Feb 092019
 

Pride in London 2018I am sure, most of you will know, by now it’s LGBT History Month here in the UK!

Here is a mini timeline of LGBT history in the United Kingdom, since I was born.

In that time, we’re come a long, long way… But still got a, long way to go!

1980s

  • 1980 – The Criminal Justice (Scotland) Act 1980 decriminalized homosexual acts between two men over 21 years of age “in private” in Scotland.
  • 1987 – Clause 28 is introduced into the local government bill by Dame Jill Knight, Conservative MP for Birmingham Edgbaston
  • 1988 – Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 enacted as an amendment to the United Kingdom’s Local Government Act 1986, on 24 May 1988 stated that a local authority “shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality” or “promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship”.
  • 1989 – The campaign group Stonewall UK is set up to oppose Section 28 and other barriers to equality.

1990s

  • 1994 – The Conservative Member of Parliament Edwina Currie introduced an amendment to lower the age of consent for homosexual acts, from 21 to 16 in line with that for heterosexual acts. The vote was defeated and the gay male age of consent was instead lowered to 18.
  • 1999 – In May, the Admiral Duncan, a gay pub in Soho was bombed by former British National Party member David Copeland, killing three people and wounding at least 70.

2000s

  • 2000 – The Labour government introduces legislation to repeal Section 28 in England and Wales – Conservative MPs oppose the move. Scotland abolished Clause 2a (Section 28) of the Local Government Act in October though it remains in place in England and Wales.
  • 2001 – The provisions of the Act came into force throughout the United Kingdom on 8 January 2001, lowering the age of consent to 16.
  • 2003 – Section 28, which banned councils and schools from intentionally promoting homosexuality, is repealed in England and Wales and Northern Ireland. Employment Equality Regulations made it illegal to discriminate against lesbians, gays or bisexuals at work.
  • 2004 – The Civil Partnership Act 2004 is passed by the Labour Government, giving same-sex couples the same rights and responsibilities as married heterosexual couples in England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales.

2010s

  • 2014 – Same-sex marriage becomes legal in England and Wales on the 29th of March under the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013.

I got this list from en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Timeline_of_LGBT_history_in_the_United_Kingdom

Oct 122018
 

On Tuesday, 6 October 1998, Matthew Shepard, a 21 year old student from the University of Wyoming, was brutally beaten and pistol whipped as a result of an anti-gay attack and robbery. Matthew was tied to a fence and left to die, only to be discovered by a bicyclist the next day. On Monday, 12 October, as a result of the injuries from the attack, Matthew passed away.

Jul 072018
 

Pride in London was so much fun, it just keeps getting bigger and better each year! So glad, I went for the third year in a row! I will of course, be going back again next year!!

Pride in London
Pride in London
Pride in London
Pride in London

More photos from this set can be found @ www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/days-out/pride-london/2018/

Oct 122017
 

On Tuesday, 6 October 1998, Matthew Shepard, a 21 year old student from the University of Wyoming, was brutally beaten and pistol whipped as a result of an anti-gay attack and robbery. Matthew was tied to a fence and left to die, only to be discovered by a bicyclist the next day. On Monday, 12 October, as a result of the injuries from the attack, Matthew passed away.

Oct 112017
 

Happy #NationalComingOutDay all you LGBTQ people !! 🙂 x

Some people are gay. Get over it!
Some people are gay. Get over it!

Jul 082017
 

Pride in London was so much fun! So glad, I went for the second year in a row! I will of course, be going back again next year!!

Pride in London 2017
Pride in London 2017
Pride in London 2017
Pride in London 2017
Pride in London 2017
Pride in London 2017

More photos from this set can be found @ www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/days-out/

Jul 032017
 

50 Shades of Gay, tonight (Monday 3rd July 2017) on Channel 4 at 10pm should be a great watch

In this personal documentary, Rupert Everett explores the changes in gay life in the 50 years since the decriminalisation of male homosexuality in England and Wales in 1967. He meets LGBT people from all walks of life, including former royal butler Paul Burrell, black gay rapper Jai’Rouge, actors from Hollyoaks, and Southend carpenter Steve, and visits the ‘lesbian capital of Britain’, Hebden Bridge in Yorkshire. So much has been gained in the long journey towards mainstream acceptance, but has something of the rebellious, outsider spirit of gay culture also been lost? Is Britain finally able to accept the full 50 shades of gay?

Jul 022017
 

Here is a look back to Pride in London, 2016! So looking forward to going again this year!!

Gay rights have come a long way, but still have a long way to go!

Pride in London
Pride in London
Pride in London
Pride in London

Jun 252016
 

Loved every second of Pride in London! After what happened in Orlando just a number of weeks back. I had to go, we can’t let hate win!

I was in tears, when we had a minutes silence, during the march. We have come a long way, but still have a long way to go!

Best part, was seeing everyone looking so happy and of course the Red Arrows. I did not know anything about that, till they went over!

I am already looking forward to next year! Think, it will be even bigger and better next year! Since it will 50 years since homosexuality was legalised in the UK!





Many more photos from Pride in London can be found @ www.gordon-valentine.com/zenphoto/days-out/pride-london/2016/.

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