Turing played a key role in the team that cracked the German Enigma Code at Bletchley Park during World War II and he went on to help create the world’s first computer. This year marks the centenary of his birth.
He was convicted of gross indecency in 1952, when homosexual acts were illegal in the UK, and sentenced to chemical castration. He killed himself two years later by taking cyanide. The e-petition says his treatment and death "remains a shame on the UK government and UK history".
Welcoming this news of the special stamp, the PTT’s Secretary George Broadhead said:
“This is richly deserved as of course is the call for a posthumous pardon which we fully support. It is well known that Turing was gay, but perhaps not so well known that he was a staunch atheist. There are many other famous gay atheists past and present – Christopher Marlowe, Maynard Keynes, Stephen Fry and and Michael Cashman among them – but Turing is probably the most notable since his breaking of the Enigma Code went such a long way in saving the UK from defeat in the last war.
"Despite this, the treatment meted out to him by the authorities was despicable and almost certainly led to his suicide. To mark the 100th anniversary of Turing's birth, the Turing Centenary Advisory Committee (TCAC) is coordinating the Alan Turing Year, a year-long programme of events around the world honouring Turing's life and achievements. LGBT Humanists will certainly be participating in this programme to honour a man who, to them, is great hero. A number of articles about Turing were published in Gay & Lesbian Humanist magazine and can be read here.”
The PTT is: A member of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, a member of the Cutting Edge Consortium, a member of the Alliance for a Secular Europe, a sponsor of Lesbian Gay Bisexual Trans History Month, a sponsor of the Uganda Humanist Schools Trust (UK), A supporter of the Secular Europe Campaign, a supporter of the Nigerian Humanist Movement.
THE UK gay Humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) has re-launched its online magazine with a new title, The Pink Humanist.
The PTT, which was founded in 1992, started publishing a printed magazine entitled Gay & Lesbian Humanist back in 1993 and continued this until it went online in 2008.
Though described as an LGBT publication, it is aimed at all atheists, Humanists, sceptics and freethinkers and is the only one of its kind worldwide.
The editor of The Pink Humanist is Barry Duke who is well known in UK atheist and Humanist circles as the editor of The Freethinker, a monthly magazine which was founded in 1881.
Contributors to the first issue include Russian gay activist Nikolai Alekseev who has been praised by human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell for "his amazing, ground-breaking work over many years".
Duke said: “As editor of the oldest freethought magazine in the world, I am delighted to have been invited to launch the newest.
“Since 1974, I have devoted my life to promoting LGBT rights, atheism, Humanism and rationalism, and The Pink Humanist will, I hope, help raise awareness of the need to challenge religious privilege wherever it occurs in public life, and stem the rising tide of homophobia, especially in Africa where mainly foreign evangelicals have been allowed to muddy the waters of tolerance and generate unprecedented levels of religiously-motivated hostility towards the LGBT community.
“My hope, too, is that freethought writers from all over the world will donate original articles and reviews for inclusion in future issues of the publication.
Kenilworth, 29 November 2011 — The UK gay humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT), a member of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, has expressed its dismay and outrage at the news that Nigeria’s Senate has voted in favour of a bill which will criminalise gay marriage, gay advocacy groups and same-sex public displays of affection.
It will make it illegal to register gay clubs or organisations, as well as criminalising the “public show of same-sex amorous relationships directly or indirectly”. Under the proposed law, couples who marry could face up to 14 years each in prison. Witnesses or anyone who helps couples marry could be sentenced to ten years behind bars.
Kenilworth, 23 October 2011 — The UK gay humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) is very concerned to learn that the UK Ministry of Defence (MoD) is employing chaplains representing religions which are ultra-homophobic.
The MoD spends £22 million annually on Christian chaplains and currently employs 280 chaplains in all three services. It employs and funds the chaplains, but their authority comes from their sending church. At present, the permitted sending churches are Anglican, Roman Catholic, Methodist, Baptist/URC/Congregational, Church of Scotland/Presbyterian, Elim and Assemblies of God.
A statement on homosexuality on the Assemblies of God website states: “Clearly on every front whether it be moral, spiritual, physical, or psychological, the practice of homosexuality has proven itself devoid of any individual good or social benefit.”
Another sending church, the Elim, made headlines when one of its followers, Iris Robinson, former MP and wife of Peter Robinson MLA, First Minister of Northern Ireland, compared the sexual abuse of children to homosexual relationships.
Ms Robinson stated in a parliamentary committee: “There can be no viler act, apart from homosexuality and sodomy, than sexually abusing innocent children.“
When contacted by the Belfast Telegraph, Mrs Robinson reiterated her views and said she was following scripture.
The PTT’s secretary, George Broadhead, commented: “The most recent annual British Social Attitudes survey published earlier this year revealed that 51% of the population have no religion. It would seem perfectly reasonable, therefore, for the MoD to provide non-religious counsellors, for example humanists, to cater for the needs of what must be a substantial number of service men and women with no spiritual beliefs.
"Also, the entrenched homophobia of some of the sending churches must be a cause of great concern for LGBT people and hardly seems consistent with a service that describes itself as committed to equality and diversity.”
Further information from George Broadhead on 01926 858450.
Kenilworth, 14 November 2011 — The UK gay humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) is appalled to learn of the latest anti-gay legislation proposed in Russia.
The legal committee of the St Petersburg Legislative Assembly has introduced a draft law prohibiting so-called “propaganda of sodomy, lesbianism, bisexualism and transgenderism, and paedophilia to minors”.
Commenting on this, PTT secretary George Broadhead said: “This is yet another example of the homophobia which seems rampant in Russian society, no doubt fostered by the malign influence of the Orthodox Church.
"In this instance it is especially repugnant that the Assembly has associated homosexuality with paedophilia. As the St Petersburg LGBT organisation Coming Out points out, the Assembly has chosen to ignore the UN Universal Declaration of Human Rights, the European Convention on Human Rights, Council of Europe recommendations and other decrees by international organisations of which Russia is a member.”
Reacting to the plea for help from Coming Out, the PTT has sent a letter of protest to Alexander Vladimirovich Yakovenko, the Russian Ambassador to the UK.
Further information from George Broadhead on 01926 858450.