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Published on May 1, 2015
A 1974 edition of the London Weekend Television series Speak For Yourself. The weekly show which was shown in the London area allowed viewers to make documentaries and reports that were close to the their hearts.
This edition of Speak For Yourself begins with a 25 minute documentary made by London members of the Campaign For Homosexual Equality (Che) and their then off shoot group London Friend (later London Friend) about their experiences of being openly gay and experiencing discrimination.
CHE members featured include reporter and activist Jackie Forster who was a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front in London and was on the first Gay Pride march in the UK in 1971. She also went on to be a member of the lesbian group and publication Sappho. She also contributed to publications such as Gay News. After Sappho, Jackie became a member of Greater London Council's Women's Committee. From 1992 till her death in 1998 she was an active member of the Lesbian Archive and Information Centre management Committee.
Michael Launder who was the founder of London Friend is also included in the documentary.
Part two begins with a discussion about a concert organised by the Campaign for Homosexuality in Tunbridge Wells which the District Council objected to. Guests are internatlonally renowned pianist Peter Katin and Ross Burgess who was the CHE organiser for Tunbridge Wells. He is now the leader of the Silver Rainbow, a social group for older LGBT people in Croydon in south London where he lives with his husband Roger Burg.
I have included the rest of the programme which focuses on housing and issues affecting landlords and tenants. There is also a discussion with Clive Wolfe of the Alexandra Palace Action Group about preserving Alexandra Palace for the people.