Alan Turing’s family has delivered a petition to the prime minister’s office demanding the government pardon 49,000 men persecuted for homosexuality. It has been signed by half a million people.
The call comes after the legacy of Turing, the famous code breaker, was revived following a new wave of publicity after the release of ‘The Imitation Game’ – a biopic portraying Turing’s complicated private life and his cracking of German military codes during World War II.
Turing was convicted of gross indecency for having sexual relations with a 19-year-old man in 1952. He killed himself two years later, after accepting hormonal treatment which rendered him impotent.