41 years ago (when I was 13) I heard about the reform act and realised that the world had changed for me.
I’m just sorry he didn’t get the recognition he deserved from the gay community (I appreciate that the act wasn’t perfect!), nor in the political arena
It takes the action of individuals to get the ball rolling and achieve the set goals by popular demand and the united voice. Though his achievements were off target and did not achieve the desired Ethiopia of Equality, it established a starting point from which one could move forward.
Gayasylum and its members, and I personally, would like to express our condolences at the loss of one of the pioneers of the LGBT movement in Britain.
Shame, Peter Tatchell, shame.
YOur cirmudgeonly comments are not fair. The Act was the first step; it’s an outrage that it took Parliament thirty-six years to follow up on it. He was part of the first wave,no politicians following had the guts to follow through.
Shame Peter: he gave me hope, and the knowledge that there other gay people in the world.
Gay men throughout the UK should celebrate Loe Abse’s life. Without his tenacity in Parliament, however imperfect it seems to the eyes of the modern activist, we would not have the rights we have now.