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‘History is for interfering with’: LGBTQ+ activists from across the decades share their stories of change

Stonewall has been at the forefront of championing and protecting LGBTQ+ rights. From lowering the age of consent for gay men to legalising same-sex marriage, the group has spent the last three decades making vital change for the LGBTQ+ community. But, despite many hard-fought wins, the battle is still far from over. Here, as we celebrate 50 years of Pride, Metro.co.uk speaks to activists spanning the last five decades who have pushed for progress, to find out how they achieved it – and what more still needs to be done. We wore drag because it was more provocative than just wearing a Gay Liberation badge Stuart Feather, 82, was a key activist in the Gay Liberation Front during the 1970s. He attended the first ever Pride march half a century ago and has joined them every year since.The 1970s was a colourful time; it was a celebratory and sociable. We’d just had the summer of love, there were new drugs like acid and LSD around and the late 60s felt really good – .they were technicolour. In July 1972, I was in the first ever Gay Pride march, which was organised by the Gay Liberation Front.
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