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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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Catholic school trustee compared homosexuality to paedophilia and cannibalism
2 months ago

Catholic school trustee compared homosexuality to paedophilia and cannibalism

Back in November 2019, the Toronto Catholic District School Board (TCDSB) decided to censure and impose sanctions on Del Grande who made homophobic comments at a public meeting, comparing LGBTQ …
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Christian science professor suggests ‘a cure for homosexuality’
2 months ago

Christian science professor suggests ‘a cure for homosexuality’

The University of Texas at Dallas has announced that it is investigating complaints that series of tweets posted last month by Farage in the wake of monkeypox infections were …
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UK swimming champion Tom Daley condemns homophobia at the Commonwealth Games
2 months ago

UK swimming champion Tom Daley condemns homophobia at the Commonwealth Games

Ahead of the start of the Commonwealth Games in Birmingham on July 28, Daley, condemned the persecution of LGBT+ people in almost two-thirds of Commonwealth countries. He pointed out …
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President of the UK’s Christian Peoples Alliance sacked by housing association over homophobia
2 months ago

President of the UK’s Christian Peoples Alliance sacked by housing association over homophobia

Martin, according to hate group Christian Concern, was dismissed by housing association L&Q, for gross misconduct following three complaints. The case, says CC, “is believed to be the first …
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Hate preacher Franklin Graham excoriated over his stance on homosexuality
2 months ago

Hate preacher Franklin Graham excoriated over his stance on homosexuality

Despite vociferous opposition voiced in the past by gay rights activists, the Muslim Council of Britain and even some Christians to crusades held in the UK by the demented …
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Of mice and Christian maniacs: reflections on London’s 50th Pride parade
3 months ago

Of mice and Christian maniacs: reflections on London’s 50th Pride parade

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When I first learned from Lumsden, above, in 1974 that the Gay Liberation Front had disrupted a large Nationwide Festival of Light rally held at the Central …
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Oslo’s Pride event scrapped after an Islamic terror attack at a gay bar
3 months ago

Oslo’s Pride event scrapped after an Islamic terror attack at a gay bar

King Harald of Norway, 85, was among the many who condemned the atrocity, saying he and the royal family were “devastated” by what police believe was “an act of …
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Flowers for Alan Turing initiative helps people with disabilities
3 months 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
3 months 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
4 months 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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