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Monday, July 15, 2019

Islington's Pride - #LGBT History of Holloway guided walks @IslingtonsPride @Islingtonwalks #Arsenal @Islington @AFCCommunity @Islingtonlibs @gaygooners @IslingtonLife

Last Saturday morning Stuart, I, and bunch of other ne'er-do-wells took one of the fabulously free Islington Pride Walking Tours.

Not only was it fabulous but also fascinating, hugely enjoyable and informative. The walk took in many of the important facets of Holloway's LGBT history.

We started at the site of the first gay protest on Highbury Fields after arrests in 1969, spotted the cottages in the Fields, the location where the Gay Teenage Group met, a bit of information about the Gaygooners (with contributions from yours truly), various fetish shops (like Rams and the now defunct Fettered Pleasures), the places Joe Orton picked up his rough trade, where the Pink Paper and Boyz magazine were run from, the flat "Mr. Telsar" Joe Meek lived and worked, the location of the Galop offices, the notorious Selbys department store, and Holloway and Pentoville prisons where Oscar Wilde spent his first two stretches inside (respectively.)

The walk lasted for about 90 minutes and ran from the Highbury & Islington tube up to the Nag's Head, so not too long either in time or distance. Highly recommended!

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