Thursday, 31 May 2018

Penguin Pride 5th July

I trust you are well and have enjoyed the sunshine and the torrential rains we had lately, what fun! Our social yesterday was well attended and we had some new faces and old faces resurfacing. The Margaritas were indeed very good... don't forget our next event is on the 21st June for a Walk of Soho followed by drinks in an undisclosed but extremely nice location, you have to be in the walk to find out! Also please do book for the Reception at the House of Lords, I paid the deposit, ordered the food and wine, now we just need you and your guests to join in. All details on our website:

We have been invited to join the Penguin Pride on the 5th July at 18:30

GPN Members receive 20% off the ticket price and details have been sent to them by email. (not a member yet? it only costs £20 a year: go to now)

I have also been promised some VIP wristbands but will see when I receive them and they will be sent on a first asked, first served basis, including free entry, drink and a goody bag.

It looks like a fascinating evening and I include what it says on eventbrite below:

Penguin Pride returns to London for a second year with an awe-inspiring line-up of LGBTQ writers, poets, musicians and activists to celebrate the city’s incredible diversity and to shine a light on new voices in the community. Hosted at Cargo in Shoreditch by award-winning poet and playwright Toby Campion, this multi-arts festival-style event will showcase published authors alongside writers and performers on the rise in what promises to be a truly inspiring evening of queer talent. Names on the bill include award-winning poets Jay Bernard and Dizraeli, writer Matthew Todd and musician Kal Lavelle to name but a few.
In partnership with GAY TIMES.
£1 per ticket sold will go towards the great work of The Albert Kennedy Trust, a national LGBTQ youth homelessness charity.
Hosted by poet Toby Campion
Author Matthew ToddMusician Paul Diello
Poet Jay Bernard
Poet Travis Alabanza
Musician Kal Lavelle
Poet Dizraeli
Musician Playing House
Author Ben Wilson

Best wishes,


Jean-François Dor
Gay Professional Network

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

My Brother Is A Mermaid - Transgender Representation in Film

Shaun Rhodes <> wrote:
Morning GPN,

My name's Shaun, I'm producing a short film about a trans teenager, starring a trans actor, and believe the project may be of interest to your organisation and supporters. The story is a magical realism, focussing on the unconditional love between siblings as the elder one begins their social transition. You can find out all about the film on our website -

The aim of the film is to educate, challenge prejudice, and expand understanding and empathy. We've taken great care to consult with the UK transgender community in the writing and creation of the film, we're firm believers in the matra 'nothing about us, without us'.

We have a fantastically insightful, articulate and personal interview with our lead actor about trans representation in film, and would love for you to share it. Cameron (our actor) is a fantastic role model for young people (both trans and cis) and is at the beginning of what will inevitably be a hugely successful career. He Has fantastic insights into transphobia in 2018, the importance of casting trans actors in trans roles, and generally on trans representation on screen. 
So far we've had Mermaids UK and Arcadia Doncaster LGBT share the video as well as several other transgender organisations. Please see the interview here, and if you feel it's something your supporters could get behind, then sharing on social media would be fantastic.

If you could also include a link to our crowdfunding campaign then even better!

Thank you so much for your time and I really hope to hear from you soon. Keep up the great work you do.
Best Wishes,


Wednesday, 9 May 2018

out at the theatre next Thursday

Are you joining us at the Theatre next Thursday?

RSVP on either

I need to take the ticket today or tomorrow latest and organise the drinks and nibbles.

We very much look forward to seeing you next week!


PS: It is forecast to be better inside on that particular day, so enjoy the sunshine today and plan for next week and mingle with other members at the theatre, this is part of the mental health week.

Wednesday, 2 May 2018

GPN: May onwards and upwards

Welcome to the Gay Professional Network  (GPN) newsletter.

Please check our blog for more offers news from other organisations and events. and look at  for more.

To attend events, you must be a member, it only costs £20 a year to access a wealth of expertise, information and meet wonderful multi-faceted people in a fully inclusive environment. There are some free events and there are others where we need to preorder tickets and food and drinks at costs.

GPN is a not for profit, fully inclusive, membership organisation since 2010 and your platform to promote your cause, business, venue and yourself. GPN 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.
So if you are not a member yet, head to so that you do not miss out.

Friday 4th May
Join the Walthamstow Gay Meetup for a very informal drink. (Free)
(every first Friday of the month)
Details and RSVP (Facebook)
Details and RSVP (MeetUp)

Wednesday 23rd May 2018
Dinner at the  exclusive Savile Club hosted by the Whitefriars Club
Details & RSVP

Thursday 17th May 2018
Theatre outing with meet the cast and director includes interval and after performance drinks, it is more fun than the title indicates.
Details and RSVP (Outsavvy)
Details and RSVP (Eventbrite)

Wednesday 30th May 2018
Social drink at the Village (Free)
I think they do the best value Margaritas anywhere in London...
Details and RSVP (Outsavvy)
Details and RSVP (Eventbrite)

15th and 16th June
Gay Men's Chorus at the Cadogan Hall

Thursday 21st June 2018
Queer Tour of Soho with Dan de la Motte
Details and RSVP (Outsavvy)
Details and RSVP (Eventbrite)

Tuesday 10th July 2018
Reception to celebrate our diversity at The House of Lords
with the Rt Hon The Lord Scriven of Hunters Bar
Details and RSVP (Eventbrite)
Details and RSVP (OutSavvy)

Please give me your feedback and ask for other events that you may want to organise or attend.

I very much look forward to seeing you soon!

Best wishes,


J-F Dor
Gay Professional Network

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