Absolute Freedom for all Party – GLF 50th Birthday Party

Hello all today’s protestors and revellers.

Hello all today’s protestors and revellers.

It’s fifty years since the Stonewall Uprising and next year it will be fifty years since the Gay Liberation Front formed in London. How time flies! – forty-seven years since the under-21s of the Gay Liberation Front organised London’s first Pride March. Read all about it here – The Radical Roots of Gay Pride

We are a few activists from the Gay Liberation Front, the first wave of out activism and on March 12th we invite you to come join us to celebrate our 50th birthday at the very same place we had our first organising meetings. Thursday March 12th 2020 – 6.30-8.30pm at The London School of Economics – Facebook event page here at Weston Café, 6th Floor, Saw Swee Hock Student Centre, Sheffield Street. There are very limited spaces so please @ gayliberationfrontuk@gmail.com to be added to the guest list. The venue is fully accessible. The GLF exist for freedom for all so we will not accept any platform for hate-speech or ignorance.

The evening festivities will include never been seen collages, photos and footage from the first Pride demonstrations in London, a re-inactment of the first Pride demand readings and a sharing of our updated 50th anniversary demands, round table discussions on how we started Pride and what we can all do to continue the fight for ‘absolute freedom for all’ with nibbles, GLF inspired music from the past 50 years and a cheap student-price bar.

2020 brings the 50th anniversary of the start of Gay Liberation in London, the moment everything changed in Britain by giving us Coming Out, Gay Pride and the first Gay Pride March in 1972, making 2022 the 50th anniversary of that political demonstration and celebration.

GLF stands for liberation: the choice is always there – liberation or slavery.

Every month we have our public ‘Think Ins’ that are a concept which the GLF activists first used to have a space, a sanctuary in which to make sense of the world away from the pressures of homophobia and how to effectively respond. 50 years on there is still so much work to do to complete the ultimate aim of ‘freedom for all’.50th anniversary re-creation of the first Pride march – The Radical Roots of Gay Pride

If you wanna get involved and /or be added to the mailing list please email gayliberationfrontuk@gmail.com with a few lines of who you are and your committed to radical (getting to the root) queer freedom. Thanks to everyone who is making this happen!***
Invitation to GLF 50th party. With love and revolution, GLF 2020 🙂

LGB WITH THE T: a statement of solidarity.

The following statement was read by members of the Gay Liberation Front at the recent “LGB with the T” demonstration at Soho Square. This is in light of the recent emergence of the so-called “LGB Alliance,” an anti-trans group whose politics we resolutely oppose.

From the bar queens who sparked the Stonewall uprisings, to the trans working group of the 1970s Gay Liberation Front, trans power has always been a driving force in gay liberation.

We have much to learn from history, even as our language and structures of solidarity evolve. The GLF has a proud history of inclusion of trans people. Back in the seventies, our Transsexual and Transvestite group – using the language of the time – met weekly and everyone was welcome. They were often amongst the speakers platformed at our demonstrations. One of our founding members, Bob Mellors, later came out as non-binary and would have never tolerated the hatred of LGB Alliance in the founding of our movement.

Historically, gay people have struggled for autonomy to do as they please with their bodies, in terms of who they can love and have sex with, how they can dress, the spaces they could access. Likewise, trans people struggle for autonomy to live out their gender with whatever health and social provisions they require, and to move through the world without facing hatred, judgment and barriers.

The rights of trans people to self-identify as their gender, and access appropriate spaces and services, interferes in no way, shape or form, with the rights of cisgender gays, lesbians and bisexuals. In fact, we only have strength and numbers to gain from the open inclusion of trans people in gay and lesbian movements, and the rich diversity of experiences and perspectives this brings.

We recognise the LGB alliance for what it is: a hate group who stands for little more than the obstruction of trans rights. It dismays us to hear that one of the GLF’s original members has added their voice to this cause and appropriated the legacy of gay liberation in the process. To those who want to use their GLF status to legitimise LGB Alliance, we say: gay liberation does not, has not, and never will belong to the transphobes.

The road to revolution lies in the banding together of oppressed groups, whether that is fighting sexism and the patriarchy, fighting racism and ableism, or fighting for workers power, as we saw with Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners, echoed in more recent anti-borders group, Lesbian and gays support the migrants. Together, cis and trans, we fight for liberation from the sexual and gender regimes of this world. We fight for liberation for all.

To finish with the words of our forbears who wrote the trans manifesto of the original GLF in 1973:

To be gay means to break the rules of your official sex, to cross over the guidelines set by the family, the schools, and the church. Some of us cross over by sleeping with the wrong person. Some of us dress the wrong way. Some of us do both.

Transsexual and Transvestite Working Group of the Gay Liberation Front
Photo courtesy of the London Bi Pandas

Upcoming Events

GLF ‘Think-Ins‘ – Everyone welcome

Think In 11 – Wednesday August 7th 6-8.00pm at at Library Reception, London School of Economics and Political Science, 10 Portugal St, London WC2A 2HD, UK – facebook event page here

Think In 12 – Wednesday September 4th 6-8.00pm at Library Reception, London School of Economics and Political Science, 10 Portugal St, London WC2A 2HD, UK – facebook event page here

Think In 13 – Wednesday October 2nd 6-8.00pm at Library Reception, London School of Economics and Political Science, 10 Portugal St, London WC2A 2HD, UK – facebook event page here

Think In 14 – Wednesday November 6th 6-8:00pm at Library Reception, London School of Economics and Political Science, 10 Portugal St, London WC2A 2HD, UK – facebook event page here

Think In 15 – Wednesday December 4th 6-8:00pm at Library Reception, London School of Economics and Political Science, 10 Portugal St, London WC2A 2HD, UK – facebook event page here

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‘Think Ins’ are a concept which the GLF activists first used to have a space, a sanctuary in which to make sense of the world away from the pressures of homophobia and how to effectively respond. 50 years on there is still so much work to do to complete the ultimate aim of ‘freedom for all’.

If you wanna get involved and /or be added to the mailing list please email gayliberationfrontuk@gmail.com with a few lines of who you are and your committed to radical (getting to the root) queer freedom. Thanks to everyone who is making this happen!

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