Category: Press and Media

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

14.12.18 2-3pm – 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

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

Hackney Pride 365 presents Queer Tours of London history walks – June 23rd and 30th

Drag Queen nuns on the 55 bus, the grave of a drag king, and gay cabaret during The Blitz… uncover Hackney’s fascinating and not-to-be forgotten LGBTQI+ history with an interactive walking tour.

As part of the Council’s Hackney Pride 365 celebrations, Queer Tours of London will take people on a journey, telling the stories of the borough’s queer history, shedding light on the events, spaces, identities, repression and resistance that form a backdrop for LGBTQI+ lives today.

Read about our last Hackney tour! – Transgender nuns, gay cabaret and the poll tax: history tour with a difference uncovers Hackney’s LGBT heritage’ Hackney Gazzette

Sign up to the facebook page here. To find out more and to book, visit: www.queertoursoflondon.com; book on outsavvy here or e-mail: queertoursoflondon@gmail.com. All press requests please email queertoursoflondon@gmail.com

Our press release – For Immediate Release – Queer Tours of London sheds light on un-told Hackney history

Walk 1: Saturday, 23 June, 4-6pm. Meet outside Stoke Newington Town Hall, N16 0JR.
Walk 2: Saturday, 30 June, 4-6pm. Meet outside Stoke Newington Town Hall, N16 0JR.
There is a suggested donation of £10. Walks take 2 hours and are fully accessible.
To find out more and to book, visit: www.queertoursoflondon.com; or e-mail: queertoursoflondon@gmail.com

For Immediate Release – 10.5.18. The Alternative George Michael Royal Wedding

For Immediate Release – 10.5.18.

THE ALTERNATIVE ROYAL WEDDING PARTY ON HAMPSTEAD HEATH TO CELEBRATE GEORGE MICHAEL’S LIFE, TALENT,  & COURAGE IN PROMOTING SEXUAL FREEDOM

Saturday May 19th 2018 – 1pm- Bandstand, Golders Hill Park, Hampstead Heath – 

A coalition of London’s LGBTQI+ community groups (1*) are holding a  ‘George Michael – This is My Culture‘ free party to remember the Queer Icon’s life, talent and courage in celebrating sexual freedom.  2018 also marks 20 years since the release of his song, ‘Outside’ which was George’s response to being ensnared by a ‘pretty’ policeman in an LA toilet, arrested for indecency and subsequently cruelly publicly outed.

The event is back by popular demand after last year hundreds gathered on the Heath. This year the party is being held on the date of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s royal wedding to provide an alternative celebration of love for the LGBTQI+ community. Guests are being asked to wear their wedding frocks. 

“As Meghan Markle and Prince Harry don their crowns and bow down to the Queen, join us for this very special occasion where we celebrate ‘OUR CULTURE’ where public displays of affection are everyone’s duties and we show the world that QUEERS ARE FABULOUS, and we are never going underground.” Dan Glass, Queer Tours of London, A Mince Through Time

The event will also help raise awareness of the work of ‘The Outside Project’, which supports and campaigns for the homeless LGBTQI+ people. Any profit from the event will also go to the charities services (*2).

“George Michael was dragged through the press for cottaging when I was 13 years old; this was my introduction to homophobia and shaming.  His defiant response – Outside – became the anthem for my queer youth. ‘This is My Culture’ is a beautiful way to celebrate the life, activist and sexual freedom and power that I feel he gave our community.” Carla Ecola. Outside Project Director.

2018 is also the 30th anniversary of ‘Section 28’ when Margaret Thatcher tried to ban the public promotion of homosexuality with ‘Clause 28’.  While this nasty law was abolished in 2000 we aim to also highlight the issues that the LGBTQI+ community still faces, and engage people to be more active in the fight for LGBTQI+ rights, health, wellbeing and safety.

