Owing to Covid regulations, this event will take place online, via Zoom.
Join the Gay Liberation Front and Bishopsgate Institute for our livestreamed "Bishopsgate Debate". Over two days, enjoy and participate in online Q&A and a series of radical presentations and performances. Presenters so far include Ted Brown, Lenora Crichlow, Stefan Dickers, Dani Dinger, Steven Dryden, Stuart Feather, Dan Glass, Mazharul Islam, Jess Ives, Jezabelle, Ashley Joiner, Jason Jones, Andrew Lumsden, Oli Mason, Andria E Mordaunt, Dan de la Motte, Tamsin Omond, Brooke Palmieri, Nettie Pollard, Ravi & Zach, Rainer Schulze, Peter Scott-Presland & Fi Craig, Peter Tatchell, Amy Todd, the Trashettes, and Lil Warren.
Please find more information and contact details of the organisers on the Gay Liberation Front UK website.
This event will be live-captioned.
Poster design (detail) by Sophie Monk.
Saturday 15 May
10:00-10:45 – The Trashettes perform The Dance of the Fall of the Bastille, and part 1 of their highly original production, 'Tranny Trash Pervert Scum', which graces the Bishopsgate Debates with its world premiere!; ‘housekeeping’ & programme for the day; live-stream Q & A with all events. With: The Trashettes
10:45-11:00 – VIDEO: Shoes filled with flowers: the horror in Hong Kong and Myanmar. With: Andrew Lumsden and Jess Ives
11:00-11:45 – KEYNOTE SPEECH: London-based human rights defender & Queer Person of Colour Jason Jones, victor in the Constitutional challenge for LGBT decriminalisation of his birth-country Trinidad & Tabago, presents: Hate Doesn’t Discriminate – The Intersectionality of our Identities Demands Intersectionality & Empathy in our Fight against Discrimination. With: Jason Jones, introduced by Patrick Braithwaite
11:45-12:00 – VIDEO: Newington Green: stamping-ground of Mary Wollstonecraft. With: Amy Todd, Lil Warren, and Dan de la Motte
12:00-12:45 – REVOLUTIONARY WOMEN: Anne Bingham of Philadelphia (1764-1801) and Mary Wollstonecraft of Spitalfields* (1759-1797), the two 18th century women who changed the Constitutions of this country and the USA. Panel discussion. *Bishopsgate Institute, our venue for today's Convention, is IN Spitalfields! With: Lil Warren and Brooke Palmieri
12:45-14:00 – BREAK with videos: A Constitution for England after 333 Years (with Andrew Lumsden) and A word from our friend, Miriam.
14:00-14:45 – THE FUTURE OF SEXUALITY – Beyond LGBT+ and Straight: As Western Countries transition to a Post-homophobic Era, What will this Mean for the Future of Sexual Behaviour and Identity? – a presentation by Peter Tatchell with Q&A. With: Peter Tatchell
14:45-14:00 – VIDEO: The Oldest protest song in English (1308). With: Peter Scott-Presland and Fiona Craig
15:00-15:45 – THE ENGLISH REVOLUTION by the Rich, and the Long-buried English Radical Tradition – presentation by Stuart Feather, author of Blowing The Lid, Gay Liberation, Sexual Revolution, and Radical Queens. With: Stuart Feather
15:45-16:00 – VIDEO: The Lesula of the Congo. With: Ellie Guha
16:00-16:45 – A CONSTITUTION FOR THE EARTH, MOON AND MARS – Never Mind England Not Having a Constitution: What about the Planet? – a presentation by activists under the gaze of the sad-faced, new-found, already under-threat, Lesula monkey of the Congo. With: Tamsin Omond and Dani Dinger
Sunday 16 May
10:00-10:45 – LIES TOLD ABOUT THE BLACK PANTHERS by the FBI and police – a presentation by Philadelphia-born historian and printmaker Brooke Palmieri with New York-born Ted Brown, son of Jamaican parents, who is the London-based co-founder of Black Lesbians and Gays Against Media Homophobia and 2007 winner of the Black LGBT Community Lifetime Achievement Award. With: Brooke Palmieri and Ted Brown
10:45-11:00 – VIDEO: A snapshot of Powerful Queer Activism in Uganda. With: The Youth on Rock Foundation
11:00-11:45 – POETRY THE INSURGENT ART including Lenora Crichlow reciting the poetry of black slave woman Phillis Wheatley, published in London in 1773. With: Lenora Crichlow, Stuart Feather, and Jezabelle
11:45-12:00 – VIDEO: Film-maker Rosa von Praunheim. With: Rainer Schulze
12:00-12:45 – FILM IT! – celebration of the power of the moving image to be organised & presented by those who know! With: Jess Ives, Oli Mason, and Ashley Joiner
12:45-14:00 – BREAK with video: Fifty Years Queer: Gay Liberation Front 1970 - 2020. With: Steven Dryden and Nettie Pollard
14:00-14:45 – A CONSTITUTION FOR DRUG USERS – Over the decades of drug user movement work, at least two different manifesto/constitutions have been written by many. One was drafted by a Liverpudlian social researcher and another by the speaker. Presented here, a new constitution for 2021. With: Andria E Mordaunt
14:45-14:00 – VIDEO: 400 Years to Wait. With: Alex Russell, Cris van Eijk, and Andrew Lumsden
15:-15:45 – A CONSTITUTION FOR QUEERING THE FUTURE– Young people look to the future with new ideas about how to get things done, tired of the self-destructive, de-personalizing, homogenizing systems of the way things are. Ravi and Zach, friends and brothers, share their constitution for a different future. With: Dan Glass, and Ravi & Zach
15:45-16:00 – VIDEO: Keep your Comments coming in! With: Steven Dryden
16:00-16:45 – Concluding session – The Trashettes return with the Dance of the Fall of the Bastille, and the thrilling conclusion to 'Tranny Trash Pervert Scum'. With: The Trashettes et al.
