Lesbian plaque was stuck to the House of Lords


Pro-LGBT group named “Sexual Avengers” planted a plaque as a sign of protest of queer women. The group of activist planted blue plaques on a string of London landmarks with LGBT history, in a bid to “turn the city’s public spaces into a living museum of radical queer history”. Lesbian activists famously abseiled into the Lords in 1988 to protest the Tory-backed Section 28, forbidding to ‘promote’ homosexuality at schools. It read: It reads: “Queer heritage: Protesting against Section 28 that discriminated against homosexuality, lesbians abseiled into the House of Lords, 2 February 1988.” The activist Ariana Jordão was the one to stick the plaque to the House of Lords. She said: “We did this to celebrate collective acts of queer resistance. The House of Lords represents the powerful who ignore the interests of the few, so this is about visibility, creating something that’s impossible to ignore – a rupture in the impenetrable powerhouse. It felt awesome standing on the shoulders of giants, and of my friends.” “For us, the personal is political. I’ve grown up queer in a straight world that tells me I’m allowed to be gay, but not ‘too gay’,” another activist Hope Thomas ommented, “As a community we don’t get to celebrate our personal history much – straight people can’t identify the place they ‘come out’, they didn’t lose their virginity ‘in the closet’ and they probably can’t name one of the multiple places on public transport where I’ve lowered my voice or degendered my partner when telling a friend about a relationship. There should be no shame attached to these sites. We have to uncover our history to celebrate and learn from it.”


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