Our 2018 calendar of walking and bus tours will soon be announced! We also welcome requests for special-themed tours , private tours and all kinds of collaborations – get in touch with us at firstname.lastname@example.org
2017 has been a landmark year as the 50th anniversary of the passing of the ‘Sexual Offences Act’ and we have certainly made the most of this year to continue the journey for sexual freedom. Led alongside ‘East London Strippers Collective’ we launched the year with ‘Look Back in Pride’ to learn from our history. This led ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ to bring forth the visibility of our incredible sexual revolutionary community – to harness our history for change today. Against the backdrop of the mass closure of LGBTQI, women’s and sexually dissident cultural spaces and support services, this supports current sex-positive activism, culture and performance in all its glory.
We have been honoured to collaborate with institutions and social movements in every corner of London. 2017 highlights include Rebel Dykes ‘Brixton Dykes on the Rampage’, the African Rainbow Family on LGBT+ Migrant rights; crawling up the House of Lords to commemorate radical sexual freedom history; agitating queer venues to become more accessible; successfully helping win back queer venues – see here for reviews. Actions this year have involved crawling up the House of Lords to commemorate radical sexual freedom history, agitating queer venues to become more accessible, demanding a permanent museum to celebrate sexual freedom, organised ‘pretty police’ orgies in the bushes, called for a full apology not just a pardon for queers, paid tribute to the stories of those sexual deviants untold, launched ‘Unfinished Business – LGBTQIA+ Voices of the Revolution’ festival and tore up the streets of London in drag on the ‘Bang Bus’ – and so much more to commemorate the 50th anniversary.
2018 is the 30th anniversary of the introduction of Section 28, which banned the promotion of queer lifestyles in schools, we reflect on the education of queer sex and how it has progressed since. Can we, as queer people, take charge of this education?
So in 2018 come and learn about central London’s rich history of LGBTQIA+ arts, activism, sass, cabaret, resistance, oppression and much more! We tell the stories of London’s queer history, shedding light on the lives, spaces, identities, repression and resistance that form the backdrop of LGBTQIA+ lives today through educational, accessible and interactive walking tours, cabarets and performance-art that bring life to the complexities and lived experiences of our history, present and vision for the future. Find out more at www.queertoursoflondon.com
The Piccadilly Circus ‘Dilly Boys’ and their renegade hand-wiggling flirting-code, the Gay Liberation Front and their fight for recognition that led to the creation of the ‘Pride Parade’; the epicentres of revolutionary queer activity in the communes of Bethnal Green, Earls Court and Notting Hill; the ‘Hankie Code’, Adelphi Theatre’s ‘Notorious Urinal’ and the underground sexual activity of London’s theatres have all made us who we are today.
But does our Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex (LGBTQI) history matter now that the LGBTQI community can get married, have a children, join the army and become the head of Barclays Bank? Aren’t LGBTQI people all liberated now?
In the last five years alone – 25% of our nightclubs have been shut down; HIV education and prevention services continue to be slashed whilst new HIV diagnoses soar to five every week; proposals to scrap the already minimal LGBTQI sex education in schools gain popularity; hate crime continues to leave one in ten of us bleeding in alleyways; LGBTQI migrants make up a huge part of our community yet continue to be invisibilised; we still have no LGBTQI social housing plan, museum or community centre; rising right wing political parties continue to target us in their electoral propaganda whilst figures confirm we make up a quarter of UK’s homeless youth. Add the recent closure of London’s LGBTQI mental health services and – stir, serve and digest – welcome to Britain’s LGBTQI community in 2015.
So a few of us queers got together recently and decided that it’s about time to bring to life our communities incredibly rich history of love, life and struggle. Get involved / book a tour – email@example.com
March 2017 – Brixton Dykes on the Rampage by WinkBall
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 – watch this space for the calendar of events.
Have you had a part to play in London’s iconic LGBTQI history? Do you have a story to share? Are you a pub / club / theatre / archive / institution / organisation of any time that would be interested in steering ‘Queer Tours of London’ in the right direction?
On top of the walking tours we are planning a series of cabarets, queer street-art, queer protest interventions all to draw attention to the controversies, complexities and lived experiences relating to the passing of the Sexual Offences Act and to build discussion around the realities of being part of London’s LGBTQI communities of today.We are also looking for people to be involved in a variety of associated campaigns resulting in long term tangible change for the LGBTQI community. No experience needed, just pure queer passion.
We would LOVE to hear from you. If you are interested in getting involved as an individual or as a partner organisation and if you are press please email firstname.lastname@example.org