The Brixton Fairies: 1970s gay squat

Discussion in 'Brixton' started by editor, May 10, 2004.

  1. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

  2. tufty79

    tufty79 1979-2015. R.I.P.

    not quite brixton faeries, but i'm trying to find out about lgbt history in southwark - people, places, events etc - if anyone has any info, please get in touch? (sorry if that sounds a bit scrappy, but i thought this might be a good starting point)

    thanks in advance :) x
  3. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    most well known would be Derek Jarman who lived in warehouse by Thames.

    He used the warehouse for some of his films. I did meet someone who knew him then u remembers it as a place lots of people used to meet.

    Its now converted to swanky flats
  4. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat meh

    This website (London based, not specific to Southwark) might be worth a look - see the "our pink history" section towards the bottom right. Not a huge amount of Southwark content from a quick glance, though.
  5. brixtonscot

    brixtonscot Well-Known Member

    I'm fairly sure Jimmy Somerville and some of those around Bronski Beat / Framed Youth lived ( squatted ? ) in flats around Aylesbury estate in early 80's
  6. tufty79

    tufty79 1979-2015. R.I.P.

    thank you gramsci, puddy_tat and brixtonscot - very much appreciated! :)
  7. brixtonscot

    brixtonscot Well-Known Member

    From Steve Bronski....also Brixton connection

    Jimmy and Connie flitted from Jills flat and shared an apartment on a high rise housing estate near the Oval, Camberwell New Road, south west London. Shortly afterwards Larry and Steve also moved to a separate flat on the same estate. All were squatting. Jimmy and Connie applied for and received a council tenancy for their apartment whilst Larry and Steve were eventually evicted from theirs. Just before the eviction order was enforced, Jimmy and Connie's friends arranged a political demonstration march at Peckham Town Hall at which hundreds of people demonstrated on behalf of Larry and Steve's impending loss of their home. At the hearing, the judge ruled against the pair and issued a warrant for them to vacate the premises. After the imposed eviction, a lovely friend, Amanda Barnes, kindly offered Larry and Steve her only spare room in her flat to store the music equipment and flat contents.
  8. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

    thanks i was trying to remember who i talked to. she curated some rare films done by some of those around at the same time as Jarman. From what she said there was Gay alternative art scene in London. Its hard to think of it now but being Gay much more difficult then. Many came to London to live in " alternative" life which included politics , sexuality and feminism. Now being Gay is more accepted than it was then. After all people like Jarman were born when it was still illegal.

    For a critique of how Gay culture has become consumerist rather than part of a radical challenge that it promised in the 70s see Peter Tatchell.

    Not an analysis i necessarily agree with. As a minority gets accepted into the mainstream then its not surprising to see , for example , Gay people who politics are otherwise inclined to the right ( Tory party or New Labour)
  9. stethoscope

    stethoscope Well-Known Member

    This - really interesting reading.
  10. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat meh

    Just found Untold London website (as ever while looking for something completely different) - it includes a LGBT section - here

    may be worth a look.
  11. tufty79

    tufty79 1979-2015. R.I.P.

    massive cheers for this :) (sorry i didn't see it sooner!)
  12. Ian Townson

    Ian Townson Member

    Goodbye to London and Railton Road

    I visited the exhibition in Berlin on 'Goodbye to London' and met Astrid Proll, Peter Cross and Boris von Brauchnitz, the joint curators. The book is based on this exhibition and deals with squatting, feminist and socialist art collectives, Grunwick and a lot of information on Brixton Gays which I supplied to the Hall-Carpenter Archive for use. It's an excellent exhibition and hopefully, after a trip to Dresden, it will come to London. I think there are plans to do this.

    I never was involved in the Mens Group in Brixton but I do remember Gary de Vere, Colm Clifford and Alistair Kerr attending it. All three unfortunately died of the AIDS virus. I think it might have been Icebreakers, a radical gay counselling group, that was in the room above the Peoples' News Service at 119 Railton Road. It may also have housed Gay Switchboard.

