Street scene of a GLF march in 1972


OUTing the Past: Activist Founders

Hosted by the LSE Library

Wolfson Lecture Theatre, New Academic Building, United Kingdom


Stuart Feather

Author and founding member of the Gay Liberation Front

Lisa Power

LGBT rights campaigner and co-founder of Stonewall

Dr Clifford Williams



Martin Reid

Deputy Director of LSE Library

Discover the stories and people behind some of the first activist groups for LGBT+ rights from the people actually involved in their foundation. Part of OUTing the Past.

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?

Stuart Feather is author of Blowing the Lid: Gay Liberation, Sexual Revolution and Radical Queens (2016) and founding member of the Gay Liberation Front.

Lisa Power is a sexual health and LGBT rights campaigner. She co-founded Stonewall and subsequently was the policy director of the Terrence Higgins Trust.

Dr Clifford Williams is a historian who has published on LGBT history and policing history.

LSE Library is delighted to be a hub for OUTing the Past: LGBTQ+ History Month.

The British Library of Political and Economic Science was founded in 1896, a year after the London School of Economics and Political Science. It has been based in the Lionel Robbins Building since 1978 and houses many world class collections, including The Women's Library.

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