Protest against the LSE leaving Stonewall

Published On: February 8th, 2023

Protests have become rare on the LSE campus in recent years, but it has a long history of direct action, from the 1969 LSE student riots that closed the LSE, to the birth of the Gay Liberation Front in secret meetings on the campus, against the wishes of LSE’s management committee.

On 8 February 2023 at 12:30pm this tradition continued, with hundreds of staff and students pouring into the CBG Plaza at the end of Houghton Street to protest the School Management Committee’s decision to disaffiliate from the Stonewall charity. The event was organised by students, and included speeches, poetry readings, and support networks. It was also part of the birth of the present Rejoin Stonewall campaign, when a group of independent staff and student activists spontaneously found one another.

This was the first protest ever in CBG Plaza, which was created in 2019 as part of the launch of the CBG building.

Their banner was an old curtain someone found and converted into a protest panner at a sign-making meeting in the SAW Student Union building, which was painted with the words “LSE Rejoin Stonewall”.

Then the signs, loudspeakers, pot-and-pan noisemakers, and students all crossed Portugal Street to enter CBG Plaza, where the protest began.

Staff and student organisers counted hundreds of protesters at the height of the event.

LSE Rejoin Stonewall protest