Nov. 18 Marks 10 Years Since the Demise of Section 28

UK Map with Flag

Today marks ten years since the repeal of Section 28.

Enacted by Margaret Thatcher’s government in 1988, the British law prohibited schools from “teaching …. the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship.” It also barred schools from “intentionally promot[ing] homosexuality or publish[ing] material with the intention of promoting homosexuality.”

An effort to get rid of the noxious law gained strength in the early 2000s, and on November 18, 2003, a bill repealing Section 28 finally went into effect.

Quist: A New LGBTQ History App

Logo for new Quist app

The Communicationist recently launched a new mobile app, Quist, that brings users a bit of LGBTQ and/or AIDS/HIV-related history each day. One of the app’s purposes is to “[l]et LGBTQ youth know that others have shared their struggle.

Each day, the app displays “events of note” that took place on that day in history. Today, for example, Quist teaches about four Spanish men who were burned for sodomy on July 29, 1519; it also notes that Panama decriminalized same-sex sexual activity on July 29, 2008.

Obama Affirms Support for Gay Equal Rights in Historic Inaugural Speech

In his second inaugural address, the President has affirmed his support for equal rights for gays and lesbians. “Our journey is not complete,” he stated, “until our gay brothers and sisters are treated like anyone else under the law — for if we are truly created equal, then surely the love we commit to one another must be equal as well.” President Obama also cited the 1969 Stonewall riots, an historic event in the modern LGBT movement; he compared the riots to important moments in the struggles for racial and gender equality: “We, the people, declare today that the most evident of truths — that all of us are created equal — is the star that guides us still; just as it guided our forebears through Seneca Falls, and Selma, and Stonewall.”

For a pre-election post outlining the President’s positions and achievements with respect to LGBT youth, click here.