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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!

Bang Bus No.2. World AIDS Day Special – November 25th 2pm 2017 – All details here!

Bang Bus No.2World AIDS Day Special – November 25th 2-6pm 2017 – Website here and Facebook page here

Meeting point 2pm Soho Square – to end at 6pm back at Soho square

Click here to buy your ticket! – Very limited spaces

‘Tories – Don’t Die of Ignorance’

1986 – Remember when Chief Constable of Greater Manchester Police James Anderton, backed by Margaret Thatcher, said “homosexuals, drug addicts and prostitutes who had HIV/AIDS were – swirling in a human cesspit of their own making”?

1987 – Remember when every single household got a AIDS – Don’t Die of Ignorance’ leaflet through their door?

1988 – Remember when ‘Section 28’ prevented schools from teaching about homosexuality and how in 2008 HIV+ children were turned away from schools?

1991 – Remember when Whitney Houston led thousands of Londoners to Trafalgar Square as part of the epic HIV – Vigil?

2014 – Remember UKIP’s Nigel Farage saying ‘Frankly, HIV+ migrants should be the last people we allow into Britain’?

2016 – Remember how women, trans, Black and Minority Ethnic (BAME) stripped naked to protest against Gilead’s pharmaceutical greed? 

2017 – Remember how successes like the introduction of Pre-Exposure Prophylaxis (PREP) has halted diagnoses amongst gay men today but HIV+ stigma for heterosexuals is still as isolating as ever?

Everyday – Remember how National Health Service (NHS) nurses, doctors and users continually put their lives on the line to protect the HIV+ community?

Remember the tragedy, sex, desire, isolation, activism, hate and love which have made the story of the HIV+ epidemic at the heart of the story of modern London?

       Click here to buy your ticket! – Very limited spaces

Well join the ‘BANG BUS – World AIDS Day Special’ an immersive theatre bus-tour of London journeying through the decades and places to bring the history of HIV+ in London to life. The BANG BUS is a literal and metaphorical vehicle for creative and radical social change. With the nurses, community activists and surprise guests at the heart of changing the HIV+ epidemic the BANG BUS – World AIDS Day Special’ serves to harness history to strengthen the fight today to protect the NHS and to demand a permanent AIDS Memorial in London. Read more about the BANG BUS here!

Profits go to ‘Keep our NHS Public’ and the ‘John Mordaunt Trust’. Get involved at queertoursoflondon@gmail.com

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Are you an HIV+ or healthcare or ‘protect the NHS’ related organisation / community group who exists in spirit of the BANG BUS – World AIDS Day Special?

We would love to collaborate and weave all our stories of HIV+ in London on the BANG BUS. We are ringfencing tickets for group bookings now.

The bus is fully wheelchair accessible. Priority seats go to those living and loving with HIV+ and anyone involved in the protection and upholding of the values of the NHS.

Get in touch with queertoursoflondon@gmail.com /www.queertoursoflondon.com with any requests or to get involved (we are particularly looking for HIV+ go-go dancers)!

                                                                Click here to buy your ticket! – Very limited spaces

In 1991 Whitney Houston and Vernal Scott led thousands of Londoners to Trafalgar Square as part of the epic HIV – Vigil

AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power’ (ACT UP) LONDON protest at Gilead’s London HQ – April 1st 2016 as part of #PharmaGreedKills Global Day of Action

What a night! ‘Unfinished Business’ – LGBT+ Voices of the Revolution – where next?

MEGA thanks to Tam and all at Limewharf for hosting ‘Unfinished Business – LGBTQIA+ Voices of the Revolution’, everyone who came on such a cold night to learn, love and revolutionise, our incredible host Kat Kai Kol-Kes, our revolutionary artist panel Ruchi Chaudhury, JayJay Revlon, Jide Macaulay and all at The Kaleidoscope Trust and to Alex for the fab photos (contact Alex on alex.janasz@gmail.com for the best radical photographer in London Town).
If you are a queer artist living in London Town and are from a place where it is illegal to be queer and you want to utilise your creativity to challenge the laws where they originated – get in touch on queertoursoflondon@gmail.com ASAP for more info. See below for what’s next and how to get involved in the run-up and during the April 2018 ‘Unfinished Business – LGBTQIA+ Voices of the Revolution Festival’.  Thank you again all for an incredible night! All at ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ 

WHAT’S ‘UNFINISHED BUSINESS? LGBTQIA+ VOICES OF THE REVOLUTION’  AND HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED?’

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. It will consist of a series of musical events throughout April 2018 never seen before.
 
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. If you are a queer artist living in London Town and are from a place where it is illegal to be queer and you want to utilise your creativity to challenge the laws where they originated – get in touch on queertoursoflondon@gmail.com ASAP for more info. 
“The issue for CHOGM is a serious matter, particularly decriminalising homosexuality and ending transphobia,  and that means that this project can and should seek ways to address many of the issues and our stories. I caught the end of the conversation before the show started, we must look at several critical ideas that can help increase awareness of CHOGM and also attention of the media, especially those in the commonwealth countries with hostile legislations punishing LGBTIQ people, behaviours and attitude.”“Reverend Jide Macaulay, Founder & Programme Manager House Of Rainbow
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. 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.
  
With your host and performers on the night!
 
Kat Kai Kol-Kes – Host and Artist
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 – Artist
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 – Artist
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 – Pastor and Artist
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!

****** Due to unforeseen circumstances we are having to postpone our queer women’s tour till the new year. Massive apologies for any inconvenience. Dates will be released as soon as possible. Ticket holders have the option of keeping their tickets and redeeming them against any other tours coming up, on the new date for the Queen women’s tour or a refund – please do tell us your preference on queertoursoflondon@gmail.com. November 25th – BANG BUS World AIDS Day Special – see here for further info******

*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