If you don’t know the name Alan Turing, maybe you should
From Pink News:
Manchester will celebrate the centenary of Alan Turing’s birth next year.
The gay computer scientist and codebreaker, who was born in the city in 1912, was persecuted for his sexual orientation and forced to undergo chemical castration.
During his career, he developed early computer software and intercepted Nazi communication. He has been hailed as the father of modern computing.
Scientists, computer programmers and athletes will join efforts to celebrate his life and work, the Manchester Evening News reports.
Turing was also a keen runner and unsuccessfully tried out for Britain’s Olympics team in 1948.
Lectures, events and award ceremonies will be held around the country in 2012, while the main event will be a three-day conference in June to discuss his contribution to science.
Turing is also widely credited for breaking Enigma, the Nazi’s supposedly unbreakable code machine that gave them a large advantage during World War II.
Take a look at his history here. The next time you think gays have it so bad these days, remember what you read.