Activist Founders

February 1, 2019 @ 6:30 pm – 8:30 pm Europe/London Timezone
Wolfson Lecture Theatre, New Academic Building
Lincolns Inn
Activist Founders @ Wolfson Lecture Theatre, New Academic Building

Discover the stories and people behind some of the first activist groups for LGBT+ rights from the people actually involved in their foundation Followed by a drinks reception


Mary McIntosh: Britain’s Leading Feminist 1936-2013
Stuart Feather
This talk shows how the medical view of homosexuality was revolutionised by the part McIntosh played as an advisor to the Homosexual Law Reform Society when they were appealing to government to abolish the 1865 Offences against the persons Act. Mary McIntosh was Britain’s leading feminist and at the time of publication head of the Sociology Dept. at Leicester University.I will also be using oral history records of McIntosh’s interventions in the Gay Liberation Front particularly her contribution to the GLF Manifesto. The founding of the Women’s Gay Liberation Front and the effects those women had on Women’s Liberation.

A History of the London Gay Teenage Group; The first Gay Teenage Group in the world, or nearly!
Clifford Williams
Using LGBT Archives such as LSE and Bishopsgate Institute this presentation paints a picture of gay youth in the 1970s and 80s. The London Gay Teenage Group was started in 1976, providing an innovative and ground-breaking alternative for gay youngsters. It initially had little formed structure and was run by group members. In order to secure some funding the group set out on a challenging path to achieve recognised status as a youth group. In 1980 the Gay Youth Movement was born, helping other gay youth groups to spring up around the country.

Founding Stonewall – what happened?
Lisa Power
Personal testimony of the original founders of Stonewall in 1989 on the 30th anniversary of its founding. Who were we, why did we do it, how did we work together from widely differing backgrounds, what did we decide to include/exclude and what were the reactions of the rest of the late 80s lesbian & gay (as it was then) movement?