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24.11.18 – The Very Queer West End – Queer Theatre History Tours – Book here.

The Very Queer West End – Queer Theatre History Tours

Saturday, November 24, 2018 at 2 PM – 3:30 PM – Soho Square Cottage – Soho Square, Soho, London W1D 4NR – Facebook page here Get your tickets here and get them quick as there are very limited spaces!  – £5 unwaged, £10 waged, £15 solidarity – profits go to End Deportations Campaign

 The Caravan Club of 1934

You look neat. Talk about a treat!
You look dapper from your napper to your feet!

From queer goings on in the wings of the Lyceum, to police entrapment from the turret of the Shaftesbury, discover queer London’s subversive, scandalous and sexy theatre tales. This 90 minute walking tour with QToL’s Dan de la Motte and Dani Dinger takes in the coded messages of the music hall songs, fascist dalliances and the (not so well) hidden lives of the top celebrities of the day. Expect bawdy renditions and awkward positions in all weather conditions.

‘QUEER TOURS OF LONDON – A Mince Through Time’ exist to shine a light on London’s rich LGBTQI history through creative and life-affirming interactive tours – www.queertoursoflondon.com / @ queertoursoflondon@gmail.com

15.12.18 – Queer Tour of Whitechapel – Justice for Xulhaz and Mahbub

15.12.18 – Queer Tour of Whitechapel – Facebook event page click here .

Please get your tickets ASAP on Outsavvy hereProfits go to Amnesty International – Take action for Human Rights

Time : 12:00 to 1:00 pm
Meeting point: Altab Ali Park, Adler St, London E1 1HD

The upcoming ‘Queer Tour of Whitechapel’ focuses on Bangladesh LGBTQIA+ movements and welcomes Bangladeshi LGBTQIA+ people who are living in London and especially living in East London. The tour guide is Mazharul Islam – Attitude Pride Award Winner 2018 – one of the pioneer LGBT activists from Bangladesh who fled from his country immediately after the killing two of LGBT activists friends. This tour will give you a brief idea of Bangladeshi LGBT movements; How these movements started; what is the current situation of Bangladeshi LGBT movements, what is the future of Bangladeshi LGBT movements; how the Roopbaan Magazine was published; how the murder of Xulhaz Mannan and Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy took place in Bangladesh and what we here in London can do to support the Bangaldeshi queer community here and abroad. If you are interested to know more details please come and join us with this Whitechapel tour and email queertoursoflondon@gmail.com

With your tour guides: Mazharul Islam – Attitude Pride Award Winner 2018 / Olimpia /Sinthea / Dan Glass

Tour details:

12:00: Participants Arrival
12:00 to 12:05 Introduction
12:05 to 12: 20 visit place 1-Bangladesh LGBT movements
12:20 to 12:35 visit place 2- History of Boys only Bangladesh( First LGBT plat form of Bangladesh )
12:35 to 12:50 visit place 3- History of Roopbaan ( First LGBT Magazine of Bangladesh)
12:50 to 13:00 Quiz and Traditional Bangladeshi snacks distribution:
13:00 End the tour and closing remark from Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time

Amnesty International – Take action for Human Rights – ‘Hacked to death for defending LGBTIQ Rights’ – send a letter of support to Xulhaz’ family – click here

Xulhaz Mannan and a colleague were in his apartment when men posing as couriers burst in wielding machetes. Both men were hacked to death in front of Xulhaz’s 75-year-old mother.

Xulhaz was a founder of Bangladesh’s only magazine dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) issues, a daring venture in a country where same-sex relations are illegal. His attackers are believed to belong to Ansar al-Islam, the same extremist group responsible for a spate of similar assaults on bloggers promoting atheism, feminism, science and other secular issues.

Over a year since the April 2016 attack, and despite evidence including eye witness testimony and CCTV footage, no one has been charged for the murders. On top of this slow police response, the government has shifted blame onto the victims. Shortly after Xulhaz’s murder, a government minister stated that movements promoting “unnatural sex” are not allowed in Bangladeshi society.

