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Comment: Allan Horsfall was the ‘grandfather’ of the UK’s gay rights movement

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  1. Craig Denney 5 Sep 2012, 4:53pm

    And the sad thing is nobody knows who he was and what he accomplished for the community.

    Gay people don’t get queen’s honors and are not celibrated in the same way as stright people.

    When the Bloody-well should be!

    1. Spanner1960 6 Sep 2012, 3:20pm

      I quite agree, but honours need to be nominated.
      I have to say, I had also never heard of the man, and maybe those that did/do such as Peter Tatchell, should maybe bring them to everybody’s attention while they are still alive to be recognised and rewarded.

  2. Yes-that is SO true. Alan was ‘sticking his head over the parapet’ when many others-including myself-were ‘afaraid’ to do so.
    I well remember him being a lone voice with only minority support when all the ‘great and good’ closet gays were welded into their closets keeping their ‘potentially influential’ mouths SHUT.
    We all need to get down on our knees and give thanks for what he achieved for US!

    AS for that “Bolton 7” trial-What a WASTE of public money. It cost £500,000 of public money to prosecute those men for what was basically just a private sex party. I well remember ‘cuddly’ Anne Widdecombe being interviewed at the time when she said it had been “money well spent”.

  3. Gary Williams 7 Sep 2012, 12:05pm

    I was fortunate enough to meet Allan many years ago and he was an inspiration. His enthusiasm and pragmatism spurred myself and many others on to believe we could make a difference – and we did. We need a campaign to have a permanent memorial to Allan created.

    1. There was a nice radio feature including an interview with Peter Tatchell on Allan Horsfall when he died – you can hear it at

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