Peter Tatchell

British activist Peter Tatchell

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.
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British TV Host Says He Doesn't Eat Ice Cream Because He's Not Gay
Huffington Post - about 1 year
British television personality Richard Hammond is facing a backlash after suggesting that he doesn’t eat ice cream... because he’s not gay.  Hammond, who co-hosts Amazon Prime series “The Grand Tour” with Jeremy Clarkson and James May, made the eyebrow-raising remarks on his show’s sixth episode, “Happy Finnish Christmas,” which was released Dec. 23, The Guardian reports.  After Clarkson suggested that drivers “couldn’t enjoy a chocolate Magnum ice-cream” in the interior of a luxury car, Hammond replied, “Sir, I don’t eat ice cream. It’s something to do with being straight.” Watch a snippet of Hammond’s remarks, courtesy of radio producer Ollie Cole, below.  hello & here's the full richard hammond 'ice creams are gay' piece and yeah, it's awful pic.twitter.com/JhDisRsc1Q — Ollie Cole (@ProducerOllie) December 26, 2016 After Hammond’s comment, the audience applauded and laughed somewhat nervously, eventually clapping quite loudly, while Clarkson and...
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If Homophobia Was a Winter Olympic Sport, Russia Would Be a Gold Medal Contender
Huffington Post Sports - about 4 years
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. We've gone from being the country with the largest number of homophobic laws in the world in 1999, to having some the best laws on sexual orientation and gender identity today. 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. That's why I am passionately opposed to what is now happening to LGBT people in Russia. L-R Peter Tatchell and Stephen Fry at the recent protest outside the Russian Embassy in London After a brief period of post-communist liberalisa...
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Gay Briton facing jail in Uganda over stolen intimate images may be deported
Guardian (UK) - about 4 years
Bernard Randall was due to stand trial with partner, but believes officials are using visa issue to avoid accusations of homophobia A gay British man facing a possible jail term in Uganda after pictures of him having sex were made public now believes he will be deported back to the UK instead. Bernard Randall, 65, and his Ugandan partner Albert Cheptoyek, 30, were due to stand trial on 4 December. The couple were charged after intimate images were published in an Ugandan newspaper following the theft of a laptop containing private videos during a break-in at Randall's holiday home. But the retired banking computer analyst, originally from Faversham, Kent, says he has learned that Ugandan officials refused an extension to his visa that would have been required for the court case to go ahead. The visa issue has been used by Ugandan authorities "at the highest level", he believes, as a convenient excuse to avoid accusations of homophobia by global campaigners. "The policeman ... sai...
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Oliver Cross: Why National Treasures do not have to be treasurable
Yorkshire Evening Post - about 4 years
PRIVATE Eye magazine, which does such sterling work in the war against lazy journalism and clichés, has a regular feature which notes how often the press and broadcasters try to make personalities and institutions more interesting by describing them as National Treasures. The Eye’s treasures this week are Gregg’s the bakers, suppliers of fat-filled (and very tempting) pasties to working people who don’t have the time or the money to eat slowly or sensibly, and Morrissey, the bad-tempered extreme vegetarian. The point about National Treasures is that they don’t have to be treasurable. They just need to stay around for a long time without becoming the subject of police historical offences inquiries. This must be depressing for figures like Morrissey and Tony Benn, who (because people generally remain the same age in their own heads) think of themselves as radical and challenging even after the press has decided that they have become so irrelevant that it can be nice to them. This h...
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Gay Briton and Ugandan partner face jail over sex images from stolen laptop
Guardian (UK) - over 4 years
Men accused of trafficking obscene materials after pictures taken from pilfered computer are published in newspaper A gay British man and his Ugandan partner are facing possible jail terms after images of them having sex were published in one of the east African country's newspapers. Bernard Randall, 65, originally from Faversham in Kent, faces a charge of trafficking obscene material which could carry a two-year prison sentence. His partner, 30-year-old Albert Cheptoyek, faces a more serious charge of gross indecency which could see him put behind bars for up to seven years. Both men are due in court to answer bail on Monday. Randall says the stills of him having sex appeared in a tabloid following the theft of a laptop containing private videos from the apartment where he was staying on holiday. The public exposure has raised fears for his safety. In 2010 a Ugandan paper published the names of 100 homosexuals under the headline: "Hang Them." Months later a prominent gay rights...
