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Islington Pride - A Guided Walk through 50 Years of LGBT History

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It is 50 years ago this summer since the gay playwright and Islington resident, Joe Orton, was murdered in his Islington flat by his lover and 50 years since the hugely significant Sexual Offences Act of 1967 came into force.

Joe Orton rose to fame in the mid 1960s with his darkly comic, cutting edge farces Entertaining Mr Sloane and Loot but his private life resulted in tragedy when his lover, Kenneth Halliwell bludgeoned him to death and then took his own life, in what seems to have been a fit of jealous rage.

The 1967 Sexual Offences Act decriminalised sex, in private, between men over the age of 21 and was a first step on the long and ongoing journey towards equality for members of the LGBT community.

To commemorate these two anniversaries Clerkenwell and Islington Guides' Association (CIGA) tour guides are once again leading their popular guided walk entitled Islington Pride – 50 Years of LGBT History.

The walks take palce on the anniversary of the day the Sexual Offences Act came into force(Thursday 27th July)and the day Joe Orton died (Wednesday 9th August). We will visit key sites in the life and death of Joe Orton and also highlight the many LGBT “firsts” and other developments that have taken place in Islington in the aftermath of the 1967 Act.

Orton's local pub, the gathering point for the UK's first gay rally and the former home of a member of the extraordinary Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence are just a few of the venues featured on this fascinating walk.

These FREE walks have been generously funded by Islington Museum to complement an exhibition at the museum called 1967: Up Against It - Joe Orton, Criminal Acts and Islington, which runs 22 July - 21 October 2017.

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