In 1970, Young Liberal Louis Eakes was arrested here for importuning, but denied the charge. The arrest provoked the Gay Liberation Front's first ever demonstration, which took place at Highbury Fields on 27 November 1970. In November 2000, a plaque was unveiled in the Fields to honour the march.
- Lisa Power, No Bath but Plenty of Bubbles, pp 28–31.
- James Morris, "‘Highbury Fields gay rights demo was a watershed moment’: Islington Museum to set up first LGBT archive", Islington Gazette, 10 October 2016.