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.
‘One of the greatest global creative change-makers and activists in the world right now brings his incredible charisma, provocation and personality into this important book. A guide and toolkit, documenting his and others life-changing activism and methodologies. A must read for those who want to be inspired to change the world. Bold, honest and deeply moving.’
Ruth Daniel, CEO and Artistic Director, ‘In Place of War’
‘Dan is cut from that special Glass; he exists to make a positive difference and this engaging book is evidence that he has delivered. His remarkable story is a walking masterclass in searing authenticity. Expect to be moved, grooved, enraged, and totally impressed with this enlightening non-fiction read and its truly awesome author.’
Vernal Scott, author of God’s Other Children: A London Memoir
‘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, vividly exposing intersecting oppressions and injustices exacted by gentrification, neo-liberalism, and legacies of colonialism. We hear from old warriers inspiring new radicals, and feel histories crashing in on our present in a vivid call to fresh action.’ Matt Cook, Professor of modern history at Birkbeck College, University of London and author of Queer Domesticities: Homosexuality and Home Life in Twentieth-Century London