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Simon Watney, SGLF, UK

Simon Watney

co-founder of the sussex gay liberation front

Born in 1949, Simon studied Art History at the University of Sussex where, together with his then partner Mark Rowlands, he initiated the formation of the Sussex Gay Liberation Front.

A teacher for much of his life, as well as an activist and health campaigner, he was a co-founder of OutRage, chaired the Policy Group and the Health Education Group of the Terrence Higgins Trust, and was a founder-trustee of Gay Men Fighting AIDS (GMFA) and The National AIDS Manual (NAM), working to change lives by sharing information about HIV and AIDS.

He continues to write and lecture in his capacity as an art historian.

What does your identity mean to you?

I regard my identity with pride, as part of a revolutionary collective political movement. It is also a work in progress.

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