Author: Dan Glass

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!

Please share to all those you think will appreciate! 🙂
 
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
 
https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/8ge53g/london-queer-tours-lgbt-history-protest

18.01.18. – ‘Jenny STILL f*cking lives with Eric and Martin’ – Section 28 Tribute Night

MEGA LOVE AND THANKS to everyone who made it such an amazing night! Particular thanks to

The legendary abseiling lesbians and everyone who helped overturn ‘Section 28’ / Our host Sapphire / Ed and Lyndon from ‘We have Rather Been Invaded’ Holly Buckle on photos / Mark Glasgow on poster design / Antonio Branco & Riccardo T. House of Anxiety / SPIT! (Carlos Motta, John Arthur Peetz, Carlos Maria Romero) MANIFESTO presented by Claudia Palazzo, Joshua Hubbard and Carlos Maria Romero / Eric and Edward and everyone at Pornceptual / Tam and Gyn at limewharf / London’s LGBT Community Centre / Russell Christie / Miqx and everyone at Sexual Avengers / Alan Dobbie and everyone at NUT.

Come to our next event celebrating QUEER SEXUAL FREEDOM – Round 2 of ‘George Michael Freedom Party – I want Your Sex’ and watch this space for the ‘BANG BUS – Section 28 – Queer Sexual Expression Special’ in May 2018! Get in touch on queertoursoflondon@gmail.com

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TRIBUTE NIGHT / SCREENING / CHAT SHOW / LIVE PERFORMANCES /

‘Jenny STILL f*cking lives with Eric and Martin’ – Section 28 Tribute Night – 30 years on – Facebook page here

Join us to build for a year of action for queer sexual freedom and education for all.  

Pay tribute to those who overturned it and educators today continuing the journey towards freedom for all, in a special ‘This Is Your Life’ style chat show!

To commemorate the 30th anniversary of ‘Section 28’ – which banned the promotion of homosexuality in education at a time when HIV / AIDS was at plague proportions – and meet and celebrate the activists who overturned it.

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 – get your ticket here on eventbrite or just turn up early! All profits go to the London Lgbtq+ Community Centre

Watch an exclusive screening of ‘We Have Rather Been Invaded’ by Ed Webb-Ingall, a new video project that looks at the legacy of Section 28, the role of activism and our understanding of this piece of legislation thirty years on.

Enjoy performances by Pornceptual

With your host Sapphire McIntosh – writer, comedian, actor, producer and director

‘Jenny STILL f*cking lives with Eric and Martin’ takes us on a informative journey of queer sex, something that most queer people have been denied. 

“Children are being taught they have an inalienable right to be gay. All of those children are being cheated of a sound start in life.” – Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, October 9, 1987.

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
If you have Section 28 and related materials that you would like to archive please contact the Bishopsgate Institute on libray@bishopsgate.org.uk

Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time – 2017 Review and what’s in store for 2018!

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 queertoursoflondon@gmail.com

Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time – 2017 Review and what’s in store for 2018!

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 when our Government introduced ‘Section 28’ which banned the promotion of queer lifestyles in schools. Next year we will reclaim the teaching of queer culture because as queer people we refuse to ever be silenced. Today we are louder and prouder than ever before. 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

 “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

www.queertoursoflondon.com / queertoursoflondon@gmail.com

“The best AIDS show in town!” Report from the BANG BUS – World AIDS Day Special

“Brilliant fun and wonderfully spontaneous. A fun and friendly whirl through traffic in a magic created world upon an open topped bus with laughter, joy and magic. Onlookers were seduced into viewing into an alternative world view whilst being reminded of a continuous and painful struggle. AIDS is not over was a clear message as well as the importance of preserving NHS HIV services and finally the duty for us all, collectively, to honour our past history with HIV/AIDS as a nation. We must create a tribute to HIV in London. It was the best AIDS show in town!” Ash Kotak

