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A Chronology Of OutRage!

 

This is a brief history of Queer non-violent UK direct action group OutRage

1990-1996

For more recent info, see links at end

 

Year By Queer:

 

1990 1991 1992 1993 1994 1995 1996

 

 

 

 

 

1990

 

 

April

 

30th

Gay actor Michael Booth is murdered in Ealing

 

 

May

 

1st

OutRage's first meeting

31st

Fund-raising group formed - bank balance 16

 

 

June

 

7th

First demo at Hyde Park toilets against police entrapment

21st

 

OutRage vote to take over Organisation for Lesbian and Gay Action offices at the London Lesbian & Gay Centre

30th

Action against Revolutionary Communist Party stall at Gay Pride over their stance on AIDS

 

Laying of wreath at Cenotaph in memory of gays killed during the Holocaust

 

 

July

 

10th

March with Ealing Lesbian & Gay Forum at protest of murder of gay actor Michael Booth

12th

Demo by Brighton activists at Princess Diana's speech at the right-wing International

 

Congress Of The Family, Brighton - they get onstage behind her with pro-gay placards

17th

OutRage demo against International Congress of the Family - disruption of meeting

19th

OutRage vote to buy whistles for fund-raising - Blow The Whistle on Queerbashing

27th

First OutRage Whistle Patrol

 

 

August

 

16th

 

Demo outside Scotland Yard calling on police to stop entrapment, and work harder on solving gay related murders

30th

Zap on Paradise Club, Islington, after man beaten up outside and refused re-entry

 

 

September

 

5th

 

Kiss In at the Eros statue, Piccadilly Circus, to demonstrate against police harassment of public displays of gay affection

10th

OutRage outreach trip to Manchester

22nd

OutRage support Black Lesbian and Gay Group picket of Brixton Police Station

 

OutRage deliver first protest letter to gay pub Brief Encounter over their ban on same sex kissing

28th

Leafleting of punters outside Brief Encounter

30th

Meeting with other gay groups to discuss setting up a London Policing Initiative

 

 

October

 

1st

Support ACT-UP demo against compulsory HIV testing for employees at TEXACO HQ

2nd

First Policing Initiative meeting with the Metropolitan Police

4th

Steve Stannard ousted as treasurer - bitter discussion of sectarian interests within OutRage

10th

Kiss-In at Brief Encounter pub

19th

Demo against Ealing MP Harry Greenway over comments he allegedly made over Michael Booth's death

 

 

November

 

5th

OutRage support Gay Rights In Prison demo at Wandsworth Prison calling for free condoms to be made available in British prisons

27th

Market Tavern benefit for OutRage, hosted by popular DJ Jeremy Joseph

 

 

December

 

3rd

March from Coleherne pub to Earls Court Police Station to protest Police harassment of gays in Earl's Court

9th

Winter Pride - March, OutRage pantomime, headshaving & merchandise stall

17th

OutRage Christmas Celebration For London's Extended Queer Family, Covent Garden - speakers, gay carols, giving of 'presents' to the gay community

20th

OutRage set up the Coalition For Lesbian And Gay Rights in protest against new legal attacks on SM sex, adoption rights, and increased sentences for consensual gay 'crimes' such as soliciting, importuning and procuring

 

 

 

1991

 

January

 

10th

US Queer Nation 'Cell Structure' adopted by OutRage

13th

Initial meeting of The Coalition For Lesbian And Gay Rights

14th

Scrubbing Parliament Clean Of Homophobia with mops and brushes

 

 

February

 

3rd

Screening of Derek Jarman's The Garden benefit for OutRage at the Electric Cinema

6th

Mass Turn-in of OutRage 'Sex Criminals' at Bow Street

14th

Washing Union Jack Clean Of Homophobia - International Lesbian and Gay Association international actions against UK 'Hat-trick of hatred' anti-gay legislation

16th

Lesbian & Gay Rights Coalition National March & Benefit at Paradise Club

21st

Zap on Paradise Club over alleged mistreatment of two lesbians

 

