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Gay Rights in the UK – A very brief timeline summary

(Late 20th and Early 21st Century)

 

Sodomy/homosexuality illegal in the UK until.....

1967      

Homosexual acts in private between consenting adults over the age of 21 partially decriminalised in England and Wales.

1983      

Gay men hit with a lifetime ban on donating blood during the height of the HIV epidemic.

1988      

Local Government Act 1988 introduced Section 28, which prevented the ‘promotion’ of homosexuality, this became enforced in Law.

1994      

Age of consent lowered to 18.

1997      

Age of consent lowered to 16.

2002      

Gay partners given the same right as married couples.

2003      

Section 28 repealed and regulations introduced for the prohibition of discrimination in employment on grounds of sexual orientation.

2004      

Gender Recognition Act and Civil Partnership Act introduced.

Sexual Offences Act 2003 swept away all previous legislation. Previous conditions relating to privacy removed and sexual acts were viewed by law without regard to the sex of the participant.

2005      

UK held its first civil partnership.

2009      

Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act 2008 both women in same sex civil partnerships allowed to have the word parent on the resulting child’s birth certificate.

2010      

Gay men in civil partnerships both allowed to have the word parent on the resulting child’s birth certificate.

2011      

The lifetime ban on gay men donating blood was revised to a 12 month deferral before they can donate.

2014     

Same sex marriage became legal in the UK although restrictions are applicable in religious circumstances.