Mr Grey goes to Washington
The homophile internationalism of Britain’s Homosexual Law Reform Society
in British queer history
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This chapter explores a British variant on homophile internationalism before and immediately after the 1967 Sexual Offences Act by mapping Antony Grey's cross-border connections while noting strain against transnational solidarity. In charge of Homosexual Law Reform Society (HLRS) day-to-day operation, Grey authored and received much of the correspondence, although his work more generally depended on HLRS's Executive Committee, office staff, affiliated professionals, honorary trustees and volunteers. While Grey forwarded lists of those he wanted to meet and contemplated a week's extension to take in Washington, DC, Dorr Legg continued to emphasise homophile divisions that Grey hoped could be overcome. According to Legg's self-serving account, trouble started when the campaigner Barbara Gittings attempted to record Grey's address to the group, prompting Legg to insist that ONE's financial investment gave it sole rights to publish Grey's speeches.

British queer history

New approaches and perspectives

Editor: Brian Lewis

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