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Education and LGBT+ Youth Groups

On this page we plan to create a timeline of Education and LGBT+ Youth Groups.

Rose Robertson (28/10/1916-10/08/2011)

Anthony Grey (1927-2010)

Martin Stafford (1948- )

Paul Temperton (1949- )

Paul O’Grady (1955- )

Phillip Cox (3/10/1956-1992)


Steven Power (1958)

The Albany Trust

Founded in 1958 to promote psychological health


Chris Heaume (1949- )


Shaw V DPP Case


The common law ‘offence’ of conspiracy to corrupt public morals was established by the Shaw v DPP case in 1961. The Appeal in 1962 was dismissed.


North Western Homosexual Law Reform Committee (NWHLRC)

Founded 1964 in Manchester by Allan Horsfall and Collin Harvey


Sexual Offences Act


Parents Enquiry (Service for gay children 15-19 and their parents)

Founded by Rose Robertson in 1968


  • 1968 The Albany Trust held a small supervised meeting for under 21s, London.
  • 8 Jan 1968 John Holland 19 full-page interview in Wolverhampton Express and Star.

Male and Female Homosexual Association of Britain MANDFHAB

Founded by John Holland. 1968? to Autumn 1968

Group of teenagers convicted on Homosexual Offences

Stafford Assize Court 6 February 1968


Committee for Homosexual Equality CHE

1969 – North Western Homosexual Law Reform Committee becomes CHE.

CHE teenage movement.

Manchester student group (Homophile Society) GaySoc.



West Midlands CHE Group

Set up by John Holland in 1970, later the same year splitting into two groups Birmingham CHE group and Wolverhampton CHE group.

Birmingham CHE group


Wolverhampton CHE group members aged 16+

1970. John Holland one of the founding members.


Fellowship for the Relief of the Isolated and Emotionally in Need and Distress “Friend” befriending service set up by CHE


Campaign for Homosexual Equality CHE

1971 Committee for Homosexual Equality become Campaign for Homosexual Equality

January 1971 – CHE London Youth Group started out as London CHE Group 5, also called the London Student Group.

Gay Liberation Front Youth Group


Come Together Youth Issue (no 8) produced by the GLF Youth Group.

August 1971 – GLF Youth Group “Age of Consent March”

GLF Youth and Education Group


Come Together Youth and Education Issue (no 14)

Bristol CHE Youth Group



January 1972 CHE held its first Youth Conference in Manchester.

Kent CHE Youth Group


17 convicted for importuning at Victoria Railway Station

20 Feb 1972

Liverpool Youth Group 16-21

March 1972

Spring 1972 Come Together No12 lists young CHE Manchester group.

June 1972 GLF Youth and Education group organise Gay Pride Week.

24 June 1972 Young Gays Conference held at the University of London. Chaired by Robert Maynard. Organised by University College of London GaySoc, Che London Youth Group in association with University of London GaySoc.


1973 The Observer article “If your child is queer” outlines the work of Parents Enquiry.

1973 Sunday Times article “Help for effeminate boys” about Rose Robertson/Parents Enquiry references research by Bates and Bentler.

April 1973 NUS Exeter Conference passes Gay Rights Motion proposed by Jamie Gardiner from University College London.

1973 Liverpool CHE voted to admit under-21s and soon after Paul’s O’Grady 17 went along.


1973 – 1984 born out of a meeting of the Camden GLF

September 1973 CHE National Council Meeting in Cardiff launches “Educational Campaign”.

1973-74 CHE London Youth Group Activities Secretaries – Chris Butler and Andrew LeFevre.


Gay Community Centre – 78 Railton Road, Brixton

1974 established by South London GLF

October 74 CHE London Youth Group Activities Secretary Peter Impey

1974 CHE Conference in Malvern debates the issue of under-21-year-old males

20 July 1974 CHE Activist Conference at ULU has session on young gays.

25 August 1974 first meeting of CHE Young Gays Committee held at London Office of CHE. Chris Butler proposed setting up a London Teenage Group under CHE but the proposal was not agreed.

