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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

BANG BUS No.1. launches on the streets of London – what next?

WHAT AN EPIC NIGHT! – Thank you for making it so special!

The BANG BUS happens on the last Saturday of every month – watch this space for more details!

*QUEER CULTURE TAKES TO THE ROAD ON A DOUBLE DECKER – Climb aboard the BANG BUS on the last Saturday of every month. On the 50th anniversary of the ‘Sexual Offences Act’ 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. ‘ 

Would you like a BANG BUS in your community? Can you support in any way? 

THE BANG BUS. HOMO HISTORY. HOMO HEDONISM. HOMO HOPE.” Get involved at www.queertoursoflondon.com queertoursoflondon@gmail.com .

      

“The Bang Bus perfectly recreated the crucial alchemy of your best ever night’s out: chaos, drama, unexpected twists, a sense of danger, and most importantly a beautiful mix of diverse and up-for-it Queers out to reclaim the city for themselves! This intoxicating brew helped complete a sparkling dot-to-dot through the sadly lost palaces of queerdom. I’ll never forget the amount of people smiling at us from other buses or in their flats as we sailed through the night. Even the British weather couldn’t stop everyone from dancing and singing their hearts out. It was a magical night that I’m not going to forget in a hurry.” James Ivory

“The BANG BUS was a perfect mix of high camp,fun and frolics and great music,combined with respect for our LGBTQ+ heritage.” Chris, Opening Doors London.

“The BANG BUS was one of the most anarchic events I’ve ever experienced. It had all the elements of a trip on LSD. I thought at one point I was in a modern version of Fellini’s Satyricon.” Stuart Feather, author of ‘Blowing the Lid: Gay Liberation, Sexual Revolution and Radical Queens’

ABOUT QUEER TOURS OF LONDON –

For this years 50th anniversary of partial decriminalisation of homosexuality ‘QUEERTOURS 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 currentqueer 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‘ , the recent ‘Where is our Queer Museum‘ street-art actionHackney tour and video of our Wapping ‘love, life and human rights’ Tour and House of Lords queer commemoration