Hastings to host first gay and lesbian biker rallyI am restraining myself from making any jokes about finding somewhere to store your helmet for the day.
The UK’s first gay and lesbian biker rally is to be held in Hastings next month. Around 1,000 gay and lesbian bikers are expected to descend on the Azur at the Marina Pavilion, St Leonards, on September 18th. Events will include a indoor/outdoor BBQ, music and comedy, while organisers have hired a car park and will offer visitors somewhere to store their helmets and gear.
Organiser Julian Langham told the Hastings Observer: “I think that a lot of people are excited about it. It will be interesting to see how far they will travel from.
“This is an opportunity to find out the extent of the gay biker community.”
For more information, visit gaybikerrally.co.uk.
Windsock thinks that this could be "an interesting collision of worlds". I'm not so sure. I know that biking has a very rufty-tufty image and a lot of bikers would be horrified to be tarred with a 'gay icon' brush, but there are a couple of things that make me think it is more complicated than that. For one thing, it's impossible to read some of the biking press and not be aware of a considerable homoerotic content, especially in the adverts (Adonis clad in tight leather, staring with chiselled jaw in a thousand-yard stare). For another, of the five gay women I have known in the last few years, two have been active riders and one is seriously considering taking her Direct Access. I would suspect that the biking 'community' is about as gay, proportionately, as the rest of society. And bikers tend not to be shy about coming forward.
I think they will have a good turnout. We shall see.