Turing deserves to be remembered not just as a codebreaking hero and computing pioneer, but also as an important historical figure in the LGBT community. Courageously, he strived to live as an openly gay man in an era of horrendous discrimination. As google’s centenary tribute put it:
“Turing’s life was one of astounding highs and devastating lows. While his wartime codebreaking saved thousands of lives, his own life was destroyed when he was convicted for homosexuality. But the tragedy of his story should not overshadow his legacy. Turing’s insight laid the foundations of the computer age. It’s no exaggeration to say he’s a founding father of every computer and Internet company today.”
Gatherings such as this are helpful, in providing a forum for networking within the LGBT community, as well as spotlighting the achievements of LGBT forebears. It is hoped that connections forged at last night’s gathering will have, like Turing’s work, a long-lasting impact.