Peter Tatchell

Theresa May - Apologise And Compensate Gay Men

Peter Tatchell | Posted 26.07.2017 | UK
Peter Tatchell

On the 50th anniversary of the 1967 Sexual Offences Act, which is this Thursday, 27 July, I am asking you to consider making a public apology on behalf of the whole nation to all men who were convicted under discriminatory, anti-gay laws, both before and after 1967, and to announce that those still alive will be given compensation for their terrible suffering.

Peter Tatchell, Hero Of The Left, On What Jeremy Corbyn's Labour Is Doing Wrong

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 30.01.2017 | UK

”Even many Labour people do not know what a Labour Government would actually do,” Peter Tatchell says. The veteran human rights campaigner, who ha...

Retirement? No Thanks. I Plan To Carry On Campaigning For Another 30 Years

Peter Tatchell | Posted 25.01.2017 | UK
Peter Tatchell

I turn 65 on Wednesday. This year I celebrate 50 years of human rights activism. Retirement hasn't entered my head. There is still so much to do. The brain and eye damage from bashings by Mugabe's thugs and Moscow neo-Nazis is minor and doesn't stop me. I carry on. My plan is to keep going for another 30 years.

George Michael's Sudden, Sad Death Has Robbed The World Of A Great Artist And Star With A Social Conscience

Peter Tatchell | Posted 26.12.2016 | UK Entertainment
Peter Tatchell

I first met George about 1980 when he was still a teenager and before he was famous. It was a chance meeting in a small gay disco above a pub by Manor House tube station​ in north London​. He was a great dancer and sang along to songs. He had a good voice and said he was going to be a pop star.

Why We Interrupted Jeremy Corbyn's Speech

Clara Connelly | Posted 10.12.2016 | UK Politics
Clara Connelly

Members of Syria Solidarity UK alongside Peter Tatchell, interrupted Jeremy Corbyn's speech on human rights today, because we believe that Syria is the number one human rights issue of the moment. The Labour Leader has been conspicuously quiet on the issue; and we wanted to remind him that this is the time for action, not words.

Protesters Led By Peter Tatchell Interrupt Jeremy Corbyn Speech To Demand Action On Syria

The Huffington Post | Sarah Harris1 | Posted 10.12.2016 | UK

Jeremy Corbyn's speech had been disrupted by protests led by Peter Tatchell— Sky News (@SkyNews) December 10, 2016 Hu...

Peter Tatchell Leaps To Defence Of Keith Vaz After Male Escort Claims

The Huffington Post | Louise Ridley | Posted 05.09.2016 | UK

"Not a resigning matter" for Keith Vaz, says @PeterTatchell #r4today— BBC Radio 4 Today (@BBCr4today) September 5, 2016 ...

Sky’s Presenter Expresses 'Regret' That Owen Jones Walked Out On Live Paper Review

The Huffington Post | Jack Sommers | Posted 19.08.2016 | UK

A Sky News presenter has expressed his “regret” over a live discussion of the Orlando attack that prompted journalist Owen Jones to walk out in di...

Safe Spaces Are Not About Political Correctness - They're About Dealing With People Who Tell You What to Think

Gus Cairns | Posted 06.05.2017 | UK
Gus Cairns

You should realise when you are riding roughshod over someone's pain and should f*****g shut up and listen a bit if you actually want people to engage with your point of view, and maybe agree to disagree. Instead of feeling they have to run away, or block their ears and go la-la-la. Or no-platform you, which is the institutional equivalent.

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

David Browne | Posted 15.04.2017 | 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 23.03.2017 | 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 15.03.2017 | 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 19.02.2017 | 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 16.02.2017 | 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 26.06.2016 | 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.