Jonathan Fryer

Writer, Lecturer, Broadcaster and Liberal Democrat Politician

Archive for August 17th, 2008

Pride in Soho

Posted by jonathanfryer on Sunday, 17th August, 2008

The LibDem LGBT group DELGA had a stall at Soho Pride this afternoon, so I stopped by for a couple of hours to help man it. It was encouraging to see how many of the (predominantly young) crowds of thousands milling around came up to sign DELGA’s petition against homophobic bullying in schools — a problem that is still prevalent (and even tolerated by some teachers), despite positive changes in legislation and public attitudes in Britain.

Although I have never lived in Soho, it has been a sort of ‘second-base’ for me in London for over 20 years, and I have been a member of the Soho Society for a long time. That is why I came up with the idea of my little book ‘Soho Characters of the Fifties and Sixties’, which the National Portrait Gallery published in 1998 and which completely sold out (though, alas, it has as yet not be reprinted). I still enjoy calling in on various places in the ever-changing yet always fascinating area. This afternoon, as often, I tried ‘something old and something new’: a glass or two of chilled rosé at the French House and a delicious Olivier salad at a new Georgian café round the corner, called (and run by) Romeo.

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