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The next big thing: from Gay Left Collective to Greater London Council, paedophile identity and the state of the Left

Lucy Robinson

in Gay Men and the Left in Post-war Britain

Published by Manchester University Press

Published in print November 2011 | ISBN: 9780719074349
Published online July 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781781701591 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.7228/manchester/9780719074349.003.0006
The next big thing: from Gay Left Collective to Greater London Council, paedophile identity and the state of the Left

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Punk and Rock Against Racism took on the liberation movements' emphasis on culture and lifestyle. The Gay Liberation Front (GLF) had not helped to build a world-wide revolution. For all intents and purposes, it appeared that many of the original aims of gay liberation ‘[could] be gained this side of socialism’. This chapter looks at what gay activists did instead of the third liberational stage. In the late 1970s and early 1980s, post-GLF organisations took on the self-conscious role of discerning ‘what went wrong?’ in the liberation years and what opportunities there were now for gay left politics. Groups such as the Gay Activist Alliance and the Gay Workers Movement continued to work to unite gay activism with the Left, alongside the Gay Left Collective's more theoretical stance. The Paedophile Information Exchange (PIE) explored the lessons learnt from lesbian and gay politics and tried to relate them to a different, more challenging, sexual identity. Meanwhile, other gay activists edged closer to the mainstream, for example by supporting the Greater London Council.

Keywords: Gay Left Collective; Greater London Council; gay activism; Paedophile Information Exchange; gay politics; Gay Liberation Front; punk; Left; lifestyle; culture

Chapter.  15999 words. 

Subjects: UK Politics

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