Cleaning Out The Camp

Eddie Mair investigates the attitude and policy of the armed services towards homosexuality over the last 60 years.

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The laissez-faire attitude during the Second World War quickly gave way to an anti-gay crackdown, despite the liberalisation of social attitudes leading up to the Sexual Offences Act of 1967.

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The gulf between civil and military law existed for 33 years between 1967 and 2000.

Why did the armed services maintain a ban on homosexuality for so long?