The Decriminalisation of Homosexuality – anniversary screening

Date: Thursday 27 July 2017

Time: 18:30 - 21:30

Location: Central London

It will be 50 years to the day when intimacy between men was no longer a crime. On 27 July 1967 the Sexual Offences Act 1967, which decriminalised gay sex under certain circumstances, entered into force. It was a landmark moment for human rights and civil liberties which transformed the lives of gay men.


To celebrate, Doughty Street Chambers is screening the award winning film, Brother Outsider, which tells the story of a great gay hero, Bayard Rustin. Rustin was a visionary activist and strategist who has been called “the unknown hero” of the American civil rights movement. He was Martin Luther King’s right-hand man and the architect of nonviolent resistance. His gay identity was as important to him as being a black man. Rustin was convicted for being gay, and this film is a revelation about gay life under the shroud of criminalisation whilst also fighting for equality. Following the screening, there will be a Q & A with the film’s brilliant co- director, Bennett Singer.


A short performance of the written accounts of men who were convicted or caught up by the laws criminalising gay men will set the scene before the screening. This will include extracts from letters written by Gielgud, Turing and Wilde. 


Doughty Street Chambers would like to invite you to this celebration, which includes a drinks reception before the film screening and also offers an opportunity to view the outstanding photography exhibition ‘Other Heroes’ by Robert Taylor which celebrates unsung LGBT people who work for LGBT equality. We are grateful to Pinsent Masons for sponsoring and creating the idea behind this exhibition.

To register your interest for the event please email us to request a ticket.


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