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Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the present day

by Peter Ackroyd

Vintage Publishing

Reviewed by David Michon

Available from the London Society Book Service in association with John Sandoe Bookshop

 

As I write this, it’s been just shy of a year since an attack on Pulse, a gay nightclub in Orlando Florida, killed 49 people – the deadliest mass shooting by a single gunman in US history. Shock at the murders reverberated throughout the United States and much of the world, inciting vigils in dozens of major cities. However, for gay people it was not only concern over yet another major shooting. As theories swirled of the gunman’s intentions, it came to be considered as an attack on the gay community, more precisely.

Gay venues in the US, just as in the UK and in London, are hard-won achievements of the gay community – legal, publicly known places of gay communion. For decades they have served not only as important places of socialising for LGBTQ communities, but also as safe spaces where an oft -misunderstood minority population can feel at ease. They serve a vital and unique function in supporting a marginal group (recall that it was only in 2003 that employment discrimination based on sexual orientation was officially forbidden).

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APPG London Planning and Built Environment

photo ©Agnese Sanvito

The All Parliamentary Group for London’s Planning and Built Environment gathered in Portcullis House last week to hear a panel of experts on the implications of Grenfell Tower for London’s housing stock.

The session was introduced by Rupa Huq, MP for Ealing Central and Acton, and NLA chairman, Peter Murray, who said it was important to learn from events and ensure that the right mechanisms are in place so similar disasters do not happen again.

[The minutes of the meeting can be downloaded here]

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The ANNUAL GENERAL MEETING of THE LONDON SOCIETY was held on Monday 26 June 2017  at the offices of Allies & Morrison, 85 Southwark Street, London, SE1 0HX.

40 or so members were present. The slides from the Chairman’s, Treasurer’s and Director’s presentations can be seen below, and you can download the minutes of the meeting here.

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The latest edition of Planning in London, the publication of the London Planning and Development Forum is now published and can be read below.

There are articles on the aftermath of the Grenfell Tower disaster, the Green Belt, housing provision and even ‘mega basements’.

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13 July 2017. Following the terrible events at Grenfell Tower, the APPG for London Planning and Built Environment will bring together experts to update on the wider responses across the city, followed by a discussion on the wider implications for the delivery and management of social housing.

Speakers include local authority representatives, Sue Foster, LB Lambeth and Pat Hayes, Be First, Barking & Dagenham (former LB Ealing), and experts, including Peter Murray, Chair of the London Society and New London Architecture. 

You can find more details and register to attend here. (Please use code APPG0717 to register)

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Tickets are now available to non-members for the Society’s summer party on 10 August. Join us for food and drink, and listen to live music as you catch up with old friends and meet new people at the social event of the year.

We’ve gone full rus in urbe this time round, with the party being hosted at the Oasis City Farm, a stone’s throw from Grimshaw’s old Waterloo International, tucked into a corner of the Archbishop’s Park in SE1.

Opened in 2015, Oasis have transformed this strip of land into a vibrant community resource, connecting children of the city with food and farming. There’ll be an opportunity to examine the magnificent new wooden barn (by architects Feilden Fowles) and to hear more about the project, its achievements so far, and its vision for the future.

Tickets are limited and last year’s summer party sold out, so make sure you don’t miss out. Members can buy tickets for themselves and their guests for just £25, non-members tickets are £35. Corporate Supporters are entitled to up to five free tickets (please email director@londonsociety.org.uk for details).

Get your tickets here.

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The London Society needs you

We’re run with a small committee that gives of its time entirely voluntarily, two members of staff that work a couple of days a week, a freelance events person, a journal editor and designer (and contributors) who put in inordinate amounts of time and effort to get each issue out.

That gives members around 50 events a year (which had over 2,000 people come to them in 2016), two issues of the Journal, the Society’s representation in the APPG, and this blog and our social media.

We want to achieve more – more events, more publications, more members – and need help from members to do so. For example:

  • Helping out at events: anything from setting up the room to reporting on the discussion to go on the blog (you’d get free tickets of course).
  • Contributing to the blog or the journal: got something to say? Perhaps you’ve got journalistic or other writing experience and are keen to keep your hand in – we’d love to hear from you.
  • Marketing and PR: we want more people coming to our events and more people joining the Society. Can you help us with that?

If you feel you can spare some time – whether from the list above or on anything else – please email director@londonsociety.org.uk

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