Tuesday, September 27, 2016

UK will pardon gay men convicted of "gross indecency"

UK Prime Minister Theresa May is planing a law that will pardon 49,000 gay men who were convicted of "gross indecency" after World War II, ie only for being homosexual.

The proposed law is titled the “Alan Turing law,” the brilliant mathematician who was posthumously pardoned in 2013 for a conviction of "gross indecency" in 1952, for which he took his life two years later.

"This government is committed to introducing posthumous pardons for people with certain historical sexual offence convictions who would be innocent of any crime now",  a government spokesperson declared.

Homosexuality was decriminalized in England in 1967, but many individuals still have guilty convictions for now-legal actions.

Late but absolutely essential.

Last week, the family of Alan Turing delivered the
change.org  petition to Downing Street, signed by
more than half a million people asking the pardon
of gay men convicted of "gross indecency" after WWII

Sunday, September 25, 2016

LGBT voters overwhelmingly support Hillary Clinton

The last NBC News weekly election poll shows that 72% of registered LGBT voters support Hillary Clinton, compared to 20 percent who support Trump.

In past elections, LGBT voters have played an important role. According to results from the 2012 NBC News Exit Polls, 76 percent of LGBT voters voted for Barack Obama. Voters who did not identify as gay, lesbian or bisexual were split, 49 percent voted for Obama and 49 percent voted for Romney.

In addition, an overwhelming 82 percent of LGBT registered voters said they have an unfavorable impression of Trump compared to 41 percent who said they have an unfavorable impression of Clinton. Just under six in 10 said they have a favorable impression of Clinton. Only 17 percent said the same of Trump.