Pride flag flying over Magdalene to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offenses Act that partially decriminalised homosexuality.
Alumnus Antony Grey (1945) campaigned throughout his lifetime and played a major role to ensure the passage of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act through parliament. Lord Arran, the Lords sponsor of the bill commented that Grey had "done more than any single man to bring this social problem to the notice of the public". To celebrate the 50th anniversary of the acts royal ascent, and to pay tribute to Antony’s 56 years of campaigning for the LGBT+ community, Alex, Magdalene’s JCR Equal Opportunities Officer and Aiden, the JCR Vice President, been invited to attend a celebration lunch dedicated to Grey’s memory at the National Liberal Club in London, which will be attended by many campaigners from the time and now. "The road to homosexual emancipation which I and a few others embarked upon following the Wolfenden Report has been a long and arduous one. But now here we are, and we can be thankful for what has been achieved. At least, we are able to celebrate our identities in this magnificent building, instead of being thrown off the top of it for being who we are – as some of our enemies would like to happen. But "the price of liberty is eternal vigilance," and ours is a never-ending struggle not just for our own rights, but for human rights." - Antony Grey, on achievement of the Stonewall Hero of the Year award in 2007.
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