8 December 1974 CHE Committee Meeting in Todmorden, Lancashire it was agreed to recommend to the executive committee the title be changed from the Young Gays Campaign to the CHE Youth Services Information Project YSIP.

December 1974 International Gay Rights Congress held in Edinburgh.


Feb 1975 Gay News reported on CHE Young Gays Campaign (YSIP).

19 April 1975 Trevor Lockes Report for CHE Executive Committee discusses issue of counselling for under-21s.

2 July 1975 Trevor Lockes writes to Convenor Pat O’Connor of CHE London Youth Group.

July 1975 Yorkshire Television – “Johnny Go Home” Part one of a two part investigation of the dangers facing teenagers, who leave home for the bright lights of London.

1975 Yorkshire Television – “The Murder of Billy Two Tone”. Part two of a two part investigation of the dangers facing teenagers, who leave home for the bright lights of London.

31 July 1975 Homeless Children

15 August 1975 CHE YSIP Minutes show Paul Welch as going to start the Teenage Group at CHE London Information Centre (22 Great Windmill Street).

August 1975 CHE Sheffield Annual Conference – a majority of delegates rejected the proposals arising out of the “Young Gays” workshop calling for separate under-21 CHE groups.

September 1975 Pat O’Connor replies to Trevor Locke.

September 1975 London Youth Group meeting at University of London Union. The London Youth Group is renamed CHE Young London Group YLG, catering for under 30 year olds.

6-7 September 1975 Young members of CHE met in London and decided to drop the word gay from the title of the campaign and thus call it the CHE Teenage Movement.

Teenage groups for unde-21s has been set up in Manchester and London as part of teh CHE Teenage Movement.

October 1975 Albany Trust Meeting at their offices in Clapham Road, London to discuss work being done in London to help gay teenagers at risk.

16 November 1975 CHE Executive Meeting – minutes note discussion about the dangers of conspiracy charges and the Teenage movement subverting the wishes of Conference. A tension that would lead to a split in 1976.

December 1975 YSIP start producing Youth News, a bi-monthly newsletter circulated within the youth service.

1975/6 Friend split from CHE. London Friend are based at 274 Upper Street Islington.

London Friend has an under-21s group that met on Fridays.


14 February 1976 – CHE organised 1,000 letters from young people aged 16-21 to be presented to the Home Secretary petitioning for the age of consent to be reduced.

Home Secretary Roy Jenkins in essence felt it was too soon after 1967 to chanegthe law again.

10 April 1976 CHE Teenage Movement Minutes record Tel Airs has resigned. Tony Hancock elected to replace him. After Tony stepped down John Gill replaced him.

22 May 1976 CHE Teenage Movement meeting – John Gill 19

July 1976 Ric Rogers employed as the Albany Trust’s first Youth Officer.

London Gay Teenage Group

conceived Autumn 1976

The London Gay Teenage Group first met in a basement at the Oval House Theatre, Kennington, London and at London Friend.

October 1976 National Council for Voluntary Youth Service report on Young People and Homosexuality.

1976 Harold Haywood and Anthony Grey set up a working party that met 6 times.


1977 Alan Smith becomes the Albany Trusts’ second Youth Officer.

1977 Albany Trust Leaflet “The Albany Trust, the Youth Service and the Psychological Health of Young People”.

January 1977 London Gay Teenage Group form a young people’s committee. Steven Power (first Chairperson), Robert Halls Secretary, Andrew Martin (Publicity), Paul Welch (Treasurer).

Sunday 13 February 1977, 3-6 pm London Gay Teenage Group, its’s first official advertised meeting took place upstairs at the Grapevine, 296 Holloway Road, N7 .

April 1977 Working group report “Youth Service Provision for Young Homosexuals in Earl’s Court”


Clifford Williams ( – )

Joint Council for Gay Teenagers JCGT



Chris Morris (23/05/1979- )

1979, London Gay Teenage Group moves to Manor Gardens Centre. The group was recognised by the National Association of Youth Clubs and the Inner London Education Authority.

