1967 Sexual Offences Act changed lives for gay people – Peter and Geoff’s story

How the 1967 Sexual Offences Act changed out lives as gay people
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1967 Sexual Offences Act changed lives for gay people

Peter and Geoff’s story explores life before the 1967 Sexual Offences Act and how the Act has helped to change the lives of many LGBTQ+ people for the better.

The couple have had their ups and downs since meeting each.  It was love at first sight but being together had their challenges.

There were occasions when one was beaten up for being gay. It happened on a bus. There were times when hotels would not accept them as a couple.

This year celebrations are being held across the country during the month of July to mark the 50th anniversary.

The Government is flying the rainbow flag to mark 50 years since the legal change.

This is how the legislation read back in 1967:

1967 CHAPTER 60 An Act to amend the law of England and Wales relating to homosexual acts. [27th July 1967] BE IT ENACTED by the Queen’s most Excellent Majesty, by and with the advice and consent of the Lords Spiritual and Temporal, and Commons, in this present Parliament assembled, and by the authority of the same, as follows:-

video: Houses of Parliament

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