Film to be honored for depicting and celebrating the heroism and legacy of Alan Turing
WASHINGTON – Today the Human Rights Campaign (HRC), the nation’s largest lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) civil rights organization, announced that the cast and filmmakers of “The Imitation Game” will be honored at the group’s upcoming New York Gala Dinner in January.
“We are proud to honor the stars and filmmakers of The Imitation Game for bringing the captivating yet tragic story of Alan Turing to the big screen,” said HRC President Chad Griffin. “Alan Turing was a true hero who saved countless lives with his revolutionary thinking and determination. Yet during the most tragic part of his lifetime, he stood alone and endured unimaginable torment and shame because he was gay. This film will give millions across the globe a chance to celebrate a truly brilliant man for his groundbreaking contributions to the world.”
The Weinstein Company film, which stars actor Benedict Cumberbatch, tells the story of the late British cryptographer and computer scientist Alan Turing, who developed a method of cracking previously-unbreakable Nazi codes. Turing was also gay, and was arrested and prosecuted after he was caught in a same-sex relationship. He was chemically castrated by his government and later committed suicide.
HRC’s 2015 Greater New York Gala Dinner will be held on January 31 at the Waldorf Astoria. The event will also feature a performance from singer, songwriter, poet, and HRC supporter Mary Lambert - known for her duet with Macklemore & Ryan Lewis on their marriage-equality anthem “Same Love.” Other details, including representatives of “The Imitation Game” expected to attend as well as other notable special guests, will be announced over the coming weeks. For more information on the NY Gala Dinner, visit http://hrcgreaterny.org/
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