This reluctance or unwillingness to find and charge Xulhaz’s killers sends a devastating message to LGBTIQ activists and others who challenge the status quo with their work. As Xulhaz’s brother says, the police’s inaction shows that “the government is least bothered… and believes that ‘this’ issue [same-sex relations] has died with Xulhaz”.

Tell Bangladesh to bring Xulhaz’s killers to justice.

‘QUEER TOURS OF LONDON – A Mince Through Time’ exist to shine a light on London’s rich LGBTQI history through creative and life-affirming interactive tours – www.queertoursoflondon.com / @ queertoursoflondon@gmail.com

Xulhaz Mannan and a colleague were in his apartment when men posing as couriers burst in wielding machetes. Both men were hacked to death in front of Xulhaz’s 75-year-old mother.

Xulhaz was a founder of Bangladesh’s only magazine dedicated to lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ) issues, a daring venture in a country where same-sex relations are illegal. His attackers are believed to belong to Ansar al-Islam, the same extremist group responsible for a spate of similar assaults on bloggers promoting atheism, feminism, science and other secular issues.

Over a year since the April 2016 attack, and despite evidence including eye witness testimony and CCTV footage, no one has been charged for the murders. On top of this slow police response, the government has shifted blame onto the victims. Shortly after Xulhaz’s murder, a government minister stated that movements promoting “unnatural sex” are not allowed in Bangladeshi society.

This reluctance or unwillingness to find and charge Xulhaz’s killers sends a devastating message to LGBTIQ activists and others who challenge the status quo with their work. As Xulhaz’s brother says, the police’s inaction shows that “the government is least bothered… and believes that ‘this’ issue [same-sex relations] has died with Xulhaz”.

Tell Bangladesh to bring Xulhaz’s killers to justice.

‘QUEER TOURS OF LONDON – A Mince Through Time’ exist to shine a light on London’s rich LGBTQI history through creative and life-affirming interactive tours – www.queertoursoflondon.com / @ queertoursoflondon@gmail.com

05.12.18 – RSVP for Gay Liberation Front (GLF) and friends ‘Think In 3’ to Reclaim Pride!

05.12.18 – Gay Liberation Front (GLF) and friends ‘Think In 3’ to Reclaim Pride! Facebook event page here
 
Thank you to Mark Glasgow for the poster – www.markglasgowdesign.com
 
This is the space for all Gay Liberation Front (GLF) Activists and new friends to connect, celebrate and plot for the upcoming significant anniversaries –
 
2019 – 50th anniversary of the Stonewall Riots
2020 – 50th anniversary of GLF UK
2022 – 50th anniversary of Pride
 
We are having monthly ‘think in’s’ at LSE (where GLF UK began) to develop our demands and action plans for next year’s events. Everyone new or old to the movement and who is committed to ‘LIBERATION FOR ALL’ is very welcome.
 
‘Think In’s’ are a concept which the GLF activists first used to have a space, a sanctuary in which to make sense of the world away from the pressures of homophobia and how to effectively respond. 50 years on there is still so much work to do to complete the ultimate aim of ‘freedom for all’.
 
We are busy writing the ‘GLF demands 2’ to present to the world and organising the 2019 timeline of events and actions to pay tribute to the radical roots of Pride by those who started it. Next year will be a year of TRANSFORMATION, JUSTICE AND TRUTH for Pride and the Queer Community!
 
If you wanna get involved and join the ‘Think In 3’ on December 5th at LSE and /or be added to the mailing list please email queertoursoflondon@gmail.com with a few lines of who you are and your committed to radical (getting to the root) queer freedom. Thanks to everyone who is making this happen!

Q. How many LGBTQIA+ legends can you get in one room? A. LOTS! Photos from ‘Think In 2’ – November 7th 2018

   

*** Contacts –
‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ – queertoursoflondon@gmail.com / www.queertoursoflondon.com
 
‘Queerseum’ info@queerseum.org / www.queerseum.org
 
*** Why do we need to ‘reclaim’ Pride – a message from ‘Gay Liberation Fronts’ Andrew Lumsden.
 
‘Where do our rebellions lie now? How can we best tie them into our shared history?’ Andrew Lumsden, GLF activist / Gay News founder (1971)
 
“Surviving Gay Liberation Front activists were sidelined by a London Pride Committee on our 40th anniversary in 2010. Mayor Johnson and his bodyguards – he never spoke to us – were put in front of us on the July march, though we invented such marches. And we were allowed 15 minutes to speak from the Trafalgar Square stage, cut at the last moment to 5 minutes.
 
