From the past pinkly: Sir David Bell writing in the Pink News.

Portrait of Lord Wolfenden

Portrait of Lord Wolfenden

In 2013 the Vice Chancellor, Sir David Bell, wrote an article for Pink News about another University of Reading Vice-Chancellor: Lord Wolfenden. As well as being the University of Reading’s Vice-Chancellor between 1950 and 1964, Lord Wolfenden also chaired a Home Office committee whose report paved the way for the legalisation of homosexuality.

The committee spent 3 years hearing evidence before finally concluding that homosexuality was a matter of private morality and so should not be a criminal offence. This generated considerable controversy in the press and much public discussion, with the report selling 15,000 copies in the first three months after publication. Although the government avoided this political problem and waited for 10 years before legalising homosexual acts for those aged 21 or over, Lord Wolfenden’s report was key in instigating this change.

Read Sir David’s article in full on Pink News.

LGBT Plus at Reading!

Welcome to the official blog for the University of Reading network group LGBT Plus! We are an inclusive group for staff and postgraduate (research) students at the University who identify as Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Trans, Asexual, etc. and their allies!

We have a support and representative function. We provide networking opportunities, liaise with the Deans of Diversity and Inclusion about LGBT+ matters at the University and generally try and make Reading a more inclusive environment for its LGBT+ members.

We plan on using this blog to give out news updates on our activities, address any LGBT+ related topics and provide a forum for raising LGBT+ visibility at the University! If you’ve any content suggestions or questions then please get in touch at lgbtplus@reading.ac.uk, or via Twitter or Facebook.