Author: Dan Glass

‘LGBT+ Voices of the Revolution’ week of action hits the streets of London’

Dear friends, 
 
Thank you for everyone who made yesterdays ‘LGBT+ Voices of the Revolution’ tour of London such a powerful day. A true rollercoaster of emotions, sharing and agitating for LGBT+ Community Power and to stand up against the war of inequality in the Commonwealth! Please see below for all the other weeks events including the protest on Thursday and the performance on Sunday!
 
Thank you so much Dan for the amazing  Queer Tours of London / Commonwealth Protest photos! Pls share the photos far and wide and see Dan’s ‘Read Me’ note for how they should be distributed.
Here’s all the organisational contacts from yesterday. The struggle for global LGBT+ rights continues! Thank you again, Kat, dan and all at Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time – see you soon!

 

ABOUT ‘UNFINISHED BUSINESS’ – Upcoming tours and a performance and spoken word platform for LGBTQIA+ freedom world-wide

In association with ‘In Place of War’, ‘African Rainbow Family’, ‘African Equality Foundation’ ‘Rainbow Pilgrims’, ‘Peter Tatchell Foundation’ and more Unfinished Business – LGBTQI+ Voices of the Revolution exists to celebrate and support the next generation of artists, activists and change-makers dedicated to ending homophobia, transphobia and all forms of oppression and provide public cultural platforms that will raise awareness outside the CHOGM conference walls agitating for a global movement of creative activism to decriminalise homosexuality everywhere and provide true freedom for all. 

Unfinished Business – LGBTQI+ Voices of the Revolution is a showcase that brings together an inspirational line up of LGBTQI+ musicians from countries where it is illegal to be LGBTQI+ to collaborate, create and perform with each other. Bringing together LGBTQI+ artists from countries around the world where it is illegal to be queer we will showcase musicians and artists whose work expression is both unapologetically Queer and uncompromisingly anti-racist. Think radical and outrageous revolutionaries who struggles are multi-layered and universal: beautiful voices of global and intersectional resistance.

With your host Botswana born Trans* ARTivist, Katlego Kai Kolanyane-Kesupile (Kol-Kes) 
Katlego Kai Kolanyane-Kesupile (Kol-Kes) is a groundbreaking ARTivist, she uses various art forms for human rights activism and advocacy, bridging the gaps created by jargon and societal insecurities. Kol-Kes is a TED Fellow, the author of …on about the same old things,  founder and Creative Director of the Queer Shorts Showcase Festival (Botswana), an alumnus of the Young African Leadership Initiative and a member of the Mellon Mays Fellows Professional Network (MMFPN). She has previously served as Curator of the Gaborone Hub of the World Economic Forum initiative- Global Shapers Community, and was a 2016/17 Chevening Scholar. More can be find in http://kkolkes.wixsite.com/kkolkes

HOW TO BOOK

All booking details and links below. All press requests and general questions please email
queertoursoflondon@gmail.com.

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NEXT EVENTS!
Wednesday 18th April 2018 – ‘Queer tour of ‘Nightlife in Soho’  6-7pm – meeting point at Soho Square, London W1D – facebook event page here
We cannot empower our queer present without understanding our queer past. On this 1 hour walking tour of Soho, come and discover some of the now-lost queer nighttime spaces, the incredible queer pioneers that ran these spaces, and the clientele that filled them. Learn about the oppressive police actions, such as undercover surveillance and raids, as well as the inspirational stories of the fight for queer liberation. Listen and learn with LGBT+ activists and listen to their own stories of advocating for LGBT+ rights in the UK and the world. Learn about the history of judicial, medical and religious persecution faced by the LGBTQI+ community and how we have creatively resisted on the streets and in the courts in London and across the world.
Suggested donation £10 – to book please email queertoursoflondon@gmail.com ASAP
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Thursday 19th April 2018 – Join us to support the ‘Stop LGBTQI+ Persection in the Commonwealth Protest’ – 1-2pm – LGBT+ human rights vigil outside the HQ of the Commonwealth Secretariat against the criminalisation of same-sex relations by 37 out the 53 Commonwealth member states. We’ll be joined by LGBT+ delegates from across the Commonwealth. This vigil is being held while the Commonwealth summit is in progress. The venue is: Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HX. Nearest tubes: Green Park, Piccadilly Circus and Charing Cross. Map: http://bit.ly/2FeqE1G – Facebook event page here

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) will take place in the UK in April 2018. We urge the CHOGM 2018 organisers to:

  • Include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and inter-sex (LGBTI) human rights on the main CHOGM agenda
  • Invite openly LGBTI people from the Commonwealth to address the CHOGM leaders.
Please sign the petition here and share it far and wide. Further info here ‘2018 must be the year the entire Commonwealth recognises LGBT+ Rights’
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Sunday 22nd April 7.30 – 10pm ‘Finale Unfinished Business – LGBT+ Voices of the Revolution performance showcase’ at ‘Rich Mix’ 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA – book your tickets here! – facebook page here
 

Performances from leading LGBTQI+ artists showcasing dance, spoken word, electric and acapella songs and much more including SJ Soulist (Poetry & Rap), Daniel McBride (Drag),Kat Kai Kol-Kes (Singing), Iviee Mercutio (Poetry & Rap), Bimini-Bon Boulash (Pole Dancing)
Unfinished Business – LGBTQI+ Voices of the Revolution is a showcase that brings together an inspirational line up of LGBTQI+ musicians from countries where it is illegal to be LGBTQI+ to collaborate, create and perform with each other. The night comes at the end of a Commonwealth summit – CHOGM – in London where we demand that LGBT+ freedom is at the top of the agenda. Bringing together LGBTQI+ artists from countries around the world where it is illegal to be queer we will showcase musicians and artists whose work expression is both unapologetically Queer and uncompromisingly anti-racist. Think radical and outrageous revolutionaries who struggles are multi-layered and universal: beautiful voices of global and intersectional resistance.

