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For Immediate Release – 16.01.18 – London Remembers ‘Section 28’ – 30 Years On

For Immediate Release – 16.01.18 – London Remembers ‘Section 28’ – 30 Years On

2018 marks the 30th anniversary of ‘Section 28’– which banned the promotion of homosexuality in public institutions, which lasted until 2003.

On Thursday 18th January to commemorate it, London’s LGBTQIA+ (1) community are hosting ‘Jenny STILL f*cking lives with Eric and Martin’ – an appropriation of the banned textbook (2). The night is a celebration of the activists who overturned ‘Section 28’ in person- including sharings from the National Union of Teachers (NUT) and the legendary lesbian activists who abseiled into the House of Lords (3). The evening will also be the U.K. premier of  ‘We Have Rather Been Invaded’ (2017) made up of archival materials and interviews with those affected by ‘Section 28’ including Linda Bellos, Femi Otitoju, Max Biddulph, Sunil Gupta and Nazmia Jamal.

We Have Rather Been Invaded (2017) is a new 40-minute, single-screen video made by Ed Webb-Ingall that looks at the legacy of Section 28, the role of activism and our understanding of this piece of legislation thirty years on. Rather than paint a rosy picture that ‘Section 28’ and the general police-state of education is something of the past it highlights that the struggle continues. Indeed, many believe that with the lurch to the right since Thatcher – the situation for LGBTQIA+ empowerment is far worse today than was thirty years ago. Since Section 28, even though a lot progress has been made in the way queerness is accepted, the teaching of queer sex still remains stigmatised and its history often ignored.

Hosted by emerging comedian and presenter Sapphire McIntosh the event will catalyse 2018 as a a year to celebrate queer culture and bring to life London’s history of ‘Section 28’ activism. Followed by performances by Pornceptual (4) it will takes us on a informative journey of queer sex, something that most queer people have been denied.

“Clause 28 – what a terrible thing that was; our very own Government passing a law to make sure that gay school kids and students  got treated like second-class citizens  – and that parents and schoolteachers and anyone employed by local government had to be scared of breaking the law if they tried to tell them otherwise. It’s really important that we remember  how recent that all was – and to pay attention to how that situation got changed, and by whom, and who helped us in that straggle and who hindered us. Also really important to remember how much bloody FUN that campaign was – laughter and outrage – that’s what I remember.”  Neil Bartlett – author, playwright , performer and campaigner against Clause 28 back in the day.

“Dykes and poofs were targets of a nasty Tory government that attacked people because of their race or sex or sexuality or class or ability – and we formed and joined a broad community network to fight back… Great that Section 28 is relevant. It tried to erase us in schools. It killed thousands of young gay men who become HIV positive because of it…” Simon Collins “HIV i-Base”

“Jenny still lives with Eric and Martin because the LGBTQI+ community resisted and fought back in all sorts of ways. Looking back gives us a view of where we’ve come from and what we’ve achieved. But the question to ask ourselves is what do we still need to achieve and what do we do to get there …” Lesbian activist who abseiled into the House of Lords to protest Section 28

“As a queer filmmaker and activist who grew up under Section 28, I am excited to take part in what i hope to be the first of many discussion – screenings of my new video that looks at the legacy and impact of this oppressive piece of legislation. Collaborating with the Seuxal Avengers and Queer Tours of London couldn’t be a better fit.” Ed Webb-Ingall, ‘We have rather been invaded’ producer.

