Lillian was a mum to four young children. She did not have much time to be involved in things outside her home. But she liked to go to meetings where she saw other people. They could discuss politics. Her love of talking to others led to her involvement in many local campaigns. She continued this work throughout her life.
In Lancaster, like many other places, Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender (LGBT) activism has always been linked to the LGBT social scene. LGBT social spaces can be places to meet others, have fun and explore your sense of identity. They can also be places to network, and to raise awareness and funds for social action.
the miners' strike 1984-1985
The Miners’ Strike of 1984-5 was an event of huge national significance. Lancaster citizens formed a Miners' Support Group. They hosted a summer camp for families from Northumberland. Locals also hosted miners who came to Lancaster to protest at the neighbouring port of Glasson Dock. Links across the country made a strong community for action.