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National Secular Society

Challenging Religious Privilege

GALHA hits thirty and grows in vigour and influence

The National Secular Society congratulates the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) on its thirtieth anniversary, which is being celebrated at an event next week at the Bishopsgate Institute in London.

Terry Sanderson, president of the National Secular Society, who was a long-time committee member of GALHA, said: “I feel a great personal affection for GALHA and a modicum of pride that I have been involved in some of its many achievements. Homosexuality is certainly the bellwether of religious power-seeking. Whenever religion tries to revive itself – as it is doing at the moment - it does so on the back of prejudice against gay men and lesbians. GALHA has been in the forefront of resisting this for three decades, and it has raised many issues that might otherwise have passed under the radar. The group can congratulate itself that it has been an integral part of the gay movement that has profoundly and positively changed British society. GALHA has made a significant contribution to the ongoing campaign to achieve equality for LGBT people in Britain.

“GALHA is very much a membership organisation and provides an excellent selection of social and intellectual events throughout the year. The monthly meetings in Conway Hall have provided stimulation and amusement in equal measure and have increased in popularity. A recent film show found the library at Conway Hall so packed that people had to be turned away. The annual weekend away and the annual lunch have always been excellent social outlets.

“But it is GALHA’s political efforts that have been so important. Its very existence is a challenge to the idea that religion somehow has a right to attack and defame gay people.

“The organisation has a strong and energetic new committee that will see it well into the 21st century. Its job is not done yet, and I hope it will continue to grow in vigour in the coming decades.”

Keith Porteous Wood of the NSS, said: “GALHA has, like all other organisations in our movement, survived many ups and downs in its history, and is growing stronger as a result. I salute its achievements and wish it well for its challenging future.”

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Published Tue, 07 Jul 2009