Celebrating the 40th anniversary of the Gay Liberation Front

October 7th, 2010 by Sue Donnelly, Archivist
First Gay Pride March

First Gay Pride March

On 13th October 1970, the UK branch of the iconic, and iconoclastic, Gay Liberation Front (GLF) was founded at LSE, when LSE student Bob Mellors returned from a summer immersed in the Gay Rights movement in the US.  LSE’s crammed campus became the crucible for the translation of the Gay Rights movement from its original framework of the US Civil Rights movement to one more resonant and powerful in the UK context.

To mark the occasion, LSE is holding an evening of informal reminiscence and debate on the 8th floor of the New Academic Building. We would be delighted if you could join us from 6pm onwards.

LSE is proud that it was, and it remains, a platform for the discussion of sexuality, rights and equality in a neutral, open and safe environment. The LSE Archives have created a small exhibition to mark the occasion, drawing on the collections including the Hall-Carpenter Archives – this will be on display on the evening. The gathering is also the first in a series of planned events on LGBT issues, past  and present, which will include an oral history event and a major international conference.

Dr Hakan Seckinelgin (Senior Lecturer, Social Policy and Global Governance)

Ms Sue Donnelly (Head LSE Archives)

If you would like to join us RSVP by 12th October to Felicity Jones f.jones@lse.ac.uk Tel  +44 (0)20 7955 7451.

Felicity will confirm access to the venue with you directly.

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