Stonewall riots: 52nd anniversary, 28 June 2021

By Mark Stenhoff

Were it not for the pandemic, the Forum, along with many other organisations supporting LGBTQIA+ people, would be taking part in Pride in London this month.[1] June has been established as Pride Month because the Stonewall riots began on 28 June 1969. In the early hours of that day, trans women of colour, lesbians, self-proclaimed…

LGBT+ History Month, Feb, 2021: 1967 – Seems so long ago

By Mark Stenhoff

1967 – seems so long ago[1] ‘Men who choose to love other men are treated not only with intolerance and contempt but prosecuted and jailed. As a result, they become vulnerable to violence, blackmail, and persecution. … These men are a minority. They receive minority treatment; face prejudice and intolerance; stand accused of depravity and…

LGBT+ History Month, Feb 2021: Queer Threads from an Activist Tapestry

By John Hunt

Preamble 1948: NHS formed. 1952: King George died; I was born, (prematurely, by caesarean). In December the Great Smog blanketed London with a right ‘pea souper’ for five days, killing thousands. 1954: End of food rationing after WW2. 1957: The Wolfenden Report was published, recommending that ‘homosexual behaviour between consenting adults in private should no…

LGBT+ History Month, Feb 2021: Gay life in London in the 1970s

By Peter Hitcham

The 1970s was the era of the button badge. Every shade of political opinion – and apolitical social comment – found its one–line expression on a badge. The cause of Gay Liberation was no exception. I’ve no idea what happened to my Gay Pride 75 badge or the Campaign for Homosexual Equality one that I’m sporting in the inset picture; that’s from 1976. Yes, the rather miffed looking little creature…

LGBT STEM Day

By Mark Stenhoff

Wednesday 18 November 2020 is LGBT STEM Day, the annual international day for LGBTQ+ people in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics).