for scots, the 25th of January is also Burns Night. Not that this should stand in he way of it also being Tatchell day.
Robert Burns wrote the following –
Then let us pray that come it may,
(As come it will for a’ that,)
That Sense and Worth, o’er a’ the earth,
Shall bear the gree, an’ a’ that.
For a’ that, an’ a’ that,
It’s coming yet for a’ that,
That Man to Man, the world o’er,
Shall brothers be for a’ that.
Both Robert Burns and Peter Tatchell stood for the ordinary honest man against the bigot. 25 Jan is a perfect day to celebrate both.
Mr Tatchell, I really admire your courage and determination in fighting for the rights of LGB&T people not only in the UK, but all over the world. It is time that people all over the world realise that it is a stain on all of mankind to continue with the persecution of LGB&T people.
St. Peter. Bless you.
A couple of years ago I recorded this in-depth interview with Peter, whilst we were both speaking at an event in Cheshire. My questions about whether he could go on keeping up the punishing pace turned out quite prescient, as he announced that he was going to step down as a parliamentary candidate a few months later…
An argument over the work and tactics of Peter Tatchell with my brother 2 years ago that remains sour to this day provides example of what a divisive figure he unfortunately still is our society for some. What Tatchell has always done and what makes him so outstanding in my opinion is his unique ability to highlight the inequalities suffered by those who don’t fit into the boundaries of societies dominant hegemony to those who often remain blind to life outside of it.
From my experience of meeting him I also know he has a great sense of humour…
“An argument over the work and tactics of Peter Tatchell with my brother 2 years ago that remains sour to this day provides example of what a divisive figure he unfortunately still is our society for some. ”
Sorry mate, that says a lot about your brother, but nothing about Peter Tatchell.
He’s not really a true Briton then if he was born in Australia.
The article clearly states “naturalised Briton”.
I’m not sure what your definition of a “true” Briton is or why it is relevant…
The Duke of Edinburgh, Margot Fonteyn and Joanna Lumley (to mention only a few) weren’t born in the UK either – do you seriously consider them not ‘true Britons’ either? Fool.
you forget the late Freddie Mercury and Cliff Richard
Only people that were born in GB are TRUE Briton’s
Do you even know who the original (“true”) Britons were?
Your statement makes about as much sense as saying only true Britons could understand the apostrophe (which clearly would rule you out).
I suggest, if you aren’t already a member, you sign up. Their forum might suit you better as well
Some people just pick…
and that means what exactly? Do you have to be only British to tirelessly campaign for human rights?
Dream what the world can be and make it happen. God bless Peter, a man who can do that. Dreaming is easy but the make it happen part is hard work and it is good to know there are people like him who have what it takes. We need more men and women like him to over come the hateful people in the Christian and Muslim religions today, they are the main source of money and programs aimed at destroying LGBT people and gay marriage.
Well done, Peter! This man has done more for LGBT people than most activists and organisations combined. For those who criticise him, they should ask themselves, what have they done lately to advance equality or had the courage to speak out?
Peter Tatchell is an amazing activist.
Well done Mr.Tatchell on your great achievements in your fight for the human rights of GLBTI people around the world.Mr Tatchell knows how to fight the good fight.
Cheers Gary BURNS,Australia’s only independent gay rights activist who work is taken under the Anti-Discrimination Act (NSW) (1977)against people in powerful positions who vilify homosexual people.
He is an inspirational gentleman.
Stephen, THANK YOU for including Benjamin Cohen’s statement that Peter Tatchell has “also been a huge campaigner all around the world for LGBTQI rights.”
I am grateful to Benjamin in being intersex inclusive when the UK still does not grant equality or human rights or protection against discrimination to intersex people, some 4% of the population, and when most of the LGBT or LGBTQ media are exactly that, still excluding intersex.
I hope that Pink News will now be reporting for the LGBTQI community, as it has so far for the LGBT community.
I don’t see why intersex should be included if i am being completely honest.
Congratulations, Peter Tatchell…
… and thank you, Benjamin Cohen..
