I’ve got mixed emotions about this news: https://t.co/zNRd5oO9zd
BBC NEWS REPORTED that “Thousands of gay and bisexual men found guilty of decades-old sexual offences in England and Wales have been posthumously pardoned.”
Yes, it’s good news but like so many progressive steps for LGBTQ people, it’s also taken a long time to come; many have had their entire adult lives ruined; reputations tarnished and opportunities stripped away. Many like Alan Turing were distressed enough to take their own lives. For many the “pardon” is too late – by many decades 😡
This is a reminder that we are only at the beginning of our journey towards being treated as equal citizens. No apology, and a pardon, by the way, is not an apology, is adequate enough to undo the shame and the pain endured by those who were criminalised because of their statistically less common sexuality.
We have lived through clause 28 in my lifetime and we have had to fight in the courts to be allowed to marry.
I worry that we are still willing and grateful to accept the crumbs and feel that we have some obligation to be thankful when we are shown the same dignity unquestionably offered to those with the more common sexuality.
“Gay pardons for up to 100,000 men welcomed. But pardon has connotations of forgiveness for a wrong done bit.ly/2jQNXGs”
It is said, by some, that God’s greatest joy is to pardon sinners. Is it the greatest joy of the UK government to do the same? Not that I’m for one minute saying we are sinners.
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