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For Immediate Release – 12.02.19 – ‘Equality Zap’ for access finds progress towards disability access in Soho

Equality Zap’ for access finds progress towards disability access in Soho

Kevin Wilson and manager at ‘The Yard’ bar

On 02.02.19 – A year and a half on from a ‘Queer Disability Tour’ highlighting LGBTQI venues which denied disabled people access, campaigners have found the majority of gay bars and clubs stepping up for equality – and others continuing to fail disabled people.

Outside ‘Old Comptons’

The ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ group visited six venues in Soho, asking them what access changes had been made since the group’s first visit in July 2017, when the campaigners requested that the venues improved disabled access.

Of the six venues, five had installed temporary ramps, while one, Comptons, has also installed a sign and doorbell.

Four promised to put up a window sticker so that passers by can see that stepfree access is available.

One, Balans, which has a step into the premises and no ramp, had made no changes since the campaigners first requested that they improve access. When questioned, the manager on duty would not commit to implementing equality for their disabled customers.

Since 1995, pubs and bars have had a legal duty to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ such as purchasing a portable ramp to ensure that disabled customers can access their premises with the same freedom and independence as non-disabled customers. However, compliance is poor.

The group is now considering legal action against Balans under the 2010 Equality Act.

‘Before I was de-motivated about the whole thing but this year i feels we have achieved something! We’ve got somewhere and we are gonna move it to another level if they don’t do something this year. Get moving because we are coming for you people!’ Kevin Wilson, ‘Queer Disability Justice Tour’ guide and activist

It’s easy. I ordered the ramp and access sticker in a day, and put in the doorbell overnight. ‘Why should people have to question whether they are allowed to come. All of a sudden you allow people that might not have thought they could come into the venue that they care about us.’ James Bartlett, Manager, Old Comptons.

“It’s great to see that more LGBTQ venues in Soho are getting serious about inclusion and equality, making the changes that ensure their disabled customers can have a night out without access stress.
More than twenty years after the Disability Discrimination Act, it’s just unacceptable that there are still venues out there turning away disabled customers. A ramp costs £50 – why would you not want to comply with the law?” 
Lianna Etkind, Queer Disability Justice activist

Chris Nagel has been the head doorman at Freedom for over 19 years. He said: “We are putting in access because it is a must. Everyone should be able to come into the venue.”

Shane Knight, who works at the Duke of Wellington, said: “We’ve had a ramp for years. It’s about access for all”.

Karl Nixon, Manager at Admiral Duncan and ‘Queer Disability’ activists

Karl Nixon, from the Admiral Duncan pub, said: “We got a ramp, and we’re going to get a sticker [to let people know a ramp is available], because it’s important to the gay community and beyond. We have a lot of people coming in with wheelchairs now, it has made a difference”.

Notes to Editors:

1. Kevin Wilson can be contacted for interview on queertoursoflondon@gmail.com / Photo credits – Holly Buckle / Video credits – Sophie Falkenburg

‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’exist to shine a light on London’s rich LGBTQI history through creative and life-affirming interactive tours. We tell the stories of London’s queer history, shedding light on the lives, spaces, identities, repression and resistance that form the backdrop of LGBTQI lives today. We do this through educational, accessible and interactive walking tours, cabarets, street-art and events that bring life to the complexities and lived experiences of our history, present and vision for the future. ‘Queer Tours of London’ are for everyone in London – visitors and residents – to be inspired by our history and get involved in our future.We also welcome requests for special-themed tours, private tours and all kinds of collaborations. Contact us on queertoursoflondon@gmail.com for all involvement / press requests / collaborations. 

3. The Equality Act 2010, which replaced the Disability Discrimination Act of 1995, makes it unlawful not to make ‘reasonable adjustments’ to enable disabled people to access goods and services. Reasonable adjustments may include include a ramp; a lift; a large print menu or a hearing loop. More information at www.equalityhumanrights.com/en/multipage-guide/using-service-reasonable-adjustments-disabled-people

4. Coverage of the July 2017 action: https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/a33gjg/the-highs-and-lows-of-clubbing-with-a-physical-disability

5. The Equality ‘Zap’ was in the tradition of ‘Zaps’ originally organised by gay activists in the 1970s. ‘Zaps’ have continued to be used by LGBTQI activists throughout the 1980s and 1990s and beyond. See https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Zap_(action)

