Last edited: February 14, 2005

Gay Bias

The Guardian, January 27, 2003,3604,883592,00.html

Despite the equalisation of the age of consent, the Home Office is refusing to remove from the sex offenders’ register men convicted of consenting gay sex with 16 and 17-year-olds (Gay men snared by old law, January 27). It is also refusing to amend the homophobic bias of the Sex Offenders Act 1997.

A gay man convicted of the consensual offence of gross indecency in a park or sauna is, even today, required to sign the sex offenders’ register if his partner is aged 16 or 17. In contrast, a heterosexual man aged 19 or younger who is convicted of unlawful sexual intercourse with a 13-year-old girl is not required to sign. The forthcoming sexual offences bill is an opportunity to repeal this homophobic discrimination.

Peter Tatchell

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