Peter Tatchell

David Cameron Must Deliver Promised Ban on Wild Animals in Circuses

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 09.04.2014 | UK Politics
Peter G Tatchell

Much animal suffering is not immediately obvious and visible. They are forced to suffer long, arduous journeys and extended periods tied up, chained or caged - with no freedom of movement. Housed in temporary, transportable accommodation, it is simply not possible for circuses to provide an appropriate environment for wild animals.

Gay Marriage Ban Imposed Only in 1971 - Now It's History!

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 28.03.2014 | UK
Peter G Tatchell

Rejoice! The ban on same-sex marriage in England and Wales is being finally lifted after a campaign for its repeal that lasted 43 years. The ban was imposed for the first time in 1971. Previously, there was no legal prohibition on lesbian, gay, bisexual or transgender (LGBT) couples getting married. The outlawing of same-sex marriage is a recent and historically brief invention by what was a deeply homophobic political and religious establishment. At last, in the first few seconds of 29 March, the ban on same-sex marriage is history. Equal marriage will become a reality. Hurrah!

Up Against the Stonewall on Equal Marriage

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 18.03.2014 | UK Politics
Peter G Tatchell

Former Stonewall chief Ben Summerskill has made astonishing allegations against the Liberal Democrats, claiming they never sincerely supported same-sex marriage. He suggested they acted with "cynical and opportunistic" motives. This is outrageous. I don't support the Lib Dems, but they backed equal marriage at a time when Summerskill and the gay lobby group, Stonewall, refused to do so. The Lib Dems deserve credit for their early embrace of marriage for all. Ben's petty, sectarian smears are unbecoming - and unjustified.

Derek Jarman 20 Years On: Artist and Activist, Pioneer and Rebel

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 19.02.2014 | UK Entertainment
Peter G Tatchell

On this day, 20 years ago, the film-maker, painter, sculptor, gardener, author and queer rights activist Derek Jarman died of HIV. One of Britain's leading post-1945 avant garde artists, he is best remembered for his dazzling array of ground-breaking films. But it was as a HIV and queer rights campaigner that I knew him best.

If Homophobia Was a Winter Olympic Sport, Russia Would Be a Gold Medal Contender

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 05.04.2014 | UK Sport
Peter G Tatchell

This Friday, the Winter Olympics open in the Russian resort of Sochi amid great controversy over the Putin regime's homophobic policies, which clearly violate the anti-discrimination Principle 6 of the Olympic Charter. For me, queer freedom knows no borders. Over the last decade or so, amazing positive gains have been won by the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) communities in Britain. But I am an internationalist, not a nationalist. We must not give up the fight until every LGBT person on this planet has equal human rights, respect, dignity and opportunity.

The New Nigerian Anti-Gay Law Is One of the World's Harshest

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 16.03.2014 | UK Politics
Peter G Tatchell

It has just emerged that last week, in a secret decision made without any public announcement, President Goodluck Jonathan of Nigeria signed into law one of the world's most draconian anti-gay statutes. Whatever the motive for the hush-up, it didn't hold. The world now knows.

New Asbo-style Bill Menaces Free Expression

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 09.03.2014 | UK Politics
Peter G Tatchell

Last year, the government was outvoted in parliament. Against minister's wishes, MPs repealed the section of the Public Order Act 1986 that outlawed "insults"; deeming it to be too sweeping and a threat to freedom of expression. This year, in apparent revenge, the government has, in effect, reintroduced in the insult prohibition under another name.

Alan Turing: Was He Murdered By the Security Services?

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 23.02.2014 | UK Politics
Peter G Tatchell

I have this week written to the Prime Minister, David Cameron, urging a new inquiry into the death of the scientist Alan Turing, who has been finally granted a royal pardon for his 1952 conviction for homosexual relations. Turing is generally believed to have been committed suicide following his conviction and chemical castration. However, the original inquest into his death was perfunctory and inadequate. A new inquiry is long overdue, even if only to dispel any doubts about the true cause of his death - including speculation that he was murdered by the security services.

Northern Ireland Loyalists Aren't British, They're Brutish

Brian John Spencer | Posted 28.01.2014 | UK Politics
Brian John Spencer

Here's the problem. Not only is there is no political opposition against dysfunction in the Northern Ireland Assembly. There's also no civic opposition against dysfunction on the streets of Northern Ireland. The best and the moderates lack all conviction. The worst are full of riotous passion.

Consent At 14, Says Tatchell

The Huffington Post UK | Posted 21.11.2013 | UK

The age of consent should be lowered to 14, an equal rights campaigner has suggested. Peter Tatchell hit out at the "depressing reaction" to a rece...

The Current Age of Consent of 16 Doesn't Protect Young People, It Criminalises Them

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 25.01.2014 | UK
Peter G Tatchell

The existing consent at 16 law was introduced over 100 years ago in a puritanical Victorian era. Since then, society has moved on to more informed and enlightened attitudes about sex... Given that the average age of first sexual experience is 14, then an age of consent of 14 might be more realistic and reasonable than 16.

