The Gay Rights Movement | The campaign for sexual equality
CHANNEL | BBC 2
FIRST BROADCAST | 17 July 1980
DURATION | 48 minutes 34 seconds
In June 1979, London played host to Gay Pride Week, which culminated in the Pride March through the capital. It was, at the time, the largest assembly of homosexuals Europe had ever seen. Frank language is used throughout as six gay people talk about their experiences of 'coming out' to family and friends. Some have faced pressure from their loved-ones not to appear in the programme, while others have a confrontational approach to their critics.
As seen in this programme, the heavy police presence at the 1979 London Pride March was mainly to maintain order. In more recent times, police forces have allowed officers to take part in the event. The Gay Police Association was founded in 1990 by a small group of officers and there are now representatives of the association in forces throughout the UK. Since 2003, off-duty officers have been allowed to join Gay Pride marches in uniform, as it was felt that the celebrations were a good way to promote the diversity of modern policing.
Sir John Wolfenden is questioned about the recently published report on homosexuality.
Has the Church lost its moral authority in accepting the 'Wolfenden Report'?
Interviews with homosexual men who risk arrest and social stigma.
Wendy Jones interviews lesbians about life in 1965.
Why should homosexuality be decriminalised?
Will a change in the law save homosexuals from blackmail and fear?
A panel debates a recent documentary on homosexuality.
Can a lesbian ever find true happiness?
Advice and support for gay men and lesbians in Scotland.
Peter France reports on the Gay Christian Movement.
Preparing for the 1979 London Gay Pride week.
Ian McKellen challenges a government bill.
Joan Bakewell investigates homosexuality in the British armed forces.
What does the future hold for gay people in the UK?
How has 'coming out' affected the career of Justin Fashanu?
The campaign for equal ages of consent in the UK.
Michael Gove reports on the 1993 London Gay Pride March.
How will changes in the law affect education and the arts?
Should the age of consent for gay men be lowered?
The High Court upholds a ban on gays in the military.
Is it better to 'come out' before you're 'outed'?
The government proposes a vote on the age of consent.
Does society accept the right to equality for gay people?
Jenni Murray speaks to Angela Mason, chief executive of Stonewall.
The gay immigration officer who went to prison and changed the law.
The European Court of Human Rights delivers its verdict.
Should the gay community integrate with the mainstream?
Gay partners are to get the same rights as married couples.
The first UK civil partnership takes place in Belfast.
The book that led to a ban on promoting homosexuality in schools.
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