Category: Events

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“London’s LGBTQ+ heritage is rich, diverse and important: but is often hidden and in danger of being forgotten. Our collaborations with Queer Tours are energetic, hopeful and vital explorations of this history” Tom Furber and Jan Pimblett – London Metropolitan Archives

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

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

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

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

March 2017 – Brixton Dykes on the Rampage by WinkBall

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

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

2018 is the 30th anniversary of the introduction of Section 28, which banned the promotion of queer lifestyles in schools, we reflect on the education of queer sex and how it has progressed since. Can we, as queer people, take charge of this education? Through an interactive tour of London,’Student Pride’ and ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ will take you on a informative journey of London’s queer culture, something that most queer people have been denied.

Come and learn about central London’s rich history of LGBTQIA+ arts, activism, sass, cabaret, resistance, oppression and much more! We tell the stories of London’s queer history, shedding light on the lives, spaces, identities, repression and resistance that form the backdrop of LGBTQIA+ lives today through educational, accessible and interactive walking tours, cabarets and performance-art that bring life to the complexities and lived experiences of our history, present and vision for the future. 2017 highlights include Rebel Dykes ‘Brixton Dykes on the Rampage’, the African Rainbow Family on LGBT+ Migrant rights; crawling up the House of Lords to commemorate radical sexual freedom history; agitating queer venues to become more accessible; successfully helping win back queer venues – see here for reviews

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

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

Dan de la Motte is your tour guide – see here

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

ABOUT QUEER TOURS OF LONDON – A MINCE THROUGH TIME

30 years ago this year our Government introduced ‘Section 28’ which which banned the promotion of queer lifestyles in schools. In 2018 ‘Queer Tours of London’ and friends are reclaiming the teaching of queer culture and taking charge of how it should be taught because as queer people we refuse to ever be silenced. Today we are louder and prouder than ever before. Launched in 2017 for the 50th anniversary of partial decriminalisation of homosexuality ‘QUEER TOURS OF LONDON – A Mince Through Time’ exists to bring forth the visibility of our incredible community at large and the journey to how we became who we are today. Against the backdrop of the mass closure of LGBTQI (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex) cultural spaces and support services, ‘QUEER TOURS OF LONDON’ are being developed to support London’s current queer activism, culture and performance in all its glory. Find out more at www.queertoursoflondon.com

“London’s LGBTQ+ heritage is rich, diverse and important: but is often hidden and in danger of being forgotten. Our collaborations with Queer Tours are energetic, hopeful and vital explorations of this history.” Tom Furber and Jan Pimblett – London Metropolitan Archives

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

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

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

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

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

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TRIBUTE NIGHT / SCREENING / CHAT SHOW / LIVE PERFORMANCES /

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

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

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

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

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

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

Enjoy performances by Pornceptual

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

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

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

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

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

Our 2018 calendar of walking and bus tours will soon be announced! We also welcome requests for special-themed tours , private tours and all kinds of collaborations – get in touch with us at queertoursoflondon@gmail.com

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

2017 has been a landmark year as the 50th anniversary of the passing of the ‘Sexual Offences Act’ and we have certainly made the most of this year to continue the journey for sexual freedom. Led alongside ‘East London Strippers Collective’ we launched the year with ‘Look Back in Pride’ to learn from our history. This led ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ to bring forth the visibility of our incredible sexual revolutionary community – to harness our history for change today. Against the backdrop of the mass closure of LGBTQI, women’s and sexually dissident cultural spaces and support services, this supports current sex-positive activism, culture and performance in all its glory.

