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The Glass Is Half Full – Performance and Protest for 2016 – Get Involved.

The Glass Is Half Full – Performance and Protest for 2016 – Get Involved.

The Glass Half Full’s social change programmes are provocative, politically charged and take pleasure in overcoming injustice through performance, popular education, movement building and a celebration of diversity.

Empowering social change needs to address both the root cause of the issue and be led by those affected by it. Rising inequality and ongoing oppressions like xenophobia, HIV-phobia and racism demands ordinary people like us to penetrate repetitive cycles of political violence.

2015 highlights included trainings and programmes which supported LGBTQI communities to challenge gentrification, presenting HIV, HIV / HEP C Blind Date  led by people with HIV+ to tell their own story, the Holocaust-memorial activism influenced ‘Beyond UKIP Cabaret’ cabaret in Nigel Farage’s boozer and the ‘R.I.P. Pride Funeral’ which chased human-rights abusing corporations and UKIP off Pride. A wealth of trainings and talks including at the amazing ‘Visthar – Gender, Diversity and Social Transformation’ and building for Paris COP21’s ‘Climate Games’ were a treat to be part of. 

2016 exciting collaborations include so far a series of trainings with the amazing Beautiful Trouble creative activism training programme here in the UK, a continuation of the ‘Counterculture happy hours’ in Central London as well as many more performance art protests including ‘Shafted? – the HIV cabaret’ aswell as LGBTQI events galore such as ‘The Queer witch of the East will never die’ – a Chariots Spell’. The Glass Is half Full growing list of resources for anyone wanting to create positive change as well as the press list are growing daily.

Please do get in touch if you would like shows, talks, press, trainings or strategic mentoring for your community justice programme on any of the following (more detail here)

1. ‘Rehearsing for the Revolution’ Performance as Protest
2. Press Training
3. Strategic Planning
4. Civil Disobedience
5. Popular Education
6. Community Self – Defence
7. Community Transformation and Empowerment
8. Organising across cultures for social justice
9. Creative Facilitation
10. Organising legal trials for social change
11. HIV Activism
12. Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, Queer, Intersex (LGBTQI) Activism

Contact dan at www.theglassishalffull.co.uk / alright@theglassishalffull.co.uk / Twitter #danglassisfull

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Campaigning for the climate: activism, arrests and hopes

Here’s the full length submission I wrote for the Guardian – Keep It In The Ground campaign – in June 2015. Read the full piece by Damien Clarkson and  here.

The feature was to inspire young people who may be interested in getting involved with environmental activism. The idea was to share (as a recently young person) to share advice with the next generation or people wanting to get involved in climate change campaigning. 

Questions:

1) What are your must-read books and articles (and why they’re awesome or why they were turning points for you?)

Whether your youth was marred by living under a flightpath or with the pollution of a nearby motorway; whether you saw your favourite forest ruined and turned into a shopping mall or whether you were dazzled by the TV news stories of eco-destruction – everyone has their own entry point into climate change campaigning. My youth was dominated by my grandparents stories of surviving the Nazi Holocaust which haunted my family ever since. The bittersweet outcome was that I had a huge inbuilt sense of tragedy and injustice. My family bookshelves were lined with books on comprehending such tragedy as the Holocaust. I picked up Hannah Arendt’s philosophies on ‘The Banality of Evil’ which highlighted how we all have agency to be part of problems in our world or part of the positive solution. To escape the horrors that laced my family home’s four walls I launched myself head first into the late 1990’s free party scene in London. As a young teenager I revelled in the fast beats, huge crowds and the thrill of taking over corporate space for public good. I read adverts on smokey toilet walls inviting the public to obstruct motorways to stop the pollution and ensuing social destruction and climate change to turn them into spaces of beauty, joy and community. I was hooked. Inbetween bunking off school to continue my adventures with free parties and Reclaim the Streets I sought solace in London’s remaining radical bookstores such as Freedom Bookshop. I chanced upon the amazing Arundhati Roy’s ‘The Greater Common Good’ who taught me how global systems of power and inequality are the root of this climate disaster and Rebecca Solnit’s Hope in the Dark’ about how resistance to injustice, however hard, creates positive change. I soon found out about Plane Stupid, the direct action movement tackling the aviation industry – the fastest growing contributor to climate change. I was lucky to be involved in Plane Stupid for a few years, which is where I watched my friend and fellow campaigner Leo Murray’s climate change animation ‘Wake Up, Freak Out, Get A Grip’ – there was then no stopping me. 

[Leo Murray’s climate change animation ‘Wake Up, Freak Out, Get A Grip’]

[Video from the ‘Climate 9’ Protest in Aberdeen 2009]

2) What activists and political figures do you look to for inspiration?

