Gay his­tory ex­punged

The Gold Coast Bulletin - - NEWS -

YES­TER­DAY marked the end of a long road for Queens­land men found guilty of his­toric ho­mo­sex­u­al­ity of­fences, with their con­vic­tions fi­nally of­fi­cially ex­punged, upon ap­pli­ca­tion af­ter June 30.

Con­sen­sual adult gay sex was a crime in Queens­land un­til Jan­uary 1991 when it was de­crim­i­nalised by the Goss gov­ern­ment, but con­vic­tions be­fore that date have re­mained on crim­i­nal records.

For decades con­vic­tions have had to be dis­closed when ap­ply­ing for a card to work with chil­dren, a visa to travel over­seas or for gov­ern­men­tre­lated work such as a po­lice of­fi­cer.

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