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Valery Gergiev concert picketed by gay rights supporters
Guardian (UK) - over 4 years
London Symphony Orchestra principal conductor targeted over his backing for Putin, who has introduced anti-gay laws in Russia Around 60 people gathered outside the Barbican in London on Thursday night, chanting "Human rights for Russia" and "Stop supporting tyranny" before a concert conducted by Valery Gergiev, the target of a number of recent gay rights protests. They included retired teacher David Sylph and his civil partner Malcolm Wren, who had travelled from York for the London Symphony Orchestra's performance of The Damnation of Faust. "We love the music," said Sylph, a retired teacher. "But we're very unhappy that Valery Gergiev is a friend and supporter of Putin, who has introduced these anti-gay laws in Russia as a result of which gay people are being attacked all over the country. We want him to denounce those laws." Sylph and Wren, an examiner, said they would not applaud Gergiev but would applaud the orchestra, chorus and singers. "We're going to the concert because w...
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Peter G Tatchell: G20 Global Speak Out: Love Russia, Hate Homophobia
Huffington Post - over 4 years
G20 world leaders are being pressured to raise violations of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) rights in Russia when they meet in St Petersburg this Thursday. They are being targeted by a Global Speak Out two days beforehand, on Tuesday 3 September. It is being coordinated by the international online activist group All Out and involves same-day protests in 32 cities around world. London is participating with a Love Russia, Hate Homophobia rally outside the Prime Minister's residence, 10 Downing Street, from 5-8pm on Tuesday evening. Participants are being urged to "wear red - the colour of love." They will challenge David Cameron: "What are you doing about the anti-gay law in Russia? We want answers. Tell Putin to drop the law." 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 publi...
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WordPress pulls interview with anti-gay group Straight Pride UK
Guardian (UK) - over 4 years
Campaign group for 'heterosexual equal rights' uses US copyright law to issue a takedown notice WordPress has removed an interview with the "homophobic" campaign Straight Pride UK after the group used US copyright law to issue a takedown notice. In an interview posted on his WordPress blog, student Oliver Hotham published an interview with the group described as having a "homophobic agenda" by gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell, in which they stated that they "admire President Vladimir Putin of Russia for his stance and support of his country's traditional values". Hotham said the information was volunteered by the Straight Pride UK press officer during an email exchange. Straight Pride UK – whose website states "there is nothing right with being homosexual, there is nothing right with being bisexual" - was asked by Hotham for its reaction to anti-gay attacks in Russia and Africa. Hotham says that Nick Steiner, a press officer for the group, said in a document headed 'press re...
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Putin Is 'Czar Of Homophobia,' Say London Protesters
Huffington Post - over 4 years
By Costas Pitas LONDON, Aug 10 (Reuters) - Hundreds of people protested in London on Saturday against a Russian anti-gay propaganda law that has attracted international condemnation as the world athletics championships kick off in Moscow. Gathering in the British capital near the residence of Prime Minister David Cameron and the foreign ministry, demonstrators called for the government to push Russia to repeal the laws. "Putin is the 'Czar of Homophobia'," veteran gay rights campaigner Peter Tatchell wrote on his website ahead of the protests. "His regime has outlawed the public expression of LGBT (Lesbian, gay, bisexual and transsexual) identity and affection - and prohibited the advocacy of LGBT human rights - in circumstances where a person under 18 might see it." Clutching banners bearing slogans such as "Love Russia. Hate Homophobia" and rainbow flags, protesters called for a chan...
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British gay marriage bill clears crucial hurdle
Fox News - over 4 years
The first gay marriages in England and Wales are set to take place in 2014 after the legislation passed through parliament's upper chamber the House of Lords on Monday. Jubilant gay rights activists cheered outside parliament as the bill cleared unopposed, while gay lawmaker Lord Waheed Ali told colleagues in an emotional speech: "My life and many others will be better today than it was yesterday." The government-backed legislation now passes back to the lower House of Commons for final debates on Tuesday, but they are expected to be little more than a formality. A spokesman for the culture ministry, which is overseeing the legislation, said the bill would probably receive official assent from Queen Elizabeth II, the head of state, on Wednesday or Thursday. "But we are looking at seeing the first gay weddings in the middle of 2014 because there are various issues to sort out, such as its impact on pensions," the spokesman told AFP. Supporters of the bill in the House of Lords wor...
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Peter G Tatchell: Abu Qatada: Even Terror Suspects Have Human Rights
Huffington Post - over 4 years
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. Home secretary Theresa May is wrong to promise to reduce the appeals procedure in asylum cases involving foreign nationals and to scrap our precious, hard-won human rights laws in the light of the Qatada fiasco. It would be huge mistake to scale-back the asylum appeals system because of the case of Qatada. The appeals procedure exists to ensure fairness and to safeguard against miscarriages of justice. We should never diminish our civil liberties and our due legal process in response to a minority of exceptional cases, no matter how reprehensible people like Abu Qatada may be. What is proposed by the government is an ill-thought, knee-jerk reaction that is both autocratic and petulant. Successive home secretaries are guilty of giving Abu Qatada the whip hand. They co...
