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Solidarity March, The Headrow

Subject ID:
City Centre
Subject Year:
C.E. Shaw
Class number:
LEO 7542
Solidarity March, The Headrow
5th February 1972. Image shows many people, some with banners, gathered in the Headrow as part of a protest march to show solidarity with the people of Northern Ireland several days after the Bloody Sunday killings of the 30th January 1972. Thirteen men were shot dead on that day, and a fourteenth victim was to die several weeks later of his injuries, when members of the British army opened fire during a march through the Bogside area of Derry. The Leeds march was organised by the Northern Ireland Steering Committee and included many representatives of groups and associations. In the background a banner is being carried in support of the Irish people by representatives of Leeds Gay Liberation Front. Another banner reads 'Civil Rights for N.I.' People look on from the top decks of two double decker buses in The Headrow. The Leeds branch of the GLF was established in the early 1970s to promote equality and organise fundraising and social events for gay people. The group met at the University of Leeds student union on Friday nights, followed by drinks at the Fenton pub on Woodhouse Lane, just a few doors down from their campaign headquarters, which opened in December 1973. The GLF were active until 1974-75 when they merged with the university’s student-run Gay Society. Link to full story with transcript on WYQS: https://wyqs.co.uk/stories/discovering-the-gay-liberation-front/full-interview

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