 

March

 

11th

Filming of Derek Jarman's Edward II; spontaneous zap against pop singer Cliff Richard at same studio

17th

Public meeting at the London Lesbian & Gay Centre on use of the word 'queer' after OutRage member threatens to set fire to himself over queer 'abuse'

23rd

Zap on Annual General Meeting of National Viewers & Listeners Association - Tory MP Kenneth Baker's speech disrupted

29th

Zap at Home Office against legal moves to prevent lesbian and gay couples fostering or adopting

 

 

April

 

4th

Affinity groups adopted after US Queer Nation model

13th

Liberation mass demo in Manchester

19th

Zap against Archbishops of Canterbury, George Carey and burning of 'queer

 

martyrs'

21st

New affinity group 'Whores Of Babylon' Zap of Rev Lister's church in Tufnell Park over his homophobic newsletter

 

 

May

 

16th

Re-naming of Office Sub Group to Queer Accountants Never Go Out (QUANGO)

21st

Zap on Isle of Man stall at Shipping Exhibition, Barbican protesting Isle of Man's continued criminalisation of homosexuality, and police operations on gay men on the island

23rd

Affinity group Perverts Undermining State Scrutiny (PUSSY) set up

 

 

June

 

12th

Queer Wedding festival at Nelson's Column, Trafalgar Square

13th

OutRage South Kiss-In, Southampton Town Centre

21st

OutRage Whistle Patrol/ midnight performance of play TeaTrolley on Clapham Common

27th

Gay activist Alan Shea from the Isle Of Man attends an OutRage meeting

 

 

July

 

5th

Outrage invasion of Isle Of Man and zap on Opening of Tinwald (local parliament)

9th

Zap on Brief Encounter over their 'Bring A Fish' poster, claimed as misogynist

18th

OutRage Family Group picket of DSS HQ against the Family Support Bill

31st

Faggots Rooting Out Closeted Sexuality (FROCS) Press Conference claiming to show media hypocrisy over the FROCS 'hoax' to out prominent British public figures

 

 

August

 

1st

OutRage in-house magazine Queer Reality#1 produced

7th

Exorcism of the 'demon of homophobia' at Lambeth Palace

16th

OutRage merchandise & safer sex stall on Hampstead Heath cruising ground

17th

Work It Girl (WIG) 'urban glamour assault' on Oxford Street

21st

'Queer Heritage' zap at Epsom cruising ground over police entrapment campaign

22nd

Launch of Focus Groups to look at issues of race, youth, gender, disability

23rd

'Big Nancy' cabaret benefit for OutRage, London Lesbian & Gay Centre

26th

OutRage team wins Vauxhall Tavern Gay Sports Day

27th

Queers Underground Asserting the Right to Ride Every Line Safely (QUARRELS) action claiming queer space on London Underground tubes

30th

Queer Planet zap against Amnesty International London HQ over refusal to adopt lesbian and gay prisoners as prisoners of conscience

31st

Outrage support Gay Rights In Prison demo at Pentonville Prison

 

 

September

 

1st

Queer Heritage zap at Hampstead men & women's bathing ponds against refusal to allow nude sun-bathing

13th

Socialist Lesbians And Gays (SLAGS) action against The Guardian for allegedly homophobic article

 

OutRage stall on Hampstead Heath cruising ground at night

14th

Condom clear-up of Hampstead Heath

23rd

OutRage attempt boycott of The Guardian newspaper

25th

Lesbians Answer Back In Anger (LABIA) focus group first meeting

 

 

October

 

1st

Hampstead Heath litter cruise

13th

Queer Heritage demo at Epsom Crown Court in support of activist approaching cruisers to tell them of underclothes police performing entrapment operation

31st

First demo at State Opening Of Parliament

 

 

November

 

7th

LABIA Jennifer Saunders action

17th

1st zap against Living Waters 'ex-gay' movement at St Michael's Church, Belgravia

