Thread - it was unnacceptable in the 80's. It has come to my attention that some people don't realise what was going down, homophobia wise in the 1980's and seem to think the decade was just about dodgy haircuts and leg warmers. So here's a brief run down.
Jenny lives with Eric and Martin. Written in 1981, this tale of Jenny who has two dads, Eric and Martin was provided in an Inner London Education authority library and condemned by Kenneth Baker, secretary of state for education because reasons. This eventually led to....
Section 28 of the local government act. As a result of the moral panic that kids may be led to think being gay is somehow acceptable and normal, this piece of legislation specifically stated that a local authority should not:
" intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality" or "promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship". It was repealed in 2003 (2000 in Scotland)
'Swirling about in a human cesspool of their own making'. The words of James Anderton, chief constable of Greater Manchester 'God's cop' on people with Aids. His career was saved by Maggie Thatcher, though there is a codicil in which the NOTW outed his only child as gay. Oops
In 1980's Manchester police raids on gay clubs were common. Men were arrested for kissing men, yes really. "The biggest perpetrators of hate crime in the city were the police at that time," Now the police take part in the pride parade, we've moved on.
And I for one am very happy about it. And don't especially welcome seeing a re run, this time with the trans community in the firing line. And if you were there too, and you don't realise where all this leads, then more fool you.
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