We have been honoured to collaborate with institutions and social movements in every corner of London. 2017 highlights include Rebel Dykes ‘Brixton Dykes on the Rampage’, the African Rainbow Family on LGBT+ Migrant rights; crawling up the House of Lords to commemorate radical sexual freedom history; agitating queer venues to become more accessible; successfully helping win back queer venues – see here for reviews. Actions this year have involved crawling up the House of Lords to commemorate radical sexual freedom history, agitating queer venues to become more accessible, demanding a permanent museum to celebrate sexual freedom, organised ‘pretty police’ orgies in the bushes, called for a full apology not just a pardon for queers, paid tribute to the stories of those sexual deviants untold, launched ‘Unfinished Business – LGBTQIA+ Voices of the Revolution’ festival and tore up the streets of London in drag on the ‘Bang Bus’  – and so much more to commemorate the 50th anniversary.

2018 is the 30th anniversary of when our Government introduced ‘Section 28’ which banned the promotion of queer lifestyles in schools. Next year we will reclaim the teaching of queer culture because as queer people we refuse to ever be silenced. Today we are louder and prouder than ever before. Can we, as queer people, take charge of this education?

So in 2018 come and learn about central London’s rich history of LGBTQIA+ arts, activism, sass, cabaret, resistance, oppression and much more! We tell the stories of London’s queer history, shedding light on the lives, spaces, identities, repression and resistance that form the backdrop of LGBTQIA+ lives today through educational, accessible and interactive walking tours, cabarets and performance-art that bring life to the complexities and lived experiences of our history, present and vision for the future. Find out more at www.queertoursoflondon.com

 “London’s LGBTQ+ heritage is rich, diverse and important: but is often hidden and in danger of being forgotten. Our collaborations with Queer Tours are energetic, hopeful and vital explorations of this history.” Tom Furber and Jan Pimblett – London Metropolitan Archives

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

www.queertoursoflondon.com / queertoursoflondon@gmail.com

What a night! ‘Unfinished Business’ – LGBT+ Voices of the Revolution – where next?

MEGA thanks to Tam and all at Limewharf for hosting ‘Unfinished Business – LGBTQIA+ Voices of the Revolution’, everyone who came on such a cold night to learn, love and revolutionise, our incredible host Kat Kai Kol-Kes, our revolutionary artist panel Ruchi Chaudhury, JayJay Revlon, Jide Macaulay and all at The Kaleidoscope Trust and to Alex for the fab photos (contact Alex on alex.janasz@gmail.com for the best radical photographer in London Town).
If you are a queer artist living in London Town and are from a place where it is illegal to be queer and you want to utilise your creativity to challenge the laws where they originated – get in touch on queertoursoflondon@gmail.com ASAP for more info. See below for what’s next and how to get involved in the run-up and during the April 2018 ‘Unfinished Business – LGBTQIA+ Voices of the Revolution Festival’.  Thank you again all for an incredible night! All at ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ 

WHAT’S ‘UNFINISHED BUSINESS? LGBTQIA+ VOICES OF THE REVOLUTION’  AND HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?’

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. It will consist of a series of musical events throughout April 2018 never seen before.
 
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. If you are a queer artist living in London Town and are from a place where it is illegal to be queer and you want to utilise your creativity to challenge the laws where they originated – get in touch on queertoursoflondon@gmail.com ASAP for more info. 
“The issue for CHOGM is a serious matter, particularly decriminalising homosexuality and ending transphobia,  and that means that this project can and should seek ways to address many of the issues and our stories. I caught the end of the conversation before the show started, we must look at several critical ideas that can help increase awareness of CHOGM and also attention of the media, especially those in the commonwealth countries with hostile legislations punishing LGBTIQ people, behaviours and attitude.”“Reverend Jide Macaulay, Founder & Programme Manager House Of Rainbow
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. 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.
  
With your host and performers on the night!
 
Kat Kai Kol-Kes – Host and Artist
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 – Artist
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 – Artist
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 – Pastor and Artist
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

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*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

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*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.

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*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.

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*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.

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*DRESS CODE*

Fabulous!

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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

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*ARTICLES, INTERVIEWS AND FEATURES*

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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! 

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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

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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

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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

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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.

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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

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

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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! 🙂

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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