The Campaign for Homosexual Equality

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Part of LGBT history since 1964

The Campaign for Homosexual Equality is a democratic voluntary organisation, founded in 1964 by Allan Horsfall and others as the North Western Committee for Homosexual Law Reform. It played a key part in the campaigns leading up to the decriminalisation of male homosexual activities in 1967. Thereafter it broadened its activity, and in 1969 it was renamed the Committee for Homosexual Equality.

In 1971 CHE changed its name to the Campaign for Homosexual Equality, and over the next few years grew to have a membership of over 6,000 with more than 100 local groups in all parts of England and Wales.

Today the situation for LGBT people in the UK has improved beyond the wildest dreams of the early campaigners; the need now is to safeguard what has been achieved, and to record the proud history of CHE as a tribute to the pioneers and as a reminder of the days of repression that must not be allowed to return.

The Future of CHE

The Executive Committee have been discussing the future of CHE, and issued a letter to members in October 2019 outlining a way forward. We will be discussing this further at our Annual Conference on 14 December. We currently envisage transforming CHE into a Fund to support the researching, writing, publication and marketing of our story, primarily in the form of Amiable Warriors: The History of CHE and its Times.

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