UNITE the union urged Home Secretary Amber Rudd yesterday to pardon everyone convicted of crimes for being gay.
It wants this Thursday’s 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, which decriminalised homosexual acts between men aged over 21, to trigger the extension of the Alan Turing “pardon” for offences — affecting an estimated 15,000 people.
Earlier this year, the Policing and Crime Act extended pardons to those convicted of homosexual offences which were no longer on the statute book.
It was modelled on the posthumous pardon granted in 2013 to mathematician Alan Turing, who broke the nazis’ Enigma codes, but took his own life in 1954 after being convicted of gross indecency.
Unite equalities officer Siobhan Endean said: “Unite’s LGBT committee is very supportive of the call from our grassroots activists that Amber Rudd sets aside all historical convictions of homosexual men for importuning and soliciting for an immoral purpose.”