In 1952, he was convicted of \”gross indecency\” – in effect, tried for being gay. His sentence – and he was faced with the miserable choice of this or prison – was chemical castration by a series of injections of female hormones. He took his own life just two years later.
Thousands of people have come together to demand justice for Alan Turing and recognition of the appalling way he was treated. While Turing was dealt with under the law of the time, and we can\’t put the clock back, his treatment was of course utterly unfair, and I am pleased to have the chance to say how deeply sorry I and we all are for what happened to him. Alan and the many thousands of other gay men who were convicted, as he was convicted, under homophobic laws, were treated terribly. Over the years, millions more lived in fear in conviction.
All according to the law at the time and, if we are to believe those who state that democracy trumps all, all entirely righteous for such laws were enacted by those duly elected by the populace.
Of course, of course, we\’ve gone far beyond that now, such trumping of civil rights, of liberties, by democracy no longer happens.
Tell that to the guys who got four years for consensual homoerotic S&M.