Throughout the 1970s the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) initiated an anarchic campaign that permanently changed the face of Britain. Inspired by the Stonewall riots in the US, the GLF demanded a worldwide “Queer Nation.” Yet half a century on, LGBT+ inequality is still rife. Complete LGBT+ liberation means housing rights, universal healthcare, economic freedom and more. Some believe we are now free and should behave, assimilate and become palatable – but until we achieve full liberation we can only expect further discrimination and harassment.
Birth of the Queer is a collection of interviews with surviving members of the Gay Liberation Front, documented as part of a film and book project to mark the fiftieth anniversary of “Pride in London” in 2020. It tells the stories behind the people who started Pride, and evocatively captures fifty years of LGBT+ protest from the GLF to 2020. Protest is essential to queer identity, and this book uncovers the back-breaking hard work as well as the glamorous stories of those who rebelled against injustice and were central to the birth of queer liberation.