Gay Rights in the UK – A very brief timeline summary
(Late 20th and Early 21st Century)
Sodomy/homosexuality illegal in the UK until.....
Homosexual acts in private between consenting adults over the age of 21 partially decriminalised in England and Wales.
Gay men hit with a lifetime ban on donating blood during the height of the HIV epidemic.
Local Government Act 1988 introduced Section 28, which prevented the ‘promotion’ of homosexuality, this became enforced in Law.
Age of consent lowered to 18.
Age of consent lowered to 16.
Gay partners given the same right as married couples.
Section 28 repealed and regulations introduced for the prohibition of discrimination in employment on grounds of sexual orientation.
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.
UK held its first civil partnership.
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.
Gay men in civil partnerships both allowed to have the word parent on the resulting child’s birth certificate.
The lifetime ban on gay men donating blood was revised to a 12 month deferral before they can donate.
Same sex marriage became legal in the UK although restrictions are applicable in religious circumstances.