Peter Tatchell

Born Jan 25, 1952

Peter Gary Tatchell is an Australian-born British political campaigner best known for his work with LGBT social movements. Tatchell was selected as Labour Party Parliamentary candidate for Bermondsey in 1981, and was then denounced by party leader Michael Foot for supporting extra-parliamentary action against the Thatcher government. The Labour Party subsequently allowed his selection when he ran in the Bermondsey by-election in February 1983.… Read More

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    British Tv Host Says He Doesn't Eat Ice Cream Because He's Not Gay
    Huffington Post - Dec 27, 2016
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    If Homophobia Was A Winter Olympic Sport, Russia Would Be A Gold Medal Contender
    Huffington Post Sports - Feb 04, 2014
  • Gay Briton Facing Jail In Uganda Over Stolen Intimate Images May Be Deported
    Guardian (UK) - Nov 28, 2013
  • Oliver Cross: Why National Treasures Do Not Have To Be Treasurable
    Yorkshire Evening Post - Nov 21, 2013


Learn about the memorable moments in the evolution of Peter Tatchell.


1952 Birth Born in 1952.


1967 15 Years Old 1 More Event
His political activity began at Mount Waverley Secondary College, where in 1967 he launched campaigns in support of Australia's Aboriginal people. … Read More
1968 16 Years Old In 1968 Tatchell began campaigning against the United States' and Australia's involvement in the Vietnam War, in his view a war of aggression in support of a "brutal and corrupt dictatorship" responsible for torture and executions. … Read More
1969 17 Years Old He had accepted being gay in 1969, and in London became a leading member of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) until its 1974 collapse. … Read More


1972 - 1978 3 More Events
1979 27 Years Old From October 1979, he became a leading member in a group of left-wingers planning to depose the right-wing caucus of Southwark councillors that controlled the Bermondsey Constituency Labour Party (CLP).
1980 28 Years Old At CLP's AGM in February 1980, the left group won control and Tatchell was elected Secretary.
1981 29 Years Old 1 More Event
Tatchell was selected as Labour Party Parliamentary candidate for Bermondsey in 1981. … Read More


1985 33 Years Old Tatchell's book Democratic Defence was published in 1985. … Read More
1990 38 Years Old …  Following the murder of actor Michael Boothe on 10 May 1990, Tatchell was one of thirty people to attend the inaugural meeting of the radical gay rights non-violent direct action group OutRage! – although he was not a co-founder – and has remained a leading member. … Read More
1991 39 Years Old In 1991, a small group of OutRage! members covertly formed a separate group to engage in a campaign of outing public figures who were homophobic in public but gay in private. … Read More


1994 - 1996 2 More Events
1997 45 Years Old 1 More Event
In a 1997 letter to The Guardian, Tatchell defended an academic book about "boy-love," calling the work "courageous," before writing: The positive nature of some child-adult sexual relationships is not confined to non-Western cultures. … Read More
1999 47 Years Old 1 More Event
He attempted a citizen's arrest of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in 1999 and again in 2001.
2000 48 Years Old In February 2000 Tatchell resigned from Labour, citing the treatment of Ken Livingstone during the nomination of a candidate for Mayor of London, and of similar cases in the Scottish and Welsh elections, as evidence that the party "no longer has any mechanism for democratic involvement and transformation". … Read More
2001 49 Years Old On 5 March 2001 Tatchell believed Mugabe was about to visit Brussels. … Read More


2003 51 Years Old In late 2003 Tatchell acted as a press spokesman for the launch of the Zimbabwe Freedom Movement, which claimed to be a clandestine group within Zimbabwe committed to overthrowing the Mugabe government by force. … Read More
2004 52 Years Old 1 More Event
In April 2004, he joined the Green Party of England and Wales and in 2007 was selected as prospective parliamentary candidate in the constituency of Oxford East, but in December 2009 announced he was standing down due to brain damage he says was caused by a bus accident as well as damage inflicted by Mugabe's bodyguards when Tatchell tried to arrest him in 2001, and by neo-Nazis in Moscow while campaigning for gay rights. … Read More
…  But in 2006 Tatchell noted that SCIRI had become markedly more fundamentalist and was endorsing violent attacks on anyone who did not conform to its increasingly harsh interpretation of Islam. … Read More
…  From 2007 to 2009, he campaigned in defence of two UK-based Baloch Muslim human rights activists, Hyrbyair Marri and Faiz Baluch, accused of terrorism charges and tried in London. … Read More
In the Irish Independent on 10 March 2008 he repeated his call for a lower age of consent to end the criminalisation of young people engaged in consenting sex and to remove the legal obstacles to upfront sex education, condom provision and safer sex advice. … Read More
2009 57 Years Old 1 More Event
On 16 May 2009, the day of the final of the Eurovision Song Contest in Moscow, Russian gay rights activists staged a protest in Moscow in defiance of the city's mayor, Yuri Luzkhov, who had long banned gay demonstrations and denounced them as "satanic". … Read More
2010 58 Years Old 1 More Event
In February 2010, Women Against Fundamentalism defended Tatchell against allegations of Islamophobia and endorsed his right to challenge all religious fundamentalism: "WAF supports the right of Peter Tatchell and numerous other gay activists to oppose the legitimisation of fundamentalists and other right wing forces on university campuses, by the Left and by the government in its Preventing Violent Extremism strategy and numerous other programmes and platforms".


2012 60 Years Old 1 More Event
In 2012, the National Secular Society awarded Tatchell Secularist of the Year, in recognition of his lifelong commitment to the defence of human rights against religious fundamentalism.
2013 61 Years Old Alongside Misha B, Jody Cundy, Peter Norfolk and others he is a patron for 2013 National Diversity Awards.
Tatchell is a strong opponent of the Russian LGBT propaganda law. In 2014 Tatchell protested Valery Gergiev's support for Vladimir Putin.
A previous supporter of the Stop the War Coalition, Tatchell and many other public personalities expressed concern with the coalition's allegedly unduly favourable view of Bashar Al-Assad's government in Syria, and has called for the Labour leader and former Stop the War Chair Jeremy Corbyn not to attend the Coalition's Christmas fundraiser 2015.
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