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Doug Coupe, SGLF, UK

Doug Coupe

secretary of the sussex gay liberation front

A retired art teacher who now paints for pleasure, Doug was the Secretary of the Sussex Gay Liberation Front, was responsible for poster and artwork as well as SGLF’s communications with Members of Parliament. He was the contact listed in Gay News and other publications, and his decision to have his name and home address publicly linked to a gay organisation was a brave move for the early 1970s. As a local teacher his job was most definitely at risk should he be outed.

More recently Doug has played a key part in collecting and preserving memories of the group, and his SGLF History Project document at The Keep includes everything from copies of meeting minutes to a list of the music tracks played at SGLF’s discos.

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