Jenny STILL f*cking lives with Eric and Martin 👨‍👨‍👧

London’s LGBTQIA+ communities celebrate activists who overturned Section 28


ABOVE: Comedian and Presenter Sapphire McIntosh


This year marks the 30th anniversary of the passing of Section 28*, the controversial amendment to the UK's Local Government Act 1986 which banned the promotion of homosexuality in public institutions and lasted until 2003.


Last night, London’s LGBTQIA+ communities and Queer Tours of London, hosted the aptly named event Jenny STILL f*cking lives with Eric and Martin – an appropriation of the banned textbook - at east London's Lime Wharf.


The evening, presented by emerging comedian, presenter and millennial Sapphire McIntosh, celebrated the activists who overturned Section 28, with talks from the National Union of Teachers (NUT), the Sexual Avengers and one of the legendary lesbian activists who abseiled into the House of Lords as the clause was passed into law. 


On top of all of that was the UK premier of We Have Rather Been Invaded (2017) a short film made up of archival materials and interviews with those who were affected by, or fought for the overturning of Section 28 including Linda Bellos, Femi Otitoju, Max Biddulph, Sunil Gupta and Nazmia Jamal.


“As a queer filmmaker and activist who grew up under Section 28, it's exciting to take part in what I hope will be the first of many discussion-screenings of my new film that looks at the legacy and impact of this oppressive piece of legislation", said Ed Webb-Ingall, Producer of We Have Rather Been Invaded.


"Collaborating with the Sexual Avengers and Queer Tours of London couldn’t be a better fit.” 


For more, visit Queer Tours of London here


*The amendment stated that a local authority: "shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality" or "promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship". (Yes, "pretended").



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