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Despite the Clause - 1988


Despite the Clause looks at the response of the Lesbian and Gay community to the passing of Section 28. Featuring protest footage and interviews.

Despite the clause.

Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 was a controversial amendment to the United Kingdom's Local Government Act 1986, enacted on 24 May 1988 and repealed on 21 June 2000 in Scotland, and on 18 November 2003 in the rest of the UK. The amendment 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".

Some people believed that Section 28 prohibited local councils from distributing any material, whether plays, leaflets, books, etc, that portrayed gay relationships as anything other than abnormal. Teachers and educational staff in some cases were afraid of discussing gay issues with students for fear of losing state funding (see Controversy over applicability for more information).

No successful prosecution was ever brought under this provision, but its existence caused many groups to close or limit their activities or self-censor. For example, a number of lesbian, gay, transgender, and bisexual student support groups in schools and colleges across Britain were closed due to fears by council legal staff that they could breach the Act.


1). Ian Mckellen
2). Michael Cashman
3). Anna Raeburn
4). Jackie Crew & Ann Day
5). Diane Abbott
6). Jenny Wilson (Olga)
7). Parker & Klein

For more information on section 28 visit wikipedia

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Producer: Despite TV
Original Format: colour, u-matic, 15 mins
Language versions: english

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