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Celebrating DEV Pride & Alan Turing!

jess profile image Jess Lee (she/her) ・3 min read

Today is an important day for the LGBTQIA+ members of our community, and therefore, for all of us. On this day in 1912, English mathematician, computer scientist, logician, cryptanalyst, philosopher, and theoretical biologist, Alan Turing was born. Turing's accomplishments were astounding and groundbreaking during his lifetime and still are today: He invented the device that broke the code for the German Enigma machine, a device for sending coded messages to units of the German forces during WWII.

Later, he would also break the Naval Enigma, which had vastly more complicated code than the first. Turing's work had to be conducted so secretly that the importance of what he accomplished — and the degree to which he shortened the war— were vastly overlooked at the time.

Turing also happened to be gay.

He died at the age of 41, two years after being stripped of his security clearance and charged legally and violently for his sexuality at the hands of the same government he served during the war.

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Turing was not only an astounding technologist — he remains a symbol of the triumphs of LGBTQIA+ folks in tech in spite of overwhelming persecution.

In honor of Pride Month and Alan Turing's birthday, DEV is recognizing the following technologists for their accomplishments and generosity in sharing their stories of pride with us.

You can also tune in to the latest episode of the DevDiscuss podcast to hear the Pride audio-messages we received:

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"I have been working non-stop for the last 10 years of my life to make sure everyone can sit at the table." - SuperDiana

"I'm proud of being part of large communities that welcome tons of LGBTQIA+-friendly people and activists." - Paula

"I didn’t choose to be gay, but now I’m choosing to be happy and proud of myself." - Juan

"For a long time [my sexuality] was a problem and a reason to feel ashamed, wrong with myself. But not anymore." - Elena

"I grew up in a homophobic religious cult [...] Now, it feels awesome to finally feel 'allowed' to be me." - Alejandra

Pride Month 2020 might be nearly over (how?!), but here at DEV, we want to celebrate the crucial LGBTQIA+ voices every day. Join us in thanking the technologists above for sharing their stories and making this industry a better place to be.


The conversations and protests surrounding systemic oppression of Black lives have spotlit the need to further amplify and support historically marginalized voices. This is an urgent issue that touches every community in differing ways. For Black LGBTQIA+ folks, recent police-caused deaths have been a stark reminder that equality is much, much more than words in a campaign: it's the bedrock of a safe, just society.

We will commit ourselves to the continual, ever-evolving process of making DEV a refuge for technologists identifying as LGBTQIA+ or a member of a historically marginalized group. Your pride is our pride.

We call on the community to consider supporting the fantastic organizations listed by GLAAD here. Many of these organizations fight for the Black LGBTQIA+ community in the United States with money, policy, and social services. Please share any international resources for these communities in the comments, too! 🏳️‍🌈 ✊✊🏻✊🏼✊🏽✊🏾✊🏿 🏳️‍🌈

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The team behind this very platform. 😄

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  1. Turing is one of history's greatest figures.
  2. Hate robbed the world of so much more he had to give.
  3. Computers are agents of social change (for better or worse)
  4. Thanks to folks who shared personal stories!
 

He is a hero of mine, so glad you mentioned him.

 

Turing was on another level, facts 💥✨

 

I just want to appreciate DEV highlighting these topics, well knowing the risk of losing some members/audience, also for going beyond merely posting nice rainbowy images or "Black Lives Matter" slogan and instead bringing up the subjects of oppression and inequality. I also appreciate that there seem to be relatively few unkind responses to previous Pride-related posts (compared to, say, if those were posted on Twitter).

 

It's really encouraging to see the mods (and the US Supreme Court) taking a clear stance on the basic fact that (we) non-hetero people are... people. It doesn't seem like it's a very controversial thing, but -- as you pointed out -- talking about this on Twitter isn't a very healthy experience.

I plan to stay away from the cyanide apples no matter how bad things get!

 

The bigger risk lies with keeping round those who are so toxic they would leave seeing celebrations of basic human dignity. Sooner or later those kind of personalities would poison the good faith of the whole site.

 

I admired Turing when i saw he needed to define what "computable" and "Computing machines" are in his paper because he was inventing them. He was one the biggest of his time and trully changed the world from ground up.

 

I wish that Turing could have lived to see the recent SCOTUS decision (not to mention the state of tech!!) today. We have so much further to go for equal rights for all, and it's a job that's never finished but I think he would have been pleased to see our arc towards justice.

Thanks to everyone who shared their story and to those commenting! I also want folks to know that we encourage you to publish pride stories all year long! DEV is always a place to share/engage with the experiences of developers in every community — not just during Pride Month 🏳️‍🌈

 

Thank you for that beautiful piece on one of my human inspirations. Diversity is our strength and it's awesome to help show our love and support for humanity.

 

Thank you Alan Turing

 

Alan Turing was probably one of the most important people to ever walked this earth - our entire industry could have not exist if it wasn't for him - but also - he is one of the few people responsible to the victory of world war II - being a vital part of the team that cracked the Enigma machine ciphers. Without him, there's literally no way of knowing how the world would look like today. Brilliant man. (Sorry for any typo you might find, writing from my cellphone)

 

This post doesn't say otherwise, but one thing to note js that Turing was born and lived in the UK not in the US.

 

Turing would be proud to see IT is where people can feel free in there life and there mind.

 

Congratulations on overcoming all of the hurdles that society has placed in your way because of your white skin color and heterosexuality!

 

happy birthday father.

 

I kindly remind everybody that Alan Turing was running a team of people who actually broke the code of Enigma and was mostly based on Polish mathematicians work (they even helped him develop the parts of the machine responsible for cracking the code):
telegraph.co.uk/science/2016/03/15...
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Marian_Rejewski
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jerzy_R%C3%B...
en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Henryk_Zygalski

And I have to add, that although I am in favor of treating every person welcomed despite their any attribute as a human being (either it will be sex, skin tone, orientation, mindset or whatever), I do strongly oppose making LGBTQ... whatever ideology propaganda (as the sexual preference and feeling is not a gender but... mere preference and as such not necessarily has to be adopted by everyone or receive stronger voices in favor - it should be considered completely neutral, especially in the tech industry).

It's ideological to claim that there is no biological sex and forcing anyone to think similar or putting in their face such claims.

I have nothing against you guys sharing their stories as I consider you perfectly human and I support you in your run to not be treated with hate, so please feel welcomed :)

But the DEV.to team shouldn't make claims in favor of any mindset / ideology (imagine if you try to spread a Gospel of Jesus Christ on this portal - even given the fact I am a christian I wouldn't consider it appropriate either ;) )

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