"I came out during the initial wave of the feminist movement when many women like me were going to feminist consciousness raising groups. We were empowered to come out and recognise our sexuality in these groups."
"Nevertheless, we were still very much on the fringes of the social and political landscapes. I spent time in this period campaigning at Greenham Common as part of the Women’s Peace Camp against nuclear weapons, which placed emphasis and moral authority on the role of women as mothers concerned with the safety of their children and future generations. I also campaigned on key feminist issues such as against domestic abuse and rape. Before Gay Pride started, we were participating in what was known as the annual “Lesbian Strength marches”."
Partner Fiona Read reflects on her experiences and journey as a lesbian in The Lawyer. She recounts her time spent campaigning at Greenham Common and her experiences as an active campaigner for LGBTQIA+ rights, and assesses the importance of legislation and family law in bringing about the changes in attitude necessary for progress.
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