Non-Heterosexual Men, Scotland and Homosexual Law Reform

  • Jeffrey Meek
Part of the Genders and Sexualities in History Series book series (GSX)


In this book I have sought to detail a history of male homosexuality in Scotland during the twentieth century. This endeavour was undertaken to offer a Scottish perspective to research which has to date focused chiefly on England. What emerges is that there existed legal and cultural peculiarities in Scotland, which have impacted upon the experiences of gay and bisexual men (GBM). One of the most significant peculiarities of this period relates to why Scotland was excluded from the Sexual Offences Act 1967 which brought about the limited decriminalisation of homosexual acts between consenting male adults in England and Wales. Various reasons have been forwarded, mostly in relation to Scotland’s independent legal and religious systems and their open hostility to homosexual law reform.


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  1. 1.
    Matt Houlbrook (2005) Queer London: Perils and Pleasures in the Sexual Metropolis, 1918–1957 (Chicago; London: University of Chicago Press), p. 243.Google Scholar

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© Jeffrey Meek 2015

Authors and Affiliations

  • Jeffrey Meek
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  1. 1.University of GlasgowUK

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