In this 2017 doc, now available in full online, actor Rupert Everett tours Britain to revisit the nation’s past when gay sex was criminalized in 50 Shades of Gay, a special program on the UK’s Channel 4.
It’s been 55 years since the legalization of homosexuality in the UK (the 1967 Sexual Offences Act was given royal assent on 27th July of that year) – a great leap forward for tolerance and equality. But while the country basks in self-congratulation, one gay man – Rupert Everett – wants to ask some uncomfortable questions about what was lost, as well as gained, when gay men and women could finally step out from the closet. In this documentary, Rupert is going to meet a cast of LGBT men and women to chart some of the changes that have taken place in gay life and gay culture over the last fifty years. From the men in their eighties who frequented the underground gay clubs of Soho and cottaged with palace guards, to young transgender people coming out as the ‘only trans in the village’ in rural Britain, the cast will exemplify something about the gay experience in the different eras of LGBTQ+ visibility, from gay-bashing to the AIDS crisis to the first ‘gaybies’.
Check out the full doc after the jump!