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Peter G Tatchell: Russian Anti-Gay Law Violates the Constitution and European Human Rights Law
Huffington Post - over 4 years
The Russian parliament has unanimously passed a harsh new anti-gay law that criminalises LGBT freedom of expression, under the guise of suppressing the spread of 'propaganda' to minors in support of "non-traditional sexual relations". It is one of the most draconian laws against LGBT freedom of expression anywhere in the world and a further reversal of the liberalisation of the early 1990s, when homosexuality was decriminalised in Russia. Not since the days of Stalin have LGBT Russians experienced such repressive legal measures. Although the legislation is ostensibly aimed at prohibiting the dissemination of so-called 'gay propaganda' to young persons under 18, in reality it will criminalise any public advocacy of LGBT equality or expression of same-sex affection where a young person could potentially see or hear it. LGBT organisations, meetings, festivals, marches, posters, newspapers, books, films, counselling and safer sex educ...
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Bradley Manning generates more sympathy abroad
Fox News - over 4 years
It's rare for an American to generate more sympathy abroad than he or she does at home, but Bradley Manning and his trial are unique in a host of ways. With Manning's trial heating up in the United States, where he is accused of aiding the enemy by leaking classified material to WikiLeaks, his vocal supporters in Britain and Europe are once again rallying to his side. While support for the imprisoned soldier may be weak in the U.S., Manning — a dual U.S. and British national by virtue of his Welsh mother — has a solid band of supporters in Britain. In countries with no national secrets at stake in the trove that WikiLeaks unleashed on the Internet, many have seized upon Manning's case as a focal point for a wide range of human rights issues, from the ethics of waging preemptive wars abroad to the protection of individual freedoms on the Internet. Many saw his harsh treatment in a U.S. military prison as a violation of his own human right...
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Peter G Tatchell: Islamist Hate Preachers Blocked at East London University
Huffington Post - almost 5 years
The University of East London (UEL) blocked an Islamist meeting that was due to be held on the Stratford campus last Friday, 15 March. The meeting was billed as featuring hate preachers Khalid Yasin and Jalal Ibn Saeed. The meeting was also advertised with "segregated seating", where women would be forced to sit separate from men. The Peter Tatchell Foundation, LGBT Society at UEL and the Braki blog lobbied for the meeting to be cancelled. Khalid Yasin says homosexuality and lesbianism are "aberrations, they are immoralities." He endorses the execution of gay people. He also insists that Muslims should not have non-Muslims as friends, condemning non-Muslims using the derogatory term, kaffirs. He praises public executions and amputations and claims AIDS is a western and World Health Organisation conspiracy to kill Africans. Jalal Ibn Saeed reportedly supports the Taliban, despite their documented terrorist attacks and abuse of human rights. The advocacy of executio...
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Peter G Tatchell: A Day in the Life of Peter Tatchell
The Huffington Post - about 5 years
A Day In A Queer Life is an ongoing blog series that documents the unique struggles, joys, triumphs, set backs, hopes and desires of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people living in one of the six countries currently featuring a HuffPost site (Canada, France, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom and the United States). Each week a different blogger from one of these countries shares his or her personal story and perspective on what life is like wherever he or she resides. Want to share your own story? Write us at GayVoices@HuffingtonPost.com to find out how you can take part in A Day In A Queer Life. I go to sleep every night with a siren alarm, fire extinguisher and rope ladder beside my bed - in case of another attack. I've had hundreds of attacks over the years: bottles and bricks through the windows, three fire bombs and a bullet through the letterbox. My flat is a fortress, with iron bars over the windows, a steel-reinforced front door and the hallway is fire-pr...
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Gay Marriage Has Passed In The UK's House Of Commons
Business Insider - about 5 years
When the moment came, it was joyous and loud. There were deafening cheers as the gay marriage bill passed its first parliamentary hurdle in the House of Commons last night from supporters squeezed into a committee room anxiously waiting the result. "As a boy I never thought this moment would happen in my lifetime," said Greg Leonard, 44. "It's really quite emotional". Asked if he was married, he grabbed his partner's leg. "Not yet," he said. Supporters of the bill had gathered outside parliament as MPs were casting their votes. Archie Young, a 20-year-old actor, was among those who cheered as a lorry driver parped his horn and gave a big thumbs-up to the crowd. "This bill will go down in history as an actual groovy piece of legislation," he said. "It is up there with civil rights and the legalisation of homosexuality. This will be the moment when gay people can get married to each other and be recognised by the state - that's pretty fantastic." The bill was of "huge symbolic im...