Venue2018 Changes Made
Admiral DuncanHave ramp – but don’t have a sign in window – GM wasn’t aware should have one. But very happy to talk to us and accommodating.
ComptonsJames was really amazing. They had a ramp and disability sign. Talked about how a few years ago there was an incident in which they didn’t know where the ramp was, since then they have taken changes to make the venue way more accessible.Has taken huge changes.
BalansSeemed super disinterested and uncaring.“I have only been here 9 months”Saw it as a structural issues that just wasn’t in his hands!Really poor accessibility – no ramp. Didn’t commit to any promises
Yard BarIs movable ramp, but not visible. Don’t have sign letting people know but happy to put sticker up.
Duke of WellingtonsRamp available.
FreedomKevin had spoken to Chris Nagel, head doorman a few weeks ago, and he said he would put up visibility sign – not there  yet.However very receptive, and said would put in sign in 2 weeks max.
Movable ramp is there, but supervisor didn’t know how to use it.

27.02.19 – The ‘Gay Liberation Front’ Dance Party – 50th Anniversary Special!

The ‘Gay Liberation Front’ Dance Party / Fundraiser – 50th Anniversary Special! – Get your tickets quick – click here – limited spaces!Facebook event page here

50 years ago a rag-tag group of queers, queens, dissidents and whores started a revolution. This year – on the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots they have re-united to reclaim the Pride they started!

Join us for the (re)launch of the ‘Gay Liberation Front’ in London with special performances, DJ sets and dances from the original GLF members + a new generation of artists in tribute! Come cheer on the 50th birthday speeches from the Gay Liberation Front legends themselves and enjoy the nights entertainment. Highlights include celebrated ‘RIOT ACT’ show, queer classical musical pioneer ‘Barbs’, Brighton’s very own Afropunk goddess ‘Baby’, songs from Sarah Angel and Queer London DJ legend  Auntie Maureen with a DJ set spanning Queer London from 1930s Soho jazz to contemporary queer electronica, with every decade in between – on Auntie’s dance floor everyone is welcome – and more!


All donations to a year of grassroots activism to reclaim Pride for all on this special year.  

PARTY! CELEBRATE! BUILD QUEER POWER!

Come and join us for our LGBT+ History Month party and get involved in the year of action.

WHEN – Wednesday 27th Feb Show 7-9.30pm / DJ’s and dancing 9-midnight.

WHERE – REDON, Railway Arches, 289 Cambridge Heath Rd, London E2 9HA – Wheelchair accessible.

DRESS CODE – FANTABULOSA

TICKETS – Broke £5 Unwaged £7.50 Standard £10 Solidarity £15.

There are a handful of free tickets are for LGBT+ migrants and for LGBT+ folk struggling with housing. If this is you and / or you have any issues being able to afford the ticket please email us ASAP – queertoursoflondon@gmail.com. All profits will go into a Summer of events and activism to catalyse a new set of radical demands by the activists who started Pride. 

Get your ticket here! 
https://www.outsavvy.com/event/2403/the-gay-liberation-front-dance-party-50th-anniversary-special-tickets

All details at www.queertoursoflondon.com – 

*** DONATE *** Please donate to our crowdfunder here

Gay Liberation Front (GLF) ‘Think Ins’ – Reclaim Pride Calendar!

This is the space for all Gay Liberation Front (GLF) Activists and new friends to connect, celebrate and plot for the upcoming significant anniversaries –

2019 – 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots
2020 – 50th anniversary of GLF UK
2022 – 50th anniversary of Pride

We are having monthly ‘think in’s’ to develop our demands and action plans. Everyone new or old to the movement and who is committed to ‘LIBERATION FOR ALL’ is very welcome.

Upcoming ‘Think In’s’  – 

Think In 8 – Wednesday May 8th 6-8.00pm at Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, Spitalfields, London EC2M 4QH – facebook event page here

Think In 9 – Wednesday June 5th 6-8.30pm at Library Reception, London School of Economics and Political Science, 10 Portugal St, London WC2A 2HD, UK – facebook event page here

*** About ***

‘Think In’s’ are a concept which the GLF activists first used to have a space, a sanctuary in which to make sense of the world away from the pressures of homophobia and how to effectively respond. 50 years on there is still so much work to do to complete the ultimate aim of ‘freedom for all’.

