2020 brings the 50th anniversary of the start of Gay Liberation in London, the moment everything changed in Britain by giving us Coming Out, Gay Pride and the first Gay Pride March in 1972, making 2022 the 50th anniversary of that political demonstration and celebration. Read all about it here ‘These are the Radical Roots of British Gay Pride’
GLF stands for liberation: the choice is always there – liberation or slavery.
‘Think In’s are the space for all Gay Liberation Front (GLF) Activists and new friends to connect, celebrate and plot for the upcoming significant anniversaries –
2020 – 50th anniversary of GLF UK
2022 – 50th anniversary of Pride
We are having monthly ‘think in’s’ to develop our demands and action plans. Everyone new or old to the movement and who is committed to ‘LIBERATION FOR ALL’ is very welcome. We are a community consisting of and accepting of all genders and sexual orientations.
‘Think In’s’ are a concept which the GLF activists first used to have a space, a sanctuary in which to make sense of the world away from the pressures of homophobia and how to effectively respond. 50 years on there is still so much work to do to complete the ultimate aim of ‘freedom for all’.
If you wanna get involved and /or be added to the mailing list please email email@example.com with a few lines of who you are and your committed to radical (getting to the root) queer freedom. Thanks to everyone who is making this happen!
Meet at LSE Library Reception, Portugal Street, WC2A 2HD
Nearest Tube: Holborn
GAY LIBERATION FRONT ‘Think In’ CALENDAR 2020
Wednesday 8th January THINK-IN: KEEP THE LGB WITH THE T! – facebook event page here –
January 2020 will mark the launch of the recently formed anti-trans organisation, the LGB Alliance. Despite denying allegations of transphobia, their online manifesto and social media output betrays vicious and divisive anti-trans sentiment that seeks to pit the interests of cis and trans queer people against each other. A detailed rebuttal of their manifesto can be read here: https://gayliberationfrontuk.home.blog/2019/11/22/a-response-from-a-gay-liberation-front-activist-to-the-lgb-alliance/
We are calling upon queer freedom fighters of all stripes to join us at our January “think-in” at LSE to discuss how we can counter the rise of this transphobic faction, and club together in joyful solidarity with our trans siblings. Everyone new or old to the movement and who is committed to ‘LIBERATION FOR ALL’ is very welcome. We are a community consisting of and accepting of all genders and sexual orientations. Further details of our collective commitment to trans liberation can be read here: https://gayliberationfrontuk.home.blog/2019/11/04/lgb-with-the-t-a-statement-of-solidarity/
Wednesday 5th February – facebook event page here –
Wednesday 4th March – facebook event page here – on Thursday 12th March we have our ‘Absolute Freedom for all Party – GLF 50th Birthday Party’ sign up for tickets here – email firstname.lastname@example.org to RSVP.
Wednesday 1st April – facebook event page here
Wednesday 6th May – facebook event page here
Wednesday 3rd June – facebook event page here
Wednesday 1st July – facebook event page here
Wednesday 5th August – facebook event page here
Wednesday 2nd September – facebook event page here
Wednesday 7th October – facebook event page here
Wednesday 4th November – facebook event page here
Read more about the GLF history here – Gay Liberation Front – Come Together 1972 courtesy of the British Library archive
“Surviving Gay Liberation Front activists were sidelined by a London Pride Committee on our 40th anniversary in 2010. Mayor Johnson and his bodyguards – he never spoke to us – were put in front of us on the July march, though we invented such marches. And we were allowed 15 minutes to speak from the Trafalgar Square stage, cut at the last moment to 5 minutes.
Young people ask us, what was Gay Lib like, and they love Stuart Feather’s 2016 book about it, Blowing the Lid, Gay Liberation, Sexual Revolution & Radical Queens.
We’d like things to go better for the 50th anniversary in 2020 even if we’re all in wheelchairs. We invented things before and can cheerfully do it again, with the help of friends like you – so get involved to . highlight campaigns today and celebrate the Gay Liberation Front”
‘Where do our rebellions lie now? How can we best tie them into our shared history?’ Andrew Lumsden, GLF activist / Gay News founder (1971)