Dear all Gay Liberation Front and friends, thank you so much for such an amazing ‘Absolute Freedom for all Party – Gay Liberation Front 50th Birthday Party’ held at the London School of Economics (LSE) – where it all began on 12th March – it was so much fun!
Since our magical night obviously the world has changed dramatically and I hope you are all ok and getting the support you deserve. Understandably so many couldn’t make it on the night itself. There are many amazing groups being set up in response such as Covid-19 Mutual Aid UK – a group of volunteers supporting local community groups organising mutual aid throughout the Covid-19 outbreak in the UK. We focus on providing resources and connecting people to their nearest local groups, willing volunteers and those in need. Many movements are mobilising for A Basic Income for all citizens during the coronavirus crisis months and the London Renters Union are calling for rent and mortgage freezes. Here’s a template letter to send to your landlord too.
Our events and action programme for 2020 will be continuing but likely a lot of it online until the virus is over – if you would like to be involved in organising online meet ups and strategising the year then please get in touch! We need all the revolutionary love, radical community organising and support for our community in these trying times because 2020 brings the 50th anniversary of the start of Gay Liberation in London, the moment everything changed in Britain by giving us Coming Out, Gay Pride and the first Gay Pride March in 1972, making 2022 the 50th anniversary of that political demonstration and celebration –
GLF stands for liberation: the choice is always there – liberation or slavery.
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ALSO! Here’s some exciting related news …
GLF AT 50: THE ART OF PROTEST (WORKING TITLE)
Dan de la Motte is curating an exhibition at Platform Southwark, 9-24 July. This will be an exhibition and celebration of GLF artwork; posters, badges, photos, banners, paintings and the like. Artwork relating directly to the GLF as well as artwork by GLF members themselves, from whatever era. To submit ideas or offer contributions for loan or potential sale, please email Dan dlM on firstname.lastname@example.org / 07725402263. The deadline for ideas/submissions is Thursday 30 April – after this time Dan and a committee will start planning the curation and get back to everyone to sort out logistics.
THE ROAD HERE – Queer activism podcast series
James came to the birthday party and he has been working on an amazing podcast series which documents the history of queer activism within the UK. In Peter Tatchells speech on the 50th birthday he mentioned that the world needs to hear more of our stories – and that’s exactly James’ intention with the podcast: to shine a light on the parts of our history which are largely unknown, told first-hand by the people who lived them. If you’re interested, the series website is https://www.theroadhere.com/ – it’s currently available on Spotify and Apple Podcasts. Contact James on email@example.com if you are interested in sharing your story!