@ghost_bird @Dolly@mastodon.lol omg AMAZING. were activists a lot more badass back then??? or is it more that they've been written about as Important History so we know what they did whereas people doing stuff rn are just considered a nuisance
@shonalika @Dolly Bit of both, maybe? Queer people were more desperate and had less to lose, but also time filters for the memorable successes. (I wish I had a proper source for the vouchers - I read about it in the Guardian Diary at the time, but that was pre-Internet, of course. Apparently when asked what they’d do if a Tory MP actually took them up on the offer they replied “no sacrifice is too great”.)
by mid to late 80s there were more openly gay people in many areas of the arts/media asserting themselves (especially DIY/alternative media and the disco/rave scene ), which thoroughly riled Thatcho and co (hence Section 28 becoming a thing), also in many subcultures there was more solidarity and interaction between LGBT+ and cishet folk (at least in social circles I was part of during 80s and 90s, was only in mid 90s onwards everyone started splitting apart)
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