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26.05.18 3-4pm – Queer Tours of London present: Soho’s now-lost nighttime spaces

26.05.18 3-4pm – Queer Tours of London present: Soho’s now-lost nighttime spaces

We cannot empower our queer present without understanding our queer past. On this 1 hour walking tour of Soho, come and discover some of the now-lost queer nighttime spaces, the incredible queer pioneers that ran these spaces, and the clientele that filled them. Learn about the oppressive police actions, such as undercover surveillance and raids, as well as the inspirational stories of the fight for queer liberation.

This tour is in partnership with the Peter Tatchell Foundation, who fight for human rights and justice across the globe.

The tour is led by Dan de la Motte, which proceeds being split between Queer Tours of London and the ongoing work of the Peter Tatchell Foundation. As this tour is a fundraiser for both groups, the cost is £15pp.

Contacts: Dan de la Motte for QToL on queertoursoflondon@gmail.com and Pliny Soocoormanee for PTF. All questions and press requests to queertoursoflondon@gmail.com

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

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

***When and Where***

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

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

***Booking Details and Press Requests ***

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

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

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

***About***

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

In 2018 ‘Queer Tours of London’ and friends are reclaiming the teaching of queer culture and taking charge of how it should be taught because as queer people we refuse to ever be silenced. Today we are louder and prouder than ever before. Launched in 2017 for the 50th anniversary of partial decriminalisation of homosexuality ‘QUEER TOURS OF LONDON – A Mince Through Time’ exists to bring forth the visibility of our incredible community at large and the journey to how we became who we are today. Find out more at www.queertoursoflondon.com

If you have Section 28 and related materials that you would like to archive please contact the Bishopsgate Institute on library@bishopsgate.org.uk

“Children are being taught they have an inalienable right to be gay. All of those children are being cheated of a sound start in life.” – Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, October 9, 1987.

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

 

 

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

See the fun from last year!

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

‘Unfinished Business – LGBTQI+ Voices of the Revolution’ Showstomper!

A phenomenal end to the ‘Unfinished Business – LGBTQI+ Voices of the Revolution’ week of action to celebrate our worldwide LGBTQI+ community and bring strength, love and agitation until we are all truly free. Thank you Manu Valcarce for the amazing video – contact Manu at www.manuvalcarce.co.uk


First and foremost – LONDON LOVES YOU Kat Kai Kol-Kes, no words do justice to what an incredible example of humanity you are and what a role model you are to London, sassing up the streets as a tour guide with ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ and lighting up the stage as you hosted our finale show on Sunday. We look forward to having you back soon!
 
THANK YOU to our incredible leading LGBTQI+ artists showcasing dance, spoken word, electric and acapella songs and much more including SJ Soulist (Poetry & Rap), Dan McBride (Drag),Kat Kai Kol-Kes (Singing), Iviee Mercutio (Poetry & Rap), Bimini-Bon Boulash (Pole Dancing) Tommy Hibbitts, Sinthia Arefin (Justice for Xulhaz Mannan and Mahbub Tonoy) – to all at Rich Mix, Carla Ecola and Tam at the Outside Project, Nell James Grace Damien Arness Dalton Dan de la Motte and all the Queer Tours of London family, Aderonke Apata and all the African Rainbow Family, Ruth Daniel Alison Surtees Shereen Andrea Bobbi Mac and all at In Place of War and GRRRL for your amazing support and inspiration, Luca Er Baghetta Modesti for your relentless graphic design talent, Manu Valcarce Holly Buckle and Dan Hall for being the best comms crew ever, Sesange Edwin and all at African Equality Foundation, Peter Tatchell and all at the Foundation, Shaan Surat Knan and all the Rainbow Pilgrims family, everyone else I’ve missed out and everyone in the entire universe on the frontline of QUEER LOVE.
 
Please join the incredible Sinthia Arefin and Mazharul Islam at 6pm tomorrow – 25.4.18 – at Bangladesh High Commission in London, 28 Queens Gate, SW7 5JA South Kensington as its been two years since the killing of Bangladeshi LGBT activists to unite and raise our voices to ask for justice for Xulhaz and Tonoy. A Luta Continua!
 
