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Malcolm Lidbury: - Gay Equality & HIV/AIDS Campaigner, Artist, Writer, Sculptor.

Born in Barnet Middlesex, 1959, Malcolm was the younger of two sons. He grew up in Potters Bar, Hertfordshire, going to Mount Grace Comprehensive School. He moved to the County of Cornwall in 1977, worked as a herdsman, antique restorer and at Mount Wellington Mine, one of the last working tin mines in Cornwall. He served six months in prison in 1988. He has been married once and divorced.1989 he came ‘out’ as a gay man.

He was founder, publisher, & editor of the ‘Independent Cornish Triangle’ 1992-1994, a local LGBT newsletter in rural Cornwall, UK with both male & female it had over 1,000 subscribers.

In May 1994 Lidbury organised the first ever Gay PRIDE gathering in Cornwall, an evening in support of the London PRIDE Trust. Attended by Teddy Witherington, London Pride Trust Director, Adam Jeanes London Pride Chair, & ‘Yvette’ of Love Muscle.

In August 1994 Lidbury’s partner, Andrew Roger Smith was diagnosed with HIV/AIDS. The couple fought a public battle against prejudice and discrimination. Their home subjected to dog excrement attack, graffiti, they received hate mail and death threats, local youths ‘stoned’ Andrew, after he had gone blind as a result of an HIV/AIDS related symptomatic condition.

They couple won an Ombudsman enquiry & compensation against Kerrier District Council for maladministration for failing to comply with housing benefit regulations to Andrew, who was terminally ill.

In May 1995, Gay Times Magazine named Lidbury in the 200th celebratory edition as one of the top 200 gay people in Britain for contribution to gay community, equality & HIV/AIDS campaigning and awareness in Cornwall. He was a trustee of the HIV/AIDS Cornwall Aids Council, trustee for the discretionary HIV/AIDS Sprocket Trust and gay men’s voluntary support worker for the Truro City Hospital GU Clinic.

Lidbury organised and ran an LGBT supper group, along with a midweek lgbt social group & a summer weekend tea garden throughout 2003-05. He organised the only gay rally in Cornwall on equalising of the age of consent, which featured in the CH4 television documentary "Age of Dissent". Lidbury was the LGBT STONEWALL Equality 2000 representative for the Falmouth/Camborne constituency.

In April 1996, Malcolm and Andrew publicly contributed taking part visibly in an HIV/AIDS documentary made by Westcountry television ‘Days of Judgement’ about HIV/AIDS in the south west of England at a time when it was publicly dangerous to be open with both ones gay sexuality and his partners HIV/AIDS status in Cornwall.

3rd Oct 1997, readership of the National LGBT newspaper Pink Paper voted Lidbury as No. 119 of the 500 people who had historically had the greatest influence upon gay life in Britain.

In 1996, Lidbury whilst taking part in a live television studio debate as invited guest speaker on LGBT issues, he received on behalf of two Spanish gay men an apology on Westcountry television from the English Tourist Board, WestCountry & Cornish tourist board for homophobic prejudicial breaches of the British tourist board ‘pink’ book of rules.

In 1997, following the death of Andrew Roger Smith, Lidbury posthumously won on behalf of his former partner a public apology from Cornwall County Council for adverse treatment and failure to deliver statutory care to Andrew as an HIV/AIDS sufferer.

Lidbury was a founder member of the Cornwall & Isles of Scillies Health Authority Gay Men’s Health steering group and instrumental in creation of the Cornwall Gay Men’s Health Project in 1997. Lidbury responsible for writing a damning and widely circulated report on HIV/AIDS:- "Implication for Cornwall". The report sponsored by the National Gay Business Assoc. The C.A.R.A Trust, The Life Benefits Resource Foundation, Ivan Massow Associates, Gay West Lesbian & Gay Society, Bristol, Body Positive Somerset, The Holistic Therapy Centre Plymouth & The Sprocket HIV/AIDS Trust. Lidbury attended in 1996 as an independent delegate at Health Authority conferences in Plymouth & Salisbury and instrumental in obtaining increase in funding for HIV preventative project for gay men in Cornwall.

