The Gay Rights Movement | The campaign for sexual equality
CHANNEL | BBC 1
FIRST BROADCAST | 19 December 2005
DURATION | 2 minutes 34 seconds
As the first UK civil partnership ceremonies take place in Belfast, not everyone is happy about this change in the law. Religious groups campaign against what they describe as a 'day of shame', while heterosexual common-law couples feel they have been discriminated against by not receiving identical benefits as same-sex couples, who can register their civil partnerships.
This programme contains language and views that some may find offensive.
Technically, the first civil partnership registration in the UK was held on 5 December 2005 between Christopher Cramp and Matthew Roche, who were allowed to forego the usual 15-day waiting period as Roche was terminally ill (and, in fact, he lost his battle with lung cancer the following day). As seen in this report, Grainne Close and Shannon Sickles were the first couple to register their civil partnership after the waiting period.
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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