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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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New York rabbi conducts his first gay wedding
2 days ago

New York rabbi conducts his first gay wedding

WRITING for the Jewish Standard  last year, Avram Mlotek, a New York rabbi affiliated with a progressive wing of Orthodox Judaism, said ‘I understand that Jewish law views kiddushin, the …
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‘Moderate’ Senegal is ‘not homophobic’ but will retain anti-gay laws
5 days ago

‘Moderate’ Senegal is ‘not homophobic’ but will retain anti-gay laws

EARLIER this month Trudeau challenged Senegal’s criminalisation of homosexuality during his visit to the West African nation, but Senegal’s leader told journalists afterward that ‘we’re comfortable with our laws.’

According …
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Pastor uses Virginia State Legislature to attack LGBT communities
1 week ago

Pastor uses Virginia State Legislature to attack LGBT communities

A NUMBER of lawmakers walked out of the Virginia House of Delegates when Grant unleashed a seven-minute homophobic diatribe on the House floor.

Grant, of the Father’s Way Church in …
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Franklin Graham venue bans: ‘LGBT activists will soon shut down churches’
3 weeks ago

Franklin Graham venue bans: ‘LGBT activists will soon shut down churches’

AFTER learning that a third UK venue had cancelled a Franklin Graham mission, Starnes, above, used his website to claim that godly voices were being stifled in ‘a nation that …
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Gay London Mayor slaps down homophobic Tory councillor
4 weeks ago

Gay London Mayor slaps down homophobic Tory councillor

According to the Hackney Citizen, Aron Klein, a Stamford Hill Tory councillor who caused a furore last week after saying ‘No thank you’ to LGBT education, as well as singling …
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Petition launched to stop hate preacher from speaking in London
4 weeks ago

Petition launched to stop hate preacher from speaking in London

UPDATE January 29, 2020: The O2 Arena has pulled the plug on Franklin Graham.

MORE than 8,400 people have so far signed a petition asking Alex Hill, Chief Executive and …
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‘Gay cure’ zealot lays into Welsh government over LGBT relationship lessons
4 weeks ago

‘Gay cure’ zealot lays into Welsh government over LGBT relationship lessons

WALES is pushing ahead with plans to introduce a new relationships and sexuality curriculum (RSE) in 2022, and Moseley, above, a deranged supporter of wholly discredited ‘gay cures’, is not …
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Church of England praised by US televangelist for its homophobia
1 month ago

Church of England praised by US televangelist for its homophobia

WHEN Graham, who never lets up on demonising LGBT communities, 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
1 month 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
1 month 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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