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‘Unfinished Business – LGBTQI+ Voices of the Revolution’ Showstomper!

A phenomenal end to the ‘Unfinished Business – LGBTQI+ Voices of the Revolution’ week of action to celebrate our worldwide LGBTQI+ community and bring strength, love and agitation until we are all truly free. Thank you Manu Valcarce for the amazing video – contact Manu at www.manuvalcarce.co.uk


First and foremost – LONDON LOVES YOU Kat Kai Kol-Kes, no words do justice to what an incredible example of humanity you are and what a role model you are to London, sassing up the streets as a tour guide with ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ and lighting up the stage as you hosted our finale show on Sunday. We look forward to having you back soon!
 
THANK YOU to our incredible leading LGBTQI+ artists showcasing dance, spoken word, electric and acapella songs and much more including SJ Soulist (Poetry & Rap), Dan McBride (Drag),Kat Kai Kol-Kes (Singing), Iviee Mercutio (Poetry & Rap), Bimini-Bon Boulash (Pole Dancing) Tommy Hibbitts, Sinthia Arefin (Justice for Xulhaz Mannan and Mahbub Tonoy) – to all at Rich Mix, Carla Ecola and Tam at the Outside Project, Nell James Grace Damien Arness Dalton Dan de la Motte and all the Queer Tours of London family, Aderonke Apata and all the African Rainbow Family, Ruth Daniel Alison Surtees Shereen Andrea Bobbi Mac and all at In Place of War and GRRRL for your amazing support and inspiration, Luca Er Baghetta Modesti for your relentless graphic design talent, Manu Valcarce Holly Buckle and Dan Hall for being the best comms crew ever, Sesange Edwin and all at African Equality Foundation, Peter Tatchell and all at the Foundation, Shaan Surat Knan and all the Rainbow Pilgrims family, everyone else I’ve missed out and everyone in the entire universe on the frontline of QUEER LOVE.
 
Please join the incredible Sinthia Arefin and Mazharul Islam at 6pm tomorrow – 25.4.18 – at Bangladesh High Commission in London, 28 Queens Gate, SW7 5JA South Kensington as its been two years since the killing of Bangladeshi LGBT activists to unite and raise our voices to ask for justice for Xulhaz and Tonoy. A Luta Continua!
 
Get in touch for any requests as well as to be put you in touch with any of performers and thanks again! Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time – queertoursoflondon@gmail.com / www.queertoursoflondon.com
 
   

‘LGBT+ Voices of the Revolution’ week of action hits the streets of London’

Dear friends, 
 

Thank you for everyone who made yesterdays ‘LGBT+ Voices of the Revolution’ tour of London such a powerful day. A true rollercoaster of emotions, sharing and agitating for LGBT+ Community Power and to stand up against the war of inequality in the Commonwealth! 

Thank you so much Dan for the amazing  Queer Tours of London / Commonwealth Protest photos! Pls share the photos far and wide and see Dan’s ‘Read Me’ note for how they should be distributed.
Here’s all the organisational contacts from yesterday. The struggle for global LGBT+ rights continues! Thank you again, Kat, dan and all at Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time – see you soon!

 

ABOUT ‘UNFINISHED BUSINESS’ – Upcoming tours and a performance and spoken word platform for LGBTQIA+ freedom world-wide

In association with ‘In Place of War’, ‘African Rainbow Family’, ‘African Equality Foundation’ ‘Rainbow Pilgrims’, ‘Peter Tatchell Foundation’ and more Unfinished Business – LGBTQI+ Voices of the Revolution exists to celebrate and support the next generation of artists, activists and change-makers dedicated to ending homophobia, transphobia and all forms of oppression and provide public cultural platforms that will raise awareness outside the CHOGM conference walls agitating for a global movement of creative activism to decriminalise homosexuality everywhere and provide true freedom for all. 

Unfinished Business – LGBTQI+ Voices of the Revolution is a showcase that brings together an inspirational line up of LGBTQI+ musicians from countries where it is illegal to be LGBTQI+ to collaborate, create and perform with each other. Bringing together LGBTQI+ artists from countries around the world where it is illegal to be queer we will showcase musicians and artists whose work expression is both unapologetically Queer and uncompromisingly anti-racist. Think radical and outrageous revolutionaries who struggles are multi-layered and universal: beautiful voices of global and intersectional resistance.