Get in touch for any requests as well as to be put you in touch with any of performers and thanks again! Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time – queertoursoflondon@gmail.com / www.queertoursoflondon.com
 
   

‘LGBT+ Voices of the Revolution’ week of action hits the streets of London’

Dear friends, 
 

Thank you for everyone who made yesterdays ‘LGBT+ Voices of the Revolution’ tour of London such a powerful day. A true rollercoaster of emotions, sharing and agitating for LGBT+ Community Power and to stand up against the war of inequality in the Commonwealth! 

Thank you so much Dan for the amazing  Queer Tours of London / Commonwealth Protest photos! Pls share the photos far and wide and see Dan’s ‘Read Me’ note for how they should be distributed.
Here’s all the organisational contacts from yesterday. The struggle for global LGBT+ rights continues! Thank you again, Kat, dan and all at Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time – see you soon!

 

ABOUT ‘UNFINISHED BUSINESS’ – Upcoming tours and a performance and spoken word platform for LGBTQIA+ freedom world-wide

In association with ‘In Place of War’, ‘African Rainbow Family’, ‘African Equality Foundation’ ‘Rainbow Pilgrims’, ‘Peter Tatchell Foundation’ and more Unfinished Business – LGBTQI+ Voices of the Revolution exists to celebrate and support the next generation of artists, activists and change-makers dedicated to ending homophobia, transphobia and all forms of oppression and provide public cultural platforms that will raise awareness outside the CHOGM conference walls agitating for a global movement of creative activism to decriminalise homosexuality everywhere and provide true freedom for all. 

Unfinished Business – LGBTQI+ Voices of the Revolution is a showcase that brings together an inspirational line up of LGBTQI+ musicians from countries where it is illegal to be LGBTQI+ to collaborate, create and perform with each other. Bringing together LGBTQI+ artists from countries around the world where it is illegal to be queer we will showcase musicians and artists whose work expression is both unapologetically Queer and uncompromisingly anti-racist. Think radical and outrageous revolutionaries who struggles are multi-layered and universal: beautiful voices of global and intersectional resistance.

With your host Botswana born Trans* ARTivist, Katlego Kai Kolanyane-Kesupile (Kol-Kes) 
Katlego Kai Kolanyane-Kesupile (Kol-Kes) is a groundbreaking ARTivist, she uses various art forms for human rights activism and advocacy, bridging the gaps created by jargon and societal insecurities. Kol-Kes is a TED Fellow, the author of …on about the same old things,  founder and Creative Director of the Queer Shorts Showcase Festival (Botswana), an alumnus of the Young African Leadership Initiative and a member of the Mellon Mays Fellows Professional Network (MMFPN). She has previously served as Curator of the Gaborone Hub of the World Economic Forum initiative- Global Shapers Community, and was a 2016/17 Chevening Scholar. More can be find in http://kkolkes.wixsite.com/kkolkes

HOW TO BOOK

All booking details and links below. All press requests and general questions please email
queertoursoflondon@gmail.com.

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NEXT EVENTS!
Wednesday 18th April 2018 – ‘Queer tour of ‘Nightlife in Soho’  6-7pm – meeting point at Soho Square, London W1D – facebook event page here
We cannot empower our queer present without understanding our queer past. On this 1 hour walking tour of Soho, come and discover some of the now-lost queer nighttime spaces, the incredible queer pioneers that ran these spaces, and the clientele that filled them. Learn about the oppressive police actions, such as undercover surveillance and raids, as well as the inspirational stories of the fight for queer liberation. Listen and learn with LGBT+ activists and listen to their own stories of advocating for LGBT+ rights in the UK and the world. Learn about the history of judicial, medical and religious persecution faced by the LGBTQI+ community and how we have creatively resisted on the streets and in the courts in London and across the world.
Suggested donation £10 – to book please email queertoursoflondon@gmail.com ASAP
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Thursday 19th April 2018 – Join us to support the ‘Stop LGBTQI+ Persection in the Commonwealth Protest’ – 1-2pm – LGBT+ human rights vigil outside the HQ of the Commonwealth Secretariat against the criminalisation of same-sex relations by 37 out the 53 Commonwealth member states. We’ll be joined by LGBT+ delegates from across the Commonwealth. This vigil is being held while the Commonwealth summit is in progress. The venue is: Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HX. Nearest tubes: Green Park, Piccadilly Circus and Charing Cross. Map: http://bit.ly/2FeqE1G – Facebook event page here

