RIP Anthony Grey, Pioneer Gay Activist

The struggle for equality has been a long one – it didn’t all begin with Stonewall. Our modern heroes have stood on the shoulders of giants. Here’s one of them:

From the Guardian:

Antony Grey, who has died aged 82, was arguably the most important British gay rights campaigner of the 20th century. He worked in the hostile environment of the 1950s and 60s to bring about the decriminalisation of male homosexual acts, enabling an open and active gay liberation movement to flourish. He campaigned for the overturn of the 1885 Labouchere amendment, the Victorian law known as “the blackmailer’s charter”, which criminalised homosexual activity, sent thousands of gay men to jail and left many more fearing for their liberty and safety.

His campaigns were controversial, not only among the establishment, but also upper-class gay men, who did not want him to rock the boat, and gay rights campaigners who were angered by the inadequacies of the 1967 decriminalisation. Grey acknowledged its weakness but favoured compromise on the path to legal equality.

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