Mon, 22 May 2023, 17:30 (GMT)
Housmans Bookshop, 5 Caledonian Road, London, N1 9DY
'You Think the Dead we Loved Ever Truly Leave us?': a tour through the queer history of Kings Cross. In partnership with TfL's Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans (LGBT+) Staff Network Group.
In this tour of Kings Cross, author of Queer Footprints: A Guide to Uncovering London’s Fierce History, Dan Glass, and Mike Jackson from Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, will be your mincing guides.
In recent years, conversations about Harry Potter, and in particular of its creator, has certainly not sparked much queer joy. For all you folk who grew up loving the franchise, but feel weary of its weilding its magic today, Dan Glass is here to reignite your flame and help cast a queer spell over the city.
Have you ever wondered how powerful the magic of the queer community really is? Have you ever wanted to know how to learn from the dead to fight for the living? Keen to work out how bigotry, transphobia, homophobia and all evils can be banished forever more? Welcome to the story and history of sweaty all-night raves, pumping tunes and powerful queer activism that all tell a very different story to the shiny King’s Cross we know today.
Tour stops include celebrating the founders and the activists in Lesbians an Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) immortalised in the film Pride, Harry Potter’s Pink Express Train at Kings Cross Station, the Famous Five raves and the leather-studded activists at The Bell, hanky-panky at the Scala and the ‘faerie-run’ to Trade nightclub. Learn with the pioneers from trailblazing black and queer healthcare movements, the Camden Lesbian Centre, London Friend and LGBT+ Switchboard, Housmans Bookshop and last but not least we end up at Gay’s the Word, London’s legendary LGBT+ bookshop.
Meeting point – 17:30PM at Housmans bookshop. Click the link below for tickets.
Walk in our queer elders' footprints in this guide full of humour, joy, pathos and mischief