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

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1967

Decriminalization of
homosexual acts between
men over 21

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1980

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

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1988

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

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2000

Ban on homosexuals
serving in the British army
is lifted

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2001

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

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2002

Homosexual couples are
granted equal adoption
rights

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2004

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

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2010

Equality Act Regulations

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

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2014

Married Couples Act

Same sex marriage
becomes legal

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2017

Merchant Shipping
Act

This act repealed the ban
on homosexuality in the
merchant navy

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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

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2019

New relationships and sex education (RSE) law

MPs vote to approve LGBT+
inclusive SRE in England

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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

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