- December 3, 2014
In a piece in the Huffington Post, HRC President Chad Griffin reflected on a new film about Alan Turing and the importance of his story.
The Imitation Game, starring Benedict Cumberbatch, tells the story of Alan Turing. Turing led the team that cracked Germany’s Enigma code, dramatically changing the course of WWII. He also developed an electromechanical device, the Bombe, which helped decipher the code. His pioneering work in computer science also secured his reputation as the “father of the modern computer.”
As Griffin explained in the piece, the film “plays a vital role in sharing one of our community’s most important stories”
Turing’s legacy, however, was deterred when he was criminally prosecution for gross indecency because of his sexual identity. He was sentenced to “chemical castration” and died two years later.
Turing’s historic achievements were overridden by these tragic turn of events, but this film, and the work of countless others in the past two decades, has finally brought his story to life.
“As a community, LGBT people have our own family, our own stories, and our own heroes. Alan Turing is one of those heroes, and few have done more to save lives around the globe,” Griffin wrote. “He stood alone, against unimaginable odds. Thanks to The Imitation Game, now we can stand with him. He won't ever be forgotten, and, at last, he is one of ours.”
Sixty years after his death, Turing remains one of the most honored LGBT heroes. His story continues to inspire others in the community to live their truth, remembering that Turing, and so many others, were unable to live their lives as their true and authentic selves.
Read the piece in its entirety here.