The Gay Rights Movement | The campaign for sexual equality
CHANNEL | BBC 1
FIRST BROADCAST | 30 June 1991
DURATION | 31 minutes 38 seconds
For over 30 years after homosexuality was decriminalised in England and Wales it remained a cause for instant dismissal and even court martial within the armed forces. In this report, filmed eight years before the ban was lifted, Joan Bakewell meets a gay man and a lesbian whose careers were brought to an end and their lives devastated because of allegations about their sexuality. Bakewell also hears them describe the often brutal way in which these allegations were investigated. She also hears from British Army representatives, including a former NATO commander-in-chief, who argues that it is essential to ensure that homosexuality is kept out of the military.
The ban on gay and lesbian people serving in the UK's armed forces was eventually lifted in 1999. A news report about the change in the law is also available in this collection.
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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