40 years of LGB campaigning

Publish Date: 06/08/2007

On Tuesday 5th October a reception was held to mark the 40th anniversary of The NWHLRC which was founded in 1964 by gay rights activists Allan Horsfall and Colin Harvey with an historic meeting on 7th October 1964 at Church House on Deansgate.At the time sex between men was illegal in the UK and their aim was to lobby for change.

The law did change in 1967 and the organization became The Campaign for Homosexual Equality with offices in Kennedy Street and then King Street in Manchester.By 1977 CHE had 120 local groups and 5,000 members and worked tirelessly to progress the cause of equality for lesbians and gay men.

Speakers at the Town Hall reception included Allan and broadcaster Ray Gosling who are featured in an exclusive interview in his months outnorthwest. Other speakers at the event were Councillors Pat Karney and Mary Murphy, Griffin Vaughan Williams, Liz Stanley and Martin Stafford.

The Lesbian and Gay Foundation were pleased to be there and will continue to celebrate our regions proud LGB history for future generations. We are planning to launch the North West's largest LGB archive in February 2005 for more info on that please contact allison@lgf.org.uk and outnorthwest will be featuring interviews with many pioneers from the last 40 years over the coming months so watch this space!

For further information on Allan Horsfall and Ray Gosling please go to their site Gay Monitor

To view an interview with Allan and Ray and many more articles on LGB campaigning please look at outnorthwest issue 37

Many thanks to Manchester City Council for continually recognizing the many diverse needs of the Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Community.