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NUS LGBT+ Campaign Alumni

The National Union of Students Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Plus Campaign Alumni (NUS LGBT+ Campaign A) is a Facebook group, which was set up on the 26 Jan 2012 by Vicki Baars.

The group aims to be a space for anyone who was previously a member of the NUS LGBT+ Campaign in any capacity to share photos and memories, and reunite with old friends and foes.

In 2020 Vicki invited Mark Healey to become one of the admins.

He has set up a number of photo albums within the group to encourage members to post and share their photos and memories.

NUS Regions

Other photo albums

As NUS celebrates it’s centenary, and we approach the 50th anniversary of the first National NUS Gay Rights Conference, we want to encourage as many people as possible to share their memories and momentos from the campaign so we can record as much of it’s history as possible before it is lost.

Mark Healey

The National Union of Students Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender Plus Network (NUS LGBT+ Network) exists to represent LGBT+ students and connect LGBT+ student campaigners across the 4 Nations (England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales).

It is an autonomous campaign, led by LGBT+ students, for LGBT+ students.

The National Union of Students (NUS) will be 100 years old on the 10th February 2022. It was founded as part of a general desire for peace after the First World War.

Ivison Macadam, it’s first president, was an ex-serviceman, whose experiences had given him an international outlook.

1922 Ivison S Macadam 1st NUS President, Kings College London. Succeeded by A Gordon Bagnall.

1922-23 A Gordon Bagnall 2nd NUS President, University of Oxford. Succeeded by Ralph Nunn May.

1923-24 Ralph Nunn May 3rd NUS President, University of Birmingham. Succeeded by F G G Carr.

1924-25 F G G Carr 4th NUS President, University of Cambridge. Succeeded by W J Langford.

1925-26 W J Langford, 5th NUS President, University of Reading. Succeeded by J E Meredith.

1926-27 John Ellis Meredith, 6th NUS President, University of Wales, Bangor. Succeeded by Frank Ongley Darvall.

1927-29 Frank Ongley Darvall, 7th NUS President, University of Reading. Succeeded by Sam Cohen.

1929-30 Sam Cohen, 8th NUS President, University College, Cardiff. Succeeded by H Trevor Lloyd.

1930-31 H Trevor Lloyd, 9th NUS President, University of Bristol. Succeeded by Denis Fellows.

1931-33 Denis Fellows, 10th NUS President, Univesity of London and University of Nottingham. Succeeded by Charles G Gilmore.

1933-34 Charles G Gilmore, 11th NUS President, University of London. Succeeded by Lincoln Ralphs.

1934-36 Lincoln Ralphs, 12th NUS President, University of Sheffield. Succeeded by F Fraser Milne.

1936-38 F Fraser Milne, 13th NUS President, University of London. Succeeded by R R S Ward.

1938-39 R R S Ward, 14th NUS President, University of Sheffield. Succeded by Brian Simon.

1939-40 Brian Simon, 15th NUS President, University of Cambrideg and University of London. Succeeded by P A H Rivett.

1940-41 R A H Rivett, 16th NUS President, University of Leeds. Succeeded by Sydney Checkland.

1941-42 Sydeny Checkland, 17th NUS President, Univesity of Birmingham. Succeeded by Jack T Allanson.

1942-44 Jack T Allanson, 18th NUS President, University of Manchester. Succeeded by A T James.

1944-46 A T James, 19th NUS President, University of London. Succeeded by G Mcleavy.

1946-47 G Mcleavy, 20th NUS President, Univeristy of Leeds. Succeeded by W Bonney Rust.

1947-49 W Bonney Rust, 21st NUS President, Unviersity of London. Succeeded by Stanley K Jenkins.

1949-1951 Stanley K Jenkins, 22nd NUS President, Unversity College, Cardiff. Succeeded by John M Thompson.

1951-52 John M Thompson, 23rd NUS President, University of Manchester. Succeeded by Fred Jarvis.

1952-54 Fred Jarvis, 24th NUS President, University of Oxford. Succeeded by Frank H Copplestone.

1954-56 Frank H Copplestone, 25th NUS President, University of Nottingham. Succeeded by Roland Freeman.

