The Alternative Christmas Message from Dan Glass - UK Activist of the Year - Sexual Freedom Awards
Created by Dan Glass, Jeremy Goldstein and Daniel Saul with ACT UP London and David Stuart at 56 Dean Street, London
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From Emmeline Pankhurst to Marsha P Johnson and ACT UP London, this 4-minute film celebrates the power of the individual to incite change through community activism.
"Super proud to launch ‘A Queen’s Christmas Message’ with ACT UP London. As we enter 2018, our hard-won civil liberties and freedoms are now under attack. In the words of Penny Arcade ‘hitting like on Facebook is not activism’, so let’s be vigilant in the new year, and do what we can to combat stigma and the rising tide of fascism. Small acts of wonder, humour and defiance really can change the world, so please share this short film to increase awareness, joy and happiness in 2018."
Jeremy Goldstein, Founder and Creative Producer, London Artists Projects, 21st December 2017
Dan Glass is among the UK’s most prominent LGBTQI+ and HIV activists campaigning hard for over a decade to combat stigma and improve services for queer Londoners in areas such as health, environment, housing, and social justice. In 2014, he revitalised ACT UP London, and in 2015 led the now infamous Beyond UKIP Cabaret pub protest against then UKIP leader Nigel Farage. In 2008 Dan superglued himself to former Prime Minister Gordon Brown at 10 Downing Street, in protest over Heathrow Airport’s third runway. His new project ‘Bang Bus’ for ‘Queer Tours of London’ will run throughout 2018.
Jeremy Goldstein is a creative producer and writer whose work has been described as ‘an evocative theatrical wonderland’ (Guardian). He founded London Artists Projects in 2000, winning a number of major theatre awards for newly commissioned work. In 2012 Jeremy was named in Time Out as among the 100 most influential people in UK culture for ‘proving political theatre can be fun and outrageous’. In 2018 Jeremy's new show ‘Truth to Power Café’ will tour the UK and internationally.
Picture credits: Bex Wade and Theo McInnes
Book: David Hoyle: Parallel Universe
David Hoyle: Parallel Universe is a limited edition book of photography and artworks emerging from the intimate eight-year collaboration between avant-garde queer performance legend David Hoyle and acclaimed London performance photographer Holly Revell. As well as more than 300 extraordinary unpublished images of David backstage and on stage, the book features over 25 unique artworks created by David especially for the book, his infamous ‘Men’ speech, anecdotes from some of David’s collaborators including Penny Arcade and Christeene and texts by Lois Keidan (Live Art Development Agency), Paul Darling (David's curator) and Nick Blackburn (David's producer).
With thanks to Xavier, Indi, Beccy and Jen Heyes