Black Lesbian and Gay Centre

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Type of entity

Corporate body

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Black Lesbian and Gay Centre

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  • BLGC
  • Black Lesbian and Gay Centre Project

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      Dates of existence

      c.1985-c.1995

      History

      Based in southeast London, the Black Lesbian and Gay Centre challenged racism within the mainstream LGBT community, homophobia and erasure within Black communities, HIV/AIDS, Thatcherite politics and the rise in hostility toward LGBT people, and sexism. They provided advice and counselling, a helpline, a library, and other resources.

      The Black Gay Group applied for funding from Greater London Council to open a centre, and in 1985 they received a GLC grant which enabled them to do so. After the GLC was abolished in 1986, the Centre's funding situation became ever more precarious, primarily coming from donations and membership fees. Blackout, a black lesbian and gay magazine, printed its first issue in 1986 providing a forum for the many black gay and lesbian groups that had emerged in London.

      By 1995 the BLGC was blighted by insurmountable funding and resourcing issues, thus the Centre wound down it operations around this time.

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      London

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      GB 1534

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      Revised

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      Authority record created by Lucy Brownson on 16/09/2021.

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      • English

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