It’s clearly the right thing to do. But I do find it hugely problematic to focus just on him. What was done to less famous people was equally horrific and we should seek a pardon for all of them.
Here’s the text of the petition:
We ask the HM Government to grant a pardon to Alan Turing for the conviction of ‘gross indecency’. In 1952, he was convicted of ‘gross indecency’ with another man and was forced to undergo so-called ‘organo-therapy’ – chemical castration. Two years later, he killed himself with cyanide, aged just 41. Alan Turing was driven to a terrible despair and early death by the nation he’d done so much to save. This remains a shame on the UK government and UK history. A pardon can go to some way to healing this damage. It may act as an apology to many of the other gay men, not as well known as Alan Turing, who were subjected to these laws.
And here’s where to go to sign. (UK citizens or residents only.)