Category: What’s On

All the latest tours and events – with booking details within – are below – get your mincing boots on! Any questions please email queertoursoflondon@gmail.com

27.01.19 1pm – QUEER POWER Protest against Chechnyan murders

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


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

 
Please join us this Holocaust Memorial Day to protest against the new wave of brutal attacks against LGBT+ people is taking place in Chechnya, Russia. This is part of a global day of action by the queer community saying loudly and proudly ‘NEVER AGAIN EVER!’

Where – Bayswater Road, opposite Russian Embassy, 6/7 Kensington Palace Gardens, Kensington, London W8 4QP, UK – 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.
How – If you would like to say some words, perform, write a story or contribute in any way please email us at queertoursoflondon@gmail.com

This Holocaust Memorial Day – 80 years since start the start of WW2 – let’s remember the thousands of LGBTQI+ who perished in the Nazi Holocaust, let’s remember the millions of Queers across the world who have been killed or brutalised since and let’s remember today those who have been killed and nearly 40 detained in a new crackdown on LGBT people in Russia’s Chechnya region. The reports earlier this month echo those from 2017, when hundreds of gay men were rounded up by police in Chechnya and subjected to beatings and electric shocks in secret prisons, provoking international condemnation and sanctions.

PLEASE SHARE THIS FAR AND WIDE – WE ARE HERE! WE ARE QUEER!

Pls 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

‘QUEER TOURS OF LONDON – A Mince Through Time’ exist to commemorate, celebrate and agitate queer history and culture 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

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 🙂

 

14.12.18 2-3pm – Toilet Humour – Re-Open Soho Toilets! Photocall and Protest

14.12.18 2-3pm at 26 Broadwick St (the toilets), Soho, London W1F 8HX- Toilet Humour – Re-Open Soho Toilets! Photocall and Protest – Facebook page here 

TOILET HUMOUR – A STREET PROTEST ABOUT THE MISMANAGEMENT OF WESTMINSTER’S PUBLIC CONVENIENCES
 
FRIDAY 14 DECEMBER FROM 2PM to 3PM
 
Are you a taxi driver / market trader / visitor / tourist /older person / homeless or vulnerably housed / human?
 
Then please come and show your support for our campaign for secure, clean and available public conveniences in Soho
 
Why
 
For seven months this summer the Broadwick Street Public Conveniences (pictured above) were closed. No credible explanation has ever been given and the loos are still dirty and only open sporadically. The current provider (Carlisle Cleaning Services to which Westminster granted a 12 year lease in 2010) removed the toilet warden that kept the loos clean and safe.
 
Soho’s toilets are part of our history.
 
Westminster CC want to promote the “Oxford Street District” as an unrivalled tourist attraction at a cost of £150 million over three years yet can’t keep the public toilets open and clean. Why not get the basics right before farting about with Oxford Street?
 
Toilets matter for visitors and workers in Soho. The British Toilet Association has detailed research on why people need toilets. It’s not rocket science. We agree with the BTA! We want unrivalled toilets suitable for a global city.
 
We are a ragtag army of residents and punters who stand for the people and not just for the elite and WE DEMAND A GLORIOUS CLEAN PUBLIC CONVENIENCE brought back to public ownership preferably with nice soap and loo paper.
 
Bring Sound Systems
Bring Placards (“Toilet Training for Westminster Councillors begins now” )
Bring your own ‘Porta-loo’
Dresscode “Toilet Humour”
 
Please get in touch at queertoursoflondon@gmail.com

18.03.19 – Queer ghost tour of Shadwell – Happy birthday Wilfred Owen – Book here

18.03.19 – Queer ghost tour of Shadwell – Happy birthday Wilfred Owen – Get your tickets here

Facebook event page here 

The late great homoerotic poet Wilfred Owen 126th Birthday come at learn, explore and celebrate him on the Shadwell Stairs and learn about the queer history of the area that inspired his formidable work.
 
Led by Gay liberation Front (GLF) activists Stuart Feather and Andrew Lumsden – We will meet at the ‘Prospect of Whitby’* and mince on down to Shadwell Stairs to recite the poem, The Ghost of Shadwell Stair, finished by Wilfred Owen in 1918 just before he returned to the front line in France, and died.
 
Owen was nicknamed ‘the ghost’ by gay friends Siegfried Sassoon and Robbie Ross because there was a false report that he was dead before he really died. And apparently ‘ghost’ ( we can imagine why, imagining trolling in the London smogs) was apparently for a while an in-word for gay.
 
Wilfred Owen, 1893 – 1918
I am the ghost of Shadwell Stair.
Along the wharves by the water-house,
And through the cavernous slaughter-house,
I am the shadow that walks there.
 
A message from your tour guide Andrew –
 
‘Wilfred Owen was born in Shropshire in 1893 and machine-gunned in battle in France on Monday 4 November 1918, seven days before the Peace.
 
He was twenty-five. His fellow-poets, British secondary schools, British Unis, and the British government learnt to love him most of all among wonderful poets of the First World War, because he decided what he was fighting for – the English language – openly extended his pity to the enemy during the fight, and wrote laments for the men who died beside him.
 
