U.K. Failing To Wipe Records of Gay Sex Convictions

Peter tatchell. Photo credit: Colin, via Wikipedia

In 1967, the U.K. legalized consensual gay sex, but gay men were still convicted under different laws until 2004. The government devised a plan in 2012 to wipe these convictions off English and Welsh gay mens’ records, but have deleted less than 200 crimes since.

Of the 663 convictions submitted, the government has only wiped 183, according to the Guardian. Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell told the Guardian that around 100,000 men were convicted under anti-gay laws from 1885 to 2003, and the government failed the 15,000 that are still alive.

“Many of these men had their lives ruined. Not only did they carry the stigma of a criminal conviction but many were jailed and beaten,” Tatchell told the Guardian. “Some lost their homes, jobs, marriages and children. These men deserve compensation for their suffering but so far the government is refusing them recompense.” 

Tatchell said the government did a poor job of publicizing the plan, which led to the low application rate.


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