NSW Government Issues Apology to Victims of Historical Homosexuality Laws

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NSW Government Issues Apology to Victims of Historical Homosexuality Laws

Formal Apology Announced

In a pivotal move towards reconciliation, the New South Wales government has announced a formal apology to individuals who suffered discrimination under previous laws that criminalised homosexuality. This apology, set to be delivered in parliament in June, coincides with the 40th anniversary of the state’s amendment of the Crimes Act 1900, which decriminalised homosexuality.

Advocacy and Acknowledgment

The decision to issue an apology follows decades of advocacy by various groups, notably Equality Australia, which has been instrumental in highlighting the lasting impact of these discriminatory laws. These efforts have drawn attention to the ongoing harm experienced by those affected.

Government’s Stance

Penny Sharpe, Leader of the Government in the Legislative Council, underscored the significance of recognising the harm caused by these historical laws. She stated, “A formal apology to those who suffered at the hands of the law that criminalised homosexuality recognises the harm done to many and acknowledges that it was wrong.”

This gesture by the NSW government represents a crucial step in acknowledging past injustices and fostering a more inclusive society.

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