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Black lesbian and gay activism

Material relating to Black lesbian and gay rights and issues, including protests, global solidarity campaigns, and other forms of direct action.

Includes: leaflets and flyers for Smash the Backlash (May 1986); leaflets for Haringey Black Action (n.d.); ‘A far cry from the Pacific’ flyer against US occupation of and nuclear testing in Pacific islands (1986); Women Working for a Nuclear Free and Independent Pacific poster (Jan 1988); flyer for public meeting on racist, sexist and homophobic immigration law (1986); Lesbian and Gay Employment Rights (LAGER) flyer and poster (c.1980s); LESPOP ‘Black Lesbians in London up against the law’ flyer (n.d.) and ‘Black Lesbians and the Police’ flyers (1988); Haringey Black Action article (n.d.); LAGER ‘Black Lesbians and Gays Fight Back’ leaflets (1988); Camden & Islington Black Sisters ‘Black Women’s Protest Against Racism at Hampstead Women’s Pond’ poster (Aug 1985); Lesbian and Gay Coalition Against Racism flyer (c.1990s); Haringey Black Action anti-apartheid demo (n.d.).

Conferences for Black lesbians and gays

Material relating to conferences for Black lesbians and gays and lesbians & gays of colour, including flyers, leaflets, agendas, meeting minutes, programmes, conference papers, and information packs for various conferences and events.

Conferences include: the Black Lesbian and Gay Centre (BLGC) AGMs (1987-1989); Zami and Zami II conferences (1988 & 1989); International Lesbian and Gay People of Colour Conference (Nov 1990); Black Lesbians & Gays ‘Fighting Heterosexism in Our Communities!’ conference (21 Mar 1986); Asian Women’s Network ‘Organising into the 90s’ conference (Jun 1990); Black Pride and Solidarity, St Louis (Dec 1985); ‘Lesbian Politics – Just a Lifestyle?’ conference, Durban (Dec 1994); Black Caucus of Legislation for Lesbian & Gay Rights meeting (n.d.); ‘I Am Your Sister: Forging Global Connections across Differences’ conference, Boston MA (Oct 1990); ‘Black Communities: Living & Struggling Together’ conference (Feb 1986); London Against Racism ‘Youth: Racism & Power’ conference (n.d. [1984?]); Third World Lesbian workshop at 8th International Lesbian Information Service (ILIS) Conference, Geneva (Mar 1986).

Photos and press cuttings, c.1970s-1980s

Photographs and press cuttings, many of which have been commissioned by and/or featured in Outwrite Women’s Newspaper.

These images document a wide range of women’s events and protests in the UK and internationally. Includes images relating to International Women’s Day events, Mauritius Cultural Festival, the Troubles (e.g. Armagh Prison protest), apartheid struggles (e.g. African National Congress postcard), Les Amazones de Guinée, Bangladeshi women’s political activism and struggles, Grenadian and Puerto Rican independence demos, anti-nuclear protests in Japan and elsewhere, communities and workers in Ghana and Eritrea, Aboriginal women’s activism, Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp, Pakistani Women’s Action Forum, Salvadoran refugees in Honduras, women in South Africa (including Cape Town and Johannesburg), SWAPO members in Namibia, ‘The Dinner Party’ by Judy Chicago, Indian demos [against killing of Nandita Gandhi], the Pinochet dictatorship in Chile, and much more.

Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group