Although Polari was spoken almost exclusively by gay and bisexual men, the nature of clandestine meetings of the mid 1900s when homosexuality was still criminalised brought together people from all walks of life who all had an influence on the language. Cockney, Romany and Italian languages mixed with the slangs of thespians, circus performers, wrestlers, sailors and wider criminal communities. Inspired by those origins, we seek involvement of people from any under-represented or marginalised group to share our perspectives with each other; building a collaborative platform for all of us.
As our launch year coincides with the 50th anniversary of the founding of the Gay Liberation Front, we are especially keen on documenting key stories, large or small, from the last fifty years of the LGBT Rights Movement. Coronavirus has meant we’ve had to press pause on what we were hoping to have achieved by this point, but we have big plans for next year, so please get in touch and hopefully we can make some brilliant work together.