Human Rights Insights: Homosexuality and Love

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Vol: 17, Issue: 1

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Kirby, Michael
homosexual; human rights; love
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Extract:I am sure that many young Australians have never heard of Alfred Kinsey. Perhaps the recent Hollywood film, Kinsey, brought him back to life and popular culture. But whether they have heard of him or not, Kinsey’s reports of 1948 and 1953 on sexuality in the human male and female provided the impetus for a Royal Commission known as the Wolfenden enquiry in Britain in 1957. That report recommended the repeal of the criminal laws targeted on gays in Britain. In turn, this led to the change of the law in Britain in 1967. The Australian legal changes followed, State by State, in the ensuing decade.