“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. His every statement and action after his nasty public outing in 1997, said screw the judgement of others. We dance and sing and roll together and shout out, in the immortal words of George, “This Is My Culture!” Nell Andrew, organiser, Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time guide and cruising guru

“George Michael was a Great British Gay Icon. Hugely talented and never afraid to knock out a tune, and much else too, in defence of his and other people’s sexual freedom for the LGBTQ+ community.” Alex Green ‘Loud and Queerly’ entertainer and director of campaign to save the Black Cap, Black Cap Campaign

“Throughout history our bodies and same sex desire have been sanctioned by the moral compass of the law.  We may have lost a legend last Christmas but ‘F**k off this is my culture’ is George Michael’s liberating mantra; advocating sexual freedom mapped in the landscape of cruising grounds and public toilets. It’s here where his memory lives on in our celebration of his life and work and unapologetically taking our love outside from the closets and into the trees. Damien Arness-Dalton, Queerseum

Main contacts

Dan Glass – queertoursoflondon@gmail.com / 07717811747

Alex Green – alex@loudandqueerly.com / 07779580393

www.queertoursoflondon.com / queertoursoflondon@gmail.com / Facebook page here

SUPPORTING INFORMATION

Media links from 2017 –

April 2017 – Huffington Post – George Michael’s Life Celebrated In One Of His Cruising Spots – http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/entry/george-michael-sex-party-held-to-celebrate-cruising_uk_58eba928e4b0ca64d917ea20

April 2017 – Ham and High – PICTURES: ‘cheeky’ party for George Michael on Hampstead Heath – http://www.hamhigh.co.uk/news/pictures-cheeky-party-for-george-michael-on-hampstead-heath-1-4968542

April 2017 – I.D. Magazine celebrating george michael and the history of cruising – https://i-d.vice.com/en_uk/article/mbveeb/celebrating-george-michael-and-the-history-of-cruising

April 2017 – VICE – ‘A True Queer Life’: Photos from an LGBTQ Dance Party to RememberGeorge Michael

April 2017 – I.D. Magazine – celebrating george michael and the history of cruising – https://i-d.vice.com/en_us/article/mbveeb/celebrating-george-michael-and-the-history-of-cruising-us-translation

ITV – HUNDREDS PARTY ON HAMPSTEAD HEATH FOR GEORGE MICHAEL – HTTP://WWW.ITV.COM/NEWS/LONDON/2017-04-09/HUNDREDS-PARTY-ON-HAMPSTEAD-HEATH-FOR-GEORGE-MICHAEL/

Notes to Editors

*1 The Outside Project, Loud and Queerly and Ecoqueers, in partnership with Queer Tours of London

*2 ‘The Outside Project’ is a LGBTIQ+ community shelter & centre. Independent, grassroots project led by queer ex-homeless, homelessness professionals, community & activists. wwwlgbtiqoutside.org/

26.05.18 12 noon – “If you can ignore the background news” Queer Tour of London – Section 28 special

“If you can ignore the background news” Queer Tour of London – Section 28 special – facebook event page here

***When and Where***

Saturday May 26th meeting point at 12 noon sharp at the Millicent Fawcett Suffragette statue, Parliament Square, Westminster, London SW1P 3JX – nearest tube station ‘Westminster’ with your tour guide Holly. The tour ends at 2pm at ‘The Kings Arms’ 23 Poland St, Soho, London W1F 8QL

Followed by ‘Femmetopia Festival: Deeds not Words’ – Protest 101 // Intersectional support for LGBTQI / QTIPOC protest. [Further details to come]

***Booking Details and Press Requests ***

Please book here on the outsavvy link. Suggested donation £10. If you can afford more please do and if you can’t no worries please email us on the address below. All profits go to ‘The Outside Project’* 

All press requests, bookings and all questions please email queertoursoflondon@gmail.com.

Please book early to avoid disappointment there are very limited spaces!

***About***

To celebrate the iconic invasion of BBC news on May 23rd 1988 and to   commemorate the 30th anniversary of ‘Section 28’ come on an informative journey of queer sexual freedom, something that most queer people have been denied. Come and hear from the activists who helped overturn this iconic homophobic legislation, explore London’s rich herstory of women’s and lesbian protest movements and join the ongoing movement for radical queer freedom.

Margaret Thatcher introduced ‘Section 28’ in 1987 which banned the promotion of homosexuality in public institutions at a time when HIV / AIDS was at plague proportions. A group of friends met the ‘Never Going Underground – Repeal Section 28’ protest and knew something had to be done. So on 2nd February 1988 when the House of lords were due to vote in favour, instead of sitting at home depressed they decided to change the world – What did they do?

They abseiled into the House of Lords in protest. A few months later they chained themselves to Buckingham palace protesting section 28 and commemorating 70th anniversary of partial suffrage and then infamously invaded the 6 O’clock news on May 23rd 1988 the evening before section 28 became law where Sue Lawler the presenter meekly said ‘Please ignore the background noise’ –  and the rest is herstory.