The (very few) number of active LGBT campaigners I know regard him as a bit of a shower.
Really?? Well, as you said, you know ‘very few’… Not that many ‘active LGBT campaigners’ down the local gay club then? Thanks though for this illuminating comment. Please, go back to your nice life and carry on enjoying the rights and freedoms so hard fought for by others…. LIKE PETER TATCHELL
mmm very few I note.
I wonder if we’ll ever have a Ben Summerskill Day?
Well done Peter… and very well deserved..
We don’t always agree 100% on things, but I recognise your contribution to LGBT rights worldwide.
For years, you have done the unpleasant jobs… so the rest of us don’t HAVE to..
Those who sit on their cosy safas, behind their keyboards, critisising Peter and saying ‘he does not speak for me’.. would do well to ask themselves who does then?
Peter has never claimed to speak for the ‘gay community’… Sometimes he says what the gay community does not want to hear, or finds unpalatable.. He speaks though for those with no voice!
Well done Peter…. richly deserved and I hope your day raises much needed funds.. Thanks PinkNews!
Thanks Peter! So inspiring and encouraging all around the world.
From Bermondsy to present day actions on behalf of gay rights Peter Tatchell has proved his courage and the strength of his convictions. This is a man who should be knighted if ever there was one.
Happy 60th Birthday Peter X.
I have had the pleasure of hearing him speak 3 times, firstly about 20 years ago at our gaysoc at uni and latterly at the annual Greenbelt festival. I genuinely believe the guy is a modern-day saint! And a very humble one too. What an inspiration to us all!
Happy 60th Peter. From Bill Maloney and all at Pie and Mash Films. I’m running for London Mayor 2012 – Let’s make some noise!!!: https://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/LondonMayor2012 It was great to have the opportunity to interview you at the Pope’s protest: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7tavbldbOVc Have a good one and stay safe.
Congratulations on peter tatchell day, of human rights, continue to fight the good fight of civil rights, for humanity and equality, You should be proud to be apart of a gay community to be proud of and not at all the same as monsters murdering an rapping their families and children everyday like the hetersexuals, AND WHO IS THSI HETERO MAN CALLING HIMSELF A PASTOR AND TRYING TO TELL COUPLES ABOUT HOW TO HAVE A GOOD MARRIAGE, AND THIS LUNATIC DRISCOLL, HAS NOT BEEN AWARE THAT THE REST OF THE NATIONS NO ABOUT THE HETERO, DISASTER MARRIAGES AND RELATIONSHIPS, AND DIVORCES AND FALSE MARRIAGES, WE SEE AND KNOW THE REAL DEAL, THEIR HETERO MARRIAGES FAIL 99% BECAUSE OF THE EVIL MAN, WHO CANT KEEP HIS DICK IN HIS PANTS AND CHASES CHILDREN AND OTHER WOMEN, GETS DIVORCE, ARRESTED, FOR PEDEPHILIA, AND WIFE BEATING AND TERRORISM, VIOLENT SEX ADDICTS, LIKES TO HURT WOMEN AND CHILDREN SEXUALLY, INCEST, –YOU HAVE TO BE FIRST A GENUINE , GOOD , KIND PERSON, THATS YOUR FOUNDATION, THE OTHER FOLLOW
Guessing your not done?!
