Take a queer bus tour at National Student Pride

Besi Besemar January 23, 2018

National Student Pride, now in its thirteenth year returns to the University of Westminster’s Marylebone campus in London, from February 9-11.

The centre piece of the event for the 1,700 people attending will be the main daytime festival on Saturday, February 10 featuring discussion panels, performances and a careers fair.

The evening entertainment will be hosted by the infamous G-A-Y night clubs, culminating with a party at G-A-Y Heaven.

As the UK marks 30 years since the introduction of the of Section 28, which banned the promotion of queer lifestyles in schools ‚Äď we should all be questioning how much we know about queer liberation history.

This year you can hop on board a queer bus tour of London hosted by a queer performer and experience the queerest tour of the capitol ever.

National Student Pride’s massively discounted bus tour is an exclusive Рwith the route being especially created for National Student Pride.

The tour will take students around important education and queer sex landmarks, whilst Dan de la Motte discusses how LGBT+ rights have progressed since on a fun but informative journey of the UK’s capital city’s queer culture.

Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time‚Äôs organiser and renowned sex activist Dan Glass says: When we are growing up gay, confused, awkward and hormones a rush ‚Äď the power of knowing that queer people exist is immeasurable. In an important anniversary year for Section 28 educating LGBT+ students about their history when they might still be questioning their identity, tells them that they¬†is¬†OK. That‚Äôs why we‚Äôre collaborating on the tour.”

The tour will tell the stories of London’s queer history, shedding light on the lives, spaces, identities, repression and resistance that form the backdrop of LGBT+ lives today.

Hatti Smart
Hatti Smart

Hatti Smart from National Student Pride, added: “We are really excited this year to be putting on a bus tour for students from all around the UK to explore their queer history and London. For many¬†student‚Äôs¬†this is the first time they‚Äôve been to London or the only opportunity they get, so it will be great for them to see the LGBT+ history in the city.”

The tour, sets off  from Baker Street on Sunday, February 11 at 11am, taking you all around London, from Baker Street to Buckingham Palace, pointing out the best queer safe spaces, venues and LGBT+ history that have taken place in the city.

Every stop will explore different aspects of our¬†LGBT+ history including the origins of Pride in Trafalgar Square; the History of the HIV+ epidemic at former hospitals; resistance to Section 28 in the House of Lords; Queer Dance Halls of the 1930’s; legendary LGBT+ nightclubs of the 70’s (Club Bang); spaces for love and sex – from cottaging and cruising to underground lesbian bars, sites of resistance to oppression and how LGBT+ migrants fought in the House of Lords and Gay Liberation Front activists confronted the medical establishments’ homophobia – and so much more!

To purchase tickets for the bus tour online, click here: