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October 23rd 7.30pm @ Limewharf – ‘Unfinished Business’ – LGBT+ Voices of the Revolution

Come and hear from London’s finest LGBTQIA+ artists and activists about how you can get involved with the upcoming ‘Unfinished Business – LGBTQI+ Voices of the Revolution’ festival! Facebook page here
 
Alongside ‘Rainbow Riots’, ‘African Rainbow Family’ and ‘In Place of War’ – ‘Unfinished Business – LGBTQI+ Voices of the Revolution exists to support the next generation of artists, activists and changemakers dedicated to ending homophobia, transphobia and all forms of oppression and provide public cultural platforms that will raise awareness outside the conference walls agitating for a global movement of creative activism to decriminalise homosexuality everywhere and provide true freedom for all. All details at www.queertoursoflondon.com / contact queertoursoflondon@gmail.com. All press and funder requests appreciated at queertoursoflondon@gmail.com
 
‘Unfinished Business – LGBTQI+ Voices of the Revolution welcome Rainbow Riots to London Town’ will coincide with the discussions on overturning global homophobic legislation at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) – April 16th – 25th 2018. 
 
Suggested donations on the night – £5. 
Rainbow Riots is a new album of music featuring LGBTQ artists from Uganda, Malawi, South Africa and Jamaica – some of the most dangerous countries in the world for LGBTQ people.
The album is an eclectic fusion of afrobeat, electro, soul, pop, orchestral, rap, dancehall, gospel and spoken word, composed and produced by Swedish artist and activist, Petter Wallenberg.
 
Come to Limewharf to see how we can unite our anger and create change.
 
With your host and performers on the night!
 
Kat Kai Kol-Kes –
an international award winning Trans* ARTivist, writer, performer and author of “…on about the same old things”. She uses storytelling to bridge the divide between academic and activist jargon and real world understandings of queer livelihoods. A 2013 Brand Botswana, Best of Botswana Performance Artist honouree and 2017 TED Global Fellow, her work has been showcased locally in Botswana through her ‘Queer Shorts Showcase Festival’ and internationally as well. Kat is a guide with the Queer Tours of London.
 
Jay Kay Revlon –
Described by Time Out as “one to watch” DJ and dancer Jay Jay Revlon was born and raised in London to parents of Jamaican descent. From the early age of 14, Jay Jay has used the craft of dance to express himself and has used his talents to lead other young people in weekly classes & workshops.
 
Jay Jay has become a major force in the London dance scene where he is credited with being instrumental to the rise of London’s voguing scene and has single handedly created highly stylized, modern dance house the Kiki House of Tea and leading ballroom collective, English Breakfast London. Jay Jay has used his love of vogue to establish inclusive and diverse events including the massively popular Let’s Have a Kiki at private member’s club The Curtain Hotel and workshops at The Tate Britain & Southbank Centre. Jay Jay has also used vogue as a form of social activism, this was seen last year where hundreds of Londoners saw him pay tribute to the victims of the Orlando shooting at a vigil on Old Compton Street. A hugely in demand DJ his portfolio includes for Missguided x Pxssy Palace collaboration, Topshop Gay Pride 2017 in-store event and Popchips pop-up store event. Jay Jay’s talents behind the decks has taken his career nationwide and across Europe including Birmingham Pride, The Curtain, Pussy Palace, Belushi’s (Paris) . His individual style, electrifying dance technique and unreal DJ sets have peaked the interest of journalists & writers who have featured him in Paper, The Fader, Evening Standard, Attitude and Dazed & Confused to name a few.
 
Ruchi Chaudhury –
a popcorn chomping, sour candy loving, queer student, writer and performer. She writes to battle vulnerability and invisibility and eats them for breakfast too. This ‘Indian girl’ is a fan of slasher films starring herself and her hapless victims – middle-class respectability and chastity.
 
