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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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Hatred directed at Warwickshire Pride is a sign of growing homophobia in the UK
2 months ago

Hatred directed at Warwickshire Pride is a sign of growing homophobia in the UK

DANIEL Browne, Chair of Warwickshire Pride, centre, has revealed that the event is attracting hateful responses, including a post to its Facebook page saying ‘Gays should be killed’. Organisers also …
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Older Scots are less tolerant of LGBT communities
2 months ago

Older Scots are less tolerant of LGBT communities

DESPITE the fact that Scotland was recognised as the “best country in Europe for LGBTI legal equality” in 2015 and 2016, more than a fifth of Scots do not consider …
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Israeli right-winger plans a ‘Gay Pride’ event in an Arab town
2 months ago

Israeli right-winger plans a ‘Gay Pride’ event in an Arab town

NOAM Federman, above, an Orthodox Jewish man convicted last year of throwing rocks at Palestinians, is organising a ‘Gay Pride’ parade in the northern Arab town of Tamra in a …
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‘Straight Pride’ organiser says ‘we are a totally peaceful racist group’
2 months ago

‘Straight Pride’ organiser says ‘we are a totally peaceful racist group’

IN arguing his case for a rally in Modesdo, California, Don Grundmann, the homophobic extremist who heads of the National Straight Pride Coalition – (motto: Save the next generation of …
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Judge orders Israeli ad companies to run anti-gay billboards
2 months ago

Judge orders Israeli ad companies to run anti-gay billboards

A SUPREME Court judge in Israel – Neal Hendel, inset above – has ruled against companies which refused to run anti-gay campaign ads created by the ultra-Orthodox Zionist Noam party.


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Iowa homophobe fined for burning LGBT library books
2 months ago

Iowa homophobe fined for burning LGBT library books

LAST year Paul Robert Dorr decided to protest an LGBT pride event by burning four gay-themed books belonging to Orange City Library in Iowa.

Well, this week, the 63-year …
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Gay dance ‘sullied’ a Montreal church
2 months ago

Gay dance ‘sullied’ a Montreal church

A STUNNINGLY beautifukl dance, performed inside Montreal’s historic St Peter the Apostle Catholic Church earlier this year, has been branded as ‘homoerotic’ and ‘sacrilegious’ in an article published this week …
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Sydney homophobia victim awarded A$2,500
2 months ago

Sydney homophobia victim awarded A$2,500

COMENSOLI, pictured above with renowned British atheist Professor Richard Dawkins in 2018, has been awarded A$2,500 by a tribunal that ruled that a local politician had violating Australia’s Anti-Discrimination Act.


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Evangelical who ditched Christianity surfaces at Vancouver Gay Pride
2 months 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 months 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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