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Open letter to the government in the Guardian

Published in Saturday's Guardian (31 January), the letter calls for 49,000 men who were convicted of gross indecency to receive pardons from the government, following the posthumous pardon and apology issued to Alan Turing in 2009. 

The letter, which includes signatures from Alan Turing's niece Rachel Barnes, Stephen Fry, Benedict Cumberbatch and Peter Tatchell, states: "The apology and pardon of Alan Turing are to be welcomed but ignores over 49,000 other men that were convicted under the same law, many of whom took their own lives. An estimated 15,000 men are believed to still be alive."

It added: "We call upon Her Majesty's Government to begin a discussion about the possibility of pardoning all the men, alive or deceased, who like Alan Turing, were convicted under the UK's 'gross indecency' law (Section 11 of the Criminal Law Amendment Act 1885) and under other discriminatory anti-gay legislation."

The online petition has so far received over 100,000 signatures.

See the letter below:

Downloadable - Open letter to the government

by Jessie Sampson 02/02/15

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