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It’s all about LGBT this month… did you know…

  1. Homosexuality was punished by law in England from 1533 and was decriminalised in stages starting with the Sexual Offences Act in 1967.

  2. The Criminal Law Amendment Bill 1921 was a piece of proposed legislation that would for the first time have made sex between women illegal, by extending to women the scope of the gross indecency offence, but the change was rejected by the House of Lords and did not become law.

  3. Sir George Robert Mowbray (1899–1969) was the 5th Baronet Mowbray, and president of Reading University Council. In August 1946 he was fined £20 and ordered to pay £5, 5s costs for importuning men for an immoral purpose at Piccadilly Circus Underground station.

  4. Roberta Cowell (1918–2011) was the first known British male-to-female transsexual to undergo sex reassignment surgery in 1951. Reference:

Want to find out more:

imageLGBT History Month Magazine 2016  – Read it here

There are some great local events lined up in Cheltenham this February:

24th February:
The LGBT Partnership will host an LGBT Workshop at The University of Gloucestershire Park Campus from 6pm. This is a great opportunity to find out about the results of the LGBT survey that was carried out during November to gather views about what’s available and needed in Cheltenham for the LGBT community.

If you would like to attend this informative, interactive event, please RSVP to Clare Pockett
on 01242 775940 or email

A workshop with a community artist to create a series of artworks that will go on show at the Wilson Art Gallery and Museum in March as part of its ‘Hidden Agenda’ No experience is necessary and anyone interested in being involved can email


Gloucestershire Pride, in conjunction with the LGBT Partnership:
will host a music night here in Cheltenham, to raise funds for their annual Gloucestershire Pride event. More details to follow.



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