We are busy writing the ‘GLF demands 2’ to present to the world and organising the 2019 timeline of events and actions to pay tribute to the radical roots of Pride by those who started it. 2019 will be a year of TRANSFORMATION, JUSTICE AND TRUTH for Pride and the Queer Community!

If you wanna get involved and /or be added to the mailing list please email queertoursoflondon@gmail.com with a few lines of who you are and your committed to radical (getting to the root) queer freedom. Thanks to everyone who is making this happen!

#Weareherewerearequeer
#Gayisgood
#Wearethepeopleyourparentswarnedyoubout
#ComeTogether!

Read more about the GLF history here – http://www.bl.uk/learning/histcitizen/21cc/counterculture/liberation/cometogether/cometogether.html

*** Contacts ***

‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ – queertoursoflondon@gmail.com / www.queertoursoflondon.com

‘Queerseum’ info@queerseum.org / www.queerseum.org

*** Why do we need to ‘reclaim’ Pride – a message from ‘Gay Liberation Fronts’ Andrew Lumsden. ***

‘Where do our rebellions lie now? How can we best tie them into our shared history?’ Andrew Lumsden, GLF activist / Gay News founder (1971)

“Surviving Gay Liberation Front activists were sidelined by a London Pride Committee on our 40th anniversary in 2010. Mayor Johnson and his bodyguards – he never spoke to us – were put in front of us on the July march, though we invented such marches. And we were allowed 15 minutes to speak from the Trafalgar Square stage, cut at the last moment to 5 minutes.

Young people ask us, what was Gay Lib like, and they love Stuart Feather’s 2016 book about it, Blowing the Lid, Gay Liberation, Sexual Revolution & Radical Queens.

We’d like things to go better for the 50th anniversary in 2020 even if we’re all in wheelchairs. We invented things before and can cheerfully do it again, with the help of friends like you – so get involved to . highlight campaigns today and celebrate the Gay Liberation Front”

26.03.19 – Back by Popular Demand ‘Where are our rebellions now?’ Before Stonewall film, panel and party

2019 is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots that led to birth of modern Pride (‘You can’t have Pride without the Marsha P Johnson’ photo above) as we know it and we are going to celebrate in style.

On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots we are pleased to announce ‘Where are our rebellions now?’ is BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND on 26th March 2019 7-11pm at East London’s queer home that is the Glory! Film, panel and party! With the Film ‘Before Stonewall The history of the Gay and Lesbian community before the Stonewall riots began the major gay rights movement’ followed by an interactive inter-generational conversation between founders of Gay Liberation Front (GLF) UK who started Pride in London and a new generation of LGBTQIA+ artists, activists performers and DJ’s to be announced. 

The event is free but all donations to ‘Stansted 15′ / End Deportations / Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants (LGSM) / all tickets at www.queertoursoflondon.com / be sure to book your tickets ASAP here as there are limited spaces!

Here’s what happened last time! Thanks to all our amazing speakers and everyone who participated – all details here!

‘QUEER TOURS OF LONDON – A Mince Through Time’ exist 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. www.queertoursoflondon.com / queertoursoflondon@gmail.com

For Immediate Release 24.01.19 – Hundreds to protest LGBT+ murders at Russian Embassy on Holocaust Memorial Day


This Holocaust Memorial Day – 27th January – hundreds of people from London’s LGBT+ community and their allies will protest outside the Russian Embassy in London against the new wave of brutal attacks against LGBT+ people that are taking place in Chechnya, Russia. Their message will be ‘NEVER AGAIN EVER!’

This Holocaust Memorial Day – 80 years since the start of World War II – the protest  remembers the thousands of LGBTQI+ who perished during the Nazi Holocaust and the millions of Queers across the world who have been killed or brutalised since. The protests immediate focus is to act for those who have been killed, detained and tortured in a new crackdown on LGBT+ people in Chechnya.

The reports earlier this month echo those that started in 2017 and haven’t stopped since. Hundreds of people were rounded up because of their sexuality or perceived sexuality by authorities in Chechnya and subjected to beatings and electric shocks in secret prisons, provoking international condemnation and sanctions. Worryingly, verified reports from the Russian LGBT Network suggest three people have been killed in recent weeks.

The protests Demands

  1. We call on Theresa May to publicly condemn these atrocities;
  2. We ask all Governments to give shelter to those fleeing from Chechnya;
  3. We call for a United Nations Independent Investigation on Russia with a specific mandate on the human rights violations in the Chechen Republic
  4. We urge Russian authorities to bring those responsible for these atrocities to justice and, failing that, for the international community to intervene and arraign the perpetrators before the ICJ

Testimonials in support –

‘We are truly grateful to everyone who supports us! Moreover, we believe that it was an international pressure that stopped the first wave of persecution, so yes, it will be very useful!’ Russian LGBT Network

“The heart-breaking reports of renewed state torture and murder of LGBT+ people are a damning indictment of the tyrannical Chechen regime and of the Russian President Vladimir Putin. He has refused to use his powers to stop the homophobic terror campaign and to bring perpetrators to justice. We deplore all human rights abuses in Chechnya – including detention without trial, torture and arbitrary killings. At this protest, we stand in solidarity with Chechen LGBTs and all persecuted Chechen people.” Peter Tatchell, Director of the human rights organisation, the Peter Tatchell Foundation

‘All four of my grandparents were Nazi Holocaust survivors. The influence their stories had on me was one of my main reasons I co-founded ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’. I know all too well how the LGBTQI+ community has suffered but also resisted fascism throughout history. Wild horses wouldn’t stop me from getting involved in this Sunday’s protest to make sure homophobic genocidal maniacs get their comeuppance! I’m so looking forward to be with our glorious LGBTQI+ community in London, send love and solidarity to our Chechen queer family and in my own way – get justice for others that my grandparents never had. Never Again Ever!’ dan glass ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’

‘I thoroughly condemned the actions of the Chechen government and the brutal treatment of it’s Lgbt+ citizens, which is tantamount to state sponsored genocide. We, the Muslim Lgbt+ community in the UK stand in solidarity with our Lgbt+ friends and allies in Chechnya.’ Ejel Khan, LGBTQIA+/Human Rights Activist & Freelancer

‘We must all come together, all manner of humanity – queer, trans, bi,non-identifying,  hetero, whatever sort of human being you see yourself as … and explicitly, loudly and clearly, resoundingly reverberate our shared message in front of the Russian Embassy, that the horrific and cruel, deeply prejudiced mistreatment of our Chechynean sisters and brothers is wholly unacceptable. We will all come together with controlled rage, non-violence, and  deep Love, explicitly showing that all human brothers and sisters are one, and we will not have it any other way.’ Steve Burak

Michael Salter-Church MBE, Co-Chair of Pride in London, said: “50 years on from brave activists taking a stand at Stonewall, the appalling events in Chechnya highlight with vivid brutality that the fight isn’t over. “Whilst the UK is focused on Brexit we mustn’t forget those who need our support. We must take a stand for our community in countries where they can’t as it could – and does – cost them their lives. The British Government must raise this at the highest level with Russia and call for both an end to this persecution and the prosecution of the perpetrators. Let us also show the world our support of human rights by raising this at the UN. “We urge members of the LGBT+ community in London to join protests and give money to activists in Chechnya, Russia and other countries where people face death and imprisonment for being who they are.”

The news of a new wave of anti-gay persecution in Chechnya is deeply disturbing. Silence is complicity. All world leaders, including the UK Prime minister, must condemn these atrocities and ask Russian authorities to bring those responsible to justice.’ Matt Beard, Executive Director, All Out.

Fifty years ago this June the LGBTI movement was born. This human rights crisis demands that we all become activists like those brave people half a century ago. We cannot stand back whilst our LGBTI siblings are being detained, tortured and killed.’ Kristine Garina, President, EuroPride

Contacts –

Shames Abdelwahab – 0044 (0)2033972190 / shames@petertatchellfoundation.org

Dan glass – 0044 (0)7717811747 / queertoursoflondon@gmail.com

Yuri Guaiana – +39 340 46 94 701 – yuri@allout.org

Notes To Editors

27.01.19 – 1pm – 2pm QUEER POWER PROTEST against Chechnyan murders this Holocaust Memorial Day – Facebook page here – PLEASE SHARE THIS FAR AND WIDE – WE ARE HERE! WE ARE QUEER! All contributions / if you would like to speak / press requests to queertoursoflondon@gmail.com

Where – Russian consulate, Corner of Bayswater Road and Ossington Street, London W2 4LW – nearest tube ‘Notting Hill Gate’

When – 1-2pm on Sunday 27th January 2019

What – Please bring as many people as you can AND bring as many pairs of shoes as possible for a sculpture of shoes just like those piled up outside of Auschwitz.

CHECHNYA: ‘TWO DEAD AND DOZENS HELD IN LGBT PURGE, SAY ACTIVISTS’ GUARDIAN 14.01.19

https://www.theguardian.com/world/2019/jan/14/chechnya-two-dead-and-dozens-held-in-lgbt-purge-reports

Please support and sign the global ‘All Out’ petition here – https://go.allout.org/en/a/chechnya-2019-uk/

Donate here – https://go.allout.org/en/a/chechnya-donate/ and support the Peter Tatchell Foundation here – www.petertatchellfoundation.org

01.02.19 – ‘Where are our rebellions now?’ Before Stonewall film and panel – book here

SOLD OUT! Feb 1st @ Raven Row – 56 Artillery Ln, London E1 7LS, UK 6.00 – 8.30pm. Facebook event page here – if you missed out then please book for 26.03.19 – Back by Popular Demand ‘Where are our rebellions now?’ Before Stonewall film, panel and party
 

2019 is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots that led to birth of modern Pride as we know it and we are going to celebrate in style.

On the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and on the 1st day of LGBTQIA+ History Month we are pleased to announce ‘Where are our rebellions now?’
With the Film ‘Before Stonewall The history of the Gay and Lesbian community before the Stonewall riots began the major gay rights movement’ followed by an interactive inter-generational conversation between founders of Gay Liberation Front (GLF) UK who started Pride in London and a new generation of LGBTQIA+ artists and activists including –

Lyndsay Burtonshaw is a participatory facilitator and activist, specialising in public speaking, Theatre of the Oppressed, power dynamics, spiritual activism, and radical youth work. Passionate about creating transformative spaces for people to build social justice together, they work with collectives NavigateResist + Renew and Beautiful Trouble, and organise with LGSMigrants, Plane Stupid and End Deportations. In their spare time they cycle mountains, and hang out at punk gigs, Quaker meetings, and herbal medicine gardens. Lyndsay specialises in Bloomsbury History tours.

Kate Hodkinson is a queer activist, and the founder of The People’s Film Club (www.facebook.com/thepeoplesfilmclub). I am an organising member of Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants and a campaign speaker for Campaign Against the Arms Trade.

 

Ms Opoku-Gyimah, Co-Founder & Director • Head of Equality •  
Trustee Columnist• Co-Editor of 
 
Ms Opoku-Gyimah who is also known as “Lady Phyll”, co-founded UK Black Pride in 2005. The organisation is dedicated to the celebration of black LGBT culture in the UK, putting on an annual Pride event and running networking and social events through the year.

“I have a duty to speak the truth as I see it and share not just my triumphs, not just the things that felt good, but the pain, the intense, often unmitigated pain. It is important to share how I know survival is survival and not just a walk throught the rain.” Audre Lorde ✊🏾

Terry Stewart is a dashingly handsome 65 year old Gay Free Radical from The Island of Ireland. Recent Quote on Terry, “I am really glad that I have not been personally insulted by Terry Stewart”.Terry has been a life long campaigner on many National and local Human Rights issues, such as Deaths in Custody, Immigration, National Liberation, Racism, LGBT Rights, Irish Travellers Rights, Housing, Health and Mental Health Advocacy.

Terry is currently leading a National Campaign for The Decriminalization of all Gay Men, under The Sexual Offences Act, section 32.

Erkan is a queer writer and independent activist of colour based between the UK and Germany. With a background in Middle Eastern politics, gender and migration, Erkan’s research has focused notably on the experiences of advocacy and transnational solidarity for queer migrants in Berlin. An avid believer of decolonising the contemporary structures of knowledge, they are currently conducting a residency in Berlin – funded by the European Commission – to challenge the inaccessible nature of academia and encourage more opportunity for self-representation.

