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Jeffrey Weeks: “All we need is Love? What 1967 meant for us.”

Monday 26 June 2017
2:30pm4:30pm

Jeffrey Weeks (Photograph: Opening Doors London)

Activist, historian, sociologist and author Jeffrey Weeks in discussion on LGBT+ history.

1967 was famously the summer of love. It was the summer of the Beatle’s Sergeant Pepper, and of All You Need is Love. It was also the summer when the love that dared not speak its name founds its voice. Or did it? Today’s older LGBT+ people were the first generation to experience (limited) decriminalisation (for men) in 1967. Some saw this as the birth of our freedom but others saw it for what it was; a hesitant beginning and not a triumphant end. So how important was the 1967 reform, and how did it affect LGBT+ lives? Jeffrey Weeks will trace the long and haphazard journey that brought us from that summer of love, largely for others, to where we are today.

Jeffrey Weeks was a gay activist from 1970, and is a historian and sociologist. He has an international reputation for his books on sexuality and LGBT history. His pioneering study of LGBT+ activism and identities, Coming Out, was first published in 1977 and has recently been republished in a revised and updated edition. He is Emeritus Professor of Sociology at London South Bank University, and is chair of Opening Doors London.

Opening Doors London (ODL) is the biggest charity providing information and support services specifically for older Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Trans* (LGBT*) people in the UK. It provides regular social opportunities across the capital to help develop networks and communities for LGBT* people, aged over 50, and to to support the older LGBT* community to live full, vibrant and respected lives free from isolation, loneliness, discrimination and prejudice

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  • Access
    • Accessible toilets
    • Assistance dog friendly
    • No BSL interpretation
    • Fully accessible
    • Induction loop
    • No speech to text
  • Admission
    • Free
    • Family friendly
    • No meet and greet
    • Over 18s only
  • When you're there
    • No gender neutral toilets
    • May be alcohol
    • May be crowds
    • May be flashing lights
    • May be loud noises

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