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Co-Founder and WayOut host

Vicky Lee

Vicky Lee identifies as transgendered and refers to herself as an “Inbetweenie” She says “when you sit on the fence you get a better view of everything”…

Scroll Down to read … Vicky Lee’s detailed profile which was first published in her book The Tranny Guide issue 10

From 1991 Vicky compiled and published a guide to the international world of cross-dressing and gender fluid lifestyles, before there was even words for it. She distributed around 5000 copies every year for 12 annual editions.  Her final book ‘HE or SHE?’ included her autobiography. In 1993 she founded The WayOut Club and has welcomed people from all around the world hardly missing a Saturday night till covid shut her down… Now based at Zodiac Bar monthly Vicky feels a safe place for trans people and friends is “unfortunately” still essential… She looks forward to meeting many more to add to the 1000s that have told her that her work has changed and saved their lives.

She looks forward to meeting YOU soon…

How did The WayOut Club start ?

Vicky was exploring London’s Transgender scene back in 1987. “Trannying around” The Philbeach Hotel, Ron Stormes parties, and any thing promoted in Time Out as “dress to impress”. She met Steffan Whitfield at The Kensington Roof Gardens in 1991 where Vicky was a regular every Sunday night. After an invitation from Steffan to Fortnam & Mason for afternoon tea the partnership clicked. Vicky soon started working with Steffan in 1992 in Steffan’s Dragmania show and on promotions including 14 weeks at London’s Hippodrome working for a gay night called ‘Bolts’ for Nicky Price. Steffan and Vicky never did get paid – but they learnt an awful lot. The experience proved that Steffans imagination, creativity and network of contacts, married with Vicky’s multi-skilled talents, understanding of the fledgling transgender scene, enthusiasm and organisation was an amazingly powerful potion. The owner of a wine bar in Gower St, Lee Whitby, recognised this and offered them her bar every Saturday and the wayOut Club was born.

The respect that Vicky and Steffan had for each other,  through thick and thin, enabled them to co-found host side by side until Steffan’s un-timely death from cancer in 2005.

Vicky continued on non stop, hosting the club with the ever present spirit of Steffan and the constant support of Vicky’s life partner Lesley (aka Miss Lelly) together with the love and help of her team… DJ Titch, DJ Gary, Lisa (Miss Lola Monterey), Delicious Don (and in previous years Giles ‘Sarah Lloyd’ Bishop and Daniel ‘Morag McDuff)’

Covid was a massive blow to Vicky with a loss of two years to WayOut but 470 people turned out for the re-launch in Nov 2021 only to another Covid shut down … On return (despite a 9 year relationship) The Minories (owned by Stonegate) introduced an impossible contract which resulted in Vicky moving the WayOut Club to The White Swan … currently monthly on the THIRD Saturday of every month. Vicky held the clubs 30th Anniversary at The White Swan on 18th November 2023.

Vicky has also published a number of books and Magazines

Long before the internet Vicky published an annual guide to shops, services and places to go. It started as the Transvestites Guide to London … (bit dry) but back in the day EVERYONE called its ‘The Tranny Guide’. Vicky and her team adopted this as the book title and researched a new edition every year for 12 years (12 editions). It soon became a much loved and respected  international resource with contributions from all around the world. It sold regularly 5000 copies each year.
… BUT in 2004 during a visit to the USA Vicky was told that ‘Tranny’ was becoming an insulting word and the internet was beginning to replace the need for such a book.