Other treatments described were psychoanalysis and hypnotherapy. If there was a treatment that could change homosexuality for most people who wanted to change that wouldn't feel unreasonable to me, because I still see guys who are predominantly homosexual but are really very uncomfortable with the whole gay scene. I sent for the vicar and told him to come to me if they approached him again. Journal of The History of Sexuality, Vol. Grey is now 89 and has a civil partnership with that same man Grey's partner has always remained anonymous and prefers to do so now.
For all that the law was draconian, it was also unenforceable.
Man fights to clear gay criminal record from 1950s
So, is Abse right that he got as much as he could in the circumstances? All but two had worked in the NHS. This was likely in part due to the fact that many gay activists still believed that homosexuality was a disease and being secretive wasn't a political liability. We had to become electrifying geniuses! Again subtlety was often necessary for bars to remain available, as Steward notes that if you were too open, "you were handed a small card by the bartender saying that your presence was not appreciated
With hindsight, professionals realised that they had not appreciated the influence of social context on sexual behaviour. We also used professional contacts, advertisements, articles, and programmes in the national media and names given by participants in the accompanying paper Online First, bmj. Furthermore, self-acceptance and expression were seen as an attempt by the "perverted" to "satisfy neurotic pseudo-aggression. British psychiatry and homosexuality. Yet they were all dragged to court and a year-old considered to be the ringleader was sentenced to 21 months. To make matters worse, the maximum penalty for any man over 21 committing acts of 'gross indecency' which included masturbation and oral sex with a to year-old was increased from two years to five years.