I don’t. I have learned to look at myself and listen to those around me for inspiration. Young people, particularly in the Western world, are bombarded with thousands of daily pictures conditioning us into celebrity culture, consumerist fantasies and the hyper-individualist belief that we will only succeed if we look to the latest Pop Idol as the pinnacle of all greatness. As a young person we need to carve out time to understand who we are; what skills we have to contribute to society; what our strengths are; what we need to learn and, fundamentally, how we can step up to the challenges of our time in our own unique beautiful ways.

But if I were to conform to the question and the status quo – no one, for me yet, beats the power of Steve Biko and the Black Consciousness Movement who coined the phrase ‘The greatest weapon in the hand of the oppressor is the mind of the oppressed.’

3) What are must-see films/documentaries/youtube videos for would-be environmentalists?

For starters – David Attenborough’s nature documentaries (of course) which could move a dying snail into frenzied action. For main course I would recommend awe-inspiring examples of community struggles which have fought for environmental justice and won – such as the Coconut Revolution (Papua New Guinea) – and to reframe attention to current struggles there are films such as Niyamgiri, You are Still Alive’ (India) and ‘The Village Under the Forest’ (Palestine). And finally for an easier watch – see Hollywood’s brushed story of hope against environmental exploitation –Erin Brockovich’ – the dinner is complete. Tuck in! 

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[Niyamgiri, You are Still Alive’ (India)]

[Coconut Revolution]

[The Village Under the Forest – Palestine]

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[David Attenborough – ‘The Story Behind life on Earth]

4) What is the funniest thing that has happened to you whilst campaigning? 

After supergluing myself to the then-Prime Minister (as you do) Gordon Brown I found myself still covered in attention-seeking glue. The plan was always to highlight the hypocrisy of receiving a campaigning award for working with communities to challenge airport runways – off the guy who wanted to expand them. Plan A was to superglue myself to Gordon and read a speech, Plan B (if for some reason he didn’t turn up) was to superglue myself to the iconic 10 Downing Street front door and, if I couldn’t get to it, to superglue myself to the Downing Street gates. I never expected to still be walking around 10 Downing Street post-action with nothing to do. During planning, we didn’t predict that Plan A would go smoothly, including the reading out of the speech written by residents under the flightpath and Gordon would prise my fingers off his arm and scamper away with no arrest – the sly devil! I was left to mince about 10 Downing Street with people offering me champagne saying ‘well done lad!’and ‘good on you!’ After checking in with my Plane Stupid crew that the video had gone to the press and was going live, I asked them what to do next through the two phones on Skype wired underneath my shirt. Hiding in the toilet trying to receive messages from them as they reported from a hotel room not so far away – I said ‘well I’ve done it, read the speech, stuck myself to the PM – but he just smiled and scampered away – what do I do now?’ ‘I know, well done. Great speech – it’s already in the Channel 4 news desk. And as for what to do – well, er, have you got any glue left?’ my friend said back. I reached through the hole in my trouser pocket and checked the small bags of glue attached to the outside of my boxers – ‘er yes’. ‘Well go get the door!’ By that time no one was watching and whilst I stuck the remains of the glue onto my hand and stuck myself to the door – the security guard looked at me strangely and said ‘er are you alright mate?’ ‘Er yes, well this is awkward’ I muttered. So, without knowing that the story would go viral, with one last attempt – I stuck myself with the dregs of the glue onto the gates and the security guard just looked at me and shook his head. Oh dear. Hilarious and embarrassing wrapped in one.

Then the press went wild and I saw myself on the front page of the Metro with press clippings everywhere saying Mr Prime Minister – you can run away from my arm – eventually – but you can’t run away from climate change! It’s time you stuck to your promises, say no to airport expansion and stand up for the British public’

The next day I visited my nan who was in hospital at the time, God bless her soul. She was sitting upright in bed with all the newspaper clippings on top of her, shouting and boasting to all the other old dears in hospital, in her shrill excited polish-yiddish accent ‘look at my grandson! What is your grandson doing? Look at my grandson! All over the papers! Oy vey!’ I walk in and she plants a huge kiss on my cheek ‘I’m so proud – you make me so proud! We are all so proud of you!’ Bless her, I couldn’t bare to tell her that, in her excitement she missed out the part of the superglue and thought I was in the papers just for winning the award!

The moral of the story is, if we are committed to doing all we can to create a world of peace, environmental sustainably, justice and equality – we have to be taking action until we are 90 and beyond. Therefore, rarely, there are mistakes – it’s all part of the process. Laugh at yourself, learn and move on. That’s the best advice money can never buy.

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5) What has climate change campaigning taught you?

