pinkuk-news-may-2021.pdf 01 May 2021
Our 12th edition of PinkUk’s monthly newsletter so our first birthday edition (lots of claps, please). We hope you’ve enjoyed the newsletters and found the information useful whatever your interests in the LGBTQ+ communities and their scenes.
Things to do right now... How about the virtual London LGBTIQ+ Film Festival? The festival will be virtual this year, and its film premieres will be available via BFI Player. It offers a dynamic programme.
Love month is finally here... January’s out the way, you’re paying off the credit cards :) and now it's time to look for something to do on Valentine’s on 14 February for that specal person, whether you live with them or not.
Welcome to the new year 2021. We at PinkUk wish you a very happy and hopefully better 2021. We can all reflect on the ups and downs of the last year, the time and social activities taken from us due to the pandemic and the lives sadly taken from this world.
Well it’s upon us - the festive season that will be celebrated in Pink Uk land and pretty much everywhere else, whatever the doom mongers, politicians and health experts keep trying to tell us and trying to dampen our spirits. We understand this year is different and everyone needs to act responsibly.
Thanks to those UK LGBTQ+ venues and organisations whom we invited to complete a short straw poll. In September 23% of venue organisers said they were less optimistic while 38.5% said they were more optimistic, 30.8% said there was no change and 7.7% said they had no opinion.
The times, they are a changin’ - in the UK at any rate. So, after encouraging people to eat out in pubs and restaurants in August at taxpayers’ expense, in September the Government sent a shiver down the spine of the hospitality, industry including many LGBTQ+ businesses.
Wow, it’s been a strange summer for many of us, whether for PinkUk punters or businesses. Many in the LGBTQ+ communities, who would usually travel and head to LGBTQ+ festivals and holiday places, instead have found (temporarily, necessary) health restrictions have intervened.
We hope you are managing to enjoy the summer despite all the restrictions and postponement of Prides with the pandemic. Many Prides are still holding digital events such as Brighton and Hove Pride today 31 July and Saturday and Sunday
Under UK Government health guidelines, pubs, hotels, B&Bs and other holiday accommodation will be allowed to open from Saturday 4th July. As travelling abroad may be restricted in some countries and not allowed for the rest of the summer.
We would bet that self catering holidays for residents only of each country will likely be the first sector to be popular, especially LGBTQ+ friendly options, because people will be keen to holiday in a safe environment after the easing of confinement rules.
We had always planned to provide a newsletter to PinkUk users and advertisers on PinkUk.com. With the health emergency and many aspects of LGBTQ+ life and events changing, we have brought the newsletter series forward.