The Big Interview with LGBT activist Chris Cooke

First published in News

Brighton has long been hailed as the LGBT capital of the UK. However, all is not well in Kemp Town.

St James’s Street has become a crime hotspot, drug problems are rife and recent homophobic attacks remind us that there is plenty of work still to do.

Member of the LGBT Community Safety Forum and local activist Chris Cooke tackles the big issues facing the community.

The Argus:

Last month’s homophobic attack in Brighton city centre shocked the LGBT community. What was particularly upsetting was that the same happened to the victim 10 years previously. Has anything improved over the last decade?

CC: Ten years ago there was considerable mistrust of the police in the LGBT community. In fact, relationships between the police and the community completely broke down at one stage.

LGBT people felt that they received a different, inferior service from the police and this was one of the main reasons they were reluctant to report homophobic crime, they felt it would not be taken seriously.

With the introduction of dedicated LGBT police roles in 2004-5 a process of starting to build confidence commenced.

Today I have no doubt that LGBT hate crime and crime affecting LGBT people in general is taken very seriously by the command team at Brighton Police Station, however, there is no way of judging success or failure.

No performance indicators were ever agreed and put in place. Too much information is anecdotal and that is not good for developing trust and confidence.

Apart from the community led Count Me In Survey there is no sound data for decision making and planning.

We should be talking about a five year strategy to identify the level of under reporting within the community, agreeing performance indicators with the police and deciding what will be a good measure of success. Nothing too ambitious just small steady steps.

Do you think Kemp Town should be made a “gay village”? If so why and what would it mean?

CC: For as long I have lived in Brighton people have called St James’s Street the “Gay Village”, the council have just lacked the courage to give it an official name on the city map.

Many LGBT business men have invested in the area over the years bringing jobs and eco- nomic wealth to the area and yet successive political administrations have neglected the area generally.

Let us not forget that in the last 10 years two former Labour councillors from Queens Park ward were leaders of the city council and two of the present councillors are senior members within the Green Party.

You would have thought this would have been an incentive to improve and invest in the area, but sadly this has not been the case. That is not a political point I am making, it is a fact of life.

It has been suggested that Kemp Town has become something of a gay ghetto. Would you agree? Do you think there’s a danger of segregating the LGBT and straight communities and thus making homophobia and equality a bigger problem?

CC: In my view St James’s Street is less “gay” than it was 10 years ago as an LGBT destination both for local people to socialise and for tourists to visit.

Just ask the people who own the gay businesses in the area and not just the bars. They are all finding it hard to survive. The reasons are varied.

Safety is just one of a range of complex issues that is making LGBT people think twice about coming into the village to socialise, but it is an important factor.

In other cities like Liverpool they have desig- nated a specific area of the centre of the city as the Gay Village.

There are small discreet rainbow flags painted on the street signs. As LGBT people invest the area has improved generally.

It is not about ghettoising the area it is about improving the area. The evidence shows that when cities designate an area as a ‘Gay Village’, the area generally improves, becomes fashionable and property prices rise. This only happens when the politicians work with community leaders and not against them. The concept of a “Gay Village” is a branding opportunity first and fore- most to bring wealth and enterprise into an area.”

Is Brighton a safe place for a young LGBT person to move to?

CC: Research shows that for many years young gay people came to live in Brighton to be part of ‘a gay community.’ Some out of choice and some after being disowned by their families after coming out.

After arriving they soon found the streets were not paved with ‘gay gold’. Well paid jobs are few and far between, flat rental prices are high as are the deposits that go with them.

For young people community safety is just one of a range of issues that they have to deal with.

How would you reassure an 18-year-old LGBT person wanting to move to Brighton that it was a safe place to live?

CC: I would make sure that first and foremost they understood Brighton is an expensive place to live and they should not come here unless they had somewhere to live and they also had a job.

I would make sure that they also understood that they had to look after their safety and be aware of the levels of homophobic attacks in the city. No one should be complacent.

Why do you think St James’s Street and other parts of Kemp Town have become such crime hotspots?

CC: St James’s Street is a hotspot because it is the centre of the night-time economy for gay people. However, the most important issue is to establish whether any attack has been a ‘hate crime’.

It has taken far too long to have a recording mechanism in place to establish this and a mechanism that people can have confidence in.

It would be useful to know how many homophobic attacks happen during the day and how many during the evening/night. It would be useful to see the statistics for the rest of the city.

This information should be made public and be readily available. The truth is that outside St James’s many of the attacks never get recorded as homophobic. Unless the victim insists on the incident being recorded as homophobic it just slips through.

What needs to be done to take these areas back for the community?

CC: The answer lies in the communities generally and not just in St James’s Street. Residents have generally disengaged not only with their local councillors but with their local areas in general.

Pride in the community has to be fought for by residents whether it be funding for Brighton in Bloom or funding for the variety of Food Festivals which bring so much revenue into the city.

Councillors have to understand their role is to serve the community and not the other way around, which is happening in some quarters presently. In St James’s Street at the moment a large number of residents are saying enough is enough.

The local councillors are having difficulty hearing the message and that is unfortunate. In fact they are in denial to the fact.

Do the police take homophobia as seriously as other hate crimes such as racism? What more do they need to do?

CC: In my experience the police take hate crime seriously. I think the LGBT community needs to be looking carefully if the restructuring of Brighton and Hove Council’s Partnership Community Safety Team has downgraded the importance of LGBT Hate Crime generally in the city.

Again I am hoping the trust and confidence survey might help us with that.

Is there equality in Brighton and Hove for the LGBT community?

