Next autumn, Biteback will be publishing book which will tell the history of homosexuality in the Conservative Party, telling how the party has struggled to come to terms with the issue. This is what the blurb says...
An authoritative but accessible account of the Conservative Party’s attitude towards homosexual law reform and gay rights, from the 1950s to the present day.
The book will draw upon extensive primary research and numerous exclusive interviews to chart the party’s progress from an unwillingness to decriminalise homosexuality, via Section 28 in the 1980s, to the current Liberal-Conservative Government, which has produced the first comprehensive statement on equal rights in British history. This will all be presented in the context of contemporary social and political developments. The book will be accompanied by a short documentary, which will tell the same story in a very different and complementary way.
The reason I am telling you this now is twofold. The author, Michael McManus, would like to talk to any of my readers who have a story to tell, or relevant views on the whole issue. If you'd like to get in touch with Michael, email me and I will pass on your details. Michael is a hugely accomplished author, having written a superb biography of Jo Grimond and assisted Ted Heath with his autobiography.
The second reason for posting this is that we're not sure about the title and wondered if any of you can think of anything better. I may have opened an unfortunate well by asking that, but if you have any (decent!) suggestions, please leave them in the comments. Personally, I liked Queer Blue Water, but that was felt by my colleagues to be a bit too risque!