“Can we commemorate the 30th anniversary of ‘Section 28’ and how it influences us today –  as loudly as we remembered the 50th anniversary of the ‘Sexual Offences Act’ – I think we can and we must. We need to learn from and with the multiple movements, unions and teachers who resisted Section 28 creatively, fiercely and with revolutionary fervour just as educators today resisting the police-state of education such as ‘Prevent’. We need to connect with teachers and educators to present the current situation and reclaim the teaching of sex and take charge of how it should be taught. As queer people we are never put in charge of the issues that affect us the most.” dan glass, Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time

“It is vital to acknowledge Section 28 and the huge effect that it had on a generation of young people. Queer Tours of London’s are doing important work by bringing activists and artists together to reclaim this history.” Alex Eisenberg, Live Art Development Agency (LADA)

“We are honoured to be part of this event and celebrate queer sex while we reflect on the effects of Section 28, through erotic performance art!” Eric Phillips, Pornceptual

“Section 28 mobilised and directed fear and discrimination in the wake of HIV. The book – Jenny Lives With Eric and Martin – and section 28 were used politically and tactically by the Thatcher government to turn the voting public against the left and the left’s progressive policies. Margaret Thatcher and the Conservative government used the left’s alliance with LGBT groups against them. The gays and the lefties were coming to get your children.

One of the chants I remember from the Manchester rally was:

Homosexuals! Homosexuals!
Lesbians! Lesbians!
Pinko Commie Queers! Pinko Commie Queers!
We’re all Puffs! We’re all Puffs!What I remember most is how section 28 folded into the atmosphere of the time, compounding and encouraging societal homophobia. And this was now government sanctioned.” Russell Christie

Contact Details

Dan glass, Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ – queertoursoflondon@gmail.com/ www.queertoursoflondon.com / 07717811747

Venue details – 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 – All profits go to the London LGBTQI+ Community Centre

Notes for Editors

  1. LGBTQIA* – Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Asexual +
  2. 1983. Book: Jenny Lives with Eric and Martin – Gay in the 80s – ‘ http://www.gayinthe80s.com/2012/06/1983-book-jenny-lives-with-eric-and-martin/
  3. ‘Two Cheers for Section 28’ – http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/two-cheers-for-section-28-1188853.html
  4. Pornceptual presents pornography as queer, diverse and inclusive. We aim to prove that pornography can be respectful, intimate and artistic, while questioning usual pornographic labels. “Can art succeed where porn fails – to actually turn us on?” www.pornceptual.com

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

Pls book here for Saturday 13th January 3pm – Queer Tour of London – Soho’s queer culture!

Please share to all those you think will appreciate! 🙂
 
Meeting point – Saturday 13th January 3pm – meeting point Soho Square – RSVP at Email dandlmh@yahoo.co.uk Phone Number – 07725402263
 
Join Dan de la Daniel de la Motte* from ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ for a walking tour of Soho exploring the long-time Queer nighttime spaces of the 20th Century, and the incredible collection that ran and frequented them.
 
* 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 2017, Dan is looking to do more of the same, devising, performing and hosting Queer events and performances. @dandelamotte
 
https://www.vice.com/en_uk/article/8ge53g/london-queer-tours-lgbt-history-protest

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

 

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

“The best AIDS show in town!” Report from the BANG BUS – World AIDS Day Special

“Brilliant fun and wonderfully spontaneous. A fun and friendly whirl through traffic in a magic created world upon an open topped bus with laughter, joy and magic. Onlookers were seduced into viewing into an alternative world view whilst being reminded of a continuous and painful struggle. AIDS is not over was a clear message as well as the importance of preserving NHS HIV services and finally the duty for us all, collectively, to honour our past history with HIV/AIDS as a nation. We must create a tribute to HIV in London. It was the best AIDS show in town!” Ash Kotak

About the BANG BUS – World AIDS Day Special

On Saturday November 25th an open-topped double-decker bus draped in ‘Hands off Our NHS’ and ‘Tories Don’t Die of Ignorance’ drove around Soho as an immersive theatrical anti-stigma bus-tour journeying through the decades and places to bring the history of HIV+ in London to life. The Bang Bus exists to show gratitude for those who gave selflessly through challenging times, to demand a permanent HIV / AIDS memorial and to support the many minority communities face very specific issues that are still neglected. High-profile pop-star Lana Pellay, along with other celebrities, performers and dancers involved in HIV+ advocacy, nurses, doctors and healthcare workers shared and performed to the audience on the bus about life on the frontline of the National Health Service (NHS). Above all the BANG BUS – World AIDS Day Special was a sacred place for people to share love, loss, hope and solidarity to continue to weave our stories together and continue to strengthen the journey to end the HIV / AIDS pandemic.

