The 1967 legalisation of male gay sex was an act of pity, not equality, and the fight is far from over – but we can be proud of our achievements

When Oranges Are Not the Only Fruit was televised on BBC2 in 1990, it was the second episode that caused trouble, because two girls, certainly under 18, were kissing each other and about to have sex.

Sex between women has never been illegal in the UK. When Henry VIII’s Buggery Act – they called a spade a shovel back then – was replaced by the 1861 Offences Against the Person Act, sex between women was ignored.

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