Highlights from the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality
2017 marked the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, a landmark change to legislation which was passed by Parliament on July 27, 1967.
The act made homosexual acts that took place in private between two men over the age of 21 legal.
In order to mark this milestone, various places, people and media outlets celebrated with a look at the cultural impact and history of the LGBTQ community in Britain.
Here are some of this year’s 50th anniversary highlights – before we make our way into 2018.
Gay Britannia on the BBC
A host of TV shows, documentaries and films were shown on the BBC, including Against the Law – which follows the infamous Montagu Trial of the 1950s, and Ollie Alexander: Growing up Gay, Queers – a series of monologues.
Other programmes aired were Prejudice and Pride: The People’s History of LGBTQ Britain – presented by Susan Calman, Is it Safe to be Gay in the UK?, Man in an Orange Shirt, Gluck, and What Gay Did for Art.
Find out more about the BBC Gay Britannia programmes over here.
50 Shades of Gay on Channel 4
Channel 4 also celebrated the 50th anniversary of the decriminalisation of homosexuality in a series of programmes.
The broadcaster’s lineup included Pop, Pride and Prejudice, Epidemic, Raised by Queers – featuring Hollyoaks’ Kieron Richardson, Convicted for Love – which explores the persecution gay men faced long after the Sexual Offences Act was passed, and Britain’s Great Gay Buildings – presented by Stephen Fry.
Find out more about Channel 4’s 50 Shades of Gay series right here,
Living British Prime Ministers speak out on PinkNews
Theresa May, David Cameron, Gordon Brown, Tony Blair and Sir John Major all hailed the 50th anniversary of landmark gay reforms.
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