Looks like our spy masters are finally getting to grips with Diversity because the famous GCHQ “doughnut” building in Cheltenham will be lit in rainbow colours as a symbol of the intelligence agency’s commitment to diversity.
On International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia the colours of the Rainbow will beam brightly at GCHQ as Mr Bond casually has a Martini or two.
Recently in the cinema, people may of discovered the truth about one of Britain’s war heroes, a computer pioneer and codebreaker Alan Turing who had to keep his sexuality a secret while working at Bletchley Park, GCHQ’s forerunner, during World War Two.
Turing was arrested for having sex with another man and treated shamefully by the British justice system, he eventually committed suicide. In 2012 Turing received a Royal Pardon, his work recognised as a reason why so many lives were saved in WW2.
It’s good to see that the Intelligence service’s are recognising and celebrating diversity, many people who have been part of British Intelligence have come from all kinds of diverse backgrounds, one such person was Noor Inayat Khan, a female radio operator who went to France on behalf of British intelligence to aid the French Resistance in World War 2, she was arrested and tortured but never gave any information to the Germans about her work.
Turing and Noor are just two great heroes who have served for the British Intelligence and their are others must never be forgotten and may the GCHQ shine brightly for many years to come.