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Paedophile Action for Liberation

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 orientation.’

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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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