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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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Taipei celebrates its best ever Pride event
1 month ago

Taipei celebrates its best ever Pride event

TAIPEI’S 17th annual Pride parade was the  biggest ever, thanks to the fact that the Taiwan government became the first in Asia to pass same-sex marriage legislation in May.

Crowds …
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Jubilant scenes as gay marriage becomes law in Northern Ireland
2 months ago

Jubilant scenes as gay marriage becomes law in Northern Ireland

NORTHERN Ireland woke to the news today (Tuesday) that same-sex marriage and abortion have been legalised, joining the rest of the UK.

A last ditch attempt to oppose the legislation  …
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Anti-gay ‘Jesus Chicken’ company forced to close its first UK outlet
2 months ago

Anti-gay ‘Jesus Chicken’ company forced to close its first UK outlet

EARLIER this month the American faith-based fast-food chain – Chick-fil-A – opened its first British outlet in Reading. But so great was the opposition to the company, which donates huge …
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Catholics outraged that ‘Pink’ Saint Newman is being called gay
2 months ago

Catholics outraged that ‘Pink’ Saint Newman is being called gay

FOLLOWING the weekend canonisation of English cardinal John Henry Newman Jesuit Fr James Martin, above, reiterated his belief that Newman may have been gay.

This has sent a frisson of …
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Death penalty for being gay is back on Uganda’s agenda
2 months ago

Death penalty for being gay is back on Uganda’s agenda

ETHICS and Integrity Minister Simon Lokodo, above, said that the purpose of the new bill is to take account of the ‘promotion and recruitment’ of homosexuality by strengthening the existing …
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Iran alleges Kurdish singer is gay. He could now face death.
2 months ago

Iran alleges Kurdish singer is gay. He could now face death.

THE Kurdistan Human Rights Network last week tweeted that ‘Mohsen Lorestani, a Kurdish singer from Kermanshah, has been charged with “corruption on earth” in a public complaint … If convicted, …
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Gscene editor and Pink Triangle Trust patron James Ledward dies aged 65
2 months ago

Gscene editor and Pink Triangle Trust patron James Ledward dies aged 65

TRIBUTES are pouring in for James Ledward, owner, editor and publisher of Gscene magazine who died yesterday, October 3. Among the many messages of condolences on his Facebook page is …
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Actress alleges ‘religious discrimination’ after being booted from show
2 months ago

Actress alleges ‘religious discrimination’ after being booted from show

BRITISH actress Seyi Omooba, 25, daughter of homophobic pastor Ade Omooba, co-founder of anti-gay hate group Christian Concern, was delighted to land the role of a LESBIAN character, Celie, in …
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Help fund Imaan’s London Muslim Pride festival
2 months ago

Help fund Imaan’s London Muslim Pride festival

THE East London-based charity Imaan have launched a fundraiser for an event aimed at  at showing that ‘no one is the gatekeeper’ of Islam.

The festival, planned for the spring …
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Rainbows Across Borders receives a generous donation from The Pink Triangle Trust
2 months ago

Rainbows Across Borders receives a generous donation from The Pink Triangle Trust

RAINBOWS Across Borders, a UK-based voluntary self-help group for lesbian, gay, bisexual & transgender (LGBT) asylum seekers who are fleeing persecution of oppressive homophobic/transphobic regimes has been given a £500 …
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