Motions on the following subjects were passed at our
Annual Conferences in 2015 onwards. (Read the full text of the Conference motions passed in 2015,
2018 and 2019.
for Covid-19-related reasons there was no Conference in 2020; actions agreed at
the 2019 Conference are being carried forward into 2021.
Future of CHE
The 2018 Annual Conferencre authorised the Executive Committee to explore
ways forward for CHE, including possibly partnership with another
organisation, and/or the transformation of CHE into a grant-awarding trust.
The 2019 Conference authorised the EC to proceed with theformation of a
'trust' or equivalent to take over from CHE and be responsible for the
marketing of Amiable Warriors.
The Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Alliance
The 2019 Conference reaffirmed its commitment to TS and non-binary
rights, and declared its opposition to the aims of the recently formed LGB
Alliance, seen as formed to demonise trans people.
The Human Rights Act
The European Convention on Human Rights came into effect in 1953.
It has led to important advances for LGBT people in the UK (and elsewhere in Europe), including:
- descriminalisation of gay sex in Northern Ireland (1982) and Jersey (2007)
- compensation for gay men convicted of having sex where more than two
people were present (1996 and 2000)
- equal age of consent (2000)
- introduction of gender recognition certificates (2004)
- same-sex partners treated as "spouses" in tenancy cases (2004)
- adoption by same-sex couples in Northern Ireland (2013)
The Convention allows individuals to challenge the actions of governments in
the European Court of Human Rights in Strasbourg. The change that the Human
Rights Act 1998 has made is that the Convention effectively becomes part of UK
law, and individuals can challenge the government in the British courts,
avoiding the delay and expense of taking the case to Strasbourg.
The 2015 CHE Conference in 2015 committed CHE to
campaign against any repeal of the Human Rights Act.
Equal marriage in Northern Ireland
The 2015 Conference congratulated the people of the Republic of Ireland
for having voted in favour of equal marriage, but noted the Northern
Ireland Assembly's refusal to follow suit.
LGBT History and archives
The 2015 Conference passed three motions on the subject of LGBT history and archives:
- LGBT History Festival: CHE will be continuing to fund the
Allan Horsfall Memorial Lecture, and supporting the LGBT History Festival in other
(For more about LGBT History Month and the Festival, see
LGBT History Project:
CHE will be working with other
organisations to ensure the long-term survival of the LGBT History Project [since renamed the UK LGBT Archive]
and the recruitment of additional volunteers.
(The LGBT Archive's online encyclopaedia is at
- Millivres-Prowler photographic archive: we plan to work with
Millivres-Prowler and other organisations to ensure that the photographic
archive is preserved and made available for study.
The 2016 Conference expressed its support for Gayle Newland, whose 8-year
sentence for 'sex by deception' seemed totally disproportionate.
CHE has resolved to deposit its archives in future with the Bishopsgate Institute, rather than with the Hall-Carpentere Archives
Support for Peter Tatchell
The 2017 Conference voted to donate £10,000 to the Peter Tatchell
Read about some other campaigns that CHE has been involved in in recent years.