When George Michael was arrested for crusing in a Beverly Hills public bathroom in front of an undercover cop in 1998. Michael told CNN,
“I feel stupid and reckless and weak for having allowed my sexuality be exposed this way,” “But I don’t feel any shame whatsoever, and neither do I think I should.”
This status as a shameless gay sex enthusiast is being upheld by the British LGBTQ history organization Queer Tours of London, which has announced a “sexual freedom party” for this Saturday, April 8, at the London park Hampstead Heath, which Michael once referred to as
“the best cruising ground in London.”
Says Queer Tours,
On Saturday April 8th on Hampstead Heath, a coalition of London’s LGBTQI+ community are organising ‘George Michael Wants You’ a ‘free party to remember the Queer Icon’s, life, talent and courage in celebrating sexual freedom.
In the week that George Michael was finally laid to rest Camden LGBT Forum in partnership with Queer Tours of London announce they are working together to organise this event as part of a programme of activity that also marks the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in 1967. While the passing of this law was a momentous moment in our history we know far too well that it wasn’t the end of the struggle.
This fact is highlighted very clearly by the fact that such a confident and successful individual as George Michael still found it impossible to be open about his sexuality in the late 1990’s. His sexuality was used to both criminalise and humiliate him; sadly despite his and many others who have bravely fought back this still goes on for so many of us. So we want to use this celebration of one of the LGBTQIA+ community’s finest to continue to challenge the barriers that still remain.
Michael told the BBC News in 2006,
“I don’t know anybody who actually goes to Hampstead Heath at two o’clock in the morning for anything other than the reason of playing about with another member of the human race. If they are there, then they are a little bit strange or they just don’t know the local area.
A very large part of the male population, gay or straight, totally understands the idea of anonymous and no-strings sex. The fact that I choose to do that on a warm night in the best cruising ground in London – which happens to be about half a mile from my home – I don’t think would be that shocking to that many gay people. Until such time as the straight world is not attacking people for cruising, I’d say the gay world could actually keep that to themselves, just for a little bit longer.“
Michael also once told Q magazine,
“You can’t become an innovator. You are or you aren’t. I’m not.”
In terms of sex positivity among celebs, he really was. Have a look back at Michael’s sexy Freedom video to celebrate the man and his legacy.