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Discrete CollectionsHall-Carpenter Archives
TitleLumsden, Andrew (1941-), journalist and gay rights activist
Ref NoHCA/LUMSDEN
LevelCollection
Date1978-1988
Extent13 boxes
Admin Biographical HistoryAndrew Lumsden was educated at Lancing College, Sussex (1955-59) and he gained an Honours degree in English from Corpus Christi College, Cambridge in 1962. He was a financial journalist from 1963 to 1978, first working for the Daily Telegraph (1963-66), then Management Today (1967-69), The Times (1969-72) and Petroleum Economist (1974-78). He started to realise his sexuality in the late 1960s, and came out several years before leaving The Times. Whilst still working for the paper, Lumsden appeared on a Panorama programme about the Gay Liberation Front, and started writing articles on homosexuality in other papers. Following discussions with Denis Lemon at the GLF, he helped establish Gay News, but left before its first issue was released (in summer 1972). However, after several years of not being able to write much on financial or sexuality matters, Lumsden joined Gay News in 1981, and replaced Denis Lemon as its editor - a position he maintained until the paper's liquidation in May 1983. Lumsden was News Editor of the New Statesman, 1984-86; and its associate editor, 1986-87.

Bibliography:
Lumsden co-wrote with Gillian E Hanscombe, "Title Fight: the battle for Gay News" (London, 1983).
"Parrot cries", in Bob Cant and Susan Hemmings (eds.), "Radical Records: Thirty Years of Lesbian and Gay History, 1957-1987" (London, 1988).
"Westminster barbarism" in Simon Shepherd and Mick Wallis (eds.), "Coming on strong : gay politics and culture" (London, 1989).
Souvenirs of Sirmione: For the Amusemnet of Mr Anthony Grey (2010).
DescriptionCorrespondence, typescript articles and press cuttings from his time as a journalist at Gay News and the New Statesman.
Most of the papers relate to gay rights, including:
- media coverage of lesbian and gay issues
- national politics and gay rights (such as Section 28; Labour/Conservative/Liberal policies)
- Gay News
- Gay's the Word
- lesbian and gay education in schools
- AIDS
- police powers.
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