Sunday, May 09, 2010

gay men are still sex offenders

In all the election kerfuffle I forgot to put a notice here about a new article I've published.

Even though gay sex is fully legalised in the UK, men who were convicted of it are still recorded as sex offenders. A gay man who had a confession beaten out of him 50 years ago is still prevented from doing volunteer work with children or vulnerable adults.

Tens of thousands of men's lives are impeded like this, losing job prospects and living with the threat of vigilante violence. The state has deleted some records when individually applied for, but it cannot be fair that we can apologise for persecuting gay men yet refuse to erase their convictions as a matter of course.

I've just published an article about it on U-Know, Gay Men are Still Sex Offenders

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