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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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Meet Margaret Court, Christian fopdoodle
8 years ago

Meet Margaret Court, Christian fopdoodle

By  •  Global news

THIS week I came across a word I had never heard before: “fopdoodle”. It is an old English term – defined here as “A stupid or insignificant fellow; a fool; a simpleton” – and, within hours I found someone to apply it to: a 69-year-old Australian called Margaret Court who belongs to that school of imbeciles who believe that being gay is “a lifestyle choice”.

According to this report, Court, a one-time world champion tennis star and now a Christian minister, prompted a row with other former champions after saying gays were “aggressively demanding marriage rights that are not theirs to take”.

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George Michael slams Christian hate group
8 years ago

George Michael slams Christian hate group

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 A FUNDAMENTALIST Christian hate-group, which called on its followers to pray for the death of the singer George Michael, is running a poll which asks why “Atheists cyber-bully Christians”.

“This”, according to The Freethinker today, “is rich, given the behaviour of Christians for a Moral America, which aggressively employs cyber-bullying tactics against those it disapproves of. And The Gays are top of their list.”

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Assault on liberty
8 years ago

Assault on liberty

By  •  Global news

HUNGARY has a new constitution, and “it mirrors many of the things that the Reactionary Right want to enshrine in the United States”, writes Bridgette P LaVictoire on the LezGetReal blog.

The new constitution bans same-sex marriage, does not protect LGBT people or the aged from discrimination, basically bans abortions by granting rights to foetuses from conception onward, and has removed many of the legal protections designed to prevent rampant economic corruption.

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Turing honour warmly welcomed by Gay Humanists
8 years ago

Turing honour warmly welcomed by Gay Humanists

THE UK gay Humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) has warmly welcomed the news that the famous mathematician and second world war code breaker Alan Turing is to be …
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Turing honour welcomed
8 years ago

Turing honour welcomed

THE Guardian reports today that Alan Turing, the mathematician and second world war codebreaker, is to be celebrated on a special stamp as an online petition calls for a posthumous pardon to quash his conviction for gross indecency.

The e-petition says his treatment and death:

Remains a shame on the UK government and UK history.

The computer pioneer is one of 10 prominent people chosen for the Royal Mail’s Britons of Distinction stamps, to be launched in February.

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Gay Kenyans used as sex slaves
8 years ago

Gay Kenyans used as sex slaves

DESPITE the hostility Islam has towards homosexuality, many Muslim countries appear to have no problem using males as sex slaves.

A report just brought to our attention reveals that gay …
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‘Homosexuality is on the wane, but we must keep fighting it’
8 years ago

‘Homosexuality is on the wane, but we must keep fighting it’

IN A belated Christmas message to the nation, Sheikh Dr Osman Nuhu Sharubutu, Ghana’s Chief Imam, claimed that, even though it was “becoming a thing of the past”, homosexuality needs …
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Meddling Christians blamed for homophobia in Africa
8 years ago

Meddling Christians blamed for homophobia in Africa

By  •  Global news

FRANK Mugisha, the 2011 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award laureate and Director of Sexual Minorities Uganda, has blamed meddling evangelicals, mainly from the US, for mounting homophobia in Africa.

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Meddling evangelicals blamed for homophobia in Africa
8 years ago

Meddling evangelicals blamed for homophobia in Africa

By  •  Global news

FRANK Mugisha, the 2011 Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Award laureate and Director of Sexual Minorities Uganda, has blamed meddling evangelicals, mainly from the US, for mounting homophobia in Africa.

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Cardinal George Must Go!
8 years ago

Cardinal George Must Go!

By  •  Global news

A “backward and bigoted” Catholic Cardinal is being urged to resign after he drew a parallel between gays and the Ku Klux Clan.

Foolish Francis George, the Roman Catholic Archbishop of Chicago, made the idiotic comparison when he voiced his objection to the timing of the city’s gay pride parade.

Organisers of the parade changed next year’s start-up time from noon to 10 am, meaning it would go past one of the city’s oldest Catholic churches when worshippers were attending Mass.

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