#OnThisDay in #QueerHistory 133 years ago the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885 was brought into law in the UK.
This piece of law ended any ambiguity about whether being gay was a crime.
Up to this point ‘buggery’ was illegal. However, from 1885 simply being gay became punishable by law as ‘any homosexual act’ was considered criminal.
This Act was used in the criminal case against Oscar Wilde and led to his prosecution for being gay and several years of hard labour. It was commonly known as the ‘Blackmailer’s Charter’. In 1912 MPs attempted to add lesbianism to the Act, but this was dropped as it was feared this would draw attention to ‘the offence’ and ‘encourage woman to explore it’. The Act stayed in British law until 1967 when it was overturned by the ‘Alan Turing Law’. #likeforlikes
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