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Come Out Self Referential Button Museum
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Come Out, Hide your buttons where your mothers will find them
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Bright pink background with black horizontal lines and black text overlay.

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The Gay Liberation Front (GLF) was founded in 1970 in London. The GLF had the goal of equality for LGBTQ people in England. The first Pride Parade was held in 1972. The 1970's are widely considered to be a decade of sexual revolution in London. However, in the 1980's, there was a new wave of pushback against the gay rights movement due largely to the AIDS crisis. The focus of the gay rights movement in the 1980's became a call for solidarity among LGBTQ youth in response to the isolation many experienced from friends and family after coming out due to the association with illness. The GLF pushed for LGBTQ youth to take pride in their identities and rely on the gay and lesbian community for support. By the 1990's, the LGBTQ community had made a comeback and one London newspaper, Capital Gay, wrote, "The visibility of our community has rarely, if ever, been greater."

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Ackroyd, Peter. (2018). Queer City: Gay London from the Romans to the Present Day.

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SR0054
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