1956-58 Roland Freeman, 26th NUS President, University of London. Succeeded by Dennis J Greennan.

1958-60 Dennis J Greennan, 27th NUS Preisdent, University of Southampton. Succeeded by Gwyn Morgan.

1960-62 Gwyn Morgan, 28th NUS President, University of Wales, Aberystwyth. Succeeded by Aneurin Hughes.

1962-64 Aneurin Hughes, 29th NUS President, Unviersity of Wales, Aberystwyth. Succeeded by T William Savage.

Amicable Warriors Vol 1: Page 137. In July (1964) Horsfall talked to thirty students at Lancaster University, ‘which I thought was very good since we clashed with a meeting on Vietnam and the total strength of the University is only 300.”

1964-66 T William Savage, 30th NUS President, Queen’s University of Belfast. Succeeded by T Geoff Martin.

Amicable Warriors Vol 1: Page 137. In January (1965?) Horsfall, deputising for Grey, proposed a montion to Nottingham University Students’ Union that ‘This House would reform the laws concerning homosexuality’.

1966-68 T Geoff Martin, 31st NUS President, Queen’s Unviersity of Belfast. Succeeded by Trevor Fisk.

Amicable Warriors Vol 1 page 251. Advert in Manchester University Newspaper.North-Western Homosexual Law Reform Committee advert in the Manchester Independent 24 October 1967 © Campaign for Homosexual Equality

Amiable Warriors Vol 1. Page 177 – mentions an article in The People on the 24 March 1968. The paper said it was fllwing a tip-off from Leeds University Student Union which feared for the purity of it’s members. Denis Cassidy (Reporter) writing about the Hope and Anchor which was hosting Gay nights.

Page 178. “The people article was disingenuous. Like other papers, it has stringers trawling through local and specialist press, loking for potential stories. These included student papers, and one of the best, twice winner of Th Guardian Student Newspaper of the Year, was Union News, put out by the University of Leeds. However, the idea that the story was appealing for police action to protect the innocence of its reads was very far from the truth. Guy Thornton, who became CHE’s international liaison officer in the 1970s, as well as charing the NCCL Gay Subcommitte, puts the record straight.”

Page 178… “We had a sit-in in 68 when we took over the Brotherton Library. And we were producing daily editions, emergency editions. But we also did an award-winning, artice on the Hope and Anchor, which wsa a gay pub in Leeds, and this was a pub that was being victimised by the NFF and Skinheads. They were laying in and tryng to gay-bash it. Our article was very much pro, and why aren’t the police in there? Why isn’t anything to be done to stop this victimisation? Why aren’t the police in there protecting these people who are only doing what comes natural to them, as it were.” (Ref 41: Guy Thorton Interview 5 April 2014 by Peter Scott-Presland).

Amiable Warrior Vol 1. Page 197. “Ken Plummer, a hugely influential pioneer of Queer Theory, and in 1968 a sociology postgraduate, who had met Ray in Nottingham that Spring.”

“Here Plummer remained, working as a volunteer, until the advent of GLF towards the end fo 1970 offered a much more congenial and exciting propsect of action, right on his doorstep in the London School of Economics where he was working.”

Amicable Warriors Vol 1 – pge 255 -259 Paul Temperton and his partner Martin Stafford (Studying Philosophy at University)…?

1968-69 Trevor Fisk, 32nd NUS President, University of London. Succeeded by Jack Straw.

“By December 1969 there was the student group, the Manchester Homophile Group, which Martin Stafford had set up and was the first of it’s kind in the country.”

In December 1969 Paul Temperton and Martin Stafford went to Shrewsburry to meet a student from Aberystwyth, Rob Payne. No group materialised but CHE started half-price subscription for students.

The strategy for developing local groups (students) was very much Martin Stafford’s. Robin Bloxsidge, shortly to co-found the Liverpool group, remembers:” Amiable Warriors Vol 1 Page 271 and Page 281

1969-71 Jack Straw, 33rd NUS President, University of Leeds. Succeeded by Digby Jacks.

