The Queens' Jubilee!
To mark the 50th anniversary of the first pride march in the UK by the Gay Liberation Front, Queercircle is proud to present The Queens’ Jubilee!
JUNE 8 - SEPTEMBER 8 2022
Co-curated with Stuart Feather, The Queens’ Jubilee! showcases the fun, jubilant and anarchic approach the radical queens adopted for their demonstrations, performances and way of living.
Through rare, documentary photography and original editions of Come Together - the Gay Liberation Front newspaper - The Queens’ Jubilee! charts the introduction of drag into radical politics and its evolution from street theatre demos to communal living.
“Radical drag can be defined as women’s clothes worn by gay men, without falsies; or pretence, or parodying women. It displays upon his body a fully determined political and social provocation that confuses sex and gender rules as laid down by compulsory heterosexuality. Heels are good not just for gait and fashion sense, but for the feelings of restriction and vulnerability. Wearing a badge as a first step in coming out was okay in drawing the attention of close passers-by – drag viscerally proclaims its message to the entire street – there is no mistaking its content.”
He is the author of Blowing the Lid; Gay Liberation, Sexual Revolution and Radical Queens published in 2015.
*Come Together was the newspaper published by the GLF Media Workshop established by Aubrey Walter, co-founder of the movement and David Fernbach, and like all the function groups, open to all GLF activists. The first issue was published on 30th November 1970.