chapter  8
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Rights, victims and parliamentary reform

The headlines in the media in general, and in the lesbian and gay press in particular, suggest that contemporary law and legal practice in the United Kingdom has a lot to say in general about genital relations between persons of the same sex and in particular about genital relations between men. They point to the significance of same-sex genital relations in the context of the regulation of the workplace, in legal relations concerned with the family, in housing, in pensions rights and interests, in the regulation of communications and the media, in the administration of the law, and in the context of the legal powers of local government. Last but not least, many of the headlines draw attention to the importance of genital relations between men in the criminal law and those laws governing the various institutions that administer the criminal justice system. All in their different ways suggest that the current law has a lot to say about homosexuality.