Correspondence relating to the Charter of Homosexual Rights and Christian theology

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 AED/2/1/2/21
  • Dates of Creation
      13 Aug 1977-19 Feb 1978
  • Physical Description
      118 pieces Some of these items are torn and/or creased.

Scope and Content

File of correspondence relating to Dyson's Charter of Homosexual Rights. Many of the letters are from ministers of several Christian denominations. The Charter had as sponsors many names from the arts, media and academia and there are short letters/notes from people such as George Melly (1926-2007), Donald Pleasance (1919-1995), Marjorie Proops (1911-1996) and Frank Kermode (1919-2010) agreeing for their names being added. Items of note include:

  • /2: Letter from Keith Gilley, Minister of Golders Green Unitarian Chapel, dated 5 October 1977. Gilley discusses the use of language in the Charter and suggests amendments.
  • /6: Charter of Homosexual Rights, typescript draft with manuscript corrections (n.d.)
  • /9: Copy minutes of the Charity Commission and Gay Organisations, 31 October 1978.
  • /16: Letter from "Vaizey" (John, Lord Vaizey, 1929-1984) on House of Lords paper and dated 13 August 1977. He makes suggestions of names for sponsors of the Charter and mentions the "odd attitudes" of "the Jews" on the issue of homosexuality [/11 and /17 are also letters from Vaizey].
  • /54: Letter from "Mike" [Michael Hutchinson] on Friends Homosexual Fellowship (Quakers) headed paper dated 27 October 1977. Hutchinson thanks Dyson for the copy of the Charter of Homosexual Rights, "which the committee discussed" [/55 is also from Hutchinson].
  • /80: Letter form Fenner Brockway (1888-1988) on House of Lords paper and dated 10 November 1977. Brockway agrees in principle to act as a sponsor although he feels "that sometimes the wording is provocatively unwise". He asks for another copy after the Charter is revised [/84 is another note by Brockway].
  • /93: Note from "Tony" [Dyson] to Frank Kermode (1919-2010). Dyson mentions the Blasphemy Petition (against the prosecution of Gay News) and discusses the Festival of Light. Kermode replies on the other side of the paper, agreeing to be a sponsor of the Charter and mentions submission of work to CQ (Critical Quarterly).

Access Information

The following pieces are closed: /1; /3-4; /32-33; /35; /47; /49; /53; /63-64; /69; /75; /77; 87; /90; /92; and /101-102.