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March 22, 2015

Director Roland Emmerich also honored with special award

There was no shortage of star power at the GLAAD Media Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday led by honoree Kerry Washington and presenters Ellen DeGeneres and Channing Tatum.

DeGeneres took the stage to a standing ovation and quipped: 'This is the largest gathering of gay people in one room since yesterday. So congratulations to us!'

The ceremony was one of several held by GLAAD each year honoring media for fair, accurate and inclusive representation of the LGBT community and the issues that affect their lives.

March 3, 2015

Labour leader on the 49,000 men convicted of homosexuality: 'It’s a stain on our society, frankly'

Labour leader Ed Miliband has vowed if his party wins the UK election, all gay men convicted under historic laws will be pardoned.

He suggested 'Turing's Law', named in honor of Alan Turing, the World War 2 genius that broke the Enigma Code and has been immortalized in the recent film The Imitation Game.

Convicted of gross indecency in 1952, he committed suicide by cyanide poisoning two years later.

While he received a Royal Pardon in 2013, politicians are being urged to pardon all 49,000 men convicted under the law.

March 3, 2015

Labour leader on the 49,000 men convicted of homosexuality: 'It’s a stain on our society, frankly'

Labour leader Ed Miliband has vowed if his party wins the UK election, all gay men convicted under historic laws will be pardoned.

He suggested 'Turing's Law', named in honor of Alan Turing, the World War 2 genius that broke the Enigma Code and has been immortalized in the recent film The Imitation Game.

Convicted of gross indecency in 1952, he committed suicide by cyanide poisoning two years later.

While he received a Royal Pardon in 2013, politicians are being urged to pardon all 49,000 men convicted under the law.

February 28, 2015

Alan Turing-style pardon will be for men who had consensual sex when homosexuality was still illegal will be pardoned

Thousands of men who had consensual gay sex when homosexuality was still illegal in the UK are closer to being officially pardoned today.

Bisexual Liberal Democrat MP and Justice Minister Simon Hughes today said he is hoping the government will pass the necessary legislation before the May General Election.

If not, he announced it will be part of the Liberal Democrat election manifesto. The party may still hold the balance of power after May and enter another coalition government.

February 28, 2015

Alan Turing-style pardon will be for men who had consensual sex when homosexuality was still illegal will be pardoned

Thousands of men who had consensual gay sex when homosexuality was still illegal in the UK are closer to being officially pardoned today.

Bisexual Liberal Democrat MP and Justice Minister Simon Hughes today said he is hoping the government will pass the necessary legislation before the May General Election.

If not, he announced it will be part of the Liberal Democrat election manifesto. The party may still hold the balance of power after May and enter another coalition government.

February 23, 2015

'I’m so proud to play a hero much wronged'

The Academy Award prognosticators are by and large predicting tonight's Best Actor race will end with Eddie Redmayne winning the prize for his performance in The Theory of Everything.

Michael Keaton is being tapped as a possible victor with Bradley Cooper having an outside shot of an upset win.

So Benedict Cumberbatch, nominated for his performance as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, appeared quite relaxed when he was interviewed on the Oscars red carpet on his way into the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

February 23, 2015

'I’m so proud to play a hero much wronged'

The Academy Award prognosticators are by and large predicting tonight's Best Actor race will end with Eddie Redmayne winning the prize for his performance in The Theory of Everything.

Michael Keaton is being tapped as a possible victor with Bradley Cooper having an outside shot of an upset win.

So Benedict Cumberbatch, nominated for his performance as Alan Turing in The Imitation Game, appeared quite relaxed when he was interviewed on the Oscars red carpet on his way into the Dolby Theatre in Hollywood.

February 23, 2015

'Stay weird, stay different, and then when it's your turn and you are standing on this stage please pass the same message'

It was a night Graham Moore could not imagine when he was 16 years old.

His name was announced as the winner of the best adapted screenplay category at the Academy Awards on Sunday and the Oscar was presented to Moore by Oprah Winfrey.

Moore took the stage, thanked his collaborators on The Imitation Game then got deeply personal in a speech that resulted on a standing ovation.

'When was was 16 years old I tried to kill myself because I felt weird and I felt different and I felt like I did not belong,' said Moore who is now in his early 30s.

February 23, 2015

Oscar winner's 'stay weird' speech after win for The Imitation Game screenplay led many to assume

Graham Moore's acceptance speech, one of the most buzzed-about moments of Sunday night's Academy Awards, left many with the impression that The Imitation Game screenwriter is gay.

He is not.

Moore told the rapt crowd at the Dolby Theatre that he had attempted suicide at the age of 16 because 'I felt weird and I felt different and I felt like I did not belong.’

February 23, 2015

Oscar winner's 'stay weird' speech after win for The Imitation Game screenplay led many to assume

Graham Moore's acceptance speech, one of the most buzzed-about moments of Sunday night's Academy Awards, left many with the impression that The Imitation Game screenwriter is gay.

He is not.

Moore told the rapt crowd at the Dolby Theatre that he had attempted suicide at the age of 16 because 'I felt weird and I felt different and I felt like I did not belong.’

February 23, 2015

'The only reason to have a sex scene in the film would be to satisfy critics who feel that every gay character needs to have a gay sex scene'

The director of The Imitation Game has defended the lack of gay sex scenes in the film about British codebreaker Alan Turing.