a MONSTER WHO LIKES TO HURT OTHERS SEXUALLY AND MENTALLY, DOES NOT HAVE GOOD RELATIONSHIPS OR FREINDSHIPS, NEVER, ONLY FALSE LOVELESS HOUSES THAT OR NOT REAL HOMES INSIDE, wATCH THE DEVIL WEARS PRODA, YOU MUST RESPECT ONE ANOTHER, AN NOT OVER STEP YOUR BOUNDS THERE, YOUR MATE OR PARTNER , IS NOT YOUR CHILD , YOU DONT TELL THEM ANYTHING AS ONE , YOU SIMPLY ASK, THEY ARE YOUR OTHER HALF, YOU DONT STOP CARING AND BEING ROMANTIIC AFTER THE HONEY MOON, AND YOU DONT STOP DOING NICE THINGS THAT YOU DID BEFORE, ALTHO IT MAY NOT BE EVERY SINGLE DAY, YOU GET TOGETHER OFF OF THE FOUNDATION OF REAL FREINDSHIP SO THAT YOU HAVE SOMETHING TO FALL BACK ON AND TO RELATE ON WHEN YOUR HEALTH FAILS OR YOU SIMPLY ARE NOT IN THE MOOD FOR PHYSICAL INTIMACY, LIKE HOBBIES, AND INTEREST, TO ENJOY TOGETHER, SEX GET OLD, ESPECIALLY IF MESSED WITH TO OFTEN, BUT THE RIGHT BALANCE AND MINDS ON DOING OTHER WONDERFUL THINGS TOGETHER, STILL BRINGS YOU BACK TO THAT INTAMCY POINT ON GIVEN TIMES BECAUSE ITS NOT ABUSED
yOU COME INTO THE HOUSE NOT HEADING FOR THE BEDROOM TO SOON, YOU COME INTO THE HOME ASKING EACH OTHER AND HER ABOUT HOW SHE FEELS AND EACH OTHER FEELS AND HOW YOUR DAY HAS GONE, COME INTO THE HOUSE , MAN AND MAKE SURE THE TRASH IS OUT AND ASK IS THERE ANYTHING i CAN DO BEFORE I LAY DOWN OR UNWIND, HELP YOU WITH , AS MY MATE AS THE MOTHER OF MY CHILDREN OR AS A FRIEND, SIMPLY THAT I AM CONCERNED AND CONSIDERATE ABOUT YOU COMMUNICATIONS , AND TENDERNESS, LEARN TO LOVE AND MAKE LOVE, OUT SIDE THE SHEETS AND SKIN, WORK ON THE MIND AND HEART, iT MAKES A GOOD FOUNDATION FOR ANY INTAMACY THAT GOES FURTHER, YOU MUST ALSO GENUINELY LIKE EACH OTHER THE SAME, THERE SIMPLY IS NO RELATIONSHIP IF ONE OR THE OTHER DO NOT LIKE THE OTHER , OR IS NOT ATTRACTED TO THEM , THAT FIXED, ARRANGED AND WRONG, NEVER WILL TRUE LOVE OR REAL FEELING FLOW IN THAT LAISON, AND YOU MISS OUT ON WHAT IS REALLY WONDERFUL AND LOVING ABOUT RELATIONSHIPS, MAKING LOVE, IS FOR MORE REWARDING THAN BANGING SOMEONE, ITS EMPTY
Does this make any sense to you Carrie, love?
REACHING FOR SOMEONE AN PULLING THEM NEAR YOU SHOULD FEEL TENDER AN WARM, BECAUSE YOUR TOUCH AN MOTIONS ARE WELCOMED, LIKE FEELINGS, BUT IF YOU DONT LIKE THE PERSON , ITS A WASTE, ITS COLD LIFELESS, AN REALLY A WASTE, THE OTHER WILL NOT REACH BACK FOR YOU OR YOUR TOUCH, THEY ARE LIKE A DEAD LIFELESS LOG, SO GET SOMEONE WHO IS RIGHT FOR YOU THAT LIKES YOU BACK THE SAME, ANIMAL BEHAVIOR, BEASTS, RUN UP ON AN INDIVIDUAL AN TRY AND MAKE THEM WANT THEM AN IT NEVER WORKS, LOVELESS MARRIAGES, COLD, HEARTS , HATE INSIDE, HIDDEN, BITTERNESS AT THE OTHERS TOUCH , MANY TIMES TURNS VIOLENT, AND DANGEROUS, ENDS IN DESASTER, DIVORCE, OR LIES, UNHAPPY, LAISONS, , THE WORLD IS FULL OF TRILLIONS OF PEOPLE, FIND ONE OR SOME THAT IS LIKING YOU THE SAME, AN GOOD TO THE BONE, SO THEY DONT DO YOU NO WRONG, NOW THIS IS HOW YOU WRITE BOOKS FOR MARRIAGE AN RELATIONSHIPS , DRISCOLL, GET A CLUE, IF YOUR PARTNER OR FREIND IS NOT IN THE MOOD FOR INTAMACY, GET YOUR ASS A MAGAZINE, DVD, MASTURBATE, -YOU DONT RAPE,
Oh good. You’re back!