Jide Macaulay –
the founding Pastor and CEO of House of Rainbow CIC. British-Nigerian born in London, a Christian minister since 1998, a dynamic and an inspirational speaker, author, poet, pastor and preacher, HIV activist, holds a degree in Law, masters’ degree in Theology and Post-graduate certificate in Pastoral Theology. Jide focuses his ministry on inclusion and reconciliation of sexuality, spirituality and human rights. He writes for various Christian and secular Journals. He has authored several books, Poetry Inspired 2001 and Pocket Devotion for LGBT Christians 2005, he has won several awards including the 2003 and 2007 Black LGBT Community Award for “Man of the Year” for his work helping people of faith. Shortlisted for the National Diversity Awards 2014, in the category for Positive Role Model. He served from 2007 to 2013 as Executive Board member and Co-Chair of Pan Africa International Lesbians and Gay Association. He is currently Regional Africa Representative of Global Interfaith Network, Board of Trustee at Kaleidoscope Trust UK, and a Trained Volunteer Champion at Afruca Children’s Charity.

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!

October 28th – Queer Women’s Culture Special / November 25th – BANG BUS World AIDS Day Special.

*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

 

For Immediate Release – London’s first BANG BUS to launch September 30th

For Immediate Release – THE BANG BUS TOUR – QUEER CULTURE TAKES TO THE ROAD ON A DOUBLE DECKER

30th September 2017 – BANG BUS TOUR Starts at 6pm at the Black Cap, 171 Camden Town.  

The campaign group and social enterprise ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ has brought together a range of LGBTQI+ activist groups to launch the first BANG BUS TOUR.  In the 50th year since the partial legalisation of Homosexuality in 1967, this project’s aim is to highlight the impact of the loss of queer places and spaces over the last decade (1).

Campaigners believe that the loss of dedicated queer spaces and places is damaging queer cultural life and putting the safety of LGBTQI+ people at risk of hate crime and violence (2).

The first BANG BUS TOUR will travel around North and East London making stops at some of the most important queer landmarks; from legendary gay pubs like the Black Cap and the Joiners Arms, to the meeting place where the fight for equality was born with the Gay Liberation Front.  It ends in East London at the Dalston Superstore for a fundraising event to support projects that help those in need in the LGBTQI+ community.

The event will celebrate the successes the community has helped achieved in achieving a more equal society. However campaigners feel strongly that “equality is not about everyone being that same; its about everyone being treated the same”.  They want to ensure that queer history should not be lost forever and that its rich and varied culture should have safe places and spaces for it to thrive and have a positive impact on queer people’s lives and in doing so continue to positively impact on wider society.

Nell James Grace from ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ said “ALL ABOARD THE BANG BUS! 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 and we aim to make it as accessible as possible! The BANG BUS will happen on the last Saturday of every month. A the first being a tour of the best and brightest legendary queer club nights north of the river!’

Dan Glass from ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’  said “Climb aboard the BANG BUS! 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. THE BANG BUS. HOMO HISTORY. HOMO HEDONISM. HOMO HOPE.”

“A second home to lesbians and gay men in need of refuge from Margaret Thatcher, Hi-NRG and drag shows and keen to find themselves amongst its assortment of queer punks, goths, skins, rockabillies and anyone else who didn’t quite fit in anywhere else. An oasis for pop stars (Jimmy Somerville, Sinead O’ Connor etc) and actors and directors (Derek Jarman, Margi Clarke etc) inspiration for fashion industry A-listers (Jean Paul Gaultier) and first port of call for people clutching buckets for donations to anti-establishment causes, (Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, CND, trades unions, Lesbian and Gay Switchboard).”  Rob Pateman ‘I Remember the Bell in Kings Cross’

“We are so proud to be a part of this incredible project celebrating our queer history and campaigning to protect LGBTQ+ nightlife and culture. With the force of gentrification continuing to threaten queer spaces, it is more important now than ever to rally together as a community and ensure that we protect queer venues as vital places to love freely, celebrate diversity and forge community.” Emma Kroeger, Dalston Superstore

