Most entertained to see that Islington borough council is having an event in their town hall to launch the lgbtq* history month, at 6pm, with drinks and nibbles.
It was at Islington that possibly the first ever exhibition on gay liberation was held in a branch library, in 1975 or 6. Indeed it might have been the first ever exhibition on something else as well, if we could decide how gay liberation maps into subject headings :)
In 1966, I learned last week, and I don't know whether it is true yet, it seems that Tower Hamlets branch of the NUS (seamen) opposed the 1967 act including the merchant navy, and according to them they were successful in getting the section 2 into the act. Given by 1976 the bulk of NALGO, NUPE, and some other unions had been turned round to support equality, that seems quite a shift. (I don't know yet what positions other unions took on the 1967 act.) Yet it was at about 1976, the same time that John Warburton was sacked by a Labour ILEA, Susan Shell sacked by a Labour controlled Barking Council, and ian Davies won re-instatement. What positions Islington NALGO, NUT, (and I don't even know how AUT and NATFHE organised at that time) took on these matters I haven't found out yet. Whether the exhibition in the branch library helped the NALGO, NUPE, NUT activists to make the arguments I wonder?
This seems a good enough reason for UCU and Unison members to go along, for the role of trades unions and libraries isn't enough evidenced in the history of lgbtq* :) Perhaps someone can turn up with a banner?
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