CC: Brighton has always been a very tolerant city and sometimes I think we all take things for granted.

The number of times a gay friend says to me I have lived in Brighton a long time and never had a bad experience and then the next day I read in the Argus of another homophobic attack on an LGBT person.

The fundamental problem here is that we have no baseline statistics for measuring trust and confidence in the police and council.

The LGBT Community Safety Forum is undertaking a Trust and Confidence survey at the moment. This is a piece of work that should have been produced years ago.

Each year the survey can be repeated to see if trust and confidence in the police and council is rising or falling.

The results of this survey will be the start of us being able to identify the levels of under reporting of homophobic incidents and crimes.

Getting a feel for what that baseline level is is crucial to future success and creating a strategy for success. Ten years after spending 1.2 million pounds of Home Office money on the Anti Victimisation Initiative we do not have a set of homophobic hate crime statistics that people can have confidence in. That is just not good enough.

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3:35pm Sun 6 Jan 13

JHunty says...

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4:58pm Sun 6 Jan 13

mustaphaLeeko says...

JHunty wrote:
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I have to agree with you, the standard of journalism in this newspaper is dire, not helped by having to wait for their interminable adverts to load up.

Bring back The Evening Argus as it was in 1996 before the current owners took over and basically ruined what was a decent local newspaper.

No wonder circulation is way down and prices have risen for the paper copy when the standard of journalism is so poor.
[quote][p][bold]JHunty[/bold] wrote: On-e of t-he mos-t bad- ly spa-c-e-d article--s I-veever s-e-e-n[/p][/quote]I have to agree with you, the standard of journalism in this newspaper is dire, not helped by having to wait for their interminable adverts to load up. Bring back The Evening Argus as it was in 1996 before the current owners took over and basically ruined what was a decent local newspaper. No wonder circulation is way down and prices have risen for the paper copy when the standard of journalism is so poor. mustaphaLeeko
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6:51pm Sun 6 Jan 13

Supermodel2 says...

What a load of cobblers!

It is about time the LGBT community started taking a long hard look at itself. It is run by an LGBT cliqué of self-important, anally retentive people who, if you are not part of that cliqué, look down their noses at you. It is they who are responsible for homo, bi and transphobia in Brighton and Hove. Did you know there are pubs in Kemp Town - run by gays - that refuse to serve women, for example?

And, don't get me started on the Police. Sussex "Police" couldn't give a toss about the LGBT community - unless you're a member of this cliqué in which case they will bend over backwards - and they, and the judicial system care more about the underclass that exists in Sussex. Also, everyone knows that Sussex Police are dishonest, lying, wife-beating, drug-dealing, money-laundering crooks.
What a load of cobblers! It is about time the LGBT community started taking a long hard look at itself. It is run by an LGBT cliqué of self-important, anally retentive people who, if you are not part of that cliqué, look down their noses at you. It is they who are responsible for homo, bi and transphobia in Brighton and Hove. Did you know there are pubs in Kemp Town - run by gays - that refuse to serve women, for example? And, don't get me started on the Police. Sussex "Police" couldn't give a toss about the LGBT community - unless you're a member of this cliqué in which case they will bend over backwards - and they, and the judicial system care more about the underclass that exists in Sussex. Also, everyone knows that Sussex Police are dishonest, lying, wife-beating, drug-dealing, money-laundering crooks. Supermodel2
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7:21pm Sun 6 Jan 13

Idontbelieveit1948 says...

Also, everyone knows that Sussex Police are dishonest, lying, wife-beating, drug-dealing, money-laundering crooks.”

I didn't know that ! Get caught out did you ?
Also, everyone knows that Sussex Police are dishonest, lying, wife-beating, drug-dealing, money-laundering crooks.” I didn't know that ! Get caught out did you ? Idontbelieveit1948
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7:32pm Sun 6 Jan 13

Supermodel2 says...

Caught out of what exactly?

Take your head out of your backside and see them for what they are.
Caught out of what exactly? Take your head out of your backside and see them for what they are. Supermodel2
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7:52pm Sun 6 Jan 13

Supermodel2 says...

I agree the biggest homo, bi and transphobes are the gays and they are self-serving and all that but why shouldn't I get you started on the transgendered?
I agree the biggest homo, bi and transphobes are the gays and they are self-serving and all that but why shouldn't I get you started on the transgendered? Supermodel2
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8:05pm Sun 6 Jan 13

Supermodel2 says...

Lady Smith,

Stop burying your head in the sand and start to realise who is really repsonsible for homo, bi and transphobia in the Brighton area. The gay men I have met in Brighton are certainly transphobic and so are the vast majority of lesbians. All I can say is you must be part of this cliqué.
Lady Smith, Stop burying your head in the sand and start to realise who is really repsonsible for homo, bi and transphobia in the Brighton area. The gay men I have met in Brighton are certainly transphobic and so are the vast majority of lesbians. All I can say is you must be part of this cliqué. Supermodel2
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9:08pm Sun 6 Jan 13

imnotpc says...

oh my good god...i can't believe they actually print this drival.Does anyone actually give a toss? At least if we bought the newspaper we'd have something to wipe our old dirtboxes on lol It would then at least serve a purpose
oh my good god...i can't believe they actually print this drival.Does anyone actually give a toss? At least if we bought the newspaper we'd have something to wipe our old dirtboxes on lol It would then at least serve a purpose imnotpc
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9:57pm Sun 6 Jan 13

martyt says...

Supermodel2 wrote:
What a load of cobblers!

