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UK’s MI6 apologises for past treatment of LGBT spies based on ‘misguided’ views


  • Homosexual individuals have been barred from working in Britain’s intelligence companies on safety grounds, due to the view that they have been extra prone to blackmail than straight individuals.

AP, London

PUBLISHED ON FEB 19, 2021 08:10 PM IST

The top of Britain’s MI6 intelligence service apologized Friday to homosexual spies and aspiring brokers who have been fired or denied jobs due to their sexuality.

Richard Moore mentioned in a video assertion on Twitter {that a} ban on LGBT spies that lasted till 1991 was “wrong, unjust and discriminatory.”

Moore was appointed final yr as C, the code title given to the director of Britain’s abroad intelligence company — the real-life equal of James Bond’s boss, M.

Homosexual individuals have been barred from working in Britain’s intelligence companies on safety grounds, due to the view that they have been extra prone to blackmail than straight individuals.

Moore mentioned that due to that “misguided” view, “loyal and patriotic people had their dreams of serving their country in MI6 shattered.”

“Today, I apologize on behalf of MI6 for the way our LGBT colleagues and fellow citizens were treated and express my regret to those whose lives were affected,” he mentioned.

Moore additionally mentioned homophobia lingered after the ban was lifted, which means some workers have been unable “to be their true selves in the workplace.“

“We still have more to do to become a fully inclusive employer, and my goal for MI6 is to make it a workplace where you can always bring your true self to work,” mentioned Moore.

Due to MI6 secrecy it’s not recognized how many individuals have been affected by the discriminatory coverage.

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