Young people ask us, what was Gay Lib like, and they love Stuart Feather’s 2016 book about it, Blowing the Lid, Gay Liberation, Sexual Revolution & Radical Queens.
 
We’d like things to go better for the 50th anniversary in 2020 even if we’re all in wheelchairs. But there’s been no approach to us by the present Pride in London Committee. It keeps the Pride franchise awarded by Mayor Khan until 2022 and is known to consider themes for later marches under its supervision. Months ago we suggested a conversation, and were told we would be contacted. We never have been.
 
Never mind. We invented things before and can cheerfully do it again, with the help of friends. So we’d like – since venues have to be booked – to consult with friends about what we might do that would simultaneously
 
. highlight campaigns today
 
. and celebrate the Gay Liberation Front”
 
 

Special Invite to ‘Gay Liberation Front’ think-in and reunion – 08.10.18 – please RSVP :)

Special Invite to ‘Gay Liberation Front’ think-in and reunion – 08.10.18 – please RSVP 🙂 – Facebook event page here

‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ and ‘Queerseum’ (www.queerseum.org) would like to invite you to a think-in on the evening of October 8th – the launch of a series of events to ‘Reclaim Pride’! This event is by RSVP only due to large interest and limited spaces. Please find all the details below and respond to queertoursoflondon@gmail.com ASAP to book your space stating your name and why you would like to come. Please do invite other trusted queens to invite!

Where do our rebellions lie now? How can we best tie them into our shared history?’ Andrew Lumsden, GLF activist / Gay News founder (1971)

Why do we need to ‘reclaim’ Pride – a message from ‘Gay Liberation Fronts’ Andrew Lumsden

“Surviving Gay Liberation Front activists were sidelined by a London Pride Committee on our 40th anniversary in 2010. Mayor Johnson and his bodyguards – he never spoke to us – were put in front of us on the July march, though we invented such marches. And we were allowed 15 minutes to speak from the Trafalgar Square stage, cut at the last moment to 5 minutes.

Young people ask us, what was Gay Lib like, and they love Stuart Feather’s 2016 book about it, Blowing the Lid, Gay Liberation, Sexual Revolution & Radical Queens.

We’d like things to go better for the 50th anniversary in 2020 even if we’re all in wheelchairs. But there’s been no approach to us by the present Pride in London Committee. It keeps the Pride franchise awarded by Mayor Khan until 2022 and is known to consider themes for later marches under its supervision. Months ago we suggested a conversation, and were told we would be contacted. We never have been.

Never mind. We invented things before and can cheerfully do it again, with the help of friends. So we’d like – since venues have to be booked – to consult with friends about what we might do that would simultaneously 

.  highlight campaigns today

.  and celebrate the Gay Liberation Front”

Where do our rebellions lie now? How can we best tie them into our shared history?        

When – October 8th time 6.30-8.30pm (doors open at 6pm)

On October 13th October 1970 in a room at the London School of Economics we changed the course of history forever as we formed the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) in the UK. We urged the queer community to unite around a simple set of demands among which were calls for an end to discrimination against homosexuals in employment, in sex education, in the age of consent and in being treated as sick by the medical establishment. GLF saw itself as a peoples movement for gays, socialist by virtue of its demand for social change, and revolutionary in recognising the rights of other oppressed minorities to determine the fight for their own demands.  

As a courtesy of their role in our founding, the London School of Economics (LSE) are honoured to host us again.

LSE has an important historical role in the push for LGBTQIA+ rights. The first ever Gay Liberation Front (GLF) meeting in the UK was convened in a basement classroom there. Here we witnessed the gatherings, think-ins, political actions, and marches. We see the self-made pamphlets, zines, and newsletters that forged solidarity of thought. These objects galvanized citizens who refused to remain silent; they propelled a movement.