Honour sadness. If you aren’t sad, even utterly depressed, at the gut-wrenching environmental and social destruction going on all over Planet Earth, something is up. If you aren’t dazzled at the fact that 50% of the world’s beautiful biodiversity has been annihilated in the last forty years and that some humans think it’s a good idea to blow up sacred mountains to mine for minerals which get sent across the world to make phone apps run faster – I would be worried and recommend you seek help.

Sadness is alchemical. It can move people to incredible, compassionate and daring acts for the greater common good. Don’t run away from sadness, hold it, listen to it and turn your grief into action.

This world has been around for billions of years and will be for many more – we are a mere speck on it’s journey. Thousands of trees have been cut down, energy plants have polluted the sky and thousands of workers have been exploited for us to be having this conversation in this paper here today. Each one of us are so utterly insignificant. The planet doesn’t need a saviour. The world needs us to stop, listen, breathe, stand in awe at the vast unknown beauties in this global ecology and march onwards to protect it.

6) What are your hopes for the future of the climate change activism movement?

The struggle against racism, homophobia, caste-ism, xenophobia, sexism, gentrification, capitalism and all forms of exploitation are all integrated with the struggle for climate justice. Climate change provides an opportunity to us to re-think how we exist and look after each other as long as we have the luxury to be on this planet. We need to integrate, organise and unite with all struggles for justice, on the same level, as one – not to simply exist – but to strategise and together win our struggles for justice.

Lastly, however busy we are, my hope is that the climate movement continues to remember that the process is as important as the outcome. The utopia we wish to create isn’t simply at the end of the battle – but aspects of it are all around us, if we choose to see them. To pay tribute to the great Arundhati Roy who started me on this journey, who said …

“Our strategy should be not only to confront empire, but to lay siege to it. To deprive it of oxygen. To shame it. To mock it. With our art, our music, our literature, our stubbornness, our joy, our brilliance, our sheer relentlessness – and our ability to tell our own stories. Stories that are different from the ones we’re being brainwashed to believe. 

The corporate revolution will collapse if we refuse to buy what they are selling – their ideas, their version of history, their wars, their weapons, their notion of inevitability. Remember this: We be many and they be few. They need us more than we need them. Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing.” ― Arundhati RoyWar Talk

[Arundhati Roy – We Roy]

BIOGRAPHY

Dan Glass is an award-winning activist, academic, performer and writer who was named as one of Attitude Magazine’s campaigning role models for LGBTQI youth + a Guardian ‘UK youth climate leader’. An agitator from the Training for Transformation educational programme born out of the Anti-Apartheid movement, the core of dan‘s work is the development of critical consciousness and creativity to spur people ‘to read their reality and write their own history’. His recent programmes involve MC’ing ‘Shafted?!’ a speakeasy led by people with HIV and the ‘Never Again Ever! Beyond UKIP Cabaret in Nigel Farage’s boozer.  Contact danat www.theglassishalffull.co.uk and at alright@theglassishalffull.co.uk – Twitter #danglassisfull 

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For Immediate Release – 27th June 2015 ‘R.I.P. Pride Funeral’ protest leads the London LGBT Pride March / chases UKIP

For Immediate Release – 27th June 2015

‘R.I.P. Pride Funeral’ breaks into protest and leads the London LGBT Pride March ahead of Barclays and chases UKIP off Pride. ‘

A coalition of individuals belonging to LGBTQI communities and holding a ‘Pride Funeral’ procession, broke through barriers at Oxford Circus to lead this year’s London LGBT Pride Parade. Coffin bearers, flag wavers, banner holders, an undertaker and a samba band sounding a slow funereal beat, all resisted security and stewards who attempted to physically remove them from the street. With flags baring messages of solidarity, politics, freedom and anti-commercialisation, RIP Pride activists solemnly strode the route section from Oxford Circus toward Embankment, until its final destination at the foot of Whitehall. The group’s action was one of sombre defiance against the fee that Pride organisers now charge those who want a place on the historically significant LGBT parade.Screen Shot 2015-06-28 at 09.52.40



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Anger at the annual parade reached unprecedented levels this year, when news of UKIP’s inclusion in queer festivities were originally confirmed. This involved a key position for UKIP at the front of the parade. The queer community outcry for UKIP removal, resulted in Pride organisers disinviting them, citing ‘health and safety concerns’ rather than recognising the grievances of those who raised concerns. One of the organisers later went on to call members of the community concerned by the inclusion of the far-right party, ‘hypocrites’ (1).

However, it transpired that a group of men holding UKIP placards were one of the first groups marching on the parade, closely following Barclays (2). RIP Pride mourners were reading a Pride eulogy around their grounded Pride coffin when they spotted UKIP marching near the front. Those in the funeral procession confronted UKIP waving their flags and chanting, and this ultimately lead to UKIP supporters leaving the scene, in the face of growing hostility.