Tickets – £5 or £3 concession. Profits go to African Rainbow Family (www.africanrainbowfamily.org) – Venue is fully accesible.

book your tickets here to avoid disappointment –https://www.richmix.org.uk/events/music/unfinished-business-lgbt-voices-revolution-x – or just turn up!

With your host Botswana born Trans* ARTivist – Katlego Kai Kolanyane-Kesupile (Kol-Kes) 

Katlego Kai Kolanyane-Kesupile (Kol-Kes) is a groundbreaking ARTivist, she uses various art forms for human rights activism and advocacy, bridging the gaps created by jargon and societal insecurities. Kol-Kes is a TED Fellow, the author of …on about the same old things, founder and Creative Director of the Queer Shorts Showcase Festival (Botswana), an alumnus of the Young African Leadership Initiative and a member of the Mellon Mays Fellows Professional Network (MMFPN). She has previously served as Curator of the Gaborone Hub of the World Economic Forum initiative- Global Shapers Community, and was a 2016/17 Chevening Scholar. More can be find in http://kkolkes.wixsite.com/kkolkes

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April 25th 6-7pm – ‘Justice for Xulhaz Mannan and Mahbub Tonoy’ –  Bangladesh High Commission in London, 8 Queens Gate, SW7 5JA South Kensington

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING …

‘Human Rights is not a privilege, Commonwealth citizens who are LGBT have the right to freely express who they are without fear of persecution and or prosecution, it is important for these rights to be legally protected and understood.’ Reverend Jide Macaulay – Founder @HouseOfRainbow

‘The laws in Commonwealth states speak in languages inscribed on LGBT+ bodies as bleeding scars. The time has come for states to see these scars and for the cause of the Commonwealth to take responsibility for enabling the recovery process.’ – Kat Kai Kol-Kes, ARTivist (Botswana)

For Immediate Release – ‘Unfinished Business’ Week of protest begins to abolish all anti – LGBT+ Commonwealth Laws

For Immediate Release – ‘Unfinished Business’ Week of protest begins to abolish all anti – LGBT+ Commonwealth Laws

A coalition of high-profile UK and global LGBTQI+ rights movements are coalescing this week in a series of protests while The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM)*1 that is taking place in the UK next week to demand that they put LGBTQIA+ rights at the top of the agenda. CHOGM leaders have previously always refused to discuss or support LGBT+ issues and concerns*2.

Hosted by groundbreaking Botswana born Trans* ARTivist Katlego Kai Kolanyane-Kesupile *3 who is the first outspoken transwoman from Botswana and in association with ‘In Place of War’, ‘African Rainbow Family’, ‘African Equality Foundation’ ‘Rainbow Pilgrims’, ‘Peter Tatchell Foundation’, ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through time’ and more, the week of action includes vigils, street-interventions and performances*3. The walking tours will march across London’s key embassies which maintain homophobic legislation with speeches and creative civil disobedience by activists who have fled homophobic persecution. 

In the middle of the week there will be a  vigil on Thursday 19th April 2018 entitled ‘Stop LGBTQI+ Persecution in the Commonwealth’ Protest 1-2pm outside the HQ of the Commonwealth Secretariat in London SW1Y 5HX against the criminalisation of same-sex relations by 37 out the 53 Commonwealth member states. It will be joined by LGBTQI+ delegates from across the Commonwealth. SIGN up on Facebook and SHARE: https://www.facebook.com/events/245606469317876/?active_tab=about 

The week of action demands that CHOGM 2018 organisers

  • Include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and inter-sex (LGBTI) human rights on the main CHOGM agenda
  • Invite openly LGBTI people from the Commonwealth to address the CHOGM leaders.

Unfinished Business – LGBTQI+ Voices of the Revolution will end the week with a performance showcase that brings together an inspirational lineup of LGBTQI+ artists from the UK together with countries where it is illegal to be LGBTQI+ to celebrate and support the next generation of artists, activists and change-makers dedicated to ending homophobia, transphobia and all forms of oppression. It will provide public cultural platforms that will raise awareness outside the CHOGM conference walls agitating for a global movement of creative activism to decriminalise homosexuality everywhere and provide true freedom for all.

“Two years have been passed since Xulhaz Mannan, the publisher and co-founder of Roopban and another LGBTQ activist  were brutally murdered by religious activist in Bangladesh which is of the commonwealth countries where homosexuality is a crime and the punishment is lifetime imprisonment under the section 377 penal code. As a LGBTQ activist from Bangladesh I want justice for my friends Xulhaz Mannan and Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy and also want commonwealth leader should take necessary steps to abolish the law against homosexuality among all the commonwealth countries including Bangladesh to give us the freedom to live in our own countries as a other normal citizen” Mazharul Islam, LGBTQ activist from Bangladesh.

