About this Campaign
December 2014's release of the movie The Imitation Game has brought worldwide attention to the UK's archaic anti-homosexuality laws, under which 49,000 men were prosecuted in the 1950s for crimes of indecency.
The movie tells the story of Alan Turing - a British computer scientist and mathematician who was hailed a hero for breaking the Enigma code used by German forces during World War II. Turing was awarded the OBE by King George IV for his wartime coding efforts in 1945 and made substantial contributions to the coding, computing and mathematics fields throughout the 1940s.
In 1952, Turing charged with “gross indecency” in accordance with Section 11 of the UK's Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885 as a result of a homosexual affair with a local man. Turing plead guilty at the advice of his counsel and was given the choice of prison or probation for his sentence. Turing chose probation, which included a condition of mandatory hormonal therapy to reduce libido. The therapy (injections of oestregen) rendered Turing impotent and resulted in other hormonal changes as well.
As a result of his conviction, Turing lost his security clearance and was barred from working with the government or military on intelligence coding projects. Turing fell into a deep depression and subsequently committed suicide two years later.
In 2009, then Prime Minister Gordon Brown issued an apology to Turing on the behalf of Parliament for his harsh treatment and tragedies that followed.
In August 2014, Queen Elizabeth issued a posthumous pardon on Turing's behalf – sixty two years after his conviction.
Those who lobbied for Turing's pardon say that, while they are pleased with the progress they have made, there's still more to do in order to completely right this wrong.
In addition to Turing, some 49,000 other men were convicted of homosexuality in the UK during the 1950s and each one of those deserves the same apology and pardon as Turing received – and then some.
The UK should publicly acknowledge and claim responsibility for the shame, pain and suffering these men had to endure as a result of these antiquated, intolerant laws.
We need to be the voice for those who cannot speak for themselves.
Demand full pardons of all the 49,000 men convicted for decency crimes in the UK under these archaic laws.
How Can you Help?
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How to get involved:
- Visit Parliament's website to find contact information for Parliament members where you can call, write and email your support for the pardoning of those convicted of indecency crimes.
- Sign the petition at Change.org to show your support of the pardon of these 49,000 men.
- Share hashtag #RememberAlanTuring, this story and links with your friends, family and followers.
- Encourage them to do the same.
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