But the British public were never allowed even by the 1980s to know that he was exuberantly gay.
 
Not allowed to know that on leave in England he was getting it on, or wanted to – we can all fail! – from Shadwell Dock Stairs in London’s East End to the Canongate in Edinburgh’s sleaze quarter of the 1910s, where nowadays the Queen goes respectably to church.
 
Has anyone thought to ask why the two most famous non-governmental British figures to emerge from the two World Wars were both of them gay men? Answers on a postcard please to Jacob Rees-Mogg and the Democratic Unionist Party of Northern Ireland.’
 
*57 Wapping Wall, St Katharine’s & Wapping, London E1W 3SH
 
Get your tickets here – https://www.outsavvy.com/event/2084/queer-ghost-tour-of-shadwell-happy-birthday-wilfred-owen-tickets – and get them quick as there are very limited spaces! – £5 unwaged, £10 waged, £15 solidarity – profits go to the Albert Kennedy Trust who serve lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people who are homeless, living in a hostile environment or in housing crisis – www.akt.org.uk.
 
It would be a treat to have this recorded – if you are a journalist and / or have a camera please join us too! Shout me here or email me on queertoursoflondon@gmail.com 🙂

09.02.18 – Book here – Gay Liberation Front tour of Soho – Celebrating Stonewall at 50

 
Inspired by the Black Power and Womens Liberation Movements throughout the 1960’s and 1970’s the Gay Liberation Front initiated an anarchic campaign that permanently changed the face of this country. The GLF was a movement that was started in New York following the Stonewall riots and adopted in London and San Francisco. On this one-of-a-kind tour you will get first-hand information about the areas rich history of LGBTQIA+ arts, activism, sass, cabaret and more.
 
‘Lumsden may be a septuagenarian, but he is no less defiant or devoted to the cause.’ The Independent, 2017
 
This tour is in tribute to Marsha P Johnson – the Trans Woman of Colour who co founded ‘Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries (STAR) and started modern Pride at the Stonewall Riots on 2019 the 50th anniversary of Stonewall – and everyone everywhere fighting for absolute queer freedom for all.
 
Tickets click here – £5 unwaged, £10 waged, £15 solidarity – profits go to ‘Lesbians and Gays Support the Migrants (LGSM)’. We have some free tickets for LGBT+ migrants and for LGBT+ people struggling with housing. If this is you and / or you have any issues being able to afford the ticket please email us ASAP on queertoursoflondon@gmail.com. All press requests please email queertoursoflondon@gmail.com. Facebook page 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.

Book your tickets here – 23.02.18 -Trans History tour of London – Stonewall Riots at 50

For as long as there has been gender, there have been people playing with its boundaries, subverting its categorisations, and expressing it according to their own truth – but this has never been easy, and with the current state of the world trans people seem to be more under scrutiny than ever before. But what can you do? You want to be a good ally but don’t know where to start…. perhaps you’re starting to question your own gender and don’t know where it’ll lead… or maybe you’re an out and proud trans warrior wanting to find out that bit more about your roots? Join Queer Tours of London on this brand new trans focussed tour, helping you unpack the jargon, debunk the myths, and learn a few home truths along the way.
This tour is in tribute to Marsha P Johnson – the Trans Woman of Colour who co founded ‘Street Transvestites Action Revolutionaries (STAR) and started modern Pride at the Stonewall Riots on 2019 the 50th anniversary of Stonewall – and everyone everywhere fighting for absolute queer freedom for all. 

Facebook page here – get your tickets here – £5 unwaged, £10 waged, £15 solidarity – profits go to Transfiguration – Trans Helpline. We have some free tickets for LGBT+ migrants and for LGBT+ people struggling with housing. If this is you and / or you have any issues being able to afford the ticket please email us ASAP on queertoursoflondon@gmail.com. All press requests please email queertoursoflondon@gmail.com

With your host Dani – ‘The DaniSinger Experience’ Singer aka Dani Dinger has “a winning smile” (Exeunt Magazine 2018) and a gender which has been described as “one of the great ideological experiments of the 21st Century” (Instagram direct message 2018). They have been tour guiding for ten years in different guises, and have been part of QToL for almost two. They’re best known for being the person who gets naked at clubs. #RobbieWilliamsIsMyGender #TransOnTrend.

02.02.19 – LGBTQIA+ Disability Tour – Accessibility for all!

02.02.19 – LGBTQIA+ Disability Tour – Accessibility for all!
Meet – 2pm Soho Square Cottage – Soho Square, Soho, London W1D 4NR – Facebook page here – get your tickets here – £5 unwaged, £10 waged, £15 solidarity – profits go to Attitude is Everything. We have some free tickets for LGBT+ migrants and for LGBT+ people struggling with housing. If this is you and / or you have any issues being able to afford the ticket please email us ASAP on queertoursoflondon@gmail.com.

