Peter Tatchell

Hitchens at 67: Our Student Leaders Have Learned Nothing From His Defence of Free Speech

David Browne | Posted 20.04.2016 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

Wednesday would have been the late Christopher Hitchens's 67th birthday. Perhaps the most prominent of the Four Horsemen of New Atheism in his lifetim...

LOUD & PROUD: Peter Tatchell On Hollywood's 'Crazy' Celluloid Closet

The Huffington Post | Matt Bagwell | Posted 22.04.2016 | UK Entertainment

HuffPost UK has turned Loud & Proud, celebrating gay culture in all its forms across the entertainment industry. Peter Tatchell is the very definition...

Intersectionality and NUS LGBT+ Conference 2016: Defending No-Platform and Condemning Gay Men

David Browne | Posted 23.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
David Browne

On Thursday, a remarkable event occurred in student politics: university students and high-profile allies protested openly against the NUS, and in fav...

In Defence of Peter Tatchell

Harry Howard | Posted 14.03.2016 | UK Universities & Education
Harry Howard

This tolerance isn't just tolerance for the sake of it, but rather that through free expression and through the clash of opposing views, we can, as a society, get one step closer to the truth - if it exists at all.

Is Peter Tatchell Good for You?

Heather Brunskell-Evans | Posted 22.02.2016 | UK
Heather Brunskell-Evans

If Tatchell is concerned with social justice, he should campaign against pornography's eroticisation of inequality, including gay pornography where gender aggression by hyper-masculine 'top boys' towards feminised 'bottom boys' is also routine.

How The No Platform Game Works

John Sargeant | Posted 18.02.2016 | UK Politics
John Sargeant

It is legitimate to question who is invited to speak at a University, but this is being used by activists to prevent the very debate that is needed to counter wrong ideas and to change minds. To sharpen arguments in the fire of debate.

Gay Rights Activist Peter Tatchell Branded 'Transphobic' And 'Racist' By NUS Officer

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 16.02.2016 | UK Universities & Education

Gay rights activist Peter Tatchell has hit back at claims he is 'transphobic' and 'racist' after an NUS officer has refused to speak at an event with ...

Eight LGBT Icons Give The Advice They Wish Had Been Given To Them

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 02.02.2016 | UK

From popstars to politicians and theologians to filmmakers, there are virtually no communities without their own LGBT icons. Young and old, they have ...

Peter Tatchell Backs Corbyn Amid Accusations Over Left-Winger's 'Homophobic' Friends

The Huffington Post UK | Eve Hartley | Posted 03.09.2015 | UK

Jeremy Corbyn has been accused of having 'unsavoury' friends by high profile LGBT rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, but that hasn't stopped the former...

Time to End the Gay Bans in Northern Ireland

Peter Tatchell | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Politics
Peter Tatchell

Northern Ireland is the most homophobic region of the UK and one of the most homophobic regions of the EU. This intolerance is stirred primarily by the dominant Democratic Unionist Party, the main political wing of Loyalist protestantism. Its policies on gay issues echo the homophobia of the BNP and European fascist groups. Many Northern Irish people are not homophobic. Even within the DUP, there are members who would not discriminate on the grounds of sexual orientation or gender identity. But senior party figures hold sway and they dictate an anti-gay agenda.

Watch Ukip's David Coburn Call Same Sex Marriage 'Nonsense'

The Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 26.06.2015 | UK Politics

Ukip MEP David Coburn has launched a scathing attack on the organisers of London's upcoming LGBT Pride march, criticising his party's exclusion from t...

Lib Dem Leadership Candidate Apologises For 'Misremembering' Over LGBT Laws

Huffington Post UK | Aubrey Allegretti | Posted 08.06.2015 | UK Politics

Veteran LGBT rights campaigner Peter Tatchell has hit out at claims he did not support the passing of an equality bill in 2007. Liberal Democrat M...

European Court Rules Equal Love Case Inadmissible

Peter Tatchell | Posted 15.05.2015 | UK
Peter Tatchell

The Equal Love campaign has formally ceased its 2011 application to the European Court of Human Rights (ECtHR), which sought to secure equality in UK civil marriage and civil partnership law. This follows the decision of the European Court that the application is "inadmissible" and subsequent fruitless attempts by campaigners to challenge the ruling. This is the end of the road for our application. We can take it no further. Sincere thanks to the eight couples involved and to all our supporters who stood with us for four years.

