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  1. Interesting and disturbing. But instead of simply fighting for rights, shouldn’t we be asking “WHY are people homophobic”? What is it about homosexuality that so ‘disturbs’ certain individuals? The ONLY answer is that homophobes have ‘issues’ of their own. If we could get that message out loud and clear, perhaps homophobes would think long and hard before revealing their (self) hatred ….

    1. Robert in S. Kensington 21 Feb 2013, 12:56pm

      I think the root of homophobia emanates from the three Abrahamic cults. First came orthodox Judaism with the old testament, the part containing the infamous Leviticus quote, then Christianity took over the reins and subsequently Islam. They’re all complicit in the oppression of gay people and fomenting hatred in the form of homophobia as we’ve seen in the equal marriage debate as one example. Even Archbishop Sentamu of York has admitted that the church has done a lot of bad things against gay people but the mainstream religions as a whole haven’t taken any responsbility for it or even attempted to right the wrongs they’ve inflicted on us. Their opposition to equal marriage is just one more example of homophobia.

  2. Peter, did the Huffington Post invite you to write this account of your daily life? Or did you perceive some worthwhile end in writing and circulating it yourself? I’d be interested to know. Thanks.

    1. Whatever the reason, it’s interesting – and humbling – to read.

      1. Humbling? You haven’t amounted to much in life have you if you feel this self congratulatory back patting dribble is humbling.

        1. You ungrateful fool, take a look at the bigger picture of which you wouldn’t be part of if it wasn’t for the likes of people like Peter Tatchell, who deserves and never asks for the gratitude of others, idiot.

        2. I expect you mean drivel, Bob (perhaps you’ve been to busy achieving to concentrate on spelling). Remind us, what exactly have you done in the field of human/gay rights?

    2. James Howarth 21 Feb 2013, 1:33pm

      Hi Eddy, the Huffington Post invited Peter to write this account of his daily life.

    3. Spanner1960 23 Feb 2013, 7:50am

      Agreed. This man will do anything to stay in the spotlight.
      A shameless slice of self-promoting hogwash if ever I saw it.

  3. Keep up the hard work – some of us value what you do. Well done.

  4. Peter, can I help you at all?

    1. James Howarth 21 Feb 2013, 1:37pm

      Hi Daniel, the Peter Tatchell Foundation is always looking for volunteers. Click on the link to find out more: http://www.petertatchellfoundation.org/volunteer
      Thanks.

  5. Helge Vladimir Tiller 21 Feb 2013, 12:39pm

    GREAT GUY—GREAT GUY !

    ( Greetings from Norway )

  6. It’s brilliant that he does this and a shame there are not more that do.
    He’s a fly in the ointment of the establishment, a constant niggle that won’t go away.
    Good luck to you and what you do.

  7. Thanks for choosing to dedicate your life to this, Peter. It really is appreciated.

    I try where I can…but, and I should be ashamed of this, I can’t imagine giving up everything I have now to live the kind of life you do.

    So glad people like you exist or little would get done.

  8. Mumbo Jumbo 21 Feb 2013, 1:48pm

    Integrity, intelligence, compassion, tireless work and bravery. Peter Tatchell is a true hero of our times.

  9. Thanks for all your efforts Peter .

  10. I found that fascinating reading. I had no idea that Peter was under that much threat and had to pay such close attention to his personal security.

    I might not always agree with him about everything, but I’m fully behind his commitment to human rights. I also don’t understand how anyone can talk down what he’s done. He seems totally committed to fighting for rights and that’s very admirable – and more than most of us can do.

    1. I first read about it in the famously acerbic Lynne Barber’s interview in the Observer years ago: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2004/dec/19/gayrights.features

      1. Thanks for the link, Rehan. I must admit I don’t read many newspapers. I stopped buying them because the news was old by the time I got round to reading them – very old!

  11. you’re my hero

  12. An absolutely incredible man, and the times when I’ve heard him speak he’s come across as very humble too. I think he’s a modern-day Saint and I just hope that I can emulate his example in a small way.

  13. Maybe I’m naive but does advocacy work have to involve martyrdom? Is there not a better way? Is dying like Socrates and Jesus the only way?

  14. amazing guy!

  15. Peter Tatchell has done sterling work for decades, and has been an inspiration to so many.

    It is a real pity that there are so many LGBT millionaires and multi-millionaires, yet Peter is struggling to subsist and to finance his campaigns.

    A donation of a few thousand pounds, or a few hundred thousand pounds, would no doubt be peanuts to some LGBT people who morally support what Peter is doing.

    I am not a member of the Peter Tatchell Foundation, and my politics are significantly to the right of his. Yet I think a good deal of what he does would be supported by progressive people across the mainstream political spectrum.

  16. My question may belie the great respect I have for the work that Peter has been doing for years. I in no way seek to undermine what he does but reading this article I cannot help but wonder how it is that after so many years the PT Foundation is just him and an assistant instead of having grown into a larger organisation that would allow him to do much more than be bogged down in answering hundreds of emails every day and catch a couple of hours’ sleep every night next to a fire extinguisher. Is it because he has refused any compromise? Is it because he has chosen not to let his organisation grow, refused funding… Why are there various organisations out there that grow into international NGOs and his foundation is just him and one other guy?

  17. A true hero of our time. Thanks Peter for everything you do. It’s a good job someone does it for the rest of us and those with no voice.

    My admiration and respect for you is endless mate.

    Thank you from us all. XXX

  18. Spanner1960 23 Feb 2013, 7:51am

    OK, let’s talk about my favourite subject:
    Me.

    The man knows no shame.

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