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LGBT History Month facts of the week

Did you know…


  1. South was an ITV play, shown in 1959, which is considered to be the first depiction of homosexuality on British television. The play had been largely forgotten until it was discovered by the British Film Institute and shown at the London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival in 2013.
  2. Victim was a film released in 1961, starring Dirk Bogarde as a bisexual barrister. It was considered a very bold step for him to appear in such a controversial film. The film has been credited with helping to prepare public opinion for the decriminalisation of homosexual acts in 1967. It was the first English-language film to use the word “homosexual”.
  3. Arena Three was a lesbian magazine, founded in 1963. It was published by the Minorities Research Group from 1963 to 1972.
  4. The Beaumont Society was founded in 1966, originally started as a UK Chapter of the secret American organisation “Full Personality Expression” (FPE). It is a national self-help body run by and for those who cross-dress or are trans-sexual.
  5. The Sexual Offences Act 1967 decriminalised homosexual acts in private between two men over the age of 21. The Act applied only to England and Wales, but not the Merchant Navy or the Armed Forces. Homosexuality was not decriminalised in Scotland until 1980 and in Northern Ireland in 1982.


Places still available for the LGBT workshop 24th February:

The LGBT Partnership is hosting an LGBT Workshop at The University of Gloucestershire, Park Campus on 24th February from 6pm.

Come along 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


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