aura of criminality and degeneracy and abnormality surrounding the matter'. The age of consent should, in the committee's view, be set at 21 (it was 16 for heterosexuals). Yet in the 1970s, many lgbt people sought refuge in churches and religious communities. But that night, confronted with the news, Jims wife didnt kick him out. Judging by the emails, phone calls and website hits he receives, he estimates that there are thousands more Australians in similar situations. He explains: 'In this case, there was no public sex, no underage sex, no multiple sex. The evolution of the status of homosexuality in the classifications of mental disorders highlights that concepts of mental disorder can be rapidly evolving social constructs that change as society changes.
1971, first ever gay march in London, finishing with a rally in Trafalgar Square. In 1989, during the Conservative campaign for family values, more than 2,000 men were prosecuted for gross indecency, as many as during the 1950s and nearly three times the numbers in the mid-Sixties. 2003 Section 28 successfully repealed on 18 November. Around the world, many gay men are married to women.
And while it seems inconceivable now that we could ever go backwards, it is worth remembering the discrimination Abse dismisses was unchecked only recently. But the lack of action is the cause, he tells people, not your sexuality. They launched searing critiques - often informed from lesbian-feminists' concerns - about the personal and political stakes of being shirtless. In the mid-1950s, there was an atmosphere of a witch-hunt (probably not unrelated to what was happening in America with McCarthy with consequent opportunities for blackmail. I guess its a sign of the times, Jim says, but weve had a few situations where guys have come to our meetings and theyre actually married to guys.
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