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About Barry Duke

Veteran journalist Barry Duke, born in South Africa in 1947, settled in the UK in 1973, where he became actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement and gay rights organisations. A militant atheist, he joined the National Secular Society (NSS) and was a co-founder in 1979 of the Gay Humanist Group which changed its name to the Gay & Lesbian Humanist Association in 1987. In 2017 he was handed a Lifetime Achievement award by the NSS for his "spirited opposition to religious intolerance and irrationality" in his roles as a free speech advocate and his work as editor of the Freethinker and The Pink Humanist magazines. In 2017 he was married to his partner of 22 years, Marcus Robinson, in Gibraltar. The couple live in Benidorm, Spain.
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Sir Elton John joins campaign to end quack ‘gay cure’ therapies  in the UK
21 hours ago

Sir Elton John joins campaign to end quack ‘gay cure’ therapies in the UK

An open letter, signed this week by a broad range of MPs, musicians, actors, activists, writers and campaigners including Sir Elton John, above, urges Equalities Minister Liz Truss to introduce …
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Irish army chaplain horrifies Catholic bigots by supporting Dublin Pride
2 days ago

Irish army chaplain horrifies Catholic bigots by supporting Dublin Pride

Father Madigan, above, Head Chaplain of the Irish Defence Forces, incurred the wrath of the institute by saying in a video that ‘it takes sunshine and rain to make a …
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‘So many damned blacks’: gay British historian and atheist unleashed a racist tirade
6 days ago

‘So many damned blacks’: gay British historian and atheist unleashed a racist tirade

Dr Starkey, above, sure is a queer duck. He’s a gay atheist who opposed same-sex marriage and defended Christians who did the same and now he’s being castigated for recently …
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Malawi elects an evangelical Christian President. Franklin Graham is delighted.
7 days ago

Malawi elects an evangelical Christian President. Franklin Graham is delighted.

ALTHOUGH a 2017 British Home Office briefing said that ‘there is no evidence that there is widespread harassment of, or violence against, LGBT persons’ in Malawi, LGBT communities in the …
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Spanish bishop who believes gays are destined for hell blasted for sexist views
1 week ago

Spanish bishop who believes gays are destined for hell blasted for sexist views

The Bishop of Alcalá de Henares has drawn fire and ridicule on social media after he posted a message that claimed that young women who dress ‘provocatively’ will ‘wind up …
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Former Irish President accuses Catholic Church of ’empowering homophobic bullies’
1 week ago

Former Irish President accuses Catholic Church of ’empowering homophobic bullies’

IN a no-holds-barred podcast interview ahead of last weekend’s Pride celebrations in Ireland, McAleese, above, who served two terms as the country’s President, accused the RCC of being ‘ignorant’ in …
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Prince Charles praises Commonwealth countries’ faith; avoids talking about human rights abuses
2 weeks ago

Prince Charles praises Commonwealth countries’ faith; avoids talking about human rights abuses

THE majority of Commonwealth countries are deeply homophobic, mainly due to to the fact that religion plays a major role in their governance, but Prince Charles made no mention of …
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Spain’s far-right Vox party accidentally sparks demand for rainbow stamps
2 weeks ago

Spain’s far-right Vox party accidentally sparks demand for rainbow stamps

AFTER a newly-created rainbow stamp issued by Spain’s postal service, Correos, was slammed by the head of the ‘Christian values’ Vox party, people began snapping it it up – and …
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Christian bigots furious over US Supreme Court’s LGBT decision
4 weeks ago

Christian bigots furious over US Supreme Court’s LGBT decision

THE DECISION on Monday in a case involving three plaintiffs – including Gerald Bostock, above – shocked Christian conservatives to the core, but what rankled them most was that one …
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Polish President vows to ban teaching of LGBT issues in schools
4 weeks ago

Polish President vows to ban teaching of LGBT issues in schools

POLAND, ranked last month by ILGA-Europe, a Brussels-based NGO, as ‘the worst country in the European Union for LGBT people’, will become even more hostile to homosexuality if its current …
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