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…