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A (very) Brief History of Pride

The 1960s were all about change - from the Civil Rights Movement to feminism and anti-war protests. In June 1969, the Stonewall Riots in New York - sparked by ongoing police harassment - kicked off the modern LGBTQIA+ rights movement. Now, June is Pride Month, celebrating LGBTQIA+ rights and culture!

10 Important Dates in British LGBTQIA+ History

Here's a snapshot of some key moments through the decades:





  • 1982
    • Terrence Higgins is the first known British man to die from an AIDS-related illness. The Terrence Higgins Trust is set up in his memory
  • 1988
    • ? Margaret Thatcher introduces Section 28, leading Sir Ian McKellen to form the Stonewall charity to fight for equality. (Section 28 was repealed in 2003)


  • 1992
  • 1996
    • A landmark case rules against the wrongful dismissal of a transitioning employee, the first of its kind in the world
  • 1999
    • David Copeland bombs the Admiral Duncan pub, killing three and injuring many; this tragedy marks a turning point in relations between the LGBTQIA+ community and the police


  • 2004
    • ?The Civil Partnership Act and Gender Recognition Act are passed, giving same-sex couples and trans individuals legal recognition. Sadly at the time of writing, non-binary and gender-fluid people aren't yet recognised

We've made great strides in LGBTQIA+ rights, though there's still work to be done - your SU is here to support you <3 

Are you an ally? Take a look at our Guide to Allyship! We also have a handy Guide to Gender Pronouns, as well as a Guide to Gender Identities :)

Curious about how your SU is supporting LGBTQIA+ students? Check out our campaign page!

LGBTQ+ History