Friday, 29 September 2017

GPN with the LSESU Pride on Thursday 26th October at 5:30pm

Eventbrite - GPN with the LSE SU Pride - Black History Month
 In October we join the 

at their home on the side of Lincoln's Inn in High Holborn.

Come and meet the future of the LBGT businesses and entrepreneurs in UK and further afield.

The President of Pride, Will Priest, will say a few words.

We are assured a warm welcome fuelled by conviviality and a glass of wine or two. Please note that there will not be a cash bar at the venue and all drinks will have to be preordered and paid for in advance. I am planning for enough to go around.
Join us  on Thursday 26th October at 5:30pm (Please note the timing)  for an exceptional and vibrant networking evening at the top of that architectural marvel in central London. There are terraces outside for those of you who still smoke, you can only take plastic cups there though.
Get connected, productive & proactive with GPN, The LGBT platform to promote your causes, companies, venues & businesses.
When: Usually every 3rd Thursday of the month (or the closest date) at 6:30pm. 
Where: Various venues, exclusively reserved for GPN & GBA
Why: Networking: chat, drink and make meaningful social and business contacts.
How much: The registration fee of £20 includes drinks till its runs out, £15 only if booked in advance.
Full membership of £200pa or £20pcm can be taken  on  giving you many benefits, also outlined on the same page.
How many: limited to the amount of people we can so that everyone can meet each other.
Who: All very nice people in a relaxed atmosphere from different walks of life, influential gay professionals , doctors, lawyers, bankers, architects, property developers, diplomats, actors, entrepreneurs, singers, models, students, job seekers, actors, artists, self employed, start-ups, everyone who are keen to get connected, productive and proactive with the Gay Professional Network
What:  A social drink where people can enjoy each other's company, have a drink or two, Networking, presenting your business or your ideas and expectations, getting help from others, exchange ideas, tips, referals, ask for counsel, opinions and more, come and have a look, you will be amongst friends.
I very much look forward to seeing you soon!
Yours truly,

GPN operates since 2010 on a non profit basis. The excess after the costs of drinks and room hire when applicable pays for websites, promotion, stationary, transport & banners. The venues get considerable publicity to our Network  and we support venues owned and managed by LGBT people whenever possible.
If you do know someone who would like to host our events please let me know.
If there is a photographer in the room, please let him/her know if you do not wish your picture to appear on the website or facebook page and tagged. It is assumed that everyone is happy to have their pictures to be used for the promotion of the network. 
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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.