24th

Open meeting on future of Coalition For Lesbian & Gay Rights

27th

Pro-gay leafleting of students at Havistock School, Kentish Town

 

 

December

 

1st

Zap at St Michael's Church, Belgravia - 11 arrested

3rd

Zap at Church Of England as Press Release issued condemning homosexuality

6th

OutRage attend demo against French right winger Jean Marie Le Pen at Charing Cross Hotel

12th

Ivan Thoms, South African gay campaigner, attends OutRage meeting

 

 

 

1992

 

 

 

January

 

26th

Demo outside Evening Standard Awards Ceremony after alleged homophobic reporting

 

 

February

 

6th

EQUALITY NOW campaign for the General Election begins - March on Parliament - 45 arrests

15th

Demo against Benetton shops over advertising campaign involving the image of a man dying from AIDS, David Kirby

20th

EQUALITY NOW 'Queering' of military statues/demo at Ministry of Defence

 

 

March

 

5th

EQUALITY NOW Wink-In protest against procuring, importuning and soliciting laws at Piccadilly Circus

19th

EQUALITY NOW Application to register lesbian & gay partnerships

 

First zap against Conservative Family Protection Group

 

 

April

 

2nd

EQUALITY NOW Employment demos i) Pat Arrowsmith hands in letter to Dept. Of Employment protesting at employment discrimination ii) Demo in support of Alison Halford, allegedly harrassed because of her sexualit, at New Scotland Yard iii) Demo outside High Court during the Jason Donovan vs The Face libel trial

10th

OutRage demo outside 10 Downing Street after John Major wins general Election - 3 arrested

11th

Stickering zap against Guns 'n' Roses records over homophobic lyrics, Tower Records, Piccadilly Circus

16th

EQUALITY NOW Teenage Turn-In & 'Bend Over For Your Member' demo outside Parliament - OutRage members drop their trousers in an insult to Parliament

18th

Stickering zap against Guns 'n' Roses, Virgin Megastore

25th

LABIA attempt to set up a Lesbian Cruising ground on Hampstead Heath

30th

EQUALITY NOW zap on Tory HQ against anniversary of Section 28; free 'sample' of homosexuality made available

 

 

May

 

6th

Demo at State Opening Of Parliament

8th

OutRage demonstrate against the film Basic Instinct

18th

Double zap against Clerical & Medical at their Bristol HQ and registered offices in London, over alleged discrimination

29th

'Safer Cruising' action on Clapham Common cruising ground

 

 

June

 

25th

Abolition of focus groups after OutRage decide they are being used by leftist groups for 'entryist' tactics to disrupt meetings

 

 

July

 

8th

Demo against military queerbashing at Earls Court Royal Tournament

25th

End of EQUALITY NOW campaign - March on Downing Street

 

 

August

 

4th

Invasion of Vatican Embassy in London in protest against Church homophobia

8th

OutRage vigilante watch against British National Party attacks on gay bars in Soho

9th

Disruption of service at Westminster Cathedral to demonstrate against Church homophobia

 

 

September

 

20th

Attempted crucifixion at Westminster Cathedral

21st

Zap against Supt Hames, head of Obscene Publications Squad, at National Women's Council Meeting

 

 

October

 

9th

Hyde Park 'Cruise-In' - safer sex campaign

27th

OutRage attend launch of gay Christian prayer Daring To Speak Love's Name, Westminster Central Hall, dropped by its original publisher

31st

Coalition For Lesbian & Gay Rights March, London

 

 

November

 

9th

Demo at Royal Mail HQ in support of worker Steven Watts after suffering homophobic abuse at work

30th

Zap on London Rubber Company HQ for World AIDS Day, demanding extra strong condoms be labelled suitable for anal sex

 

 

December

 

1st

World AIDS Day demo at Downing Street with ACT-UP

7th

Demo at Royal Mail HQ in Cambridge

8th

Demo against Buju Banton outside Hammersmith Palais, after his homophobic song Boom Bye Bye referred to shooting batty boys (homosexuals)

