LGBTQIA +: A story from History
Let’s revisit the 1950s, a dark decade where anti-gay sentiment was at an all-time high across the UK, as well as America. David Maxwell Fyfe, Home Secretary, broadcasted a promise the country on “a drive against Male Vice” that would “rid England of this Plague”, in short, to imprison “gay men” as they were seen as a danger to the community according to David Maxwell. In present times, Britain is the best place to be LGBTQIA+ across the world, after a publication of the 1957 Wolfenden Report was published to permit a debate on homosexuality. This bill was sponsored by Lord Arran in the House of Lords which passed through both Houses of Parliament in 1967, to grant the Sexual Offences Act 1967. Despite this not being a promotion to LGBTQIA+ Community during this period, it was seen to remain tolerant without being an offence.
Alan Turing, a mathematician in the early 1950s, started a relationship with a male, called Arnold Murray, who lived together in Manchester. The pair were victims of a burglary attempt in their own home, which was reported immediately to the police. Despite the couples’ best efforts to catch the culprit, the police investigated further to discover both were in a romantic relationship. The police charged the couple with “gross indecency” and Turing was forced to plead guilty. In terms of this plea agreement, Turing suffered to undergo hormonal physical changes, this was known as “chemical castration”. Although, Turing did not face a prison sentence, the conviction led to a removal of his security clearance, and he was forcibly removed from consultancy for the Government Communications Headquarters. 3 years after his arrest in 1954, Turing was found dead from cyanide poisoning, with an inquest ruling signs of suicide.
Turing’s story remains a legacy, as his profound scientific knowledge and code breaking efforts made significant contributions during the war which should be recognised and rewarded. By 1988, the Local Government Act, imposed a ban on promoting or publishing intention of homosexuality. The purpose of this act is to provide teachings of what is not acceptable and to stop unfair treatment to any person part of LGBTQIA+. The UK’s laws have evolved over the years, progressing to safeguard the rights of the LGBTQIA + community and acknowledging the fundamental truth that we are all born as human beings.
As a firm, practicing in Human Rights, we stand to support the LGBTQIA+ community by:
- Listening to their experiences
- Show care and support the best we can.
- Read and acknowledge the LGBTQIA + issues.
- Learn more and help everyone improve better mental health and self-esteem.
At Saunders Law, we firmly advocate for the right of every person to navigate through their daily experience without encountering any form of discrimination. We take pride in being a member of Stonewall’s community, dedicated to spotlighting and advancing their updates, initiatives and gatherings that contribute cultivating a workplace environment characterised by equality, diversity and inclusiveness.