When Camden Lesbian Centre opened its doors on Saturday 31st October 1987, it signalled the arrival of more than just a queer social venue – the Centre quickly became home to a broad range of collectives organising for vital political and social change, from Black liberation to lesbian motherhood. In this blog, we’ll get to […]
Put the kettle on, will you? We’ve a group of tired women here in paint-splattered overalls, all in dire need of a cuppa! In our previous blog on Camden Lesbian Centre & Black Lesbian Group (the UK’s first and only dedicated lesbian centre, FYI), we traced the collective’s early days and their search for a […]
If you’d have passed through the East End of Glasgow last month, here’s what you might’ve seen: a naked woman made of stone, crouched on a plinth, her face covered by a gorilla mask. Around her, a cluster of other artworks in ornate gold frames also depict naked women. Passers-by are faced with a question: […]
Please note: this post refers indirectly to police brutality and institutional racism & classism. Over the last eighteen months, many of us have gotten involved with community organising – some for the first time – to ensure that our friends and neighbours have access to food, healthcare, money, and other essential resources during a pandemic […]
This is the second post in a three-part blog exploring the history of feminist housing activism in the 1970s and 1980s. Following on from yesterday’s post on the feminist squatting movement, this blog explores feminist efforts to shape the world around us by pooling our skills, labour and resources into co-operative building and design. A […]
Where are you reading this blog? Are you on the move, commuting to work or school? Perhaps you’re in a public space like a park or a café. Me, I’m writing this from the rickety kitchen table of my rented tenement flat in Glasgow. I’m only here for three months, so there isn’t much point […]
Tucked down a narrow, leafy street on the edge of Camden, just behind the hustle and bustle of London Euston and King’s Cross St Pancras stations, is the former site of the UK’s only dedicated lesbian centre. It doesn’t bear the usual markers of a heritage site – no commemorative plaques, no signage, not a QR code in sight – but for nearly a decade, 54-56 Phoenix Road was home to Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group (CLC&BLG).