Actor Benedict Cumberbatch has
criticized attempts to turn gay people straight.
In The Imitation Game,
Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness, 12 Years a Slave, August:
Osage County) plays Alan Turing, a brilliant mathematician who
helped crack the German Enigma machine code, which proved a turning
point for the Allies in World War II.
In 1952, Turing was convicted of
“indecency” for being gay and given
the choice of going to prison or submitting to a form of chemical
castration via estrogen hormone injections. He chose the latter.
Two years later, a
41-year-old Turing took his own life.
Daily Beast to promote the
upcoming film, Cumberbatch said it was “shocking” that efforts to
alter a gay person's sexuality persist to this day.
“It's still going
on in North America with the Christian far right!” he said. “There
are courses and doctors and meds handed out to 'cure' people of their
homosexuality, and it's shocking that it still goes on. It's also
shocking that any time there's any kind of hardship, the minorities
are immediately scapegoated – and that includes homosexuals in
Russia, the Golden Dawn in Greece. The Golden Dawn came out of a
financial crisis and people wanted answers, and the minute you start
stirring up nationalistic feelings, minorities are the first people
to get it because they're the easiest to scapegoat. It's