“The first stop on BANG BUS tour is the Black Cap.  This highlights its importance as an iconic LGBTQ+ venue since the early 1960s but also, as we approach the third anniversary since its closure, it draws attention to the ongoing fight to save and reinstated this much loved and iconic queer pub to its rightful place as North London’s cabaret venue and ‘Palladium of Drag’”. Alex Green  #WeAreTheBlackcap #IAMTHEBLACKCAP #savetheblackcap #lessflatsmoreheels

Contact Details

Email: queertoursoflondon@gmail.com

Phone: Dan Glass on 07717811747, Nell James Grace on 07472771068

Twitter: https://twitter.com/queertoursofldn

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/events/529817234038912/

Notes to Editors

  1. ⅓ of London’s LGBTQIA+ spaces have been shut in the last 5 years – https://www.theguardian.com/cities/2017/apr/21/lgbt-london-venue-closures-capital-future-night-tsar
  2. www.galop.org.uk/wp-content/uploads/2016/10/The-Hate-Crime-Report-2016.pdf
  3. All info here
  4. All Aboard the Bang Bus! No.1 – Get your tickets here
  5. 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

  • 6pm – PICK UP POINT – 1960’s @ The Black Cap – pick up @ the Black Cap in Camden – 171 Camden High St, London NW1 7JY

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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

WHEELCHAIR ACCESSIBLE! Please get in touch if we can make the night any more accessible for you.

*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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*BANG BUS DEMANDS*

JUSTICE – We demand an apology from the British Government on how queer people have been treated and criminalised. We demand a new policy that addresses the specific needs of the queer community.

CULTURE – We demand proper provisions for our community to thrive – a queer museum, queer community centre and an immediate halt to the closure of queer spaces and substantial support to bring back and create new spaces.

SPACE – We demand City Hall confront property developers and gentrifiers who are destroying the queer fabric of london and institutional support for the BANG BUS and all queer community programmes.

PROTECTION – Proper homelessness provision for queers by Scrapping Help to buy and right to buy, encourage the building of more social housing and Improve renters rights.

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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

 

 

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.

23.09.17 – Book Now! – Brixton Dykes on the Rampage – back by popular demand!

Saturday September 23rd – 10am and 2pm tours – As part of the Rebel Dykes Fundraising events – ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ are honoured to announce that due to popular demands we are welcoming back ‘Brixton Dykes on the Rampage’ meeting at Ritzy Cinema, Brixton Oval, Coldharbour Lane, SW2 1 London, United Kingdom – Facebook event page click here

Further information from tour guide and Rebel Dyke ‘Siobhan Fahey’

“You are invited to join our walk, tell your stories, listen to ours. We are inviting you to be part of the Fundraising vanguard for our unique DIY lesbian/queer documentary re-telling stories from the 1980s, and creating links with the lesbians/queer activists of today.

Brixton has always been a seething centre of queer and black activism. We will walk in footsteps of a bunch of Rebel Dykes who lived in squats around Brixton during the 1980s, creating dyke DIY spaces, zines and parties, whilst being active in numerous campaigns.”

Meet up outside Ritzy cinema, and walk with us through the back streets back into the past, to learn about our present. Pay as you feel. Limited spaces so book a ticket ASAP by emailing contact@rebeldykes1980s.com where Siobhan will share further details.

March 2017 – Brixton Dykes on the Rampage by WinkBall

For Immediate Release – London celebrates decriminalisation of homosexuality @ The Glory

  For Immediate Release – The Glory and ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ celebrate the 50th anniversary of ‘The Sexual Offences Act’ – facebook event page here / all details at www.queertoursoflondon.com

ACTS OF SEXUAL OFFENCE

Thursday 27th July, 8pm – The Glory – apologies the venue is not accessible

FREE / £5 Donation to African Rainbow Family

The 50th Anniversary of the passing of The Sexual Offences Act

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HOW OFFENSIVE CAN BEING QUEER GET?

