Category: Events

October 23rd 7.30pm @ Limewharf – ‘Unfinished Business’ – LGBT+ Voices of the Revolution

Come and hear from London’s finest LGBTQIA+ artists and activists about how you can get involved with the upcoming ‘Unfinished Business – LGBTQI+ Voices of the Revolution’ festival! Facebook page here
 
Alongside ‘Rainbow Riots’, ‘African Rainbow Family’ and ‘In Place of War’ – ‘Unfinished Business – LGBTQI+ Voices of the Revolution exists to support the next generation of artists, activists and changemakers dedicated to ending homophobia, transphobia and all forms of oppression and provide public cultural platforms that will raise awareness outside the conference walls agitating for a global movement of creative activism to decriminalise homosexuality everywhere and provide true freedom for all. All details at www.queertoursoflondon.com / contact queertoursoflondon@gmail.com. All press and funder requests appreciated at queertoursoflondon@gmail.com
 
‘Unfinished Business – LGBTQI+ Voices of the Revolution welcome Rainbow Riots to London Town’ will coincide with the discussions on overturning global homophobic legislation at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) – April 16th – 25th 2018. 
 
Suggested donations on the night – £5. 
Rainbow Riots is a new album of music featuring LGBTQ artists from Uganda, Malawi, South Africa and Jamaica – some of the most dangerous countries in the world for LGBTQ people.
The album is an eclectic fusion of afrobeat, electro, soul, pop, orchestral, rap, dancehall, gospel and spoken word, composed and produced by Swedish artist and activist, Petter Wallenberg.
 
Come to Limewharf to see how we can unite our anger and create change.
 
With your host and performers on the night!
 
Kat Kai Kol-Kes –
an international award winning Trans* ARTivist, writer, performer and author of “…on about the same old things”. She uses storytelling to bridge the divide between academic and activist jargon and real world understandings of queer livelihoods. A 2013 Brand Botswana, Best of Botswana Performance Artist honouree and 2017 TED Global Fellow, her work has been showcased locally in Botswana through her ‘Queer Shorts Showcase Festival’ and internationally as well. Kat is a guide with the Queer Tours of London.
 
Jay Kay Revlon –
Described by Time Out as “one to watch” DJ and dancer Jay Jay Revlon was born and raised in London to parents of Jamaican descent. From the early age of 14, Jay Jay has used the craft of dance to express himself and has used his talents to lead other young people in weekly classes & workshops.
 
Jay Jay has become a major force in the London dance scene where he is credited with being instrumental to the rise of London’s voguing scene and has single handedly created highly stylized, modern dance house the Kiki House of Tea and leading ballroom collective, English Breakfast London. Jay Jay has used his love of vogue to establish inclusive and diverse events including the massively popular Let’s Have a Kiki at private member’s club The Curtain Hotel and workshops at The Tate Britain & Southbank Centre. Jay Jay has also used vogue as a form of social activism, this was seen last year where hundreds of Londoners saw him pay tribute to the victims of the Orlando shooting at a vigil on Old Compton Street. A hugely in demand DJ his portfolio includes for Missguided x Pxssy Palace collaboration, Topshop Gay Pride 2017 in-store event and Popchips pop-up store event. Jay Jay’s talents behind the decks has taken his career nationwide and across Europe including Birmingham Pride, The Curtain, Pussy Palace, Belushi’s (Paris) . His individual style, electrifying dance technique and unreal DJ sets have peaked the interest of journalists & writers who have featured him in Paper, The Fader, Evening Standard, Attitude and Dazed & Confused to name a few.
 
Ruchi Chaudhury –
a popcorn chomping, sour candy loving, queer student, writer and performer. She writes to battle vulnerability and invisibility and eats them for breakfast too. This ‘Indian girl’ is a fan of slasher films starring herself and her hapless victims – middle-class respectability and chastity.
 
Jide Macaulay –
the founding Pastor and CEO of House of Rainbow CIC. British-Nigerian born in London, a Christian minister since 1998, a dynamic and an inspirational speaker, author, poet, pastor and preacher, HIV activist, holds a degree in Law, masters’ degree in Theology and Post-graduate certificate in Pastoral Theology. Jide focuses his ministry on inclusion and reconciliation of sexuality, spirituality and human rights. He writes for various Christian and secular Journals. He has authored several books, Poetry Inspired 2001 and Pocket Devotion for LGBT Christians 2005, he has won several awards including the 2003 and 2007 Black LGBT Community Award for “Man of the Year” for his work helping people of faith. Shortlisted for the National Diversity Awards 2014, in the category for Positive Role Model. He served from 2007 to 2013 as Executive Board member and Co-Chair of Pan Africa International Lesbians and Gay Association. He is currently Regional Africa Representative of Global Interfaith Network, Board of Trustee at Kaleidoscope Trust UK, and a Trained Volunteer Champion at Afruca Children’s Charity.

