African Gays Still Suffer as Oscar Nominated Film Sparks Call for Mass UK Pardon

Melanie Nathan | Oblogdeeoblogda | February 2, 2015

UK penal Cdes Alan Turing Nigerian JudgeWhile the United Kingdom seeks to right the wrong against homosexuals, its influence in the form of Colonial era Penal Codes, still haunt Africa. The Penal Codes serving to underpin much of the persecution against LGBTI people in Africa today, have their root in of the Colonial era, courtesy United Kingdom.

Now Oscar-nominated actor Benedict Cumberbatch and openly gay entertainer Stephen Fry are calling on the British government to pardon gay and bisexual men convicted in the past under the defunct “gross indecency” laws, also remnants of that anti-homosexuality era.

They submitted a letter, which was published Saturday in the Guardian, praising the government for the 2013 pardon of World War II code breaker Alan Turing, whom Cumberbatch portrays in the movie “The Imitation Game.”

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