss with members of the LGBT Consortium to discuss the Mayor's Diversity and Inclusion Vision, to my surprise, I was the only person representing Gay Professionals and Businesses. The discussion was focused on six areas: London being a great place to live, to grow up, to work and do business, getting around (transport), a healthy, green, safe and enjoyable City and leading by example. Those were discussed as were there the right priorities, what evidence of inequalities do you or your organisation have that could be included in the evidence base, what are the most effective actions GLA could take on the priorities, what best preactice already exists in those areas that GLA can learn from, could we work together on these and how could they do this? 

I made a point amongst others that education should be improved so that sex education and orientation were discussed in school and safety for all by more officers on the beat and within communities (I can't remember when I last seen a police officer walking in the street). I off course mentioned and   as LGBT Chamber of Commerce and LGBT recruitment respectively. It was good to see many young people from as essentially any implementation and changes will benefit them.

The consultation runs till the 11th September and as I am going away till then, if you would like to add to this please contact Paul Roberts OBE, CEO of the LGBT Consortium on

GPN is a non for profit membership organisation operating since 2010. The excess from the membership fees after drinks and room hire, when applicable, pays for the website, promotion, organising, stationary, transport & banners, although it does not always break even and donations of any kind are most welcomed!
We are going around to various venues, always supporting whenever possible LGBT owned or operated venues, exceptionally some may be more exclusive that impose a dress code, please feel free to suggest venues, perhaps you can host an event in your offices or venue?
 The Gay Professional Network is your platform to promote your cause, your business, venue and yourself. It  helps your further your business or career and makes meaningful business and social contacts. You get connected, proactive and productive.
 It is also a get together of like minded people who enjoy meeting other people. All very nice people in a relaxed atmosphere.
I very much look forward to seeing you all again soon.
Best wishes,


Jean-François Dor
Gay Professional Network

Wednesday, 2 August 2017

Black History Month: Call for speakers

Dear Gay Professional Network

My name is Esohe Uwadiae and I am the Education Officer for LSE Students’ Union. I am currently organising the SU’s Black History Month and hope to run an event on queerness and blackness. This is a topic I am really keen to promote dialogue on. The event itself will last around 2 hours 30 minutes. The first hour will involve four speakers each giving a 10-15 minute presentation on an element of this topic (for the speaker to decide). The second hour will be more interactive and involve the speakers answering questions from the audience. There will then be time after the event for speakers and event attendees to speak on a one to one basis while enjoying some snacks.

I was wondering if you knew of any speakers who would be interested in taking part. Provisionally, the event will happen on October 12thand begin at 5.30pm.

Kind regards

Esohe Uwadiae
LSESU Education Officer 2017 – 2018

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Friday, 21 July 2017

£5 tickets for Tanguera at Sadler's Wells

I have been allocated some £5 tickets for Tanguera at Sadler's Wells (see e-flyer below for date and times).

To take up on this offer please call the Box Office on 020 7863 8000 or online via link on e-flyer
and use the promo code Bid” offer.
(*Subject to allocation availability. Offer valid for selected dates only. Not available retrospectively or in conjunction with any other offer.
£3 transaction fee applies for telephone booking; £1.95 for online bookings; no fee if booking in person.)

Please help spread the word and pass on this special offer.

Argentina's tango musical spectacular
This summer escape to the sultry streets of Buenos Aires with the return of the
spectacular tango musical Tanguera at Sadler’s Wells.

Packed with heart-racing sequences, whirlwind twirls, smouldering eyes and
flashy flicks, this is one summer sizzler you won’t want to miss.

Exclusive discount ticket offer for Tanguera at Sadler's Wells Theatre
Selected seats for just £5* (usually £36)
Offer valid for the following performances:
Sun 23 July at 2pm & 7pm,
Wed 26 & Thu 27 July at 7.30pm,
Sun 30 July at 7pm & Wed 2 Aug at 2.30pm

To book call 020 7863 8000 and quote “Bid” offer, or book online at, select your ticket price and then use the promotion code bid

*Subject to allocation availability. Offer valid for selected dates only. Not available retrospectively or in conjunction with any other offer. £3 transaction fee applies for telephone booking; £1.95 for online bookings; no fee if booking in person.