All Aboard the Bang Bus! No.1 – Get your tickets here

ALL ABOARD THE BANG BUS!

A bus journey back in time to the sites and spirit of London’s most iconic LGBTQIA+ clubs and bars.

The special-themed queer history tour of London will visit the haunts that have kept LGBTQIA+ tribes cruising, dancing and loving from the 1960s to the present day. DJ’s, performers and rabble-rousers will show what made each place so special and why you’ll wish you’d been there back in the day.

This is the newest addition to our programme of queer tours and marks the 50th anniversary of the 1967 ‘Sexual Offences Act’ which led to the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality.

EVERYONE is welcome on the BANG BUS! The BANG BUS will happen on the last Saturday of every month.

Climb aboard the BANG BUS! Send a message from London telling the world we exist to build strength, unity and passion within our LGBTQIA+ community, that we honour our history and won’t let our futures – or our spaces – be written over by anybody – read ‘what happened to the great London nightclubs?’

THE BANG BUS. HOMO HISTORY. HOMO HEDONISM. HOMO HOPE.

C

All requests for involvement, press and questions to queertoursoflondon@gmail.com

***********************************

*LINE-UP*

Bus Stops for September 30th – BANG BUS 1 – North East London

BANG BUS 2 – Saturday October 27th – West to East London

BANG BUS 3 – Saturday November 25th – WORLD AIDS DAY Special

***********************************

*DETAILS*

Board the bus at 6pm sharp in front of the Black Cap in Camden – 171 Camden High St, London NW1 7JY

We will finish at the@ The Joiners Arms fundraiser at Dalston Superstore – 117 Kingsland High St, London E8 2PB  ***********************************

*ACCESS*

WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE! Please get in touch if we can make the night any more accessible for you.

***********************************

*SAFER SPACES POLICY*

The Bang Bus is a utopia away from homophobia, transphobia, harassment, racism, xenophobia, ableism and all forms of oppression. Anyone who threatens this will be kicked off by our queer security team.

***********************************

*TICKETS*

£6 unwaged, £11 waged, £16 solidarity. BUY TICKETS CLICK HERE 

Tickets available at the door or to reserve please email queertoursoflondon@gmail.com ASAP and state if possible the LGBTQIA+ communities and club-cultures you have / are part of . Very limited spaces.

***********************************

*DRESS CODE*

Fabulous!

***********************************

ABOUT QUEER TOURS OF LONDON – A MINCE THROUGH TIME

For this years 50th anniversary of partial decriminalisation of homosexuality ‘QUEER TOURS OF LONDON – A Mince Through Time’ are being set up 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

***********************************

*ARTICLES, INTERVIEWS AND FEATURES*

***********************************

ESSENTIAL – Before boarding the bus learn the lyrics to ‘Tavares – Don’t Take Away the Music’ https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=50Ej1iX9cTY

Don’t take away the music

It’s the only thing I’ve got

It’s my piece of the rock.

 

I knew you were always there

You were my song

How am I supposed to bear it

Now that you’ve gone?

 

Would you separate the words

From a sweet melody?

Baby would you take away

The music from a symphony?

 

Don’t take away the music it’s the only thing I’ve got

It’s my piece of the rock

Don’t take away the music everything else is gone

Don’t strip my world of its song.

For Immediate Release 14.7.17 – – LGBT+ Disability rights protest at London’s inaccessible spaces

‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ host Disability Queer Riot! 
 
There are no fully accessible LGBTQI+ venues in the whole of central London. On the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality – LGBTQI+ disability rights take to the streets of Soho to make a point that none of us are free until we all are free. 

15th July 2-pm – Meet in Soho Square – Facebook page here and website here and more about your tour guide Josh Hepple – supported by Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC)

Contact – queertoursoflondon@gmail.com / dan on 07717811747


How can I be proud of my LGBT+ identity at ‘Pride in London’ if I can’t even get to the bar to celebrate?
How can I mince, flirt and meet others if there is not even 1 LGBT+ bar or club that is fully accessible to the LGBT+ disabled community?
How can I be proud of my impairments if i’m discriminated to come on Pride?

Are you part of the LGBT+ disability community? Are you sick and tired of being ignored and tokenised? Want more action and less talk?

Well join Josh – a ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through time’ guide, trainee lawyer and sexual revolutionary whilst we take to the streetsand in true queer provocative style do an informative and interactive tour of Soho to share the lived realities of the LGBT+ disabled community.