Thank you to everyone who made it happen! Read more in the Bang Bus – World AIDS Day Special Press release here and here Blubbering with love for Dean Street Sexual Health Centre – Come celebrate at the BANG BUS.

Get involved with ACT UP LONDON at www.actuplondon.wordpress.com – contact actuplondonfighttilltheend@gmail.com

Get involved with ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ at www.queertoursoflondon.com for the announcements of the 2018 Queer Tour and BANG BUS calendar! Get in contact at queertoursoflondon@gmail.com

All photo credits to Holly Buckle.

Press Articles

In the good old times of Gay Lib we talked a lot about having a retirement home for old acid queens, one with wide corridors we could whizz around on our electric wheelchairs hidden beneath our crinolines. But never in the plague years that followed did I ever imagine boarding a Queer Tours of London mince through time, AIDs Bang Bus, to visit those places where we said goodbye to so many of our nearest and dearest. A bus with Fabulous Hostesses to entertain us, play quiz games and encourage us to share our memories. A mystery tour that three hours earlier picked up a bunch of strangers, set down a group of friends.” Gay liberation Front activist.

“As soon as “For a Friend” bolted into the ether on the Bang Bus, salt water starts pouring down my face.  That says much more than the kudos Jimmy Somerville deserves. I,seemingly,  have not (may never) forget my life partner -John Mordaunt; one of England’s greater AIDS Activist, who died more than 22 years ago. Everyday  is an opportunity to fight back against government inertia and closeted homophobia: increase access to PReP and more. Steve Anders, as he lay dying, grabbed my arms, and looked me directly in the eyes ” You are a witness to this “plague”. You must tell people what happened. We are counting on you. Please don’t let us down.” Andria E – M

“I support the ‘BANG BUS – World AIDS Day Special’ in memory of my friend Mark Ashton who did so much to make common cause with the victims of social injustice.” Sarah John Morris, singer with the Communards

“We’re so lucky to live in times where HIV is such a liveable condition, it’s easy to forget the sacrifices of our community in previous decades. The BANG bus took us on a journey back in time through the inspirational stories of people whose lives were affected by the AIDS crisis, while reflecting on the advances we have made through the incredible work of activists and people in the medical profession. Events like this are so important to educate and help fight the stigma and ignorance surrounding HIV that unfortunately is still a reality even in the queer world today.” Eric Phillips

“Spending all afternoon on the top of an open-roofed bus on a windy November day may have left my fingers and nose a bit frozen, but my heart was warmed on that colourful and quirky vehicle. The people I met greeted me with such openness and friendliness through the stories told, the poetry recited, the knowledge brought across, the historical context given, the songs sung, the laughter heard and the flexibility experienced. Thank you for an amazing day!” Luisa Bider

“The history of HIV is chaotic, it is full of fear, but it also contain moments of amazing solidarity, of new friendship, of laughs, and love. This afternoon in the Bang Bus was similarly full of ups and downs, from remembering our lost brothers and sisters,  to dancing with amazing people with whom you just met. It is a memory I will keep and cherish.” Eden

“On Saturday I felt again the solidarity that saw us through the worst of the plague. Charming, anarchic and community based.

It felt like a hug. ❤💪💋 Eoin Whelan

“The freezing weather was chased away by the love and energy from an amazingly patient group of passengers. When the bus got stuck in traffic our little queer bang bus community raised their voices to those we loved and lost to AIDS as I led a good old fashion sing a long. Our version of TLCs Waterfalls was a particular triumph.” Alex Green. Singer/Writer/Activist

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Queer Tour of Hackney – This Saturday November 25th! Book here or just turn up!

