Following the legalisation of homosexuality proposals for Scotland (added as an amendment to the 1980 criminal justice bill by Labour MP Robin Cook), guidance was published indicating that schools should not teach homosexuality as part of sex education lessons.
This was part of a deal to ensure government support for legalisation of homosexuality in Scotland.
The bill successfully passed the House of Lords and Conservative MP Dame Jill Knight had the bill pass the first stage in the Commons.
However, impeded by the 1987 general election, this Bill, commonly called the Earl of Halsbury's Bill failed.
On being tabled, a compromise amendment was introduced by Simon Hughes on 8 December 1987 that was debated in the House on 15 December 1987 and which was defeated by a majority of 87, I should regret it if this Bill were to go through with this clause unamended.More and more councils began to adopt wide-ranging anti-discrimination policies (particularly Ealing, Haringey, Islington, Camden and Manchester who employed officers to counter homophobia).The attention to this, and the alliances between LGBT and labour unions (including the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM)) – formed by activist groups such as Lesbians and Gays Support the Miners and Lesbians Against Pit Closures – led to the adoption at the Labour Party Annual Conference in 1985 of a resolution to criminalise discrimination against lesbian, gay and bisexual people.The Greater London Council (GLC) directly started funding LGBT groups, and between 19 grants totalling at least £292,548 were given by the GLC to a variety of small gay groups.Another £751,000 was committed towards the setting up of the London Lesbian and Gay Community Centre in Islington.