The historical demonisation of people who felt same sex desires inspired cultures that grew around the search for and transaction of sexual encounters in a hidden world. This month’s LGBT History Club at the LMA is presented by Damien Arness-Dalton who will give us an historical overview, examining the methodology of attraction and the signifiers of homosexuality in a time of risk of arrest.
Join us for an interactive experience that traces the roots of cottaging, cruising and the culture that it created and how, over time, it has evolved. The session takes us on a journey from perceptions of deviancy to the digital connected freedom of the modern age with a practical analysis of hidden and open expression through personal reflection.
Discover the ways subcultures used language, visual codes, non-verbal communication and Queer spaces to express desire. There will be fun and frolics with the HANKY code , Polari and Tindr /Grindr games.
There will be a chance to share your own cottaging and cruising stories at this event.
Damien is an education officer at the Science Museum / Houses of Parliament
Free - drop in session.