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Peter Tatchell

  • 26th January 2010

    Social attitudes survey finds far greater acceptance of homosexuality 40

    Public attitudes are more accepting of homosexuality (Photo: made-underground)

    11:37 AM — A government-backed survey has found that people have become much more tolerant of homosexuality in the last 30 years.

  • 25th January 2010

    Moscow mayor repeats claims of ‘satanic’ gay Pride marches 9

    Yuri Luzhkov said Pride marches were satanic

    4:15 PM — The mayor of Moscow has repeated his claims that gay Pride marches are "satanic". Yury Luzhkov attacked gay-themed events in 2007 as "satanic" in 2007 and banned gay rights campaigners from holding such an event.

  • 22nd January 2010

    BBC to address portrayal of gays and lesbians 28

    The BBC will ask audiences about LGB portrayal

    1:21 PM — The BBC announced today it was undertaking a new project to improve how gays, lesbians and bisexuals are portrayed on television, radio and online. The corporation was condemned last month for an online debate on whether gays in Uganda should be executed.

  • 14th January 2010

    MPs sign motion to condemn Uganda’s gay execution bill 8

    MPs called on the government to condemn the bill

    1:05 PM — Twenty MPs have signed an early day motion to attack Uganda's plans to introduce the death penalty for gays. The motion was tabled by Labour MP Harry Cohen and calls for the British government and European Union to press Uganda not to proceed with the law.

  • 12th January 2010

    ‘No right to not be offended’, says Tatchell 59

    Peter Tatchell attacked the convictions

    1:11 PM — Peter Tatchell has spoken out in defence of five Islamic extremists convicted of abusive language at a march in Luton last year. He acknowledged their homophobia but said free speech must be defended.

  • 7th January 2010

    Tatchell says Iris Robinson is a ‘hypocrite’ 16

    Peter Tatchell called Iris Robinson a hypocrite

    3:33 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has accused Northern Ireland MP Iris Robinson of being a hypocrite for having an affair. He expressed sympathy over her suicide attempt and mental breakdown but said she had offered no apology for her comments about gay people.

  • 6th January 2010

    Amnesty International joins calls for release of gay Malawi couple 4

    Amnesty International called for the men's release

    5:15 PM — Human rights organisation Amnesty International has joined the calls for a gay couple in Malawi to be released from prison. The group said that Steven Monjeza and Tiwonge Chimbalanga, who were arrested on December 28th, were "prisoners of conscience".

  • 5th January 2010

    Malawi gay marriage trial expected next week 6

    The couple's arrest has been widely reported

    4:28 PM — The trial of two gay men arrested for holding a wedding party in Malawi is expected to begin on January 15th. Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza are being held in custody in Chichiri Prison and were denied bail by a judge yesterday.

  • 30th December 2009

    Gay Malawi couple plead not guilty to indecency charges 5

    The couple are expected to ask for bail on Monday

    2:12 PM — A gay couple in Malawi who held a wedding ceremony last weekend have denied charges of gross public indecency. Tiwonge Chimbalanga and Steven Monjeza had a traditional ceremony in the south African country on Saturday.

  • 28th December 2009

    Comment: Quentin Crisp was no gay rights hero 77

    John Hurt plays Quentin Crisp in 'An Englishman in New York'

    1:16 PM — Ahead of ITV's broadcast of 'An Englishman in New York', a drama based on the life of gay writer Quentin Crisp, Peter Tatchell argues that he was a homophobe and reactionary

  • 17th December 2009

    Tatchell says BBC ‘invited’ homophobia 10

    Peter Tatchell criticised the BBC

    1:11 PM — Gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has criticised the BBC for allowing online readers to debate whether gays should be executed. He praised open debate but said the BBC put forward a "weak" argument against the question.

  • 16th December 2009

    Brain injuries force Tatchell to stand down as Green candidate 18

    Peter Tatchell said his health meant he had to stand down

    11:46 AM — Human rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has announced he is standing down as a Green Party candidate for Oxford East. He said injuries sustained while fighting for human rights meant he could not do the job.

  • 12th December 2009

    Gay soldier Ben Rakestrow comes out on return from Afghanistan 40

    Ben Rakestrow (photo source: Ben Rakestrow's published photographs on Facebook)

    12:50 PM — A 21-year-old member of the 2nd Royal Tank Regiment (2RTR) has become one of the first British openly gay soldiers serving in a major conflict.

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