Section 28 was a local government act enacted on 24th May 1988. It stated that a local authority “shall not intentionally promote homosexuality or publish material with the intention of promoting homosexuality” or “promote the teaching in any maintained school of the acceptability of homosexuality as a pretended family relationship” It was first repealed in Scotland on 21st June 2000 and in the rest of the UK on the 18th November 2003.
It had a detrimental effect on the development of LGBT+ people, their friends and the people who loved them. It enforced heteronormativity and it’s shadow is still being cast. The protests in Birmingham against the teaching of No Outsiders are the next chapter in our countries institutionalised homophobia.
I am proposing a collective conversation. 28 sections. A call against the people who would force us to hide. We are here, valid and strong. If you are interested in taking part in this future sound piece then please submit your details below.