Exploring Wolfenden's impact on LGBT+ lives

About Lord John Wolfenden

Born in 1906, John Frederick Wolfenden is most famously known for his pivotal role in chairing the Departmental Committee on Homosexual Offenses and Prostitution, most commonly known as the Wolfenden Committee, from 1954 to 1957.

Prior to his work on political committees, Wolfenden taught Philosophy at Oxford University, served as headmaster of a prestigious public school, and was appointed Commander of the British Empire for his work directing the Air Training Corps during World War II.

At the time of the Wolfenden Committee, Wolfenden was serving as vice chancellor of the University of Reading, overseeing its expansion.