This Saturday! 18.08.2018 – Queer History Tour of Deptford – Press release here

This Saturday! 18.08.2018 –   Queer History Tour of Deptford – 10.30- noon – facebook page here

Meeting point – Carriage Way, SE8 4LY

Tickets £12 – Book your tickets on outsavvy here

With your ‘Queer Tours of London’ tour guide – Attitude Award Winner 2018 Mazharul Islam

Hosted by the fabulous Deptford Pride and in association with Queer History Tours London – A Mince Through Time, there will be a walking tour on and around Deptford High Street, featuring stories of sailors, feminists, queer housing and even the murder of Christopher Marlowe.

The tour will end at the Old Tidemill Gardens, where people are encouraged to stay for a drink and chat, possibly with some of the people who have been part of Deptford’s queer past, and present.

There will be a number of pay-what-you-can-afford tickets, but they must be requested prior to the event. Please email us at lgbtq@deptfordsociety.uk to request more info.

For all journalists – DEPTFORD PRIDE WILL TAKE PLACE ON SATURDAY 18TH AUGUST 2018

The event first happened last year and was organised by two local residents who’ve since moved away from the area. New organisers, Peter and Ste, both local residents from the queer community and members of the Deptford Society, have stepped forward to carry on the great work of last year with the ambition to make Deptford Pride an annual event.

Chair of the Deptford Society, Peter Collins said “Deptford Pride is a grassroots celebration and day of visibility for LGBTQ+ people which also seeks to involve the wider local community.” LGBTQ Officer of the Society, Ste Richardsson added “As a queer person of colour who has been homeless, I recognise the importance of engaging marginalised groups within LGBTQ+ communities, including people of colour; women; trans and non-binary people; disabled people; people living with HIV; low-income households and people at risk of homelessness. Our aim is to create an inclusive, welcoming and safe environment for LGBTQ+ people and allies from across the local area, and encourage visitors from further afield. Smaller-scale local Prides can bring greater visibility and acceptance in those communities. We are already reaching out to a diverse range of organisations, workshop leaders and performers to take part”.

Peter and Ste plan to have a wide range of events, including a variety of information stalls, a mental health workshop, film screenings, trans and nonbinary led cabaret, as well as music, drag and DJs. Dependent on levels of funding and fundraising, activities will either be free or with pay-what-youcan-afford tickets available for those who would otherwise be excluded from attending.

Deptford Pride is already receiving support from local organisations and businesses and is looking to broaden this to include more venues, businesses and charity groups.

To offer support and to find out more email lgbtq@deptfordsociety.uk or follow @DeptfordPride on Twitter, Instagram and Facebook.

Deptford Pride is organised by

  • The Deptford Society Supported
  • by the Mayor of London’s Culture Seeds (TBC) with 1:1 match funding by Lewisham Council (TBC)
  • Venue partner Deptford Market Yard http://deptfordmarketyard.com
  • Film partner Deptford Cinema (TBC) http://deptfordcinema.org Logistics support
  • Eat Me Drink Me https://eat-me-drink-me.co.uk
  • Design partner PC Studio http://wearepc.studio

More information Deptford Society

The Deptford Society is a small but passionate community co-operative which was founded in 2015 to represent the interests of the people who live and work in, and otherwise enjoy, Deptford High Street and the surrounding area. Its main aims are to protect Deptford’s heritage and conservation area status (which has been described by the local council as “at risk”), as well as to support local businesses and start dialogues with the community to make sure that their interests are being met. It is made up of local residents and business owners. To find out more, visit deptfordsociety.uk or follow on Twitter and Facebook: @deptfordsociety. To find out more about Deptford High Street, follow: @deptfordhighst

 

For Immediate Release – Public for the 1st Time – GLF’s Andrew Lumsden Exhibit

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

PUBLIC FOR THE FIRST TIME: THE DRAWINGS AND PHOTOGRAPHY OF GAY LIBERATION FRONT’S ANDREW LUMSDEN

ANDREW LUMSDEN: A RETROSPECTIVE OF THE LAST 50 YEARS – all publicity here and below

WEDNESDAY 11 JULY – SATURDAY 14 JULY
OPENING PARTY – WEDNESDAY 11 JULY, 6PM
PLATFORM SOUTHWARK – 1 JOAN STREET, SE1

The exhibition features 50 years of Andrew’s drawings; sketches of lovers, of friends, of comrades and activists, of strangers, and of figments of Andrew’s imagination.

