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Sunday 30 July 2017

Video Exclusive: LGBTI People Share Experiences On Decriminalisation Of Homosexuality On Its 50th Anniversary

In a short new film two men and three women reflect on their experiences about being lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender & intersex (LGBTI) around the time of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality and offer a message to younger LGBTI people.

Homosexual activity taking place in private premises was decriminalised in England and Wales when the Sexual Offences Act was given Royal Assent on 27th July 1967. 

Gay Star News made the exclusive video to mark today's anniversary (27 July.)

When asked about what they remember about the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales 50 years ago, one participant recalled "the hiding, the fear – and I think that was the most damaging thing."

The 1967 legislation repealed the maximum penalty of life imprisonment for gay sexbetween two men in private, over the age of 21. 

Margaret, who identifies as a trans woman said the UK was a very different and rigid society in which "you left school, you got a job, you got married, you had kids… that's what you did because everyone else did."

The LGBTI seniors told young people they needed to know the history.

One explained: 'They may have a struggle to face... if they know what happened before they'll be better prepared.'

Jamie Wareham, Gay Star News' new Student Editor, conducted the interviews:

"I was blown away speaking to the Opening Doors London members. Especially Marian who was a founding member of the Gay Liberation Front. 

"It's thanks to her activism at a time it was next to impossible to be out - that I'm able to live freely in the UK today."

by: Mike Cobley

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Pic By Jasmine L Dunne

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