The plan

2pm – Meeting point – Soho Square
2-3pm Placard making with the scores for each venue and the demands
3-5pm – Queer disabled Riot-tour!
5-6pm – Presentation of our demands in central London venue tbc. Invites are being sent to London’s LGBT+ cultural spaces managers.

Our demands 

Equality over profit – LGBT+ venues just stop pretending you are not under to be accessible – you know you should be – are you doing everything you can?

Access 4 All – we’ll chain ourselves to the steps by September if you don’t make an explicit statement of your intentions

MORE TALK LESS ACTION! LGBT+ FREEDOM FOR ALL!

Testimonials

“There is no such thing as a building that cant be made accessible. There are only people with closed minds.” Hope Winter-Hall
 

“LGBT+ venues just stop pretending you are not under to be accessible – you know you should be – are you doing everything you can? We demand ‘Equality over profit’ and ‘Access 4 All’ – we’ll chain ourselves to the steps by September if you don’t make an explicit statement of your intentions.” Josh Hepple

” Have you ever been somewhere that you wanted to visit but told that you can’t because of Accessibilty, health and safety or sorry if you come in you can’t get to the toilet or the classic it’s too busy.  Well, I for one often get almost all of these answers when trying to access gay bars and clubs on the london LGBT+ scene, occasions I’m with friends and they are allowed to get in and I’m now posing an issue.  For those that has disabled facilities the toilets are often used as store rooms or too small. I just can’t win. 
 
This gives disabled LGBT+ plus people the impression as to not out seemingly the venues are not aware of intersectionality I’m black, gay, disabled but most of all I’m a human being with the same desires as those who are able bodied. I just have to do things in an orderly fashion. “ Kevin Wilson
ABOUT QUEER TOURS OF LONDON – A MINCE THROUGH TIME

Book here for July Tours and Events! ‘Queer Tours of London’ Bonanza!

Book here for July Tours and Events! ‘Queer Tours of London’ Bonanza! – Pls share round the houses!

July 27th 2017 is the actual 50th anniversary of the passing of the ‘Sexual Offences Act’ which led to the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales – and we are celebrating in style! 

 **********************************************

Thursday July 6th – 7-10pm ‘Queer Space’ Exhibition launch at Dalston Superstore – 117 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB London, United Kingdom All details on the Facebook page here!

Queer Space is an exhibition at Dalston Superstore Gallery which draws queer artifacts and ephemera from national archives, personal collections and influential queer meccas to create a brief but passionate exploration of queer culture over the last century. The exhibition marks the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act (the partial decriminalization of homosexuality in the UK) with a collection of personal photographic memoirs, advertisements, news articles, posters and flyers of various LGBTQA+ events, clubnights and venues. From the illicit Caravan Club of the 1930s to the ‘original all night bender’ that was Trade in the 1990s, the exhibition aims to provide a brief snapshot of how the LGBTQ+ community has partied and come together throughout the twentieth century.

Speaking about the importance of this exhibition, co-curators Joseph Alloway and Josh Enright said: “As LGBTQ+ people, our story is often written by others as one of exclusion, oppression and tragedy. We aim to show an alternative history of LGBTQ+ people, one of joy, community and defiance. These places were a world fashioned by queer people to celebrate our identity.”

Contributors of images clockwise from top left: Hall Carpenter archive, Siobhan Farhey (rebeldykes1980s.com), Stuart Feather Proudly supported by Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time a tour of London set up to bring forth the visibility of our incredible community at large and the journey to how we became who we are today.

Exhibition run 6 July – mid September – Dalston Superstore Gallery aims to incorporate the Queer artistic voice into Queer nightlife in our community, strengthening our position in a turbulent world and exploring our journey through art, music, performance and the celebration of identity. For more information please contact joseph@dalstonsuperstore.com Contributors Club Kali, The National Trust Archives, London Metropolitan Archives, Rukus! Archive at the LMA), Bishopsgate Archive, Hall Carpenter Archive at the LSE, Jill Gardiner (From the Closet to the Screen; Women at the Gateways Club), Matt Cook (Birkbeck University of London), Ben Campkin (UCL), Islington Museum, I Remember the Bell, Shaun Cole (London School of Fashion), Stuart Feather (Blowing the Lid), Siobhan Fahey (Rebel Dykes), Gay’s the Word, Dan Glass (Queer Tours of London), Anton Johnson and Jeffrey Hinton.