Uncover Hackney’s exciting history with ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ – Facebook event page here


This SATURDAY, 25 Nov 2017 at 17h30, COME JOIN a Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time walk starting at Dalston Superstore – 117 Kingsland High Street, E8 2PB – at their incredible Queer Nightlife exhibition – £10 Recommended (non-obligatory) donation for the tour (two hours max). This is going to be an adventure! SHARE! See you there! #queertoursoflondon #berekamosadi #ARTivist#londninvasion #adayinthelife#keepingupwithkat.

 Your ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ guide – Kat!

Pls RSVP to queertoursoflondon@gmail.com ASAP or just turn up on Saturday!
Mega thanks to Late Night Library Club – part of our Queer Stories in Britain series.

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.

We exist to shine a light on London’s rich LGBTQI history through creative and life-affirming interactive tours. We tell the stories of London’s queer history, shedding light on the lives, spaces, identities, repression and resistance that form the backdrop of LGBTQI lives today. We do this through educational, accessible and interactive walking tours, cabarets, street-art and events that bring life to the complexities and lived experiences of our history, present and vision for the future.

queertoursoflondon@gmail.com / www.queertoursoflondon.com

For Immediate Release – World AIDS Day Memorial bus to take on 10 Downing Street in support of the NHS.

For Immediate Release – World AIDS Day Memorial bus to take on 10 Downing Street in support of the NHS.

This Saturday November 25th (1) an open-topped double-decker bus draped in ‘Hands off Our NHS’ and ‘Tories Don’t Die of Ignorance’ is to drive past 10 Downing Street as part of this year’s World AIDS Day celebrations exposing the Government’s role in the continuing HIV/ AIDS epidemic and the lack of permanent memorialisation of those no longer with us. The bus will finish by hosting a party to celebrate staff at ‘56 Dean Street’ – London’s busiest Sexual Health clinic – for their recent 90% reduction in HIV+ diagnosis (1).

The ‘BANG BUS – World AIDS Day Special’ an immersive theatrical anti-stigma bus-tour journeying through the decades and places to bring the history of HIV+ in London to life. The Bang Bus exists to show gratitude for those who gave selflessly through challenging times, to demand a permanent HIV / AIDS memorial and to support the many minority communities face very specific issues that are still neglected.

High-profile pop-star Lana Pellay, along with other celebrities, performers and dancers involved in HIV+ advocacy will be platforming nurses, doctors and healthcare workers who will be speaking to international audiences on the bus about life on the frontline of the National Health Service (NHS). Other presenters will be bringing the ashes of their loved ones who have died as part of the historic governmental controversies institutional failure and and pharmaceutical greed at the root of the epidemic provoking action to protect the NHS.

“I support the ‘BANG BUS – World AIDS Day Special’ in memory of my friend Mark Ashton who did so much to make common cause with the victims of social injustice.” Sarah John Morris, singer with the Communards

“You lot need to refuse to be defined by an external box created by a capitalist idea of what you should be like, you need to throw the boxes and definitions and celebrate your own uniqueness instead of conforming to the limiting ideas fed to you by a brainwashing social media and enforced corporate doctrine,try and evolve, go on i dare you” Lanah Pellay, pop star and HIV+ advocate

56 Dean Street has celebrated an historic 90% reduction in new HIV infections this year; but there is still more to do. Stigma, fear and ignorance still affect many, contributing to more infections and complicating people’s experience of love, sex and community. With World AIDs Day approaching, we’re excited to be a part of the BANG BUS this Saturday. Remembering, celebrating and learning from London’s history of HIV and AIDS remains crucial, and we are looking forward to this important bus tour from Queer Tours of London. See you Saturday!” David Stuart, 56 Dean Street Support Service Manager

