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Chapter 1 looks at the lives of gay men in the early to mid-1950s through the eyes of contemporary observers, including Wolfenden Committee witnesses. The chapter explores some of the issues discussed by the committee, which investigated male homosexuality between 1954 and 1957. It seeks to understand what life was like for homosexual men at this time, and how they were viewed by outside observers and commentators.

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Odd men out

Male homosexuality in Britain from Wolfenden to Gay Liberation


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