Queensland, Australia Pardons Men with Gay Sex Convictions, Allowing them to Travel Abroad

Queensland, Australia Pardons Men with Gay Sex Convictions, Allowing them to Travel Abroad

Queensland, Australia has announced that men found guilty of homosexuality offenses will have their convictions pardoned. Consensual gay sex between to men was illegal in Queensland all the way up to 1991 when it was decriminalized. Men with this type of conviction have been mistreated up to this day. If one’s record showed this type of infraction, he wasn’t able to work with children, given a visa to travel overseas, or work as a police officer.

Attorney-General Yvette D’Ath said that men have to apply for the conviction to be reversed. “Once a conviction is expunged a person does not need to disclose the offence nor be discriminated against for non-disclosure in their employment or profession,” she said. “We know this doesn’t make up for previous prejudice and discrimination, but it is an important step we can and will take to right these past wrongs.”

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