Dec 15, 2011 7:19 PM GMT
The gay computer pioneer, Alan Turing, was convicted of gross indecency in 1952, when homosexual acts were illegal in the UK. Two years later he killed himself by taking cynanide. As gay men who use the internet let's sign this petition for his pardon.
To sign this petition you have to be a British Citizen.
Here is an article from the bbc: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-england-manchester-16061279
And another from the Pink Paper: http://news.pinkpaper.com/NewsStory/6552/8/12/2011/thousands-sign-petition-to-pardon-alan-turings-gross-indecency-charge.aspx
The text of the e-petition reads:
e-petition Grant a pardon to Alan Turing
Responsible department: Ministry of Justice
We ask the HM Government to grant a pardon to Alan Turing for the conviction of 'gross indecency'. In 1952, he was convicted of 'gross indecency' with another man and was forced to undergo so-called 'organo-therapy' - chemical castration. Two years later, he killed himself with cyanide, aged just 41. Alan Turing was driven to a terrible despair and early death by the nation he'd done so much to save. This remains a shame on the UK government and UK history. A pardon can go to some way to healing this damage. It may act as an apology to many of the other gay men, not as well known as Alan Turing, who were subjected to these laws.
Here's the link: http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/23526
We all know the internet was made to have sex.