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STEVE ELLIOT 1966-2012

Many on the London gay scene were left shocked at the end of March by the news of the death of club promoter Steve Elliot. Elliot, aged 46,

and widely respected as one of the most professional and well-liked promoters in clubland, was closely associated for many years with the night Salvation. Originally from Nottinghamshire, he started his scene career working at The Yard in Mansfield, before making his mark on the London gay scene when he joined up with Alex Erfan, who had launched Salvation in 1999. The club was later sold to new owner, and Steve and Alex parted ways, but Steve continued to work for Salvation as director and promoter. Under his guidance, the name became an internationally known gay club brand, with Steve taking the night to over 60 destinations around the world. He died following a suspected heart attack in the early hours of 30 March, during a Salvation party in Austria.

MARATHON MAN G-A-Y’s Jeremy Joseph successfully completed his third London Marathon on Sunday 22 April, continuing to raise money for his chosen charity – the Elton John AIDS Foundation. Having raised just under £140,000 over the last couple of years, following this year’s marathon, Joseph announced that he was going to continue with his fundraising – raising his target from £150,000 up to £250,000. To donate, go to

SUPERDRUG OFFERS RAPID HIV TEST A limited number of Superdrug pharmacies are now offering walk-in HIV testing – bringing rapid HIV testing to the high street. The service is offered in 13 stores: London’s Elephant & Castle, Clapham, Kilburn and Barking branches. The aim of the service is to provide an efficient, easily accessible, rapid, HIV screening service in a community setting. Each test costs £79.


The LGB and Family Networks groups of leading banking firm Societe Generale hosted a special event at the end of April at the company’s Tower Hill office in London. Introduced by Vincent Francois, chair of the Societe Generale LGB Network, the event – titled “Dad, I need to talk to you…” – was presented as a personal reflection on parenting and being an LGB child. Taking part in the presentation was Colonel David Hopley OBE RM (Rtd), and his son, Alan, who together talked inspiringly about their experiences, as a father and son, in coming to terms with Alan’s sexuality. Afterwards, they answered questions from the gathered audience – over 60 Societe Generale members of staff and representatives of the Bank’s members of the LGBT


Network members and supporters at Societe Generale’s offices

Interbank Forum. Also present was a representative from FFLAG (Familes and Friends of Lesbians and Gays), who explained to those present about the work of the charity and how they could help support the parents of LGBT children.


Stonewall has published the results of what it believes to be the biggest survey into Gay and Bisexual Men’s Health – and its findings raise serious concerns around issues of mental health and domestic abuse. The survey shows that although attention has been paid to matters of sexual health, very little attention has been paid to other health concerns that affect gay and bisexual mean. For example, it’s already been discovered that gay and bisexual men are more likely to attempt suicide or self-harm, have depression, smoke, drink and take illegal drugs. Stonewall’s survey – which questioned nearly 6,900 men and is available online at uk/gaymenshealth – also found that gay and bisexual men are more likely than men in general to have experienced domestic abuse from a family member or partner. Four in five of those who have faced abuse have never reported it to the police, and more than half of those who did report were not happy with how the police dealt with the situation.


Alan and David Hopley


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