In Oct 1997, he made and won an Advertising Standards Authority complaint against a local business, ‘Trago Mills’. The Trago millionaire owner Mike Robinson had run adverts in local Cornish newspapers advocating “the castration of gay men”.

In 1997 following further harassment from Cornish authorities Lidbury attempted suicide, he withdrew from active contribution to gay equality and HIV/AIDS campaigning.

Lidbury: a listed gay artist with a Middlesex University Archive of gay artists, along with Hockney, Mapplethorpe, Gilbert, & George. In Nov 97, Lidbury jointly exhibited at the Penzance Art Club his male bronze figures with Leigh Heppell a sculptor of erotic female forms. Lidbury has Artwork in the Barcelona Spanish Museum of Erotic Art and Homosexual Art Foundation in New York, USA.

In 2004, the LGBT Intercom Trust asked Lidbury to assist with a forum on Cornwall LGBT community opinion of the Criminal Justice Service as part of research for the Lord Justice Kay award 2005.

A protracted four-year period of conflict followed between Lidbury and the Cornwall police who raided his home in Nov 2004, arresting him & seizing his computer. No criminal charges resulted and police Criminal Forensics admitted both in an Independent Police Complaints Commission report & in Civil Crown Court in Sept 2006 there were no ‘alleged’ illegal images on the computer. However, Lidbury's businesses destroyed by the police actions.

However, Judge Rucker referred to Lidbury’s 20 year contribution to gay equality & HIV/AIDS care treatment & awareness campaigning as ‘Evangelical Proselytising’.

Lidbury’s complaint of police conduct lead to two separate Independent Police Complaints Commission investigations 2004/2006 resulting in numerous recommendations being made to Devon & Cornwall Constabulary of needed improvement of public service. The appointment of three new diversity police officers to the Cornwall police force was an immediate effect.

In 2007, aspects of Lidbury’s gay life were researched as contribution to a London Drill Hall Theatre stage play, ‘A gay man’s guide’.

In August 2007, Cornwall Police once again arrested Lidbury, just days before the Cornwall PRIDE Beach Day. Lidbury was ‘chair of the 2007 Cornwall Gay LGBT PRIDE Beach day and the LGBT gathering put in serious jeopardy of cancellation. The 2007 Cornwall Gay PRIDE Beach Day steering group disbanded after the PRIDE event out of fear of further police reprisals. After months on bail, no criminal charges, or criminal prosecution resulted, however, during the prolonged period of bail Lidbury attempted suicide. Subjected to repeated vehicle stops & un-logged visits felt to be intended to harass & continue to violate his life as an 'out' gay man. Despite fresh complaints reported to various authorities, these further complaints against Cornwall police have not been investigated!

Lidbury self-published three autobiographical book memoirs in 2007 available from www.lulu.com

Mr Hopkins Legacy: - His own childhood NO Carrots in My Pasty: - HIV/AIDS in Cornwall A NO GAY ZONE: - Cornwall Police and other Homophobia?

In Dec 2007 Lidbury was voted 3rd in 'Queerwest' 'Person of Gay Influence in the Southwest'. An online lgbt news publication run by editor Craig Denney .

Lidbury continues to run a controversial personal blog www.pinkpasty.blogspot.com

and also has a gay themed youtube channel www.youtube.com/thepinkpasty —Preceding unsigned comment added by Gaywarrior (talk • contribs) 13:21, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

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{{helpme}} Now what do I do, I want to add this to the LGBT Activist page, but I'm completely lost & confused???(Gaywarrior (talk) 13:54, 5 June 2008 (UTC))

  • That doesn't assert notability in any way, and I doubt the page would last long if you made it. The text is full of original research and is not sourced in any way. Ten Pound Hammer and his otters(Broken clamshellsOtter chirps) 14:01, 5 June 2008 (UTC)

Ok, sorry, I did not realise Wikipedia was so hostile, that's why I asked for help.

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