London Gay Teenage Group


Gay Youth Movement (membership open to under 26s).


26-27 July 1980 First Gay Youth Movement Conference held in London attended by approximately 80 young people.


June 1981 Gay Youth Movement and Joint Council for Gay Teenagers work together to produce Gay Youth Magazine.

June 1981 first edition of Gay Youth.

July 1981 Joint Council for Gay Teenagers publish “Breaking the Silence – Gay Teenagers Speak for themselves” edited by Michael Burbidge and Jonathan Walters.

Joint Council for Gay Teenagers comprises of the following groups: Bexley/Dartford CHE, Birmingham Gay Community Centre, Cambridge CHE, Campaign for Homosexual Equality (National), Cara Friend (Northern Ireland), Doncaster Gay Youth Group, Dublin Gay Youth Group, Gay Icebreakers, Gay Switchboard (London), Gay Teachers Group, Gay Youth Movement, Glasgow Gay Centre, Glasgow Gay Youth Group, Grapevine (London), Lesbian Line (London), Link (Merseyside), London Gay Teenage Group, Newcastle Upon Tyne Gay Youth Group, Nottingham CHE, Nottingham Friend, Piccadilly Advice Centre, Potteries Gay Community Centre, Release, Southampton CHE, Wirral CHE.

1981 CHE Report – “What about the gay workers: a report of the Commission on Discrimination.”

August 1981 members of Gay Youth Movement attend Gayfest in Durham where it held its first Annual Meeting.


1982 the London Gay Teenage Group employed a part-time youth worker.

30 August 1982 Joint Council for Gay Teenagers decides to allow its work to be absorbed by the Gay Youth Movement and for the Gay Youth Movement to stand alone as run by young people.

Oct / Nov 1982 Gay Youth Issue 7.


1983 Framed Youth – the revenge of the teenage perverts.

Nov 1983 Kentish Town meeting for gays and lesbians working with young people in social services, probation service, youth service and prison service.


1984 the London Gay Teenage Group publish its “Something to Tell You” report funded by the GLC.

1984 Ruby Council remove sexual orientation from their equal opportunities policy and make it clear that openly gay and lesbian people would not be employed by the council.


14 January 1985 Youth magazine becomes Lesbian and Gay Youth Magazine Issue 14.

1985 “Talking About Youth Work” booklet by Lorraine Trenchard and Hugh Warren, LGTG Research Project.



Summer 1987 last know issue No 21 of the Lesbian and Gay Youth Magazine.


1988 Lesbian and Gay Youth Worker’s Conference (1) Section 28

1988 Lesbian and Gay Youth Workers Conference (2) idea of setting up a national organisation of Lesbian and Gay Youth and Community Workers.

National Organisation of Lesbian and Gay Youth and Community Workers (NOLGYCW)

Founder 1988









In 1996, the European Court of Human Rights heard Morris v. The United Kingdom and Sutherland v. the United Kingdom, cases brought by Chris Morris and Euan Sutherland challenging the inequality inherent in divided ages of consent. The government stated its intention to legislate to negate the court cases, which were put on hold.






Sexual Offences Amendment Act 2000

8th January 2001

The Sexual Offences (Amendment) Act 2000 (c.44) is an Act of the Parliament of the United Kingdom. It changed the age of consent for male homosexual sexual activities (including anal sex) from 18 (or for some activities, 21) to that for heterosexual and lesbian sexual activities at 16, or 17 in Northern Ireland. It also introduced the new offence of ‘having sexual intercourse or engaging in any other sexual activity with a person under 18 if in a position of trust in relation to that person’.





















Dr. Clifford Williams, a member of the London Gay Teenage Group, has written a book about it’s legacy called “Courage to be” published in 2021.


2022 LSE Library YOUTUBE VIDEO Courage To Be: Dr Clifford Williams on Organised Gay Youth 1967 to 1990