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) will take place in the UK in April 2018. We urge the CHOGM 2018 organisers to:

  • Include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and inter-sex (LGBTI) human rights on the main CHOGM agenda
  • Invite openly LGBTI people from the Commonwealth to address the CHOGM leaders.
Please sign the petition here and share it far and wide. Further info here ‘2018 must be the year the entire Commonwealth recognises LGBT+ Rights’
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Sunday 22nd April 7.30 – 10pm ‘Finale Unfinished Business – LGBT+ Voices of the Revolution performance showcase’ at ‘Rich Mix’ 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA – book your tickets here! – facebook page here
 

Performances from leading LGBTQI+ artists showcasing dance, spoken word, electric and acapella songs and much more including SJ Soulist (Poetry & Rap), Daniel McBride (Drag),Kat Kai Kol-Kes (Singing), Iviee Mercutio (Poetry & Rap), Bimini-Bon Boulash (Pole Dancing)
Unfinished Business – LGBTQI+ Voices of the Revolution is a showcase that brings together an inspirational line up of LGBTQI+ musicians from countries where it is illegal to be LGBTQI+ to collaborate, create and perform with each other. The night comes at the end of a Commonwealth summit – CHOGM – in London where we demand that LGBT+ freedom is at the top of the agenda. Bringing together LGBTQI+ artists from countries around the world where it is illegal to be queer we will showcase musicians and artists whose work expression is both unapologetically Queer and uncompromisingly anti-racist. Think radical and outrageous revolutionaries who struggles are multi-layered and universal: beautiful voices of global and intersectional resistance.

Tickets – £5 or £3 concession. Profits go to African Rainbow Family (www.africanrainbowfamily.org) – Venue is fully accesible.

book your tickets here to avoid disappointment –https://www.richmix.org.uk/events/music/unfinished-business-lgbt-voices-revolution-x – or just turn up!

With your host Botswana born Trans* ARTivist – Katlego Kai Kolanyane-Kesupile (Kol-Kes) 

Katlego Kai Kolanyane-Kesupile (Kol-Kes) is a groundbreaking ARTivist, she uses various art forms for human rights activism and advocacy, bridging the gaps created by jargon and societal insecurities. Kol-Kes is a TED Fellow, the author of …on about the same old things, founder and Creative Director of the Queer Shorts Showcase Festival (Botswana), an alumnus of the Young African Leadership Initiative and a member of the Mellon Mays Fellows Professional Network (MMFPN). She has previously served as Curator of the Gaborone Hub of the World Economic Forum initiative- Global Shapers Community, and was a 2016/17 Chevening Scholar. More can be find in http://kkolkes.wixsite.com/kkolkes

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April 25th 6-7pm – ‘Justice for Xulhaz Mannan and Mahbub Tonoy’ –  Bangladesh High Commission in London, 8 Queens Gate, SW7 5JA South Kensington

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING …

‘Human Rights is not a privilege, Commonwealth citizens who are LGBT have the right to freely express who they are without fear of persecution and or prosecution, it is important for these rights to be legally protected and understood.’ Reverend Jide Macaulay – Founder @HouseOfRainbow

‘The laws in Commonwealth states speak in languages inscribed on LGBT+ bodies as bleeding scars. The time has come for states to see these scars and for the cause of the Commonwealth to take responsibility for enabling the recovery process.’ – Kat Kai Kol-Kes, ARTivist (Botswana)

For Immediate Release – ‘Unfinished Business’ Week of protest begins to abolish all anti – LGBT+ Commonwealth Laws

For Immediate Release – ‘Unfinished Business’ Week of protest begins to abolish all anti – LGBT+ Commonwealth Laws

A coalition of high-profile UK and global LGBTQI+ rights movements are coalescing this week in a series of protests while The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM)*1 that is taking place in the UK next week to demand that they put LGBTQIA+ rights at the top of the agenda. CHOGM leaders have previously always refused to discuss or support LGBT+ issues and concerns*2.

