Liverpool Campaign for Homosexual Equality (CHE) canal trip, 1972, Paul O'Grady, whose drag persona was Lily Savage, is third from left © Robin Bloxsidge

Activism and Community Building

In response to oppression and social marginalisation, LGBTQ people gradually came together to campaign against unjust laws that criminalised same-sex desire.

Since the 19th century they have advocated for greater tolerance and social change. In some cases this included coalitions of men and women. Queer men and women have also worked separately, if in complementary capacities, to achieve change.