It is about time the LGBT community started taking a long hard look at itself. It is run by an LGBT cliqué of self-important, anally retentive people who, if you are not part of that cliqué, look down their noses at you. It is they who are responsible for homo, bi and transphobia in Brighton and Hove. Did you know there are pubs in Kemp Town - run by gays - that refuse to serve women, for example?

And, don't get me started on the Police. Sussex "Police" couldn't give a toss about the LGBT community - unless you're a member of this cliqué in which case they will bend over backwards - and they, and the judicial system care more about the underclass that exists in Sussex. Also, everyone knows that Sussex Police are dishonest, lying, wife-beating, drug-dealing, money-laundering crooks.
reading this reminds me of a night i went in to dr brighton s ,and was given the hurry up just past closing when the pool table was still in play and people were still waiting to play ,the lass i was with was my bar maid who was not heterosexual but me been heterosexual we were told we had to leave and the people down the back were all guest of the manager so mind our own business ,the problem with brighton is too many people judge you on your sexual preferences and not who you are ,and the lgbt lot in brighton are as guilty as any of this
[quote][p][bold]Supermodel2[/bold] wrote: What a load of cobblers! It is about time the LGBT community started taking a long hard look at itself. It is run by an LGBT cliqué of self-important, anally retentive people who, if you are not part of that cliqué, look down their noses at you. It is they who are responsible for homo, bi and transphobia in Brighton and Hove. Did you know there are pubs in Kemp Town - run by gays - that refuse to serve women, for example? And, don't get me started on the Police. Sussex "Police" couldn't give a toss about the LGBT community - unless you're a member of this cliqué in which case they will bend over backwards - and they, and the judicial system care more about the underclass that exists in Sussex. Also, everyone knows that Sussex Police are dishonest, lying, wife-beating, drug-dealing, money-laundering crooks.[/p][/quote]reading this reminds me of a night i went in to dr brighton s ,and was given the hurry up just past closing when the pool table was still in play and people were still waiting to play ,the lass i was with was my bar maid who was not heterosexual but me been heterosexual we were told we had to leave and the people down the back were all guest of the manager so mind our own business ,the problem with brighton is too many people judge you on your sexual preferences and not who you are ,and the lgbt lot in brighton are as guilty as any of this martyt
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9:00am Mon 7 Jan 13

Fairfax Sakes says...

Supermodel2 wrote:
What a load of cobblers!

It is about time the LGBT community started taking a long hard look at itself. It is run by an LGBT cliqué of self-important, anally retentive people who, if you are not part of that cliqué, look down their noses at you. It is they who are responsible for homo, bi and transphobia in Brighton and Hove. Did you know there are pubs in Kemp Town - run by gays - that refuse to serve women, for example?

And, don't get me started on the Police. Sussex "Police" couldn't give a toss about the LGBT community - unless you're a member of this cliqué in which case they will bend over backwards - and they, and the judicial system care more about the underclass that exists in Sussex. Also, everyone knows that Sussex Police are dishonest, lying, wife-beating, drug-dealing, money-laundering crooks.
"anally retentive" lol
[quote][p][bold]Supermodel2[/bold] wrote: What a load of cobblers! It is about time the LGBT community started taking a long hard look at itself. It is run by an LGBT cliqué of self-important, anally retentive people who, if you are not part of that cliqué, look down their noses at you. It is they who are responsible for homo, bi and transphobia in Brighton and Hove. Did you know there are pubs in Kemp Town - run by gays - that refuse to serve women, for example? And, don't get me started on the Police. Sussex "Police" couldn't give a toss about the LGBT community - unless you're a member of this cliqué in which case they will bend over backwards - and they, and the judicial system care more about the underclass that exists in Sussex. Also, everyone knows that Sussex Police are dishonest, lying, wife-beating, drug-dealing, money-laundering crooks.[/p][/quote]"anally retentive" lol Fairfax Sakes
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9:09am Mon 7 Jan 13

qm says...

My perception from the scribblings above is that there is no such thing as a "LGBT community" in Brighton, just a melting pot of disparate bitchyness. The desire is for the 'hetero' citizens to be tolerant and accepting of a portion of the population who is is some ways different. It might be really helpful to the cause if that "portion of the population" were a little more tolerant of each other and stopped behaving like a bunch of bickering chickens! Divide and conquer? No need, you have divided yourselves and in so doing are conquering your cause!
My perception from the scribblings above is that there is no such thing as a "LGBT community" in Brighton, just a melting pot of disparate bitchyness. The desire is for the 'hetero' citizens to be tolerant and accepting of a portion of the population who is is some ways different. It might be really helpful to the cause if that "portion of the population" were a little more tolerant of each other and stopped behaving like a bunch of bickering chickens! Divide and conquer? No need, you have divided yourselves and in so doing are conquering your cause! qm
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9:36am Mon 7 Jan 13

Morpheus says...

Here is a lesson in how to isolate the LGBT community.
Here is a lesson in how to isolate the LGBT community. Morpheus
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10:56am Mon 7 Jan 13

Supermodel2 says...

qm

I could not agree more.

The problem with the LGBT "community" in Brighton and hove is that they think they're better than everyone else and their word is law. They have the useless Police, the Courts and the local media by the short and curlies. Remember Peter Willows?

