The Imitation Game — — Homoerotism in Classic Films & TV

Ace Author Club
3 min readMay 22, 2020


Have you ever been touched by the romance in a gay film? Be it Brokeback Mountain or Call Me by Your Name, which was a recent hit, gay movies always touch the softest and warmest spot in our hearts, moving us in a tender way. Today, I will share a moving romantic story during WWII.


About the story

The mode of “genius + war + gay” love.

The Imitation Game was adapted from Alan Turning: The Enigma, which is a biography that was written by Andrew Hodges. It tells the story of the legendary life of Alan Turing, the father of computer science.

The story takes place during WWII. Because the Allies were baffled by “Enigma,” German’s coding system, the government rounded up a group of mathematicians and logicians to work on the secret codes. Alan Turing was one of them. He had an exceptional talent, but his temper was odd. He was repelled by his coworkers, which caused multiple problems at work. Thanks to Joan Clarke, though, with her encouragement, Alan was able to break the ice with his colleagues, and eventually, he developed the prototype of the computer that would save tens of millions of lives. However, years after WWII, Alan ‘s homosexuality was exposed, and the British government convicted him of being a homosexual. In place of serving a prison sentence, Alan chose chemical castration as punishment.


About love

On the surface, The Imitation Game tells a tale that requires a large amount of constant thinking, but the vague “Love Storyline” is buried inside of the main storyline.

Due to his high IQ, the protagonist, Alan, lacked social skills. As a kid, nobody befriended him, and he was teased maliciously by kids going to the same school with him — until he met Christopher. It was because of Christopher that Alan’s childhood became bright again. Unfortunately, Christopher died of an illness before he could graduate from school. Alan and Christopher were parted forever, and Christopher became a permanent fixture in Alan’s memory.

What was more tragic was that Alan, who successfully saved a lot of lives during the war, was not heralded as a hero. And while he was under house rest, he began to talk to himself and his computer, calling the machine “Christopher.” in front of the computer named Christopher. At the end of the movie, Alan ate an apple laced with cyanide and died in his own home. At the last second, when Alan bit into the poisonous apple, he was probably thinking about Christopher.

About LGBT Story

We cannot forget the desperate look on Alan’s face when he decides to embrace death. It is the most painful moment in the movie. Alan named the computer after his first love, and he agreed to chemical castration so that the government would not take the computer away. Alan had saved a lot of lives, but he died because of the prejudice the public had concerning who he loved.

Love is supposed to be the affection between one soul and another, and not how one organ reacts to another organ. A good LGBT Story should be, at first, a good romance. The war, illness, and public bias can all be used to set up difficulties for protagonists, so the story will become more intriguing and moving. We love LGBT Stories because we love the pure and passionate emotions that break through established concepts.

Which LGBT fictions impress you the most?