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TitleGay Activists Alliance
Ref NoHCA/Gay Activists Alliance
Extent1 box
Admin Biographical HistoryThe Gay Activists Alliance (GAA) grew out of the Gay News Defence Committee set up to support Gay News against a blasphemy charge and organise a large support demonstration on 11 February 1978. On 15 February a special meeting agreed to form an umbrella organisation to monitor issues concerning gay people and generate and publicise action. The GAA had no social function, but simply drew together individuals and groups concerned with gay issues. Regional groups were formed in Brighton, London, Oxford, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Leicester, Coventry and Birmingham. A secretariat coordinating the work of these local groups rotated between them on a six-monthly basis. Local groups were autonomous and the secretariat had no decision-making powers. The GAA concerned itself with issues such as the decriminalisation of homosexuality in Scotland, the refusal of W H Smith's to stock Gay News, paedophilia, opposition to the National Festival of Light, the age of consent and police harassment.
DescriptionPapers of the Gay Activists Alliance (GAA), 1977-1980, notably minutes, 1978; newsletters, 1978-1979, and bulletins, 1979-1980; material relating to local groups, 1978-1980; leaflets and pamphlets, 1979, on subjects including fascism, the National Abortion Campaign and the Moss Side Community Press; general papers, 1976-1979.
Related MaterialMaterial relating to the Gay Activists Alliance can be found in various other collections within the Hall Carpenter Archive.
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