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Sue Sanders speaking at the pre-launch of LGBT History Month 08 at the Royal Courts of Justice, 26 November 2007

Sue Sanders (born 20 March 1947 in London) is, as an "out and proud" lesbian, a British LGBT rights activist who has specialized in challenging oppression in the public and voluntary sectors for over thirty years.[1]

After studying at the New College of Speech and Drama, London where she received a teaching diploma, Sanders studied counseling on alcohol related problems as well as gestalt therapy and contribution training. She also holds qualifications on dealing with stress and trauma.

Since 1967, she has been a teacher, tutor and a lecturer on women's studies, drama and homophobia in schools, universities and other organisations, both in London and in Sydney, Australia.

Since 1984, Sanders has worked as a management consultant and trainer for the public and voluntary sector. She is a member of the LGBT Advisory Group to the Metropolitan Police (since 1999), an independent advisor to the London Criminal Justice Board, a member of the National Union of Teachers LGBT working party (since 1999), the current vice-chair of the Southwark anti Homophobic Forum (which she joined in 1997) and a consultant to the Crown Prosecution Services, helping them produce national policy on prosecuting homophobic crime effectively.

In 1996, she co-founded Chrysalis with Paul Patrick, a consultancy which delivers training around equal opportunity issues – particularly anti-heterosexism.

In 2000, she became the co-chair of Schools Out, a group working for the equality of LGBT people in the education system, which she co-founded in 1984.[2] In 2004, she instituted the first ever LGBT History Month in the UK which, with the help of the Schools Out committee members, was launched in December 2004 at Tate Modern and occurred in February 2005.[3]

Sanders has directed many plays in London's fringe theatres and has been involved in the production of radio programmes for ABC in Sydney.

She is the author of poetry and short stories as well as many articles and brochures on feminist issues, education and homophobia. She regularly appears on TV and radio programmes dealing with equality and LGBT issues and is a key note speaker and workshop leader in many conferences dealing with diversity, homophobia and LGBT issues.


In 2007, Sanders received the Clio's Silver Cup Award from the International Lesbian and Gay Cultural Network for outstanding achievements in documenting and disseminating information about LGBT History.

In July 2009 she was awarded the first Derek Oyston Award in recognition of her lifetime’s campaigning for LGBT rights at the celebration of the 30th anniversary of the Gay and Lesbian Humanist Association (GALHA) and the 40th anniversary of the Campaign for Homosexual Equality (CHE).[4]


  1. ^ Webb, Justin (2002-10-27), "A date with hate", The Observer,,12550,818605,00.html, retrieved 2007-11-16 
  2. ^ "Anger at council's 'anti-gay' stance", BBC News, 2003-11-17,, retrieved 2007-08-28 .
  3. ^ "Lessons in loneliness", The Guardian, 2005-10-01,,,1580874,00.html, retrieved 2007-08-28 .
  4. ^ "Schools Out campaigner Sue Sanders honoured for a lifetime of work", PinkNews, 2009-07-16,, retrieved 2009-07-17 .

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