With your host Botswana born Trans* ARTivist, Katlego Kai Kolanyane-Kesupile (Kol-Kes) 
Katlego Kai Kolanyane-Kesupile (Kol-Kes) is a groundbreaking ARTivist, she uses various art forms for human rights activism and advocacy, bridging the gaps created by jargon and societal insecurities. Kol-Kes is a TED Fellow, the author of …on about the same old things,  founder and Creative Director of the Queer Shorts Showcase Festival (Botswana), an alumnus of the Young African Leadership Initiative and a member of the Mellon Mays Fellows Professional Network (MMFPN). She has previously served as Curator of the Gaborone Hub of the World Economic Forum initiative- Global Shapers Community, and was a 2016/17 Chevening Scholar. More can be find in http://kkolkes.wixsite.com/kkolkes

HOW TO BOOK

All booking details and links below. All press requests and general questions please email
queertoursoflondon@gmail.com.

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NEXT EVENTS!
Wednesday 18th April 2018 – ‘Queer tour of ‘Nightlife in Soho’  6-7pm – meeting point at Soho Square, London W1D – facebook event page here
We cannot empower our queer present without understanding our queer past. On this 1 hour walking tour of Soho, come and discover some of the now-lost queer nighttime spaces, the incredible queer pioneers that ran these spaces, and the clientele that filled them. Learn about the oppressive police actions, such as undercover surveillance and raids, as well as the inspirational stories of the fight for queer liberation. Listen and learn with LGBT+ activists and listen to their own stories of advocating for LGBT+ rights in the UK and the world. Learn about the history of judicial, medical and religious persecution faced by the LGBTQI+ community and how we have creatively resisted on the streets and in the courts in London and across the world.
Suggested donation £10 – to book please email queertoursoflondon@gmail.com ASAP
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Thursday 19th April 2018 – Join us to support the ‘Stop LGBTQI+ Persection in the Commonwealth Protest’ – 1-2pm – LGBT+ human rights vigil outside the HQ of the Commonwealth Secretariat against the criminalisation of same-sex relations by 37 out the 53 Commonwealth member states. We’ll be joined by LGBT+ delegates from across the Commonwealth. This vigil is being held while the Commonwealth summit is in progress. The venue is: Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HX. Nearest tubes: Green Park, Piccadilly Circus and Charing Cross. Map: http://bit.ly/2FeqE1G – Facebook event page here

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) will take place in the UK in April 2018. We urge the CHOGM 2018 organisers to:

  • Include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and inter-sex (LGBTI) human rights on the main CHOGM agenda
  • Invite openly LGBTI people from the Commonwealth to address the CHOGM leaders.
Please sign the petition here and share it far and wide. Further info here ‘2018 must be the year the entire Commonwealth recognises LGBT+ Rights’
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Sunday 22nd April 7.30 – 10pm ‘Finale Unfinished Business – LGBT+ Voices of the Revolution performance showcase’ at ‘Rich Mix’ 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA – book your tickets here! – facebook page here
 

Performances from leading LGBTQI+ artists showcasing dance, spoken word, electric and acapella songs and much more including SJ Soulist (Poetry & Rap), Daniel McBride (Drag),Kat Kai Kol-Kes (Singing), Iviee Mercutio (Poetry & Rap), Bimini-Bon Boulash (Pole Dancing)
Unfinished Business – LGBTQI+ Voices of the Revolution is a showcase that brings together an inspirational line up of LGBTQI+ musicians from countries where it is illegal to be LGBTQI+ to collaborate, create and perform with each other. The night comes at the end of a Commonwealth summit – CHOGM – in London where we demand that LGBT+ freedom is at the top of the agenda. Bringing together LGBTQI+ artists from countries around the world where it is illegal to be queer we will showcase musicians and artists whose work expression is both unapologetically Queer and uncompromisingly anti-racist. Think radical and outrageous revolutionaries who struggles are multi-layered and universal: beautiful voices of global and intersectional resistance.

Tickets – £5 or £3 concession. Profits go to African Rainbow Family (www.africanrainbowfamily.org) – Venue is fully accesible.

book your tickets here to avoid disappointment –https://www.richmix.org.uk/events/music/unfinished-business-lgbt-voices-revolution-x – or just turn up!

