Correspondence relating to the Charter of Homosexual Rights

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The majority of these papers relate to Dyson's devising of the Charter for Homosexual Rights. Correspondents include politicians, 'agony aunts' and gay rights campaigners. Items of note include:

  • /2: Letter from D. Hillier of the Home Office, 3 October 1978. Hillier thanks Dyson for sending him Towards a Charter of Homosexual Rights and states that it will be circulated to the Policy Advisory Committee on Sexual Offences and the Criminal Law Revision Committee.
  • /6: Letter from John [Lord] Vaizey, 29 April 1978, on House of Lords paper. He orders 10 copies of "the pamphlet" and suggests several names for a "second list".
  • /11: Letter from Anna Raeburn, from Woman Editorial Department, 13 March 1978. She offers support to Dyson and expresses concern at the "current political situation".
  • /14: Letter from Bob Mellors (gay activist, 1950-1996), undated. He discusses at length his pamphlet, Dyson's Charter and the philosophy of homosexuality. Enclosed is the pamphlet 'Homosexuality: Androgyny and Evolution, a Simple Introduction', Quantum Jump publication no. 5.
  • /20: '"I Believe": A Speech on Christianity'. Typescript press release of a speech by Margaret Thatcher, 30 March 1978, on headed paper of the Conservative Party Central Office.
  • /22: Letter from Marjorie Proops (1911-1996) of the Daily Mirror, 20 April 1978. She thanks Dyson for sending her a copy of the Charter and states that she will mention it when appropriate.
  • /29: Letter from Angus Maude MP (1912-1993) on House of Commons paper, dated 24 April 1978. He writes stating "how ahead of its time the 1969 Black Paper was". He also states that Dyson has "misapprehended Mrs [Margaret] Thatcher's attitude" and that "her only point of contact with Mrs [Mary] Whitehouse has been over pornography and obscene advertisements". He goes on to say that he "does not believe that the 1967 Act would be altered" and he expresses his frustrations at homosexuals who "provoke hostility unnecessarily by publicised flaunting of their distinctiveness".

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