Chief librarian Anne Cunningham (centre left) receiving the books including The Colour Purple, with campaigner Paul Barlow (left). Courtesy of Paul Barlow

The Globe Town Library that defied the government to keep LGBTQ+ books on our shelves

Citizen journalist Kate Rutland finds out how the Globe Town Library’s fight against Margarets Thatcher’s ‘anti-gay’ legislation, earned their place

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Richard Smith (not his real last name) outside his home in Bow

Portrait: Richard on being HIV positive and breaking down stigma

‘I had a test and was very cruelly told, “yes you do have it”. I was not given a cup of tea or biscuit or offered any sort of comfort like that. The doctor passed me some pills and said that I’ll be on them for the rest of my life. And that was that.’

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