Meet the Guides

Nell James Grace

Nell James Grace is a Trade Union organiser, community campaigner and facilitator. Part-time performer, Director and Vintage Enthusiast, full-time Queer Poirot fanatic. When she’s not obsessing about Hercules, she’s the chair for OUT THERE Hackney LGBTQ+ network, disabled activist and GMB ability committee member and can be found campaigning about neurodiversity and divergence to anyone who will listen. Nell leads the Hackney Tours – next tour is. Contact Nell on …

Mazharul Islam

Mazharul Islam ( Maz), is a LGBT activist from Bangladesh who left his country on 28 April 2016 after the murder of two LGBT activists by Islamic Extremist in Dhaka on 25 April 2016. He was one of the pioneer management board members of Bangladeshi Famous online LGBT group named Boys of Bangladesh which is considered the first LGBT online platform for Bangladeshi LGBT people. Maz is one of the winners of Attitude Pride Award 2018 and he has been nominated for this award for making a protest here in London in front of Bangladesh High Commissioner asking Justice for his two LGBT activist friends who were brutally murdered back in Bangladesh on 25 April 2018. He is now self claimed LGBT activist who is working dedicatedly to bring some positive changes in Bangladesh LGBT community and London based Bangladeshi LGBT people. Maz is a also an artist and he had group exhibition of his paintings( Abstract and conceptual) in Bangladesh, Nepal and Japan. He is an active volunteer of Peter Tatchell Foundation and also member of Act Up London group. Maz leads the LGBT+ Migrant Rights Tour. Maz’ next tour is ‘Queer Tour of Whitechapel’ – contact Maz on

Kat Kai Kol-Kes

Kat Kai 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. Contact Kat on

Dan de la Motte

Dan de la Motte is a Queer performer, activist, researcher, guide and host. He has developed and leads Queer walking tours of Hackney, Soho and the East End, as well as London-wide bus tours. Away from Queer Tours of London, Dan has performed his comedy at the Glory, Hen & Chickens, and Rosemary Branch Theatres, as well as at Reading Fringe. Recently he has performed in Queer things at the Arcola and Soho theatres, and is the voice of Off-Book, the Young Vic Podcast. @Dandelamotte. Dan specialises in Hackney, Bloomsbury and Soho tours. Dan’s next tour is ‘The Very Queer West End Queer History’ Tour – contact Dan on

Lyndsay Burtonshaw

Lyndsay Burtonshaw is a participatory facilitator and activist, specialising in public speaking, Theatre of the Oppressed, power dynamics, spiritual activism, and radical youth work. Passionate about creating transformative spaces for people to build social justice together, they work with collectives Navigate, Resist + Renew and Beautiful Trouble, and organise with LGSMigrants, Plane Stupid and End Deportations. In their spare time they cycle mountains, and hang out at punk gigs, Quaker meetings, and herbal medicine gardens. Lyndsay specialises in Bloomsbury History tours. Contact Lyndsay on

Dani ‘The DaniSinger Experience’ Singer aka Dani Dinger

Dani ‘The DaniSinger Experience’ Singer aka Dani Dinger has “a winning smile” (Exeunt Magazine 2018) and a gender which has been described as “one of the great ideological experiments of the 21st Century” (Instagram direct message 2018). They have been tour guiding for ten years in different guises, and have been part of QToL for almost two. They’re best known for being the person who gets naked at clubs. #RobbieWilliamsIsMyGender #TransOnTrend. Dani specialises on ‘Hackney’ tours, Trans history tours and Soho Tours. Dani’s next tour is next tour is ‘The Very Queer West End Queer History’ Tour. Contact Dani on ‘Queer Tour of Whitechapel’. 

Olimpia is a doctoral researcher working on the politics of inclusion, and on queer uses of time/space. She is part of the campaign to open London’s first community-owned, community-run, late-license queer pub with the activists from The Friends of the Joiners Arms. Olimpia’s next tour is ‘Queer Tour of Whitechapel’. Contact Olimpia on

Holly Buckle

Holly Buckle http://www.hollybuckle.co.uk/

Holly specialises in ‘Section 28’ history of London. Contact Holly on

Han Smith

Han Smith only watches films that are queer! She gorges herself on cinema made by lgbtq+ folks & about lgbtq+ life & communities when she isn’t working with People & Planet, a student led network organising for workers rights, migrants rights and climate justice. She set up No Pride In BP, the campaign that refuses to let fossil fuel companies use National Student Pride to improve their image; she’s also involved with environmental direct action network Reclaim the Power. Han was a founding member of an Oxford based party for queers called Molly, and has recently been enjoying a revival of local queer history and zines in Oxford! Han is a queer feminist that runs workshops celebrating radical body love – they involve a lot of hip bum chest power moves, a ‘power face’ and Chaka Kahn! Han can’t wait to run tours of lesbian HERstory in London, where across the 90’s and noughties she lived both north and south of the river, growing up with alternative indie and DIY queer spaces. Han’s next tour is ‘Lesbian London’. Contact Han on

Sami Cee

Sami Cee is a nurse-activist mobilising a queer resistance to protect the NHS and an activist with ACT UP LONDON and Sexual Avengers – a collective of queer campaigns and individuals using the fiftieth anniversary of both partial decriminalisation of homosexuality and the Abortion Act to catalyse new networks and skills and build long-term action and change for the rights of all LGBTQIA+ people.

