Gay men in the two world wars

COVER Fighting Proud

In this new history of wartime Britain, Stephen Bourne unearths the fascinating stories of the gay men who served in the armed forces and on the Home Front. It brings to light the great and previously unrecognised contribution they made to the war effort.

A magnificent piece of work. I was gripped throughout; laughed out loud at times; became blazingly angry at the injusitce, hypocrisy and expediency… and sheer waste.
And, at times, delighted by the courage and refusal of many to bow down to prejudice or to dampen our full potential as human beings.’

  • Keith Howes, author of Broadcasting It: An Encyclopaedia of Homosexuality on Film, Radio and TV 1923–1993

The  book includes the story of Guyanese bandleader Ken ‘Snakehips’ Johnson, who was killed in a bombing raid on London during World War Two.

Ken Snakehips Johnson
Available from Waterstones& all good booksellers
Hardback. ISBN. 9781784538743. £17.99



About seancreighton1947

Since moving to Norbury in July 2011 I have been active on local economy, housing and environment issues with Croydon TUC and Croydon Assembly. I am a member of the Love Norbury Residents Associations Planning & Transport Committees, and Chair of Nobury Community Land Trust. I write for Croydon Citizen at I co-ordinate the Samuel Coleridge-Taylor and Croydon Radical History Networks and edit the North East Popular Politics database. History Project.. I give history talks and lead history walks. I retired in 2012 having worked in the community/voluntary sector and on heritage projects. My history interests include labour movement, mutuality, Black British, slavery & abolition, Edwardian roller skating and the social and political use of music and song. I have a particular interest in the histories of Battersea and Wandsworth, Croydon and Lambeth. I have a publishing imprint History & Social Action Publications.
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