Henry VIII may have had mistresses and six wives, but he passed the Buggery Act of 1533 and the penalty for male homosexuals was death (females seemed to be ignored).
In 1950, a prominent genius, Alan Turing (1912-1954) was arrested and convicted of “gross indecency”. Turning was a scientist, mathematician and war-time code-breaker. He accepted treatment with female hormones (chemical castration) as an alternative to prison. Turing committed suicide in 1954. Years before, in 1895, Oscar Wilde was imprisoned and he lived out his last days in France.
While the present Royal Family has never acknowledged and accepted a homosexual or lesbian member, there are high-ranking peers who have been ‘caught’. In 1953, the trial and eventual imprisonment of Edward Montague (3rd Baron Montagu of Beaulieu, Michael Pitt-Rivers and Peter Wildeblood caused a media scandal and eventually brought changes to the law.
Today, The British Army requires all soldiers to undergo Equality and
Diversity training as part of their Military Annual Training Tests and stress tolerance, specially citing homosexual examples in training video. These Core Values are standards as central to being a professional soldier.
There are four countries within the United Kingdom: England, Scotland, Wales and Northern Ireland. The first three are in the process of passing laws for Equality of Marriage for all. For some reason, Northern Ireland is not included.
There are large LGBT communities in the United Kingdom, most notably in London, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool, Blackpool, Bright and Leeds. All these cities host annual pride parades.
Britain, a country that once ruled a large percentage of the globe, is finally giving rights to the ‘Rainbow People.’ Marriage in the