With your host Botswana born Trans* ARTivist – Katlego Kai Kolanyane-Kesupile (Kol-Kes) 

Katlego Kai Kolanyane-Kesupile (Kol-Kes) is a groundbreaking ARTivist, she uses various art forms for human rights activism and advocacy, bridging the gaps created by jargon and societal insecurities. Kol-Kes is a TED Fellow, the author of …on about the same old things, founder and Creative Director of the Queer Shorts Showcase Festival (Botswana), an alumnus of the Young African Leadership Initiative and a member of the Mellon Mays Fellows Professional Network (MMFPN). She has previously served as Curator of the Gaborone Hub of the World Economic Forum initiative- Global Shapers Community, and was a 2016/17 Chevening Scholar. More can be find in http://kkolkes.wixsite.com/kkolkes

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April 25th 6-7pm – ‘Justice for Xulhaz Mannan and Mahbub Tonoy’ –  Bangladesh High Commission in London, 8 Queens Gate, SW7 5JA South Kensington

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING …

‘Human Rights is not a privilege, Commonwealth citizens who are LGBT have the right to freely express who they are without fear of persecution and or prosecution, it is important for these rights to be legally protected and understood.’ Reverend Jide Macaulay – Founder @HouseOfRainbow

‘The laws in Commonwealth states speak in languages inscribed on LGBT+ bodies as bleeding scars. The time has come for states to see these scars and for the cause of the Commonwealth to take responsibility for enabling the recovery process.’ – Kat Kai Kol-Kes, ARTivist (Botswana)

For Immediate Release – ‘Unfinished Business’ Week of protest begins to abolish all anti – LGBT+ Commonwealth Laws

For Immediate Release – ‘Unfinished Business’ Week of protest begins to abolish all anti – LGBT+ Commonwealth Laws

A coalition of high-profile UK and global LGBTQI+ rights movements are coalescing this week in a series of protests while The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM)*1 that is taking place in the UK next week to demand that they put LGBTQIA+ rights at the top of the agenda. CHOGM leaders have previously always refused to discuss or support LGBT+ issues and concerns*2.

Hosted by groundbreaking Botswana born Trans* ARTivist Katlego Kai Kolanyane-Kesupile *3 who is the first outspoken transwoman from Botswana and in association with ‘In Place of War’, ‘African Rainbow Family’, ‘African Equality Foundation’ ‘Rainbow Pilgrims’, ‘Peter Tatchell Foundation’, ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through time’ and more, the week of action includes vigils, street-interventions and performances*3. The walking tours will march across London’s key embassies which maintain homophobic legislation with speeches and creative civil disobedience by activists who have fled homophobic persecution. 

In the middle of the week there will be a  vigil on Thursday 19th April 2018 entitled ‘Stop LGBTQI+ Persecution in the Commonwealth’ Protest 1-2pm outside the HQ of the Commonwealth Secretariat in London SW1Y 5HX against the criminalisation of same-sex relations by 37 out the 53 Commonwealth member states. It will be joined by LGBTQI+ delegates from across the Commonwealth. SIGN up on Facebook and SHARE: https://www.facebook.com/events/245606469317876/?active_tab=about 

The week of action demands that CHOGM 2018 organisers

  • Include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and inter-sex (LGBTI) human rights on the main CHOGM agenda
  • Invite openly LGBTI people from the Commonwealth to address the CHOGM leaders.

Unfinished Business – LGBTQI+ Voices of the Revolution will end the week with a performance showcase that brings together an inspirational lineup of LGBTQI+ artists from the UK together with countries where it is illegal to be LGBTQI+ to celebrate and support the next generation of artists, activists and change-makers dedicated to ending homophobia, transphobia and all forms of oppression. It will provide public cultural platforms that will raise awareness outside the CHOGM conference walls agitating for a global movement of creative activism to decriminalise homosexuality everywhere and provide true freedom for all.

“Two years have been passed since Xulhaz Mannan, the publisher and co-founder of Roopban and another LGBTQ activist  were brutally murdered by religious activist in Bangladesh which is of the commonwealth countries where homosexuality is a crime and the punishment is lifetime imprisonment under the section 377 penal code. As a LGBTQ activist from Bangladesh I want justice for my friends Xulhaz Mannan and Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy and also want commonwealth leader should take necessary steps to abolish the law against homosexuality among all the commonwealth countries including Bangladesh to give us the freedom to live in our own countries as a other normal citizen” Mazharul Islam, LGBTQ activist from Bangladesh.