Bojo's Dad Delivers Petition To Ban Circus Animals To No. 10

PA/Huffington Post UK | Paul Vale | Posted 25.02.2015 | UK Politics

A 20,000-strong petition calling for a ban on wild animals in the circus has been delivered to Downing Street. Boris Johnson's father Stanley, a forme...

Sharia Law Versus Secular Democracy

Peter Tatchell | Posted 12.04.2015 | UK
Peter Tatchell

Speaker after speaker last Saturday warned of an Islamist agenda of stealthy, creeping, subtle Sharification. This involves sustained attempts by Islamists to pressure public institutions, in the name of religious freedom and multiculturalism, to make special allowances for their reactionary sectarian clerical values.

Holocaust Memorial Day: The Nazi Bid to Exterminate Gay People

Peter Tatchell | Posted 28.03.2015 | UK
Peter Tatchell

"We must exterminate these people (homosexuals) root and branch... We can't permit such danger to the country; the homosexual must be entirely eliminated." With these chilling words, the head of the SS, Heinrich Himmler, set out the Nazi master plan for the sexual cleansing of the Aryan race. From 1933-1945, an estimated 50,000 to 100,000 men were arrested under paragraph 175 for the crime of homosexuality. Some were tried and sentenced in the courts; others were sent direct to concentration camps without any trial or formal sentence. The death rate of gay prisoners in the camps was over 50%, the highest among non-Jewish victims.

Louise Ridley

Famous Atheists Tell Us Where They Get Their Values From

HuffingtonPost.com | Louise Ridley | Posted 29.11.2014 | UK

Throughout November, The Huffington Post UK is featuring its Beyond Belief series, chronicling the remarkable lives of Britons who've taken on their f...

Where Are Our British Contrarians?

Ali Miraj | Posted 23.11.2014 | UK Politics
Ali Miraj

Too many people in British public life are "shackled by ambition". But there are the few who seek more than short-term career advancement. These are the people of ideas, that challenge, probe, and agitate for change. They are in the business of shaping the future, not of enjoying the comforts of a ministerial Jaguar.

Scotland Launches Equality Blitz to Coincide With the Commonwealth Games

Peter Tatchell | Posted 29.09.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Tatchell

Whatever people think about Alex Salmond and the push for Scottish independence, his statement and actions are the most forthright and supportive on LGBTI equality by any leader of any host nation during a major international sporting event. Neither David Cameron nor Boris Johnson did anything similar during the London Olympics. This is a unique, unprecedented initiative for which Alex Salmond and the Scottish government deserve full credit and commendation. For LGBTI communities in the 42 Commonwealth countries where homosexuality is still criminalised, the Scottish government's pro-LGBTI stance means a lot. It will comfort them and, I hope, discomfort their homophobic governments. It demonstrates Scotland's commitment to a truly equal and inclusive Games. Bravo!

David Cameron Insists That Straight Civil Partnerships Remain Banned

Peter Tatchell | Posted 27.08.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Tatchell

Legalising same-sex marriage was the recognition that lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people are of equal worth and have the right to equal treatment in law. The same principle of equality applies in the case of civil partnerships. Heterosexual couples should be able to have a civil partnership.

The Greens - Not Ukip - Are the Real Alternative to the Political Establishment

Peter Tatchell | Posted 20.07.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Tatchell

Voting Green is a vote for something. The Greens are a party that offers an imaginative, alternative positive vision of how our future could look. This is fairly unique, given the broad political consensus between the stale, grey Tories, Labour and Lib Dems.

Inequality Remains: Why Exclude Straight Couples From Civil Partnerships?

Imogen Beecroft | Posted 29.06.2014 | UK Universities & Education
Imogen Beecroft

Does the same-sex marriage legislation leave civil partnerships destined to the graveyard of the noughties, left to rot alongside Big Brother and hipster jeans? Or might they be opened up to couples of any sex and allowed to flourish or fail, depending on the choices of the great British public?

David Cameron Is Wrong on Britain and Christianity

Peter Tatchell | Posted 21.06.2014 | UK Politics
Peter Tatchell

It is wrong for David Cameron to single out Christians for special praise, to offer them privileged access to Downing Street and to support an expanded role for Christian groups in providing essential public services.

David Cameron Must Deliver Promised Ban on Wild Animals in Circuses

Peter Tatchell | Posted 08.06.2014 | UK Politics
Peter 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 Tatchell | Posted 27.05.2014 | UK
Peter 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!