Oscar Wilde Finally Avenged

It’s been a long time coming, but now around 65,000 gay and bisexual men in England and Wales convicted of long-abolished sexual offences are being pardoned.

For most, the news comes too late, as some 40,000 of these men are already dead,  including the playwright, novelist and poet Oscar Wilde, imprisoned in 1895 for sodomy and gross indecency.  The change in the law has been frequently been dubbed the Turing Law as it follows the 2013 pardoning of World War Two code-breaker Alan Turing, who was convicted of gross indecency in 1952 and underwent experimental chemical castration.

Not all survivors are happy about being pardoned, arguing that this implies they did something wrong to start with…

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