23 Feb 2022  |  George Lake

Alan Turing in rainbow colours

Artwork and text by Young Adult Volunteer: George Lake. CW // this post discusses suicide.

Alan Turing broke the Enigma code the second time, which helped end World War 2. Historians estimate cracking the enigma code shortened the war by 2 to 4 years and saved between 14 to 21 million lives. Turing realised that the human mind couldn’t beat the enigma machine, so he created a machine to beat it. Some say this was the first computer. 

5 years after the war he was chemically castrated by the government for being in a relationship as a gay man. He ended his own life 2 years later, 16 days before his birthday at the age of 41. 

It’s just one of the injustices against LGBT+ people by the state over time. 

These injustices still happen to this day. 

Homosexuality is criminalised in 69 countries, 6 of which have the death penalty as punishment.

In the UK LGBT+ medical care is being restricted for trans people, and their rights are being limited even now through new guidance and statements from the UK’s EHCR, which 20 leading LGBT+ charities have condemned. Stonewall, one of those charities calls the guidance “a betrayal of LGBTQ+ people and a specific attack on trans people”:

Add your name to the petition calling out the UK’s EHCR as being unfit for purpose today: 

https://www.stonewall.org.uk/our-work/campaigns/add-your-name-ehrc-not-fit-purpose

If you’re 14-26 and facing homophobic abuse or feeling low, you can set up a session with our wellbeing team for some support. Fill out our membership on ESTEEM’s website and we’ll get in touch with you as fast as we can. 

You can also join the wonderful U26 LGBT+ group allsorts. Find out more about them here: https://www.allsortsyouth.org.uk/young-people