BBC: When did being gay become a crime?


When did being gay become a crime?

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The BBC is an iconic British institution and one of the world’s most respected broadcasters, spanning television, radio, film and the internet. Renowned for its public service ethic, ‘Aunty Beeb’ is a fundamental part of the cultural fabric of Britain

The film

Journalist Ben Hunte looks at the laws that made homosexuality illegal in the UK. From prejudice to pride, this is a story of double-lives, suicides and brave fights that go all the way back to Henry VIII. ’When did being being gay become a crime’ is part of BBC’s ‘Gay Britannia’, a season of programming marking the 50th anniversary of The Sexual Offences Act 1967, which partially decriminalised gay sex.

The context

Part of the Gay Britannia season.

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