British spy agency GCHQ apologizes for treatment of gays

Full storyI happened to be looking up what GCHQ stands for due to a British television show I watch online and found this beautiful article. As you may have read in the past, Alan Turing was a brilliant man who committed suicide in the 1950s after WWII. His life and service have been overlooked and quite frankly swept under the rug for too long. I am thrilled that this particular branch of the British government has come forward with this apology. Yes, people will say it should’ve happened before now, but with the way things are here in the US, I’m glad at least one government has seen the error of its ways.

LONDON (Reuters) – The head of Britain’s security agency GCHQ has apologized for its ban on homosexuals which led to the dismissal and subsequent suicide of one of its most brilliant code breakers, Alan Turing, in the 1950s.

Robert Hannigan told a gay rights workplace conference in London that Turing had been an example to others because he was not afraid to think “differently and radically”, according to a statement released by GCHQ.

“(I want to) say how sorry I am that he and so many others were treated in this way,” Hannigan said. “Their suffering was our loss.”

GCHQ’s ban on homosexuals was only lifted in the 1990s.

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