50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act, 1957

The History of Parliament

On 12 July we brought together parliamentarians, activists and historians to mark 50 years since the passing of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, which partially decriminalised homosexuality in England and Wales. Here we report back from the event…

We were delighted when the Speaker accepted our suggestion of to organise an event in his official apartments to mark the anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality. As many LGBT+ issues emerge in our oral history project interviews, we decided to assemble panels of Parliamentarians past and present to reflect both on their personal experiences as LGBT members of Parliament, and how the institution has changed in its attitude to homosexuality since the Act was passed. Two prestigious panels or speakers led to a wide-ranging discussion, which you can still see on BBC iplayer.

Mr Speaker introducing our first panel

After some introductory words from Mr Speaker and our Chair…

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