Monday February 17, 2020

Time to offer redress to thousands of gay people affected by the unjust law in the North

The law had a harrowing effect on the lives of thousands of gay people in the 1970s in the North

27th November, 2016
Jeffrey Dudgeon, now a UUP councillor in Belfast Pic: Twitter

An unsung aspect of the Troubles was that it created a safe space for Belfast’s gay community. The city centre was cordoned off at night, but a gay bar, the Chariot Rooms, remained open. “The only people that came out at night were gays,” recalled Jeffrey Dudgeon, now a UUP councillor in Belfast. “The fact that the war was going on around us meant that we were in charge.”


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