“The Commonwealth is a bastion of homophobia. In defiance of the human rights principles of the Commonwealth Charter, 37 out of 53 Commonwealth countries criminalise LGBT+ people. Nine have life imprisonment. In parts of two countries – Pakistan and Nigeria – there is the death penalty. Even more Commonwealth countries fail to protect LGBT+ people against discrimination and hate crime – and reject dialogue with their local LGBT+ organisations. For six decades, the leaders at Commonwealth summits have refused to discuss, let alone support, equality for the estimated more than 100 million LGBT+ citizens living in the member states.” Peter Tatchell, The Peter Tatchell Foundation

“The global landscape for LGBTQI+ refugees, migrants and travellers is a dubious one and we want to shed a light on the important stories marginalised people have to share. At Rainbow Pilgrims, we have given a voice to people who sometimes feel unheard, in order to better understand what more can be done to support the members of these diverse communities and celebrate their contribution to British society and beyond.” Surat-Shaan Knan, founder of Rainbow Pilgrims

‘Human Rights is not a privilege, Commonwealth citizens who are LGBT have the right to freely express who they are without fear of persecution and or prosecution, it is important for these rights to be legally protected and understood.’ Reverend Jide Macaulay, Founder @HouseOfRainbow

‘The laws in Commonwealth states speak in languages inscribed on LGBT+ bodies as bleeding scars. The time has come for states to see these scars and for the cause of the Commonwealth to take responsibility for enabling the recovery process.’  Kat Kai Kol-Kes, ARTivist (Botswana)

Contacts

Queertoursoflondon@gmail.com / www.queertoursoflondon.com / Tel – 0044 (0) 7717811747

Notes to Editors

*1 CHOGM – The Commonwealth is a diverse community of 53 nations that work together to promote prosperity, democracy and peace.https://www.chogm2018.org.uk/

*2 – http://www.petertatchellfoundation.org/commonwealth-summit-2018-bid-for-lgbt-rights/

*3 – Katlego Kai Kolanyane-Kesupile (Kol-Kes) is a groundbreaking ARTivist, she uses various art forms for human rights activism and advocacy, bridging the gaps created by jargon and societal insecurities. Kol-Kes is a TED Fellow, the author of …on about the same old things, founder and Creative Director of the Queer Shorts Showcase Festival (Botswana), an alumnus of the Young African Leadership Initiative and a member of the Mellon Mays Fellows Professional Network (MMFPN). She has previously served as Curator of the Gaborone Hub of the World Economic Forum initiative- Global Shapers Community, and was a 2016/17 Chevening Scholar. More can be find in http://kkolkes.wixsite.com/kkolkes

*3 – This vigil is being held while the Commonwealth summit is in progress. The venue is: Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HX. Nearest tubes: Green Park, Piccadilly Circus and Charing Cross. Map: http://bit.ly/2FeqE1G – Facebook event page here

Please sign the petition here and share it far and wide. Further info here ‘2018 must be the year the entire Commonwealth recognises LGBT+ Rights’

Further events all details here

Sunday 15th April 2018 – ‘LGBT+ Voices of the Revolution’ Tour of Central London – 1-4pm meeting point at the Indian High Commission, India House, London WC2B 4NA – outsavvy ticket link here

Wednesday 18th April 2018 – ‘Queer tour of ‘Nightlife in Soho’  5-6pm – meeting point at Soho Square, London W1D  

Sunday 22nd April 7.30 – 10pm ‘Finale Unfinished Business – LGBT+ Voices of the Revolution performance showcase’ at ‘Rich Mix’ 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA – Performances from leading LGBTQI+ artists showcasing dance, spoken word, electric and acapella songs and much more including SJ Soulist (Poetry & Rap), Daniel McBride (Drag),Kat Kai Kol-Kes (Singing), Iviee Mercutio (Poetry & Rap), Bimini-Bon Boulash (Pole Dancing) – https://www.richmix.org.uk/events/music/unfinished-business-lgbt-voices-revolution-x – or just turn up!

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.

Let’s Go Outside – 08 April 2007

The first global celebration of George Michael Wants You

Done with the sofa? Done with the hall? Done with societally enforced standards of sexuality which don’t conform with your reality? On 8th April 1998 in a Miami public toilet, so was George Michael.

No longer with us but with presence stronger than ever, we gather at the world famous cruising area on Hampstead Heath, to ‘Go Outside’ in honour of George Michael.

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