Who is this person? It’s just so bizarre it doesn’t even register…
It is hard to imagine GAY RIGHTS without Peter Tatchell as he has always been there. It is a shame for Melbourne and Australia that he chose to make London his home and we should all be truly grateful that he did so .
Sam wrote: “We need more men and women like him to overcome the hateful people in the Christian and Muslim religions today. They are the main source of money and programs aimed at destroying LGBT people and gay marriage.”
I heartily endorse this and as a 78-year-old gay activist of much lower status, I warmly congratulate Peter on his long-standing fight for LGBT rights.
Happy 60th birthday!
This is also the date to celebrate Martin Luther King’s birthday in the US. I cannot think of any other gay leader in Britain who more deserves to be compared to the great Dr. King than Peter Tatchell.
At a time when much of the LGBT establishment has become conformist and comfortable, Peter – sometimes almost alone – as kept the radical edge of our activism.
You cannot compare Peter Tatchell to Martin Luther King!
A really nice thing for Pink News to do.
I do not know a lot about Peter but I know he has campaigned for our rights most of his life in many areas of the globe, putting his life in danger many times.
Some of your campaigning tactics are questionable and I think can be counter productive. For instance, society moves in a pragmatic direction but Peter wants everything (full equality) straight away. Don’t we all but society isn’t like that. Women didn’t get the right to vote straight away and the composition of Parliament for women is very unbalanced and it’s 2012.
I also concerned with his champaign against Islamic extremism. He appears to be terrified of it to be honest and doesn’t challenge like he does other issues. For instance, he will label someone homophobic for not supporting marriage equality but civil partnerships (I agree) but Peter doesn’t appear to be as angry with Islamic extremists in Tower hamlets who want us put to death.
A bright note, well done and best wishes!
Peter Tatchell, Thank you for all your great work campaigning not only for LGBT equality but all that you have done to better this world.
We still have plenty to change but you have had a massive impact on making this world a better place, thank you!!
i didn’t like the stop murder music campaign at all but i respect him
I have always been a great admirer, and I congratulate Peter on his outstanding work for LGBT equality for so many years.
My gay son and I took part in a TV programme with him when we were fighting for an equal age of consent. He was brilliant and he has been my inspiration ever since.
With more people like him in the world, it would be a better place.
Happy 60th Birthday!
Happy Birthday Peter and welcome to the not yet past it club :-)
This is a wonderful idea. Peter is a true pioneer for progress and justice.
I so admire his determination to claim justice for the weak, the oppressed and the powerless, regardless of personal safety. Where others would baulk, when it’s neither safe nor popular nor fashionable to put up the fight, Peter perseveres and refuses to compromise his principles.
In a celebrity-obsessed world, where image is all that matters and the glib and the vacuous are celbrated, here’s a true role-model with real substance, and someone whose name will be remembered long after our crop of grey, vain, weathervane politicians will have been forgotten!
Okay…. Didn’t think I would, but reading all these comments…. now I’m welling-up!!
Well done Peter and have a very Happy birthday!
Much respect and love from a Brit in Cambodia! XXX
Sincere thanks to everyone for their kind wishes. I am just one of the many people who’ve contributed to advances in LGBTI human rights. It is our cumulative, collective efforts that have made so many positive changes. Huge gratitude to everyone who has worked with me over the last 45 years of campaigning. I would not have achieved half of what I’ve done without their help.
Mr Twatchell puts Super Heroes like Batman, Spider Man and Superman to shame.