10th

Storming of Royal Mail HQ in Cambridge

 

 

 

 

1993

January

 

17th

Raid on South Oxley Community Church used to 'cure' homosexuality

 

 

February

 

13th

Queer Valentine Carnival, Soho, renaming of Old Compton Street as Queer Street

 

 

March

 

26th

OutRage 'Spank-In' protest against Operation Spanner SM Appeal outside Court of Appeal

 

Invasion of BBC Broadcasting House against Shabba Ranks' appearance on Top Of The Pops after making anti-gay comments

28th

OutRage due to be evicted from London Lesbian & Gay Centre after Centre forced to close previous December

 

 

April

 

4th

Zap on Cardinal Basil Hume, Palm Day procession, Westminster Cathedral

15th

Phone Zap on Crimewatch, protesting BBC's 'incitement' of crimes against homosexuals after allowing airplay and performance time for anti-gay artists

22nd

Invasion of BBC Broadcasting House

26th

Protest against John Birt, BBC Controller, Royal Television Society meeting, Whitehall

 

 

May

 

22nd

OutRage move into new offices at 5 Peter Street Soho

26th

Zap on John Major's old school, Rutlish, in Wimbledon, to promote homosexuality and safer sex

 

 

June

 

3rd

OutRage starts meeting at Covent Garden Community Centre

 

 

July

 

1st

OutRage disrupt Haringey Council meeting after allegedly discriminatory dismissal of employee David Morgan

22nd

Zap against Crown Prosecution Service - headquarters invaded, major breach of security

 

 

August

 

26th

3rd Birthday Party & Relaunch

 

 

September

 

 

OutRage quits London Lesbian & Gay Policing Initiative after raising doubts over police investigation into 'gay serial killer' Colin Ireland

13th

OutRage & Act-Up zap Bromley Council meeting over alleged HIV discrimination

16th

Zap at Western Marble Arch Synagogue in protest at comments made by Rabbi Jakobowitz over 'gay gene'

22nd

Zap with ACT-UP against Benetton HQ, resulting in the arrest of 'The Benetton 9'. And subsequent court case in which all nine defendants were acquitted. The court case implied that OutRage had been under surveillance by the secret services

 

 

October

 

16th

OutRage attend Anti Nazi League/Anti Racist Alliance march against fascism in Plumstead

 

 

November

 

12th

Peter Tatchell confronts PM John Major in impromptu zap

18th

Demo at State Opening Of Parliament

30th

Demo with Welsh group Dicclon against Rabbi Jakobowitz at St David's Hall, Cardiff

 

 

December

 

1st

Distribution of condoms and safer sex resources outside Christ The King Sixth Form College, Lewisham

18th

Urban Glamour Assault on London centre

 

 

 

 

1994

 

February

 

21st

Candlelit vigil, Age of Consent vote, Parliament. Age of consent lowered from 21 to 18

23rd

OutRage members confront John Major as he opens intensive care unit at Kings College Hospital, protesting against the vote on the age of consent

 

 

March

 

14th

Age Of Dissent March on Parliament

 

 

April

 

 

Demo outside the Danish Embassy, asking Danes to invade Britain

16th

OutRage Mersey demo against MP Bob Parry for voting against an equal age of consent

 

Zap on Labour's National executive meeting in protest at their lack of involvement on lesbian and gay issues, and against the number of Labour MP's who voted against an equal age of consent

 

 

May

 

7th

Teenage Turn-In, Charing Cross Police Station

29th

Zap on Cardinal Basil Hume's blessing of the new Catechism, Westminster Cathedral

 

 

June

 

5th

Demo against Benetton at Quilts Of Love exhibition, Hyde Park

 

 

July

 

10th

Nude Zap at Hampstead Heath bathing pond

26th

OutRage join march against Criminal Justice Bill, Trafalgar Square

 

Inaugural Lesbian Avengers meeting

 

 

August

 

