Stonewall are holding a number of advice sessions to answer any of your questions and offer information on completing your application form. For more information and to make an appointment contact our information service.
Stonewall campaigned hard for the repeal of laws that criminalised gay sex. These laws made consensual sex between men illegal but after the laws were changed thousands of men were left with convictions and cautions for offences such as gross indecency and buggery on their criminal records. Many felt unable to apply for jobs and voluntary positions as they feared these convictions would be revealed.
The Protection of Freedoms Act, which Stonewall lobbied for, allows people to apply to have these convictions and cautions 'disregarded' (removed from their criminal records). The following laws are covered:
Section 12 or 13 of the Sexual Offences Act 1956
Section 4 of the Vagrancy Act 1824
Section 61 of the Offences against the Person Act 1861
Section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885
Section 45 of the Naval Discipline Act 1866
Section 41 of the Army Act 1881
Section 41 of the Air Force Act 1917
Section 70 of the Army Act 1955
Section 70 of the Air Force Act 1955
Section 42 of the Naval Discipline Act 1957
People charged under these laws will only be able to have them disregarded if two key conditions are satisfied: