Blowing the Lid : Gay Liberation, Sexual Revolution and Radical Queens
By Stuart Feather, Daniel Monk and Dr Hakan Seckinelgin
Date: Tuesday 2nd February 2016
Location: LSE Senior Common Room, 5th floor, Old Building
Stuart Feather in his book describes the Gay Liberation Front’s founding, its meetings in Central London (starting at the LSE), principles, fights over revolutionary practice, gender differences and transsexuality. He relates protests and confrontations often with Women’s Liberation against Miss World and the Festival of Light in detail, sometimes bitter, often hilarious. A participant in many of the actions described, he also includes contributions from many other activist.
Members of the GLF abandoned their closets to struggle for social justice and liberation. Communal living provided a space to explore and innovate, where radical feminists, gays and drag queens discovered their individuality was based on collectivity – participation, communication and love – living openly within their local communities whose struggles became their own.