Queensland to erase old convictions for homosex offences

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Queensland, Australia will follow the lead set by the other Australian states Victoria and New South Wales in expunging historical gay consensual sex criminal convictions, following a meeting between LGBTI community representatives and the state government but men convicted of homosexual conduct prior to its decriminalisation in Queensland in 1990, will probably have to wait until after next year’s state election to apply to have their records altered.

The Sydney Star Observer notes that

Despite most of the 460-plus men convicted of homosexual acts throughout the law’s near 100-year history of existence, Peter Black, the president of Brisbane Pride, a Queensland University of Technology senior law lecturer, told media that expungement of past convictions would be a significant moment for the LGBTI community.

“[It would be] a recognition from the government that those laws should never have been on the books to begin with – and that is consensual sexual activity between two adult men should not be criminal and I think there is some genuine symbolic value for the LGBTI community in having the Queensland government – or any government for that matter – come forward and provide a process for the convictions to be expunged,” Black said.

Source

Sydney Star Observer

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