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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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Flowers for Alan Turing initiative helps people with disabilities
12 hours ago

Flowers for Alan Turing initiative helps people with disabilities

The Alan Turing Memorial, situated in Sackville Park, was unveiled on June 23, Turing’s birthday, in 2001. It was conceived by Richard Humphry, a barrister from Stockport, to celebrate the …
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Terry Sanderson, LGBT activist and author, loses his battle with cancer
1 week ago

Terry Sanderson, LGBT activist and author, loses his battle with cancer

I learned with great sadness today that Terry, whom I got to know well after meeting him for the first time back in the 1970s, had died.

His partner …
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Catholic outfit launches a  ‘Hide the Pride’ drive to rid US libraries of LGBT+  books
2 weeks ago

Catholic outfit launches a ‘Hide the Pride’ drive to rid US libraries of LGBT+ books

Books aimed at young readers that champion diversity are increasing year on year, and the trend is proving a source of considerable concern to homophobes.

This has sparked …
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Renowned atheist magazine falls victim to ‘woke’ culture, sacks gay editor
3 weeks ago

Renowned atheist magazine falls victim to ‘woke’ culture, sacks gay editor

Life is a series of changes. Some you can anticipate and react accordingly. But others can blindside you—with seismic consequences.

Such was the case when I was informed on …
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Pink Triangle Trust contribution helped fund Tom Paine’s Bones
1 month ago

Pink Triangle Trust contribution helped fund Tom Paine’s Bones

It’s not hard to see why Roosevelt, among many, vilified Thomas Paine. For the renowned rationalist wrote in The Age of Reason (1792): “Whenever we read the obscene stories, the voluptuous …
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Evangelical police chief who brought terror to Manchester’s LGBT community has croaked
1 month ago

Evangelical police chief who brought terror to Manchester’s LGBT community has croaked

Years ago, I was taking a leak in a public toilet when I suddenly became aware that someone was standing close behind me, looking over my shoulder. When I …
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Florida’s answer to Putin punishes Disney for opposing homophobia
2 months ago

Florida’s answer to Putin punishes Disney for opposing homophobia

In 2013, Russia introduced a law prohibiting “gay propaganda,” much to the disgust of the civilized world. Then, this year, Florida did much the same with DeSantis signing a …
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Teachers at a Catholic school in London vote to strike over the banning of a gay author
2 months ago

Teachers at a Catholic school in London vote to strike over the banning of a gay author

Last month fury erupted among Christian extremists, supported by a Muslim psychologist, when they got wind of the fact that Simon James Green had been invited to speak to …
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Human rights activist Peter Tatchell accuses PM Boris Johnson throwing trans people under the bus
3 months ago

Human rights activist Peter Tatchell accuses PM Boris Johnson throwing trans people under the bus

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Tatchell, above, has added his voice to others who have castigated the UK government for reneging on its promise to protect the entire LGBT+ communities from “pray-away-the-gay” …
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In a horrifying judgment, a court has sentenced the President of the Humanist Association of Nigeria to 24 years in jail
3 months ago

In a horrifying judgment, a court has sentenced the President of the Humanist Association of Nigeria to 24 years in jail

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Humanists International today (Tuesday) strongly condemned a decision by the Kano State High Court to jail Mubarak Bala, above, for 24 years.

The organization, which has …
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