The Gay Outdoor Club – for everyone in the LGBTQ+ community enjoying outdoor activities – enjoyed our first History Celebration this year! Green carnations & Peacock feathers. This, our first History Month walk took in St Pancras, Islington and the redeveloped Kings Cross open space.
This included Queer Britain, the iconic new museum which features Oscar Wilde`s cell door, other artefacts and contemporary displays. Nearly 30 members visited Old St Pancras Church (and a number of its graves with the Beaumont Society connection) before viewing 20th Century sites and some stunng landmarks. These included: Lord Byron, Kenneth Williams (and his passage…), Edith Craig, Derek Jarman, Francis Bacon’s house (1561-1626), Benjamin Britten, Sir Peter Pears, and the ill-fated partners Joe Orton & Kenneth Halliwell, We also recalled houses associated with Brian Epstein, Roger Casement, Amelia Ann Blanford Edwards, Alan Turing, prior to viewing Housman’s Bookshop Later in the month another GOC member contributed, online, a presentation tor Lincolnshire’s NHS staff network.
As part of their History Month Celebrations, David talked of enjoying the GOC`s events , and of looking forward to completing his own twenty five years of LGBT Activism soon. . Indeed, the year, 2024,will see GOC celebrates 50 continuous years. We are looking forward to next February with pleasure! (see goc.org.uk.)