Bbc 50 years ago gay britain
By Paul Flynn. In August , Kenneth Halliwell bludgeoned to death his partner, the gifted playwright Joe Orton, in their one-room apartment in Islington, north London. Halliwell then swallowed a bottle of pills and lay beside his lover to die. Gayness was no longer an imprisonable offence. Fifty years later, had Orton not died in other circumstances, he might have turned 84 years old. Joe Orton was an ordinary boy from Leicester.
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BBC - Travel - Where gay pride began 50 years ago
The Pride parade in London is taking place on Saturday 6 July. Pride has been celebrated all over the world over the last few weeks. Two years ago in the UK, the Pride celebrations were particularly significant as marked the year anniversary since it stopped being illegal for two men to be in a relationship in England and Wales. This is called the decriminalisation of homosexuality, and meant that this wasn't going to be a crime anymore. The law changed in Northern Ireland and Scotland later, but it was never illegal for two women.
BBC to Celebrate 50 Years Since Decriminalisation of Homosexuality with Gay Britannia Season
Suitably titled The Gay Britannia Season , the event aligns itself with the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalization of homosexuality in the UK, as a way to celebrate all things proud and gay within British culture. The BBC is to run a selection of programmes across all platforms to celebrate gay culture in Britain.
Fifty years ago, in the early-morning hours of 28 June , a police raid at a Mafia-run dive bar in New York City changed the course of history. The Stonewall Inn didn't have a liquor license, running water or fire escapes, but in an era when being gay was viewed as a crime, this scruffy Greenwich Village pub was one of the few sanctuaries where members of New York's LGBTQ community could openly express themselves without fear of harassment. So, when police burst through the doors just after and demanded to see patrons' identifications and physically verify their gender, one drag queen wasn't having it.