‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ celebrate Stonewall Riots 50th Birthday!
“The Queer Walking Tour crew turned a load of drab civil servants into sparkly, queer knowledge hubs. We absolutely love the Queer Walking Tour crew, and can’t get enough – we’re onto our third tour with them now and every time we learn more, understand a bit more and hopefully become confident allies and activists. What are you waiting for? Sign up and get queer walking!” Kate Leslie
2019 is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots that led to birth of modern Pride (‘You can’t have Pride without the Marsha P Johnson’ photo above) as we know it and Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time are going to celebrate in style.
‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ tours, events and protests serve 3 main purposes (1) Shine a light on London’s rich LGBTQI history through creative, audacious and life-affirming interactive walking tours (2) Knowledge is Power – Understanding our Queer History to build for our Queer Future (3) Generate People Power and Financial Support for London’s Queer campaigns.
We exist to shine a light on London’s rich LGBTQI history through creative and life-affirming interactive tours. We tell the stories of London’s queer history, shedding light on the lives, spaces, identities, repression and resistance that form the backdrop of LGBTQI lives today. We do this through educational, accessible and interactive walking tours, cabarets, street-art and events that bring life to the complexities and lived experiences of our history, present and vision for the future.
‘Queer Tours of London’ are for everyone in London – visitors and residents – to be inspired by our history and get involved in our future. We also welcome requests for special-themed tours, private tours and all kinds of collaborations. Contact with us on firstname.lastname@example.org for all involvement / press requests / collaborations and an info-pack for new tour guides.
NEXT TOURS AND EVENTS
Come and join us at our next tours and events
This Wednesday 9th January we have our ‘Gay Liberation Front’ and friends ‘Think In 4 to reclaim Pride’ at LSE and Thursday we will be at the Goldsmiths Queer History Fair with our friends from see ’the best LGBT+ events in London this week’.
Watch this space for the ‘The Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson’ Film Screening at the end of January to launch the Stonewall 50th year of action. Into February ‘LGBT+ History Month’ we have the LGBTQIA+ Disability Tour – Accessibility for all! On the 2nd, the ‘GLF and Friends Think in 5 @ Bishopsgate Institute’ on the 6th of February, the ‘Gay Liberation Front’ Special Soho Tour – Celebrating Stonewall – on the 9th and on the 23rd of February we have the ‘Trans Herstory Tour of London – Stonewall Special.’ On the 13th of February we have the ‘Queer Ghost tour of Shadwell – Happy BIrthday Wilfred Owen’. In April we have our ‘Out of the Archive and into the Street’s archive launch party at the Bishopsgate Institute, the Justice for Xulhaz Vigil / Protest at the Bangladesh Embassy – on the 25th of April and lots more exciting events to be announced including our ‘LGBT+ Migrant Rights’ tour and ‘Lesbian Tours.’
2018 was the 30th anniversary of the beginning of ‘Section 28’ and we damn well made sure that we weren’t going to go underground anymore. Some of the highlights included
- Jenny still f*cking lives with Eric and Martin – Section 28 Tribute Night.
- Student Pride QTOL Bus
- Queer Between the Covers at Senate House – QTOL Bloomsbury / Creative writing and Polari workshop
- LGBTQIA+ Voices of the Revolution Tour Unfinished Business – Week of Protest begins to abolish all anti-LGBTQIA+ Commonwealth Laws
- ‘This is My Culture’ back by Popular Demand – The Real Qkweens Wedding – 20th anniversary of ‘Outside’
- Andrew Lumsden – A Retrospective at Platform, Southwark.
- Soho’s now lost Queer nightlife spaces
- Hackney Pride 365 – QTOL shed light on untold Hackney History
- Where Pride began – discover the Queer History of Carnaby Street with Andrew Lumsden (GLF)
- QTOL Deptford Pride
Keep on Mincing! Have a great start to 2019 – we look forward to hearing from you and seeing you on the streets! Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time 🙂