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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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Church of England praised by US televangelist for its homophobia
7 hours ago

Church of England praised by US televangelist for its homophobia

WHEN Graham, who never lets up on demonising LGBT communties, learned that the Church of England has declared that sex in gay or straight civil partnerships ‘falls short of God’s …
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UK naval veteran, stripped of a medal for his sexuality, finally has it restored
2 days ago

UK naval veteran, stripped of a medal for his sexuality, finally has it restored

Ousalice, above, a Falklands veteran forced out of the Royal Navy due to his sexuality, has been re-awarded a Long Service and Good Conduct Medal and three Good Conduct badges …
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BBC abuse documentary featured former GALHA Secretary
4 days ago

BBC abuse documentary featured former GALHA Secretary

IN November, on the Freethinker site, I carried a piece about a friend – Cliff  James, above – who was just about to publish a book in which he wrote …
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US hatemonger leaps to the defence of Zambia’s homophobia
2 weeks ago

US hatemonger leaps to the defence of Zambia’s homophobia

TONY Perkins, above, deranged head of the hate group The Family Research Council and a zealot who supported Uganda’s proposed “Kill the Gays” bill in 2010, is completely misrepresenting the …
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N Ireland clerics will be allowed to spew anti-LGBT hatred with impunity
3 weeks ago

N Ireland clerics will be allowed to spew anti-LGBT hatred with impunity

YESTERDAY (Thursday) I reported in a Freethinker post that the Christian Institute had embarked on some silly scaremongering exercise, claiming that laws protecting religious bigots from hate-speech prosecutions on the …
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Zambia’s row with America intensifies over LGBT persecution
4 weeks ago

Zambia’s row with America intensifies over LGBT persecution

THE Trump administration, to the surprise of many and the fury of evangelical zealots, recently made it clear that it wants homosexual sex acts decriminalised worldwide. But the President of …
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Vile Toronto bigot rewarded for comparing gays to cannibals and vampires
1 month ago

Vile Toronto bigot rewarded for comparing gays to cannibals and vampires

AFTER he was roundly condemned for making appalling remarks about the LGBT community, Del Grande, a Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) trustee, was handed an award by Canada’s Campaign …
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New Archbishop of York, out of touch with the real world, angers Christians and secularists
1 month ago

New Archbishop of York, out of touch with the real world, angers Christians and secularists

IN a scathing attack on the Church of England, Stephen Evans, Chief Executive of the National Secular Society, called for the disestablishment of the church after it was revealed that …
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US bishop vents fury over Trump’s gay nominee for Appeals Court
2 months ago

US bishop vents fury over Trump’s gay nominee for Appeals Court

ON October 15, 2019, President Trump nominated an openly gay man, Patrick Bumatay, 41, to the United States Court of Appeals for the Ninth Circuit.

This so enraged anti-gay bishop …
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UK pastor plays victim card after he’s slammed for anti-LGBT tweet
2 months ago

UK pastor plays victim card after he’s slammed for anti-LGBT tweet

WATERS, 53, above, claims he was victimised after retweeting a hateful anti-Pride post made in June this year by American Catholic bishop Thomas Tobin, of Rhode Island.

In the wake …
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