A night of celebratory radical cabaret and political performance on an historic evening. 
Queer friends and Allies and Activists – what will you be doing 50 years to the *day* since partial decriminalisation of homsexuality? How will you celebrate? what should we be demanding?

Join radical fairies Nell James Grace and Daniel de la Motte from Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time for a special event at The Glory called “Acts of Sexual Offence” – a two floor party to commemorate everything that’s sexually offensive about our queer culture!

The evening will be packed with shows from a line-up that boasts cabaret star Baby Lame, performance artist Lyla Aquamarina, historian Lenard Pink, performance poet Damien Arness-Dalton, Ruchi Chaudhury, singer Alex Green (performing ‘ANYONE WHO HAD A HEART’ – a show that tells the story of a Alfie, a young northern queer boy who runs away to London in 1962 to escape the shame and hate after being arrested for importuning)

Plus groundbreaking ‘ARTivist’ Kat Kai Kol-Kes, Chelsea Cabaret’s James Clark and Detective Robyn Herfellow who is on the hunt for The Glory’s most sexually offensive hero!

DJs Dan Glass and Nell will be playing a mischievous disco of queer anthems and gay political pop from across the decades.

Tickets:

A £5 recommended donation on the door will go to African Rainbow Family – sharing about the ongoing journey to LGBTQI+ freedom for all. Nneka from the organisation will be joining us and also performing too

Press enquiries to Dan Glass on queertoursoflondon@gmail.com / 07717811747

and Jack Cullen on  jackcullenuk@gmail.com

The Glory 281 Kingsland Road London E2 8AS
www.queertoursoflondon.com / 
www.theglory.co

Testimonials
“‘d’ is my favourite letter. It spells desire. It is also their favourite letter, since they’re always screaming “don’t!!!!” Why the anxiety? What about? This night is an important opportunity to reflect on the institutions that have always said “don’t!!!!” to us. It is also an opportunity to love and kiss these institutions since we’re celebrating their farewell from our lives.” Ruchi Chaudhury, ‘Acts of Sexual Offence’

“Queers have great sex, we always did and we will do to the bitter end. 50 years represents that no-one can stop our fabulously deviant community.” James Clark, performer at ‘Acts of Sexual Offence’

“This night is so important because it shows that despite fifty years of progress made for the better that is ready to be revelled in on the night, we still have a long way to go and we’ll see ways to make it better.” Lyla Johnston, ‘Acts of Sexual Offence’

“For the LGBT community to move forward, we must Always remember our past”  Lenard Pink, ‘Acts of Sexual Offence’

“Police raids, cabaret, kink and striptease will blast around the walls of London’s finest queer tavern ‘The Glory’ this 27th of July 2017. ‘Acts of Sexual Offences’ celebrates the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality of the 1967 ‘Sexual Offences’ Act in style. Come and join as our community celebrates all the struggle, naughtiness, deviance and joy we continue to bring to London Town.” dan glass, Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time

Line Up – 

With your legendary hostess’ and sexual revolutionaries Nell James Grace and Daniel de la Motte we are honoured to welcome the following line-up to the Glory!

 Nell James Grace  and Daniel de la Motte 

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Kat Kai Kol-Kes a groundbreaking ARTivist, she uses various art forms for activism and advocacy bridging the gaps created by jargon and societal insecurities. Kol-Kes is the founder and Creative Director of the Queer Shorts Showcase Festival (Botswana), a member of the Inside/Out Artist Collective and the Mellon Mays Fellows Professional Network (MMFPN).

 

Robyn Herfellow gives audiences lessons they don’t know they need. They will have you singing, she will sing for you and he will show you things you can’t unsee. Co-creator of Chelsea Cabaret, Robyn operates in the celebration of difference. Escape the life sentence of normality and tunnel into a world of sequin bin bags and souvenir shop heels.

