Politics, Society and Homosexuality in Post-War Britain: The Sexual Offences Act of 1967 and ...


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  • An in-depth and comprehensive examination of the Act of ’67, which changed how society viewed homosexuality
  • Extensive use of primary and period sources, which present the reader with greater detail on the subject than ever before
  • A large number of period photographs, many of which have not appeared in print for over 50 years


The Sexual Offences Act of 1967 was ground-breaking in the UK and Politics, Society and Homosexuality in Post-War Britain: The Sexual Offences Act of 1967 and its Significance marks the fiftieth anniversary of its successful path to the statute book.

The act was not without controversy and was fiercely fought over by the likes of Mary Whitehouse and right-wing reactionary Tories who in typical style fought to impose their narrow-minded blue-rinse views. Now, in 2017, Western Europe leads the way in LGBT rights.

Thirteen out of the twenty-one countries that have legalised same-sex marriage worldwide are situated in Europe; a further thirteen European countries have legalised civil unions or other forms of recognition for same-sex couples.

This civilised state of affairs was not always the case and in this book, Keith Dockray charts in a short and pithy manner the difficult path the Bill followed and records those who supported it and were against it.

THE AUTHOR

Keith Dockray was formerly a senior examiner in medieval history and early modern history at the University of Huddersfield. He has written extensively on fifteenth century history and appeared in numerous television documentaries, including the Channel 4 ‘courtroom’ programme The Trial of Richard III.

FORMAT

235 x 165 mm - paperback - 96 pages - 78 black-and-white and colour photographs

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