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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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Pope condemns persecution of gays, then warmly embraces Muslim hate preacher
3 months ago

Pope condemns persecution of gays, then warmly embraces Muslim hate preacher

AHMED el-Tayeb, a leading Sunni Muslim leader who thinks homosexuality is a disease and that gay people and apostates should be executed, met up with Pope Francis in mid-November – …
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‘Jesus chicken’ food chain is to stop funding anti-gay organisations
3 months ago

‘Jesus chicken’ food chain is to stop funding anti-gay organisations

AN ANNOUNCEMENT by US fast-food chain Chick-Fil-A that it is to stop funding the Salvation Army and the Fellowship of Christian Athletes has stunned and outraged bigots who fervently supported …
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A celebration not to be missed
3 months ago

A celebration not to be missed

MY, how time passes! In 1979 I, my late partner, Brian Parry, plus George Broadhead, current secretary of the LGBT charity, the Pink Triangle Trust, and several other like-minded people, …
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Ex-Muslim group gifted £1,000 by The Pink Triangle Trust
4 months ago

Ex-Muslim group gifted £1,000 by The Pink Triangle Trust

IN RESPONSE to a recent appeal by the Council of Ex-Muslims of Britain (CEMB), UK LGBT humanist charity The Pink Triangle Trust has donated £1,000.

At the end of October, …
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Taipei celebrates its best ever Pride event
4 months 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
4 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
4 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
4 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
4 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.
4 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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