Rebel Dyke Histories: a film and discussion for LGBT History Month

The Rebel Dyke History Project is preserving the stories of the kick-ass young dykes of post-punk London with an extensive archive and upcoming feature-length documentary. Encompassing landmark moments in queer history like Greenham Common peace camp, histories of squatting, sex and fetish clubs, AIDS protests, abseiling into the House of Lords and Section 28, the project records an anarchic, irreverent, fierce queer world that has plenty to say about ongoing battles for freedom.

Join us for a preview of the Rebel Dykes film, followed by a discussion with Karen Fisher aka Fisch about the project, the politics of the rebel dykes and the queer legacies of the cultural wars they fought.

About the speaker:
Karen Fisher aka Fisch is part of the Rebel Dyke Project, a group of mainly lesbian outsiders from the 1980s. Fisch has been a significant member of this lived legacy since going her first Gay Pride march in 1978. She lived at Greenham Common USAF base (main gate) and for over a year and she rode with the all women biker gang The Black Widows. Fisch co-promoted the UK’s first SM dyke club Chain Reaction and for ten years ran her own London club nights.

Nearly five years ago she began performing in drag as King Frankie Sinatra and now produces and hosts Kings of Clubs at the legendary Royal Vauxhall Tavern. Frankie has graced many stagesincluding Pride in London and Amsterdam. Fisch has finally written a one woman show called Rebel Dyke Live which encompasses all of this personal sistory in one hour of music and words.

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