Foyle Pride: Convicted for Love (Followed by Q&A)
To mark the 50th anniversary of the partial decriminalisation of homosexuality in England and Wales, this documentary tells the stories four gay men who fell foul of Britain's laws.
A young gay man in a small Welsh town, grappling with his feelings in a world many decades before gay rights were recognised as human rights, confided in his local doctor. John Sam Jones weeps at the memory of the small atom of kindness offered by the GP, who told him: 'That’s a real nuisance for you in the age that we live in.'
Sadly the age that John Sam Jones lived in believed that homosexuality could be cured with utterly barbaric electric shock aversion therapy. It didn’t work, of course, and Jones’s ability to form relationships was impaired for years afterwards. Though he’s now happily married to his German partner.
This affecting documentary, from the excellent Testimony Films, looks at older gay men for whom the 1967 Sexual Offences Act didn’t provide a clean slate and a right to live as they wished.
The documentary was made by Testimony Films and directed by award winning Director Steve Humphries.
Q & A chaired by Eamon McCann (from the documentary), Terry Stewart (political activist and trade unionist) and Dr. Don Milligan (political activist and writer)
No booking necessary. All donations towards Foyle Pride.