“The Commonwealth is a bastion of homophobia. In defiance of the human rights principles of the Commonwealth Charter, 37 out of 53 Commonwealth countries criminalise LGBT+ people. Nine have life imprisonment. In parts of two countries – Pakistan and Nigeria – there is the death penalty. Even more Commonwealth countries fail to protect LGBT+ people against discrimination and hate crime – and reject dialogue with their local LGBT+ organisations. For six decades, the leaders at Commonwealth summits have refused to discuss, let alone support, equality for the estimated more than 100 million LGBT+ citizens living in the member states.” Peter Tatchell, The Peter Tatchell Foundation

“The global landscape for LGBTQI+ refugees, migrants and travellers is a dubious one and we want to shed a light on the important stories marginalised people have to share. At Rainbow Pilgrims, we have given a voice to people who sometimes feel unheard, in order to better understand what more can be done to support the members of these diverse communities and celebrate their contribution to British society and beyond.” Surat-Shaan Knan, founder of Rainbow Pilgrims

‘Human Rights is not a privilege, Commonwealth citizens who are LGBT have the right to freely express who they are without fear of persecution and or prosecution, it is important for these rights to be legally protected and understood.’ Reverend Jide Macaulay, Founder @HouseOfRainbow

‘The laws in Commonwealth states speak in languages inscribed on LGBT+ bodies as bleeding scars. The time has come for states to see these scars and for the cause of the Commonwealth to take responsibility for enabling the recovery process.’  Kat Kai Kol-Kes, ARTivist (Botswana)

Contacts

Queertoursoflondon@gmail.com / www.queertoursoflondon.com / Tel – 0044 (0) 7717811747

Notes to Editors

*1 CHOGM – The Commonwealth is a diverse community of 53 nations that work together to promote prosperity, democracy and peace.https://www.chogm2018.org.uk/

*2 – http://www.petertatchellfoundation.org/commonwealth-summit-2018-bid-for-lgbt-rights/

*3 – Katlego Kai Kolanyane-Kesupile (Kol-Kes) is a groundbreaking ARTivist, she uses various art forms for human rights activism and advocacy, bridging the gaps created by jargon and societal insecurities. Kol-Kes is a TED Fellow, the author of …on about the same old things, founder and Creative Director of the Queer Shorts Showcase Festival (Botswana), an alumnus of the Young African Leadership Initiative and a member of the Mellon Mays Fellows Professional Network (MMFPN). She has previously served as Curator of the Gaborone Hub of the World Economic Forum initiative- Global Shapers Community, and was a 2016/17 Chevening Scholar. More can be find in http://kkolkes.wixsite.com/kkolkes

*3 – This vigil is being held while the Commonwealth summit is in progress. The venue is: Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HX. Nearest tubes: Green Park, Piccadilly Circus and Charing Cross. Map: http://bit.ly/2FeqE1G – Facebook event page here

Please sign the petition here and share it far and wide. Further info here ‘2018 must be the year the entire Commonwealth recognises LGBT+ Rights’

Further events all details here

Sunday 15th April 2018 – ‘LGBT+ Voices of the Revolution’ Tour of Central London – 1-4pm meeting point at the Indian High Commission, India House, London WC2B 4NA – outsavvy ticket link here

Wednesday 18th April 2018 – ‘Queer tour of ‘Nightlife in Soho’  5-6pm – meeting point at Soho Square, London W1D  

Sunday 22nd April 7.30 – 10pm ‘Finale Unfinished Business – LGBT+ Voices of the Revolution performance showcase’ at ‘Rich Mix’ 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA – Performances from leading LGBTQI+ artists showcasing dance, spoken word, electric and acapella songs and much more including SJ Soulist (Poetry & Rap), Daniel McBride (Drag),Kat Kai Kol-Kes (Singing), Iviee Mercutio (Poetry & Rap), Bimini-Bon Boulash (Pole Dancing) – https://www.richmix.org.uk/events/music/unfinished-business-lgbt-voices-revolution-x – or just turn up!

Booking details – ‘Unfinished Business – LGBTQIA+ freedom world-wide’ London tours and performance

ABOUT ‘UNFINISHED BUSINESS’ – Upcoming tours and a performance and spoken word platform for LGBTQIA+ freedom world-wide

In association with ‘In Place of War’, ‘African Rainbow Family’, ‘African Equality Foundation’ ‘Rainbow Pilgrims’, ‘Peter Tatchell Foundation’ and more Unfinished Business – LGBTQI+ Voices of the Revolution exists to celebrate and support the next generation of artists, activists and change-makers dedicated to ending homophobia, transphobia and all forms of oppression and provide public cultural platforms that will raise awareness outside the CHOGM conference walls agitating for a global movement of creative activism to decriminalise homosexuality everywhere and provide true freedom for all. 

Unfinished Business – LGBTQI+ Voices of the Revolution is a showcase that brings together an inspirational line up of LGBTQI+ musicians from countries where it is illegal to be LGBTQI+ to collaborate, create and perform with each other. Bringing together LGBTQI+ artists from countries around the world where it is illegal to be queer we will showcase musicians and artists whose work expression is both unapologetically Queer and uncompromisingly anti-racist. Think radical and outrageous revolutionaries who struggles are multi-layered and universal: beautiful voices of global and intersectional resistance.

