On Thursday, October 20th, the British government made a huge announcement that will have a positive effect on the LGBT community.
A new government proposal, referred to as the “Turing Law”, will posthumously pardon tens of thousands of gay and bisexual men who were convicted of sexually based offences. Many of these offences have now been abolished, meaning the “sexual behavior” of these men is no longer a crime in the eyes of the law. This is also a game changer for LGBT men who are still alive and were convicted of these crimes long ago.
This law is named after Alan Turing, a man who was chemically castrated as punishment for homosexual activity. He committed suicide in 1954 after such horrible treatment.
Justice Minister Sam Gyimah hopes this proposal is the beginning of a safer future for those who identify as gay or bisexual. He hopes this process will meet the government's “commitment to put right these wrongs”.