LGBT History Month: poem that launched GGLC

University of Glasgow Library

February is LGBT History month and the University’s SRC Sexual Orientation Equality Officer, Liam King, has been investigating material in Archive Services and Special Collections. Liam came to the Library to look at a poem in the Edwin Morgan papers which has particular relevance for LGBT History in Glasgow.

Liam explains: “In 1995 the Glasgow Gay and Lesbian Centre (GGLC) opened. It was the second inception of such a centre (the original being founded in 1977 and lasting until 1982) and followed nearly 4 years of fundraising. The purpose of the centre was to be a social and cultural space: where LGBT people could socialise and become involved in the arts. It was involved in the founding of the annual Glasgay! festival.

Edwin Morgan, who came out in 1990, was a very active supporter of LGBT rights and wrote a poem for the opening of GGLC. He gifted…

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