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Victora to erase convictions of men convicted of being gay

VICTORIA will become the first state to erase the criminal records of men who were previously convicted for having gay sex.

Premier Denis Napthine made the announcement on Sunday where he became the first premier to launch Melbourne's annual gay and lesbian Midsumma festival.

The move will end decades of anxiety for countless men who were prosecuted before homosexuality was decriminalised in Victoria in 1981.

Before decriminalisation, men who had consensual sex with other men were convicted of crimes such as "buggery" and "gross indecency with a male person" which restricted them from travelling, volunteering or applying for jobs such as teaching.

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