Veteran black gay activist Ted Brown gave an interesting account of his life and campaigns. (This was CAGS' event for Black History Month). See our Press Release of 3 October.
As an American-born black teenager living in Deptford, Ted Brown had early experiences of prejudice, and he became increasingly isolated when he realised he was attracted to other men. His life changed when in 1970, at the age of 20, he joined the Gay Liberation Front (GLF). He lived for a time in a GLF commune, where he met his long-term partner Noel. Since then he has been an active campaigner against both racism and homophobia, and founded the campaign group Black Lesbians and Gays Against Media Homophobia.
In 2007 he received a Life Achievement Award from the Black Lesbian and Gay Community Awards.
Ted Brown was featured in the film Beyond Labels: Black & Gay in the UK, directed by Jaime Sylla, which premiered at the London Lesbian & Gay Film Festival 2010. In October 2010 the film was shown in Croydon as part of CAGS' contribution to that year's Black History Month.
The meeting is free of charge and open to all.