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Thank you for being there when I needed you

20 November, 2020

• CONGRATULATIONS on reaching your 2,000th edition – I have been a regular reader since the beginning.

The pieces by previous and current journalists (November 12) reminded me of what was the most exciting time in my life.

In 1983 I had recently come out as a lesbian, rather late in life, when I read in the CNJ of a group of lesbians meeting in Malden Road Women’s Centre.

These amazing women had the idea of setting up a lesbian centre in Camden. I couldn’t imagine that they could do such a thing but agreed to work with them towards it.

We succeeded – after much difficulty. Camden agreed to fund it.

At the planning meeting about the building we had in mind we were greeted by incensed locals with threats to firebomb the building. They were ordered by Councillor Barbara Hughes to be quiet or they would be thrown out of the meeting.

The CNJ covered the story and its Letters pages printed both sides. The Camden Lesbian Centre and Black Lesbian Group had its first meeting on October 31 1987 and ran for several years. I believe it was the only centre of its kind.

My papers are with the London Metropolitan Archives and the main CLC&BLG archive is at Glasgow Women’s Library.

Thank you CNJ for being there when I needed you. Best wishes for many more years of great journalism.

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