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Lex Watson
(29 January 1943 - 6 May 2014) Australia

Lex Watson

Activist

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Alexander Watson was born in Perth, Western Australia, the son of a doctor, Alec Watson, Margaret Newnham, a nurse. Originally educated in Geraldton, Watson moved with his family to Perth and, despite the wishes of his parents, was further educated at Perth Modern School. Watson won a scholarship to the University of Western Australia in 1960, where he studied for a Bachelor of Arts reading history and philosophy. For his honours year in 1964, Watson transferred to the government department at the University of Sydney, where he took a position teaching Australian politics.

Watson first encountered gay politics as a member of the Humanist Society in New South Wales in the late 1960s, when he was involved in its attempt to form a homosexual law reform society. The group had little success and was soon overtaken by the formation of the Campaign Afainst Moral Persecution (CAMP).

Watson soon joined and developed a national profile within the movement with his efforts to mobilise lobbying in support of the federal paliament's law reform motion in 1973. In the early 1980s, he played a central role in the formation of the Gay Rights Lobby, which campained for homosexual law reform in New South Wales.

He is a Senior Lecturer in Government, University of Sydney, New South Wales. He has written extensively over the years on issues such as law reform, psychiatry, the gay and lesbian media, and AIDS.

After retirement from the University of Sydney, Watson became involved in the Pride History Group, Sydney’s gay and lesbian history group. He was president at the time that he died, assisting in the organisation of a history conference, set for November, on homosexual law reforms, his major life’s work.

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Source: excerpts from: Aldrich R. & Wotherspoon G., Who's Who in Contemporary Gay and Lesbian History, from WWII to Present Day, Routledge, London, 2001 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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