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CHERT – The CHE Research Trust

c/o London Friend, 86 Caledonian Road, London N1 9DN             Our 2022 Annual Report is now available as a PDF.

CHERT and LGBT+ History

CHERT's charitable objectives include advancing education "about the history of the struggle for LGBT+ rights, including but not limited to the origins and history of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality".

"The topics for research will include aspects of the history of the struggle for LGBT+ rights, primarily but not exclusively in the United Kingdom. A key element will be the researching, publication and dissemination of the history of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality, within the broader context of changing attitudes to LGBT+ people, to follow on from the work already documented in 'Amiable Warriors' Volume One by Peter Scott-Presland (Paradise Press, 2015) which takes the story to 1973."[1]

Amiable Warriors and the history of CHE

Front cover of Amiable Warriors Voume OneThe story of CHE and its achievements is central to the history of LGBT+ rights in the UK (more specifically in England and Wales). The early years of CHE (stopping just short of the first Conference in 1973) have been documented in A Space to Breathe, intended as Volume One of a multi-volume work Amiable Warriors, by Peter Scott-Presland. A major part of the remit of CHERT will be to continue the publication of CHE's history, for which Peter has assembled a considerable amount of material.

Looking beyond CHE

CHERT's objectives do not limit us to looking only at CHE. We would be open to looking at other aspects of the history of LGBT+ rights, throughout the United Kingdom and possibly beyond.

"The principal activity of the charity in its early years will be the completion of the history of CHE; thereafter we will engage in wider aspects of LGBT history, primarily but not exclusively in the UK."[2]

[1], [2] – from CHERT's submission to the Charity Commission.