Hope Winter-Hall – One of the ancients involved in the ‘Gay Liberation Front’ in the 1970’s as a result of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality Hope then went to be a leading light in the AIDS activist movement.

Baby Lame – PUNK-HORROR-DRAG superstar! Cabaret Performer 💩 Producer 💩 Host of Baby Lame’s Shit Show’

Lyla Aquamarina the Southwark Sex-Clown Siren whose burlesque performances are sometimes messy and very naked.


Lenard Pink – International Homosexual & Historian who minces around the country to talk about LGBT history and perform with his unique style and flare.

Alex Green is a singer, stand-up, writer, promoter, social entrepreneur, and activist. He has released music and toured extensively with his band Power to Dream since the 1980s; as well as writing music and performing his soul inspired live shows. Through ‘Loud & Queerly’ he promotes and hosts cabaret shows and club nights which bring together writers, musicians, performers, DJs, artists, promoters and activists to create fabulous entertainment and campaigns that advocate equality and human rights.

Ruchi Chaudhury – from Assam-Delhi writes poetry on sexual fantasy and desire within a liminal middle-class ‘respectable’ landscape (family and educational institutions).

Nneka Oobazee from African Rainbow Family – (ARF) is a non-for-profit organisation that support lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender intersexual and queer (LGBTIQ) people of African heritage. It was established in the wake of the toxic and draconian anti-gay laws, persecutions and environment which seek to criminalise LGBTIQs for the preference of whom they choose to love.

Damien Arness-Dalton -Damien Arness- Dalton is a Queer Londoner, born n raised. A performance poet, educator and writer. LGBT+ Activist and Advocate for Queer History. Co Heading up a campaign for A Queer Museum for London : QUEERSEUM… Demanding a permanent space for our history Damien will be performing ‘Can you taste the rainbow?’

To book Luca who designed this poster please see here –https://www.facebook.com/erbaghetta/

For Immediate Release 14.7.17 – – LGBT+ Disability rights protest at London’s inaccessible spaces

‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ host Disability Queer Riot! 
 
There are no fully accessible LGBTQI+ venues in the whole of central London. On the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality – LGBTQI+ disability rights take to the streets of Soho to make a point that none of us are free until we all are free. 

15th July 2-pm – Meet in Soho Square – Facebook page here and website here and more about your tour guide Josh Hepple – supported by Disabled People Against the Cuts (DPAC)

Contact – queertoursoflondon@gmail.com / dan on 07717811747


How can I be proud of my LGBT+ identity at ‘Pride in London’ if I can’t even get to the bar to celebrate?
How can I mince, flirt and meet others if there is not even 1 LGBT+ bar or club that is fully accessible to the LGBT+ disabled community?
How can I be proud of my impairments if i’m discriminated to come on Pride?

Are you part of the LGBT+ disability community? Are you sick and tired of being ignored and tokenised? Want more action and less talk?

Well join Josh – a ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through time’ guide, trainee lawyer and sexual revolutionary whilst we take to the streetsand in true queer provocative style do an informative and interactive tour of Soho to share the lived realities of the LGBT+ disabled community.

The plan

2pm – Meeting point – Soho Square
2-3pm Placard making with the scores for each venue and the demands
3-5pm – Queer disabled Riot-tour!
5-6pm – Presentation of our demands in central London venue tbc. Invites are being sent to London’s LGBT+ cultural spaces managers.

Our demands 

Equality over profit – LGBT+ venues just stop pretending you are not under to be accessible – you know you should be – are you doing everything you can?

Access 4 All – we’ll chain ourselves to the steps by September if you don’t make an explicit statement of your intentions

MORE TALK LESS ACTION! LGBT+ FREEDOM FOR ALL!

