Book here for July Tours and Events! ‘Queer Tours of London’ Bonanza!

Book here for July Tours and Events! ‘Queer Tours of London’ Bonanza! – Pls share round the houses!

July 27th 2017 is the actual 50th anniversary of the passing of the ‘Sexual Offences Act’ which led to the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales – and we are celebrating in style! 

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Thursday July 6th – 7-10pm ‘Queer Space’ Exhibition launch at Dalston Superstore – 117 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB London, United Kingdom All details on the Facebook page here!

Queer Space is an exhibition at Dalston Superstore Gallery which draws queer artifacts and ephemera from national archives, personal collections and influential queer meccas to create a brief but passionate exploration of queer culture over the last century. The exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act (the partial decriminalization of homosexuality in the UK) with a collection of personal photographic memoirs, advertisements, news articles, posters and flyers of various LGBTQA+ events, clubnights and venues. From the illicit Caravan Club of the 1930s to the ‘original all night bender’ that was Trade in the 1990s, the exhibition aims to provide a brief snapshot of how the LGBTQ+ community has partied and come together throughout the twentieth century.

Speaking about the importance of this exhibition, co-curators Joseph Alloway and Josh Enright said: “As LGBTQ+ people, our story is often written by others as one of exclusion, oppression and tragedy. We aim to show an alternative history of LGBTQ+ people, one of joy, community and defiance. These places were a world fashioned by queer people to celebrate our identity.”

Contributors of images clockwise from top left: Hall Carpenter archive, Siobhan Farhey (rebeldykes1980s.com), Stuart Feather Proudly supported by Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time a tour of London set up to bring forth the visibility of our incredible community at large and the journey to how we became who we are today.

Exhibition run 6 July – mid September – Dalston Superstore Gallery aims to incorporate the Queer artistic voice into Queer nightlife in our community, strengthening our position in a turbulent world and exploring our journey through art, music, performance and the celebration of identity. For more information please contact joseph@dalstonsuperstore.com Contributors Club Kali, The National Trust Archives, London Metropolitan Archives, Rukus! Archive at the LMA), Bishopsgate Archive, Hall Carpenter Archive at the LSE, Jill Gardiner (From the Closet to the Screen; Women at the Gateways Club), Matt Cook (Birkbeck University of London), Ben Campkin (UCL), Islington Museum, I Remember the Bell, Shaun Cole (London School of Fashion), Stuart Feather (Blowing the Lid), Siobhan Fahey (Rebel Dykes), Gay’s the Word, Dan Glass (Queer Tours of London), Anton Johnson and Jeffrey Hinton.

Full Press release here

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July 7th – 9th July – Queer Tours of London Charity Pot Party – All details here

LUSH UK (Oxford Street) 175 Oxford Street, W1D 2JS London, United Kingdom

Come and hear from some of London’s fiercest and most fabulous queer campaign groups during the ‘Pride in London’ weekend.

This includes – 

A make-up stand / dressing up area pit-stop for you to go wild at for Pride.
1 hour soap-box ‘how to get involved’ talks and creative workshops – the list so far includes contributions from –

Becoming a Queer Warrior
Queer Accessibility Campaign
Project Indigo 
The Black Cap Campaign
The Outside Project
African Rainbow Family
Switchboard – the LGBT+ Helpline
Gender Swap
Future Female Project
Radical Faeries
Queerseum

An end of Pride party on the Sunday night! ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ end of Pride soap box talk with special guest Lola Phoenix talk on the ‘Un-whitewashed Herstory of Pride’ (6:30 – 9/9:30) followed by dancing!

All details and soap-boax timetable to be publicised on www.queertoursoflondon.com. All requests please email queertoursoflondon@gmail.com

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July 10th 7pm – The book Club – Shoreditch –Unfinished Business: Illegal LGBT+ Legacies – ‘On the 50th anniversary of partial anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality please come to an evening of performances led by Kat exploring the continuing journey for global LGBTQI+ freedom’ – All booking details here

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July 15th 2pm –  Disability Justice Queer Tour of London – Meet in Soho Square – Facebook page here – All Booking details here


How can I be proud of my LGBT+ identity at ‘Pride in London’ if I can’t even get to the bar to celebrate?
How can I mince, flirt and meet others if there is not even 1 LGBT+ bar or club that is fully accessible to the LGBT+ disabled community?
How can I be proud of my impairments if i’m discriminated to come on Pride?
Are you part of the LGBT+ disability community? Are you sick and tired of being ignored and tokenised? Want more action and less talk?

