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Despite the fact that female homosexuality was never illegal in the UK and males engaging in most same-sex sexual activity were free from prosecution from 1967, social taboos and other legislation mean that LGBT people still did not get equal rights in the UK.  Legally the age of consent for same-sex couples remained unequal and openly LGBT people were barred from serving in the Merchant Navy or Armed Forces. 

High profile campaigns have been fought to change laws that discriminate against LGBT people. In the late 1980s and throughout the 1990s there were numerous protests against Clause 28, which banned local authorities and education establishments producing and distributing material perceived to promote homosexuality. Other campaigns have challenged discrimination against LGBT people such as hate crimes against trans* people and homophobic chants at football matches.

Despite years of campaigning and activism many individuals, groups and organisations are still fighting to protect existing LGBT rights and for basic human rights in other parts of the world.

 *Definition: trans/transgender – an umbrella term for people whose gender identity and/or gender expression differs from the sex they were assigned at birth. ,

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