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The Campaign for Homosexual Equality is a democratic voluntary organisation, founded in 1964 as the North Western Committee for Homosexual Law Reform. It played a key part in the intitial campaigns leading up to the decriminalisation of male homosexual activities in 1967. Thereafter it broadened its activity, and in 1969 it was renamed the Committee for Homosexual Equality. CHE became a national organisation and attracted support from many leading figures in the medical profession and the arts, together with some from the Church.
In 1971 CHE changed its name to the Campaign for Homosexual Equality, and over the next few years grew to have a membership of over 6,000 with more than 100 local groups in all parts of England and Wales.
Today the situation for LGBT people in the UK has improved beyond the wildest dreams of the early campaigners; the need now is to safeguard what has been achieved, and to record the proud history of CHE as a tribute to the pioneers and as a reminder of the days of repression that must not be allowed to return. Please join us and be part of the next stage of our history.
You can download a membership form from here.
Aims of CHE
The aims of CHE are:
- To promote the principle that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are entitled to lead their lives openly without fear.
- To fight for social and legal equality and respect for the human rights of all people irrespective of their sexuality.
- To eradicate prejudice and hostility directed at LGBT people.
- To campaign for improved sex education in schools to eliminate negative attitudes to LGBT people.