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Tasmania Marks 25 Years Of Decriminalising Gay Sex

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Tasmania was the last jurisdiction in Australia to decriminalise male same-sex relationships and on Sunday May 1, the LGBTQI community celebrated 25th anniversary of that historic event.

Before the law was changed on May 1, 1997, any sexual relationship between men was illegal and punishable with 21 years in gaol.

Tasmania was also the only state in Australia to outlaw crossdressing – the law was repealed in 2000. Governor Barbara Baker AC hosted a reception for LGBTQI activists at Government House on Sunday to mark the anniversary.

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