With your host Botswana born Trans* ARTivist, Katlego Kai Kolanyane-Kesupile (Kol-Kes) 
 
 
Katlego Kai Kolanyane-Kesupile (Kol-Kes) is a groundbreaking ARTivist, she uses various art forms for human rights activism and advocacy, bridging the gaps created by jargon and societal insecurities. Kol-Kes is a TED Fellow, the author of …on about the same old things,  founder and Creative Director of the Queer Shorts Showcase Festival (Botswana), an alumnus of the Young African Leadership Initiative and a member of the Mellon Mays Fellows Professional Network (MMFPN). She has previously served as Curator of the Gaborone Hub of the World Economic Forum initiative- Global Shapers Community, and was a 2016/17 Chevening Scholar. More can be find in http://kkolkes.wixsite.com/kkolkes

HOW TO BOOK

All booking details and links below. All press requests and general questions please email
queertoursoflondon@gmail.com

EVENTS  
 
Sunday 15th April 2018 – ‘LGBT+ Voices of the Revolution’ Tour of Central London – 1-4pm meeting point at the Indian High Commission, India House, London WC2B 4NA – facebook event page here
 ‘In Place of War’, ‘African Rainbow Family’, ‘African Equality Foundation’ ‘Rainbow Pilgrims’, ‘Peter Tatchell Foundation’ and more this tour coincides with the discussions on overturning global homophobic legislation at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) happening this week in London this tour will journey through iconic spaces that contribute both to the oppression and freedom of LGBTQI+ folk world-wide. It will enable LGBTQIA+ artists from places of conflict to tell their stories, share their cultures and take part in a life-changing experience. 
 
Suggested donation £10 – to book please email queertoursoflondon@gmail.com ASAP
 
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Wednesday 18th April 2018 – ‘Queer tour of ‘Nightlife in Soho’  6-7pm – meeting point at Soho Square, London W1D – facebook event page here
 

We cannot empower our queer present without understanding our queer past. On this 1 hour walking tour of Soho, come and discover some of the now-lost queer nighttime spaces, the incredible queer pioneers that ran these spaces, and the clientele that filled them. Learn about the oppressive police actions, such as undercover surveillance and raids, as well as the inspirational stories of the fight for queer liberation. Listen and learn with LGBT+ activists and listen to their own stories of advocating for LGBT+ rights in the UK and the world. Learn about the history of judicial, medical and religious persecution faced by the LGBTQI+ community and how we have creatively resisted on the streets and in the courts in London and across the world.
 
Suggested donation £10 – to book please email queertoursoflondon@gmail.com ASAP
 
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Thursday 19th April 2018 – Join us to support the ‘Stop LGBTQI+ Persection in the Commonwealth Protest’ – 1-2pm – LGBT+ human rights vigil outside the HQ of the Commonwealth Secretariat against the criminalisation of same-sex relations by 37 out the 53 Commonwealth member states. We’ll be joined by LGBT+ delegates from across the Commonwealth. This vigil is being held while the Commonwealth summit is in progress. The venue is: Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HX. Nearest tubes: Green Park, Piccadilly Circus and Charing Cross. Map: http://bit.ly/2FeqE1G – Facebook event page here

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) will take place in the UK in April 2018. We urge the CHOGM 2018 organisers to:

  • Include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and inter-sex (LGBTI) human rights on the main CHOGM agenda
  • Invite openly LGBTI people from the Commonwealth to address the CHOGM leaders. 
Please sign the petition here and share it far and wide. Further info here ‘2018 must be the year the entire Commonwealth recognises LGBT+ Rights’
 
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Sunday 22nd April 7.30 – 10pm ‘Finale Unfinished Business – LGBT+ Voices of the Revolution performance showcase’ at ‘Rich Mix’ 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA – book your tickets here! – facebook page here
 

Performances from leading LGBTQI+ artists showcasing dance, spoken word, electric and acapella songs and much more including SJ Soulist (Poetry & Rap), Daniel McBride (Drag),Kat Kai Kol-Kes (Singing), Iviee Mercutio (Poetry & Rap), Bimini-Bon Boulash (Pole Dancing) 


Unfinished Business – LGBTQI+ Voices of the Revolution is a showcase that brings together an inspirational line up of LGBTQI+ musicians from countries where it is illegal to be LGBTQI+ to collaborate, create and perform with each other. The night comes at the end of a Commonwealth summit – CHOGM – in London where we demand that LGBT+ freedom is at the top of the agenda. Bringing together LGBTQI+ artists from countries around the world where it is illegal to be queer we will showcase musicians and artists whose work expression is both unapologetically Queer and uncompromisingly anti-racist. Think radical and outrageous revolutionaries who struggles are multi-layered and universal: beautiful voices of global and intersectional resistance.

Tickets – £5 or £3 concession. Profits go to African Rainbow Family (www.africanrainbowfamily.org) – Venue is fully accesible.

book your tickets here to avoid disappointment –https://www.richmix.org.uk/events/music/unfinished-business-lgbt-voices-revolution-x – or just turn up!

