Recent Laws

Many parents have fears for the safety and happiness of their LGBT children in today's society. Laws have been passed recently which have made life safer for our children and reflect a different understanding in our society. You can read more about these on the Stonewall website.

Today - Discrimination on the grounds of same-sex orientation is still being challenged today in many areas of life - employment law, churches, civil partnerships in religious premises etc.

2015 - 23.5.2015 - Ireland backs same-sex marriages in referendum

2014 - 29.3.2014 - First same-sex marriages in UK

2013 - 23.12.2013 - Royal Pardon granted to WWII code-breaker Alan Turing, 61 years after he poisoned himself

2013 - Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Act 2013: Gay Marriage for England and Wales approved by UK Parliament: in force March 2014.

2010 - Equality Act: The new public sector equality duty, which includes sexual orientation for the first time, came into force on 5 April 2011.

2008 - Parenting: Human Fertilisation and Embryology Act. Both partners in a same-sex couple undergoing fertility treatment can now be named on their child's birth certificate.

2007 The Equality (Sexual Orientation) Act specifically to protect gay men and lesbians in the use of public services (still in force, but updated in 2010).

2005 - Recognition of same-sex civil partnerships.

2003 - Repeal of section 28 of the local government act which banned the 'promotion of homosexuality' in local government, taken to mean schools.

2002 - Legal age of consent lowered again to conform with that for heterosexuals, i.e. 16 years.

2001 - Lifting of the ban on lesbians and gay men in the forces.

1994 - Criminal Justice Act lowered the legal age of consent for gay people from 21 to 18 years and de-criminalised homosexual acts between consenting men in the armed forces, but gay men could still be dismissed because of their sexuality, regardless of conduct.

Role Models

Our sons and daughters need to see more out LGB people from the Black and Minority Ethnic community, such as...

Angela Davis (1944 - ) Civil rights activist

Alice Walker (1944 - ) Activist and writer

Freddie Mercury (1946 - 1991) Singer/musician

Simon Nkoli (1957 - 1998) Anti-apartheid activist

Justin Fashanu (1961 - 1998) Footballer

Gok Wan (1974 - ) Fashion guru

Lord Waheed Alli (1964 - ) a Muslim, the first openly gay peer in the House of Lords.