Hosted by groundbreaking Botswana born Trans* ARTivist Katlego Kai Kolanyane-Kesupile *3 who is the first outspoken transwoman from Botswana and in association with ‘In Place of War’, ‘African Rainbow Family’, ‘African Equality Foundation’ ‘Rainbow Pilgrims’, ‘Peter Tatchell Foundation’, ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through time’ and more, the week of action includes vigils, street-interventions and performances*3. The walking tours will march across London’s key embassies which maintain homophobic legislation with speeches and creative civil disobedience by activists who have fled homophobic persecution. 

In the middle of the week there will be a  vigil on Thursday 19th April 2018 entitled ‘Stop LGBTQI+ Persecution in the Commonwealth’ Protest 1-2pm outside the HQ of the Commonwealth Secretariat in London SW1Y 5HX against the criminalisation of same-sex relations by 37 out the 53 Commonwealth member states. It will be joined by LGBTQI+ delegates from across the Commonwealth. SIGN up on Facebook and SHARE: https://www.facebook.com/events/245606469317876/?active_tab=about 

The week of action demands that CHOGM 2018 organisers

  • Include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and inter-sex (LGBTI) human rights on the main CHOGM agenda
  • Invite openly LGBTI people from the Commonwealth to address the CHOGM leaders.

Unfinished Business – LGBTQI+ Voices of the Revolution will end the week with a performance showcase that brings together an inspirational lineup of LGBTQI+ artists from the UK together with countries where it is illegal to be LGBTQI+ to celebrate and support the next generation of artists, activists and change-makers dedicated to ending homophobia, transphobia and all forms of oppression. It will provide public cultural platforms that will raise awareness outside the CHOGM conference walls agitating for a global movement of creative activism to decriminalise homosexuality everywhere and provide true freedom for all.

“Two years have been passed since Xulhaz Mannan, the publisher and co-founder of Roopban and another LGBTQ activist  were brutally murdered by religious activist in Bangladesh which is of the commonwealth countries where homosexuality is a crime and the punishment is lifetime imprisonment under the section 377 penal code. As a LGBTQ activist from Bangladesh I want justice for my friends Xulhaz Mannan and Mahbub Rabbi Tonoy and also want commonwealth leader should take necessary steps to abolish the law against homosexuality among all the commonwealth countries including Bangladesh to give us the freedom to live in our own countries as a other normal citizen” Mazharul Islam, LGBTQ activist from Bangladesh.

“The Commonwealth is a bastion of homophobia. In defiance of the human rights principles of the Commonwealth Charter, 37 out of 53 Commonwealth countries criminalise LGBT+ people. Nine have life imprisonment. In parts of two countries – Pakistan and Nigeria – there is the death penalty. Even more Commonwealth countries fail to protect LGBT+ people against discrimination and hate crime – and reject dialogue with their local LGBT+ organisations. For six decades, the leaders at Commonwealth summits have refused to discuss, let alone support, equality for the estimated more than 100 million LGBT+ citizens living in the member states.” Peter Tatchell, The Peter Tatchell Foundation

“The global landscape for LGBTQI+ refugees, migrants and travellers is a dubious one and we want to shed a light on the important stories marginalised people have to share. At Rainbow Pilgrims, we have given a voice to people who sometimes feel unheard, in order to better understand what more can be done to support the members of these diverse communities and celebrate their contribution to British society and beyond.” Surat-Shaan Knan, founder of Rainbow Pilgrims

‘Human Rights is not a privilege, Commonwealth citizens who are LGBT have the right to freely express who they are without fear of persecution and or prosecution, it is important for these rights to be legally protected and understood.’ Reverend Jide Macaulay, Founder @HouseOfRainbow