One of my friends is transgender and a Heidi Klum lookalike. She is one of the most beautiful women you will ever see. She has been a top model. Well, she entered the Miss Transgender competition in, 2006 I think, and was hotly tipped to win. She didn't; someone who you would describe as an "obvious bloke" won. It was clear it was fixed. The lady who won was a member of this cliqué as were the runners up. One of her friends, along with an investigative journalist, actually wrote to the organisers and BBC Sussex about it but it was swept under the carpet. Their excuse? They "didn't want models to win..."
qm I could not agree more. The problem with the LGBT "community" in Brighton and hove is that they think they're better than everyone else and their word is law. They have the useless Police, the Courts and the local media by the short and curlies. Remember Peter Willows? One of my friends is transgender and a Heidi Klum lookalike. She is one of the most beautiful women you will ever see. She has been a top model. Well, she entered the Miss Transgender competition in, 2006 I think, and was hotly tipped to win. She didn't; someone who you would describe as an "obvious bloke" won. It was clear it was fixed. The lady who won was a member of this cliqué as were the runners up. One of her friends, along with an investigative journalist, actually wrote to the organisers and BBC Sussex about it but it was swept under the carpet. Their excuse? They "didn't want models to win..." Supermodel2
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11:17am Mon 7 Jan 13

Supermodel2 says...

And how about the time when one of my friends was RACIALLY abused by a pub landlord and his partner in a pub in the "gay village"? The same pub landlord and partner who are under investigation for paedophilia? But, with them being part of this cliqué, they're untouchable...
And how about the time when one of my friends was RACIALLY abused by a pub landlord and his partner in a pub in the "gay village"? The same pub landlord and partner who are under investigation for paedophilia? But, with them being part of this cliqué, they're untouchable... Supermodel2
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1:30pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Beethoven says...

Supermodel2 wrote:
"Also, everyone knows that Sussex Police are dishonest, lying, wife-beating, drug-dealing, money-laundering crooks."

Strange that one can write the above tosh with impunity - but if it were directed at a person, and included the words "black" or any euphemism for homosexual, then it would illegal and land you in court....
Funny world we live in.....
Supermodel2 wrote: "Also, everyone knows that Sussex Police are dishonest, lying, wife-beating, drug-dealing, money-laundering crooks." Strange that one can write the above tosh with impunity - but if it were directed at a person, and included the words "black" or any euphemism for homosexual, then it would illegal and land you in court.... Funny world we live in..... Beethoven
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2:43pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Supermodel2 says...

Tosh, is it, Beethoven?

No, it isn't. I only post on sites like that what happens to be the truth. I am well aware of the libel laws.

You can't handle the truth...
Tosh, is it, Beethoven? No, it isn't. I only post on sites like that what happens to be the truth. I am well aware of the libel laws. You can't handle the truth... Supermodel2
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5:46pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Angryoldman says...

It is a gheto!
Run bu cliqués for cliqués. A village of staggering drunks, beggars, junkies and a mine field of dog mess and fag buts. The bars are only interested in ripping you off. West Street on a Saturday night is safer. At least there are police there.
It is a gheto! Run bu cliqués for cliqués. A village of staggering drunks, beggars, junkies and a mine field of dog mess and fag buts. The bars are only interested in ripping you off. West Street on a Saturday night is safer. At least there are police there. Angryoldman
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6:26pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Supermodel2 says...

Angryoldman,

Well said!

Also some of the bars on St James Street won't serve you if you are of the female gender.
Angryoldman, Well said! Also some of the bars on St James Street won't serve you if you are of the female gender. Supermodel2
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6:26pm Mon 7 Jan 13

High Wire says...

Supermodel2 wrote:
What a load of cobblers!

It is about time the LGBT community started taking a long hard look at itself. It is run by an LGBT cliqué of self-important, anally retentive people who, if you are not part of that cliqué, look down their noses at you. It is they who are responsible for homo, bi and transphobia in Brighton and Hove. Did you know there are pubs in Kemp Town - run by gays - that refuse to serve women, for example?

And, don't get me started on the Police. Sussex "Police" couldn't give a toss about the LGBT community - unless you're a member of this cliqué in which case they will bend over backwards - and they, and the judicial system care more about the underclass that exists in Sussex. Also, everyone knows that Sussex Police are dishonest, lying, wife-beating, drug-dealing, money-laundering crooks.
Not many positives in your posts, "Supermodel2" - you have a lot to say and a lot of very strong opinions.

Chris Cooke has, in my experience, put a lot of personal effort into improving the Kemptown communtity (gay and otherwise). Will you be using your experience, your knowledge and your vision of how things should be to make Kemptown a better place?
[quote][p][bold]Supermodel2[/bold] wrote: What a load of cobblers! It is about time the LGBT community started taking a long hard look at itself. It is run by an LGBT cliqué of self-important, anally retentive people who, if you are not part of that cliqué, look down their noses at you. It is they who are responsible for homo, bi and transphobia in Brighton and Hove. Did you know there are pubs in Kemp Town - run by gays - that refuse to serve women, for example? And, don't get me started on the Police. Sussex "Police" couldn't give a toss about the LGBT community - unless you're a member of this cliqué in which case they will bend over backwards - and they, and the judicial system care more about the underclass that exists in Sussex. Also, everyone knows that Sussex Police are dishonest, lying, wife-beating, drug-dealing, money-laundering crooks.[/p][/quote]Not many positives in your posts, "Supermodel2" - you have a lot to say and a lot of very strong opinions. Chris Cooke has, in my experience, put a lot of personal effort into improving the Kemptown communtity (gay and otherwise). Will you be using your experience, your knowledge and your vision of how things should be to make Kemptown a better place? High Wire
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6:51pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Supermodel2 says...

I would if I still lived in the dump you call Brighton but Cooke is one of these LGBT cliqué types so I don't hold out any hope.

