Gay Liberation Front at 50

Gay Liberation Front Manifesto containing an illustration of a clenched fist

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On International Museum Day, uncover the fascinating history of Gay Liberation Front UK through newspapers, sound recordings and pamphlets archived at the British Library.

In October 1970 the first meeting of Gay Liberation Front UK was held at the London School of Economics. Think-ins quickly grew to over 200 people. Regional groups began to meet, communes were formed and demonstrations and activism flourished.

In this free Zoom webinar, reference specialist Steven Dryden takes you through the story of Gay Liberation Front UK as it marks 50 years, and discusses what happens when a radical political movement is archived and preserved by a national library.

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Steven Dryden is a Sound Archive and Humanities Reference Specialist at the British Library. Steven co-curated Gay UK: Love, Law and Liberty (2017, British Library) and led a series of student workshops and public lectures at the Departments of Women, Gender and Sexuality at Harvard University, USA (2018). Steven’s primary research interest is in the use of language in heritage institutions. His recent work has focused on the cataloguing of gender and sexual minorities in archive and museum catalogues. Steven develops content for the British Library LGBTQ Histories website and has spoken widely in Europe and the UK about gender and sexuality.

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Name: Gay Liberation Front at 50
Where: Entrance Hall
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