The ‘Unlawfulness’ of Homosexuality After 1967

With Harry Cocks, University of Nottingham

At the time, the 1967 Sexual Offences Act was seen by many gay people as a very limited step. In fact, homosexuality entered a legal grey area of “unlawfulness” that defined it as a civil wrong. This resulted from the fact that lonely hearts ads that sought to connect men were defined as “unlawful” in the prosecution of the underground paper International Times (IT) in 1972. As a result, it was widely recognised that the 1967 Act was a very unsatisfactory compromise.

The annual public lecture series 2017 considers how attitudes and cultures change over time. Taking inspiration from the perceived social changes of 1967, our lecturers investigate some of the developments that have impacted on lives in the 20th and 21st centuries.

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