I suggest you take your head out of your backside and start seeing the "community" for what it really is. Sordid, self-important, ignorant. And I think you should read some of my other posts as well to see that I have had personal experience of these people.
I would if I still lived in the dump you call Brighton but Cooke is one of these LGBT cliqué types so I don't hold out any hope. I suggest you take your head out of your backside and start seeing the "community" for what it really is. Sordid, self-important, ignorant. And I think you should read some of my other posts as well to see that I have had personal experience of these people. Supermodel2
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7:01pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Lady Smith says...

Supermodel2 wrote:
Lady Smith,

Stop burying your head in the sand and start to realise who is really repsonsible for homo, bi and transphobia in the Brighton area. The gay men I have met in Brighton are certainly transphobic and so are the vast majority of lesbians. All I can say is you must be part of this cliqué.
Thank you, I love being judged 'transphobic' and 'cliquey' by someone who doesn't know the first thing about me. On this basis, I think I am therefore entitled to declare you to be an ignorant prat.
[quote][p][bold]Supermodel2[/bold] wrote: Lady Smith, Stop burying your head in the sand and start to realise who is really repsonsible for homo, bi and transphobia in the Brighton area. The gay men I have met in Brighton are certainly transphobic and so are the vast majority of lesbians. All I can say is you must be part of this cliqué.[/p][/quote]Thank you, I love being judged 'transphobic' and 'cliquey' by someone who doesn't know the first thing about me. On this basis, I think I am therefore entitled to declare you to be an ignorant prat. Lady Smith
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7:06pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Supermodel2 says...

Lady smith,

And I am entitled to declare you a moron and a halfwit.

I used to live in the cesspit you call Brighton and I just so happen to be speaking the truth on here. So, once again, take your head out of your backside.
Lady smith, And I am entitled to declare you a moron and a halfwit. I used to live in the cesspit you call Brighton and I just so happen to be speaking the truth on here. So, once again, take your head out of your backside. Supermodel2
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7:12pm Mon 7 Jan 13

High Wire says...

Supermodel2 wrote:
I would if I still lived in the dump you call Brighton but Cooke is one of these LGBT cliqué types so I don't hold out any hope.

I suggest you take your head out of your backside and start seeing the "community" for what it really is. Sordid, self-important, ignorant. And I think you should read some of my other posts as well to see that I have had personal experience of these people.
If I could get my head into that position I'd have no need to ever go out.

So now you've left this 'dump', where do you call home?
[quote][p][bold]Supermodel2[/bold] wrote: I would if I still lived in the dump you call Brighton but Cooke is one of these LGBT cliqué types so I don't hold out any hope. I suggest you take your head out of your backside and start seeing the "community" for what it really is. Sordid, self-important, ignorant. And I think you should read some of my other posts as well to see that I have had personal experience of these people.[/p][/quote]If I could get my head into that position I'd have no need to ever go out. So now you've left this 'dump', where do you call home? High Wire
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7:31pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Supermodel2 says...

None of your business.
None of your business. Supermodel2
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7:34pm Mon 7 Jan 13

High Wire says...

Supermodel2 wrote:
None of your business.
Don't rush back
[quote][p][bold]Supermodel2[/bold] wrote: None of your business.[/p][/quote]Don't rush back High Wire
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7:54pm Mon 7 Jan 13

Supermodel2 says...

High Wire,

Do one you sad, pathetic little man...
High Wire, Do one you sad, pathetic little man... Supermodel2
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2:44pm Wed 9 Jan 13

Cambright says...

What a waste of an article
What a waste of an article Cambright
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9:44pm Wed 9 Jan 13

sedwardsESQ says...

What interests me within this “Gay Scene” is that they have carried out for numerous years all sorts of surveys & campaigns against stigma of all sorts, Mental Health, trans phobia, bi phobia etc. in fact they have campaigned on everything, everything but paedophilia!
The day that the “Gay Scene” can stand up and admit that paedophilia exists within the “Gay Scene” will be the day these Authority’s may understand your just cause, wouldn't you think!
And don’t flog me, for simply saying what everyone else hasn't got the balls to say and in my opinion if you do say something out of term or anywhere near the truth, you get called Mental.
What interests me within this “Gay Scene” is that they have carried out for numerous years all sorts of surveys & campaigns against stigma of all sorts, Mental Health, trans phobia, bi phobia etc. in fact they have campaigned on everything, everything but paedophilia! The day that the “Gay Scene” can stand up and admit that paedophilia exists within the “Gay Scene” will be the day these Authority’s may understand your just cause, wouldn't you think! And don’t flog me, for simply saying what everyone else hasn't got the balls to say and in my opinion if you do say something out of term or anywhere near the truth, you get called Mental. sedwardsESQ
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7:26pm Thu 10 Jan 13

imnotpc says...

sedwardsESQ wrote:
What interests me within this “Gay Scene” is that they have carried out for numerous years all sorts of surveys & campaigns against stigma of all sorts, Mental Health, trans phobia, bi phobia etc. in fact they have campaigned on everything, everything but paedophilia!
The day that the “Gay Scene” can stand up and admit that paedophilia exists within the “Gay Scene” will be the day these Authority’s may understand your just cause, wouldn't you think!
And don’t flog me, for simply saying what everyone else hasn't got the balls to say and in my opinion if you do say something out of term or anywhere near the truth, you get called Mental.
This is so true and everyone knows it.And yes your right if you dare to say anything these people don't agree with your either mental or a troll lol.Thanks for saying what everyone has been thinking
[quote][p][bold]sedwardsESQ[/bold] wrote: What interests me within this “Gay Scene” is that they have carried out for numerous years all sorts of surveys & campaigns against stigma of all sorts, Mental Health, trans phobia, bi phobia etc. in fact they have campaigned on everything, everything but paedophilia! The day that the “Gay Scene” can stand up and admit that paedophilia exists within the “Gay Scene” will be the day these Authority’s may understand your just cause, wouldn't you think! And don’t flog me, for simply saying what everyone else hasn't got the balls to say and in my opinion if you do say something out of term or anywhere near the truth, you get called Mental.[/p][/quote]This is so true and everyone knows it.And yes your right if you dare to say anything these people don't agree with your either mental or a troll lol.Thanks for saying what everyone has been thinking imnotpc
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11:18pm Thu 10 Jan 13

sedwardsESQ says...