Last year we took to the streets of Soho and went to 15 queer venues demanding change. The 2010 Equality Actstates that all public venues must be fully accessible yet in 2018 not one queer space in central London is fully accessible. Next year is the 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots and we DEMAND CHANGE!
 
How can we be proud of our LGBT+ identity at ‘Pride in London’ if we can’t even get to the bar to celebrate?
How can we 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 we 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 and Kevin – a ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through time’ guides and sexual revolutionaries whilst we take to the streets and in true queer provocative style do an informative and interactive tour of Soho to share the lived realities of the LGBT+ disabled community.

Are you involved in a queer venue and want to imrpove your accessibility? Then get in touch on queertoursoflondon@gmail.com. Check out the great work at www.attitudeiseverything.org.uk.

 
There’s only 20 spaces for the tour so get in there quick –
 
Here’s 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!

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

15.12.18 – Queer Tour of Whitechapel – Justice for Xulhaz and Mahbub

15.12.18 – Queer Tour of Whitechapel – Facebook event page click here .

Please get your tickets ASAP on Outsavvy hereProfits go to Amnesty International – Take action for Human Rights

Time : 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Meeting point: Altab Ali Park, Adler St, London E1 1HD

The upcoming ‘Queer Tour of Whitechapel’ focuses on Bangladesh LGBTQIA+ movements and welcomes Bangladeshi LGBTQIA+ people who are living in London and especially living in East London. The tour guide is Mazharul Islam – Attitude Pride Award Winner 2018 – one of the pioneer LGBT activists from Bangladesh who fled from his country immediately after the killing two of LGBT activists friends. This tour will give you a brief idea of Bangladeshi LGBT movements; How these movements started; what is the current situation of Bangladeshi LGBT movements, what is the future of Bangladeshi LGBT movements; how the Roopbaan Magazine was published; how the murder of Xulhaz Mannan and Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy took place in Bangladesh and what we here in London can do to support the Bangaldeshi queer community here and abroad. If you are interested to know more details please come and join us with this Whitechapel tour and email queertoursoflondon@gmail.com

With your tour guides: Mazharul Islam – Attitude Pride Award Winner 2018 / Olimpia /Sinthea / Dan Glass

Tour details:

12:00: Participants Arrival
12:00 to 12:05 Introduction
12:05 to 12: 20 visit place 1-Bangladesh LGBT movements
12:20 to 12:35 visit place 2- History of Boys only Bangladesh( First LGBT plat form of Bangladesh )
12:35 to 12:50 visit place 3- History of Roopbaan ( First LGBT Magazine of Bangladesh)
12:50 to 13:00 Quiz and Traditional Bangladeshi snacks distribution:
13:00 End the tour and closing remark from Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time

Amnesty International – Take action for Human Rights – ‘Hacked to death for defending LGBTIQ Rights’ – send a letter of support to Xulhaz’ family – click here

Xulhaz Mannan and a colleague were in his apartment when men posing as couriers burst in wielding machetes. Both men were hacked to death in front of Xulhaz’s 75-year-old mother.

Xulhaz was a founder of Bangladesh’s only magazine dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) issues, a daring venture in a country where same-sex relations are illegal. His attackers are believed to belong to Ansar al-Islam, the same extremist group responsible for a spate of similar assaults on bloggers promoting atheism, feminism, science and other secular issues.

Over a year since the April 2016 attack, and despite evidence including eye witness testimony and CCTV footage, no one has been charged for the murders. On top of this slow police response, the government has shifted blame onto the victims. Shortly after Xulhaz’s murder, a government minister stated that movements promoting “unnatural sex” are not allowed in Bangladeshi society.

This reluctance or unwillingness to find and charge Xulhaz’s killers sends a devastating message to LGBTIQ activists and others who challenge the status quo with their work. As Xulhaz’s brother says, the police’s inaction shows that “the government is least bothered… and believes that ‘this’ issue [same-sex relations] has died with Xulhaz”.

Tell Bangladesh to bring Xulhaz’s killers to justice.

‘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

Xulhaz Mannan and a colleague were in his apartment when men posing as couriers burst in wielding machetes. Both men were hacked to death in front of Xulhaz’s 75-year-old mother.

Xulhaz was a founder of Bangladesh’s only magazine dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) issues, a daring venture in a country where same-sex relations are illegal. His attackers are believed to belong to Ansar al-Islam, the same extremist group responsible for a spate of similar assaults on bloggers promoting atheism, feminism, science and other secular issues.

Over a year since the April 2016 attack, and despite evidence including eye witness testimony and CCTV footage, no one has been charged for the murders. On top of this slow police response, the government has shifted blame onto the victims. Shortly after Xulhaz’s murder, a government minister stated that movements promoting “unnatural sex” are not allowed in Bangladeshi society.

This reluctance or unwillingness to find and charge Xulhaz’s killers sends a devastating message to LGBTIQ activists and others who challenge the status quo with their work. As Xulhaz’s brother says, the police’s inaction shows that “the government is least bothered… and believes that ‘this’ issue [same-sex relations] has died with Xulhaz”.

Tell Bangladesh to bring Xulhaz’s killers to justice.

‘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