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Head, heart and hands: a guide to community activism –  Dan Glass

About This Episode

Michael Hayman is joined by Dan Glass, the award winning human rights campaigner, writer and performer, to discuss activism and cultivating curiosity we have about ourselves and the world at large.

With his visionary community based approach that weaves connections between groups that are marginalised in society, Dan’s work seeks to raise critical consciousness and creativity so people can read their reality and write their own history.

According to Dan, activism is simply acting upon what you care about, and cultivating curiosity we have about ourselves and the world at large. It’s with this spirit that he’s led campaigns for climate justice, LGBTQIA rights, HIV awareness, and much more with his exuberant passion for change, described as matched only by the depth of his rage and the warmth of his insight.

Dan Glass, Human Rights Campaigner, Writer & Performer

Dan Glass is an ‘Aids Coalition to Unleash Power (ACT UP) healthcare and human rights activist, performer, presenter and writer. Dan has been recognised as ‘Activist of the Year’ with the ‘Sexual Freedom Awards‘ and was announced a ‘BBC Greater Londoner’ for founding ‘Queer Tours of London – A Mince Through Time. His book United Queerdom: From the Legends of the Gay Liberation Front to the Queers of Tomorrow was recognised as Observer book of the week June.
Dan recently founded self-defence empowerment programme Bender Defenders and Queer Night Pride to confront rising hate crime, and his latest book Queer Footprints: A Guide to Uncovering London’s Fierce History will be available in May 2023.

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Lockdown List

What is a book that has changed your life?

Let the record Show – A Political History of ACT UP New York 1987-1993’ Sarah Schulman

What are you watching at the moment?


Who is your biggest inspiration and why?

Amy Winehouse; a creative, hilarious, Jewish powerhouse

In one sentence, describe your new normal.

Ha! I never want to be normal, old or new.

Whats your quote for life?

‘Willem Arondeus: ‘Homosexuals Are Not Cowards’

What is your best tip for life?

Speak your truth to power, always.

What five songs made up your lockdown soundtrack?

  • KOFFEE – Lockdown
  • Celeste – Hear My Voice
  • Mungo’s Hifi – Mungo’s Hi Fi x Gardna & Catching Cairo – Back In The Dayz
  • Charles Aznavour – You’ve Got To Learn
  • Lauryn Hill – Tell Him

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