Amicable Warriors vol 1 Page 271. “By April 1970 there were groups (student) meeting regularly in the East and West Midlands, and moves to set up further student groups in Oxford and Sheffield. Bristol has just had an inaugural meeting, and there was one group in London.”

Amicable Wairrors vol 1 page 284. However, through Bob Elbert and later his partner Trevor Locke, the were very important to the later establishment of the Gaysoc movement in Universities, with the officail recognition of Gaysocs by University Unions.

This in turn led to the National Union of Students becoming oe of the earliest, largest annd more vocieferous organisations allied to CHE and the struggle for Gay Rights.

25 April 1970 Manchester Committee held an open meeting. Only 2 people turned up.

However before the meeting was a get together for people (students) interested in starting local ‘committees’Holland (Wolverhamton) Spencer (Nottingham) Elbert (Sheffield) Nick Stanley (Birmingham) Wilf Hunter (Preston)

Liverpool CHE – Ralph Hallett, Peter Norman, Rob Bloxsidge (academic researcher at Liverpool Uni), Alan Swerdlow. Page 289-295

Amicable Waorriors Vol 1 page 281. Martin Stafford commuted to Sheffield to do his MA in the autumn of 1970, but had ‘cased the joint’ and laid the groundwork before starting his course.”

Mentions his role in placing the advert in the Manchester University Student Newspaper, and placing an advert in the Sheffield Union university newspaper (but no responses)

Amicable Warriors Vol 1 page 282 mentioned Bob Elbert, a second year student (Martin met him in Feb 1970).

Attempts to set up an Oxford Gay Society stalled by Oxford Mail’s refusal to take adverts. page 283 Amicable Warriors Vol 1. John Rose and composer Stephen Oliver mentioned.

By May 1970, a large group convened by Robin Robbins, a Balliol College don. Group did not mix with town folk and was seen as closeted and cliquish.

The Sheffield Homophile Society had first meeting June 1970, and was officially recognised by the University in October 1970 – the first gay group in the country to be so.

Bob later became a key figure in the Bristol Group, after he graduated, and the partner of Trevor Locke.

Martin was keen to expand the student network and went to Bristol to visit a student in the summer of 1970. This was Robert Palmer, later to become Chair of the national organisation in 1978, and to buy Gay News from Denis Lemon in 1982.

Bristol Gay Society was set up…

24 Oct 1970 CHE Convenors meeting held in Birmingham – people came from London, Bristol, Birminghm, Wolverhampton, Liverppool, Nottingham, Cambrigde, Oxford University, and Sheffield University, and there were others intereted in starting groups from Leeds, Teeside and Chilterns. Page 297 Amicable Warriors.

Amiable Warriors Vol 1. Page 214.”Nick Stanley was a young sociology lecturer at Brimingham Polytechnic, who was also convenor of the local group in Birmingham, and involved in Birmingham GLF.26 June 1971.

Amiable Warriors Vol 1. Page 215.Glenys Parry was one f the CHE Contingent. Glenys was a 19-year-old psychology student and secretary of the CHE Manchester Univesity Student Group. She was to play an increasingly important part of CHE over the next five years, ultimately becoming Chairwoman.”

Amiable Warriors Vol 1. Page 216.”And an enthusiastic group of seven students lead by Glenys and all from university groups of CHE, descended oj the town to distrbute 4,000 lealfets to Staturday afternoon shoppers on St James Street. Burnley.

Amiable Warrior Vol 1 page 218.Ken Plummer, in the middle of his PhD on the subject of homophobia, or homosexual taboos, had joined the Christian Action Group incognitio, in order to write them up as a project. Ken was interviewed by Peter Scott-Presland 31 Jan 2012.

Amiable Warrior Vol 1 Page 223. “After this, the GLF contingent drove back to Glenys Parry’s shared house in Victoria Park in Manchester to crash on the floors.” Stuart Feather was part of the group.

Amiable Warriors Vol 1 page 229.”Like CHE, they (GLF) set up a fundriaising group after a think-in at the LSE in September 1971.”

Amicable Warriors Vol 1 page 283.A seperate Town (Oxford) CHE group set up by university member, William Berry, who was doing a postgraduate Law MA at St Catherines College.

