LGBT Britain: 50 years of changing laws and changing attitudes

This week marks the 50th anniversary of a change in the law Credit: ITV

When the Sexual Offences Act was passed on 27th July 1967, it lifted the total ban on homosexuality.

Previously, men were not allowed to be gay. Thousands were prosecuted and sent to prison, including the writer Oscar Wilde and Second World War codebreaker Alan Turing.

The change in the law partially decriminalised homosexuality but only in private and the age of consent was 21. What followed was many decades of campaigning to secure equal rights for the LGBT community.

Watch our special reports to find out more about the change in the law and the progress made over the past 50 years.

It's been fifty years since a change in the law that helped to decriminalise homosexuality. Decades of campaigning continued, though, in the fight for equal rights for all.

There were some setbacks along the way but, slowly, attitudes changed. In the second part of our series, Lauren Hall looks at how far we've come over the decades.

One of the biggest changes in social history took place half a century ago. It's the 50th anniversary of the Sexual Offences Act, which began the decriminalisation of homosexuality.

All week, we've been looking back at this major milestone. In the third and final part of her series, Lauren Hall looks at where we are today, and what the future holds for our LGBT community.