Wednesday, September 09, 2009

You don't have to be gay

Talking to the editor of a major magazine aimed at gay men it became clear that he assumed, incorrectly, that I was gay, and that that was an important factor motivating me to push my Alan Turing petition. I understand why he assumed that, but it also worries me: it makes it easy for people to assume that this is a 'gay issue'.

It's not...

You don't have to be gay to think that prosecuting a man for a private consensual sex act who just seven years before had been hailed as a hero of the Second World War was simply wrong.

You don't have to be gay to be appalled that just thirteen years after Alan Turing committed suicide the crime he committed was no longer a crime.

You don't have to be gay to think that chemically castrating a man (after offering him the "alternative" of prison) because of his sexuality is simply disgusting.

You don't have to be gay to feel the pain of the bitter irony that Alan Turing helped defeat a regime whose ideology was based on prejudice, only to find himself prosecuted because of another form of prejudice at home.

You simply have to be human.



Blogger Huma Shah said...

Great post and all true.

7:05 PM  
Blogger Gomer said...

I agree, It's not a "gay" issue, it is a human rights issue.

8:37 PM  
Blogger martijn said...


8:40 AM  
Blogger pir said...

Well said.

10:39 AM  
Blogger Dogsbody said...

I remember going to work with an anti AIDS ribbon on (before we had ribbons for everything) and a colleague pulling me to one side to ask me quietly if I had AIDS and if I should be advertising it!! I was and still am speechless to that!

John, well done for starting the petition and great work for it all :-)

11:04 AM  

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