Also before you take chunks out of me for being so damned honest as well has having the balls to say what everyone (that's not like-minded) and is thinking, it is in the likelihood that LGBT are already preparing a case of homophobia as I type, well they need not bother as it would look very hypercritical taking a Homosexual (without paedophilia tendency's) for such crime and with so much knowledge!
Also before you take chunks out of me for being so damned honest as well has having the balls to say what everyone (that's not like-minded) and is thinking, it is in the likelihood that LGBT are already preparing a case of homophobia as I type, well they need not bother as it would look very hypercritical taking a Homosexual (without paedophilia tendency's) for such crime and with so much knowledge! sedwardsESQ
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7:38pm Sat 12 Jan 13

High Wire says...

imnotpc wrote:
sedwardsESQ wrote:
What interests me within this “Gay Scene” is that they have carried out for numerous years all sorts of surveys & campaigns against stigma of all sorts, Mental Health, trans phobia, bi phobia etc. in fact they have campaigned on everything, everything but paedophilia!
The day that the “Gay Scene” can stand up and admit that paedophilia exists within the “Gay Scene” will be the day these Authority’s may understand your just cause, wouldn't you think!
And don’t flog me, for simply saying what everyone else hasn't got the balls to say and in my opinion if you do say something out of term or anywhere near the truth, you get called Mental.
This is so true and everyone knows it.And yes your right if you dare to say anything these people don't agree with your either mental or a troll lol.Thanks for saying what everyone has been thinking
If you have facts, why aren't you doing something about it? Surely your silence (apart from random inferences on a local newspaper's blog) is extremely unhelpful to the victims?

Have the Jimmy Savile revelations taught you nothing?

Or are you both just homophobic ****-stirrers?
[quote][p][bold]imnotpc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sedwardsESQ[/bold] wrote: What interests me within this “Gay Scene” is that they have carried out for numerous years all sorts of surveys & campaigns against stigma of all sorts, Mental Health, trans phobia, bi phobia etc. in fact they have campaigned on everything, everything but paedophilia! The day that the “Gay Scene” can stand up and admit that paedophilia exists within the “Gay Scene” will be the day these Authority’s may understand your just cause, wouldn't you think! And don’t flog me, for simply saying what everyone else hasn't got the balls to say and in my opinion if you do say something out of term or anywhere near the truth, you get called Mental.[/p][/quote]This is so true and everyone knows it.And yes your right if you dare to say anything these people don't agree with your either mental or a troll lol.Thanks for saying what everyone has been thinking[/p][/quote]If you have facts, why aren't you doing something about it? Surely your silence (apart from random inferences on a local newspaper's blog) is extremely unhelpful to the victims? Have the Jimmy Savile revelations taught you nothing? Or are you both just homophobic ****-stirrers? High Wire
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1:26am Sun 13 Jan 13

sedwardsESQ says...

High Wire wrote:
imnotpc wrote:
sedwardsESQ wrote:
What interests me within this “Gay Scene” is that they have carried out for numerous years all sorts of surveys & campaigns against stigma of all sorts, Mental Health, trans phobia, bi phobia etc. in fact they have campaigned on everything, everything but paedophilia!
The day that the “Gay Scene” can stand up and admit that paedophilia exists within the “Gay Scene” will be the day these Authority’s may understand your just cause, wouldn't you think!
And don’t flog me, for simply saying what everyone else hasn't got the balls to say and in my opinion if you do say something out of term or anywhere near the truth, you get called Mental.
This is so true and everyone knows it.And yes your right if you dare to say anything these people don't agree with your either mental or a troll lol.Thanks for saying what everyone has been thinking
If you have facts, why aren't you doing something about it? Surely your silence (apart from random inferences on a local newspaper's blog) is extremely unhelpful to the victims?

Have the Jimmy Savile revelations taught you nothing?

Or are you both just homophobic ****-stirrers?
Think you missed the point but then you would because you never really take the time to read things before jumping off on your high horse as seen in all other comments you write, surely a question like that should bring positivity not a cause for a slagging match, there is no evidence to sought but your like-minded thinking certainly spoke a thousand words, oh and many lessons have been learned from Jimmy but you are obviously to ignorant to spot it.
[quote][p][bold]High Wire[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]imnotpc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sedwardsESQ[/bold] wrote: What interests me within this “Gay Scene” is that they have carried out for numerous years all sorts of surveys & campaigns against stigma of all sorts, Mental Health, trans phobia, bi phobia etc. in fact they have campaigned on everything, everything but paedophilia! The day that the “Gay Scene” can stand up and admit that paedophilia exists within the “Gay Scene” will be the day these Authority’s may understand your just cause, wouldn't you think! And don’t flog me, for simply saying what everyone else hasn't got the balls to say and in my opinion if you do say something out of term or anywhere near the truth, you get called Mental.[/p][/quote]This is so true and everyone knows it.And yes your right if you dare to say anything these people don't agree with your either mental or a troll lol.Thanks for saying what everyone has been thinking[/p][/quote]If you have facts, why aren't you doing something about it? Surely your silence (apart from random inferences on a local newspaper's blog) is extremely unhelpful to the victims? Have the Jimmy Savile revelations taught you nothing? Or are you both just homophobic ****-stirrers?[/p][/quote]Think you missed the point but then you would because you never really take the time to read things before jumping off on your high horse as seen in all other comments you write, surely a question like that should bring positivity not a cause for a slagging match, there is no evidence to sought but your like-minded thinking certainly spoke a thousand words, oh and many lessons have been learned from Jimmy but you are obviously to ignorant to spot it. sedwardsESQ
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1:31am Sun 13 Jan 13

