If you think about the LGBTQ community of today, it is all down to the Gay Liberation Front and the Women’s Gay Liberation Front of the early 70s whose protests and actions and inauguration of the first Gay Pride Marches changed the face of this country for the better.
Peace and Love were the roots of Gay and Women’s Gay Liberation. Pride is our answer that honours the memory of the New York Stonewall riot, or uprising, when police violence was met by peaceful resistance and won the day. When police offered violence in Notting Hill to London GLF they too chose peaceful resistance, and they too won the day.
In view of the recent commercialisation of Pride – Barclays leading the 2015 parade and, with the Red Arrows fly-over of the march this year – the militarisation of Pride by this new privatised company who have seized control of the Pride March, we welcome all LGBTQI+ activists to a Pride is a Protest discussion.
This event will start at 6:30 p.m. Thursday 23 June at Friends Meeting House, Bloomsbury Suite A, 173 Euston Road, N.W.1. It will begin with a reading by Stuart Feather from his just published book, Blowing the Lid: Gay Liberation, Sexual Revolution and Radical Queens, followed by testimony from other GLF activists: Andrew Lumsden, Editor of Gay News the first national lesbian and gay newspaper; co-author with Gillian E Hanscombe of ‘Title Fight: the Battle for Gay News’; Bette Bourne, GLF activist and director of Bloolips gay theatre troupe, and Nettie Pollard GLF activist, member of Red Rag collective, Prison Reform Inc., and 25 years with the National Council for Civil Liberties, forerunner of Liberty. There will be a 10 minute Q&A after each speaker. Come and discuss tactics, methods, and organisation of protests in 2016. Learn perhaps from the experiences of an older generation. Make new connections.
Organised by activists from QueerStrike women’s group and a variety of other LGQTQI+ social justice movements.
PRIDE IS NOT A COMMODITY. PRIDE IS NOT AN ENTITY. PRIDE IS NOT A FETISH.
PRIDE IS TOGETHERNESS. PRIDE IS A SOCIAL MOVEMENT FOR CHANGE IN THIS SOCIETY. PRIDE IS THE PROTECTION OF OUR ENVIRONMENT, OUR CULTURE, OUR DIGNITY AND OUR FUTURE.
The event is Free and wheelchair accessible. Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP as there are very limited spaces.