With your host Botswana born Trans* ARTivist – Katlego Kai Kolanyane-Kesupile (Kol-Kes) 

Katlego Kai Kolanyane-Kesupile (Kol-Kes) is a groundbreaking ARTivist, she uses various art forms for human rights activism and advocacy, bridging the gaps created by jargon and societal insecurities. Kol-Kes is a TED Fellow, the author of …on about the same old things, founder and Creative Director of the Queer Shorts Showcase Festival (Botswana), an alumnus of the Young African Leadership Initiative and a member of the Mellon Mays Fellows Professional Network (MMFPN). She has previously served as Curator of the Gaborone Hub of the World Economic Forum initiative- Global Shapers Community, and was a 2016/17 Chevening Scholar. More can be find in http://kkolkes.wixsite.com/kkolkes

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING …

‘Human Rights is not a privilege, Commonwealth citizens who are LGBT have the right to freely express who they are without fear of persecution and or prosecution, it is important for these rights to be legally protected and understood.’ Reverend Jide Macaulay – Founder @HouseOfRainbow

‘The laws in Commonwealth states speak in languages inscribed on LGBT+ bodies as bleeding scars. The time has come for states to see these scars and for the cause of the Commonwealth to take responsibility for enabling the recovery process.’ – Kat Kai Kol-Kes, ARTivist (Botswana)

Why I am a ‘Queer Tour of London’ guide – Dan de la Motte

On 11 February 2018 Student Pride are teaming up with us at Queer Tours of London (‘A Mince Through Time’) to deliver one of our biggest bus tours to date.

We believe that it is vital that the next generation of (politically and sexually) active LGBTQ+ people are aware of the struggles, campaigns, defeats and victories of the generations that went before us, as well as the laws and institutions which kept our community oppressed, and pushed us underground. How else can we continue to mobilise around contemporary LGBTQ+ issues, in the UK and globally, without first understanding our own journey to the point that we are at today?

Living in Hackney as a younger gay man, I am fortunate to have a choice of queer night-time spaces to visit. Let’s hear it for The Glory, Dalston Superstore or Vogue Fabrics for instance, or the various LGBT and Q nights that pop up at places like the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch or Electrowerkz in Islington. We are (thankfully, mostly) safe in these spaces. Safe to explore our gender and sexual identity. Safe to have a dance and a drink. Safe to, if we’re feeling it, attempt to pull. But we mustn’t take this for granted. What about those brave queer pioneers, who went to similar spaces in London in the 1920s and 1930s, such as The Caravan Club, by Shaftesbury Avenue, raided by undercover police officers in 1934, in which 103 people were arrested, families and marriages broken up, jobs lost and careers over, in which the owner Jack Neave was sentenced to 20 months hard labour. Or Billie’s Club in Soho, raided by police three years later, in which the police report stated that ‘their [gay men] dancing consisted of suggestive movements and was exaggerated more than necessary. They spoke in effeminate voices. On another occasion [one] danced with a halfcaste. After the dance several people applauded.’

Let us use our history to protect our present and our future – QToL are proud to be supporting the successful Save The Joiners Arms Campaign. We need these spaces for our community to thrive.

The bus tour will encourage Student Pride members to be proud in their LGBTQ+ identities. Let us learn from the Gay Liberation Front from the 1970s, and their brand of anti-assimilationist, in-yer-face equality campaigns. And let’s rekindle other forms of queer identity too – such as Polari, the secret gay language spoken by men in the 1940s and 1950s. Let’s build a community of queer individuals who are empowered and emboldened by those who went before them. At QToL we are fortunate to have ex-GLF members as part of our team, and we run Polari workshops.

When the bus reaches Westminster we will learn of the incredible campaigns against the homophobic Section 28 Legislation, such as the lesbians who abseiled down the House of Lords in protest. This in turn inspired a more recent guerrilla movement – The Sexual Avengers – to put up a fake blue plaque to commemorate it. The personal is political. Queer campaigns such as this prove this.

I’m very excited to be the tour guide for this bus tour, and hope it leads to a future relationship between Student Pride and Queer Tours of London, as we seek to use our collective history to continue to educate, empower and agitate.

To book a place on the Student Pride bus tour, please see: http://queertoursoflondon.com/2018/01/13/book-your-tickets-here-for-student-pride-queer-bus-tour-of-london-feb-11th-2018/

By Dan de la Motte

@Dandelamotte

Queer Tours of London.

Are you a fabulous mincer? ‘Queer Tours of London ’ are recruiting! Details here / Pls Share

 

Are you a fabulous mincer? ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ are recruiting!

We are looking to train up 10 more paid guides to be part of our developing workers-cooperative community. We are a dynamic family of proactive creative fierce and fabulous radical queers who are inundated with requests for Spring and Summer tour programme. Are you hungry to harness our queer history for our ongoing psychological, spiritual and practical freedoms? Do you have performance, artistic, research, curatorial and protest techniques which can help you as a guide?

We have an informal welcome day on March 31st from 10-5pm in Central London tbc (fully accessible) where we would love to meet you.

Please fill out this form by Feb 25th st and we shall get back to you by March 3rd. Any questions please ask queertoursoflondon@gmail.com

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.

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; launched ‘Unfinished Business – LGBTQIA+ Voices of the Revolution’ festival and tore up the streets of London in drag on the ‘Bang Bus’  – see here for reviews.

 
30 years ago this year our Government introduced ‘Section 28’ which which banned the promotion ofqueer lifestyles in schools. In 2018 ‘Queer Tours of London’ and friends are reclaiming the teaching ofqueer culture and taking charge of how it should be taught because as queer people we refuse to ever be silenced. Today we are louder and prouder than ever before. Find out more at www.queertoursoflondon.com

“Queer Tours provides a vital, enthralling and entertaining glance into an oft-ignored aspect of London’s history. This is a must-do for not just the LGBT+ community, but everyone interested in this city’s cultural landscape!” Emma Kroeger, Dalston Superstore – Marketing & Bookings Coordinator

“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 is a fantastic way to see London with fresh eyes. It gives you the chance to uncover the hidden stories, both recent and historical, of LGBTQ voices and experiences. Walking the city really brings to life the way in which radical lives can shape our present.”Juliet Chard, Stonewall

March 2017 – Brixton Dykes on the Rampage by WinkBall

Dan Glass talks to WinkBall about the importance of Queer Tours.