‘The laws in Commonwealth states speak in languages inscribed on LGBT+ bodies as bleeding scars. The time has come for states to see these scars and for the cause of the Commonwealth to take responsibility for enabling the recovery process.’  Kat Kai Kol-Kes, ARTivist (Botswana)

Contacts

Queertoursoflondon@gmail.com / www.queertoursoflondon.com / Tel – 0044 (0) 7717811747

Notes to Editors

*1 CHOGM – The Commonwealth is a diverse community of 53 nations that work together to promote prosperity, democracy and peace.https://www.chogm2018.org.uk/

*2 – http://www.petertatchellfoundation.org/commonwealth-summit-2018-bid-for-lgbt-rights/

*3 – Katlego Kai Kolanyane-Kesupile (Kol-Kes) is a groundbreaking ARTivist, she uses various art forms for human rights activism and advocacy, bridging the gaps created by jargon and societal insecurities. Kol-Kes is a TED Fellow, the author of …on about the same old things, founder and Creative Director of the Queer Shorts Showcase Festival (Botswana), an alumnus of the Young African Leadership Initiative and a member of the Mellon Mays Fellows Professional Network (MMFPN). She has previously served as Curator of the Gaborone Hub of the World Economic Forum initiative- Global Shapers Community, and was a 2016/17 Chevening Scholar. More can be find in http://kkolkes.wixsite.com/kkolkes

*3 – This vigil is being held while the Commonwealth summit is in progress. The venue is: Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HX. Nearest tubes: Green Park, Piccadilly Circus and Charing Cross. Map: http://bit.ly/2FeqE1G – Facebook event page here

Please sign the petition here and share it far and wide. Further info here ‘2018 must be the year the entire Commonwealth recognises LGBT+ Rights’

Further events all details here

Sunday 15th April 2018 – ‘LGBT+ Voices of the Revolution’ Tour of Central London – 1-4pm meeting point at the Indian High Commission, India House, London WC2B 4NA – outsavvy ticket link here

Wednesday 18th April 2018 – ‘Queer tour of ‘Nightlife in Soho’  5-6pm – meeting point at Soho Square, London W1D  

Sunday 22nd April 7.30 – 10pm ‘Finale Unfinished Business – LGBT+ Voices of the Revolution performance showcase’ at ‘Rich Mix’ 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA – Performances from leading LGBTQI+ artists showcasing dance, spoken word, electric and acapella songs and much more including SJ Soulist (Poetry & Rap), Daniel McBride (Drag),Kat Kai Kol-Kes (Singing), Iviee Mercutio (Poetry & Rap), Bimini-Bon Boulash (Pole Dancing) – https://www.richmix.org.uk/events/music/unfinished-business-lgbt-voices-revolution-x – or just turn up!

Booking details – ‘Unfinished Business – LGBTQIA+ freedom world-wide’ London tours and performance

ABOUT ‘UNFINISHED BUSINESS’ – Upcoming tours and a performance and spoken word platform for LGBTQIA+ freedom world-wide

In association with ‘In Place of War’, ‘African Rainbow Family’, ‘African Equality Foundation’ ‘Rainbow Pilgrims’, ‘Peter Tatchell Foundation’ and more Unfinished Business – LGBTQI+ Voices of the Revolution exists to celebrate and support the next generation of artists, activists and change-makers dedicated to ending homophobia, transphobia and all forms of oppression and provide public cultural platforms that will raise awareness outside the CHOGM conference walls agitating for a global movement of creative activism to decriminalise homosexuality everywhere and provide true freedom for all. 

Unfinished Business – LGBTQI+ Voices of the Revolution is a showcase that brings together an inspirational line up of LGBTQI+ musicians from countries where it is illegal to be LGBTQI+ to collaborate, create and perform with each other. Bringing together LGBTQI+ artists from countries around the world where it is illegal to be queer we will showcase musicians and artists whose work expression is both unapologetically Queer and uncompromisingly anti-racist. Think radical and outrageous revolutionaries who struggles are multi-layered and universal: beautiful voices of global and intersectional resistance.