sedwardsESQ says...

sedwardsESQ wrote:
High Wire wrote:
imnotpc wrote:
sedwardsESQ wrote:
What interests me within this “Gay Scene” is that they have carried out for numerous years all sorts of surveys & campaigns against stigma of all sorts, Mental Health, trans phobia, bi phobia etc. in fact they have campaigned on everything, everything but paedophilia!
The day that the “Gay Scene” can stand up and admit that paedophilia exists within the “Gay Scene” will be the day these Authority’s may understand your just cause, wouldn't you think!
And don’t flog me, for simply saying what everyone else hasn't got the balls to say and in my opinion if you do say something out of term or anywhere near the truth, you get called Mental.
This is so true and everyone knows it.And yes your right if you dare to say anything these people don't agree with your either mental or a troll lol.Thanks for saying what everyone has been thinking
If you have facts, why aren't you doing something about it? Surely your silence (apart from random inferences on a local newspaper's blog) is extremely unhelpful to the victims?

Have the Jimmy Savile revelations taught you nothing?

Or are you both just homophobic ****-stirrers?
Think you missed the point but then you would because you never really take the time to read things before jumping off on your high horse as seen in all other comments you write, surely a question like that should bring positivity not a cause for a slagging match, there is no evidence to sought but your like-minded thinking certainly spoke a thousand words, oh and many lessons have been learned from Jimmy but you are obviously to ignorant to spot it.
you said ; Or are you both just homophobic ****-stirrers?
who mentioned anything about both, nothing in my words state both, sounds to me you know who I am and you deeply object to what I write, maybe its you who should stop leaving messages on argus internet blogs after all most them obscene and offensive.
[quote][p][bold]sedwardsESQ[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]High Wire[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]imnotpc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sedwardsESQ[/bold] wrote: What interests me within this “Gay Scene” is that they have carried out for numerous years all sorts of surveys & campaigns against stigma of all sorts, Mental Health, trans phobia, bi phobia etc. in fact they have campaigned on everything, everything but paedophilia! The day that the “Gay Scene” can stand up and admit that paedophilia exists within the “Gay Scene” will be the day these Authority’s may understand your just cause, wouldn't you think! And don’t flog me, for simply saying what everyone else hasn't got the balls to say and in my opinion if you do say something out of term or anywhere near the truth, you get called Mental.[/p][/quote]This is so true and everyone knows it.And yes your right if you dare to say anything these people don't agree with your either mental or a troll lol.Thanks for saying what everyone has been thinking[/p][/quote]If you have facts, why aren't you doing something about it? Surely your silence (apart from random inferences on a local newspaper's blog) is extremely unhelpful to the victims? Have the Jimmy Savile revelations taught you nothing? Or are you both just homophobic ****-stirrers?[/p][/quote]Think you missed the point but then you would because you never really take the time to read things before jumping off on your high horse as seen in all other comments you write, surely a question like that should bring positivity not a cause for a slagging match, there is no evidence to sought but your like-minded thinking certainly spoke a thousand words, oh and many lessons have been learned from Jimmy but you are obviously to ignorant to spot it.[/p][/quote]you said ; Or are you both just homophobic ****-stirrers? who mentioned anything about both, nothing in my words state both, sounds to me you know who I am and you deeply object to what I write, maybe its you who should stop leaving messages on argus internet blogs after all most them obscene and offensive. sedwardsESQ
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8:14pm Sun 13 Jan 13

sedwardsESQ says...

High Wire wrote:
Supermodel2 wrote:
What a load of cobblers!

It is about time the LGBT community started taking a long hard look at itself. It is run by an LGBT cliqué of self-important, anally retentive people who, if you are not part of that cliqué, look down their noses at you. It is they who are responsible for homo, bi and transphobia in Brighton and Hove. Did you know there are pubs in Kemp Town - run by gays - that refuse to serve women, for example?

And, don't get me started on the Police. Sussex "Police" couldn't give a toss about the LGBT community - unless you're a member of this cliqué in which case they will bend over backwards - and they, and the judicial system care more about the underclass that exists in Sussex. Also, everyone knows that Sussex Police are dishonest, lying, wife-beating, drug-dealing, money-laundering crooks.
Not many positives in your posts, "Supermodel2" - you have a lot to say and a lot of very strong opinions.

