Please consider signing this petition, especially if you are a British citizen or resident.
The Alan Turing (Statutory Pardon) Bill [HL] 2013-14 proposes a posthumous pardon for Turing's "gross indecency" offences, namely his sexual relationship with another man, for which he was chemically castrated and barred from continuing his extraordinary work.
He was not alone. Many had to break the law in order to fulfil basic human needs. To single out Turing suggests that it is Turing's work that mitigates his offences. We contend that nobody, regardless of achievements, should have been prosecuted for pursuing romantic or sexual relations with consenting adults. This law was as damaging to unsung teachers, unknown retailers and others as it was for the hero of Bletchley Park.
We propose that a Statutory Pardon for Turing alone is an inappropriate way to celebrate his work, and a slight to the many other victims of this inhumane legislation. We ask that the Government pardons all who were convicted for gross indecency offences for crimes relating to homosexual acts.
Also, please stop saying Alan Turing definitely killed himself as this is by no means certain. Please use these images of him smiling in future, rather than the usual grim and proper photo that perpetuates the myth of the sad victim. I hope it goes without saying that I hope this is shared across as many Gawker sites as possible by those who can.
Who needs your pardons anyway, here in Manchester we remember him proudly. Here is the Alan Turing Memorial by the Universities and Gay Village:
And here is Alan Turing Way, the A6010 running past the Manchester City Football Ground and Manchester Regional Arena: