Tuesday, February 06, 2007

LGBT History Month

COHSE was one of the first unions to support the call to stop Clause 28 of the Conservative's Local Government Bill,

This Clause sought to ban the promotion
of Lesbian & Gay issues in Local government (and Schools).

COHSE supported the 30th April 1988 Stop the Clause rally at Kensington Park, speakers included Tracey Lambert COHSE Regional Officer and Gloria Mills of NUPE.

A number of protesters, including COHSE members were arrested at this rally by very hostile police, most were later aquitted.

COHSE also supported "Gay's the Word" bookshop, camden when threatened with closure by the Police.

COHSE also refused to hold it's conference in the Isle of Man, because of their failure to agree equal opportunities laws.

Roy Oliver (COHSE NEC member & Reading Branch secretary) was pioneer within COHSE, as was Angela Eagle COHSE research Officer (later MP for Wallasey).

the Key resolution on equality came from COHSE Hillingdon & District 618 branch

See posting on Roy Oliver

Ken Livingstone MP

Ken Livingstone MP for Brent East with COHSE placard at the opening of the new Psychiatric Unit on the Central Middlesex Hospital site Circa early 1989. (With Barbar Young).

The "eat eggs" comment refers to Edwina Currie's, Tory health minister, famous (but truthful) statement that most British eggs contained
Clinical Grading 1988

Novel forms of protest were developed by COHSE and NUPE during the clinical grading campaign 1988-1990