1971-73 Digby Jacks, 34th NUS President, University of London. Succeeded by John Randall.

Amicable Warrior Vol 1 Page 283.Trevor Locke joins Bristol Gay Society in 1972.

Amicable Warriors Vol 1 Page 283. Oxford CHE….cast into shade in 1972 by the more active and inclusive Oxford Gay Action Group.

A small pressure group grew out of the Margate NUS Winter Conference in 1972.

NUS Supports Gay Struggle at Exeter Conference Guild Gazette 8th May 1973 page 4.

1973-75 John Randall, 35th NUS President, University of York. Succeeded by Charles Clarke.

20th October 1973 First NUS National Gay Rights Conference took place at University of Bristol Union.

What they said at the GayLib Conference Guild Gazette 31st October 1975 page 4.

1975-77 Charles Clarke, 36th NUS President, University of Cambridge. Succeeded by Sue Slipman.

1977-78 Sue Slipman, 37th NUS President, University of Wales, Lampeter. Succeeded by Trevor Philips.

1978-1980 Trevor Phillips, 38th NUS President, Imperial College London. Succeeded by David Aaronovitch.

1980-82 David Aaronovitch, 39th NUS President, University of Manchester. Succceeded by Neil Stewart.

1982-84 Neil Stewart, 40th NUS President, University of Aberdeen. Succeeded by Phil Woolas.

1984-86 Phil Woolas, 41st NUS President, University of Manchester. Succeeded by Vicky Phillips.

1986-88 Vicky Phillips, 42nd NUS President, University of East Anglia. Succeeded by Maeve Sherlock.

1988-90 Maeve Sherlock, 43rd NUS President, University of Liverpool. Succeeded by Stephen Twigg.

NUS L&G Campaign Convenor –

NUS L&G Committee 89/90 – Nikki Greenway.

NUS L&G Campaign Convenor – Nikki Greenway.

1990-92 Stephen Twigg, 44th NUS President, University of Oxford. Succeeded by Lorna Fitzsimmons.

NUS LGB Committee 91/92 – Richard Hewison

1992-94 Lorna Fitzsimmons, 45th NUS President, Loughborough College. Succeeded by Jim Murphy.

1994-96 Jim Murphy, 46th NUS President, University of Strathclyde. Succeeded by Douglas Trainer.

1996-98 Douglas Trainer, 47th NUS President, University of Strathclyde. Succeeded by Andrew Pakes.

1998-2000 Andew Pakes, 48th NUS President, University of Hull. Succeeded by Owain James.

2000-02 Owain James, 49th NUS President, University of Warwick. Succeeded by Mandy Telford.

2002-04 Mandy Telford, 50th NUS President, University of Strathclyde. Succeded by Kat Fletcher.

2004-06 Kat Fletcher, 51st NUSPresident, Sheffield University and Unviersity of Leeds. Succeeded by Gemma Tumelty.

2006-08 Gemma Tumelty, 52nd NUS President, Liverppol John Moores Unviersity. Succeded by Wes Streeting.

2008-10 Wes Streeting, 53rd NUS President, University of Cambridge. Succeeded by Aaron Porter.

2010-11 Aaron Porter, 54th NUS President, University of Leicester. Succeeded by Liam Burns.

2011-13 Liam Burns, 55th NUS President, Heriot-Watt University. Succeeded by Toni Pearce.

2013-15 Toni Pearce, 56th NUS President, Cornwall College. Succeded by Megan Dunn.

2015-16 Megan Dunn, 57th NUS President, University of Aberdeen. Succeded by Malia Bouattia.

2016-17 Malia Bouattia, 58th NUS President, University of Birmingham. Succeded by Shakira Martin. First Black, Female Muslim to lead NUS.

2017-19 Shakira Martin, 59th NUS President, Lewisham and Southwark Colleage. Succeeded by Zamzam Ibrahim.

2019-2020 Zamzam Ibrahim, 60th NUS President, Unviersity of Salford. Succeeded by Larissa Kennedy.

2020-22 Larissa Kennedy, 61st NUS President, University of Warwick.

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