Papers relating to homosexual rights and Christianity

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 AED/2/1/2/4
  • Dates of Creation
      1969-1981
  • Physical Description
      52 pieces Some of the papers are creased.

Scope and Content

These are mainly letters offering financial and other support to the Viva Trust (many from clergy of several denominations). Also included are various publications discussing homosexuality and/or Christianity. Some items of note include:

  • /2: Leaflet explaining the aims of the Viva Trust (circa 1978).
  • /5: Journal of the Open Church Group [Dyson was Honorary President] dated Summer 1979.
  • /10: Publicity brochure for a course held at the Department of Adult Education, University of Southampton, titled 'Attitudes to Human Sexuality', 1979/1980.
  • /11: Leaflet published by Third Way titled 'Homosexuality, a report produced by a group of six, a group of mixed homosexual and heterosexual evangelical Christians' (ca. 1978).
  • /17: Pamphlet published by Quantum Jump titled The Sin of Sodom: The Greatest Scandal in Christendom by Don Smith, with note enclosed from Bob Mellors (founder member of the Gay Liberation Front), dated 23 July 1978.
  • /19: "The Viva Trust Memo to Possible Donors", June 1978.
  • /20: Copy of circular letter sent to people offering support to the Viva Trust, 10 January 1979.
  • /22: Paperwork relating to the ninth Annual Conference of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality, including proposed motions and information on the constitution and organisational structure.
  • /23: Broadsheet: A monthly report from national CHE [Campaign for Homosexual Equality], August 1981.
  • /24: "Some Useful Information for Homosexuals", listing gay publications and organisations (n.d.)
  • /28: A list of books on homosexuality and Christianity.
  • /33: Copy letter to Marjorie Proops from Dyson dated 16 May 1981. Dyson explains how the homosexual counselling service runs.
  • /34: Typed information titled "Some notes on counselling" by Bill Allchin, November 1980.
  • /35: Part letter from unknown member of the Metropolitan Community Church dated 3 September 1980, providing information on the history and functioning of the church "for the recording of a tape".
  • /36: Typed statement of two pages [by Dyson?] on "homosexuality, Christianity and prejudice".
  • /37: Pamphlet produced by the Albany Trust titled Homosexuality and the Sickness Theory: A critique by Louis Crompton, 1969.
  • /38: Letter from John Newbury, Producer of Religious Broadcasting at the BBC, dated 28 September 1979. Newbury encloses copies of the scripts used by Canon Beeson for his Thought For the Day talks and states that the BBC does not object to the Viva Trust using them. The scripts are included.
  • /39: Letter from Brigid Brophy (1929-1995) dated 28 August 1977. Brophy refuses to sign Dyson's "manifesto" as although she is sympathetic to his aims, she is critical of the language used and its display of "a sycophancy towards Christianity".
  • /46: Letter from Maralyn Smith of Woman's Own dated 14 June 1978, thanking Dyson for sending her a copy of Towards a Charter of Homosexual Rights and promising to mention it in the magazine, on the men's page.

Access Information

/41 is a list of attendees at a conference on homosexuality, held at Pembroke College, Cambridge and is closed.