In May 2023, Pluto published Queer Footprints: A Guide to Uncovering London’s Fierce History, by Dan Glass. The book is a groundbreaking guide that takes you through the city streets to uncover the scandalous, hilarious and empowering events of London’s ‘queerstory’. Accompanied by a chorus of voices of both iconic and unsung legends of the movement, readers can dip into beautifully illustrated maps and extraordinary tales of LGBTQIA+ solidarity, protest and pride, where the shadows of gentrification, policing, homophobia and racism are time and again resisted.
We are joined on the show by Queer Footprints author, Dan Glass, and Josh Rivers. Josh is the creator and host of the award-winning Busy Being Black podcast, and Head of Cultural Partnerships at UK Black Pride – the world’s largest pride celebration for LGBTQIA+ people of African, Asian, Caribbean, Latin American and Middle Eastern heritage.
Dan and Josh discuss the connections and solidarity that has existed over the years between queer, feminist, anti-racist and labour movements; equivocations around celebrating the anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality; and how we metabolise grief – with particular reference to the AIDS crisis. They also talk about the exciting work being done by UK Black Pride, the process of researching, writing and editing Queer Footprints, and much more.
Queer Footprints is 40% off for podcast listeners. Go to plutobooks.com/podcastreading for more information.