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Peter Tatchell

  • 25th January 2012

    Video: Peter Tatchell through the years 11

    Peter Tatchell through the years

    12:42 AM — In celebration of his 60th birthday and more than 45 years of campaigning, the Peter Tatchell Foundation has created a video showing some iconic images from the life and times of Peter Tatchell.

  • 24th January 2012

    A prose poem for Peter Tatchell, by Stephen Fry 26

    11:55 PM — Author, actor and television presenter Stephen Fry wrote this prose poem to mark Peter Tatchell's 60th birthday. It forms part of our day long celebration of the life of Peter Tatchell, Britain's iconic LGBT rights champion

  • 5th December 2011

    Call for congregations to reject Church ban as religious civil partnerships come into effect 29

    Mr Tatchell says individual parishes should be allowed to hold ceremonies if they wish (Photo: Eamon Curry)

    3:11 PM — Peter Tatchell has called on priests and congregations to reject the Church of England's ban on civil partnerships in their churches, as new regulations allowing come into effect today. The Marriages and Civil Partnerships (Approved Premises) (Amendment) Regulations 2011 come into force today, and lift the ban on places of religious worship holding civil partnership ceremonies.

  • 10th November 2011

    Killer of David Kato receives 30 year prison sentence 26

    David Kato was beaten to death in January

    2:00 PM — Sydney 'Enock' Nsubuga was sentenced last night by the Ugandan high court.

  • 27th October 2011

    Peter Tatchell backs Christian housing manager demoted for gay marriage remarks 178

    Peter Tatchell said Adrian Smith's punishment was excessive

    1:51 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell says the demotion of a Christian housing manager for remarks about religious gay marriage was "excessive". Mr Tatchell spoke out in support of Adrian Smith, 54, who was disciplined by the Trafford Housing Trust for the remarks on his private Facebook page.

  • 5th September 2011

    Comment: Peter Tatchell on Saturday’s anti-English Defence League protest 357

    Peter Tatchell and Ashley McAlister at the demo

    5:49 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, who joined Saturday's counter-demo against the English Defence League, argues that the Left must do more to oppose far-right Islamists.

  • 1st September 2011

    Call for Commonwealth meeting to discuss gay rights 22

    Many Commonwealth countries ban homosexuality

    4:54 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has called for next month's Commonwealth heads of government meeting to discuss gay rights. Forty of the 54 Commonwealth member states retain a ban on homosexuality.

  • 22nd August 2011

    Calls for East London to react to homophobic incidents 353

    Mr Tatchell calls for a simple march, with some music and speeches to show the solidarity of the gay East End

    5:14 PM — In an open letter, Peter Tatchell said tolerating "homophobia for the sake of preserving good community relations and not upsetting certain communities, is totally unacceptable".

  • Comment: East London needs a show of Pride 51

    Mr Tatchell wants London to react to homophobic attacks

    5:12 PM — An open letter from Peter Tatchell, encouraging a public display of gay solidarity to show that the East End of London is not a 'gay-free zone'.

  • 19th August 2011

    EHRC confirms backtrack on opt-outs for anti-gay workers 162

    Lillian Ladele, a registrar, said she could not conduct civil partnerships

    10:38 AM — The Equality and Human Rights Commission has confirmed that it will not seek 'reasonable adjustments' to be made for religious workers who refuse to serve gay people, to the dismay of Christian rights groups.

  • 14th August 2011

    In Photos: Brighton Pride 2011 112

    1:36 AM — Alexandra Burke, Joe McElderry, Sonia, Hollyoaks star Kieron Richardson and human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell were among the celebrities attending the 19th Brighton Pride held yesterday. Here are the best photos of the day

  • 5th August 2011

    Israel LGBT youth conference cancelled 95

    Israel will no longer hold the LGBT youth meeting

    4:54 PM — An international LGBT youth conference will no longer be held in Israel after Palestinian gay groups complained. The International LGBTQ Youth and Student Organisation (IGLYO) general assembly was to be held in Tel Aviv in December.

  • 4th August 2011

    UK marriage equality consultation delayed 54

    The consultation has been moved to autumn

    12:19 PM — The British government says a consultation on the future of marriage equality and civil partnerships will be held this autumn. Earlier this year, equality minister Lynne Featherstone said the government would begin asking for views on the issue in the summer.

  • Another MP condemns religious rights motion 30

    Adrian Sanders said the motion had caused upset

    11:14 AM — Another MP has withdrawn his name from a motion supporting proposals to give religious homophobes the right to 'reasonable accomodation' in the workplace. Liberal Democrat MP Adrian Sanders said the motion had caused a "great deal of upset" and did not clearly state its intentions.

  • 3rd August 2011

    Tory MP Chloe Smith supports gay marriage 88

    Chloe Smith is the MP for Norwich North

    10:26 AM — Conservative MP Chloe Smith says she supports the campaign for marriage equality. The 29-year-old politician, who is one of the youngest MPs in the House of Commons, joined Norwich Pride last weekend.

  • 26th July 2011

    Another MP withdraws from religious rights motion 66

    Another MP has withdrawn his name from the motion

    11:25 AM — Another MP has withdrawn his name from a motion apparently calling for religious workers to be allowed to refuse to serve gay people. Liberal Democrat MP for Portsmouth South Mike Hancock, who recently accused the UK Border Agency of homophobia, said he signed the early day motion by accident.

  • 21st July 2011

    Government to consider removing ‘insult’ from Public Order Act 28

    Some MPs, campaigners and groups say the Public Order Act hinders free speech

    2:05 PM — The government says it will "assess the benefits" of removing the crime of causing 'insult' from the Public Order Act. The law has been used to prosecute street preachers who persist in delivering anti-gay sermons in public, although some campaigners say it should not be illegal to insult people.

  • 14th July 2011

    Sign the petition for UK marriage equality 41

    Rev Sharon Ferguson and Franka Streitzel are part of the legal case

    11:26 AM — Gay rights campaigners have launched a petition to call for gay marriages and straight civil partnerships in the UK. The Equal Love campaign, led by Peter Tatchell, has already filed a case at the European Court of Human Rights.

  • 7th July 2011

    More women than men having civil partnerships 24

    More women than men had civil partnerships last year (Photo: MCLA Pictures)

    10:38 AM — For the first time, more women than men are having civil partnerships in the UK. According to figures released by the Office for National Statistics, 49 per cent of last year's ceremonies were held by men. In 2009, men held 51 per cent of all civil partnerships.

  • 5th July 2011

    Peter Tatchell: ‘David Cameron should come out in support of gay marriage’ 30

    David Cameron should back gay marriage, Peter Tatchell claims

    1:48 PM — Peter Tatchell says same-sex marriage "reeks of assimilationism" - but prime minister David Cameron should support it.

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