The Gay Rights Movement | The campaign for sexual equality
CHANNEL | BBC 1
FIRST BROADCAST | 03 December 1976
DURATION | 29 minutes 19 seconds
The public access TV programme opens its doors to the Scottish Minorities Group, which works for the rights and welfare of gay men and women. Members of the organisation discuss the advice and facilities available to gay men and lesbians in Edinburgh and explain what it means for them to have access to like-minded people who can understand their problems. The group has won support from politicians Robin Cook and Malcolm Rifkind in their campaign to change the law in Scotland, which still treats male homosexuality as a criminal offence.
Although homosexuality was decriminalised in England and Wales in 1967, this did not happen in Scotland until 1980. In Northern Ireland, the law was changed in 1982, while this took a further decade on the Isle of Man. The age of consent for male homosexuals in Scotland was lowered to 18 in 1995. This came a year after it was reduced to 18 in England and Wales as a compromise over a failed attempt to set a uniform age of consent at 16 (the existing age for heterosexuals). Although further efforts to create an equal age of consent were overruled by the House of Lords, this was eventually achieved across the UK in 2000.
Sir John Wolfenden is questioned about the recently published report on homosexuality.
Has the Church lost its moral authority in accepting the 'Wolfenden Report'?
Interviews with homosexual men who risk arrest and social stigma.
Wendy Jones interviews lesbians about life in 1965.
Why should homosexuality be decriminalised?
Will a change in the law save homosexuals from blackmail and fear?
A panel debates a recent documentary on homosexuality.
Can a lesbian ever find true happiness?
Advice and support for gay men and lesbians in Scotland.
Peter France reports on the Gay Christian Movement.
Preparing for the 1979 London Gay Pride week.
Ian McKellen challenges a government bill.
Joan Bakewell investigates homosexuality in the British armed forces.
What does the future hold for gay people in the UK?
How has 'coming out' affected the career of Justin Fashanu?
The campaign for equal ages of consent in the UK.
Michael Gove reports on the 1993 London Gay Pride March.
How will changes in the law affect education and the arts?
Should the age of consent for gay men be lowered?
The High Court upholds a ban on gays in the military.
Is it better to 'come out' before you're 'outed'?
The government proposes a vote on the age of consent.
Does society accept the right to equality for gay people?
Jenni Murray speaks to Angela Mason, chief executive of Stonewall.
The gay immigration officer who went to prison and changed the law.
The European Court of Human Rights delivers its verdict.
Should the gay community integrate with the mainstream?
Gay partners are to get the same rights as married couples.
The first UK civil partnership takes place in Belfast.
The book that led to a ban on promoting homosexuality in schools.
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