How did we get here?

A Timeline of Quaker concern for lesbian and gay equality by Sally Mason

1954

Wolfenden Committee setup

1957

Wolfenden report publish

1957

“Towards a Quaker View of Sex” writing group formed

1963

“Towards a Quaker View of Sex” published

1967

Wolfenden report past into law

1973

“Homosexuality from the Inside” (by David Blamires) published

1973

Manchester Hulme Hall Conference

1982

“Meeting Gay Friends” (anthology of essays by FHF members) published

1988

Sue Hartshorne raises topic of same-sex marriage with Religious Society of Friends

1988

Publication of “Same Sex Relations” study pack

1988

“A Minority of One” (by Harvey Gillman) Swarthmore Lecture

1988

Meeting for Sufferings affirms celebration of same-sex relationships

1988

Section 28 comes into law (Amendment to the local government act stating that a local authority “shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality” or “promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship”)

1991

“Friends Homosexual Fellowship” changes its name to “Quaker Gay and Lesbian Fellowship”

1993

QLGF publishes “Speaking our Truth” explaining the reality of LGB lives

1995

“This We Can Say: Talking Honestly About Sex” published by a group of 9 Friends (updated version of TQVS)

1995

Chapter 22 of Quaker Faith and Practice on “Close Relationships” accepted

1995/6

First meetings for worship to celebrate same-sex relationships

1996 =>

More meetings for worship to celebrate same-sex relationships

2000

Section 28 repealed in Scotland; the rest of Britain follows in 2003

2004

“Past the Rainbow: a Plain Quaker Look at Lesbian, Gay and Bisexual Lives” (an updated version of “Speaking our Truth”)

2005

Civil Partnership Act comes into effect

2007

Quaker Life group on recognition of same-sex partnerships

2009

York Yearly Meeting affirms the right to celebrate same-sex marriage

2010

“We Are But Witnesses” on marriage equality published

2013

QLGF wins the Stonewall Community Group award

2014

The Future begins here…