GCHQ's Mysterious Doughnut Goes Rainbow

By Gary Cutlack on at

The famous ringed doughnut of secrecy that houses our GCHQ spy overlords has gone all rainbow coloured for a short while, as the agency wired up a few interestingly coloured bulbs to highlight the fact that yesterday was the International Day Against Homophobia, Transphobia and Biphobia.

The day, thankfully shortened to the more easily sayable IDAHOT, came into being to raise awareness of the issues surrounding homophobia, transphobia and biphobia. And with Alan Turing, one of history's most well known victories of historical homophobia on the payroll of GCHQ forerunner Bletchley Park, GCHQ felt that making its home go all strange was a nice way of showing its support.

After all, it's hard to find a gayer structure in the UK than an enormous, rainbow-coloured doughnut, without going to the effort of putting an enormous pair of balls at the bottom of the Gherkin.

GCHQ explained the move, saying: "We're projecting it onto our building to show the UK that GCHQ is place that values diversity; we look for talent no matter what package it comes in. We have an important role in keeping this country safe. We need diverse teams to take on this challenge, because we know that diverse teams perform better." [GCHQ via BBC]