1967: A Sexual Revolution?
Jun 09, 2017 06:00 PM
End: Jun 09, 2017 07:30 PM
Location: Darwin Lecture Theatre, B40
1967 marks the 50th anniversary of two milestone events in the annals of British history for gay men and for women.
The Sexual Offences Act 1967 decriminalised homosexual 'acts' in private between two consenting males over the age of 21. Passed later that year, the Abortion Act 1967 allowed abortions to be lawfully performed under certain conditions in all of Great Britain (but not in Northern Ireland).
The passing of both acts represented a massive step forward for the gay and women's rights movements in the UK but also beyond. 50 years on, both movements have progressed considerably. However, does 1967, with the backdrop of the 'summer of love', represent the sexual revolution we were promised? Or were the last 50 years merely transitory? A golden age, if you will, for women and the LGBT community.
Whilst sections of the Western world progressed in enshrining the rights of LGBT people and women, the rest of the world failed to follow. And in 2017, we see bastions of equality and liberal thinking in a state of regression, stepping back from years of embedding the values of unity and tolerance within legal, political and social frameworks.
'1967: A Sexual Revolution?' seeks to celebrate the achievements of the equality agenda over the past 50 years but also explore important existential questions LGBT people and women may now face in a changing political world.
Dr Justin Bengry - Postdoctoral Research Fellow at Birkbeck, UoL
Professor Jonathan Bell - Director of the UCL Institute of the Americas
Ann Furedi – CEO of the British Pregnancy Advisory Service (BPAS)
Lisa Hallgarten – Writer and reproductive rights advocate
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