Turing was gay and he was on of the few British that actually did anything in the early computer field. That's why we hear about him, not because of his accomplishments, which were few and unimportant.
If his accomplishments were so unimportant, then why is the preeminent award in computing named for him? And why are his papers used as the foundation for much of Computer Science?
And if you think the British were little active in the early days of computing, I suggest you go and study your history better.
Take care of the luxuries and the necessities will take care of themselves. -- Lazarus Long