Commonwealth Colludes With Anti-Gay Persecution

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Politics
Peter G Tatchell

Commonwealth leaders from around the world meet in Sri Lanka on Friday. Yet again they plan to ignore the criminalisation of lesbian and gay people in 80% of Commonwealth member states. They are refusing to even discuss the current homophobic persecution in Ghana, Cameroon, Zambia, Uganda and Nigeria... At least 41 of the 53 Commonwealth member states still criminalise homosexuality. They account for more than half of the world's countries where same-sex relations are illegal.

Brit In Uganda Faces Trial Over Private Gay Sex Pictures

The Huffington Post UK/PA | Posted 14.11.2013 | UK

A British pensioner is living in fear in Uganda after photos showing him having sex with a man were published in a newspaper. Bernard Randall's com...

Peter Tatchell: 'FA Not Supporting Gay Footballers'

Joe Sandler Clarke | Posted 23.01.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Joe Sandler Clarke

Peter Tatchell has said the Football Association is not supporting gay players, accusing those at the top of the organisation of "shirking their responsibility" to tackle homophobia in the game.

G20 Global Speak Out: Love Russia, Hate Homophobia

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 02.11.2013 | UK Politics
Peter G Tatchell

Cameron says he's against a boycott of the 2014 Winter Olympics in Russia but he hasn't said what he'll do instead. We are asking the Prime Minster to raise Russia's homophobic repression at the G20 summit. We want him to publicly urge President Putin to repeal the "gay propaganda law" - which bans the "promotion" of homosexuality - and to prosecute the violent homophobes who are terrorising LGBT people in Russia. It is hoped that the 3 September protest will also ramp up pressure on the International Olympic Committee to insist that Russia gives cast-iron assurances that LGBT competitors, spectators and members of the Russian public - and their straight allies - will not be victimised

Manning v Seymour Hersh and Lt William Calley

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 22.10.2013 | UK Politics
Peter G Tatchell

Manning has been sentenced to 35 years jail for releasing to WikiLeaks classified documents that exposed US war crimes, lies and cover-ups, while the people who committed these criminal acts have never been prosecuted. What kind of justice system jails the person who reveals a crime, while allowing the crime perpetrators to walk away scot-free?

Boris, Dave, Gay Liberation and the Abolition of the Family

Mike Judge | Posted 09.10.2013 | UK Lifestyle
Mike Judge

It struck me as unusual to see a Conservative politician marching for any radical group whose name ended with the words "...Liberation Front". It sparked my curiosity, and that's when I came across the manifesto.

Abu Qatada: Even Terror Suspects Have Human Rights

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 10.09.2013 | UK Politics
Peter G Tatchell

The whole point about the principle of universal human rights is that they apply to everyone - even to people that many of us find objectionable, such as the alleged terrorist orchestrator Abu Qatada... I oppose what Abu Qatada stands for and no doubt he does not share my values. However, even people I oppose have human rights. Our distaste for particular individuals should never be the basis or motive for changes in the law - least of all changes that diminish our hard-won collective liberties.

Vladimir Putin, The Czar of Homophobia

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 02.09.2013 | UK Politics
Peter G Tatchell

Russian President, Vladimir Putin, has signed into law the new homophobic Bill that criminalises gay freedom of expression. The adoption of children by foreign same-sex couples has also been banned and gay organisations that receive financial donations from overseas are being fined as 'foreign agents'. These are the latest examples of an escalating trend towards homophobic repression in Russia...

Defend the Right to Privacy, Defend Edward Snowden

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 25.08.2013 | UK Politics
Peter G Tatchell

To some people, US whistleblower Edward Snowden is a traitor but to me he is a human rights hero. At great personal risk, motivated by idealism and democratic values, he has exposed the mass invasion of privacy worldwide by US and UK spy agencies.

Iran's Unfree Elections: Banned Candidates and 2,600 Political Prisoners

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 13.08.2013 | UK Politics
Peter G Tatchell

By international standards, Iran's election is not free and fair. Candidates are vetted by the Guardian Council and all democratic, liberal, secularist, left-wing and women candidates are banned. The media is censored. There is no open political debate. Dissenting opinions are suppressed and liable to result in arrest.

Russian Anti-Gay Law Violates the Constitution and European Human Rights Law

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 12.08.2013 | UK Politics
Peter G Tatchell

The new homophobic law is not just about the LGBT community and its rights. It is symptomatic of President Putin's increasing authoritarianism and his wider crackdown on civil society. His autocratic Czarist pretentions and methods have become more evident with every passing year in office.

Will the House of Lords Vote for Marriage Equality?

Peter G Tatchell | Posted 03.08.2013 | UK Politics
Peter G Tatchell

This is no time for complacency. Church leaders and right-wing peers are determined to derail the Marriage (Same Sex Couples) Bill. They plan to introduce a wrecking amendment, arguing that equal marriage has little public support.

'What If Sisters Get Married?'

The Huffington Post | Tom Moseley | Posted 31.05.2013 | UK

A former Archbishop of Canterbury has claimed that legalising gay marriage will pave the way for polygamy and for siblings to wed. Lord Carey raise...

Civil Partnerships For Heterosexual Couples?

PA/The Huffington Post UK | Posted 17.05.2013 | UK Politics

The government says it will consider allowing heterosexual couples to form civil partnerships - but only five years after gay marriage has been introd...