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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 20 years, Marcus Robinson, in Gibraltar. The couple live in Benidorm, Spain.
Latest Posts | By Barry Duke
A queer saga about two US priests called Tobin
3 weeks ago

A queer saga about two US priests called Tobin

RIGHT-wing Christian website LifeSiteNews has been writing a lot over the past week in support of beleaguered Rhode Island’s Bishop Thomas Tobin, who caused outrage by tweeting that Pride parades …
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Say what? Christians in the Phillipines rally to apologise to gays.
3 weeks ago

Say what? Christians in the Phillipines rally to apologise to gays.

ELTON John once sang ‘sorry seems to be the hardest word’ – but a group of Christians gathered at the weekend in Manila to tell participants at a Pride parade …
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Pride events ‘especially harmful to children’ says US bishop
3 weeks ago

Pride events ‘especially harmful to children’ says US bishop

Rhode Island Bishop Thomas Tobin ignited an international firestorm when he tweeted a warning to his diocese not to support events during America’s June Pride Month.

Tobin, above, tweeted on …
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Brexit MEP sparks fury with ‘gay cure’ remarks
3 weeks ago

Brexit MEP sparks fury with ‘gay cure’ remarks

ANN Noreen Widdecombe’s re-entry into political life as a Brexit MEP at the age of 71 got off to a rocky start at the weekend when she suggested that science …
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High school’s popular Prom King is a transgender student
3 weeks ago

High school’s popular Prom King is a transgender student

MEET Nicholas Bullman, who grabbed media attention in America at the end of May when he was crowned Prom King at Barnstable High School in Hyannis, Massachusetts.

In reporting Bullman’s …
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Catholics ‘exorcise’ Italian city during Pride parade
3 weeks ago

Catholics ‘exorcise’ Italian city during Pride parade

TODAY, June 1, saw the northern Italian city of a Modena celebrate its Pride 2019 event – and Catholics staged a procession of atonement that was enthusiastically endorsed by …
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In a first, Muslim groups unite against Birmingham homophobia
1 month ago

In a first, Muslim groups unite against Birmingham homophobia

THE controversy in Birmingham over the teaching of relationship lessons took a remarkable turn at the weekend when the city’s Pride festival, which attracted tens of thousands of people, was …
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Mexican activist guns for archbishop over rampant homophobia
1 month ago

Mexican activist guns for archbishop over rampant homophobia

CHURCH leaders take note: the days when you could spout anti-gay rhetoric are fast disappearing.

The latest example of a Catholic leader coming under fire for hate speech comes from …
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Anti-gay firebrand gets a black eye over proposed ‘Jesus chicken’ law
1 month ago

Anti-gay firebrand gets a black eye over proposed ‘Jesus chicken’ law

AFTER his wife abandoned him for a woman in 2014, Texas-based Jonathan Saenz abruptly transformed from ‘a socially conservative lobbyist to homophobic firebrand.’

Shortly after, Saenz, above, a devout Catholic, …
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Gay teacher, under siege for teaching gay relationships, will lead Birmingham Pride
1 month ago

Gay teacher, under siege for teaching gay relationships, will lead Birmingham Pride

OPENLY gay teacher Andrew Moffat who started the “No Outsiders” lessons at Parkfield Community School in Birmingham, will lead the annual gay pride march in the city.

According to the …
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