"United Queerdom" Virtual Event with author Dan Glass

Dan Glass will discuss his new book United Queerdom: From the Legends of the Gay Liberation Front to the Queers of Tomorrow on Wednesday, September 30th at 7pm Central Time. The author will be joined in conversation by Ted Brown and Zita Holbourne.

This discussion will be hosted on Zoom. After completing your purchase you will receive an email confirmation for your order, and a follow up email with log-in information will be sent before the event begins. For questions, please email matt@unabridgedbookstore.com

Throughout the 1970s the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) initiated an anarchic campaign that permanently changed the face of Britain. Inspired by the Stonewall uprisings in the US, the GLF demanded a 'Absolute Freedom For All' worldwide. Yet half a century on, injustice is rife and LGBT+ inequality remains. Complete LGBT+ liberation means housing rights, universal healthcare, economic freedom and so much more. Although many people believe queers are now free and should behave, assimilate and become palatable – Dan Glass shows that the fight is far from over.

United Queerdom evocatively captures over five decades of LGBT+ culture and protest from the GLF to 2020s. Showing how central protest is to queer history and identity this book uncovers the back-breaking hard work as well as the glamorous and raucous stories of those who rebelled against injustice and became founders in the story of queer liberation.

 

Dan Glass is an award-winning activist, mentor, performer and writer. He uses music, performance and protest to catalyse love, soul, revolution and justice in communities confronting injustice. Dan is an educator from Training for Transformation (TfT). Dan has been named one of Attitude Magazine’s campaigning role models for LGBT youth, GaydarRadio Heroes Awards for Gay Rights activism and a Guardian ‘UK youth climate leader’ for famously supergluing the Prime Minister. Dan was recently awarded the ‘activist of the year’ at the ‘Sexual Freedom Awards 2017’ for contributions to sex-positive, queer, healthcare and human rights movements for social justice.

 

 

Ted Brown, Black LGBTQ activist and Member  of the Gay Liberation Front since 1970. Born Theodore York Walker Brown, 1950, in New York of Jamaican parents involved in the NAACP, this erstwhile legal caseworker, journalist and yoga teacher found this background to be life affirmingly inspirational. Arriving in England Ted ‘came out’ to his supportive family in 1965, found further inspiration when hearing of the Stonewall uprising in New York, June 1969. In 1970 Ted first met and joined the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) after viewing Hollywood’s first ever ‘gay’ movie ‘The Boys In The Band’. GLF were demonstrating against the film. Motivated by heroes like Huey Newton and Bayard Rustin to expand queer rights demand to calls for justice for all, Ted became active in GLF. He took the only photographs of the very first march through London by queer people (GLF’s Youth Group age of consent equality demands, August 1971), lived in a GLF commune for three years, worked for GALOP, wrote for Gay Times magazine, and co-founded Black Lesbians & Gays Against Media Homophobia, (BLAGAMH) which successfully fought media attacks on black gay footballer Justin Fashanu and against Buju Banton’s viciously homophobic song ‘Boom Bye Bye’. As Ted Walker-Brown, quoted in books ‘Blowing The Lid’ and ‘No Bath But Plenty of Bubbles’. Contact Ted on teddy.state1950@gmail.com

 

Zita Holbourne, Co-founder & National Chair, BARAC UK, Author, writer, poet, artist, curator, vocalist. Joint National Chair; Artists Union England / UNESCO Coalition of Artists for the General History of Africa / Nawi Collective. Zita campaigns for equality, freedom, justice and rights through arts and activism. Zita is working on her second book – on activism and arts, creating daily visual art responding to the coronavirus crisis, campaigning for Windrush justice, against deportations, for equality for all, for workers rights and human right, is a lifelong trade unionist and, as a senior officer of two trade unions, a lot of her time is spent currently on responding to the impacts on workers of the pandemic, not least safety and rights and lobbying government for adequate measurements for artists, many of whom are self employed, and on the disproportionate number of deaths of black and minority ethnic key workers. She is also involved in equality projects in the culture sector across Europe and campaigning on the links between climate change and displacement with racism and migration. As we are in lockdown this is all being done virtually for now. For the past 7 years she has been fundraising for and organising humanitarian aid distributions for people who are displaced in France so funding for this would be appreciated.

Photo credit; copyright Elizabeth Dalziel photographer, courtesy of “Women  Activists of East London” and Share UK

To donate for BARAC UK Humanitarian Aid; https://www.gofundme.com/f/BARACHumanitarian. Contact Zita at www.blackactivistsrisingagainstcuts.blogspot.com / www.zitaholbourne.comwww.zitaholbourne.blogspot.com / zitabaracuk@gmail.com

 
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$22.95
ISBN: 9781786998767
Availability: Available, order here for delivery or pickup.
Published: Zed Books - September 1st, 2020

Event date: 

Wednesday, September 30, 2020 - 7:00pm

Event address: 

Unabridged Books, Inc.
Chicago, IL 60657
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