Pride Before Pride

This event has finished Took place on: Monday, 14th Jun 2021

 Free

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The story of the Gay Liberation Front Youth Group's central London march in August 1971

This is an online event hosted on the British Library platform. Bookers are sent a link in advance giving access and can watch at any time for 48 hours after the start time.

The British Library brings together participants in the first public march in the UK by LGBTQ+ people, to reflect on events 50 years ago, and think about the 30 years of activism that would ultimately lead to the age of consent being made equal in 2001.

Gay Liberation Front (GLF) was founded in October 1970 by students Aubrey Walter and Bob Mellors after encountering the American gay liberation movement at the Black Panther Revolutionary People’s Constitutional Convention in post-Stonewall Philadelphia (1970).

On 28 August 1971, the year before the first London Pride March, members of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) Youth Group organised the first LGBTQ+ public march in the UK. Beginning with a mass gathering in Hyde Park, GLF Youth Group and allies marched through central London to their rally point of Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square.  

The Sexual Offences Act 1967 partially decriminalised male homosexuality in England and Wales for men over the age of 21, but the age of consent for heterosexuals was 16. The GLF Youth Group used the GLF newspaper to articulate their Declaration of Youth Group Rights and called LGBTQ to join the march through Central London.

Image: GLF Youth Group demonstration against age of consent at 21 (1971)

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This event has finished Took place on: Monday, 14th Jun 2021

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