Pride Before Pride (Living Knowledge Network Stream)

Saturday, June 10, 2023 Cambridge Central Library 7 Lion Yard Cambridge CB2 3QD

Join us for this streamed discussion between Ted Brown, Phyll Opoku-Gyimah and Peter Tatchell to mark Pride Month 2023!

This event brings together participants in the first public march in the UK by LGBTQ+ people and instigators of UK Black Pride, to reflect on the meaning of Pride and community.

On 28 August 1971, the year before the first London Pride March, members of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) Youth Group organised the first LGBTQ+ public march in the UK. Beginning with a mass gathering in Hyde Park, GLF Youth Group and allies marched through central London to their rally point of Nelson’s Column in Trafalgar Square.


The Sexual Offences Act 1967 partially decriminalised male homosexuality in England and Wales for men over the age of 21, but the age of consent for heterosexuals was 16. The GLF Youth Group used the GLF newspaper to articulate their Declaration of Youth Group Rights and called LGBTQ+ people to join the march through Central London.

Free and all welcome; b ook your place or just come along on the day!

This event takes place in the Conference Room of Cambridge Central Library (3rd floor), which is wheelchair accessible. There is a baby change and a disabled toilet on site. For full details of Central's facilities, click here