Full Press release here

 **********************************************

July 7th – 9th July – Queer Tours of London Charity Pot Party – All details here

LUSH UK (Oxford Street) 175 Oxford Street, W1D 2JS London, United Kingdom

Come and hear from some of London’s fiercest and most fabulous queer campaign groups during the ‘Pride in London’ weekend.

This includes – 

A make-up stand / dressing up area pit-stop for you to go wild at for Pride.
1 hour soap-box ‘how to get involved’ talks and creative workshops – the list so far includes contributions from –

Becoming a Queer Warrior
Queer Accessibility Campaign
Project Indigo 
The Black Cap Campaign
The Outside Project
African Rainbow Family
Switchboard – the LGBT+ Helpline
Gender Swap
Future Female Project
Radical Faeries
Queerseum

An end of Pride party on the Sunday night! ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ end of Pride soap box talk with special guest Lola Phoenix talk on the ‘Un-whitewashed Herstory of Pride’ (6:30 – 9/9:30) followed by dancing!

All details and soap-boax timetable to be publicised on www.queertoursoflondon.com. All requests please email queertoursoflondon@gmail.com

 **********************************************

July 10th 7pm – The book Club – Shoreditch –Unfinished Business: Illegal LGBT+ Legacies – ‘On the 50th anniversary of partial anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality please come to an evening of performances led by Kat exploring the continuing journey for global LGBTQI+ freedom’ – All booking details here

**********************************************

July 15th 2pm –  Disability Justice Queer Tour of London – Meet in Soho Square – Facebook page here – All Booking details here


How can I be proud of my LGBT+ identity at ‘Pride in London’ if I can’t even get to the bar to celebrate?
How can I mince, flirt and meet others if there is not even 1 LGBT+ bar or club that is fully accessible to the LGBT+ disabled community?
How can I be proud of my impairments if i’m discriminated to come on Pride?
Are you part of the LGBT+ disability community? Are you sick and tired of being ignored and tokenised? Want more action and less talk?

Well join Josh – a ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through time’ guide, trainee lawyer and sexual revolutionary whilst we take to the streetsand in true queer provocative style do an informative and interactive tour of Soho to share the lived realities of the LGBT+ disabled community.

**********************************************

Queer Jewish Camden Walking Tour

Sunday 23rd July 11am-1pm – £15 – All booking details here 

Discover LGBTQI+ Jewish London in this Camden walking tour led by Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time. The walk marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales in 2017.

Hear about Jewish involvement in ‘Lesbians and Gays support the Miners’, ‘Lesbians and Gays support the Migrants’, the Black Cap campaign and other ongoing campaigns for queer spaces.

Discover how Jewish queers have contributed to radical social change in Camden against fascism, homophobia, racism and all forms of oppression.

Come along and explore –

  • Culture – The contributions of a diverse array of LGBTQI+ Jews to London’s cultural and political life before, during and after decriminalisation.
  • Love – The realities of oppression, sex, intimacy and relationships for LGBTQI+ Jews in London.
  • Migration – The routes and impacts of LGBTQI+ migrant Jews in London.
  • Freedom – Sites of love, protest and resistance for LGBTQI+ Jews and how people can support.
  • Change – How history is informing the present – hear from some of London’s most pioneering Jewish LGBTQI+ agents of change.

We may even mince through some of the Amy Winehouse Camden street-art trail!

Box Office: 020 7284 7384 / admin@jewishmuseum.org.uk

**********************************************

July 27th – Party at ‘The Glory’ – on the actual 50th anniversary of the passing of the ‘Sexual Offences’ Act – More details to come!

**********************************************

Past July Tours and Events 

July 1st 2pm – Stoke Newington Town Hall – Hackney Pride 365 – 10 Spaces Left for this Saturday’s ‘Queer Tour of Hackney!’ – All booking details here – email queertoursoflondon@gmail.com ASAP to reserve your space – Find out more about Hackney Pride 365 by visitingwww.hackney.gov.uk/lgbt

Transgender nuns on the 55 bus, the grave of a Drag King and a gay cabaret in The Blitz. Uncover Hackney’s exciting history with Queer Tours of London as part of the Council’s Hackney Pride 365 celebrations. Hackney has a fascinating and not-to-be forgotten LGBTQI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex) history. Starting outside Stoke Newington Town Hall Queer Tours of London will take people on a journey, telling the stories of Hackney’s queer history, shedding light on the lives, spaces, identities, repression and resistance that form the backdrop of LGBTQI+ lives today.

Please email queertoursoflondon@gmail.com ASAP! 🙂

**********************************************

July 1st 1pm – Carnaby Street – Where Pride Began – Queer History Walk with the Diana F+’ 

All booking details here – https://www.facebook.com/events/385482751849136

Come and learn about Carnaby Street’s rich history of LGBTQI+ arts, activism, sass, cabaret, resistance, oppression and much more from people who were there at the time and have changed the course of Britain’s history.