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Dan Laverick a mourner at ‘RIP Pride’ said: “We’re here to remember what Pride started as, and its radical legacy. We’re also here to protest against what it has become. I’m here to grieve over the soulless corporate character of ‘Pride in London’, which has nothing to say about LGBTQI issues today such as 1 in 4 homeless people in the UK being from our community, the people seeing services upon which they depend cut as part of the austerity agenda (3), or the loss of queer spaces in London to property developers serving an international elite (4). To invite a party like UKIP which attacks migrants, people living with HIV, homosexuals, and any other vulnerable minority as it suits them, was the final nail in the coffin (5).”

Dada Schling a mourner at ‘RIP Pride’ said: “We broke through at a crossing point by Oxford Circus and were immediately met with some resistance from the stewards and private security. With some of the crowd shouting support for our right to peacefully protest for free (as people now have to pay to take part in Pride), we broke through and set off, with drums playing and coffin intact, to have our funeral procession for Pride. It’s the small victories of today that made it a resounding success in my opinion, and hopefully next year, who knows, there might be a bigger movement of people who want to take Pride back to its grassroots.”

Dan Glass a mourner at ‘RIP Pride’ said: “It was so great to see Pride return to it’s roots as a protest rather than just a parade (6). Pride should have strong political principles with equality for everyone at it’s heart not just big business or any organisation who wishes to milk the LGBTQI community dry. Our demand is that the organisation of Pride becomes democratic: decision-making power should be taken away from the current unrepresentative, largely corporate Board and an LGBTQIA assembly should be established, to decide the theme and direction for Pride in 2016 and onwards.

Notes to Editors

(1) Pride in London 2015: Ukip rejected from pro-LGBT parade ‘to protect participants’

[http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/pride-in-london-2015-ukip-rejected-from-prolgbt-parade-to-protect-participants-10301771.html]

(2) ‘Don’t let corporations spoil the spirit of Pride’ [http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/12/corporations-spoil-the-spirit-of-pride-london]

(3) ‘From Stonewall to Austerity’ [http://www.counterfire.org/lgbt/15548-lgbt-history-month-from-stonewall-to-austerity]

(4) ‘Closing time for gay pubs – a new victim of London’s soaring property prices [http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/feb/04/closing-time-gay-pubs-lgbt-venues-property-prices]

(5) ‘Keep HIV-positive migrants out of Britain, says Ukip’s Nigel Farage ‘[http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/oct/10/nigel-farage-keep-hiv-positive-migrants-out-britain]

(6) The official shift from a ‘protest’ to a ‘parade’ occurred in 2004, costing £100,000 extra each year to hold and necessitating the kind of commercialisation has been repelling many people from turning up each year. From the article ‘Is Pride today about gay rights or just partying?’ published in the Guardian, July 2012

Contact Details

Email: leavethegaydonkeysalone@gmail.com 

Phone: 07717811747 Website: www.rippride.wordpress.com / www.theglassishalffull.co.uk

Twitter: # QUEERFIGHTBACK # RIPPRIDE

 

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26.6.15 – For Immediate Release – LGBTQI Community parade ‘RIP Pride’ funeral to confront Barclays and corporate sponsors

For Immediate Release – LGBTQI Community parade ‘RIP Pride’ funeral to confront Barclays and corporate sponsors

This Saturday 27th June 2015 a coalition of LGBTQI rights groups will parade an ‘RIP Pride’ mock-funeral to confront the corporate sponsors of London LGBT Pride (1). The apolitical approach to UKIP’s presence on the Pride march was sounded as‘the nail in the coffin’(2). This compounded anger at Barclay’s bank leading the march and the wider corporatisation of the London LGBT Pride (3). The official shift from a ‘protest’ to a ‘parade’ occurred in 2004, costing £100,000 extra each year to hold and necessitating the kind of commercialisation has been repelling many people from turning up each year. Many consider these developments to have killed Pride, which led to the funeral for this year’s event 

“Pride’s death knell sounded years ago as more and more corporate institutions and multinationals began to prominently feature in the parade march. This year is no exception, with corporate sponsors leading the LGBTQI parade, eclipsing our community and genuine supporters relegated to marching in their wake.” Donna Riddington, R.I.P. Pride organiser

The corporate focus of Pride in London is seen to be influenced by those involved in running it. The Pride in London Board who are responsible for ‘delivery of the Pride event, and its strategic direction’ is made up of mainly business bodies, who have little or no connection to the queer community. The Board’s Chair, Michael Salter, who was Political Head of Broadcasting at No. 10 Downing Street. It has been stated that he has a passion for LGBT+ issues, but is seen as contradictory with his role within a Tory-led coalition that is implementing spending cuts that  hit women, children, the disabled, BME and LGBTQIA communities the hardest. (4) 

“Pride’s disenfranchised LGBTQI family are now relegated to the parade’s belly and beyond (aka C-section). The LGBTQI community and their supporters are expected to compliantly toddle along behind corporate bullies. At R.I.P. Pride we will be mourning the loss of the true meaning of pride, the loss of politics, solidarity, protest, vision and rebellion. All of Pride’s friends and family are warmly invited to attend.”Dan Glass, R.I.P. Pride organiser and ‘Save Queer London’ activist.

