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For contact from the public, including contact through the Gems website please use Gems members will be kept up to date with developments using the email address, as this is much more effective in sending large group emails. Members can reply to this email address. We will continue to send postal notices to people who do not have an email address.

You may write to Gems, Community Base, 113 Queens Road, Brighton, BN1 3XG


The B.RIGHT.ON Festival

Starts on Friday, February 3 with Celebration! A gala fundraising night celebrating 25 years work of the Sussex Beacon. Tickets for table seats at the fundraiser are £18/£15 conc. We are making a special £10 ticket available exclusively for members of small LGBT/HIV organisations and groups. Could you circulate the offer to your members please, so they can join us at the opening night of this new unique LGBT festival during LGBT History Month. The seats are located in the stalls behind the VIP tables, a little way from stage, but offer an uninterrupted views of the stage. Here is the special link where people can book the special priced tickets which are exclusively for the use of members of LGBT/HIV community groups and organisations.

Looking forward to seeing you soon.

Kind regards

Billie Lewis Chair Brighton and Hove LGBT Community Safety Forum


Paris Gay Games and Cultural Event in summer 2018.

Paris is going to be a fabulous city to hold these games.

Members of the Paris team are coming to Brighton on the 20th February 2017 to share exciting news about the Festival, at the Queens Hotel on Brighton Seafront.  Doors open at 6.30 with a cash bar, and the presentation will begin at 7.00.  There will be a presentation, Q &A followed by drinks from the cash bar and an opportunity to network with others.

To come along, just log on to www.blagss,org and register your interest; or drop  a note at or go to and book your tickets.  All are welcome – so bring your friends and family!


LGBTQ Group up at the University of Sussex re History Month.

“Hi! We’re currently organising our history month events and at the moment we’re trying to put together a panel discussion on the theme along the lines of ‘generations’, which basically entails gathering LGBT people of different ages talking about their experiences. We’re hoping to have the event on the 21st feb from 2-4 pm. We’d like to extend an invitation to come to the event and also ask if anyone would like to be on the panel.



Updated Notice of Annual General Meeting

GEMS Annual General Meeting Friday 28th April 2017 To be held at Dorset Gardens Methodist Church (our usual venue) Starting at 7pm. Dear Member, You are invited to attend this year’s GEMS Annual General Meeting on Friday April 28th which has significant importance. Many of you may know that since January, in the absence of an…

2017 Annual General Meeting Nominations

We are pleased to share the nominations for the GEMS Management Committee here Gems AGM UPDATE We hope to see as many of you as possible at the forthcoming Annual General Meeting on Friday April 28th. Best wishes to you all.

2017 Annual General Meeting Notice

Here are important notices and documents regarding the forthcoming AGM in April. GEMS AGM AGENDA April 2017 GEMS Covering Letter to invite Nominations April 2017 GEMS NOMINATION FORM 2 April 2017

Temporary Steering Group Update

Here are Minutes from recent Temporary Steering Group meetings. We hope that they are of interest. Minutes of the Steering Group 30 Jan 17 Minutes of TSG meeting 22nd Feb

Temporary Steering Group Updates

This page will soon post news and Meeting Minutes from the GEMS Temporary Steering Group. The steering group aims for transparency in decision making, together with a genuine desire to understand GEMS members views and opinions. Please feel free to give your feedback on the news posted here by emailing the steering group at Thank you!…