Griff was best known in CHE’s heyday (when it boasted some 4,000 members) as its conference organiser and he was mainly responsible for keeping it going when it declined some years ago.
I had been friendly with Griff since I joined CHE in the 1960s and set up one of its local groups – Chilterns CHE – in 1970. I have been in touch with him many times since then, notably concerned the cooperation of CHE and the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) in running the Winter Fairs at London’s Conway Hall in the 1980s and their joint sponsorship of Winter Pride at County Hall and ULU later in that decade. This is described by Griff in detail in the book ‘Out of the Shadows: a history of the pioneering London gay groups and organisations’, 1967 – 2000 which will be promoted at the CHE Reunion on 27 November at the Friends Meeting House, Euston Road, London.
RIP Griff. A passionate advocate. My privilege to have met him through the Sexual Activities Working Group at Hampstead Heath.
This is very sad news. Griffith was a trailblazer. He was always so encouraging and supportive of my own gay ‘activism’ (police liaison work) as well as my gay history work. He was always THERE. He will be missed.
knowing Griff was a privilage. i only knew him for a short time through the LGBT advisory grop for MPS, he did eduacte me on the struggle that we as the LGBT community faced in the early years of our stuggle for equality, and still after 40 years he never lost that passion….REST IN PEACE GRIFF
Griff – or Vaughan, as the family called him – was my second cousin, whom I only met two years ago, when we had a meal together. We were in touch through another relative (whom I had contacted through Genes Reunited), and I was and am very happy to have met at last this indomitable man, bursting with news of the family but also with a justified pride at his own work for gay rights. I wish I had got to know him much better but feel privileged to have met him even on that one occasion. RIP indeed, as he richly deserves after such a dedicated and active life. (I got to hear of his death only two days ago, so this comment comes, alas, very late.)