Fans plan to hold a “sexual freedom party” in honour of gay icon George Michael this weekend. The party will take place at the London park where police arrested the pop star for cruising in 1998.
The Camden LGBT Forum and Queer Tours of London organised the “George Michael Wants You” party as an unapologetic tribute to the singer and the sexual freedom he represented.
Organisers chose Hampstead Heath for the event, held close to the 19th anniversary of George’s dramatic outing following his arrest for cruising. The arrest occurred in the area. George once called Hampstead Heath “the best cruising ground in London.”
Ironically the event falls in the month of the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967.
Alex Green, singer, activist and organiser, told the Hampstead and Highgate Express it was important to recognise the “massive gay icon” George was.
“I don’t think he gets the credit he deserves,” he said.
“We need to ask why someone like him – confident, inspiring, intelligent – wasn’t originally comfortable coming out.
“It’s also worth asking why there are people even today who don’t feel confident coming out.”
Although Alex stated the event is not an actual ‘sex party’. However, organisers do want to pay “cheeky” tribute to George’s love of cruising.
Queer Tours of London organiser Nell Andrew said George Michael’s presence was “stronger than ever”.
“It will be a celebration of how he took back control after a very nasty public outing and turned it into a celebration of sexuality and sexual freedoms with [his 1998 song] Outside,” he said.
George Michael Funeral
Tributes flowed for George Michael after he passed away peacefully in his home on Christmas Day last year.
Family representatives issued a statement after the singer’s funeral last month.
“Family and close friends gathered for the small, private ceremony to say goodbye to their beloved son, brother and friend.
“George Michael’s family would like to thank his fans across the world for their many messages of love and support.”
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