Meet the Speakers
I am a Black gay man born 1950 in America of Jamaican parents. I joined the gay liberation front a month or two after its founding in October 1970. As a speaker at our Convention I’m hoping to help continue the legacy of comprehensive human rights campaigning followed by my family, the Civil Rights movement, the NAACP and the Black Panther party.
Lenora Crichlow is an british born Actress who works both here in the UK and in the States. She is the daughter of the late Frank Crichlow a civil rights Activist from Trinidad.
Stef is the Special Collections and Archives Manager at Bishopsgate Institute and has been responsible for the development of the Institute's collections on the history of London, protest and activism, and LGBTQ+ Britain. He qualified as an archivist in 2001 and started at Bishopsgate in 2005.
Previous to this, Stefan worked in the archives of the London School of Economics and Senate House Library. He will talk at extraordinary length about the collections whenever asked and regularly entertains groups of students, groups and family/local history societies on the wonders they can find in the Special Collections and Archives at the Institute.
Dani has worked in the arts for over ten years in one thing or another, and more recently has moved into activism, with a focus on sexual health and trans related issues. Dani is also a tour guide with Queer Tours of London, and one third of newest hit girl group, The Trashettes.
Steven Dryden is a librarian and sometimes curator, from Newcastle Upon Tyne, who lives and works in London.
Stuart Feather was an activist in the Gay Liberation Front, a member of its Street Theatre Group, and Bette Bourne’s queer theatre troupe Bloolips 1977-93. He is also a painter of the male nude, and the author of Blowing the Lid: Gay Liberation Sexual Revolution and Radical Queens. He is delighted to have the opportunity to talk about the English tradition of rebellion and origins of socialism for the Revolutionary People’s Constitutional Convention.
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 Attitude Magazine’s 'campaigning role models for LGBTQI youth', a Guardian ‘UK youth climate leader’, 2017 'Activist of the Year' with the 'Sexual Freedom Awards' and was announced a 'BBC Greater Londoner' in 2019 for founding 'Queer Tours of London - A Mince Through Time.
Dan is an artist with the global In Place of War artist network and an educator from the ‘Training for Transformation’ movement. Dan recently presented ‘Never Again - Fighting the Polish far-right’ and the Coronavirus cabaret: the online show combating social isolation’ and his book United Queerdom: From the Legends of the Gay Liberation Front to the Queers of Tomorrow was recognised as Observer book of the week June 2020.
Contact dan at www.theglassishalffull.co.uk and at firstname.lastname@example.org - Twitter #danglassisfull
Mazharul Islam (Maz) is a Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity and Expression,and Sex Characteristics (SOGIESC) activist from Bangladesh who left his country on the 28th April 2016, after the murder of two friends and SOGIESC activists by Islamic extremists in Dhaka. Alongside his activist friends, he was also one of the pioneer committee members of Bangladesh’s first ever online SOGIESC group: ‘Boys of Bangladesh’ which is considered to be the first online platform for the Bangladeshi SOGIESC community.
Maz moved to London shortly after in 2016 with the support of his present employer ACCA: The Association of Chartered Certified Accountants where he is working as a Business Development Manager. In his spare time, he is a tour guide of ‘Queer Tours of London,’ an active member of ‘ACT UP London’ and a volunteer member of the ‘Gay Liberation Front of London.’ Maz has been actively working as founding member of a Bangladeshi non-profit organisation entitled ‘Family and Environment Development Services (FEDS)’ since 2007.
