The Gay Rights Movement | The campaign for sexual equality
CHANNEL | Radio 4
FIRST BROADCAST | 01 July 1999
DURATION | 8 minutes 42 seconds
Named after the bar in New York where a riot kick-started the Gay Liberation movement, the lobby group Stonewall celebrates its tenth birthday this month. Angela Mason, Stonewall's chief executive, discusses the motivation behind the organisation and its history.
The Stonewall Riot is generally taken to be the flashpoint that inspired the Gay Pride movement. On 28 June 1969, police officers raided the Stonewall Inn, a bar in Greenwich Village, New York, that was frequented by gay men, lesbians and transvestites. A riot ensued, which led to several days of protests and civil disobedience. The incident was spontaneous, but it motivated many gay people to join together and create groups such as the Gay Liberation Front. In June 1970, the weekend of the first anniversary of the riots was marked by marches in New York, Chicago and San Francisco. Many major cities across the world followed suit, with London hosting its first annual Gay Pride rally on 1 July 1972.
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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