About the BANG BUS – World AIDS Day Special

On Saturday November 25th an open-topped double-decker bus draped in ‘Hands off Our NHS’ and ‘Tories Don’t Die of Ignorance’ drove around Soho as an immersive theatrical anti-stigma bus-tour journeying through the decades and places to bring the history of HIV+ in London to life. The Bang Bus exists to show gratitude for those who gave selflessly through challenging times, to demand a permanent HIV / AIDS memorial and to support the many minority communities face very specific issues that are still neglected. High-profile pop-star Lana Pellay, along with other celebrities, performers and dancers involved in HIV+ advocacy, nurses, doctors and healthcare workers shared and performed to the audience on the bus about life on the frontline of the National Health Service (NHS). Above all the BANG BUS – World AIDS Day Special was a sacred place for people to share love, loss, hope and solidarity to continue to weave our stories together and continue to strengthen the journey to end the HIV / AIDS pandemic.

Thank you to everyone who made it happen! Read more in the Bang Bus – World AIDS Day Special Press release here and here Blubbering with love for Dean Street Sexual Health Centre – Come celebrate at the BANG BUS.

Get involved with ACT UP LONDON at www.actuplondon.wordpress.com – contact actuplondonfighttilltheend@gmail.com

Get involved with ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ at www.queertoursoflondon.com for the announcements of the 2018 Queer Tour and BANG BUS calendar! Get in contact at queertoursoflondon@gmail.com

All photo credits to Holly Buckle.

Press Articles

In the good old times of Gay Lib we talked a lot about having a retirement home for old acid queens, one with wide corridors we could whizz around on our electric wheelchairs hidden beneath our crinolines. But never in the plague years that followed did I ever imagine boarding a Queer Tours of London mince through time, AIDs Bang Bus, to visit those places where we said goodbye to so many of our nearest and dearest. A bus with Fabulous Hostesses to entertain us, play quiz games and encourage us to share our memories. A mystery tour that three hours earlier picked up a bunch of strangers, set down a group of friends.” Gay liberation Front activist.

“As soon as “For a Friend” bolted into the ether on the Bang Bus, salt water starts pouring down my face.  That says much more than the kudos Jimmy Somerville deserves. I,seemingly,  have not (may never) forget my life partner -John Mordaunt; one of England’s greater AIDS Activist, who died more than 22 years ago. Everyday  is an opportunity to fight back against government inertia and closeted homophobia: increase access to PReP and more. Steve Anders, as he lay dying, grabbed my arms, and looked me directly in the eyes ” You are a witness to this “plague”. You must tell people what happened. We are counting on you. Please don’t let us down.” Andria E – M

“I support the ‘BANG BUS – World AIDS Day Special’ in memory of my friend Mark Ashton who did so much to make common cause with the victims of social injustice.” Sarah John Morris, singer with the Communards

“We’re so lucky to live in times where HIV is such a liveable condition, it’s easy to forget the sacrifices of our community in previous decades. The BANG bus took us on a journey back in time through the inspirational stories of people whose lives were affected by the AIDS crisis, while reflecting on the advances we have made through the incredible work of activists and people in the medical profession. Events like this are so important to educate and help fight the stigma and ignorance surrounding HIV that unfortunately is still a reality even in the queer world today.” Eric Phillips

“Spending all afternoon on the top of an open-roofed bus on a windy November day may have left my fingers and nose a bit frozen, but my heart was warmed on that colourful and quirky vehicle. The people I met greeted me with such openness and friendliness through the stories told, the poetry recited, the knowledge brought across, the historical context given, the songs sung, the laughter heard and the flexibility experienced. Thank you for an amazing day!” Luisa Bider

“The history of HIV is chaotic, it is full of fear, but it also contain moments of amazing solidarity, of new friendship, of laughs, and love. This afternoon in the Bang Bus was similarly full of ups and downs, from remembering our lost brothers and sisters,  to dancing with amazing people with whom you just met. It is a memory I will keep and cherish.” Eden

“On Saturday I felt again the solidarity that saw us through the worst of the plague. Charming, anarchic and community based.

It felt like a hug. ❤💪💋 Eoin Whelan

“The freezing weather was chased away by the love and energy from an amazingly patient group of passengers. When the bus got stuck in traffic our little queer bang bus community raised their voices to those we loved and lost to AIDS as I led a good old fashion sing a long. Our version of TLCs Waterfalls was a particular triumph.” Alex Green. Singer/Writer/Activist

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