Chris Cooke has, in my experience, put a lot of personal effort into improving the Kemptown communtity (gay and otherwise). Will you be using your experience, your knowledge and your vision of how things should be to make Kemptown a better place?
Supermodel, High Wire certainly has his head up his anal or someone's, he rants on about all the wonderful work Chris Cooke has done for the Scene as if no predecessor had done before he, the day the Gay Scene starts to get it's own house in order before asking for favours beyond recognisances of any other will be the day when both Sussex Police and or the Authorities will start to listen and or the general public, in all our experiences combined I think he will find that what he knows of the "Gay Scene" he could write on the back of a postage stamp and till he knows better he should keep his silly little comments to himself unless of cause he is Chris Cooke's Patsy!
It is not a clique but a group of like-minded people as in any scene that think they can bend and flaunt the rules to suite themselves and I think your'll find Sussex Police have moved on and upwards since the retirement of George Smith and there I rest my case.
[quote][p][bold]High Wire[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Supermodel2[/bold] wrote: What a load of cobblers! It is about time the LGBT community started taking a long hard look at itself. It is run by an LGBT cliqué of self-important, anally retentive people who, if you are not part of that cliqué, look down their noses at you. It is they who are responsible for homo, bi and transphobia in Brighton and Hove. Did you know there are pubs in Kemp Town - run by gays - that refuse to serve women, for example? And, don't get me started on the Police. Sussex "Police" couldn't give a toss about the LGBT community - unless you're a member of this cliqué in which case they will bend over backwards - and they, and the judicial system care more about the underclass that exists in Sussex. Also, everyone knows that Sussex Police are dishonest, lying, wife-beating, drug-dealing, money-laundering crooks.[/p][/quote]Not many positives in your posts, "Supermodel2" - you have a lot to say and a lot of very strong opinions. Chris Cooke has, in my experience, put a lot of personal effort into improving the Kemptown communtity (gay and otherwise). Will you be using your experience, your knowledge and your vision of how things should be to make Kemptown a better place?[/p][/quote]Supermodel, High Wire certainly has his head up his anal or someone's, he rants on about all the wonderful work Chris Cooke has done for the Scene as if no predecessor had done before he, the day the Gay Scene starts to get it's own house in order before asking for favours beyond recognisances of any other will be the day when both Sussex Police and or the Authorities will start to listen and or the general public, in all our experiences combined I think he will find that what he knows of the "Gay Scene" he could write on the back of a postage stamp and till he knows better he should keep his silly little comments to himself unless of cause he is Chris Cooke's Patsy! It is not a clique but a group of like-minded people as in any scene that think they can bend and flaunt the rules to suite themselves and I think your'll find Sussex Police have moved on and upwards since the retirement of George Smith and there I rest my case. sedwardsESQ
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10:49pm Thu 17 Jan 13

imnotpc says...

sedwardsESQ wrote:
High Wire wrote:
imnotpc wrote:
sedwardsESQ wrote:
What interests me within this “Gay Scene” is that they have carried out for numerous years all sorts of surveys & campaigns against stigma of all sorts, Mental Health, trans phobia, bi phobia etc. in fact they have campaigned on everything, everything but paedophilia!
The day that the “Gay Scene” can stand up and admit that paedophilia exists within the “Gay Scene” will be the day these Authority’s may understand your just cause, wouldn't you think!
And don’t flog me, for simply saying what everyone else hasn't got the balls to say and in my opinion if you do say something out of term or anywhere near the truth, you get called Mental.
This is so true and everyone knows it.And yes your right if you dare to say anything these people don't agree with your either mental or a troll lol.Thanks for saying what everyone has been thinking
If you have facts, why aren't you doing something about it? Surely your silence (apart from random inferences on a local newspaper's blog) is extremely unhelpful to the victims?

Have the Jimmy Savile revelations taught you nothing?

Or are you both just homophobic ****-stirrers?
Think you missed the point but then you would because you never really take the time to read things before jumping off on your high horse as seen in all other comments you write, surely a question like that should bring positivity not a cause for a slagging match, there is no evidence to sought but your like-minded thinking certainly spoke a thousand words, oh and many lessons have been learned from Jimmy but you are obviously to ignorant to spot it.
homophobic this homophobic that blah blah blah yawn yawn zzzzzzzzzzz someone jog the needle lol hahahaha
[quote][p][bold]sedwardsESQ[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]High Wire[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]imnotpc[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]sedwardsESQ[/bold] wrote: What interests me within this “Gay Scene” is that they have carried out for numerous years all sorts of surveys & campaigns against stigma of all sorts, Mental Health, trans phobia, bi phobia etc. in fact they have campaigned on everything, everything but paedophilia! The day that the “Gay Scene” can stand up and admit that paedophilia exists within the “Gay Scene” will be the day these Authority’s may understand your just cause, wouldn't you think! And don’t flog me, for simply saying what everyone else hasn't got the balls to say and in my opinion if you do say something out of term or anywhere near the truth, you get called Mental.[/p][/quote]This is so true and everyone knows it.And yes your right if you dare to say anything these people don't agree with your either mental or a troll lol.Thanks for saying what everyone has been thinking[/p][/quote]If you have facts, why aren't you doing something about it? Surely your silence (apart from random inferences on a local newspaper's blog) is extremely unhelpful to the victims? Have the Jimmy Savile revelations taught you nothing? Or are you both just homophobic ****-stirrers?[/p][/quote]Think you missed the point but then you would because you never really take the time to read things before jumping off on your high horse as seen in all other comments you write, surely a question like that should bring positivity not a cause for a slagging match, there is no evidence to sought but your like-minded thinking certainly spoke a thousand words, oh and many lessons have been learned from Jimmy but you are obviously to ignorant to spot it.[/p][/quote]homophobic this homophobic that blah blah blah yawn yawn zzzzzzzzzzz someone jog the needle lol hahahaha imnotpc
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