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Join Clifford Williams via ZOOM to hear about The London Gay Teenage Group and the Southampton Gay Youth Group

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Join Clifford Williams via ZOOM to hear about The London Gay Teenage Group and the Southampton Gay Youth Group

The London Gay Teenage Group was a unique and ground-breaking youth group that emerged in the late 1970s. Set up and run by young people themselves, it achieved what many thought impossible: registration as an official youth club catering mainly for gay and lesbian young people, at a time when gay male sex was still totally illegal for anyone aged under 21! Surviving for over 20 years, the group helped many gay and lesbian young people navigate challenges, such as rejection by society, parents and family, schools, and the workplace. It provided a safe refuge from the competitive commercial and sometimes soul-destroying ‘gay scene’. Set in the context of the wider debate and activity of organised gay youth in England, Clifford’s book offers a new and rarely written about picture of gay youth in England 1967-1990.

Author Clifford Williams studied History and Anthropology at University of London, Criminology at University of Cambridge and has a PhD from University of Bradford. He is author of numerous articles and books. Recent publications include A history of Women policing Hampshire and the Isle of Wight 1915-2016, The Unsolved Murder of Vera Glasspool and A Queer A-Z of Hampshire.

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