Leo Abse

The United Kingdom has a long history of oppressing people of LGBT+ identities. In particular, gay men were historically subject to laws that called for their imprisonment or even their death if they ever engaged in homosexual activities. But then in 1967, MP Leo Abse passed a bill that broadly decriminalized taking part in those acts, so long as it was done in private. Safe to say, the new law was not ideal, and Abse himself was far from the perfect advocate for gay Britons. But through an intense examination of the brutal battle for queer acceptance in the UK, our season finale episode argues that Abse should nonetheless be regarded as a key advocate for the cause of LGBT rights.


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