Wolfenden Report, ‘Report of the Departmental Committee on Homosexual Offences and Prostitution in Great Britain’

This public report published in 1957 paved the way for decriminalisation of same-sex activity in England & Wales in 1967.

The Wolfenden Report, published in the UK in 1957 and disregarding the conventional ideas of its day, recommended that ‘homosexual behaviour between consenting adults in private should no longer be a criminal offence.’ The Committee determined that it was not the function of the law to intervene in the private life of citizens. The Committee also rejected the idea that homosexuality was a disease.