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Press Council rejects People Complaint (May 1976)

In May 1976 Malcolm Gibb, complaining on behalf of the Gay
Education Group of Birmingham, had their complaint to the Press Council
rejected. The Group believed the Sunday People’s May 1975 expose of PAL
and five specific members to be ‘an incitement to prejudice and
discrimination against individuals on the basis of their sexual


Press Council rejects People complaint, Gay News No.94 May 1976, p.4

“GLF had various sub-groups, one of which was the Gay
Education Group. It was the longest lasting and later on as GLF petered
out the Gay Education Group continued. Its main function was to educate.
It did an awful lot over the years, we did talks at colleges, anywhere
we could get into in fact. Also remarkably given the subsequent hysteria
about Clause 28 we got into schools, unofficially the headmasters would
let us in and we would talk to fifth and sixth formers about being gay.
We would just turn up and say, ‘We are gay.’ We had some challenging
questions. We also talked to social workers or trainee teachers. An
awful of people had not met a gay person who did not feel utterly
miserable or sick and we were out and proud. It was quite revelatory to
people. The gay Education group took over campaigning from GLF when this
petered out in 1977.” [Interview with Malcolm Gibb]

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