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Hyper Femme

1975153_10150365702409990_1213678530_n Bar Wotever, now in our Tenth year, giving space and place for us all to be who we are. Here is what our friend and regular Hollie posted on her facebook today,

‘The thing I love most about queer spaces is that I can express my hyper femme side without feeling like there are expectations of how I should act.

That, and urinals. I like urinals.’ Hollie Howitt

I asked Hollie to tell me a bit more what it actually means to her, that feeling she described, so she replied with  this;

1010557_10150365702389990_1450657403_nWotever World feels like going home. It is a space where you can go, and know that whatever you’re wearing, whoever you are there with, however you express yourself, you will be welcomed. Entertained. Accepted. The thing I love most about queer spaces like Bar Wotever is that I can express my hyper femme side, or my butch side, or my slutty side, without feeling like there are expectations of how I should act, or who I ‘am’. It feels as though the usual presumptions about gender, orientation and our bodies are left at the door. This type of queer community is so important. Many of my friends and lovers don’t fit the constraints of the binaries we mostly get squeezed into outside of queer space; so having things like genderless toilets is pretty handy. Plus, you know, I like urinals.’

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Bar Wotever
Royal Queer Variety Show

We work with some of the best LGBT & Queer Performers in London, UK and the World, plus encourage newcomers and beginners with great attitude and things to say. We also champion a big group of Residential Performers who are invited to our stage time after time, just because we totally adore them and their craft. Every event also host Community News for and with our London LGBT & Queer Community.
Live Music, Cabaret, Talks, Films and Spoken Word, we do it all!
This is a night for friendly and open minded people who know how to pay attention.

Bar Wotever – Queer Tuesdays at RVT

last Friday, it rained in London….

And for us, Friday Night was Party Night, Everything and Everyone was ready.

559295_10153384375190727_922198169_n 579679_10153384368825727_1975336422_n 1235314_10153384366060727_1488747381_nFemale Masculinity Appreciation Society meet up no 5 was ready to open the doors and welcome the audience, the people that lift us, move us and make this a magic night. This was also a celebration of Club Wotever and all the years that has passed by since that started… The Rain did not stop the hard core fans and new explorers and party goers from coming out… This is London after all. Rain does happen. Fact.  And yes, this was London, with many beautiful and funny, sexy and smart queers out and about. Plus so many Top Hats! The theme was a hit as many had taken the chance to dress up, top hat or other stuff… ‘Top Hat’ represented an era, a style and feeling.. It was specially heartwarming to see some of the people there who have been coming to our events from day one, over the years they have followed, been part, supported and shared energy with us. Not always smooth and harmonious, but always strongly and passionate, so, special thank you to all of YOU. Caroline, Stav, Lenna and Louise, we are all ten years older and hopefully wiser too… One thing is for sure, we are all Fierce!

And as always, mega thanks to current crew, Jo, Serena, Dr J, Maria, Neil, Jo G, Theresa, Puja and Sarah

And the show, what a show! Thank you as always, Duncan D’Nut and Mzz Kimberly. DJs, Hug the DJ & Westlake

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Stav Bee snapped a lot of lovely pictures of the night and here you can see some. We also have a PhotoAlbum from All our FMAS events  HERE with plenty of fab pics from all our happy snappers!

Days after the event, people wrote lovely stuff and this is what Stav Bee wrote on FaceBook, I asked if I could share and she said yes, so here it is:

‘so, 10 years ago, the news spread about some club night, where anything would go and with anyone; it came with the name Wotever and despite my anal loathing on bad spelling, i have come to understand it, accept it and respect it. it started in a basement off marchmont street, around the corner from gay’s the word, where ingo was managing at that time. it was dark and suggestive and as i walked down its stairs with two of my friends, ingo immediately told me off: ‘what time do you call this? you are late…”! ha! and the journey begun to continue after all the trials and tribulations and spaces and places and festivals and ups and downs and travels and losses and attacks and loves to what we know Wotever World is to be to this day… and last night, we celebrated exactly that his/her story, along with the ever fun FMAS (female masculinity appreciation society) part five. we wore our papillons and ties and top hats and we danced and cheered and mingled and remembered and chatted and witnessed great shows, despite the pouring rain and the change of weather to golden and promising autumn… 

it was great to see my family looking beautiful and happy. 
so, we continue, yes? weekly and bi monthly in one of the most beautiful and oldest building, carrying a great gay his/ herstory, down in the area of vauxhall. the royal tavern. peace and love and a lot of cabaret, my friends. x’

And my reply: ‘Awh, it’s sooo amazing, that A, we are still here to meet up & share the love and idea of Wotever, and B, London let us! So MUCH LOVE!!! And cheers for all these years, ALL of you who came out last night! You Are Wotever! X’

//Ingo x