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LGBT Humanists: a history

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May 16th, 2022 19:00   --   20:30

When Mary Whitehouse disparagingly accused an ‘intellectual/homosexual/humanist lobby’ of being behind the backlash after her Gay News blasphemy prosecution, a few LGBT humanists noted that such a group did not exist – and set about creating one. Thus formed the Gay Humanist Group in 1979, who quickly established themselves as a force to be reckoned with.

The group, which later became the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA), campaigned on issues from Section 28 to employment discrimination, pioneered LGBT humanist ceremonies, and created a space for the ‘ethics of compassion’ its first President, Maureen Duffy, highlighted as the group’s goal. Known since 2015 as LGBT Humanists, it is a core part of Humanists UK.

On the eve of the International Day Against Homophobia, Biphobia, and Transphobia (IDAHOBIT), with which GALHA was closely associated from its foundation, join us for a deep dive into the fascinating origins, campaigns, and activism of LGBT Humanists.


Andrew Copson – Chief Executive, Humanists UK; Past Chair, LGBT Humanists
Madeleine Goodall – Humanist Heritage Coordinator, Humanists UK
And chaired by Christopher Lynch, LGBT Humanists Coordinator

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