Stonewall today welcomed provisions in the Freedom Bill to erase old convictions for consensual gay sex. Once passed, the measures will enable gay men previously prosecuted for consensual acts to apply to have such convictions removed from police records.
Stonewall Chief Executive Ben Summerskill said ‘For some gay men, these convictions have continued to overshadow their lives long after the offences were removed from the statute book. Britain has moved on. It’s only right that these men should be free to apply for jobs and voluntary roles without fearing that these historic and unjust convictions will be revealed through criminal record checks. Stonewall will be encouraging politicians of all parties to back the measures in the months ahead.’