Enter your email address to receive our daily LGBT news roundup

You're free to unsubscribe at any time.

Comment: How I campaigned to change the age of consent a world away from equal marriage, by Edwina Currie

Post your comment

Comments on this article are now closed.

Reader comments

  1. I remember the night of the vote that reduced the age of consent for gay men to 18, it wasn’t the outcome we were hoping for which was an equal 16 but it was an important step in the right direction in a very different political climate to todays. So thank-you Edwina – we do remember your support and thank you.

  2. Yes we owe Edwina a great deal. She was a real hero who was prepared to speak her mind in favour of equality when few others were prepared to do the same.

    1. She *IS* a real hero!

  3. She’s a cracking writer too.

    Makes a change.

  4. Robert (Kettering) 1 Jun 2013, 7:22pm

    What a heart-warming story. Thank you Edwina for your great support and only wish you were in the Lords as I’m sure you’d be able to persuade a few of the doubters.

  5. A right-wing Tory I’ve never much liked but she is a great pioneer of our modern legal rights. Thanks, Edwina!

  6. de Villiers 1 Jun 2013, 8:18pm

    > Neil and I conspired over tea and buns in a cafe away from prying Westminster eyes, and he agreed. Good man.

    Yes – that should be repeated.

  7. Edwina, you’re a star.

  8. Don Harrison 1 Jun 2013, 8:46pm

    Thank you Edwina.

  9. Edwina-your amazing!!!thanks for all the support you`ve shown!!!you certainly deserve not to have to pay for drinks in some Brighton pubs!

  10. I don’t think I’ll ever forget a TV programme where Edwina Currie inspected a backroom in an Amsterdam venue, in the interest of research of course.

    Despite the embarrassing evidence of shockingly poor taste (I mean, John Major? Give us a break!) on random occasions, she has been a loyal, outspoken and totally admirable supporter of equal rights, and an example that many of her colleagues would do well to emulate.

  11. Charliej95 2 Jun 2013, 12:08am

    Although 1994 was the year before i was born, at the age now of 18 i have been reading and looking at articles about the gay rights movement from that time, and i must say although i am by NO means a Tory supporter, (as i am a Scottish Nationalist)
    But
    Edwina Currie remains today remains one of the very few Tories i admire and have respect for.). Her open mindness and determination was very bold, considering the extent of homophobia that was rife in the early 90′s.

    I admire most Mrs Currie’s ability to speak her mind and fight for fairness and equality, and did not backdown to the many voices that seeks to quash her efforts.
    I believe that we owe Edwina Currie a great show of appresiation for her efforts in starting the process which has led us far in the journey to full equality, i believe Stonewall should recognize her efforts in starting the very long chain of events which has made our society fairer and more understanding.
    :D

    1. Charliej95 2 Jun 2013, 12:12am

      Here’s a link from the BBC arcive with footage of a newsreport into Curries efforts to equalise the age of consent.

      The BBC also carried out personal interviews on the streets about opinion on gay rights. And i must say most were very negative in 1994 compared to 2013 with quite a number in 1994 wanting to make homosexuality illegal!
      Here is the link to the footage.
      http://www.bbc.co.uk/archive/gay_rights/12018.shtml

  12. Godwyns O. 2 Jun 2013, 12:31am

    Although I was a little boy and did not live in the UK at the time, I join all to say thank you. If I recognize you in a pub, surely I’d pay for the drinks too. Our discriminated community should celebrate/highlight people like you more…

    Jah bless!

  13. Don’t share her taste in men! But…
    Edwina was politically brave to do it in 94 and she does not get enough credit for that. I remember a TV report or prog at the time following her around her constituency and she was getting some negative feedback from constituents because of her support for 16. It may have contributed to her losing her seat in the 97 election. Her speech at the Trafalgar Sq rally was excellent and she made the point that people should not expect the vote to split along party lines and if your MP was Labour not to assume they would vote for 16. ‘Lobby your MP, whatever party they belong to’ was her message.

    All the best to you Edwina! Nothing happened between decriminalisation in 67 and your bill in 94 to improve the lives of gay people. You got things moving to get us to where we are today and I and many others are forever grateful. Thanks!

  14. Much as I enjoy Pink News’ adoration of the Tory Party (and, oh my, she’s Jewish too which makes her almost infallible, eh Ben?), don’t let her get away with self-serving rot. It was NOT the first time Parliament had debated gay rights in 25 years. Only 6 years before, the Tories had brought in Scetion 28 – to stop local authorities “promoting” homosexuality in a bid to choke off public information and advice. You’ll never guess who voted for this draconian law… That’s right. Edwina ‘Butter-Wouldn’t-Melt’ Currie.

    1. de Villiers 2 Jun 2013, 10:14am

      Section 28 was always a foolish policy and should be scrapped: Edwina Currie.

      http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk_politics/2298511.stm

    2. In 1994 she was asked about that on morning TV and she said she was wrong in voting for Section 28. The fact is between 1967 and 1994 (a generation) no legislation was passed to specifically address the inequality in society of gay people, debates or no debates. After decriminalisation in 1967 (which Thatcher voted in favour of) gay rights became the territory of radical left wing politics outside and later inside the Labour party. Section 28 was as much an attack on the radical left as to appease the bigots of all voting persuasions. By introducing the bill in 1994 as a Tory MP Edwina Currie brought gay rights out of the largely left wing position it occupied and detoxified it away from simplistic party political/left right lines. She was well aware that it was necessary to do this if any progress was to be made and for that she deserves recognition.

      1. Let us remember though the 1980 and 1982 changes which extended the 1967 act to Scotland and Northern Ireland.

  15. damned filth 4 Jun 2013, 10:41am

    Spot on PJ, some people on this forum seem genuinely disappointed when a right wing person proposes gay rights, phrases like “Uncle Tom” appear. gay rights are not the property of the ultra-left.

    Edwina is the tops, it is easy to jump on a bandwagon but not so easy to get that wagon rolling when it is stuck in the mud. Give her credit.

    Let’s remember she had to resign as a Minister to telling the truth about eggs, in honourable contrast to how some Ministers behave nowadays, desperately clinging to their positions when they know they have done wrong or acted illegally. How many times did Mandy resign, then reappear like Glenn Close jumping out of the bath?

  16. Diana Hodson 4 Jun 2013, 5:51pm

    a commendable woman, & quite enigmatic, had wonderred why she was so into gay rights during her time in office, but the reason isn’t essential, just a very together woman (despite her salmonella in eggs episode !!!)

These comments are un-moderated and do not necessarily represent the views of PinkNews.co.uk. If you believe that a comment is inappropriate or libellous, please contact us.

Top commenters this week

Latest stories

See all