Alternative London by Nicholas Saunders. Image Credit: Nicholas Saunders
Our gay communes and collectives must not be mere convenient living arrangements or worse, just extensions of the gay ghetto. They must be a focus of consciousness-raising life, raising or increasing our awareness of our real oppression and of gay liberation activity, a new focal point for members of the gay community. - Gay Liberation Front Manifesto, London 1971.
The street, the bar, the park and the kitchen; the history of homosexuality is tied up with the significance of place. This tour will negotiate 50 years of changing relationships between gay men and the places where we've formed lives in East London, exploring how housing, law and politics have changed the way we see ourselves.
Huw Lemmey is a writer and author from London. He has written for Architectural Review, Icon, Art Monthly and L'Uomo Vogue, amongst others.
Meeting point to be provided prior to the event.