He was proud to be one of the winners of the ‘Attitude Pride Awards’ in 2018, whereby he was nominated for the award by Peter Tatchell himself. This nomination was for organising and leading a protest in London in front of the Bangladeshi High Commissioner, seeking justice for his two SOGIESC activist friends who were brutally murdered back in Bangladesh.
He is now a self-proclaimed SOGIESC activist who is dedicated to bringing positive change in both Bangladesh’s SOGI community and for London based SOGIESC Bangladeshi people. Maz was invited as a panellist for an event on World Press Freedom Day (May 2019) hosted by BBC. On pride month in 2019, he was also featured in Vogue Online Magazine (in the June 2019 issue) alongside a number of other SOGIESC activists from around the world.
In addition to all his campaign work, Maz has completed a BA Hons and an MA in English Literature and Language from Daffodil International University in Bangladesh. He is also an artist who completed a course on painting from the University of the Arts London and due to his success in this, he had a group exhibition of his paintings showcased in Bangladesh, Nepal and Japan.
Jess is a TV producer who lives and works in London. She met the Gay Liberation Front last year and made a short film to mark the 50th anniversary of both the start of the GLF & the first LGBTQ+ demo in Britain.
Jezabelle is a woman.
Ashley Joiner is a curator and filmmaker whose practice of active listening and (un)learning centers the lived experience of LGBTQ+ people. By promoting participation and collaboration, their work seeks to elevate the marginalised and all too often silenced voices in the LGBTQ+ community, create public forums for ongoing discussion and build a stronger community.
Their debut feature length documentary “Are You Proud?” was named “one of the most important LGBTQ+ films of the year.” (The Independent) and listed in The Guardian’s “Top Ten Documentaries of 2019” and has since been entered into the British Film Institutes permanent collection. In partnership with LGBTQ+ education charity, Educate & Celebrate, “Are You Proud?” was developed into learning resources for KS3, 4 & 5 and made available to schools across the U.K.
Ashley is the founder and Director of QUEERCIRCLE, a non-profit organisation working at the intersection of arts, culture and social action. In 2021, QUEERCIRCLE will open the doors to their new home at London’s pioneering Design District, providing a much needed cultural space for the LGBTQ+ community which strengthens links between culture, health and wellbeing.
Jason Jones is an LGBT+ human rights defender originally from Trinidad & Tobago and has lived and worked in Britain for over 30 years. He refers to himself as being “Tringlish” and as a person of colour.
His activism in LGBT+ human rights spans 3 decades beginning as a student newly arrived to London, marching in the anti-Section 28 marches of 1988. He then returned to Trinidad in 1992, and was the cofounder of the first LGBT+ advocacy organisations there, “The Lambda Group” & also founded “I Am One” in 2012.
In 1996, after being homophobically abused by his family for performing drag publicly, he returned to London and was on the board of the Stonewall Immigration Group ( Now known as the United Kingdom Lesbian & Gay immigration Group) which won the right of abode in the UK for the overseas partner of an LGBT UK citizen. He and his then partner from Trinidad were one of 40 test cases at the Home Office which brought about this landmark win for British LGBT+ people, which was the first pro-LGBT+ legislation in the UK post decriminalisation in 1967. He has therefore assisted changing the laws of TWO Countries for LGBT+ people, the only activist ever to do so.
On April 12 2018, he won a landmark legal challenge at the High Court of Trinidad and Tobago which decriminalised adult consensual same sex intimacy. This win guarantees freedom for nearly 100,000 Caribbean LGBT+ people and was also cited in the recent decriminalisation victory in India.
His historic case will be heard at the Privy Council in London to answer an appeal of his victory from the Attorney General of T&T.
This will be the first time in history that the Privy Council will hear an LGBT+ decriminalisation case and his victory there will assist decriminalisation of over 50 Million people in at least 10 other countries across 2 Continents.
Andrew Lumsden lives in Liberty St, Lambeth. With other queens of the Gay Liberation Front he arranged his first demo against homophobia 50 years ago and delights in the renewed Gay Liberation Front of today containing young and old LGBT activists opposing the LGB Alliance. He's the author of Madness (2001), an account of his mother's post-puerperal psychosis in 1941 (still seeking a publisher) and co-author with the poet Gillian E Hanscombe of Title Fight, the Battle for Gay News (Brilliance Books, 1983).
Oli Mason is a filmmaker whose work focuses on the queer lived experience. He crowbarred cottaging and cruising onto the BBC and into the BFI archive with his short film, "Have We Met Before?", exploring how the internet has radically changed how gay men meet for sex. He is currently completing a film about queer lives under lockdown one.
