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1982 – Latecomer – A Gay Play

In October 1982 the Potteries Gay Community Association applied to stage a gay themed play, “Latecomer” by Eric Presland. After a private council debate two thirds of the committee agreed to the play being presented and it was subsequently staged at the Newcastle Guildhall on Nov 9th.

2005 – Civil Partnerships Begin

The Civil Partnership Act gave legal recognition to a relationship between two people of the same sex. The Sentinel, published articles about the first local Civil Partnerships in 2006.

1984 – Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners

Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners (LGSM) supported the National Union of Mineworkers during the year-long strike of 1984–1985. One of the two founder members was Mike Jackson who graduated from Keele University in 1980

The Wombourne 12

In December 1986 the Conservative leader of South Staffordshire Council, William Brownhill, made headline news by suggesting at a Council meeting that 90% of homosexuals should be gassed to halt the spread of AIDS. Labour Councillor, Jack Greenaway, agreed with him…

Angie Boote Retrospective

Angie Boote with some of her art

Angie was a stalwart member of our group who sadly passed away in October 2022. This exhibition, staged by B-Arts, will display a collection of Angie’s art in celebration of her creative talent

1972 – Police Target Keele Gay Lib Soc

In 1972 police targeted the Keele Gay Lib Soc as part of a wider campaign against local gay men. Over over the last eight months police had been compiling a dossier of all known gays in the Potteries.

1967 – Police Arrest Four Young Men

The first concerted police campaign against gay men under the new age of consent was in Staffordshire in the Autumn of 1967. Four youths were arrested and charged, one later committed suicide.

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