Commemorating the passing of the 1967 Act

2017 sees the 50th anniversary of the passing of the Sexual Offences Act 1967.

A number of cultural organisations is organising events, including:

The People’s History Museum: “Never Going Underground: the fight for LGBT+ rights” 25 Feb-3 Sep 2017: – “This unique exhibition is curated by members of the local LGBT+ community.  It details the development of an LGBT+ movement, showing the internal and external struggles, the different party political approaches to the social and historical context of the last sixty years of activism.  This is the complex and compelling story of a long and often bumpy journey.”

Arcola Queer Collective/Unfinished Histories: “To mark the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality, Arcola Queer Collective is staging Queer Plays Then and Now, a series of extracts from key plays of the period, together with a new play written in response to them by Damien Hughes …

The event will include extracts from unpublished in the Unfinished Histories archive and Rose Bruford College Special Collections , as well as published work …”

“Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity”

Archives of Human Sexuality, the largest program available in support of the study sexuality and identity, enables scholars to make new connections in queer history and activism, cultural studies, psychology, health, political science, policy studies, and other related areas of research. Students, educators, and researchers can now engage with a vast resource that connects them to rare and unique documentation of this history, including newsletters, organizational papers, government documents, manuscripts, pamphlets, and other primary sources.”

Part 1 has just been published (Feb 2016), LGBTQ History and Culture since 1940.

Further info on the Gale website.

An article in The Advocate describes the Archives as:

“For LGBTQ people, printed media like The Advocate has had an important role in creating and fostering strong community ties. Now, some of the earliest periodicals and newsletters, which shaped the perceptions of relevant issues for the LGBTQ community while providing news and information on meetings, demonstrations, events, entertainment and even LGBTQ-friendly businesses — have been digitized, preserved and made available in The Archives of Human Sexuality and Identity, the largest digital archive on LGBTQ history and culture.”