“Living with HIV in 2017 is still fraught with incredible stigma and difficulties. Women living with HIV continue to be diagnosed later and are more likely to experience violence from partners, as well as living in poverty and having poor mental and emotional wellbeing.  The cuts on support services has an incredible negative impact on our lives.” Silvia  Petretti, Deputy CEO, Positively UK

“Impulse is so excited to support ‘Bang Bus No.2’ because we believe we can help open up the experience to a wider audience of young Queer people. To those people who didn’t live through what was very much the single most defining event of the gay community – the Aids Crisis of the 1970/80’s. Learning from the past is integral to allow us to move forward with confidence. A generation was defined by persicution, fear and the reality of watching their friends and family ripped away from them by a merciless disease – yet the lessons they have carried are more than just the terror of that reality. It was the resilience of a people who stood proudly in the face of devastation, who cared for each other and fought not only the disease but a society that blamed the for their own suffering. The world seems to be becoming increasingly segmented, it’s people more partisan and aggressive with each other. It is the perfect time to celebrate the victories that rose out of supporting each other as human beings and the humanity to be found in looking beyond our own health situations to protect the ultimate emblem of a community that is willing to look after each other – our NHS!” Damien Killeen, IMPULSE London (3)

“Even Thatcher’s Government didn’t reduce drug injectors of a medically assisted treatment (MAT) that the science shows we know slows down the spread of HIV amongst injecting drug users (IDU’s); Methadone. Shame on this Government!” Andria Mordaunt, John Mordaunt Trust

“The BANG BUS is the history lesson that all LGBTQIA+* people didn’t get at school” Jamie Di Spirito, ACT UP LONDON – *Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex, Allies +

“In 1981/2 I was in New York. The were rumours. Some said conspiracy theories. Some said it was sex and drugs. People were getting sick. By the spring it was called GRID (Gay related immune deficiency. I came home to London. People began to get sick and die here. By now my fiends were sick. Then they died. Then more got sick and more died. Then  began the fight back. Friends of the first identified death formed a trust in his name. Terrance Higgins. I got sick. In my heart I was scared but kept telling myself ‘no disease has ever killed every one that got it’. Then the virus was identified. Then we had a test to detect it. By 1987 we had the first real hope. AZT. I moved back to the states believing the cure would come first there. Within another 10 years we had multiple drugs and indeed AIDS was no longer a death sentence. Here we are today BUT AIDS is not over. Nor will it be until the political will to end it world wide exists. We live in an age where antibiotics are not so reliable as we first believed. When the anti virals go the same way ………………….. We are approaching the 40th anniversary of the first diagnosed cases. I dream of AIDS being over before I die. I am 65 now. That dream can only come true if we never give up the fight.” Sister Immaculate Deception of the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence

“I am taking part on the World AIDS Day bus, as an individual, to highlight the need for a much needed National tribute to HIV/AIDS in London like so many cities worldwide. We need to remember the 21,000 who died in the U.K. and the 35 million  worldwide, we need to celebrate the incredible achievements of life-saving medication yet remember that 53% of 35 million people worldwide living with HIV can’t access it, and we must look towards the future to 2030 towards the end of all new transmissions. AIDS is not over!”  Ash Kotak, AIDS Memory UK

“Although Hiv/AIDS has been a global phenomenon since the early 1980’s, there have been specific imprints left on many parts of the UK, especially in large urban centres like London. The culture and infrastructure of the gay male/MSM world has been most radically re-shaped. But the response of our NHS and wider society to these and to drug-users, to needle-sharing reform, to revising our blood transfusion services and then the overall impact of discussing previous “private” matters so publically has had a dramatically lasting effect on modern British culture. Please help Act Up London to continue to Act Up, Fight AIDS and fight back.” Miqhael Kannemeyer, ACT UP LONDON
“By implementing immigration checks and upfront charging in the NHS this Government is taking a huge step backwards in the provision of services and support for people living with HIV. The Bang Bus is so vital because it reminds us that we must continue to fight for the right for all people to access the healthcare they need, and the radical history it tells shows us how we need do it.” Leonie, Midwife and member of Docs Not Cops

