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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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Gay Humanists Protest at Anti-Gay Legislation Proposed in Russia

 

Kenilworth, 14 November 2011 — The UK gay humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) is appalled to learn of the latest anti-gay legislation proposed in …
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Gay Humanists ‘Dismayed & Outraged’ at Nigerian Anti-Gay Bill

 

Kenilworth, 29 November 2011 — The UK gay humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT), a member of the International Humanist and Ethical Union, has expressed its dismay and outrage at the news that Nigeria’s Senate has voted in favour of a bill which will criminalise gay marriage, gay advocacy groups and same-sex public displays of affection.


It will make it illegal to register gay clubs or organisations, as well as criminalising the “public show of same-sex amorous relationships directly or indirectly”. Under the proposed law, couples who marry could face up to 14 years each in prison. Witnesses or anyone who helps couples marry could be sentenced to ten years behind bars.

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Gay Humanists Launch New On-Line Journal and Website

THE UK gay Humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) has re-launched its online magazine with a new title, The Pink Humanist.

 The PTT, which was founded in 1992, started …
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Britain’s Greatest Codebreaker
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Britain’s Greatest Codebreaker

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CHANNEL 4’s airing of the docudrama Britain’s Greatest Codebreaker on 21 November marked an early start to the Alan Turing Year, 2012, during which a series of events are planned to celebrate the hundredth anniversary of Alan Turing’s birth on 23 June 1912.

The film tells Alan Turing’s story using three interwoven strands. One is the authoritative-sounding voice of an off-screen narrator (spoken by Paul McGann). The second is a series of talking heads – people with a particular insight into some part of Turing’s life or work. The third is a sequence of dramatised interviews between Turing (played by Ed Stoppard) and his psychotherapist Franz Greenbaum (played by Henry Goodman).

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No Mincing Words!
8 years ago

No Mincing Words!

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Pink Humanist editor Barry Duke goes for the jugular

In a bizarre, round-about way I learned last month that that the words “heterosexual” and “homosexual” never existed until they were invented by a 19th-century writer called Karl-Maria Kertbeny.

I came by this information after receiving a long (3,007-word) email from Christian zealot David Skinner, who is trying – with scant success – to get Britons to boycott the supermarket giant Tesco after it announced that it would be sponsoring World Pride 2012 in London.

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Protesters tell Nigerian Government to ditch anti-gay laws
8 years ago

Protesters tell Nigerian Government to ditch anti-gay laws

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Reacting to Nigeria’s rampant homophobia, Nigerian LGBTIs gathered in London on Novermber 15 to demand the repeal of all anti same-sex laws in that country, and to protest against the anti same-sex marriage Bill.

The protesters, who gathered outside Nigeria House, were joined by international supporters including notable UK Human rights activist, Peter Tatchell.

The protesters carried placards with a variety of slogans: “Kiss Homophobia, Biphobia and Transphobia Goodbye!” “Proudly Gay, Proudly Nigerian!” “Some Nigerians are Gay, Get over it!” “Sodomy law is a colonial relic, repeal it now!” “Kiss Anti Same Sex marriage bill and Sodomy laws Goodbye!” and “Stop turning us into refugees, Repeal Sodomy laws Now!”.

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Is Weekend the Best Romantic Gay Movie Ever Made?
8 years ago

Is Weekend the Best Romantic Gay Movie Ever Made?

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Shot in little more than a fortnight and covering events taking place just over two days, Andrew Haigh’s recently-released Weekend has been wowing critics and audiences around the world – or at least in those parts of the world which allow gay love to be portrayed on the screen.

Acclaim for the film has been remarkable. For example, Brian Moylan, reviewing Weekend for the US site Gawker, wrote: “We’re so trained to watch romantic movies that are of the dreaded rom-com variety – with its silly conventions, outlandish plots, and preternaturally good-looking people – that seeing something that is familiar and real is not only shocking and disorienting, but really rewarding. Read More