Dan de la Motte
Dan de la Motte is a performer, host, comedian, tour-guide, speaker, curator and producer of Queer art and heritage. Elsewhere he is an elected Equity Councillor, a workshop facilitator/storyteller for many arts and culture organisations and a Creative Climate Leader. The book to accompany his latest exhibition; GLF AT 50; THE ART OF PROTEST is available here. @Dandelamotte // https://www.buymeacoffee.com/DandelaMotte
Andria E Mordaunt
Andria began her career in youthwork and childcare, and ended it utterly obsessed with drug policy reform. This 'obsession' became obvious in the late 1980s when HIV was taking so many young lives, many of whom were already either criminalised, stigmatised, marginalised and/or poor. After rehab, she studied psychology first graduating in 1989. And with pride and shock she was accepted to study Social Policy 12 years later at the LSE. That gave her a window of time slightly outside of full on drug user support and rights, where she began to connect the dots between all the different ways some drug users had become persecuted in society, racism and the class struggle clearly playing huge parts. She is Mum to teen Milly, who is planning a future in Law.
Since dropping banners against Heathrow Airport's third runway from the roof of the Houses of Parliament, Tamsin has consistently shifted public conversation on the climate and ecological emergency. They have organised (and been arrested for) a number of high profile protests, co-founded a Suffragette inspired environmental group called Climate Rush, formed a political party ‘The Commons’, coordinated (the successful) Save England's Forests coalition, founded a CIC - The Momentum Project - that mobilises the community surrounding London City Airport and led global corporate campaigns as Head of Global Campaigns at Lush Cosmetics. They are also active in queer uprising. They are a theatre maker and author of RUSH! The Making of a Climate Activist and and Do Earth: Healing Strategies for Humankind.
Brooke Palmieri is a writer, printer, and bookseller specialising in rare books & archival material from LGBTQIA+ activism and the wider history of gender non-conforming people. Since 2017 they have taught "The Queer Book" at London Rare Book School, a class focused on DIY queer printing history of the past 500 years, and in 2018 they founded CAMP BOOKS (http://campbooks.biz), a travelling book, print, and work shop.
I was born in 1949 in Holloway, London an have been an activist all my life. Real lasting revolution will come when oppression is defeated and that change will embrace children, animals trees and kindness, a completely different world. Liberation including sexual liberation must be for everybody. No one can be truly free until we are all free.
Ravi & Zach
Zach and Ravi have been friends for 6 years and now call themselves brothers. They work in education and social care, and they are manifesting a future where being queer is celebrated.
Rainer Schulze, Professor (emeritus) of Modern European History and Human Rights. One of the focuses of his work isLGBTQ+ history and LGBTQ+ rights. He is a film buff, and curated and presented the LGBTQ+ film programme Tales from the Margins which ran on Latest TV (Brighton) from 2017 to 2019.
Peter Scott-Presland & Fi Craig
Peter Scott-Presland has been a gay community theatre activist and cabaret performer since 1972. He describes his job as ‘entertaining the troops’, and has been called the Vera Lynn of the LGBT community. Fi Craig, lesbian activist and performer, has worked with Peter since 1982, playing parts as diverse as Mary Whitehouse, Queen Victoria and Norman Scott’s dog, Rinka. She was a dynamo in SM Dykes, but is nowadays more likely to drool over a cat than a cat-o’-nine-tails.
Peter Tatchell has campaigned for LGBT+ rights for 52 years. An activist in the Gay Liberation Front from 1971-74 and a founding member of OutRage! 1990 -2011, he helped organise the UK's first Pride in 1972 and has marched in every Pride London parade since then. In 1973, he staged the first LGBT+ protest in a communist country, East Germany. He is Director of the Peter Tatchell Foundation: www.PeterTatchellFoundation.org
Amy Todd is Programme Manager of Newington Green Meeting House - the birthplace of British Feminism, an activist, feminist and sort-of historian of working class culture.
The world as we know it has ended. Cisnormative society cowers in squalid underground bunkers. Above them all, the trans contagion runs rampant. At the helm: The Trashettes. Instagram: @thetrashettesldn
Lil Warren is a Writer/Director Historian and has just finished working on Hackney Dissent - an NLHF funded project responding to the life and work of Mary Wollstonecraft. A documentary of the same name was a recent official selection at the Unrestricted View Film Festival.
Youth On Rock
Youth On Rock is a registered community based organisation working towards the reduction of HIV/AIDS among MSMs and Transwomen in Uganda. @YouthOnRockUG
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