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Pet Shop Boys say gay equality is now beyond party politics

Pet Shop Boys say gay equality is now beyond party politics

LAST UPDATED // Monday, 21 July 2014 11:03 Written by // Andrew Shaw

The Pet Shop Boys say gay equality is something that UK society has accepted, and is no longer a political issue divided along party lines.

Speaking to the Guardian about their song-cycle tribute to Alan Turing featuring at the Proms annual London classical concert, Neil Tennant and Chris Lowe hailed a shift in British politics.

“It isn’t really a party political issue any more," Tennant said. "I think what really happened is we’ve moved, not totally, but as a society, away from toleration to acceptance, and a reasonably happy acceptance actually.”

So far the duo have released one part of the work, 'He Dreamed of Machines'.

Pet Shop Boys - He Dreamed of Machines

Alan Turing is credited as the grandfather of the modern computer, and for his role in cracking German codes in the second world war.

He was prosecuted for ‘gross indecency’ in 1952, after having a relationship with another man, and facing chemical castration, killed himself two years later.

Turing was granted a posthumous pardon by the Queen in December 2013, under the Royal Prerogative of Mercy.


Andrew Shaw

Andrew Shaw

Andrew Shaw is editor of Queensland Pride.

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