Testimonials

“There is no such thing as a building that cant be made accessible. There are only people with closed minds.” Hope Winter-Hall
 

“LGBT+ venues just stop pretending you are not under to be accessible – you know you should be – are you doing everything you can? We demand ‘Equality over profit’ and ‘Access 4 All’ – we’ll chain ourselves to the steps by September if you don’t make an explicit statement of your intentions.” Josh Hepple

” Have you ever been somewhere that you wanted to visit but told that you can’t because of Accessibilty, health and safety or sorry if you come in you can’t get to the toilet or the classic it’s too busy.  Well, I for one often get almost all of these answers when trying to access gay bars and clubs on the london LGBT+ scene, occasions I’m with friends and they are allowed to get in and I’m now posing an issue.  For those that has disabled facilities the toilets are often used as store rooms or too small. I just can’t win. 
 
This gives disabled LGBT+ plus people the impression as to not out seemingly the venues are not aware of intersectionality I’m black, gay, disabled but most of all I’m a human being with the same desires as those who are able bodied. I just have to do things in an orderly fashion. “ Kevin Wilson
ABOUT QUEER TOURS OF LONDON – A MINCE THROUGH TIME

15.07.2017 – Disability Justice Queer Tour of London

‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ host Disability Queer Riot! 15th July 2-pm – Meet in Soho Square – Facebook page here – Full press release here  – Contact dan on 07717811747 / queertoursoflondon@gmail.com

To book your place please email queertoursoflondon@gmail.com ASAP as there are very limited spaces. Please include in your email any special requirements you have /support needed. Payment on the day is ‘pay what you feel / can afford’. Please share to all those you think will appreciate!

All requests for involvement / press requests please email queertoursoflondon@gmail.com


How can I be proud of my LGBT+ identity at ‘Pride in London’ if I can’t even get to the bar to celebrate?
How can I mince, flirt and meet others if there is not even 1 LGBT+ bar or club that is fully accessible to the LGBT+ disabled community?
How can I be proud of my impairments if i’m discriminated to come on Pride?

Are you part of the LGBT+ disability community? Are you sick and tired of being ignored and tokenised? Want more action and less talk?

Well join me – Josh – a ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through time’ guide, trainee lawyer and sexual revolutionary whilst we take to the streetsand in true queer provocative style do an informative and interactive tour of Soho to share the lived realities of the LGBT+ disabled community.

There’s only 20 spaces for the tour so get in there quick – please email queertoursoflondon@gmail.com to register your interest or for any press / volunteer support. Suggested donations £10 or whatever you can afford.

Here’s the plan

2pm – Meeting point – Soho Square
2-3pm Placard making with the scores for each venue and the demands
3-5pm – Queer disabled Riot-tour!
5-6pm – Presentation of our demands in central London venue tbc. Invites are being sent to London’s LGBT+ cultural spaces managers.

Our demands 

Equality over profit – LGBT+ venues just stop pretending you are not under to be accessible – you know you should be – are you doing everything you can?

Access 4 All – we’ll chain ourselves to the steps by September if you don’t make an explicit statement of your intentions

MORE TALK LESS ACTION! LGBT+ FREEDOM FOR ALL!

Get involved! ‘History of London Queer Rave BUS Tour RAVE-ON-A-BUS’ – Summer / Autumn 2017

‘History of London Queer Rave BUS Tour RAVE-ON-A-BUS’ – Summer / Autumn 2017


The special-themed queer rave history tour of London will be visiting queer haunts throughout the generations since partial -decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967 to promote the protection / creation of queer spaces aswell as support LGBT+ artists in London’s LGBT+ community and beyond –  with DJ’s, performers and rabble-rousers who made each place so special in person!

We are looking to collaborate with all people / groups who want to make this a reality. Please email queertoursoflondon@gmail.com ASAP. Let’s make this happen! All at Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time HQ X


We are trying to find the top 5 London LGBTQI+ music / club venues of the last 50 years (1 per decade) of ALL TIME? Not just for their musicality but for the empowerment they provided to the depth and breadth of our culture. This will be for this Summers’ ‘history of Queer Rave culture RAVE-DISCO-BUS’ to connect the generations since partial-decriminalisation and to build strength to continue the fight for queer spaces.