With your host Botswana born Trans* ARTivist, Katlego Kai Kolanyane-Kesupile (Kol-Kes) 
 
 
Katlego Kai Kolanyane-Kesupile (Kol-Kes) is a groundbreaking ARTivist, she uses various art forms for human rights activism and advocacy, bridging the gaps created by jargon and societal insecurities. Kol-Kes is a TED Fellow, the author of …on about the same old things,  founder and Creative Director of the Queer Shorts Showcase Festival (Botswana), an alumnus of the Young African Leadership Initiative and a member of the Mellon Mays Fellows Professional Network (MMFPN). She has previously served as Curator of the Gaborone Hub of the World Economic Forum initiative- Global Shapers Community, and was a 2016/17 Chevening Scholar. More can be find in http://kkolkes.wixsite.com/kkolkes

HOW TO BOOK

All booking details and links below. All press requests and general questions please email
queertoursoflondon@gmail.com

EVENTS  
 
Sunday 15th April 2018 – ‘LGBT+ Voices of the Revolution’ Tour of Central London – 1-4pm meeting point at the Indian High Commission, India House, London WC2B 4NA – facebook event page here
 ‘In Place of War’, ‘African Rainbow Family’, ‘African Equality Foundation’ ‘Rainbow Pilgrims’, ‘Peter Tatchell Foundation’ and more this tour coincides with the discussions on overturning global homophobic legislation at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) happening this week in London this tour will journey through iconic spaces that contribute both to the oppression and freedom of LGBTQI+ folk world-wide. It will enable LGBTQIA+ artists from places of conflict to tell their stories, share their cultures and take part in a life-changing experience. 
 
Suggested donation £10 – to book please email queertoursoflondon@gmail.com ASAP
 
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Wednesday 18th April 2018 – ‘Queer tour of ‘Nightlife in Soho’  6-7pm – meeting point at Soho Square, London W1D – facebook event page here
 

We cannot empower our queer present without understanding our queer past. On this 1 hour walking tour of Soho, come and discover some of the now-lost queer nighttime spaces, the incredible queer pioneers that ran these spaces, and the clientele that filled them. Learn about the oppressive police actions, such as undercover surveillance and raids, as well as the inspirational stories of the fight for queer liberation. Listen and learn with LGBT+ activists and listen to their own stories of advocating for LGBT+ rights in the UK and the world. Learn about the history of judicial, medical and religious persecution faced by the LGBTQI+ community and how we have creatively resisted on the streets and in the courts in London and across the world.
 
Suggested donation £10 – to book please email queertoursoflondon@gmail.com ASAP
 
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Thursday 19th April 2018 – Join us to support the ‘Stop LGBTQI+ Persection in the Commonwealth Protest’ – 1-2pm – LGBT+ human rights vigil outside the HQ of the Commonwealth Secretariat against the criminalisation of same-sex relations by 37 out the 53 Commonwealth member states. We’ll be joined by LGBT+ delegates from across the Commonwealth. This vigil is being held while the Commonwealth summit is in progress. The venue is: Marlborough House, Pall Mall, London SW1Y 5HX. Nearest tubes: Green Park, Piccadilly Circus and Charing Cross. Map: http://bit.ly/2FeqE1G – Facebook event page here

The Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) will take place in the UK in April 2018. We urge the CHOGM 2018 organisers to:

  • Include lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and inter-sex (LGBTI) human rights on the main CHOGM agenda
  • Invite openly LGBTI people from the Commonwealth to address the CHOGM leaders. 
Please sign the petition here and share it far and wide. Further info here ‘2018 must be the year the entire Commonwealth recognises LGBT+ Rights’
 
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Sunday 22nd April 7.30 – 10pm ‘Finale Unfinished Business – LGBT+ Voices of the Revolution performance showcase’ at ‘Rich Mix’ 35-47 Bethnal Green Rd, London E1 6LA – book your tickets here! – facebook page here
 

