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    If it was really no longer acceptable, then there’d be no need to remind people. They’d carry the knowledge with them instinctively. In fact, of course, it’s only quasi-acceptable. Being gay is still seen as fine in some contexts, but not all. It’s acceptable in your proverbial Islington dining room (though perhaps not in the Islington registry office), fine according to the statute book, but not if you try kissing your same-sex partner in public. Or sit next to them on the bus. Or hold hands in the street.

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