new website documents South London Gay Community Center and Brixton’s gay squatting scene, 1970s to early 1980s – Brixton Buzz


The Revolting Gays website, which documents Brixton’s longstanding relationship with the gay community, will go live at the end of this month.

Telling the story of the South London Gay Community Center and Brixton’s gay squatting community from the 1970s to the early 1980s, the website documents a seemingly disparate group of homosexuals and their attempts to live together in community.

Containing written text, photographs, podcasts, videos and artwork, the Revolting gays site will go live on June 24 this year.

They told Brixton Buzz:

This uncharted experiment of squatting the first-ever gay community center and living together broke the isolation and unleashed an astonishing amount of creativity from the group over a period of around ten years, including campaigns, theater productions and encouraging many people to come out strong and proud as gay in a more supportive environment. All in the rebellious spirit of the 1970s.

This work has been carried out over more than 25 years by Ian Townson using archival documents he deposited at the Bishopsgate Institute and personal memories of being part of this group.

We believe this story will be relevant, not only for LGBT+ groups and individuals, but also for anyone interested in challenging the accepted norms of capitalist patriarchy.

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