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Outlaws

MARGUERITE MCLAUGHLIN SPEAKS TO THE LESBIAN, BI AND TRANS WOMEN WHO LIVED AND LOVED BEFORE 1967, WHEN HOMOSEXUALITY WAS PARTIALLY DECRIMINALISED

BEFORE 1967

Many women had no choice but to get married: photo of unnamed couple from the LSE Library collection
PHOTO LSE LIBRARY COLLECTION [7VJH/5/5/14]

This year many cultural and academic institutions are marking the 50th anniversary of the partial repeal of the Sexual Offences Act in England and Wales, which made consensual sex between men illegal. While the anniversary is very important, too little attention is being paid to women’s lives and experiences while looking back at that repressive era before 1967. The exclusion renders lesbians, bi and trans women invisible and fails to acknowledge our involvement in the fight for equality and protection under the law that has shaped modern-day Britain.

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We are thrilled to have singer-songwriter Tanita Tikaram on our cover this month! For the first time in her thirty year career, she speaks openly about her sexuality in a revealing interview with Jane Czyzselska. Don’t forget to check out our digital issue for behind-the-scenes video footage from our cover shoot, including Tanita telling us her favourite tracks from the new album. Also in this issue… LGBT History Month: Why is our past so white? What was it like to be lesbian or bi when homosexuality was a crime? A fairytale photoshoot with YouTube super-couple Rose and Rosie Heather Peace looks back at the history of women’s football Vicky Beeching finds out if Jesus was a feminist Jane Hill asks what’s stopping us from working out Phyll Opoku-Gyimah urges us to build our movement up, not tear each other down Sophie Ward investigates theatre’s gender revolution and talks to the female actors taking male roles Get your coat! How lesbian dating’s changed through the ages PLUS: Travel, fashion, family and much, much more!
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