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1960s gay icons


was the big gay icon. She had actually come out in the sixties on a radio programme. She didn’t use the word lesbian, but it was what she meant. She said she ‘would have a relationship with whoever, it depended on the person’ which was cleverly put in those days, but she always ended up having a relationship with a woman. There was always a question mark with .” Pam couldn’t think of anyone else in the sixties who was categorically lesbian, and no outrageous queens. It wouldn’t be tolerated and it was still illegal. “With the women it was never illegal, because Queen Victoria said it would never happen, which was very good of her, but I don’t know what would have happened if you’d done something in public, I think there would have been the same intolerance. I personally have never had any problem at all but I’ve never been very pushy. If people ask me I’ll tell them. I know men that did, but not any women who had bad homophobic reactions.”

Contributed by: Pam Hudson, 63

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