Alongside the drawings are photos from the 2003 London Gay Pride. The first pride after the abolition of Section 28, and the first pride in which police officers were allowed to march.

 [Picture ‘Boys Prepare for a Demo’ 2018 by Andrew Lumsden]


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


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


Curator Dan de la Motte said ‘I am so proud to have worked with artist Andrew Lumsden and Damien Arness-Dalton at Queerseum in putting this exhibition together. Andrew Lumsden: A Retrospective will be with us only fleetingly, but there is some beauty and power in that. On display at Platform Southwark are the faces and the bodies of Andrew’s friends, and lovers, and strangers, and figments of his imagination. The London Queer community owe Andrew and his contemporaries in the Gay Liberation Front a huge debt – it is they, and their mantra of ‘Out of the Closets and into the Streets!’ that has paved the way for other generations of Queers to question societal norms, question the way things are done, and be strong in their own Queer identities. Thank you Andrew – I hope I have done you and your work justice. Enjoy the exhibition.’


Artist Andrew Lumsden said ‘A public hanging of my pictures? It does seem a bit harsh, no matter how bad they are… No, seriously, I’m so grateful to my friends for organising this late come-out of the kind of drawings I’ve always liked to make. The Curator told me to tell anecdotes about the beginnings of each picture, they go back so far – 50 years the oldest two. So I’ve done as I’m told, and we’ve printed the little stories and they’re up alongside the drawings on Platform Southwark’s walls. I do hope you’ll enjoy both stories and pictures. Basically we’re shy, me and my drawings. I worry about them as they grow older. Will they end up on a skip? This way some will have been seen in a great space and given – I hope! – pleasure. Thank you!’    


Damien Arness-Dalton founder of Queerseum said ‘Queerseum And Queer Tours of London honour our founding member Andrew by placing his work at the heart of our first exhibition. It’s such a pleasure to celebrate our radical queer activist and historian who captured Pride 2003 so beautifully on film and knowing he marched in the first Rallies advocating our rights and liberties with The Gay Liberation Front brings us full circle holding hands in solidarity and love. His drawings of close Friends and LGBT+ figures encapsulates a freedom and playfulness of the queer body and his queer eye he views his world from.  The colour and life that springs from these works are a testament to the joy and contributions Andrew have given to our community and our shared visions to explore our Queer history and our lived experiences with generations old and new. I’m so happy to have to been part of this process and grateful to call him my friend. His work is delightful, cheeky and insightful a queer eye for the archive.’

 

Dan Glass, Queer Tours of London co-founder said ‘I encourage a mass boycott of Andrews exhibition until he keeps his promise to draw me. I can’t wait with my pants around my ankles in soho square forever ya’know Andrew you phenomenally talented temptress. We all love you.’

Contacts

Dan de la Motte, Curator: dandlmh@yahoo.co.uk | 07725402263

Links to exhibition:

https://www.facebook.com/events/969351713189758/

http://www.platformsouthwark. co.uk/whatson/

Where Pride Began – Discover the Queer History of Carnaby Street

Where Pride Began – Discover the Queer History of Carnaby Street – with special guest Andrew Lumsden of the Gay Liberation Front (who started Pride) 

Read more about Andrew here A pioneering 1960’s gay rights activist on the time he staged a sit-in with a bunch of drag queens

Date / Time – Saturday, July 28 at 1 PM – 4 PM

Meeting Point – Lomography UK, 3 Newburgh Street, London, W1F 7RE

It’s Pride in London’ time – but what is it all about and where did it all begin? Find out by joining our very special Diana F+ workshop in collaboration with ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’. On this one-of-a-kind photo-tour you will get first-hand information about Carnaby’s rich history of LGBTQIA+ arts, activism, sass, cabaret and more from people who were there at the time.

