the Lavender Scare were ruining the lives of many gay men and
lesbian women in the United States, the parallel political
atmosphere in Britain was virulently anti-homosexual. The then
Home Secretary, Sir David Maxwell Fyfe, had promised "a new drive
against male vice" that would" rid England of this plague." As many as
1,000 men were locked up in Britain's prisons every year amid
a widespread police clampdown on homosexual offences.
as gay men soliciting in public places. The prevailing mood was one
of barely concealed paranoia.