The doctrine of Saint Wolfenden
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Chapter 2 examines the Wolfenden Report of 1957, analysing its main recommendations and casting a critical eye over some of its less well-known points. The chapter looks at each recommendation in detail, and assesses whether or not these represented an advance in contemporary attitudes towards homosexuality. This is followed by a detailed overview of the reactions and responses to the report, ranging from the press and broadcast media to the Churches, politicians and the general public. The chapter examines the report’s significance in changing attitudes towards homosexuality and in prompting an opening up of homosexual themes in plays, television and film. It also looks at the first steps towards law reform, up to and including 1960.

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Male homosexuality in Britain from Wolfenden to Gay Liberation


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