Papers relating to the Charter of Homosexual Rights

  • This material is held at
  • Reference
      GB 133 AED/2/1/2/20
  • Dates of Creation
      24 Jul 1967-19 Feb 1978
  • Physical Description
      61 pieces Some of these items are torn and/or creased. /36 is fragile

Scope and Content

Many pieces are letters of support for Dyson's Charter of Homosexual Rights or people seeking to add their names to the list. Several respondents comment on the language used in the document and suggest amendments. There are also a number of articles/reports on homosexuality and Christianity by Dyson. Items of note include:

  • /1: 'Notes to assist the discussion on homosexuality as one theme relevant to the British Council of Churches Working Party' By Dyson. Typescript report (n.d.)
  • /2: 'Homosexuality - Shifting Opinion' by A.E. Dyson and Tom Jones. Typescript report with manuscript corrections (n.d.)
  • 3:'The Church: Against an Adult Society?' by A.E. Dyson. Typescript, possibly for a periodical (n.d.)
  • /4: 'Dislocations' by A.E. Dyson. Part typescript of what appears to be an unpublished book or pamphlet (n.d.)
  • /8: Letter from Margaret Drabble, 19 September 1977. She writes to add her name to the list of sponsors of the Charter and is optimistic of the progress towards homosexual civil rights. Drabble sees the Gay News trial as "something of an aberration".
  • /15: Letter from Francois Lafitte (1913-2002), 9 February 1978, on headed paper of the University of Birmingham Social Administration Department. Lafitte offers his support to the Charter and agrees for his name to be added as a sponsor.
  • /16: Draft of the Charter of Homosexual Rights. Typescript with manuscript corrections (n.d.)
  • /19: Letter from Lord Vaizey (John Vaizey, 1929-1984) on House of Lords paper, 23 December 1977. Vaizey expresses concern over the use of the word "homophobia" as "it sounds a little phoney". He also expresses disappointment that Dr Runcie [Bishop] of St Albans (Robert Runcie, 1921-2000) was not sympathetic.
  • /28: Letter from Stephen Spender (1909-1995) addressed "As from English Dept, Uny Houston, Texas" dated 5 June [19]78. Spender states that he "shall be at the above address from June 15 for 3 months. I shall be glad to sign the manifesto". He also mentions that he does not have any unpublished work at present but will consider Critical Quarterly.
  • /36: Full page advertisement extracted from The Times, 24 July 1967. A a petition against the law on marijuana, stating that it is "immoral" and "unworkable", including a list of celebrity signatories.

Access Information

Pieces /37-60 are closed.