A “sexual freedom party” in honour of gay icon George Michael is being planned for this weekend at the London park where he was arrested for cruising in 1998.
Organised by the Camden LGBT Forum and Queer Tours of London, “George Michael Wants You” has been planned as an unapologetic tribute to the singer and the sexual freedom he represented.
This month the UK is also recognising 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.”
He said the event is not a “sex party” but they did 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.
Tributes flowed for George Michael after he passed away peacefully in his home on Christmas Day last year.
The singer was laid to rest late last month, with representatives saying in a statement: “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.”