Performances from leading LGBTQI+ artists showcasing dance, spoken word, electric and acapella songs and much more including SJ Soulist (Poetry & Rap), Daniel McBride (Drag),Kat Kai Kol-Kes (Singing), Iviee Mercutio (Poetry & Rap), Bimini-Bon Boulash (Pole Dancing) 


Unfinished Business – LGBTQI+ Voices of the Revolution is a showcase that brings together an inspirational line up of LGBTQI+ musicians from countries where it is illegal to be LGBTQI+ to collaborate, create and perform with each other. The night comes at the end of a Commonwealth summit – CHOGM – in London where we demand that LGBT+ freedom is at the top of the agenda. Bringing together LGBTQI+ artists from countries around the world where it is illegal to be queer we will showcase musicians and artists whose work expression is both unapologetically Queer and uncompromisingly anti-racist. Think radical and outrageous revolutionaries who struggles are multi-layered and universal: beautiful voices of global and intersectional resistance.

Tickets – £5 or £3 concession. Profits go to African Rainbow Family (www.africanrainbowfamily.org) – Venue is fully accesible.

book your tickets here to avoid disappointment –https://www.richmix.org.uk/events/music/unfinished-business-lgbt-voices-revolution-x – or just turn up!

With your host Botswana born Trans* ARTivist – Katlego Kai Kolanyane-Kesupile (Kol-Kes) 

Katlego Kai Kolanyane-Kesupile (Kol-Kes) is a groundbreaking ARTivist, she uses various art forms for human rights activism and advocacy, bridging the gaps created by jargon and societal insecurities. Kol-Kes is a TED Fellow, the author of …on about the same old things, founder and Creative Director of the Queer Shorts Showcase Festival (Botswana), an alumnus of the Young African Leadership Initiative and a member of the Mellon Mays Fellows Professional Network (MMFPN). She has previously served as Curator of the Gaborone Hub of the World Economic Forum initiative- Global Shapers Community, and was a 2016/17 Chevening Scholar. More can be find in http://kkolkes.wixsite.com/kkolkes

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WHAT PEOPLE ARE SAYING …

‘Human Rights is not a privilege, Commonwealth citizens who are LGBT have the right to freely express who they are without fear of persecution and or prosecution, it is important for these rights to be legally protected and understood.’ Reverend Jide Macaulay – Founder @HouseOfRainbow

‘The laws in Commonwealth states speak in languages inscribed on LGBT+ bodies as bleeding scars. The time has come for states to see these scars and for the cause of the Commonwealth to take responsibility for enabling the recovery process.’ – Kat Kai Kol-Kes, ARTivist (Botswana)

Why I am a ‘Queer Tour of London’ guide – Dan de la Motte

On 11 February 2018 Student Pride are teaming up with us at Queer Tours of London (‘A Mince Through Time’) to deliver one of our biggest bus tours to date.

We believe that it is vital that the next generation of (politically and sexually) active LGBTQ+ people are aware of the struggles, campaigns, defeats and victories of the generations that went before us, as well as the laws and institutions which kept our community oppressed, and pushed us underground. How else can we continue to mobilise around contemporary LGBTQ+ issues, in the UK and globally, without first understanding our own journey to the point that we are at today?

Living in Hackney as a younger gay man, I am fortunate to have a choice of queer night-time spaces to visit. Let’s hear it for The Glory, Dalston Superstore or Vogue Fabrics for instance, or the various LGBT and Q nights that pop up at places like the Ace Hotel in Shoreditch or Electrowerkz in Islington. We are (thankfully, mostly) safe in these spaces. Safe to explore our gender and sexual identity. Safe to have a dance and a drink. Safe to, if we’re feeling it, attempt to pull. But we mustn’t take this for granted. What about those brave queer pioneers, who went to similar spaces in London in the 1920s and 1930s, such as The Caravan Club, by Shaftesbury Avenue, raided by undercover police officers in 1934, in which 103 people were arrested, families and marriages broken up, jobs lost and careers over, in which the owner Jack Neave was sentenced to 20 months hard labour. Or Billie’s Club in Soho, raided by police three years later, in which the police report stated that ‘their [gay men] dancing consisted of suggestive movements and was exaggerated more than necessary. They spoke in effeminate voices. On another occasion [one] danced with a halfcaste. After the dance several people applauded.’

