Southwark Council has awarded a Blue Plaque to human rights activist Peter Tatchell.

The plaques are placed on the homes of those noted for their achievements in various fields and also awarded to places of interest.

Local residents in the south London borough voted on who should receive the award.

Amongst the winners were comedian and actor Charlie Drake and former Arsenal and England football player, Kenny Samson.

After hearing the news, Mr Tatchell told PinkNews.co.uk: “It is a big honour. I am very grateful to the people who voted for me, especially since there were other notable, worthy and deserving nominees.

“I have lived in Southwark most of my life and I am very proud to be part of its long, illustrious history of distinguished authors, playwrights, scientists, inventors and social
reformers.

“I hope my receipt of this award will encourage others to campaign for human rights.”

One voter said: “Peter Tatchell for his indefatigable approach to not just gay rights but human rights. He lives modestly and is a thorn in the side of the police (less so these days) and the establishment but that is what makes his so utterly indispensable. Society needs selfless courageous individuals like Peter.

“Give him a Blue Plaque! Although a pink one would be even better!”