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Why I Oppose a General Pardon for Historical Convictions for Homosexual Offences

Bengry, Justin. 2015. Why I Oppose a General Pardon for Historical Convictions for Homosexual Offences. [Digital]

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Historians of the ‘queer’ past have expressed deep concerns about the state issuing royal pardons for convictions under outdated and antiquated laws against homosexual sex. As Matt Houlbrook has pointed out, ‘Pardoning Alan Turing might be good politics, but it’s certainly bad history’. The same is even more true of a general pardon that includes further posthumous pardons. I believe it offers too great an opportunity for the state to strategically forget and erase history rather than atone for the damage it has wrought on the lives of queer men.

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Digital

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Republished: Pink News, 4 August 2015.

Keywords:

Turing's Law, gay pardon, lgbt, lgbtq, queer history, homosexual law reform

Departments, Centres and Research Units:

History

Date:

6 August 2015

Item ID:

22263

Date Deposited:

10 Nov 2017 12:03

Last Modified:

10 Nov 2017 12:03

URI:

http://research.gold.ac.uk/id/eprint/22263

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