Sylvia lived in Streatham; hung out in Islington. She became a photographer; going freelance in 1982. She came out in ’86 and got involved in the lesbian and gay movement. She had been heterosexual; then changed her mind. This was the time of a feminist surge that included in its stance the idea that any woman can be a lesbian; a radical and dangerous idea (to men and heterosexual norms).
Trouble in the Rainbow
- Reading Matters, a socialist bookshop in Wood Green that no longer exists was recalled as part of our discussion.
- Aids: We remembered the anti-gay hysteria surrounding AIDs. It was in 1982 that the first gay man, Terrence Higgins, died of Aids.
- Fined for kissing in the street: One newspaper cutting included an article dated 26th April 1988 stating that two 19 year old chefs were fined £40 each, under the Public Order Act 1986, for kissing in the street; in 1988!
(a) Intentionally promote or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality.
(b) Promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality in a pretended family relationship.’