Come and hear from Andrew Lumsden “pioneering gay rights activist of the 1960’s” who agitated with the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) who started Pride and who edited Britain’s first gay newspaper. Learn about the tumultuous lesbian meeting at the foot of Carnaby St in the 1960s led Esmee Langley author of ‘Why Should I be Dismayed’ and creator of Britain’s first Lesbian and Bisexual women’s publication ‘Arena Three, ‘, to give the general public and – perhaps even more important – lesbians themselves, a fairer and more evenly balanced picture of female sexuality. Come and explore how we can harness our history as a propeller for change today by campaigning to protect queer spaces.

ABOUT QUEER TOURS OF LONDON –

For this years 50th anniversary of partial decriminalisation of homosexuality ‘QUEER TOURS OF LONDON – A Mince Through Time’ are being set up 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.

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 of London – A Mince Through Time’ – website herefacebook page here is buzzing and recent Vice article here ‘Meet the activists running London’s first Queer Tour‘  and the recent ‘Where is our Queer Museum‘ street-art actionvideoof our Wapping ‘love, life and human rights’ Tour and House of Lords queercommemoration

In Conversation with Aderonke Apata – the struggle for ongoing global LGBTQIA+ freedom on the 50th anniversary of England’s decriminalisation.

Sunday May 14th 3-5pm – African Rainbow Family – Queer Tour of London special – African Rainbow Family – Queer Tour of London special – the struggle for ongoing global LGBTQIA+ freedom on the 50th anniversary of England’s decriminalisation. Facebook page here and Eventbrite page here

2017 is the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales. But LGBTQIA+ people across the world continue to face grave threats. 76 countries still criminalise homosexuality. Come listen and learn from Aderonke Apata – Human Rights Activist, Feminist and LGBT Equality Advocate – an unstoppable force in fighting for justice about what we can do. We will tour iconic spaces that contribute both the oppression and freedom of LGBTQI+ migrants in London. We will finish at 5pm at the Home Office.

Monday May 15th 7.30-9pm – In Conversation with Aderonke Apata – the struggle for ongoing global LGBTQIA+ freedom on the 50th anniversary of England’s decriminalisation. – Facebook page here – please sign up to the eventbrite here – limited spaces – hosted by African Rainbow Family, The Glory and Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time Continue reading “In Conversation with Aderonke Apata – the struggle for ongoing global LGBTQIA+ freedom on the 50th anniversary of England’s decriminalisation.”

Amy Winehouse Late: Icon

Amy was a music, style and queer icon – delve into all these sides of her personality in this fun late opening.

You can also explore the exhibitions Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait and Pegasus: Love Is A Losing Game.

  • Hear the stories behind ‘Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait’ with our curator.
  • Enjoy live music performances by young artists from Amy’s Yard, the Amy Winehouse Foundation’s music programme.
  • Celebrate Amy as a queer icon with ‘Queer Tours of London’ who will be delivering a fabulous spoken word performance in tribute to Amy.
  • Inspired by Amy’s iconic image, make your own flower hair accessory with London Craft Club.
  • Learn more about street art from Lee Bofkin of Global Street Art

Admission includes entry to the two exhibitions, ‘Amy Winehouse: A Family Portrait’ and ‘Pegasus: Love is a Losing Game’.

Exhibition Events Programme Sponsored by Sony/ATV Music Publishing

Box office: 020 7284 7384 / admin@jewishmuseum.org.uk

Date: Thursday 4 May 2017

Time: 6-9pm

Price: £10 / £5 for students

Brixton Dykes on the Rampage

March 18th – 10am and 2pm tours – As part of the Rebel Dykes Fundraising events we are working with Queer Tours of London to bring you, Brixton Dykes on the Rampage. Ritzy Cinema, Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, SW2 1 London, United Kingdom

You are invited to join our walk, tell your stories, listen to ours. We are inviting you to be part of the Fundraising vanguard for our unique DIY lesbian/queer documentary re-telling stories from the 1980s, and creating links with the lesbians/queer activists of today.

Brixton has always been a seething centre of queer and black activism. We will walk in footsteps of a bunch of Rebel Dykes who lived in squats around Brixton during the 1980s, creating dyke DIY spaces, zines and parties, whilst being active in numerous campaigns.

Meet up outside Ritzy cinema, and walk with us through the back streets back into the past, to learn about our present. Pay as you feel. Limited spaces so book a ticket ASAP

Online ticket sales for this event are closed.