Fifty years on from the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality, gay and trans teenagers are still tormented by bigotry. Fury, not gratitude, is the proper response
• Owen Jones is a Guardian columnist
Anger, searing fury, not gratitude: that’s how the 50th anniversary of partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales should be marked. That we are no longer legally persecuted in this country – and that we are less hated and judged than we were – is not something to be thankful for. Gaining treatment others take for granted is not some special gift: equality is not a privilege.