LUCHIA FITZGERALD AND ANGELA COOPER

Angela and Luchia started the first Gay Liberation Front group in Manchester in 1971, at the same time as moving into the Manchester Women’s Liberation Centre, where they lived for 5 years. This centre was the hub for dozens of WLM groups, including many consciousness raising local groups. It was also the springboard for Manchester Women’s Aid, Rape Crisis, Amazon Women’s Press and the Northern Women’s Liberation Rock Band. They were also active in starting Lesbian groups and in the fight against Clause 28. Their activism continues to this day, in the area of the rights of and housing for the older LGBTQ+ community, climate change, documenting the stories of other veteran feminists, and generally fighting the good fight, as grumpy old women!

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