Concept

LGBT rights in New South Wales

Summary
Lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) persons in the Australian state of New South Wales have most of the same rights and responsibilities as heterosexual cisgender people. Laws regarding sexual activity Private consensual sex between men has been legal in New South Wales since 1984, while lesbian sexual acts have never been criminalised. The age of consent for all forms of sex was equalised in 2003. Historical criminalisation and persecution Homosexuality was criminalised in New South Wales under section 79 of the Crimes Act 1900 (consent provisions were dealt with in section 78) which stated thus: "Whosoever commits the abominable crime of buggery, or bestiality, with mankind, or with any animal, shall be liable to imprisonment for fourteen years." In 1951, with the support of Police Commissioner Colin Delaney, who was noted for his obsession against homosexuality, Attorney General Reg Downing moved an amendment to the Act to ensure that "buggery" remai
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