This Saturday (8 Apr) from 1pm on Hampstead Heath, a coalition of London’s LGBTQI+ community are organising ‘George Michael Wants You’, a free party to remember the queer icon’s life, talent and courage in celebrating sexual freedom.
In the week that George Michael was finally laid to rest, Camden LGBT Forum, in partnership with Queer Tours of London, are working together to organise this event as part of a programme of activity that also marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967.
While the passing of this law was a momentous moment in our history we know far too well that it wasn’t the end of the struggle. This fact is highlighted very clearly by the fact that such a confident and successful individual as George Michael still found it impossible to be open about his sexuality in the late 1990s. His sexuality was used to both criminalise and humiliate him. Sadly, despite his and many others who have bravely fought back, this still goes on for many of us. Consequently, Camden LGBT Forum and Queer Tours of London want to use this celebration of one of the LGBTQI+ community’s finest to continue to challenge the barriers that still remain.Members of the public are invited to meet this Saturday (8 Apr) at Jack Straw’s Castle [12 North End Way, Hampstead Heath, London, NW3 7ES] from 1pm.