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The last 70 years of LGBT+ History

A snapshot of some of the key dates in recent LGBT+ history in the UK. Of course there are many more events, people and laws that have impacted LGBT+ history. Click the eye icons for more information and helpful links

1957

The Wolfenden Report

1989

Founding of Stonewall

Gender Recognition Act

First UK Pride march

UK Armed Forces

Civil Partnerships

1972

2000

2005

2004

Section 28 Repealed

2003

2010

Equality Act

2017

Alan Turing Law

2021

UK Census

1994

Removal from IDC-10

2014

The Marriage Act

Civil Partnerships

2005

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Introduction of civil partnership for gay couples. Same-sex marriage wasn’t introduced until 2014 in England, Scotland and Wales and not until 2020 in Northern Ireland .

Serving in the Armed Forces

2000

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Openly gay people were allowed to serve in the armed forces for the first time but only protected against discrimination from 2010 .

Alan Turing Law

2017

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The Policing and Crime Act 2017 pardoned all historic instances of criminal cautions or convictions under historical legislation that outlawed homosexual acts

Equality Act

2010

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The Equality Act 2010 legislates for equal treatment in access to employment as well as private and public services, regardless of age, disability, gender reassignment, marriage and civil partnership, race, religion or belief, sex and sexual orientation.

The Gender Recognition Act

2004

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Gender Recognition Act introduced, which allowed people to legally change gender. This meant that those dealing with gender dysphoria can acquire legal recognition as members of the sex appropriate to their gender identity

The Wolfenden Committee Report

1957

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The Wolfenden Committee released a report, recommending the decriminalisation of gay sex between consenting adults over 21. Ten years later, the Sexual Offences Act 1967 decriminalised homosexual acts in England and Wales, followed by Scotland adopting the legislation into Scots Law in 1980, and Northern Ireland decriminalising homosexual acts in 1982.

Repeal of Section 28

2003

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Section 28 of the Local Government Act 1988 had banned local authorities and schools from ‘promoting homosexuality’ by discussing LGBTQ+ topics. The impacts of this were broad and fostered a deeply homophobic climate and encouraged harmful self censorship. On November 18th 2003, section 28 was repealed.

Stonewall

1989

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Stonewall was founded - a group renowned for its campaigning and lobbying for LGBTQ rights

First UK Pride march

1972

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The London Gay Liberation Front organised the first UK Gay Pride march in London on the 1st of March 1972. The date was chosen as the closest Saturday to the anniversary of the Stonewall riots of 28 June 1969.

Removal From ICD-10

1994

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The World Health Organisation declassified homosexuality as a mental illness, removing it from ICD-10, WHO’s tenth revision of International Classification of Diseases. ICD-10 was officially released to and adopted by the majority of the world in 1994.

The Marriage Act

2014

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The Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013, was passed on 17 July 2013, and the first marriages of same sex couples took place on Saturday 29 March 2014. Prior to this, same sex couples could only apply for civil partnerships in the UK.

UK Census

2021

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LGBT+ people are included in the England and Wales Census for the very first time through two new questions regarding sexual orientation and gender identity.