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UK police accused of wrongly taking DNA of gay men
Fox News - about 5 years
In 1983, Stephen Close was arrested, jailed and expelled from the British army for having sex with a male squad mate. Three decades later, police tracked him down to the northern England city of Salford and demanded a sample of his DNA because of that conviction. Close, now 50 and openly gay, said he was shocked. "I was horrified that after all these years they suddenly decided to bring this up again," Close said in a telephone interview from Salford, 205 miles (330 kilometers) north of London. While it is not illegal in the U.K. to collect genetic material from adults, Britain's DNA database — one of the largest in the world, with some 6 million samples — has long been a magnet for controversy. Human rights advocate Peter Tatchell says gay men convicted years ago under Britain's now-defunct gross indecency law may have had their rights violated recently by British police who ordered them to submit their genetic material t...
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Rats leave Nick Griffin behind on the BNP's swiftly sinking ship - The Independent
Google News - over 5 years
BBC News Rats leave Nick Griffin behind on the BNP's swiftly sinking ship The Independent Access to the British National Party's annual conference, which is likely to be attended by about 100 activists, will be tightly controlled to prevent "spies" penetrating the gathering and relaying its deliberations to the outside world. But it is hard to imagine that ... Peter Tatchell blasts BNP leader Nick Griffin over 'smears'PinkNews.co.uk B&B ruling: Discrimination a right - Nick GriffinBBC News Nick Griffin posts address of B&B case gay couple onlineThe Guardian Daily Mail -Channel 4 News -Express.co.uk all 266 news articles »
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Gay Olympians Are Triumphant In London -- But Will The Next Host City Be As Welcoming?
Huffington Post - over 5 years
LONDON -- It has been a great games for gay Olympians – probably. British equestrian Carl Hester won gold in team dressage in London. Midfielder Megan Rapinoe has scored three goals for the U.S. women's soccer team and several other lesbian players are part of the Dutch field hockey team heading into Friday's final. But it's likely there have been more triumphs by gay and lesbian competitors that the world doesn't know about. There are more than 10,000 athletes competing at the London games, but when the gay website OutSports.com set out to count how many were openly gay, it came up with 23. "It's an absurdly low number," said site co-founder Jim Buzinski. He said that compared to the arts, politics or business worlds, "sports is still the final closet in society." Estimates of the percentage of gay people in any given population vary widely. In a 2010 survey by Britain's Office for National Statistics, 1.5 percent of respondents identified themselves a...
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    LATE ADULTHOOD
  • 2016
    Age 64
    On 13 February 2016, Fran Cowling, the national LGBT representative for the NUS, refused to share a platform with Tatchell at Canterbury Christ Church University to discuss the topic of "re-radicalising queers".
  • 2015
    Age 63
    In November 2015, Tatchell condemned the conviction of British teenager Silhan Özçelik for trying to join the Kurdistan Workers Party.
    On 14 February 2015, Tatchell was one of a number of signatories to a letter criticising the trend in the British National Union of Students to apply a No Platform policy to feminists who criticised the sex industry or challenged demands made by certain groups of transsexuals.
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    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.
  • 2014
    Age 62
    In September 2014, Tatchell advocated arming the Kurdistan Workers Party to fight against ISIS, and argued that the USA and EU had been wrong to designate it as a terrorist organisation.
    In January 2014, Tatchell was awarded an Honorary Doctorate of Laws by De Montfort University.
    Tatchell protested the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi over the gay rights stance of Russia, comparing the event to the 1936 Olympics in Berlin.
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    Tatchell is a strong opponent of the Russian LGBT propaganda law. In 2014 Tatchell protested Valery Gergiev's support for Vladimir Putin.
  • 2013
    Age 61
    Alongside Misha B, Jody Cundy, Peter Norfolk and others he is a patron for 2013 National Diversity Awards.
  • FIFTIES
  • 2012
    Age 60
    On 21 September 2012, he was awarded a Lifetime Achievement award at the UK's first National Diversity Awards.
    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.
  • 2010
    Age 58
    In 2010 he won Total Politics Top 50 Political Influencers.
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    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".
  • 2009
    Age 57
    In 2009 he racked up multiple awards.
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    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".
