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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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Anti-LGBT bigotry celebrated at a Christian Concern Oxford shindig
3 months ago

Anti-LGBT bigotry celebrated at a Christian Concern Oxford shindig

IN June of this year, Andrea Minichiello Williams, above, Chief Executive of Christian Concern, gleefully seized upon an incident in which two homophobic ten-year-olds were suspended from classes for five …
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Gay man claims he was assaulted in an Oklahoma church
3 months ago

Gay man claims he was assaulted in an Oklahoma church

THE First Assembly of God Church in Blackwell, Oklahoma, is currently under police investigation after a young man claimed to have been subjected to a vicious ‘pray-away-the-gay’ session in which …
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Idiotic new ‘pray-away-the-gay’ movement raises its ugly head
3 months ago

Idiotic new ‘pray-away-the-gay’ movement raises its ugly head

ELIZABETH Woning and Ken Williams have a simple message to LGBT communities: God can radically transform their sexual orientation.

The two pastors at Bethel Church, an independent charismatic megachurch in …
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Evangelical mayor makes an idiot of himself over comic book’s gay kiss
3 months ago

Evangelical mayor makes an idiot of himself over comic book’s gay kiss

RIGHT now, Crivella, above, mayor of Rio de Janeiro, is trying to dig his way out from under an avalanche of ridicule he brought down on his head after he …
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Christian Institute blasts BBC over gay wedding on ‘Songs of Praise’
3 months ago

Christian Institute blasts BBC over gay wedding on ‘Songs of Praise’

UK anti-gay hate group, the Christian Institute, has added its voice to the many who have blasted the BBC for showing a gay wedding on its religious programme Songs of …
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London councillor hits out at distributors of anti-LGBT leaflets
3 months ago

London councillor hits out at distributors of anti-LGBT leaflets

LABOUR  councillor Rohit Dasgupta, above, has lashed out at a fundamentalist Christian campaign that used fake news to attack new relationship education lessons.

The RSE Schoolgate Campaign alleged in a …
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Legal challenge mounted against St Vincent’s homophobic laws
3 months ago

Legal challenge mounted against St Vincent’s homophobic laws

TWO gay men – one living in London and the other in Chicago – have joined forces in a bid to have St Vincent’s anti-gay laws scrapped.

The pair – …
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US Catholic school sacks teacher over old pro-gay Facebook post
4 months ago

US Catholic school sacks teacher over old pro-gay Facebook post

WHEN staff at the Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic School in Madison, Wisconsin discovered that a teacher whom they had just hired supported gay rights they promptly rescinded her contract.


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Hate preacher wrecks Drag Queen event, threatens kids with hellfire
4 months ago

Hate preacher wrecks Drag Queen event, threatens kids with hellfire

AN evangelical preacher who gatecrashed a Drag Queen Story Time event in Ottawa got short shrift from parents, who objected to the way he loudly abused performer Adrianna Exposée.

The preacher, …
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Mayor of Ottawa boldly steps out of the closet
4 months ago

Mayor of Ottawa boldly steps out of the closet

IT TOOK Watson almost 40 years to exit the closet – and he did so in the most public way possible.

At the weekend, in a piece written for the  …
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