Consequences of Decriminalization of Homosexuality

Ken Sinclair, Michael W. Ross

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A comparison between homosexual males in two Australian states. Victoria (prior to decriminalization of homosexuality) and South Australia (eight years after decriminalization), indicated that the consequences of decriminalization did not include an increase in the negative aspects of homosexuality, such as public solicitation or sexually transmitted disease. Findings suggest that as a consequence of decriminalization, the psychological adjustment of homosexual men will increase and sexually transmitted diseases and public solicitation will decrease. These data are tentatively interpreted as indicating that there are few if any negative consequences of decriminalizing homosexuality, and a number of positive consequences.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)119-127
Number of pages9
JournalJournal of Homosexuality
Issue number1
StatePublished - Jan 1 1986


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