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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 Triangle Trust website. In 2022, when the Freethinker suddenly went "woke", he was summarily sacked for being too aggressively atheistic. 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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Former Labour PM Sir Tony Blair urges ‘respect’ for Qatar
14 hours ago

Former Labour PM Sir Tony Blair urges ‘respect’ for Qatar

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My blood reached boiling point last month when the not-so-clever Foreign Secretary James Cleverly, above, berated those who condemned the decision to bring the 2022 World …
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Hypocritical anti-gay Colorado hatemonger expresses sorrow over Q Club shooting
1 week ago

Hypocritical anti-gay Colorado hatemonger expresses sorrow over Q Club shooting

After a school shooting in May in Uvalde, Texas, which left 19 students and two teachers dead, the deranged Boebert blamed the atrocity on “godlessness that is here overtaking …
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Trans women under threat in the Democratic Republic of the Congo
2 weeks ago

Trans women under threat in the Democratic Republic of the Congo

Rainbow Sunrise Mapambazuko, a local LGBT+ organisation in the DRC, needs funds to relocate the seven from an area where they have have been forced with the choice …
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Stunning victories for LGBT+ and Black candidates in US mid-term elections
3 weeks ago

Stunning victories for LGBT+ and Black candidates in US mid-term elections

Minorities and marginalised people found favour with American voters in Tuesday’s midterm elections, choosing them to as their representatives.

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One stunning victory went to Democrat Maura T …
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Prominent Malaysian politician condemns raid on LGBT+ Halloween party
4 weeks ago

Prominent Malaysian politician condemns raid on LGBT+ Halloween party

The Chairman of Malaysia’s Human Rights and Constitutional Affairs Select Committee, Charles Santiago, above, called the raid “harassment against a marginalised community” after “morality” police broke up the large party …
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Baptist preacher gives Scottish congregation a ‘masterclass in misogyny’
1 month ago

Baptist preacher gives Scottish congregation a ‘masterclass in misogyny’

The Office of the Scottish Charity Regulator (OSCR) launched an investigation into the Church after the National Secular Society (NSS) lodged a complaint with the organisation after it discovered that …
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No Mr Cleverly, we should not respect cultural differences if they involve human rights abuses and homophobia
1 month ago

No Mr Cleverly, we should not respect cultural differences if they involve human rights abuses and homophobia

Islamic states torture, imprison and kill people deemed a threat to the so-called “religion of peace,’ and to suggest that barbarism is a “cultural difference that should be respected” …
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Chaotic scenes as Muslims and Christian conservatives unite against LGBT+ books
1 month ago

Chaotic scenes as Muslims and Christian conservatives unite against LGBT+ books

Police in Dearborn, which has a large Muslim population and is home to home to one of the largest mosques in the US—the Islamic Center of America—had to intervene …
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Slovakian President raises rainbow flag following the fatal shooting of two gay men
2 months ago

Slovakian President raises rainbow flag following the fatal shooting of two gay men

After the victims, yet to be named, were killed outside Bratislava’s Teplaren Cafe close to the city centre on Wednesday evening, Slovakia’s first woman President, Zuzana Caputova, raised a …
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Study shows that LGBT+ youngsters are coming out at earlier ages
2 months ago

Study shows that LGBT+ youngsters are coming out at earlier ages

In the US National Coming Out Day was launched in 1988, and by 1990 it became celebrated in all 50 states. It’s marked on October 11 each year.

This week, …
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