Well join Josh – a ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through time’ guide, trainee lawyer and sexual revolutionary whilst we take to the streetsand in true queer provocative style do an informative and interactive tour of Soho to share the lived realities of the LGBT+ disabled community.

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Queer Jewish Camden Walking Tour

Sunday 23rd July 11am-1pm – £15 – All booking details here 

Discover LGBTQI+ Jewish London in this Camden walking tour led by Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time. The walk marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales in 2017.

Hear about Jewish involvement in ‘Lesbians and Gays support the Miners’, ‘Lesbians and Gays support the Migrants’, the Black Cap campaign and other ongoing campaigns for queer spaces.

Discover how Jewish queers have contributed to radical social change in Camden against fascism, homophobia, racism and all forms of oppression.

Come along and explore –

  • Culture – The contributions of a diverse array of LGBTQI+ Jews to London’s cultural and political life before, during and after decriminalisation.
  • Love – The realities of oppression, sex, intimacy and relationships for LGBTQI+ Jews in London.
  • Migration – The routes and impacts of LGBTQI+ migrant Jews in London.
  • Freedom – Sites of love, protest and resistance for LGBTQI+ Jews and how people can support.
  • Change – How history is informing the present – hear from some of London’s most pioneering Jewish LGBTQI+ agents of change.

We may even mince through some of the Amy Winehouse Camden street-art trail!

Box Office: 020 7284 7384 / admin@jewishmuseum.org.uk

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July 27th – Party at ‘The Glory’ – on the actual 50th anniversary of the passing of the ‘Sexual Offences’ Act – More details to come!

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Past July Tours and Events 

July 1st 2pm – Stoke Newington Town Hall – Hackney Pride 365 – 10 Spaces Left for this Saturday’s ‘Queer Tour of Hackney!’ – All booking details here – email queertoursoflondon@gmail.com ASAP to reserve your space – Find out more about Hackney Pride 365 by visitingwww.hackney.gov.uk/lgbt

Transgender nuns on the 55 bus, the grave of a Drag King and a gay cabaret in The Blitz. Uncover Hackney’s exciting history with Queer Tours of London as part of the Council’s Hackney Pride 365 celebrations. Hackney has a fascinating and not-to-be forgotten LGBTQI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex) history. Starting outside Stoke Newington Town Hall Queer Tours of London will take people on a journey, telling the stories of Hackney’s queer history, shedding light on the lives, spaces, identities, repression and resistance that form the backdrop of LGBTQI+ lives today.

Please email queertoursoflondon@gmail.com ASAP! 🙂

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July 1st 1pm – Carnaby Street – Where Pride Began – Queer History Walk with the Diana F+’ 

All booking details here – https://www.facebook.com/events/385482751849136

Come and learn about Carnaby Street’s rich history of LGBTQI+ arts, activism, sass, cabaret, resistance, oppression and much more from people who were there at the time and have changed the course of Britain’s history.

Come and hear from Andrew Lumsden “pioneering gay rights activist of the 1960’s” who agitated with the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) who started Pride and who edited Britain’s first gay newspaper. Learn about the tumultuous lesbian meeting at the foot of Carnaby St in the 1960s led Esmee Langley author of ‘Why Should I be Dismayed’ and creator of Britain’s first Lesbian and Bisexual women’s publication ‘Arena Three, ‘, to give the general public and – perhaps even more important – lesbians themselves, a fairer and more evenly balanced picture of female sexuality. Come and explore how we can harness our history as a propeller for change today by campaigning to protect queer spaces.

ABOUT QUEER TOURS OF LONDON –

For this years 50th anniversary of partial decriminalisation of homosexuality ‘QUEER TOURS OF LONDON – A Mince Through Time’ are being set up to bring forth the visibility of our incredible community at large and the journey to how we became who we are today. Against the backdrop of the mass closure of LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex) cultural spaces and support services, ‘QUEER TOURS OF LONDON’ are being developed to support London’s current queer activism, culture and performance in all its glory.

London’s LGBTQ+ heritage is rich, diverse and important: but is often hidden and in danger of being forgotten. Our collaborations with Queer Tours are energetic, hopeful and vital explorations of this history.” Tom Furber and Jan Pimblett – London Metropolitan Archives

Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ – website herefacebook page here is buzzing and recent Vice article here ‘Meet the activists running London’s first Queer Tour‘  and the recent ‘Where is our Queer Museum‘ street-art actionvideoof our Wapping ‘love, life and human rights’ Tour and House of Lords queercommemoration

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