'Unlawfulness' of Homosexuality

visitors in the Museum of Liverpool atrium

© Mark McNulty

21 Sep 2017
3 - 4pm
Suitable for:
Free drop-in event, no need to book
Education Area 3, first floor

The 'Unlawfulness' of Homosexuality after 1967 - Harry Cocks, University of Nottingham

At the time, the 1967 Sexual Offences Act was seen by many gay people as a very limited step. In fact, homosexuality entered a legal grey area of "unlawfulness" that defined it as a civil wrong. This resulted from the fact that lonely hearts ads that sought to connect men were defined as "unlawful" in the prosecution of the underground paper 'International Times' (IT) in 1972. As a result, it was widely recognised that the 1967 Act was a very unsatisfactory compromise.

Our annual public lecture series 2017 considers how attitudes and cultures change over time. Taking inspiration from the perceived social changes of 1967, our lecturers investigate some of the developments that have impacted on lives in the 20th and 21st centuries.

Lectures are free and all are very welcome. Organised by Continuing Education at the University of Liverpool in partnership with National Museums Liverpool.