Legislative reforms

These are some of the most significant legislative LGBT+ landmarks in the UK. You can use these to help make a display, plan assemblies or include in PSHE lessons

1967

Decriminalization of
homosexual acts between
men over 21

1980

Decriminalization of
homosexual acts between
men over 21 “in private”

1988

Section 28 bans local
authorities and schools
from “promoting
homosexuality”

2000

Ban on homosexuals
serving in the British army
is lifted

2001

Age of consent for
homosexual acts lowered
from 18 to 16 years old in
line with heterosexual acts

2002

Homosexual couples are
granted equal adoption
rights

2004

Same sex couples have
the same rights and
responsibilities as married
heterosexual couples

2010

Equality Act Regulations

Discrimination against
lesbians and gay men in
the provision of goods and
services is made illegal

2014

Married Couples Act

Same sex marriage
becomes legal

2017

Merchant Shipping
Act

This act repealed the ban
on homosexuality in the
merchant navy

2018

LGBT+ Inclusive
Curriculum in Scotland

The Scottish parliament legislates for LGBT+ inclusive education across the country's curriculum - the first in the world to do so

2019

New relationships and sex education (RSE) law

MPs vote to approve LGBT+
inclusive SRE in England

2020

New SRE curriculum

From September, all secondary schools will be required to deliver SRE, and all primary schools will be required to deliver relationships education