*** Join the struggle for lesbian freedom ***

If you want to continue the struggle for LGBTQIA+ freedom for all in London and beyond come explore and deepen your skills on effective disruptive activism, escalating strategically, building momentum, D.I.Y. Ethic, Discipline in activism, The role of radical lesbian movements and be part of a movement to agitate for more radical lesbian rights and spaces in London today.

So come and join this very special ‘Queer Tour of London’ and hear from the activists themselves, Pay tribute to those who overturned it and Join the movement for queer sexual freedom and education for all.

*** About Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time ***

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 library@bishopsgate.org.uk

“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.

‘The Outside Project’ is a LGBTIQ+ community shelter & centre. Independent, grassroots project led by queer ex-homeless, homelessness professionals, community & activists. www.lgbtiqoutside.org/

 

 

11-14.7.18. – Andrew Lumsden: A Retrospective – proudly supported by Queer Tours and Queerseum

QUEER TOURS OF LONDON – A MINCE THROUGH TIME in association with QUEERSEUM present: Andrew Lumsden: A Retrospective of the last 50 Years. 

11-14th July 2018 – Platform Southwark – 1 Joan Street, SE1 8BS, London, UK – Facebook event page here 

ANDREW LUMSDEN was very respectable until he encountered the Gay Liberation Front in London in 1970 but has been less respectable since. He has been drawing since he was a kid and hopes all the brilliant artists like Jean Claude Thevenin, Kate Charlesworth and David Shenton, who drew for Gay News in the 1970s, where for a while he was editor, will be celebrated in 2022, the paper’s 50th anniversary.

The Retrospective is curated by DAN DE LA MOTTE on behalf of QUEER TOURS OF LONDON (QToL). Dan is a researcher, writer, tour guide and performer for QToL.

May 19th 2018 1pm – This is My Culture – Back by Popular Demand – ‘The Real Qweens’ Wedding’

This is My Culture – Back by Popular Demand – ‘The Real Qweens’ Wedding’ – May 19th 2018 from 1pm. Pick up points to be taken into the woods at Golders Hill bandstand and Jack Straws Castle. Facebook page here

Press release here – please share – For immediate Release 11.5.18 – The Alternative George Michael Royal Wedding

Done with the sofa, done with the hall? Done with societal limitations on our sexual freedom? On 7th April 1998 in a Beverly Hills public toilet, so was George Michael. Last year ‘THIS IS MY CULTURE’ event, which celebrated George in his favourite Hampstead Heath bushes, was such a success we are bringing it back! 2018 is the 20th anniversary of his song ‘Outside’ – so let’s do him proud!

As Meghan Markle and Prince Harry adorn their crowns and bow down to the queen, join us for this very special occasion – ‘The Real Qweens’ Queer Wedding’. On this dutiful day we will celebrate ‘OUR CULTURE’ where public displays of affection are everyone’s duties and we show the world that QUEERS ARE FABULOUS. 30 years ago in 1988, Margaret Thatcher tried to ban the public promotion of homosexuality with ‘Clause 28’ – today, let’s celebrate our fierceness, our sass and show the world that we are still ‘NEVER GOING UNDERGROUND’.

The OUTSIDE – THIS IS OUR CULTURE event is to celebrate the life, courage and dignity of a great artist and LGBTQI+ icon by marking the anniversary of the day George Michael was ensnared by a ‘pretty’ policeman in an LA toilet and subsequently arrested for indecency. 

Join us in Hampstead Heath in all your royal outfits, pay tribute to LGBTQI+ sexual freedom, enjoy performances and George’s music wafting through the trees.

If you want to strut your stuff and perform on the day / are press or want to get involved in any way please email queertoursoflondon@gmail.com ASAP. Please spread the word to all those you think will appreciate.

See the fun from last year!

April 2017 – Huffington Post – George Michael’s Life Celebrated In One Of His Cruising Spots

April 2017 – Urban Pictures – Cheeky George Michael Celebration in London for gay fans

April 2017 – Ham and High – PICTURES: ‘cheeky’ party for George Michael on Hampstead Heath

April 2017 – I.D. Magazine celebrating george michael and the history of cruising

April 2017 – VICE – ‘A True Queer Life’: Photos from an LGBTQ Dance Party to RememberGeorge Michael

April 2017 – I.D. Magazine – celebrating george michael and the history of cruising

Contact – www.queertoursoflondon.com / queertoursoflondon@gmail.com

‘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
 
   

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