It was recently announced in the UK that the government would be issuing pardons, some posthumously, to gay people who had been previously convicted of being gay.
Alan Turing (pictured), was an English computer scientist and mathematician, who was prosecuted in 1952 for engaging in homosexual acts, which was a crime at that time. He accepted chemical castration as an alternative to serving time in prison, and committed suicide in 1954.
Turing, like many men of that era who were prosecuted just for being gay or bisexual, will be issued with a posthumous pardon.
Now the States of Guernsey is considering doing the same for those prosecuted under Guernsey law. Deputy Jane Stephens of the Policy and Resources council said the local position would be reviewed. She said “it is not known at present how many men have historic convictions for such offences locally”.