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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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Evangelical who ditched Christianity surfaces at Vancouver Gay Pride
2 weeks ago

Evangelical who ditched Christianity surfaces at Vancouver Gay Pride

JOSHUA Harris, the influential ‘purity’ advocate who recently shocked his followers by separating from his wife, kissing Christianity goodbye and apologising for his homophobia, has sent further ripples of horror …
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BBC pulls out of N Ireland Pride 2019
2 weeks ago

BBC pulls out of N Ireland Pride 2019

THOUSANDS took to the streets of Belfast last weekend for a Pride parade, but the BBC, which had paid £250.00 to be corporately represented at the event pulled out at …
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Gay son of ‘Straight Pride’ co-organiser wants the event cancelled
2 weeks ago

Gay son of ‘Straight Pride’ co-organiser wants the event cancelled

A FAR-RIGHT group is planning to hold a ‘Straight Pride’ rally later this month in Modesto, California, but Matthew Mason, above – son of co-organiser of the event Mylinda …
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Canadian PM’s gay bar visit makes history
2 weeks ago

Canadian PM’s gay bar visit makes history

WHEN Justin Trudeau dropped in at the Fountainhead Pub in Vancouver’s West End in advance of the city’s Pride celebration last weekend he made international headlines – and caused lips …
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Archbishop warns of a ‘rainbow plague’
2 weeks ago

Archbishop warns of a ‘rainbow plague’

MAREK Jedraszewski, Archbishop of Krakow, above, yesterday (Friday)  warned of a “rainbow plague” amid ongoing tensions in Poland over gay rights.

He made the comments during a homily to mark …
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Rabbi compares gay pride events to white supremacist rallies
2 weeks ago

Rabbi compares gay pride events to white supremacist rallies

LAKEWOOD, New Jersey, is a hotbed of Orthodox Judaism. So when the town officially recognised June as Gay Pride month and hosted a variety of LGBT events, Rabbi Yehuda Levin …
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‘Life is so much better since I came out,’ says Australia’s first openly gay footballer
3 weeks ago

‘Life is so much better since I came out,’ says Australia’s first openly gay footballer

IN MAY this year, footballer Andy Brennan, 26, attracted international headlines after a came out as gay, the first person in his sport in Australia to do so.

Here here …
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UK’s Christian Institute joins push to destroy Drag Queen Story Hour
3 weeks ago

UK’s Christian Institute joins push to destroy Drag Queen Story Hour

THE deeply homophobic and transphobic Christian Institute appears overjoyed by the fact that almost 100,000 signatures have been delivered to the American Library Association to protest against Drag Queen Story …
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Video of deranged Muslim woman goes viral
3 weeks ago

Video of deranged Muslim woman goes viral

Police are investigating suspected homophobic abuse after footage of a woman shouting ‘shame on you’ at people on a Pride march was shared online.

A video posted on Twitter shows …
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Fury erupts over church’s refusal to hold a funeral for gay man’s dad
3 weeks ago

Fury erupts over church’s refusal to hold a funeral for gay man’s dad

PASTOR Jay Scruggs is facing a public backlash for refusing to allow a funeral to take place for Jessie Goodman’s terminally ill father who could die any day.

Scruggs told …
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