Michael Brown Dies

One of the most long-standing LGBT activists in the UK has died at the age of 82. He was a founder of the world’s oldest gay Jewish organisations and an activist with the Campaign for Homosexual Equality as his close friend David Solomon explains.

It is with great sadness that I am writing to inform you about the death last weekend of Michael Brown, one of the most long-standing gay activists in this country. Michael was 81 and had been suffering from a number of acute health conditions including leukaemia and liver failure.

When Michael came out on to the London gay scene in the early 1950’s homosexuality was still illegal and taboo. There was no gay movement and almost nobody was out. Michael started his activism in 1954 by sending a series of letters to the newspapers, which he had to do under an assumed name because that alone might have made him liable to prosecution. He joined the Homosexual Law Reform Society in 1957 and remained involved in it until partial decriminalisation of gay sex ten years later. He then became one of the original members of the Gay Liberation Front.

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