“We encourage others to repeat this ritual as a form of protest and to disseminate their funereal ‘RIP Pride’ action through social media, as well as at Pride itself. Together, we will scatter Pride’s ashes across the queer territories that powerful corporations and bigoted politicians seek to claim.” Charlotte Gerada, R.I.P. Pride organiser and ‘Save Queer London’ activist.

“It’s important to maintain the political presence and voice at Pride. I always go with a political message.” – Peter Tatchell  (LGBTQI political campaigner) (5)

“I want people to look at the Pride procession and feel uncomfortable and be challenged by it. I want them to be faced with something every year that stops the traffic and inconveniences them, because they might stop to think about why we march through the streets. Then I would definitely start going on Pride again.” – Julie Bindel (Feminist writer and founder of Justice for Women) (5)

“The Board’s Chair, Michael Salter passion for supporting our communities didn’t prompt him to reach out to campaigns to save queer London spaces (an estimated25% of which have closed since the beginning of the recession) from property developers, or consider put a shout out for how Pride could be in solidarity with those in our communities who are struggling most in what, for all the ‘progress’, remains an increasingly unequal society.” Dan Laverick, ‘The Joiners Lives On’ Campaign (6)

Notes to Editors

(1) 10.30: Funeral Assemble at University College London (UCL), Main Quad, Gower Street, London WC1E 6BT (Nearest tubes Euston Square/Euston).
11.00: Briefing for all mourners on the day’s activities, roles to be allocated for the funeral procession and run through of service.
12.30: Walk to location where the funeral procession will take place
13.00: Arrive at where the funeral procession will take place
15.30: Burial/Cremation of Pride

Dress Code
Dress in your finest/glam funeral attire, we’re thinking traditional colours/outfits whatever they may be for your culture with a bit of rainbow colour.   

(2) Pride in London 2015: Ukip rejected from pro-LGBT parade ‘to protect participants’

[http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/pride-in-london-2015-ukip-rejected-from-prolgbt-parade-to-protect-participants-10301771.html]

(3) ‘Don’t let corporations spoil the spirit of Pride’ [http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/12/corporations-spoil-the-spirit-of-pride-london]

(4) ‘From Stonewall to Austerity’ [http://www.counterfire.org/lgbt/15548-lgbt-history-month-from-stonewall-to-austerity]

 (5) Both quotes from the article ‘Is Pride today about gay rights or just partying?’ published in the Guardian, July 2012 (Pride’s 40th year).

(6) ‘Closing time for gay pubs – a new victim of London’s soaring property prices [http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/feb/04/closing-time-gay-pubs-lgbt-venues-property-prices]

Contact Details

Email: leavethegaydonkeysalone@gmail.com 

Phone: 07717811747

Website: www.rippride.wordpress.com / www.theglassishalffull.co.uk

Twitter: # QUEERFIGHTBACK # RIPPRIDE

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For Immediate Release – 27th June 2015 ‘R.I.P. Pride Funeral’ protest leads the London LGBT Pride March / chases UKIP out

For Immediate Release – 27th June 2015 ‘R.I.P. Pride Funeral’ protest leads the London LGBT Pride March / chases UKIP

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For Immediate Release – 27th June 2015

‘R.I.P. Pride Funeral’ breaks into protest and leads the London LGBT Pride March ahead of Barclays and chases UKIP off Pride. ‘

A coalition of individuals belonging to LGBTQI communities and holding a ‘Pride Funeral’ procession, broke through barriers at Oxford Circus to lead this year’s London LGBT Pride Parade. Coffin bearers, flag wavers, banner holders, an undertaker and a samba band sounding a slow funereal beat, all resisted security and stewards who attempted to physically remove them from the street. With flags baring messages of solidarity, politics, freedom and anti-commercialisation, RIP Pride activists solemnly strode the route section from Oxford Circus toward Embankment, until its final destination at the foot of Whitehall. The group’s action was one of sombre defiance against the fee that Pride organisers now charge those who want a place on the historically significant LGBT parade.Screen Shot 2015-06-28 at 09.52.40


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Anger at the annual parade reached unprecedented levels this year, when news of UKIP’s inclusion in queer festivities were originally confirmed. This involved a key position for UKIP at the front of the parade. The queer community outcry for UKIP removal, resulted in Pride organisers disinviting them, citing ‘health and safety concerns’ rather than recognising the grievances of those who raised concerns. One of the organisers later went on to call members of the community concerned by the inclusion of the far-right party, ‘hypocrites’ (1).

However, it transpired that a group of men holding UKIP placards were one of the first groups marching on the parade, closely following Barclays (2). RIP Pride mourners were reading a Pride eulogy around their grounded Pride coffin when they spotted UKIP marching near the front. Those in the funeral procession confronted UKIP waving their flags and chanting, and this ultimately lead to UKIP supporters leaving the scene, in the face of growing hostility.

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Dan Laverick a mourner at ‘RIP Pride’ said: “We’re here to remember what Pride started as, and its radical legacy. We’re also here to protest against what it has become. I’m here to grieve over the soulless corporate character of ‘Pride in London’, which has nothing to say about LGBTQI issues today such as 1 in 4 homeless people in the UK being from our community, the people seeing services upon which they depend cut as part of the austerity agenda (3), or the loss of queer spaces in London to property developers serving an international elite (4). To invite a party like UKIP which attacks migrants, people living with HIV, homosexuals, and any other vulnerable minority as it suits them, was the final nail in the coffin (5).”

Dada Schling a mourner at ‘RIP Pride’ said: “We broke through at a crossing point by Oxford Circus and were immediately met with some resistance from the stewards and private security. With some of the crowd shouting support for our right to peacefully protest for free (as people now have to pay to take part in Pride), we broke through and set off, with drums playing and coffin intact, to have our funeral procession for Pride. It’s the small victories of today that made it a resounding success in my opinion, and hopefully next year, who knows, there might be a bigger movement of people who want to take Pride back to its grassroots.”

Dan Glass a mourner at ‘RIP Pride’ said: “It was so great to see Pride return to it’s roots as a protest rather than just a parade (6). Pride should have strong political principles with equality for everyone at it’s heart not just big business or any organisation who wishes to milk the LGBTQI community dry. Our demand is that the organisation of Pride becomes democratic: decision-making power should be taken away from the current unrepresentative, largely corporate Board and an LGBTQIA assembly should be established, to decide the theme and direction for Pride in 2016 and onwards.

Notes to Editors

(1) Pride in London 2015: Ukip rejected from pro-LGBT parade ‘to protect participants’

[http://www.independent.co.uk/news/uk/politics/pride-in-london-2015-ukip-rejected-from-prolgbt-parade-to-protect-participants-10301771.html]

(2) ‘Don’t let corporations spoil the spirit of Pride’ [http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/jun/12/corporations-spoil-the-spirit-of-pride-london]

(3) ‘From Stonewall to Austerity’ [http://www.counterfire.org/lgbt/15548-lgbt-history-month-from-stonewall-to-austerity]

(4) ‘Closing time for gay pubs – a new victim of London’s soaring property prices [http://www.theguardian.com/society/2015/feb/04/closing-time-gay-pubs-lgbt-venues-property-prices]

(5) ‘Keep HIV-positive migrants out of Britain, says Ukip’s Nigel Farage ‘[http://www.theguardian.com/politics/2014/oct/10/nigel-farage-keep-hiv-positive-migrants-out-britain]

(6) The official shift from a ‘protest’ to a ‘parade’ occurred in 2004, costing £100,000 extra each year to hold and necessitating the kind of commercialisation has been repelling many people from turning up each year. From the article ‘Is Pride today about gay rights or just partying?’ published in the Guardian, July 2012

Contact Details

Email: leavethegaydonkeysalone@gmail.com 

Phone: 07717811747 Website: www.rippride.wordpress.com / www.theglassishalffull.co.uk

Twitter: # QUEERFIGHTBACK # RIPPRIDE

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In the Press

Dan is a published author journalist, guest writer, activist and presenter with a wide range of publications. For all press and event booking requests please get in touch.


Social Justice

(2015) Vice – The Guy Who Organised Yesterday’s Protest Outside Nigel Farage’s Local Pub Is Getting Death Threats’

“Nigel Farage has called us scum, and I’ve received about 20 death threats tonight already, I’m not too worried though, it’s like water off a gay duck’s back. All I’d say to these people threatening us is let’s have a cup of tea, and have a chat… oh, and don’t vote for UKIP.”

(2015) – Huffington Post – Why It’s Important to Protest Against Injustice on Holocaust Memorial Day

(2015) Red Pepper – “If I can’t dance dabke in Nigel Farage’s local pub, it’s not my revolution.” – As the far right steps up its harassment of the organisers of the Beyond UKIP Cabaret, Ewa Jasiewicz shares what the event meant to her.