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  • 2008
    Age 56
    Tatchell campaigned on the issue of the constitutional status of Cornwall. In November 2008, The Guardian carried an article by him entitled Self-rule for Cornwall, in which he said: Like Wales and Scotland, Cornwall considers itself a separate Celtic nation – so why shouldn't it have independence?
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    In August 2008 Tatchell wrote about speculative theories concerning possible atmospheric oxygen depletion compared to prehistoric levels, and called for further investigation to test such claims and, if proven, their long-term consequences.
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    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.
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  • 2007
    Age 55
    On 27 May 2007, Tatchell and other gay rights activists were attacked.
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    In February 2007 the Mayor of Moscow, Yuri Luzhkov, visited Ken Livingstone for an annual meeting that also involved the Mayors of Berlin and Paris, with the mayor of Beijing present as well.
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    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.
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  • 2006
    Age 54
    Tatchell wrote a 2006 opinion column in The Guardian arguing that Muslims deliberately conflate offense with violence, in an effort to suppress Muslim reformers in Britain. He argued that Islamist groups like Hizb ut-Tahrir Britain see "any criticism of Islam is an insult and that all such insults are unacceptable" in order to suppress the "free exchange of ideas". In July 2004, then-Mayor of London Ken Livingstone invited Yusuf al-Qaradawi to attend a talk called "A woman's right to choose" about the wearing of the hijab.
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    In 2006, he helped stop the abuse of Muslim prisoners at Norwich jail and helped secure parole for other Muslim detainees.
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    In 2006, during the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons controversy, Tatchell spoke at a 25 March 2006 rally called the Freedom of Expression Rally.
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    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.
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  • 2004
    Age 52
    For nearly four decades, Tatchell has campaigned for Gaza and the West Bank to be the basis of an independent Palestinian state. In May 2004, he and a dozen other OutRage! members, including gay Arabs, joined a London demonstration organised by the Palestine Solidarity Campaign.
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    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.
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  • 2003
    Age 51
    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.
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  • FORTIES
  • 2001
    Age 49
    On 5 March 2001 Tatchell believed Mugabe was about to visit Brussels.
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  • 2000
    Age 48
    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".
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  • 1999
    Age 47
    On 30 October 1999 Tatchell and three other OutRage! activists approached Mugabe's car in a London street and attempted to perform a citizen's arrest.
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    He attempted a citizen's arrest of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe in 1999 and again in 2001.
  • 1997
    Age 45
    On 26 October 1997 a letter from Tatchell to The Observer argued that the United Kingdom should suspend aid to Zimbabwe because of its violence against LGBT people.
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    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.
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  • 1996
    Age 44
    In 1996 Tatchell led an OutRage! campaign to reduce the age of consent in the UK to 14 years, to adjust for studies that showed nearly half of all young people had their first sexual experiences prior to 16 years old, regardless of sexuality.
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  • 1994
    Age 42
    Some OutRage! activities were highly controversial. In 1994, it unveiled placards inviting ten Church of England bishops to "tell the truth" about what Outrage! alleged was their homosexuality and accusing them of condemning homosexuality in public while leading secret gay lives.
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  • THIRTIES
  • 1991
    Age 39
    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.
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  • 1990
    Age 38
    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.
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  • 1985
    Age 33
    Tatchell's book Democratic Defence was published in 1985.
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1981
    Age 29
    When the sitting Labour MP, Bob Mellish,announced his retirement in 1981, Tatchell was selected as his successor.
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    Tatchell was selected as Labour Party Parliamentary candidate for Bermondsey in 1981.
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  • 1980
    Age 28
    At CLP's AGM in February 1980, the left group won control and Tatchell was elected Secretary.
  • 1979
    Age 27
    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).
  • 1978
    Age 26
    In 1978 Tatchell joined the Labour Party and moved to a council flat in Bermondsey, south-east London.
  • 1973
    Age 21
    In 1973 he attended the 10th World Youth Festival in East Berlin on GLF's behalf.
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  • TEENAGE
  • 1972
    Age 20
    With others he helped organise Britain's first Gay Pride march in 1972.
  • 1969
    Age 17
    He had accepted being gay in 1969, and in London became a leading member of the Gay Liberation Front (GLF) until its 1974 collapse.
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  • 1968
    Age 16
    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.
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  • 1967
    Age 15
    Prompted by the impending hanging of Ronald Ryan in 1967, Tatchell went round his local area painting slogans against the hanging, a fact he did not reveal until nearly 30 years later.
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    His political activity began at Mount Waverley Secondary College, where in 1967 he launched campaigns in support of Australia's Aboriginal people.
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  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1952
    Age 0
    Born in 1952.
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