Media ID 0248-B
Gay Pride 1979 (UK, World In Action) and a radio news bulletin
Recorded off the television and radio
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Tape introduction.. “We Are Family” (song).. Homosexuals come together for a concert in Hyde Park, climax of Gay Pride Week. Stonewall -’79 marked the tenth Anniversary of the Stonewall riot in New York.
Male homosexual relationships have been legal in Britain for more than twelve years.. a recent home-office committee wants to lower the legal age for homosexual acts from twenty-one to eighteen years.. Gay’s the Word bookshop.. Gays speaking about what has changed in the last 10 years.
“We’ve formed a kind of community.. we are thought of only in terms of sex.. Robert Longley - There are real reasons for not coming out.. “To bad for the gay revolution” song
Gays still fear persecution
Shawn (19) - It was a very slow process coming out.. felt like a criminal, you’re a freak .. but once you come out
Female - I was about 20 when I came out.. I thought I might have been frigid
Shawn (19) - It would be nice to feel legal.. equal rights..
Trial of Jeremy Thorpe.. It’s a trial of the last ten years. It’s a trial of the whole idea of gay people coming out and saying they’re glad to be gay
“I am not the Greek tragedy. We’re glad to be gay”
Crowd “Freedom now”
At lunchtime people gathered for the march
We’ll show people today how strongly we feel about this topic.. there isn’t the sort of isolation nowadays for gay people.. we can be ignored by lots of people – so marching is really important.. discrimination. Society has made the situation the way it is
“Many people in this country believe they have never met a homosexual
Music – Hyde Park concert
Tom Robinson (gay rock star) “Happy Birthday Stonewall” and 10 years on from the event what’s happened… there’s a call for the age limit to be lowered to 18.
Tony Whitehead (teacher) – discrimination at work..wearing a badge
Last Thursday, Mervyn Stockwood, Bishop of Southwark, said that homosexual relations could achieve a pure and glorious relationship.. Last week Carl Hill was accused of being an alien with a psychopathic personality.. Michael Mason, partner of Carl Hill, “as a homosexual you can be excluded from the US”..“We are family” crowd song.. Are parades like this setting gays up as targets?
Jim – the day has been really effective
“We are family” song .. programme ends
Doctor Adrian Tuck talking to Jack Webber –scientific talk on the climate and ozone.. Floro-carbons.
This is midnight report for Wednesday – newsreader Alan Beck: Federation of Labour general strike has just begun.. snap debate in Parliament .. Engineers Union/Electrical Workers Union have both settled their awards.. Federation of Labour president Mr Knox, spoke to pensioners today.. Government ends involvement with CORSO.. 90 year old public grand stand at Fielding Racecourse has been set ablaze.
Massive lamb sale (45,000 tonnes) to Iran.
Call for a look into poverty in New Zealand.. Minister for Justice, Mr McLay, said women must seek a more active role in politics. There are currently 4 women in Parliament.. percentage of fuel savings - car less days scheme.. Emergency equipment not up to standard at Auckland airport.. Russian/Cook Island fishing negotiations.. US administration has no knowledge of an alleged release of bacteria over San Francisco in 1950.