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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 Triangle Trust website. In 2022, when the Freethinker suddenly went "woke", he was summarily sacked for being too aggressively atheistic. In 2017 he was married to his partner of 25 years, Marcus Robinson, in Gibraltar. The couple live in Benidorm, Spain.
Latest Posts | By Barry Duke
Two Iranian woman sentenced to death for their support of LGBT+ rights
4 months ago

Two Iranian woman sentenced to death for their support of LGBT+ rights

Human Rights group Amnesty International has condemned the Islamic Republic of Iran for sentencing two LGBT+ activists to death on charges of “corruption on earth through the promotion of …
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Why we should all fear Italy’s lurch to the right
4 months ago

Why we should all fear Italy’s lurch to the right

As a resident in Spain for the past 12 years I was horrified to see footage of the rapturous applause given to the “post-fascist” leader of The Brothers of …
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Evangelical Irish Christian is behind bars for contempt of court and NOT for his religious beliefs
4 months ago

Evangelical Irish Christian is behind bars for contempt of court and NOT for his religious beliefs

Burke, one of ten children raised in a deeply homophobic Irish family, has been in custody for almost a fortnight for ignoring a court order to stay away from …
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National Trust urges members to reject hateful anti-LGBT+ resolution
5 months ago

National Trust urges members to reject hateful anti-LGBT+ resolution

Green, creator of an anti-gay, anti-vaccine website called Christian Voice UK, imagines he’s the right person to be elected to the Council of the National Trust, and vows that, …
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New LGBT+ centre in Brighton is named in honour of Pink Triangle Trust patron James Ledward
5 months ago

New LGBT+ centre in Brighton is named in honour of Pink Triangle Trust patron James Ledward

At the beginning of this year, GScene—the Brighton magazine edited and published by Ledward until his death—announced that the Brighton Rainbow Fund, which raises money and distributes it to …
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Spain approves new laws that will give gays and transgenders even greater protection
5 months ago

Spain approves new laws that will give gays and transgenders even greater protection

The Spanish government has approved measures that will strengthen protections already afforded to LGBT+ communities by, among other thing, recognising the rights of trans people’s “to be who they …
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Religious groups voice concerns over the repeal of Singapore’s archaic anti-gay law
5 months ago

Religious groups voice concerns over the repeal of Singapore’s archaic anti-gay law

Addressing a National Day Rally this weekend, Singapore’s Prime Minister said that previous pressure to retain Section 377A was made “particularly” by the the country’s “Muslims, Catholics and many …
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‘Blasphemous’ bikinis: Christian fury past and present
5 months ago

‘Blasphemous’ bikinis: Christian fury past and present

Towering above Benidorm, my home city and a magnet to millions of holidaymakers each year—especially from the UK—is a bloody great cross that serves as a reminder of Christian …
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Islamic extremist who knifed Salman Rushdie hailed as a ‘hero’ in Iran
6 months ago

Islamic extremist who knifed Salman Rushdie hailed as a ‘hero’ in Iran

Following the vicious knife attack in New York yesterday (Friday) on the internationally renowned author, “ultra-conservative” Iranian newspaper Kayhan, today ran a piece praising the assailant, Hadi Matar, 24—described in …
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Archbishop of Canterbury ‘loses plot on sexuality’
6 months ago

Archbishop of Canterbury ‘loses plot on sexuality’

The once-in-a decade conference that brings together Anglicans from all over the globe to bicker, squabble and agonise over the issue of sexuality is mercifully done and dusted, leaving …
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