    Aaah...the memories

    Ian Townson
  13. Gramsci

    Gramsci Well-Known Member

  14. brixtonscot

    brixtonscot Well-Known Member

    Has it been added to Brixton history yet ?
    Does anybody know why this thread has *troll* icon ( I think ? ) on subject title ?
  15. editor

    editor hiraethified

    There's only a link on the Brixton section, but that's due a massive redesign soon...
  16. Puddy_Tat

    Puddy_Tat meh

    Just a thought - in case you hadn't noticed, February is LGBT History Month - website here

    There is a mention on Lambeth's website, but it sends you to the above link.
  17. brixtonscot

    brixtonscot Well-Known Member

    There's a showing of film Strip Jack Naked , which has been referred to on this thread Fri 25 Feb 11.30pm Rio Cinema , folowed with Q&A with Terry Stewart and director Ron Peck.

    Outeast Gay History Month Screening
    (UK 1991. dir. Ron Peck) 91m.
    Nick Bolton, John Brown, John Diamon.
    NIGHTHAWKS II: STRIP JACK NAKED puts Ron Peck's original 1978 groundbreaking landmark gay movie NIGHTHAWKS into a 1991 historical and personal context as the director reflects on his own personal journey from closeted suburban teen to politically radicalised filmmaker. The result is one of the most honest and abrasive of film autobiographies. Inevitably, the film reflects the society and attitudes of the time and although laws and policy may have changed in the last twenty years, homophobia itself has clearly not gone away and remains an issue for us all.
    + Q&A with Ron Peck
  18. cosmic malcolm

    cosmic malcolm cultivate joy

    The love that you need can never be found at home.

    Steve Bronski squatted in St George's residences behind the gay center on Railton road. I think this was the late 70's.
    St George's then was mostly squatted by working class none political gays bisexuals smack heads rent boys hippy's punks and some very none homophobic straits/hets.
    I suppose looking back it was one of the most interesting places I have lived in. :eek: :D
    And thus this was another chapter in the South London gay liberation front.
    And that is one of the reasons I love dear old Brixton town. :)
  19. mwareing1

    mwareing1 Active Member


    Sorry to trouble you, but did you get to post those pics. Would be great to see. Such an interesting read. Many thanks.
  20. Ian Townson

    Ian Townson Member

    Hi there mwareing1,

    I still find it impossible to upload images onto this site. The only thing I can think of is to send stuff to someone's personal email address and ask them to do it. I've got loads of interesting stuff.

  21. Dan U

    Dan U Boompty

  22. editor

    editor hiraethified

    You can email them to me if you like and I can post them up here.

    urban75 - at - gmail dot com
  23. mwareing1

    mwareing1 Active Member

    I went to Railton Road at the weekend.....I didnt see any gardens knocked together. Are they at the back of the properties. Where are they?
  24. peterkro

    peterkro Greasin' on American Express card.

    They are between the houses on Railton and Mayall roads.
  25. Ian Townson

    Ian Townson Member

    Roughly there were gay squats, before they became Brixton Housing Coop flats, from 153-159 Railton Road with the others running almost parallel from 146-152 Mayall Road. The shared garden is in between them. I will be posting photos soon via Urban75 that show this.

  26. editor

    editor hiraethified

    I've had loads of pics sent to me now - I'll try and sort them out next week.
  27. Ian Townson

    Ian Townson Member


    How's it going with the Brixton gay community photos?
  28. editor

    editor hiraethified

    'Umble apologies. It's in my rather long queue of things to do.
  29. mwareing1

    mwareing1 Active Member

    Some times you can queue jump ;-)
  30. Mrs Magpie

    Mrs Magpie On a bit of break...

    *votes for a bit of queue jumping because it's a neglected area of Brixton's rich history*

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