LGBT Foundation reaction to 'Alan Turing Law' posthumous pardons
Published: 20 October 2016 Tags: alan turing, lgbt, law By John Walding
Paul Martin OBE, Chief Executive of LGBT Foundation in Manchester, said:
“The Government move to pardon all gay and bisexual men convicted under the previous gross indecency laws, is an important decision for both them and their families.
“For all those who have worked tirelessly to bring about this legislation, it is long overdue. Welcome as it may be, no pardon will repair any broken relationships, blighted careers, or the possible lost opportunities of those convicted.
“The inclusion of John Nicholson’s proposals to extend an automatic pardon to the living as well as the deceased would have been a welcome addition and it is disappointing that his proposals are unlikely to be included in the Government amends to the Crime and Policing Bill. Sadly this means the 15,000 men who are still alive will need to seek a pardon by applying to the Home Office. A pardon is a great start, but for many it still implies that having sex with a consenting adult of the same sex was at some point wrong and pressure will rightly remain for moves towards a full apology.
“It is also important to remember that despite significant developments in equality legislation such as this, homophobia, biphobia and transphobia still exist and many LGBT people are still a long way from the point of where they can live out their lives as fully equal. This makes the ongoing advocacy and support of organisations such as the LGBT Foundation still vitally important.”