This workshop is £20 and includes the loan of a Diana F+ camera, a roll of Lomography X-Pro Slide 200 film, processing and digital scans of your images. You must pre-book as spaces are limited, please call 02074341466. 50% of all profits will be donated to LGBTQIA+ charity the outside project. Facebook page here

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

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

Drag nuns on the 55 bus, the grave of a Drag King and a gay cabaret in The Blitz. Uncover Hackney’s exciting history withQueer Tours of London as part of the Council’s Hackney Pride 365 celebrations.

Hackney has a fascinating and not-to-be forgotten LGBTQI+ (Lesbian, Gay, Bi-sexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex) history. Starting outside Stoke Newington Town Hall Queer Tours of London will take people on a journey, telling the stories of Hackney’s queer history, shedding light on the lives, spaces, identities, repression and resistance that form the backdrop of LGBTQI+ lives today.

The tours are taking place as part of Hackney Council’s Hackney Pride 365 festival. A community led series of celebrations aiming to connect communities, increase LGBTQI+ visibility and immortalise the often un-recorded history of LGBTQI+ life in the borough.

Dan de la Motte, Queer Tours of London tour guide said: “I am so proud to be co-leading the Queer Tour of Hackney with Nell James Grace, as part of Hackney Pride 365. When people think of LGBT and Queer history in our capital they may think of Soho, and rightly so, yet it is this borough that has such a rich and diverse story to tell. A history that is witty, poignant, powerful and personal. I can’t wait to bring it back to life for Queer Tours of London.”

Dan Glass, Co-Founder of Queer Tours of London said: “We are based in Hackney, the history of queer life here is extremely rich. The tours for Hackney Pride 365 will cover history from arts, activism, sass, cabaret, resistance, oppression and much more from the people who were there at the time and have changed the course of Hackney history.”

There are two interactive walking tours taking place, Saturday 23 and 30 June. The tours start at 2pm outside Stoke Newington Town Hall and last two hours. Tours are fully accessible.

There is a suggested donation of £10 for the tour. book on outsavvy here 

Find out more about Queer Tours of London by visiting www.queertoursoflondon.com or emailingqueertoursoflondon@gmail.com. Find out more about Hackney Pride 365 by visiting www.hackney.gov.uk/lgbt or follow thecouncil on FacebookTwitter and Instagram.

About Queer Tours of London:

For this year’s 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality ‘QUEER TOURS OF LONDON – A Mince Through Time’ are bringing forth the visibility of London’s incredible LGBTQI+ community and the journey to how the community became what it is today. Against the backdrop of the mass closure of LGBTQI+ cultural spaces and support services, QUEER TOURS OF LONDON is supporting London’s current queer activism, culture and performance in all its glory.

QUEER TOURS OF LONDON exists to shine a light on London’s rich LGBTQI+ history through creative and life-affirming interactive tours. Telling 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. 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. 

Saturday June 23 – 4-6pm – Meet at Stoke Newington Town Hall. Suggested donations £10

Saturday June 30 – 4-6pm – Meet at Stoke Newington Town Hall. Suggested donations £10

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

For Immediate Release – 10.5.18.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

“No longer with us but with presence stronger than ever, we gather at the world famous cruising  area on Hampstead Heath, to ‘Go Outside’ in honour of George Michael. His every statement and action after his nasty public outing in 1997, said screw the judgement of others. We dance and sing and roll together and shout out, in the immortal words of George, “This Is My Culture!” Nell Andrew, organiser, Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time guide and cruising guru

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

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

Main contacts

Dan Glass – queertoursoflondon@gmail.com / 07717811747

Alex Green – alex@loudandqueerly.com / 07779580393

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

SUPPORTING INFORMATION

Media links from 2017 –

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

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

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

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

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

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

Notes to Editors

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

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