What you think of this? Pls tear it apart! Suggest new ones and share your favourites. Shout all ideas here or on queertoursoflondon@gmail.com – all ideas much appreciated!

1960’s – Le Duce – Soho
1970’s – Gay Liberation Front Disco
1980’s – Heaven
1990’s – Trade / The Bell in (Kings X)
2000’s – Bootylicious / Ghetto / Joiners Arms
2010’s – Royal Vauxhall Tavern / The Glory

What we also need to make this powerful – 

1. A bus / truck! – As wheelchair accessible as possible

2. DJ’s / performers from each decade and networks of current LGBTQI+ music / art networks to build the next generation. 

3. Support from the venue organisers / club night promoters and partiers from each decade

4. Your ideas for the demands which the Queer Rave Bus promotes – i.e. (1) No more closure of London’s queer spaces (2) The re-opening of current closed spaces i.e. The Black Cap / The Joiners Arms (3) . Encourage the building of more social housing for the LGBT+ community (4) Proper homelessness provision for queers (5) A permanent Queer Museum / community centre in London

5. Banners / decorations – to make the bus as rowdy and beautiful as possible. 

6. Representation from LGBT+ movements across the world facing oppression – the intention of the bus is to generate support and coverage for LGBT+ communities facing oppression anyway in the world that the bus can generate support and energy for! From London to Chechnya and beyond!

We are looking to collaborate with all people / groups who want to make this a reality. Please email queertoursoflondon@gmail.com ASAP. Let’s make this happen! All at Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time HQ X

Get involved with the ‘History of London Queer Rave BUS Tour’

Have you enjoyed London’s queer clubs? Do you believe queer spaces are integral to the queer communities quality of life? Do you like partying? Do you want to learn from each other and build a new generation of queer artists and activists? Then please come here! 

‘History of London Queer Rave BUS Tour RAVE-ON-A-BUS’

First organising meeting – 22nd May 6-7.30pm at ‘London Action Resource Centre’ 62 Fieldgate St, Shadwell, London E1 1ES – see map here – nearest station is ‘Whitechapel’ – facebook event page here

WHAT 

This will be for this Summers’ ‘history of Queer Rave culture RAVE-DISCO-BUS’ to connect the generations since partial decriminalisation of homosexualy (1967) to build strength to continue the fight for queer spaces to promote the protection / creation of queer spaces – with DJ’s, performers and rabblerousers who made each place so special in person! Think DJ battles between the next generation, think bringing our glorious queer communities screeching to London’s streets, think building a new generation of queer artists!

WHERE 

We are trying to find the top 5 London LGBTQI+ music / club venues of the last 50 years (1 per decade) of ALL TIME? Not just for their musicality but for the empowerment they provided to the depth and breadth of our culture. This is an early draft and is developing daily – please make suggestions

1960’s – Le Duce – Soho
1970’s – Gay Liberation Front Disco
1980’s – Heaven
1990’s – Trade / The ‘Bell in Kings X’
2000’s – Bootylicious / Ghetto
2010’s – Royal Vauxhall Tavern / The Glory / Black Cap

WHAT NEXT 

What we need to make this powerful –

1. A fully accessible float / truck / bus 
2. DJ’s / performers from each decade and networks of current LGBTQI+ music / art networks to build the next generation.
3. Support from the venue organisers / club night promoters and partiers from each decade
4. Your ideas for the demands which the Queer Rave Bus promotes – i.e. (1) No more closure of London’s queer spaces (2) The re-opening of current closed spaces i.e. The Black Cap / The Joiners Arms (3) . Encourage the building of more social housing for the
LGBT+ community (4) Proper homelessness provision for queers (5) A permanent Queer Museum / community centre in London
5. Banners / decorations – to make the bus as rowdy and beautiful as possible.

All details at www.queertoursoflondon.com /queertoursoflondon@gmail.com