LGBT+ History Month 2017 is here! This year it’s extra important as 2017 is the 50th Anniversary of partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in the UK. In 1967, homosexuality was made partially legal for the first time in this country, leading to the current laws and rights that we have today.
Throughout this year, we’ll be undertaking a weekly series of short articles marking points of LGBT+ history, taking a look at law, people and places that you may not have heard about, all of which have contributed to our current freedoms.
To start us off in sobering style, we present a snippet of law from 1861:
1861 The death penalty for buggery was abolished. A total of 8921 men had been prosecuted since 1806 for sodomy with 404 sentenced to death and 56 executed.