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February 5, 2015

Was used to block a draught in an out building

Notes secretly compiled by Alan Turing during World War Two have been found.

The series of notes compiled by the gay computer science genius have been found used as roof insulation in an out building at Bletchley Park, which was the place where Turing broke the Nazi's Engima Code.

'Discovering these pieces of code-breaking ephemera is incredibly exciting and provides yet more insight into how the codebreakers worked,' said Ian Stander, chief executive of the Bletchley Park Trust.

December 23, 2013

Mathematician who helped the Allies win World War II had been convicted of having sex with another man

Queen Elizabeth II has pardoned Alan Turning, the father of computing and World War II hero, for his 1952 conviction for having sex with another man.

Turing helped crack the Enigma code, helping the Allies understand German communications and ultimately win the war.

But in 1952 he was convicted for ‘gross indecency’ with another man by a British court. Instead of prison, he accepted treatment with female hormones – also known as chemical castration.

This led to Turing committing suicide in 1954.

June 10, 2013

Labour MP Chris Bryant is hoping the Church of England chapel in Parliament could become multi-faith to allow same-sex couples to marry there

The UK parliament has asked Queen Elizabeth II to allow gay couples to marry in a royal chapel.

Members of parliament are hoping the St Stephen’s Chapel, the main place of Christian worship in the Palace of Westminster, could become a multi-faith venue that would allow same-sex couples to get married once it is legal in England and Wales.

Gay Labour MP and former Anglican vicar Chris Bryant has suggested allowing leaders of other faiths to conduct same-sex marriages in the chapel, such as the Quakers.

November 1, 2012

Britain's Labour Party are calling on the coalition government to grant heroic gay code-breaker a pardon, almost 60 years since his death

Britain's Labour Party has announced it is supporting a campaign for the pardon of gay Second World War hero Alan Turing.

The left-wing party is hoping that, by showing their support, the current coalition government will be forced to alter its position. Many existing MPs have already shown support for the campaign.

Turing, worked during the Second World War as a code-breaker. He committed suicide in 1954 after struggling with his homosexuality.

October 23, 2012

Event in Bletchley Park will celebrate life of gay scientist Alan Turing

UK schools are being encouraged to start planning their activities for LGBT History Month with a pre-launch event taking place in Bletchley Park to celebrate the life of Alan Turing.

The event, taking place on 15 November and organised by SchoolsOUT, coincides with the 100th birthday of Turing, whose groundbreaking coding work during World War II helped save thousands of lives and is often credited as the father of the modern computer. However, he was hounded by the authorities for his homosexuality, and eventually committed suicide.

October 5, 2012

Alan Turing has been praised by GCHQ director Iain Lobban, saying 'enduring lessons' can be drawn from his work.

Alan Turing has been praised by leading British spy Iain Lobban, saying 'enduring lessons' can be drawn from his work.

Lobban is director of GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters), Britain's 'listening station' giving ears to its intelligence services.

He said there were 'many parallels between the way we work now and the way we worked then' in reference to the World War II hero.

September 13, 2012

Google is paying for 1000 board games to be made, honoring the man who helped to win World War 2

The gay scientist, mathematician and World War 2 codebreaker Alan Turing is being honored with his own Monopoly edition.

The man that helped win World War 2 and was later prosecuted for his homosexuality, the beloved board game is paying tribute to 100 years since the father of computer science was born.

Turing’s Monopoly will replace houses and hotels with huts and blocks, and the spaces on the board will all feature locations important in Turing’s life, including his birthplace in Maida Vale and his school in Dorset.