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Mason, Angela (b. 1944)  
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Through her publications and numerous public addresses, Mason has articulately depicted the problems facing gay men and lesbians in Britain. In Queer Bashing (1996), edited with Anya Palmer, she helped expose a shockingly widespread incidence of violence, harassment, and verbal abuse against gay men and lesbians in Great Britain.

Yet Mason also manages to convey a positive expectation of progress in noting the strides toward equality made by gay men and lesbians in the years since the formation of advocacy groups such as Stonewall. In Stonewall 25 (1994), she and coeditor Emma Healy document the diversity and cultural contributions of gay men and lesbians, while outlining the development of the community's political identity. Mason's own contribution to this collection explores the possibilities for gay and lesbian parenting.

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Mason was awarded the Order of the British Empire "for services to homosexual rights" in the Queen's Birthday Honours list of June 1999. She has also received the Mike Rhodes Award and the Liberty and Justice Human Rights Award. The UK's Gay and Lesbian Awards honored her for Lifetime Achievement in 2005.

Known as tireless and formidable, Mason has contributed to a considerable shift in British public attitudes since the 1980s. Critics have sometimes faulted her reformist efforts as a piecemeal approach, pointing to numerous gaps in the legal code that still require action. But working within the system, she has demonstrated the effectiveness of persistent grass roots organizing.

Ruth M. Pettis

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Brasher, Stephen. "Influences: Angela Mason." New Statesman 9.413 (July 26, 1996): 23.

Bright, Martin. "In the Pink." The Observer (November 24, 2002): 27.,6903,846347,00.html.

Healey, Emma, and Angela Mason, eds. Stonewall 25: The Making of the Lesbian and Gay Community in Britain. London: Virago Press, 1994.

Mason, Angela. "Discrimination in the Workplace--including the Armed Forces." Address to the Council of Europe, Sub Committee on Human Rights, October 14, 1999.

_____. "You Are an Important Campaigning Group." Address to the Families and Friends of Lesbians and Gays National Conference, October 11, 2003.

_____, and Anya Palmer, eds. Queer Bashing: A National Survey of Hate Crimes against Lesbians and Gay Men. London: Stonewall, 1996.

Rayside, David. "Mason, Angela." Who's Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History: From Antiquity to World War II. Robert Aldrich and Garry Wotherspoon, eds. New York: Routledge, 2001. 265-66.

Wilson, Angelia R., ed. A Simple Matter of Justice: Theorizing Lesbian and Gay Politics. London: Cassell, 1995.


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    Author: Pettis, Ruth M.  
    Entry Title: Mason, Angela  
    General Editor: Claude J. Summers  
    Publication Name: glbtq: An Encyclopedia of Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual,
Transgender, and Queer Culture
    Publication Date: 2005  
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