He should be given a Knighthood, made a peer, in fact he should be made the supreme ruler of the universe immediately.
I would go even further by stating he should be made a saint. Get writing to the Pope now boys and girls demanding the beatification of the lovely Peter. Yes, it is only fair and proper that he should be made Saint Peter of Bermondsey.
And while we’re at it, tell God to resign and let the blessed Peter take charge and don’t forget to throw some money in his begging bowl.
And if any of you nasty, small-minded, jealous and vindictive types mention his tacit support for Muslims to maim and murder us, you will, to quote the Divine Morrissey, ‘be spanked with a wet plimsoul’.
Love and kisses Peter sweetie.
I think it is only right and proper that all LGBT people should petition the pope for the beatification of Mr Twatchell. Get writing now!
Oh dear, deary!
A drunken skinhead I see, judging from the Stormfront logo.
More medication Matron
Happy birthday Peter, and many many more of them. The world would have been a poorer place without you and your hard work.
Oh goody, does that mean she is retiring to play an ugly sister in panto full time now?
Erm, crazy says what now?
As a gay man of a similar generation to Peter I have oft admired his words and actions in so many places and at so many times. I have done nothing in comparison yet try to my bit to gain equality for us homosexuals in today’s society. Imagine my delight in learning I am going to meet him at last when we both speak at the Milton Keynes LGBT conference later this month. Listening to him will be the highlight of my endeavours for equality of acceptance for all.
Congrates to peter tatchell , we want him to continue to cover the most pressing and vital issues and abuses of human rights violations and acheivements, nationwide, its paramount, We now need to have TRANSPARENCY ON ALL VIOLENCE AGAINST WOMEN, MINORITIES, LGBT, SENIORS, DISABLED, CHILDREN , AND ON AN ON, THE NATION IS RIDDLED WITH EVIL FROM THE HETERSEXUAL COMMUNITIES MEN OF EVILS, TEACHING YOUNGER BOYS TO FOLLOW SUIT AND ENDING UP IN JAIL OR DEAD, THEIR BAD CHARACTERS OF BIGOTRY AND SEX CRIMES MUST BE STOPPED WE COMMEND THE NATIONAL TASK FORCES FOR UNDER COVER RINGS IN THE LOCAL POLICE DEPARTMENTS FOR RACISM AND BIGOTTRY ABUSES IN AND OUTSIDE OF THE PRESAINTS THE ACTING ON THE VIOLENCE AT THE HAND OF THE MEN AGAINST THEIR WIVES LIFE THREATNING AS WELL TO THIER CHILDREN, ITS HAS BEEN GOING ON FOR A LONG TIME AN MUST BE STOPPED IN RELIGIONS AS WELL, THE POLICE DEPARTMENTS SHOULD BE SUIED FOR NOT HAVING HOMELESS PATROL BY WOMEN AND GAY COPS TAKING PEOPLE TO SHELTERS, AND NOT LEAVING
Do the caps make a difference? I don’t know I don’t read these.
tHE NATION MUST GO AND STOP THE PEOPLE FROM HARMING ALL OTHERS WHO PLAYS A PART IN THE NEGLECT OF HURTING OF OTHERS, THOSE VICTUMS WHO WHERE MURDERED SHOULD HAVE SPURRED AND PROVOKED THE PEOPLE IN THE CITY OF ORANGE COUNTY, TO ALL GET TOGETHER AND MAKE SURE THAT THE PEOPLE WHERE IN SAFE SHELTER AND PASSING THE WORD SO THAT THEY WOULD NO WHERE TO GO AND PEOPLE TO GET THEM THERE, BY FLAGGING AN OFFICER, THEY SAID THAT THE MAN LAST MURDERED HAD ALREADY TOLD POLICE HE FEARED THAT THE DANGEROUS PEOPLE WHERE CLOSE AROUND THERE, AND INSTEAD OF THE OFFICER MAKING SURE THE MAN WAS TAKEN TO A SAFE SHELTER THE COPS WENT ON BY KNOWING THE SERIAL KILLER WAS OUT THERE, THE COPS ARE RESPONSIBLE FOR THOSE DEATHS THE CITY AND THE PRECINT FOR NOT TAKEN CARE OF THE HOMELESS SHELTERS AND PROBLEMS FIRST HAND, AND FORMOST , THE CITY MUST BE REPRIMANDED THE OFFICIALS THE MAYORS AND GOVERNORS, AND THE POLICE FORCE, THE WHITE HOUSE SHOULD HAVE ALREADY HANDED DOWN LEGISLATION TO ALL STATES ABOUT THE NEGLECT
Why the caps? Calm down dear!!
