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Since sexual activity between males was first decriminalised in 1967, British law has moved toward greater support of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender (LGBT) rights, with the change accelerating in the early years of the twenty-first century.

Discrimination on the basis of both sexual orientation and gender identity is illegal in housing, employment and the provision of goods and services, and Her Majesty's Armed Forces allows LGBT individuals to serve openly. Same-sex couples have had the right to adopt since 2002 and to enter into civil partnerships since 2005. The Gender Recognition Act also gave transsexuals the right to change their legal gender. However, same-sex marriage is not legal or recognised in the United Kingdom.

Social attitudes towards homosexuality and LGBT rights are generally accepting. A 2007 survey conducted by YouGov indicated that 90% of the British public supported outlawing discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, and a 2009 poll by Populus reported that 61% supports allowing same-sex couples to marry.

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