United Queerdom by Dan Glass
From the Legends of the Gay Liberation Front to the Queers of Tomorrow. The riotous history of the Gay Liberation Front, and its legacy for LGBT+ culture today, from the creator of the ‘A mince through time’ Queer Tours of London.
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.
'United Queerdom is an urgent, fierce and enthralling manifesto for queer fightback. Part memoir, part history, part how-to guide, it is by turns moving, enraging and laugh out loud funny. Glass (literally) drags Gay Liberation into the 2020s. A vivid call to fresh action.' - Matt Cook
'An optimistic iconoclast, Dan Glass has brought enthusiasm and joy to this memoir of British Gay/HIV activism, rooted in a profound faith in relationships across difference. His insights are sometimes outrageous, often provocative, controversial, heartfelt, funny and motivated by a queer spirit and vision for a better world.' - Sarah Schulman
‘A fascinating and inspiring tour through queer activism and beyond.’ - Meg-John Barker
‘Testimony of an extraordinary history that is recognizable, obscured, and deeply moving.' - Tim Dean
'All of us walk through life that bit lighter due to the bravery, tenacity and verve of our pioneering LGBT+ elders and icons, and because of grassroots activists like Dan Glass. Part-diary, part-manual, part-history of the Gay Liberation Front and its legacy, this exuberant book serves as an antidote to bigotry and a blueprint for new generation justice activism.' - Uli Lenart, Attitude
Imprint: Zed Books
Publication Date: 18 June 2020