Wednesday, September 12, 2007

A new life for gay people in Britain began on that day

When I grew up, to be homosexual seemed a life sentence to shame. A brave report 50 years ago paved the way for change.

Julian Mitchell, author of the screenplays for Wilde and several episodes of Inspector Morse as well as the play Another Country, which was later made into a film, recently wrote Consenting Adults for BBC Four's Hidden Lives season. The 80 min drama tells the story of the Wolfenden Committee and evocate the relationship of the Chairman of the Committee with his homosexual son.

This was when Mitchell was a learning about his own sexuality. He draws a picture of the situation for gay men at the time in this article for the Guardian published on the eve of the anniversary of the publication of the report.

The comments left by readers at the end of the article are an interesting read too.

You can read the full article here.

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