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Celebrating DEV Pride & Alan Turing!

Jess Lee on June 23, 2020

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, comp...
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Ben Halpern
  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!
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Alejandra Quetzalli 🐾

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

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Madza • Edited

Turing was on another level, facts 💥✨

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Eka • Edited

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).

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Felix Terkhorn

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!

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Yufan Lou

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.

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Gracie Gregory (she/her)

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 🏳️‍🌈

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Tuna Çağlar Gümüş • Edited

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.

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Jayesh Tembhekar ⚡

Thank you Alan Turing

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Zohar Peled • Edited

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)

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terpinmd • Edited

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.

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vernissage-07 • Edited

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

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happy birthday father.

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