Contact Details

Email: queertoursoflondon@gmail.com / actuplondonfighttilltheend@gmail.com

Phone: Dan Glass on 07717811747

Twitter: https://twitter.com/queertoursofldn / @ACTUP_LDN

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/139533016690307/

Notes to Editors

(1) *LINE-UP*

Bus Stops for Saturday November 25th – BANG BUS 2

  • MEETING POINT – 2pm – Soho Square.
  • BUS STOP 1 – 3pm – Site of former ‘Club Bang’ – 157 Charing Cross Road
  • BUS STOP 2 – 3.30pm – 1980’s – outside the former Middlesex Hospital in Fitzrovia to animate the onslaught of AIDS – Fitzrovia Chapel, Fitzroy Place, 2 Pearson Square, London, W1T 3BF
  • BUS STOP 3 – 4pm – Trafalgar Square to highlight the huge protests for medication
  • BUS STOP 4 – 4.15pm – 10 Downing Street with speakers on ‘Campaign 87’ and ‘Section 28’ and related policy changes
  • BUS STOP 5 – 4.30pm – Belvedere Road near Southbank Centre
  • BUS STOP 6 – 5.00pm – 56 Dean Street, Soho – party to celebrate the 90% reduction in diagnosis success

(2) – http://www.eatg.org/news/how-a-london-clinic-reduced-new-hiv-infections-by-90-and-why-more-european-cities-can-do-the-same/

(3) ‘Impulse London’ is a group of volunteers commited to creating and promoting wellbeing events focusing on gay men’s sexual and mental well-being. It is chapter of the international group ‘Impulse’ which now spans 18 countries over four continents. We aim to create spaces that are sex positive, non judgemental and serve the gay scene as a resource for learning and discussion.

All info here – https://www.outsavvy.com/event/909/bang-bus-no3-world-aids-day-special-november-25th-2017-tickets

All requests for involvement, press and questions to queertoursoflondon@gmail.com

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*DETAILS*

Meeting point – Soho Square, London W1D – the BANG BUS conductors will take you to the bus which leaves prompt at 3pm from 157 Charing Cross Road. We will finish back in Soho for 5.30pm.

WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE! Please get in touch if we can make the night any more accessible for you on queertoursoflondon@gmail.com

*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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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

Blubbering with love for Dean Street Sexual Health Centre – Come celebrate @ the BANG BUS

Yesterday we – the BANG BUS – World AIDS Day Special crew – presented this to the nurses at Dean Street Sexual Health Centre in the heart of Soho London. Personally I was a blubbering wreck as for so many years of living with in HIV+, in my loneliest moments, nurses have been the ones who have held my hands, wiped my brow and jabbed my arm to check my blood levels. Now we have to be there for them. Here’s why.

The last bus stop of the ‘BANG BUS – World AIDS Day Special’ will be at 5.15pm outside 56 Dean Street, Soho, London W1D 6AQ on Saturday 25th November as we celebrate their huge contribution to the welfare of London’s marginalised, queer, sex-positive and vulnerable people. As we journey through the London on the bus on the afternoon, navigating through London’s iconic moments which have contributed to the rollercoaster of dealing with the HIV+ pandemic, it will be an honour to pay tribute to the nurses at Dean Street who carry us forward. Join us.

Book your tickets for the BANG BUS here and / or show up at 5.15pm to celebrate Dean Street!

Supported by the fabulous Let’s Talk About Gay Sex and Drugs and Impulse London and many more.

