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Brigid Antonia Brophy (1929–1995) by Mark Gerson, 1966 © Mark Gerson; collection National Portrait Gallery, London

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Brophy, Brigid Antonia [married name Brigid Antonia Levey, Lady Levey] (1929–1995), writer and campaigner, was born at 79 Uxbridge Road, Ealing, London, on 12 June 1929, the second child of John Brophy (1899–1965), a Liverpool-born writer and editor of Irish descent, and his wife, ...

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Drysdale, George (1824–1904), freethinker and advocate of contraception, was born at 8 Royal Circus, Edinburgh, on 27 December 1824, the fourth son of the city treasurer and tory leader on Edinburgh council, Sir William Drysdale (1781–1843), who was concerned with sanitary reform and was a correspondent of ...

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Stanley Owen Green (1915–1993) by unknown photographer © Museum of London

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Green, Stanley Owen [known as Protein Man] (1915–1993), dietary reformer and author, was born on 22 February 1915 at Harringay, north London, the youngest of the four sons of Richard Green (d. 1966), a bottle-stopper maker's clerk, and his wife, May (...

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Ives, George Cecil (1867–1950), criminologist and campaigner for homosexual law reform, was born in Germany on 1 October 1867 and baptized simply George Cecil at Holy Trinity Church, Chelsea, London, on 15 December 1867. He was the illegitimate son of Gordon Maynard Ives (from 1897 Gordon-Ives; 1837–1907)...

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Martyn, Edith How (1875–1954), suffragist and advocate of birth control, was born on 17 June 1875 at Bexley Road, Lessness Heath, Erith, Kent, the daughter of Edwin How, grocer, and his wife, Anne Darley. She was educated at The Hall, Cheltenham, and North London Collegiate School for Girls...

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Anthony Edgar Gartside Wright (1927–2010) by unknown photographer private collection

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Wright, Anthony Edgar Gartside [pseud. Antony Grey] (1927–2010), gay rights campaigner, was born at Settle, Northenden Road, Northen Etchells, near Gatley, Cheshire, on 6 October 1927, the only child of Thomas Alexander Wright (1900–1962), chartered accountant, and his wife, Gladys (1896–1984), daughter of a Syrian-born ...