Let us use our history to protect our present and our future – QToL are proud to be supporting the successful Save The Joiners Arms Campaign. We need these spaces for our community to thrive.

The bus tour will encourage Student Pride members to be proud in their LGBTQ+ identities. Let us learn from the Gay Liberation Front from the 1970s, and their brand of anti-assimilationist, in-yer-face equality campaigns. And let’s rekindle other forms of queer identity too – such as Polari, the secret gay language spoken by men in the 1940s and 1950s. Let’s build a community of queer individuals who are empowered and emboldened by those who went before them. At QToL we are fortunate to have ex-GLF members as part of our team, and we run Polari workshops.

When the bus reaches Westminster we will learn of the incredible campaigns against the homophobic Section 28 Legislation, such as the lesbians who abseiled down the House of Lords in protest. This in turn inspired a more recent guerrilla movement – The Sexual Avengers – to put up a fake blue plaque to commemorate it. The personal is political. Queer campaigns such as this prove this.

I’m very excited to be the tour guide for this bus tour, and hope it leads to a future relationship between Student Pride and Queer Tours of London, as we seek to use our collective history to continue to educate, empower and agitate.

To book a place on the Student Pride bus tour, please see: http://queertoursoflondon.com/2018/01/13/book-your-tickets-here-for-student-pride-queer-bus-tour-of-london-feb-11th-2018/

By Dan de la Motte

@Dandelamotte

Queer Tours of London.

Are you a fabulous mincer? ‘Queer Tours of London ’ are recruiting! Details here / Pls Share

 

Are you a fabulous mincer? ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time’ are recruiting!

We are looking to train up 10 more paid guides to be part of our developing workers-cooperative community. We are a dynamic family of proactive creative fierce and fabulous radical queers who are inundated with requests for Spring and Summer tour programme. Are you hungry to harness our queer history for our ongoing psychological, spiritual and practical freedoms? Do you have performance, artistic, research, curatorial and protest techniques which can help you as a guide?

We have an informal welcome day on March 31st from 10-5pm in Central London tbc (fully accessible) where we would love to meet you.

Please fill out this form by Feb 25th st and we shall get back to you by March 3rd. Any questions please ask queertoursoflondon@gmail.com

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.

We have been honoured to collaborate with institutions and social movements in every corner of London. 2017 highlights include Rebel Dykes ‘Brixton Dykes on the Rampage’, the African Rainbow Family on LGBT+ Migrant rights; crawling up the House of Lords to commemorate radical sexual freedom history; agitating queer venues to become more accessible; launched ‘Unfinished Business – LGBTQIA+ Voices of the Revolution’ festival and tore up the streets of London in drag on the ‘Bang Bus’  – see here for reviews.

 
30 years ago this year our Government introduced ‘Section 28’ which which banned the promotion ofqueer lifestyles in schools. In 2018 ‘Queer Tours of London’ and friends are reclaiming the teaching ofqueer culture and taking charge of how it should be taught because as queer people we refuse to ever be silenced. Today we are louder and prouder than ever before. Find out more at www.queertoursoflondon.com

“Queer Tours provides a vital, enthralling and entertaining glance into an oft-ignored aspect of London’s history. This is a must-do for not just the LGBT+ community, but everyone interested in this city’s cultural landscape!” Emma Kroeger, Dalston Superstore – Marketing & Bookings Coordinator

“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 is a fantastic way to see London with fresh eyes. It gives you the chance to uncover the hidden stories, both recent and historical, of LGBTQ voices and experiences. Walking the city really brings to life the way in which radical lives can shape our present.”Juliet Chard, Stonewall

March 2017 – Brixton Dykes on the Rampage by WinkBall

Dan Glass talks to WinkBall about the importance of Queer Tours.