Book here – Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time – are open for tours!

Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time are open for tours! Please email queertoursoflondon@gmail.com with your request

2017 was a mega year for us – see Review of 2017 and what’s in store for 2018 – and we LOVED bringing to life the queer history of London with so many legendary activists who continue to bring love and freedom to our community and we loved meeting with people from all over the world who came on our tours and to our events.

Our next Tours! 

Dan is running Queer tours of Soho on Saturday 10 March and Saturday 17 March. / Meeting at 3pm at the cottage in Soho Square.
We cannot empower our queer present without understanding our queer past. On this 1 hour walking tour of Soho, come and discover some of the now-lost queer nighttime spaces, the incredible queer pioneers that ran these spaces, and the clientele that filled them. Learn about the oppressive police actions, such as undercover surveillance and raids, as well as the inspirational stories of the fight for queer liberation.
 
Meeting Point: The cottage in the middle of Soho Square
 
This tour is led by Dan de la Motte on behalf of Queer Tours of London / @Dandelamotte / 07725402263 / dandlmh@yahoo.co.uk
Dan de la Motte is a Queer performer, presenter and activist. His 2017 credits include Lipstuck at the Glory and Reading Fringe, compering The Big Gay Lunch at the National Liberal Society and Acts of Sexual Offence at the Glory (both to mark the 50th Anniversary of Partial Decriminalisation of Homosexuality in England and Wales), co-hosting the inaugural BANG BUS for Queer Tours of London, as well as, of course, appearing on Bargain Hunt and achieving meme status. In 2018 Dan will be appearing on the Arcola stage in Fine and Dandy, as part of their Queer Collective, and will continue to host Off Book, the Young Vic's podcast. @Dandelamotte

So we are very happy to announce that we are open for tours in 2018! Our regular tour calendar will be coming out soon. In the meantime we do – 

Private Tours for maximum 30 people at a time (2) Special commissioned tours by institutions, organisations, movements and (2) a range of special events including the BANG BUS – the LGBTQIA+ Bus Tour of London and the upcoming ‘Unfinished Business – LGBT+ Voices of the Revolution’ festival in April

Some of our upcoming events – 

And see all our press and reviews here 

Please email queertoursoflondon@gmail.com with your request

We look forward to hearing from you, Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time

Book your tickets here for ‘Queer Between the Covers’ at Senate House – April 2018

Queer Between the Covers is a new exhibition and event season at Senate House Library, Senate House, part of the University of London, which explores over 250 years of Queer Literature. The exhibition in Convocation Hall, on the 4th floor of Senate House, displays 50 carefully selected works from the collection, showcasing works of satire, autographed manuscripts, illustrated novels and pulp fiction book designs, as well as rare editions of works by famous authors such as Oscar Wilde, WH Auden and Virginia Woolf. This is the season website 

Queer Bloomsbury Walking Tour – Queer Tours of London – Queer Bloomsbury – a walking tour with Queer Tours of London BOOK YOUR TICKET NOW

3rd April 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 pm – Meet at Ground Floor reception, Senate House

From Gay socialists breaking the ice and forming legendary community spaces, to mincing down the same streets as Bloomsbury group queers, author Virginia Woolf and economist John Maynard Keynes, Queer tours of London will be strutting through the streets of Bloomsbury, shining a light on the flung open closets of this notorious neighbourhood’s queer and theatrical history. Add a dash of Polari, a little Ivor Novello and lots of Lesbian and Gays supporting the Miners, we will be uncovering our queer past and examining what can be learnt for our queer cultural futures.

Nell James Grace is a Trade Union organiser, community campaigner and facilitator. Part-time performer, Director and Vintage Enthusiast, full-time Queer Poirot fanatic. When she’s not obsessing about Hercules, she’s the chair for OUT THERE Hackney LGBTQ+ network, disabled activist and GMB ability committee member and can be found campaigning about neurodiversity and divergence to anyone who will listen.

Dan Glass is an activist, performer and writer who was named as one of Attitude Magazine’s LGBTQI campaigning role models + a Guardian ‘UK youth climate leader’. His recent programmes involve MC’ing ‘Shafted?!’ a speakeasy by people with HIV and the ‘Never Again Ever! Beyond UKIP Cabaret in Nigel Farage‘s boozer.

5th April – 6:30 p.m. – 8:30 p.m. Seng Tee Lee Seminar RoomQueer Creative Writing & Polari Workshop – BOOK YOUR TICKET NOW

‘Nish the chat and pin back your aunt nells’ – Queer Creative Writing and Polari workshop hosted by Queer Tours of London with special guests from the Gay Liberation Front

Polari, the gay slang which faded away with the decriminalisation of male homosexuality and the advent of gay liberation, is making a comeback. Polari flourished in the difficult years between the trial of Oscar Wilde and the 1967 Sexual Offences Act. Today as our community continues to evolve – in the cabaret bars, on stage, in bedrooms and in the streets Polari exists to protect ourselves against rising LGBT homophobia, as a vocabulary for talking about our sexuality, communicate on our own terms and as a way of asserting our identity.

