Gay sex records to be erased

Tasmanians convicted of gay sex look set to have their criminal record cleared with the state's three political parties supporting the move.

Labor, Liberals and the Greens today committed to following the Victorian Government's decision to expunge criminal records for gay sex.

Tasmania was the last state to decriminalise homosexuality with men still being arrested and fined until the mid-80s.

Tasmanian Gay and Lesbian Rights Group spokesman Rodney Croome said hundreds of men had been prosecuted under the law and estimated about 20 to 30 would still be alive.

Mr Croome also wants an apology for the damage caused by the criminalisation.

''An apology will recognise and begin to heal the pain Tasmania's former anti-gay laws criminal laws inflicted, including blackmail, social exclusion, hate crimes and suicide," Mr Croome said.

If you or someone you know would be affected by the move to expunge criminal records for gay sex, The Examiner would like to speak to you. 

Please email rbolger@examiner.com.au or call 6220 9602.

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