7th

Queers Against Fundamentalism demo against Wembley Fundamentalist Muslim rally, subsequently adopted as an OutRage action

19th

Zap against Sgt Paul Canneaux, Parks Police, responsible for policing Hampstead Heath

 

 

September

 

5th

Handing out of cruising leaflets at Battersea Park

24th

Zap against The Courage Trust's Open Day at Chorleywood aimed to recruit parents of lesbians and gays and persuade them of a Christian 'cure'

 

 

October

 

9th

OutRage attend march against the Criminal Justice Bill

22nd

Zap of Bishop Michael Turnbull at his enthronement in Durham after it's revealed he was arrested for cottaging offences

 

 

November

 

15th

Zap of Synod Press Conference and confrontation of Bishop Of Durham at Greenwich University Awards Ceremony

16th

OutRage zap on State Opening Of Parliament

18th

OutRage National Tour starts to develop gay activism throughout the country

27th

Zap at Westminster Cathedral, helium filled condoms released

30th

'Outing' of 10 Church of England bishops at General Synod - named bishops urged to 'declare your sexuality'

 

 

December

 

18th

OutRage disrupt enthronement of John Gladwin as Bishop of Guildford

 

 

 

 

1995

 

January

 

10th

Letter written to 20 MPs urging them to come out, and outlining the benefits that would be achieved personally and politically

 

 

February

 

21st

Candlelit vigil, anniversary of Age of Consent vote

 

 

March

 

20th

Northern Ireland MP James Kilfeddor dies of a heartbreak - Press allege he was one of the 20 MP's sent a letter by OutRage

 

 

July

 

21st

Zap of True Freedom Trust Turnabout meeting, Westbourne Park Baptist church

22nd

OutRage disrupt farewell service for Bishop of St Albans

 

 

August

 

13th

Protest against Assembly For Islam, Trafalgar Square

18th

Demonstration against President Mugabe, Zimbabwe High Commission

23rd

Zap of 'ex-gay' movement Living Waters International Conference at St Michael's, Belgravia

 

 

September

 

8th

'Queer Jihad' declared against Muslim fundamentalist Al-Muhajiroun at Speaker's Corner, Hyde Park

 

 

October

 

1st

OutRage & Lesbian Avengers picket Sainsbury's over funding anti-gay relidious movements

 

 

November

 

12th

Laying of wreath at Cenotaph for 'Queer Remembrance Day'

27th

OutRage nail list of 'queer demands' to Westminster Abbey door OutRage join GLF 25th Anniversary, Highbury Fields

 

 

December

 

19th

OutRage zap Queen's annual Royal Christmas Staff Ball after she allegedly forbids same sex partners to attend

 

 

 

 

1996

 

 

February

 

13th

OutRage launch 'Queer Cupid' campaign for equal age of consent of 14 outside House Of Commons

21st

OutRage join NUS for "Stamp Out Homophobia" rally, House Of Commons

 

 

March

 

2nd

Zap at Fulham Police Station after man who was queerbashed is charged with GBH for hitting his attacker over the head with a bottle of champagne- daubing of Queers Bash Back slogan on police wall

 

 

June

 

20th

OutRage message of support read out by Chrissie Hynde at "The March For Animals" Washington DC

 

 

July

 

2nd

OutRage comment on Home Office consultation paper on sex offenders

6th

OutRage billboard - "Portillo Screws Queer Soldiers" in Parliament Square during lesbian, Gay, Bisexual & Transgender Pride March

9th

OutRage launch campaign for compensation for gay victims of aversion therapy

 

 

August

 

10th

Queer Political funeral of original OutRage member Martin Corbett & march through Soho

 

 

September

 

12th

OutRage launches "Queer The Vote" campaign to bring gay issues to the fore during the General Election

 

 

October

 

20th

OutRage zap Romanian National Opera at Royal Albert Hall in protest at discriminatory Romanian legislation

 

 

OutRage Chronology from OutRage - An Oral History by Ian Lucas

(Cassell, 1998)

Ian Lucas 1998