Katy Jalili (Katayoun Jalilipour) is a genderqueer Iranian-born multidisciplinary artist, performer and writer. They were formally a writer for Shades of Noir. They now work in student activism, and perform across the UK’s cabaret scene.

 
The event is free and wheelchair accessible / All donations to ‘Stansted 15 / End Deportations / Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants (LGSM) / all tickets at www.queertoursoflondon.com / be sure to book your tickets ASAP as there are limited spaces!
 
‘QUEER TOURS OF LONDON – A Mince Through Time’ exist 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. www.queertoursoflondon.com / queertoursoflondon@gmail.com

06.02.18 – Gay Liberation Front (GLF) ‘Think In 5’ – Reclaim Pride! Everyone welcome :)

06.02.18 – Gay Liberation Front (GLF) ‘Think In 5’ – Reclaim Pride!


When – Wednesday, February 6, 2019 at 6 PM – 8:30 PM – Facebook event page here

Where – Bishopsgate Institute, 230 Bishopsgate, EC2M 4QH London, United Kingdom

This is the space for all Gay Liberation Front (GLF) Activists and new friends to connect, celebrate and plot for the upcoming significant anniversaries –

2019 – 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots
2020 – 50th anniversary of GLF UK
2022 – 50th anniversary of Pride

We are having monthly ‘think in’s’ to develop our demands and action plans. Everyone new or old to the movement and who is committed to ‘LIBERATION FOR ALL’ is very welcome.

‘Think In’s’ are a concept which the GLF activists first used to have a space, a sanctuary in which to make sense of the world away from the pressures of homophobia and how to effectively respond. 50 years on there is still so much work to do to complete the ultimate aim of ‘freedom for all’.

We are busy writing the ‘GLF demands 2’ to present to the world and organising the 2019 timeline of events and actions to pay tribute to the radical roots of Pride by those who started it. 2019 will be a year of TRANSFORMATION, JUSTICE AND TRUTH for Pride and the Queer Community!

If you wanna get involved and join the ‘Think In 5’ on Feb 6th at The Bishopsgate Institute (a haven for queer archiving and campaigning) and /or be added to the mailing list please email queertoursoflondon@gmail.com with a few lines of who you are and your committed to radical (getting to the root) queer freedom. Thanks to everyone who is making this happen!

#Weareherewerearequeer
#Gayisgood
#Wearethepeopleyourparentswarnedyoubout
#ComeTogether!

Read more about the GLF history here – http://www.bl.uk/learning/histcitizen/21cc/counterculture/liberation/cometogether/cometogether.html

*** Contacts – 

‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ – queertoursoflondon@gmail.com / www.queertoursoflondon.com

‘Queerseum’ info@queerseum.org / www.queerseum.org

*** Why do we need to ‘reclaim’ Pride – a message from ‘Gay Liberation Fronts’ Andrew Lumsden.

‘Where do our rebellions lie now? How can we best tie them into our shared history?’ Andrew Lumsden, GLF activist / Gay News founder (1971)

“Surviving Gay Liberation Front activists were sidelined by a London Pride Committee on our 40th anniversary in 2010. Mayor Johnson and his bodyguards – he never spoke to us – were put in front of us on the July march, though we invented such marches. And we were allowed 15 minutes to speak from the Trafalgar Square stage, cut at the last moment to 5 minutes.

Young people ask us, what was Gay Lib like, and they love Stuart Feather’s 2016 book about it, Blowing the Lid, Gay Liberation, Sexual Revolution & Radical Queens.

We’d like things to go better for the 50th anniversary in 2020 even if we’re all in wheelchairs. But there’s been no approach to us by the present Pride in London Committee. It keeps the Pride franchise awarded by Mayor Khan until 2022 and is known to consider themes for later marches under its supervision. Months ago we suggested a conversation, and were told we would be contacted. We never have been.

Never mind. We invented things before and can cheerfully do it again, with the help of friends. So we’d like – since venues have to be booked – to consult with friends about what we might do that would simultaneously

. highlight campaigns today

. and celebrate the Gay Liberation Front”

‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time in 2019’ celebrate Stonewall Riots 50th Birthday!

‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ celebrate Stonewall Riots 50th Birthday!

“The Queer Walking Tour crew turned a load of drab civil servants into sparkly, queer knowledge hubs. We absolutely love the Queer Walking Tour crew, and can’t get enough – we’re onto our third tour with them now and every time we learn more, understand a bit more and hopefully become confident allies and activists. What are you waiting for? Sign up and get queer walking!” Kate Leslie

2019 is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots that led to birth of modern Pride (‘You can’t have Pride without the Marsha P Johnson’ photo above) as we know it and Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time are going to celebrate in style.

OUR PURPOSE

‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ tours, events and protests serve 3 main purposes (1) Shine a light on London’s rich LGBTQI history through creative, audacious and life-affirming interactive walking tours (2) Knowledge is Power – Understanding our Queer History to build for our Queer Future (3) Generate People Power and Financial Support for London’s Queer campaigns.

We exist to shine a light on London’s rich LGBTQI history through creative and life-affirming interactive tours. We tell the stories of London’s queer history, shedding light on the lives, spaces, identities, repression and resistance that form the backdrop of LGBTQI lives today. We do this through educational, accessible and interactive walking tours, cabarets, street-art and events that bring life to the complexities and lived experiences of our history, present and vision for the future.

‘Queer Tours of London’ are for everyone in London – visitors and residents – to be inspired by our history and get involved in our future. We also welcome requests for special-themed tours, private tours and all kinds of collaborations. Contact with us on queertoursoflondon@gmail.com for all involvement / press requests / collaborations and an info-pack for new tour guides.

NEXT TOURS AND EVENTS

Come and join us at our next tours and events

This Wednesday 9th January we have our ‘Gay Liberation Front’ and friends ‘Think In 4 to reclaim Pride’ at LSE and Thursday we will be at the Goldsmiths Queer History Fair with our friends from see ’the best LGBT+ events in London this week’.

Watch this space for the ‘The Death and Life of Marsha P Johnson’ Film Screening at the end of January to launch the Stonewall 50th year of action. Into February ‘LGBT+ History Month’ we have the LGBTQIA+ Disability Tour – Accessibility for all! On the 2nd, the ‘GLF and Friends Think in 5 @ Bishopsgate Institute’ on the 6th of February, the ‘Gay Liberation Front’ Special Soho Tour – Celebrating Stonewall – on the 9th and on the 23rd of February we have the ‘Trans Herstory Tour of London – Stonewall Special.’ On the 13th of February we have the ‘Queer Ghost tour of Shadwell – Happy BIrthday Wilfred Owen’. In April we have our ‘Out of the Archive and into the Street’s archive launch party at the Bishopsgate Institute, the Justice for Xulhaz Vigil / Protest at the Bangladesh Embassy – on the 25th of April and lots more exciting events to be announced including our ‘LGBT+ Migrant Rights’ tour and ‘Lesbian Tours.’

2018 HIGHLIGHTS

2018 was the 30th anniversary of the beginning of ‘Section 28’ and we damn well made sure that we weren’t going to go underground anymore. Some of the highlights included

                     

Keep on Mincing! Have a great start to 2019 – we look forward to hearing from you and seeing you on the streets! Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time 🙂

 

09.01.19 – Gay Liberation Front (GLF) ‘Think In 4’ – Reclaim Pride!

09.01.19 – Gay Liberation Front (GLF) ‘Think In 4’ – Reclaim Pride! – 6-8.30pm

Where – Library Reception, LSE, 10 Portugal St, London WC2A 2HD. Here are the details for  Gay Liberation Front (GLF) ‘Think In 4’ – Reclaim Pride! on January 9th on facebook 

This is the space for all Gay Liberation Front (GLF) Activists and new friends to connect, celebrate and plot for the upcoming significant anniversaries –

2019 – 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots
2020 – 50th anniversary of GLF UK
2022 – 50th anniversary of Pride

We are having monthly ‘think in’s’ at LSE (where GLF UK began) to develop our demands and action plans. Everyone new or old to the movement and who is committed to ‘LIBERATION FOR ALL’ is very welcome.

‘Think In’s’ are a concept which the GLF activists first used to have a space, a sanctuary in which to make sense of the world away from the pressures of homophobia and how to effectively respond. 50 years on there is still so much work to do to complete the ultimate aim of ‘freedom for all’.