(2015) Farage fracas: my day with the anti-Ukip cabaret he called ‘scum’

“Anti-fracking poets, Lebanese dancers and a gay Welsh donkey were just some of the acts who conga-ed into Nigel Farage’s local in Kent this weekend – and ended up making headlines.”

(2015) The UKIP debate on the Daily politics Show – Stand up to UKIP protest organiser v UKIP MEP

(2015) The Independent – Britain First invade meeting + video ‘ Britain First Storm Beyond UKIP Meeting – 30.03.15′

(2015) Pink News – “If they wanted to give us a taste of our own medicine, why didn’t they wear fancy dress?”

(2015) Souciant – ‘Azans in UKIP Country’ – Bilal Ahmed shares their story

“For a few moments, the pub became a masjid, sanctified as a place of safety for the ummah and those who stand with us.”

(2015)  Independent – “I helped organise the pub protest against Nigel Farage because absolutely no-one should feel frightened by Ukip

(2015) ‘Never Again Ever!’ in London – ‘Disability Rights protest outside Downing Street on Holocaust Memorial Day’ – Disabled activists today stood outside 10 Downing Street and the Houses of Parliament to remember the disabled victims of the Nazi Holocaust on the 70th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz.

(2015) Jewish Chronicle – ‘Campaigner tells of terror over Britain First attack’

(2014) War Resisters International – ‘Handbook for Non-Violent Campaigns’ (2nd Edition)  – ‘Education is freedom: popular education

(2014) Souciant – ‘Gaza and the Holocaust Mentality’

“This week marks the centenary of the outbreak of WWI. With the 70th anniversary of the end of WWII just around the corner in 2015, the crucial question remains: How do we remember the Holocaust?”

(2014) The Huffington Post – ‘From Auschwitz to Activism — 70 Years on From the Holocaust’  – “It is only when the sun sets on the entire Nazi mentality that we can firmly say “never again.”  – Watch the ‘Never Again Ever!’ launch video here and behind the scenes video here

(2011) – The Jewish Chronicle – ‘Culturally acceptable racism’ at Dale Farm’ – Jewish activists have urged the community to support Travellers and Gypsies’ rights to stay on the controversial Essex site, Dale Farm.

(2007) – PEDAL – “Am I a self-hating Jew?” – Young Jews share their stories

“Tear down the Israeli ghettos and the wall of death and say, ‘No nations- No borders- not in my grandparents, mine or my future generation’s name.’”

(2007) Scottish Palestine Solidarity Campaign ‘Boycott the Jewish National Fund (JNF) – Golf, mobile phones and Free Palestine’


Creating Social Change

(2014) – TVbomb – Interview – Dan Glass

“I think with HIV, as with many issues, people are bored of the sincerity, the earnestness and the internalised seriousness. Humour is not about trivialising an issue, it’s about making it more digestible.”

(2014) Inspired Times – ‘Inspiring Individuals’ –

“Standing up against injustice, Dan’s talent lies not only in the way he highlights the cause but also in his ability to empower others.”

(2013) Positively UK – ‘Now, more than ever, we need HIV activism.’

(2013) Kubatana (Zimbabwe) – ‘Create Inspire Change with UK youth justice activist Dan Glass’

(2012) ‘The War Without Bullets’ Radio Show’ dan glass in conversation with radio host Cathy McCormack – ‘Reframing the poverty/ inequality/ climate debate in terms of power, and if course the power of resistance, is exactly what we need to do in order to pull ourselves out of superficial politics.’

(2009) Daily Mail – ‘Activist by Day – Escort by night – dan glass at your service’

(2008) Guardian – “Please don’t move Prime Minister – I have superglued myself to your arm” – Dan Glass reports on his time in 10 Downing Street –

“if you move it will hurt the both of us. This a non violent stunt in line with Plane Stupid’s complete commitment to non-violence. I have superglued myself to your arm because you can run away from my arm but you can’t run from climate change.”

(2009) Guardian – ‘Police ‘pay protester informers” [+ video] – Police are using hundreds of paid informants inside protest groups to “feed them intelligence”, according to evidence handed to the Guardian.


Environmental Justice

(2011) – Democracy Now and Mother Jones – ‘Why This Prominent UK Enviro Caused a National Security Freakout – And why the feds were so interested in super glue.’

