'Gay sex kits': lessons in the history of British sex education

Glyn Davis*

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Abstract

This article details the genesis, making, release and reaction to ‘Homosexuality: A Fact of Life’, an educational tape-slide kit produced by the Tyneside branch of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality in the late 1970s. The kit is situated in relation to the history of sex education in Britain and beyond, and compared to other subsequent examples of educational materials that have caused a furore: the book Jenny Lives With Eric and Martin and its connection to Section 28, and the No Outsiders programme that generated protests in 2019. It is argued that the tactics adopted by the makers of ‘Homosexuality: A Fact of Life’ could serve as a valuable toolbox for future activists.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)145-160
Number of pages16
JournalThird Text
Volume35
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 18 Jan 2021

Keywords

  • Tape-slide
  • LGBTQ history
  • LGBTQ politics
  • Campaign for Homosexual Equality
  • Sex education
  • Section 28
  • Schooling
  • No Outsiders
  • Homosexuality: A Fact of Life

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