Have you ever wanted to have the time to share your queer story, inspirations, desires, vulnerabilities, hopes and dreams? Have you been inspired by queer literary writers and maybe one day inspire others? Have you ever wanted to explore what it means to queer up culture, literature and storytelling? Do you want to create a queer community that can support you in your journey as a queer writer?

Well then – look no further. In this interactive workshop, we will explore the legacy of London’s queer writers, develop our own stories and share them amongst the group. This workshop is open to anyone who want to not only develop their craft but also learn how to perform in front of an audience.

 
30 years ago this year our Government introduced ‘Section 28’ which which banned the promotion of queer lifestyles in schools. In 2018 ‘Queer Tours of London’ and friends are reclaiming the teaching of queer culture and taking charge of how it should be taught because as queer people we refuse to ever be silenced. Today we are louder and prouder than ever before. Launched in 2017 for the 50th anniversary of partial decriminalisation of homosexuality ‘QUEER TOURS OF LONDON – A Mince Through Time’ exists to bring forth the visibility of our incredible community at large and the journey to how we became who we are today. Find out more at www.queertoursoflondon.com

“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

If you would like to find more about Queer Tours of London visit their Facebook page which is buzzing with activity.

You can also read a recent article in Vice ‘Meet the activists running London’s first Queer Tour’, or watch the recent ‘Where is our Queer Museum’ street-art action video of our Wapping ‘love, life and human rights’ Tour and House of Lords queer commemoration

This events are free, we just ask that you register your attendance with the booking button above.

March 2017 – Thomson Reuters – FEATURE-Meet the activists mapping London’s LGBT history

March 2017 – Brixton Dykes on the Rampage by WinkBall

For Immediate Release – 16.01.18 – London Remembers ‘Section 28’ – 30 Years On

For Immediate Release – 16.01.18 – London Remembers ‘Section 28’ – 30 Years On

2018 marks the 30th anniversary of ‘Section 28’– which banned the promotion of homosexuality in public institutions, which lasted until 2003.

On Thursday 18th January to commemorate it, London’s LGBTQIA+ (1) community are hosting ‘Jenny STILL f*cking lives with Eric and Martin’ – an appropriation of the banned textbook (2). The night is a celebration of the activists who overturned ‘Section 28’ in person- including sharings from the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the legendary lesbian activists who abseiled into the House of Lords (3). The evening will also be the U.K. premier of  ‘We Have Rather Been Invaded’ (2017) made up of archival materials and interviews with those affected by ‘Section 28’ including Linda Bellos, Femi Otitoju, Max Biddulph, Sunil Gupta and Nazmia Jamal.

We Have Rather Been Invaded (2017) is a new 40-minute, single-screen video made by Ed Webb-Ingall that looks at the legacy of Section 28, the role of activism and our understanding of this piece of legislation thirty years on. Rather than paint a rosy picture that ‘Section 28’ and the general police-state of education is something of the past it highlights that the struggle continues. Indeed, many believe that with the lurch to the right since Thatcher – the situation for LGBTQIA+ empowerment is far worse today than was thirty years ago. Since Section 28, even though a lot progress has been made in the way queerness is accepted, the teaching of queer sex still remains stigmatised and its history often ignored.

Hosted by emerging comedian and presenter Sapphire McIntosh the event will catalyse 2018 as a a year to celebrate queer culture and bring to life London’s history of ‘Section 28’ activism. Followed by performances by Pornceptual (4) it will takes us on a informative journey of queer sex, something that most queer people have been denied.

“Clause 28 – what a terrible thing that was; our very own Government passing a law to make sure that gay school kids and students  got treated like second-class citizens  – and that parents and schoolteachers and anyone employed by local government had to be scared of breaking the law if they tried to tell them otherwise. It’s really important that we remember  how recent that all was – and to pay attention to how that situation got changed, and by whom, and who helped us in that straggle and who hindered us. Also really important to remember how much bloody FUN that campaign was – laughter and outrage – that’s what I remember.”  Neil Bartlett – author, playwright , performer and campaigner against Clause 28 back in the day.

“Dykes and poofs were targets of a nasty Tory government that attacked people because of their race or sex or sexuality or class or ability – and we formed and joined a broad community network to fight back… Great that Section 28 is relevant. It tried to erase us in schools. It killed thousands of young gay men who become HIV positive because of it…” Simon Collins “HIV i-Base”

“Jenny still lives with Eric and Martin because the LGBTQI+ community resisted and fought back in all sorts of ways. Looking back gives us a view of where we’ve come from and what we’ve achieved. But the question to ask ourselves is what do we still need to achieve and what do we do to get there …” Lesbian activist who abseiled into the House of Lords to protest Section 28

“As a queer filmmaker and activist who grew up under Section 28, I am excited to take part in what i hope to be the first of many discussion – screenings of my new video that looks at the legacy and impact of this oppressive piece of legislation. Collaborating with the Seuxal Avengers and Queer Tours of London couldn’t be a better fit.” Ed Webb-Ingall, ‘We have rather been invaded’ producer.

