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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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This Christian couple demands the right to foster children – and ‘fix’ them if they turn out gay
3 hours ago

This Christian couple demands the right to foster children – and ‘fix’ them if they turn out gay

A TRIBUNAL in Australia is scheduled to hear a ‘persecuted Christians’ case early in December when the  Hordyks, above, a couple from Perth, will argue that they were discriminated against …
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Humanist school in Uganda gets generous donation from the Pink Triangle Trust
5 days ago

Humanist school in Uganda gets generous donation from the Pink Triangle Trust

THERE are very few educational facilities in Africa that encourage pupils to embrace positive attitudes towards LGBT people, but the Isaac Newton High School in Katera, Masaka, is one notable …
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Faith-based organisations slammed for persisting with ‘pray-away-the-gay’ therapies
2 weeks ago

Faith-based organisations slammed for persisting with ‘pray-away-the-gay’ therapies

THE LGBT community in the English county of Warwickshire being targeted by religious outfits hellbent on turning gay people ‘straight,’ according to Brown, above. He says that ‘vulnerable’ individuals are …
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‘Junk science’ lies at the heart of a new conversion therapy documentary
3 weeks ago

‘Junk science’ lies at the heart of a new conversion therapy documentary

IN TOUTING the documentary, Censored, LifeSiteNews makes much of the fact that Lizotte, above, creator of this latest attempt to legitimise gay conversion therapy, had close ties to a hateful, …
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Meet the guru who claims ghosts make people gay
3 weeks ago

Meet the guru who claims ghosts make people gay

SSRF’s aim, according to its website, ‘is to educate society on the spiritual dimension and how it affects our lives. We conduct research and convey knowledge about the spiritual dimension …
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Catholic zealot mobilises cronies to demand ‘clarification’ of Pope’s words on gay civil unions
4 weeks ago

Catholic zealot mobilises cronies to demand ‘clarification’ of Pope’s words on gay civil unions

ALEXANDER Tschugguel, inset, above, who gained hero status among conservative Catholics after dunking stolen ‘pagan’ Pachamama statues into the the river Tiber last year, came to the Vatican yesterday …
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Pope’s words on gay civil unions nudges Venezuela toward legalising same-sex marriage
1 month ago

Pope’s words on gay civil unions nudges Venezuela toward legalising same-sex marriage

VENEZUELA’S socialist President has asked the country’s National Assembly to discuss same-sex marriage during its next term beginning in January. His move was reported inspired by Pope Francis’ comments this …
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Filipino humanists join an international push to free Mubarak Bala
1 month ago

Filipino humanists join an international push to free Mubarak Bala

MEMBERS of HAPI Scholars, a humanist organisation established in Philippines, have added their voices to international calls for the release of Mubarak Bala, who has been held in custody since …
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Meet Sharon Slater, hateful exporter of homophobia to Africa
1 month ago

Meet Sharon Slater, hateful exporter of homophobia to Africa

LAST year it was reported that Ghana was considering introducing comprehensive sex education (CSE) to its schools – and this week it was revealed that a key player in a …
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Keep the pressure up for Mubarak Bala’s trial or release
1 month ago

Keep the pressure up for Mubarak Bala’s trial or release

THIS week Humanists International reported that the scheduled hearing of Bala’s Fundamental Rights petition before the Abuja High Court had to be postponed after the judge assigned was taken ill. …
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