The Pink Triangle Trust

News Release – 30 August 2012

The Death of a Humanist Gay Rights Pioneer

Kenilworth, 30 August 2012 — The UK gay humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) is saddened to learn of the death of Allan Horsfall, one of the great pioneers of LGBT rights.

Following the 1957 publication of the Wolfenden Report proposing reforms to the law criminalising sex between men, Allan Horsfall began campaigning for the implementation of those proposals during his time as a Labour councillor in Nelson, Lancashire, from 1958 to 1961. In 1964 he co-founded the North-Western Homosexual Law Reform Committee. This later evolved into the Campaign for Homosexual Equality of which he became the Life President. Details are given in Montgomery Hyde’s superb book The Other Love: A Historic and Contemporary Survey of Homosexuality in Britain first published in 1970.

The PTT’s secretary, George Broadhead, said: “As former secretary of the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA), I recall Allan joining GALHA in 1992 and he contributed this article to its magazine: Like another prominent gay humanist, Antony Grey, who died in 2010, Allan made an invaluable contribution to the campaign for LGBT rights.”

A tribute to Allan’s life and work will be given at a humanist funeral ceremony to be held at Overdale Crematorium, Bolton, at 2.45pm on Thursday, 6 September 2012.

Further information from George Broadhead on 01926 858450.
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