Owen Jones: Hatred of LGBTQ people still infects society. How can we celebrate? | Owen Jones

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.

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