Today is the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in the England and Wales, before which homosexuality in men – or at least homosexual acts between men – was treated as a criminal offence and often led to imprisonment, chemical castration or so much stigma and discrimination that people committed suicide. The decriminalisation in England and Wales (Scotland and Northern Ireland would follow in 1980 and 1982) in 1967 only applied to men over 21 and thousands of men were still prosecuted in the years after for various reasons that were exempted by the legislation. That day in 1967 was a momentous day for LGBT rights in the UK but it was by no means the end of the fight for equality – which continues to this day.
You can read more about the anniversary in the links below or why not check out the blog post of Tony Stewart on his blog Tony Topping Media. (READ POST).
- I was sent for ‘gay cure’ | BBC NEWS
- From Donna Summer to Derek Jarman: gay stars reveal the artworks that changed their lives | THE GUARDIAN
- How 1967 changed gay life in Britain: ‘I think for my generation, we’re still a little bit uneasy’ | THE GUARDIAN
- Theresa May, men convicted under anti-gay laws deserve an apology and compensation from you | THE INDEPENDENT
- 50 Years since homosexuality legalisation: gay, queer and trans people reveal what the occasion means to them | THE INDEPENDENT
- Gay men like me need to start acknowledging our misogyny problem | THE INDEPENDENT
- Homosexuality decriminalisation at 50: Four in 10 British people believe gay sex is ‘unnatural’ | THE INDEPENDENT
- Exclusive: If you were alive for partial decriminalisation, you’re likely still anti-gay rights | PINK NEWS
- Exclusive: 50 years after decriminalisation, over 40% of Brits believe gay sex is unnatural | PINK NEWS
- Theresa May, David Cameron, Gordon Brown, Tony Blair and Sir John Major hail 50th anniversary of landmark gay reforms | PINK NEWS
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