Bar Titania women and guest Bar in London’s trendy Soho are hosting a benefit on the 4th December 2014 that aims to raise money and awareness in aid of cervical cancer and the importance of screening within the LGBT community specifically targeting gay women.
Lesbians and bisexual women are as likely as their heterosexual counterpart to develop cervical cancer, yet are up to a staggering 10 times less likely to undergo regular screening for the disease. Cervical cancer was once one of the most deadly female cancers, however with early detection through regular screening it has now transformed into the most preventable female cancer. Despite this, due to low rates of regular screening, lesbians and bisexual women have become a priority group for cervical cancer control.
As London’s only female run Women’s bar we take woman’s health seriously, especially when it appears that our community is somewhat misinformed about the risks and preventative measures that are readily available but ignored. Bar Titania’s urgency to get the right information across occurred when owner Odette Gibson heard a young gay woman speak of the impossibilities of gay woman getting cervical cancer. For us, the belief that cervical cancer; or any cancer for that matter is sexuality specific terrifies us to our very core.
So came about the beginning of Bar Titania’s campaign to alter misconception. We began with a calendar to kick off our fundraising campaign. Twelve months of diverse women bearing the cervical cancer ribbon t-shirts and the “Your fairy says get tested” slogan. £5 from the sale of the calendar’s goes directly to Stonewall and Jo’s cervical cancer trust, with the remaining £2.50 being used for printing costs. Everything we’re doing is not for profit. Our main event is the benefit to take place at Bar Titania on 4th December 2014 from 6:30pm. On the night we will show case some of the communities many talented performers, guest appearances’ from LoUis CYfer and a talk from a leading authority in cervical cancer, as well as holding an auction were we have already seen spectacular support and donations from businesses and individuals in and out of the LGBT community. With items such as a personalised photo shoot, accessories from the butch clothing company and even a personalised Amy Winehouse gold disk from Island Records. This auction is sure to have something for everyone. All proceeds from the auction will be given to Stonewall and Jo’s cervical cancer trust.
We are pleased to have the support of Stonewall and Jo’s cervical cancer trust as well as being sponsored by Pussy Drinks.