Legend Alan Turing Pardoned (for being gay)

Way to go UK government! Well folks, Alan Turing has been pardoned for his HORRIBLE crime of being gay in the 1Way to go UK government! Well folks, Alan Turing has been pardoned for his HORRIBLE crime of being gay in 50’s. The pardon came from Queen Elizabeth the second. Turing is a true legend, leader and hero. He is known for multiple contributions to computer sciences but is best known for his work in cracking German codes during the Second World War. His code-breaking skills helped bring many Nazis to justice. Turing was openly gay and not ashamed of who he was. Truly ahead of this time. Unfortunately, homosexual acts were criminal in the UK at the time and he was convicted of “gross indecency” because of his relationship with another man. He was convicted in 1952 and accepted treatment of a chemical castration (estrogen injections to kill his sex drive). Turing committed suicide in 1954, shortly after his 1952 conviction.

Here is what British Prime Minister, David Cameron, said in a statement: “His action saved countless lives. He also left a remarkable national legacy through his substantial scientific achievements, often being referred to as the ‘father of modern computing.’ ”

Great reminder of how far we have come with civil rights and also a reminder that we have a long way to go as well.

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