Gay Old Times
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Gay Old Times

The ‘Gay Pogrom’ of the 1950s

The dark before the dawn.

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The 1950s was a dark decade for queer Englishmen. Between 1945 and 1955, arrests for “gross indecency” soared to over 2,500 a year, with an average of 1,000 men being incarcerated annually. It was a marked increase, seen by many as a targeted persecution, and became known as the “gay pogrom.”

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Kate Aaron

Kate Aaron

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