Morten Tyldum said seeing Turing with another man would 'not really' have enriched the character ahead of Sunday's (February 22) Academy Awards.

February 23, 2015

'The only reason to have a sex scene in the film would be to satisfy critics who feel that every gay character needs to have a gay sex scene'

The director of The Imitation Game has defended the lack of gay sex scenes in the film about British codebreaker Alan Turing.

Morten Tyldum said seeing Turing with another man would 'not really' have enriched the character ahead of Sunday's (February 22) Academy Awards.

February 19, 2015

Alan Turing film spurs on record number of signatures

A petition calling on the government to pardon tens of thousands of men convicted under anti-gay UK laws has reached a milestone almost half a million signatures.

Spurred on by the recent portrayal of war-time codebreaker and gay man Alan Turing, played by Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch, 450,000 people have thrown their weight behind the campaign.

February 19, 2015

Alan Turing film spurs on record number of signatures

A petition calling on the government to pardon tens of thousands of men convicted under anti-gay UK laws has reached a milestone almost half a million signatures.

Spurred on by the recent portrayal of war-time codebreaker and gay man Alan Turing, played by Sherlock star Benedict Cumberbatch, 450,000 people have thrown their weight behind the campaign.

February 9, 2015

Both lose Best British Film to The Theory of Everything

The writer and producer of Pride won the award for best debut at the British Academy of Film and Television Arts (BAFTA) awards last night (8 February). 

However, the Imitation Game walked away empty handed despite nine nominations.

Screenwriter Stephen Beresford and producer David Livingstone took the award for Outstanding Debut by a British Writer, Director or Producer for Pride.

February 7, 2015

Celebrities including Jessica Alba and Ryan Reynolds have tweeted their support and called on the public to sign the petition 

Hollywood stars Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, Jessica Alba, Ryan Reynolds and Bryan Cranston have joined the campaign demanding pardons for an estimated 49,000 victims of anti-gay laws in the United Kingdom, reported Usatoday.com.

February 7, 2015

Celebrities including Jessica Alba and Ryan Reynolds have tweeted their support and called on the public to sign the petition 

Hollywood stars Matt Damon, Michael Douglas, Jessica Alba, Ryan Reynolds and Bryan Cranston have joined the campaign demanding pardons for an estimated 49,000 victims of anti-gay laws in the United Kingdom, reported Usatoday.com.

February 5, 2015

Was used to block a draught in an out building

Notes secretly compiled by Alan Turing during World War Two have been found.

The series of notes compiled by the gay computer science genius have been found used as roof insulation in an out building at Bletchley Park, which was the place where Turing broke the Nazi's Engima Code.

'Discovering these pieces of code-breaking ephemera is incredibly exciting and provides yet more insight into how the codebreakers worked,' said Ian Stander, chief executive of the Bletchley Park Trust.

February 5, 2015

Was used to block a draught in an out building

Notes secretly compiled by Alan Turing during World War Two have been found.

The series of notes compiled by the gay computer science genius have been found used as roof insulation in an out building at Bletchley Park, which was the place where Turing broke the Nazi's Engima Code.

'Discovering these pieces of code-breaking ephemera is incredibly exciting and provides yet more insight into how the codebreakers worked,' said Ian Stander, chief executive of the Bletchley Park Trust.

February 2, 2015

Benedict Cumberbatch calls on the royal couple to support the petition

Prince William and Kate Middleton have declined to publicly support a campaign to pardon the 49,000 British men convicted of consensual gay sex under the now-defunct gross indecency law.

A spokesperson for the royal couple said Saturday (31 January) it was a matter for government so they could not comment in public.

February 2, 2015

Benedict Cumberbatch calls on the royal couple to support the petition

Prince William and Kate Middleton have declined to publicly support a campaign to pardon the 49,000 British men convicted of consensual gay sex under the now-defunct gross indecency law.

A spokesperson for the royal couple said Saturday (31 January) it was a matter for government so they could not comment in public.

January 27, 2015

Alan Turing biopic has crossed the $100 million mark in worldwide box office grosses

Judging from the results from other award shows, it doesn't look like the Alan Turing biopic The Imitation Game is going to win any major Academy Awards next month.

But the film, up for eight Oscars including Best Picture, is winning at the box office.

Over the weekend, the film starring Benedict Cumberbatch crossed the $100 million mark in worldwide box office grosses. In the process, it became the highest grossing independent film released in 2014.

January 26, 2015

So if you've got that money to hand...

A notebook kept secret by Alan Turing during World War 2 is set to go to auction and sell for at least seven figures.

The manuscript, made up of 56 pages, has never been seen in public and is almost certainly the only extensive writing by Turing in existence.

When Turing committed suicide in 1954 following chemical castration as punishment for his homosexuality, the notebook was among papers left to his close friend and mathematician Robin Gandy.

January 26, 2015

So if you've got that money to hand...

A notebook kept secret by Alan Turing during World War 2 is set to go to auction and sell for at least seven figures.

The manuscript, made up of 56 pages, has never been seen in public and is almost certainly the only extensive writing by Turing in existence.

When Turing committed suicide in 1954 following chemical castration as punishment for his homosexuality, the notebook was among papers left to his close friend and mathematician Robin Gandy.