Angela Margaret Mason CBE
(born 9 August 1944) is a British
civil servant and activist, and a former director of the UK-based lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender
lobbying organisation Stonewall
. She is currently the Chair of the Fawcett Society
, a UK women's rights campaigning organisation.
Born Angela Margaret Weir
in High Wycombe
, she grew up on the Isle of Sheppey
and was educated at Basingstoke High School, Bedford College, University of London
, and the London School of Economics
. She was an early member of the Gay Liberation Front
in the UK.
During the late 1960s and early 1970s Mason was a supporter of the Angry Brigade
terrorist group. She was one of the Stoke Newington Eight
charged with planting or sending bombs which aimed to maim or kill government Ministers, their families and Conservative Party
officials. She was one of the four accused who was acquitted following a long and still controversial trial.
Mason was an activist in the trade union
and radical movements.
Career after Angry Brigade
Mason became a lecturer at the LSE then the Principal Solicitor
for the London Borough of Camden
. She became a member of gay rights organisation Stonewall
in 1989, becoming its director in 1992.
From 2003 to 2007 she was... Read More