“Can we commemorate the 30th anniversary of ‘Section 28’ and how it influences us today –  as loudly as we remembered the 50th anniversary of the ‘Sexual Offences Act’ – I think we can and we must. We need to learn from and with the multiple movements, unions and teachers who resisted Section 28 creatively, fiercely and with revolutionary fervour just as educators today resisting the police-state of education such as ‘Prevent’. We need to connect with teachers and educators to present the current situation and reclaim the teaching of sex and take charge of how it should be taught. As queer people we are never put in charge of the issues that affect us the most.” dan glass, Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time

“It is vital to acknowledge Section 28 and the huge effect that it had on a generation of young people. Queer Tours of London’s are doing important work by bringing activists and artists together to reclaim this history.” Alex Eisenberg, Live Art Development Agency (LADA)

“We are honoured to be part of this event and celebrate queer sex while we reflect on the effects of Section 28, through erotic performance art!” Eric Phillips, Pornceptual

“Section 28 mobilised and directed fear and discrimination in the wake of HIV. The book – Jenny Lives With Eric and Martin – and section 28 were used politically and tactically by the Thatcher government to turn the voting public against the left and the left’s progressive policies. Margaret Thatcher and the Conservative government used the left’s alliance with LGBT groups against them. The gays and the lefties were coming to get your children.

One of the chants I remember from the Manchester rally was:

Homosexuals! Homosexuals!
Lesbians! Lesbians!
Pinko Commie Queers! Pinko Commie Queers!
We’re all Puffs! We’re all Puffs!What I remember most is how section 28 folded into the atmosphere of the time, compounding and encouraging societal homophobia. And this was now government sanctioned.” Russell Christie

Contact Details

Dan glass, Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ – queertoursoflondon@gmail.com/ www.queertoursoflondon.com / 07717811747

Venue details – 18th January 6pm welcome – 6.30 the show starts! / 10pm end. ‘Limewharf’, Vyner St, London E2 9DJ – fully accessible. The bar is open. It is free but donations are appreciated. Arrive early to avoid disappointment and / or @queertoursoflondon@gmail.com to reserve your space. £3 suggested donation – All profits go to the London LGBTQI+ Community Centre

Notes for Editors

  1. LGBTQIA* – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual +
  2. 1983. Book: Jenny Lives with Eric and Martin – Gay in the 80s – ‘ http://www.gayinthe80s.com/2012/06/1983-book-jenny-lives-with-eric-and-martin/
  3. ‘Two Cheers for Section 28’ – http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/two-cheers-for-section-28-1188853.html
  4. Pornceptual presents pornography as queer, diverse and inclusive. We aim to prove that pornography can be respectful, intimate and artistic, while questioning usual pornographic labels. “Can art succeed where porn fails – to actually turn us on?” www.pornceptual.com

Book your tickets here for Student Pride – Queer Bus Tour of London – Feb 11th 2018

Student Pride – Queer Bus Tour of London – Feb 11th 2018

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? Through an interactive tour of London,’Student Pride’ and ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ will take you on a informative journey of London’s queer culture, something that most queer people have been denied.

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. 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

Pick up point – 10.30am at Baker Street station / Drop off point – 1.30pm at Baker Street station 

Contact details: Harriette Smart, Student Pride Co-chair, hatti@studentpride.co.uk 

Dan de la Motte is your tour guide – see here

Dan de la Motte is a Queer performer and presenter. He works to merge high-end and low-brow forms of culture to create interactive pieces engaging with, and unpicking, contemporary British society. Most recently, Dan was a performer in LGBT+ Against Islamaphobia’s revamped production of Cabaret in November 2016, and in XNTO PANTO at The Glory in December 2016. Dan has previously performed, hosted and written interactive pieces for the Bikeshed Theatre, Exeter and Camden People’s Theatre, and writes and performs stories for the Museum of London. Dan is also the host of Off Book, the Young Vic’s series of podcasts. In 2018, Dan is looking to do more of the same, devising, performing and hosting Queer events and performances.

ABOUT QUEER TOURS OF LONDON – A MINCE THROUGH TIME

30 years ago this year our Government introduced ‘Section 28’ which which banned the promotion of queer lifestyles in schools. In 2018 ‘Queer Tours of London’ and friends are reclaiming the teaching of queer culture and taking charge of how it should be taught because as queer people we refuse to ever be silenced. Today we are louder and prouder than ever before. Launched in 2017 for the 50th anniversary of partial decriminalisation of homosexuality ‘QUEER TOURS OF LONDON – A Mince Through Time’ exists 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. Find out more at www.queertoursoflondon.com

“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 provides a vital, enthralling and entertaining glance into an oft-ignored aspect of London’s history. This is a must-do for not just the LGBT+ community, but everyone interested in this city’s cultural landscape!” Emma Kroeger, Dalston Superstore – Marketing & Bookings Coordinator

Pls book here for Saturday 13th January 3pm – Queer Tour of London – Soho’s queer culture!

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Meeting point – Saturday 13th January 3pm – meeting point Soho Square – RSVP at Email dandlmh@yahoo.co.uk Phone Number – 07725402263
 
Join Dan de la Daniel de la Motte* from ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ for a walking tour of Soho exploring the long-time Queer nighttime spaces of the 20th Century, and the incredible collection that ran and frequented them.
 
* Dan de la Motte is a Queer performer and presenter. He works to merge high-end and low-brow forms of culture to create interactive pieces engaging with, and unpicking, contemporary British society. Most recently, Dan was a performer in LGBT+ Against Islamaphobia’s revamped production of Cabaret in November 2016, and in XNTO PANTO at The Glory in December 2016. Dan has previously performed, hosted and written interactive pieces for the Bikeshed Theatre, Exeter and Camden People’s Theatre, and writes and performs stories for the Museum of London. Dan is also the host of Off Book, the Young Vic’s series of podcasts. In 2017, Dan is looking to do more of the same, devising, performing and hosting Queer events and performances. @dandelamotte
 
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