The Scottish Minorities Group

  • Jeffrey Meek
Part of the Genders and Sexualities in History Series book series (GSX)


An organised homosexual rights group did not appear in Scotland until 1969, a decade after the Homosexual Law Reform Society (HLRS) began its work in England. The Minorities Research Group (MRG) followed the HLRS a few years later; across the Atlantic, North American activists had formed the Mattachine Society in 1951.1 In 1969 in Scotland, a group of men came together to form the Scottish Minorities Group (SMG), which had as its aim a desire to bring gay men and women into the public eye and integrate them into civil society.2 Early members of the Scottish movement were concerned that after 1967 the country’s non-heterosexual population had been abandoned. Walter, one of the founding members of the group, explained: ‘The HLRS did very little for Scotland. I knew somebody later who went down to London and he’d been introduced to [members of HLRS] and they were absolutely hopeless when it came to organising any form of contact between people in Scotland’.3


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© Jeffrey Meek 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey Meek
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  1. 1.University of GlasgowUK

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