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UK's 'Turing Law' will posthumously pardon thousands of men convicted of having gay sex

Oct. 22, 2016 - , The UK government has announced that it will posthumously pardon thousands of gay and bisexual men convicted of sexual offenses which have since been abolished in England and Wales.

Living men will also be eligible for a pardon under the proposal.

The law is dubbed the "Turing Law" after Alan Turing, the World War II codebreaker who was the subject of the 2014 film The Imitation Game. Despite his heroic service to the war effort, Turing was subjected to chemical castration after he acknowledged to officials that was gay. He committed suicide in 1954. Nearly sixty years after his death, Queen Elizabeth II posthumously pardoned Turing in 2013.

Turing's pardon led many to ask about the other thousands of men who were subjected to a similar fate.

Gay sex was decriminalized for men aged over 21 in England and Wales in 1967. Scotland and Northern Ireland changed their laws in 1980 and 1982, respectively.

In a statement, Justice Minister Sam Gylmah said that under the new law the government will pardon living men convicted of sexual crimes that are no longer on the books.

Millions go purple on #SpiritDay, Oct. 20
Oct. 20, 2016 - , Millions of LGBT advocates and allies are expected to wear the color purple on Thursday, October 20, to commemorate the annual Spirit Day, which is designed to demonstrate support LGBT youth and combat bullying.

Spirit Day was started in 2010 by high school student Brittany McMillan after a string of gay teen suicides. GLAAD worked with schools, celebrities and media outlets to spread the word to wear purple—the color that symbolizes spirit on the rainbow flag—in support of the LGBT community.

According to a 2015 GLSEN survey, more than half of LGBTQ students report being victimized based on sexual orientation, with a further three quarters of students who report hearing anti-LGBTQ remarks in school.

Take a stand against bullying along with millions of others by going purple for the day. Wear purple and turn your social profile image that color to show you support the LGBT community.

Hillary Clinton considered Tim Cook, Tammy Baldwin as VP picks
Oct. 20, 2016 - , Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton considered two openly gay leaders for running mate, leaked emails show.

The hacked emails from Clinton campaign chairman John Podesta were released by WikiLeaks over the weekend.

Apple CEO Tim Cook and Wisconsin Senator Tammy Baldwin appeared on a list of 39 potential picks for vice president, the AP and other outlets reported.

Podesta described the list as a "first cut of people to consider for VP."

Other names on the list include Senators Elizabeth Warren, Sherrod Brown, Cory Booker and Bernie Sanders – Clinton's rival for the nomination – Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and Virginia Governor Terry McAuliffe.

Other business leaders on the list include Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates and his wife, Melinda Gates, Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz and Coca-Cola CEO Muhtar Kent.

Virginia Senator Tim Kaine, Clinton's running mate, is also on the list.

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