Until recently the UK’s record on LGBT rights was hardly something to gloat about. Alan Turing‘s situation was once the norm, not the exception, with thousands imprisoned for “gross indecency” during the 1950s. Even with the decriminalization of homosexuality in 1967, it wasn’t until 30 years later that any meaningful social change took place. Now, though, the UK has transformed into one of the few safe (or at least safer) havens for LGBT people. It’s far from perfect, but at least in terms of legislation it is undoubtedly a global pack leader.
Cameron’s government has advocated the need to tackle the persecution of the LGBT community around the world, where homosexuality is still criminalized in 79 countries and an estimated 175 million people face jail sentences, eviction, sacking, violence, and death—often state sanctioned. In many of these countries however, this situation is a direct fallout from the UK’s colonial past.