Please learn grammar for the love of all that is holy! It makes it easier than reading a wall of text. If needs be format your reply in a word processor/text editor and then copy and paste it! It’d make it a lot more coherent.
I don’t always agree with Peter Tatchell but recognise that he does in the most part, incredible work and most importantly to make a difference to others.
Well done PinkNews!
Let’s be clear on this; Peter is an angel sent from heaven and we all owe him a huge debt of gratitude. He’s an amazeballs kind of guy but can’t do it all himself – he needs help! Please visit the foundation website at http://www.petertatchellfoundation.org to see how you can help. Money’s always good!
Is this you Peter? lol
I won’t be celebrating Peter Tatchell day. I think he has done alot for our community, but i don’t agree with alot of his politics and i do not think that he deserves to have a day dedicated to him. As a Scot i will instead be celebrating Burns night.
I don’t like alot of what he has done recently. Such as defending these islamic scumbags who thinks its okay to bash gay people. Plus i also don’t like that he supports the repeal of Section 5 of the public order act. An act which protects our community from the vile hate speech of homophobes. SHAME ON YOUR PETER!
Nor shall I! I’m afraid that I consider Tatchell as being a self-seeking self-publicist. I disagree with his politics and his views on most matters – in fact, I seem to remember a radio interview a couple of years ago when he denied he was a ‘gay rights activist’, saying that he was a ‘human rights activist’! Perhaps he felt the latter description would give him more publicity!
Or perhaps he just felt that all human rights were worth fighting for, not only those defined by sexuality.
It would appear that the Scottish don’t like Peter much….ho hum.
A true hero. Your passion, courage, tenacity and determination are inspirational and something to behold, Peter.
Happy Birthday! I salute you!!!
Well done Peter, your work has been inspiring, Happy Birthday.
Thank you Peter for being brave enough to say what needed to be said on all those occasions. Ignore the haters…like you always have done…even they have the right to their opinions.
Happy Birthday Peter
For all people who are interested in Peter’s heroic story, RTE Pulse are celebrating his birthday with an hour long exclusive interview at his home in Southwark, illustrated by archive material. To listen outside Ireland (where it is available on DAB), search for RTE Pulse and click on Listen Live. 7-8pm, Wednesday 25th January. A 28 day radio player is also available shortly after broadcast.
Like him or not he has done more for us than most.
Happy Birthday Peter
A few years back at a management grooming day we were asked to say who our heroes or roll models were. Most said Thatcher or Churchill or the like but I stood out as “not one of us” because I said Peter Tatchell. He still is one of my heroes. I met him at a bi-con many years ago when biphobia was worse in the gay community than the straight. He was one of the speakers and he showed his humanity and kindness as well as his fight against all forms of prejudice no matter the source.
Peter Tatchell is certainly an inspiration, a living hero. Any human who believes in speaking out and actively fighting against all forms of discrimination is indeed a human after my own heart. Happy 60th Birthday Peter, if only there were more like you who believe a better world is possible, a better world would no longer be a dream but a reality. Thanks for your selfless service to humanity, humanity is blessed to have you and we do hope to have you with us much more longer, long enough for you to enjoy the fruits of your labour.
Peter, you have given hope, courage and help to the LGBT Community world wide and you are a shining light in the fight for LGBT rights all over the world. I salute you Peter. May you become Lord Peter.