The Sex Without Shame Ball
Join LGBT Foundation and The House of Decay for the inaugural SexWithoutShame Ball
The Ball will celebrate vogue and ballroom culture whilst commemorating those we’ve lost to the HIV/AIDS epidemic. The Ball also marks the start of National HIV Testing Week, ensuring that all LGBT people know their HIV status.
The House of Decay is Manchester's premiere underground queer vogue house, showcasing New Way and Femme vogue moves. You'll have the chance to witness or participate in a fabulous event, championing and empowering our community through music, dance and togetherness.
The SexWithoutShame Ball takes place at NIAMOS (formerly the historic Hulme Hippodrome) on Saturday 17th November 6:30-11pm.
Tickets can purchased for £11 (+booking fee) from link below
All profits from the event will purchase HIV self-test kits, safer injecting and safer sex packs, pregnancy test kits and sanitary products for LGBT people in Greater Manchester who need them.
We'll also collecting donations throughout the day:
LGBT Foundation launches their biggest ever plans for National HIV Testing Week with a Vogue Ball at the former Hulme Hippodrome.
In partnership with House of Decay, the SexWithoutShame Ball will pay homage to the LGBT ballroom and vogue scene, which was an underground response to the AIDS Epidemic, as depicted in the documentary Paris Is Burning.
The House of Decay is Manchester's premiere underground queer vogue house, showcasing New Way and Femme Vogue. Attendees will have the chance to witness or participate in a fabulous event, with a soundtrack by DJs Brett Denning (Kiss Me Again and Fresh Meat) and KKingBoo (Pxssy Palace and ) and a live performance from Sarah Angel.
Mother of The House of Ghetto and House of Suarez, Darren Pritchard will MC the evening's categories, whilst performers will be hoping for 10s across the board from judges Kate O'Donnell, Mickey Taylor, Rebecca Swarray and Gina Harrison. House of Decay performers include Miss Sink The Pink 2017 Asttina Mandela, Carli Trigg, Simon Peters, Joshua Hubbard, and Phoenix Chase-Meares, and Simon Peter.
All profits from the Ball will purchase HIV self-test kits, safer injecting and safer sex packs, pregnancy test kits and sanitary products for LGBT people who need them.
Peter Bampton, Sexual Health Lead at LGBT Foundation, explains: “Greater Manchester has a high prevalence of HIV which means that we’re likely to know someone living with HIV. National HIV Testing Week is a great way to make testing for HIV part of our healthcare routines and we’re hoping to reach people through fun and creative events such as the SexWithoutShame Ball.”
It’s estimated that over 100,000 people in the UK are living with HIV. There were 2,330 new HIV diagnoses among gay, bi and other men who have sex with men reported in 2017, a 17% reduction from diagnoses in 2016. However, 33% of the community were diagnosed late in 2017. Approximately 12% of people living with HIV aren’t aware of it (Public Health England, 2018).
LGBT Foundation will be running testing clinics for all LGBT people, every day with clinics in all 10 Greater Manchester localities, from Saturday 17th November to Monday 3rd December with over 200 bookable HIV test appointments for LGBT people. This means they’ll be marking National HIV Testing Week, European Testing Week and World AIDS Day.
“The tests that we use require a small finger-prick of blood with results developing in 60 seconds. We’ve also made testing more accessible with bookable appointments after work and at the weekend.”
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