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Gay Liberation Front - 50th Anniversary Of The First UK Pride March

The Gay Liberation Front (GLF) was the name of the gay liberation group formed in New York City in 1969, immediately after the Stonewall riots. A similar organisation formed in the UK at the London School of Economics in 1970 to provided a voice for the newly-out and newly-radicalised gay community, and a meeting place for a number of activists who would go on to form other groups including ACT UP, the Lesbian Avengers, Out Rage, Queer Nation, the Sisters of Perpetual Indulgence, and Stonewall.

On 1st July 1972, the GLF held its first 'gay pride' march and rally in Trafalgar Square (photo left from wikipedia), igniting the modern LGBT+ protest movement in the UK.

In June 2022, and just ahead of the 50th anniversary, I was honoured to meet up with some of the veterans of that first march outside the LSE, and have them sit for portraits to be included in my Identity Project (more info here).

Bruce Bayley • John R Lloyd • Peter Tatchell • Eric Ollerenshaw • Martin Kaufman Roz Kaveney • Cloud Downey

Portraits for the Identity Project :

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