Bemused Girl (minervasolo) wrote in little_details,
Bemused Girl

homosexual court cases in fifties britain

I've tried googling with every combination of phrase I can think of (1950s fifties sodomy homosexuality buggery uk england court law cases transcripts...), but nothing specific enough is coming up. I've gone through all the relevant tags, and while I've found a lot of interesting information, nothing has been what I'm looking for.

I'm writing a novel about a gay couple in the fifties in England. The framing device is a court case in which the men are being prosecuted; their relationship is depicted in a series of vignettes relating to the case. One man comes from a background of organised crime and lied about his age to join the army during world war two; the other is of wealthy German Jewish descent (family moved to England in the early thirties and changed names) and has spent most of his life in expensive single sex education and has a degree from Cambridge in the classics. I don't know the extent to which their backgrounds could influence the case; examples from real life cases would be appreciated.

Everything I've found so far doesn't go much farther then mentioning describing whether an individual was found guilty or not and how long they spent in prison. What I'm looking for, ideally, are transciprts of early fifties cases, preferably pre-1953 (before the trial that led to the Wolfenden report). Failing that, detailed description and examples of commonly asked questions.
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