Aderonke Apata

Aderonke Apata is a Human Rights Activist, Feminist and LGBT Equality Advocate who has a BSc in Microbiology and subsequently a Masters of Public Health and Primary Care. Winner Positive Role Model for LGBT National Diversity Award 2014, where she was described as “an unstoppable force in fighting for justice”, she is number 41 & 67 on the RanbowList2014 & RainbowList2015 respectively as one of the most influential LGBT people in the UK. Aderonke was named LGBT Heroine of the year 2015 by DIVA Magazine in recognition of her achievements in the LGBT community. Aderonke is the founder of African Rainbow Family, an LGBT group that supports LGBTIQ asylum seekers and people of African heritage in UK and campaigning for the Repeal of the toxic Nigerian Anti-LGBTIQ Law. She also started Manchester Migrant Solidarity, a self help group offering practical supports and building a powerful political voice against the systematic mistreatment of migrants in the UK. Aderonke specialises in ‘LGBT+ Migrant Rights’ tours. Contact Aderonke on

Damien Arness- Dalton

Damien Arness- Dalton is a Queer Londoner. Born and raised. A poet and writer who shares experiences of his own sexuality and queerness. Studied at the Royal Central School and Speech and Drama in BA Hons Drama Applied Theatre and Education. He delivers educational events inspiring young people and new audiences facilitating learning in politics and Science Communication. https://damienarnessdalton.com/ – writer at YESTERQUEER – Social HIStory of a gay Londoner. Damien co-ordinates the ‘Queerseum’ campaign for a permanent Queer Museum in London and is currently leading the ‘GLF Think In – Reclaim Pride’ programme. Contact Damien on.

Dan Glass

Dan Glass is a sex-positive, queer, healthcare and human rights activist, performer and writer – website is ‘The Glass Is Half Full’. Reforming ‘Aids Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) London chapter in 2012 has catalysed healthcare and sex-positive programmes including campaigning for PREP, HIV Blind Date, protecting the National Health Service as well as enabling ‘HIV anti-stigma classes as part of the Beyond UKIP Cabaret in Nigel Farage’s boozer. In 2017 dan won ‘Activist of the Year’ with the ‘Sexual Freedom Awards’. Dan organises regular popular education programmes with the Training for Transformation educational programme born out of the Anti-Apartheid movement. Contact dan on.

Sapphire is an actor/presenter/writer. She love takes major interest in British history from 1800’s to present day. Her main interests are the premier league, liverpool f.c, popular culture and banging, wobbling beats. She also cycles in London and goes to gym often. Saph is eager to be part of the ‘Lesbian London’ tour guide team. Contact Saph on.

Andrew Lumsden joined Gay Liberation Front in London in 1970 which led to the creation of ‘Pride’. He invented Gay News in 1971 (first published 1972) and is an artist. 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.’. Andrew specialises in Soho and Bloomsbury history tours and is currently leading the ‘GLF Think In – Reclaim Pride’ programme. Contact Andrew on.

Josh Hepple

Josh Hepple – Law graduate, writer, activist, disability equality trainer who has severe cerebral palsy. His impairment affects his speech and mobility and he relies on personal assistants 24/7. The prejudice that Josh has faced has given him great empathy for marginalised groups; especially disabled and LGBT people.

Josh has been a theatre reviewer and an Equality Trainer at the Edinburgh Festival Fringe for many years. His Equality Training sessions are based on the social model of disability. Find out more about his Training here. Josh has contributed to various online news sources as a freelance commentator. His unique account of his experiences using Grindr has recently received substantial media attention. Whilst coming to terms with his impairment as a gay teenager in Edinburgh, Josh received excellent support from LGBT Youth Scotland and Gay Men’s Health. However, sensing the need for wider support in the area, Josh helped to establish the charity TalkTime Edinburgh, which provides free counselling for any disabled teenagers, regardless of sexual orientation. When not campaigning he can often be found having fun riding ponies. Learn more about training​ ​here​ or by contacting Josh here​. Read more about Josh here -​ ​These LGBT Clubbers Say They Feel Shut Out Of The Scene Because They Are Disabled​​ – I’d love to shag in your toilet, if only I could get in.” ​ Buzzfeed, August 2017. Josh’ next tour is ‘Queer disability’ tour of London. Contact Josh on .

Siobhan Fahey

Alex Janaszewski

Alex Molano
Sinthia Arefin