An artefact from one of the most famous protests against Section 28 is on show in the London borough of Haringey as part of LGBT History Month.
On May 23rd 1988 a BBC news studio was invaded by lesbians protesting against Section 28 as Sue Lawley was reading the Six O’Clock News.
Her co-anchor Nicholas Witchell famously sat on one of the lesbians, who could be clearly heard in the background shouting protests against the new law, which banned the “promotion” of homosexuality in schools.
The protesters had handcuffed themselves to bits of studio equipment.
Ms Lawley remained cool under fire, noting that “we have been rather invaded by some people who we hope to be removing very shortly.” (See video below).
One of the exhibits on show at From the Closet to the Collection: Haringey LGBT Exhibition at Bruce Castle Museum includes the T-shirt worn by local campaigner Booan Temple when she stormed the newsroom.
There are also press cuttings donated by Haringey Mayor Alan Dobbie dating from his term of office as Haringey’s first out gay Mayor in 1996.
The exhibition runs at Bruce Castle until the end of March. The museum, in Lordship Lane N17, is open 1pm to 5pm, Wednesdays to Sundays.
There are hundreds of LGBT History Month events across Britain throughout February. Click here for more information.
Photo: Ms Temple with the famous T-shirt.