This Sunday 23rd June would have been Alan Turing’s 101st birthday and leading charity The Lesbian & Gay Foundation are calling on people across the city to nominate in The Alan Turing Memorial Award, supported by Manchester City Council, recognizing those who have made a significant contribution to the fight against homophobia, biphobia and transphobia in Manchester.

Alan Turing was born in 1912; and this Sunday, 23rd June, would have been his 101st Birthday. Turing is often known as the founding father of computer science and during World War II worked at Bletchley Park helping to break the German spy code. Turing also helped design one of the world’s first computers during his time at The University of Manchester.

Sadly Turing is also known for being persecuted for his sexuality. In 1952 he was criminally prosecuted for being a homosexual and accepted treatment with female hormones, as an alternative to prison. Turing died in 1954, just over two weeks before his 42nd birthday, from cyanide poisoning.

Leading Manchester-based charity, The Lesbian & Gay Foundation, are calling for nominations in The Alan Turing Memorial Award, supported by Manchester City Council to commemorate Turing’s astounding work and achievements in his lifetime.

The Alan Turing Memorial Award is part of the charity’s annual awards ceremony, The Homo Heroes Awards, supported by Barclays, and gives people the chance to recognise individuals, groups and organisations that have made a difference in the past year.

Now in its third year, the awards provide an opportunity to celebrate those that have challenged discrimination, are role models for the community and have a made a difference to the lives of lesbian, gay and bisexual people.

Paul Martin OBE, Chief Executive of The Lesbian & Gay Foundation, comments “The Homo Hero Awards are now an established event in our annual calendar and provide a unique opportunity for the community to ‘thank’ their heroes. We’re really looking forward to hearing all the inspiring stories and recognising those who have made a difference to the lesbian, gay and bisexual community”.

The Alan Turing Memorial Award is supported by Manchester City Council and is awarded to a person, business or organisation who has made a significant contribution in the fight against homophobia, biphobia or transphobia in Manchester.

Last year’s inaugural award went to Julie Barnes Frank, a police officer for 30 years who was one of the first openly-gay officers in not just Greater Manchester Police, but also in the country.

Closing date for nominations is 21st July 2013. The recipient of The Alan Turing Memorial Award will be decided by a panel. Winners will be announced at an awards ceremony on 3rd October 2013 in Manchester.

To vote in The Homo Heroes Awards, including The Alan Turing Memorial Award, visit www.lgf.org.uk/hero

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