Queer revolutionary politics in the UK was born at the London School of Economics. In October 1970 the Gay Liberation Front UK (GLF) held its first meeting in LSE library. Weekly ‘think-ins’ quickly grew from 20 people to 200+ attendees. Activism flourished, communes were created, manifestos and pamphlets were written, consciousness raising began, art was made, protests were to the street and made the news. This presentation by Steven Dryden, of the British Library, highlights objects and recordings held at LSE and The British Library, which tell a story of GLF UK and how they changed the world.
Steven Dryden is a Sound Archive and Humanities Reference Specialist at the British Library. Steven co-curated Gay UK: Love, Law and Liberty (2017, British Library) and led a series of student workshops and public lectures at the Departments of Women, Gender and Sexuality at Harvard University, USA (2018). Steven’s recent work has focused on the cataloguing of gender and sexual minorities in archive and museum catalogues. Steven develops content for the British Library LGBTQ Histories website and has spoken widely in Europe and the UK about gender and sexuality.