Hey Queen, Pardon more gays!

As you know, computer science legend Alan Turing was just pardoned by the queen for his crime of being gay (official crime was “gross indecency”) in the 1950’s. Well…it turns out that there were around 50,000+ men that were prosecuted for being gay. British LGBT activist (and great person) Peter Tatchell is pushing the British government to pardon the rest of the men who were also convicted of the 19th-century law criminalizing being gay. The crazy thing is that there are 15,000 men who are still alive that were charged with that crime.

The government had previously and wrongly may I add, refused to pardon these men. But now the Queen has pardoned Turing so this has provided an additional (and much needed spotlight) on the topic.

Apparently, the first step for the pardon is a formal application of some sort. This is COMPLETE bull s*it. What kind of world do we live in where someone would have to apply for a pardon..for being gay?!!’ How is that even happening!?!

Hopefully people will do what is right and pardon all who experienced discrimination due to the dated and wrong anti-gay laws of the past.

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.