Fuck with NHS over Our Dead Bodies, love dan and the BANG BUS bus conductors X

BANG BUS World AIDS Day Special – 56 Dean Street presention X

 

19th Nov 2017 – Victory Party for Aderonke! Details for public and press

Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ are humbled to help organise ‘Victory Party for Aderonke’! – we have had a fantastic year with the the African Rainbow Family on LGBT+ Migrant rights and organising many events to celebrate the ‘Sexual Offences’ Act 50th anniversary – now it is time to celebrate Aderonke! Press requests to interview Aderonke at queertoursoflondon@gmail.com

“I am humbled and honoured to have made many amazing friends through this herrendous 13 years’ journey. Thank you Dukie and all of my lovely friends for coming together to organise and pay for this victory celebration party! What else can I ask for?
Do come and join in to dance and take a stand with me in the fight to make LGBTIQ people seeking asylum safe.” Aderonke Apata


VICTORY FOR ADERONKE!
Sunday 19 November
3pm – 7pm
St Paul’s Church Hall
Stoke Newington Road, London N16 7UE
Admission Free, All Welcome

Aderonke Apata is one of the most inspirational humans on Planet Earth AND NEEDS TO DANCE!!!

After a 13 year battle over her right to remain, Aderonke Apata has finally been granted asylum in the UK and we are throwing a Sunday afternoon party to celebrate. It’s a gathering for all her friends and fans and a public event for anyone who wants to help her celebrate her victory and support the struggle against homophobia, xenophobia, racism and inflexible borders.

With DJ Kartel Brown playing highlife, afrobeat and dancehall, guest artists performances and short talks from Human Rights activists.

Compared by Sadie Sinner!

Aderonke says: “I cannot thank enough everyone that supported me in this horrendous journey! You have all contributed to this victory. It’s impossible for me to list all of you that stood by me as you run into millions! Do know that I appreciate you all. I felt dehumanised when the Home Office said I was pretending to be a lesbian. This victory means hope and strength to other LGBTI people seeking asylum. With perseverance, steadfastness and love, they can overcome the rejections that they are facing in their asylum cases”. There are many people like me who are facing huge insurmountable difficulties navigating the asylum system in the UK. I will continue to do my bit in amplifying the voices of people who can only shout so far”.

There will be a raffle to raise funds for AfricanRainbowFamily a non-for-profit organisation that support LGBTIQ people seeking asylum and refuge and of African heritage. https://africanrainbowfamily.org/. You can donate here: https://africanrainbowfamily.org/donate/

Aderonke’s barrister, S Chelvan of No5 Chambers, said: “Aderonke’s case highlights the Home Office’s approach to sexual identity asylum claims is still not fit for purpose. In asylum claims, the negative history is in part a product of a system in the UK that still dehumanises LGBTQ+ applicants by continuing to detain, isolate, stigmatise and harm some of the most vulnerable groups in our society. We must demand change, starting at the highest level.”

Read more here:
http://attitude.co.uk/attitude-pride-award-winner-wins-asylum-bid-to-stay-in-the-uk/

Nigerian gay rights activist wins UK asylum claim after 13-year battle –https://www.theguardian.com/world/2017/aug/14/nigerian-gay-rights-activist-aderonke-apata-wins-uk-asylum-claim-13-year-battle#img-1

http://www.divamag.co.uk/Diva-Magazine/News/Aderonke-Apata-I-felt-dehumanised-when-the-Home-Office-said-I-was-pretending-to-be-a-lesbian/

http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/home-news/nigeria-gay-rights-activist-aderonke-apata-uk-asylum-granted-high-court-fake-sexulaity-lesbian-lgbt-a7888931.html

‘VICTORY PARTY FOR ADERONKE APATA!’ supported by:
AfricanRainbowFamily https://africanrainbowfamily.org/ , Manchester Migrant Solidarity Manchester MiSol – a self help convergence empowering all migrants. https://manchestermigrantsolidarity.org/ , Queer Tours of London www.queertoursoflondon.com , Duckie http://www.duckie.co.uk/and all Aderonke’s friends!