Fri, 26 May 2023, 18:00 (GMT)
A conversation with Dan Glass and Sophie K Rosa about their books: ‘Radical Intimacy' and 'Queer Footprints - A Guide to Uncovering London’s Fierce History.’
Radical Intimacy and Queer Footprints celebrate all those who transcend narrow understandings of family and love to create vital emotional support, practical life-support and welcome us into a new family of mutual aid. Both books platform a new social, political, sensual, economic and environmental vision for post-capitalism, feminism, individual and collective self-care, wellbeing, romance, sex, family, home, death, friendships and so much more! With the ongoing attacks on our trans community – remembering the strength and vitality of our people and movements has never been more important.
These books include tributes to movements such as ‘AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP)’, Gay News – the first LGBTQIA+ publication since partial decriminalisation in 1967 – first sold at Pride; the foundations of the Homosexual Law Reform Society (HLRS), OutRage! – the radical, non-violent, direct action LGBTQIA+ movement and The London Lesbian Avengers; iconic queer club nights such as Kinky Gerlinky; saunas and scandals; sex workers stories and movements; creative direct actions from The Gay Liberation Front; the birth of the modern Pride movement and All Night Gaiety at The Caravan Club.
Sophie K Rosa is a writer and freelance journalist. She has written for Novara Media, Guardian, Buzzfeed, VICE, Al Jazeera, Aeon and CNN. In 2018, she was openDemocracy‘s feminist investigative journalism fellow, producing a series of articles tracking the backlash against women’s and LGBTQIA+ rights.
Dan Glass is an AIDS Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) healthcare and human rights activist, performer, presenter and writer. Dan has been recognised as ‘Activist of the Year’ with the Sexual Freedom Awards and was announced a ‘BBC Greater Londoner’ for founding Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time. His book United Queerdom: From the Legends of the Gay Liberation Front to the Queers of Tomorrow was Observer book of the week. Dan recently founded self-defence empowerment programme Bender Defenders and Queer Night Pride to confront rising hate crime.