The early days of the GLF

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Members of the Gay Liberation Front protesting outside Bow Street Magistrates Court | February 1971 | Central Press/Getty Images | 14408

The Guardian reprint an article first published on 12 April 1971 by Jill Tweedie.

“Gay Lib is in the business of rocking the boat. Though they want legislative and attitude changes these young homosexuals, by their very acceptance of the normality of homosexuality, challenge the status quo, the dedicated heterosexuality of the normal man and woman which creates the family unit, foundation stone of the capitalist system. Gay Lib does not plead for the right of homosexuals to marry. Gay Lib questions marriage.

And they are beautiful to see. It is lovely to be with men and women who are not ashamed to express their affection openly, in the normal heterosexual ways, the hand in hand, the arm in arm, the occasional cuddle, the quick kiss. Suddenly, watching them, the whole evil squalid image of homosexuality crumbles – are these bright faces corrupters of children, lavatory solicitors, the something nasty in all our woodsheds?

Let others argue about the oedipus complex, about gender conditioning and aversion therapy and sex-change operations and hormone imbalance. Though they may still have their residual worries – society does not change overnight and conditioning clings like a bad smell – for them on the whole, at last, gay is good.”

Jill Tweedie | Angela Phillips/Guardian | 14409

Jill Tweedie, a feminist journalist and campaigner, died in November 1993.


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