This Drag Raven Is Leading LGBTQ+ Tours Of The Tower Of London

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This Drag Raven Is Leading LGBTQ+ Tours Of The Tower Of London
The 'drag raven' will lead visitors around the Tower

Entire libraries have been written about the Tower of London and its occupants, but how much do you know about the former LGBTQ residents of the famous fortress?

For February's LGBT+ History Month, the Tower is hosting Queer Lives at the Tower — an after-hours tour, led by an 'all singing, all dancing' drag raven.

Follow the glam guide around turrets, battlements and into a medieval royal bedchamber, while they spin 700 years of yarns about the lives and loves of LGBT+ figures linked with the Tower.  

The tour — written by award-winning playwright, Chris Bush — explains how King James I earned the nickname 'Queen James'; how King Edward II's relationships with young men led to rebellion and bloodshed; and of Roger Casement, the gay Irish human rights campaigner who was stripped of his knighthood, and hanged as a traitor to the crown.

Queer Lives at Court, at Hampton Court Palace and Queer Lives at the Palace, at Kensington Palace, are scheduled to take place later in 2020.

Queer Lives at the Tower, Tower of London, 15, 22, 24, 25 and 26 February. Tickets £25

Last Updated 22 January 2020