We asked readers to share their memories of the passing of the act in 1967, and what impact it had on their lives and LGBT rights

“I don’t remember being overwhelmed with a feeling of liberation in 67, just that I felt at last a little justice had been done. In some respects at least, I was no longer regarded as a criminal.”

Colin Livett’s memory of 27 July 1967 – when the Sexual Offences Act 1967 received royal assent, 50 years ago this week – is indicative of the many responses we received from gay people who lived through the moment often described as the “legalisation of homosexuality” in the UK.

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