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Chapter 7 takes the story forward to 1971, looking at the failings of the 1967 Act and questioning the extent to which gay men’s lives improved. The chapter demonstrates that the Act further restricted gay men’s freedom and punished ‘illegal’ acts more zealously and harshly than before. It also examines the Act’s impact on gay men, evolving social attitudes towards homosexuality, further efforts at reform, and increasing violence and hostility towards gay men.

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Odd men out

Male homosexuality in Britain from Wolfenden to Gay Liberation

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