We are busy writing the ‘GLF demands 2’ to present to the world and organising the 2019 timeline of events and actions to pay tribute to the radical roots of Pride by those who started it. 2019 will be a year of TRANSFORMATION, JUSTICE AND TRUTH for Pride and the Queer Community!

If you wanna get involved and join the ‘Think In 4’ on January 9th at LSE and /or be added to the mailing list please email queertoursoflondon@gmail.com with a few lines of who you are and your committed to radical (getting to the root) queer freedom. Thanks to everyone who is making this happen!

#Weareherewerearequeer
#Gayisgood
#Wearethepeopleyourparentswarnedyoubout
#ComeTogether!

Read more about the GLF history here – http://www.bl.uk/learning/histcitizen/21cc/counterculture/liberation/cometogether/cometogether.html

*** Contacts – 


‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ – queertoursoflondon@gmail.com / www.queertoursoflondon.com

‘Queerseum’ info@queerseum.org / www.queerseum.org

*** Why do we need to ‘reclaim’ Pride – a message from ‘Gay Liberation Fronts’ Andrew Lumsden. 

‘Where do our rebellions lie now? How can we best tie them into our shared history?’ Andrew Lumsden, GLF activist / Gay News founder (1971)

“Surviving Gay Liberation Front activists were sidelined by a London Pride Committee on our 40th anniversary in 2010. Mayor Johnson and his bodyguards – he never spoke to us – were put in front of us on the July march, though we invented such marches. And we were allowed 15 minutes to speak from the Trafalgar Square stage, cut at the last moment to 5 minutes.

Young people ask us, what was Gay Lib like, and they love Stuart Feather’s 2016 book about it, Blowing the Lid, Gay Liberation, Sexual Revolution & Radical Queens.

We’d like things to go better for the 50th anniversary in 2020 even if we’re all in wheelchairs. But there’s been no approach to us by the present Pride in London Committee. It keeps the Pride franchise awarded by Mayor Khan until 2022 and is known to consider themes for later marches under its supervision. Months ago we suggested a conversation, and were told we would be contacted. We never have been.

Never mind. We invented things before and can cheerfully do it again, with the help of friends. So we’d like – since venues have to be booked – to consult with friends about what we might do that would simultaneously 

. highlight campaigns today

. and celebrate the Gay Liberation Front”

Support the Stansted 15 Defendants!

Last night at the ‘Think In 3’ the ‘Gay Liberation Front’ (the legends that started Pride’ and friends made another love-letter for our phenomenal friends on the ‘Stansted 15’ trial who took necessary action to protect LGBTQIA+ lives. Sending you all our love and strength!

For detailed description of the court proceedings see the End Deportations Blog – it contains day by day reports from court including summing up and how you can support!: http://enddeportations.com/category/court-blog/

To get involved in the exciting reunion of ‘Gay Liberation Front’ and our plans to celebrate the upcoming 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots by RECLAIMING PRIDE please email queertoursoflondon@gmail.com

24.11.18 – The Very Queer West End – Queer Theatre History Tours – Book here.

The Very Queer West End – Queer Theatre History Tours

Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 2 PM – 3:30 PM – Opposite Lyceum Theatre, 21 Wellington St, London WC2E 7RQ – Facebook page here Get your tickets here and get them quick as there are very limited spaces!  – £5 unwaged, £10 waged, £15 solidarity – profits go to End Deportations Campaign

 The Caravan Club of 1934

You look neat. Talk about a treat!
You look dapper from your napper to your feet!

From queer goings on in the wings of the Lyceum, to police entrapment from the turret of the Shaftesbury, discover queer London’s subversive, scandalous and sexy theatre tales. This 90 minute walking tour with QToL’s Dan de la Motte and Dani Dinger takes in the coded messages of the music hall songs, fascist dalliances and the (not so well) hidden lives of the top celebrities of the day. Expect bawdy renditions and awkward positions in all weather conditions.

‘QUEER TOURS OF LONDON – A Mince Through Time’ exist to shine a light on London’s rich LGBTQI history through creative and life-affirming interactive tours – www.queertoursoflondon.com / @ queertoursoflondon@gmail.com