Dan Glass grew up in a Zionist Jewish household in New Barnet. As a young radical gay man, at 19 he staged an “exodus”, swapping the synagogue for squat parties and finding spiritual fulfilment in climate change activism. He lived in Glasgow for nine years where he studied for his Masters in Human Environmental Relationships, before moving to Berlin and then back to London. After being a stronghold member of Plane Stupid for seven years, challenging aviation expansion and the systematic destruction of our planet (he once glued himself to Gordon Brown), he turned his attention toward more personal issues. Dan is a founding member of Never Again Ever!, a charity campaigning for greater awareness of inherited holocaust trauma, and an organiser for the UK branch of ACT UP! (Aids Coalition to Unleash Power). After being diagnosed with HIV at 22, he created Shafted! an unashamedly deviant HIV cabaret, in which performers are blasted from a six foot penis across stage. Early this year he staged The Beyond UKIP Cabaret in Nigel Farage’s local pub, for which Farage is now trying to sue. He is currently in the process of putting together Queertopia, a psychedelic night to challenge the closure of queer spaces. Dan is fiercely political, believing we can challenge patriarchal and capitalist structures and still have fun.
As one of our contributors to the Sex Issue, Dan spoke to Ladybeard about his activism, which is about channelling anger into something productive, healing, exciting and spectacular.