"Glad to be gay: the struggle for legal equality"

9 Jan-7 Apr 2017, Mon-Fri 09.00-19.00, Sat & Sun 11.00-18.00, LSE Library Gallery, 10 Portugal Street, London WC2A 2HD

"LSE Library's spring exhibition 'Glad to be gay: thestruggle for legal equality' is now open. It draws on the unique Hall-Carpenter Archives and the Women’s Library collection to mark the 50th anniversary of a pivotal piece of legislation: the 1967 Sexual Offences Act.  

This exhibition follows the LGBT story from the ‘hidden’ years when homosexuality was a taboo subject, to the passing of the Sexual Offences Act in 1967 and the emergence of gay liberation in the 1970s when the first Gay Liberation Front meeting was held at LSE in October 1970.   

The exhibition looks at the campaigns to lower the age of consent for gay men to 16 (only achieved in 2001), to repealing section 28 which prevented ‘promotion’ of homosexuality in schools (only achieved in 2003) and for legal recognition of trans people and civil partnerships in 2004.  

We have a number of free, public, related events that you might be interested in:

  • Wednesday 22 February at 6pm - Experiments in Living andWorking: Squats and collectives in 1970s and 80s London This event explores what changed in the years after the Sexual Offences Act in 1967, which partly decriminalised homosexuality in the UK. Matt Cook talks about a gay squatting community in Brixton. Sue O’Sullivan talks about working collectively on Spare Rib magazine. 
  • Friday 24 February at 5pm - A Bill called William - a screening of a Channel 4 documentary first shown in 1997 to mark the 30th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act.
  • Tuesday 14 March at 6.30pm - Ruth Hunt talks about Stonewall, then and now