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Tea Party at the Torch

Queer collective Beacons Icons and Dykons (BID) is gathering communities to explore the impact of Section 28 legislation introduced by Margaret Thatcher's Conservative government. In partnership with the Torch Theatre, BID is holding a series of tea parties during LGBTQ+ history month this February, a moment to host important conversations for the queer community, making forgotten histories visible, and connecting them to the present moment.

Lead BID artist, Tom Marshman, has been collecting stories across the UK. Personally, he wonders if growing up within the decade in which queer life was silenced has made him a bit of a show-off, compelled to share queer or LGBTQI+ stories? He has observed many other peoples’ strong reactions to this legislation. Emotions are running high, particularly at this dangerous moment when a repeat of similar legislation is possible, returning to the silencing of queerness in this country.

The Tea Parties are a place for communities to meet and share their stories over tea and cake. You could have lived through this time or be curious to know more, everyone is welcome. There will be short performances connected to the topic to provoke conversation, providing starting points for discussion with a cabaret flair.

Booking is essential for the Tea Party at the Torch on Sunday 28 February at 4.30pm. Click here for further information.


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