(2010) – Guardian – ‘Meet the youth climate leaders – Here are some of the young activists at work in the UK fighting to stop the injustice of climate change’

(2010) Guardian – ‘UK emission cuts ‘not radical enough’, airport protest trial told’

(2010) Dissident Island Radio – ‘The Climate9: Climate ‘Criminals’ on Trial’

“We are not bank robbers, kidnappers or terrorists. We are secretaries, parents, cooks, community workers, architects and saxophonists. We are a growing movement of concerned citizens who invest in affordable gadgets to expose corruption and who are prepared to put our bodies in the way of dangerous high-carbon developments.”

(2009) Resurgence – ‘Police and Protestors’ – ‘We believe it is now time to ask what constitutes the appropriate policing of peaceful protest.’

(2009) BBC – ‘Police face problems in recruiting informants in political groups’ – Hidden cameras appear to have made the recruitment of informers in political campaigns a hazardous process for covert police units

(2009) CNN – ‘Climate protesters descend on Copenhagen’

“History has shown us that when there is a need for radical social change, asking those in power nicely to relinquish some control doesn’t get us very far. Women wouldn’t be voting in Britain without the suffragettes and Mandela would still be in jail if it wasn’t for direct action against apartheid.”

(2009) Jewish Chronicle – ‘Support for Jewish green protesters’

(2009) BBC World News – ‘Climate Activism – Is the trial more important than the protest?’

(2009) Guardian – ‘Police caught on tape trying to recruit Plane Stupid protester as spy’

(2009) BBC Scotland Sally on Sunday – ‘Aviation is the new Holocaust’ – Full Story click here

(2009) Guardian – Activism – Liberty Central – ‘Yes, we broke the law as climate change activists. And this is why’

(2009) ‘The sticky issue of climate change’ – Gordon Brown gave me the slip when I superglued myself to him this week. Here’s what I would have said if he’d stayed stuck

(2009) Guardian (2011) ‘Heathrow campaigners hit US as battle with the airline industry goes global’

(2008) The Ecologist ‘Climate Camp Scotland: why we are protesting’

(2008) ‘Climate Camp Activists naked superglue dance at EON

(2008) Guardian – ‘Superglue: the climate activist’s latest weapon of choice’

“Sticking it to the man has recently taken on a whole new meaning, as political and environmental activists turn increasingly to the power of superglue.”

(2008) Herald Scotland – ‘The Stansted protests were just the start … we have to take action.’ Inside the world of Plane Stupid Scotland


HIV Justice

(2015) Open Democracy – ‘Why the fight against HIV starts within us’

(2014) Huffington Post – ‘All I Want This Chanukah is A Giant Sack of Bulls**t’ –

“This is not just a victory for the ordinary public. It is also a success for direct action protest in times of severe austerity and right-wing extremism.”

(2014) Huffington Post – ‘The Pathological Is Political — the Proposed British Ban On HIV Immigrants’

(2014) Huffington Post – ‘HIV in David Cameron’s Britain – ACT UP Comes Home to Roost’

(2014) Pink News – ‘Gay HIV campaigners dump horse sh*t and kiss outside UKIP HQ for World AIDS Day’

(2014) Independent – ‘World Aids Day 2014: HIV positive activists dump manure outside Ukip office in protest against ‘bull****”


Lesbian Gay Bisexual Transgender Queer Intersex (LGBTQI) Justice

(2015) I.D. Magazine ‘The Activist Issue’ ‘A queer manifesto for radical change’

“Since the dawn of time, artistic expression has existed to counter the iron fist of authority. In gay culture, drag has been used for over a century to subvert the gender roles that patriarchal structure dictates. Even if a drag queen doesn’t get onstage and start delivering scathing quips against the governing system, the very act of being a bloke in a dress and wig is an inherently political statement.”

(2015) VICE Magazine – ‘LGBT Mental Health: Are We Doing Enough?’

(2015) QX Magazine – ‘The Gay Sauna Debate’ – QX peers through the steam to ask whether the sauna culture is a gay relic of days gone by or a queer institution that still has a relevant place in our community…

“The bad news is that our society is dominated by a culture of blame rather than questioning.”

(2015) VICE Magazine – ‘We Went to Last Night’s Property Developer Awards, a Circle-Jerk for the Gentrification Sharks Ruining London’

(2015) The Daily Beast – The Queer Pushback Begins As Gay London Gets Wiped Out’

“None of our struggles are best understood in isolation,” he said. “We are strongest if we fight together.”

(2014) QX Magazine – Gay Shame and Sexuality – the need for LGBTQI education in schools.’

“Continuing our series looking at the issue of Gay Shame and Sexuality, this week activist, journalist and performer Dan Glass looks back at growing up gay in a less than supportive school environment…”

“The LGBTQI community have a rich tradition of fighting against all odds and holding our heads up high. Whilst the Government fails to act in providing the LGBT education that the next generation needs, let’s find other ways, there’s no time to waste.”