- Shine a light on London’s rich LGBTQI history through creative, audacious and life-affirming interactive walking tours
- Knowledge is Power – Understanding our Queer History to build for our Queer Future
- Generate People Power and Financial Support for London’s Queer campaigns.
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.
‘Queer Tours of London’ are for everyone in London – visitors and residents – to be inspired by our history and get involved in our future.We also welcome requests for special-themed tours, private tours and all kinds of collaborations. Contact with us on firstname.lastname@example.org for all involvement / press requests / collaborations.
Our tours so far - all the upcoming tours please see 'What's On'
- The Very Queer West End - Queer Theatre History
- Section 28
- Lesbian London
- Queer disability Justice
- Brixton Dykes on the Rampage with the Rebel Dykes
- Bangladeshi queer tour of Whitechapel
- LGBT+ Migrant History
The 'Queer Tours of London - A Mince Through Time' journey so far
We launched in 2017 as a landmark year - the 50th anniversary of the passing of the ‘Sexual Offences Act’ and we have certainly made the most of this year to continue the journey for sexual freedom. Led alongside ‘East London Strippers Collective’ we launched the year with ‘Look Back in Pride’ to learn from our history. This led ‘Queer Tours of London - A Mince Through Time’ to bring forth the visibility of our incredible sexual revolutionary community - to harness our history for change today. Against the backdrop of the mass closure of LGBTQI, women's and sexually dissident cultural spaces and support services, this supports current sex-positive activism, culture and performance in all its glory.
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; successfully helping win back queer venues - see here for reviews. Actions this year have involved crawling up the House of Lords to commemorate radical sexual freedom history, agitating queer venues to become more accessible, demanding a permanent museum to celebrate sexual freedom, organised ‘pretty police’ orgies in the bushes, called for a full apology not just a pardon for queers, paid tribute to the stories of those sexual deviants untold, launched 'Unfinished Business - LGBTQIA+ Voices of the Revolution' festival and tore up the streets of London in drag on the ‘Bang Bus’ - and so much more to commemorate the 50th anniversary.
2018 is the 30th anniversary of the introduction of Section 28, which banned the promotion of queer lifestyles in schools, we reflect on the education of queer sex and how it has progressed since. Can we, as queer people, take charge of this education?
So in 2018 come and learn about central London’s rich history of LGBTQIA+ arts, activism, sass, cabaret, resistance, oppression and much more! We tell the stories of London’s queer history, shedding light on the lives, spaces, identities, repression and resistance that form the backdrop of LGBTQIA+ lives today through educational, accessible and interactive walking tours, cabarets and performance-art that bring life to the complexities and lived experiences of our history, present and vision for the future. Find out more at www.queertoursoflondon.com
[embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewlW4k3VAE0[/embedyt]Queer London – Perils and Pleasures in the Sexual Metropolis 1918 – 1957’ “I found the tour around Soho immensely interesting, insightful and enjoyable. It was amazing to learn such fascinating things about the injustices experienced and the action taken by the LGBTQ+ community over the last few centuries. Our tour guide Dan De La Motte, was fantastic. Our group were so inspired by their knowledge, passion and energy. We attended the tour with a group of young people we have been working with as part of Amplify Youth at The Young Foundation. It was un-paralleled opportunity to build on the skillsets the group have been developing as part of the programme. They were able to learn, see and experience first-hand the power of community organising, and social action for change which is at the heart of Amplify Youth and also in the ethos of Queer Tours of London. Thank you QTL – I will not be able to walk these pavements in the same way. From now on, each step will be taken with honour and awe at the struggles and successes of those who came before us.” – Isabel Young, Programme Manager for Communities at The Young Foundation “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 “It’s only by understanding queer history, and how we arrived her we can understand our present and our future. Queer Tours of London are doing something unique, and with such passion and vim. They are actually leading queers of today in the footprints of our predecessors, allowing us to follow where they stood. Thank you! I’m producing a crucial film that will inform and educate queer people today about the enormous influence that a gang of Rebel Dykes from the 1980s had. Queer Tours of London have given me the opportunity of helping me devise a walk through Brixton which will bring those dykes and their stories alive, and by doing so hopefully help reignite the Rebel Dykes courage, love and power all over again.” Siobhan Farley, Rebel Dykes “Experience an essential slice of almost lost history with A Mince Around London. All is revealed by their friendly and experienced tour guides of hidden lives in London.” Atalanta Kernick Rebel Dykes “The importance of affirming, cherishing and deep-rooting the rich history, culture and legacies of our community as LGBTIQ+ people from past to the future couldn’t have been more relevant than now. These can only be achieved through dedicated creativity, telling the stories, touring memorable centres/locations, garnering mutual solidarity and many more to enhace our financial empowerment. All of these and more innovations are currently being championed by Queer Tours of London who is working in collaboration with African Rainbow Family on exciting special tours of London together. As we are celebrating the 50th anniversary of the passing of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK, it brings to mind the millions of other LGBTIQ+ people who are enslaved for loving one another in many countries where love is still illegal. This is a time to celebrate and appreciate the freedom and equality that ensured from that. We must not forget to however, reflect on the plights of LGBT asylum seekers in the UK, lend voices and resources to working in collaboration towards decriminalising homosexuality in the nearly 43 commonwealth countries where LGBIQ+ people are constantly persecuted, imprisoned and including facing the death penalty.” Aderonke Apata, African Rainbow Family “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 u0026amp; Bookings Coordinator “QUEER TOURS OF LONDON is a fantastic and timely idea – a fun way of keeping our mind-blowing, irreplaceable heritage alive, and a powerful way of activating it as a tool to face 21st-century challenges!’” – (Ben Walters, coordinator of the Queer Spaces Network and writer of the application that made the Royal Vauxhall Tavern the UK’s first queer listed building) In the Press Vice – ‘Meet the activists running London’s first Queer Tour’ We recently supported the recent – BBC Feature – ‘Where is our Queer Museum’ street-art action The Independent – From Soho to Vauxhall: The man behind London’s first LGBTQ history tour 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 April 2017 – I.D. Magazine – decoding the secret gay language of polari March 2017 – Dazed and Confused – Remembering London’s lost queers in a 1930s gay club March 2017 – Thomson Reuters – FEATURE-Meet the activists mapping London’s LGBT history [embedyt] http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ewlW4k3VAE0[/embedyt] March 2017 – Brixton Dykes on the Rampage by WinkBall Dan Glass talks to WinkBall about the importance of Queer Tours. Brixton Dykes on the Rampage December 2017 QX Magazine – ‘Why I’m heading to Downing Street on an open top bus this World AIDS Day’ by Dani Singer Docs Not Cops – ‘Don’t F**k with the NHS’ for World AIDS Day 2017 Open Democracy – We Survive – but AIDS is not over – a Bang Bus Special by Ash Kotak Gay Star News – ‘I dream of AIDS being over before I die’ – Why 80’s HIV-Epidemic victim’s eulogies went on a bus tour of London Hiskind Magazine – Return of the BANG BUS: ‘World AIDS Day Special’ Partner Organisations – Watch this space! Feature Image: @hashtagbroom