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History event to mark decriminalisation of homosexuality

Rachel Charman May 25, 2007
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The House of Homosexual Culture will host a twentieth-century history event this weekend.

57/67 celebrates and examines the publication of the Wolfenden Report in 1957, and the passing of the Sexual Offences Act ten years later.

The government-sponsored Wolfenden report suggested that homosexual activity between consenting adults should not be considered a crime, whilst the 1967 Act decriminalised homosexuality between in private between men of over 21 or over.

Historians, authors and members of the public will come together to discuss the effects of the two events on LGBT people both then and now.

The HoHoC describes the event as ‘an afternoon of personal testimony, musical memories, film clips, fashion and performance.’

There will be contributions from gay rights activist and historian Jeffrey Weeks, iconic lesbian author Maureen Duffy, film-maker Peter de Rome, who gave evidence to the Wolfenden Committee, and Linda Wilkinson from Amnesty International.

There will also be an exhibition of press cuttings and archive material in the bar entitled ‘1967 and all that’, as well as drag entertainment from Tony Page.

57/67 will take place at Drill Hall, The Drill Hall, 16 Chenies St, London WC1 on Sunday 24 June, 4pm

Tickets: £12 (£10 concessions). Call 020 7307 5060, visit, or see for more details

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