Gscene has been monitoring the events of the past few days with concern. Following the government’s continuing action to limit social gatherings to protect the vulnerable and in the light of the news that all venues must close, the decision has been made not to print April’s magazine. BUT the magazine will be published online, with the usual mix of local and national LGBTQ+ news, features, scene photographs, and our regular columnists. The website will also be constantly updated to bring news and information from our LGBTQ+ communities, and shared through our Facebook page and Twitter feed. Over the past two days we have talked to all our advertisers and venues in the city to let them know our plans. This is the first time that Gscene has not been physically printed since its first print issue and this is a temporary situation.
We will continue to produce Gscene in a magazine format but it will only be available online for now (on the Gscene website: www.gscene.com )
On the tails of the government announcement it is clear there will be no distribution points for the magazine. With bars, clubs, pubs, transport hubs, libraries, shops and other spaces under restrictions there will be no opportunity for people to collect a physical issue of the magazine and we want to encourage everyone to follow clear medical advice to keep themselves and others safe by limiting social contact. We will be letting you know the date the pdf version will be published, which will remain the same as usual at the end of the month, in PDF or online reader.
These are extraordinary times and we must act swiftly in the interests of everyone. Gscene is a community magazine, from the heart of LGBTQ+ Brighton & Hove and in these difficult times we will be focusing on bringing up-to-date news and information to everyone in the city and wider LGBTQ+ communities. You can help us –
If you have news of interest, information about a community initiative, news about a venue or performer with an online event, fun or novel ways for people to stay connected while self-isolating or general stories of interest to the wider LGBTQ+ community, let us know.
Our community has faced crises before and we have always overcome them by sharing, supporting, listening and acting in the common good. Our breadth is our strength. Things are tough and are going to get worse for a while. We need to look out for each other, especially the vulnerable or those less able to take care of themselves. Together we will get through this and that word is key – together.
Take care everybody and stay safe
Gscene Editorial team