United Kingdom, Europe

Contemporary British attitudes towards LGBT rights and homosexuality are regarded as generally liberal. The age of consent stands at 16 - regardless of sexual orientation. In 2004, the Gender Recognition Act created a process for transsexual and transgender people to change their legal sex. The landmark Civil Partnership Act 2004 created a parallel legal structure to marriage, giving gay couples all the rights and responsibilites of marriage, including the eligibility to apply to adopt children. In addition, discrimination based on both sexual orientation and gender identity is illegal in many fields, including housing, employment and the provision of goods and services. Likewise, Her Majesty's Armed Forces allows LGBT individuals to serve openly. In December 2008, the United Kingdom - along with 65 other countries - signed a United Nations declaration calling for the global decriminalization of homosexuality.

 

News & Reports:

 

Gay UK News & Reports 2006

1 Gay, Muslim and trying to come out of the closet 1/06 2 Police Force Named Britain’s Most Gay-Friendly Employer 1/06 3 Lesbian poet wins UK prize 1/06 4 British Member Of Parliament Caught In Gay Sex Scandal 1/06 5 Lesbian soldiers tie the knot 2/06 6 Sir Ian McKellen, actor and activist, to receive… Read more »

Gay UK News & Reports 2004-05

1 New initiative to tackle London homophobia 1/04 2 The court of Queen Anne’s England was awash with gay men 1/04 3 Transsexuals marriage bill clears Lords 2/04 4 London to get gay museum? 5/04 5 Gay couples to get joint rights 3/04 6 ‘Gay Relationship Recognition long over-due’ 3/04 7 Homophobia hampers HIV fight… Read more »

Gay UK News & Reports 2003

1 North-south divide over gay sex attacked (England vs Scotland) 1/03 2 Britain Gets First Openly Gay Judge 1/03 3 Sweeping Sex Law Changes For England 1/03 4 Peter Tatchell–Just a zealous guy 2/03 5 Glasgow pioneers service for young gays 2/03 6 Abuse comes with the gay territory 2/03 7 Twenty percent of gays… Read more »

Gay UK News & Reports 2000-02

1 Gay Age of Consent (16) bill to become law 11/00 2 Britain to legalize gay sex in Caribbean colonies 11/00 3 Gays in the British Military: Ask, Tell and Then Move On 2/01 4 Gay consent case is finally settled 3/01 5 Straights and gays take to same lifestyle 5/01 6 Homosexuality is divinely… Read more »

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1 Brothels, Sex Workers and Torture 1/09 (background story) 2 Cambodia to ban foreign gays from adopting children 2/09 3 Celebrate at Phnom Penh Pride 2009! 2/09 4 A gay-friendlier Kingdom 3/09 5 HIV/AIDS crisis looming among gay men: report 8/09 6 Cambodia: Bloggers discuss LGBT issues 1/10 7 About GK 2/10 8 By Ancient… Read more »