Alan Turing was a British mathematician, computer scientist, and logician. He popularized the term algorithm and is considered the father of computer science. His advances in artificial intelligence helped to break German ciphers in World War 2. He was also gay.
His homosexuality is largely unmentioned in books that detail his enormous technical accomplishments. Turing was gay during a time when homosexuality was against the law in England. He was criminally prosecuted in 1952 for being gay and effectively chemically castrated with female hormones. He chose this over being incarcerated.
He died of cyanide poisoning which was initially ruled a suicide. This was believable based on how he had been treated based on his sexual orientation. However, his mother emphatically asserted that his death was accidental.
Finally , for those of you were moved by the film The Normal Heart, Turing was mentioned towards the end of the movie by writer and gay activist Ned Weeks. Read Nicholas F. Benton who writes incisively and poignantly about the film adaptation of Larry Kramer’s play.
Benton points out that much of Weeks’ speech is expurgated/omitted in the film version
I belong to a culture that includes Proust, Henry James, Tchaikovsky, Cole Porter, Plato, Socrates, Aristotle, Alexander the Great, Michelangelo, Leondardo da Vinci, Christopher Marlowe, Walt Whitman, Herman Melville, Tennessee Williams, Bryon, E.M. Forster, Lorca, Auden, Francis Bacon, James Baldwin, Harry Stack Sullivan, John Maynard Keynes, Dag Hammarsskjold. … These are not invisible men.(I believe this list of homosexuals was not mentioned in the film)
Alan Turing and he cracked the German Enigma code so the Allies knew in advance what the Nazis were going to do, but when the war was over he committed suicide and was hounded for being gay.
Similar to how women do not like to be defined by their ass and boobs, gay men lament being defined by their cocks. Must we all be reduced to becoming our own killers? Why couldn’t you and I, Bruce Niles and Ned Weeks, have been leaders in creating a new definition of what it means to be gay?(This sounds good, but is quite unachievable in a world cluttered with rednecks, bigots, and homophobes)