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Rupert Everett asks the unaskable on the fiftieth anniversary of the legalisation of homosexuality in the UK
This year marks the fiftieth anniversary of the legalisation of homosexuality in the UK - 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. Since decriminalisation much has been achieved in terms of openness and acceptance but, Rupert will argue, something has been sacrificed as well. Some of the things Rupert loves about gay culture - its rebelliousness and subversiveness, for example - have faded in the process of assimilation into the mainstream. Has the price of acceptance been imitation? In short, is the only acceptable gay culture one that looks and behaves straight?
Swan Films for Channel 4, UK
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