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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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Great news on gay adoption
8 years ago

Great news on gay adoption

By  •  Global news

LESBIANS and gay men have been identified in a UK study as having:

The right mix of skills and experience to raise children who have been in care, and give them a great new start in life.

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Up the poll!
8 years ago

Up the poll!

By  •  Global news

RIGHT now the Telegraph is running a poll which asks: Should gay marriage by legalised?

The poll, which is not at all going the way bigots would wish, was prompted by the giddy gurglings of former Archbish of Cant, Lord (of the Wedding Rings) Carey, who – writing in the Daily Mail, claimed that a government proposal to change the status of marriage:

Constitutes one of the greatest political power grabs in history.

In September, it was announced that the coalition Government would legislate for same-sex marriages by 2015.

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Oh Stacey, what a prat you are!
8 years ago

Oh Stacey, what a prat you are!

By  •  Global news

 YOU just know that anyone who can claim that it is virtually impossible to contract HIV through heterosexual sex is a fool of the first order. 

Yet some people seem to think that Stacey Campfield, 42, a ginger, blue-eyed state legislator in Tennessee, is someone to be taken seriously – so seriously that an anti-gay bill he authored last year was passed this week by a House education subcommittee.

Stacey’s “Don’t say gay” bill aims to outlaw informing Tennessee kids about homosexuality before they reach the ninth grade. Campfield insists his bill, which would limit class discussions to “natural human reproduction science” in public schools, is necessary because homosexuality is more dangerous than heterosexuality.

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Like a dog to its vomit
8 years ago

Like a dog to its vomit

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UGANDAN legislators just won’t let go of their obsession to outlaw homosexuality. Like a dog returning to its vomit, they are reported to be planning once again to debate the country’s notorious Anti-Homosexuality Bill.

It was first introduced as a private member’s bill by MP David Bahati in October 2009. Bahati is an evangelical Christian and a member of the Fellowship Foundation, also known as the Family, a US-based Christian and political organisation which arranges the annual prestigious National Prayer Breakfast in Washington.

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Get lost! That’s J C Penney’s message to One Million Morons
8 years ago

Get lost! That’s J C Penney’s message to One Million Morons

By  •  Global news

CAN “One Million Moms” be wrong? Oh yes. Very! And this week the anti-gay, fundamentalist Christian hate group – a better name for which would be “One Million Morons” – is licking its wounds after a disastrous attempt to have popular TV talk show host and comedienne Ellen DeGeneres sacked by the retail chain J C Penney.

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UN head supports gay rights
8 years ago

UN head supports gay rights

By  •  Global news

WITH some reservations, the UK gay humanist charity the Pink Triangle Trust (PTT) has welcomed the unequivocal support for gay rights given by UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon in his speech to the recent African Union summit.

Discrimination based on sexual orientation had been ignored or even sanctioned by many states for too long, Ban Ki-moon told the summit. He told delegates that discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity:

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Christian hugs gay man – and likes it!
8 years ago

Christian hugs gay man – and likes it!

By  •  Global news

WHAT a weird Saturday this turned out to be. First I almost blew a gasket this morning when I heard an ATHEIST on the BBC World Service saying non-believers could learn lessons in morality from religion, then later had an urge to reach out and cuddle a BELIEVER who passionately believes Christians have a lot of apologising to do to the gay community.

Trouble is, I am in Spain, and Nathan is in the US. Ah well, to you, Nathan, I send a cyber-kiss for the action you and members of the Marin Foundation took at the recent gay pride in Chicago.

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Support this Day of Action
8 years ago

Support this Day of Action

By  •  Global news

I REGRET being unable to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with defenders of free speech at an important rally in London on February 11 due to pressing engagements in Spain over that period.

But I have added my name to the fast-growing list of those supporting the One Law for All rally for Free Expression which is being held in London from 2pm to 4pm at the Old Palace Yard opposite the House of Lords, and I would urge readers who cherish the right to criticise religion to either attend the demo, or sign the declaration.

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Amsterdam’s Chief Rabbi sacked
8 years ago

Amsterdam’s Chief Rabbi sacked

By  •  Global news

FURY erupted among young Jewish Amsterdammers this week after Aryeh Ralbag, the city’s nominal Chief Rabbi, signed a statement saying that homosexuality was “sinful” and could be “cured”.

And today it is reported here that the homophobe has been sacked by Amsterdam’s Orthodox Jewish community.

Ralbag, who lives in New York and visits the Netherlands once or twice a year to rule on legal matters, signed the Declaration On The Torah Approach To Homosexuality using all his official functions, including that of chief rabbi of Amsterdam.

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Farewell Janey
8 years ago

Farewell Janey

By  •  Global news

WE have just learned of the death this week in Brighton of veteran gay rights campaigner, Janey Buchan, 85.

An email we received today from ScotsGay’s John Hein said of the ex-Labour MEP:

She was inspiring to and influential in the LGBT movement in Scotland in the dark years between decriminalisation of gay male sex in England/Wales in 1967 and its eventual decriminalisation in Scotland in 1980.

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