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Discrete CollectionsHall-Carpenter Archives
TitleChesterman, John, d 1996, gay activist
Ref NoHCA/CHESTERMAN
LevelCollection
Date1970-1978
Extent2 boxes
Admin Biographical HistoryJohn Chesterman was closely involved in the formation of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) in 1970, and the production of the Gay International News, which preceded Gay News. The GLF began life in a basement room at the London School of Economics on 13 October 1970. Though without a formal structure, the movement grew rapidly for the next few years and undertook a great number of consciousness-raising activities, such as demonstrations, debates and the establishment of a new gay press.
DescriptionPapers collected by John Chesterman relating to the Gay Liberation Front (GLF), 1970-1978, including a GLF manifesto, 1971; early GLF leaflets and fliers, 1971-1974, and other papers mainly relating to organised demonstrations; GLF diaries, [1971-1973]; papers relating to GLF regional and special interest groups, [1972], notably the London and South London GLF, the first gay squat, the GLF Counter Psychiatry Group, the Women's Liberation Workshop, Leeds GLF, Camden GLF and the transvestites newsletter; press cuttings and reports relating to GLF, 1970-1973, mainly concerning gay social life, and including the first mentions of GLF in print; material relating to gay publications, 1970-1972, such as Come Together and Gay News, including photographs of their production; material relating to the GLF campaign against Everything you always wanted to know about sex (W H Allen, London and New York, 1970) by David Robert Reuben, [1971]; material concerning GLF conferences, seminars and debates, 1971- 1972, including a typescript report on the first national GLF think-in at Leeds University and photographs of a debate at the Traverse Theatre in Edinburgh; GLF stickers.
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